I awoke early this morning to read a PM sent by HarimaKenji and his heading immediately no matter how sleepy I still was…I needed to immediately click on the link he had sent. I still remember the scare of early 2008 but what had turned out to be complete rumor then is now officially set as Tsunku himself has made the announcement which can read in entirety here =(.
While now I don't have nearly the same questions in terms of her graduation then rumored being pre~mature no doubt, this one hurts the most. For anyone who's been visiting here surely knows that Kamei has long been my most favorite♥ Momusu member ever since the graduation of Nacchi and her then eventual takeover of the top spot in my heart over Aichan it was all so inevitable~ and even the header above which now warns you "wear protection" 😛 for a long while had Kamei's name written there as through the years of writing here no other member in Momusu has endeared to me as much lending to the most direct and related posts.
While announcements in general of this type can many times be quite vague in nature as to telling of the exact details and reasons leading up to a decision, Tsunku makes light of a very specific skin condition in which Kamei has been suffering from for some time now which is noted to directly play into this announcement of her soon to be graduation. With Junjun and Linlin though not much is said other than their stay being a successful one and to have continued support as they continue their careers in China. All three graduating now and even with reasons given for Kamei's graduation I can't get over just how shocking this really is….I mean Junjun and Linlin are both eight generation members having just joined in 2007 so it gets me to wondering if perhaps Tsunku's move to diversify Momusu and in a sense break the longtime template of idol groups in Japan only having Japanese members has him now aimed in a different direction and the main reason I ask is that it's not just one of them graduating, it's both Junjun and Linlin~.
I feel almost as if Tsunku has just punched me in the stomach…well actually I've never physically been punched in the stomach XD but I imagine it'd be most painful (*>ω<)！！！。。and although I always knew that this day would come I feel that now I haven't properly prepared myself mentally to accept it. And now with Momusu's upcoming single scheduled for a release date of October 13th, Tsunku you better write something phenomenal and even including a special "graduation" song as you've done in the past for Asuka ("Never forget") and whether intentionally written or not, Yuko's singing of "Koi no kioku" was one of the most moving graduation performances for me as the lyrics themselves which expressed everything for the occasion were also penned by Yuko herself~.
But what of the fandom~♥? With this move does Tsunku now threaten the fan~base? I mean you always expect change when a group is based on graduations as a part of their success and longevity. But Kamei I believe is different in this regard..she's never been your average idol♥ by any means and so with this decision I think Tsunku may also in away offend for a lack of a better term…his fanbase? Is Momusu in their twilight? I'm apprehensive to say such a thing and yet this is a most ominous sign….=(.
I'll now end with just a few fond~♥ memories:,
um because if didn't control myself properly there would end up being just a scary number of links here :P!