So when did AkiP become Roger Goodell? Actually he’s always been such…judge, jury and executioner. And no chance for an appeal here as everything was done so publicly in the media and now her transfer to HKT48 final.
HKT48? REally? I don’t want to ever sound demeaning but it is what it is, this is perhaps the end result of Sasshi biting the hand that fed her so much till now…solo career just beginning with great success….first solo photo book a great success….making senbatsu at #4 an amazing success and all of this climbing up which she deserved every bit of. So once again it’s the idols and forbidden dating rule and I could argue till the cows come home in her defense as I wholly believe that a girl’s natural health and wellbeing and development so much includes in these years of adolescence the essence of dating and romance…a heart filled relationship. However when you place pen to signing that idol contract one becomes forbidden from this part of life and now like so many before her Sasshi’s relationship has become public and AkiP has spoken in finality. In some sense I can believe that AkiP himself must perhaps feel betrayed to a point and even through his well rehearsed words and in his statement it’s all too clear I think…the ‘yellow card’ warning of a few years ago and now Sasshi’s gotten the red. Sasshi’s transfer to HKT48 will have some days yet to stir in hers as well as her fellow members minds and upon her final stage performance as an A team member of AKB48 on June 20th all will truly feel much more final. I can’t even imagine how much emotions will be running high on that day leading up to and including the performance. And what of Not yet?…is Sasshi also out of Not yet? =(
One thing that must be understood is how big this really is going beyond the title of AKB48 member being stripped from you in that Sasshi’s move to a single generation group who’s still finding their identity and is very much still in the building stage without even a “whole” 48 to speak of…not only will HTK48 rise as a group with her addition and at the same time perhaps fall individually with the other girls as Sasshi’s larger than life presence there relatively speaking will surely be the center of their very being now, but Sasshi’s life in entirety will have changed drastically. Again the group change is the backdrop to the direct affects on her life and lifestyle as Sasshi will have to now move far away from her familiar surroundings and perhaps the only positive spin akiP could afford for Sasshi’s happiness if she can even muster an ounce of that now is in her relocation meaning she’d then be living much nearer to her family~.
How Sasshi connects with fans and really her personal fandom and connection with fellow idols from near and far stand out so much, this is so unbelievable it’s cornering on surreal like Sasshi’s living out some sort of Greek~tragedy or something.
For me I really don’t know how I go from here. While I’ve never seriously considered following HKT48 as AKB48 and all of its sub~groups and solo ventures already keep me happily and fully occupied with so much, what about Sasshi? I’m pretty certain that her debut solo single is now at least for the time being her only solo work in akiP’s mind but like any fan you’d want so much to continue to support your favorites♥ and when it comes to Sasshi my heart is with her.