Itano Tomomi will graduate AKB48.
I am sorry for surprising with you with such a sudden announcement.
I spent 7 years and 2 months as the first generation of AKB.
Although I was unable to stand at centre and unify everyone together like a captain or Soukantoku, but if in everybody’s 「AKB48」 I would be very happy if 「Itano Tomomi」 had been engraved within it.
Last year the concert at Tokyo dome, which had been the dream for AKB, came true
And Atsuko Graduated
And I thought of AKB, and my future very seriously.
And to graduate from AKB48 was the decision I arrived at.
In my 7 years as AKB I would have painful times when I would want to run away and escape, and I have thought of graduation many times.
But in that 「graduation」there would be some hesitation somewhere.
However, this time, I have no worries and hesitations.
In all honesty, there are some things that I am worried about. But, if I do not step out now, I know I will regret it, and this is the answer I have given.
Since I was little, I had the tendency to lose interest in anything that I did, and the fact that I have been able to carry on for 7 years is because I really love AKB48.
And to the members, the Staff and Akimoto Sensei, and to the Fans,
And all those who are connected to AKB48, I really appreciate all you have done. Thank you for raising the selfish and childish 14 year old to what I am now.
I will spend my limited days as AKB48 valuably.
AKB48 had been all of Tomo’s childhood.
Because relevant for Kumi’s case.
I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was reading this post from my phone, and my day suddenly got better somehow.
First, read this, please, ‘cause this is the post she refers to.
In the post I wrote yesterday about Kumi I expressed in a way that could lead to misunderstandings so let me correct myself.
I wrote that Kumi would’ve left the entertainment business, but I forgot to add the word “temporarily”.
I reread the post, and felt like I could cause a misunderstanding.
I’m really sorry.
During tomorrow’s hand-shake event, Kumi will have again something to say to everyone.
Right now our theatre is under construction, but I really hope I’ll be able to stand on the stage of our new theatre together with Kumi.
Now let me say what I think.
Judging by how she wrote yesterday’s post, I think Rena didn’t made any mistake while writing, but that she just didn’t properly read Kumi’s post and missed the word “temporarily”. Or maybe that, like I myself did, thought that the “temporarily” referred only to the previous times she thought about the graduation. I don’t know about the translations of Kumi’s post available, but anyway, what she says in that particular part is “It’s about one year now that I’m thinking about temporarily graduating from the 48 Groups”.
So…I think Rena might’ve corrected herself after talking with Kumi.
But maybe I’m just randomly speculating in order to see some ray of hope of seeing Kumi around once again.
I had to share this because for some reason it was painful to read Eriko’s apology…
lol actually i won’t just limit this to usa48 members
lets use this tinychat room for the stream
never mind being a piece of confetti at the olympics
being a petal at acchans grad is where its at
Oh come on~ I doubt there will be over 500k people there tho….
But since there were over 200k people applied for the theater show + casual/random people on the street who want to see the event since it’s a big deal, it might lead to around 250k - 300k people maybe?
Once again I realized today how much love and support I have
This is really late
I always do nothing but act tough, but I’m really just a fool
Today I really had to face the real me that’s in my heart, which made me lose my bearings
I was also my happiest
The real me is a small small, very small and weak person
Tamori-san and the staff of Music Station
The fans who always watch over me
Thank you all so much (;__;)
I wanted to properly sing the songs to you all… (T.T)
I’m really sorry
I’ll definitely be able to do it at the Dome
But maybe that’s just impossible for me… (;_;) lol
I’ll look forward again
I’ll look toward the Dome
I’ll look toward my last theater performance
I’ll look toward my graduation
And I will walk
Translated by: imnikky@tumblr/twitter AKA Kanki@Stage48/Everyday48
Today’s Rika-chan’s birthday.
We held her birthday celebration in the theatre.
The people supporting Rika-chan are all so warm.
I think the atmosphere in the theatre got very gentle too.
The flowers prepared for her were so wonderful that I calmed down just by looking at them.
It’s in the middle of such a happy atmosphere, that Rika-chan announced that she’s going to advance to the next step.
I think this is a very important event not just for the fans, but also for us.
To be honest, I feel really confused, but since Rika-chan positively decided this, I’m going to properly accept it.
Anyway, I love Rika-chan.
I love the Rika-chan that’s kind, playful and likes doughnuts, Yume no Kuni and movies.
More than everything, happy birthday!
I really hope this is going to become a wonderful year for Rika-chan.
Thank you so much for today as well.
See you tomorrow.