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9:21 am - 01/09/2011

Takahashi Ai to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Autumn 2011

Announced at the end of today's first show at Nakano Sunplaza, Takahashi Ai is to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at Morning Musume's 2011 Autumn concert tour.

According to the official announcement Takahashi Ai will continue to be active in music, theater, and live events after her graduation. Details will gradually be released.

Takahashi Ai to graduate from Morning Musume in autumn 2011
Announced at 2011.01.09 Hello! Project winter concert

Audio of Takahashi Ai's announcement at the Hello! Project winter concert this evening


Official web announcement (Japanese)
Translation thanks to H!O

This is the comment regarding Takahashi Ai's graduation from Morning Musume

Thank you for your continual support as always. As announced directly herself on the stage of January 9th's show at Nakano Sunplaza, 5th generation member, Takahashi Ai will be graduating from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project in Morning Musume's concert tour this fall.

When the proposal for Kamei Eri's graduation was made last year, I told Takahashi Ai, "It's about time you should consider the timing of your own graduation and what you want to pursuit afterward" as an advice.

The 5th generation members will have joined Morning Musume for 10 years. Takahashi Ai is the 6th leader and has been in this position for 3 years and 7 months. Takahashi Ai holds the record for being the longest in the group and the longest to hold the leader position. Looking back, she has honestly carried the responsibility for all this time. (In no disrespect to all former members and leaders of the group...excuse me)

I have talked with her about various things, such as her activities afterward As announced in the new year concert, her graduation will be in Morning Musume's Autumn concert tour, this was the right time to make the announcement.

Since there are still more than half a year to go, the 9th generation members have to familiarize themselves with Morning Musume's music and dances, to become self aware that they are part of the group. Takahashi plans to properly finish her job as leader in the mean time.

Please be looking forward to what will become of Morning Musume.

Takahashi Ai will continue to be active in music, theater, and live events after her graduation.
Details will gradually be released.

Also, after Takahashi Ai's graduation, Niigaki Risa will assume the leader position of the group,
and become the longest active member of Morning Musume


Takahashi's official comment (Japanese)
Translation thanks to H!O

It has been decided that, I, Takahashi Ai, during Morning Musume's concert tour this Autumn, will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project.

At the time when Kamei Eri, JunJun and LinLin's graduations were decided, Tsunku-san told me, "It's about time Takahashi should think about your own graduation's timing!" which has gotten me thinking.

I will have been in Morning Musume for 10 years comes this August, So I thought it will be a good time! to graduate in the Autumn Morning Musume concert tour.

As there are still around 9 months left, I will do my best as leader until that time to shape up this new Morning Musume.

I will be affectionate to the newly added 9th generation members as I try to teach them various things, everyone please rest assured.

Takahashi Ai

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danceinthedark 9th-Jan-2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Wow, well that was a brief spell where they looked like they stood a chance at regaining some sales, good one Tsunku.

I graduate with her unless Riho and Kanon (and Tsunku's song-writing) really bring it this year.
rexona_woman 9th-Jan-2011 08:25 am (UTC)

I hope she'll be happy once she leaves and gets to do her own thing!
energenki 9th-Jan-2011 08:26 am (UTC)
Holy shit.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:35 am (UTC)
MTE. It felt like my heart dropped when I read the post.

Its like Yossie graduating when 8th gen joined all over again.
sunleth 9th-Jan-2011 08:27 am (UTC)
gingerrangerftw 9th-Jan-2011 08:57 am (UTC)
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:35 am (UTC)
With her voice and beauty I don't see how she won't continue!
jabeum 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Haven't really been paying attention to Morning Musume since Miki Fujimoto left but these news mean that I don't need to pay any attention any longer. Hopefully she'll have a bright future as a solo artist or something, I always loved her voice a lot.
ilove_ryo 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
nozo_rin 9th-Jan-2011 10:15 am (UTC)
Is it bad that I'm still butthurt over Koharu's graduation? :/
roomgirl 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
fdkjgfhs I didn't want her to go without Risaaaaa ;____;
alwyz_member_me 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
=O She's going to graduate? I thought she was going to at least hold off until 9th gen is situated into Momusu nicely... speaking of which, any news of a new single with 9th gen yet? I haven't been paying attention to Morning Musume lately.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:38 am (UTC)
This is just like what happened with Yossie :/ and to my knowledge no date or title has been released, I expect both around early Feb.
morningmikan 9th-Jan-2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Literally gasped when I read the title. Holy shit.
squeekzoid 9th-Jan-2011 08:45 am (UTC)
Me too. Out of all the ones to Reina gonna be the only one getting solo lines now?
rocketjenny 9th-Jan-2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Well there goes MM's chances of ever redeeming their popularity.

I wonder if she's going to be a solo?
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:39 am (UTC)
I hope she goes solo with Avex.
sunleth 9th-Jan-2011 08:35 am (UTC)
I honestly thought she'd at least stay for another couple years while the new gen gets familiarized and gain more popularity. Omg wtf.
fujigaya 9th-Jan-2011 08:36 am (UTC)
I can't believe it .__.

Edited at 2011-01-09 08:38 am (UTC)
ryocchi 9th-Jan-2011 10:30 am (UTC)

Were this hint Tsunku said earlier about not being over forging the new Momosu?
nilla_cakester 9th-Jan-2011 08:40 am (UTC)
nooo =( WHY GOD WHY no but rly was looking forward to momusu this year... not so much now

hope she'll keep going after she graduates... and leave hp and just go on to much better things
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Oh my God. I was so not prepared for this. Quick! Somebody tell me what to think!
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:40 am (UTC)
That Takitty will now get to make music more fitting for her own style, and other Momusu members like Gaki, Riho and the other newbies will get more likes!
gabucha26 9th-Jan-2011 08:44 am (UTC)
no offense but I'm really happy. I feel like her talents were going to waste, this girl has so much potential and deserves so much! I hope she stays away from HP though, I feel like that place is hindering her growth as an artist.

It'll be sad not to see her around Risa though =/
19861122 9th-Jan-2011 09:05 am (UTC)
Tsunku's had 10 years to make her debut solo. Who knows why he didn't.
aisasami 9th-Jan-2011 08:52 am (UTC)
I hope she goes into Takarazka or some big acting company. She is a good actress and could play a male role rally well (see Ribon no Kishi).

alwyz_member_me 9th-Jan-2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I thought it was something about her not reaching the height minimum or something. If I remember my H!P knowledge correctly, Ai's a huge fan of the Takarazuka.
hina 9th-Jan-2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Ai and Reina are the only things keeping me interested in MM atm. idk why Tsunku thought this would be a good idea.
19861122 9th-Jan-2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Ai has been around for 9 years. It was just meant to happen sooner or later, I guess.
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Okay, now that I've taken a moment I feel better about this, because
1. It's after the fall tour, which means we're going to get at least two and maybe three more singles with her, which means,
2. I think Morning Musume is going to have a great run this year and will have a decent momentum going by the time she leaves.
3. She and Risa have had the longest tenure in Morning Musume history. Honestly, it's about damn time.
4. Girl could seriously rock a solo career.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:42 am (UTC)
4. Girl could seriously rock a solo career.

Dude, do you remember when fans didn't like her because she had an amazing voice but was awful during interviews/seemed to have no personality and now she's just completely out there and amazing everytime we see her? <3

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harukakamiya 9th-Jan-2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Yes, Tsunku, dispose of the pandas and THEN go, "Oh, wait, I should have another graduation next year. Let's make it Ai-chan!"

HONESTLY, TSUNKU, Ai and Risa should've been the first to go. I swear, they've been around as long as freaking Mari and Kaori, if not longer. NOT KOHARU-PI. NOT THE PANDAS. Eririn I can kinda understand since she was 5th gen.

I can't.

awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:44 am (UTC)
they've been around as long as freaking Mari and Kaori, if not longer

They broke that record a long time ago XD but unlike Kaorin, they never seemed to 'outgrow' Momusu.

Eririn I can kinda understand since she was 5th gen.

this typo is incredibly amusing to me


They definitely will bb! Don't lose hope!

19861122 9th-Jan-2011 09:03 am (UTC)
I wonder if she will remain under Up-Front or if she will fly away like Maki...
chibi_rei 9th-Jan-2011 09:03 am (UTC)

I... wow. I mean I'm happy for her! But wow.
So is she actually leaving H!P or is it like the other old H!P-ers who still exist within the company, but go do their own thing?
peachpastiche 9th-Jan-2011 09:08 am (UTC)
The official announcement says that she will be leaving H!P as well, and that her activities after graduation will still be music, with a focus on theatre and live performances.
etched 9th-Jan-2011 09:10 am (UTC)
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 09:32 am (UTC)
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