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2:55 am - 11/18/2012

After nearly 10 years Tanaka Reina will be leaving Morning Musume

It has just been announced that Tanka Reina will be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello!Project at the end of Morning Musume's upcoming 2013 spring tour. A final date hasn't been announced yet. Reina will be graduating to focus on her newly formed rock band, some of the members can be seen below holding guitars.

Fans will be given the chance to name Reina's band by emailing, they would like you to include your name age and gender. For more details (and a look at the band members) click here

Reina tried out for Morning Musume during the "Morning Musume LOVE Audition 2002" audition and become the groups 6th generation along with Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi and Fujimoto Miki.

kushina 18th-Nov-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
Thought as much.

Not even that upset, tbh. I've gotten pretty sick of her in the last few years so err, yeah. Have fun in your new band, Reina.
goto 18th-Nov-2012 08:00 am (UTC)
ifuckingluvya 18th-Nov-2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
ilovekonkon 18th-Nov-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
hmm i wonder who will be the new front girl now? 11th gen girl??

just no more lines for riho...her voice is so bad...
gambareletsgo 18th-Nov-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Nah bro Riho's gonna be center 5ever.
avex_girl 18th-Nov-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sakura I'm sure is gonna get pushed cos even the other girls think she can sing better than them. I'm excited to hear her tbh idk what's taking so long.
taciturndream 18th-Nov-2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I think it'll be Oda-Riho, I just hope they both don't hog allll the lines like Riho-Reina or late Ai-Reina era, but I'm sure Oda will get a bunch of lines since one of the main reasons she was elected was for the need of someone who could sing in the group.
taylorniw 18th-Nov-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping it'll be a little more mixed up. Reina has been good enough to be Riho's vocal crutch, but I don't think Sakura is quite there yet. They can let her still be a lead singer, but Tsunku has to have worked with enough actual good singers to know Riho isn't actually a suitable one.
taciturndream 18th-Nov-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
But Riho has been lead since Risa left so I'm not sure Tsunku or UFA care more about the pedobait or about having good quality in singing again. I do want it to be more mixed up though, I think Haruka and Mizuki are a bit underrated as singers. But I think if Riho has become lead, Sakura will definitely be lead, but it's up to UFA or Tsunku to decide if they want to keep the A/B line hogging or decide to change things.
taylorniw 18th-Nov-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I don't think line distribution is completely up to Tsunku, rather than it was just extremely convenient that during the Platinum lineup all the popular girls were the best singers. Especially not since in the earlier years, terrible singers were almost never heavy leads the way Riho is now.

Sakura is a guaranteed lead or at least a few lines for now, but if she doesn't become popular in the next year or so, UFP definitely won't hesitate to make her a background girl, no matter how well she sings.

Edited at 2012-11-18 10:57 pm (UTC)
bear100 18th-Nov-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
i feel nostalgic now.
love_etcetera 18th-Nov-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
lol omg :D
nuriko 20th-Nov-2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha that was so good. I live for interactions between Kei and Takaaki Ishibashi.
filipinohooker 18th-Nov-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
ay_u 18th-Nov-2012 08:14 am (UTC)
Ah all of the ones I grew up with are almost gone. Gonna be weird when Sayu leaves @_@
mia_p 18th-Nov-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Ditto, Omg I wish I saw mm with all the old members live :( I hope they do some sort of reunion tour again
scubajr 18th-Nov-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
valwell0trasher 18th-Nov-2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Wow, chiks.))
love_etcetera 18th-Nov-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
it was about time tbh
blackdevil2722 18th-Nov-2012 08:59 am (UTC)
Knew it was coming but still sad. There goes my favourite member of Momusu :(
ajisaitea 18th-Nov-2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Called this months ago...not that sad tbh. I'll be sad when Sayu leaves. I hope she finds success with her band since her idol image will carry over into that. And that in turn might make things harder for her. But more power to her if she is happy.
toshi_hakari 18th-Nov-2012 10:25 am (UTC)
Also not surprised. Sayumi will probably follow quite soon and then there'll be no pre-2011 members left :(
mia_p 18th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
:( :(
xbrokenbabydoll 18th-Nov-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
Was expecting it but wasn't expecting it at the same time....
avex_girl 18th-Nov-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I expected her to leave waaay before Aichan even did. She was never my favorite member (or even on that list) so uh bye Reina.
ifuckingluvya 18th-Nov-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
When the first part of the title of the spring concert leaked I worried. It's a huge relief that it's not Sayu

Goodbye Reina, have fun
lolufailhard 18th-Nov-2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
RIP momusu
shavadava 18th-Nov-2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
At last !
taciturndream 18th-Nov-2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I was expecting this soon, as Oda aka new lead is in, but I thought I'll be happier since I want both Sayu and Reina gone since they just don't fit in a way with the new generations aka they are too old and they look like extras. I like Sayu, and I admit I was so tired of Reina getting so many lines over the years, but I knew Momosu in the early Ai-Reina era so even if I really never care much for Reina and I was an even less fan of her voice, and the giant bows and cat ears, it surprisingly makes me a bit sad. =/

I don't fear for Momosu though in terms of singing since Oda is in and I have high hopes for her, but as long as popularity goes, they need to have a show or something. X3
alli07x3 18th-Nov-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Ahh she was my favorite. She's the prettiest too! Good luck to her!
rainbow_yarn 18th-Nov-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)

hope Sayu stays on for a while yet
yaoilicious_53 18th-Nov-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Not hating on her, but I think MM will look cuter without her.

You know, all black-haired girls. One adult + teenagers.
reii_chan 18th-Nov-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I got sick of morning mosume back in 2008, but it was not because of the old members leaving, it was because the songs, the concepts, outfits, etc got all pretty much the same, it's boring.
taecish 18th-Nov-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
u go girl. get out of this sinking ship asap.
littleplastikme 18th-Nov-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Sad about this. Not because I was a big fan of Reina (at times I didn't like her at all) but because soon, only the 9th/10th/11th gen. members will be left, and the Morning Musume I loved most will be gone.

2000-2010 were, for me, my favorite years of Morning Musume. 2000 marks the year when the 4th gen. joined, and 2010 marks when Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin left. After that, I really stopped loving MoMusu. It just doesn't have the same feel, at least for me.

I like some of the new girls, sure, but...not enough to really follow MoMusu like I used to.
maffinoyobiai 18th-Nov-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, this is sad, but I knew all the old members would leave anyway... Sayu is the only reason I even look at MM posts, and soon she'll graduate too if the concert title is any indication. I miss the old MM :( These new girls need to get popular though. All the hello project groups need some publicity I think.
neodalion 18th-Nov-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
liniang 18th-Nov-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Like Riho said in her blog: "This cycle of joining and graduating is what Morning Musume is about".

I like that about MM: they're always changing (forget emo musume era).
winds_daichi 18th-Nov-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)

I will not accept. I'm gonna pretend this isn't happening. She was my favorite member. Well, I'm forever gonna miss her. T.T
miuratenshi 19th-Nov-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeah it looks like I'm gonna be done with Momosu.
bridgetothesky 19th-Nov-2012 08:17 am (UTC)
ohh sayu's going to be lonely now
sundaetea 20th-Nov-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Sort of saw this coming...but I hope her the best with her band! And I think she'll finally be the leader for that.
stole_away 20th-Nov-2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
not surprised since sayu became leader instead of her.
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