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1:29 am - 04/07/2013

Akimoto Sayaka to graduate AKB48

Akimoto Sayaka has announced she will not participate in this years Senbatsu Sousenkyo, and will instead graduate AKB48. She posted to her blog:

The senbatsu election.

Today is the deadline to turn in applications.
I thought up until the end about whether I'd apply, but while I was thinking, I also found myself thinking about the timing of when I'll graduate.

I learned a lot and felt a lot during my time in AKB, and also experienced my youth in the group.

Because of the support of countless people, starting with Akimoto-sensei but also including the staff, my fans, my friends, and my family, I am who I am today.

I really am thankful.

However, while keeping the things I learned and experienced in AKB close to my heart, my feelings of wanting to step up into a new world and work towards my dream of becoming an actress grew stronger.

And so, after much thought, I've decided to make my announcement during this election season.

I, Akimoto Sayaka, will not participate in this year's election, and will graduate from AKB48.


Blog entry, translation

I guess we all saw this coming, but that doesn't stop this being sad. ;-; My oshi... With Sayaka, Tomochin and Sae out, my interest in AKB is seriously low.
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stole_away 7th-Apr-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
not surprised tbh. was expecting this especially when they announced she's gna come Singapore for the Tokyo Auto salon event.
hina 7th-Apr-2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Why did that event in particular make you think she would graduate?
nansuki 7th-Apr-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Another one graduating...
What does it mean though? I understand that they're leaving the group...does someone else take their place (like a rotation of girls) or are there less than 48 girls?
koi_choshi 7th-Apr-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
They might promote kenkyuuseis in place of the graduated members.
koi_choshi 7th-Apr-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Okay, another thread connecting to AKB gone. I knew this was coming but still... :(
ohprecioustime 7th-Apr-2013 01:07 am (UTC)



oh well hope she is successful outside of this group
hana_pink 7th-Apr-2013 01:10 am (UTC)
I knew it was going to come sooner or later but I sort of figured we might have until late this year/next year at least... ,____,

Also, my apologies for any herp derpy bits in the translation. My brain stopped functioning after I read the entry and saw 卒業.
hina 7th-Apr-2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Thank you for translating, and I know exactly how you feel. ;-;
xists_09 7th-Apr-2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Good, there's nothing left for her in 48 anyway. The group has been going downhill in terms of creativity and I'm sure she will probably have a brighter future than just performing at the theater.

I don't follow 48 all that much anymore but she was a fun and quirky individual, she along with Yuko, Nonti and Meetan were able to make me laugh the most in their shows. So yeah good luck Sayaka ^^
itskimbitches 7th-Apr-2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Thank God, try. Gurl jump from the sinking ship!
quietspeaker2 7th-Apr-2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Love your icon picture haha Nathan Adrian <3
faifantc 7th-Apr-2013 01:17 am (UTC)
I knew this was coming. After Yuko was named captain instead of her and after Sae got transferred, I kind of knew that it was only a matter of time. GOOD LUCK, SAYAKA!!! <3 Forever Team K's leader, I love you!!!
liime_arix 7th-Apr-2013 01:17 am (UTC)
I don't think anyone is surprised, people have been calling her graduation for years now. And I'm glad, she can go onto bigger and better things where her talent will be appreciated and utilised. She was the one who got me into the group, it's a pity the management never appreciated her as much.
woohyun 7th-Apr-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
;-; She has so much talent and i hope it goes somewhere bigger!
j_linker444 7th-Apr-2013 01:43 am (UTC)
She still has a future in entertainment. Good luck Sakaya! And now that she's got lesser schedules... how about visiting the Philippines? :3
ethereal_limbo 7th-Apr-2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
not quite the same but she'll be at tokyo auto salon in singapore april 12-13.
sadistic_dance 7th-Apr-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Well there goes 100% of my interest.
charisma2 7th-Apr-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Damn... everyone is leaving one by one.
elizajet 7th-Apr-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
nuu~ she's my favorite. She was always different and quirky and fun to watch.

I hope she continues to work in dramas and stuff- I love watching her do well, anything.
pumpkinskin 7th-Apr-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Awww, I regret that I didn't get to see her in person before she left the group.

I wish her all the best. She was always one of my top favs.
urubaby21 8th-Apr-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Dude, your freaking icon picture.....
choyroer 7th-Apr-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Well, I didn't expect this :(
Ah, I mean, that shameless Mii-chan should be graduated instead.
Good luck for you, Sayaka!
miamaimi 7th-Apr-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
that shameless Mii-chan should be graduated instead.

you are kidding, right?
eishastan 7th-Apr-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised and she was seriously underrated so i hope this brings better things for her.
miamaimi 7th-Apr-2013 04:11 am (UTC)
smart choice. If she stayed she would be surparsed by some random loli managamente is pushing at the moment. She was underrated but at least she is leaving with dignity
topazera 7th-Apr-2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Wow. I have been expecting this... practically since I've been in AKB fandom with Sayaka as my oshi in late 2010. BUT THIS JUST HAPPENED TO COME OUT WHEN I WAS DRUNK ON A SATURDAY NIGHT AND NOW I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EMOTIONALLY PROCESS THIS IN THIS STATE! All I can say is I REALLY, REALLY hope she still has a presence on television and in English speaking fandom because I love her a lot and want to support her in the future!! <3<3


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fictionitusxd 7th-Apr-2013 04:56 am (UTC)

She is the reason I have been in this fandom for so long... she is so wonderful as a member and a person. She has been neglected for too long by them, so I'm happy she'll be able to do her own thing on her own. But at the same time, who will I support the same as much as her? I just can't even compose a message about this. I'm so heartbroken yet happy
fictionitusxd 7th-Apr-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Wait, does anyone know if she's getting a graduation show? Or is she just... leaving? :[
blackdevil2722 7th-Apr-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely a graduation show. As long as you're graduating (Eg: Tomo~mi, Tomochin), not quitting (Eg: Nacchan, Yuttan), you get a proper graduation.
synthesizia 7th-Apr-2013 05:08 am (UTC)
WahhhhHH!!! Omg, this sucks! But only because I really, really hope she doesn't fade into the background. There's almost no point in her being in AKB48 anymore anyways. They've kept her so far in the background the last few years. I fucking LOVE Sayaka and I feel she has a lot to give to the entertainment industry. She deserves an agency that will let her shine, not push her in the back behind a bunch of other girls.

Edited at 2013-04-07 05:09 am (UTC)
myharu 7th-Apr-2013 06:04 am (UTC)
dammit this isn't what i wanted, I kinda felt this was going to happen ever since she fell out of senbatsu completely, but...

islandgurl84 7th-Apr-2013 06:39 am (UTC)
well there goes my favorite girl. i hope she gets a better break outside of akb 48 and a better agency to manage her career cause she's so talented.
umbrellaphone 7th-Apr-2013 07:43 am (UTC)
Good, she deserves better than akb.
faifantc 7th-Apr-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
THIS. <3
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