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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

awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:48 am (UTC)
I agree, Sayu has a very pragmatic mind, I mean look at this persona she built up and how she has made it work for her. She's had more appearances on variety shows recently than any other Musume because of the planning, and she is one of the most well read Musume in recent generations (outshined only by Konkon).

She is also independent and strong, which I admire. Erinin even mentioned that in her goodbye DVD. /rant
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 09:51 am (UTC)
All this. And, although I can't remember what it's from, I swear I once saw a video of Ai saying that, of the two of them, Sayu was the responsible one.
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 09:54 am (UTC)
-nods- I remember that too, and a long long time ago Miki said on a radio show that it annoyed her whenever Sayu was acting all cutsey because in all reality she is more mature than that.
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Of course, the only problem with this is that she'll be the last leader ever because I'm fairly certain Sayu is never leaving Morning Musume. I still think that the real reason Koharu graduated is because Tsunku told Sayu that she was going to be the next to leave, then went home that night to find Sayu sitting in the dark, holding his baby and saying, "It sure is a shame that Koharu is graduating, isn't it? I'll miss her but I'll keep bringing cuteness to Morning Musume. Forever."
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 10:16 am (UTC)
...That may be the most awesome thing I've ever read.

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oh my gosh I just realized something, this is going to be a really hard graduation for Sayu! First she looses Junjun and Eri, both of which she was incredibly close to. Eri was definitely her closest friend until GakiKame formed (although they were still close), and then Junjun The Sayu Fangirl joined and they got close, and she lost both of them, and now Sayu's Eternal Crush is leaving D:

They've had this really strong friendship for years that hardly any fans really remember (which is a shame), and I'm going to worry about Sayu with her gone :(. Do you remember their old old Spaced Out Sisters video?
kushina 9th-Jan-2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Ai/Sayu are super cute. I love how Sayu's ALWAYS trying to kiss her and Ai's ALWAYS trying to dodge it.

Edited at 2011-01-09 10:19 am (UTC)
you_speak_lies 9th-Jan-2011 10:25 am (UTC)
LOL@ that gif.

It's true - I knew Sayu was a Takahashi fangirl, but I keep forgetting until I'm reminded of it. I don't know why that is.
shixon 9th-Jan-2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Apart from the cuteness of Sayu Ai love...

rainbow_yarn 10th-Jan-2011 04:34 am (UTC)
omfg I adore you
ryocchi 9th-Jan-2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Yet I disagree, this persona works for herself but not for leader material, she's the most hated member/less liked member by the non fans, and for the New Momosu we NEED a Leader that could bring a new generation of fans, she's very sincere in her opinions and all but yet I see her as a very individualistic girl, who would be rather bearing than enjoying the leader position, she's awesome as she is because she have more freedom to be herself =).
awkwardnormalcy 9th-Jan-2011 10:31 am (UTC)
But just like Takahashi stepped up whenever she became leader and became more colorful during shows and interviews, Sayumi can also become more appealing to non-fans when necessary. Her and Koharu bonded even though they were 'rivals' and I think she will help this new generation, while reaching a new generation of Morning Musume fans through her modeling that she has already started, and her experience on variety shows. Sayu leader will not be the same as just Morning Musume's Sayumi.

She is rather individualistic but if you think like that then more success for Morning Musume = More success for Sayumi, and remember that Sayumi loves Morning Musume, her and Gakisan may love the group more than any other members.

Sorry I went on a bit of a tangent there, but I really liked your opinion, I think you make some interesting points!
ryocchi 9th-Jan-2011 10:58 am (UTC)
haha you flatter me =) I just said my honest thoughts, and you gave me something to think about in return, thanks!
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