Arama They Didn't

5:15 pm - 06/25/2011

Gomaki's fellows react to her announcement, Avex unsuccessfully persuaded her not to go on hiatus

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Takahashi Ai
, current Morning Musume leader and admittedly a Maki fangirl, was caught off guard by the sudden news of Maki's hiatus at a BS-TBS / Android press conference. When asked about Maki's announcement she said she "didn't know" about it and quickly left the room. Whether she is or isn't allowed to speak about it remains unclear.

Fujimoto Miki commented first at a Match.com press conference, later on her blog that "The news surprised me. Maki, Aya and I have been very close since the Gomattou days, but I still have to talk to her about this", adding that "I understand her feelings. I filled my life with marriage. I'm sure she'll find her thing".

Suzuki Ami, who met Maki during the ASAYAN auditions over a decade ago and have since become close friends, commented on her Twitter that "Fans will surely be shocked but I understand Maki. Working since a young age, she deserves all the happiness. I want to see her grow up as a beautiful lady".

An insider said "Avex desperately tried to persuade her not to go on hiatus, but Maki's retirement will is strong. Her lost will be a heavy blow for the company". Another producer stated that "It has nothing to do with the sales. Avex has other artists selling around 10K and they are still under contract. They really care about Maki". Several co-workers who know Maki well coincide that "It's her will. She has yet to overcome her mother's death. She needs the break".

In July details will be revealed on single, album and tour prior to her indefinite hiatus starting January 2012.

Sources 1, 2, 3, 4
(no subject) - Anonymous
psychtiger 25th-Jun-2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
ughh I agree. I hate what avex is doing with her. She has released four mini albums under avex, and none of them are cohesive or show a constant staple of her sound. They are relying on her former fans to support her, and she is getting nowhere with it.

When she comes back, she needs to release a few proper singles, and eventually an album that isn't all over the place. Couple that with a good promotional campaign, and she could be much much more successful.
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19861122 25th-Jun-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Maki's new July single will be digital but the album will be physical. Avex must hope Maki will come back one day hence saving the "debut single" card for then. But if that ever happens, she does indeed need cohesive material and better promotion.
nyankee 25th-Jun-2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
... uh, as far as I know, her brother isn't on death row. He's in jail for robbery.
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19861122 25th-Jun-2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Funny! But I miss Ami. If only she continued with the Kiss / Supreme styles...
helsings 25th-Jun-2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
So she quit Avex too or am I misunderstanding? I thought she was just going on hiatus and then working with them again.

This depresses me so much T______T
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's an indefinite hiatus. No word whether she will remain in Avex "just in case", but hopefully she will.
(no subject) - Anonymous
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Given the proper music, Ai could have brilliant career in Avex! She's cold as Namie, genki as Ayu and sexy as Itano. If only... but she said she wants to do "theater plays" and Zetima wouldn't let her go without trying solo works, I think.
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helsings 25th-Jun-2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
As talented as Ai is, she's always loved the theatre and musicals more so even if she was offered maybe she'd decline, and I found it suited her more too.
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magneticdeath 25th-Jun-2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I don't think UFA will let takahashi go that easily, lol
mitchy_fleur 25th-Jun-2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
;A;
taylorniw 25th-Jun-2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Miki's statement is really surprising, because Goto never really seemed to be 'friends' with anyone in H!P. And iirc there were rumors that Miki and Aya didn't get along with her.
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
It seems they were a true gang. Aya and Maki attended each other concerts even after graduations. Although I didn't know the bonds with Miki were so close. Other persons Maki get along with are Yoshizawa and Aibon...
taylorniw 25th-Jun-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yossie was everyone's BFF. She got around.
kushina 25th-Jun-2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Why are all my favourite JPOP Princesses/Queens going on hiatus? Ayaka, Utada, Maki..

If Koda Kumi is next, I think I'll have a fit.
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Kumi started out at the same age as Maki. Expect a chain reaction lol
pommy48 25th-Jun-2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
alan said on Weibo that she hopes Maki will be able to live for herself
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear from alan :)
(no subject) - Anonymous
19861122 25th-Jun-2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
IKR! Whether it was Avex or Maki's decision to go thru all these random mini albums and experimenting with different sounds it was definitely a weak choice. They could have done a lot more. Ever since that Whitney Houston cover, everything has been like "what now?!" and that's not how you build up a stable fanbase...
glider 26th-Jun-2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Whether she is or isn't allowed to speak about it remains unclear.

of course she isn't allowed to speak about it, she's an idol.
rainbow_yarn 26th-Jun-2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Miki and Maki were close? I thought they didn't get along. I kind of prefer it that way. Hope Maki does what will make her happy.
lelouchikaru 26th-Jun-2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Here for Ami Suzuki and... oh no. Maki Goto T_T sobs..


and THIS reminds me of UTADA HIKARU's same announcement last year.

I wonder who's gonna be next to go on hiatus.
goto 26th-Jun-2011 02:14 am (UTC)
;_;
sakichi 26th-Jun-2011 09:59 am (UTC)
Girl needs a break. I'm sad to see her go on hiatus, but it's for the best. Get better, Maki. ♥

Also, Avex needs to promote her better. Her releases are all over the place in terms of sound. I wish she'd stick with the sound she had with Sweet Black. That was the best and most suiting for her imho. All this talent going to waste because of lack of promotion. Avex, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
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