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1:18 am - 08/24/2011

Ogawa Saki to graduate from S/mileage and H!P



This is an important announcement concerning S/mileage.

Thanks for always supporting S/mileage.

We have an important announcement about S/mileage’s Ogawa Saki. Following the Uchouten LOVE Live Event on August 27th at Higashi Betsuin Hall in Nagoya, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and Hello! Project.



Comment from Tsunku

Thank you gratefully for your continual support of Hello! Project and myself.

Let’s get right to the announcement I want to tell you.

From S/mileage, who has recently gained 5 sub-members, Ogawa Saki will be graduating from S/mileage and subsequently from Hello! Project.

Early in May this year “Earlier, I have been contemplating and consolidating with staffs, about returning to being a normal middle school student. I feel very strongly about this, please let me quit.” she has made this request.

Even being the youngest in the group, I have entrusted her with her singing skills. However, now, from here on and out, as a group and each member individually, their strong desires to improve persist. Even as a producer, it’s not in the best interest of the group and members to continue to force a member in doubt to endure more group activities, therefore Ogawa’s request has been accepted.

It was officially announced at first that this unit’s member might increase or decrease, it was due this is reason that an urgent S/mileage member audition was held in June this year. Due to various conditions of the group, herself and other parties involved, as well as terms and conditions on contract, it was not until today that this information about her could be reported, please accept my apologizes.

Also, she is still an immature student. A working adult would understand that abandoning work half way is an inexcusable act, but please consider her straight and strong feelings, and watch over her with your warm and love.

Therefore, all fans, please take care of S/mileage which is still in its infant stage.

For this hasty written letter as a report, please excuse me

2011/08/24
S/mileage Producer
Tsunku



Comment from Ogawa Saki

Thank you for always supporting me.

As of August 27th 2011 I, Ogawa Saki, will graduate from S/mileage as well as Hello! Project.

Since our major debut last year in May, I have enjoyed every single day as part of S/mileage.

However, somewhere down in my heart, I felt there was a gap between myself and the S/mileage me. I have talked it over with the staff many times and have been constantly worrying about it, and with everyone working their hardest to move forward and myself still uncertain of things, I decided that it was not in the best interest of S/mileage and I will return to being just a normal girl.

I apologize for the last minute announcement.

While there may be feelings of sadness, S/mileage will always be a group with it’s trademark smile!

I’ll be working my hardest to end with a smile until my last event on 8/27, I know there isn’t a lot of time left but I hope you can support me!

The new members will power up S/mileage after I graduate so I hope you’ll continue to support them.

Thank you very much for all your support up til now.

2011/08/24
S/mileage Ogawa Saki

Source: Here and here.



RIP original 4, I shall miss you, but this is karma for Tsunku screwing over Saho Akari in the first place tbqh.
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eishastan 24th-Aug-2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Shocking! but the only girl i care for in S/mileage is Yuuka so, whatever, sorry for her fans though :/
kinenbi 24th-Aug-2011 08:59 am (UTC)
.......I know I'm going to get hate for this, but I'm happy she's leaving. She may still do work with Oha Studio and, who knows, go solo with more training?

S/mileage as a whole just doesn't sound great. Even Mini moni (which was a silly fun group) actually had vocal talent. I know, this coming from an Koharu fan is pretty lulzy, but I miss H!P when the groups actually had vocal talent and weren't just squeaky kids.

Even BERRYZ and C/UTE didn't sound the way S/mileage does when they started. Eep.

(Also, not trolling. 10 year H!P fan here just stating her opinion.)
niainwonderland 24th-Aug-2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I understand exactly what you mean. H!P really isn't what it used to be...
tsumi_riina717 24th-Aug-2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
your 10 years old ? o-o i am sad saki is leaving : (


woah...

i am 19. lol
xfatarhythm 27th-Aug-2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
That person most likely meant they've been an H!P fan for 10 years, haha.
19861122 24th-Aug-2011 09:09 am (UTC)
So Tsunku organized the audition because he knew Saki would leave sooner or later? That explains why everything has been so quick. Oh well, I will miss her, but I'm not gonna lie, life continues. S/mileage's stronger members are Dawa and Kanon, hands down. The new 5 girls look promising and I'm sure the group will follow Momusu's path with graduations/auditions and become bigger than now. H!P has a lot other stagnant groups. S/mileage is set for something bigger. Thanks for everything Saki and good luck from now on :)
yasmine2009 24th-Aug-2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
"S/mileage's stronger members are Dawa and Kanon, hands down."

May I ask why you say that?
toey_numleab 24th-Aug-2011 10:55 am (UTC)
This annoucement makes me SHOCK,so fast
too fast!!!
Saki,Wish you luck
nyappnyappcafe 24th-Aug-2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'd like to just come back here and comment on how funny it is seeing everyone point the finger at Tsunku.
People say this repeatedly every single time an issue like this comes up, but Tsunku isn't the one making the decisions. It's the top dogs of UFA. Regardless of whether Saki came to this decision on her own or was forced to, it's not Tsunku's fault.

I just wanted to get that out there. I'm tired of seeing BOO TSUNKU every time shit goes down. I personally think this was her own decision, especially since she's already made it clear she was quitting Oha Star already.
yasmine2009 24th-Aug-2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
The face of the company always gets the blame...Sad, but that's what comes with the position. He also gets all the love when stuff goes good.
tsumi_riina717 24th-Aug-2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
The Nanny Pictures, Images and Photos
therkita 25th-Aug-2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Goodbye. She was the only one with a talent for singing in the group.
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