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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

S/mileage Producer

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.

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.
glider 24th-Aug-2011 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't even really care about this group but I get so pressed at like all the bullshit that happens with them tbh

part of me thinks the "I want to be a normal girl" explanation is bs and it's UFA covering for the fact that they fired her (honestly, I'm sure she's great and all, but she doesn't quite have the same amount of popularity as Yuuka or Kanon), but then I have to wonder if her leaving is really her choice and it might've spurred the decision to audition in more members.

I'm kind of sad, the original four actually had good chemistry.
danceinthedark 24th-Aug-2011 12:32 am (UTC)
If they fired her for popularity reasons, Chinami, Maasa and Hagiwara are probably next, given they tend to hover around the same space on the Hello! Project store rankings. Not that those are overall accurate indicators, but still, something is better than nothing.

Idk I do get the impression this was of her own volition, especially when she's made a statement and everything.
taylorniw 24th-Aug-2011 12:33 am (UTC)
I don't think she got fired. She did have a permanent gig on TV, which is far bigger than anything any of the other members did. I think the 'I want to be a normal girl' is a cover for 'This new member stuff is bullshit and I want no part of it'.
nyappnyappcafe 24th-Aug-2011 12:37 am (UTC)
I can see this as being likely too.
Ever since the new member announcement, ever since anyone has mentioned the new members, she always gets quiet and makes this face.
She's normally so lively on their USTREAM. On their last episode, she didn't speak much at all. Kinda sat stony faced a lot of the time.
glider 24th-Aug-2011 12:40 am (UTC)
really, none of them seemed particularly happy about the new member auditions. I only remember Dawa kind of putting up that pretense at their concert when it was announced.
nyappnyappcafe 24th-Aug-2011 12:44 am (UTC)
I personally think Kanon has taken a liking to it after seeing who they are and getting to know them.
yasmine2009 24th-Aug-2011 12:40 am (UTC)
"I think the 'I want to be a normal girl' is a cover for 'This new member stuff is bullshit and I want no part of it'."

I got this same vibe from her. She looked pissed as hell when Tsunku first made the announcement...
gabucha26 24th-Aug-2011 12:55 am (UTC)
but it says they did the new member audition as a way to find a replacement for her upcoming graduation. Maybe they are lying, but I know Maiha graduated from Berryz for the exact same reasons so it's a plausible reason.
sadistic_dance 24th-Aug-2011 01:01 am (UTC)
She probably decided to leave well before Tsunku decided to find new members.
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