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1:32 am - 03/05/2012

Ono Haruka to Graduate from SKE48

Ono Haruka has announced her graduation from SKE48.

She wrote in her blog (translation by mahoushoujoari @ tumblr):


First of all, I want to thank
everyone who came to see today’s Stage,
And, during the second Stage…
I was able to announce my graduation.
It turned out to be an abrupt announcement but, as I said during the Stage, it’s something I’ve been thinking for 1-2 years, and it’s all thanks to so many people’s support that I was able to keep doing my best until now.
More than anything, I’m full of feelings of gratitute for all the fans that always cheered on me.
Since I’ll be an SKE member until the end of March, I’ll still have the opportunity to meet everyone of you, so please, keep looking after me as you always did for the remaining time.
Even if it’s like this,
I have to say that this is all something I decided by myself, and it’ll be the positive kind of graduation.(・ω・)
I’ll do my best to be able to perform again
before everyone’s eyes.
I’m really, really grateful for these 3 years and a half.
I love you all!♪

Announcement video:

Source: 1, 2
vvmatsui 5th-Mar-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
i can't believe ono is graduating when shes still a popular girl in ske..
But she did pre-planned it so she must have some good intentions, or just simply want to leave the entertainment industry.
She's one of my favorite members in S and ske just wouldnt be the same w.out her

Soaking my pillows in TEARDROPS T__T HAACHAN

taecish 5th-Mar-2012 07:41 am (UTC)
kuumin 5th-Mar-2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
shut up freak im gng 2 pluck out ur belly button hairs one by one when ur asleep
taecish 5th-Mar-2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
ok.. keep ur sexual fantasy to you are self. ty
thewarpedmelody 5th-Mar-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
squallina 5th-Mar-2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I have two questions. What happens when they graduate, as in what does that mean for them personally and for the group as a whole? And secondly, is AKB/SKE/ETC48 more like a debuted/public version of Johnny's Junior than artists per say? Don't mean to sound rude, just curious about the management side of things. The 48s have very, very interesting promotion and management concepts.

All the best for your future endeavors, Ono-san!
a_cheshire_grin 5th-Mar-2012 10:03 am (UTC)
I think graduating can mean two things:

1. The person will start a solo career

2. They will leave the entertainment industry to concentrate on their school work

Mhm, I don't know about your second question, but I don't think that you can compare AKB/SKE/...48 with Johnny's Juniors. JJ are more like backup-dancers for the main artists, while the girls seem to be real artists, even when some of them are in the spotlight more than others (which is not suprising with such huge groups).

But that's just my opinion, so I'm not sure if it's true!!
calcetinita 5th-Mar-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
You can't really compare the two. Johnny's Juniors are primed for a career as Johnny's idols and that's it. Some end up doing other things but the end goal is the idolhood. Male idols, especially the Johnny kind, have a much longer shelf-life than female idols so their careers after debut can be very long.

Whereas for female idols and AKB in particular, the shelf-life is much shorter which sucks in many ways but also leaves them enough room to have a different career in showbiz after they stop being idols. Because they are still relatively young when they graduate, they are free to start over again. For the popular members of the 48 family that will probably mean careers as actresses, enka singers, voice actors and variety talents. If, however, you're an unpopular member you'll probably need to start over completely (and away from the entertainment industry).
squallina 5th-Mar-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Ah I see. Thanks for pointing that out. I guess I was comparing them because I'd read somewhere about their overall manager (Akapi?) saying that the 48s were something their fans could watch grow and that they're incomplete and that's the point of the group.
janetmweiss 6th-Mar-2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but he means grow from 15-year-olds to 20-year-olds. Maybe 25-year-olds if they're lucky. After that, in a lot of people's eyes, girls don't grow--they just go downhill :(
vvmatsui 6th-Mar-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
if anything kenkyuusei are more like johnny juniors.
nova_usagi 5th-Mar-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
3 years is a short span in terms of being in a music group; however, groups like AKB are supposed to help build girls up so that they can move onto do other, greater things. Will she move onto greater, bigger things? Does she even what to? Whatever the case may be, hopefully she`ll be able to move onto something else that she will enjoying doing.
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