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3:07 pm - 12/17/2012

Kasai Tomomi to graduate AKB48

2nd-gen AKB48 member Kasai Tomomi (21) announced her graduation today at AKB's Kouhaku Taikou Uta Gassen event.
She later updated her blog with the following message:

I, Kasai Tomomi, will graduate from AKB48

Since 14 years old, over the past 6.5 years,
I experienced a lot,
Met very important friends,
And, the fans,
The love from everyone,
I’ve come so far.

AKB has a very important place in my heart.

Therefore in the future too,
It will not change!

The Kasai Tomomi who’s still immature.
Slowly in the future,
I’ll grow.
I think like this.

Still, the graduation day
Is undecided!!

When it’s decided,
I’ll tell everyone.

Because it’s a sudden announcement
Every of the fans
that’s shocked,

In the little time left,
As AKB48’s Kasai Tomomi,
Please look after me.

And the path ahead of me after that,
Please look after Kasai Tomomi.

Blog Translation
Original Entry

omfg this has been a bad month for 2nd gen. I guess this makes sense tho, Chiyuu isn't getting back into senbatsu, she's not going to get higher in AKB, she should move on and work on her solo career while she's still popular.
momomoing 17th-Dec-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
what the.... she just got a solo gig.... :O
supersaiyananf 17th-Dec-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
NOOOO! My oshi is graduating. :( How about her solo debut? I mean, she's releasing her first single soon. Will she still release stuff like Maeda? Seriously, first Sata Andagi disbanding and than this. I hate this week seriously.
kinenbi 17th-Dec-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
First Yuka.
Then N Nacchi.
Now Chiyuu.

I can't even deal with this anymore. I'm flipping tables over here!
tomoeicemaiden 17th-Dec-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Knew her ass would be kicked out the moment she pulled that shit on Ougon Densetsu. Good riddance.
tha_x 17th-Dec-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, for some reason it doesn't seem like she decided it on her own. The timing is too suspicious.
hina 17th-Dec-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think she was necessarily fired because of that, but I do think that's why she was kicked out if senbatsu and no longer getting any sort of AKB promo. And when she realised that was it for her in AKB, she decided to graduate.
tomoeicemaiden 17th-Dec-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Well it was certainly the ton of bricks that broke the camel's back. Doing something like that is as close to a career suicide as it gets. They announced her solo right afterwards the news broke out to see how much damage control they could achieve but because of the overwhelming criticism she and AKB has received it is no surprise Kasai was pressured into graduating.

tl;dr She's young and stupid. She didn't commit a heinous crime, and I believe she deserves to be forgiven one day. But she needs to work on that without the help of AKB.
d_e_l_u_g_e 18th-Dec-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
rim1789 18th-Dec-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought, especially with the

""The Kasai Tomomi who’s still immature.
Slowly in the future,
I’ll grow.""

Of course it's a graduation speech, so they tend to say something like that...But still. I can't help but think that in part due to the huge criticism she faced, that happened

I like her so I wish she would have stayed long.
makro14 18th-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
You mean abandoning the 10000 yen/month challenge? Was it really such a big deal in Japan? Sorry, I don't really follow any news concerning this case, so I'd be grateful for any informations. I googled a little and found some comments, but I still don't understand WHY it was such a big deal.
xdarkxblue5 18th-Dec-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
I believe the reason why it was such a big deal was because she didn't say anything at all about quitting. She just didn't show up, which is rather unprofessional.
I don't really see it as a big deal though. She probably could of gone about it better, but it's not like she committed some kind of horrible crime.
makro14 18th-Dec-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see! I was thinking that it was something like "Oh, so she can't live like us, poor fans" kind of thing.

Thank you~! ^o^
ogoediamond 20th-Dec-2012 08:38 am (UTC)
It's more the responsibility of accepting the job offer. Her excuse of quitting the show/disappearing from the show was that she couldn't stand the 24 hours of video taping her. But then others who achieved/finished this show say that they were informed many times that they would be doing that and if it was okay for them to record them 24 hours.

Another thing is that she disappeared without saying a word to her management as well as the show itself. She disappeared from her room so noone knew what was actually going on. The show before the "quitting" announcement kept saying "Where did she go? Is she okay?" kind of things.

Apparently it wasn't her first time cancelling a job offer as last minute too.

I am a HUGE Tomo~mi fan and it kills me sooo much! But the thing is, I get upset when my coworkers don't come to work and I have to cover their stupid butts so I can't really protect her. As a fan it hurts to hear her graduation. As a civilian, I think she should quit her job if she can't take the responsibility to finish her jobs.
makro14 20th-Dec-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
That's a really detailed explanation, thanks!

Yes, I see your point and I agree, she behaved really unprofessionaly, but I still think she shouldn't be punished so hard. I know that japanese citizens have different mentality and they agree with such outcome, but I don't. 48 is facing a lot of changes and graduations right now and in my honest opinion, this one is totally pointless. Especially that I doubt she was ready to graduate, she probably wanted to stay in AKB for a little longer.

I don't want to start any wank, so I won't say any names, but a CERTAIN girl had a worse scandal and she basically survived without any repercussions, so yeah... not really fair for Tomomi.

I still support AKB48 as a whole and I hope they won't face any more hardships, they should just enjoy their current fame and have the best time of their lives.

(...dumb me, I didn't use LJ for a while and instead of "reply" clicked "leave a comment" and was like WHY MY REPLY WASN'T POSTED. T__T Brb, sobbing.)
mysweetestlove 17th-Dec-2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
bu-bye and good riddance
she was problematic
+ but isn't she doing some solo thing tho wth
bear100 17th-Dec-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
damn, my original oshimen. :(
liniang 17th-Dec-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
She's my least favorite member. It's a surprise though.
reii_chan 17th-Dec-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
NO :(
liime_arix 17th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised honestly. Especially considering what happened to her and program, like some people were saying she might have been fired.
riringo 18th-Dec-2012 05:59 am (UTC)
Chiyuuu :"""""""""""""(
fictionitusxd 18th-Dec-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I am shocked by this, even though she is far from my oshi (but not too far on the bottom. Sasshi's still stuck there XD). I just feel like its a bad time for the 2nd gen, which has my flawless oshi Sayaka. I just hope announcing graduations like this doesn't become a trend... but at the same time, there are so many girls who are just sitting around. IDK I'm indifferent to this.
fictionitusxd 18th-Dec-2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Also, OT, but Yuka's last day was yesterday, and they didn't even do anything special :[
littleplastikme 19th-Dec-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Considering she left following a scandal, it's surprising they even let her perform at Kouhaku.
xkenbe 18th-Dec-2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Well damn! Too many graduations in AKB recently. It's pretty sad.
stole_away 20th-Dec-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
2012, wow so many graduations from AKB & sister groups
ogoediamond 20th-Dec-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I am a HUGE Tomo~mi fan and it kills me sooo much! But the thing is, I get upset when my coworkers don't come to work and I have to cover their stupid butts so I can't really protect her. As a fan it hurts to hear her graduation. As a civilian, I think she should quit her job if she can't take the responsibility to finish her jobs.
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