AKB48 member Nito Moeno (20) announced her graduation from the group during team A’s theater performance today, 14th February.
Moeno was chosen for Senbatsu for the first time in AKB48′s 12th single “Namida Surprise”.She won 2nd place in AKb48 29th single Senbatsu Janken Tournament, which led a dramatic comback to Senbatsu after 3 and a half years of absence.
She ranked at 29th in the 2nd general election in 2010, 31th in the 3rd in 2011.Despite the fact her name wasn’t on the list in the preliminary reslut, she managed to secure her place in the final, ranking at 55th in the 4th general election held in 2012.
She has gained trust from members and staffs with her solid performance skill, and been one of the most trustable members who have sustained AKB48′s theater performances. She was promoted to a regular member from Kenkyusei (research student, trainee) only 99 days after her theater performance debut, which is a record.
She starred the musical “Peter Pan” in 2012 as Wendy, the heroine.
She issued a speech at the announcement at AKB48 theater.
“Since I turned 20, I’ve started thinking about myself more frequently than before.
I’ve been uneasy about what exactly I will engage in in this entertainment business.
For the sake of my own development, to improve various skills, I would like to challenge various things after my graduation.“
According to her comment, her graduation will take place after handshake events for the Janken Single “Eien Pressure” (永遠プレッシャー – Forever Pressure) and 5th anniversary for her as a member of AKB48 – April 28th.
It's true she didn't have much going for her anymore, but still, she's too damn cool so it'll be a shame to see her leave. HoriPro members dropping out left and right.