At NMB48 Team N's theatre performance today, NMB48 first generation and Team N member Shinohara Kanna announced her graduation.
Her graduation show is set to be on April 12 2013.
In her speech, she revealed her hardships of being one of the more unpopular members of the group.
She joined the group when she was 13.
Currently, she is 15 going on 16 this year.
All this time, she had to deal with fans who were not very kind to her who even went as far to say she didn't belong in NMB48 Team N, and there were others who deserved it more than her, and that she was bringing the rest of the team down.
Here is a full translation of her graduation announcement speech:
Shinohara Kanna's Speech:
"I, Shinohara Kanna will graduate from NMB48.
(Shinohara Kanna on the left of this picture)
In addition to that, NMB48 Captain Yamamoto Sayaka also had some words to say regarding Kanna's heartbreaking speech.
The translation is below:
Yamamoto Sayaka's Speech:
"It's a sudden announcement, I've said it many times before, NMB48 isn't the end point, whenever a new member joins in, whether be it Kanna, or Aina, we say what our dreams are, we become a part of NMB48, and are happy to be part of a group, we work hard so that we can work towards our dreams, that's why, to say something like that and graduate is something one can only do with confidence, and I think is something to be happy about.
However, Shinohara from the start, isn't someone who can take a lot of criticism, but, NONE OF THE MEMBERS EVER THOUGHT THAT 'WE DON'T NEED SHINOHARA' nor 'WE HAVE MEMBERS THAT WE DON'T NEED' nor 'SOMEONE IS DRAGGING US DOWN', WE NEVER THINK OF THESE KIND OF THINGS, BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANY PERFECT PERSON IN THIS WORLD. For example, among the girls who chose NMB48 and entered NMB48, mainly, if there are girls who aren’t good at singing or dancing, there are also girls who find it difficult to speak, and more than being cute, there are girls who are better at being cool, and more than being cool there are also girls who are better at and like being cute.
I think that to gather everyone so that someone else has something that you don’t have to make up for areas that you lack is the meaning of belonging to a group.
As such, I think that it’s too early to think in this way that you’re not needed as an individual, or that your efforts aren’t enough, or that you’re lacking something.
Earlier, although we said that Kanna is noisy (during the MC), actually, it’s not only on stage, but also where fans can’t see it, there are many members who kindly give the other members energy, and make us able to smile.
So, really, even though it’s something that we all know, whether fans or members, there are lots of us who have been really supported by Kanna’s presence. Please don’t forget that, and we hope that she won’t forget that and that she’ll progress on the road to achieving her dream to be a model.
Everyone, together with us, please support Kanna on her dream from now on too. Please take care of her."
MY OWN RANT:
[Spoiler (click to open)]As a big fan of NMB48 Team N, this is so heartbreaking, and even irritating to read.
I seriously can't believe these fans to stoop so low to insult a 15-year-old, and say such hurtful things to her.
Yeah, I can get why she'll (Kanchiru) will want to leave because she was not getting to do much in NMB48 because she didn't shine as much as the others. She is also the most likely least popular member of Team N.
However, what the fans said to her was really uncalled for.
Sure she may not be your favourite or she may have been promoted in the past over some KKS that you may have liked better, but that doesn't mean you can just go up to a young 15-year-old and ruin her self confidence or even self esteem. She's 15, please give her a break. Perhaps when they began saying these things to her, she was even younger.
But once again, sasuga Captain Sayanee for her words. I'm so glad she addressed the issue straight on. I will never stop respecting that girl.
Either way, I wish Kanchiru all the best for her future. Hopefully, she'll able to reach her dream in becoming a model.