Winky shall be no more…
|Courtesy of Hello! Project Fans facebook page|
We all saw it coming though, so don’t deny it. Her day was looming nearer, but honestly…? I’m a little shocked, and that’s because I thought she would stay for another two years, or another year at the very least. But, again, we all saw it coming, and we all knew deep down in our hearts (or the ice that replaces mine) that she would bolt before Sayu.
And, understandably, she’s running off with her new band.
Reina Tanaka Official Comment
First thank you for your continued support.It has been decided that, I, Reina Tanaka, will graduate from Morning Musume。、as well as from Hello! Project at the end of next spring’s tour!I have announced my graduation today on the stage in front of the fans and I introduced as well the 3 members of the band, I will now take off to a new stage!I have been a 6th generation member of Morning Musume。 for almost 10 years and this year the group is celebrating its 15th anniversary. I think this is a turning point, a challenge for me to try another music activity, with the start of this band.There is around 6 months left until I will be a Morning Musume。 member, with the January Hello! Project lives in January and the next tour.So please support the Reina Tanaka’s member of Morning Musume。 which will sing in front of you and for my following activities as well!
|“Bye, bitches! I’m off to greener pastures!” -cackles and winks manically-|
I will be honest and say that there is a lot of shock going on here for me, more so because I did think that she would stick around for a little while longer, test the waters with her band and then leave to focus more on her other activities. But, as many have said before me, she has looked, or even been, bored with Morning Musume for a while now. After losing Ai to graduation, she had no more competition, and losing Gaki meant losing further competition when it came to good vocals within the group. Losing Kamei back in 2010 meant that she lost one of her rocks rooting her to MM, and the same went for Aika, who she was particularly close to. If you think about it, Reina realy doesn’t have anyone within the group that she is particularly close to, so in a way, it’s understandable that she would want to leave anyway.
|This also needs to happen, because it would be fucking AWESOME!!!|
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