Weekly Idol Recap! - Week Of January 9th, 2016

Welcome to the first ever Weekly Idol Recap where I will discuss any news that had occurred over the past week in idol news,

Well some good news to start this off before it takes a bad turn.


It is the Year Of The Monkey and we should all be going bananas this year.

Sorry, bad pun!

Anyways, here is your idol news!

Fukagawa Mai (Nogizaka46) Graduation Announcement!

Photo Courtesy: Nogizaka 46 Official Profile Page

At the time of this release it would be about a week (January 7th) when she announced her graduation.

I found out the news through one of the Facebook groups I am in and it really hit me hard.

Mai Mai has been one of my oshi for quite some time. Not only is she pretty but she can sing and also play the guitar.

I will truly miss her smile and some of her shy qualities. She also was born in the same year I was, so most of the young ladies her age are leaving which is becoming depressing to a point.

She almost became my kami-oshi before I made Mahiro Kawamura that title instead.

She announced that she will continue until after all the handshake events are done for the 14th single of Nogizaka46 which will be around June-ish?

During my next trip in Japan, I will have the chance to meet her for the first and probably final time.

I really hope that she will have a bright future ahead of her and I will be keeping track (in a non creepy manner) of her activities.

Ganbatte, Mai Mai!!!

Announcement: Fukagawa Mai Blog 01-07-2015

Iwata Karen (AKB48) Graduation Announcement

Photo Courtesy: Iwata Karen Official Twitter

This one happened on January 5th, 2016.

Iwata Karen of AKB48 announced her graduation to the astonishment of her team around her and some of the AKB48 fandom.

In my honest opinion, I really never was a fan of Karen to begin with. I really only knew her because she is very famous for being able to recite Attack On Titan manga scenes.

Like, she acts them out and goes pretty hardcore which makes it even funnier.

Karen had a variety role within the group especially on AKBingo!

Other than that, I really don't mind her graduation as I mind Fukagawa Mais'.

AKBzine English Translation of Karen Announcement

Amiina Situation

Photo Courtesy: @ai_fpf 

I became a fan of the indie idol group Amiina a while ago. Almost a year to my recollection.

Anyways, this is kind of old news but on December 22nd, 2015, Kawai Mina (The one on the right in the two shot picture)decided that she will leave the duet group.

I had no idea about this until I came home last week and listened to I'm Home by the group and within 10 seconds I had somehow burst into tears because the ambiance of the song made me really sad about something. Who knows?

I saw this news and had to read more about it.

She stated that she has loved being a part of the group and having the fans' love but she just wants to be a normal junior high school student.

I don't blame her at all for that because sometimes you have to decide what matters most.

Her and Ami Yamai have been friends since elementary school and decided to pursue this together.

I feel bad for Yamai but she will continue on with performing as the staff tries to generate a new group around her.

I sent a email to the staff explaining how I felt bad and that I hope the rest of the year goes great while they are dealing with this circumstance as I believe I am the only American fan of the group.

The graduation concert will take place sometime in February of this year.

Again, Ganbatte Kawai Mina!!!!

Kawai Graduation Announcement

So for the first week of this, that was pretty heartbreaking. I do wish them all the best in the future.

Stay Tuned Next Week For More Idol News!


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