12 May 2011
Ushikubo Sara, Yamaguchi Nau, Ninomiya Yuka to Graduate
11th gen AKB48 Kenkyuusei Ushikubo Sara and Yamaguchi Nau have announced that they will be officially withdrawing from the group on 19 June 2011, and 2nd Gen SDN48 member Ninomiya Yuka will be graduating today.
Sara and Nau's graduations were announced through the official AKB48 blog and no official reasons were given for their graduation. Yuka announced her own graduation during the SDN48 show on the same day. She left as she hopes to pursue a career in theater.
It is part and parcel for Kenkyuuseis to withdraw from AKB48. I have to admit I've never taken that much notice of the two girls which makes me feel a little guilty now. I did like Sara somewhat, but I didn't watch enough Kenkyuusei LODs to get attached to her.
On the flip side, I'm still feeling a little upset about Ninomiya Yuka (aka Yukapo)'s graduation. I was taken completely aback upon finding out. Yukapo was my SDN48 oshimen so I took it somewhat hard. She had changed her blog URL just a week or so before and I thought that it was perhaps a good sign her management was doing something. I never expected the graduation!
I left a comment to congratulate Yukapo on her graduation, telling her to work hard and that i'm happy for her and would support her no matter what, but when I was writing that message I was, in fact, feeling really terrible. I had been looking forward to her coming to Singapore for an SDN48 show. Some things aren't meant to happen, huh.
I wish the best of luck to the three girls for their future endeavours!