It has been announced that Erina Mano, the charming soloist of Hello! Project and one of my favourite idols ever, will graduate from Hello! Project on the 23rd of February 2013.
Click here for the official announcement (translated by Takamaruyo here) and here for Manochan’s own blog entry. I’m sure many idols have mentioned the news in their own blogs, but since I only read Sayu’s blog regularly… here you go: Sayu’s blog entry and a translation by blog!project.
Oh Manochan. :(
I’m a huge fan, so this came as a shock to me.
But have you heard the good news? Manochan wants to continue singing and acting! And if I got it right, she is graduating simply because she wants to challenge herself more and see what she can do outside of UFA management. She is just an ambitious girl. :) I’m so so so relieved about this, especially the singing part, I can’t put it into words. I was working when I heard the first words from 2ch through Twitter, and I lost my ability to concentrate altogether until I heard that she won’t disappear for good. We don’t know the intensity of her future career yet, but what we have now is hope. Erina’s singles and albums and concerts are something that I always look forward to with great excitement. What’s more, she is also the main reason why I keep buying not only Momusu concert DVDs and Manochan’s solo ones but also Hello! Project ones.
Despite feeling down about the announcement, I’m absolutely made up that Manochan isn’t leaving us entirely. I will support her forever! ♥
So, it seems that this is a good thing for Erina. We should be happy for her. But, you know. I can’t help but feel extremely sad. Hello! Project will feel so empty without her. Without a soloist. Without that contagious smile and amazing stage presence. Sure, there are other lovely idols too, and my oshi bunny is still keeping me a super happy mowota, but you have to admit, there is no other idol quite like Erina Mano.
As Sayumin said, there is still time until the graduation, and I for one am going to spend that time fangirling over Manochan instead of crying! I recommend you do the same! Unless you’re a guy, in that case fanboying will do.
To finish my post, a picture from the ongoing Hello! Pro summer concert. I’m sure many of you have already seen this though. What do you guys think about the new hairstyle? There are more pics in Manochan’s blog. I think it’s a cute fresh look! And… that is one gorgeous dress.
Still feeling down? Look at this old pic I found… it’s so cute and so bright, I’m smiling right now. :) I must start saving pics on my new laptop so I can do more picspam posts in the future.