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It has been announced that NMB48 member Fukumoto Aina will be graduating from the group in order to pursue a career in variety. The idol made this announcement during the groups Dareka no Tame ni revival stage which was held at the NMB48 theatre in Namba, Osaka.
“I started having a strong feeling that I want to challenge as a talent, and improve my variety skills, so I have decided to change my path to become a variety talent, and to stand on the starting line once again.”
“I didn’t come up with the answer without much thought, and I do not regret my decision to graduate. I feel like I was able to take one step toward my dream. I know it won’t be an easy path, but I am ready to overcome it. That’s why I will study a lot more than now, and will make my dream come true for sure.”
“I will work hard so that I can show myself shining to you fans who have supported me until now, staff members, my family and friends, and also the members who I’ve spent every day and walked up to here together. I will be happy if you can watch over me warmly. I love NMB48. Please continue to support me.” - Fukumoto Aina (blog translation)This is indeed sad news for fans of Aina, as well as fans of NMB48. 2012 was a terrible year for graduations, and whilst I am not an avid follower of the group, I hope that these graduations cease to continue... well, not as much as last years at least. And whilst I may not know who you are, I am sad that you are leaving Aina, however I do wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavours.
And so to end this brief post, I want to dedicate a song to Aina and NMB48 as a whole before she departs. This was the first song that I thought of when I saw the news today.
My god I am a bitch, but whatever xD