Saturday, 29 April 2017

Duu Duu DUUUUUUUUUU!!! Kudo Haruka to Graduate Morning Musume'17 This Fall!

Today on April 29th, 2017, Morning Musume'17 member Kudo Haruka announced her Graduation from the group, which will take place on the final day of the groups Fall 2017 tour. She has expressed her desire to pursue acting full-time once she has graduated.

A statement was released from both Up-Front and Kudo Haruka, in regards to the graduation announcement and the reasons behind her decision. A translation of both has been provided by Up-Front Link on Facebook:

"I, Haruka Kudo,
After the Autumn tour,
Will graduate from Morning Musume。 as well as from Hello! Project.

It has been 6 years since I became a member of Morning Musume。
It has been 8 years since I get into Hello! Project.
During this time, I had lots of experiences,
Thanks to lots of people,
I grew up to this level since I was a common and audacious primary school student.
And because I became a normal high shcool student for a little while,
I began to wonder "What do I want to do in the future now that my dream of Morning Musume。 became true?"

My answer came out quite early.
Or, I think I already had it.

I want to try the genre I found here in my career, "acting".

I don't want to do things halfway,
So even by saying "I want to act", by singing and dancing as an idol as well,
I somehow thought it was disrespectful to the members and to the fans to say I do both things.

I told this feeling to the company and to my parents,
I thought a lot,
"I want to bet on what I want to do" and then decided to graduate.

During the remaining time,
I want to create many memories with the members and all the fans,
I want to be able to say "See you again!" without any regret at the end.

Please support me until the end.

Morning Musume。'17 Haruka Kudo"

With this announcement, a lot of fans (at least, the Western fandom) for Hello! Project and Morning Musume have been left in quite a bit of shock and surprise. Over the years, there has been much debate about how would leave next, and why, with a lot of rumours going around that this time around, Sato Masaki would announce her leave of the group, due to her health more than anything. There have also been the odd 'Iikubo and Ikuta should leave, they suck', and my own speculations / hopes were for Mizuki to go next. Because, I'm evil. We all know this.

But yeah, not even I expected Duu to go. At least, not now.

Being one of the younger members - the youngest of her generation, no less - Kudo Haruka seems like the member you wouldn't expect to leave. Also, she's universally adored. Western fans find her charming, funny and filled with personality, and her singing and dancing is pretty solid, for the most part. She's also highly charismatic and endearing, with wonderful stage presence and a wonderful amount of determination and gusto.

Oh, and she's a great actress, too. Which makes a lot of sense, given that's what she's leaving the group for. And I really do not blame her.

Upon hearing the news - I kind of woke up to it, as you tend to do when you live on a part of the world that is about 9 hours behind Japan - I honestly couldn't tell you what I felt... Surprise? Acknowledgement? Confusion? I'm unsure myself, but, it wasn't sadness or disdain or some other overwhelming emotion. I was just... okay. I was okay with it.

I accepted Duu's graduation announcement right away, though, honestly. It was totally left-field, and after a few minutes, I did react. It was more of a 'Are you SHITTING ME!?' moment, but nothing else. I've still not felt the need to cry or scream, or whatever.

I did, however, laugh. Because coping mechanisms.

Now, this is not to say I won't miss Duu when she does leave; believe me, I will. She might not be my favourite member, but, she is up there, because Duu is just so damn likable. I like her presence and her charm, I like her voice and how she basically gives 100% and always looks like she's having fun. I love the fact that she is both cute and cool, and that she knows how to draw you in. She is an amazing Idol, and when she leaves, I will really miss the heck out of her. She's a damn star, and H!P / UFP are gonna be kicking themselves when they let her go.

Because, you know; they kind of fucked up good there in terms of not giving this star the power she deserved, until it was too late. Then again, they also deserve it. Idiots.

Right now, I'm okay with this. I have accepted her leave, and though it was totally unprecedented and out of the blue, I think that Duu is one of those members who really knows what she wants to do, and knows the perfect time to bow out.

This year she turns 18, and though some might find her too young to leave the group and the Idol industry, I think it's a good time to bail. She's going for something big, and something that won't be easy to get into without a lot of hard work, networking and determination. If she wants to give this her 100%, then I totally support her choice to leave the Idol world, to make it in the acting industry.

When the time comes for her to leave, however, you all know I will be a mess of sadness and tears, especially when the week of Graduation Duupreciation comes up. But, until the day she makes her Duuparture, I will enjoy all she brings, and watch over her as fondly as a British Idol fan can.

Oh, and to hit the nail even further into the coffin...

"Ten years from now, I have I feeling I'll still be in the group. I even think I might be the leader. Who knows what will happen?"



Hello! Project Official Site News
Up-Front Link (Translation)
Tokyo Sports
Oricon News
Daily Sports Online



  1. Beware of Morning Musume members who aspire to be leaders from the get-go. They tend to be the first in their generation to go. *coughRihocough*

    That aside, it's still a sad announcement. It still feels very surreal (especially after a storm moved through my area earlier this morning, right around the time the concert would've started in Japan--and I didn't even mention *yesterday's* announcement from Up Up Girls), but... well, I guess the only thing to do is support her and wish her the best.

    (P.S. Cheers for coining a perfect word to describe the atmosphere: "Duustruction.")

    1. Ahahaha yeah, I'm gonna be wary of them lot for now XD Maybe it was a good choice to go for the girl who says she aims for centre XD (Eripon, lmao).

      I think, even after the announcement is some weeks old, it's surreal. It's not hit me yet. Then again, we've had a fair few announcements in terms of graduations from other people, too. It's... it's sad for everyone. Like, damn.




  3. Love all the puns!

    And it is truly sad seeing the announcement of her graduating. She was a force to be reckoned with right off the bat, and hahah, love your jab at UFA. But really, they deserve it for not letting her shine like she deserved.

    I wasn't expecting her to go, but I did feel like the time is right for some of these girls to be thinking about graduating.

    Wishing her all the best in her endeavors!!!

    1. MUAHAHAHA I LOVE PUNS >8D They are fun as heck xD

      But, yeah, I am sad she will be Graduating, too, and I feel they underused her (UFP). Still, if she wants out, so be it.

      I am always ready to jab UFP tbh. They deserve it XD

      I think I expected either Eripon or Mizuki, tbh, no matter how much it would break my heart to see Eripon leave. But, yeah... I wish Haruka the best, too!!!

  4. Have you seen this blog? I stumbled across it and I'd like to hear what you think.

    1. Lmfao not another beckii cruel wannabe

    2. LOL NOW I Have

      I have my own thoughts on it... it's weird she doesn't post pics, considering she wants to be an 'idol'. But she can do what she wants.

    3. I too have seen it now. And I too agree that it is "Lmfao not another beckii cruel wannabe". Lol

    4. Aww no she has the same name as me. Someone tell her to STOP


    That's fine I'll just watch all the movies she's in instead! :) I don't care what it as long as it has Duu in it XD

    1. YESSS! Let's support Actress Haruka like we support Mano Actress! Duu will dominate the movie platform!

    2. Hi Chiima! Sorry if this is a bit off topic (I do love your blog!). I am a big fan of Risa from MM. I was just wondering, because you have lots of experience with JPop, do you know any girls who are similar to Risa (looks and personality)? Risa is not that active any more and I cannot find any similar girls. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! XOXOXOX

    3. Hiii Anonymous, sorry for a late reply! I tend to procrastinate, lol. I loved Risa from MM so much! She's amazing, right? And awww, thank you so much ;A; for thinking I have experience, and for loving my blog. It makes me happy ;A; And hmm, I don't think anyoen can quite match up to Risa's looks, but sometimes, how Ikuta Erina has a similar stage presence to Risa! She stands out and dazzles, and at times, her smile feels similar. Even her vocals. I feel she is the most similar, to me XD

      I'd say maybe even Kaede might match up, though again, looks wise it's difficult. Presence and voice, yeah. Gaki was completely one of a kind, though!

      Thank YOU! <3 xoxoxoxoxoxo