I, Fukuda Kanon, have decided to graduate from ANGERME as well as Hello!Project in autumn of this year.
I apologize for startling anyone with this sudden announcement.
For a long time, I have thought of the subject of “graduation” as a road that one cannot avoid going down in order to take another personal step up, but there were times when I realized that thinking about it became difficult, as that obstacle seemed too great, and I had been avoiding it.
But when I seriously thought about all the things I still want to do, roads I want to travel, and things to do within the group,
With the increase of people from the third generation members and the change in name, ANGERME now has such vigor,
and the three third generation members are so fresh and shine so bright, and the four second generation members have gotten so mature and reliable,
and our leader, who has always warmly watched over everyone and who has always continued to support me, I have no need for concern in leaving the group to them.
Even though I’ll be graduating, I strongly believe that the group can continue to become bigger and bigger.
I love ANGERME and Hello!Project. I also love myself when I am shining as an idol, above all else.
I had so many different thoughts in coming to the decision to graduate,
but I still have many challenges I want to undertake.
Just debuting as a Hello!Project idol was my goal, and I performed activities as part of S/mileage and ANGERME, and I can happily say that I have found another new path.
Up until now I have been in a position of seeing off members as they graduate, but the reality is that it still hasn’t hit me that that day is actually coming for me.
However, I have spoken to people within the company time and time again, and they have respected my opinions and given me answers, and so for me, personally, this is a very positive feeling!
As I thought about graduation,
the lyrics to S/mileage’s “Shin Nippon no Susume!” gave me energy and courage.
I listened to it so, so much, and I started crying.
I listen to the songs of my Hello!Project seniors just as a fan and they give me energy, but it was my own song that gave me the determination to decide to graduate, and that makes me really, truly happy～♪
I have a lot of things I want to tell you all, but I think that would be too long to put into writing… Communicating all of it is so difficult…
I will graduate this autumn, and I have decided to give absolutely everything to my activities as part of ANGERME, so I will take a temporary leave of absence from my university, and I will devote myself to ANGERME.
This should absolutely not leave any negative feelings, and I personally feel cheerful and optimistic, so while I won’t say that I expect you to immediately accept this decision, I do hope that as I work hard with all of my strength you will support me until the end and feel peace of mind seeing me graduate!
I plan on being able to let you know what will come next sometime in the coming days♪
First of all, I will definitely make the Nippon Budokan performance a success, right before your eyes!
Please look forward to it!