Fukuda-san announced her graduation from both ANGERME and Hello!Project on Hello!Sta.
I learned this earlier.
My first thought was that my favorite idol group, the one I longed after, would be down to one member out of four.
During Budokan rehearsals, from hearing the members sing old songs and singing them myself, so, so many memories from when I supported S/mileage, from when I joined S/mileage, and S/mileage in general came flooding into my head and I started to cry.
At the same time, I realized how much I loved S/mileage.
But we have transformed.
I think that years from now, we might be a group like Morning Musume ’15, with a history and a legend.
So many things have changed so suddenly since last fall, and I’ve been so desperate to keep up with all of them, but with this announcement, I can finally stop and react to everything.
I was sad, but when I saw Fukuda-san talking about how we should think optimistically after her graduation, I wanted Fukuda-san to live a joyful life, and it made me decide to keep working hard after she graduates!
We only have a little time left, but I will treasure every single second I have with her.
I want to do Smile Sisters again.
I’ve been writing, deleting, and rewriting since yesterday, and while I don’t think I can put it all into words, this is how I feel now.
ANGERME will progress every day.
Right now is the only time we can perform as 9.
I want to treasure the time I have as being a part of these 9.
I remember learning in elementary school
that Darwin, who had the theory of evolution, said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.”
I suddenly remembered those words, and they really are true～. That’s it! lol
I will run full-speed into the time we have left as my beloved 9.