Oh Gaki, my Gaki.
She’s graduating. I thought… I thought she’d be here for a lot longer. When she became leader, I was so happy for her. But she has been in MM for at least 11 years. Longest tenure anyone is sure to have. No one will beat her in that. An amazing leader, a role model. There’s no one who can beat Gaki-san. And I mean it.
Her message to fans about her graduation speaks volumes. About her spirit and strong personality and motivation. Guh, I love this woman, like no other, I don’t think you understand.
Translated: “I, Niigaki Risa, will graduate from Morning Musume, as well as Hello! Project, after this year’s spring tour. I, myself, thought about graduating since a year ago, “along with Takahashi Ai…” I thought, but with the entry of the new members, that time was pushed back.
“After graduating Morning Musume, I’ll be studying plays full time, doing more plays and drama than I have done up to now. I’ll also challenge doing things that I was unable to do due to living as a member of a group. But, for my time remaining in Morning Musume, as leader, I’ll do my very best!
January 2nd, 2012
Morning Musume, Leader
The translation might be a little clumsy, and for that, I apologize. But she’s so determined in her message, it would’ve been wrong not to have written something about. To put aside her own graduation, to put aside the possibility of graduating with Ai-chan, just so that the new members got the RIGHT leadership, the best she could give them? That is one of many reasons I love Niigaki Risa.
I cannot imagine an MM without her presence. And very much doubt that whoever succeeds her will be able to have the impact that she will. This does not mean that I will stop listening to them, because I very much love Tsunku’s music, but it will definitely be a change.
To my once and always Leader, thing are only going to get better from now.