Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Maeda Yuuka Will Be Graduating in the New Years Eve :(

It's been a very shocking news, after Sakitty, Yuuka will graduate in the very end of the year.
It's very disappointing for all the fans who's always supporting her, but we understand why, since she wants to focus on studying at the university.
Here's a translation of Yuuka's comment about the announcement from Takamaruyo.net

"Thank you for always supporting me.
I, Maeda Yuuka, as of 2011/12/31, will be graduating from Smileage and Hello! Project.
Just the other day at our event, the 4 sub members became official members which made me really happy, but at the same time made me realize that it was this timing that I had to use to tell you all something very important.
Since becoming a high school student, I have been unable to keep up with my Smileage work and school at the same time and it has bothered me a great deal. I started to think about my future and realized that my desire to attend a university had grown a lot over time. I was wondering if, at this rate, if I would be able to handle both school work and Smileage, I was really only able to give a half-hearted effort on both things… and was always getting help from other people, and I really disliked that part about me. I thought to myself “Things aren’t going to work out if it keeps going like this”.
I need to work a lot harder if I want to attend a university. But that had always been just talk, up til now nothing had really changed…
If I let these feelings continue, it would not be fair to the other members, nor to all the fans that support me.
I thought a lot about it. I may not be very bright but I put all my energy into thinking about this… and came up with this as the only possible option.
As of now with the four new members joining, it has been a joy to spend every day with the members. To the original members, to the new members, and to all of you who have always supported me, I am very very grateful.
Although it may be sad, we have a new single featuring the 7 of us coming out on 12/28, and I will be working my hardest ever to make this the best one yet!
I am very grateful to so many people, and hope to really enjoy these remaining 2 months, and finish with a smile in the Smileage way!
Please continue to support Smileage from here on after.
Smileage Maeda Yuuka"
This was announced in a newspaper article that was released for today. Also, Tsunku commented that "Though she could have worn two hats (juggling career & school), she is the type of a girl who wants 
to put all of her full effort into one thing.
Well, even though she's going to retire from the entertainment industry, let's all support her from all the decisions she makes. 
A friend of mine from Japan (I don't know if it's official) said that there will be a 3rd generation audition for S/mileage next year..
Let's wait and see..


  1. Yuukarin!!!!!!!! TT_TT

  2. Wow! I did not expect Yuuka to graduate so soon! (I was betting Wada would leave next)