Team K has been rocked by the announcement made today by Sayaka that due to the recent scandal involving her, she’s stepping down as the leader of the team. She feels that she’s not worthy of the position anymore but one day would like the opportunity to regain her captaincy. Naturally the shock waves from this announcement has caused some sadness and bewilderment not only for fans but to AKB48 members as well. I feel she’s been too hasty in this decision. I understand that she perhaps wants to regain people’s trust but to relinquish being Captain is too much. I can’t imagine my favorite team without Sayaka as leader. Since the news has come out, a lot of fans have been sending messages of encouragement and support to Sayaka which is great. AKB48 fans are the best in the world! Thanks a lot Shukan Bunshun for doing this to her – you bunch of shits! The question on everybody’s lips now is who will take over as leader – some are saying that Ayaka Umeda is the new leader but I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed or not. I’d give it to Sayaka’s best friend Sae.
EDIT: Having digested the news last night and slept on it, I realise now that Sayaka’s announcement could have been a hell of a lot worse. She could have quit AKB48 altogether but thankfully she didn’t. To clear up some confusion, Sayaka’s resignation hasn’t been forced on her by anybody – not by management or Aki-P. This was purely her own decision. It was so heartwarming to hear about the AKB48 members that came into the ANN studio to support Sayaka.
I am absolutely certain that the roof of the AKB Theater will be blown off by the vocal support of the fans when Sayaka will be performing next with Team K there. The brilliant fans over at Stage 48 are going to be sending messages of love from all the foreign fans to her too which I think is just amazing. Sayaka isn’t alone going through this difficult time, we (the fans) will show her how much we care for her wellbeing.