So then guys, have you all caught your breath back after the shocking graduation announcement. It’s gonna take a while for me to take in this news. AKB48 without Acchan is going to be incredibly strange.
Well anyway this is a recap of what Acchan said in a very emotional speech. She told the audience that she’s been a 1st generation AKB48 member since she’s been 14 years old and it was a big decision in her life. The 2nd biggest decision is graduating from the group. During her time with AKB48 she has caused trouble for many people due to her mood swings but thanks to everybody’s help she is here today. She’s wanted to perform at the Tokyo Dome since she was 14 years old. As this dream will come true now that she’s 20 years old, it’s time to move on towards her next dream. She’s worked hard for 6 and a half years. She’s worried and anxious about what is to come in the future for her. There is no details or timescale as to when she will graduate.
All of the AKB48 members seemed to be in major shock at the news. Poor Tomo~mi was hyperventilating like crazy. I can’t imagine how they’re all feeling right now.
I think it’s pretty obvious that AKB48’s biggest concert to date at the Tokyo Dome will be Acchan’s swansong which I think will be a fitting venue for her graduation.
If Acchan’s heart isn’t in AKB48 anymore and she wants to do something else then we have to support her. It’s going to be difficult for a lot of fans to accept her decision but we have to. We should be happy for her. She’s given everything for AKB48 – blood, sweat and tears and for that we should be so grateful for all that she’s done. She’ll never be forgotten by the fans.
EDIT: A fan at the concert has kindly uploaded a voice recording of Acchan’s annoucement on Youtube