Mitsui Aika’s Graduation Announced

ladylibra92 May 4, 2012 67

Mitsui Aika’s graduation has just been announced.

Her graduation was announced about a moment ago so there’s not a lot so far. She will graduate from Morning Musume and remain as an H!P member and her graduation will take place alongside Gaki on 5/18.

Right now there’s a bit of mixed feelings for me with this announcement. I had a feeling that if Aika were to announce her graduation it would probably be because of her medical situation. I didn’t think she would graduate after all this time though. During her recovery, Aika has made appearances here and there to remind fans that she’s still a Musume and I just feel that all her appearances has sort of gone to waste if she was just going to graduate now. What I sort of imagine would happen was after she recovers to 100% and goes back to being on singles, if her ankle started bothering her again, that’s when she would call it quits and announce her graduation.

I’m not super big on Aika but I feel bad for her too that the graduation has been announced this late. Everything done so far was focused for Gaki’s graduation and now Aika’s graduation is sort of like “Oops, forgot to mention this earlier.”  Aika may not have been a fan favorite in the group but I feel that she should still have a proper sendoff. I just hope the least that can be done is for fans to have her colored glow sticks at the last concert.

What surprises me about her graduation is she’ll remain in H!P. Since the Elder Club graduated everyone who leaves a group leaves H!P. Since Aika was doing some MC work during her recovery it’s possible that they keep her in H!P as an MC at various events.

Besides the official announcement, Reina has also blogged about it. A quick translation said she was shocked and expected Sayu or herself to graduate next.

Comments from the other members and Aika will probably come later. The post will be updated with all the information as it comes.

H!P Announcement

Reina’s Blog Entry


According to the official announcement Aika has already recovered but her doctors are concerned that it will start acting up again if she goes back to dancing.

With that said I feel that it’s better she graduate from Morning Musume instead of waiting it out any longer. Since she stays in H!P all her appearances during her recovery doesn’t go that much to waste. News Article

Nikkan Sports Article

Barks.Jp News Article

[Update] Full translated statement from Aika, Tsunku and UFA.

A fan mentioned that Tsunku said on twitter that Aika will have a song for graduation so Aika will have something for her sendoff.

UFA’s Statement

Morning Musume 8th generation member Mitsui Aika will be graduating from the group at their “Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Graduation Special” concert on May 18th.

After experiencing pain in her foot on May 9th of last year, she underwent a medical examination at the hospital and received a diagnosis of “a stress fracture in the left anklebone.” Due to her own strong feelings of wanting to continue as a member of Morning Musume, she concentrated on taking a rest from her activities and getting medical treatment until she was able to make a full recovery. However, after a medical examination on April 23rd of this year, the diagnosis was, “She’s reached a near complete recovery, but if she were to repeat an intense performance like she’s done in the past, there’s a likelihood of her ending up in the same condition.”

With that diagnosis, as a result of a thorough discussion between the company and Mitsui herself, she has made the difficult decision to graduate early. Mitsui stated, “I absolutely want to continue to be a part of Morning Musume, but if there’s a possibility of my injury reoccurring, we have many intense dances that I feel would make my activity as a member of Morning Musume difficult, and if in the near future it became that my left foot couldn’t completely heal, it would cause difficulty in my daily life from here on as well.”

Having to resign in the middle of her time with Morning Musume has left Mitsui with a lack of closure, but while she is full of immensely regretful feelings, she will continue to seek medical treatment from this point forward and we are now consulting her to decide whether or not there is some work she can do within Hello! Project.

We apologize to her fans for this sudden announcement, and we truly hope for your understanding.

Tsunku statement

Thank you for always showing such support.
Today, we have a notice concerning Morning Musume 8th generation member Mitsui Aika.

After taking a leave from Morning Musume for several months due to her foot condition, and having recently gotten much better, Mitsui had restarted her activity on the tour and in other areas despite not being fully healed, but although it’s a hurried and very unfortunate situation, it has been decided that she will be graduating from Morning Musume as of their “Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Graduation Special” live performance to be held at Nippon Budokan on May 18th.

The reason for this is because, while she was authorized as being “recovered enough that she will have no problems at all in her everyday life” during her recent examination, it was also written that “there is undeniable concern that the injury will reoccur if she continues to move as heavily as she did in the past,” and Mitsui herself seems to have worried very much about her life beyond this point, but she requested, “Of course, to stay in the group in this incomplete way any longer would create worry and trouble for both all of our fans and the other members, so please allow me to graduate,” and deciding that the thought she’s put into her health issues and manner of living should be respected, I chose to accept her proposal.

Moreover, we considered what would be the right timing in her schedule and other plans, but thinking that, rather than a delay, a quick announcement and graduation would be less of a burden in many senses of the word as well as make for simpler departures in the future, we’ve decided the graduation will take place alongside Niigaki Risa’s. Please understand.

In addition, following her graduation, I believe we will continue to evaluate
what she can do in Hello! Project with the guidance of her physician and Mitsui herself,
so we ask that you please look after Mitsui Aika with an even greater degree of support.

Mitsui Aika statement

Thank you for always supporting me.
It’s sudden, but now, I, Mitsui Aika, will be graduating from Morning Musume.

Last May, I felt some discomfort in my foot and was diagnosed with an “abnormality of the bone,” and I’ve tried many different medical treatments for it ever since then. In the middle of this, I also suspended my activity in Morning Musume completely and rested. Because of that, I’ve been able to participate as a member of Morning Musume to the extent of my capabilities, and I’ve felt blessed and fulfilled to do this work. During that time, when I went to my usual doctor on April 23rd for my follow-up diagnosis, I was given te happy news that I’d “recovered to the point of being almost unable to see any abnormalities in the bone” and that I’d have no problems in my everyday life. But, I also got the diagnosis, “I won’t deny the possibility of your injury returning if you go back to your activity as it was before [intense motions and related issues].”

I always thought that I could return to my activities in Morning Musume 100% once I’d eventually recovered, but when I was told that my injury had a chance of reoccurring, I was very troubled. After talking it over with my mother and looking towards the life I have ahead of me, deciding to put my own health first, and furthermore, thinking that it’d be impossible for me to go on causing any more worry or trouble to all of our fans, staff, and the other members, it’s a half-willed decision in some places, but I wished to graduate from Morning Musume as soon as possible.

Tsunku-san and everyone from the office was understanding, too, and after discussing the timing of my graduation with them, they decided, “Because it’s also a matter of your health, we should do it as soon as possible,” and it was settled that I would graduate on the last performance of Morning Musume’s spring concert tour at Nippon Budokan on May 18th. It’s really abrupt, and I’m very sorry to all of my fans and the other members, but I think you’ll understand.

I feel very disappointed that I couldn’t show the fans my dance performances in full, but I’ll be giving it my all in our performances until our final Budokan live on May 18th, so until the tour final, please give me all of your support!

I’m discussing what kind of work I can do in Hello! Project with Tsunku-san and the staff, so I’m hoping to decide on something!

Thanks to roomgirl for the translation.

Translation Page


  1. Jake Gordon May 10, 2012 at 9:23 am -

    I just hoped that she’d get one song where she’d have a really big solo since she never does… The first time I heard Morning Musume the first thing I said was “wow I love her voice” referring to Aika. It’s really a shame but I completely understand why it has to happen.

  2. Ernesto Moré May 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm -

    It’s kind of sad because MM was the sustenance for Aika, she didn’t go college and she’s not popular to work in japanese entertainment. I think thtat’s why she still working with hello project

  3. Green Beer and Ham May 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm -

    I think Aika leaving is the best move UFA can make right now. Turn Morning Musume into a lean, fighting machine.I always got the sense that Aika held back the group with her injuries and honestly, her presence will not be missed. She did get some love from the fans at yesterdays evening concert waving purple glowsticks but insignificant when compared to the reactions Gaki-san got. 

  4. Onin May 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm -

    This is so sudden… I mean, is I’m still in shock! I’m just concentrating on the graduation of Risa Niigaki and out of the blue, Aika will graduate too with Gaki-san. This is really sudden. Anyway, let’s all support the both of them. 

  5. Akamiya Riko May 5, 2012 at 7:38 am -

    I don’t want her to graduate D: This is just too much. I’ve loved her since 2009, three freaking years. And now she graduates, and she doesn’t even have a solo line in her graduation song? Hell no. I won’t accept that! She better get some solo song on the concert, if not, I’m gonna go and kill Tsunku.

  6. Aida May 5, 2012 at 5:41 am -

    noooooo, please not our little Aika too. even though I understand her decision. 
    It`s weird, yesterday in spanish class, I started to think about Aika, and what a great leader she
    would  be, and when I came home and read about the announcement about her graduation, my heart seriously broke. I`m going to miss her so much.
    it`s weird, after Reina and Sayumi graduate, Mizuki will be the leader i think. time is passing to fast.

    but I`m happy to hear about her not leaving HP, I hope she can show off her talent more now.

    • Yasser Zaffar May 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm -

      Wow. The same thing happened to me. I was in my study session and I started to think about how when Gaki leaves and Sayu, Reina and Aika become the senpai members how great of a job they’ll do. I then thought about when 6th Generation leave MM and Aika will be leader and how she supposedly recovered from her injury. I really was soo sad and I felt so depressed and sad for aika.

      She could still leave H!P depending on her doctors opinion.

  7. Relik May 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm -

    Hahahahahaahahaha. Finally shes quit. The most untalented and wasteful MM member ever. I feel relief that it can give way to 9th and 10th generation to took the spotlight. 

    • Ariel May 5, 2012 at 12:25 am -

      Boring troll is boring.

  8. Jacquelyn May 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm -

    This doesn’t really have to do with Aika but I siriously can’t stand MOST Gaki fans. Because all I ever hear from 90% of them is- ‘OMG! Gaki is leaving!! I won’t ever listen to MM without her!’ And, there was even a comment on here saying that it ‘Wasn’t fair that Gaki didn’t get her own concert’ and ‘Aika was stealing it’ Wow, she isn’t that special. I know that she was in the group for the longest amout of time but, that honestly doesn’t make her a godess who is the center and base of MM. MM is made up of ALL of the members- even the ones who don’t have that much of a spotlight like Aika. Aika deserves a decent (at the very least) grad. just as much as Gaki would. Also, personally I can’t stand Gaki. I used to like her but the obsessive majority of her fans just made me grow to not hate her but, highly dis-like her.

    • Erin May 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm -

      This a million times this.
      I love Gaki, I do. But I don’t believe Aika is stealing the spotlight. :/ Its immature that people are saying that. If thats the case then Tsuji stole Yossie’s thunder, which isn’t true either. I wish people would grow up.

    • Amanda Donaldson May 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm -

       I’m a fan of both Gaki and Aika, and seeing both my little Robikerotts leave is breaking my heart ;_; I think it’s less fair to Aika than Gaki, because Gaki wanted to share her graduation with Aichan anyways. Aika didn’t ask for this. It just happened because of an unfortunate injury :(

    • Ado May 6, 2012 at 3:06 am -

      Actually that can be applied to all graduations, I have seen a small, usually consistent, percentage of people who say “I won’t listen to Momusu again when “x” leaves!”. Ai-chan’s graduation had a lot more and I remember reading around 10 comments a day that Momusu was “dead” to them and that it wouldn’t last without her, and the same occured with Kamei, with Koha, and basically all members that have graduated. There will always be people who say that so I suggest you ignore them since they usually just want to over dramatize the situation …. strangely enough it seems like it’s usually the same people saying it over and over.

      Aika didn’t steal anything from Gaki, and Gaki was going to share a graduation with Ai-chan but she stayed a bit, so technically she would have graduated with someone else anyway. If she would have graduated with her we would probably have heard the same being said about Gaki. Every member of Momusu is there for a reason, they won an audition from among thousands of applicants for something they had, and Mitsui is even more special since she was the only winner of the 8th gen audition. Gaki is a great member for many, but Mitsui is also a great member to many and they both deserve the same amount of attention.

      Feel free to not like a member, after all we all have different likes so it’s impossible to like everyone. Gaki is a great member and she will be missed in Momusu, exactly the same way that Mitsui will ^_^ 

    • Jake Gordon May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am -

      To be honest once Aika leaves I’m not gonna like Momusu as much. I’ve been listening to them for years and in that time my favorite members have graduated. And when Ai graduated I said “Great when Aika graduates there will be no truly good members left since I really don’t like Reina or Michishige and the new gens just don’t sit right with me…Aika has all been and will always be my favorite member of all time.

  9. minya May 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm -

    To be honest I’m not surprised, she’s been out for quite a while and I felt like it would be pretty soon…It’s a bit sad but I’m interested to see what she does in the future

  10. Suguri May 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm -

    NOOOO~!!!!  DDD”””: i’m crying so hard right now :[ I dint want her to graduate so soon~!!! 

  11. Fungies22 May 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm -

    The last of the 8th generation leaves :( I knew Aika was gonna leave soon because of her fractured ankle, but I didn’t expect it to be this soon. Her health and well-being is more important. She was never my fave but I wish her the best of luck in the future.

  12. lillybeth1 May 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm -

    On another note, I predicted a few months ago that Aika would be leaving soon. I didn’t think it would be this soon though. I’m a bit sad for her that she isn’t leaving on a high or positive note. She’s missed so much recently and I think it would have nice to bring her back fully for one last single or something. I moaned about Risa not getting her own graduation concert, but Aika deserves her own too.

  13. lillybeth1 May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm -

    Am I the only one that’s a little bit annoyed at the fact that Risa’s graduation special is now being hijacked by Aika’s graduation? Risa’s the longest standing member Morning Musume has ever had. She wanted to graduate with one of her best friends but stayed on just to help the group with it’s mammoth amount of new members. She doesn’t get an original song to graduate with and now she doesn’t even get her own graduation concert! I feel like she’s being cheated.

    • Inyurraptur May 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm -

      She didn’t get an original song because she said wanted to sing Egao ni Namida herself. Stop complaining like she is some sort of martyr for the group. She is still getting a lot of special treatment for her graduation just like Aichan did, and sharing the stage for a brief moment to simply be graduated is not going to put a damper on Risa’s graduation. Aika isn’t even going to be able to perform a final song because they are worried about her health, and if she is, she won’t have near as much spotlight as Gaki. I also highly doubt that Budokan will be as lit in purple as it will be in green glowsticks because Gaki has served as long as she did and has been a fan favorite. I’m a huge fan of 5th gen, but my god. It’s not the end of the world.

      I figured the main worry here would be that her health is at risk, not Gaki’s graduation being “ruined”.

      • lillybeth1 May 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm -

         Aika’s fine. She had an injury, not an illness and she’s recovered. She’s leaving so that she doesn’t do further damage as it’s a recurring injury. I hope and believe that Aika will end up doing the MC spots at H!P concerts and events. And if you’d read my other comment, I said that Aika deserved her own graduation concert and I stand by that. It’s too short notice for Aika to have the graduation that she should get. Tsunku should have left it until the H!P concerts and let Aika graduate then. She might have even been able to perform a Gardian 4 song with the other members which would have been nice. And I thought she was getting a song to graduate with?

    • Guest May 5, 2012 at 5:03 am -

      I like Risa a lot too but just for second think of Aika she will graduate on 
      Morning Musume’s Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Graduation Special (Niigaki Risa graduation special!!!!) All attention goes to Gaki!!!!

  14. Meorily May 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm -

    Reina Tanaka, Ai Takahashi, Aika Mitsui.
    This was my Top 3 fav members – to the Ai’s graduation.
    When announced graduations of H!P members like - mentioned Ai, Saki Ogawa, Yuuka Maeda, JunJun, LinLin, Risa Niigaki - I felt a kind of pain. Now I feel it again – because of Aika’s graduation.
    This is sad. I’ll never see her together with other Momusu members, I’ll never hear her voice in Morning Musume songs.
    But… On the other hand…Even a fool knows that health is the most important. Now I feel bad, but if she would be in Morning Musume and suffer, I’d rather want to she leaves.
    And remember she staying in H!P. This is choice we’ll see her in more H!P activites.
    I’m thankful to Aika, she is really bright and cute girl with really nice voice. Without her Momusu’ll be still cool, but not the same.
    I very like her.

    Please – if you can – support her. She is a member who really deserves it.      

  15. Yasser Zaffar May 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm -

    It’s not going to be all sad…

    Although Aika’s graduating from Morning Musume. Since she’s still going to be in Hello! Project, so we’ll still see her at events and she’ll be MCing at H!P Concerts and she’s still going to be the 9th Gens Mentor and we’ll probably see her more than fans expect.

    So although I am sad about her leaving, I want her to put her health first and i fully support her decision, although sudden, atleast she’s going to graduate at the Nippon Budokan.

    The 6th Gen will be full of surprises and I know Sayu and Reina will do a good job and in the future when Mizu-Pon becomes leader, atleast we know that they’ll keep up the Momusu Legend. Although everyone’s saying “Oh no… Morning Musume’s crumbling, all the senpai members are leaving”.

    Well, when all the previous generations joined Morning Musume, they were all the same age as them and they all became legends, so I don’t mind that the older members are graduating since there are so many talented members in Momusu.

    At their graduation, Reina will probably be crying the most at their graduation. Reina’s like Aikas older sister and Sayu of course will be crying her eyes out and we’ll see how sad they are, but as Momusu’s 50th single is coming up soon, and H!Ps 15th anniversary, we can’t say Momusu will not be supported.

    Mizuki = Hitomi
    Erina = Maki
    Riho = Rika
    Kanon = Koharu
    Haruna = Makoto
    Ayumi = Ai-chan
    Masaki = Nono
    Haruka = Aibon

    This who I think 9th and 10th Gen would be if they were previous members. They all remind me so much of the previous members that i’m not worried. Yes, they are still learning and still need support, but after 3 years or so, whey it’s their turn to shine. I’ll support them!

    My graduation from secondary school takes place on May 18th also, so in a way i’m going to graduate with them.

    Risa + Aika (Sotsugyou Omedetou Gozai-masu) <3 xoxo

  16. Dana Moldovanu May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm -

    Noooooooooo this is too sudden!!! ): I thinik I’m gonna cry 

  17. Azurescooby99 May 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm -

    What!? What!? When I saw this, my stomach… I almost threw up. Why… I mean, she’s been out for almost a year, so i can sorta see, and f there’s achance that it could happen again, but, seriously? Not even until Hello! PRoject Summer? She doesn’t even get to be on the 50th single. This is the first time a graduation made me cry.

  18. JHasegawa25 May 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm -

    This is so sad! I love Aika! But it is for the best. At least she’ll still be in H!P. I wish her all the best!

  19. Fan May 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm -

    I can’t believe. She is one of my fav MM members and i feel very sad, but i will always support her.

  20. Ado May 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm -

    Very surprised and saddened about the sudden announcement of her graduation, but health always comes first and since idols have one of the most physically demanding jobs it was somewhat expected to see her leave the group soon with her many foot related problems. It’s hard to believe that both 5th and 8th gen will be leaving the group on the same day, but it will be interesting to see how it turns out with only Sayu and Reina with the 9th and 10th gen.

    Good luck Mitsui, it’s a relief you’ll still be part of H!P, so we’ll be looking forward to finding out what you will do ^_^

  21. Ichigo3lemon May 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm -

     I am surprised she is leaving so soon! She doesn’t even get a song or anything. I think the poor girl has always been underrated. I thought she  might become more active in the group again. I hate to see her go.

    • Ladylibra92 May 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm -

      Someone posted that she asked Tsunku on twitter and he said she will get a song. I couldn’t find the tweet though but that user is very reliable when it comes to H!P news and translations so I trust what she said :)

      • Ichigo3lemon May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm -

        It will be great if she does!

  22. Phoenix May 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm -

    Aika was one of my most favorite members of all time & hearing that she will graduate really saddens me :( She would’ve been a wonderful leader some day but apparently it’s just not meant to happen. Because I have various health issues myself, I understand 100% of why she’s graduating & I support her 100% with it as well. I think what makes me the saddest is the fact that her graduation announcement was SO sudden & now she’ll have nothing special prepared for her at all. It was bad enough that she never got the attention she deserved in MM which seems to be the case now with the whole 8th gen. But it just seems like they could have done SOMETHING special for her. All sudden graduations like this are sad but I think this is the saddest one because Aika had so much potential which was never showcased & now she just gets this last minute graduation along with Gaki. It’s sad all around but I wish the absolute BEST for Aika with all her future goals & wokring further with H!P.

  23. Ai102 May 4, 2012 at 11:59 am -

    Knew this was coming but I’m still sad it’s happening so quickly.

  24. nono May 4, 2012 at 11:25 am -

    waitaminutewaitaminute… Because Aika&Gaki are leaving, this means when Sayu&Reina graduate, Haruna Iikubo will be the oldest and the .. leader? o.O 
    or maybe Mizuki would get it? 

    • Phoenix May 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm -

      Once Sayu & Reina leave, Mizuki would be the leader.

      • Amanda Donaldson May 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm -

         Woah, Leader Mizuki… Now THAT’S an awesome thought :D Come to think of it, she has the most H!P experience of the newbies too….

      • lillybeth1 May 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm -

         It should go to Mizuki because of experience but Ikubo is the oldest. Tsunku has messed around with the order before and this would be an ideal opportunity to do it again. I hope he doesn’t though. Mizuki should get it before the other 9th or 10th generation members.

  25. Leia May 4, 2012 at 11:05 am -

    Awwww, I saw this coming :/

  26. Dany Saurio May 4, 2012 at 10:53 am -

    This is really sad!!!!! Aika is my second fav and I’m too sad!!!! I’m actually understand why is she doing this, but is too sad, because her las single will be Renai Hunter, and she didn’t sing anything!!!!! I hope she can have some fan tour or at least her last PB or DVD.

    And now MM have 6th, 9th and 10th gen. The only generation that works is Sayu and Reina and I hope that they stay at least one more year. I thought that after Gaki’s graduation concert Aika will return and dance, sing, etc. I feel so sad!!!!

  27. insomniac1970 May 4, 2012 at 10:36 am -

    I can’t say that I was overly shocked by this. I am sad about it, to be sure, but with her injury issues, the choreography, and Momusu’s schedule, I couldn’t see her as a fully participating member. Like many others, I saw her as a potential leader because her work ethic, kindness, and professionalism. Some fans may not recognize it, but along with Gaki, Aika was the heart of this current Morning Musume. Reina and Riho are the center, but Risa and Aika are the heart. It’s the 9th and 10th gen members who will miss her the most.

    • Amanda Donaldson May 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm -

       Actually, I think Reina will miss her a lot too, since Aika seemed to be the only real friend she has in MoMusu.

  28. vampirehunterd May 4, 2012 at 10:18 am -

    I feel so sorry for her. She always looked like she was having a blast performing for the fans. I don’t think she ever got the respect she deserved. I think she was a great Musume and I hope Tsunku lets her stay in HP. I’ve had friends that had sports injuries like this and once they happen, they will happen again and again. I am crushed to see her go but under the circumstances I think this is for the best. You will be missed Aika.

  29. Yasser Zaffar May 4, 2012 at 9:22 am -

    We can all now say that Tsunku will not let Sayumi or Reina graduate from Morning Musume for atleast another 3 years. Or… bring back members like Eri since she left for the same reasons and she’s also recovered, so it would only make sense if Tsunku would do this.

  30. Lalalove May 4, 2012 at 9:05 am -

    I love her so much, so I’m not mad about the reason, I just wish that she got something special, like a b-side or something. 
    She’s my favorite member, and I’m HEARTBROKEN that she’s leaving, but I want her to be healthy, and it seems like she made the decision herself. 
    At least she’s staying in H!P, that makes it a little better :( 

  31. Nightmaresriotvox May 4, 2012 at 8:40 am -

    oh my god… im seriously shocked… dang :/

  32. Guest May 4, 2012 at 8:36 am -

    Aika was the first member I ever actually saw in Guardians 4, This may be the end of the 8th generation, but I hope Aika can get something later, just like Gaki is getting, I hope she is founding the new Elder Club, soon to be joined by the H!P kids

  33. Miidoshi May 4, 2012 at 8:07 am -

    I’m really crying right now. Aika is my very first Musume that caught my eye .. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?! 

  34. Kai May 4, 2012 at 7:55 am -


  35. MiracleHappyLove May 4, 2012 at 6:24 am -

    no. NO. Aika ;_____; first my second favorite and now my absolute fav? On the same day? really? I wanted her to dance again, to shine, to lead all the new members. Why so soon? I want her to have another photobook, something like last treatment! Now she won’t even have a graduation memorial, right? Damn, I promised to myself that I would go to her graduation when I ‘ve at least finished school. Only one year! Now I can’t even send her off properly.
    At least she stays in H!P. But still, she’ll be missed ;___; Aika <3

  36. Dawad May 4, 2012 at 5:37 am -

    Thing is harsh, isn’t it? I really want to see how Aika turns into leader in the future, but now the misfortune happens again. She’s never performed since her injury. This is the third sudden graduation: First Sakichy, second Yuukarin, now Aika. I’ve never been a fan of her, but please let the purple light shine brightly on her last day in MM! (sob, that news stuns and saddens a lot of MM fans, doesn’t it?)

  37. Youne May 4, 2012 at 5:23 am -

    My reaction: WTF !
    Not our little Aika too :(  I was hoping to see her as a leader of MM and in the spotlight someday… she would have deserved that since she has never really been a favourite. It’s good that she’ll continue in Hello! Project though

  38. Sica❤ May 4, 2012 at 5:09 am -

    I’m getting mixed feelings about this. Aika was never my fave member but I thought she had a good voice and wish Tsunku would give her more lines but it didn’t happen. I hope for the best and that we’ll see her on stage one day.
    Aika-chan, ganbatte!! You’ve given me quite the scare for my birthday this year. Thanks for being a Momusu!! ❤

  39. XavierBr May 4, 2012 at 5:04 am -

    The members of Morning Musume are faster eroding than you can look! It’s a shame because she definitively had some leadership material.

    But I understand Aika’s decision: Given the prognosis and the fact that she probably isn’t making any huge amounts of money, which would justify the risk of further complications or chronic pains, the decision was quite an obvious one.

    I feel bad for her though: Due to the sudden announcement she gets no special treatment or event, unlike Niigaki or Takahashi. Somehow symptomatic for the 8th generation… I hope for her that UFA realizes that we are living in a digital age now. The remaining two weeks are more than enough of time to produce some digital goods for her.

    I wonder what will happen to Sayu and Reina: Either they are in for an extra round, in order to compensate for Aika’s drop-out (I certainly wouldn’t mind), or they get quickly booted off, to make room for some new fresh faces.

    As for Aika: They should let her join Abcho. :-)  This way the group wouldn’t be be a simple rehash from hangr&angry and she could continue to perform in a group with less stressful dance routines and a reduced schedule.

  40. Nisa Purwanto May 4, 2012 at 4:55 am -

    WHAT?? I really didn’t expect this :(( I’m always a fan of her.. I thought she would be back to MM for the next single and do the dance routines just like the old days. She’s a sweetheart and a great leader material for the future MM. Such a waste.. :((

  41. Dx5p8 May 4, 2012 at 4:45 am -

    I´m also not fan of her but I feel sorry because circumstances.

  42. Lulexiaa96 May 4, 2012 at 4:33 am -

    The say part I feel though is that, for gaki’s graduation, it was HER time to shine! After being a MM member for 11years! It was finally a time when the stage would be 100% deficated to her!
    Im just sad that now it has to be shared ):
    Yes I am VERY sad about Aika’s graduation, I did NOT expect this ):
    I wanted to see her be MM leader one day! ):
    Its gonna be very sad to let her go T.T

  43. Nadeshikosaki May 4, 2012 at 4:05 am -

    I understand why she decided to graduate, I hope we’ll still see her in H!P concerts and H!P activities > ~ < Mitsi I hope she'll be ok ♥♥♥

  44. Karinka0000 May 4, 2012 at 3:38 am -

     What?! No way, i can’t believe. I love Aika so much and i will miss her.

  45. Timothy Thatcher May 4, 2012 at 3:38 am -

    Oh well. I’ll continue to support her in her life.

  46. Grazia Bove May 4, 2012 at 3:34 am -

    I expected that, but not so early, and not in this way. :(  

  47. Meganna May 4, 2012 at 3:31 am -

    Wow! It’s unexpected, but not totally I guess. I sort of thought Aika would graduate before Reina or Sayu. It’s crazy though….if Sayu and Reina leave, we’ll be left with just 9th & 10th gen members. I’m not sure I’d like that :/ (at least, not yet). Here’s hoping SayuReina stay for a few more years.

  48. MissL May 4, 2012 at 3:16 am -

    No way. I love Aika. Why??

    • Ladylibra92 May 4, 2012 at 3:23 am -

      I just updated the page with the info, it was on her doctor’s recommendation that she graduate. 

  49. guest May 4, 2012 at 3:15 am -

    dammit. she was my favourite member from the MM.

  50. Babyssb May 4, 2012 at 3:11 am -

    This…I just don’t know how to feel. Aika had never really the chance to shine. That’s so not fair. on the other hand she really had health issues a lot. And there must be something really bad with her leg that she had to pause such a long time. Maybe it’s better for her. But I totally don’t think it’s better for the group. Because she was somewhat of a filler for the age gap between 6th Gen and 9th/10th Gen. Also now the focus of the graduation wouldn’t be all on Gaki but they have to share it on last minute. That’s kind of awkward.
    OMG and I just remembered a good friend of mine is a total Gaki Fan and she was so down on her Gradu and the oly thing that make her think positiv was that she likes Aika beside Gaki and now both of them graduate. Oh <_<

    • Ladylibra92 May 4, 2012 at 3:28 am -

      I also agree with a lot of what you said but Gaki loves Morning Musume so I don’t think having Aika graduate with her will be awkward at all. Gaki wanted to graduate with Ai-chan and Aika isn’t Ai-chan but at least Gaki won’t be graduating alone.