… Lower your hats and give a moment of silence for the departing.
I’m sure this is too hard for Atron to deal with, let alone write about, right now; so I’ll be the one to break the news on this site. An idol with an incredible tenure is leaving next next year. To some of us, she was the greatest idol to ever grace the planet. To others, she was the last remaining member of the golden age. To me, she was a cute girl with terrible fucking taste in hairstyles.
Whatever she was to you, Niigaki Risa of Morning Musume is leaving next spring, and there’s nothing we can do about it. It was quite sudden, as Takahashi Ai’s graduation is still fresh in our minds— probably because it happened just three damn months ago. In just the span of a little more than a year, four Morning Musume members have left us, and now it’s time for the Niigaki to take her leave.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think Niigaki and Takahashi were silently playing a game of “who’s going to graduate first”, and now that she won she just wants the get the hell out, but that’s beside the point. With Michishige Sayumi now at the helm as the leader, Morning Musume now enters a new world. Will it be better or worse from here on? I can’t say, but honestly, it’s not a tough act to follow after putting out a single where everyone is dressed as young chickens.
You may now put your hats back on.