By the time you will have read this, Nakanishi Kana, the 2nd generation S/mileage member and ANGERME subleader will have graduated from her group and from the entertainment world. Just before leaving us, Kanana gifts us with “Tenshi no namida (天使の涙)”, a song written and composed by her former S/mileage and ANGERME groupmate Fukuda Kanon. I have much emotional attachment to Nakanishi, so it’s hard to write too objectively. I’ll just say that Kana has come such a long distance to where she is now. I also find it perfectly fitting that we get a song called Angel Tears to go along with the girl who named ANGERME from a combination of the French words for angel (ange) and tear (larme). Black and white images of Kana recording the vocal track and practicing the choreography to her swan song doesn’t really seem sufficient to me, but I’m glad we get at least this much.
ANGERME (アンジュルム), formerly known as S/mileage (スマイレージ), is a Japanese pop group within Hello! Project. Originally started as an indies Hello Pro Egg unit in 2009, S/mileage was formed by four first generation members with the possibility that the line-up would be shuffled. The group graduated from Hello Pro Egg in 2010 and became full members of Hello! Project. The group changed their name in late 2014 to ANGERME to celebrate the third generation members and signify a turning point in the group’s image. ANGERMER’s current lineup includes members Nakanishi Kana (中西香菜), Takeuchi Akari (竹内朱莉), Murota Mizuki (室田瑞希), Sasaki Rikako (佐々木莉佳子), Kamikokuryou Moe (上國料萌衣), Kasahara Momona (笠原桃奈), Funaki Musubu (船木結, concurrent with Country Girls), Kawamura Ayano (川村文乃), Ota Haruka, (太田遥香), Ise Layla (伊勢鈴蘭), and Hashisako Rin (橋迫鈴).
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