Yes, you have read the title right. Morning Musume’s leader, Michishige Sayumi has announced her graduation on April 29th during the Morning Musume’14 Spring tour. She will graduate from the group at the end of the fall tour this year.
I just heard this news and I am incredibly heart broken. I am almost speechless. There is literally a physical pain in my chest at this moment. We all anticipated this moment, but it came sooner than I expected. It is a shock to me! I at least expected her to lead and guide the 12th Generation, even if it was for a short time.
Although she was not my favorite member, I still highly respected her as a leader and the longest serving member of Morning Musume. Now with her departure, I can’t help but to worry about Morning Musume’s future. Fukumura Mizuki will now be the leader of Morning Musume and I wonder if she is capable of handling such a position. Will she be able to guide the newcomers in the group?
Also, Sayumi is one of the main vocalists in the group? With her departure, what will that mean for the line distributions in their singles? Only time will tell.
I will miss Sayumi, her cuteness and her charisma. This is a great loss, but with losses come new opportunities for both Sayumi and Morning Musume. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.