Tamura Meimi has announced that she will be graduating from ANGERME and Hello Project in Spring 2016. This announcement took place at Roppongi Laforet Museum on December 20th.
Up-Front Link has provided a translation of the announcement:
“To everyone who support us I, Meimi Tamura, will graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project during 2016 spring.
I have been a Hello! Project idol for 4 years and a half, since I became S/mileage.
This year, I have been able to do this hall tour, and perform successfully 2 times as 9 members at the Nippon Budokan.
Fukuda Kanon-san also graduated and we have welcomed a new member so this year was really full.
With all of this, I want to follow my own challenge! This feeling became little by little stronger.
And during ANGERME’s activities, many people told me they like when I sing, and every time I heard those words, I thought about always singing.
Then, about one of my other dreams… I would like to be a musical actress.
After this nice dream realized of becoming a S/mileage member, I would like to have a new start and fulfill this new dream.
I am anxious about some points, but I made this decision thanks to all the fans.
S/mileage grew up as ANGERME. As ANGERME’s member, I have been proud that I performed as a Hello! Project idol.
I will cherish the remaining time I have as an ANGERME’s member and I will continue to try my best harder than ever!
Please continue to support ANGERME, as well as Meimi Tamura!
20th December 2015
Source: Up-Front Link
Honestly, for some reason I am not surprised at this announcement. I am surprised that Ayaka isn’t the next member to graduate after Kanon, but I did not expect Meimi to stay much longer in the group. As stated above, she is interested in musicals. It was her path before joining S/mileage, and I expected it to be the same even after she left the group. Meimi definitely has the talent and ability to become and excellent musical actress.
While I am sad that one of my favourites is leaving the group (and I will cry bucket-loads during the graduation), I am very proud of Meimi for making this decision. I really wish her all the best in her future ambitions.