Tamura Meimi to graduate from ANGERME and Hello Project

Meimi grad announcement

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


Meimi Tamura”

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.


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