SDN48's Urano Kazumi to join Watarirouka Hashiritai 7
On March 10th, Akimoto Yasushi revealed through his Google+ account that SDN48's Urano Kazumi will be joining AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7. Though Akimoto stated it's still "temporary", he sent a yell to Urano saying, "It would be fun! Urano, go for it!"
Watarirouka Hashiritai formed in October of 2008 with AKB48 members Watanabe Mayu, Oota Aika, Nakagawa Haruka, and Hirajima Natsumi. They made their CD debut with their single, "Hatsukoi Dash / Aoi Mirai", in January 2009. After Kikuchi Ayaka joined the group in February 2010, Iwasa Misaki and Komori Mika were also added to the group, thus making them Watarirouka Hashiritai 7. However, Hirajima left both AKB48 and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 in the beginning of last month.
Akimoto wrote, "From before, people have been asking me, 'Is Watarirouka Hashiritai going to continue their activities with 6 members?'. Even if she left, I thought it was wrong to add someone in the group right away. Because of her, there was Watarirouka Hashiritai. I thought it would be fine with 6 members."
However, due to various circumstances with the contract, there was a need to add a new member to the group. Akimoto stated, "I haven't told the production agency or the record company yet. Of course, not even to the members of Watarirouka Hashiritai..."
He also explained his reason for choosing Urano, "I thought Urano would be suitable for Watarirouka Hashiritai because she knows the history of the group. I thought her cheerfulness would be a necessity for the group."
Meanwhile, Urano posted a comment through AKB48's stylist Chino Shinobu's Google+ account. She expressed her joy saying, "I love Watarirouka Hashiritai's songs, especially "Kanpekigu no ne!". I got to perform it for Team Ogi's live, and I fell in love with it."
Urano also revealed her honest feelings toward Akimoto's decision, "Honestly, I'm baffled by this sudden announcement. From AKB48's Team A to Team B, then to SDN48... and now, Watarirouka Hashiritai, this will be my 4th transfer...". Finally, she showed enthusiasm for her new adventure saying, "Although it's sudden, I will do my best!!! If I'm going to do it, I'm going to aim for center!!!!!"
Source & Image: Narinari
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