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Oku Manami to graduate from AKB48

February 20, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
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AKB48s Official Blog announced that Team B member, Oku Manami, would be graduating from the group. Oku left a message for her fans, expressing her desire to go to school.

I know this is abrupt, but I have an announcement for you all.

I, Oku Manami, will be graduating from AKB48.

I joined AKB48 when I was 10 years old without knowing anything and Im still that way

And though I say that, Ive continuously done my best.

It hasn't been only good things, but I have a lot of great memories.

And Ive made it this far thanks to Akimoto, the staff and most of all because of the fans who have supported me along the way.

Ive been in AKB for 5 years and Ive met a lot of people and experienced a lot of things.

I didnt realize it until now, but somewhere in my heart I wanted to do something that I wasnt able to do.

I really want to experience school life.

I didnt like passing the time asking myself, What do you really want to do?

Through being in AKB like this, it feels like Im only doing things half way and Im really sorry to all the people who supported me up until now.

Ive thought this over many times and Ive even talked with the staff about it many times

Im going to graduate from AKB so that I can go after my new dream, entering university.

Over the past 5 years Ive caused a lot of trouble for people and Ive caused people to worry

But, everyone has still supported me many times after that.

I don't know how to say this but, I really am completely grateful to you all.

Thank you so much.

The April handshake event will be the last time I can meet you all.

When the graduation details have been decided, Ill let you all know.

Well, there isnt much time left before I graduate, but until then, please look after me."

Source: AKB48's Official Blog

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