It has been announced in July during the Hello! Project summer concert that Mano Erina will graduate from Hello! Project in February of next year.
Tsunku’s comment (July 21st 2012)
In regards to Mano Erina
She was the girl who joined up in May 2006 as a Hello!Pro Egg.
At first she was very unstable in dancing and singing, always hiding in the shadows of the other members
she had the impression that she was soft and flexible.
That’s the kind of girl she was, but when she started working as a member of the Ongaku Gatas,
And with advice about how to build the sensitive muscles of her body for dance,
her dancing ability had suddenly improved during the concert several months later.
This was probably the results of the great efforts she put in while I wasn’t looking.
At the time that’s what I thought, and from the record maker
I heard them voice that they wanted to bring Mano up for a solo debut,
and so they had chosen to graduate her from Ongaku Gatas and put her on the road to being a solo singer.
And her indies work had given her the recognition for a major debut.
Even in Hello!Project at the time she was a unique solo artist,
I thought she must be lonely and really uneasy.
But even then I felt that she was without complaints, a real positive girl.
(Though there was a time when her not voicing it had a small affect on her disposition too. lol)
From her major debut in March of 2009, 3 years and 4 months have passed, at this time,
we’re announcing that in 2013, after the New Year’s Hello in her own solo live,
she will be graduating from Hello!Project.
I think those of you who have seen this summer’s Hello already know this but,
keeping in mind her current sense of rhythm, her performances have really improved.
It’s really good thing for her to graduate from Hello!Project while she’s on such a high note.
It’ll be a good step to her next stage.
After she graduates, I feel I want her to challenge herself steadily with acting, singing, and other new things.
With the 7 months or so until her graduation, I want her to keep growing, graduating as a “Cool Mano Erina”,
and afterwards introducing herself to everyone as the “New Mano Erina” she will become.
Until then, everyone please, kindly support both
Mano Erina and Hello!Project
Mano Erina’s comment (July 21st 2012)
Thank you for always supporting me.
I, Mano Erina, with the 2013 New Year’s Hello!Project Concert and
the February 23rd planned solo concert in Nakano Sun Plaza,
am graduating from Hello!Project.
Since the beginning of this year, Tsunku and the staff and I have continuously talked about my work from here on.
From here on, I want to do my best in order to pursue my own potential and to broaden my abilities in singing and acting beyond what I have now.
It’s been about 4 years since I started my solo work, compared with the history of Hello!Project that’s really very little but, I’ve gained all kinds of experience.
I’ve gotten to join Hello!Project, which was my dream, I got to have a solo debut, and there has been happiness, fun, and sometimes even frustration.
In order to head toward my dreams and goals, I want to take it into my own hands, and be determined to challenge myself more than I have before.
And I’d be happy if you continue to watch over me, Mano Erina, the same as always.
From this point forward please continue to support me.
I know I’m 2 months late with this news since it was announced in July and I haven’t talked about it until now, which is the middle of September. But I finally decided to talk about it today.
When I heard the news 2 months ago, I was quite shocked, surprised and a bit sad. I was finally really liking Erina and her songs, she became really good and she was really improving lately. It would be really sad to see the only soloist in the current H!P to leave early next year.
It’s also a bit sad that her sales weren’t the best, and never past 27k. Though her some of her songs really good and catchy, it’s sad to see that they didn’t sell very well. Her graduation is truly a sad one. But! There’s still about 6 months or so until her graduation, so let’s continue to support our only soloist in Hello! Project until the end!