Tanaka Reina to graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project !!

It was just announced today that Tanaka Reina will graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project this following spring to focus more on her new band.

Since this was only announced today I really don’t know how to feel about it, like I do but then I don’t. Yes, I am quite devastated about Reina graduating and my first thought when I read about her graduating was “What the F—!?”. I was not expecting this news at all, and especially not today. I should have expected this news a little because Reina and Sayumi are both the last remaining members of Morning Musume from the Platinum era but I did not see this coming. I would have thought Sayumi would graduate before Reina or that they would graduate together since they are the last remaining 6th gen members but I guess not since Reina announced her graduation today.

Reina is such important member to Morning Musume, she was a lead since her debut. She’s a bit distant to the other members and doesn’t really get close to them (not really anymore though) but her voice is an important factor in Morning Musume. She’s also a very popular member, she has many fans it’s going to be crazy at her graduation since she’s mostly the main vocal lead in Morning Musume. It’s going to be so weird when she leaves.

Here are some comments about her graduation from Tsunku and Tanaka Reina herself.

Tsunku’s comment:

First of all, thank you for your continued support for Morning Musume。.

Here is an announcement about Reina Tanaka.

Reina Tanaka has been a Morning Musume。 member for 9 years and 10 months since January 2003 and she will graduate from Morning Musume。 as well as from Hello! Project after the final live of the “Morning Musume。Concert Tour 2013 Spring Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Special Commemoration Graduation”.

We can easily say that she is one of the top three voices in the history of Morning Musume。and she will now be part of a band.

I thought it was a good timing for her to graduate since she will now continue her activities in this band.

Now that Reina became an adult, knowing better what she wants to do, her style, I think she can use her experience from Hello! Project for the band and her solo works.

Some years ago I have discussed with her about how the things will become after her graduation, and I am sure her competitive spirit will help her become an even more cool “Reina”.

Everybody, please support “Reina Tanaka” as solo and also “Reina Tanaka” as the member of the band.

2012/11/18

Hello! Project’s Producer

Tsunku♂

Reina’s comment:

First thank you for your continued support.

It has been decided that, I, Reina Tanaka, will graduate from Morning Musume。、as well as from Hello! Project at the end of next spring’s tour!

I have announced my graduation today on the stage in front of the fans and I introduced as well the 3 members of the band, I will now take off to a new stage!

I have been a 6th generation member of Morning Musume。 for almost 10 years and this year the group is celebrating its 15th anniversary. I think this is a turning point, a challenge for me to try another music activity, with the start of this band.

There is around 6 months left until I will be a Morning Musume。 member, with the January Hello! Project lives in January and the next tour.

So please support the Reina Tanaka’s member of Morning Musume。 which will sing in front of you and for my following activities as well!

2012/11/18

Morning Musume。

Reina Tanaka

Tanaka Reina will graduate at the end of Morning Musume’s 2013 spring tour “~Michishige Eleven SOUL~ Tanaka Reina Graduation Special~”. It’s truly going to be weird seeing Reina leave Morning Musume but let’s support her until the end of her Morning Musume days and the beginning of her band days.

{EDIT}
Here’s a video of Tanaka Reina announcing her graduation

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