I am so… shocked.
Why? Why is she moving on?
What happened to the hyper-active girl who aspired to be like Acchan and Yamamoto Sayaka? The one who said she wanted to be center?
What did they do to her that made her want to quit? Was she tagged as the next big thing and failed to live up to it and kept hearing about it from management? Did she quit because she couldn’t handle the pressure?
I really don’t understand.
She was so fun to watch. When I see everyone else smile and pose, they give off this really fake smile that’s typical for idols, but when Jou did it, it was real.
She was just hitting her stride in Geinin. She suberi-jokes into this legit kawaii-adorable sweetness that could melt diamonds and that somehow makes the joke funny. Her boke was really turning into something. Her Hoshokutachi Yo center was one of the better NMB B-sides and they really did a good job with giving her a good song that matched her voice there.
But now she’s graduating. And I really don’t see what could drive her to do that unless there was some insane pressure from up top.
When she got her initial push (NMB KKS with a solo at SSA?) I was skeptical. Even when she appeared on TV I thought she was being babied. But her stellar performance during the Naniwa Nadeshiko final won me over and though I’ve largely stopped watching Docking and Teens Hakusho, she was starting to come into her own in Geinin.
I’m just confused as to what could drive her away. That’s what gets me about this whole situation, especially somebody as high profile as her, somebody who claimed she never got nervous when she performed. That’s what affects me the most.