Airi’s message to fans at her graduation stage
TN: Conversely, a lot easier to do Airi because she doesn’t get very emotional.
About today, really, thank you very much for kindly gathering like this. (audience claps)
Right, after entering SKE48, you know, yesterday, 6 years have passed for the 2nd generation members. 6 years ago, you know, when I had just joined, initially, actually, rather than this audition, I had always been going to watch AKB48-san, and there actually was a time when I was thinking about trying out for AKB48-san’s 1st generation audition, that was the start.
Sometimes, I also feel like perhaps if I had tried out for that AKB48-san’s first generation audition, I might not be here.
But, after that the group called SKE48 was formed. When SKE48 was formed, when the 1st generation’s team S had their first stage performances here, actually, I came here to Sunshine Sakae, and was like “Ah, so is this SKE?”. Who knows, there might be some who I met that day who are here now.
Seeing everyone, I started to feel like, “Ah, maybe I’ll try for SKE”, and when I went to take the audition I was thinking that maybe I’d try to be idol-like, and at the audition, actually, I went with my hair in half-twin tails (lol)
You didn’t know, didn’t you? Thinking about it now, it’s really embarrassing. It’s like, at that time, I was thinking that I’d go with being the cute, moe-type character (lol) Even though I ended up being like this.
But, I was able to meet various members, and then the “Aitakatta” stage performance started, and I got to perform the song “Namida no Shounan”, which I also performed today.
I have a lot of different memories of this stage. Having people get mad at me a lot, and having a lot of fun things happen. But, for me, you know, I’m really incredibly bad at doing things like expressing my feelings, and the fans were really amazing, and even though they probably didn’t know how I was feeling, they worried about me a lot.
But… Oh, I don’t know what I should say.
Meeting various members, and having been in KII all along, I didn’t think that there would be a group reshuffle. With the group reshuffle, I was still in KII, but the members around me changed.
The KII formed after the first reshuffle, at that time we made lots of memories, but during the second reshuffle, unbelievably, like was said earlier, when I was chosen as leader, even though there were laughs, laughs with the feeling “me as leader?”, internally, I really felt “I want to swop”, and I kept saying to Churi “swop with me, swop with me”, you know.
Churi: In the aftermath you were saying that while on stage, weren’t you
In the aftermath, on the terraces of the stage I kept saying it you know. “Let’s swop? Let’s swop?” I kept saying that.
But you know, even though right up till the very end I don’t think that I’m suitable to be a leader, and there are probably numerous people who feel that I am not the type to be a leader, everyone in KII here right now, and other members also told me things like “no, if it’s Airin it’s fine” often.
Obviously, definitely, there were times when I worried a lot. I was thinking, what to do to make a good team with me as a leader. Because there was always a leader who was incredibly, stiflingly passionate, and I’m not really able to show that kind of fervour, I was really worried about whether we would be able to do well.
But you know, there were lots of these members who kindly helped me out. Or rather, I wonder why, when the members are individually trying their best, more than thinking “I have to be leader-like”, naturally, together, I think we built a good team together.
Even though Furukawa as a member of SKE48 will be ending after tomorrow, yesterday, you know, I had my last handshake session, lots of people kindly came and I was really happy.
Many times, various people said to me “we’ll be able to meet again won’t we?”. For me, I think that in the future, I would like to do a lot of illustration jobs. And so, one day, you know, when I release a picture book and have a release event, and if everyone would kindly come, I would be really happy if I could meet everyone there once again.
Really, what should I do? What should I say, I wonder. It’s terrible, I’m really bad at making serious speeches. Again, I found doing the lead-in (the serious, reflective speaking part before the song) to “Ramune no Nomikata” really difficult. About that, you know, really, every single time since the beginning, you know, because in the past Churi had always been the one saying the lead-in for “Ramune no Nomikata” whenever we did this “Ramune no Nomikata” stage and I had to do it when Churi wasn’t around, from that time, I’ve really hated it. Because I’m bad at speaking seriously, I really hated it.
This time, because I became leader, I kept thinking “I have to do it every single time”. And so, at this point in time, I do think a bit about what kind of serious things I have to say.
Churi: But in the end you got good at it, you know. From around the time when “A decision has been made to graduate”, what you said got really deep, you know.
It definitely came out on its own, didn’t it. I let the cat out of the bag.
I really have lots of fun memories come to mind from doing SKE48 activities. Definitely, even though there is a bit of loneliness and sadness, but the Furukawa Airi from here on too, will continue to try my best so that everyone will soon be able to watch and say “Furukawa Airi is really working hard isn’t she”. And so, if you will kindly wait for a Furukawa Airi who is raised to a new level, I would be happy if you would patiently and kindly wait for me.
Thank you very much. I had lots of meetings with SKE48, and I had lots of partings too, but it is because I was able to meet everyone, all of the staff, all of the members, and all of you fans, that I am here now. Thank you very, very, much for kindly making me develop.
(After leader announcements and Bungee Sengen)
There is one last thing that I want to say.
I love anime more than my 3 meals.
I wonder if I was able to become your heroine?
Audience: You were!
Thank you very much!
Audience: *Airin call*
Thanks! Also, thanks!
Airi grew up in SKE too. I’m so, so proud and forever thankful to the group and its members. A few more blog translations before I sign off, this was the big one.