To be honest, before my 20th BD, I decided to announce my graduation at today’s BD stage. But, as K4 captain I want to grow up my juniors, if I had not become captain I would have announced grad. Theater perfs is fun for me and while my Senpais announce grad alot of my fans kindly tell me"plz don’t grad. So, I thought I have to stay here. I can’t leave my juniors yet. I decided not to graduate and stay in HKT48.
—  Ota Aika @ Team KIV stage (2014.12.17)