Some 48G and Sakamichi Series idols who had graduated (and I will miss)

Rino Sashihara, Sayaka Yamamoto, Rina Ikoma, Nanase Nishino

L to R: Sashihara Rino (HKT48/AKB48), Yamamoto Sayaka (NMB48/AKB48), Ikoma Rina (Nogizaka46/AKB48), and Nishino Nanase (Nogizaka46)

Idols come and go but the love remains

I will never forget 2018… ‘twas the year a number of idols from both the 48G and Sakamichi Series groups graduated: Sashihara Rino, Yamamoto Sayaka, Ikoma Rina, and Nishino Nanase, among others. The major idol set to graduate this year is Nagahama Neru of Keyakizaka46. (Because she’s about to graduate, I included her in this list.)

Of course, Idols come and go. They can’t stay forever in the business. They have a post-idol career to think of. They have to fall in love, get married, and raise a family. They have to say goodbye. It’s life.

Idols come and go… but the love remains. Creating this blog post is one way of expressing my love for them. I love you, girls!

Sashihara Rino

Rino Sashihara AKB48 Senbatsu

HKT ace Sashihara Rino wins her 3rd title as senbatsu queen in 2016 (image from Jpop Asia)

Never one of my favorite idols, even if she’s one of the sexiest and most beautiful in the 48 universe, four-time senbatsu queen, and idol producer… even if she had performed wearing a bikini at one of HKT48’s concerts. But there is no denying she’s one of the best.

Notable songs: Koi Suru Fortune Cookie, Kokoro no Placard, #SukiNanda, Tobe Nai Agehachou, Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara, Majijo Teppen Blues

Yamamoto Sayaka

Sayaka Yamamoto NMB48

Former NMB48 ace Yamamoto Sayaka graduated in 2018 (Image from Tokyo Girls Update)

I was first conscious of her way back in 2013 when I watched the MV to “Nante Bohemian” for the first time. Then in 2014, I saw the MV to “Ibiza Girl.” I realized she’s got the… well, never mind. She’s one of the most talented in the 48 universe.

Notable songs: Ibiza Girl, Must be now, Ima Naraba, Nante Bohemian

Ikoma Rina

Ikoma Rina Nogizaka46 AKB48 Kokoro no Placard

Ikoma Rina in attire for AKB48’s 2014 senbatsu single “Kokoro no Placard” (Image from Fanpop)

She isn’t sexy. She’s just an average beauty. But she’s got charm, which is one reason I find her likable. She’s got that, you know, boyish feminine appeal (when she still sported a short hairdo.) And I like her. She reminds me of Atsuko Maeda.

Notable songs: First five singles of Nogizaka46, Natsu no Free & Easy, Yubi Bouenkyou, Shakiism, Tsuki no Okisa, Korogatta Kane wo Narase!, Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover, Kokoro no Placard

Nishino Nanase

Nishino Nanase Nogizaka46

Nishino Nanase, formerly of Nogizaka46. She is the center of four singles. (Image from Koreaboo)

To date, one of the three major Nogizaka46 members to graduate, in my opinion. (The other two were Hashimoto Nanami and Ikoma Rina.) I was surprised when she centered “Inochi wa Utsukushii” in 2015, the first single released that year. (I expected Ikoma Rina or Ikuta Erika to center it.) I miss her… because I like her.

Notable songs: Natsu no Free & Easy, Nandome no Aozora ka?, Inochi wa Utsukushii, Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru, Sayonara no Imi, Influencer, Itsuka Dekirukara Kyou Dekiru, Shakiism, Tsuki no Okisa, Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover, Hitori yogari

Wakatsuki Yumi

Wakatsuki Yumi Nogizaka46

Wakatsuki Yumi (Image from first PB)

In my opinion, the second most beautiful Nogi idol (after Eto Misa). I miss her ‘coupling’ with Sakurai Reika.

Notable songs: Nandome no Aozora ka?, Sayonara no Imi, Yubi Bouenkyou, Tsuki no Okisa

Eto Misa

Eto Misa Nogizaka46

Eto Misa (Image from second PB)

Probably the most beautiful idol in the 46 universe. I began to pay her attention only when she announced her graduation last year. I also found out that… well, it is enough to say that she’s the most beautiful Nogizaka46 member.

Notable songs: Watashi no Tame ni, Dareka no Tame ni (I can’t believe she’s one of the singers.), Tsuki no Okisa, Sono Sa no Deguchi, Nandome no Aozora ka?

Ito Marika

Ito Marika Nogizaka46

Ito Marika, formerly of Nogizaka46 (Image from J-pop Idols)

I initially dislike her due to her roles in two comedy skits. My dislike for her disappeared when I watched her individual PV for the 17th single. I terribly miss her now.

Notable songs: Sekai de Ichiban Kodoku na Lover, Umareta Mama de

Imaizumi Yui

Imaizumi Yui Keyakizaka46

Imaizumi Yui, formerly of Keyakizaka46 (Image from Pinterest)

My oshimen in Keyakizaka46. I was worried about her when she went on a hiatus due to bad health condition in 2017. And I felt sad when she announced her graduation. She’s too young to graduate from the group, in my opinion. How I wish she stayed for 3-4 more years.

Notable songs: Shibuyagawa, Silent Majority, Glass wo Ware!

Nagahama Neru

Nagahama Neru Keyakizaka46

Nagahama Neru (Image from her first PB)

No doubt the prettiest member in Keyakizaka46. After Imaizumi Yui, she’s the second major member to announced graduation. I had bet her to become the next ace of the group after HIrate Yurina. She’s also too young to graduate. If only she would stay for a few more years… Anyway, I download her photobook, and that’s all I care.

Notable songs: Mata Atte Kudasai, Glass wo Ware!

Sagara Iori

Sagara Iori Nogizaka46

Sagara Iori (Image from Pinterest)

My most favorite UNDER member. I first saw her in the MV for the Nishino Nanase-centered “Inochi wa Utsukushii.” Though she got limited face time, it was easy for me to see her due to her long hair and height. She’s got the physique and beauty of a model. I felt sad she didn’t stay long.

Notable songs: Inochi wa Utsukushii, Blanco, 2dome no Kiss Kara (The MV made me appreciate more of her.)

Kawamura Mahiro

Kawamura Mahiro Nogizaka46

Kawamura Mahiro (Image from Tumblr)

One of the most recognizable UNDER members. says that she’s “considered by other members to be the best singer and dancer in Nogizaka46.” She is now a member of a Kpop group ZGIRLS.

Notable songs: Senpuuki, Watashi no Tame ni, Dareka no Tame ni (No wonder why she’s one of the best singers in Nogizaka46.), Blanco, Nandome no Aozora ka? (MV only)

Saito Chiharu

Saito Chiharu Nogizaka46

Saito Chiharu (Image from J-pop Idols)

One of the most recognizable UNDER members. I miss her too.

Notable songs: Senpuuki, Blanco

Takahashi Juri

Juri Takahashi AKB48

Juri Takahashi (Image from Pinterest)

I knew she was thrice a member of the senbatsu but I began to pay her attention only when she announced she’s graduating to pursue a career in the Korean idol business.

Notable songs: Pick Me, Sentimental Train

I dread the day when Matsui Jurina, Yuka Ogino, Nakai Rika, Shiraishi Mai, Ikuta Erika, Saito Asuka, and others I know announce their graduation. But that’s life. I hope I still have plenty of love to show for these ladies on their graduation.

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