Last Summer Declaration! Otome Shinto’s Beautiful Bittersweet Farewell!

最後のピーカン☆NATSU宣言!!! 乙女新党 有終の美を飾る!
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Last Summer Declaration! Otome Shinto’s Beautiful Bittersweet Farewell!

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Otome Shinto, the idol group with the manifesto, “We encourage Japan… as much as possible!”, came to an end after three and half years in the concert Otome Shinto Solo Concert “Otome Shinto Dai 2-maku・Saishusho ~Tabidachi no Uta~” held at Shibuya TSUTAYA O-WEST on July 3rd, 2016.

The venue was packed with Touin (fans of Otome Shinto) who came to see their last stage. The crowd cheered wildly as the members began with “VIVA! Otome no Daibouken!!” They welcomed the audience with their sweetest smiles as usual, which made me feel at ease.

Otome Shinto was originally formed with 4 members, Yurika Takahashi, Ayame Tajiri, Wakana Aoi, and Chika Arakawa on December 6th, 2012. As of the concert held at Akasaka BLITZ on July 5th, 2014, Wakana and Chika graduated and Mari Aihara, Mayu Ogata, Arisa Sonohara, and Airi Hasegawa joined the group.

In 2015, the group was chosen to appear on the main stage of Tokyo Idol Festival and @JAM EXPO and expectations were high for where they would go from there. However, Airi stopped performing in order to concentrate on medical treatment in October of 2015. After 7 months hiatus, she returned and the group seemed to make a brilliant ressurection.

photos at sky stage, Tokyo Idol Festival 2015

It was a sudden announcement of disbandment. Soon after the announcement, they appeared on the stage of @JAM 2016 on May 21st. Arisa and Yurika cried bitterly from beginning to end of their set but, despite their emotional disorder, the performance itself was one of the highlights of the day.

In the graduation interview, Yurika said “Tears do not suit Otome Shinto, so I believe in myself and make the audience smile in the last concert”. Watching their smiles shining brightly, I was convinced that all the audience would end this day with smiles.

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Growing up in Akihabara culture, ykmk became an otaku covering idol, anime, and pop music.

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