Good evening to everyone joining me on Showroom and Youtube today! This is Miyu Takeuchi of AKB48. Thank you for watching this. Firstly, this is regarding Produce 48 where I participated a while ago. I would express a few words of gratitude. I was at the finals on August 31, but in the period of two months before that, you discovered me and voted for me. Many people shared and searched up anything regarding me. I received much love from everyone.
I am really thankful for all of this. To be suddenly receiving a lot of attention by everyone at once to the point that I would ask my mother “Is this really OK?”, is a very strange feeling, but it was also a happy time. I am dignified to say that I truly made a sincere, and an all out effort in this project. I was very happy to receive a lot of opinions,
because of this opportunity. Now I shall talk about the reasons for participating Produce 48. In AKB, I participated by resetting my mind and body in order to restart myself. While young members continuously joined and participated in AKB, I had to be on par with the Senbatsu members, who stand at the front line, and everyone else. When I worried over what I should do, and how to have confidence with everyone at the same time and start as a rival, I came to know about this project and thought, “Now’s my chance”. But I really didn’t think this chance… I never thought I could register for something like this, so I was really surprised. I felt that it was something I should definitely join, so I participated. Even if I were not to match this program’s content or image, or if my presence was ignored by other people, I participated with the desire to truly change everyone’s impression of me completely by using my own effort. In order to accomplish this,
I had to become a confident person. Ever since the announcement of the participant registration, I had been training and dieting and doing my best to learn to speak Korean in order to communicate with everyone. I also tried to live my life with a calm mind. I spent a certain amount of time only for the sake of Produce 48, trying to live this lifestyle. Although I have been in AKB for 9 years, overall I myself really lacked confidence, and I truly detested myself, but after deciding to participate in Produce 48, I felt that I should have confidence. I was able to challenge myself a lot, so I also succeeded in changing the me who used to hate herself. And, this next part is going to be long. At Produce 48, the first mission which is also the first stage, I decided that it was very important that I had to leave a good impact to absolutely stand out from everyone else. For that reason I felt it would be best if the song arrangement, the choreography and the overall group image had to be done differently than the other teams. I also thought, “Why don’t I perform on this stage what I can do with my experience of many years going in a lot of detours?” Phrases like “Hard work will pay off” and “People can be changed” are in fact ones I don’t believe in a bit. How can there really be such an easy thing? I wasn’t really fond of those phrases. However, rather than believing those phrases in the first place, there’s only a meaning in simply cutting all ties with my self of all these years on the stage. With this in mind, I stood on the stage and took the challenge. I received a lot of opinions from many people about me after that. The stage on that day became a very good chance and a good opportunity. And then, after that stage ended, as the various days on the program and the training camp life continued, the broadcast timing got closer as well. Watching broadcast was really scary after all. I was scared to the point that if I didn’t watch with one hand full of snacks, my heart wouldn’t be at ease. I was very scared of every week’s broadcast on Friday, but I could at any rate change the self-confidence inside myself, because in my heart I knew that I did the things I should have done. And so I was able to watch from episodes 1-12 until the end. Also, there is another reason that pushed me to the limit in this show. It’s actually my grandfather.
I have one grandad. My grandfather brought me up and assumed the role of my father, whenever my mother went to work, he was the one who raised me the whole time. I’m a child who was brought up by grandparents. Whenever I felt lost in AKB, how to say it, when I feel lost I think about what I should do. There were also many periods when I constantly thought and did nothing. But at those times he simply believed in me, telling me things like “It’s all right, it will be fine if it’s Miyu-chan” “Keep trying, you can do it”. He was a grandad who would say “it will be fine” to anything. So it’s thanks to my grandfather that I was able to find my own character. I was able to do that kind of thing while I was active in AKB. I’ve been active in show business for 14 years, and it’s all thanks to my grandparents and mother who believed in me for those entire 14 years. So this time after all, I wanted to finally show my family, the image of myself on stage
as someone who has self-confidence. Showing them good activities, to be able to show myself who is doing well at activities, that gave me even more strength. Moving towards the last stage,
we finally arrived at August 31. My grandfather’s birthday is on August 31, which was really the broadcast day of episode 12, the last day. On that day, since it’s my grandfather’s birthday,
I wanted to give him a present. As a present, I thought it would be nice if I was able to debut. I made that into a goal as well. Actually, my grandfather was also looking forward to the day of the last stage on August 31, but… Regretfully, on the day of the Produce 48’s second elimination announcement, my grandfather went to heaven. Before that, he was really looking forward to seeing me. My grandfather really was looking forward to sit in front of the TV, but regretfully he went to heaven on the day of the second elimination announcement. He wasn’t able to watch my final stage. But, when I felt sad, when I was becoming sad, the ones who supported me were really all of my fans. And at times when I became reckless, there were many moments when I felt that my grandfather was truly supporting me from heaven. I really feel like it was a period in which I was surrounded by lots of love and given support. Everything has its own timing after all. I have no regrets regarding my past self. I think it’s surely thanks to my grandpa that I was given so much love at this timing. I am truly grateful for the fact that the love of my fans and my grandfather has guided me up until this point. After watching all of the broadcast, looking back at all the things in the past, at these two months and myself during those 100 days, there are indeed a lot of things to remember and things to think about, as well as things that made me feel down, and made my heart ache, but these several months made me think that I am already able to easily overcome everything when I think that’s it’s all for the sake of my life. From now on, as I am 22 years old, I’d like to change and take a stride forward brightly. I am entirely thankful that this opportunity was in my life. That’s all for this. I shall now change the topic. I’d like to talk about AKB now. I started getting into show business from 8 years old, I talked about this earlier too, but this year is going to be my 14th year, and my 9th year in AKB. I joined the group because I wanted to sing and dance on the stage. I really love AKB songs so I joined AKB. Though it’s a group called AKB, I also found my dream there; to perform activities as an artist. AKB is a group where each person uses AKB as a stepping stone to chase after their dreams, I also focused on my dream and tried to move straight into that direction. However, around 5 to 6 years ago I started taking my university entrance exams. Because of this and various other things, the occasions to express myself, naturally became lesser and lesser. It was a time when I very much started to explore the question: “where is the place where I want to see my current self?” Actually, at that time I didn’t have my own individual character. I didn’t focus much on singing songs either, only at the theatre performances. I was really worried about what I should do. At that moment, I found out about Youtube. There, I started to make home recordings of myself singing and playing instruments, which lead to the current me. By starting that, even though I am not a Senbatsu member in AKB, I established my own position and created my own character. I was able to think of myself as someone who could demonstrate her individuality in this group with many members. I decided to go on this path, into that kind of direction, and am still continuing my Youtube activities. At the same time, I also entered university and made a lot of friends there too. I was able to have an ordinary school campus life and enjoy life as one human. I wanted to go abroad before turning 20 years old. My goal was to go abroad and get to know the cultures outside Japan too. Because I had such a goal, I whined, and was let go to travel abroad for one month before I turned 20. I talked about these things selfishly and was given the chance to do it. I could ordinarily go to school and university for full days. I was truly given so much freedom to the point that I thought “Do any other members exist?” My self-indulgence was recognized by AKB’s staff, all AKB groups and the understanding members. Thanks to the understanding members,
I was able to exist freely. I really am full of feelings towards AKB who made me feel the gratitude to do as I like. I would also like to express my feelings of gratitude to the staff as well here; Thank you so much for everything. I already told you about this at the start, but in the current AKB where young members continuously join in, I had thought it was definitely 100% impossible to be on par with the Senbatsu members and be active together. I am truly grateful to be given this chance to start again in a new place called Korea. To challenge myself in Korea, a society which values one’s skills, was truly the opportunity that I was the most excited about in my 14 years. In Korea I did my utmost best to bring out the idol side of me, I was able to have an idol-like existence. I thought, “I don’t have any single regret.” Also, I have one point to add, that is the matter of graduating from AKB. Actually, it was something I have been considering the whole time from the start after joining AKB, ever since middle school. Whenever I considered the best timing for me to graduate, I thought: I want to graduate after doing a big thing. That was how I decided to do it. But it is rare for a big thing to happen, and as I thought, those kind of opportunities were hard to come by. In the meanwhile, 9 years, though this year is my 10th year, have passed. Just as I was thinking, “What are the things I can do?”, this show came along, that’s why all of my, what was it? All of my various thoughts are in complete agreement. My conviction moves forward recklessly, I am thinking that the timing which would make me satisfied is now. That’s why, as an AKB member in her 10th year, I am now truly full of gratitude to be given so much freedom by AKB. Also, now that there are many young members entering AKB, having this opportunity to work together and be on par with everyone in Senbatsu, I am grateful to have been an idol with all my might. To make a new start in Korea, which is a place where its society values skills, made me really excited,
I was able to enjoy it very much. It is precisely because of this moment that I am grateful for everything, so I thought that I should make a new decision. Actually, I created this setting for today,
that is to say, in this format. Having said that, I have one announcement to make to everyone. I was taken well care of in my 10 years in AKB48, which gave me a lot of experience. Having been raised in AKB48, makes it a precious place to me. I will graduate this year from AKB48 that gave me many opportunities. I would like to walk by myself on a new road. So, I have decided to graduate from AKB48 this year. Really, now you can’t hear me, right?
I’m sorry. It’s graduation. ~ IT ~ IS ~ GRA ~ DUA ~ TION ~ I am graduating.
You aren’t hearing me, right? I wonder why. I’m sorry. Yes, I am graduating. Yes, I am truly satisfied. I have wondered about when I could say that I’m completely satisfied, but I am graduating! Yes. I couldn’t find a moment where I was able to say that I’m satisfied, but now all of my conditions have been fulfilled. I can now proudly say that I am satisfied with everything, so I have decided to graduate at this timing. Yes, how do I say it… Indeed, when I thought about graduating, or put it in another way, thinking of actually doing it it this time, I actually decided on that after the stage in Korea had ended. My mother had actually come to Korea,
and after the show we went to eat meat. “The time to graduate is now, isn’t it?” my mother and I suddenly discussed in that place. The two of us decided on that, saying “OK!”,
and then I made a call in that same place. Therefore, it is really only lately that I have decided to announce it today. Therefore, when I stop and try to think about every moment of the past me, there have been plenty of times where I felt
“It would be good if I had done it that way” or “I should have done it this way”, However, looking at a longer term perspective wise, including those kind of issues, I am finishing my idol life without any single regret. I can confidently say that it was an unique idol life. As an idol with originality, I was given a place in AKB, and paid close attention to by fans. I truly believe that. So from now on, I want to be active as a person who expresses, as an artist. So I would like continue to do anything if I am able to express it. Creating songs, arranging, singing, dancing, as well as acting. I want to do all of them. It was a dream of mine since I was young, ever since middle school, to be known globally by many people throughout the world, so right now I am really very happy. So from now on I am really wanting to have activities in a place where I am able to reach many people all over the world. I will announce my plans for this later on. From now on I’d also like to put in all my effort in order to perform in front of many people, in front of everyone. So everyone, please take care of me from now on as well! Also, there are many members in AKB48 who are full of charms and have various personalities,
so please support them. Everyone all over the world, please support them too! That’s all. Oh yes. I have to let everyone know until when I will remain in AKB That is… Actually, I am scheduled for AKB handshake events until December 23, which are currently on sale. New fans from abroad have been buying handshake tickets of events until December 23. I would really like to talk to all of you then. I will do that handshake event until the second part of December 23. Here it is! Amazing, isn’t it? This. Please buy the ticket. The tickets are still selling. I think this will be my last handshake event in AKB. So please come and meet me. And there’s also the graduation performance,
but the schedule hasn’t been decided yet. Really, I made this decision to graduate last Friday, just a few days ago, which is why it isn’t scheduled at all. So the graduation performance has yet to be scheduled. After the decision is made, I will notify you about the details later on through social media and the like.
So everyone, please wait. With this, I have said everything that I prepared. I wrote everything down, and I’ve said everything. Yaho~! Well then, how about I read the comments? Everyone went through the trouble of giving me comments, so I think I shall read them. I will continue to upload on Youtube,
like cover song videos. Wow, amazing. I talked a little bit too fast just now,
but did the message get through? Oh, was it OK? You understood? Ah, that’s great. That’s great. Thank you very much. Even though I wrote it down in advance,
I was nervous as I told my story wholeheartedly. Aah, amazing. There are so many comments. The comments are amazingly fast. “I am supporting you”.
Thank you very much for supporting me. I am being supported… I will pick up a some questions and answer them. “Please don’t worry about the bad comments.
I am supporting you.” I no longer care about those any more. Did they pick up on that kind of stuff? I’ve already had many bad comments coming at me. Please go on and say it already.
I’ll take on all of them. If it were maybe 3 years ago, it would have hurt me.
I think I probably would have wanted to hide in a cave. But now, the feeling of having those comments coming down at me like a barrage is already fine. But only everyone’s supportive comments are the ones that truly enter my heart. I am encouraged by them. “I am a student preparing for a test,
please cheer me on.” Wow, a test taker.
A test taker is… what was it? University… I don’t know if it’s for high school, university or middle school, In any case, please imagine your school life after that. Imagine your future self, enjoying life. Study hard while imagining yourself enjoying that life. You will definitely pass the test. Please have confidence and make an effort. Please do your best. Many fans told me that they would vote for me in next year’s election event, in various languages like English, but the handshake event on December 23 of this year will truly be my last activity in AKB48. I won’t participate in next year’s election,
so please support me until then. I will continue my activities on Youtube. “I will protect you”
Protect? “I will protect you,” that’s incredible… Thank you very much.
The feeling of being protected is amazing. Also, about the name of the fans. The name of the fans is like a group name. My Koreans fans made it up. Miyukat. Myumyukat? Myukat? The name is Miyukat.
Please call yourself Miyukat, everyone. Miyukat or Myudan, or something like that. I really like the Miyukat name. It seems to be derived from meerkat. I really liked seeing meerkat goods, social media stamps and gatherings of meerkats. All Miyukats, please take care of me. So now, I think I’d like to wrap up this graduation announcement broadcast. I will do a showroom where I can talk with everyone at another opportunity, so I’d like to end it here. Many people came here and gave me a lot of towers (showroom’s gift). A tower is over here too as well. I must read the names of the people who gave me towers, or else I won’t feel good. Who gave me towers… Wow, amazing! The amount of towers is amazing.
This is the first time I got so many towers. Towers. This is amazing. Not to mention the towers are lined up outside the video that shows me. Thank you very much. I wonder if you all did this for me. All towers at the edge. Then, can I read out loud the names of everyone who gave me towers? Please wait for a moment. So many towers.
Thank you very much. After that, the ranking.
There’s also a ranking, right? The ranking… isn’t this, right? Where can I see the ranking again? I never know. Where do I see the ranking? Where is the ranking? The place where I always watch the ranking. That’s it. I no longer know. The ranking, where can I see it? I’ll take out a phone for a moment, okay? Takeuchi Miyu That’s right.
Previously I didn’t know where the ranking was either. Ah, this is it! I will read the ranking order starting from number 1. With that, everyone’s, Ah, it’s something else? This isn’t the ranking? This doesn’t seem to be the ranking. Huh, this is the total. Ah, I should read the names of the people in the first row. Understood. Ah, the phrase “I’m from China”.
I can’t read your name very well. In the first place is “miyu love”, thank you very much. And in the second place is “Lmlnh at tsutsu,
thank you so much. And “polis” was in the third place. Thank you very much. That said, I apologize for being so tedious at the end. I am also really thankful to those of you who are watching the broadcast from Youtube at the same time. When we have this kind of opportunity again,
I will set it up so everyone can watch it. So please wait and look forward to it. Well then, Miyukat. Bye bye.