So it’s been announced that Ayaka is to leave Hello! Project to concentrate on a career in acting. Now it doesn’t really surprise me as she doesn’t seem to have had much to do in recent years but even so I feel slightly sad. Even though it was songs like Renai Revolution 21 & Kanashimi Twilight that got me into Morning Musume Ayaka’s role cannot be underestimated. Yes I was getting into the music but actually finding out about the girls personalities was harder to do. Until that is I discovered Ayaka’s Surprise English Lessons. Through Ayaka’s always entertaining and frequently very funny English lessons I fell for Yaguchi, Takahashi, Kaori and got a far bigger sense of just what all the then current MM girls were like. This was invaluable to my fandom as from there I went on to search out more. So it was that I discovered Utaban and many other tv programmes thay had appeared in. This greater understanding of the girls also led me to discover photobooks and Alo-Hello dvd’s. In recent months I have been thoroughly enjoying being a fan of Morning Musume because of all that. Basically from watching Ayaka teaching the members English phrases I have gone on to discover a whole world of entertainment centred on the beautiful MM singers. More than that though I also came to really like Ayaka. She’s pretty, funny and cool. I was kind of hoping they’d give her more to do. As it is she has embarked on a new career. I hope it’s successful and we get to see her in some good roles. Good luck Ayaka!
Anyway to commemorate her part in the history of H!P here is a funny video of an occasion when the tables were turned. Yes it’s Ayaka’s turn to be a victim at the hands of Nono’s Surprise Dance Lesson!