The shock news has been released today that Umeda Erika will leave C-ute and H!P at the end of the current C-ute tour (25th October). Both Hello! Online and Musume-Central have reported this. Apparently she plans to become a fashion model. This is of course a huge shock. Doubly so coming so soon after Kanna left. C-ute just became even more diluted and I think that’s a shame. Still there’s no sign of a scandal and it seems it’s what Umeda wants to do so I wish her the best of luck. It is a shame though. In the brief chances she’s had to shine she took them. Personally I found her drawings on Yorosen! hilariously bad and her humour and personality was very refreshing. I’ll ignore the temptation to say “bye bye bye” as it’s a crap and (with Kanna having gone recently too) overused joke. I’ll go for the more optimistic “sayonara. See you again” instead.
C-ute have been one of the best things about H!P in the past year or so. I hope that doesn’t change. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next though. Will they continue with five or add more members? Watching five when I’ve only just got used to six will seem a bit strange.