Ah it’s that time that must come to us all. That time when your beloved idol, the most beloved, the number one idol of all, has to graduate. I have been through this before of course. Ai-chan graduating was a big deal to me but somehow this seems different. When Ai-chan left the group remained. When Nacky leaves all of C-ute leave. Add to this the fact that another favourite idol of mine is pretty much going part-time (Ozeki Mai) and it really is a big time of upheaval.
When Ai-chan was my number one there were plenty of others I liked a lot. Nacky was up there, Maeda Yuuka and Junjun too although then came the surprise triple graduation that saw off the Chinese duo and Eri. Even so there was still Nacky and Yuuka and I loved both of them. I bought their photo sets and other merchandise quite happily even when Ai was still there. So the transition from Ai to Nacky wasn’t too hard. Ai had a good run in H!P anyway. My top four or five idols at the present time though includes three of C-ute and to be honest other than Hamachan there is nobody else who has the same sort of oshi aura. There are idols I like such as BiggerBoat and Honey but none seem to really totally grab me. Nomura Minami is someone I will doubtless spend more time on though. Actually it’s interesting that even though I have liked Ishida Ayumi for a long time and I have a few PBs I have never really bought her other merchandise. Whereas Minami is someone whose photosets I have happily bought alongside Hamachan’s. I guess the subconscious knows who really has the air of oshi about them.
Even so it feels like my reserves of idol love are running low. At the same time there are many idols I need to spend more time on to see what impression they can have. Kiki and NacchiSpock in Chewbacca Factory both have appeal. So who knows. Maybe in six months I’ll be posting about how much I adore Kiki’s huge gob. It’ll be like Nacky never left! But today is not about feeling low. With idols there is constant renewal and rebirth. Plus Nacky, Airi and Chissa all have Instagram accounts now. Accounts set up even before they have graduated. What a great way to tell the fans ahead of the graduation that they can still follow the girls. Thinking back to the time Ai-chan left the idols didn’t have such things. When idols left it felt that unless they had a new group like Reina it was going to be difficult to follow their careers (nigh on impossible in Junjun’s case). So those of us who like C-ute at least know we will be able to continue to support them. Unless you like Mai. If you like Mai I can only send virtual hugs.
So yes we are lucky these days. Idols even after graduation are so much more accessible than in times gone by. I even had Mitsui reply to me once on a Facebook post. Yes. Mitsui. Hello! Irony. So we are lucky. Also we had so many years of C-ute being awesome. Personally my interest in Nacky led to so many great experiences. Going to Paris twice to see C-ute (and getting a Shokotan autograph and handshake into the bargain), many happy hours spent watching Nacky image DVDs or looking through PBs, so much time spent supporting the cute, shy one who grew up to be an amazing dancer, a beautiful looking woman and, based on what every other idol says, a beautiful soul too. Feeling a weird sense of pride at seeing her mature into someone so beautiful, supporting her from afar as C-ute’s popularity started to rise (and deservedly so), feeling so happy when they made it to Budokan and of course loving the music and the PVs. Nacky helped give me so much entertainment and so many positive feelings. Even though there are other idols and the adorable and funny Hamachan will be my number one now Nacky will always be one of a very select band of idols. Idols who were THE number one. She is beautiful and amazing and I look forward to seeing what she does next. I also look forward to following Airi’s singing career and Maimi’s acting career too. Oh and not to begrudge Chissa her tv career. She’s done really well to forge that career for herself.
C-ute were the best and Nacky was my personal favourite. I thank them all but today especially I thank Nacky. She was fantastic from her adorable early days to her beautiful grown-up modern self. ❤