Update: Her graduation concert is set for October 31 at Saitama Super Arena
AKB48 member Watanabe Mayu has announced her graduation from the group.
The announcement was done at AKB48’s 49th senbatsu where she mentioned how she has already celebrated her 10th anniversary since her debut. She concluded by saying that she wishes to go out to the world and have a fresh start.
Watanabe Mayu joined AKB48 as part of Team B in December 2009. She has since then transferred to Team A in August 2012, and finally to Team B again in February 2014.
Seeing her announce her graduation is somewhat expected since several members who have hit the 10 year mark have already left the group. However, Mayu is among the most popular members of the group so many fans were taken aback.
It’s a great opportunity for her to make a name for herself and discover more opportunities outside of AKB48. We wish Mayu the best and look forward to finding out more about her future plans!