A new era to Momoiro Clover

Yesterday Momoiro Clover’s sub-leader Hayami Akari graduated from Momoiro Clover. (It’s horrible is it that my favorite member left on my birthday. :/) To comemorate Akari’s depature from the group Momoiro Clover is dedicating their new song Akarin ni Okuru Uta, to her. Momoiro Clover also announced that the group will also be changing their name to Momoiro Clover Z.

It is extremely sad to see Akari go, when she was a refreshing addition to the group. Adding a cool element to MomoClo among all the cuteness. I wish her all the best though. And when she gets more confidence I would love to see her doing something again.

I have to say I completely don’t see the need for a name change. I understand that they are an idol group that doesn’t add new members. But they didn’t really need to change the name to reflect that one did. When Maiha left did they become Berryz Koubou Z? Of course not. And if they were going to change the name wouldn’t they want a completely new name to reflect the seperation? Instead, they lazily changed the name by adding one letter. It honestly reminds me of when Tsunku decided to revamp the shuffle groups and made names like: ZYX-a and Pucchi Moni V.

Akari to leave Momoiro Clover in April

Momoiro Clover’s sub-leader Hayami Akari announced at a concert today that she will be leaving the group in April. Her reason for leaving was that she feels there’s a better path for her than being an idol. She also said that the decision was completely hers. And that she felt like an unnecessary person within the group.

This came as quite a shock to me. Momiro Clover is a relatively new idol goup. They’ve only been on a major label for a year. This is also shocking because I always really liked Akari. I don’t really know too much about MomoClo because they hardly ever get subbed. But Akari always stood out to me for having a cool character.
It’s also surprising because honestly if any member was to leave I was sure it would be Reni. Reni obviously can’t take the pressure of being an idol that’s always in the spotlight. And because of it she is completely unhealthy and almost deadly skinny.