Courtesy of recent a recent episode of Mujack, Matsui Rena gives us some background about the reasoning behind her graduation.
Source video is at the bottom (sorry, Japanese only). However, the exchange between Takamina and Matsui Rena goes something like this:
Minami: “When I look at you, I thought that maybe you’ve been thinking about graduation for a while! Maybe for about the last three years.” (私から見た玲奈は、もっと前から卒業を考えていたなって私は思ってるんだよ、多分3年ぐらい前から)
Rena: “You’ve guessed right! I’m surprised.” (当たってます（笑）びっくり)
Minami: “Yeah, it’s been three years. When you think about SKE’s current state, maybe you felt that they need you, that you needed to be there, and that you had many things you needed to do. I bet there was a time when I thought you were definitely hiding that fact” (うん。それから3年経って・・・やっぱりこうSKEという現状を考えたときに、まだ自分は必要なんだ、いなきゃいけない、やんなきゃいけないことがあるなって思って、きっと思いを留めてたんだなっていう時期があって・・・)
Rena: “But, it was a lot of fun. I guess I shouldn’t use the past tense. It’s fun, really. Even looking back at the difficult times, it was fun. Devoting oneself to something is really fun, so it was all really enjoyable. So I’m really glad that I went through all of it” (でも楽しかったです。過去形にしちゃダメですね。楽しいんでホントに。大変だったことも思い返すと全部楽しいし、なんかそうやって打ち込めてることも楽しいし全部楽しいから、だからやってて良かったなって思ってます)
Minami: “Do you think it was good that you kept quiet these three years?” (3年前に言わなくてよかったなって思いますか？)
Rena: “Yes, I do” (思いますよ)
Minami: “Great! I’m glad you’re saying that with a smile” (よかった。笑顔でそれを言ってくれてよかったです)
Rena-chan, we miss you already!
The Mujack episode can be viewed here (Japanese only):
I’m writing about useless and stupid things a lot, and I like to laugh. My policy is 一期一会。It means treasure your meeting with everyone!