Music Japan held a Michishige Sayumi special graduation special. The show as a whole is good viewing, with MM.'14 performing Tiki Bun and Shabondama, and messages to Sayu from Sashihara Rino, Nakagawa Shoko, and Oomori Seiko.
However, what I'd like to highlight is the message that Tsunku♂ wrote for Sayu. Here, it's read out by the lovely Mizuki Nana.
(Starts from about 14:20~)
MJ ちゃゆ by dm_526e8a36be26f
Michishige, this is your last Music Japan as part of Morning Musume.
Are you nervous? Make sure to enjoy yourself.
Thinking back, 10 years ago, at your audition, you were a girl with fair skin, and even your eyes were distinctive, it made me think 'Oh, might there be something there?'
Your ability as a singer, it's brimming with originality. What's more, the occasional 'funya~' voice is surprising. In Shabondama, it's only when Michishige goes 'Na no ni, doko ittan da yo' (However, where have you gone?) that you get this voice with an 'Oi, where are you going?' feeling.
To what extent it's purity, and to what extent it's calculated - I think that's the theme of Michishige. But in the end, purity won out, eh?
The words, the smiles, the actions of the non-calculating Michishige all are wonderful things that go straight to the heart.
With a considerable age gap between almost all your juniors, looking after them must have been tough, but it always created a good sense of pressure. In that way, I relied on you.
After your graduation, whatever life you may lead, Michishige's hard work will be your lifelong pride, and I expect that you'll be able to overcome whatever obstacles you face. Thank you so much for your hard work.
And, with the remaining time, please enjoy being part of Morning Musume. You are truly our pride.
I'm counting on you.