Hirota Aika announced her graduation from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku.
This annoncement was made on August 31 at LINE LIVE during a Ebichu’s concert.
According to the official website, this is being described as “changing schools”, playing off the fact that Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku is described to fans as a school and members as students. However, “changing schools” seems to simply be a light way of saying that Hirota has decided to leave the group.
Aika Hirota mentioned in a blog post that she will leave Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku because of all of the things she’s missing as an 18 year old. ; She’d like to live her last teenage years (the majority is 20 years old in Japan) without having any regrets on missing out on her life.
She hasn’t mentioned what she wishes to do once she graduates from the unit, but she commented that she wishes to continue working in entertainment industry.
Her final performance as a member of Ebichu will be on January 3rd, 2018 at Nippon Budokan.
Hirota Aika was born on January 31, 1999 and is 18 years old; She is the member number 6 of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku.