So THIS time it’s our beloved Kyamei and the two panda girls:
Boy, busting up Gen 6… I hope this IS for all the best. I never did get attached to Linlin/Junjun so my heart’s not exactly broken up there. The two of them will have quite a resume upon returning home.
I’ve been yapping on about this on message boards and my regular chat room: I’m neither shocked, surprised or even saddened by this latest turn. This is the DEFINING characteristic of H!P fandom. I detached myself from the whole Musume thang because of it. And no new batch of girls (Gen NINE?! Get ready!) will ever replace a decade-plus (!) of losses. (I think I had my fill when Ichii “Kaasan” Sayaka bolted the looney bin.) I’ll miss Eri-chan, who hammed it up brilliantly on many a “Hello Morning” episode. And only in H!P can you see someone grow up from a shy, mumbling girl to the legend that became Thunderthighs! Hope she stays in geinoukai in some capacity.