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Saturday, 22 September 2018 01:38

What's Wrong with Matsui Jurina?

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First of all, it is not a news:

In 6 September 2018, there was a good news to Matsui Jurina fans, the SKE48 top member announced her return after 2-month hiatus, and then she participated in music show MUSIC STATION to perform her 53rd Single "Sentimental Train" (2018.09.07), and then joined AKB48's AllNightNippon (2018.09.11), and there were TV specials in Tokai TV show SKE48 Musubi no Ichiban for her return (2018.09.11 and 2018.09.18)...

BUT, then, everything seems to be going wrong, Matsui Jurina almost could not participate the group's important event Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018 (2018.09.14 to 2018.09.15), she did not participated TV show MUSIC STATION Ultra Fes (2018.09.17), neither NHK's UTA CON (2018.09.18) nor TBS's CDTV (2018.09.23), she did not participate in group's live for Tokai Radio Festival 2018 (2018.09.16 to 2018.09.17), she did not participate in Aichi 2018 Destination Campaign press conference (2018.09.20), the official site announced she will not participate in 23rd single Ikinari Punch Line's handshake events, she is nowhere in SKE48's new merchandises...

Finally, Matsui Jurina was quietly removed from Aichi 2018 Destination Campaign PR CM... is the SKE48 absolute CENTER and AKB48 World Champion taking a hiatus Again? Will she participate in SKE48 upcoming 10th anniversary events? As AKB48 General Election 2018 1st place winner, will she serve the CENTER position for AKB48 54th single as a compensation for 53rd single?

Note1: Matsui Jurina did not appear in TV Show FujiTV's Music Fair on 15 September 2018 and NHK's AKB48SHOW! on 16 September 2018, the shows may be pre-recorded during her hiatus period.
Note2: Matsui Jurina performed 3 songs (including 2 songs in encore part) in SKE48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018 
Note3: Matsui Jurina's image and video are still remained in Aichi 2018 Destination Campaign official site 


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  • Comment Link Jsprite Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:17 posted by Jsprite

    Judging by that picture alone, I'd say she looks quite fine...

  • Comment Link LEONARDO  GOMES Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:34 posted by LEONARDO GOMES

    Most probably she is gradually returning to her usual activities.

  • Comment Link Jurina fan Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:57 posted by Jurina fan

    Paul, please don't scare me! Is Jurina really still unwell? I watched her performance in SKE48 RH2018 online, she definitely wasn't at her peak...

    Also, Jurina hasn't updated her twitter and instagram for months, even though she has supposedly returned from her hiatus. Anyone knows when did Jurina last appear on any form of media outlet, including social media?

  • Comment Link Colin Saturday, 22 September 2018 16:07 posted by Colin

    Even though J is kinda back, she's not fully back. You would almost say that when she should have come back, we had to go forward. Yet it seems that, like you present, she isn't fully back. I do think she is gradually returning and not fully recovered yet. So I am fine she isn't doing everything all the time, 24/7. More so about the theater stages. It is odd that she isn't appearing on the merch and hasn't been performing Train every time even though this would have been the time as it just got released. I am not a fan of Train all that much, but even though she's kinda back, I'll only watch it if she's there. I also get she isn't doing the HS right away. I imagine the people coming for her to meet is too much for her to handle right away. So if she's taking the time with that, that's ok.

    For me it's more that I feel uninformed about her condition. So to fully understand why she isn't doing this, that, etc. If they just said something like: Jurina is gradually coming back. She is suffering from anemia (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) so we hope you all understand she isn't doing everything she would normally do because of this. Please bear with us and Jurina.". Not sure if this would solve everything. But I like to think that with at least this, there would be more understanding of her situation. Instead of wondering what the heck is going on. What some people are doing. It's good to ponder about it. But I don't know where it's going from here out onwards. I do like to have some information on what happened. Even if it just to prevent negativity from happening. Though can it all be avoided? No clue.

    I don't think she's going on another hiatus. I think she's gradually coming back. Little by little. I have faith in Jurina. Even if at the end of the day, it feels as if I'm taking a shot in the dark. Because of the lack of information. Otherwise I would have given another argument instead of having just faith in her. Guess time will tell, it always does.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Saturday, 22 September 2018 16:37 posted by Tuberose

    How old is she this year? 21? Maybe she finally have the time to think about herself as a person not an everyone's idol? Would she resigned from entertainment world and went to a journey to find her true self?

    That's a joke but not really.

    Seeing that she started her career as a 11yo girl under a constant spotlight and has been overworked to the point of 'this' without a hiatus for almost 10y, I'd say she deserves more than what people think as a given not earned. She's most probably never has a chance to properly spend time with her family or enjoy school, let alone romance (thanks to the golden rule). Yet she has never complained.
    If I were her, I'd be tired and broken, I would consider to quit countless times but then again with a history as one of the absolute centers in most popular idol group I wouldn't be able to return to a life as an ordinary person. And changes are terrifying.
    She's still so young, worse is despite all that she's not allowed to even take a breath.

  • Comment Link alex Saturday, 22 September 2018 17:42 posted by alex

    produce48 place her how no top idol, shey lost to sakura many times too...
    i think it :/

  • Comment Link Miorin Oshi Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:11 posted by Miorin Oshi


  • Comment Link Conscious Pilot Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:47 posted by Conscious Pilot

    I think it's a bit of what @Colin said & maybe a bit of @Alex too. God forbid anyone criticize The Queen Jurina. But ultimately like the headline says "What's Wrong with Jurina"? No One Knows??

    What are we left w/?

    A) Exhaustion? which could translate to stimulant abuse or drugs. No One can deny she didn't move faster & was more energized than anyone around her. Perhaps all that energy came at a price?

    B) Rehab - perhaps she got so dependent on various substances & now her body has a hormonal shift (of a grown woman). I wonder if she didn't take "speed" or something to energize during Produce48 - So in fact "Produce 48" did crack her armor & she started over-compesating- then it spilled into AKB. Japan probably has rules & she got caught?

    C) Maybe she really was a pampered princess & when you realize that when Mako Kojima says "We were never trained in anything" (as oppose to Kpop trainees) & that Jurina was 'SOO Good' only compared to other AKS girls but when it came to actual Professional Grade performers she was initially "rank B". Judging by P48- Hitomi beat her in Dance, Sakura in Charisma, & Nako in Vocal...Maybe she now has doubts about her abilities??

    I think if she was allowed to focus on JUST "Prod48" J would've risen to the challenge. I would not call her a quitter. I do find it amusing that she mocked Sakura for not dancing well & saying AKB's gonna Die...when Sakura survived 3 months of KPOP fire AND Still did AKB & HKT stuff w/ little to no Sleep and apparently ALL Jurina did 80% of the Summer was SLEEP.

    I don't know- I'd like an honest answer. Whatever it is. Drugs, Disease, Human error, ect - just be honest w/ your fans THEY Deserve to know after all the money they dumped on your #1 rank that you're NOT doing anything with.

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Sunday, 23 September 2018 01:31 posted by Paul Cho

    @Conscious Pilot
    I think I should remind you that you should be more careful about the topic about drug or law, please.
    If you keep doing this, I have to delete your comment.

  • Comment Link Conscious Pilot Sunday, 23 September 2018 03:17 posted by Conscious Pilot

    @PaulCho So...I can't 'Speculate'? oh. I noticed even Asian Junkie clamped down on anything negative towards Jurina when she came back. I guess this is the way of things.


  • Comment Link Paul Cho Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:07 posted by Paul Cho

    @Conscious Pilot
    Look, I just remind you should be more careful about sensitive topics (which is always a chance that people will sue you for defamation). Nothing more nothing less.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Sunday, 23 September 2018 04:47 posted by Tuberose

    @CP: I speculated you're talking based on your own experience?

  • Comment Link Joe Sunday, 23 September 2018 11:26 posted by Joe

    @tuberose Japan has strict child labor laws and minors work reduced hours and can't work certain times of the day. Part of her day was schooling and breaks are mandatory. Their are a lot of farm children who start working earlier then 11 and work longer and harder days.

  • Comment Link Kedi enthusiast Monday, 24 September 2018 00:21 posted by Kedi enthusiast

    Maybe her body collapsed since pd48 going (remember naekkoya choreo, rhythm & lyrics for 3 days in order to re-evaluation class) while she must filming-recording new lyrics-photoshoot-practicing new choreography for new ske's 10th anniv single (ikinari, parting shot, love crescendo), promoting ssk, other job from akb/48 group outside ske (idk either 100 challenge photos in taiwan is also a job since yuasa joined), also other job from her agency outside 48group.
    In miho's statement on ANN, she was crying during practice of naekkoya with other B class.
    It's the first time they see her crying (maybe outside gradcon).
    And maybe it's the heaviest burden she carry since this activity is reaching outside japan. How exhausted & exploded her mind was.

  • Comment Link Tuberose Monday, 24 September 2018 03:24 posted by Tuberose

    @Joe yeah I knew about the laws (I've been following the idols world forever now) and are we seriously gonna compare farm children to her?

  • Comment Link Paul Cho Monday, 24 September 2018 04:18 posted by Paul Cho

    Excuse me, man, we are not suppressing opinions here.

  • Comment Link yada Tuesday, 25 September 2018 16:52 posted by yada

    Not a Jurina fan myself, but I think what we should do is not speculating and pray for the best about her instead.

    Well, all the theories have their own basis, but let's just wait till SKE 10 Anniversary event. IF she also absent from that, then it really means that some big mess is happening.

  • Comment Link Takeshi C Monday, 01 October 2018 16:49 posted by Takeshi C

    Produce 48 is over.. there is no point for Jurina to hide anymore. for whatever the reason. She left PD48 after demonstrate her sporty talent as fast healthy runner.
    We are sure that Jurina can show up now..
    Its time for chicken coward show up after 3 sky eagles fly high and leave all the champion of cages

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