Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

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AKB48, SKE48, Nogizaka46 member Rena Matsui has announced that she will graduate from the AKB Family this August!

The 23-year old idol has always been one of my favorites. She debuted in SKE48 in 2008, and quickly became one of the most popular members. Together with Jurina Matsui (no relation) she was the core of that sister group.

Matsui-san is special to me. I have had a special page “Bikini vs Kimono” since the start of my blog. Does Rena look most amazing in her bikini or her kimono? There was also a poll there. Results? WordPress Readers voted Bikini over kimono 54% to 46% !

Rena will pursue an acting career, which is not a big surprise. She has a beautiful, sculpted face. In fact I can’t understand why there are not more statues of Matsui-san!!! She recently had a role as a voice actress in Ultimate Otaku Teacher (as Suzane Kagami). She has also appeared in several  cute commercials.

Please enjoy this YouTube link of “Mujin Eki” (aka “The abandoned train station”. There I was at the train station turned into a ghost town. Alone with only my memories of twirling umbrellas.). This Yasushi Akimoto  song (lyrics here) was actually Iwasa Misaki’s hit single. Other members have also performed it on stage, including Mariko Shinoda. Rena does a great job with the song. It even looks like Rena is wearing Wasamin’s kimono here. (Maybe Misaki-san was out that night?)

I also snagged a few images from the performance here:

I wish Rena well in her new career!

Starlight: Rena Matsui born July 27, 1991. Happy Birthday too!

See more Rena Matsui on my Pinterest board linked here.

Comments on: "KIMONOS ON MONDAY: Please don’t abandon me, Rena Matsui!" (6)

  1. samtumblin1 said:
  2. Another major graduation announcement and really Rena so much at her height of popularity. Equally gorgeous whether it be bikini or kimono! I wish ~* Rena too the very best of success in her next endeavors of life ^^.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Best wishes to Rena. Hopefully we’ll hear her voice in many anime to come.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The Otaku Judge said:

    Hopefully her acting career will go well… if not she can always become a bikini model!

    Liked by 1 person

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