Checkmate Loses Another Member

Has the end come for Checkmate, a group that was very promising at the start. Another member departs and now they are hanging on by a thread. What is happening and what can we hope for in the future.

Checkmate officially announced that Hitomi, the harsh vocalist of the group, will be departing. This is effective immediately and has to do with her physical condition. The details were not given but it looks like she was told by her doctor that she needed to stop her idol activities.  Here is the announcement.

Message from Hitomi

Saaya and Ayumi are going to continue on with the group. In my eyes Saaya is still very much an unproven entity and I do not see the group continuing much longer with Ayumi carrying the bulk of the singing duties.

I assume that their management will be trying to fill all the vacancies in the group and I do wish them luck with that. I do not really see much hope in a very dark future for this unit, but hope does spring eternal. They may be able to come back from this. It has been done before.

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