Wake Up, Girls! (WUG) Final Live Letters

Transcribed source: https://www.famitsu.com/news/201903/10173048.html

Near the end of their Final Live at the Saitama Super Arena, the girls read letters that they prepared for the audience. They were addressed to fans, supporters, family, and themselves as they take their next step. They’re more of an experience so look forward to it on the Blu-ray.

These are translated versions for Miyu, Nanami, Minami, Mayu, and Airi. The ones for Kaya and Yoppi are being worked on by someone else and I’ll add/link them in once they’re ready.

Note: They are presented in-order and they were transcribed as they were read so you’ll notice a few quirks.

Takagi Miyu (Okamoto Miyu)

To our fans,
I want to take this time to wholeheartedly say to all of you, “Thank you.”
Thank you for knowing about us.
Thank you for sticking with us as we grew.
Thank you for visiting Tohoku.
Thank you for growing our fanbase.
Thank you for coming here today.
Thank you for supporting us all these years.

I also say this to those who have been supporting us.
Thank you for all the wonderful projects, music, and choreography.
Thank you for the cute clothes and makeup that make us look nice.
Thank you for the programs that brought out our individual personalities.
Thank you seniors, juniors, and colleagues for appreciating our work.
Thank you friends and family for watching over for us.

Also, to the girls, who I see as family…
It’s a little embarrassing to say but thank you!
Nanamin, Minyami, Mayushii, Aichan, Kayatan, Yoppi
Thank you for the miracle of having met you!
Thank you that we’re together, overcoming trial after trial.

Everyone, did you have fun today? (loud cheers)
Thank you for giving us the best and biggest stage!
Thank you! (Thank you!)
Thank you! (Thank you!)
Thank you! (Thank you!)
I love you all!!

All these irreplaceable encounters will forever be my motivation as I move forward as a voice actress. I’ll wo… work hard. No stumbling over words this time! (everyone laughs)

From here on, I hope to continue saying many more “Thank you”s!!!

This has been Takagi Miyu as Okamoto Miyu.
Thank you for everything!

Yamashita Nanami (Hisami Nanami)

To our fans,
This is my first time writing a letter addressed to all of you.
I’ve received so many letters, and it makes me glad that they all say how much you like me.
Thank you!

You’ve shared me thoughts about the characters I portray, the projects I’ve been part of, events I attended, and end it by writing how you appreciate me for being me, grateful that I’m here, alive, with you right now.
You always write so much in those letters! (everyone laughs)

I hope some of you are here today… are you? (cheers)
It’s because of all your love that I’ve gotten this far.
Thank you so much!

To the girls,
Even now, I feel like you’ve carried me all the way here.
Thank you for bearing with a person like me all these years and seeing me as more than a friend and a classmate.
Sharing all the joys, pains, and trials with you made me who I am now.
I’m very grateful that I met you all.
Thank you!

To my friends and family here today, I’ve may have changed a lot from my homely country self, but don’t worry.
I haven’t changed one bit deep inside thanks to the girls and our fans looking out for me every day.

To our staff, thanks to you, everyday girls like us were loved by so many people.
Thank you so much for everything you prepared for this final show, including the walkway.
Thank you!

WUG is the core of who I am as a voice actress.
And that won’t change even after we end today. It will always be a part of me!
I won’t disappoint all the support our fans have given us.
So I’ll keep on going tomorrow!

This has been Yamashita Nanami as Hisami Nanami.
Thank you for everything!!

Tanaka Minami (Katayama Minami)

To our fans,
Thank you for spending your time to see us today!
Everyone, did you have the time of your lives? (cheers)
I’d be really glad if you did.

Things that start must eventually come to an end.
I cried the most in my life the day I learned WUG was going to be disbanded.
Thank you for choosing Wake Up, Girls! out of all the anime and groups out there!

Thank you for loving Wake Up, Girls!
No amount of gratitude is enough.
Each of us had gone through many insurmountable situations, but we were able to overcome them all because you’re always there to support us.
And also because the girls are together with me.

We started from nothing and shared everything, the good and the bad.
WUG is the shining presence in my life that I will forever cherish
You’re my comrades and we overcame so many trials together. Including our disbandment.
You are my rivals. My friends. My family.

Miyu, Nanami, Mayushii, Airi, Kaya, Yoppi.
You will forever have a place in my heart that can never be replaced.
It’s because of you I am who I am right now. Thank you so much.
You have my… oh no. sniffle
You have my support, wherever you go!
I love you with all my heart!

Fate brought us together for the audition and it completely turned my life around.
There’s a lot I’ve yet to do as a voice actress!
So many characters I’ve yet to portray, so many people out there yet to hear my voice.
I couldn’t do anything before, let alone sing and dance, but now they’re part of my arsenal.
I’ll carry the things I learned through WUG and show them off in as many places I can!
Believe in me and watch out for me!

Because of WUG, I met and connected with so many people.
I started in Sendai and got to travel Tohoku!
I met so many fans in so many places. I will never forget them!
Finally, to everyone who worked on WUG, our fans, the girls, and Katayama Minami… sniffle
Thank you so much!

We’ll see each other again someday with our best smiles!

This has been Tanaka Minami as Katayama Minami.
Thank you for everything!

Yoshioka Mayu (Shimada Mayu)

To everyone,
Did you enjoy our parade of memories? (cheers)
Did we get you to smile your best? (cheers)
Were we at our best? (cheers)
Are you happy? (cheers)

I would never have been able to say these words six years ago.
A lot of things changed since then.

I achieved my dream of becoming a voice actress, yet I had opportunities to write.
I used to hate singing but now I love it.
I became someone who people consider to be awe-inspiring.
Tohoku used to be unknown to me but it is now my home.
And now we’re here in SSA.

Futures I thought to be impossible were made possible.
I became part of WUG, became “Mayushii”, and did activities for the past six years.
All of which will end today.

It’s not like I’m dying but it feels like a part of me will start to disappear.
To be honest, I’m scared.
I was able to achieve so many things because of WUG.
I was able to overcome so many things because it was the seven of us.
We really are the best. (cheers)

I often look at you all whenever we perform and every time, I can’t help but smile.
The seven of us met at that fateful audition and we wouldn’t be who we are if one of us were missing.
Miyu, Nanami, Minami, Airi, Kaya, Yoppi, and I.
I know this has been said before but the seven of us make Wake Up, Girls!

But after this, I won’t be standing as your center anymore.
We are all going our separate ways.
We started at the same place and, once we reach our goal, will be opening new doors, going forward at our own pace to wildly different places.

I feel anxious but somehow okay.
Because the six years we shared will never go to waste.
That we will always help each other.
This view we see is proof of that.

Don’t forget that WUG was here.
And as long as you keep the memory of WUG in your hearts, our stories will continue to shine forever.

So I say once more, what happens to Wake Up, Girls! is up to you! (applause)
Finally, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Thank you for giving me that.

This has been Yoshioka Mayu as Shimada Mayu of Wake Up, Girls!

Eino Airi (Hayashida Airi)

To everyone who had encountered WUG, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m glad because if it weren’t for WUG, I would not have met many of you.

Even now, it feels unbelievable that I’m standing here today in SSA.
If I hadn’t auditioned, if I didn’t love anime at the time, this wouldn’t have happened. Everything has its place, everything is connected. I fully realize that now.

The activities, connections, the sights we’ve seen, everything we needed to go through on this path…
I was hard and painful and there were times that it made me feel worthless.
But everything happens for a reason and it made me who I am today.
And I’m very grateful for it.

To the girls who had been with me all the way,
Miyu, Nanami, Mayushii, Minami, Kaya, Yoppi
It’s hard to put into simple words our journey from start to finish.
I’m so happy that WUG is the seven of us.
I don’t think there’s a group as great as us, no, I absolutely believe that there isn’t.
No other group in the world shines as brightly once we work together as one.
We’re one of a kind.

It doesn’t have to happen now.
Maybe it will take five, ten, even twenty years. But I believe there will come a time that people will look back and realize how great we were.
I’m grateful we took that audition.

To our ever-supportive fans, your energy and smiles never fail to cheer me up.
Thank you for finding us!

To our managers and everyone involved in WUG,
It’s thanks to you we’d been able to push ourselves as hard as we could.

Spring is coming and the sakura trees will be in bloom.
It might sound like I’m stating a fact but it’s not.
They bloom every year to remind us of the changing of seasons and to bestow their beauty upon us.
They’re hard to grow but with love, they will bloom beautiful flowers.
And there is beauty present even in those that have not fully bloomed.
I aim to become a person like that.

Like a SAKURA. Eino Airi.

Okuno Kaya (Kikuma Kaya)

Will edit in once ready

Aoyama Yoshino (Nanase Yoshino)

Will edit in once ready


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