I do find it amusing to see members who never mentioned Ririka once throughout her entire career, or didn't even know who she was until this moment, pass judgement on her skills and personality like they've been watching her for years lol. Notice how you only mentioned two NMB members (under yoshimoto). Everyone else you mentioned is under a different management. Yoshimoto tends to handle these situations a lot differently. When milky got suspended, that was because they were still new. Look at that scandal milky had when she was senbatsu tier? Management swept it under the rug completely. You also failed to mention other non nmb girls who have been caught in a scandal and did not get punished by management for it (the biggest and most recent being Yukirin). So much for saving face lol. I would not be surprised if this was 100% Riripons decision to graduate. If she wanted to stay, she would have told her partner not to do the interview, and then ignored or debunked the article bunshun would have released, and went about her idol career. Instead, she got up on that stage and announced her marriage to the world, knowing full well her "promise" to her partner was "graduation then marriage". Management saying she could stay probably was them saving face, but Ririka herself definitely made that decision to graduate herself. this is bothering me too. She mentions not even knowing how to like someone, so deciding that she loves him only after being in a long distance relationship where they rarely meet and don't contact each other often... it seems weird to me. Also, I think, if you truly loved someone, you would want them to do what they love, and if she loves being an idol so much, i don't think her partner should have agreed to the whole "graduate then marriage" thing. As they said, they don't even know when they will get married, she has no ring, and nothing is planned. Essentially, this is a case of "young love" where a couple gets together and fast-tracks their relationship without thinking, literally being blinded by love. I truly fear that she is jumping into this without actually sitting down and thinking about this clearly. If she truly believes this is the right thing, then I wish nothing but the best for her. Regardless of how I feel about her announcing something like this at the sousenkyo. Regardless of how I feel about the unofficial love ban rule. The last thing I would want is to see her leave everything she's worked hard for, and then have her relationship fall apart not long after they marry. So I truly wish the best for her. I'm sad she's graduating since she's one of my favorite NMB members, but it's the logical choice. I'm happy both management and the members support her, no matter their views, and I hope her JP fans can forgive this mess and send her off without causing a scene lol.