AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 20, on Sunday night announced her retirement from the mega-popular group (or "graduation," as Japanese media refer to such announcements). A teary Maeda made the announcement to 25,000 fans during a concert at Saitama Super Arena.
The encore of AKB48's March 25 concert, "Gyoumurenraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena," was the source of an announcement that no doubt has every fan talking today. Atsuko Maeda, one of the more popular members of the pop idol supergroup.
DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 No flower without rain (Documentary ... as the group parts ways with their star member Atsuko Maeda (a departure that's euphemistically called a "graduation"). The other members are shaken and a fierce fight for center position takes.
Launching herself in a new career direction as an actress, Atsuko Maeda performed ... everybody is doing great,” Maeda said before the concert at AKB48 Theater in the Akihabara district in Tokyo that marked her “graduation.” Maeda was an original.
“I love her smile, too,” he added shyly. Wednesday’s election was sparked by the forthcoming “graduation” from AKB48 of 20-year-old Atsuko Maeda, who led the collective twice – her reign was interrupted by Oshima for a year. Maeda’s tearful.
AKB48 member Minami Takahashi revealed that the idol group would be performing concerts at the Tokyo Dome from August 24 to 26 this year, indicating that group member Atsuko Maeda will "graduate" from the group on August 27. Maeda announced her departure.