Part of the formula of pop super group AKB48 is to graduate older girls out of the sorority while auditioning younger ones in. A big change is coming next week when 21-year-old, two time Senbatsu Election champion Atsuko Maeda leaves the group on August.
The 8th annual AKB48 Senbatsu (Selection) Election was held on June 18 in the Hard Off Eco ... Sashihara refers to a scandal involving an alleged boyfriend in 2008-09 that broke in 2012 and resulted in her transfer from AKB48 to HKT48.
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.
I even go so far as to tell them I won’t be their girlfriend but I’ll help them find one, then we’ll just nix the sex part of the relationship and stay friends. If it ends with the new GF, well... they know where I am *finger pistols and awkward wink.
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