Not just any four, either—there is Minami "Takamina" Takahashi (18), soon-to-be captain of Team A and arguably the group's alpha personality; along with Atsuko "Acchan" Maeda (18), the de facto "face of AKB48" based on sheer number of media appearances.
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.
48 years later, the legendary idol group AKB48 is resurrected as the interplanetary troupe ... But as AKB0048 brings back policies not seen since Acchan's disappearance, a new more powerful enemy is quietly moving behind the scenes.