The official AKB48 blog has announced some new details of their Five Dome Tour. There will be graduation ceremonies for Shinoda Mariko, Akimoto Sayaka, and Itano Tomomi at three of the 11 concerts. The last handshake events for these three members has been set for 7th July 2013. Graduation theatre performances will be announced at a later date.
In addition, graduated ace Maeda Atsuko is set to appear at the Sapporo Dome concert! She recently tweeted that she was recording a music video overseas. AKS states that her 3rd single will be released in September and that she will perform her new single (and possibly) more at the concert.
The official blog post also announced that a new unit will debut at the Sapporo Dome concert as well.
Full dates of the dome concerts and special events:
20 July 2013 / Fukuoka
21 July 2013 / Fukuoka - Shinoda Mariko graduation ceremony
31 July 2013 / Sapporo - Maeda Atsuko appearance, and new unit debut
7 August 2013 / Osaka
8 August 2013 / Osaka
16 August 2013 / Nagoya
17 August 2013 / Nagoya
22 August 2013 / Tokyo - Akimoto Sayaka graduation ceremony
23 August 2013 / Tokyo
24 August 2013 / Tokyo
25 August 2013 / Tokyo - Itano Tomomi graduation ceremony
Melos no Michi
Wonder if the new unit will be the 'official' debut of AnRiRe?
And wtf is Acchan's management doing? For the sake of her own career, she should cut ties with AKB. I wonder if it's because she promotes Sapporo Beer, so they thought it would be good to perform at Sapporo Dome?
PRAYING FOR LIVESTREAM OF SAYAKA'S GRADUATION. They must know she's one of the most popular members overseas...