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
21 July 2013
31 July 2013
7 August 2013
8 August 2013
16 August 2013
17 August 2013
22 August 2013
23 August 2013
24 August 2013
25 August 2013
Shinoda Mariko graduation ceremony
Maeda Atsuko appearance, and new unit debut
Akimoto Sayaka graduation ceremony
Itano Tomomi graduation ceremony
It's sad to see these three prominent members of AKB48 leave in such a short space of time. The new unit announcement is strange, as the sub-units seem to be dead nowadays, with the focus of soloists instead. The return of Acchan to an AKB48 stage is a big surprise, and follows on from her appearance in The Return Of Team Surprise. I don't know what association she has with Sapporo apart from appearing in some Sapporo Beer adverts. She is looking really great recently though, and I'm looking forward to her musical activies.