It has been announced that AKB48 will be having concerts on 5 major domes this summer, including Tokyo Dome.
This was announced yesterday in Nippon Budoukan during the last day of their four-day special 48-group concert, 「AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai~Shirokuro Tsukeyou Janai Ka!~」 through a surprise VTR that left the girls in shock and left them overwhelmed. They will be having 11 performances in 5 different domes.
AKB48 5-Dome Concert (title undecided)
July 20, 2013 — Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, Fukuoka
July 21, 2013 — Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, Fukuoka
July 31, 2013 — Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido
August 7, 2013 — Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka
August 8, 2013 — Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka
August 16, 2013 — Nagoya Dome, Aichi
August 17, 2013 — Nagoya Dome, Aichi
August 22, 2013 — Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
August 23, 2013 — Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
August 24, 2013 — Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
August 25, 2013 — Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Also announced during the concert is a new team shuffle for this spring. This surprise is brought to the girls by AKB48 manager, Togasaki Tomonobu. The spring team shuffle is Kenkyuusei (research student) promotion and is a team shuffle mostly concerning the members who are assigned to two teams and those with activities with overseas groups.
AKB48 “Haru no Jinji”
Hirata Rina to Team K
Sasaki Yukari to Team A
Omori Miyu to Team B
(those cancelled will stop activities with the team they have cancelled with, those appointed will be part of two teams)
AKB48 Team K / SKE48 Team S Kitahara Rie concurrency cancel with SKE48 Team S
AKB48 Team A / NMB48 Team N Yokoyama Yui concurrency cancel with NMB48 Team N
SKE48 Team K-II / AKB48 Team B Ishida Anna concurrency cancel with AKB48 Team B
NMB48 Team N / AKB48 Team A Kotani Riho concurrency cancel with AKB48 Team A
AKB48 Team B Oba Mina concurrency with SKE48 Team K-II
AKB48 Team B Ichikawa Miori concurrency with NMB48 Team N
SKE48 Team E Furuhata Nao concurrency with AKB48 Team K
NMB48 Team M Yagura Fuko concurrency with AKB48 Team A
HKT48 Team H Kodama Haruka concurrency with AKB48 Team A
SNH48 Miyazawa Sae concurrency with AKB48 Team K
SNH48 Suzuki Mariya concurrency with AKB48 Team A
JKT48 Takajo Aki concurrency with AKB48 Team B
HKT48 Sashihara Rino appointed as HKT48 Theater Manager
Before this, it has been decided that Kitahara Rie will transfer to SKE48 K-II, but apparently that will be null as she is to be assigned to AKB48 only. This also caused much confusion among the SKE48 girls.
Other mention worthy members are Yokoyama Yui, Takajo Aki, Miyazawa Sae, and Sashihara Rino. Yokoyama Yui is part of NMB48’s frontline so it’s surprising that they take her out after a short while. Miyazawa Sae and Takajo Aki are high-ranking members that have been assigned overseas so members and concert audience alike rejoiced when then heard this news. On the funnier side of the announcement, while it seemed like Sashihara Rino will finally return to AKB48, she instead gets assigned as HKT48’s theater manager. No details yet as to when this shuffle would take effect.
This concert was streamed live yesterday in YouTube as part of YouTube’s Japan Music Week.