Sunday, 21st of July 2013 marked the calendar as one of the saddest days in the 48 Group history as 1.5 generation member Shinoda Mariko officially had her Graduation Ceremony at Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome (福岡 ヤフオク!).
A superb “Mariko” call at the Dome!
Mariko’s shedding beautiful tears.
“I’ve always thought that I want to graduate as myself… I would like to be the Shinoda Mariko that everyone (in AKB48) can look up as a guiding beacon” – as expected, truly a wonderful, Shinoda-like speech.
Also, the new Team A Captain will be Yokoyama Yui.
it’s THAT time!
Team A Captain will be Yokoyama Yui.
Fukuoka Dome Concert
“There are still things that we have got to do” (The title of the dome tour
Across these 2 days,
We were able to receive a lot of support and encouragement,
Until the very end, we are very, very grateful for your endless support for Shinoda-san.
Also Yokoyama (Yui), the newly appointed captain by Shinoda,
will also try her best to bring the best of AKB48.
We are truly delighted to be able to go to various places, and to be able to meet every one and each of you by doing so.
Tomorrow there will be a Special Performance at HKT’s theatre, so please look after the members that will be performing tomorrow!
Have a good night.
Fan Reactions: Well.. it’s exactly like the predictions, but it’s fine that way!I thought they will be announcing this tomorrow?!As I thought, it’s Yuihan.
That’s quite appropriate!Yokoyama Team A is starting (´；ω；｀)Captain anointment is today, Yui-chan, congratulations!
Shinoda embracing the new captain, Yokoyama!
I’ll support you!
Also with this… Fukuoka Dome Day 2 is finished!♪
2 consecutive days at Fukuoka DOme
we are safely finished!!!
Mariko-sama was shining really brightly ｡ﾟ(´つω•`｡)ﾟ｡
I’m so moved I’m so moved I’m so moved.
Congratulations on being the new captain!
I’ll support you as hard as I can ～♡
Because there’s a change in Captaincy, Team A has became Yokoyama Team A! From now on, I’ll support Yui with all my strength (p`･ω･´q)♡
New Captain! Yui-chan!
Yui-chan, a reliable team-mate that I love very much – I’m really happy for you ♡
Even though she’s my junior, compared to me, she’s very straightforward and proper – I’ll follow her anywhere!!! ♡ I want to be your support!
Compared to when Paruru became center, I felt the ‘generation change’ feeling is stronger in this Yokoyama Captaincy change
Shinoda-san, congratulations on your graduation!
Tomorrow’s Team A (Theatre) Performance will really be the last, so I’ll see you tomorrow.
It was really beautiful!!
On top of that, from that beautiful Shinoda-san, there has been a captain nomination.
Yokoyama Team A.
I’m still not used to hearing that name.
Whilst looking at the back of Takahashi Soukantoku, together with all members of this Team A that I’ve been entrusted with, I will try my best to create a wonderful team!
So, from now on,
please support AKB48 Group as well as Yokoyama Team A!!
Source: Matomember 1, 2