A couple of days ago, in the middle of Team A's rehearsal, Hikari-san had come knocking on the door, asking Ayumi-san if she could speak with one, very specific member, as she had recieved a call only minutes prior. Kimura Mei didn't return to practice, but both Ayumi and Hikari claimed that everything was in order, but refused to say anything else.
The next day, during Team A's stage performance, an announcement was dropped out of the blue - not even the members had heard of it beforehand. The next concert AKB0048 was going to hold wasn't the New Year concert in a few weeks, but rather another one that was going to happen in a few days; Kimura Mei's Succession Debut, Mei-sama no Coronation.
Three days after the announcement, the NTD was, despite the short notice, very full, and as time started to near the start of the concert, the lights dimmed, and the words, of which that were by now starting to get familiar, were displayed on the large screen on the stage.
Kimura Mei Succession Debut! Mei-sama no Coronation