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Alternative Titles

English: AKB0048
Synonyms: AKB0048: First Stage
Japanese: AKB0048


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 29, 2012 to Jul 22, 2012
Genres: Music, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.601 (scored by 12722 users)
Ranked: #12232
Popularity: #1167
Members: 27,409
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In the beginning of the 21st century, a world war breaks out over interplanetary travel tech. The environment is pretty much destroyed so mankind leaves Earth, settling on other planets, and starts Star Calendar 00.

Entertainment and songs become heavily regulated and eventually banned on several planets due to their power to move people, but a brave idol group puts on guerrilla performances in these systems in the name of a famous act from earlier times that sang to Earth's bitter end, AKB48. Famous throughout the galaxy, the group's name is AKB0048.

This story centers around a group of girls from various planets, some where entertainment is banned and some, where it is not, striving to become great idols and join AKB0048.
Therefore, they participate in the entrance exam and eventually become undergraduates, aiming to someday succeed the current members of the group.

(Source: Crunchyroll; edited)

Related Anime

Sequel: AKB0048: Next Stage

Characters & Voice Actors

Aida, Orine
Aida, Orine
Karbowski, Brittney
Karbowski, Brittney
Nakaya, Sayaka
Nakaya, Sayaka
Ichijou, Yuuka
Ichijou, Yuuka
Rial, Monica
Rial, Monica
Sato, Amina
Sato, Amina
Kanzaki, Suzuko
Kanzaki, Suzuko
Hata, Sawako
Hata, Sawako
French, Caitlynn
French, Caitlynn
Kishida, Mimori
Kishida, Mimori
Mosier, Carli
Mosier, Carli
Satou, Sumire
Satou, Sumire


Kawamori, Shoji
Director, Storyboard, Mechanical Design, Original Creator
Hiraike, Yoshimasa
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Osedo, Satoshi
Episode Director

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Jul 26, 2012
Well now, here's something that I was expecting to be a giant pile of horse crap. I mean, come ON, a show about AKB48 saving the world through song? That's so freaking dumb. And then I remembered Macross already did that... Wait... Kawamori Shouji is directing it? THE HELL? The director of Macross Zero, Aquarion, and Macross Frontier (among others) is directing a AKB48 anime? Color me intrigued. Series is composed by Okada Mari, who has some very good titles under her belt (Hanasaku Iroha, Gosick, Wondering Son). All in all, the production team seems solid.

So yeah, that's how I started watching this show, in read more
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Jul 22, 2012
With the large amount of questionable things AKB0048 attempted, this show was inevitably doomed to fail. The large casts of characters, the doubtable synopsis and its variety of genres clustered together just to name a few. Most ridiculous of all, the director expected AKB48 singers, a real-life, popular idol group, to successfully convert into voice actresses. Furthermore, most soundtracks in the actual anime will be inserted directly from AKB48's popular debuts, and this all just seemed too convenient to work out. Thus, I walked into AKB0048 expecting some terribly scripted dialogues, incorrect utilization of AKB48 soundtracks, and tons more to name. But here I am, read more
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Mar 1, 2013
So, AKB was a series that not many people seemed to like, so with this review I’ll try my hardest to explain why it managed to win me over. And let me get one thing straight: it’s not like I’m some sort of idol fanboy. In fact, I hate the idol business. I really dislike J-Pop as a music genre. And I’m really not a fan of abusing moe and cute girls to pander to an audience. So yes: how on earth did this show manage to win me over?

For the people who aren’t familiar at all with AKB0048: AKB48 is an idol group, consisting read more
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May 14, 2012
I hate it when people write reviews for shows before a series ends as much as anyone (especially ones that dub a show godly after one episode), but the rating of this show in comparison to the ass-load of complete garbage airing right now (whose names I won't mention), combined with the average user's apparent misconceptions about it (comparing it to Symphogear? lolno), combined with its low popularity, made me decide that I have to say SOMETHING.

In short: I don't get it. I don't get why this is so lowly rated when, even after just the first episode, it's proven to be superior to read more
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Both are stories about girls becoming idols and all of the challenges they must face. AKB0048 is set in the future and has battle elements while iM@S is contemporary and more realistic.
If you liked either, chances are you'll like the other. Love Live is more of a realistic take, while AKB0048 is like a really silly take on the same subject matter. AKB has idols fighting to save the universe, while Love Live is a lot more like K-On, but with more of a focus on the plot.
The genre for both is "pop idol". However, they both have action and sci-fi added in. Both Anime use bright colors and detailed art work. They also break from the norm.
Both animes use music, singers and idols as a way to fight in the world that they are living in, whether it is to survive or for power/hope.
The main characters in Aikatsu and AKB0048 happen to have spunky, cheerful personalities. A friend happens to introduce them to the world of idols and they start on their own journey to become an idol, growing as a person as they do. The styles are different, but the outfits in both series are designed in a nice manner. One of the great things is that both shows vary from the idol genre in ways one wouldn't expect, one being also of the card game genre and the other a sci-fi. The music for both series is also beautiful and the wide cast of characters means one is likely to find at least one character they like.
They both have to do with music and idol groups, but their are a few differences. AKB0048 is set in the future where entertainment is banned and the group known as "AKB0048" put on guerrilla concerts for their fans. It is also an all girl group. On the other hand Uta no Prince is set in modern day with an all male group who songs are written by a single girl, and it just goes through their everyday lives. All and all they both have to do with music and idol groups. 100% recommend them both!! xx

Opening Theme

"Kibou ni Tsuite (希望について)" by NO NAME (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

#1: "Kibou ni Tsuite (希望について)" by NO NAME (ep 1)
#2: "Yume wa Nandomo Umarekawaru (夢は何度も生まれ変わる)" by NO NAME (eps 2-8, 10-11)
#3: "Sasae (支え)" by AKB48 (ep 9)
#4: "Niji no Ressha (虹の列車)" by NO NAME (ep 13)

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01-13-13, 12:01 AM

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