Ranked #1200


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
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Genres: Music, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.611 (scored by 14,468 users)
Ranked: #12002
Popularity: #1250
Members: 31,584
Favorites: 441
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Motomiya, Nagisa
Motomiya, Nagisa
Iwata, Karen
Iwata, Karen
Sono, Chieri
Sono, Chieri
Watanabe, Mayu
Watanabe, Mayu
Shinonome, Sonata
Shinonome, Sonata
Yagami, Kumi
Yagami, Kumi
Shinonome, Kanata
Shinonome, Kanata
Ishida, Haruka
Ishida, Haruka


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

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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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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Nov 21, 2015
Story: The story is about the universe being banned from entertainment. That means no music and no concerts. The rebels known as AKB0048 are a bunch pop idols who defy the laws and bring music into peoples hearts. The problem with the story is fact that they took it too far with the plot as in a group of teenage girls facing off against male soldiers in war. Its not believable that girls can beat soldiers with guns. Very dramatic with too much crying among the female characters.

Art: It was okay I did not like the eyes of the females with hearts in them 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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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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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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Anime: Love Live! School Idol Project
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. 
reportRecommended by Em_Leingod
Anime: The iDOLM@STER
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. 
reportRecommended by atlantiza
Anime: Senki Zesshou Symphogear: Meteoroid-Falling, Burning, and Disappear, Then...
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. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Macross F
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. 
reportRecommended by MagicFlier
Anime: Aikatsu!
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  read more 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Wake Up, Girls!
Kind of similar plot, only Wake Up, Girls! is set in a current time and there no sci-fi. AKB0048 has more drama, mystery, and sci-fi. Both feature a several girls auditioning for an idol group and their lives as they try to become idols. 
reportRecommended by MoonXArtemis

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