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AKB0048: Next Stage

AKB0048: Next Stage

Alternative Titles

English: AKB0048: Next Stage
Synonyms: AKB0048 2nd Season, AKB0048 Second Season
Japanese: AKB0048 next stage


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Genres: Music, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.891 (scored by 8984 users)
Ranked: #6812
Popularity: #1671
Members: 16,770
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In the year since the 77th generation understudies joined AKB0048, the Deep Galactic Trade Organization [DGTO] and DES have stepped up their attacks on entertainment. In response, AKB0048 brings back the general elections and the center nova position. The understudies are now thrusted into a new competition directly against the successors. But as AKB0048 brings back policies not seen since Acchan's disappearance, a new more powerful enemy is quietly moving behind the scenes.

(Source: ANN)

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Aired  Jan 6, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
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Prequel: AKB0048

Characters & Voice Actors

Aida, Orine
Aida, Orine
Nakaya, Sayaka
Nakaya, Sayaka
Ichijou, Yuuka
Ichijou, Yuuka
Sato, Amina
Sato, Amina
Kanzaki, Suzuko
Kanzaki, Suzuko
Hata, Sawako
Hata, Sawako
Kishida, Mimori
Kishida, Mimori
Satou, Sumire
Satou, Sumire


Kawamori, Shoji
Director, Storyboard, Original Creator
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Odaka, Yoshinori
Episode Director
Nemoto, Toshizou

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Mar 2, 2015
I watched this a while ago but I feel like this season had much more fan service (photo shoots) which I really hate. It prevents me from recommending shows to people that otherwise would enjoy them a lot. At any rate, the story is still as insane and fluffy as ever, the characters develop well and its highly satisfying to watch. I feel that the story gets particularly muddled when you have to remember several names of characters: who they represent, who they want to represent, who they should be representing, and ultimately their real name and nicknames. The story also takes some really bizarre read more
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Apr 1, 2013
What would you do to turn your dreams into reality?

It is our names which we cherish the most. They are titles; testaments to who we are and what we have accomplished. Would you be willing to sacrifice your name, along with your home, lover, or family in order to achieve your dreams? AKB0048 is a story of growth. A tale of naive youth struggling to fulfill their ambitions and spread happiness in a dystopian universe weighted under a ban on entertainment. Directed by Kawamori Shoji (Aquarion EVOL, Macross), AKB0048 proves that even an anime about space idols can be enriching and enjoyable.


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Nov 29, 2013
nice anime....this anime is very touching!!!
hope there is another season of AKB0048,although I think don't have....
I recomment to those who like to watch anime watch this anime...
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Mar 31, 2013
While watching this, I quite enjoyed watched this (second) season and the previous season before this. This anime has exceeded my expectations, as I had believed that this anime would only be 'alright' 'average' 'something to kill time with. ' Being an anime based upon the idol genre or should I more accurately state that an anime based upon the actual idol group AKB48; music was definitely one of the vital aspects of this anime. Through that utilization of music in the opening, ending songs and insert songs during the anime; the moods of each scenario could be captured well. This was not an read more
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Both have CGI scenes for dances, other than turning ordinary girls into idols. 
reportRecommended by Bayonette
The main correlation between the two franchise is on full-fledge displayment; in their apparent revealing of an initially light-hearted scenario, gloomy themes of galactic battles are occurring. Both have fabulous artwork now apparently layered over by loads of fan service, which may or may not be distracting at times. A great watch for mecha fans, though AKB the next stage still consists of chiefly slice of life scenes, and lots of great soundtracks which fulfill their purposes within and outside of the actual series.

AKB first season was much more honorable in focusing on hope-relate themes of the idols' future, which holds less significance  read more 
reportRecommended by Stellio
They both have the same senario where they sing and fight
but with Senki Zesshou Symphogear, they transform before they fight 
reportRecommended by Willy12500
They're both about idols and music 
reportRecommended by akbfan
Similar story with young girls and music but AKB0048 have more actions with its musical space opera.  
reportRecommended by akbfan
Aikatsu is a Idol Anime featuring the struggles of you young Idols much like AKB0048.
If you like the more day to day challenges of Idol Anime and not combat then Aikatsu may be the show for you. 
reportRecommended by Akito38

Opening Theme

"Aruji Naki Sono Koe (主なきその声)" by NO NAME (eps 2-7, 9-12)

Ending Theme

#1: "Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu (この涙を君に捧ぐ)" by NO NAME (eps 1-2, 5-12)
#2: "Kibou ni Tsuite (希望について)" by NO NAME (ep 3)
#3: "Aruji Naki Sono Koe (主なきその声)" by NO NAME (ep 13)

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