Ranked #678

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
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Starchild Records
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Satelight
Source: Original
Genres: Music, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.891 (scored by 10,414 users)
Ranked: #6782
Popularity: #1792
Members: 19,382
Favorites: 237
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Motomiya, Nagisa
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Iwata, Karen
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Sono, Chieri
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Watanabe, Mayu
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Kimishima, Hikari
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Kanda, Akemi
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Shinonome, Sonata
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Yagami, Kumi
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Kawamori, Shoji
Kawamori, Shoji
Director, Storyboard, Original Creator
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Odaka, Yoshinori
Odaka, Yoshinori
Episode Director
Okada, Mari
Okada, Mari
Script, Series Composition

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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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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.


We are introduced to read more
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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 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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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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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.

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