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Synonyms: AKB0048: First Stage
Japanese: AKB0048
English: AKB0048
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 29, 2012 to Jul 22, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Satelight
Source: Original
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Idols (Female)Idols (Female), MusicMusic
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.351 (scored by 2814428,144 users)
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Ranked: #23572
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Popularity: #2680
Members: 61,074
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After an interplanetary war at the beginning of the 21st century, planet Earth has been left in ruins, with much of its ecosystem completely destroyed. Because it was no longer possible to live a normal life on this planet, the inhabitants are forced to move on to other planets where life will, hopefully, be more comfortable.

The Deep Galactic Trade Organization, a totalitarian government that affects many of the newly inhabited planets, has somehow come to the conclusion that music is a source of evil, and that it must be banned and destroyed for good. The talent group AKB0048 is soon formed, based on the original AKB48 members that once lived on Earth. Even though their music is now considered universally illegal, they make it their mission to bring their music back to life by travelling from one planet to another and holding as many concerts as they possibly can. They must undergo a whole new set of training methods in order to become the best that they can possibly be, while also avoiding the constant danger of being arrested because of their music. Join interplanetary popstars AKB0048 as they try to save the world-with music!


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawamori, Shouji
Director, Storyboard, Mechanical Design, Original Creator
Hiraike, Yoshimasa
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Takashima, Daisuke
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"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 (eps 1)
2: "Yume wa Nandomo Umarekawaru (夢は何度も生まれ変わる)" by NO NAME (eps 1-6, 8-12)
3: "Sasae (支え)" by AKB48  (eps 9)
4: "Niji no Ressha (虹の列車)" by NO NAME (eps 13)


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, ...
Jan 18, 2020
Mixed Feelings
AKB0048 is a mouthful to say much like how bloated this idol anime is!

AKB0048 is a futuristic idol anime that focuses on the Old and New "generations" of AKB0048 or "00" as they fight against the anti-entertainment bans thrghout the galaxy through guerilla concerts, but there's something deeper of being a 00 as well. Now a group of girls by the names of Nagisa Motomiya voiced by Karen Iwata, Chieri Sono voiced by Mayu Watanabe, Sonata Shinonme voiced by Kumi Yagami, Suzuko Kanzaki voiced by Sawako Hata, Makoto Yokomizo voiced by Mao Mita, Kanata Shinonome voiced by Haruka Ishida, Mimori Kishida voiced by Sumire Sato, ...
Jun 17, 2019
Another Robert's Too Late Review coming atcha! This particular anime is an interesting one, and not for the best of reasons. As always I'm working from the dubbed version, which I'm led to believe is fairly significant, as the real life pop group, from what I understand, did the voices in the original Japanese. If the story was as convoluted and overbearing in that version, my assessment would stand just as firm. Another important note is this review is covering BOTH seasons of the show, as they do make for one (in)coherent whole. No matter how cute, there will not be a spot on the ...

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