AKB0048: Next Stage

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Synonyms: AKB0048 2nd Season, AKB0048 Second Season
Japanese: AKB0048 next stage
English: AKB0048: Next Stage
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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
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Idols (Female)Idols (Female), MusicMusic
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.631 (scored by 2033820,338 users)
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Ranked: #14112
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Popularity: #3690
Members: 37,284
Favorites: 320

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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)

Characters & Voice Actors


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


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme


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 ...
Jul 12, 2015
Unlike first season, it failed in the balance between silly magical logic / naive plot and amount of awesome needed to properly excuse it with rule of awesome. Amount of awesome is slightly less than first season, while amount of the former is considerably higher. The disparity is almost enough for the whole thing to fall apart.

So what this results in, is that one moment I'm like ''oh fml this is so retarded/naive I can't possibly recommend this to anyone'' and then next moment I'm like ''fuck me this is so fucking awesome everyone should see this''. First season had more of the latter, ...
Apr 1, 2013
I've never written a review so sorry if this comes out really crappy but I just need people to know the reasons of why this anime was so beautifully crafted, so lets begin.

Also, reminder, this is the second series, it is crucial to watch the first series if you want the full experience.

Story- A group of girls fighting the ban of entertainment across the galaxy. Sounds like a little girl shoujo-style anime right? Welp no. That is very far from what AKB0048 is actually about. Next Stage picks up right where First stage finished. The girls are back to Akibaster, and General Elections ...

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