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Director Kawamori Shoji To Produce a TV Anime of Idol Group AKB48

by dtshyk
Oct 17, 2011 4:41 PM | 104 Comments
According to Oricon News, a TV anime of Japanese idol group AKB48 was announced to be aired from next Spring.

Draft Character Designs of the anime

The voice actresses of the nine main characters will be selected from all the 200 members of AKB48 by an audition. General Director Kawamori Shoji said it will be a touching story with comedy, songs and dances.

Staff:
General Director: Kawamori Shoji
Director: Hiraike Yoshimasa
Series Composition: Okada Mari
Character Design: Ebata Risa ("Macross Frontier")
Production Studio: Satelight

Source: Oricon News

News credit: Ayuki-chan

AKB0048 on MAL

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I actually don't mind the series, I watched season 1 in 2 nights, it was ok - not exceptional, but better then I thought I would be. The second season isn't bad either, it's a good time killer

Jan 13, 2013 12:01 AM by KittyKatWombat

Oh my, so this anime is really based on AKB idol group? i thought it was a coincidence lol Very interesting :)

Jan 12, 2013 11:07 AM by pokecenter

ENCORE!!!!! ENCORE!!!!! ENCORE!!!!!

Jul 22, 2012 10:51 PM by JohnnySan

^
Make your own anime instead, boyo.

Apr 28, 2012 8:34 AM by soulassassin547

I'm not impressed with the character designs. I think Idolmaster and LoveLive have better character designs than this one. I was actually expecting a somewhat realistic proportion for the characters(kinda like Amagami characters) since this show is somewhat based on real people. And what's with the story? Sci-fi+Idols? Wouldn't it be better if its set in the modern world so people can easily relate to the characters? And I was hoping they would tackle the issue about gross handshaking practices of some idol otakus during meet and greet events that the real AKB48 idols experienced.

Anyway I guess I will still watch this show...

Apr 26, 2012 11:40 AM by ravagestorm

Watupfoo said:
Some guy here mentioned something about the protagonist and his crush or something like that.

They were probably talking about the manga, which has a male protagonist. The anime is a completely new story.

Apr 26, 2012 11:16 AM by jmal

Watupfoo said:
Wait so this one has a male protagonist?

Where did you read that? I haven't seen one mentioned (and thank goodness).

Apr 26, 2012 9:45 AM by jmal

OP and ED have been announced. Both songs will be performed by the new sub-unit NO NAME, which consists of the 9 members chosen for the lead roles: Watanabe Mayu, Nakaya Sayaka, Sato Amina, Ishida Haruka, Sato Sumire, Iwata Karen, Yagami Kumi, Sawako Hata, and Mita Mao. The opening theme is "Kibou ni Tsuite" and ending theme is "Yume wa Nandomo Umarekawaru".

Source: Stage48 forums and Oricon (http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/music/2010792/full/)

Apr 26, 2012 9:25 AM by OtakuPegasister

Apr 6, 2012 3:06 PM by akbfan

Bobjones said:
I never liked this group, seems like they're just taking advantage of desperate lonely otakus or desperate lonely men. As a fellow otaku, I feel enraged. Such is the nature of idol groups I suppose.


That's what the main male character in the official manga AKB49: Rules Against Love had in mind initially, until him following his crush to an AKB concert changed his mind.

Read that manga first, as it's clear you have little idea how the system works.

Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM by soulassassin547

Idol Otaku are call wotas. That's why i said the person misued the term.
however~ not all idol fans are consider wotas.

Mar 14, 2012 12:45 PM by akbfan

akbfan said:
LOL~ the fans it's the one giving them the money...
beside their fanbase is really diverse. They're not supported just by otakus bro. right now it's the teens and the adults who are supporting them and I doubt the majority of these adults are otakus.
Beside wtf is with people mis using the word otaku? Otakus aren't interested in 3D girls. the term of idol fans are wotas but not every fans are hardcore enough to be consider wotas. just like how not every anime nerd is hardcore enough to be consider otakus. stop misusing the term~

<img src="http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x451/Sheix0/Fanchart2011.png" />


There is a such thing as an idol otaku and those variety of folks can be far more obsessive than anime/manga/LN otakus, but pale in comparison to VN/Eroge otaku.

Mar 14, 2012 8:25 AM by Hoppy

LOL~ the fans it's the one giving them the money...
beside their fanbase is really diverse. They're not supported just by otakus bro. right now it's the teens and the adults who are supporting them and I doubt the majority of these adults are otakus.
Beside wtf is with people mis using the word otaku? Otakus aren't interested in 3D girls. the term of idol fans are wotas but not every fans are hardcore enough to be consider wotas. just like how not every anime nerd is hardcore enough to be consider otakus. stop misusing the term~

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x451/Sheix0/Fanchart2011.png

Mar 14, 2012 8:17 AM by akbfan

Hoppy said:
I get the feeling only the younger members will be selected for VA roles to please the Otaku. I want some adult characters in the lineup maybe 2 or 3 as well. Women can be moe look at Azusa Miura.


Azusa looks just like any of the other girls, young and hot but slightly more fuckable.

Mar 12, 2012 12:49 AM by Bobjones

I never liked this group, seems like they're just taking advantage of desperate lonely otakus or desperate lonely men. As a fellow otaku, I feel enraged. Such is the nature of idol groups I suppose.

Mar 12, 2012 12:47 AM by Bobjones

akbfan said:
9 members will be doing the main voice acting but the other 9 supporting roles will be played by these experience seiyuus.

Ahh, so these are just supporting characters. Okay thanks fior the clarification.

Mar 10, 2012 1:59 PM by jmal

^
umm...sir? i'm a girl..lol
not going to argue the casting is full of lolis lookers even tho the youngest is probably Mayuyu at 17 going 18 the end of this month. Tho I think they just look lolis because of they downgrade their looks to make them more girl next door.
http://postimage.org/image/t56xllq73/ <--Mayuyu with Marc Jacob
Any way I meant the actual AKB48 as a whole isn't really lolis like Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae. The only lolis in that group come from Team B, which is where most of the voice actresses doing this anime come from.
but anyway yeah as an anime, it look moe...kinda disappointed since the designer did Macross Frontier. I hate the moe style..

Mar 10, 2012 1:56 PM by akbfan

akbfan said:
^
9 members will be doing the main voice acting but the other 9 supporting roles will be played by these experience seiyuus. these 9 girls were chosen out of 200 girls from AKB, SKE, NMB etc in a competition with only 2 of them are popular members while the rest have never ranked in election or ranked at low position, Mayuyu in AKB and Yagami from SKE are the popular ones so I think it's safe to say they were chosen out of their skills. so i don't think they're that bad. with the experienced seiyuus around could further help them.

bakayarokonoyaro said:
MOAR MOE? HDLKDJLAJDE <3!


They're not moe..at least in real life, you should seriously watch Beginner original PV, Acchan ripped off her arm and Kojiharu was decapitated lol.
http://vintagemirage.tumblr.com/post/5667858652/timer-karles48-stage48
in the anime their design in the anime moe tho considering the storyline and the people working on it idk how moe it will be...the script writer worked on Toradora, Black Rock Shooter and Ano Hana with the producer worked on Evangelion 1.1


real life? uh, this is anime sir, you don't say "moe" in real life.
seriously, how can a cast of 10+ idol lolis not be moe? it's moe at its best.

Mar 10, 2012 12:02 PM by Downgrade355

^
9 members will be doing the main voice acting but the other 9 supporting roles will be played by these experience seiyuus. these 9 girls were chosen out of 200 girls from AKB, SKE, NMB etc in a competition with only 2 of them are popular members while the rest have never ranked in election or ranked at low position, Mayuyu in AKB and Yagami from SKE are the popular ones so I think it's safe to say they were chosen out of their skills. so i don't think they're that bad. with the experienced seiyuus around could further help them.

bakayarokonoyaro said:
MOAR MOE? HDLKDJLAJDE <3!


They're not moe..at least in real life, you should seriously watch Beginner original PV, Acchan ripped off her arm and Kojiharu was decapitated lol.
http://vintagemirage.tumblr.com/post/5667858652/timer-karles48-stage48
in the anime their design in the anime moe tho considering the storyline and the people working on it idk how moe it will be...the script writer worked on Toradora, Black Rock Shooter and Ano Hana with the producer worked on Evangelion 1.1

Mar 10, 2012 11:22 AM by akbfan

akbfan said:
OMFG!! THE SEIYUUS WORKING ON THIS IS AMAZING <3

Oh. I haven't been following this closely so I kind of assumed some of the AKB girls were going to be the seiyuu. I'm... pretty glad that's not the case. Nothing against them, but I imagine most of them are not experienced in voiceover work, nor would I expect them to be. Though I do think some have worked in anime before, yes?

And good god that cast is absolutely insane. Sawashiro alone makes it godly, but all the way through (Kanda Akemi maybe a bit below the rest) that looks like the hottest grouping of seiyuu you could have possibly put together... in 2006. Which isn't intended as a diss, it's actually really awesome.

I'm all for the Toyosaki/Hanazawa/Yuuki/Taketatsu/Kayano seiyuu orgasm-fests you might see more often these days. I love them all. And truth be told it's not like most of these AKB seiyuu aren't still very prolific and high profile. But it's quite interesting that they put a dream team together without any of the really popular younger seiyuu (so far). I almost wonder if they've got Kugimiya Rie and Inoue Marina lined up next.

Man it feels like I haven't heard Nakahara Mai, Shiraishi Ryouko, and Ueda Kana in nearly enough lately. That'll be nice, if I end up watching this show.

Mar 9, 2012 4:52 PM by jmal

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