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Lost in Translation
Among the nine winners who will voice roles in the show are self-professed anime fan Mayu "Mayuyu" Watanabe, voice actresses Sayaka Nakaya and Amina Satō, and three other members of AKB48 itself. Two hail from the Nagoya-based sister group SKE48 and one came from Osaka's NMB48.
The cast and roles include:
Shoji Kawamori, the co-creator of the Macross franchise and the co-director of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, is the project planner and the chief director, and Toshimichi Ootsuki (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone) is the executive producer. AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto himself is planning and supervising the project.
Mari Okada (anohana, HanaIro, Toradora!) is supervising and writing the scripts, and Mikan Ehime (Macross Frontier, Gravion Zwei) is designing the characters. Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!/Wagnaria!!, Amagami SS, Sketchbook ~full color'S~) is the actual hands-on director of the anime at Satelight (Macross Frontier, Aquarion, Shugo Chara!).