AKB48's AKB0048 Anime Cast Roles Revealed
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The roles for the nine cast members in AKB0048, the spring television anime inspired by the all-female idol group AKB48, were revealed on Wednesday.
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:
- Sayaka Nakaya (AKB48 Team A) will voice 13-year-old Orine Aida
- Amina Satō (AKB48 Team B) will voice 14-year-old Yuuka Ichijō
- Sawako Hata (SKE48 Team KII) will voice 14-year-old Suzuko Kanzaki
- Sumire Satō (AKB48 Team B) will voice 17-year-old Mimori Kishida
- Haruka Ishida (AKB48 Team B) will voice 15-year-old Kanata Shinonome
- Kumi Yagami (SKE48 Team S) will voice 10-year-old Sonata Shinonome
- Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 Team B) will play 13-year-old Chieri Sono
- Karen Iwata (AKB48 Trainee) will voice 13-year-old Nagisa Motomiya
- Mao Mita (NMB48 Team M) will voice 16-year-old Makoto Yokomizo
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!).