AKB48's AKB0048 Anime Gets 4 Manga Series in 4 Mags

posted on by Egan Loo

The official website for the anime inspired by the all-female idol group AKB48 opened on Friday and announced that the anime's official title will be AKB0048. In addition, no less than four manga series will run in four different magazines, starting in the following issues:

  • Nakayoshi, February issue (on sale December 28)
  • Bessatsu Friend, February issue (on sale January 13)
  • Magazine Special No. 2 issue (on sale January 20)
  • Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, March issue (on sale February 9)

The manga series are based on the original concepts for the anime, and will start before the anime itself premieres next spring.

The final public audition for the AKB0048 anime's nine main characters will take place in Tokyo on December 13. The website is accepting applications for 100 fans who will get to see the audition in person.

The overall audition process will select the nine winners from among the 200 members of AKB48 and its sister groups: SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48. After the early audition rounds have winnowed the candidates down to 30, these 30 will perform during the final audition to determine the winners. The announcement of which 30 will be advancing to the final audition round will be made on December 2.

Update: More information added.

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