AKB0048 Idol Sci-Fi Anime's 2nd Promo Streamed
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The second promotional video for AKB0048, the television anime inspired by and starring the all-female idol group AKB48, began streaming on Friday. The three-minute video introduces the real-life AKB48 members' roles as the newest AKB0048 trainees and includes clips of the audition process.
The nine AKB48 members who will play AKB0048's newest class of trainees to become the next stars are:
- 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
Kana Ueda, Mamiko Noto, Ryoko Shiraishi, Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie, Akemi Kanda, Miyuki Sawashiro, Ayako Kawasumi, and Mai Nakahara will play the current generation of AKB0048. 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!).
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.
The story is set in post-apocalyptic, totalitarian future, when a group called AKB0048 assumes the name of a legendary idol group from the past. AKB0048 holds guerrilla concerts to combat the Super Galactic Alliance's Entertainment Prohibition Law.
The series will premiere in Japan on April 29.