AKB0048 Idol Sci-Fi Anime's 3rd Promo Streamed
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for AKB0048, the television anime inspired by and starring the all-female idol group AKB48, began streaming its third promotional video on Saturday. The 101-second video features more transforming robotic mecha and AKB48's "Heavy Rotation" song.
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 nine real-life AKB48 members who will play AKB0048's newest class of trainees 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
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 series will premiere in Japan on Sunday.