The candidates to voice the 9 characters of the original AKB48 anime, AKB0048, has been cut down to the final 30 members. The 30 members include the following.
AKB48: Ishida Haruka, Ichikawa Miori, Iwata Karen, Ota Aika, Katayama Haruka, Kobayashi Marina, Sato Amina, Sato Sumire, Suzuki Shihori, Suzuki Rika, Takeuchi Miyu, Chikano Rina, Nakagawa Haruka, Nakaya Sayaka, Nito Moeno, Fujie Reina, Watanabe Mayu
SKE48: Sakai Mei, Sato Mieko, Nakanishi Yuka, Hata Sawako, Hara Minami, Furukawa Airi, Yakata Miki, Yagami Kumi
NMB48: Ogasawara Mayu, Kinoshita Momoka, Nakagawa Hiromi, Mita Mao
HKT48: Murashige Anna
The final audition which will decide which members gets the 9 roles will be held on December 13th.
Personally, any combination of 9 candidates seem like they would do a great job voicing the characters. They are a lot of anime enthusiasts and beautiful voices that make me feel confident that the voice acting in AKB0048 will be good. Of course, I would love to see many of my favorites make the final cut, especially SKE48 Team KII member Hata Sawako (Shawako). It’s her dream to be a seiyuu in the future and this would be a nice start for her towards that career.