The 9 members who will voice act in the AKB anime, AKB0048, have been decided. The nine members include the following.
AKB48: Ishida Haruka, Iwata Karen, Sato Amina, Sato Sumire, Nakaya Sayaka, Watanabe Mayu
SKE48: Hata Sawako, Yagami Kumi
NMB48: Mita Mao
Along with them, 4 other names were mentioned, possibly to voice background characters. They were Takeuchi Miyu (AKB), Murashige Anna (HKT), Kinoshita Momoka (NMB), and Furukawa Airi (SKE).
I thought any 9 members would be good, but Hata Sawako (Shawako) making it definitely put a smile on my face. So happy. Can’t wait to watch this anime.
EDIT: The website has been updated with info on the characters and story and ANN has a translation on the plot.
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.