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.
So it looks as though AKB48 will be receiving their very first anime series. This is no real information about the story or airing date of the series so far. So far, the only information given is that Kawamori Shoji will be director and Ootsuki Toshimichi will be producer of the original-story AKB48 anime series. Also, the girls will compete for the voice acting roles and 9 will be chosen to perform the opening theme of the anime series.
Being an anime and AKB48 fan, I have to wonder how well the two will come together. And what will this anime series be like? Will this be a fighting anime in which the ending is basically an animated version of the Flying Get PV? Will this be a romance anime with elements from the AKB 1/48 PSP video games?
Of course, I’m hoping Minegishi Minami (Miichan), Hata Sawako (Shawako), and more of my favorites are involved with the series. I would love to see Shawako voice act in the anime. Here’s to hoping.
EDIT: Looks like more info has been released. The story will involve nine idol candidates who try to become legendary idols.
I love anime. And I’ve always been really fascinated in the entire maid culture. And I generally like maid anime episodes.
Which makes it weird that I found the 9th episode of Mayo Chiki! a bit disappointing.