Just announced yesterday, AKB48 to get a anime series of their own which is slated for broadcast this coming spring.
The story will be an original creation which centres around the 9 idol candidates who aspire to be the “legendary idol”, maybe something like the current top 2 members of AKB, Maeda Atsuko & Oshima Yuko.
As for the voice acting, all the members, yes, ALL; will go through auditions against each other and these auditions, members’ current sousenkyo ranking do not play a part, a la Janken, but this will be based on their voice acting capabilities apparently.
And when I mean ALL, it means, not only AKB48 members will be in, but their sister groups SKE48 & NMB48 will also be included in the auditions as well.
From a total of 200 members, 30 members will be selected and on the final round of selection, 9 members will be selected to perform the theme song for this anime.
Here are the staff announced so far for this anime project and the names are pretty BIG. The man behind the Macross series and the very recent Macross F movie, Shoji Kawamori will be overseeing the original planning and the chief director of this project. To top it off, he will be joined by Mikan Ehime who did the character design for Macross Frontier.
To make it sweeter, Satelight will be handling the anime production, they are behind the production for the Macross Frontier TV series, movies. Yes, with these names in this project, seems like we are expecting a galactic show from them.
Planning and supervising: Yasushi Akimoto (AKB48 Total producer)
Original planning and chief director: Shoji Kawamori (Macross: Ai Oboete Imasuka, Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa, Aquarion)
Series composition, script: Mari Okada (Anohana, Hana-saku Iroha, Toradora!)
Character design: Mikan Ehime (Macross Frontier)
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!, Amagami SS, Sketchbook~Full Color’s~)
Executive Producer: Toshimichi Ootsuki (Evangelion 1.0, Evangelion 2.0 movies)
Animation Production: Satelight (Macross Frontier, Aquarion, Shugo Chara!)
People(me) will very very happy when 2 of my biggest time in life merge into 1. In this case, it’s Anime and AKB48, to form an animated version of their struggles.
With the story to be written by the tested and proven, Mari Okada and directed by Shoji Kawamori. For now, I am expecting it to be a musical slice-of-life rather than a sci-fi mecha, which most of the crews are famous for.
Since one also must see that Kawamori is known for his use of music in animes like Do you remember love, Escaflowne, Macross 7, Macross Frontier, and Basquash. One thing for sure, this director knows his music and it’s presentation.
And when it comes to AKB48, their onstage performances is their signature. But the Seiyu senbatsu… … I wonder if the story will be featuring a all new characters, with some references to the “founding members” or the current batch.
My guess is that Mayuyu, and her OTA4 will not be letting this chance slip away, also especially those in the AKB Family aspiring to become a Seiyu(Voice Actress).
FYI, Project ICE, if you remembered, is voiced by some of the AKB48’s members, and i find it quite good. Just please have a happier mood this time… please…
Judging from the Character design… Looks like my dream of seeing “AKB49: The Anime” is already broken… … Yes, you should see a Ranka look a like inside… Since they are from the same artist…If you tell me the character in the center is Acchan, I might flip table… There is no way my Acchan looks like that!! She’s not Ranka, she better than that. Else I don’t see any other members in it…
Still seriously, AKS is taking this project SERIOUSLY, with all the big names involved and maybe a budget to match it. This coming spring is going to be a wonderful one~