AKB0048 First Stage

Title:AKB0048 First Stage
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Notables: Animation - Satelight
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
At the start of the 21st century, an interplanetary war broke out. Earth's ecosystem was damaged, and humanity was forced to flee the planet. In this new society, things that "disturb the heart" like music and art are forbidden. 48 years later, a legendary idol group is resurrected as AKB0048. Labeled as terrorists, they must take up arms to defend their careers and their fans.
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[TV series, 2012, 13 episodes, 23 min; original story. See also the sequel: AKB0048 Next Stage.]
Animated by Satelight.
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks
An anime influenced by the popular Japanese idol group called AKB48.
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Watch 8 7 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2815#1552]
As you can surmise from the anime's title if you are fairly familiar with Japanese pop culture, AKB0048 is a title promoting the image of its titular group of pop idols that are a cultural sensation in Japan. To my understanding (have little knowledge on the band), character names and quirks are based off the actual popular idols that make up the real-life group and the series has "generations" that take up elements of whichever pop idol the character closely resembles in their singing and dancing routines. The expressive art ban element is a very absurd plot element and is just an excuse to feature the girls that make up the AKB0048 group as the enemy faction gets little depth beyond being mooks that are more a nuisance than a serious threat to any performances that the group put together. It also appears the anime is catering to the moe crowd as well with how character designs are made with all the girls in the group having heart-shaped hues in their hair and eyes, and having personality quirks typical to expect of the moe craze, along with any plot cliches you expect out of any music-themed/ chosen one based premise that have been done in many titles in and out of the world of anime.

The animation for this is a mixed bag, often mixing CG animation in with regular animation to feature any of the AKB0048 during their concerts or dance lessons. The CG-rendered characters move fluidly, but look a bit rough in their details compared to the regularly-drawn designs of the characters. Action scenes between AKB0048 and the enemy faction are somewhat engaging in their choreography, with the girls occasionally having to dispatch enemies in either battle suits or giant mechs and wielding weapons like microphones that turn into beam sabers.

Overall, AKB0048 is just not the type of series I would have interest in and seems made only to appeal either to moe fans or those among AKB48's fanbase. I don't think I'm gonna be venturing into this show's second season.

Last updated Sunday, November 03 2013. Created Sunday, November 03 2013.

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