Macross creator Shoji Kawamori to be the chief director; Series set to air in Spring.
Japanese daily newspaper Nikkan Sports reports on Tuesday that the popular J-pop Idol Group AKB48 will get their own anime series, and it is set to air Spring next year.
According to the report, Macross creator Shoji Kawamori will be the chief director of the series, while Toshimichi Ootsuki, the executive producer of Azumanga Daioh and Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone movie, will be the executive producer.
AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto will still be involved in the project, in planning and supervision.
Japanese entertainment website Oricon has revealed other cast of the planned anime series.
Kuroshitsuji and GOSICK series compositor Mari Okada will be the Series Script Editor and Scriptwriter, while Mikan Ehime, who worked on Macross Frontier, will be the character designer of the anime.
Amagami SS, Working!! and Kaleido Star director Yoshimasa Hiraike will be the director, and it will be produced by Satelight, who is also reponsible for anime titles like Macross Froniter, Fairy Tail, and Shugo Chara!.
Reports says that there will be a “battle” to determine who will be the voice actors of the project.
Almost 200 members of AKB48 and its sister groups will begin auditions next month, and then they will be narrowed down to 30 by the end of the year. A final audition will then be held to determine who will be the final nine (9) who will sing the theme song.
But the report has pointed out that member’s standing in the “sousenkyou” (general elections) will not be a factor on the series.
The title of the anime programme, and the TV network who will broadcast the anime has not been disclosed at the this time.
Below is the newspaper article first reported the AKB anime series.
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