Final 9 winners to be determined by public audition on December 13.
Out of the 200 members of AKB48 and its sister groups, 30 of them have been chosen as finalists for the search for the main cast of the group’s official anime series AKB0048.
The list of finalists were announced on the series’ official website, and includes the self-proclaimed anime fan Mayu “Mayuyu” Watanabe, and voice actress Sakaya Nakaya who did one of the main characters of Moshidora earlier this year. Fifteen of the finalists were chosen from the main AKB48 group, eight from SKE48, four from NMB48, and one from the newly-formed HKT48.
The finalists will perform in a public audition on December 13 where nine of them will be chosen as the cast of AKB0048.
Here are the finalists, grouped according to their constituent groups:
Macross franchise co-creator Shoji Kawamori is the project planner and the chief director of AKB0048, while Toshimichi Ootsuki is the executive producer. AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto is also involved in the project as a part of planning and supervision.
Amagami SS director Yoshimasa Hiraike will be the hands-on director of the series, while Toradora! scriptwriter Mari Okada will also handle the scripts, and Mikan Ehime, the character designer for Macross Frontier, will also handle the series’ character designs.
The official website of the anime series was launched last November 28.
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