The BEST Episodes of AKB0048
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2022
Network: TV Tokyo
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. (ANN)
#1 - Kirara of Succession
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 10, 2012
With some of the AKB successors attending a peace ceremony, Kanata, Mimori, Chieri and 76th gen understudy Megumi are chosen to be stand-ins for the next concert. As Chieri's standing in for Yūko invokes jealousy from the 76th gen understudies, they dig up dirt on how her father is a manufacturer of DES weapons. Chieri explains to Nagisa about how she ran away from home when she heard her father's machines were being used by DES. As Kanata chases after Chieri, reminding her that her father should not affect her dream, Minami, Yūko and some other successors who believe Kanata should be made into a successor follow Tsubasa to where she meets Sensei-Sensei. There, they discover a cave full of Kirara, which shows a mirror of who succeeds the original AKB48 member, predicting Kanata will succeed Minami, who does not take it well.
#2 - No Name...
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 30, 2013
Due to the mind control actions of the DES, the people who were once fans of 0048 now hate Nagisa and the other members.
#3 - The Idol Who Sings of Love
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 15, 2012
Nagisa, Chieri and Orine manage to evade capture until they are rescued by the WOTA, who offer to help Nagisa rescue her father. Arriving at the detention center, Kanata and Yūka join the WOTA forces in diversionary tactics whilst the rest of the understudies sneak in underground. However, Nagisa's father refuses to be rescued and they are forced to retreat empty handed. Whilst recouping at Yūka's family restaurant, Nagisa hears from Yūka's parents how her father was arrested because he didn't want Nagisa to be forced to quit AKB0048. Due to all the stress she has been feeling, Nagisa ends up losing her voice, so Chieri decides to fill in for her song. Meanwhile, Minami confesses to Yūko that she intends to graduate after the concert, whilst Chieri tells Nagisa not to think about quitting until after their performance. As the day of the concert comes, the understudies start their performance whilst the successors and WOTA defend against the DES, although the concert is cut short due to the overwhelming DES forces. As Yūka says goodbye to Mamoru, who confessed his love for her before the concert, a new Kirara appears.
#4 - I Won't Betray Their Efforts
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 20, 2012
As the 77th gen trainees arrive on Akibastar, they are brought to see an AKB concert, which is opened by the two remaining 75th gen trainees, Mimori Kishida and Sonata's older sister Kanata. However, Kanata is not too pleased that Sonata had joined up and ends up arguing with her. Speaking with Mimori, Kanata reveals she joined AKB so she could get revenge on the DES for killing her father and did not want Sonata to face such danger. As dance lessons begin the next day, Kanata becomes frustrated when her instructor criticises her lack of motivation and runs off. However, Mimori reminds her that it is okay to enjoy singing and she soon makes up with Sonata.
#5 - Their Day Off
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 27, 2012
As the trainees are given a day off from their lessons, the girls split off into various groups doing various activities with their seniors. Nagisa decides to follow Chieri as she goes shopping, where they meet up with Yūko, who tells them about the last successor of Atsuko Maeda who disappeared during a concert. Meanwhile, Suzuko and Sonata becomes curious about AKB0048's producer, Sensei-Sensei, whilst Yūka and Orine meet with Tomomi Itano and her ancestors. As all of the current members teach the trainees about what gives them inspiration, Nagisa and Chieri decide to follow in Yūko's footsteps.
#6 - The Chosen Lights
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 6, 2012
As Nagisa, Orine and Yūka travel on the ship headed for the auditions, they meet fellow auditioners Suzuko Kanzaki and Makoto Yokomizo, along with a stowaway named Sonata Shinonome. They soon learn that Chieri Sono, the daughter of a corporate CEO who had introduced them to AKB in their childhood, had apparently run away from home and boarded the ship to the auditions. Whilst searching for her, Nagisa encounters a strange kid who tells her she should turn Chieri in if she wants to survive the auditions. Just then, the ship comes under attack from the anti-entertainment force DES who come to capture the auditioners. Just as the girls are about to be captured, AKB0048 arrive to take on the forces. As Nagisa gets caught whilst retrieving a ribbon her mother gave her, the kid from before rescues her, revealing herself to be none other than Chieri. Chieri gets trapped under a chandelier, but Nagisa refuses to leave her behind. This causes a creature known as a Kirara to grow brightly, which AKB0048 member Yūko Ōshima points out is the symbol of an idol before helping to free Chieri and bringing both her and Nagisa to the escape shuttle, where they blast off into a warp gate.
#7 - Stardust Audition
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 13, 2012
As all the applicants are gathered, they begin intense idol training which, to their surprise, involves combat skills and self defense. The manager, Tsubasa Katagiri, reveals that, in order to be selected, the applicants must protect AKB during a guerilla concert. As Nagisa and Yūka argue about Chieri's change in attitude, they stumble across AKB0048 practising and learn how hard they practise and how their occasional squabbles help improve each other. The day of the concert come and the applicants find themselves up against the DES, with many of the girls failing under pressure. As Nagisa and Chieri fight together, Chieri gets shot whilst protecting Nagisa. Thankfully, it is revealed the DES attack was simply a simulation using paint balls. Having taken note of their friendship and teamwork, Tsubasa announces that Nagisa, Chieri, Yūka, Orine, Suzuko, Makoto and Sonata have all successfully passed and will become the 77th generation understudies.
#8 - Battle for Akibastar
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 23, 2013
Inspired by Mimori becoming the 8th Generation Shinoda Mariko, the successors and trainees shine even brighter. "When a Center Nova is born, the other members shine."
#9 - Inheritor of the Name
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2013
After the unexpected election of certain members, fans and members of 00 alike excitedly speculate on the possibility of succession. Yuko, who announced her desire to become the Center Nova, frantically attempts to assess the shine of Nagisa and Chieri, one of whom she suspects will become the 14th Generation Maeda Atsuko.
#10 - Blue Betrayal
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 2, 2013
News of the surprise DES attack on Akibastar reaches the distant planet Lancastar, worrying Mamoru. Also, Nagisa's father is transferred to a department completely unrelated to entertainment at Zodiac's orders. What is their goal?
#11 - Mimori Revolution
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 16, 2013
With the succession of a trainee confirmed, a succession concert is schedule. The trainee prepares for her succession in the underground shrine of Akibastar.
#12 - Uneraseable Dream
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 29, 2012
In a dystopian future where music is deemed illegal, AKB0048, successors to the idol group AKB48, rebel against the government to bring music to people's hearts. In the year 0048, three thirteen year old girls, Nagisa Motomiya, Orine Aida and Yuuka Ichijō, decide to audition to become members of AKB, although Nagisa has trouble singing due to the restrictions placed upon her by her father. As the girls hear they've passed the first round of auditions, Nagisa becomes downhearted as she wouldn't be allowed to go. However, after hearing about Yuuka's and Orine's reasons for wanting to join AKB, Nagisa decides to join Yuuka and Orine and head off to the auditions.
#13 - The New General Elections
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2013
Mimori gives Kanata her thanks for helping her get this far, restating her promise that they will both be successors some day. Meanwhile, Chieri is awaiting the results, having said to Tsubasa that she wants to quit 00 if she is announced as she felt she didn't earn her votes, to which Tsubasa responded that if she is elected, she must tell the fans directly that she is quitting. The next set of places go to Sae, Tomochin and Kojiharu, whose speeches help Nagisa understand what the general elections are all about. Conflicted about what she should do, Chieri enters a panicked state when she is announced in sixth place. However, she overcomes her state to announce her love for her fans, saying that she'll continue doing her best. As the next set of places go to Mayuyu, Yukirin and Sayaka, Nagisa starts to have an unnerving feeling. Second place is awarded to Takamina, who gives her thanks to everyone who helped her get this far. Yuko is then announced as the winner, where she states her true goal is still to surpass Atsuko and become Center Nova. After the ceremony, Nagisa overcomes her fears and vows to face Chieri head on.
#14 - The Young Girls' Trial
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 6, 2013
Following the understudies' debut, Nagisa has a dream about Atsuko, whilst Yūko ponders about Nagisa and Chieri's potential to be Center Novas. After another performance by the understudies, Tsubasa announces the return of both General Elections, in which fans nominate understudies and successors to participate on a single, and the revival of the Center Nova position, exciting Yūko, who declares she'll be the one to claim it. Whilst resting at a hot spring inn, the DES attack and capture Chieri, Sonata, and Yukirin, whose real name is revealed to be Ayako Kuroki, taking them to the High Court on Kasumigastar where they put them on a live trial broadcast across the galaxy. As the rest of the group plan a rescue attempt, Chieri decides to plead her defense, exclaiming her faith in AKB0048. Spurred on by her words, AKB0048 arrive on the planet and rescue Chieri and the others. Meanwhile, Chieri's father is planning something using the data gathered from the trial.
#15 - The Forbidden Star
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2013
The elected members are chosen for a concert on Baltistar, a planet completely under the entertainment ban. Meanwhile, the 77th generation of understudies are chosen to infiltrate a nearby military base undercover in order to investigate reports of important business people visiting the base. As the concert begins, drawing out the DES forces, the understudies begin their mission and start gathering intel. During their investigation, Nagisa, Yūka and Makoto discover a hidden casino where elite members gamble on how long the concert will last. As they attempt to investigate further, Makoto inadvertently blows their cover. However, due to an apparent stroke of luck, they manage to escape to a garbage disposal and report their findings to Tsubasa. The girls decide to target the nuclear reactor hidden somewhere in the base so they can shut down the casino and escape, with Orine's team using a stolen mech to help them. As Makoto laments her usefulness, Higashino, the DES guard that helped them escape, gives her his support and helps her to shut down the reactor, gaining her own Kirara in the process.
#16 - Screaming Paradise
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 9, 2013
Thanks to Michan's actions, the Flying Get narrowly escapes the DES. However, its systems are badly damaged, and the ship is unable to move.
#17 - The Path to the Theater
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 23, 2013
The plan to take back Akibastar will be carried out soon. Nagisa and the others focus on their lessons. However, Chieri is still unable to recover from the shocking event she witnessed on Sagittariusstar.
#18 - The Idols’ Dark Before Dawn
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2013
As the understudies participate in a pre-election handshake event, Nagisa becomes concerned about Chieri, who has been feeling down since the early result announcement. During the event, Chieri learns of a noodle commercial using footage from her trial to promote their product. Later that night, Nagisa observes Yuko and Minami vowing to compete against each other in the elections before hearing from Mimori about her dedication to her fans. The next day, Chieri meets up with a servant from her family, Yasunaga, who gives her a video message from her father, revealing that his group was involved in her trial and has been promoting her idol career since then. As the day of the elections arrives and the final results are announced, Mimori is ranked in 10th place.
#19 - Beyond the Door
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 16, 2013
Arriving on Sagittariusstar, Chieri and Nagisa meet up with Yasunaga who takes them to Chieri's home as he attempts to set up a meeting with Chieri’s father. In the meantime, Chieri tells Nagisa about how she discovered AKB0048.
#20 - A Shocking New Initiative!?
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2013
Following the televised broadcast of the AKB trial, Chieri experiences a sudden rise in popularity. In contrast, despite her high demand for gravure photo shoots alongside the successors and rumors of being chosen in the General Elections, Chieri is unable to find confidence in her current popularity.
#21 - For the Sake of Smiling
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 22, 2012
As Tsubasa recalls some things Atsuko taught her, the understudies, along with the successors, request that they resume the concert. Just then, everyone hears the voice of Atsuko, whose light brings the concert to the detention center. As Chieri offers Nagisa the chance to sing, she gets her voice back upon seeing her family support her and Chieri's Kirara splits in two. The understudies' group performance soon begins, with everyone bathed in a radiant glow as they perform. As Minami fights to protect the understudies from the DES, the Kirara in the holy grounds choose her as Takamina's successor once more, whilst Sensei-Sensei prophesises that one of the understudies will become the next Center Nova. The camerawoman, who was the former successor of Minami Minegishi, predicted that if they glowed brighter, they would disappear. But didn't at the last minute, she falls on her feet, wondering about the Center Nova. She discovers that the substance called 'Dualium' is the reason why the Center Nova phenomena occurred. After a brief reunion with their family, friends and fans, AKB set off to their next stage. After the end credits, it is shown that there a new general election for Maeda Atsuko the 14th. Also saying that season 2 will start in 2013
#22 - To Whom Does the Name Belong?
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 17, 2012
Following the stand-ins concert, Kanata, Mimori and the 77th gen understudies are asked to stand in for a guerilla concert on a planet where the entertainment ban is in full effect, prompting some jealousy from the 76th gen understudies. Meanwhile, Minami is still concerned about what she saw the other day, and acts weird around Kanata. As they make over there, Sae Miyazawa, a former 76th gen understudy, grows concerned about Megumi. As the increased security evokes debate about whether the concert should be cancelled, the ship comes under attack by the DES. Noticing Minami is struggling to stay focused, Yūko and Kanata set off to rescue her as she is overwhelmed by the enemy. As she recovers from her injuries, Minami laments that she does not want to graduate, but she does not want to hold Kanata back either. As Yūko tells Minami that she should focus on her dream above others, Kanata resolves to become stronger.
#23 - Handshake Debut
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 3, 2012
The trainees are to make their public debut at a handshake event in order to make a strong impression on their fans. As the girls have trouble deciding what to wear for the event, Orine, who wants to succeed Sashiko receives a hateful video mail, threatening to bomb the event if Orine doesn't quit, which leaves her shaken up. After some advice from Minami Takahashi that there will always be haters, Orine decides to attend the event. Despite still being a little shaken, she cheers up when she meets her first fan. Just then, as the kid from the video threat shows up, an explosion goes off, though it turns out to not be because of him, but instead a DES attack. As the others fight off the DES, Orine vows to protect her hater so she can learn how to improve herself, before they are backed up by the Ota, fans who fight alongside AKB in times of need. Afterwards, Orine receives another letter from her hater offering compliment and constructive criticism.
#24 - Return to Lancastar
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 8, 2012
Following one of AKB's concerts, it's suddenly announced that the understudies will make their debut performance on Lancastar, Nagisa, Orine,and Yūka's home planet. As the setlist is announced, it is revealed Nagisa will performing a solo song generally sung by those who receive promotions. Meanwhile, Yūka grows concerned when she learns the boy she fell out with back home, Mamoru, doesn't want her to come back. It is soon announced that a new song has been composed by Sensei-Sensei for the understudies, the first since Atsuko's disappearance, irritating Yūko who becomes determined to learn this song herself. As they approach Lancastar, they learn DES have learnt of the concert. As the understudies explore the town and find the school has been abandoned, they encounter Mamoru and his comrade Aoi, who are members of the Entertainment Liberation. They explain what had happened during the past few months, including the arrest of Nagisa's father. As the base comes under attack from the DES and the understudies are forced to run, Orine is cornered by a tank which came from the factory she worked at.
#25 - The Miracle of the Waves
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 1, 2012
Following a meeting with Sensei-Sensei, Tsubasa announces a gravure shoot for all the members, including the understudies. As they arrive on the ocean planet Atamistar, Makoto grows concerned about her appearance, so Suzuko uses a technique to push all the fat up to her breasts. Meanwhile, Yūko confronts Tsubasa, who was a former AKB successor, about the reason why Atsuko disappeared and the center position was abolished, but gets no answers. As Makoto's plan ultimately fails after being stun by a jellyfish, the Kirara glows brightly when Nagisa and Chieri are shot together. As Suzuko explains to Makoto about how she'd rather be an administration member than a successor, Chieri tells Nagisa that she thinks Kirara has chosen her. Meanwhile, Tsubasa meets up with the camerawoman, the former successor of Minami Minegishi and a former Center Nova, who shows Tsubasa the picture of Kirara glowing for Chieri and Nagisa. Tsubasa is satisfied for this, but Minami declares she is against the idea of the Center Nova position being resurrected.