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AKB0048 anime’s first 13 episodes are available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray. The first volume actually was released yesterday and the next 4 volumes will be released approximately a month apart. The anime began airing on April 29th and is up to episode 10 this week. The cast from the AKB48 family who voice the 9 junior idols characters and who form the fictional group “No Name” have a video message promoting the release of the DVD and Blu-ray for the anime. Details on the releases and video message follows….

AKB0048 anime TV series based on the popular idol group is produced by Satelight Studio, directed the popular Shoji Kawamori ("Macross"), and characters designed by Risa Ebata ("Macross F"). The story is set after a galactic war, Earth’s ecosystem is destroyed and has pushed humans to move to a new planet on which entertainment is prohibited. Nine girls create an idol musical group named "AKB0048" based on the idol group of the past and take arms up against the Super Galatical Alliance! As this battle wages on nine young girls aspire to also be members of AKB0048. The aspiring idols vocal actresses were selected by the fans between AKB48, NMB48 and SKE48 members.

The details on the cast members was previously reported here along with a preview video for the anime. Also check out the release here from “No Name” that includes the opening and closing themes for the anime.

Each Blu-ray and DVD release includes bonus video footage, audio commentary, booklet (16 pages), application card for special events, and other bonuses. Additional bonuses listed with each release details.

Video message from the cast and members of “No Name” follows below the release information.

AKB0048 Anime releases

Vol. 01 [BD] (¥2100)  June 27th
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Vol. 01 [DVD] (¥2100)  June 27th
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1. Stage 1 Kesenai Yume
2. bonus footage final auditions AKB0048 (38 min)
[bonus]
Box to house all vols. (First Press)
3D [AR] character photo card with Android app
1. Stage 1 Kesenai Yume
2. bonus footage final auditions AKB0048 (38 min)
[bonus]
3D [AR] character photo card with Android app
Vol. 02 [BD] (¥7350)  July 25th
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Vol. 02 [DVD] (¥6300)  July 25th

1. Stage 2
2. Stage 3
3. Stage 4
1. Stage 2
2. Stage 3
3. Stage 4
Vol. 03 [BD] (¥7350)  September 5th
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Vol. 03 [DVD] (¥6300)  September 5th

1. Stage 5
2. Stage 6
3. Stage 7
1. Stage 5
2. Stage 6
3. Stage 7
Vol. 04 [BD] (¥7350)  September 26th
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Vol. 04 [DVD] (¥6300)  September 26th

1. Stage 8
2. Stage 9
3. Stage 10
1. Stage 8
2. Stage 9
3. Stage 10
Vol. 05 [BD] (¥8400)  October 31st
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Vol. 05 [DVD] (¥6300)  October 31st

1. Stage 11 
2. Stage 12
3. Stage 13
1. Stage 11
2. Stage 12
3. Stage 13

AKB0048 Official website