The official website of Shoji Kawamori’s sci-fi idol anime, AKB0048, has announced that the “next stage” (series two) will air in Japan on 5 January 2013. The anime will air on a staggering 14 Japanese channels: tvk, HTB Hokkaido TV, TBC Tohoku Housou, Fukushima TV, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, Tele Tama, Chiba Tele, TOKYO MX, Mie TV, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Hiroshima TV and TVQ Kyushu Housou.
In the anime, at the start of the 21st century, an interplanetary war occurs; Earth’s ecosystem is severely damaged, and humanity is forced to flee the planet. In the new society created, things that “disturb the heart” like music and art are forbidden. 48 years later, the legendary idol group AKB48 is resurrected as the interplanetary troupe AKB0048. Seen as terrorists by some and heroes by others, they fight to bring their music to others.