AKB0048 1 (first impressions) ~ the fabulousness is truly unforgettable
April 30, 2012
In a future where fabulousness is outlawed, who will fight for our right to entertainment? AKB0048, that’s who. AKB0048 are the spiritual successors to J-Pop sensation AKB48. AKB0048 is also the name of the last series to air of the Spring 2012 anime season. This is a Science Fiction series in which idol band AKB0048 fights against government prohibitions forbidding entertainment. Our perspective is that of some young fans, who are inspired by the groups fabulousness, and seek to join them. This adds a helping dose of tween rebellion that fits the basic theme of fighting for the Freedom of Expression quite well.
Honestly there is no way to convey how fabulous the fabulousness of the first half was. It had all kinds of action, and was completely insane. That is a good time right there. And that’s BEFORE the spaceship took off!
The action in the first half made watching this episode worth it, but what about the second half? It actually had some very good artwork as well. The planet that the protagonists live on is some sort of mining / factory world, and many scenes showed off a kind of grimy palette, and backgrounds loaded with smokestacks. Several characters (including two of the girls) use some sort of powered unicycle that looked pretty cool. Interior scenes in Nagisa’s house were loaded with interesting details. Satelight has done a very nice job of producing a first episode that looks great.
The girls apply for internships and they get selected, so they’re off. That plus a lot of dorama is the second half of the show, except to point out that there was a very noticeable absence of one of the four girls from the first half. Chieri’s absence was never mentioned, so she must have left the planet at some point. I’m guessing she will appear at AKB0048-HQ.
The episode ended VERY melodramatically, and frankly the closing scene, in which one character runs and somehow catches up to a spaceship taking off is impossible for many reasons. For one thing, passengers can’t open the doors of a moving train, so why should we believe a moving spaceship would allow passengers to open the door during take-off?
Well, this isn’t the sort of show that will make perfect sense. It is essentially emotion and spectacle, and the first half delivered completely irrational spectacle, so I say this first episode was a fabulous success.