Earlier this month, Crunchyroll began streaming AKB0048: next stage, the second season of the anime inspired by Japan’s number one idol act. Now, the first season of AKB0048 will be joining Crunchyoll’s catalog as well.
Says Crunchyroll’s announcement:
AKB0048 will be launching this Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 7:30am PST, the same time that new episodes of AKB0048: next stage are launched. 2-3 episodes will be made available each week, for both free and premium users!
“At the start of the 21st century, an interplanetary war broke out. Earth's ecosystem was severely damaged, and humanity was forced to flee the planet. On several planets of this new society, things that ‘disturb the heart’ like music and art are forbidden.
Before the people called ‘Idols’ fell into ruin, the legendary idol group AKB48 is resurrected as the interplanetary troupe AKB0048, made up of girls who carry on the title and spirit of the original members. Held as heroines by some and labeled as terrorists by others, they must take up arms to bring their music to their fans wherever they are.”
As with the second season, the territories are U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, South and Central America.