40 AKB48 members to appear in Cross-media Horror Drama Series

Idols and horror tend to be a good marriage, with other idol groups such as those under the Hello! Project umbrella – for the fanservice of being able to see your oshimen or favourite member(s) fighting their way out of the creepiest of situations. After starring in a zany zombie arcade shooter not too long ago, it is giant idol group AKB48’s turn to go through the spooks with their wota fans for they shall soon be spotlight in horror drama series, AKB Horror Night Adrenaline no Yoru (AKBホラーナイト アドレナリンの夜) lit. AKB48 Horror Night Adrenaline of the Night.

The complete drama series of 42 episodes will be spread over 20 main episodes for a TV version, every Wednesday starting 7 October 2015, and 20 episodes on the Internet version. 2 episodes for each format will be released each week. Together, these 40 episodes will each main one of the following members of AKB48:

Iriyama Anna (AKB48 Team A)
Oshima Ryouka (AKB48 Team B)
Oba Mina (SKE48 Team KII)
Owada Nana (AKB48 Team A)
Okada Nana (AKB48 Team 4)
Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 Team B /NGT48 kennin)
Kato Rena (AKB48 Team B)
Kizaki Yuria (AKB48 Team B)
Kitahara Rie (NGT48)
Kojima Haruna (AKB48 Team A)
Kojima Mako (AKB48 Team 4)
Kodama Haruka (HKT48 Team H / AKB48 Team K kennin)
Sakaguchi Nagisa (AKB48 Team 8 / AKB48 Team B kennin)
Sashihara Rino (HKT48 Team H)
Shibata Aya (SKE48 Team E)
Shimazaki Haruka (AKB48 Team A)
Shiroma Miru (NMB48 Team M / AKB48 Team A kennin)
Suda Akari (SKE48 Team E)
Sutou Ririka (NMB48 Team N)
Takahashi Minami (AKB48 Team A)
Takahashi Juri (AKB48 Team 4)
Takayanagi Akane (SKE48 Team KII)
Taniguchi Megu (AKB48 Team A)
Tano Yuuka (AKB48 Team K)
Tomonaga Mio (HKT48 KIV / AKB48 Team 4 kennin)
Nakano Ikumi (AKB48 Team 8 / AKB48 Team K kennin)
Furuhata Nao (SKE48 Team KII)
Matsui Jurina (SKE48 Team S / AKB48 Team K kennin)
Minegishi Minami (AKB48 Team K)
Miyazawa Sae (SHN48 Team SII / SKE48 Team S kennin)
Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48 Team KIV / AKB48 Team A kennin)
Mukaichi Mion (AKB48 Team K)
Muto Tomu (AKB48 Team K)
Moriyasu Madoka (HKT48 Team KIV)
Yagura Fuuko (NMB48 Team M)
Yabushita Shu (NMB48 Team BII)
Yamamoto Sayaka (NMB48 Team N / AKB48 Team K kennin)
Yokoyama Yui (AKB48 Team A)
Watanabe Mayu (AKB48 Team B)
Watanabe Miyuki (NMB48 Team BII / AKB48 Team B kennin)

For the remaining 2 episodes, one will be compilation episode and the last will be conclusive poll announcement for an ongoing vote that takes place during the run of the series. The participating member that garners the highest number of votes will star lead role in another TV Asahi drama to air in autumn next year.

The stories in the drama include the short story ‘Adrenaline no Yoru’ written by Yasushi Akimoto along with the many scripts which enlisted the the help of various up and coming screenplay writers.

According to Yasuhi Akimoto, the producer of the 48 groups franchise and the series itself, the concept of series appears to run in the same token as the franchise’s emphasis on voting to determine which member gets more emphasis in the next single or product.

“I was invited by TV Asahi’s producer who asked me if we want to do something interesting, so we decided to begin an intra-group audition within AKB48,” explained Akimoto on the Producer’s Comments section of the drama’s site.

“Eventually, we planned for each episode to feature one of the 40 members (to be chosen in the audition) to form an omnibus format drama – a bit like an anthology which features short episodes forming a collective narrative, and the most talented in acting (among the 40) will be chosen to be featured in the serial drama next year.”

“We intend for not just the producer, director or scriptwriter, but also the viewers to help us find the talented actresses within AKB48,” emphasized the producer.

“Who exactly has a real ability for acting? We hope to determine this with earnest votes. Do support us in this endeavor.”

Interested viewers may watch the space at the AKB Horror Night Adrenaline no Yoru official site for further updates on the series.

Source: AKB48 Daily, AKB Horror Night Adrenaline no Yoru Official Site

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