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AKB48 Show!

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Created by  Yasushi Akimoto
No. of seasons  4
Number of seasons  4
Country of origin  Japan
First episode date  5 October 2013
Genre  Variety show
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Directed by  Tomoko Matsuda Takashi Arikawa
Starring  AKB48 and other 48G Groups
No. of episodes  142 (as of 18 February 2017) view episode list
Networks  NHK, Broadcast syndication, TV Japan, NHK World Premium
Program creators  NHK, Yasushi Akimoto, NHK Enterprises, Inc.
Similar  AKB0048, Maya & Marty, AKBingo!, NogiBingo!, Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku

AKB48 Show! is a TV variety show produced by NHK in Japan, and airs weekly on BS Premium and NHK World Premium since October 5, 2013. The show features songs, comedy skits and short dramas performed by AKB48 and sister groups (as of 2016) SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48, Nogizaka46 and Keyakizaka46.


Episode structure

Episodes usually start with a short skit set in a dressing room, after which the performers run onto the stage for their opening performance, which changes every episode. Generally the 48G groups have two or three musical performances. Some episodes have special performances or solo performances, but some episodes has no performances. Some episodes are broadcast live from a remote location. As of November 2016, some episodes had band live performances for their closing or opening songs:

Full Band Performances
  • "One Night Carnival" (Nogidan - #66) - Original song by Kishidan
  • "Magirashiteiru" (Mayu Watanabe - #82)
  • "Bokura no Eureka" & "HA!" (NMB48 BAND - #113) - Infiltration report from NMB48 Live House Tour 2016
  • "365 Nichi no Kamihikouki" & "To Be Continued" (AKB48 GROUP - #130) - Live from AKB48 Fes 2016
  • "Rainbow Rose" (Sayaka Yamamoto - #131)
  • "Miss You" (Yuki Kashiwagi - #136)
  • "Ayamachi" (Sayaka Yamamoto & Junichi Inagaki - #141)
  • In the first episodes, were presented episodes of AKB Classroom in which Ian Moore talks to classes about the 48G universe. Some episodes are focused on a 48G particular event as "Request Hour" or a concert in another country. Episodes 35 and 36 were a TV adaptation of Documentary of AKB48: The Time Has Come.

    On October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03), to mark the Season 3 Premiere a new opening title sequence was introduced, with a pink degradée background instead of solid white, and rotating cubes forming the show's logo, followed by a frame attached to a striped band (inherited from the opening sequence of 2014-15 Season) with one of the members shouting the title of the show.

    On November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21), 48 SHOW was the only TV show to perform the full version of the song "Shekarashika!" from HKT48, four days prior official release. However, this episode wasn't aired on NHK World Premium, due to sports coverage. The Full MV from "Shekarashika!" was released on April 2016. 48 SHOW is also the only TV show to air NGT48's "Max Toki 315 Gou" MV, because NGT48 Oficial Channel wasn't uploaded Full Music Videos yet, and only a short version from this song is available. In August 13, 2016 (2016-08-13), SKE48 performed live "Kin no Ai, Gin no Ai", thus making the only show to present the full-length song 4 days before its official release, because full music video from "Kin no Ai, Gin no Ai" wasn't premiered in any music channel, and Avex Trax doesn't released any full version music videos from SKE48 since "Banzai Venus".

    Starting from episode #128, a new opening was introduced, based on "Colorful Garden" animations, using footage from latest episodes, and the show's logo on white background with moving colored flowers.


  • Dressing Room opening skit
  • General Manager Yui Yokoyama's Lecture Room
  • Captain Reika Sakurai's Lecture Room (in Nogizaka46 Show episodes)
  • Miki Nishino's Dance Classroom
  • 48G Daily Series
  • Infiltration Reports
  • Former Segments

  • Opening Challenger
  • AKB News
  • AKB48 Intense Classroom
  • General Manager Minami Takahashi's Lecture Room
  • The Lecture Room

    Since the 1st season, the Lecture Room is one of the most important segments from AKB48 Show. From the first 3 seasons, this segment was host by AKB48 TEAM A/SOUKANTOKU Minami Takahashi until her graduation, on April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08). Starting from October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08), AKB48 TEAM A/SOUKANTOKU Yui Yokoyama take over the segment, which interviews one random 48G Member.

    In Nogizaka46 Show episodes, this segment is host by NOGIZAKA46 CAPTAIN Reika Sakurai.


    Between October 5, 2013 and March 21, 2015, the program was broadcast at 23:30 JST. As of 4 April 2015, the program airs every Saturday at 23:15 JST, and reruns every Sunday at 10:00 (JST) by BS Premium. On December 29, 2014 (HKT48 SHOW!) and March 24, 2015 (4 Years After Disaster - Special Episode), the program was broadcast at 22:30 JST instead of normal schedule.

    It is also airs worldwide by NHK World Premium every Saturday at 16:30 UTC (as of 2016) with reruns every Sunday at 06:00 UTC, but some episodes does not air at normal schedule due to "Grand Sumo Tournaments" or eventually, Masashi Sada specials.

    Eventually, previous episodes reruns on BS Premium/NHK World Premium as AKB48 Show! Encore. The show is aired in North America via TV Japan depending on scheduled days and times while in the United States, it is syndicated through television stations nationwide. On November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21), the episode 94 wasn't aired on NHK WP due to sports coverage, thus making fans (from South America) unable to watch performances from "Shekarashika!" (HKT48) and "Cup no Naka no Komorebi" (Love Crescendo).

    Due to premiere of "Toto Neechan", 48 SHOW changed its timeslot for World Premium on April 9, to 16:30 UTC at Saturdays (01:30 JST, Sunday).

    Due to broadcast changes, episode #83 reaired on October 31, 2016 on NHK World Premium, matching with Halloween. On November 13, 2016 the episode #132 wasn't repeated in BS Premium on Sunday due to a special program. For the episode #133, instead of normal schedule, it will air worldwide on NHK WP in a special timeslot (03:25 JST), due to Great Sumo Tournament highlights broadcasts.

    Broadcast overview

    Note that "Original aired date" refers to the NHK BS Premium broadcast.

    Episode List

    A total of 142 episodes aired on NHK BS Premium. Click here for a complete episode listing (Source by IMDB)

    Opening Title Sequence

  • Version 1 - Episode 01-43 (Not used in episodes 22, 35 & 36)
  • Episodes 10, 23 & 32 does not feature a 48G member on ! box at show title card
  • Episode 12 used a Christmas theme instead of normal tune. "Merry Christmas" end title appears at end of Anata no Christmas Eve performance along with NHK Endcard just after closing credits.
  • Episode 19, 26 & 38 used a Nogizaka46 Show variant
  • Episode 24 used a AKB48 SHOW! Yuko Oshima Special variant; normal logo. Excerpt from "Sasae" plays at end of show while Yuko says final words before her graduation.
  • Episode 43 used a Mayu Watanabe Show variant, and blue objects instead of pink. Excerpt from "Mayu no Tame ni" plays at end of show, while Mayu thanks the viewers for watching the show.
  • Version 2 - Episode 44-87 (Not used in episode 67)
  • Episodes 44, 69 & 75 does not feature a 48G member at flag on Title Card
  • Episodes 48, 61, 66 & 79 used a Nogizaka46 Show variant
  • Episode 51 used a SKE48 Show variant
  • Episode 54 used a Milky Show variant
  • Episode 56 used a HKT48 Show variant
  • Episodes 60 & 69 used a NMB48 Show variant
  • Episode 84 used a Rena Matsui Show variant
  • Version 3 - Episode 88-127 (Not used on special The Girls on Borderline)
  • Episode 117 does not feature a 48G member on title card.
  • Episodes 91, 110, 114 & 121 used a Nogizaka46 Show variant, using purple background and footage from other performances from Nogizaka46 and Nogidan. Instead of AKB48, Nogizaka46 (in Japanese characters) appears on marquee at opening sequence. A 90-minute special used an alternative opening only for this episode.
  • Episode 100 (aired January 16, 2016) featured a Special Variant.
  • Episode 101 (aired January 23, 2016) used a Nāna Show variant, with no color swap at background on title card, to promote her solo debut "Migiashi Evidence". Footage from this episode's performances were used on title sequence.
  • Episode 115 used a Sashihara Show! variant. Instead of pink, background color on title card was changed to yellow. The color variants on title card are a direct reference to Koisuru Fortune Cookie costumes used on Music Video released in 2013.
  • Episode 126 will feature a 46 Show! variant.
  • As of May 2016, SNH48 was removed from marquee on opening sequence, and performance footages from recent episodes were used.
  • Version 4 - Episode 128-Onwards (Not used on AKB48 AtoZ 2016 & AKB48 Fes 2016)
  • Episode 130 used footage from AKB48 Fes 2016
  • Episodes 132 & 142 features a Nogizaka46 Show variant.
  • Episode 135 features a Keyakizaka46 Show variant.
  • Upcoming episode will feature a Sashihara Show! variant, as Rino Sashihara ranked 1st in 8th annual Sousenkyo.
  • Special episodes

  • Nogizaka46 Show! airs along with every release of N46 album or single (as of November 12, 2016 (2016-11-12), with the release of "Sayonara no Imi"). It first aired on March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01) in the episode 19, for promoting the single "Seifuku no Mannequin". Episode 79 who featured "Taiyō Nokku" was re-aired on September 26, 2015 (2015-09-26) as Special Encore. On February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11), a 90-minute special was aired at 16:30 JST (instead of normal schedule) for celebrate the National Foundation Day.
  • SKE48 Show! (No. 51), aired November 22, 2014 (2014-11-22). It was a recap of SKE48 best performances and interviews (until the episode airdate).
  • NMB48 Show! (No. 60 & 69), both aired 2015. The January 31 episode was a recap of NMB48 best performances and interviews (until the episode airdate). The April 11 episode was broadcast live from NMB48 Theater, in Osaka, Japan.
  • HKT48 Show! (No. 56), aired December 29, 2014 (2014-12-29), thus making the last episode of 2014. It was a recap of HKT48 best performances and interviews (until the episode airdate).
  • NGT48 Show! is an upcoming themed episode, for celebrating the NGT48 official debut.
  • Mayu Watanabe Show! (No. 43), aired September 13, 2014 (2014-09-13), with Mayu Watanabe as main host for winning the 6th Senbatsu Sosenkyo. Thus marked the Season 1 Finale of AKB48 Show. The following episode (No. 44, aired October 4) started a second season.
  • Milky Show! (No. 54), aired December 13, 2014 (2014-12-13), with Miyuki Watanabe as main host for winning the 5th Janken Taikai. Re-aired on February 28, 2015.
  • Rena Matsui Show! (No. 84), aired August 22, 2015 (2015-08-22), marking the last TV show featuring Rena Matsui, who subsequently left SKE48.
  • Yuko Oshima Special (No. 24), aired April 5, 2014 (2014-04-05), marking the last appearance of Yuko Oshima, before leaving the group. For this episode, the show's logo at top left screen is colored green (Team K's official color).
  • 10th Anniversary Special (No. 97 & 98), aired on December 19 & 26, features highlights from 10th anniversary stage held on December 8th, and graduated members joined the stage for special performances, along with anniversary events from other 48G sister groups.
  • 100th Episode Special (No. 100), aired January 16, 2016 (2016-01-16), marks the AKB48 SHOW milestone episode. Yuria Kizaki is the main guest from Takamina's Room. Re-airs on February 27, 2016 (2016-02-27) for a special encore.
  • Nāna Show! (No. 101), aired January 23, 2016 (2016-01-23). Musical numbers are performed by Nana Fujita for winning the 6th Annual Janken Tournament held on previous year.
  • Sashihara Show (No. 115), aired June 4, 2016 (2016-06-04). Musical numbers are performer by Rino Sashihara, winner from 7th Senbatsu Sousenkyo held on June 6, 2015.
  • 46 Show! (No. 126), aired September 17, 2016 (2016-09-17). Introduced non-professional dance group Yurizaka46 (百合坂46) that covered Nogizaka46/Keyakizaka46's performance perfectly.
  • Keyakizaka46 Show! (No. 135), aired December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10). Marks the 14th overall themed episode starring Sakamichi Series, and first featuring Keyakizaka46 since their debut early 2016.
  • Live broadcast episodes

  • AKB48 8th Anniversary (No. 10), aired December 7, 2013 (2013-12-07) and lasted 34 minutes longer (23:30-00:04 JST) to mark AKB48's 8th anniversary celebration that night. This episode was broadcast live from AKB48 Theater in Tokyo.
  • Spring Concert Highlights (No. 23), aired March 29, 2014 (2014-03-29) and lasted 45 minutes longer (23:30-00:15 JST) from National Olympic Stadium. The following day concert was postponed to June 8 and moved to Ajinomoto Stadium, due to the closing of the National Olympic Stadium. Along with the concert highlights, Haruka Shimazaki celebrated her birthday that night. The following episode (No. 24) was the last appearance of Yuko Oshima on this show, before her official leaving ceremony held on June 9.
  • 1st Anniversary Special (No. 44), aired October 4, 2014 (2014-10-04), thus marking the Season 2 Premiere with a special live broadcast from AKB48 Theater. For this episode, a Season 2 title sequence was introduced. Instead of a flag with a 48G member shouting the show's title, it was shouted by AKB48 members in off-voice.
  • NMB48 Show! (No. 69), aired April 11, 2015 (2015-04-11), and broadcast live from NMB48 Theater, in Osaka. Thus marked the second NMB48 themed episode, as of January 31.
  • Post-Sosenkyo airs on a Saturday which helds Senbatsu Sosenkyo events. In 2014, Mayu Watanabe hosted the June 7 episode from Ajinomoto Stadium. In 2015, Rino Sashihara hosted the June 6 episode from Fukuoka Dome, which was re-aired on July 25, 2015 and May 21, 2016. In 2016, another live episode was held from Hard-Off Eco Stadium (Niigata), with Sashihara once again as host.
  • Occasional episodes

  • Post-Earthquake Episodes (No. 22, 67) are special episodes focused on 48G groups visiting the Tōhoku region. These episodes have no opening sequence.
  • Post-Kōhaku Uta Gassen (No. 13, 57, 99, 138, 139) are special episodes aired after every Kouhaku Utagassen broadcast (Second Saturday of January), as the first episode of the new year. 48G performances at NHK Hall are shown, along with rehearsals. The 66th Kouhaku episode serves as prologue to a special milestone on following week. The 67th Kouhaku special was split in two episodes.
  • Request Hour Episodes (No. 28, 63) are special episodes recorded in late January, during Request Hour events, airing near March/April. The NMB48 Request Hour special episode (No. 87), along with Asa ga Kita Press Conference marks the Season 2 Finale, airing on September 19, 2015 (2015-09-19).
  • Post AKB48 Fes Special (No. 130) is composed of highlights and backstage scenes from AKB48 Fes 2016, plus two final songs from the Special.
  • Encore Episodes are reruns of previous episodes from AKB48 Show. The first episode re-aired is the Request Hour 2014 special (28), followed by Team B Special (33). The Encore Episodes air sporadically. Episode 85 (airing October 31, 2015) was scheduled to air because AKB48 released Halloween Night in August and broadcast is on a same date of the song.
  • The February 1, 2014 (2014-02-01) episode was aired as Extra Episode, with a recap of the first 15 episodes of AKB48 Show.
  • AKB48 SHOW was broadcast their first milestone episode in January 16, 2016 (2016-01-16), when the 100th Episode aired on NHK BS Premium.
  • Trivia

  • Every first October episode (including AKB48 Fes 2016) starts with the song "Party ga Hajimaru yo". However, in the episode #44, the show started with "Namida Surprise" for the 1st anniversary special, and "Party ga Hajimaru yo" was played as opening song for the following episode. As of 2016, it was performed by:
  • 2013: AKB48 Members (#01)
  • 2014: AKB48 Team 8 (#45)
  • 2015: SKE48 Kenkyuusei (#88)
  • 2016: NGT48 Team NII (#128)
  • Episode 94 wasn't aired on NHK World Premium due to sports coverage.
  • During the 66th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, AKB48 members performed "Moonlight Densetsu", from Sailor Moon, but this performance wasn't aired on January 9, 2016 broadcast (due to copyright issues). Nogizaka46's performances also not featured on broadcast, but aired on Nogizaka46 Show special episode at January 22 and February 11, 2016.
  • Eventually, music videos are featured on the show. On episode 20 (aired March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01)), music video from "Heavy Rotation" was aired in honor of 100 million viewers on YouTube (reached in early 2014). As the NGT48's YouTube channel has not released full MVs to date, only this program delivered the full version of "Max Toki 315 Gou" in episode 108 (aired April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)).
  • AKB48 SHOW Presents: Girls on the Borderline (aired June 25, 2016) is counted as special episode, not a regular episode.
  • Live Band performances were performed by Nogidan (#66), Mayu Watanabe (#82) and NMB48 Band (#113 and AKB48 Fes). The AKB48 Fes 2016 will feature a live band on the final 7 songs from main set (From "First Rabbit" to "Halloween Night"), and 2 from encore (excluding "LOVE TRIP").
  • Episode #83 airs October 29, 2016 (2016-10-29) for the Halloween week, as "Special Encore".
  • Cast

    AKB48 Group
  • AKB48
  • SKE48
  • NMB48
  • HKT48
  • NGT48
  • Sakamichi Series
  • Nogizaka46
  • Keyakizaka46
  • Guests

  • Ian Moore (speaker from AKB Classroom)
  • Kazumi Urano
  • Natsumi Hirashima
  • Shinobu Kayano (AKB48 Theater manager & stylist)
  • Atsuko Maeda (former AKB48 member)
  • Tomomi Itano (former AKB48 member)
  • Kenji Kitagawa (AKB48 staff assistant producer)
  • Yasushi Akimoto (48G General Producer) on episode 106
  • References

    AKB48 Show! Wikipedia