Japanese girl group AKB48 are taking their star power to a whole new level by playing themselves in the Crayon Shin-chan TV anime. AKB48 has a sub group called, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, and it’s six of these girls who will be taking part in the two episode arc of Crayon Shin-chan.
The opening theme song for the anime is actually the group’s ninth single entitled, “Kibou Sanmyaku”, making it the 14th song to be used by the anime. Haruka Nakagawa, Ayaka Kikuchi, Aika Oota, Mayu Watanabe, Mika Komori, and Misaki Iwasa, the girls in the group, will be playing as “Alien Warota” on the planet of Warota. Look for these episodes on March 9 and 16 as this is also the first time that AKB48 have voiced anime characters based on themselves.
In addition, the as yet un-named theme song for the 20th Crayon Shin-chan movie will be sung by AKB48. Look for Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess in Japanese cinemas from April 14.