The Deep Galactic Trade Organization steps up its attacks on entertainment. In response, AKB0048 brings back the general elections and the center nova position. The understudies are thrust into a new competition directly against the successors. But as AKB0048 brings back policies not seen since Acchan's disappearance, a new and more powerful enemy is quietly moving behind the scenes.
Tsubasa makes an unexpected announcement.
Following the televised AKB trial, Chieri's popularity gets a boost. Despite her newly found popularity, she can't seem to find her confidence.
The understudies participate in a handshake event while Nagisa's concern for Chieri continues to grow.
As the winners are revealed, some of them disclose their true intentions.
Depression and jealousy grow among the members who were unselected at General Elections.
All the girls vie for the Center Nova position!
When a successor is named, the girls are apprehensive about whether or not the role will change her. The new trainee prepares for succession in the underground shrine.
When Yuko starts spending more time alone, her teammates become worried. Mikako tells Yuko that she must embrace her loneliness in order to be Center Nova.
AKB0048 barely escapes the DES, and they end up in the middle of nowhere.
Thanks to Michan's actions, they barely escape the DES. But with their systems damaged, the ship is unable to leave!
Chieri tells of how she came to be in AKB0048. Later, a touching moment between father and daughter quickly becomes disastrous.
Mamoru and the other WOTA members infiltrate Akibastar while Chieri remains in shock after her father's death.
Despite relentless fans and a DES attach, the show must go on!