- Alternate Character Interpretation: One popular theory is that instead of a freedom fighting group, AKB0048 is actually unknowingly trying to awaken an Eldritch Abomination. The DGTO and DES forces are merely Well Intentioned Extremists taking measures to prevent said abomination from awakening.
- Die for Our Ship: Mamoru.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Mayuyu by far has one of the most dedicated followings, despite the fact that she has little screentime compared to the other characters. However, being a Big Eater Robot Girl with an Arm Cannon and being based on one of the more popular AKB48 members does tend to help.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: At least two episodes imply that you need to be selfish/greedy in order to accomplish your dreams. Indeed, episode 20 has Mimori after becoming Mariko Shinoda the 8th being portrayed as "sadistic" (supposedly as sadistic as the "real" Mariko Shinoda) by telling Kanata that if she wants to become a successor, she has to be "greedier".
- The next episode seems to imply that you can only accomplish your dreams alone (i.e., without other people backing you up). At least, that was the conclusion Yuko came to when trying to figure out how to become the Center Nova, which was all brought on when the former Minami Minegishi the 5th told her about "Position Zero".
- However, this is subverted later on when it's discovered that Yuko wasn't actually a true Center Nova, due to her refusal to recognize others.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Episode 6's "I won't let anyone tarnish Sashiko's name!" Fast-forward to June 2012... the Real Life Sashiko gets caught in a scandal after a fan defames her in a tabloid, and she gets transferred to another group as punishment. Oops.
- Mii-chan the 5th's whole role in Next Stage seems to echo creepily with her real-life love scandal. In episode 22 Ushiyama comments that Mii-chan seemed liable to fall for the wrong sort of guy. Also at the end Mii-chan muses that she'll have to start over from square one... just like when the real-life Minami Minegishi got demoted to kenkyuusei status after breaking the group's "no boyfriends" rule.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Macross Delta has several of the major setpieces of AKB 0048, and strongly seems to be a Spiritual Successor for this series, when this series is one to Macross itself.
- Iron Woobie: To state how much suffering Kanata goes through for nothing is an understatement.
- Les Yay: Episode 10 has loads of this, specifically Kanata/Takamina, Suzuko/Makoto, and Nagisa/Chieri. The Real Life AKB48 is no stranger to doing Les Yay moments.
- Older Than They Think: A group of singers leading a revolution against a government bent to destroy all entertaiment. Does that sound like the plot of Revolution X, except replacing Aerosmith with AKB48?
- And let's not go into it's similarities to the animation juggernaut Shoji Kawamori is much more well known for... Too much.
YMMV / AKB0048