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|Episode 15 - Shocking New Developments!?|
|Romaji||Shōgeki no Shintenkai!?|
|English||Shocking New Developments!?|
|Opening||Aruji Naki Sono Koe|
|Ending||Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu|
|Japanese||January 12, 2013|
|North America||February 4, 2014|
The Young Girls' Trial
The Idols' Dark Before Dawn
Shocking New Developments!? (驚愕の新展開！？, Shōgeki no Shintenkai!?) is the 15th episode and 2nd episode of Season 2 of the AKB0048 anime series.
Following the broadcast of the trial, Chieri has received a popularity boost and has been getting more work. Meanwhile, Tsubasa announces that there will be a new guerilla channel for AKB themed shows, with the understudies to star in a variety show. As Chieri's father is seen developing artificial Kiraras, Tsubasa becomes curious as to how were able to break into Kasumigastar so easily. Meanwhile, Nagisa, who has yet to make a poster for the General Elections, notices Chieri hasn't made one either. As Tsubasa becomes disappointed by the quality of the variety shows, Chieri shares her worries with Nagisa, saying she would rather be elected for her skill than for the trial broadcast. They are approached by Yukirin and Kojiharu, who tell them to watch Acchan's video for the General Elections, which also showed Yuuko as an understudy, when she was known as Hikari Kimishima. As the girls learn the variety shows are being broadcast on planets with the strictest entertainment ban laws, they put more effort into entertaining the audience whilst Nagisa and Chieri complete their posters. Tsubasa soon announced the early results for the General Elections, with Kitarie ranked at 10th place and Chieri ranked at 9th place.
The episode begins with Sensei Sensei requests for a gureilla promotion amongst AKB member for general elections. Following the broadcast of the trial, Chieri has seen a popularity boost and has been getting more work. Nagisa and her friends are discussing Chieri's popularity at the living room. Tsubasa is announcing a gureilla channel for members of AKB0048 as promotion across galaxy.
At first, successors such as Hikari Kimishima is penalized, Chiharu Sakuragi is playing dominatrix. Mayu Watanabe is playing chess with Ayako Kuroki where the latter won. Trainees go for a variety show like, Nagisa Motomiya, Yuka Ichijo, Makoto Yokomizo and Suzuko Kanzaki try out a bungee jumping where Makoto Yokomizo is timid of try out.