|Episode 25 - The Road to the Stage|
|Romaji||Gekijō e no Michi|
|English||The Road to the Stage|
|Opening||Aruji Naki Sono Koe|
|Ending||Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu|
|Japanese||March 23, 2013|
|North America||February 4, 2014|
Beyond the Door
The Road to the Stage (劇場への道, Gekijō e no Michi) is the 25th episode and 12th episode of Season 2 of the AKB0048 anime series.
With Chieri in shock following her father's death, Mamoru and the other WOTA members infiltrate Akibastar, which has been completely taken over by the DGTO, where they rendezvous with Kojiharu and the 76th Generation understudies. Meanwhile, Tsubasa's passion towards wanting to save Akibastar helps encourage the others to push hard with their practise. Just then, a light glows and the AKB0048 members briefly fall unconscious, and see a vision in which they ride a mysterious train which arrives at an Akibastar filled with light, indicating they made a reaction with the Dualium. However, Nagisa and Chieri remain unconscious as their consciences are still on the train. Arriving at a place Nagisa had seen in her dreams, they spot Yuuko struggling to climb a broken staircase to a theatre where Acchan and the other Center Novae are, before they both regain consciousness. Tsubasa and Mii-chan suspect that Yuuko wasn't able to fully obtain Center Nova status because of the way she disappeared. As the group prepare to head to Akibastar to put on a concert, Tomochin, who had become able to sense Sensei Sensei, tells them that the key to taking back Akibastar will be the ones with NO NAME. Arriving on Akibastar and beginning their concert, AKB0048 find themselves intimidated by the citizens who felt betrayed by their retreat and who now have turned against them.