|Episode 3 - The Idol's Dark Before the Dawn|
|Romaji||Aidoru no Yoakemae|
|English||The Idol's Dark Before the Dawn|
|Opening||Aruji Naki Sono Koe|
|Ending||Kono Namida wo Kimi ni Sasagu|
|Japanese||January 19, 2013|
Episode 2 - A Shocking New Initiative!?
Episode 4 - New General Elections
The Idol's Dark Before the Dawn is the 3rd episode of AKB0048 next stage anime series. It airs on January 19, 2013.
When the understudies participate in a pre-election handshake event, Nagisa is worried about Chieri, who has been feeling down since the announcement of the early results. The next day, Chieri meets with her family's butler, Yasunaga, who gives her a video message from her father, revealing that he was helping her the whole time since the trial. As the day of the elections arrives, and the final results are announced, Mimori ranks at 10th place.