If the recent year had been about isekai anime, the coming years would be filled with idol anime!
From Idolish7, Aikatsu, to [email protected], there are many seasons yet to come.
Idoly Pride is a new anime, a multimedia project that includes several idol units, under CAAnimation.
Let’s see when is it releasing.
1. Release Date
AbemaTV’s livestream for the Idoly Pride multimedia idol project revealed that the anime would premiere on January 12th, 2021.
The show will air on TV and also stream on AbemaTV.
The official website has announced many projects to promote the anime, including releasing clips of dialogues by the cast.
The show will be made up of 13 episodes and may probably get more seasons later on.
All this build-up leads to a lot of curiosity amongst new fans who have only breached the ‘anime-only’ level of this rabbit hole.
Let’s read ahead to know what this project exactly is.
2. Theory Section
As the first entry from CyberAgent’s newly launched animation label CAAnimation, Idoly Pride is worth watching.
Let’s look into the details of this upcoming anime to see what will influence the making of ‘Idoly Pride.’
I. About the Project
The anime is the first project of this multimedia ‘collaboration.’
CAAnimation is the label, while Lerche is the animation studio. It has partnered with video content company: Avex Pictures, music creator group: Elements Garden, game developer: World Planet, and anime studio: Doga Kobo.
Fans are surprised to know about this anime, as the label has been releasing other idol projects to date.
II. Popularity of the Franchise
The multimedia project will include anime, video games, music, and several other forms of entertainment.
This is easy to achieve for CyberAgent, as Cygames and AbemaTV are their subsidiaries. This makes it possible for anime from CAAnimation to get other adaptations.
Idoly Pride has also started publishing a manga series co-produced by QualiArts, Music Ray’n, and Straight Edge.
Do the fans like the franchise at all??
III. Will Idoly Pride be Well-Received?
The official YouTube channel of Idoly Pride has long since posted song performances by the idol groups from the upcoming show.
Fans of the girl group, Sphere, who are all a part of the voice cast are elated to know this news.
These animated idol groups have their own growing fandom just because of this, and there is a lot of potential for this anime.
Will the anime be able to deliver this promise to the fans? Let’s start with the visuals.
3. Visuals & Trailers
The official Twitter of Idoly pride revealed a new visual and opened its website.
Anime will be broadcasted in Winter 2021! The first key visual and website is released!English Translation, Twitter Translate
The website released character designs and a PV for the new anime.
A trailer was released showing the cast for the main and supporting cast.
The trailer features Mana Nagase, Kotono Nagase and Sakura Kawasaki as they share why they want to be idols.
The words of the characters can be summarized into their yearning to become an idol, and their willingness to give their blood and sweat to strive to be Number 1.
Now that we have seen everything, what exactly is the anime about?
4. Expected Plot
Hoshimi-city lies in Kanto’s suburban region, the name chosen because the town was the best suited for observing the annual meteor shower.
Hoshimi Productions is a small entertainment agency in the city. Nagase Mana made her sensational debut from the agency by winning a series of live battles.
A few years later, Hoshimi Productions holds an audition to find new idols, including Mana’s younger sister Kotono, and her friend, Sakura Kawasaki, who has a voice just like Mana’s.
In addition to the two, more idol candidates start gathering at Hoshimi Productions. Then, ten of them start living together in a dormitory.
Meanwhile, the idol groups TRINITYAILE, who aims to surpass Mana, and LizNoir, who has a strong sense of rivalry against Mana, stand in front of them and compete with each other with pride.
With the mixed feelings surrounding Mana, the idols strive to become the best.
How is the studio going to handle the live-action and animation in one series?
5. Music and Animation
I. Animation Quality
Lerche is animating Idoly Pride. It has created many great anime like Given and Assassination Classroom, so we know that the upcoming show would be nothing but the best.
The animators pulled through with the audio and visuals in Given and Idoly Pride being a musical show would be presented similarly.
The mix of CGI while playing music is very appealing. Hopefully, they keep those details in the new anime.
II. Theme Songs
There are three units and a solo artist showcased in the anime. All three of the units have released a theme song on the official YouTube channel of Idoly Pride.
The opening theme song is “IDOLY PRIDE”, while the ending theme song is “The Sun, Moon and Stars”, both performed by Hoshimi Production.
Hoshimi Production performed Shine Purity, TRINITYAiLe performed Aile to Yell, and LizNoir sang Shock Out Dance.
There is a soloist in the show Mana, but currently, there is no music related to her.
The OST has attracted many fans: music lovers, idol lovers, and now, anime lovers.
6. Fan Expectations
CAAnimation has been providing a lot of content for the Idoly Pride project, and the fans have been eagerly gulping them down.
The PV was a breakthrough for viewers who haven’t watched the streams and they seem to like how the anime looks so far.
Since this is an original anime and not based on light novels or manga or even games, the fans have no source material to compare.
Their only concern is the quality of songs and the need for the franchise to get more than 13 episodes.
7. Cast & Staff
The following are the cast and staff members for Idoly Pride:
|Director||Kinome Yuu||Asobi Asobase , Given|
|Series Composition||Takahashi Tatsuya||Kenja no Mago, The [email protected]|
|Character Design||Kinoshita Sumie||Piano no Mori, Medaka Box|
|Studio||Lerche||Assassination Classroom, Toilet Bound Hanako-kun|
|Character||Voice Actor||Famous Works|
|Mana||Kanda Sayaka||Shioji (Air Bound), Ezomichi (Real Girl)|
|Kotono||Tachibana Mirai||Female Classmate (Toilet Bound Hanako-kun),|
|Sakura||Kanno Mai||Girl (Kemonozume)|
|Rui||Amamiya Sora||Elise (Bungou Stray Dogs), Elizabeth (The Seven Deadly Sins)|
|Yu||Asakura Momo||Ayumi (Charlotte), Mami (Kyochuu Rettou)|
|Rio||Tomatsu Haruka||Morgiana (Magi), Asuna (Sword Art Online)|
8. About Idoly Pride
No one is in the spotlight from the beginning. Everyone is weak. Only those who do not break will reach the highest peak to become an idol.
This is the story of idols who face big dreams and harsh reality.
Originally Written By Epic Dope
“To become an idol, I shed blood, sweat, and tears. Even so, I want to shine. I want to make my dreams come true. I want to look back at a sea of people. I have only pride inside my chest.”