|Genre||Music, Idol, Adventure|
|Written by||Chihiro Komori|
|Original run||April 3, 2018 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Igarashi|
|Written by||Yuuko Kakihara|
|Music by||Digz Motion Sounds|
|Original network||TV Tokyo, BS Japan, AT-X|
|Original run||April 5, 2018 – March 28, 2019|
Aikatsu Friends! (アイカツフレンズ! Aikatsu Furenzu!) is an arcade collectible card game in Bandai's Data Carddass line of machines, which launched on April 5, 2018. It is the successor to the Aikatsu! and Aikatsu Stars! series of arcade games. The game revolves around using collectible cards featuring various clothes to help aspiring idols pass auditions. An anime television adaptation by BN Pictures premiered on April 5, 2018 to March 28, 2019 , replacing the Aikatsu Stars! series. A manga adaptation by Chihiro Komori will begin serialization in Shogakukan's shōjo manga magazine Ciao from April 3, 2018. A new series titled "Aikatsu Friends: ~Kagayaki no Jewel~" will premiere on April 4, 2019.
Aine Yūki, who is a regular student at Star Harmony Academy's normal division, meets Mio Minato from the idol division, who invites her to join Aikatsu to fulfill Aine's goal to make friends. She also befriends Maika Chōno and Ema Hinata who are also idols. Aine and Mio form a pair to become best friends to become the bright "Diamond Friends". Karen Kamishiro and Mirai Asuka are categorized as "Diamond Friends" and are in the Diamond Class!
A new series titled "Aikatsu Friends! ~Kagayaki no Jewel~" has been announced, and it will premiere in April 4, 2019, succeeding the original Aikatsu Friends! anime series in its initial timeslot.
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- "Aikatsu Friends! Anime Gets Manga in April". Anime News Network. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Aikatsu Friends! Anime Gets New Series in April". Anime News Network. January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
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