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IDOLiSH7
Idolish Seven.jpg
Key visual for the anime adaptation
アイドリッシュセブン
(Aidorisshu Sebun)
Game
DeveloperBandai Namco Online
PublisherBandai Namco Online
GenreRhythm
PlatformiOS, Android
Released
  • JP: August 20, 2015
Manga
Written byNokoshi Yamada
Published byHakusensha
MagazineHana LaLa Online
DemographicShōjo
Original run2015 – present
Anime television series
Directed byMakoto Bessho
Written byAyumi Sekine
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioTroyca
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, KBS, SUN, TVA, TVh, TVQ, BS11
Original run January 7, 2018 May 19, 2018
Episodes17 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Idolish7: Vibrato
Directed byMakoto Bessho
Written byAyumi Sekine
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioTroyca
Licensed byYouTube Premium (USA)
Released February 16, 2018 March 7, 2019
Episodes8 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Idolish7: Second Beat!
Directed byMakoto Bessho
Written byAyumi Sekine
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioTroyca
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, KBS, SUN, TVA, TVh, TVQ, BS11
Original run April 5, 2020 December 27, 2020
Episodes15 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Idolish7: Third Beat!
Directed byMakoto Bessho
Written byAyumi Sekine
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioTroyca
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, TVh, TVQ, BS11
Original run July 4, 2021 – present
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Idolish7 (アイドリッシュセブン, Aidorisshu Sebun, stylized as IDOLiSH7) is a Japanese rhythm game developed and published by Bandai Namco Online with music collaboration by Lantis for Android and iOS platforms,[1] which first released in Japan on August 20, 2015. The project features character design by Arina Tanemura.[2] Idolish7 has spawned several manga adaptations and novelizations. An anime television series adaptation by Troyca aired from January to May 2018,[3] and a second season aired from April to December 2020.[4] A third season premiered on July 2021. The album Regality connected to the series became the first album credited to a male in-story character group to top the weekly Oricon Albums Chart.[5]

Plot[edit]

The player assumes the role of Tsumugi Takanashi, an inexperienced manager for a new idol group under her father's small agency. The idol group is named "IDOLiSH7," and consists of seven male members, each with their own unique personality and background. She must train and turn all of them into famous idols, all while struggling against the hardships of the entertainment industry.

Characters[edit]

Idolish7[edit]

A new idol group belonging to Takanashi Production Company. Their names contain numbers 1~7 in kanji. Their music symbols mainly consist of accidentals and dynamics.

Iori Izumi (和泉 一織, Izumi Iori)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda[6]
The rational and brilliant member of the group. Calm and polite, he is able to complete any task flawlessly, but is actually fairly sharp-tongued when he talks. He acts as a secret, second manager for the group as he advises Tsumugi on what he believes is best for the group. He originally became an idol to help fulfill his brother Mitsuki's dream, but begins to really enjoy the work and people around him. He is still in high school and attends the same school as Tamaki. It is shown that he loves cute things though he will never admit it. 17 years old.[7] His music symbol is double flat and he represents the number one.
Yamato Nikaidō (二階堂 大和, Nikaidō Yamato)
Voiced by: Yusuke Shirai[6]
The eldest member of the group and a big brother figure to the other members. He is IDOLiSH7's leader and is regarded as their "acting genius" with multiple people praising his skills. Although he appears to have an aloof personality, he is in fact very passionate inside and thinks about the other members of the group more than anyone else. He claims to hate the entertainment industry and only entered it to "get revenge" on someone, but has abandoned that motive after he sees how hard everyone works. Despite this, it is shown that he is keeping a secret. 22 years old.[7] His music symbol is sharp and he represents the number two.
Mitsuki Izumi (和泉 三月, Izumi Mitsuki)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga[6]
The energetic member of the group who always sets the mood and Iori's older brother. He is caring and has a chivalrous spirit. His dream is to become as big and inspirational as the legendary idol, 'Zero'. He originally failed auditions multiple times before he was accepted in Takanashi Productions which caused him to be insecure at times, but eventually he learned what his special skills are (MCing and comedy) and how he fits in to the group. He has a height complex as he is the shortest member in the group. 21 years old.[7] His music symbol is flat and he represents the number three.
Tamaki Yotsuba (四葉 環, Yotsuba Tamaki)
Voiced by: KENN[6]
The dancing genius of the group, he has great reflexes and has a dancing level equivalent to professionals. Tamaki is shown to be quite emotionally driven and aggressive, but always has good intentions. He moves at his own pace, and is just a little bit loose when it comes to being on time and keeping promises. He attends the same high school as Iori and often has to be dragged there by him. He grew up in an orphanage after his father abandoned their family and his mother died of an illness. While at the orphanage, his younger sister Aya was fostered and therefore he lost touch with her. He became an idol in order to find Aya as idols are on TV or radio often so she knew where to find him. Due to growing up poor, he has a love for King Pudding which can be used to win him over quite easily. He is part of the sub-unit, MEZZO, along with Sogo. 17 years old.[7] His music symbol is mezzo piano and he represents the number four.
Sōgo Ōsaka (逢坂 壮五, Ōsaka Sōgo)
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe[6]
The "all-rounder" member who is able to handle any song and dance with no problem. He is kind, selfless and reserved to everyone, but is the scariest member when angered. His selfless nature however has caused him to have difficulties expressing his emotions and his concerns when he begins to have a difficult time. He grew up in a wealthier family who disapproved of his love for music with the exception of his late uncle who inspired him to follow his dream of becoming an idol. Due to his rebellion, he is shown to have a strained relationship with his family. He and Tamaki form the sub-unit, MEZZO. 20 years old.[7] His music symbol is mezzo forte and he represents the number five.
Nagi Rokuya (六弥ナギ, Rokuya Nagi)
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi[6]
The visual member of the group who speaks in broken Japanese. He is half- Japanese and half Northmeran (a fictional northern European country). He decides to move from Northmare to Japan after he fell in love with Japanese pop culture especially Japanese animation with his favorite being Mahou Shoujo Magical★Kokona. He is fully confident in his looks, has a lot of charisma, and has a habit of immediately hitting on any girl he sees. Due to this habit, he has trouble making friends with others and deeply cares about the other members as they are his first friends. Despite his seemingly ditzy personality, he actually is very smart as he is able to speak 8 languages and is very knowledgable about political topics. 19 years old.[7] His music symbol is natural and he represents the number six.
Riku Nanase (七瀬 陸, Nanase Riku)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[6]
The center member of the group and is regarded as their "secret weapon." He is a very innocent and energetic, but is quite naive on how the world actually works resulting in him being a bit of a pushover. He is very direct with how he is feeling and can be insensitive at times as he is unable to read how the others around him are feeling, but is always there to help others. He has an unknown respiratory disease that has left him hospitalized for most of his life and prevents him from doing anything that is too physically intense. Despite this, he does not allow his illness to stop him and works very hard to become a top idol. It is revealed that he is the twin brother of Tenn Kujo, who left the Nanase family five years ago. He originally became an idol to understand why his brother abandoned his family to enter this business. 18 years old.[7] His music symbol is double sharp and he represents the number seven.

Trigger[edit]

The rival group of Idolish7 that belongs to the Yaotome Production Company. Their names contain numbers 8~10 in kanji. Their music symbols mainly consist of clefs.

Gaku Yaotome (八乙女 楽, Yaotome Gaku)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano[6]
A young man who is named "Japan's Number One Most Desirable Man." He is the leader of Trigger and holds great pride in his group. He is quite competitive and blunt when he speaks to others, but truly is very cordial and caring. He places a great emphasis on family believing it is the most important part of life which puts him at odds with those who do not care about family bonds. He is the son of Sosuke Yaotome, the president of Yaotome Productions, who groomed at a young age to become an idol. 22 years old.[7] His music symbol is treble and he represents the number eight.
Tenn Kujō (九条 天, Kujō Tenn)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[6]
The center of Trigger who is nicknamed "A Modern Day Angel." Off stage, he is serious and cold towards others due to his perfectionist attitude and the great pride he takes in his work. He is shown not to want to inconvenience others and values the hard work of everyone around him which is why he maintains a high level of professionalism most of the time. However, Tenn truly is a kind and selfless person who cares deeply about the people around him. It is revealed that he is the twin brother of Riku Nanase and that he left his family five years ago to pursue his dream of being the greatest idol. Despite leaving the family, he secretly cares a great deal about his little brother and always thinks about his well- being. 18 years old.[7] His music symbol is alto and he represents the number nine.
Ryūnosuke Tsunashi (十 龍之介, Tsunashi Ryūnosuke)
Voiced by: Takuya Satō[6]
The last member of Trigger and the group's "big brother" figure. Born in Okinawa, he moved to Tokyo in order to become an idol to make enough money to put his younger siblings through college and pay off his father's debts. He is marketed to the public as wild and sexy with a playboy attitude. However, Ryunosuke is the exact opposite of this as he truly is very kind, loving and shy. The gap between his true personality and his public image causes him to worry at times. He is shown to be the peacemaker when arguments break out. 23 years old.[7] His music symbol is bass and he represents the number ten.

Re:vale[edit]

An idol group that introduced in the second chapter of the game. Their names contain numbers 100 and 1000 in kanji. Their music symbols mainly consist of repeat signs.

Momose Sunohara (春原 百瀬, Sunohara Momose)
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi[6]

Mostly known by his stage name of Momo (), he is the energetic and easy-going member of Re:vale. He has a bit of a mischievous side and is shown to be very observant of his surroundings. According to Yuki, Momo is the kind of person who can make others happy just by being around. He wishes to protect the people dear to him in any way he can, often ignoring, however, the care and attention he needs himself. He is secretly insecure about his abilities, believing he is not worthy to be part of Re:vale, as he is not an original member. He is the boke of the pair, constantly making off the wall comments. His music symbol is the left repeat sign and he represents the number one hundred.

Yukito Orikasa (折笠 千斗, Orikasa Yukito)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana[6]

Mostly known by his stage name of Yuki (), he is the co-founder of Re:vale as well as their songwriter. He has a cool and collected personality, but is often blunt which causes others to believe that he does not care. This is untrue as he is actually quite easygoing and looks after the younger groups, often giving them advice as well. Yuki is revealed to have been searching for his first partner for the past 5 years after he took a hit meant for Yuki and disappeared afterwards. Yuki is the tsukkomi of the pair, and follows through with interjecting Momo's Boke jokes. His music symbol is the right repeat sign and he represents the number one thousand.

ZOOL[edit]

An idol group that introduced in the third chapter of the game. Their names contain kanji of animals from the chinese zodiacpig, dog, snake and tiger. Their music symbols mainly consist of musical notes with the theme of repetition and silence.

Haruka Isumi (亥清 悠, Isumi Haruka)
Voiced by: Yūya Hirose[8]
Zool's center who transfers to the same class as Iori and Tamaki. He is shown to be self-centered and demanding, believing that everyone is inferior compared to him. However, this all stems from his abandonment issues he has after his mentor abandoned him after he was deemed "unworthy" to become his adoptive son and his idol. In reality, he simply wishes to be an idol that everyone loves. His music symbol is Fermata and he represents the pig.
Tōma Inumaru (狗丸 トウマ, Inumaru Tōma)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura[8]
Zool's lead vocalist who used to be in another band called NO_MAD. He is shown to have a strong hate for popular idols and for fans of popular idols as his old band NO_MAD disbanded after his fans abandoned the group to move onto more popular idols. Over time, he realizes that he must work harder to earn the popular the other groups have. He is seen to be quite aggressive and brash towards others. Despite his hate and personality, he is shown to be caring of his teammates and begins to value them more. His music symbol is Segno and he represents the dog.
Minami Natsume (棗 巳波, Natsume Minami)
Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama[8]
A former acting prodigy, he has starred in various older movies and dramas. He is the songwriter of the group and hides his snarky personality behind a kind face and smile. He is often wishes to know what he can gain from a particular event and loves gathering intel on the more popular groups. Behind this, he is very passionate about the songs he writes and is often upset when he cannot come up with a song that satisfies him. He has a high level of professionalism and really just wants to show his talents to the world. He is does fortune telling as a hobby and is revealed to have spent some time in Northmare, Nagi's home country. His music symbol is Release pedal and he represents the snake.
Torao Midō (御堂 虎於, Midō Torao)
Voiced by: Takashi Kondō[8]
The son of a wealthy family, he had a fortunate life growing up as he was considered attractive and talented which boosted his ego. He holds a grudge against Ryunosuke Tsunashi for having a kind personality and a sexy image, something which many of his female partners told him about. This grows into hate for the entertainment industry and their fake personas and lies. However, he truly does wish to have fun with his teammates and with his work. His music symbol is Simile and he represents the tiger.

Takanashi Productions[edit]

Tsumugi Takanashi (小鳥遊 紡, Takanashi Tsumugi)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō[9] (anime)
The main protagonist and Otoharu and the late Musubi's daughter. Her father gives her the position of Idolish7's manager, and works hard to try and sell them. She's a strong girl who is positive no matter what comes her way.[7] In the game, the player assumes her role and is able to change her given name.
Otoharu Takanashi (小鳥遊 音晴, Takanashi Otoharu)
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba[6]
The president of Takanashi Productions, the agency that Idolish7 is a part of. He's kind of spacey, but is very sincere when it comes to work. He watches over the new members of his agency. He has a past with Sosuke Yaotome as they both once fought over a girl named Musubi. Eventually Musubi married Otoharu, something which Sosuke could never get over.[7]
Banri Ōgami (大神 万理, Ōgami Banri)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[6]
A talented staff member with an unknown past who keeps the agency running. A very reliable man, he supports the members of Idolish7, Tsumugi, their new manager, and all of Takanashi Productions. He was later revealed to be Yuki's previous band mate and the co-founder of Re:vale before an accident caused him to quit being an idol as seen in Idolish7: The Second Beat and in the manga "Re:member"[7]
Kinako (きなこ, Kinako)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō
A rabbit-like pet owned by Takanashi Productions.
Haruki Sakura (櫻 春樹, Sakura Haruki)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
A Takanashi Productions composer and was close friends with Nagi.

Others[edit]

Sōsuke Yaotome (八乙女 宗助, Yaotome Sōsuke)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
The president of Yaotome Productions, which Trigger belongs to. It is relieved that he was once in love with Musubi Takanashi, Otoharu's late wife and Tsumugi's late mother. He was never able to get over his love for her and therefore never truly valued his ex-wife and son. Due to his hate towards Otoharu, he openly hates Takanashi Productions and Idolish7. Despite his power hungry schemes to make Trigger rise to fame and the outward dismissal he has at their suggestions, he truly does care about them.
Kaoru Anesagi (姉鷺 カオル, Anesagi Kaoru)
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara
Trigger's manager.
Akihito Hyūga (日向 アキヒト, Hyūga Akihito)
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita
A Yaotome Productions composer.
Rinto Okazaki (岡崎 凜人, Okazaki Rinto)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
Re:vale's manager.
Ryo Tsukumo (月雲 了, Tsukumo Ryo)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi
ŹOOĻ's manager.
Mr. Shimooka (ミスター下岡, Misutā Shimooka)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
A TV show host whose shows Idolish7 sometimes appears on.
Takamasa Kujō (九条 鷹匡, Kujō Takamasa)
Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda
Tenn's adoptive father and former manager of Zero. He is revealed to be very rich and wishes to use that money to recruit potential talents that can one day surpass the legendary Zero. He is shown to be very manipulative on how he recruits his idols.
ZERO
The most talked about legendary idol who disappeared 15 years ago. The reason behind his whereabouts remains to be seen.

Development[edit]

Arina Tanemura, the game's character designer, created the characters based on information provided about their names, personalities, and theme colors. The first character she drafted was Yamato Nikaidō due to his glasses being the most distinguishable character trait and gave him short sleeves to reflect his cheerful personality. In contrast, Iori Izumi was given long sleeves because of his cool personality. Tanemura had initially drawn Iori and Mitsuki with the same hair color due to them being siblings, but a representative from Bandai Namco Entertainment had allowed her to make an exception.[10] Bandai Namco Entertainment had also envisioned Mitsuki to be a youthful-looking character.[11] Tanemura had misread that Tamaki was intended to be the shortest and most youthful character, instead submitting a more mature design; this resulted in Bandai Namco Entertainment accepting the draft and revising his personality to fit the design.[11] Sōgō was intended as the group's yandere character, and while Tanemura had difficulty incorporating that into the design, she later drew him with a thin physique to reflect a "sickly" nature.[11] Nagi was drawn with a "pretty physique" due to his half-Scandinavian ancestry.[11] Riku was originally drawn with black hair before Tanemura revised his hair color to be lighter, and his costume was the most revealing because he was the center of the group.[11] Whereas Idolish7 was designed with a white color theme, Trigger was designed with a black color theme for contrast.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
[12]
Certifications
JPN
Oricon

[13]
JPN
Hot

[14]
Idolish7
I7 2016 2 2
  • JPN: 58,519
N/A
Trigger
Regality 2017
  • Released: September 20, 2017
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1 N/A
Tatsuya Kato
Idolish7 Original Soundtrack: Sound of Rainbow 2018
  • Released: April 25, 2018
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
37 59 N/A
Idolish7 Second Beat! Original Soundtrack: Beyond the Shine 2021
  • Released: January 21, 2021
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
23 20 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
[16]
Album
JPN
[17]
JPN
Hot

[18]
JPN
Ani.

[19]
Idolish7
"Monster Generation" 2015 7 25 5 I7
"Natsu Shiyouze!" (NATSU☆しようぜ!) (lit. Let's Enjoy Summer!) 2016 4 3 1
  • JPN: 24,249
Regality
"Sakura Message" 2017 8 14 3
  • JPN: 12,840
Non-album single
"Wish Voyage" 2018 5[a] 11 3 Non-album single
"Dancing Beat!" 85 Non-album single
"Nanatsu-iro Realize" (ナナツイロ REALiZE) (lit. Rainbow Realize) 9 12 2
  • JPN: 12,300
Non-album single
"Mr. Affection" 2020 3 13 4
  • JPN: 13,101
Non-album single
Trigger
"Secret Night" 2015 5 19 3 Regality
"Heavenly Visitor" 2018 9[b] 14 4 Non-album single
"Diamond Fusion" 67 16 Non-album single
"Crescent Rise" 2020 4 13 3
  • JPN: 16,559
Non-album single
Mezzo
"Koi no Kakera" (恋のかけら) (lit. Pieces of Love) 2016 11 8 4
  • JPN: 20,871
Non-album single
"Dear Butterfly" 2017 12 18 6
  • JPN: 10,785
Non-album single
"Ame" () (lit. Rain) 2018 9 11 3
  • JPN: 15,829
Non-album single
ZOOL
"Poisonous Gangster" 2017 24 56 11
  • JPN: 4,662
Non-album single
"Bang! Bang! Bang!" 2020 9 31 5
  • JPN: 14,455
Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
JPN
Hot

[20]
JPN
Ani

[21]
Trigger
"In the Meantime" 2017 93 12 Regality
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other media[edit]

Prints[edit]

The project has released several manga and novel adaptations. A manga adaptation is drawn by Nokoshi Yamada and is serialized in Hakusensha's Hana LaLa Online since 2015.[22] The first volume was released on December 4, 2015.[23] Another manga that focuses on idol group rival of Idolish7, Trigger, is titled Idolish7: Trigger: Before The Radiant Glory (アイドリッシュセブン TRIGGER -before The Radiant Glory-).[1] It is written by Bunta Tsushimi with illustrations by Arina Tanemura and was released on December 19, 2016.[24] On October 12, 2017, it was announced that a new manga adaptation by Arina Tanemura titled "Re:member", which will center around on the past of the group Re:vale. The manga launched on December 9, 2017.[25]

A novel titled Idolish7: Ryūsei ni Inoru (アイドリッシュセブン 流星に祈る) is written by Bunta Tsushimi with illustrations by Arina Tanemura.[26][22] It was released on December 4, 2015.[27]

An official fanbook was released on June 30, 2016.[28] The second fanbook was released on August 19, 2016.[29]

Video games[edit]

Bandai Namco Entertainment released a tie-in console video game titled Idolish7 Twelve Fantasia! (アイドリッシュセブン Twelve Fantasia!)" for the PlayStation Vita on February 15, 2018. The game's story takes place between the second and third story parts of the smartphone game, focusing on the Idolish7, Trigger, and Re:vale groups on a combined tour across Japan. The game's final destination is a concert at Zero Arena.[30]

Music videos[edit]

The music video for Trigger's third single, Crescent rise, was produced by Studio Trigger and released on January 27, 2020. It is part of a "Trigger X Trigger" collaboration project that was announced in September 2018.[31]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was first announced during a Niconico livestream event on August 19, 2016.[1] The 17-episode anime premiered on January 7, 2018 and concluded on May 19, 2018. Makoto Bessho is directing the anime at Troyca while Ayumi Sekine is supervising the anime's scripts. Kazumi Fukagawa is adapting Arina Tanemura's original designs for animation. Ei Aoki is credited as supervisor.[3] Crunchyroll licensed the series for streaming as the anime simultaneously airs in Japan.[32]

On July 7, 2018, Idolish7 was green-lit for a second season.[33] The second season, titled Idolish7: Second Beat! aired from April 5 to December 27, 2020, with the cast and staff returning to reprise their roles.[34][35][36] On April 13, 2020, it was announced that after the fourth episode, the remaining episodes of the season had been delayed due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.[37] On August 20, 2020, it was announced that the season will resume with the third episode on October 4, 2020.[38]

On December 27, 2020, after the second season's finale, it was announced the series would be receiving a third season, titled Idolish7: Third Beat!.[39] The cast and staff are reprising their roles.[40] The third season is a split-cour series, with the first half airing from July 4 to September 26, 2021.[41][42] The second half will premiere in 2022.[43]

Idolish7 (2018)[edit]

No. Official English title[c]
Original Japanese title[44]
Original air date
1"Shaking Your Heart"January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)
2"First Stage"
Transcription: "Hajimari no Sutēji" (Japanese: はじまりのステージ)
January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)
3"Their Feelings"
Transcription: "Sorezore no Kimochi" (Japanese: それぞれの気持ち)
January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)
4"A Pro's Resolve"
Transcription: "Puro no Kakugo" (Japanese: プロの覚悟)
January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
5"Secret"
Transcription: "Himitsu" (Japanese: 秘密)
January 21, 2018 (2018-01-21)
6"Triumphant Return In The Rain"
Transcription: "Ame no Naka no Gaisen" (Japanese: 雨の中の凱旋)
January 28, 2018 (2018-01-28)
7"Ray of Light"
Transcription: "Hitosuji no Hikari" (Japanese: ひとすじの光)
February 4, 2018 (2018-02-04)
8"Please, Music"
Transcription: "Purīzu, Myūjikku" (Japanese: プリーズ、ミュージック)
February 11, 2018 (2018-02-11)
9"Precious Time"
Transcription: "Taisetsu na Jikan" (Japanese: 大切な時間)
February 18, 2018 (2018-02-18)
10"Expanding World"
Transcription: "Hirogaru Sekai" (Japanese: 広がる世界)
February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25)
11"The Direction of Summer"
Transcription: "Natsu no Yukue" (Japanese: 夏のゆくえ)
March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)
12"Five and Two"
Transcription: "Go-nin to Futari" (Japanese: 5人と2人)
March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)
13"What Was Lost"
Transcription: "Ushinawareta Mono" (Japanese: 失われたもの)
March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)
14"That Song Once Again"
Transcription: "Ano Uta o Mō Ichido" (Japanese: あの歌をもう一度)
March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)
15"Closing Doors"
Transcription: "Tojirareru Tobira" (Japanese: 閉じられる扉)
April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)
16"Resolve At Zero"
Transcription: "Zero Chiten no Ketsui" (Japanese: ゼロ地点の決意)
May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)
17"Making the Dream"May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)

Idolish7: Second Beat! (2020)[edit]

No. Official English title[c]
Original Japanese title[44]
Original air date
1"A New Door"
Transcription: "Atarashī Tobira" (Japanese: 新しい扉)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)
2"Wavering Feelings"
Transcription: "Yureru Kimochi" (Japanese: 揺れる気持ち)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)
3"The Proposal"
Transcription: "Teian" (Japanese: 提案)
April 12, 2020 (2020-04-12)
4"A New Form"
Transcription: "Aratana Katachi" (Japanese: あらたなかたち)
April 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)
5"The Sudden Visitor"
Transcription: "Totsuzen no Hōmonsha" (Japanese: 突然の訪問者)
October 18, 2020 (2020-10-18)
6"Voice"
Transcription: "Koe" (Japanese: )
October 25, 2020 (2020-10-25)
7"Discord Bleeding Through"
Transcription: "Nijimu Fukyōwa" (Japanese: 滲む不協和)
November 1, 2020 (2020-11-01)
8"I Want You to Know!"
Transcription: "Tsutaetai ndesu!" (Japanese: 伝えたいんです!)
November 8, 2020 (2020-11-08)
9"Something Important"
Transcription: "Taisetsu na Mono" (Japanese: 大切なもの)
November 15, 2020 (2020-11-15)
10"Out of Time"
Transcription: "Kigengire" (Japanese: 期限切れ)
November 22, 2020 (2020-11-22)
11"The Place I Want to Protect"
Transcription: "Mamoritai Basho" (Japanese: 守りたい場所)
November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)
12"Ripples"
Transcription: "Hamon" (Japanese: 波紋)
December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)
13"Lies and Formality"
Transcription: "Uso to Gishiki" (Japanese: 嘘と儀式)
December 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)
14"Trigger"
Transcription: "Hikigane" (Japanese: 引き金)
December 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)
15"DiSCOVER THE FUTURE"December 27, 2020 (2020-12-27)

Idolish7: Third Beat! (2021–22)[edit]

No. Official English title[c]
Original Japanese title[44]
Original air date
1"Clouds Covering the Stars"
Transcription: "Hoshi o Ōu Kumo" (Japanese: 星を覆う雲)
July 4, 2021 (2021-07-04)
2"Unknown Scars"
Transcription: "Shiranai Kizu" (Japanese: 知らない傷)
July 11, 2021 (2021-07-11)
3"Rifts"
Transcription: "Kiretsu" (Japanese: 亀裂)
July 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)
4"The Voice Within"
Transcription: "Kokoro no Koe" (Japanese: 心の声)
July 25, 2021 (2021-07-25)
5"Where We Belong"
Transcription: "Ibasho" (Japanese: 居場所)
August 1, 2021 (2021-08-01)
6"Feelings to Convey"
Transcription: "Todokeru Omoi" (Japanese: 届ける想い)
August 8, 2021 (2021-08-08)
7"Contact"
Transcription: "Sesshoku" (Japanese: 接触)
August 15, 2021 (2021-08-15)
8"Our Incomplete Selves"
Transcription: "Mikansei na Bokura" (Japanese: 未完成な僕ら)
August 22, 2021 (2021-08-22)
9"Re:vale"August 29, 2021 (2021-08-29)
10"The Training Camp Begins!"
Transcription: "Gasshuku Kaishi!" (Japanese: 合宿開始!)
September 5, 2021 (2021-09-05)
11"Meticulous Malice"
Transcription: "Shūtō na Akui" (Japanese: 周到な悪意)
September 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)
12"Preparing to Take Over"
Transcription: "Sandatsu no Junbi" (Japanese: 簒奪の準備)
September 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)
13"Tetrarchy of Madness and Destruction"
Transcription: "Kyōki to Hakai no Tetorarukia" (Japanese: 狂気と破壊のテトラルキア)
September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)

Idolish7: Vibrato (2018–19)[edit]

In addition to the anime series, it was announced that there will be a spin-off series based on the stories from the manga and novels adaptations.[45] The series of anime shorts, titled "Idolish7: Vibrato", is currently being streamed exclusively on YouTube as a "YouTube Original" on Bandai Visual's official YouTube account, with the "first part" of the shorts focused on Trigger.[46] The first episode aired on February 16, 2018. The second to eighth episodes ran from January 17, 2019 to March 7, 2019.[47]

No. Title Original air date
1"Trigger: Before the Radiant Glory (Part 1)"February 16, 2018 (2018-02-16)[48]
2"Trigger: Before the Radiant Glory (Part 2)"January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
3"Makikomareta Otoko (Part 1)"January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
4"Makikomareta Otoko (Part 2)"January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)
5"PARTY TIME TOGETHER (Part 1)"February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)
6"PARTY TIME TOGETHER (Part 2)"February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)
7"NATSU☆Shiyō ze! (Part 1)"February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
8"NATSU☆Shiyō ze! (Part 2)"March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)

Reception[edit]

In 2016, Idolish7 was accused of plagiarizing artwork from several other idol-related mobile game series, more specifically The Idolmaster and Uta no Prince-sama, citing that several poses were traced or copied. Bandai Namco Entertainment released a statement on September 9 through Idolish7's official website, stating a lawyer examined the images and concluded that there was no plagiarism involved. In addition, Bandai Namco Entertainment also denied allegations that the character Tsumugi was a self-insert for the character designer, Arina Tanemura.[49]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wish Voyage" and "Dancing Beat!" were released physically as a double A-side single.[17] The sales count and Oricon ranking reflects both songs combined.
  2. ^ a b "Heavenly Visitor" and "Diamond Fusion" were released physically as a double A-side single.[17] The sales count and Oricon ranking reflects both songs combined.
  3. ^ a b c All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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  13. ^ Peak chart positions on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart:
  14. ^ Peak chart positions on the Billboard Japan Hot Albums Chart:
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  18. ^ Peak chart positions on the Billboard Japan Hot 100:
  19. ^ Peak chart positions on the Billboard Japan Hot Animation:
  20. ^ Peak chart positions on the Billboard Japan Hot 100:
  21. ^ Peak chart positions on the Billboard Japan Hot Animation:
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