Idoly Pride

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Idoly Pride
Created byYoshiki Minazumi
Kaoru Adachi
Jukki Hanada
IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism
Written byHiroki Haruse
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineComic Newtype
Original runJune 10, 2020 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar
Written byYuriko Asami
Published byKadokawa Shoten
Niconico Seiga
Original runOctober 30, 2020 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byYū Kinome
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
Yasuhiro Nakanishi
Music byYuki Kishida
Kazuya Saka
Takayuki Tonegawa
Yuki Nara
StudioLerche (animation)
CAAnimation (production)
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, BS NTV, Animax, KBS
Original run January 10, 2021 March 28, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
DeveloperQualiArts, Inc.
PublisherQualiArts, Inc.
GenreRhythm, role-playing
PlatformiOS, Android
ReleasedJune 24, 2021

Idoly Pride (stylized as IDOLY PRIDE) is a Japanese idol-themed multimedia project created by CyberAgent's subsidiary's QualiArts, Straight Edge, and Sony Music Entertainment Japan subsidiary's MusicRay'n, with character designs by QP:flapper.

The series has been adapted into two manga series. An anime television series by CAAnimation and Lerche aired from January to March 2021.


A small entertainment company, Hoshimi Production, based in Hoshimi City, produced one of the rising stars of the idol industry: Mana Nagase. One day, she died in a road accident on her way to the Venus Grand Prix finals, devastating the people around her, but also inspiring some of them to become idol at the same time.

A few years later, Hoshimi Production holds an audition to find a new idol. Kotono Nagase, the younger sister of Mana, appears on stage along with Sakura Kawasaki, a girl with a voice just like Mana's. Starting with just Kotono and Sakura, and later totaling to a group of ten girls which are divided into two groups: Moon Tempest and Sunny Peace, they all gather and start living together in a dormitory.

The story also features TRINITYAiLE, who want to surpass Mana, in addition to LizNoir, who have an extraordinary rivalry with Mana. Standing up to each other and competing with the pride in their hearts, they aim for their best as the emotions surrounding Mana and the rivalry become entangled.


Hoshimi Production[edit]

Hoshimi Production (星見プロダクション) is a small talent agency focused on idols, located in the suburbs of Kanto, headed by Shinji Saegusa.

Mana Nagase (長瀬 麻奈, Nagase Mana)
Voiced by: Sayaka Kanda[1]
Mana was a high school student who instantly became popular the moment she debuted as a solo idol. She personally asked her high school classmate, Kōhei Makino, to be her manager at Hoshimi Production because he sat next to her. She was to appear in the Venus Grand Prix finals, only to be killed in a traffic accident while on her way there. She later appears in front of Kōhei as a ghost. It is implied that she had feelings for Kōhei, which are confirmed in the last episode as she kisses him before she return to afterlife.
Kōhei Makino (牧野 航平, Makino Kōhei)
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya[2]
Mana's classmate at high school and later manager at Hoshimi Production. A kind of person who cannot say "no" when asked, he is looking after the girls at Hoshimi Production, along with Mana's spirit, whom he can see. Kōhei also serves as the protagonist in the game version, albeit unnamed and is simply referred as "Manager." It is implied that he had feelings for Mana.
Shinji Saegusa (三枝 信司, Saegusa Shinji)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama[3]
Hoshimi Production's President. He used to work for a Van Production, a bigger entertainment company, but decided to quit as he desires to have his own company. He was the one who first scouted Mana, and later employed Kōhei as her manager at her request.


The ten girls associated with Hoshimi Production are later divided into two groups: Moon Tempest (月のテンペスト) and Sunny Peace (サニーピース). Together, they are collectively referred to as Hoshimi Production.

Kotono Nagase (長瀬 琴乃, Nagase Kotono)
Voiced by: Mirai Tachibana[1]
Kotono is Mana's younger sister who decided to become an idol to live her sister's dream. A stoic and serious person, she serves as leader of the group Moon Tempest. Kotono was initially against the idea of Mana becoming an idol, as the two had much less time together once Mana started her career. Kotono is a sophomore at Hoshimi Private High School.
Sakura Kawasaki (川咲 さくら, Kawasaki Sakura)
Voiced by: Mai Kanno[1]
A bright girl who decided to take Hoshimi Production's audition because "Her heart guides me." Serving as leader of the group Sunny Peace, Sakura's singing voice is said to be similar to Mana's, even surprising Mana herself. It is revealed that Sakura had a heart condition, and that Mana had donated her heart to her. Sakura is a sophomore at Mitsugasaki Public High School. Later in the series, Sakura decides to sing with her own voice, which eventually leads Mana to pass on.
Rei Ichinose (一ノ瀬 怜, Ichinose Rei)
Voiced by: Moeko Yūki[1]
A third year at Reiba Girls' Private High School who is good at dancing, even winning a place in a Japanese dance championship. Raised in a strict family, her parents do not want her to be a dancer. She is a member of Sunny Peace.
Nagisa Ibuki (伊吹 渚, Ibuki Nagisa)
Voiced by: Kokona Natsume[1]
A sophomore at Hoshimi Private High School and Kotono's classmate, who decided to become an idol because "Kotono seems to have fun talking about it." She is a member of Moon Tempest.
Haruko Saeki (佐伯 遙子, Saeki Haruko)
Voiced by: Nao Sasaki[1]
The oldest of the group at 20 years old, Haruko already had a solo idol career even before Mana. She graduated from Hoshimi Private High School and is currently attending Seiyō Gakuen Private University. She is a member of Sunny Peace. She initially lied about her age to the other members of Hoshimi Production because she was conscious of being older than the others.
Saki Shiraishi (白石 沙季, Shiraishi Saki)
Voiced by: Koharu Miyazawa[4]
Saki is a third year at Mitsugasaki Public High School and its student council president; at school, she is considered an honor student. She always admires idols and decided to become one herself. She is the older sister of Chisa Shiraishi. She is a member of Moon Tempest.
Chisa Shiraishi (白石 千紗, Shiraishi Chisa)
Voiced by: Kanon Takao[1]
The younger sister of Saki Shiraishi, she is a freshman at Mitsugasaki Public High School. She became an idol because she wants to be together with her sister. However, upon being separated from Saki and becoming a member of Sunny Peace, she begins learning to stop relying too much on her sister.
Suzu Narumiya (成宮 すず, Narumiya Suzu)
Voiced by: Kanata Aikawa[1]
A third year at Reiba Girls' Private Middle School who greatly admires Mana, referring to her as "Mana-sama". Suzu comes from a wealthy family, a fact she often brings up during her introductions, and came to Hoshimi Production to escape from a certain trouble. She is a member of Moon Tempest.
Mei Hayasaka (早坂 芽衣, Hayasaka Mei)
Voiced by: Moka Hinata[1]
A freshman at Hoshimi Private High School, Mei is a girl who is personally scouted by Kōhei to change the tension between the members. She has an athletic personality. She is currently the only person besides Kōhei who can see Mana. She is a member of Moon Tempest.
Shizuku Hyōdō (兵藤 雫, Hyōdō Shizuku)
Voiced by: Yukina Shutō[1]
An idol otaku, Shizuku is a freshman at Mitsugasaki Public High School. She is generally quiet and prefers to keep her mouth shut, but starts to talk much whenever there is a talk about idols. She is a member of Sunny Peace.

Van Production[edit]

The entertainment company with a particular specialty in idols, and Saegusa's former employers.

Kyoichi Asakura (朝倉 恭一, Asakura Kyoichi)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[5] (anime)
Van Production's President. Although calm and emotionless, he always has the back of the idol groups he created. He is Rui's biological father, although he is unaware of this.
Kiriko Himeno (姬野 霧子, Himeno Kiriko)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka[6] (anime)
LizNoir's manager in Van Production.


The voice actresses of TRINITYAiLE are the members of group unit TrySail.

Rui Tendō (天動 瑠依, Tendō Rui)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya[1]
TRINITYAiLE's center. It is revealed that Asakura is her biological father, though Asakura himself seems to be unaware of this fact.
Yū Suzumura (鈴村 優, Suzumura Yū)
Voiced by: Momo Asakura[1]
A bright girl who speaks in a Kyoto dialect.
Sumire Okuyama (奥山 すみれ, Okuyama Sumire)
Voiced by: Shiina Natsukawa[1]
A former child actress who turned into an idol.


The voice actresses of LizNoir are the members of group unit Sphere. In the anime, only Rio and Aoi appear as members of the group at first, while Ai and Kokoro join the group in the last episode.

Rio Kanzaki (神崎 莉央, Kanzaki Rio)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[1]
Aoi Igawa (井川 葵, Igawa Aoi)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki[1]
Ai Komiyama (小美山 愛, Komiyama Ai)
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki[1]
Kokoro Akazaki (赤崎 こころ, Akazaki Kokoro)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[1]



A manga series by Hiroki Haruse, titled IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism, began serialization on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on June 10, 2020.[4]

A second manga series by Yuriko Asami, titled IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar, began serialization through the ComicWalker and Niconico Seiga websites on October 30, 2020. The series focuses on Mana Nagase and serves as a prequel to the main series.[7][8]

Volume list[edit]

IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism[edit]
No. Release date ISBN
1 January 15, 2021[9]978-4-04-111036-2
2 April 2, 2021[10]978-4-04-111117-8
3 January 8, 2022[11]978-4-04-112109-2
IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar[edit]
No. Release date ISBN
1 January 27, 2021[12]978-4-04-913629-6
2 June 10, 2021[13]978-4-04-913693-7


An anime television series was first announced in December 2019.[14] It is the first anime produced by CAAnimation, a label created by CyberAgent to produce original anime.[15] Lerche is also credited for production. The series was directed by Yū Kinome and written by Tatsuya Takahashi, with character designs by Sumie Kinoshita. It aired from January 10 to March 28, 2021 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[1][16][a] The opening theme song is "IDOLY PRIDE", while the ending theme song is "The Sun, Moon and Stars", both performed by Hoshimi Production.[17] Funimation licensed the series and streamed it on its website in North America, Britain and Ireland, in mainland Europe through Wakanim, and in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.[18]

No.Title [19][b]Directed by [c]Written by [c]Original air date [21][a]
1"From This First Step"
Transcription: "Kono Ippo Kara" (Japanese: この一歩から)
Yū KinomeTatsuya TakahashiJanuary 10, 2021 (2021-01-10)
2"The Reason We Stand Here"
Transcription: "Koko ni Tatsu Sono Riyū" (Japanese: ここに立つその理由)
Kōsaku TaniguchiTatsuya TakahashiJanuary 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)
3"Everyone's Looking for the Answer"
Transcription: "Dare mo ga Kotae o Sagashiteru" (Japanese: 誰もが答えを探してる)
Yōhei FukuiYasuhiro NakanishiJanuary 24, 2021 (2021-01-24)
4"Raise the Volume More and More"
Transcription: "Motto Motto Boryūmu o Agete" (Japanese: もっともっとボリュームを上げて)
Shōta HamadaTatsuya TakahashiJanuary 31, 2021 (2021-01-31)
5"Separate Lights, One Feeling"
Transcription: "Betsu no Hikari Onaji Kimochi" (Japanese: 別の光 同じ気持ち)
Yoshihito NishōjiYasuhiro NakanishiFebruary 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)
6"For a Precious Stage"
Transcription: "Kakegae no Nai Sutēji o" (Japanese: かけがえのないステージを)
Noriyuki NomataYasuhiro NakanishiFebruary 14, 2021 (2021-02-14)
7"Shining Smile"Yūsuke KamadaTatsuya TakahashiFebruary 21, 2021 (2021-02-21)
8"You're Good Just the Way You Are"
Transcription: "Kimi wa Kimi no Mama de Ii" (Japanese: 君は君のままでいい)
Yūki NishihataYasuhiro NakanishiFebruary 28, 2021 (2021-02-28)
9"Embrace the Courage You've Been Given"
Transcription: "Moratta Yūki o Dakishimete" (Japanese: もらった勇気を抱きしめて)
Yōhei FukuiTatsuya TakahashiMarch 7, 2021 (2021-03-07)
10"A Place That Cannot Be Reached Alone"
Transcription: "Jibun Dake ja Tadoritsukenai Basho" (Japanese: 自分だけじゃ辿り着けない場所)
Kōsaku TaniguchiYasuhiro NakanishiMarch 14, 2021 (2021-03-14)
11"Burn the Sound of Life"
Transcription: "Inochi no Oto Moyashite" (Japanese: 命の音燃やして)
Shōta HamadaTatsuya TakahashiMarch 21, 2021 (2021-03-21)
12"The Story That Begins With Goodbye"
Transcription: "Sayonara Kara Hajimaru Monogatari" (Japanese: サヨナラから始まる物語)
Yū KinomeTatsuya TakahashiMarch 28, 2021 (2021-03-28)


A mobile game for Android and iOS developed by QualiArts was released on June 24, 2021.[23][24]

A year after its initial Japanese release, an English version was later stealthily revealed to be published by Boltrend Games.[25] It had a closed beta test on September 14, 2022,[26] with the end date previously being September 21, before being extended for two days.[27] After said beta, Boltrend Games would start pre-registrations with an official release date to be announced.[28]

Following months of silence, Boltrend Games announced in February 2023 that they were no longer publishing the game.[29] In March 2023, NEOWIZ announced it would be releasing the game globally.[30] Pre-registrations began the following month.[31] The game was released on June 1, 2023, and would follow the content schedule of the Korean version.[32]


  1. ^ a b Episodes were released on AbemaTV every Sunday at 11:00 p.m. JST, 30 minutes before the original air time on Tokyo MX.[22]
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.[20]
  3. ^ a b Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 22, 2020). "Idoly Pride Anime Reveals Visual, Winter 2021 Premiere, New Character". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "牧野航平". (in Japanese). Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "三枝信司". (in Japanese). Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 6, 2020). "Allison, Lillia & Treize Manga's Hiroki Haruse Launches Idoly Pride Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "朝倉恭一". (in Japanese). Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "姫野霧子". (in Japanese). Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  7. ^ IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar. Niconico Seiga (in Japanese). Dwango. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar". ComicWalker (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism 1". Kadokawa. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism 2". Kadokawa. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  11. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Stage of Asterism 3". Kadokawa. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  12. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar 1". Kadokawa. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "IDOLY PRIDE Beginning of Lodestar 2". Kadokawa. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (December 9, 2019). "Idoly Pride Multimedia Project Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  15. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 9, 2019). "CyberAgent's CAAnimation Label for Original Anime Reveals Details for 1st Project". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (October 1, 2020). "Idoly Pride TV Anime Slated for January 10 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  17. ^ "Myūjikku | Terebi Anime "Aidorī Puraido" Kōshiki Saito" MUSIC| TVアニメ「IDOLY PRIDE」公式サイト [Music | TV Anime "Idoly Pride" Official Website]. (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 18, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  18. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (January 9, 2021). "Shine Bright! Idoly Pride Joins the Funimation Lineup This January". Funimation. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  19. ^ "Sutōrī | Terebi Anime "Aidorī Puraido" Kōshiki Saito" STORY | TVアニメ「IDOLY PRIDE」公式サイト [Story | TV Anime "Idoly Pride" Official Website]. (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 22, 2021. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  20. ^ "Watch Idoly Pride Sub | Slice of Life Anime | Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  21. ^ "Hōsō Jōhō|Aidorī Puraido|Anime|Tōkyō Emu Ekkusu" 放送情報|IDOLY PRIDE|アニメ|TOKYO MX [Broadcast Information|Idoly Pride|Anime|Tokyo MX]. Tokyo MX (in Japanese). Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  22. ^ "On'ea | Terebi Anime "Aidorī Puraido" Kōshiki Saito" ON AIR | TVアニメ「IDOLY PRIDE」公式サイト [On Air | TV Anime "Idoly Pride" Official Website]. (in Japanese). Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  23. ^ "TVアニメ放送中のメディアミックスプロジェクト「IDOLY PRIDE」、スマホゲームが今春配信決定! 2021年1月11日(月)より事前登録の受付も開始!". QualiArts (in Japanese). January 11, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  24. ^ "6/24にゲームリリース決定!&TVアニメ第1話をYouTubeにて期間限定無料配信!". (in Japanese). June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  25. ^ Far_Breakfast_5808 (September 14, 2022). "It looks like Idoly Pride is getting an English version?". r/gachagaming. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  26. ^ "Idoly Pride on Twitter: "🌸 Idoly Pride Announcement: ⚡ Closed Beta is releasing today: ⌛ September 14 ( 5PM) -21 UTC+0 🗺️ Regions: Global except China Mainland, India, Vietnam, HK, TW, MO, Korea and Japan 📱 Platform: Google Play & TapTap #NewAndroidGame #mobilegames #rpggames" / Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  27. ^ "Idoly Pride on Twitter: "🎀 We're glad to inform you that the Idoly Pride CBT will be extended! 🍡 New: (UTC +0) 2022/09/14 9:00 ~ 2022/09/23 9:00 (extended) 🌺 Previous: (UTC +0) 2022/09/14 9:00 ~ 2022/09/21 9:00" / Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  28. ^ "Idoly Pride on Twitter: "☂️ Pre-Register now for Idoly Pride mobile game 🌈 Google Play: ✨ iOS: #idolypride #mobilegames #waifu #iosgames #anime #animegirls #androidgames" / Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  29. ^ /u/Hoeffi360 (February 6, 2023). "Better late than never I guess?". Reddit. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  30. ^ Dellosa, Catherine (March 1, 2023). "Idoly Pride lets you handle bookings and more for your lineup of music idols in a management sim, coming soon to mobile". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  31. ^ Botadkar, Tanish (April 5, 2023). "Idoly Pride, an RPG based on hit anime series of the same name, opens pre-registration on Android". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  32. ^ Azrul (May 31, 2023). "Idoly Pride Global Version Scheduled To Release Tomorrow Will Follow Korea's Content Schedule". GamerBraves. Retrieved June 1, 2023.

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