Cover of the first volume of Kirarin Revolution
|Written by||An Nakahara|
|Original run||March 2004 – June 2009|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masaharu Okuwaki|
|Produced by||Susumu Matsuyama (TV Tokyo)|
Shinsaku Hatta (eps 1–31)
Kensuke Sarai (eps 32–68)
Takahiro Suzuki (eps 69–102)
|Written by||Michihiro Tsuchiya|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 7, 2006 – March 28, 2008|
|Anime television series|
|Kirarin Revolution Stage 3|
|Directed by||Yoshitaka Fujimoto|
|Produced by||Susumu Matsuyama (TV Tokyo)|
|Written by||Hiroko Fukuda|
|Music by||Yoichi Sakai|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 8, 2008 – March 27, 2009|
Kirarin Revolution (Japanese: きらりん☆レボリューション, Hepburn: Kirarin Reboryūshon) is a Japanese shōjo manga by An Nakahara. The series ran in Ciao from March 2004 to June 2009, with side stories running in Pucchigumi in 2006. The manga sold a cumulative total of over 10 million copies and was awarded Best Children's Manga at the 2006 Shogakukan Manga Awards.
An anime adaptation premiered on April 7, 2006 in Japan on TV Tokyo and ran for 102 episodes until March 28, 2008. A second season with the subtitle Kirarin Revolution Stage 3 (きらりん☆レボリューションSTAGE3, Kirarin Reboryūshon Stage 3) aired from April 8, 2008 to March 27, 2009 in high-definition and 3D animation. The anime series stars Morning Musume member Koharu Kusumi, and during the show's run, she released music and made appearances at concerts and crossover television shows as the character. Starting with Kirarin Revolution Stage 3, additional cast members joined her in music activities, such as MilkyWay and Ships.
Kirari Tsukishima, a 14-year-old beauty, does not care about idols and the entertainment world because her mind is occupied by food. One day, after saving a turtle stranded in a tree, Kirari meets a boy named Seiji, who gives her a ticket to a concert to show his gratitude for her saving his pet. However, when Kirari shows up at the concert, another boy named Hiroto, tears up her ticket and warns her to stay away from Seiji, because they both live in different worlds. Kirari learns that Seiji and Hiroto are members of the idol group Ships. Finally understanding the meaning of "different worlds", Kirari refuses to give up pursuing Seiji and declares that she will also become an idol. However, being an idol requires tons of training and talent. Faced with rivals and scandals, Kirari is determined to come out as a top idol.
- Kirari Tsukishima (月島 きらり, Tsukishima Kirari)
- Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (drama CD), Koharu Kusumi (anime), Kanako Koizumi (Fisher-Price: Bright Beats toy)
- Kirari is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who strives to be an idol to become closer to Seiji. She has a huge appetite for food. Despite her shortcomings and lack of talents, she manages to persevere as a result of the help she receives from her friends and her unwavering resilience. As time passes and she spends time with Hiroto, she begins to fall in love with him instead.
- Na-san (なーさん, Nā-san)
- Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (drama CD), Chigusa Ikeda (anime)
- Na-san is Kirari's cat who acts competent and intelligent. He provides a lot of help to Kirari and protects her from danger.
- Hiroto Kazama (風真 宙人, Kazama Hiroto)
- Voiced by: Masaki Mimoto (drama CD), Akio Suyama (episodes 1-102), Takuya Ide (episodes 103-153)
- Hiroto is a member of boy band Ships. Hiroto acts honest and strict towards Kirari. Despite how he treats her, he falls in love with her. Although he supports Kirari's feelings for Seiji throughout the series, he often worries about her when she faces difficult situations and is usually the one who helps her out.
- Seiji Hiwatari (日渡 星司, Hiwatari Seiji)
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (drama CD), Souichiro Hoshi (episodes 1-102), Shikou Kanai (episodes 103-153)
- Seiji is a member of boy band Ships. He is gentle and air-headed, and Kirari compares him to a prince. He has a pet turtle named Kame-san (カメさん).
Stage 3 characters
- Noel Yukino (雪野 のえる, Yukino Noeru)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Kitahara
- Noel is an original character created for the anime and part of the idol unit MilkyWay. She is an athletic girl who loves playing sports. She is in love with her childhood friend, Cloudy. She owns a pet cat named Ni-kun (にーくん, Nī-kun, Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara), who used to be the leader of a gang in his cat town and joins Mi-chan and Na-san in their own idol unit, Triangle.
- Kobeni Hanasaki (花咲 こべに, Hanasaki Kobeni)
- Voiced by: You Kikkawa
- Kobeni is an original character created for the anime and part of the idol unit MilkyWay. Kobeni is usually seen with a crystal ball. She owns a pet cat named Mi-chan (みーちゃん, Mī-chan, Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya), who used to live in luxury and joins Ni-kun and Na-san in their own idol unit, Triangle.
- Arashi Amamiya (雨宮 嵐, Amamiya Arashi)
- Voiced by: Takafumi Kawakami
- Arashi is Kirari's childhood friend and an illusionist who moved to Osaka when they were six. He tries to get Kirari to quit the entertainment world so that she will fulfill their childhood promise of being his wife. He owns a pet cat named Na-yan (なーやん, Nā-yan, Voiced by: Miwa Kouzuki), who is Na-san's brother.
- Erina Ogura (小倉 エリナ, Ogura Erina)
- Voiced by: Masako Jo
- Erina is an idol who belongs to the same company as Kirari, yet views her Kirari as a rival and manipulates others in order to interfere with Kirari's progress. She attends the same school as Kirari, and formerly held the position of princess in her class' popularity ranks before Kirari transferred. She has a pet dog named TanTan (たんたん, Tantan, Voiced by: Koichi Sakaguchi).
- Fubuki Todo (藤堂 ふぶき, Tōdō Fubuki)
- Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya
- Fubuki is a former model who transitioned into being an idol. She first dismisses Kirari, but she later regards her as a worthy friend and rival. Because Fubuki comes from a wealthy family and has experienced fame since childhood, she is viewed as spoiled and confidant. She owns a pet cat named Mya-san (みゃ～さん, Myā-san, Voiced by: Hisayo Mochizuki), who is Na-san and Na-yan's brother, and a pet chick named ToriDoshi (とりどし, Toridoshi), who has great physical strength.
- Izumi Amakawa (天川 いずみ, Amakawa Izumi) / Hyotaro Izumi (和泉氷太郎, Izumi Hyōtarō)
- Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki
- Izumi is an idol working in the same company as Fubuki and views Kirari a rival for Hiroto's feelings, manipulating staff members and the media in order to keep Kirari away from him. Izumi's identity is revealed as Hiroto's childhood friend, Hyotaro, who had become an idol disguised as a girl after they had both promised each other to become idols as children. He owns a pet cat named Yoka-san (よかっさん, Yokassan, Voiced by: Chiemi Miyata), who wears glasses and has a crush on Na-san.
- Cloudy (クラウディ, Kuraudi)
- Voiced by: Toru Baba
- Cloudy is a new idol working for the Higashiyama Company. He flirts with Kirari as part of the company's orders to sabotage Kirari's career, but he soon falls in love with her for real and eventually quits his company. His real name is Kiriya Hayami (流水霧也, Hayami Kiriya).
- Aoi Kirisawa (霧沢 あおい, Kirisawa Aoi)
- Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
- Aoi is an original character created for the anime. Dubbed the "idol queen", she is a popular idol. She acts very kind and helpful, and is Nojo's 15th top idol winner. Aoi graduates from being an idol and travels around the world pursuing a new career in music, but she and Kirari remain good friends.
- Hikaru Mizuki (観月 ひかる, Mizuki Hikaru)
- Voiced by: Mai Hagiwara
- Hikaru is an original character created for the anime. She is an idol trainee who Kirari mentors and forms the idol unit Kira Pika with her. Afterwards, Hikaru continues her career as a solo singer.
- Takashi Tsukishima (月島 天, Tsukishima Takashi)
- Voiced by: Chomenori Yamawaki
- Takashi is Kirari's doting father who brought up Kirari by himself. Although he is an easygoing person, he initially opposes the idea of Kirari becoming an idol, but he begins to support her after seeing how serious she is about her career.
- Subaru Tsukishima (月島 すばる, Tsukishima Subaru)
- Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma
- Subaru is Kirari's brother who resides in America with the hope of having his own idol debut and currently studies acting in New York. He owns a pet cat named Mr. Na (Mr.なー, Mr. Nā, Voiced by: Megumi Shinkawa), who he found at Fifth Avenue.
- Grandmother (おばあちゃん, Obaa-chan)
- Voiced by: Masako Nozawa
- Kirari's grandmother is an original character created for the anime. She encourages Kirari to be an idol since she is a secret fan of Ships, particularly Hiroto.
- Luna (ルナ, Runa) / Urara Tsukishima (月島うらら, Tsukishima Urara)
- Luna is an original character created for the anime. She is Kirari's mother and a famous actress under the stage name Luna (ルナ, Runa). She asks Kirari to go to Hollywood with her but Kirari refuses and decides to remain in Japan, continuing to be an idol.
Managers and producers
- Chairman Muranishi (村西 社長, Muranishi-shachō)
- Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
- Muranishi is the chairman of the company that Kirari and Ships belong to. He recognizes the potential that Kirari possesses and makes a lot of arrangements before and after she becomes an idol. He owns a pet mouse named Director Nezumi (ネズミ 会長, Nezumi-kanchō), who is the director of the company and chooses the idols' jobs.
- Kasumi Kumoi (雲井 かすみ, Kumoi Kasumi)
- Voiced by: Michiko Neya
- Kumoi is an original character created for the anime, but she appeared in the manga beginning in volume 9. She is Kirari's manager and was previously an idol under the name Kasumi Hoshino (星野かすみ, Hoshino Kasumi). Although externally a serious and humorless person, she is actually pleased by Kirari's willingness to do her best in every situation.
- Shakujii (石神井, Shakujii)
- Voiced by: Hisayoshi Izaki
- Shakujii is Erina's subservient manager, who tries to fulfill Erina's every request.
- Tomo Kamata (鎌田 友雄, Kamata Tomō)
- Voiced by: Tetsuharu Ōta
- Mr. Kama is an original character created for the anime. He is Kirari and Ships' songwriter.
- Kaoruko Higashiyama (東山 薫子, Higashiyama Kaoruko)
- Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
- Higashiyama is the chairman of the Higanshiyama Company with a crush on Muranishi. Originally, she attempts to sabotage Kirari's career, but after her best stars quit and Muranishi gets upset, she concentrates on making top quality stars instead. She owns a pet alligator named Catherine (キャサリン, Kyasarin).
Kirarin Revolution was serialized in the monthly magazine Ciao from the March 2004 issue to the June 2009 issue. The chapters were later released in bound volumes by Shogakukan under the "Ciao Comics" imprint. A total of 14 volumes have been released. Originally, Nakahara planned Kirari's name to be "Konomi Hazuki" and Hiroto's last name to be "Tsukishima."
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||August 28, 2004||978-4-09-135616-1|
|02||February 1, 2005||978-4-09-135617-8|
|03||April 27, 2005||978-4-09-135618-5|
|04||August 27, 2005||978-4-09-135619-2|
|05||December 26, 2005||978-4-09-130296-0|
|06||March 31, 2006||978-4-09-130399-8|
|07||July 29, 2006||978-4-09-130525-1|
|08||November 29, 2006||978-4-09-130665-4|
|09||March 30, 2007||978-4-09-131090-3|
|10||August 31, 2007||978-4-09-131230-3|
|11||January 31, 2008||978-4-09-131497-0|
|12||July 1, 2008||978-4-09-131760-5|
|13||November 28, 2008||978-4-09-132086-5|
|14||July 24, 2009||978-4-09-132685-0|
Kirarin Revolution was adapted into an anime series by SynergySP and G&G Entertainment in 2006. It aired on TV Tokyo from April 7, 2006 to March 27, 2008 for a total of 102 episodes. Koharu Kusumi from Morning Musume was cast as Kirari. Kusumi also performed the opening and ending theme songs, as well as releasing music under Kirari Tsukishima's name. Kusumi noted in her autobiography, 17-sai no Tenshoku, that the anime was originally supposed to last for one year, but due to the success of the show, it was renewed for two more broadcast years.
After the show's third renewal, Kirarin Revolution broadcast its second season with the subtitle Kirarin Revolution Stage 3. The show aired on TV Tokyo from April 8, 2008 to March 27, 2009, for a total of 51 episodes. It was animated by SynergySP and SimImage in 3D animation and HD format. Noel Yukino and Kobeni Hanasaki, new original characters played by Sayaka Kitahara and You Kikkawa from Hello Pro Egg, were added to the main cast. Takuya Ide and Shikou Kanai were cast as the new actors for Ships members Hiroto and Seiji.
In addition to providing the voice to Kirari, Kusumi made crossover appearances at concerts and television shows as her character, including being a recurring guest on Haromoni and Oha Suta, which made her one of the pioneers of the "idol voice actor" crossover beginning in the late 2000s. For the summer of 2007, Mai Hagiwara from Cute was cast as an anime-original character, Hikaru Mizuki, and became part of an anime-original idol subunit Kira Pika with Kusumi for a short story arc, releasing music and making in-character appearances on other television shows on TV Tokyo. During Kirarin Revolution Stage 3's run, the show's new format launched a singing career for new cast and allowed crossover appearances on other television shows as their characters. On April 4, 2008, Ide and Kanai appeared on Oha Suta as their characters for the first time and also had their own in-character segment on the show on Thursdays from April 10, 2008 to May 4, 2009.
Live-action TV series
Short live-action drama episodes were aired on Oha Suta, with small segments aired over several days. The cast from the anime series reprised their roles.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Original end date|
|1||"The Secret Behind the New Song "Happy""|
Transcription: "Shin Kyoku "Happy" Tanjō no Himitsu" (Japanese: 新曲「ハッピー☆彡」誕生の秘密)
|April 23, 2007||May 2, 2007|
|Kirari records her newest song, "Happy", with Jake Shimamura, an eccentric music director.|
|2||"Can Kirari Perform at the WHF Stage?"|
Transcription: "Kirari wa WHF Suteji ni Deban Dekiru no Ka?" (Japanese: きらりはWHFステージに出演できるのか?)
|June 8, 2007||June 21, 2007|
|3||"Kira Pika Story"|
Transcription: "Kira Pika Sutōrī" (Japanese: きら☆ぴか ストーリー)
|July 4, 2007||July 18, 2007|
|Kirari and Hikaru prepare to debut as an idol sub-group named Kira Pika, but they must resolve their differences to be successful.|
|4||"Chase After the Mystery Behind the Strange Ring!!"|
Transcription: "Fushigi na Yubiwa no Nazo wo Oe!!" (Japanese: ふしぎなゆびわのなぞをおえ!!)
|October 24, 2007||November 6, 2007|
|5||"The Second Kirari?! Noel Yukino version"|
Transcription: "Dai Ni no Kirari!? Yukino Noeru hen" (Japanese: 第2のきらり!? 雪野のえる編)
|April 14, 2008||April 18, 2008|
|Kirari wants Noel to become an idol, but Noel is not interested and wants to play sports.|
|6||"The Second Kirari?! Kobeni Hanasaki version"|
Transcription: "Dai Ni no Kirari!? Hanasaki Kobeni hen" (Japanese: 第2のきらり!? 花咲こべに編)
|April 21, 2008||April 25, 2008|
|Kirari wants Kobeni to become an idol, but Kobeni feels too unconfident.|
|7||"Kira Revo Plus: The Secret Behind Pa-Pancake"|
Transcription: "Kira Rebo Purasu: Papankēki Tanjo Himegoto" (Japanese: きら☆レボ+ パパンケーキ誕生秘話)
|July 7, 2008||July 15, 2008|
|8||"Kira Revo Plus: The Journey to the Special Live Show"|
Transcription: "Kira Rebo Purasu: Supesharu Raibu he no Michi" (Japanese: きら☆レボ+ スペシャルライブへの道)
|September 26, 2008||October 1, 2008|
|MilkyWay and Ships prepare for their first concert event.|
|9||"Kira Revo Plus: Rute-Rute version"|
Transcription: "Kira Rebo Purasu: Ruterute hen" (Japanese: きら☆レボ+ るてるて編)
|October 20, 2008||October 28, 2008|
|A cursed teru teru bōzu, known as a rute rute, starts pursuing MilkyWay and Ships, causing rain to fall wherever they go.|
Transcription: "Kimi ga Iru" (Japanese: きみがいる)
|November 25, 2008||December 1, 2008|
|11||"Kira Revo Plus: Happy Happy Sunday! version"|
Transcription: "Kira Rebo Purasu: Hapi Hapi Sandē! hen" (Japanese: きら☆レボ+ はぴ☆はぴサンデー!編)
|January 26, 2009||January 30, 2009|
|Hiroto and Kirari switch bodies and must go on with each other's lives without anyone noticing before they can change back.|
|Kirarin Revolution: Kira Kira Idol Audition (きらりん☆レボリューション きらきらアイドルオーディション)||Nintendo DS||
|Kirarin Revolution: Na-san to Issho (きらりん☆レボリューション なーさんといっしょ)||Nintendo DS||Konami|
|Kilari: Become a Star[a]||Nintendo DS||Konami|
|Kirarin Revolution: Tsukutte Misechao! Kime Kira Stage (きらりん☆レボリューション つくってみせちゃお! キメ☆きらステージ)||Nintendo DS||
|Kirarin Revolution: Minna de Odorou Furi Furi Debut! (きらりん☆レボリューション みんなでおどろうフリフリデビュー!)||Nintendo DS||
|Kirarin Revolution: Atsumete Change! Kurikira Coord (きらりん☆レボリューション あつめてチェンジ!クルキラ★コーデ)||Nintendo DS||
Trading card game
Atlus released a set of trading cards for the series that were compatible with the Kirarin Revolution arcade games available from November 28, 2006 to July 2009. The first set was titled Kirarin Revolution: Happy Idol Life (きらりん☆レボリューション ハッピー★アイドルライフ). The second, released in 2008, was titled Kirarin Revolution: Kuru Kira Idol Days (きらりん☆レボリューション クルキラ★アイドルDays). Along with Takara Tomy's paper doll Millefeui Cards, the Kuru Kira Idol Days cards sold a combined total of 50 million pieces.
Oricon notes that while actors releasing music as their characters have been notable, Kusumi portraying Kirari Tsukishima in voice and in a real-world context pioneered the "idol voice actor" crossover beginning in the late 2000s, along with Aya Hirano from the Haruhi Suzumiya series. Parallels have been drawn between Kusumi and Kirari, citing their similarities in age, career, and process of becoming an idol, which led Kusumi to be closely associated with the character. In the week of December 24–30, 2007, the Kirarin Revolution anime series had an average viewership rating of 2.6%. Kusumi was named #17 in Daitan Map's "Top 50 Voice Actors of Popular Characters" in 2007 for her role as Kirari.
On his review of the first volume, Carlo Santos from Anime News Network highlighted the focus on friendship, the story's light-hearted tone, and clean artwork as attractive to young readers; at the same time, Santos mentions the story presents a wish fulfillment fantasy and advises critics of the idol industry to "avoid the series entirely." Kirarin Revolution was ranked #6 on Anime News Network's list of "6 Idols that Fandom Forgot", with Lynzee Loveridge stating that despite the series' long run, it failed to attract an audience outside of its target demographic and was quickly forgotten after its end.
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