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Wake Up, Girls!
Wake Up, Girls! Volume 1 Blu-Ray cover.jpg
Cover of first Blu-ray volume
GenreMusic, Slice of Life
Anime film
Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tanaka
Mika Shimizu
Takashi Yoshizawa
Mashiro Sugasawa
Shūichi Takashino
Seiji Yabashi
Hitoshi Kikuchi
Yū Fujimori
Written byTōko Machida
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
Tatsunoko Production
Licensed by
  • January 10, 2014 (2014-01-10)
Runtime53 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tanaka
Mika Shimizu
Takashi Yoshizawa
Mashiro Sugasawa
Shūichi Takashino
Seiji Yabashi
Hitoshi Kikuchi
Yū Fujimori
Written byTōko Machida
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
Tatsunoko Production
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, TVA, TVO, OX, AT-X
Original run January 11, 2014 March 29, 2014
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Wake Up, Girl ZOO!
Directed byKenshirō Morii
Studio Moriken
Released September 5, 2014 February 25, 2015
Anime film
Wake Up, Girls! The Shadow of Youth
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tanaka
Takashi Yoshizawa
Masahiro Sugasawa
Seiji Yabashi
Naoya Moriya
Tetsurō Satomi
Dai Sakai
Written byTōko Machida
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
  • September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Runtime55 minutes
Anime film
Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tanaka
Takashi Yoshizawa
Masahiro Sugasawa
Seiji Yabashi
Naoya Moriya
Tetsurō Satomi
Dai Sakai
Written byTōko Machida
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
  • December 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
Anime television series
Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter
Directed byShin Itagaki
Produced byHiroyuki Tanaka
Satoshi Tanaka
Takashi Yoshizawa
Masahiro Sugasawa
Hiroki Enomoto
Mariko Nakajima
Daisuke Kadoya
Shunsuke Matsumura
Sōji Miyagi
Shigenori Araki
Yū Seto
Hideo Momota
Music bySatoru Kōsaki
Original networkTV Tokyo, OX, AT-X
Original run October 9, 2017 January 7, 2018
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Wake Up, Girls! is an anime series produced by Ordet and Tatsunoko Production and directed by Yutaka Yamamoto.[1] A film titled Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols (Japanese: Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル, Hepburn: Wake Up, Girls! Shichi-nin no Aidoru) opened in Japan on January 11, 2014, and a television series aired in Japan between January and March 2014.[2] The film was streamed online in 108 countries upon its release. A spin-off series, Wake Up, Girl ZOO!, aired between September 2014 and February 2015. Both the series and film are being streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll.[3]

A second film, Wake Up!, Girls! Seishun no Kage (Wake Up, Girls!青春の影, lit. "Shadow of Youth"), was released in Japan on September 25, 2015, and another film titled Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom was released on December 25, 2015. A new anime series titled Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter! (Wake Up, Girls!新章, Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō) aired from October 9, 2017, to January 7, 2018, and was streamed by Crunchyroll.

Wake Up, Girls! is also the name of a voice acting unit composed of the seven main voice actresses.


Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. With the company on the verge of going out of business and in danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent.


Green Leaves[edit]

Wake Up, Girls![edit]

Mayu Shimada (島田 真夢, Shimada Mayu)
Voiced by: Mayu Yoshioka[4]
A high school freshman who used to be center in the famous idol group I-1 Club. She was one of the earliest members of the group, auditioning at age 12. Her popularity as the I-1 Club's center helped the group became more well known, but tensions between her and the group's manager and president Tōru Shiraki, when Mayu protested about the firing of her friend from I-1, led to her being fired after her next single lost to that of rival center Shiho Iwazaki in sales records. Her firing also led to her parents' divorce and an estranged relationship with her mother. In the movie, she is the 7th and last member to join the Wake Up Girls, her reason being seeking her own happiness by becoming an idol once again. She later makes up with her mother after showing the latter how much she enjoys her job and, with her mother's blessing, becomes properly contracted with WUG and Green Leaves (as she joined the group without auditioning). Like the I-1 Club, Mayu is the center for Wake Up Girls. Her image color is red, and her nickname is Mayushii.
Airi Hayashida (林田 藍里, Hayashida Airi)
Voiced by: Airi Eino[4]
A 15-year-old high school freshman and Mayu's best friend. She's a simple girl with no particular abilities, but with a lot of drive and is a hard worker. Her family owns a sweets store. She was almost fired from WUG when Hayasaka saw her lack of improvement, but Nanase (Yoppi) and Mayu convinced her to stay in the group while the other girls convinced Hayasaka not to fire her. She continues to practice and later becomes just as good as the others during their performances. Her image color is navy blue, and her nickname is Aichan.
Minami Katayama (片山 実波, Katayama Minami)
Voiced by: Minami Tanaka
A 14-year-old girl who enjoys eating various kinds of food and has a big appetite. She is recruited after Junko saw her winning a local folk song singing competition. She is also known to sing at a local home for senior citizens who give her their support during her concerts. She and Miyu are usually the mood makers of the group due to their bubbly and cheerful personalities. Her image color is yellow, and her nickname is Minyami, derived from her catchphrase "Ume nya!" (It's tasty, meow!).
Yoshino Nanase (七瀬 佳乃, Nanase Yoshino)
Voiced by: Yoshino Aoyama
16-years-old. She is well known in Sendai as a former child actress and a model before joining the group. She and Kaya are among the most mature members, often questioning the antics of Kohei and Junko. Because of her having the most experience in the Entertainment Industry, she's cited as the de facto leader by the group. She is also a very determined person as shown when sprained her foot during a rehearsal for the Idol Festival finals yet continued to practice and perform properly albeit with a slight mishap caused by her injury. Her image color is light blue, and her nickname is Yoppi.
Nanami Hisami (久海 菜々美, Hisami Nanami)
Voiced by: Nanami Yamashita
At 13-years-old, Nanami is the youngest member of the group. She constantly practices singing, acting, and playing the piano in hopes of becoming a successful idol. Her dream is to one day perform at a Hikarizuka Theater, a type of Takarazuka play. After an overnight trip to Kesennuma with the group she decides to devote herself to WUG after hearing about Mayu's history. Her image color is purple, and her nickname is Nanamin.
Kaya Kikuma (菊間 夏夜, Kikuma Kaya)
Voiced by: Kaya Okuno
At 18-years-old, she is the oldest member of the group. Kaya was originally from Kesennuma, living with her aunt after her parents died when she was young. Kaya then left for Sendai working in various part-time jobs after the fishing vessel "Shotomaru", in which her childhood friend was among the passengers, went missing 3 years prior to the start of the series. She joined the Wake Up Girls on a whim and originally planned to leave when she gets bored, but has since dedicated herself to be with the group. She acts as the group's second-in-command after Yoppi. Her image color is green, and her nickname is Kayatan.
Miyu Okamoto (岡本 未夕, Okamoto Miyu)
Voiced by: Miyu Takagi
A 17-year-old girl with a bubbly personality. She has a job at a maid cafe in Sendai and is self described as "twin tailed and incompetent". She is willing to participate in almost anything and enjoys being the center of attention whilst respecting others in the group. Miyu is the first person to be successfully recruited by Matsuda as a member of the Wake Up Girls. She and Minami are often the mood makers of the group. Her image color is orange, and her nickname is Myuu.


Kōhei Matsuda (松田 耕平, Matsuda Kōhei)
Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma
The group's manager. While having a good heart, his timid persona and inexperience as an idol manager makes it difficult for him to effectively make decisions that help boost the group's career. He nevertheless cares for the girls and would take action if he sees the girls in an uncomfortable situation. In the movie, it is revealed that he used to play guitar.
Junko Tange (丹下 順子, Tange Junko)
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka
President of Green Leaves Entertainment and Kohei's superior. A chain-smoker with a brash personality, she often harasses Kohei both physically and verbally on the job. She came up with the name "Wake Up Girls" (WUG for short) from a local motel that bears the same name, as well as inspiration from the group Wham!.

I-1 Club[edit]

Shiho Iwasaki (岩崎 志保, Iwasaki Shiho)
Voiced by: Yuka Ōtsubo
17-years-old and at her second year of High School. One of the 1st Generation members of the I-1 Club. She and Mayu competed for the center spot as part of president Shiraki's stipulation and won the spot after defeating Mayu in sales records. Despite her center spot and among the most popular members of the I-1 Club, she continues to view Mayu as a rival. In Beyond the Bottom; she loses a centre battle with Moka. Nicknamed "Shihocchi".
Megumi Yoshikawa (吉川 愛, Yoshikawa Megumi)
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda
One of the most popular members of the I-1 Club. 16-years-old. She constantly sends text messages to her friend Mayu on the group's progress. She is also a 1st Generation member of the group nicknamed "Yoshimegu". She openly supports Mayu, and WUG as a whole, despite their two groups being rivals.
Mai Kondō (近藤 麻衣, Kondō Mai)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō
A 1st Generation member and one of the oldest members of the I-1 Club at 20-years-old. She serves as the group's team captain and is very strict in maintaining their top performances and activities. Nicknamed "Maimai".
Nanoka Aizawa (相沢 菜野花, Aizawa Nanoka)
Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara
19-years-old. She is a 2nd Generation member and one of the most popular members of the group in part because of her wearing glasses throughout her performances and promotions. Nicknamed "Nanokasu".
Moka Suzuki (鈴木 萌歌, Suzuki Moka)
Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto
13-years-old. She is the 4th Generation Member of the I-1 Club. Despite sharing a surname with Rena, they are not related despite being advertised as sisters. Her goal is to one day become the club's future center.In Beyond the Bottom, she becomes the center. Her nickname is "Moka-ga".
Reina Suzuki (鈴木 玲奈, Suzuki Reina)
Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka
20-years-old. She is the 2nd Generation Member of the I-1 Club. Despite sharing a surname with Moka, they are not related despite being advertised as sisters. Her nickname is "Ren-Ren".
Tina Kobayakawa (小早川 ティナ, Kobayakawa Tina)
Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno
18-years-old. The only member of the group who is half-Japanese (her mother is English whereas her father is Japanese). Her nickname is "Ti-Na".
Tōru Shiraki (白木 徹, Shiraki Tōru)
Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto
He is the I-1 Club's General Manager, Producer, Company President. His goal is to push the I-1 Club to be the most popular Entertainment Group in Japan. He shows little to no emotion and does not change his stern expression even when publicly giving a speech. Because of his ambitions, he imposes strict guidelines towards the group, in which among those guidelines was that members are forbidden to have any personal relationships and would frequently remove any member of the I-1 Club that does not meet his expectations during training drills, citing that it would tarnish the group's reputation. These led to tensions between him and former center idol Mayu Shimada, which led to her firing when Mayu's next single did not beat rival Shiho in sales records.
His belief of forbidding the members to have personal relationships are based on real life instances where idols who are known or even suggested to have such relationships are either demoted or removed from their respective groups.[original research?]
Tasuku Hayasaka (早坂 相, Hayasaka Tasuku)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
Introduced in Episode 6. An A-list music producer of which the I-1 Club is one of his clients. After seeing the Wake Up Girls' dismal performance, he decides to offer his services to Green Leaves Entertainment at no charge in exchange for total control as manager, without intervention from Junko or Kohei. Under Tasuku's control, the girls engage in a series of harsh training and a grueling performance schedule. Tasuku has gone so far as to consider removing Airi from the group or disband the group entirely if they choose to keep Airi as a means of testing the girls' commitment and unity. He is also the composer of the songs both WUG and I-1 perform during the Idol festival. He appears to really care for WUG as he was shown to be happy with their performance during said festival (and the crowd's reaction to it) as well as disappointed when they didn't win.

Other characters[edit]

A successful singer–songwriter duo composed of Karina (Haruka Tomatsu) and Anna (Kana Hanazawa), whom Junko helped in boosting their careers. They're responsible for writing some of the songs for the Wake Up Girls to sing.
Kuniyoshi Ōta (大田 邦良, Ōta Kuniyoshi)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A long-time fan of the I-1 Club. He attended the Wake Up Girls' first concert and discovered Mayu as one of the members, reporting it later in social media. He continues to watch the girls' performances as well as comments made in social media. He later assembles a small group to support WUG as their popularity grew and often holds loud meetings in restaurants much to the disturbance of the other customers and waitresses.


Social game[edit]

An idol-training simulation social game titled Wake Up, Girls! Stage no Tenshi (Wake Up, Girls! ステージの天使, lit. "Stage Angels") launched in January 2014.[citation needed] In the game, the player takes the role of manager and must train the girls on their way to stardom. The game features unique idols not present in the anime.

The game was discontinued on December 15, 2014.[citation needed]


The first film, titled Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols (Wake Up, Girls! 7人のアイドル), was released in theaters on January 11, 2014. Box office is under ¥10 million(JPY). The television series aired between January 11, 2014 and March 29, 2014.[5] The final volume of the series was released on August 22, 2014, and sold 2,193 copies.[citation needed] The opening theme of the first two episodes is Stand Up! (タチアガレ!, Tachiagare!), and from episode 3 onwards is 7 Girls' War, both credited by the cast of Wake Up, Girls!. The ending theme is Kotonoha Aoba (言の葉 青葉), also performed by Wake Up, Girls!.[citation needed]

An original net animation spin-off produced by Studio Moriken, titled Wake Up, Girl ZOO! (うぇいくあっぷがーるZOO!), began streaming on Avex's YouTube channel from September 5, 2014. The main theme is "WUG Zoo Zoo" by Wake Up, Girls!.[citation needed]

A second film, Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage (Wake Up, Girls! 青春の影, lit. "Shadow of Youth"), was released in theaters on October 30, 2015. The box office return was under ¥10 million (JPY).[citation needed] It sold 1,416 copies on DVD and Blu-ray. The third film, Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, was released in theaters on January 29, 2016, and had a box office return below ¥10 million (JPY); it sold 1,862 copies on DVD and Blu-ray.[6]

At the "Wake Up, Girls! Festa 2016 Super Live" event on December 11, 2016, a new anime series titled Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter! (Wake Up, Girls!新章, Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō) was announced to be in production; the series aired from October 2017 to January 2018, on TV Tokyo.[7][8]

Episode list[edit]

Original anime series[edit]
No. Title Original airdate
1"A Quiet Beginning"
"Shizukanaru Shidō" (静かなる始動)
January 11, 2014 (2014-01-11)
On Christmas 2013, the new idol group "Wake Up, Girls!" performed their debut concert on an outdoor stage in a small park in Sendai. However, their agency's president Tange disappeared with the company's money. The remaining manager Matsuda was at a loss, and the seven members were uncertain of their group's future.
2"Girls Standing Onstage"
"Sutēji o Fumu Shōjo-tachi" (ステージを踏む少女たち)
January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19)
WUG resumes activity thanks to a Producer Sudo brought in by Matsuda. However, the job involved wearing risque swimsuits at a health spa. Despite their doubts about the obviously shady Sudo, the girls resolve to stand onstage, but the requirements continue to escalate.
"Ichiban Yasashiku" (一番優しく)
January 25, 2014 (2014-01-25)
The missing President Tange returns to Green Leaves, and WUG resumes activity in earnest. The president secures a 3 minute weather report and gourmet report mini-corner on a variety show for the girls. The members split into two groups to work on their segments, and Minami's eating habits attract attention.
"Sukyandaru" (スキャンダル)
February 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
Following their TV program, WUG makes smooth progress on the road to idoldom by appearing on a radio program and beginning work on their second song. However, as word of their activity spreads, people begin sharing less than kind words about former I-1 Club member Mayu.
5"Heaven or Hell"
"Tengoku ka Jigoku ka" (天国か地獄か)
February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08)
With their second song complete, WUG prepares for their second concert. However, WUG's concert falls on the same day as the I-1 Club's Sendai Theater opening concert. The town is painted in the colors of the I-1 Club and WUG is overwhelmed by the idol group's power, but the girls put their best efforts into their lessons and advertise their own concert.
6"Not Yet"
"Madamada dayo" (まだまだだよ)
February 15, 2014 (2014-02-15)
Music Producer Hayasaka suddenly reaches out to Green Leaves. While he was one of the people responsible for raising the I-1 Club to stardom and continues working with them, he now wants to produce WUG!
7"Wonderful Friends"
"Subarashiki Nakama-tachi" (素晴らしき仲間たち)
February 22, 2014 (2014-02-22)
Hayasaka announces his decision to remove Airi from WUG! and threatens to fire the remaining members if they do not agree.
"Haran" (波乱)
March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01)
WUG! enters the annual Idol Festival in which idol groups from across the country compete to be crowned number one. When they learn the winning team will receive a contract with a mainstream record label, the members feel motivated.
9"Living Here"
"Koko de Ikiru" (ここで生きる)
March 8, 2014 (2014-03-08)
When Yoshino's reservations towards Mayu's resistance to talking about her past with I-1 boils over and a dark cloud hangs over the group, WUG takes a trip at Kaya's suggestion.
10"Gateway to Success"
"Tōryūmon" (登竜門)
March 15, 2014 (2014-03-15)
The Tohoku preliminaries of the Idol Festival approach. As everything from orthodox to unique idol groups enter the competition, President Tange asks the girls what it means to be WUG.
11"Idol Rhapsody"
"Aidoru Rapusodī" (アイドル狂詩曲(ラプソディー))
March 22, 2014 (2014-03-22)
Do to unexpected events, WUG is forced to learn a new song with no time remaining. Not only that, but the song and choreography are far more difficult than the songs they've done before.
12"No Regrets in This Moment"
"Kono Isshun ni Kui Nashi" (この一瞬に悔いなし)
March 29, 2014 (2014-03-29)
As their performance approaches, Mayu and the others notice something is wrong with Yoshino. WUG can't conceal their panic when a problem develops just before they go onstage.
Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter[edit]

The opening theme is "7 Senses" and the ending theme is "Shizuku no Kan" (雫の冠, Drop's Crown); both are performed by the voice acting unit Wake Up, Girls! (made up of the series main cast).[8]

No. Title Original air date
1"We Are Wake Up, Girls!"
"Watashi-tachi, Wake Up, Girls! dēsu!" (私たち、Wake Up, Girls!でーす!)
October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)
2"This Is Our Home"
"Koko ga Watashi-tachi no Hōmu" (ここが私たちのホーム)
October 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)
3"I Am My Ponytail"
"Ponītēru wa hontai desu" (ポニーテールは本体です)
October 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)
4"When It's Tasty, It's Tasty, Meow"
"Oishī toki wa un me nya!" (美味しい時はうんめーにゃー!)
October 30, 2017 (2017-10-30)
5"Dreaming the Same Dream"
"Onaji yume o miteru" (同じ夢を見てる)
November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
6"WUG Alone, WUG Together"
"Ichi nin demo WUG! nana nin demo WUG!" (1人でもWUG!7人でもWUG!)
November 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)
7"Special Show - WUGBAN! New Chapter"
"Tokubetsu hen waguban! Shin shō" (特別篇 わぐばん!新章)
November 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)
8"When The Going Gets Tough, Smile"
"Kitsui toki hodo waratte nanbo" (キツい時ほど笑ってナンボ)
November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)
9"Believe You're Making Progress"
"Susun deru tte shinji te" (進んでるって信じて)
December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)
10"WUG! Makes Me Think Of...?"
"WUG! to ieba......?" (WUG!と言えば……?)
December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
11"Sprout New Buds!"
"Shinme o dase!" (新芽を出せ!)
December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)
12"What We Can Do!"
"Watashi-tachi ni dekiru koto" (私たちにできること)
December 25, 2017 (2017-12-25)
13"Towards The Light"
"Akarui hō e" (明るい方へ)
January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)

Voice actress unit[edit]

Wake Up, Girls!
WUG cast members at Anime Central 2014.jpg
Wake Up, Girls! cast members at Anime Central 2014.
Background information
GenresJ-pop, Anisong
Years active2014 (2014)–2019 (2019)
LabelsAvex Group
81 Produce
MembersMayu Yoshioka
Airi Eino
Minami Tanaka
Yoshino Aoyama
Nanami Yamashita
Kaya Okuno
Miyu Takagi

Wake Up, Girls! is also a voice acting unit formed of the series' main cast; Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Minami Tanaka, Yoshino Aoyama, Nanami Yamashita, Kaya Okuno, and Miyu Takagi. Their first single outside of the Wake Up, Girls! anime franchise is the ending theme for the 2016 anime television series, Scorching Ping Pong Girls.[9] On June 15, 2018 it was announced that the unit would disband in March 2019.[10]


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  7. ^ "Wake Up, Girls! Gets New TV Anime With New Staff, Added Characters in 2017". Anime News Network. December 11, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō TV Anime Reveals October Premiere, Theme Song Titles". Anime News Network. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Wake Up, Girls! Idol Group Is Back With a New Music Video". Anime News Network.
  10. ^ "声優ユニット Wake Up, Girls!からの大切なお知らせ". avex pictures.

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