The much-awaited new Aikatsu! TV series is set to premiere on January 10, 2021
Just one month ahead of its TV premiere in Japan, the official YouTube channel for Aikatsu Planet!, the upcoming new installment in the idol-themed Aikatsu! franchise, has started streaming a three-minute full music video for the ED theme song "Kirari☆Party♪Time" performed by the eight-member voice actress unit STARRY PLANET☆.
The unit's eight members will play the main characters in the show's live-action part, while voicing each character's avatar in its anime part. The CD single including the show's OP song "bloomy*Smile" and the ED song is set to be released as their first single from Lantis on February 24, 2021.
"STARRY PLANET☆" members:
- Kaaya Data: Mao Otoha / Hana
- Rio Ogura: Ruli Tamaki / Ruli
- Shizune Nagao: Kyoko Umekoji / Beat
- Rion Watanabe: Shiori Motoya / Shiori
- Mizuki: Ayumi Tsukishiro /Q-Pit
- Amy: Ann Kurimu / Ann
- Narumi Uno: Meisa Hinata / Rose
- Riruka Uno: Sala Itoi / Sala
The idol-themed nationally popular franchise's first live-action and animation hybrid TV show Aikatsu Planet! is set to premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliate stations in Japan on January 10, 2021.
The show's story is set in Aikatsu Planet, a world where everyone can become cute idols using an avatar. While spending school life, the main characters are aiming to become top idols. Everyday parts such as the main character's school life are filmed in live-action, while their activities in the Aikatsu Planet! world are drawn in anime and 3DCG (like the previous series).
Ryuichi Kimura, who directed the first Aikatsu! TV series in 2012-2016, serves as general director/director for the TV anime, alongside series composition writer Misuzu Chiba (Crossing Time) and character designer Risa Miyatani (Aikatsu Friends!, Aikatsu on Parade! design works). Tohoku Shinsha produces the program's live-action part.
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