These are 5 anime series dedicated to idols that I recommend you watch, if you haven’t yet! Each of them are currently airing, but you will surely find previous seasons in some archive.
1. Aikatsu! & Aikatsu Stars!
It’s one of the anime I’ve loved the most in recent years, along with no Game no Life, and I also have a lot of cards. I started watching Aikatsu! towards the end of the first season, trying to catch up to more than forty episodes to understand something, and I did it in a few evenings. If you’re a fan of Pokémon you’ll understand, to me, Ichigo-chan is like Pikachu.
Aikatsu! came at a time when I was looking for something positive, both to see and to listen to: a period that still continues now, since I’m listening almost only to songs from the game/anime. I admit that, for those who want more similarity to the reality, this is an anime with limits, because it shows more positive sides, without dwelling much on the negatives, such as the rivalry between idols. Despite this, I think it carries a good message, especially among the youngest: you run your own race, not based on what others do.
The franchise celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, with lots of events and concerts.
The second season of Aikatsu Stars! is roughly half aired, on Thursdays; although perhaps it will end up being a rhetorical question, who will get the Sun wings?
2. Love Live! & Love Live! Sunshine!!
You know this one, don’t you? I must say that Honoka-chan is special, as well as the first two seasons. The second season of Love Live! Sunshine!! recently started on Saturdays and, as always, the girls are already lost in the blackest misfortune.
Nendoroid Petite Love Live Miracle – by Charlie (CC BY 2.0
In 2016 the franchise surpassed One Piece for popularity and sales. Now, instead of choosing new characters for a new anime, the idols chosen in the lottery will be the protagonists of a game, as well as hosting various websites.
3. Dream Festival!
The only anime of this list to have a whole male cast, airing on Wednesdays. I wasn’t sure whether to watch it or not – much of my love for idol series is dedicated to clothes, so here it gets hard in this regard. Once you know Kanade-kun, however, I think many, especially those born around the ’90s, will develop a passion for this anime and watch the episodes very quickly. I find that Kanade-kun has many characteristics of anime protagonists of some time ago, those I grew up with. Then he has a killer smile, as every good idol should, like Ichigo-chan. Dear fans, don’t blame me, but I am really struggling to like Kurofune, even if I am reevaluating them in this second season, where they have a little more character development.
4. Wake Up, Girls!
I like it because it shows that in idol world is not a bed of roses, but there are problems both at group and production level. The second season has just begun, on Mondays, which shows the events following the movie. I don’t want to make spoilers in this article… Although I’m the kind of person who likes to know how things end, I don’t really like spoilers, because who makes them has their own vision of things, maybe lost or misunderstood an important scene… so you’ll have things a bit ruined… Go have yourself a nice anime marathon on the weekend or when you have some free time!
5. Pretty Rhythm & PriPara
There’s the embarrassment of choice, I’m lost regarding the number of seasons: the current one airs on Tuesdays. I think my favorite season is the first, Aurora Dream, with Aira-chan, or maybe the third, with Naru-chan and Rinne-chan, because it has some really nice songs. I stopped following the franchise about halfway through the first season of Pripara, although every now and then I’m going to see where they are at. I don’t feel part of the target anymore… I think I would recommend it to a younger audience, so if you can watch it. Although now the protagonist has changed, Laala-chan is always present and always cute!