Aikatsu Stars Meets Aikatsu in 2-Episode Cross-Over

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

It's an idol inception in an upcoming two-episode crossover of Bandai Namco Pictures' Aikatsu! franchise. The currently airing Aikatsu Stars! will feature the cast from the original Aikatsu! to celebrate the anime series' fifth anniversary. Original protagonist Ichigo Hoshimiya and character Akari Ōzora from season two will appear in the first crossover episode on August 17. The second crossover episode will air on August 24.

The collaboration will extend into real-life events. The "Aikatsu! Fest" will be held at Namco arcade at Airport Walk in Nagoya on August 15 and the Namco store at LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza in Kawasaki on September 10. The AIKATSU☆STARS! Special Live Tour and Aikatsu! Music Festa in Aikatsu! Budokan! events are being planned for next year. The first event will run from January 6 to February 3 and the second event will run from February 27-28.

The original Aikatsu! television anime spanned four seasons and 178 episode from October 2012 to March 2016. The original series followed Ichigo and her friends as they followed their dreams to become idols at the Starlight Academy training school. Akari was introduced in the second season and the series shifted focus to her and her friends at Starlight Academy in season three. The Aikatsu Stars! series launched in April 2016 and follows Yume Nijino at Yotsusei Gakuen, another idol-centric school.

The anime series is based on Bandai's idol card game of the same name that launched in 2012. The franchise was a winner at the 20th annual AMD Awards in 2015.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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