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Idol Memories Anime's New Promo Video Highlights StarRing Unit

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Project Frontier's opening theme song also previewed in video for anime premiering on October 2

The official website for Happy Elements' original television anime series Idol Memories began streaming a promotional video on Friday that highlights the in-show unit StarRing and their song "High Touch Girl."

The website also began streaming a video on Friday that previews Project Frontier's opening theme song "Mainichi ga Good Day!".

The show's official YouTube channel is also streaming a video of the voice actress' first online radio show, which features a 360° viewing feature.

The series will premiere on October 2 at 24:30 (effectively October 3 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, and it will be a "hybrid anime" where 15 minutes of the program will feature anime and 15 minutes will feature a live-action segment.

The anime takes place in 2035 where virtual reality technology has evolved enough that people can experience world travel and other live event experiences from the comfort of their own home. In this space, idols perform live events for a worldwide audience. As worldwide popularity of idols performing in "VR Rooms" increased, the Kanon Private Academy was established on Beginning Island to train new idols. These idols compete and strive to reach the top of the "World Idol League." The anime will focus on the six idols who make up the two units "StarRing" and "Shadow."

The anime will star:

Moe Toyota as Vivi Lin, an idol from Shanghai and StarRing's bright and cheerful mood maker. Her dream is to one day return to China to perform a concert.

Yū Kimura as Kokona Hayakawa, a member of StarRing who has strong feelings that she doesn't want to lose to anyone, but she keeps those feelings hidden. She wants to be an idol like her great-grandmother, who was a stage actress. She studied abroad in China.

Marika Hayase as Sena Hattori, StarRing's self-styled leader who has an intellectual older sister-like appearance, but she is in truth an airhead. Her hobby is Lego blocks.

Mayu Sagara as Miku Kajiwara, Shadow's unit leader, and the youngest member. She is diligent, stable, and despite being the youngest she usually is the group's "straight man."

Riko Kohara as Nanami Hoshi, a member of Shadow who is shy and likes to stay indoors. She likes to collect figures and merchandise, and her hobby is programming. Although she has good eyesight, she sometimes wears glasses.

Ruriko Aoki as Yucho La, a member of Shadow and a "lazy genius" who has a pet husky she is close with. She is from Dalian.

Nana Mizuki as Shoko Shirayuki, headmaster of Kanon Private Academy

Kōsuke Sakaki as Soichiro Kakaoka, assistant headmaster of Kanon Private Academy

Seira Ryū as Minato Yasukawa, a teacher at Kanon Private Academy, and Minami's older twin sister

Ayahi Takagaki as Minami Yasukawa, a music teacher at Kanon Private Academy, and Minato's younger twin sister

Ryōtarō Okiayu as Ren Hayami, board chairman at Crimson Star Academy

Takuma Nagatsuka as Takumi Mori, head of the boys club at Crimson Star Academy

Happy Elements Asia Pacific is credited with the original plan and original work for the anime. Katsuya Kikuchi (Sengoku Paradise Kiwami director, Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation- episode director) is directing the series at Seven Arcs Pictures. Hiroshi Ohnogi (Star Blazers 2199, Eureka Seven, RahXephon) is writing and overseeing the scripts, Graphinica is designing the original characters, Rena Okuyama (Sengoku Paradise Kiwami character designer, Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation- animation director) is the animation character designer and chief animation director, and Chikako Yokota (K: Return of Kings, Dog Days) is the sound director at Glovision. Tetra Japan is handling the 3D CG animation, and Tezuka Productions is handling the background art. Project Frontier is performing the ending theme song "Soranata."

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