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Dream Festival! Idol Anime's Promo Video Reveals TV Broadcast, October 7 Premiere

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Sōma Ishihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Masaki Ōta, more star in anime of "2.5D" idol project

The official website for the anime adaptation of Dream Festival! — the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies — began streaming the first promotional video for the anime on Friday.

The video reveals that the anime will also get a television broadcast (the anime was originally announced as a net anime only). The anime will premiere online on the Animate Channel on September 23 at 9:30 p.m., and will also stream in China on bilibili. The television broadcast will premiere on October 7 on Tokyo MX and BS11, and then on Sun TV and TV Aichi on October 10.

The anime stars (in the order that the cast is revealed in the video above):

  • Sōma Ishihara as the rookie Kanade Amamiya
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as the legendary idol Haruto Mikami
  • Masaki Ōta as Itsuki Katagiri, who is amazing when dancing
  • Kaoru Masaki as the exceedingly sweet and angelic Chizuru Sawamura
  • Kentarō Tomita as Junya Sasaki, "Mister Idol" who aims for the top
  • Takuya Mizoguchi as the blue romanticist Shin Oikawa

The anime will also star Kimito Totani (Kamen Rider Decade's titular character) as Keigo Kazama and Hideaki Kabumoto (Dear Sister) as to Yuto Kuroishi.

BN Pictures is credited with the original story with Bandai credited with the original concept. Yūta Murano (Brave Beats) is directing, and Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Mushibugyō, Yo-kai Watch) is supervising the series scripts. Hiromi Kikuta is serving as sound director. Ken Itō and Ryō Takahashi (Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, Please tell me! Galko-chan) are composing the music, and Lantis and Sunrise Music Publishing are producing the music. The in-anime idol unit "DearDream" (made up of Ishihara, Ōta, Masaki, Tomita, and Mizoguchi) are performing both the show's opening theme song "PLEASURE FLAG" and the ending theme song"Shin Ai Naru Yume e!".

The premise of the project follows five aspiring male idols at a fictional talent agency. In the world of Dream Festival, fans support their idols with Dream Festival! Cards (a.k.a. "Dorika"). These cards unlock costume changes and special stage performances during the idols' performances.

The project targets the female demographics in their teens, 20s, and 30s, and also includes a planned game app, CDs, character goods, music videos, live concert events, and more. All of these media plans are tied with the official Dream Festival! Card items, which Bandai began selling this spring. The free smartphone game app that is now available links with these Dream Festival! Cards.

The project's member companies include Bandai Namco Pictures, Bandai, Bandai Namco Rights Marketing (Bandai Channel), Lantis, Amuse, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Banpresto, and Beams. Many of these same companies are also involved in the Aikatsu! and Love Live! idol projects.

Source: MoCa News


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