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MAGES' Idol Incidents Multimedia Project Gets TV Anime Premiering in January

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
MAPPA, VOLN animate series about "idol Diet members"

MAGES' official website for its Idol Incidents (Idol Jihen) multimedia project announced on Saturday that the project is getting a television anime adaptation. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji in January.

The official website for the anime began streaming an announcement promotional video on Saturday.

Daisuke Yoshida (chief animation director for F-Zero Falcon Densetsu, Sōten Kōro) is directing the series at animation studios MAPPA and VOLN. Naoya Takayama (Chihayafuru, Supernatural: The Anime Series) is overseeing the scripts, Sumino Kawashima (Chihayafuru, Kurenai) and Soutarou Hayashi (Photo Kano, Kurenai) are writing the scripts, and Mai Ishii (animation director for Hunter × Hunter, Inazuma Eleven) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Original character designers include CUTEG, Tiv, Mottsun*, Akemi Mikoto, Yōsai Kūchū, and Mamu Mitsumomo. Tiv created the original animation character designs. Tsunku♂ is producing the opening and ending theme songs.

The confirmed cast so far includes:

The project's official website lists several other characters in the franchise and their respective voice actresses, but these characters haven't been confirmed yet to appear in the anime.

5pb. Games and MAGES had announced the project as a social smartphone game in 2014 with a slated release in fall 2014. The game, however, is still in development.

The game was slated to take place in a Japan where the economy is in tatters and the distrust of politicians is at a record high. An idol named Kagura Mikazuki who has the support of the Japanese people steps in and establishes a new government and gives positions of government administration to idols, which results in a quick recovery for the Japanese economy. More than 20 years later, Kagura is still leading Japan's idol government, but she suddenly decides to retire from the political world. The 47 idols who serve as Diet members must now vie to become the next Prime Minister.

The current website for the franchise features a slightly different premise where idols stand up against a corrupt government as "idol Diet members," and then work to bring back the smiles of the Japanese people through song and dance. The idol Diet members belong to seven different political parties, including the Heroine Party, the SOS Party, the Subculture New Party, the Bishōjo Party, the Wakaba Party, the Starlight Party, and the Sanrai Party.

Coco Natsuki launched a manga version in Kadokawa's Dengeki G's Comic magazine on August 25, and the first chapter is also available on Comic Walker.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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