Yasushi Akimoto's New Idol Group That 'Crosses Dimensions' Reveals 4 Character Designs
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sony Music Records and Aniplex have opened a website for the new idol group that AKB48 founder and producer Yasushi Akimoto will produce with the concept of "idols that cross dimensions." The website has revealed the character designs for four of the idols in the group.
The group has eight anime idol characters, with their respective voice actresses performing as idols in the real world. A different character designer is handling each member's anime design. The characters so far in the project include:
Reika Satō, 17 years old. She is the student council president and an honor student.
Character design by Hirokazu Koyama of Type-Moon (Fate/Grand Order, Mahōtsukai no Yoru)
Jun Toda, 16 years old. She acts high class and is a tsundere.
Character design by Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Toradora, anohana)
Sakura Fujima, 17 years old. She is the daughter of a good family.
Character design by Kantoku (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Garakowa -Restore the World-)
Akane Maruyama, 17 years old and cool.
Character design by Tometa Ohara of QP:flapper (Girl Friend BETA, Girlish Number)
The rest of the characters in the project include:
Miyako Kōno, 15 years old. She is egotistical and speaks in a Kansai dialect.
Character design by Mieko Hosoi (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Aiura)
Nicole Saitō, 17 years old and an idol.
Character design by Kurehito Misaki (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
Miu Takigawa, 16 years old. She is an otaku and is a bit ignorant.
Character design by Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, Tamako Market, Kokoro Connect)
Ayaka Tachikawa, 16 years old. She is aggressive and militant.
Character design by Koharu Sakura of QP:flapper (Girl Friend BETA, Girlish Number)
The website streamed a program about the project on Saturday, and will stream another program on October 29.
Sony Music Records and Aniplex will accept applications for auditions for the group until November 11, and then the companies will hold five rounds of auditions in December before announcing the final members.
Akimoto founded the AKB48 idol group in 2005, with its sixth and latest domestic sister group, STU48, launching next summer. Akimoto also founded AKB48's "official rival group" Nogizaka46.
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