Dream Festival! Sequel Anime Reveals Title, More Cast

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The official website for the Dream Festival! "five-dimensional idol support project" revealed that the title of the television anime's second season will be Dream Festival! R. The anime's official website also revealed more cast members for the second season. The new cast members are part of the "senpai" idol group ACE (pictured top right in image below) and legendary idol Haruto Mikami's group.

The members of ACE are as follows (Note: Name romanizations not official):

  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Asuma Ogasawara
  • Junji Majima as Eiji Katsuragi
  • Atsushi Abe as Chikage Saotome

The members of Mikami's group are as follows (Note: Name romanizations not official):

  • Fumihiko Tachiki as Makoto Susa
  • Hikaru Midorikawa as Ichika Saotome

The anime's second season will debut online starting on August 23 at 9:00 p.m. on the Animate Channel, and will then air on television starting in October.

The main staff and cast from the first season are also returning. Returning cast members include:

  • Kaoru Masaki as Chizuru Sawamura
  • Kentarō Tomita as Junya Sasaki
  • Masaki Ōta as Itsuki Katagiri
  • Sōma Ishihara as Kanade Amamiya
  • Takuya Mizoguchi as Shin Oikawa
  • Hideaki Kabumoto as Yūto Kuroishi
  • Kimito Totani as Keigo Kazama
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Haruto Mikami

Crunchyroll streamed the first 12-episode series as it aired last fall, and describes the series:

The Dream Festival is the stage that all idols dream of singing on, with their professional debut on the line. In order to get there, idols work their hardest every day to perfect their performance... and the key to coming out on top is the Dream Festival Cards sent by fans to their favorite idols. Receiving these Cards makes the idols who make it to the stage shine even brighter. Now head to the Dream Festival with your Dream Festival Card in hand for the idol you love most!

Dream Festival! is the net and television anime adaptation the all-male "2.5D idol project" from several Bandai Namco Group companies. When the website announced the second season, it changed its description of the anime to "five-dimensional idol support project" (2D idols + 3D cast = 5D).

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: Animate Times

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