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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Phantom of the Idol Anime

posted on by Alex Mateo
HIDIVE streams anime this summer

Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime as part of the summer 2022 anime season. Sentai Filmworks will release the series on home video at a later date.

The anime will premiere on TV Tokyo on July 1 at 1:53 a.m. JST (effectively, July 2). The show will also air on BS11 and AT-X.

Kodansha Comics has licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he's quite popular), but Yuuya's half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn't the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She's dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she's full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There's just one problem: She's been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

Daisei Fukuoka (Radiant, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc, Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Hero Chapter) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi. Yasuko Aoki (Radiant scenario) is writing and overseeing the series scripts, Saori Hosoda (key animation on My Hero Academia, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- season 2) is designing the characters, and myu is composing the music.

The ZINGS idol unit, composed of cast members Fumiya Imai (Yuuya) and Shun Horie (Kazuki), will perform the opening theme song "Let's ZING!" and ending theme song "Kimikira."

Isoflavone launched the manga in Comic Zero Sum in December 2017. Ichijinsha published the manga's fifth compiled book volume on January 25. Kodansha Comics released the first volume in English on May 22.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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