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Aikatsu! ~Mirai e no Starway~ Anime Film's 2023 Trailer Previews Opening Song

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
2023 feature film version opens on January 20

The official website for the Aikatsu! franchise began streaming a new trailer for the Aikatsu! 10th Story ~Mirai e no Starway~ (Starway to the Future, an apparent reference to the Japanese translation of the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven") anime film on Thursday. The trailer features the film's opening theme song "My Starway," by Waka Kirishima, Fūri Uebana, and Yuna Ichikura.

The film will open in Japan on January 20, 2023.

Waka Kirishima, Fūri Uebana, Yuna Ichikura, Remi Mitani, Eri Aino, and Risuko Sasakama all perform the film's ending theme song "Kōri no Mori" (Ice Forest). The staff previewed in a clean version of the film's opening title sequence earlier on October 8.

Aikatsu! 10th Story ~Mirai e no Starway~ is the franchise's 10th anniversary film. The brand-new story for the original Aikatsu! series reunites that series' director Ryuichi Kimura, scenario writer Yoichi Kato, and character designer Hiroko Yaguchi. The project is set in the story of the 2012 to 2016 Aikatsu! anime, and centers once again on protagonist Ichigo Hoshinomiya.

A 2022 film short version of the project played with the Gekijō-ban Aikatsu Planet! feature film on July 15.

The Aikatsu! Planet seires premiered on January 10, 2021 and ended in June 2021. BN Pictures' Gekijō-ban Aikatsu Planet! film opened on July 15.

The Aikatsu! franchise began with the original arcade card game in October 2012. The game inspired a television anime that ran from 2012 to 2016, and three anime films. The second entry in the franchise, Aikatsu Stars!, inspired a television anime that premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in April 2016. Aikatsu Stars! received an anime film in August 2016.

The third entry in the Aikatsu! franchise, Aikatsu Friends!, premiered in April 2018 along with the accompanying Aikatsu Friends! Data Carddass arcade game. A sequel television anime titled Aikatsu Friends! ~Kagayaki no Jewel~ (Shining Jewel) then premiered in April 2018 with its own aracde game tie-in. The sequel is set two years after the story of Aikatsu Friends!, with the main character Aine Yūki now in high school.

The Aikatsu on Parade! television anime premiered in October 2019 with the new lead character Raki Kiseki and characters from the previous Aikatsu! anime series.

Sources: Aikatsu! anime's website, MoCa News

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