Anime idols are similar to real-world idols but in a more fantastic setting. An anime idol spends all of their time training, rehearsing, competing, and perfecting their look to reach the top of all possible lists and become not only a professional musician but also the heartthrobs and gorgeous ladies who will sweep fans off their feet. Music is undoubtedly an important component, but the romantic aspect keeps fans coming back for more. So here’s a list of Top 20 Best Idol Anime.
A ticket awaits every little girl, a ticket that will grant them entry into the colorful world of Prism Paradise, a place where girls become idols and become who they want to be. Manaka Laala adores idols, but she prefers to watch them rather than participate in them; despite this, she ended up as one of the most popular idols in Prism Paradise. Laala, on the other hand, must exercise caution, especially at school, where such activities are prohibited for girls. In PriPara, anything is possible: music, fun, and adventure!PriPara is aimed at a young audience, as evidenced by Mahou shoujo-style transformation scenes, a lighthearted storyline, and tons of wacky humor. Aikatsu!, PriPara, and Full Moon Wo Sagashite are all small gateways for fans to enter the world of idol anime, and PriPara provides something that most idol anime lacks: extreme fun.
Skip Beat rounds out the top of this list. Kyouko is a 16-year-old girl who wishes to assist her friend Shou in becoming a top-ranking idol. Kyouko is acting out of love, but Shou does not see her in the same light. She wants vengeance on Shou after realizing he only sees her as a servant. To accomplish this, she aspires to be a better idol than he is. Skip Beat ran for one season and 25 episodes. The anime first aired in the fall of 2008 and has since concluded.
Ichigo had never considered becoming an idol until she saw Kanzaki Mizuki, the Top Idol, sing and dance on stage. Ichigo was captivated by Mizuki’s beauty and appeal on stage, and from that day forward, Ichigo enrolled at Starlight Academy, and her life changed as she became an idol. Despite her many successes as an idol, she was unable to reach her senior. Was it a skill she lacked? Should she put in more effort? Can she run faster? work harder? Aikatsu!, like PriPara, is lighter and more wholesome than her big sisters, with a focus on doing various idol activities such as auditions, meeting new friends, training, school, and so on. Aikatsu! is frequently referred to as the imouto of idol anime. The Aikatsu! series, which is currently in its third iteration, Aikatsu Friends!, is a fun alternative if you want to watch idol anime without the unnecessary drama and conflict. There is conflict in Aikatsu!, but it is not as extreme or tear-jerking as in Wake up, Girls! or even Love Live!. All you need to know is that Ichigo, Aoi, Ran, and their friends are performing idol activities to bring smiles and laughter to fans in both the 2D and IRL realms.
Gekidol is SO MUCH MORE THAN WHAT THE TITLE INDICATES. Gekidol’s description hints at mystery and sadness, as it takes place five years after several cities are wiped off the face of the Earth. However, the promise of following young Seira as she pursues her dream of becoming an actress leads you to believe that it will primarily be about overcoming stage fright and learning to embrace an uncertain future. However, the drama in the troupe’s personal life is what keeps you wanting to see more. Gekidol is best appreciated by not knowing what to expect, as it was most likely intended.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite (Searching for the Full Moon)
Kouyama Mitsuki, a 12-year-old boy, aspires to be a singer. She made a promise to a boy named Eiichi one day that when they met again, they would have both fulfilled their dreams. Unfortunately for Mitsuki, she has been diagnosed with a tumor in her throat, which will kill her if left untreated. However, she refuses to be treated because she will lose her ability to sing and fulfill her promise to Eiichi if she is. As her final days’ pass, she is visited by two soul takers (shinigami), Takuto and Meroko, who prepare her for her journey to the afterlife. Refusing to give up, Mitsuki demonstrates her determination and passion for singing, persuading Takuto to assist her. They use his abilities and Meroko’s grudging support to persuade Mitsuki to pursue her dreams by providing her with a temporarily healthy body. Will Mitsuki fulfill her dream of becoming a singer and meets Eiichi, or will she fail and succumb to her illness? Mitsuki, her manager, and everyone who is assisting her, have never claimed Mitsuki is an idol; rather, they refer to her as a singer. In Japan, the role of an idol is frequently viewed as someone who is only present for a short time in the entertainment industry, and they are not taken as seriously as singers, actors, and so on. If one wishes to pursue a professional career, the idols graduate and build a career from there. For Mitsuki, she is essentially an idol working to become a singer for her young love Eichi and throughout the series, we watch as Mitsuki starts from a novice to a professional artist while overcoming the tumor that’s slowly taking her life away.
BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II
Roselia members begin their practice sessions after deciding to compete at FES and earn a spot in FUTURE WORLD FES. Lisa, who consistently avoids conflict and keeps her opinions to herself, begins to communicate more with the rest of the band, telling Sayo how to improve her guitar sound and Ako when to start playing the drums. Sayo is taken aback by Lisa’s change in attitude, which causes her to reflect on herself. But, while everyone else is content and determined to move forward, Ako has some reservations. What happens to Roselia after they perform at the FWF? Because the band’s goal from the start has been to reach that point, Ako is concerned that the end of Roselia ma.
The cast of Idolish Seven is entirely made up of male idols. IDOLiSH7 is a group of seven boys who form an idol group. Each character is distinct in their own right, and they strive to be the best idol group. They will, however, have to learn what it takes to be the best on their way to the top. The anime is relatively new, with an eight-episode side series called IDOLiSH7 Vibrato and a second season set to premiere in 2020. IDOLiSH7 aired 17 episodes during the winter of 2018, and season one is now complete.
A very cute and colorful series!! On the lighter and more enjoyable side. The first episodes are ridiculous and follow the idol group’s misadventures through their daily school lives, gradually incorporating more “idol drama” as the series progresses. They have simple, exaggerated personalities with unique interests/character quirks, which I don’t consider a negative (uncomplicated is a positive for me!) The songs are featured in different sequences in each episode’s credits, which is pretty cool because it allows for more air time for the episode’s actual subject matter.
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls
The Cinderella Project has been implemented by 346 Production, which seeks out ordinary girls with hidden talents and elevates them to stardom as one of the most radiant idols. The Producer searches the city for that girl, and one day he finds her—the girl named Shibuya Rin. After a long wait, the sequel, or rather, spin-off of the idol anime that started it all, Cinderella Girls, has arrived, and it is, well, different than its predecessor. Being unique does not imply that it is in any way undesirable. While many fans disliked the less colorful art style, and the three main girls Rin, Uzuki, and Mio weren’t particularly interesting or even entertaining, and Cinderella Girls has a large cast of supporting characters to compensate. The anime’s tone is more serious than the original [email protected], with the main story and the aforementioned supporting characters carrying the series about an idol production company looking for diamonds in the rough and making them shine and radiant, similar to the famous fairy tale Cinderella.
Macross Δ (Macross Delta)
The Var Syndrome is a mysterious illness that is wreaking havoc on the galaxy. The syndrome spreads through planet after planet, transforming every humanoid into mindless zombie-like creatures. Its origins are unknown. Surprisingly, the idol unit Walküre and the Delta Squadron can end this epidemic. Macross Delta may not have a school setting or a story about an idol company producing cute idols, and it may be the wrong anime genre, but the idol unit Walküre is as “idol” as you can get. They perform live in active battlefields and use their songs to transmit a special wave that can turn the tides. They are led by the mysterious Mikumo Guynemer and recruit Freyja Wion. It is a dangerous responsibility because it exposes them to enemy fire and hazards. But, thankfully, Walküre has the Delta Squadron, a group of pilots who serve as the unit’s dancers and protectors. Music is an important part of Macross’s stories, and each series has a songstress who aids the main character in overcoming obstacles and bestowing superhuman abilities to turn the tide of battle. Macross Delta was the first series to feature an idol unit, among many others. If you’re looking for something different than typical school idol anime, Macross Delta is an anime you didn’t know had idols. There’s also romance, drama, action, and a fantastic music playlist.
Love Live! Sunshine!!
Takami Chika, a seemingly normal girl who isn’t a member of any school club, was inspired by the success of Otonokizaka High School’s now-legendary school idol group to form her idol group for her seaside school of Uranohoshi Girl’s High School. However, things did not go as planned when the school’s president rejected Chika’s plans to establish an idol club. Chika, undeterred, has recruited seven more girls to form the new school idol group Aquors, with the help of transfer student Sakurauchi Riko from Otonokizaka High School. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. This is essentially what Love Live! Sunshine!! is, with elements that are all too familiar, and it often feels as if they are riding the success of its predecessor, Love Live!. In retrospect, this isn’t entirely a bad thing because the new cast of characters and music are anything but similar, and they’re reason enough to care about them—Chika, Riko, Kanan, Dia, You, Yoshiko, Hanamaru, Mari, and Ruby go through phases where they conquer their fears, settle their differences, and work together to become one of Japan’s best idols while Love Live! Sunshine!! is well-known, it is still a must-see for idol fans who want to explore more of the Love Live! Universe.
Wake up, Girls!
Idol group on the rise Wake up, Girls! isn’t as well-known as the rest of their peers, but they’ve had some success, albeit not enough to get them off the ground. Things took a turn for the worse when their manager disappeared with their concert money, leaving the band without a future and Green Leaves Entertainment on the verge of bankruptcy. The girls were given a second chance, and while the road ahead is difficult, it is one that the girls must take to succeed. The Wake-up, Girls! series as a whole was made on a shoestring budget, resulting in stiff animations, horribly drawn backgrounds, and CGI with an abysmal frame rate. Despite its flaws due to a limited budget, Wake up, Girls! managed to tell a realistic story about the struggles of idols, such as how they promote themselves, hunt for events, pay the bills, and deal with the dark side of the idol industry such as character assassination, sexual exploitation, drugs, and corruption. The tone of Wake up, Girls! is not upbeat, but the anime provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is not obscured by frilly dresses and bubbly music.
I’ll Make a Habit of It
Nagisa, a teenage idol singer who yearns for a normal life, is central to the plot. However, being so popular causes issues, so she decides to cut her hair and attend a regular school—as a boy. In a similar vein to Ranma, we quickly run into a slew of issues that arise when there is gender confusion. To give you an idea, in the first episode, Nagisa finds a boyfriend. He loves her, but because he is unaware of her multiple personalities, he wants to challenge her male persona to a duel! As the series progresses, new characters are introduced, and various subplots emerge. some of which are quite bizarre.
Motomiya Nagisa is a typical girl going about her business on one of humanity’s industrial planets. One day, she happened to catch a live performance by the fugitive interplanetary idol group AKB0048. Her heart was captured by the dazzling lights and heartwarming music, and she was inspired to join their ranks. She must, however, conceal her passion for music. The Deep Galactic Trade Organization declared it illegal to enjoy music because it is one of the universe’s sources of evil. What will you do if the universe turns against you and imposes a universe-wide Entertainment Ban? AKB0048 is similar to Macross Delta in that it takes place in a far distant, off-Earth future, but without the destruction, despair, and death of someone close to you because your singing turned them into mindless berserkers. Rather than fighting other alien races, Nagisa and the new members of AKB0048 must travel from planet to planet performing concerts while evading capture by the most anti-fun government in existence. This unique and entertaining premise is reason enough to watch AKB0048, and who wouldn’t be dazzled by these beautiful girls with equally beautiful voices and music?
Zombieland Saga is the first of this list’s takes on the idol genre. Who says the undead can’t be worshiped? Sakura is a 17-year-old girl who aspires to be an idol, but her ambitions are dashed by truck-Kun. However, ten years later, she reappears as a zombie with amnesia. She joins Koutarou’s undead idol group, Franchouchou, along with six other zombie girls. Mamoru Miyano, Koutarou’s voice actor, won best voice actor for his role in Zombieland Saga at the Crunchyroll 2019 Anime Awards. The anime was also nominated for Anime of the Year. The Zombieland Saga has one season of 12 episodes and a second season has been confirmed. The anime aired in the fall of 2018 and has now concluded.
Prism Rhythm: Rainbow Live
Rainbow Live, perhaps taking many of the notes from Aurora Dream, starts with a bang. It improves on many of the previous series’ flaws by introducing stronger themes and plot developments (twists) that, frankly speaking, maybe beyond the series’ target age. But it’s precise because of this that it’s so good. That and the characters are given adequate exposure due to a large number of episodes. Even though the wonderful songs may sound repetitive again as a result.
Love Live! School Idol Project
This anime’s first season was certainly entertaining, introducing viewers to a new generation of idol characters. The issue is that it didn’t stray far from the already established franchises. Everything changes in the second season. The stakes have risen. The motivations are more powerful. Characters have a more genuine feel to them. And, perhaps because of the more inspirational themes of the second season, the songs have an even greater impact as they are introduced. If you were let down by the first series, give this one a shot. At the very least, you’ll know if the idol genre is your cup of tea-based solely on this series (start at season 2 for sure).
Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love
This is not the first idol anime of its kind, but it reached a high level of popularity very quickly when it first aired in 2011. It tells the story of Haruka Nanami, who enrolls in a prestigious school in the hopes of becoming a famous composer one day. She has a lot of talent, but so does everyone else in the room. From students to teachers to the principal! Everyone is either an aspiring idol or a successful idol. Haruka’s character bridges the gap between a more realistic world of those who don’t want to get too deep into the world of entertainment and those who have been completely consumed by it. Sure there are many good-looking characters in this anime (as you would expect), but the more interesting part of the story is how much work they have to put in and how much of their private lives they have to sacrifice to accomplish their dreams.
The twist in this idol anime is that the main character, Miss Monochrome, isn’t just a girl who wants to be an idol; she’s an android who wants to be an idol! To top it all off, she despises all colors and wishes to convert everything to her preferred monochrome style! This is a short anime, with each episode lasting only 4 minutes, but it contains a lot of humor and quirky moments that are very entertaining. It’s also a one-of-a-kind story in the idol world, and it makes you wonder whether an android can do a better job of becoming an idol than a human.
4DJ: First Mix
Rinku Aimoto returns to Japan and enrolls at Yoba Academy, a school with thriving DJ culture. An unforgettable DJ concert deeply moves her she witnesses at school, where she quickly meets Maho, Muni, and Rei one after the other. After some time together, the four of them decide to form their DJ group called Happy Around. Rinku and her friends make their way to the big stage by collaborating with Peaky P-key, Photon Maiden, and other DJ units at the school! “Everyone, please! “Happiness all around!”