What is this genre all about? In Japanese culture, idols (アイドル) are media personalities in their teens and early twenties who are considered particularly cute and cuddly and who will, for a period ranging from several months to a few years, regularly appear in the mass media, e.g. as singers for J-pop groups, bit-part actors, TV personalities, models in photo spreads published in magazines, advertisements, etc.Source: wiki
We present you the list of Idol anime you should watch right now.
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Top 20 Idol anime you should watch right now. [2024 List]
- 20. [Oshi no Ko]
- 19. Idol
- 18. Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song
- 17. Perfect Blue
- 16. Guilty Crown
- 15. Zombieland Saga
- 14. Genjitsu no Yohane: SUNSHINE in the MIRROR
- 13. Beck
- 12. [Oshi no Ko] Season 2
- 11. Holo no Graffiti
- 10. Love Live! School Idol Project
- 9. PriPara
- 8. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
- 7. The iDOLM@STER Million Live!
- 6. Zombieland Saga Revenge
- 5. Kami Kuzu☆Idol
- 4. Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season
- 3. Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
- 2. Visual Prison
- 1. Venus Project: Climax
20. [Oshi no Ko]
When a pregnant young starlet appears in Gorou Amemiya’s countryside medical clinic, the doctor takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver Ai Hoshino’s child so she can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But no good deed goes unpunished, and on the eve of her delivery, he finds himself slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry, threatening to dull the shine of his favorite star. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts? And what will he do when unthinkable disaster strikes?
Note: Episode 1【推しの子】Mother and Children was pre-screened in advance in Japanese theaters on March 17, 2023. The regular TV broadcast begins on April 12, 2023. The first episode has an extended runtime of ~90 minutes.
Oshi no Ko has finished airing and it has 11 Episodes. It is also Known as: 【推しの子】, 【OSHI NO KO】, [Mein*Star], Favorite Girl, My Idol's Child, เกิดใหม่เป็นลูกโอชิ, Anak Idola, 【推しの子】Mother and Children, [Oshi no Ko] Mother and Children, 【MOJA GWIAZDA】, 我推的孩子
Music video directed by Naoya Nakayama for the song Idol by YOASOBI. The song is based on the original novel "45510" written by Aka Akasaka.
Note: The song featured in this music video also serves as the opening theme of the anime [Oshi no Ko].
Idol has finished airing and it has 1 Episodes. It is also Known as: アイドル, Idol
18. Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song
Nierland—an A.I complex theme park where dreams, hopes, and science intermingle. Created as the first-ever autonomous humanoid A.I, Vivy acts as an A.I cast for the establishment. To fulfill her mission of making everyone happy through songs, she continues to take the stage and perform with all her heart. However, the theme park was still lacking in popularity.
One day, an A.I named Matsumoto appears before Vivy and explains that he has travelled from 100 years into the future, with the mission to correct history with Vivy and prevent the war between A.I and humanity that is set to take place 100 years later.
What sort of future will the encounter of two A.I with different missions redraw? This is the story of A.I destroying A.I. A.I diva Vivy's 100-year journey begins.
Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song- (ヴィヴィ -フローライトアイズソング-), Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song
17. Perfect Blue
Perfect Blue revolves around the main protagonist, Mima Kirigoe, a member of a pop idol group named “CHAM!”. After evaluating her situation, she decides to give up her idol status to pursue a career as an actress, what she believes to be the next step in making a name for herself in the industry. However, one of her most hardcore fans, Me-Mania, is less than happy about the path she has decided to take.
Now reborn as an actress, Mima accepts an interesting role, ignoring her manager, Rumi Hidaka's reservations about it. While on set, strange things begin to happen to people who are involved with the film. As time goes on, Mima begins to break down mentally, struggling to distinguish fantasy from reality.
Will Mima be able to escape the grip of her stalker and turn in a break out performance, or will she descend into madness?
Perfect Blue has finished airing and it has 1 Episodes. It is also Known as: パーフェクト・ブルー, Perfect Blue
16. Guilty Crown
Japan, 2039. Ten years after the outbreak of the "Apocalypse Virus," an event solemnly regarded as "Lost Christmas," the once proud nation has fallen under the rule of the GHQ, an independent military force dedicated to restoring order. Funeral Parlor, a guerilla group led by the infamous Gai Tsutsugami, act as freedom fighters, offering the only resistance to GHQ's cruel despotism.
Inori Yuzuriha, a key member of Funeral Parlor, runs into the weak and unsociable Shuu Ouma during a crucial operation, which results in him obtaining the "Power of Kings"—an ability which allows the wielder to draw out the manifestations of an individual's personality, or "voids." Now an unwilling participant in the struggle against GHQ, Shuu must learn to control his newfound power if he is to help take back Japan once and for all.Guilty Crown follows the action-packed story of a young high school student who is dragged into a war, possessing an ability that will help him uncover the secrets of the GHQ, Funeral Parlor, and Lost Christmas. However, he will soon learn that the truth comes at a far greater price than he could have ever imagined.
Guilty Crown has finished airing and it has 22 Episodes. It is also Known as: ギルティクラウン, GUILTY CROWN
15. Zombieland Saga
A typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peace these seven girls experience will suddenly be destroyed. By the living dead... zombies. A reality that they never wanted a part of, an amazing and terrifying zombie world. They all share one wish: "We want to live." These girls will struggle through this saga, in order to achieve a miracle. MAPPA, Avex Pictures, and Cygames team up to bring you a juicy, 100% original anime. A timeless shocker for all audiences, a brand new style of zombie anime, will soon rise.
ZOMBIE LAND SAGA has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ゾンビランドサガ, Zombieland Saga
14. Genjitsu no Yohane: SUNSHINE in the MIRROR
Initially teased as an April Fools' Day joke in 2022, and later formally announced in June during Day 2 of the "Aqours 6th LoveLive! ~KU-RU-KU-RU Rock 'n' Roll TOUR~" Tokyo dome concert.
The story reimagines Yoshiko Tsushima, the school idol afflicted with chuunibyou (adolescent delusions of grandeur), as a magical girl. The story is set in Numazu, a scenic harbor town surrounded by the sea and mountains. Ever since she was little, the girl Yohane has never fit in, and has always felt apart from everyone in town. Her aspirations and true place in this world lie elsewhere. The story follows this girl who can't follow rules as she journeys into the mysterious world.
Note: Each episode was streamed seven days in advance of the TV broadcast starting on June 25th 2023, on ABEMA. Regular broadcasting began on July 2nd 2023.
Yohane of the Parhelion - SUNSHINE in the MIRROR has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: 幻日のヨハネ -SUNSHINE in the MIRROR-, Yohane of the Parhelion - Unpolarized Reflexion
Tanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki, is a 14-year-old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke's new band BECK. Koyuki's life starts to change as the band struggles toward fame.
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad has finished airing and it has 26 Episodes. It is also Known as: ベック, BECK, Mongolian Chop Squad
12. [Oshi no Ko] Season 2
The second season of [Oshi no Ko].
Oshi no Ko Season 2 has not yet aired. It will air on December 31, 2024. It is also Known as: 【推しの子】第2期, [Oshi no Ko] Season 2
11. Holo no Graffiti
Comedy shorts featuring various VTuber characters from Hololive agency.
Holo Graffiti is currently airing and will have Episodes. It is also Known as: ホロのぐらふぃてぃ, Holo no Graffiti
10. Love Live! School Idol Project
Otonokizaka High School is in a crisis! With the number of enrolling students dropping lower and lower every year, the school is set to shut down after its current first years graduate. However, second year Honoka Kousaka refuses to let it go without a fight. Searching for a solution, she comes across popular school idol group A-RISE and sets out to create a school idol group of her own. With the help of her childhood friends Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami, Honoka forms μ's (pronounced "muse") to boost awareness and popularity of her school.
Unfortunately, it's all easier said than done. Student council president Eli Ayase vehemently opposes the establishment of a school idol group and will do anything in her power to prevent its creation. Moreover, Honoka and her friends have trouble attracting any additional members. But the Love Live, a competition to determine the best and most beloved school idol groups in Japan, can help them gain the attention they desperately need. With the contest fast approaching, Honoka must act quickly and diligently to try and bring together a school idol group and win the Love Live in order to save Otonokizaka High School.
Love Live! School Idol Project has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: ラブライブ! School idol project, Love Live! School Idol Project
Every little girl waits for the day she'll get her special ticket, one that will grant her entry into the world of PriPara (Prism Paradise). PriPara is a world of music, fashion, and daily auditions for a chance to become a pop idol. Laala Manaka's friends and classmates aspire to become idols, but her school forbids elementary school students from participating in the idol competitions.
Luckily, Laala is only interested in watching the idol shows. Yet somehow despite all this, she manages to bumble her way into the PriPara world, and debut as a fresh new talent. After being told all her life that she's too loud, Laala has finally found a place where she can be as loud as she wants and sing from her heart.
And not only that, but there's a possibility that she might be the legendary Prism Voice. Adventure, fashion, and music awaits as Laala climbs her way to the top, on her way to become the cutest and most beloved pop idol in the world of PriPara!
PriPara has finished airing and it has 38 Episodes. It is also Known as: プリパラ, Puri Para, Pri Para, PuriPara, Prism Paradise
8. Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
A group of 3 yakuza failed their boss for the last time. After messing up an important job, the boss gave them 2 choices: honorably commit suicide, or go to Thailand to get a sex reassignment surgery in order to become "female" idols. After a gruesome year training to become idols, they successfully debut, with overwhelming popularity, much to their dismay. This is where their tragedy truly begins.
Back Street Girls has finished airing and it has 10 Episodes. It is also Known as: Back Street Girls -ゴクドルズ, Back Street Girls: Washira Idol Hajimemashita., Gokudolls
7. The iDOLM@STER Million Live!
Mirai Kasuga, who wants to carry on a dream she has yet to see. Shizuka Mogami, who yearns to be an idol and is shaken. Tsubasa Ibuki, who does not know what she can be serious about.
At 765 Production new idols gather and everyone's "dreams" will brought into brilliance at the theater! The long-awaited anime of "The IDOLM@STER Million Live!!
The iDOLM@STER Million Live! is currently airing and will have 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: THE iDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE!, The iDOLM@STER Million Live!
6. Zombieland Saga Revenge
Second season of Zombieland Saga.
Zombieland Saga Revenge has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ゾンビランドサガ リベンジ, Zombieland Saga Second Season, Zombie Land Saga Revenge
5. Kami Kuzu☆Idol
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?
Phantom of the Idol has finished airing and it has 10 Episodes. It is also Known as: 神クズ☆アイドル, Kami Kuzu☆Idol
4. Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season
Second season of Love Live! Sunshine!!.
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 has finished airing and it has 13 Episodes. It is also Known as: ラブライブ！サンシャイン!! 第2期, Love Live! School Idol Project: Sunshine!!
3. Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
The anime takes place at Gama Gama Aquarium, a small aquarium in Okinawa, an hour's bus ride from Naha. Kukuru Misakino is an 18-year-old high school student who works there, and she knows about the "secret" of the aquarium: sometimes you can see mysterious things. One day Kukuru meets Fuuka, standing in front of a water tank with flowing hair and a tear rolling down her cheek. Fuuka has given up on her dream of becoming an idol and she has run away from Tokyo to Okinawa. Wanting to find a place to belong, Fuuka earnestly asks to work at the aquarium. The anime follows Kukuru and Fuuka as they deal with the issues of the secret of the aquarium and a looming crisis of its possible closure.
Aquatope of White Sand has finished airing and it has 24 Episodes. It is also Known as: 白い砂のアクアトープ, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope
2. Visual Prison
Ange Yuki, a boy who wrestles with deep-seated loneliness and can't fit in...
With nobody to call family, he leaves his hometown. Longing to see an artist he admires perform, he heads for Harajuku, where he encounters a live battle between visual kei units ECLIPSE and LOS † EDEN. Overwhelmed by the energetic performance, he is suddenly struck by an intense pain...
Visual Prison has finished airing and it has 12 Episodes. It is also Known as: ヴィジュアルプリズン, Visual Prison
1. Venus Project: Climax
In the near future, Japan has developed sophisticated digital and image technology. People are enthusiastic for a new type of entertainment called "FORMULA VENUS." Abbreviated as "F-V," it is a sorted live battle of the top idol performances based on the idols' power, techniques, and developed experience. The story is about the drama that happens among the girls in VENUS PROJECT as they aim for the top by concentrating on difficult battles, passion, and friendship.
Venus Project: Climax has finished airing and it has 6 Episodes. It is also Known as: VENUS PROJECT（ヴィーナス プロジェクト）－CLIMAX－, Venus Project: Climax