Anime Review: I★Chu: Halfway Through the Idol (2021). This series is an idol Smartphone game developed by Liber Entertainment. Initially, the game was released on June 26, 2015, for Android, then for iOS it was released on July 3, 2015.
His newest game, I-Chu toile Stage, was released on April 30, 2020, and for the original game, it stopped in July 2020.
Synopsis Halfway Through the Idol
This anime tells about students who are full of enthusiasm and hope, they are known as I-Chu several groups of students, who will carry out training to become idols.
However, a strange thing happens, when a new student gets a speech from the principal who has the shape of a teddy bear. Then, the children study hard, to achieve their goals.
So, can these students become successful and famous idols, as they dream?
Japanese: HALFWAY THROUGH THE IDOL
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2021, to Mar 24, 2021
Premiered: Winter 2021
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 23:00 (JST)
Genres: Music, Slice of Life, Comedy, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Seiyuu and Staff
-Kazutomi Yamamoto as Momosuke Oikawa
-Ayumu Murase as Kokoro Hanabusa
-Kōhei Amasaki as Runa Kagurazaka
-Akio Ohtsuka as Principal Bear
-Megumi Toyoguchi as Yuzuki Asahina
-Yūichi Iguchi as Kanata Minato
-KENN as Seiya Aido
-Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Akira Mitsurugi
The staff involved in this anime project are Hitoshi Nanba as director, then Yoshimi Narita as script supervisor, then Mina Sawa who designed the characters, and Liber Entertainment Inc.
I★the Chu: Halfway Through the Idol is an anime that exceeded my initial expectations, when I saw the cover and watched it in the first 5 minutes, I thought that it would be like idol anime in general. However, when I went into the introduction of the initial problem that this anime wanted to provide, it immediately changed my mind, even in the second episode I began to realize that this anime is very interesting to watch.
This anime provides a problem that is simple and seems trivial to us to see, where the characters need to sell 3 thousand Music CDs or they will be expelled. Those of me who is a little savvy in the idol world realize that this is very difficult for a group that has only been around for a week, and the topics that are there to solve it are quite intelligent, where the anime provides topics that are just as simple but makes me feel that these are things rarely brought up by idol anime these days.
The problem that it provides itself, is what I like most about the story, because idol stories, especially containing boys, are on average more of something big, and it’s rare to see male idol anime starting something small like this, so for For me, this is an interesting thing to watch, because it feels new and feels more realistic.
However, on the other hand, the story in this anime is not an interesting story for many people to watch, for, who may have discussed idol anime about boys several times and know a little about the idol world, considers this an interesting thing. However, for viewers who are rarely or maybe not familiar with the world of idols, they may think this is not an interesting thing and the problem itself is simple, so it doesn’t feel anything tense from this story.
Character Halfway Through the Idol
There are many characters in this series which are divided into several units, at the beginning, we are introduced to Fire Fenix, Twinkle Bell, Ai Bee, and Ars units. Some of these units have their uniqueness and are filled with even more unique characters, if we discuss this I think this is already very good and I will not comment further, because you all know I like unique characters like this.
When it comes to characters, when I saw the opening music video and when I searched for information about the game, I saw that there might be other additional characters. Besides that, these additional characters are also the main characters in the game, so this makes me think a little about whether this series will provide a lot of characters.
I hope that in the first season it is better to focus on these 4 main units because in my opinion these 4 units are many and are enough to make the anime interesting, maybe the other main characters would be better introduced at a glance. This anime if the adaptation of the first season is successful, then it will get a sequel, and in the next season it will require new topics that are displayed from new characters, so the other main characters are better provided in the second season and The first season is just an introduction.