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Idoly Pride: How to Play the Rhythm Game that Lets You Interact with Your Favorite Idols


What is Idoly Pride?




If you are a fan of idol-themed anime and games, you might have heard of Idoly Pride, a multimedia project that combines music, drama, and competition. Idoly Pride is a collaboration between CyberAgent's subsidiaries QualiArts, Straight Edge, and Sony Music Entertainment Japan's MusicRay'n, with character designs by QP:flapper. The project was officially revealed in November 2019, and since then it has expanded into various media forms, such as manga, anime, and game. But what exactly is Idoly Pride about, and why should you give it a try? In this article, we will give you a comprehensive guide to this ambitious idol project and its main features.




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The Story of Idoly Pride




The story of Idoly Pride revolves around two idol groups from different production companies: Hoshimi Production and Van Production. Both groups are competing in the VENUS Program, an idol scoring system that uses AI and data to rank candidates based on various factors. The VENUS Program also holds an annual tournament called the VENUS Grand Prix, where idols from different agencies vie for the top spot.


The story begins with a tragedy: Mana Nagase, one of the rising stars of the idol industry and a member of Van Production, dies in a road accident on her way to the VENUS Grand Prix finals. Her death shocks and saddens everyone who knew her, but also inspires some of them to pursue their own dreams as idols. A few years later, Mana's former manager, Kouhei Makino, works at Hoshimi Production, a small entertainment company based in Hoshimi City. He decides to form a new idol group with 10 girls who pass an audition. Among them are Kotono Nagase, Mana's younger sister who wants to follow in her footsteps; and Sakura Kawasaki, a girl who has a voice remarkably similar to Mana's.


The story follows the struggles and growth of these 10 girls as they learn to work together as a team and overcome various challenges in their idol career. Along the way, they also encounter their rivals from Van Production, who have their own goals and motivations. The story explores themes such as friendship, rivalry, love, loss, ambition, and passion.


The Characters of Idoly Pride




Hoshimi Production




Hoshimi Production is the main group of Idoly Pride. It consists of 10 idols who are divided into two sub-units: Sunny Peace (Kotono Nagase, Sakura Kawasaki, Rei Ichinose, Nagisa Ibuki) and Moon Tempest (Saki Shiraishi, Chisa Shiraishi, Mei Hayasaka, Shizuku Hyodo). The group is managed by Kouhei Makino and assisted by Yuu Riisaka. The group's name comes from their hometown, Hoshimi City.


The idols of Hoshimi Production have different personalities and backgrounds, but they share a common bond as friends and colleagues. They also have a strong admiration for Mana Nagase, who inspired them to become idols. They aim to honor her legacy and reach the top of the VENUS Program.


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Van Production




Van Production is the rival group of Idoly Pride. It consists of 10 idols who are divided into two sub-units: LizNoir (Rui Tendou, Rin Aiba, Yuu Suzumura, Shiori Yamaga) and TRINITYAiLE (Suzu Narumiya, Haruko Saeki, Airi Hayashida, Ibuki Niina). The group is managed by Takashi Ishii and assisted by Sumire Okuyama. The group's name comes from their motto, "Victory and Nothing Else".


The idols of Van Production are more experienced and confident than their counterparts from Hoshimi Production. They have a competitive and professional attitude towards their idol career, and they do not hesitate to use any means necessary to achieve their goals. They also have a complex relationship with Mana Nagase, who was their former leader and friend. Some of them resent her for leaving them behind, while others respect her for her talent and charisma. They aim to surpass her achievements and prove themselves as the best idols in the industry.


The Media of Idoly Pride




Manga




Idoly Pride has two manga adaptations that are serialized in different magazines. The first one is Idoly Pride: Stage of Asterism, which is written by Hiroki Haruse and illustrated by Tatsuya Takahashi. It is published in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Comic Alive magazine since December 2019. It follows the story of the anime series from the perspective of Hoshimi Production.


The second one is Idoly Pride: After School, which is written by Hiroki Haruse and illustrated by Kyouhei Fujikawa. It is published in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace Up web magazine since January 2020. It focuses on the daily lives and interactions of the idols from both Hoshimi Production and Van Production.


Anime




The anime adaptation of Idoly Pride is produced by CAAnimation, a new animation studio under CyberAgent. It is directed by Yuu Kinome and written by Tatsuya Takahashi. It aired from January 10 to March 28, 2021, for a total of 12 episodes. The anime features original songs composed by various artists, such as Elements Garden, kz (livetune), Q-MHz, and Yuki Kajiura.


The anime received mixed reviews from critics and viewers. Some praised its animation quality, music, and voice acting, while others criticized its plot, pacing, and character development. Some also compared it unfavorably to other idol-themed anime, such as Love Live! and The Idolmaster. The anime has an average score of 6.36 out of 10 on MyAnimeList.


The anime is available for streaming on various platforms, such as Funimation, Crunchyroll, Wakanim, AnimeLab, and Ani-One Asia. It is also licensed by Muse Communication in Southeast Asia and Sentai Filmworks in North America.


Game




The game adaptation of Idoly Pride is a mobile rhythm game developed by QualiArts and published by CyberAgent. It is scheduled to be released in 2021 for iOS and Android devices.


The game will allow players to interact with the idols from both Hoshimi Production and Van Production, as well as create their own original idol groups. The game will also feature original stories and songs that are not shown in the anime or manga.


The Music of Idoly Pride




One of the main attractions of Idoly Pride is its music, which showcases the talents and charms of the idols from both groups. The music is composed by various artists who have experience in creating idol songs, such as Elements Garden, kz (livetune), Q-MHz, and Yuki Kajiura. The music is performed by the voice actors of the idols, who are also singers under Sony Music Entertainment Japan's MusicRay'n label.


Some of the songs and albums from Idoly Pride are:


TitleArtistTypeRelease Date


The SunshowerHoshimi ProductionOpening theme of the animeJanuary 27, 2021


RealizeVan ProductionEnding theme of the animeJanuary 27, 2021


Idoly PrideHoshimi Production and Van ProductionInsert song of the animeFebruary 24, 2021


Sunny Peace / Moon TempestSunny Peace and Moon TempestCharacter songs of Hoshimi ProductionMarch 24, 2021


LizNoir / TRINITYAiLELizNoir and TRINITYAiLECharacter songs of Van ProductionMarch 24, 2021


Asterism / Monochrome / PrideHoshimi Production and Van ProductionInsert songs of the animeApril 21, 2021


The Beginning of the End / The End of the Beginning / The Sunshower (Reprise)Hoshimi Production and Van ProductionInsert songs of the animeMay 26, 2021


The Future of Idoly Pride




Idoly Pride is a project that has a lot of potential and possibilities for the future. The creators have stated that they have plans to expand the project into other media forms, such as novels, drama CDs, live events, and merchandise. They also hinted that there might be more stories and characters to explore in the world of Idoly Pride.


For example, there is a mysterious group called ZERO, which is composed of four idols who are ranked at the bottom of the VENUS Program. They have not appeared in the anime or manga, but they have been featured in some promotional materials an


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