I★CHU: Halfway Through The Idol

Title:I★CHU: Halfway Through The Idol
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Notables: IGUCHI Yūichi
TOYONAGA Toshiyuki
At the Etoile Vio, a special school for wannabe male idols, Aido Seiya, Kanata Minato, and Mitsurugi Akira comprise the group 'Fire Fenyx'. Kanata is a former child actor, Akira was a well known model, and Aido is just enthralled by Idol performing. So far, they have not managed to attract much attention or build their brand. They've only been at the school for a week when they are informed of a difficult hurdle which they and the other groups of Class 3 must surmount: sell 3000 CDs within three months or be expelled.

12 episodes
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4255#628]
(One episode watched):

The first few minutes of episode one didn't impress me and I almost didn't watch the episode at all. The message I was getting was that this show would be about the wondrous world of Idoldom itself, rather than characters or plot or anything like that. We are introduced to the four or five groups of Class 3, each of which is slightly wacky and has its own unique touch to hopefully draw attention--one is comprised of two twins, another entirely of foreigners from various countries. The humor in general was nothing to boast of. I was bewildered when academy president 'Kuma' appeared--he's either a man who likes to wear a teddy bear costume, or something even weirder than that. How seriously are we supposed to take this show? When he announced the demanding test which the groups would have to pass, I thought that perhaps what had seemed a very mediocre show might actually have an interesting premise after all. But ultimately nothing about it really grabbed my attention. There's a large cast, but even the three main characters had gotten little development and didn't intrigue me. The way their previously lackluster skills suddenly 'clicked', and Aido suddenly saw 'color' in their music, was hard to buy--what had they really done any differently this time around? So, while it could have been worse, I think I already have enough anime with an Idol theme in my viewing schedule without this show as well.

Last updated Wednesday, January 20 2021. Created Wednesday, January 20 2021.

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