The official website for I★CHU: Halfway Through The Idol, the television anime of Liber Entertainment Inc.'s I★CHU smartphone game, revealed on Friday a promotional video, key visual, visuals of characters in idol costumes, additional staff, and January 2021 premiere.
The newly announced staff includes Reiko Iwasawa (Code Geass), who is credited as the color key artist, and Yoshiaki Dewa (Gamers!), who is composing the music. Half HP Studio is handling sound production.
The cast members, all returning from the game, include:
(left to right in images below, with costumed character images above regular cast images)
Hitoshi Nanba (Golden Kamuy both seasons, Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.) is directing the series at Lay-duce. Yoshimi Narita (Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart., DAKAICHI -I'm being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-) is the series script supervisor. Mina Ōsawa (Given, School Babysitters) is designing the characters. Liber Entertainment Inc. is credited with the original work, Ailedore Public Relations Department is credited as manufacturer, and Twin Engine is producing the series.
Liber Entertainment Inc. released the original "love rhythm adventure" game for iOS and Android in summer 2015. The game features 42 voice actors in the main story, performing original songs. In the game's story, a famous talent agency called Ailedore has created an academy called Etoile Vio School to train budding idols. Players play as both a teacher and producer for the students.
The original game ended its online service on July 6. However, Liber Entertainment updated the game on the same day to work offline. This offline version will be available until December 13, although players cannot purchase in-game Discs or obtain Scouts in it.