The official website for the Idoly Pride multimedia idol project debuted a trailer for the anime part of the project on Saturday. The trailer highlights Mana Nagase (Sayaka Kanda), a talented performer aiming to become the top idol. It also profiles Kotono Nagase (Mirai Tachibana), a solitary idol striving for the same goal as her big sister, and Sakura Kawasaki (Mai Sugano), a naive idol who listens to her heart.
The website also posted an illustration featuring Mana Nagase and the 10 other main characters under Hoshimi Production:
The project's cast includes:
Hoshimi ProductionMirai Tachibana as Kotono Nagase Mai Sugano as Sakura Kawasaki Moeko Yūki as Rei Ichinose Kokona Natsume as Nagisa Ibuki Nao Sasaki as Haruko Saeki Koharu Miyazawa as Saki Shiraishi Kanon Takao as Chisa Shiraishi Kanata Aikawa as Suzu Narumiya Moka Hinata as Mei Hayasaka Yukina Shutō as Shizuku Hyōdō
TRINITYAiLESora Amamiya as Rui Tendō Momo Asakura as Yū Suzumura Shiina Natsukawa as Sumire Okuyama
LizNoirHaruka Tomatsu as Rio Kanzaki Ayahi Takagaki as Aoi Igawa Minako Kotobuki as Ai Komiyama Aki Toyosaki as Kokoro Akazaki
Sayaka Kanda is voicing the new character Mana Nagase, who is the older sister to Kotono.
Yū Kinome (episode director for Classroom of the Elite, Scum's Wish, School-Live!) is directing the anime at CAAnimation. Tatsuya Takahaashi (Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls) is in charge of the series scripts, and Sumie Kinoshita (Forest of Piano, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian) is designing the characters. Lerche (School-Live!, Scum's Wish, Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World) is also credited for animation production.
CyberAgent subsidiary QualiArts, Straight Edge, and Music Ray'n are collaborating on the multimedia project. QP:flapper (Girlish Number, Girl Friend BETA) is providing the original character designs. YOSHIKI Minazumi (name romanization not confirmed) of QualiArts, Kaoru Adachi (Love Live! School idol project producer) of Straight Edge, and Jukki Hanada (Love Live! School idol project, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! scripts) of SATZ are credited with the original concept. Music Ray'n and QualiArts are credited for the music.
English text on the project's promotional materials reads, "No one starts from the spotlight. They all start as nobody. Only way there is to prove that she is a true idol." The multimedia project includes anime, video games, music, and several other forms of entertainment. A manga titled Idoly Pride: Stage of Asterism launched on Kadokawa's Comic Newtype website on June 10.