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The music industry can be a spooky business, and now a teaser trailer, a new key visual, the main staff, and additional cast members have all been revealed for Phantom of the Idol (known as Kami-kuzu Idol in Japan), an upcoming TV anime based on the supernatural comedy manga by Hijiki Isoflavone about an unmotivated male idol whose career takes a sharp turn when he meets the ghost of an energetic idol girl.


The main staff for Phantom of the Idol includes:


  • Original work: Hijiki Isoflavone (serialized in Ichijinsha’s Monthly Comic ZERO-SUM)
  • Director: Daisei Fukuoka
  • Series composition, screenplay: Yasuko Aoki
  • Character design: Saori Hosoda
  • Music: myu
  • Animation production: Studio Gokumi


The new cast additions for Phantom of the Idol include:


  • Eri Kitamura as Hitomi Shinano.
  • Hitomi Ueda as Kasenjiki.
  • Yō Taichi as Tsugiko.
  • Manaka Iwami as Shigutaro.
  • Sei Ôhama as the Narrator.
  • and Others.



An English language version of the Phantom of the Idol manga is in-development from Kodansha Comics, who describe the story of the series as follows:


Yuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night, but Yuya’s sloppy dancing and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure Yuya expected…


After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuya meets a girl backstage. All she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year.


A new key visual for the upcoming Phantom of the Idol TV anime, featuring male idol duo ZINGS (composed of Yuya Niyodo and Kazuki Yoshino) performing on stage while the ghost of  Asahi Mogami hovers nearby and cheers them on.


The Phantom of the Idol TV anime is scheduled to broadcast in Japan during the summer season of 2022.


Source: Comic Natalie


Copyright notice: © Hijiki Isoflavone・Ichijinsha / Phantom of the Idol Production Committee


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