The official website for the Idol Bu Show multimedia project began streaming a promotional video for the project’s upcoming anime film on Tuesday. The video previews both the anime part and live-action concert footage from the franchise‘s summer 2020 concerts.
The film will open on June 24, and will feature the project’s first original story.
CG animator and director Shingo Kobayashi (Attack on Titan 2019 3D CG supervision) is directing the film at ORENDA and Amineworkswith novelist Tetsuya Sano supervising the project. Kotsukotsu (Aharen-san wa Hakarenai) is penning the film’s script.
The concept behind the project is a “battle royale” between three idol units, each one led by a Sengoku-era commander who has been reincarnated as a music producer. Sales numbers and voting at each live performance will determine the winner of the battle royale. The group that wins will hold a grand live performance to adopt the name of “the greatest under the heavens.” The project launched in 2019, and the franchise currently includes released CD singles for the various idol groups in the project and events.
Saitō Dōsan’s reincarnation “Shigemichi Saitō” leads the first unit “No Princess.” Saitō Dōsan was known as the Viper of Mino and the father-in-law of Oda Nobunaga. Shigeru Saitō (music producer of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sound! Euphoniumand other series) is handling the actual music production.
Date Masamune’s reincarnation “Muneto Date” is leading the second unit “Lunatic Eyes.” Date is famous for being a one-eyed warrior and the lord of Sendai. Akihiro Tomita (music production for artists such as Maon Kurosaki and ClariS) is handling the actual music production.
Sanada Yukimura’s reincarnation “Kōnosuke Sanada” leads the third unit “X-UC.” Sanada Yukimura was a famed warrior who is best known for defending Osaka castle against the Tokugawa in 1614. Yohei Kisara (a music producer on Love Live! school idol project) is handling the actual music production.
The fourth idol unit is named “Fool’s End.” The group is key to the project’s backstory, as it is this nationally renowned idol duo’s break-up announcement that triggers the “Warring Idols” period, with idol groups vying to be their successor. Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsuwho perform as the real-life idol group petit miladyvoice the two Fool’s End members Shinobu Sakuma and Nagaho Mori, respectively.
The idol units feature the talents of Sachika Misawa, Miho Okasaki, Nanaka Suwa, Moe Toyota, Yuki Nakashima, Erika Ishitobiand others. The Price of Smiles and Urawa no Usagi-chan character designer NOB-C drew the character designs and key visual. Revue Starlight stage play and insert song lyrics writer Kanata Nakamura is handling the story of the idols.
Sources: Idol Bu Show franchise‘s website, Comic Natalie