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Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: WUG!
Japanese: Wake Up, Girls!


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014
Genres: Drama, Music
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.061 (scored by 7932 users)
Ranked: #30082
Popularity: #1417
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Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl...

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Prequel: Wake Up, Girls! Shichinin no Idol
Spin-off: Wake Up, Girl Zoo!
Sequel: Wake Up, Girls! Zoku Movie 1

Characters & Voice Actors

Hayashida, Airi
Hayashida, Airi
Eino, Airi
Eino, Airi
Hisami, Nanami
Hisami, Nanami
Yamashita, Nanami
Yamashita, Nanami
Katayama, Minami
Katayama, Minami
Tanaka, Minami
Tanaka, Minami
Kikuma, Kaya
Kikuma, Kaya
Okuno, Kaya
Okuno, Kaya


Yamamoto, Yutaka
Director, Planning
Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Tanaka, Minami
Theme Song Performance, Inserted Song Performance
Yoshioka, Mayu
Theme Song Performance, Inserted Song Performance

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Mar 28, 2014
Nowadays, idol music groups are a firm part of otaku culture. So it doesn't really come off as a surprise that anime more and more includes idols as a theme as well - and it does it quite successful! Wake Up, Girls! is another anime that tries to hop on the moneymaking bandwagon of idol-focused series with a huge original project including a movie, a TV series and of course lots of music. So, how does Wake Up, Girls! (WUG from now on) compete with other popular idol anime series? Not too bad, I would say.

While the 50-minute prequel movie (which you definitely should watch read more
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Jun 7, 2014
-WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST- It is episode 0, and highly relevant to the series.

Let me be first to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of slice-of-life anime which this falls SQUARELY into.Also, I am not a big idol fan either. But WUG! is a masterpiece of art, idol management and hype. Here are some facts about the WUG!:

1. Every SINGLE one of the 7 main characters are completely new voice talents. For all of them this is their first major role. The one with the most experience is being train announcer in an another anime before this gig.

2. All the main characters read more
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Mar 29, 2014
This is a series that attempts to showcase what true idols are like, it does so fairly well by using characters who are not particularly talented aside from a few who have some singing experience or dancing experience. Doing this allowed the series to focus on the hardships they faced as they practice as well as the hardships of trying to draw a crowd of fans despite their lack of talent which served the show very well. All 7 girls got a chance to have their personal lives expanded on during the series which is a good thing to see for a short show like read more
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Jul 27, 2014
I actually wanted to watch this since it came out during its seasonal airing. But, I decided that I would watch it later.

Wake Up, Girls! is another idol anime, produced by Ordet and under the direction of the infamous Yamamoto Yutaka.

Before its 12-episode anime, there is a movie to be watched first. I really, really recommend that you watch the movie because it shows how the idol group under the same anime name, “Wake Up, Girls!” (WUG), started. In the anime series, the group faces problematic situations, and it tries to manage and keep it going.

Sadly, the story didn’t shine really well among other idol read more
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Both anime are full of music and friendship! The music in both of them are very catchy, and get stuck in my head constantly. Even the lovable characters seem to have some resemblance to one another... Such as Yoppi & Umi and Hanayo & Airi. They folow around the plot of young idols trying to make it to stardom, but WUG is a bit more "life like" than Love Live, though. Both are excellent, and I highly recommend them. ^^
Both deals with Idols (how they are formed, how they practice, what songs they come up with etc etc) only, Wake Up Girls is more realistic and they deal with really serious problems. The animation may not be on par with Love Live but its still worth watching because we get to know how idols really have it in the real world.
Kind of similar plot, only Wake Up, Girls! is set in a current time and there no sci-fi. AKB0048 has more drama, mystery, and sci-fi. Both feature a several girls auditioning for an idol group and their lives as they try to become idols.
Although Wake Up, Girls is more about drama in the group, Locodol and WUG both concentrate on girls becoming an idol and working hard, pushing through their insecurities.
Both are about a young idol group rising to stardom.
Both are about group of girls working towards their goal - in Hanayamata it's dancing at yosakoi, in Wake Up, Girls! it's becoming an idol group. It has really similar feeling with making bonds, working hard and trying to change.

Opening Theme

#1: "Tachiagare! (タチアガレ!)" by Wake Up, Girls! (eps 1-2)
#2: "7 Girls War" by Wake Up, Girls! (eps 3-12)

Ending Theme

"Kotonoha Aoba (言の葉 青葉)" by Wake Up, Girls!

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