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Synonyms: Aikatsu! Idol Katsudou! Idol ga Tsudou!, Aidoru ga Tsudou!, Aikatsu! 2, Idol ga Tsudou! 2
Japanese: アイカツ!アイドルカツドウ!


Type: TV
Episodes: 178
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2012 to Mar 31, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Thursdays at 18:30 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.441 (scored by 4,839 users)
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Ranked: #18332
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Popularity: #2488
Members: 22,959
Favorites: 572


Both are about girls trying to become idols. Both also have similar animation during the dance scenes. 
report Recommended by BreezeElric
Both shows are about cute young girls who start from the bottom of the idol world and try to climb their way up. There are some similar archetypes such as the main characters have never practiced before but have some talent at being idols, and both shows have an elegant and mysterious popular idol that the newcomers are aiming to reach. 
report Recommended by atlantiza
Almost the exact same storyline. The only main difference is one is about becoming Idols and another is figure skating. 
report Recommended by komic
The main characters in Aikatsu and AKB0048 happen to have spunky, cheerful personalities. A friend happens to introduce them to the world of idols and they start on their own journey to become an idol, growing as a person as they do. The styles are different, but the outfits in both series are designed in a nice manner. One of the great things is that both shows vary from the idol genre in ways one wouldn't expect, one being also of the card game genre and the other a sci-fi. The music for both series is also beautiful and the wide cast of characters means  read more 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
In addition to both shows featuring singing/dancing as prominent plot points, the main three girls give off a similar "feel". The casts of both are also really charismatic - while the plot in both shows isn't great, it's fun just to hang out with these girls and see the scrapes they get into. Recommended for anybody who wants a sweet, simple good time, though Mermaid Melody has far more romantic/ecchi overtones. 
report Recommended by fetchie
Aikatsu is pretty much Uta no Princess Sama. Why? Because both anime take place in idol training school, and they are boarding schools. They also have a character who is interested in a music star. They also have characters who are music stars. Just flip the gender and they are exactly alike! So if you like Aikatsu, you will love Uta no Prince Sama! 
report Recommended by TheAwesomeHannah
Both series features young girls who have the dedication and passion to become professional singers. They try to make their names known to the world through their talent and love for singing. Both series are lighthearted that has comedy, drama, and of course music. Both series' characters also has cheerful personalities although at times struggles with what they do. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both Anime have a cute style with bright colors with cheerful main characters who set out to fulfill their dreams of becoming idols. The girls also struggle to over come the problems they have to deal with to become an idol. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Aikatsu and K-On both involve music and school life. They both have a group of female characters who want to achieve their dreams/goals. 
report Recommended by kitkatcherry12
Shugo Chara and Aikatsu both share school life and some fashion themes. Both have that cute and girly atmosphere. 
report Recommended by kitkatcherry12
Both of them are shows used to advertise their respective card games. 
report Recommended by Salikai
They both have singing and dancing. PRRL is about doing figure skating and prism jumps while Aikatsu is about becoming an idol and passing auditions. 
report Recommended by kitkatcherry12
These two anime: -show that they have a goal of becoming a top idol. -have someone they look up to/rival. -both have protagonists who try their best no matter what conditions. Skip beat deals with a large range of things including music. Aikatsu is more entertaining and full of music, dances, etc... I doubt that you will not love this! 
report Recommended by luvanime030999
They both are about school. Aikatsu is about school girls and Ouran is about school guys. They both have beautiful special effects. And they both have a beautiful character. So if you like Ouran, you should watch Aikatsu, if you like Aikatsu, you should watch Ouran! 
report Recommended by TheAwesomeHannah
Star-Mu is the male version of Aikatsu!, I swear. The five main characters of High School Star Musical are even akin to ones in Aikatsu! Aikatsu! was written for a younger audience, but is still a wonderful show about teamwork and making friends, pursuing a dream, improving oneself, and aiming to be the best! It's very fun and the characters are super lovable, though it may get a bit boring after a while (a long while though X) ), since it is for a younger audience (I would say more elementary or middle school age). Main character from Star-Mu, Hoshiya Yuta, is very alike Aikatsu!'s star,  read more 
report Recommended by Purity116
Similarities: - Focuses on the friendships between characters - Aimed at young girls - Optimistic tone - Colorful and cute art - Flashy outfit transformations every episode Uniquenesses: - Smile Precure has clear-cut villains, while Aikatsu has, at the most, friendly rivals - Aikatsu, being an idol show, focuses much more on music than Smile Precure 
report Recommended by Achachan
Cute, light-hearted fun devoid of the usual otaku pandering common in anime today. The characters are treated with respect and are not rampantly sexualised. You will not enjoy either of these if you want the complex or the serious, but if you can enjoy a girl's show, they are two of the very best.  
report Recommended by Veronin
Both of these anime deal with music and a hint of romance. In Aikatsu, the protaganist is a bit too dense; however, in La Corda all five men fall for one woman!! <3 
report Recommended by luvanime030999
They are A LOT alike. The difference might be that Pretty Rhythm is about ice-skating and Aikatsu about idols. Both are entartaining and the type of 'happy-go-lucky' girl story.  
report Recommended by Aimii0
Both anime are about special idol school. Aikatsu! and Idol Memories have both a really cute Girl cast. Both anime gave me a happy feeling while watch it. If you love idol anime both of this anime are great to watch.  
report Recommended by shirley1994
Both Main girl are have the Name Ichigo Both Had a dream that come true. Both School Both Cute Main Girls  
report Recommended by shirley1994
Kirari and Ichigo both want to be a idol. Both have to change to be one. Both have a special idol school. Both Girls Ichigo and Kirari have friends to help her to be better :) 
report Recommended by shirley1994
Selector and Aikatsu are both of the card game genre. Unlike most series of the card game genre these Anime are aimed at a female audience instead of a male audience. Both of the main characters have a friendly, outgoing personality. Both of them also don't know about the “world” the other characters are involved in, the difference being that one character ends up having a lot of negative things happen to her and her friends, while the other character ends up with a lot of good things. Both like taking things on their own shoulders as well. Despite the fact the styles are different,  read more 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both are cute series aimed at girls. Both have female leads, Ichigo in Aikatsu and Hikari in Hikari, who try to develop their skills in their chosen fields. For Aikatsu, that field is being an idol, and for Hikari, that field is rhythmic gymnastics. Ichigo and Hikari are shown to fail several times, or make mistakes, but they continue trying to improve regardless. Both series also have their own rival character that helps drive the protagonist forwards to improve. For Aikatsu, that rival is Mizuki, and for Hikari, the rival is Hazuki. Both series even feature subplots about male characters who are involved in their  read more 
report Recommended by aimaimami
Aikatsu is a Idol Anime featuring the struggles of you young Idols much like AKB0048. If you like the more day to day challenges of Idol Anime and not combat then Aikatsu may be the show for you. 
report Recommended by Akito38
MC with tons of potential is introduced to the stunning world of Aikatsu/Prism Shows and joins a school specifically for instruction in that and makes a big splash in the idol world. 
report Recommended by eizeral
Thought the premise couldn't be more diferent, both series has that power to pop up a smile in your face no matter how bad your day is going. Also, neither of them strikes you in the very first episode; you need to watch 2 or 3 in order to fall in love with the series 
report Recommended by Zaraquiel99
Thought the premise couldn't be more diferent, both series has that power to pop up a smile in your face no matter how bad your day is going. Also, neither of them strikes you in the very first episode; you need to watch 2 or 3 in order to fall in love with the series 
report Recommended by Zaraquiel99
i recommend this strongly, the prootaganist in Full Moon has a tumor in her throat, but that didn't stop her from reaching her dream. she was able to become a singer even though she knew she will die sooner or later....  
report Recommended by luvanime030999