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Wake Up, Girls!


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: WUG!
Japanese: Wake Up, Girls!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Saturdays at 01:23 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Music
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.041 (scored by 10,639 users)
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Ranked: #32442
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Popularity: #1610
Members: 27,978
Favorites: 89
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

On Christmas 2013, the band Wake Up, Girls plays their debut song to a small audience without much fanfare. After the concert, the group’s manager takes off with the money, leaving Green Leaves Entertainment on the verge of closure and the band without a future.

Despite this tumultuous beginning, the girls get a second chance, thanks to a mysterious benefactor and a shady business proposal. From here it’s a rocky climb to the top, but it’s a climb the girls are ready to make. Wake Up, Girls! follows the internal and external struggles of being a small-time idol girl band, from finding and accepting gigs to competing in popularity against other pop bands.

Through the band, the girls come to accept their pasts and become more certain about their futures. Faced with increasing stakes and popularity, each of the band’s seven members must find the strength and courage inside herself to give her all to the band.

Background

Wake Up, Girls! was announced by the production company Avex Entertainment, who helmed the series in collaboration with director Yutaka Yamamoto and voice talent agency 81 Produce. The anime was billed as the Lucky☆Star reunion as Yamamoto would once again work with scriptwriter/series composer Touko Machida and MONACA composer Satoru Kousaki. Avex and 81 Produce held open auditions for the voice actresses who would voice and sing as the Wake Up, Girls! idol group and over 2000 candidates auditioned. The anime served as the V.A. debut for the seven eventual winners. In addition, the winners all shared their given name with the character they voiced.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shimada, Mayu
Shimada, Mayu
Main
Yoshioka, Mayu
Japanese
Yoshioka, Mayu
Okamoto, Miyu
Okamoto, Miyu
Main
Takagi, Miyu
Japanese
Takagi, Miyu
Nanase, Yoshino
Nanase, Yoshino
Main
Aoyama, Yoshino
Japanese
Aoyama, Yoshino
Katayama, Minami
Katayama, Minami
Main
Tanaka, Minami
Japanese
Tanaka, Minami

Staff

Yamamoto, Yutaka
Yamamoto, Yutaka
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kikuta, Hiromi
Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Yamazaki, Yuuta
Yamazaki, Yuuta
Episode Director, Storyboard
Aritomi, Kouji
Aritomi, Kouji
Episode Director


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit Ending Theme

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



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Stark700
Apr 24, 2014
Note: watch the movie BEFORE you start watching the first episode. You’ll thank me later.

Success doesn’t come easily for anyone. No one is born with talent and although there are some that possesses exceptional abilities, or otherwise labeled a ‘prodigy’, everyone must try something in order to succeed. For idols, there is no exception to that. The people you see on live television performing dances and songs worked long and hard to reach where they are. Why? Because they love performing for the audience. But for a small seven-girl unit called ‘Wake Up, Girls’, they don’t have much of an audience, at least not yet. read more
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Cheapo
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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silverwalls
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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Taufirec
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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