Yume Nijino has been accepted into Four Stars academy, home of the beautiful and talented S4 idol group. She and the other newcomers are determined to discover their talent, with a choice of specializing in beauty, singing, dancing, or drama. A tough road lies ahead of them, and they must rely on each other to overcome their weaknesses and develop their unique strengths.
At the first-years' opening performances, Yume performs stellarly but faints and is unable to remember being on stage at all. Struggling to find her talent, she meets Rola "Laura" Sakuraba and the two develop a friendly rivalry, working together to learn and improve.
Though they have their differences, all the students share the same goal: to become the next S4 idol. But hard work and determination, along with teamwork, are needed if they want to join the elite S4.
#1: "Start Line! (スタートライン!)" by Sena and Rie from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 2-25) #2: "1 , 2, Sing for You!" by Sena, Rie, Miki, Kana from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 26-33) #3: "Star Jet!" by Sena, Rie, Miki, Kana from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 34-50 ) #4: "Stardom!" by Sena, Rie, Miki, Kana from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 51-75) #5: "MUSIC of DREAM!!!" by Sena, Rie, Miki and Kana from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 76-
#1: "episode Solo" by Ruka, Nanase, Kana, Miho from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 1-25) #2: "So Beautiful Story" by Ruka and Sena from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 26-50) #3: "Bon Bon Voyage!" by Risa and Miho from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 51-75) #4: "Pirouette of the Forest Light (森のひかりのピルエット)" by Sena and Ruka from AIKATSU☆STARS! (eps 76-??)
I have watched aikatsu since the first original one and the first season of aikatsu itself is really good in my opinion.
Though, it become more 'weird' and having no clear direction of the story, after it ended, I have quite high hopes for aikatsu stars.
Still, Aikatsu stars has some similarities with the original aikatsu which some makes me happy and some not.
For the characters for instance, I don't know why but I kinda think that they are kind of running out of ideas in making new characters? because in my opinion, almost every main character are like fusion of two characters from the original one.
Yozora, its really obvious that she's a fusion of Ran (appearance) and Sora (name partly and personality). Then Yuzu, fusion of Kii (appearance and most of the personality) and Aoi (some personalities). Hime is like some part Maria (surname and personality), Ichigo and Mizuki (both are like the adored senpai's). Ako is like Otome (appearance and surname) and Yurika (personality). Sakura has some Aoi vibe (both good at many things before) and added with Seira (rivalry). And as usual, Yume, the main idol is soemone who was not very good in idolhood like ichigo and akari.
It's kinda disturbing in my opinion though.
But, I love how they made few changes in the card system and the arts are actually pretty good.
What I love the most is the story is more.... intense, darker and romantic than the original one. I love how there's actually some mysteries about idols itself and its not just any plain boring mystery in my opinion. I also love the fact that it has some romance to it. It makes the story more interesting to watch, I think.
With the common motif in the anime being cliche, it also demonstrates it's own repetition. Many of the songs are reused numerous times, even in the same episode. The dress maker transformation seems to happen every episode as a filler. The predictability of the plot and the characters being your basic shoujo/idol main characters does not make me want to finish the series. This is your typical 'cute girl' anime while the live performance costumes ruin the 'cute.' I would not want to continue watching this anime to see if it gets better. In conclusion: if you watch one
School Idol anime, you have watched them all.
Getting near the end of the anime, I think I have seen enough of it to get a good grasp of what it is and what It has become compared to its predecessor.
First of all, this is not really an anime that will appeal to everyone because of its structure: an episode which comprises a song (sometimes from a pool of songs already heard once if it's a filler episode), a short story for the fillers or plot for the others. There are not as many fillers as its parent anime Aikatsu and overall they have improved a lot in the character development and visuals
Every character is now meaningful, especially in the second part which is a big step up from the disastrous second season of Aikatsu. I thought for a long time that things would stall and this would be nothing but a shadow of Aikatsu as the ratings might indicate but I was pleasantly surprised as things went on. This anime was able to correct lots of shortcomings from the first anime while at the same time being unique enough that it doesn't look like a copy of Aikatsu.
However, it still isn't perfect. I found that there was a shift in the style of songs employed, or should I say a lack of diversity. Every song is mostly popesy-cutesie or EDM oriented which isn't that bad in essence but there's a clear lack of diversity in the first part that is more or less corrected by the end of the anime (I loved the last pool of songs). The pacing is also slow at the beginning, with the first 16 episodes feeling sluggish but it gets way better after.
All in all, this anime has its flaws but I enjoyed it way more than any other idol animes released up to this point, especially because it was able to drag me into it the more I watched it due to how much effort the producers made to better it throughout its run. This is something that I was almost able to live with Pripara or Love Live but it felt short in the end.