I★Chu: Halfway Through the Idol

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2021 to Mar 24, 2021
Premiered: Winter 2021
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: Muse Communication
Studios: Lay-duce
Source: Game
Themes: Idols (Male)Idols (Male), MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.561 (scored by 52105,210 users)
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Ranked: #64292
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Popularity: #5250
Members: 17,130
Favorites: 119

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School begins at Étoile Vio School, where idol-hopeful students known as "I-Chu" will undergo training to become full-fledged idols. However, things are off to a strange start when the new students are given a speech from their bear principal?! The I-Chu work steadily toward their goals and ask, "What is an idol?" Each boy will learn to shine as they struggle to find their answer.

(Source: MAL News)

Characters & Voice Actors


Nanba, Hitoshi
Terada, Mitsuo
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
Kawai, Eiji
Theme Song Arrangement
Toyonaga, Toshiyuki
Inserted Song Performance


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Ichiban Boshi no Uta ~Mirai no Legend Densetsu~ (一番星の歌~未来のレジェンド伝説~)" " by I★Chu (eps 1)
2: "Rainbow☆Harmony" by I★Chu Leaders (eps 2)

Ending Theme

"Singing! Swinging!" by I★Chu Leaders

Episode Videos


Mar 17, 2021
Preliminary (11/12 eps)
Is this review going to be bias? - Probably, because I've played the original game from launch till closed from 2015-2019. And I am still playing its new game, Etoile Stage which came out in 2020. And i have quite a collection of their song CDs at home stored nicely on my shelf and ripped into my Spotify account.

Spoiler free? - YES. No spoilers in review.

I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol is an I-chu anime adaption from the game "I-chu: Etoile Stage", which is an idol manager game. I-chu was originally a rhythm mobile game which came out in 2015, and ceased servers mid-2019. If you ...
Jun 14, 2023
Mixed Feelings
[This review is spoiler free!] TL;DR: You'll only enjoy it as much as you like the music.

I only discovered this anime after one of its songs came on in one of my playlists. The song was cute, catchy, and I found myself falling in love with it. I instantly googled it, and eventually found my way to the anime.

I'm not an idol anime aficionado, but for what it was, I Chu was decent.

Individually, the characters were bland and lackluster. However!!! Their group concepts were all mildly interesting. From a band of crossdressers to a band with members all across the globe to a group ...
Oct 23, 2022
FOR A 12 EPISODES ANIME, STUDIO SHOULD'VE STOP FOCUSING ON TOO MANY CHARACTERS. THEY SHOULD'VE JUST FOCUSED MORE ON THE MAIN 3. they shove so many characters onto my face but i still don't remember most of their names. since they decided to focus on many characters, the anime feels rushed and we can't see the main 3's character development.

Some episodes are painfully boring especially the beach episode. i usually like when they make an episode where the characters are chilling and interacting more with each others but this episode disappoints me. it was so boring i almost considered dropping. i noticed that they didn't ...

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