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
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.571 (scored by 31743,174 users)
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Ranked: #58002
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Popularity: #4786
Members: 13,626
Favorites: 111

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nanba, Hitoshi
Terada, Mitsuo
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
Dewa, Yoshiaki
Narita, Yoshimi
Series Composition


Opening Theme

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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

Mar 27, 2021
PyraXadon (All reviews)
I find it mildly amusing that the anime idol industry is just as saturated as the actual idol industry. I mean there has to be an extent to which too much is too much, right? Maybe I’m just thinking too hard about this; let’s just talk about pretty anime boys singing.


The I-Chu academy is a prestigious idol school that ‘s known to deliver some of the most promising boy group idols that (apparently) the world has ever seen. Here we’re introduced to the newest groups of I-chu, one of which being Fire Fenyx, a group of three hopefuls who hope to stake their claim in read more
Mar 24, 2021
KANLen09 (All reviews)
Here we go again: Japan loves its idol business quite a lot, and no matter, because it's quite the popularity over there. Sadly, trying to invest those types of anime adaptations anywhere outside the Land of the Rising Sun is bound to be overshadowed, and I★Chu is no different.

Being a Liber Entertainment game adaptation, the one series that I can immediately infer to is the A3! series with all of its seasonal troupes and what-nots. Though I★Chu came first before A3!, I'd infer that the latter proves to be more popular (as per the Studio 3Hz x P.A. Works anime adaptation) and more grounded, and read more
May 17, 2021
animeshitha (All reviews)
I don't normally watch idol anime.

Somehow I decided to stick with this one. Look, its super mediocre, and it's really not that great. But still, I give it props for keeping me watching.
The characters were so so so normal. I mean, I still didn't know their names and couldn't even tell most of them apart even at the end, except for the main 3.
The only interesting group was Kokoro's, and THAT's because she was a cross-dresser. They were all either ridiculously sunshiny or over passion-driven (the I-will-sing-till-I-die-kind, you now what I mean).

I guess the only thing that kept me watching was the "competition" read more
Mar 30, 2021
CurryxSake (All reviews)
I-CHU is mediocre. It is not the worst, but it's definitely below average. Although it gave me a positive first impression, it steadily declined with each episode. For a story about students training to become idols, none of those students were likeable or memorable in any way. They often stick to archetypes and the way the show handles their screen time made it even harder to know them better outside of their "idol gimmick". The show couldn't even express their struggles in a way that makes me remotely care about them. The only idol group who I remember the most fondly was ReBeserk. Maybe it's read more


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