An arcade collectible card game developed by Bandai company, launched in October 2012. It is adapted into an anime by Sunrise, began airing from October 8, 2012. A Nintendo 3DS game was released on November 15, 2012.
The series takes place at Starlight Academy (スターライト学園), a prestigious school with both middle school and high school divisions, where girls train to become idols and take part in various auditions. To participate in these auditions, players use Aikatsu cards, special cards which contain digitalised dresses and accessories from various manufacturers. How well they succeed is often dependent on choosing the right combination of cards. The video games cast players in the role of a new student, who must train to become an idol and reach the top.
The anime series follows Hoshimiya Ichigo, who idolizes the top star Kanzaki Mizuki and decides to enroll in Starlight Academy together with her best friend Kiriya Aoi. Not long after, Ichigo and Aoi become close with Shibuki Ran, one of their classmates. Together, the trio train for auditions and aim to become top idols.
Below is the list of characters and some of their canon traits, given here for the ease of identification and tagging in case you're unfamiliar with the series.
List of main characters
- Hoshimiya Ichigo - blonde hair, red/pink eyes
- Kiriya Aoi - blue hair, blue eyes
- Shibuki Ran - brown hair, purple eyes
- Kanzaki Mizuki - purple hair, purple eyes
- Arisugawa Otome - brown/orange hair (usually in double bun), brown/orange eyes
- Toudou Yurika - silver green-ish hair (usually in twin drills), green eyes
- Kitaouji Sakura - short pink hair, yellow green eyes
- Ichinose Kaede - short red hair, pink eyes
- Otoshiro Seira - long pink/red hair (usually in a ponytail), pink/pink eyes
- Saegusa Kii - blonde hair (usually in double buns), blue eyes
- Kazesawa Sora - long gradient hair (blue to purple), purple eyes
- Himesato Maria
- Natsuki Mikuru - long blonde hair, red eyes
- Oozora Akari - short brown hair with side ponytail, pink eyes
- Hikami Sumire
- Shinjou Hinaki
- Kurebayashi Juri
- Fujiwara Miyabi
- Kurosawa Rin
- Amahane Madoka
- Kurisu Kokone
List of supporting characters
- Kamiya Shion - short brown hair, green eyes
- Minowa Hikari -long purple hair, red eyes
- Mitsuishi Orihime - Starlight Academy's headmistress, brown hair, blue eyes
- Johnny Bepp - Ichigo, Aoi and Ran's teacher, brown hair, green eyes
- Hoshimiya Ringo - Ichigo's mother, red hair, orange/brown eyes
- Hoshimiya Taichi - Ichigo's father, brown hair, red eyes
- Hoshimiya Raichi - Ichigo's little brother, brown hair, brown eyes
- Suzukawa Naoto - Starlight Academy's groundskeeper
- Kitaouji Sakon - Sakura's twin brother, orange hair, yellow green eyes
- Official card game site: http://www.aikatsu.com/
- Official anime site: http://www.aikatsu.net/
- ANN: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=14566
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aikatsu!