The new Aikatsu Friends anime series kicked off on April 4th, 2018 and now TV Tokyo is doing some new promotion for the show. The twenty-third episode is lined up for a September 13th, 2018 debut in Japan and sadly there’s no overseas streaming setup for the show, making this the only legal way to get a taste of the property.
Tatsuya Igarashi on board to direct based on the series composition by Yuuko Kakihara. Satomi Watanabe is handling character design and BN Pictures is handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes Akane Matsunaga as Aine Yūki, Ibuki Kido as Mio Minato, Karen Miyama as Maika Chōno, Yui Ninomiya as Ema Hinata, Azusa Tadokoro as Karen Kamishiro, Ayaka Ohashi as Mirai Asuka, and Sumire Morohoshi as Koko.
Plot Concept: The series features a new protagonist named Aine Yūki, who is good at making friends, and is enrolled in Star Harmony Academy’s general education track. She befriends Mio Minato, the school’s top idol, and becomes an idol herself.