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Avex Pictures Schedules ‘Phantom of the Idol’ Anime Blu-ray Releases

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Check out the latest on the Japanese home video releases!
© Isofurabon Hijiki / Ichijinsha / “Kamikuzu ☆ Idol” Production Committee

The summer 2022 anime adaptation of Phantom of the Idol, aka Kami Kuzu Idol, is getting its home video releases in Japan handled by Avex Pictures. The distributor has set a three-volume release for the ten-episode series with four episodes on the first while the remaining volumes will have three each. Set to begin on September 30th, 2022, the releases will be on Blu-ray only and priced at 9,000 yen each. Check the known details and full schedule below.

The show has Daisei Fukuoka directing it based on the scripts written and overseen by Yasuko Aoki. Saori Hosoda is on board for the character designs with Studio Gokumi handling the animation production.

The Japanese cast includes Fumiya Imai as Yūya Niyodo, Nao Tōyama as Asahi Mogami, Shun Horie as Kazuki Yoshino, Eri Kitamura as Hitomi Shinano, Hitomi Ueda as Kasenjiki, Yō Taichi as Tsugiko, Manaka Iwami as Shigutaro, Takuma Terashima as Hikaru Setouchi, Takuya Sato as Chihiro Misaki, Tatsuyuki Kobayashi as Akira Uchihama, Haruki Ishiya as Yukinari Nada, Yohei Azakami as Homare Hakata, and Sho Hayami as Narrator.

The manga from Hijiki Isoflavone began in 2017 and has four volumes out so far. Kodansha Comics picked up the series previously with the first print volume set for a May 22nd, 2022 release.

Check out the official site and Twitter.

Plot Concept: Yuuya, one-half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

Volume Date Extras
1 09/30/22 Booklet, Original Soundtrack CD 1, TBA
2 10/28/22 Booklet, Original Soundtrack CD 2, TBA
3 11/25/22 Booklet, Original Soundtrack CD 3, TBA

[Source: Kami Kuzu Idol]