The new CG anime studio Symphonium, co-founded in July by A Certain Magical Index and Azumanga Daioh director Hiroshi Nishikiori, announced today that they’ll be producing a new idol anime project, Chika Chika Idol.
This series will take a slightly different look at idol lifestyle than we’re used to seeing in shows like Love Live! and Super Sonico, instead presenting the daily routine of the underground idol group Patisserie. Also known as ‘live idols’ and ‘indie idols’, underground idols don’t work towards mass media exposure, instead focusing on putting their all into their live performances.
Featuring CG animation created to look cel-based, which you can see more of on the anime’s official website, Chika Chika Idol’s cast includes:
With Nishikiori as director, Yasutake Honjō is producing and holds credit for the original concept, while Mochiko Kagamino is in charge of character design. Symphonium has plans to crowdfund the project in Japan and the US starting early in 2016, and may offer the perks of a special first volume on Blu-ray along with other limited merchandise.
In the meantime, the official website is hosting a four-panel manga, with the studio also planning to stream a radio show named Chika Chika Channel, featuring the main voice actors. An English version of the website is due to be launched soon.
Source: Anime! Anime!