Phantom of the Idol Anime Releases Teaser Trailer, Summer 2022 Release, and More


The upcoming TV anime adaptation of Hijiki Isoflavone‘s Phantom of the Idol manga has received a Summer 2022 release window, a teaser trailer, and a key visual. The visual has two versions, one of which features the titular phantom.

The main staff members of the anime were also revealed along with additional cast information. Daiki Fukuoka (Radiant series director) is directing the anime, with Yasuko Aoki (Radiant scriptwriter) as series composer and scriptwriter, Saori Hosoda (Mieruko-chan chief animation director) as character designer, and myu (Red Data Girl co-music composer) as music composer. Studio Gokumi is the animation production company.

Meanwhile, the additional cast members are Eri Kitamura as Hitomi Shinano, Hitomi Ueda as Kasenjiki, You Taichi as Tsugiko, Manaka Iwami as Shigutaro, and Sei Oohama as the Narrator. The previously announced cast members are Fumiya Imai as Yuya Niyodo, Nao Touyama as Asahi Mogami, and Shun Horie as Kazuki Yoshino.

Phantom of the Idol began in 2017 and has five tankoubon volumes as of January 2022. The Ichijinsha-published manga is serialized in Comic Zero-Sum and published under the Zero Sum Comics label. Kodansha publishes the manga in English.

Penguin Random House describes the manga as:

Yuya, 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, but Yuya’s 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 Yuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuya meets a girl backstage. All she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year.

Source: Phantom of the Idol website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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