The upcoming idol comedy series Phantom of the Idol will premiere on July 1, 2022. The anime’s production team posted a new key visual and PV trailer to promote the series premiere this coming summer.
The new trailer showcases some of the main characters of the show, including protagonist Yuuya Niyodo and his ghost idol sidekick Asahi Mogami.
The voice cast of Phantom of the Idol is headlined by Fuumiya Imai as Yuuya Niyodo, Nao Touyama as Asahi Mogami, Shun Horie as Kazuki Yoshino, Eri Kitamura as Hitomi Shinano, Hitomi Ueda as Kasenjiki, You Taichi as Tsugiko, Manaka Iwami as Shigutaro, and Show Hayami as the Narrator.
Imai most recently posted a picture of himself on Twitter holding his own drawing of the anime’s main key visual.
Daiki Fukuoka (Radiant series director) is directing the anime, with Yasuko Aoki (Radiant scriptwriter) as 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.
The original manga was first published on December 28, 2017 and has published five tankoubon volumes in total as of May 25, 2022. It is currently running in Ichijinsha’s Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine under the Zero Sum Comics label. Kodansha USA publishes the manga in English.
Penguin Random House describes the manga as:
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, 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.