When you hear the phrase “Idol Anime”, what do you think? From my perspective, you probably think of a combination of three things: high pitched voices, AKB48, and lots and lots of dancing. And… you’re not exactly wrong, but thinking of idol anime in that way limits the genre. So let us explain What Is Idol Anime…
I’ll admit that initially, I had my misgivings, painting this as a potential 22/7-esque idol anime. I was put off my Mana being shifted to the forefront, and wasn’t sure how the show would wrangle ten idols across two units. I was expecting little more than a perfectly average idol show.
I was absolutely wrong.
I-Chu has the potential to be more than the sum of its parts, but failed to capitalize on it and ended up largely forgettable as a result. Unlike HYPNOSIS MIC or Ensemble Stars!, I-Chu lacks that final spark to make it genuinely engaging or distinctive. Instead, it’s often a slog of a watch despite its solid animation, which is a shame given how rare all-male idol anime are compared to their all-female counterparts.