6 Anime Like IDOLiSH7 [Recommendations]

What’s better than bishounen idol groups? Nothing, we say! It’s hard not to be dazzled by the bright colors, beautiful boys, and starry lights that shine the idol stages. That’s where our love for IDOLiSH7 comes in, easily snatching up the hearts of fangirls worldwide. The songs are catchy, the characters are sweet, and there’s generally a concert or debut goal looming on the horizon. There’s a lot of shoujo shenanigan troupes going on and the way each character deals with the conflict is endearing, if not hilarious. Some male idol anime have their roots in an otome game, as they can have heavy reverse harem aspects to their plot. Otherwise, they are original stories with music and shoujo genres.

Generally, the genre consists of boys with brightly colored hairstyles and exaggerated personality types, each with their own reason for wanting to become an idol. That’s what IDOLiSH7 is, but it sure takes the front stage in its genre. If you’d like to know 6 anime like IDOLiSH7, read on, because we’ve got some fantastic picks for you!

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1. The iDOLM@STER SideM

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2017 – December 2017

Starting with the newest and freshest series, the popular iDOLM@STER franchise comes out with an all-male group that’ll blow your idol socks off! 315 Production is a new agency that gathers would-be idols that are actually in other professions such as lawyers and surgeons. Aside from the fact these guys spent years in school to acquire their highly skilled professions, they find they love being idols instead. And boy, do we do, too! You’ll definitely find your husbando here, but more than likely you’ll find multiple!

The iDOLM@STER franchise isn’t long-running for no reason. There is substance to this series that you won’t find in other idol anime. Its characters have depth despite the fact that this series has the largest idol group in our pickings. Like IDOLiSH7, you fall head over heels for these male idol characters that woo you with their pop-centric singing! If you like IDOLiSH7’s character designs, definitely check this series out because they have a very similar vibe going on.

iDOLM@STER SideM Official PV

2. B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2016 – September 2016

Kodou*Ambitious is the anime adaptation of the game B-Project and it brings to life the male idol otome game that is its origin game! Tsubasa is thrown headfirst into managing the idol unit B-PROJECT, which is made up of three idol groups Kitakore, Thrive, and MooNs. If you’re looking for a clear-cut reverse harem idol series where the main purpose is to show you stellar performances, clashing personalities, and the relationship between female manager and many beautiful men, this is a must watch. Tsubasa tackles the obstacles that come with managing multiple idols groups and reaps the rewards of seeing them perform.

This series really shines a light on what we love about the genre and that may be in part due to IDOLiSH7’s and B-Project’s initial beginnings starting in game form. The male idol genre really makes for amazing visual novels and rhythm games, but the fact these were special enough to be brought to anime form makes us all giddy! If you enjoyed IDOLiSH7, you’ll equally love B-Project because it delivers a similar package in a beautiful new box, possibly with upgraded hairstyles!

B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious Ending

3. Tsukiuta. The Animation

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2016 – September 2016

If you’re more of a fan of the character aspect and not reverse harem romance, you’ll enjoy this relaxed series. It has a galaxy theme, with the two idol groups called Six Gravity and Procellarum, dressed in constellation themed wear. All members live in the same dorm and each episode focuses on a specific person, relating to their personal struggles as well as keeping things light and humorous.

It’s an easy going, light-hearted series that focuses on character relationships and interactions, with everyone’s hearts connecting on the stage and off. The character interpersonal relationships are similar to IDOLiSH7, but if you wanted to forgo the female manager reverse harem scenario, then you’ll enjoy this series! The songs in both series are lively and upbeat, but if you wanted a slight edge of visual kei Tsukiuta is your show! A really good series to unwind after a long day!

Tsukiuta. The Animation Trailer

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4. Starmyu

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2015 – December 2015

Starmyu is just as much in the school genre as it is the music genre. It’s about the road to becoming an idol, with five students trying to enter an elite music class called Star Frame Class in Ayanagi Academy’s musical department. The class is taught by the top group within the school, Kaou-kai, and is incredibly hard to get into. Only the best may enter and one day one of the members sees their earnest efforts.

This series is a more mature take on the genre, with serious goals and a toned down art style. Which is not to say it doesn’t deliver good laughs frequently! The students are determined to work hard and be the best idols they can be, finding out through the series what that actually means, much like IDOLiSH7. There’s a lot of personal growth and unique music that gives you something new to look forward to.

Starmyu Official PV B

5. Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2016 – December 2016

Now if you do like the romance in male idol anime, you’ll enjoy Magic-Kyun! Renaissance. Only this series adds something that no other series in this list has; magic! Yes, that’s right, magic, idols, and romance! In a high school where the Magical Arts are taught, there’s a new student named Kohana who joins the planning committee for their school’s famous cultural festival. Six boys join her and everyone plans on making Hoshinomori Summer Festa a huge success, as well as vying to be named her prince during the festival.

Immediately you’ll see this series is bright, colorful, and extremely bishoujo influenced just like IDOLiSH7, except this series has magic to boot! Both have the reverse harem element as well and both series take the cake for exceptionally dramatic male characters. It’s as if someone upped the saturation in IDOLiSH7 and threw them in a magical world where there are golden ballrooms and schools for magic! What more could you ask for?? This is a great series whether you’re partial to the male idol genre or not!

Magic-Kyun! Renaissance English Trailer

6. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2011 – September 2011

Uta no Prince-sama is like the Naruto of the male idol genre world. Everyone knows about it even if they’ve never seen it! And for good reason too, it’s has a good blend of comedy, reverse harem, school life, and the basics of the passion that drives idols! Haruka Nanami is an aspiring composer who enrolls in Saotome Academy, a performing arts school. There she meets six boys who could not be any different, but end up forming a group because they want Haruka to be their composer. Haruka herself is driven by the desire to write for a certain idol, one who happens to be closer than she knows.

This series and IDOLiSH7 are prime examples of the male idol genre and are well-received. They have memorable scenes, well-composed songs, characters who have a depth that not every series will offer, and a storyline that just makes you go, “Aww!” sometimes. Of course, the very handsome, colorful boys that we love cannot be overlooked. Uta no Prince-sama also has more seasons, if you can’t get enough!

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% PV

Final Thoughts

The male idol genre is large for such a specific niche, so if you really enjoyed IDOLiSH7, you’re in luck! If the songs aren’t enough to catch you, the character designs sure are! If you aren’t too starry-eyed after watching all those trailers, please let us know if there’s any series that you would’ve loved to see on this list! We can never get enough of that male idol genre!

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Author: Kari

Born and raised small town Minnesotan, USA who moved to the nearest metro and thought it wasn't big enough, so she decided to pursue her dream of moving to Tokyo with her husband. Likes to binge watch anime, American cartoons, draw, paint, or do anything creative, including having picked up the violin recently! Has a lot of dreams, ideas, and half done projects but is slowly but surely continuing each one, mainly her writing career!

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