[Fujoshi Friday & Male Idol Fall 2017] Like Starmyu? Watch This!

Idols are so popular nowadays that there have been countless anime depicting this kind of industry. As idols, they are expected to be role models to their fans and provide fun and enjoyable content to everyone. There are even schools and institutions dedicated to teaching willing artists to better improve and harness their skills and innate talents. One anime that also portrays something like this is Starmyu.

Starmyu is an original anime produced by C-station and NBC Universal Entertainment Japan that aired during the fall of 2015. As of now, Starmyu has 2 seasons and an OVA available for viewing. There will be an upcoming 3rd season of the show that will air sometime in 2019. That’s still a long way to go, so while waiting for its 3rd season, why not give these two anime shows a try? Like Starmyu? Then be sure to check these anime!

About Starmyu

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct. 2015 - Dec. 2015

Many aspiring musicians enter Ayanagi Academy and wish to be accepted to the Star Frame Class. These classes are handled by the Kao Council, the most talented students in the music department and the ones who stand above the other students. Five boys who have the potential but are deemed as nothing more, are taken in by Itsuki Ootori, a member of the Kao Council. But things seem to go awry when the five don’t seem to get along.

Liked Starmyu? Then watch Tsukipro The Animation

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2017

Tsukipro is a production group that manages SOARA, Growth, QUELL, and SolidS. Out of all the four groups, SolidS is the oldest one, debuting three years ago. Now, Tsukipro productions wants to hold another concert at the Budokan music venue like they did last year. As usual, the unit group SolidS will be part of this concert. Since they are the most experienced unit out of the 4 groups, they aim to provide a performance that is more powerful than their former performance last year. Unfortunately, SolidS’ composer is pressured to the point that he can’t make any music at all. Can SolidS prove that they still have it? Or will the other new unit groups take over their hard-earned fame?

Three major similarities shared by Starmyu and Tsukipro The Animation

1. Different teams/units

Starmyu would not be the same without the interesting adventures of team Ootori. Of course, what made their story fun and intriguing were their rivals. Starmyu consists of five teams, including team Ootori. Other teams are team Hiragi, team Yuzuhira, team Sazanami, and team Akatsuki. Each team is supervised and guided by a member of the Kao Council. Although team Ootori is the star of the whole show, many viewers have also fallen in love with the other teams because of their own distinctive personalities and music. If you like that about Starmyu, then you will definitely not be disappointed by Tsukipro.

Like Starmyu, Tsukipro has four units you can enjoy. The different units are SOARA, SolidS, Growth, and QUELL. But that’s not all, if you’ve watched the 1st season of this series, which is Tsukiuta, you may see special cameos of your beloved groups, Six Gravity and Procellarum. Each team will remind you of the different teams that Starmyu has since they are the same in a way. Like how team Ootori has large a resemblance to the group SOARA, or team Hiragi to the unit group Growth. Each character in Tsukipro has an episode dedicated to them so we are absolutely sure that you will get know every character from each team!

2. Their passion for music

There is no doubt that each character in Starmyu will do anything to give the perfect performance to their fans and to their new viewers. As seen in the anime, they practice a lot and even try to understand and to get along with each other so they can be in sync during their performances. They also do their best in their training and make sure to take to heart whatever advice their senpai give them.

While it is not emphasized in the show, characters in Tsukipro also do the best they can to offer amazing music to the people around them. They may have already established a name for themselves, but they make sure to improve and offer something new. After all, it’s their job to bring entertainment and happiness to the people who support them. You will see some characters try to find inspiration for their songs and dances or you may see some working hard during their pictorials, interviews, and practices. As seen in the anime, most of them do try to give their all so they can be like their senpai in the industry, or even try to surpass them if they can.

3. Friendships and teamwork

In the first couple of episodes of the 1st season, Starmyu focuses on team Ootori’s teamwork. And as you have already seen, it didn’t go quite well. They had to compromise and learn to listen to each other as a group. While it did take a little bit of time to get their groove, everything went well when they saw the joyful faces of their fans. As they give importance to their teamwork, they find friends that they can relate to as time passes. Team Ootori is even friendly with some members of a different team, although they are rivals. That kind of thing is something that you will see in Tsukipro.

In Tsukipro, while they belong to different units, each group is quite friendly with each other. There are times when you will see someone interacting with another person from a different team and even hanging out and having fun with them. Of course, even though they are friendly with each other, they make sure to challenge their rivals in order to spice things up. And then there’s the teamwork. Each member of the group has their own responsibility. One may be doing the cooking, another one has to do the choreography, while the other member is the one who composes songs for the team. Each member does try their best to help the whole team, especially if one of their member needs help with something.

Liked Starmyu? Watch The iDOLM@STER SideM

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct. 2017- Dec. 2017

iDOLM@STER is a well-known franchise when it comes to producing idols. However, most people will immediately think of cute girls taking over the stage. While iDOLM@STER did start as an all-girls idol franchise, it introduced another side of it which is SideM. iDOLM@STER SideM focuses on 315 Productions, a new company that specializes in producing potential male idols.

As long as they see talent and passion for music in someone, they can take them in and manage them to be wonderful and inspiring idols. While it does feature different kinds of units that 315 Productions handles, the story is usually centered on the unit Dramatic Stars. Dramatic Stars consists of Teru Tendo, a former lawyer; Kaoru Sakuraba, a former surgeon; and lastly, Tsubasa Kashiwagi, a former pilot. The group Jupiter is also here, which is the first male group to be introduced in the iDOLM@STER franchise.

Three major similarities shared by Starmyu and The iDOLM@STER SideM

1. Start from scratch

Team Ootori didn’t start as the number one team in the school. In fact, team Hiragi is deemed by others as the best. However, that didn’t stop team Ootori from trying to reach the top. They had to do a lot of things to improve themselves and be acknowledged by others as a team worth noticing. All their hard work paid off when other people and their rivals admitted that they were indeed great performers worth praising. Like Team Ootori, various units in iDOLM@STER SideM started from the bottom before they became Japan’s most loved idols.

In iDOLM@STER SideM, almost none of the characters have any experience in the sparkling world of idols. They were constantly trained to the bone and were taught all the basics of being an idol. While it is indeed too much for them, with their passion to spread happiness to others, they managed to do it. Every experience is a learning opportunity to them and they certainly keep each lesson in mind. Watch as each unit goes from a rookie group to great and well-known stars. Since iDOLM@STER SideM somewhat shows the ins and outs of the idol industry, we are sure you will be able to at least learn a thing or two when it comes to the Japanese idol industry.

2. Character Driven

There is something different about Starmyu, while it does focus on music and dancing, it also digs deeper than that and shows the background story and struggles of each character. At the end of the show, you can truly see how each character has grown throughout the whole season. This is the same with iDOLM@STER SideM.

As we said previously, most characters in iDOLM@STER SideM have no idea how to be an idol. They have to start from the very beginning and learn what it truly means to become one. Each character also has their own story to tell, why the gave up something to pursue being an idol instead. Those things are explored as they share it with their respective members. Like in Starmyu, you’ll see a big change in them. Someone learns the true essence of friendship while another one learns why he wants to spread happiness as much as he can.

3. Diverse Cast

Although team Ootori are the main stars of the show, Starmyu has tons of characters to love and appreciate. The same goes for iDOLM@STER SideM. This anime has a lot of characters and each one is unique in its own way. Because of these various characters, it is expected that viewers will also be treated with different music styles. If you want something more upbeat and hopeful, then Dramatic Stars is the group for you. You like Rock? Listen to HighxJoker. Oh, so you want something soft and mellow? There’s Jupiter for you. That’s why we are sure that you will find a unit, or even a character, that will become your favorite!

Final Thoughts

And that’s it! These two shows have already ended so this is a good opportunity to binge watch them. Let these handsome and gorgeous men surround you with warmth in these cold days! If you enjoy something very light, fun, and with lots of fan service, go for Tsukipro. However, if you want something more “believable” when it comes to the idol industry, then better go for iDOLM@STER SideM.

So what have you decided? Did you choose one to watch? Or both? If you did manage to watch these shows, what did you think of them? Tell us what you think down in the comment section below! As always, stay tuned! Now signing off~



Author: Jopz "Yuuema"

I'm an anime and manga enthusiast who is also sinking deeper and deeper into the world of video games. I’m also a traveler by heart who goes out a lot in seek of adventures by studying/learning other histories and cultures of different places and people. Besides the above mentioned, my other interests include reading, writing, cooking/baking, listening to music, observing people, and imagining/appreciating all kinds of things. Oh, by the way, I don’t bite! :3

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