Aikatsu Friends! (アイカツフレンズ! Aikatsu Furenzu!) is an arcade collectible card game in Bandai's Data Carddass line of machines, which launched on April 5, 2018. It is the successor to the Aikatsu! and Aikatsu Stars! series of arcade games. The game revolves around using collectible cards featuring various clothes to help aspiring idols pass auditions.
Aikatsu Friends anime key visual
|Written by||Chihiro Komori|
|Original run||April 3, 2018 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shishō Igarashi|
|Written by||Yuuko Kakihara|
|Music by||Digz Motion Sounds|
|Original network||TV Tokyo, BS TV Tokyo, AT-X|
|Original run||April 5, 2018 – September 26, 2019|
An anime television adaptation by BN Pictures from April 5, 2018 to September 26, 2019, replacing the Aikatsu Stars! series. A manga adaptation by Chihiro Komori began serialization in Shogakukan's shōjo manga magazine Ciao from April 3, 2018. The series will be followed by sequel title, Aikatsu on Parade! on October 5, 2019.
Aine Yūki, who is a regular student at Star Harmony Academy's normal division, meets Mio Minato from the idol division, who invites her to join Aikatsu to fulfill Aine's goal to make friends. She also befriends Maika Chōno and Ema Hinata who are also idols. Aine and Mio form a pair to become best friends to become the bright "Diamond Friends". Karen Kamishiro and Mirai Asuka are categorized as "Diamond Friends" and are in the Diamond Class!
A second season titled "Aikatsu Friends! ~Kagayaki no Jewel~" has been announced, and it premiered on April 4, 2019, succeeding the first season of Aikatsu Friends! anime series in its initial timeslot. This will also be last installment of the Aikatsu! Series to be produced in the Heisei period and the first to be produced in the Reiwa period.[a]
- This season will air 3 days after the announcement of Japan's new period, following Prince Naruhito's ascension to the throne on May 1, 2019.
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- "Aikatsu Friends! Anime Gets Manga in April". Anime News Network. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Aikatsu on Parade! TV Anime to Unite Previous Shows' Idols". Anime News Network. August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
- "Aikatsu Friends! Anime Gets New Series in April". Anime News Network. January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.