Sentai Filmworks Grabs ‘Phantom of the Idol’ Anime

‘Phantom of the Idol’ is a comedy manga about a lazy pop star who becomes haunted by the ghost of an idol who died tragically. It is written by Hijiki Isoflavone and published by Kodansha. The manga became popular with readers, winning third place in the 2019 Next Manga Award. Its popularity led to an anime adaption being developed by the Japanese animation production company Studio Gokumi set to premiere in July 2022 with Sentai Filmworks picking it up for a North American release.
“Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to the laugh-out-loud paranormal comedy anime series ‘Phantom of the Idol,’ they said on their website. “Sentai will premiere the series exclusively on HIDIVE, its anime-focused streaming service, during the Summer 2022 simulcast season.”
The show is directed by Daisei Fukuoka with Saori Hosoda handling the character designs.
You can watch the trailer below:

Anime News Network describes the synopsis as follows,
“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 (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, 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 and adulation Yuuya expected…After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short.”
‘Phantom of the Idol’ is serialized in Kodansha’s ‘Monthly Comic Zero Sum’ magazine.

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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