The popular Aikatsu Planet! idol-hydrid TV series will be returning in the summer of 2022. The fifth Aikatsu Planet! is known as a hybrid series as it was the first Aikatsu to combine animation, 3D CG, and live-action elements.
During the Sunrise Festival 2021 REGENERATION event held at the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku theater in Tokyo on October 3, it was announced that a feature film edition of Aikatsu Planet! is now in the works for a release during summer 2022.
Lead actress Kaaya Date, chief director Ryuichi Kimura, and producer Dai Kimura presented the news in person at the Tokyo screening.
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The amazing hybrid project was a joy to watch as it incorporated anime and CG to depict scenes in the “Aikatsu Planet” world and utilized live-action footage to depict Mao’s daily life.
For now, nothing else has been revealed about the film. However, according to Mantan Web’s report, director Ryuichi Kimura said, “It’s going to be a very fun film, so I want to do my best to make everyone happy.”
The Aikatsu Planet! TV series revolves around Aikatsu Planet, a world where anyone can assume the role of an avatar and become an adorable idol.
Mao Otoha, an ordinary first-year student at the private academy Seirei High School, becomes the #1 idol, Hana, when Hana’s previous alter ego Meisa Hinata suddenly disappeared. However, Mao’s new role as the avatar Hana is a secret to everyone else. The tagline of the project is, “To become the ‘me’ I want to be, I enter the mirror.”
Aikatsu Planet! aired for 25 episodes in Japan from January 10 to June 27, 2021. Its live-action part’s eight main cast members formed a unit called STARRY PLANET* to perform as idols at events and on YouTube.
However, most of the live events they were scheduled to appear at were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is hoped that the release of this film will provide them with more opportunities to perform in the public eye.
The Aikatsu! franchise began with the original arcade card game in October 2012. The game inspired a television anime that ran from 2012 to 2016 and three anime films. Since then, there have been a number of entries in the franchise, and it became a global franchise.
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