Watch Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star Episodes Streaming Online

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Read about this anime written up in my List of Idol Boy Anime~!!

These are official, legal streams from Crunchyroll – watching them here helps support the anime industry!

Episode 1 – Turning Dreams into Music

Episode 2 – KIZUNA

Episode 3 – Mighty Aura

Episode 4 – JUSTICE IMPULSE

Episode 5 – Visible Elf

Episode 6 – Lovely Eyes

Episode 7 – Grown Empathy

Episode 8 – Lasting Oneness

Episode 9 – NEXT DOOR

Episode 10 – We believe you

Episode 11 – The Future, Dreams, Thank You – And!

Episode 12 – Three shining stars

Episode 13 – WE ARE STARISH!

For more idol boy anime to watch, check my list of faves!! (coming soon)

Watch Marginal #4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang Episodes Streaming Online

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Read about this anime written up in my List of Idol Boy Anime~!!

This is… a CRAZY show.  This is one of the more heavily comedic idol shows out there, with some very silly plot points that the characters address.  I love it, though – especially the colorful character designs and the really great credits sequences for each of the songs!!  They also have very exaggerated personalities, with like, one interest that seems to get squeezed into every conversation LOL.  I can appreciate the simplicity, though!  Things get more exciting and dramatic by the end, of course!

R is my fave, for how innocent and cute he is, and for his MMO fixation where he sprinkles RPG terms in his vocabulary. <3

These are official, legal streams from Crunchyroll – watching them here helps support the anime industry!

Episode 1 – The Chaos Theory Born from the Stars

Episode 2 – A Starburst Measured from the Soul

Episode 3 – Almagest as Told from a Dream

Episode 4 – Lagrange Pops on the Day Off

Episode 5 – Past Delusions About Dark Matter

Episode 6 – A Supernova Rival Born from a Mistake

Episode 7 – Twin Stars Broadcasting from Noon

Episode 8 – A Multiverse Born from a Mystery

Episode 9 – Summer Reminiscence of Cambria

Episode 10 – The Superstring Theory Made from Flour

Episode 11 – Separation that Leads to Prominence

Episode 12 – A Big Bang Created from a Kiss

For more idol boy anime to watch, check my list of faves!!

List of Idol Boy Anime & Where to Watch Them

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

If you follow me on social media (Twitter and Tumblr especially), my adoration for idol boys is NO secret…

They are the subject of many a mobile game, but at the current point in time, there are only a handful of anime adaptations to watch.  Few enough that it’s not entirely unreasonable to list them here on a single web page~

Why idol boys?  Well, as the descriptions listed below will indicate, they are often just positive and fun to enjoy!!  There are some great songs in them, and they really go all out animating extremely captivating dance sequences.

Plus, I mean, there’s the fact that there are often dozens of characters in them, and each dude has a distinguishing personality that sets him apart from his fellow idol group members.  No matter your favorite “type” – whether you like the cool, scholarly glasses guy; cheerful & friendly boy-next-door; angsty brooding loner; handsome & flirtatious prince; etc. – you’re sure to be able to find your favorite in these groups.

This list is in alphabetical order and is a constant work in progress!
If you know of one I missed, let me know in a comment~

B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious

A very cool and fun series!!  There are three idol groups featured
who group together to become the “B-Project!”
The series follows each group and their members as they intermingle for different projects.
Some drama comes up that occasionally threatens their success –
you might get pretty invested!!

There is also a VERY cute and pretty heroine who ties them all together~
(I’m actually currently in the process of watching this
and may come back to this description with more thoughts
once I’m done~)

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com~
Crunchyroll

Dream Festival & Dream Festival R

Dream Festival is heavily tied in with its mobile game counterpart,
where cards are collected to dress up the boys in different outfits.
Those cards are incorporated in the anime itself, and the boys are shown
transforming into the costumes, henshin-style, like magical boys!

It’s a bit silly, but really fun!

This one is one of my favorites, because it is light and fun
while also including emotional moments between the band members.
They often cry to one another and have to hug out their problems.
It’s………. rly cute………… ; w ;

Its second season, Dream Festival R, is scheduled to begin airing
at the end of August 2017!

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com~
Crunchyroll

Ensemble Stars! The Animation

Upcoming anime with an unknown air date at the moment.

IDOLiSH7

Another upcoming anime with an unknown air date at the moment.

The iDOLM@STER Side M

Upcoming anime currently anticipated to air in October 2017.

King of Prism & King of Prism: Pride the Hero

These are each single-episode features (actually, they are movies~).
They are related to the Pretty Rhythm series (female idols).
I haven’t actually watched Pride the Hero,
as I had a difficult time following along with the first one.

There is definitely some context and character relations you will be missing
if you watch these without any familiarity with the source material.
Forgive me, but I don’t feel that I can give an accurate review of it;
I truly did not know what to make of this. nn;

Maybe you can puzzle it out better than me?

Watch:
(To my knowledge, not available to watch online
on any legal streaming sites.)

Marginal #4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang

An extremely cute and colorful series!!
Very much on the lighthearted and fun side.
The beginning episodes are very silly and follow the misadventures
of the idol group through their daily school lives, gradually
incorporating more “idol drama” as the series goes on.
They have simple, exaggerated personalities with singular interests/character quirks,
which I don’t think of as a negative aspect at all (uncomplicated is a positive for me!)~

The songs are featured as different sequences in the credits for each episode,
which is pretty cool because it allows for more air time for the actual subject material
of the episode~

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com~
Crunchyroll

Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49
& Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 50

For a more serious experience with idols, Shounen Hollywood features a more
realistic glimpse at the idol business, getting into the nitty-gritty of struggling stardom.
It is somber in tone, very much on the emotion & drama side of the subject
with nothing unnaturally sparkly or flashy about the character designs
and no magical dance numbers.

Watch:
Hulu
Funimation

Tsukiuta. The Animation

An exceptionally cute and endearing series!
The 12 characters are each associated with a month of the year,
and the episodes of the anime progress through the year one month
at a time, featuring each of them in turn.

Although there are two idol groups featured,
they work together and intermix their members for songs and jobs,
which leads to very cute interactions and friendships between them. ♡

The mood of this one is positive, with sprinklings of more serious drama
but also some silliness and supernatural elements
(Shun’s mysteriousness in general, ghosts, ALIENS??).

There is an upcoming continuation called Tsukipro The Animation,
I believe with an entirely new set of 12 characters,
that is currently anticipated to air in October 2017.

Watch:
Funimation

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolutions
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Legend Star

My!! FAVE!!!!! idol boy anime!!  And, truly, one of my fave anime series in general~
It was watching that opening dance number to Maji Love 1000% that had me
completely hooked on idol boys.
The colors!!  The dancing!!  The adorable song!
All of the positive little interactions between the characters!!
Oh, there was no hope for me after that.

UtaPri is the powerhouse of idol boy anime.
It leads the charts every time a new single is released.
The fact that it has four seasons available is a testament to
how long it has been running and how successful it’s been.

If you need a series to dip your toes into, I recommend this as a good place to start,
unless you really want something more heavily dramatic and less on the lighthearted fun.
If you just want endearing characters, sweet songs, and positive interactions
between them with the cute heroine, UtaPri is what you need in your life.

A fifth season was teased at the end of Legend Star,
but no title or air date for it has been revealed as of yet.

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com: 1000%, 2000%, Revolutions, Legend Star
Crunchyroll
Hulu: 1000% & 2000%, Revolutions, Legend Star
Yahoo View (1000% and 2000% only, for some licensing reasons)

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—– Special Mention —–

The shows below are not strictly about idols,
but involve cute & handsome dudes singing and dancing in each episode,
and so they are likely to be enjoyed by idol fans as well~

Bakumatsu Rock

Also called “Samurai Jam: Bakumatsu Rock” (which made me unsure
where to list it in my neat little alphabetical list…).

A highly comedic series that parodies the Bakumatsu era of Japan
(the same setting as any media you might have consumed about any certain
Shinsengumi members), with electric guitars and rock & roll music
in the place of swords and historical battles.

Watch:
Crunchyroll
Hulu

Dance with Devils

A dark and intense series, almost in the same vein as Diabolik Lovers or Amnesia,
to compare it to other otome media (of course, it’s not exactly the same as either of them).
It gets a mention on this list due to the musical numbers in each episode,
which are actually true to the definition of “musical” –
the lyrics are often the characters narrating their actions as they beat down vampires.
It’s pretty wild!

Watch:
Hulu
Yahoo View
Funimation
Amazon Video

High School Star Musical (Starmyu)

You know, I’m not sure whether this goes in this section,
or in the real list of idol anime.  Weigh in in the comments what you think!

I opted to put this here because it isn’t really about the characters rising to stardom
or becoming a publicly-known idol group in any way.
The setting is entirely contained in their school, and their talents
are more generalized to include drama and stage performance
rather than actually being about idols – more like “theater kids,” lol.

Anyway, it’s pretty fun, with a fair amount of dramatic intrigue –
it might make your heart ache for how hard these boys have to work and struggle
just for their time on the stage!! ; ^ ;

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com~
Crunchyroll (only seems to have season 2?)
Funimation (I think this is only season 1…)
Amazon Video (only season 1 again, I think?)

Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

This one is extremely positive and heartwarming,
filled with fluff and happy feelings~

The characters are not idols, but attend a magical school for the arts.
Art media such as painting, floral arrangement, sculpting, calligraphy, culinary design,
and, yes, also singing and dancing, are all methods by which magic is created
in this setting (represented with lovely visuals of light & sparkles).

The heroine works together with each of the fellows featured
and they enrich one another to create more & more beautiful magic.
An insert song is included in each episode, often an extension
of the magical powers of their art manifesting.

I think it is very sweet!

Watch:
Right here on BonBonBunny.com~
Crunchyroll

Show By Rock!!

Truthfully, I almost did not include this in the list at all,
since, as you can see, the protagonists are female idols
and this is supposed to be for idol boys!!

But, there are supporting characters in other bands
besides the main girl group – both Shingan Crimsonz
and Trichronika include VERY handsome dudes
with VERY impressive voice actors,
and provide some cool songs accordingly!

So, this series by Sanrio is an option for checking out
if you don’t mind the idol boys being side characters~

Watch:
Crunchyroll
Hulu
Funimation

🌟 I very briefly mentioned the mobile game source material that many of these series originate from in the introductory post.  The fact of the matter is that almost all of them also have a game of some form (often mobile or handheld, but a few PC or console releases exist here and there), where you can play alongside the characters featured in the show!  They can take the form of rhythm games, dating sims, visual novels, etc., but the downside is that it is EXCEEDINGLY rare for any of them to be available in English.  The bright side of the downside is that you can find guides online that lead you through how to play them, so that at least you can navigate the Japanese menus in order to reach the rhythm game itself (or whatever the core gameplay is).

If any of the series listed here sound of interest to you, definitely look into the source material for them!  You will likely discover even more characters, and deeper backstories for the existing ones.  Furthermore, there are often drama CDs and tons of character songs and other singles to listen to!!  It is entirely possible to collect an entire playlist filled with music from idol boys…………….. You can trust me on this because I speak from great personal experience.

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Watch DREAM FESTIVAL! Episodes Streaming Online

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Read about this anime written up in my List of Idol Boy Anime~!!

One of my fave idol boy series!!!  They wear some silly stage costumes at times and sometimes the CG dancing is a little awkward, but overall it’s worth braving through those for the really cool songs!!  And outside of their time on the stage, I LOVE the ratio of fun to drama in this show.  There is the perfect measurement of good times and friendship contrasted with conflict and emotional bonding~

Something of interest about these episodes… pay attention to the number of exclamation points in some of the episode titles, and the number of idol unit members involved in the featured group. 😊

These are official, legal streams from Crunchyroll – watching them here helps support the anime industry!

Episode 1 – The New Face that Plays Our Bonds!!

Episode 2 – Shin Oikawa is an Amazing Guy!!

Episode 3 – 2032

Episode 4 – A Unit of 3 is Born!!!

Episode 5 – First Variety Show!!!

Episode 6 – Chizuru and Yuzuru?!

Episode 7 – KUROFUNE is Here!!

Episode 8 – Itsuki’s Chosen Path

Episode 9 – DearDream’s Nationwide Tour!!!!!!

Episode 10 – A Journey of Dreams: Junya’s Decision

Episode 11 – The Feeling We Want to Hold High!!!!!

Episode 12 – The Door to Becoming Idols!!!!!

For more idol boy anime to watch, check my list of faves!!

Watch B-Project: Kodou* Ambitious Episodes Streaming Online

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Read about this anime written up in my List of Idol Boy Anime~!!

Tragic backstories abound in this series, although there’s plenty of fun scenes and cute friendship interaction between them, too~!  These are some of the most EXTRA dudes and it will amaze you how frequently opportunities come up for them to throw off their shirts.  There is a very cute and pretty heroine in this series, too!  She is a beginner in the industry, so the viewer gets to learn about the conflict-filled path to stardom alongside her~

The art style for this show is really nice; the boys’ eyes always look so beautiful and I love their colorful hair!  For some reason I really love when they are shown in profile??  The characters have, like, chunky lips and cute pointed-up noses in profile.  Is it weird to appreciate that??  I just do, okay?!

These are official, legal streams from Crunchyroll – watching them here helps support the anime industry!

Episode 1 – Boys Meet Girl

Episode 2 – The Bad End Isn’t So Bad

Episode 3 – Let’s Go With Brilliant

Episode 4 – Break Out Star

Episode 4.5 – Special Episode Premium

Episode 5 – Back to the Baby

Episode 6 – Sixth Sense Blade

Episode 7 – Bullet of the Heart

Episode 8 – Bye-Bye Yesterday

Episode 9 – Flirtatious Play Boy

Episode 10 – Birthday

Episode 11 – Beyond You

Episode 12 – Boys Be Ambitious

For more idol boy anime to watch, check my list of faves!!