Fumiya Imai & Shun Hiroe Form Real Idol Unit ZINGS for TV Anime Phantom of the Idol



Not only in anime, but also in the real world! The official website for the forthcoming TV anime The Phantom of the Idol has announced that Fumiya Imai and Shun Hiroe, who will voice the two characters who have formed an idol unit, ZINGS, in the anime story, will also form a real idol unit of the same name, ZINGS.


The anime is based on Hijiki Isoflavone's comedy manga series. Imai is cast as the protagonist Yuuya Niyodo, a member of the idol unit ZINGS, while Horie is cast as his partner, Kazuki Yoshino. The real unit ZINGS' first CD single "Koi no BANG" is bundled with the special edition of the manga's latest fifth volume released in Japan today on January 25. And their second single "MORNING" is already set to be released on March 16. In addition, their first live event "ZING Omitate-kai" (ZINGS Preview Meeting) is planned to be held in near future.  Their first visual as an idol unit is revealed in a new PV below.








The TV anime The Phantom of the Idol is scheduled to premiere in Japan in 2022. The publisher of the manga's English edition (whose first volume will be available on May 24, 2022), Kodansha Comics describes its story as below:


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, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch? 



TV anime teaser visual:



Manga's latest PV including the announcement for the TV anime:



Source: "The Phantom of the Idol" TV anime official website / Twitter


© Hijiki Isoflavone・Ichijinsha / Phantom of the Idol Production Committee


Source: Crunchyroll


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