The anime adaptation for the gag-manga spinoff of "Idolm@ster - Cinderella Girls" was finally revealed. "Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Theater" is scheduled for Spring 2017 release. The anime will premiere on April 4. The anime cast members were also announced.
"Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls" is a spinoff of the main "Idolm@ster" gameplay. It follows the story of a group of girls aiming to become big stars with the 346 Pro talent agency under the so-called "The Cinderella Project," a new project to gather and polish girls to stardom. Uzuki Shimamura was accepted to the project. She meets Rin Shibuya, Mio Honda, and other fellow members. Together, they begin their journey of ups and downs to stand on their dream stage with their seniors. "Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls" has already inspired its own anime series. The first season premiered in Japan on Jan. 10, 2015 while a second season aired on July of the same year.
The "Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Theater" anime was first announced last fall, cited Crunchyroll. It will adapt a five-panel comical manga of the same title which is serialized in the "Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls" mobile game app. The manga follows funny events in the daily life of the idols which are often released as a tie-in to game events. It also explores the context of illustrations for their S and SR cards. The manga has already been adapted to a mini drama and was published in compiled volumes.
The new series cast members include Ayaka Ohashi as Uzuki Shimamura, Ayaka Fukuhara as Rin Shibuya and Sayuri Hara as Mio Honda. Other casts include Hiromi Igarashi as Anzu Futaba, Sumire Uesaka as Anastasia, Ruriko Aoki as Riina Tada and Maaya Uchida as Ranko Kanzaki.
The anime is directed Mankyū ("Mobile Suit Gundam-san," "Donyatsu, DD Fist of the North Star," "Puchim@s"). It is produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment while Kuma-Jet is in-charge of the original character designs. "Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Theater" will premiere on April 4 at 9:55 p.m. UTC+09 via Tokyo MX and BS11. It will also air on Saga TV starting April 5 at 1:55 a.m UTC+09.