Aikatsu!, short for Aidoru Katsudō!, is an arcade collectible card game from Bandai's DATA CARDASS series. The game revolves around using collectible cards featuring various clothes to help aspiring idols pass auditions. An anime adaptation by Sunrise and Telecom Animation Film began in October 2012.
The series takes place at Starlight Academy, a prestigious school where girls train to become idols and take part in various auditions. Hoshimiya Ichigo is a middle-schooler who, along with her friend Kiriya Aoi, enrolls into Starlight Academy in order to become an idol.
Shirayuki Banbi released a oneshot on the December 2012 issue of "Ciao" magazine, while a manga adaptation by Akane started in the January 2013 issue of "Pucci Gumi". This comic version consists of four pages long chapters.
A third manga version, again by Shirayuki Banbi, started being serialized in the June 2013 issue of Ciao.
A second season has been confirmed with a new academy called Dream Academy, and new characters, beginning on October 3, 2013.
This season has a manga adaptation by Kodaka Nao, serialized in "Pucci Gumi" since the November 2013 issue.