Aidoru Katsudo or just commonly known as Aikatsu! was originally developed as an arcade collectible card game by Bandai back in October 2011.
The game itself revolves around using collectible cards featuring various clothes to help aspiring idols pass their auditions.
Sunrise Studios developed the anime adaptation of Aikatsu!Ryuichi Kimura directed the anime adaptation of Aikatsu! whilst Yoichi Kato wrote the script for it.
Aikatsu! premiered on TX-N and AT-X last October 2012. Aikatsu! is still an ongoing anime with 111 episodes released thus far.
Aikatsu! is set at Starlight Academy, a prestigious school for the elite, where girls train to become idols and pass their auditions.
Ichigo Hoshimiya is your typical average middle-school student.
Her mediocre life is turned upside down the day she was invited by her best friend, Aoi, to join the the idol training academy.
She was inspired after watching a stellar performance by a top idol Mizuki Kanzaki and decides to enroll at Starlight Academy in hopes of following in her footsteps.
As she encounters all kinds of rivals at Starlight Academy, Ichigo realizes that it takes more than mere determination to becoming an idol.
Hence her training to becoming a top idol begins from modelling, to singing and even dancing.
Ichigo Hoshimiya is the cheerful and hardworking first year student at Starlight Academy. Initially, it was her dream to succeed and inherit her mother's bento takeaway shop until the day she was invited by her best friend, Aoi, to join an idol training academy. Her passion for becoming an idol stems from an inspired performance by her top idol Mizuki Kanzaki. She prefers the color pink and her favorite brand is Angely Sugar.
Aoi Kiriya is Ichigo's best friend who also happens to go to the same idol training academy as Ichigo, the Starlight Academy. She is known for being a know-it-all when it comes to idols to the point where people refer to her as the “Idol Professor”. She prefers the color blue and her favorite brand is Futuring Girl.
Ran Shibuki is Ichigo and Aoi's classmate at Starlight Academy. She was depicted as somewhat of a loner after having her friend and former roommate drop out from Starlight Academy. Her sexiness has earned her the nickname as the “Beautiful Blade”. She prefers the color purple and her favorite brand is Spicy Ageha.
The success of Aikatsu! gave birth to a number of manga series most of which were later published by Shogakukan.
Several games were also made for the Nintendo 3DS which were both published by Bandai.
A light novel by Yoichi Kato was also made which was featured in Shogakukan's Ciao Novels since August 2013.
Sunrise Studios also released that they are working on an animated film under the title of Aikatsu! and scheduled to release on December 2014.