Ever since the “Dream Festival” project was started by the music labels Lantis and Bandai Namco back in late 2015. We wanted to see more. We couldn’t wait for the second season, and as soon as it was announced, we started looking for clues as to what is going to happen next. Be warned – we got some spoilers!
Is it real life, or is it just fantasy? This anime got us hooked from the very beginning because it is both. On one hand, we have animated characters, their plots, trials, and tribulations, while on the other, we have a real, live band that performs original songs that can be heard in every episode of this anime.
For those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, Dream Festival is a Japanese multimedia franchise that consists of a band, mobile app, an arcade game and an anime. All bound up, it is called “2.5 idol project”
What got us hooked was the anime that premiered in September 2016.
In the anime, we follow the story of Kanade Anamiya, who is in his second year of high school but has suddenly been scouted by Haruto Mikami, who is a legendary idol from D-Four Productions. In spite of his initial reluctance, Kanade decides to audition. Surprise, surprise, he gets accepted into D-Four’s Rookie Idol division, where everyone has one identical goal, and that goal is to make their CD debut. We find out that the only way for anyone to get their debut is for them to win the agency’s competition Dream Festival. Sure enough, Kanade can’t do it alone, so he gets band mates. Only a strong band will be able to win Dream Fest, and Kanade is looking to find friends among his colleagues, rookie idols. We get to see how they prepare themselves every day, how they work on perfecting their performances.
This anime first caught our interest with its music, and then with its plot. Every character got an episode that focused on why they wanted to become an idol. And, the anime even introduced a bit of “magic” to it by having fans use Dream Cards which have printed outfits to make the singers change clothes in the middle of the concert through a very Sailor Moon-esque transformation animation. Of course, the anime does not push for logic in regards to those cards (also known as Dorika) and we have no actual idea how it is supposed to work. But we know that the fans shoot their cards into the air and, if an idol catches a card, their clothing will change to match the image on the card.
Interestingly, each and every one of DearDream has their own official real life Twitter account. Not to mention the merch that they are pushing. In fact, Dream Festival is trying really hard to create a financial success story for itself. Of course, they are putting most of their efforts in the home field – Japan. Not only are they selling Dorika cards in real life (of course, without the magical clothes-changing effect) but are also creating video games for fans to play.
Season 2 is set, and here’s what we found out
In this season, there will reportedly be two new idol units, who will compete with Dear Dream and KUROFUNE for glory and fame. So what we are wondering now is – will Kanade and his friends be able to handle the competition?
There is a chance that KUROFUNE is done with, and that Keigo and Yuto will go their separate ways. Also, we heard that the mystery behind Ryo will be revealed.
Luckily for us, the entire main voice cast from season one is back to give life to their characters. There will be some newcomers in the form of voice actors for new idol units ACE and Sankishi. These characters include Eiji, voiced by Junji Majama, Asuma, voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Chikage, voiced by Saotome Atsushi Abe, Makoto, voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki, Haruto, voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa, and Ichika, voiced by Hikaru Morikawa.
So, if you love boyband/bishonen/idol anime – this will be your cup of tea, and the upcoming season will have you psyched. But remember, if you are looking for a serious, gritty storyline, you are not going to find it here.
This is a very light anime that will keep you entertained for a while. The characters are lovable and the conflicts do not feel forced.
Season 2 named Dream Festival R is scheduled to air on October 6, and we can’t wait to see what happens next, and to hear new songs that they have prepared for us!