I love Japanese-style idols and write a lot of fiction that involves them. But not everyone knows what these idols are all about (protip: nothing like American Idol and similar garbage!), so this mini-series will take you through a few of the basics in readiness for potentially reading my own works.
Your initial primer on the subject, covering the difference between real-world idols and the fictional variety.
Idols have been a thing in Japan for decades, but a relatively recent phenomenon is the emergence of magical idols, so this part covers these two aspects of the genre.
Some idol shows use traditional animation for dance sequences, others use CG. This post briefly covers both.
This briefly covers one last thing to do with idols involving character voice actresses who also perform live events for fans, then I talk a bit about my own idol setting.
While I do of course properly describe everything in my books, if you’re not experienced in idol culture or the behind-the-scenes aspects of being that sort of celebrity, certain locations might be hard to properly visualise. For that reason, I’ve screen-capped some locations from a couple of shows to give you some idea of how specific idol-related places might look (photoshoots, backstage, etc).