Phantom of the Idol is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Hijiki Isoflavone. Since December 28, 2017, it has been serialized in Ichijinsha’s shojo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum and the manga chapters have been collected into five tankobon volumes. In the 2019 Next Manga Award Competition, Phantom of the Idol placed third.
Kodansha USA has licensed the manga in North America for its English release. Phantom of the Idol’s anime TV series adaptation by Studio Gokumi is set to premiere in July 2022! A new trailer and key visual have been released to celebrate Phantom of the Idol receiving an anime adaptation.
Directing the anime series is Daisei Fukuoka with the script being written by Yasuko Aoki. Saori Hosoda will be in charge of character designs, and Myu will compose the series’ music. Phantom of the Idol anime is set to premiere on July 2, 22 on TV Tokyo, BS11, and AT-X.
On the official website for the anime it was revealed that voice actors Fumiya Imai and Shun Horie will not only be giving life to the characters Yuuya Niyodo (voiced by Imai) and Kazuki Yoshino (voiced by Horie) but also form a new idol singing duo named ZINGS. Asahi Mogami will be playing Nao Toyama.
The two voice actors hosted an event where they performed as ZINGS. Their debut single has been released and their second single was launched on March 16, 2022.
Yuya Niyodo and Kazuki Yoshino will sing the opening theme titled Let’s ZING and ending theme song titled Kimikira of the anime Phantom of the Idol. The songs Let’s ZING and Kimikira will be released July 27, 2022.
The story revolves around a jaded pop idol named Yuuya, who is part of a singing duo named ZINGS. Yuuya believed that once he became famous he’d live a life of leisure and adulation, but as it turns out being an idol is a lot of hard work! While his popular and charismatic partner Kazuki is out there giving 110% every night at their concerts Yuuya has started to dance sloppily and act hostile towards the audience. Yuuya’s fans have started to hate him and even his agent wants to cut him loose.
After a particularly dull concert, Yuuya is feeling dejected and slinks backstage where he encounters a girl, who is dressed stylishly, full of energy, has a bubbly personality and is dying to perform on stage. Her name is Asahi Mogami and she’s a popular singer. Yuuya decides he wants to help her. There’s just one problem – she’s been dead for a year. But if ghosts exist then Yuuya figures that spirit possession must be a thing too. A devious plan begins to form in Yuuya’s mind, if he lets Asahi borrow his body to sing then he just has to sit back and reap the benefits. It sounds like a win-win situation…or is it?