UniteUp! officially announced the production of the second season of UniteUp! TV anime. The new season was announced during the second day of the idol project’s first two-day live event “sMiLea LIVE -Unite With you-“. There is no additional information about the release date or any other details.
Sony Music Entertainment Japan presents UniteUp! as a “multi-dimensional idol project” that started with the launch of a YouTube channel in 2022. The project eventually received an anime series which ran from January 2023 to April 2023.
The first season of the anime is available on Crunchyroll with the synopsis provided as follows:
Akira Kiyose is a high school student who loves to sing. His songs were published to a video sharing site as the internet singer “KIKUNOYU”. One day, he is scouted by the entertainment agency “sMiLea Production” after they hear his singing voice. The agency was established to nurture up-and-coming idols by the legendary idol duo “Anela” after they suddenly retired. Akira forms a group with Banri Naoe and Chihiro Isuzugawa, who were also scouted. The three online singers are inspired by the idols “LEGIT” and “JAXX/JAXX”, also belonging to the same agency, and aim to make their idol debut with their own thoughts and feelings in mind…!
The idol project has four idol groups, each with a unique voice cast:
- Kikunosuke Toya as Akira Kiyose
- Ryotaro Yamaguchi as Banri Naoe
- Amon Hirai as Chihiro Isuzugawa
- Magura Sukegawa as Daiki Takao
- Shinnosuke Morikage as Eishiro Nijo
- Ryuichiro Sakata as Fuga Togo
- Masa as Gakuto Haruka
- Yuki Shimomae as Homare Katsura
- Takumi Magoshi as Izumi Kashii
- Kosei Tsubokura as Jun Wakasa
- Gaku Takumoto as Kanata Morinomiya
- Soma Saito as Lin Otsuki
- Yoshiki Nakajima as Maoto Tsujido
Shinichiro Ushijima (I Want To Eat Your Pancreas) directed the first season, while Rino Yamazaki (Akebi’s Sailor Uniform) handled the script and series composition. Studio CloverWorks (Black Clover) was in charge of animating the series, and Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia) did the musical score. Other staff members who worked in the first season include:
- Majiro, Kenju Segawa (Character Design)
- Majiro, Yurie Hama, Iori Nonoshita, Kenju Segawa, PSD Delivery (Chief Animation Directors)
- Hiromi Ishigami (Animation Director)
- Yuri Sanami (Background Art)
- Masakazu Miyake (Art Director)
- Akinori Mishima (Editing)
- Kazuko Nakajima (Color Design)
- Yukiko Nagase (Director of Photography)
- Corporation 5 (3DCG Work)
- Makoto Honda (3D Director)
Additionally, UniteUp! also announced that a digital single will be released this fall for four consecutive weeks.