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Oshi no Ko is here to steal your heart.

The hit manga series from Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish) and Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) is receiving an anime adaptation by the studio Doga Kobo (Plastic Memories, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, Himouto! Umaru-chan).

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Here’s everything you need to know about its release date, characters, seiyuu, and original manga.

What is Oshi no Ko about?

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Ai Hoshino is the face and undisputed star of rising idol group, B-Komachi. But an unexpected pregnancy at 16 years of age leads her to take a hiatus — but with the resolve to keep her family intact.

While Ai finds herself trying to juggle the life of a teen idol and a mother, the world of showbiz shows just how cruel and unforgiving it can be.

Release dates of Oshi no Ko anime

Season 1 premiered on April 12, 2023.

The Oshi no Ko season 2 release date is on July 2, 2024.

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The first episode of the anime is basically a movie — 90 minutes long, covering what is essentially the series’ prologue.

Characters of Oshi no Ko, seiyuus and voice actors (VAs)

Aquamarine HoshinoOne of Hoshino Ai’s children. A singularly-focused boy with aptitude for acting.Yumi Uchiyama (young) /
Kento Ito /
Takeo Otsuka
Ruby HoshinoOne of Hoshino Ai’s children. Bold and extroverted to a fault, and aspires to follow in her mother’s footsteps.Tomoyo Takayanagi /
Yurie Igoma
Ai HoshinoB-Komachi’s lead idol and rising star, who gave birth to twin children at 16 and kept them a secret.Rie Takahashi
Kana ArimaA (former) genius child actress who’s been on screen since she was three.Megumi Han
Akane KurokawaA quiet, observant girl regarded as one of the best actresses in her generation.Manaka Iwami
Mem-ChoAn aspiring idol who turned to and excelled at social media.Rumi Ookubo
GoaA screenwriter responsible for adapting the manga series Tokyo Blade into a 2.5D Stage Play, before he worked with the author of Tokyo Blade, Abiko Samejima, and created a new screenplay for the adaptation.Daisuke One
Abiko SamejimaThe creator of the popular manga Tokyo Blade and was previously an assistant to Yoriko Kichijouji, the mangaka behind I’ll Go With Sweet Today.Ayane Sakura

Status of Oshi no Ko manga

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Written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka, Oshi no Ko is an ongoing manga with more than 100 chapters as of the time of writing.

The first three and last four chapters of the manga can be read for free on Shueisha’s Manga Plus site, with new chapters released every week.

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