Wake Up, Girls! - Recommendations

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The [email protected]

The iDOLM@STER

Everybody knows it's tough being an idol, especially the girls at 765 Production. Made up of thirteen young ladies, the group constantly attempts to improve its image by taking new promo shots and booking the best gigs possible, whether it's being a concert star or a quirky cooking show guest. Led by the kind-hearted and determined Producer, these talented performers such as twins Mami and Ami, quiet Yukiho, clumsy Haruka and gifted singer Chihaya will do their best to become the best idols around.

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shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

These two animes are very similar as both revolve around a small companys trying to make it big in the idol Industy.

-where you can see that the main story is about the girls character development it also reflects alot on the money and business side, which quite a few Idol/music animes miss.

-Both these two anime show direct competition with other Idol groups

Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both [email protected] and Wake Up Girls are about a large all-female idol group from Japan.What makes these two idol shows particularly similar is how they look at the idol industry. Many other idol shows focus mostly on the idols themselves, but these shows show the trials of learning to be popular idols in (mostly) realistic situations. So if you're looking for idol shows on the slightly more realistic/more mature side, check these out.

skrave888 skrave888 says...

Both shows have a similar theme of low rate but genuine entertainment companies looking to make it big and rookie idols facing the realities of their line of work. One of the highlights was also the complete 2D animations of their performances. 

LocoDol

LocoDol

By her uncle’s request, Nanako is an ordinary high school girl who teams up with her upperclassman Yukari to become their town’s local idols. The two get paid by the town to do interviews at malls, appear on local TV broad casts and hold small live events on department store rooftops. Together, the two form the "locodol" group Nagarekawa Girls.

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kremlin kremlin says...

Only 2 episodes in for Locodol but i think i'll be safe making this recommendation - Both Wake Up Girls and Locodol bring us a close and personal view of the world of struggling regional idols, their failures, successors, and growth - both as individuals and as performers.

DerekL DerekL says...

I agree, the two are similiar in many ways.  But they're also different.  Locodol is a comedy, Wake Up Girls! is a drama.  Locodol walks the sunny side, while Wake Up Girls! also explores the darker and grittier side of the idol industry.  If you enjoyed one, the other is worth checking out, but you should be aware of the differences so you know what to expect.

Love Live! School Idol Project

Love Live! School Idol Project

Honoka Kousaka is heartbroken. Her school, Otonokizaka High, will be forced to shut down unless it can find more prospective students. Luckily, Honoka and her friends have a plan: they'll form an idol group and throw concerts to attract others to join the school! But following through won't be easy – they'll need to find talent, make outfits, find practice space, build stamina and more in hopes of keeping Otonokizaka High alive!

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Navizel Navizel says...

One of the similarities of these shows is that in order for the company in case of Wake Up, Girls! and the school for Love Live! School Idol Project to not be closed, they had an idea from the famous idol groups in the respective shows to produce and create an idol group of their own. Secondly, both shows show the struggles and hardships in forming an idol group, how they will work together, and on how they can improve themselves for them to become more popular. Lastly, both shows have great songs for audience to enjoy.

AKB0048

AKB0048

With all forms of entertainment banned, a group of bold young women do the unthinkable: resurrect a legendary J-Pop band, forming an all new Band of Sisters known as AKB0048! But these rockin' rebels aren't just singers. They're trained in combat as well as choreography and willing to sacrifice their lives for intergalactic harmony. As the new recruits enter basic training, the veterans provide the musical soundtrack and pass their batons and battle gear to a new generation of daring divas.

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Etue Etue says...

Both are anime in the idol genre. While AKB 0048 is quite a different take on it all together. Both anime are on the exact opposites of the IDOL anime genre. Wake up, Girls tries to be as realistic as it can while AKB0048 takes place in a sci-fi setting. Both anime can be interesting if you like the idol genre enough. 

Miss Monochrome

Miss Monochrome

Miss Monochrome, an idol who lives in a luxurious castle with her trusty Roomba companion, wants nothing more than to be back in the spotlight like the popular idol Kikuko. But the road to stardom will be fraught with challenges, from finding a trustworthy manager, to getting bit parts on TV, to even getting the media to notice her glorious talents and amazing feats!

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Etue Etue says...

Both anime feature a girl who aspires to become an idol. While Wake up girls is realistic. Miss Monochrome is not. As as short Miss Monochrome focuses on the titular character and her passionate but often peculiar attempts to step into the idol world.

If you like passionate idol characters and don't care for the realism or the fact that it's a short then Miss Monochrome is for you. You will eventually suppot her aspirations as she struggles for succes. 

Tamayura: Hitotose

Tamayura: Hitotose

In a moment of pure warmth and happiness, it is said that children of the light, known as Tamayura, will appear. Fuu Sawatari is a young girl who loves taking photographs the same way that her beloved father did while he was alive. Having recently moved to the town her family frequently visited when she was younger, Fuu enjoys her life to the fullest alongside her friends Kaoru, Norie and Maon. Whether the gang have a sleepover, chase a furry cat around town, or simply enjoy a delicious lunch, Fuu always has her camera in hand in the hopes of finally capturing the illusive Tamayura on film.

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ShuuKurei ShuuKurei says...

Compared to Tamayura: Hitotose, Wake up, Girls! is a little faster in pace, hence has more story development and centers around idols, which makes it a little more flashy and colorful.

However, when it comes to slice of life, which in my opinion is the main genre of Wake up, Girls!, there clearly a better job has been done. The issues those girls have to face are a little more serious, but this rewards the kind viewer with a nice but not too strong share of feelings, which Tamayura: Hitototse doesn't get across too well.

I do believe, that, even if they've got their differences, if you are able to enjoy the one, you will also be able to enjoy the other.

Tamayura: More Aggressive

Tamayura: More Aggressive

It's the beginning of a new school year for Fuu and friends. With a new year comes new challenges as Fuu tries to open a photography club at her school.

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ShuuKurei ShuuKurei says...

While Tamayura: More Aggressive is slow-paced, centered around photography and has little developement whatsoever, Wake Up, Girls! is faster paced, centers around idols and faces more serious issues.

In their core they both are slive of life anime that, even though they have their differences, somehow feel alike.

If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die

If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die

Passionate music-lover Eripiyo only wants to see her favorite underground pop group, ChamJam, make it to the big stage at Budokan. Because they’ve enriched her life by their very existence, Eri is willing to dedicate everything she has to see this dream fulfilled – even her health. At their last performance she got a crazy nosebleed. Hey, no one said being a super-fan was easy!

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Kiyoka Kiyoka says...

OshiBudo is quite unique as an idol anime since it focuses a lot on fans. Still, I think that WUG shares quite some similarities with OshiBudo. To name a few:

- both feature on a relatively unknown idol group

- both idol groups consist of seven idols

- the center of both groups used to be a center in a different group at first (though the details differ here)

- WUG also features some devoted fans of 'WUG-tan', they just get way less focus compared to OshiBudo, but still more compared to other idol series.

It should be noted that OshiBudo is more of a comedy whereas WUG leans more towards drama.

Idol Densetsu Eriko

Idol Densetsu Eriko

Eriko Tamura is Kousuke Tamura, the chairman of Tamura Productions (reknown music company) and Minako Tamura's (former famous idol singer) only daughter. Having talent for singing since birth, she has always loved her parent's media world. Then one day tragedy strikes when her parents get into a horrible car accident, which kills her father and leaves her mother in coma. She is left in her father's best friend, Mr. Uchida's care. Now Eriko must take the path of singing, a path her parents did not want her to pursue. Then her uncle is out to destroy her career. But in spite of all the hardship, she becomes an idol and wins hearts all over Japan.

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B-PROJECT

B-PROJECT

Tsubasa is a new hire in the A&R department of the major recording company Gandala Music. Tsubasa is immediately assigned to oversee the idol unit "B-PROJECT," which is made up of three idol groups: Kitakore, Thrive, and MooNs. This is Tsubasa's first job, and she gets involved in various incidents and accidents as she deals with this group of young men who each have their own differing personalities.

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