In an unparalleled feat, the anime adaptation of Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari's Oshi no Ko manga has emerged as the highest-streamed series in HIDIVE's history. As the anime continues to captivate audiences, it has shattered records and set a new benchmark for streaming service success.
Oshi no Ko premiered in Japan on April 12 with a riveting 90-minute first episode. The streaming platform HIDIVE has been airing the episodes simultaneously, making them easily accessible to fans all around the globe.
A Winning Team Behind the Scenes
The anime adaptation is directed by the talented duo of Daisuke Hiramaki (Selection Project) and Chao Nekotomi (Love is Like a Cocktail), with Doga Kobo as the animation studio. Jin Tanaka (The Misfit of Demon King Academy) has skillfully taken the reins of scripting the series. At the same time, Kanna Hirayama (Rent-A-Girlfriend) brings the characters to life with her captivating designs.
Adding to the series' charm, YOASOBI lends their musical prowess to the opening theme song, "Idol," while Queen Bee delivers a hauntingly beautiful ending theme song, "Mephisto."
An Award-Winning Manga Turned Smash-Hit Anime
Originally launched in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine in April 2020, the Oshi no Ko manga has already garnered numerous accolades. It won the prestigious "Next Manga Awards" (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) in 2021 and the Best General Manga category in the 46th annual Kodansha Manga Awards. The series' nomination for the 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the 14th and 15th Manga Taisho Awards further highlight its incredible reception.
Oshi no Ko has also made its mark on the 2022 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook, ranking #7 on the top 20 list of manga for male readers.
With more than 3 million copies in circulation, the Oshi no Ko manga's massive popularity has translated seamlessly into its anime adaptation. As the series continues to make waves on HIDIVE, it has surpassed all previous records for total streams, new subscribers, and trial starts.
This achievement showcases Oshi no Ko's undeniable impact on audiences, as numerous media outlets, including IGN, Anime News Network, ComicBook.com, CBR, and ScreenRant, sing its praises. The anime's stunning visuals, exceptional storytelling, and highly polished execution have made it the must-watch series of the season.
As Oshi no Ko continues to enthrall viewers, the anime industry can only anticipate what new records this groundbreaking series will break next.