Idol Densetsu Eriko
Legendary Idol Eriko
"Idol Densetsu Eriko" is a dramatic
idol anime TV series which has 51 episodes. There is also a
music video called "Idol Densetsu Eriko: The Prelude" which
contains songs from the series set to clips from the show
and Tanemura Eriko's live performance.
to KASHA's Idol Densetsu Eriko
Manga - 3 volumes
Idol Densetsu Eriko
by Kawahara Ayumi
TV Anime - 51 episodes
Idol Densetsu Eriko
OAV Anime & Live Action Music
Idol Densetsu Eriko: The
This page is an intro to the series,
based on the article from KASHA.
14-year-old Eriko and her parents,
Yusuke and Minako, prepare to go to the grand opening of
Marine Live Stage, a fabulous new underwater theatre created
by Yusuke's record company, Tamura Productions. Meanwhile,
at Marine Live Stage, Asagiri Rei, the planned singing star
of the grand opening, mounts the stage to rehearse her
current hit, "Unchained Heart". As Rei finishes the first
verse of her song, a technician waves her off the stage, but
she shakes her head. She has no intention of missing this
chance to sing for the man that she has secretly held a
crush on for years, the CEO of Tamura Productions
himself.... Eriko's father!
The Tamura family make their descent
to the theatre inside a clear elevator. Suddenly, the doors
slide open, and Eriko finds herself awash with Rei's
the hospital, with other family
members standing in the doorway. She collapses in tears, her
world crashing around her, not knowing what will happen next
- or caring.
As Rei finishes her song,
Yusuke applauds. Everyone gathers around the boss,
but Rei immediately takes his arm. He turns her
around and introduces her to his wife and his
daughter. As the two girls' gazes meet, a genuine
electricity flashes between them - a sense of
rivalry... and could it be, destiny?
That night at the party
before the concert Eriko is waiting with her
father's right-hand man, Uchida, and his son
Kazuki. Suddenly a young man darts through the
crowd and hurries toward Eriko. Reaching her, he
leans over and whispers in her ear.... What!?
Eriko's parents have been in a car accident?! Her
father is dead, and her mother is in a deep coma?!
Eriko's heart freezes
in shock - the next thing she knows, she's at her
father's bedside in
Meanwhile, Eriko's uncle Kosuke is
very satisfied with himself. He would never have wished for
his brother to die, but since it has happened, and Minako is
in a coma, he is left as Eriko's sole guardian and in charge
of Tamura Productions. What an excellent opportunity to show
that he is much better suited to lead than his
After a seaquake disrupts the
rescheduled grand opening at Marine Live Dome, Eriko finds
herself singing to calm the crowd. Uncle Kousuke immediately
decides Eriko might just be Tamura Productions next big hit
and is determined to hone and use her talents for his own
gains - without consulting her.
Eriko's loyal friends came to her
rescue and help her train in secret for a debut performance
of her own song, "Locomotion Dream", written for her by her
father and mother. Then Uchida manages to force Kosuke to
relinquish legal control of Eriko to himself, but this does
not sit well with Kousuke.
Eriko faces many ups and downs,
but her popularity as an idol singer continues to grow.
However, after a while the enormous drain on her begins to
tell. She begins to suffer an emotional crisis, unsure of
just who or what she is, and what she is doing. She seems
unable to ever have any time for herself, to just be a
normal girl. The pressure on her is incredible - so what
does she do now?
Now Kousuke tries to
sabotage Eriko's popularity. Kosuke's persistence
eventually bears fruit, and he arranges for a
scandal to destroy Eriko's image.
Eriko slowly makes a
comeback from this setback, enduring equipment
failures, bad weather, vocal strain, and perverted
boys. Her genuine charm and talent eventually win
Rei's respect and friendship, and the two girls
find a common ground in their grief over Yusuke's
death. Kosuke cannot allow this, though, and plants
the seeds of dischord in Rei's heart by telling her
that Yusuke was her father. Rei does not want to
believe him, but he shows her pictures from the
family album that support his story. She becomes
totally confused - she doesn't want to believe
Kosuke, but the truth seems inescapable, and she
begins to resent Eriko....
If you're familiar with the
incredibly dramatic story elements of shows like Marmalade
Boy or Wedding Peach and enjoyed them, you won't be
disappointed by Idol Densetsu Eriko.
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September 29, 1999 by MizunoAmi1