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Seiyuu idol units (including seiyuu idol bands) are musical groups featuring seiyuu as performers. They are very common in the anime industry and also are created for anime-style games (most commonly mobile games).

Types of groups

The typical seiyuu idol unit is 2 or more seiyuu who both sing, but songs and instrumentals are provided by the management or production company. As with most idol groups, the seiyuu are expected to also dance, but perhaps not quite as good or as much as traditional idol groups (the gap has closed quite a bit, though, especially for established units). Occasionally a member will consult with lyrics or rarely parts of arrangement or composition. More experienced members may also consult on choreography.

Seiyuu idol bands, sometimes known as "bandols" will both sing and play instruments, but most bandols will have a main vocalist and the other members will play instruments and sing backing vocals. In most cases the arrangement, composition, and lyrics of songs are handled by the management or production company, but bandols are more likely to have a member consult with lyrics or sometimes parts of arrangement or composition. Most bandols don't do much dancing, since they are playing instruments.

Most seiyuu idol units are formed based on a related media property like a game or anime, but can occasionally be formed for light novel or manga promotion. Some seiyuu idol units are formed to promote products or regional promotion. Unless the related topic has long term staying power, many groups last less than a year or less than 3 years at most.

Some seiyuu idol units are formed just based on the popularity of the seiyuu themselves or their perceived draw. Some seiyuu idol units are so successful that the seiyuu don't actually have to do much voice acting or they were included in the group more for their singing ability and the voice acting aspect is minimal.

Well-known groups

Well-known independent units

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These units were formed independent of a specific promotional aspect, such as anime or games.

Well-known mixed-media units

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BanG Dream!
Note a: Does not generally perform live.

Well-known anime-related units

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Love Live!
PriPara
Wake Up, Girls!
Macross Δ
22/7
  • 22/7 (2016+; as of May 2022: Amaki Sally, Kawase Uta, Miyase Reina, Saijo Nagomi, Shirosawa Kanae, & Suzuhana Moe; added Feb 2022: Aikawa Nao, Amaya Oto, Asaoka Mao, Kiyoi Mina, Mochizuki Rino, Shiina Satsuki, Shijo Luna, & Tsukishiro Emma)
Zombie Land Saga

Well-known game-related units

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Uta no☆Prince-sama
IDOLiSH7
THE IDOLM@STER: SideM
CUE!

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