Idol Project was a four-episode OVA from 1995, about a 14-year-old girl named Mimu Emilton and her quest to become a great idol singer just like her personal idol, Yuri. On the way to her audition, Mimu encounters the six "Excellent Idols", the top singers in their craft. They quickly become her allies and then her friends as they give her advice for how to succeed at her audition. They come to cheer her on as she begins to sing...
...but they are all kidnapped by aliens and taken to another dimension to compete with idols from other planets.
This series contains:
- Action Girl: Pal Pu
- Anime Anatomy: Even during the full frontal breast shots, we never see any nipples.
- Beach Episode: The second OAV.
- Companion Cube: Layla's guitar. She's very protective of it and can't sleep well without it.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Ruka's act is all about this.
- Determinator: Mimu's going to become a great idol, and nothing's going to stop her.
- Engrish: Corvette often uses random English in the original Japanese version. In the English dub, this is replaced with gratuitous French.
- Fanservice: Pretty much the entire point of the series.
- Genki Girl: Pal Pu, to crazy extremes. Ruka is also pretty cheery.
- Idol Singer
- Improbably Female Cast: The only male characters are the aliens and the crows who capture the idols and run the contests.
- Informed Ability: Corvette's specialty is supposed to be "rhythm," which she tells Mimu is important for an idol, but when the Beach Episode's competition requires rhythm to be able to stay on course, she fails.
- Landing in Someone's Bathtub: Mimu lands in Corvette's in episode three.
- The Ojou: Extra.
- Shout-Out: Layla, the rocker, is of course named after the Eric Clapton song.
- Token Lesbian: Corvette really likes pretty girls.
- Token Mini-Moe: Ruka Essenpolka
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Layla and Extra are an extreme version of this. Also Pal Pu and Mimi.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Shion, even when she's being a badass ninja.