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from ARGONAVIS (formerly known as ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream!) is a Japanese multimedia franchise created by Bushiroad, featuring all-male bands as central characters in the story.

The first and the main band of the franchise is Argonavis. They are composed of Ren Nanahoshi on vocals, Yuto Goryo on guitars, Wataru Matoba on bass, Banri Shiroishi on drums, and Rio Kikyo on keyboard. They attend a university at Hakodate, Hokkaido.

First introduced in May 2018 as an all-male spin-off media in the BanG Dream! franchise, it was revealed that despite being from the BanG Dream! franchise, it takes place in an alternate universe from BanG Dream!, so the two franchises and the characters associated with these franchises will not overlap.

Argonavis had its first live event called “Argonavis 0-1st LIVE -The Beginning-” which revealed the first 3 seiyuu in their band before the last two “-The Beginning-“ lives introduced the final members.


It was announced on November 5th, 2019 that Argonavis would be receiving an anime series called ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream! ANIMATION that was released in April 10, 2020 and a Rhythm-Adventure game called ARGONAVIS from BanG Dream! AAside that was released on January 14, 2021. The game was shut down on January 31st, 2022 due to the franchise being retooled as a standalone franchise divorced from the BanG Dream! brand. A new mobile app under the rebrand is slated to be released sometime in the summer of 2023.

Accompanying Argonavis are four other bands, namely:

  • GYROAXIA, a Hard Rock band with an emphasis on violent guitar riffs and frequent rapping.
  • Fantôme Iris, a Visual Kei band consisting of working adults (plus one NEET).
  • Fujin RIZING!, a Ska band consisting of four Childhood Friends and a City Mouse.
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  • εpsilonΦ, a Darker and Edgier Techno band consisting of high-school students (plus a very sadistic middle schooler).


  • Steady Goes!
  • Goal Line
  • Ryuuseiu
  • Au no Uta
  • Gift
  • Hoshi ga Hajimaru
  • Ameagari no Sakamichi
  • What-if Wonderland!!
  • Starry Line
  • Pray
  • AAside
  • Stand by me!!
  • Hey! Argonavis
  • As is Aru ga Mama de
  • Root of Love
  • Y
  • Kanousei

  • LIAR

    Fantôme Iris 
  • Gin no Yuri
  • histoire
  • Zakuro
  • Kyouki no Melody
  • Into the Flame
  • Hitsugi no Naka de C'est La Vie
  • Janus

    Fujin RIZING! 
  • Banzai RIZING!!!
  • Joukyou Joutou Ittekimasu
  • Dachi Friend
  • G Senjou no Y?!
  • Yumemiru Boy no Mamoru Tame

  • Hikari no Akuma
  • Play With You
  • Cynicaltic Fakestar
  • End of Reason
  • S@ke it LOVE!
  • Yume no Ato

The franchise contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: Shintaro Mashu is the closest thing the anime has to one: he's the morally-gray manager of GYROAXIA who wants to steal Ren away from Argonavis through a shady deal, so the latter would become famous under his new band. This doesn't make much of an impact on the story, however, as this only lasts for one episode, primarily because Ren firmly rejects the deal.
  • Bishounen: All of the characters qualify, but a few standouts are Felix, Koharu, and Tadaomi.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: In contrasts to the Improbably Female Cast of other Bushiroad idol brands such as BanG Dream! and D4DJ, Argonavis features numerous boy bands.
  • Darker and Edgier: Franchise wise, at least compared to BanG Dream!. The characters deal with issues such as businesses falling into debt, being abandoned by their parents, toxic family relationships, and so forth.
  • Fandom Rivalry: In-Universe, GYROAXIA and Fantôme Iris' fanbases do not get along due to rumors of the Fantôme Iris members slandering GYROAXIA spreading online, and it escalates to the point of violence threats.
  • Happy Ending Override: Episode 12 ends with Argonavis finally gaining the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Destiny Rock Festival, but in the next episode, Banri collapses and is sent to the hospital as a result of a blood clot in his brain.
  • Precious Puppy: Pon-chan, a pomsky who resides at Argonavis' sharehouse.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • Ren and Nayuta respectively. Ren is shy, softspoken, has a gentle speaking voice and a pure demeanor, and looks like he's about to cry when he sees Rio and Wataru get into an (admittedly minor) argument. Nayuta is abrasive, sharp-tongued, narcissistic, and wants to get revenge on his father for abandoning him and his mother. Their respective bands seem to fall under this trope as well, with Argonavis being a pop rock band with heavy emphasis on piano and GYROAXIA being a Hard Rock band with aggressive guitar riffs and Nayuta occasionally rapping or screaming.
    • Wataru and Yuto qualify as well. Wataru is the cautious Team Mom of Argonavis who likes sweets and is in charge of songwriting (additionally, his profile states that he likes "beautiful words"), while Yuto is the loud, outspoken, and Hot-Blooded leader.
    • Koharu and Daimon play with this trope. Koharu has pink hair, works as a nursery school teacher, and crossdresses as part of his Visual Kei persona, but he's an infamous former delinquent who can be quite intimidating if needed. Daimon has the Face of a Thug and works as a night guard, but he works as a cafe manager during the day, has a fear of ghosts and an overall dislike of scary things, likes cute things, and works on the costumes for Fantôme Iris.
  • Spear Counterpart: Franchise wise, to BanG Dream! despite being set in an alternate universe. This becomes subverted later on after this franchise became a standalone brand.
  • Team Pet: All five bands own pets that reside at their respective sharehouses.
    • Argonavis has a pomsky puppy named Pon-chan.
    • GYROAXIA has a white cat named Nyankotaro.
    • Fantôme Iris has a hedgehog named Johnny.
    • Fujin RIZING has an iguana named Rex.
    • εpsilonΦ has an axolotl named Paru-chan.
  • The One Guy: Argonavis was originally believed to be a band version of this to the 6-band having BanG Dream! upon introduction, but ultimately averted when more bands were revealed for the franchise.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The AAside game had a daily life system in which you could send the boys to do various tasks, such as handing out flyers or working part-time jobs. It was entirely possible to overwork them and get them sent to the hospital if they do too many tasks without rest. You could've unlocked hospital conversations and earned trophies...but at the cost of looking like a terrible person.
  • Visual Kei: The band Fantome Iris is based off of this.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Yuto delved into the world of music to show his family that he can succeed just as well as his older brothers.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 7 of the anime ends with Banri getting involved in a truck accident.