An Idol Aura (アイドルオーラ) is the "trademark" or "scent" of an idol. Each idol has a different aura depending on their type, theme, and personality. In the anime, Raichi Hoshimiya is known to be an observer of idol auras and is capable of sensing the qualities of each aura to the point of giving a brief but accurate description.
There are three different circumstances regarding idol auras: changing auras, weak/strong auras, and unit auras.
At some point, idol auras tend to change in different situations. Most often, wearing Premium Rare dresses will add a new element to an idol's aura, which eventually becomes an official part of their aura in later episodes. In other cases, performing in a group will often result in an aura becoming smaller and more compressed or depending on what type of performance (i.e. live, fashion show), normally in addition to a group, the entire aura will change positioning. This is more noticeable in idols who have a large number of elements in their aura like Yurika Todo or idols who have more than one positioning for different elements like Otome Arisugawa.
Weak and Strong Auras
Some girls, like Akari Ōzora, can have auras that are noticeably weaker than others during their first few performances. This is due to the fact that they have not yet "discovered themselves" as idols. Other idols, like Ichigo Hoshimiya and Sakura Kitaōji have exhibited especially strong auras that usually appear when they perform at important events (e.g. the guerrilla live announcing the Great Starmiya Ichigo Festival).
As of Season 2, when idols perform in a unit they will sometimes acquire a unit aura. This is only possible when the idols are in complete harmony, and perfectly compliment each other's differences. This was originally only present with duo units, but as of Season 3, it applies to larger units as well.
List of Idol Auras
Starlight School Idols
In Episode 52, the flowers from her aura forms a ring around her instead of the usual scattered primroses.
As of Episode 64, jeweled hearts decorated with flowers and sparkly beaded ribbons are added and rather than flowing from her, her aura now spirals around her.
In Episode 112, there are considerably less jeweled hearts and beaded ribbons in her aura, which has now expanded to a size akin to that of 2wingS'.
In the Movie, when performing Etude of Radiance, her aura expands to a size much larger than 2wingS', with her primroses (along with a few jeweled hearts and beaded ribbons) forming a huge dome above the stage and falling all over the arena.
Composed of 8-Bit blue stars and 8-Bit snow flakes and colorful planets. Later in Episode 40, small green and purple stars are added.
In Episode 71, the elements become more translucent.
Composed of purple butterflies with gold rims that leave behind a trail of golden sparkles in their wake. The butterflies circle around her. In Episode 62, the new design remains.
When wearing the King Leo Coord, there are golden coins, the butterflies obtain a more golden appearance and they either have purple, blue, or green wings. In Episode 57 the butterflies simply fly in her vicinity rather than flying around her, however in Episode 67, they return to flying around Ran. Because of the butterflies' golden appearance, the colors of their wings can't be easily seen.
Composed of candy cane sweets, gingerbread men, oranges, blue cherries and pears. The candy bounces around her, while the fruit and cookies scatter instead.
The position of the elements tend to vary based on whether she's performing solo or in a group and/or if she's performing in a live or fashion show. If she performs in a group and/or in a fashion show, her aura appears to rain down around her as shown in Episode 15.
In Episode 83, Otome's aura had sparkles, fruits and gingerbread cookies spreading out from her at the spinning donut stage, and the red candies appeared again when she arrived at the candy runway.
|Yurika Tōdō|| Composed of black ribbons, feathers, and magenta prism hearts that flow from her vicinity. She is also surround by a white chandelier that varies in size depending on if she performs solo or with a group and/or how big the stage is.
In Episode 91, the prism hearts return to her aura.
Composed of white, pink, and pale green cherry blossoms and yellow anemones with blue centers. In Episode 26, pink and blue translucent vines appear though they haven't been seen after that.
In Episode 30, pastel purple blossoms are added.
In Episode 121, the colours of the flowers become more prominent. The center of purple blossoms are now blue.
In Episode 124 The vines increase size and surround her across the stage. The amount of white petals also increases.
|Kaede Ichinose||Composed of blue teddy bears that leave rainbow colored trails, a rocket with a red trail, and colorful stars.|
|Shion Kamiya||While never actually shown, it can be concluded from her unit aura with Otome and Sakura that blue and green ribbons similar to the ones she wears in her hair are a part of Shion's aura, along with green and blue diamonds.|
|Akari Ōzora|| When Akari first started performing, her idol aura was rather small as opposed to the others.
As of Episode 97, Akari now has a full aura. Her aura is composed of pink and purples pansies and turquoise jeweled bows. The pansies either spread out around her or form wreaths that include small, light blue flowers. In Episode 134, Akari's aura is composed of semi-translucent baby pink and lavender hearts surrounding her with hearts and glitter floating around her along with magenta pansies hovering above her.
|Sumire Hikami||Composed of large, crystal fortune telling dice, emeralds, sapphires, sky blue and yellow multi-pointed stars, and a mass of white and light blue sparkles.|
|Hinaki Shinjō||Composed of red and green tendrils that form shooting stars before disappearing, blue grid disco globes with red lining, and smaller red and yellow marbles.|
|Juri Kurebayashi||Composed of red sparkles, a flurry of falling red rose petals, and glass octahedronal floral ornaments.|
Composed of a surrounding circle of translucent, halftone dot equalizers, which alternate between violet, star-shaped equalizers, and equalizer skylines in neon yellow, blue, green, and purple. Along with the equalizers are a mass of white sparkles and small, blue star gems.
|Madoka Amahane||Composed of feathers, semi-translucent colorful clouds above her and six large heart shaped cookies covered with clusters of pastel red, blue, and yellow royal icing hearts and decorated with small feathers, picturing smaller red hearts with mint green olive leaves, candy cane pattern ribbons, and white doves that circle around her.|
|Nono Daichi||Composed of falling white pearls and coral red stars, and a surrounding circle that alternates between violet ruffles and light pink gemstones.|
|Lisa Shirakaba||Composed of falling white pearls and shiny black ribbons, and a surrounding circle that alternates between light pink ruffles and violet gemstones.|
Dream Academy Idols
|Seira Otoshiro||Composed of electric blue lightning bolts, hot pink music notes, surrounded by a rock chain with electric blue hearts, hot pink stars, and embellished hearts. The rock chain also has electric blue beads.|
|Kī Saegusa||Composed of white sparkles, an alicorn which leaves a pale yellow trail, and bubbles that are filled with an assortment of objects and shapes; complete with different colors that leave behind a trail of yellowish-orange sparkles.|
|Sora Kazesawa||Composed of jeweled bronze pins and multi-colored decorative furballs in pink, indigo, green, and orange. Along with the furballs are beaded jewelry and bohemian dream catchers which together, they form a ring around her.|
Composed of hot pink impatiens and geranium flowers with either sky blue or light green centers and green fairy dust floats in the air. Circling Maria are fairytale figures like tiaras, pumpkin carriages and a castle in a forest, which comes in a pattern of A, B, C, A, B, C.
Himezakura Private Girls' Academy Idols
|Miyabi Fujiwara||Composed of pink patterned omamori balls on the base that bounce around her and magenta purple kanzashis on the top circle. Lavender gems and kanzashi flowers also float out from the center.|
Étoile Academy Idols
|Kokone Kurisu||Composed of green and purple clover-shaped candy, a mass of golden sparkles, and a surrounding ring of lollipop heads in pink & violet, violet & blue, green & mint, and orange & pink stripes.|
Naniwa World's No. 1 Academy Idols
|Nina Dōjima||Composed of glowing, bouncing spheres that leaves wavy neon pastel pink and yellow trails, neon pastel orange bows with tangerine polka dots, and small white daisies.|
|Mizuki Kanzaki||Composed of orange roses and multi-colored jewels. In Episode 50, during the Starlight Queen Cup, her aura temporarily changes into stardust.
As of Episode 75, her aura now possesses blue moon jewels with intricate golden designs, red stardust drops, and red and orange roses. The pattern has changed from spreading from her to raining down around her. When the stardust drops touch the floor, they create a ripple effect.
In Episode 84, when performing by herself, purple star gems and little blue stars are added to her aura and like Mizuki and her red stardust chains, Mikuru gains orange ones that rain down around her.
|Ringo Hoshimiya||Composed of pink and purple plumerias with pale orange and/or white centers.|
|Orihime Mitsuishi||Composed of purple and fuschia roses, purple gems, and blue and violet morning glories.|
List of Group Auras
|WM||In Episode 78, when performing together blue stardust chains fall around them magenta octahedrons, lime coloured gems floating on Mikuru´s side and orange and yellow roses floating on Mizuki´s side.|
In Episode 94, when performing together, Ichigo´s primrose flowers encompass and spiral around them along with Seira's music notes, magenta hearts, and newly added lavender balloon flowers.
|Starlight Girls||Composed of small, falling stars that encompasses the group and contain the theme colors of each idol performing.|
|Ichigo, Mizuki & Akari||In the Movie, when performing together, Ichigo's primroses and jeweled hearts, Mizuki's roses and moon jewels, and Akari's pansies and turquoise jeweled bows surround all three of them.|
In Episode 125, when performing together, Ichigo's primroses spread out to encompass the entire group while Aoi and Ran's snowflakes and butterflies spiral around them from opposite directions.
In Episode 131, when performing together, Sumire's fortune telling dice, sapphires, and stars and Rin's equalizers (which have now become varying shades of blue and violet) spiral around them from opposite directions.
In Episode 132, when performing together, Juri's rose petals (which are now both red and orange in color) encompass and fall around her and Hinaki, whose shooting stars fly around them both. In Episode 141, when flying during Summer☆Magic, the shooting stars disappear from their aura, which splits into a trail of orange and red rose petals that follow Hinaki and Juri, respectively.
|Skips♪||In Episode 134, when performing together, their aura is composed of Madoka's feathers and semi-translucent colorful clouds which hover above them and Akari's glitter and new-found, pastel-colored hearts (which acquire blues and yellows in addition to the pinks and purples) completely surround them.|
|Sweet & Soft☆Nadeshiko||In Episode 136, when performing together, Kokone's lollipops and clover candy (the former of which are now only green and purple in color) combine with Miyabi's kanzashi and flowers to form a ring around the two of them.|
|Luminas||In Episode 147, when performing together, Akari's pastel hearts form a ring and encompass the three of them while Sumire's fortune telling dice and Hinaki's shooting stars spiral from above.|
|Powapowa Puririn||In Episode 148, when performing together, Shion's ring of ribbons and diamonds, Sakura's scattering flowers, and Otome's bouncing candy (which are now colored yellow, lime green, and basil green) encircle the trio.|
|Vanilla Chili Pepper||In Episode 149, when performing together, the group is surrounded by a ring that alternates between Juri's glass ornaments and Madoka's cookies. Rin's equalizers cross to form a dome that encompasses the trio while Juri's rose petals spread around them.|
|Tristar||In Episode 150, when performing together, Yurika's chandeliers encircle the group, and every other chandelier is embellished with Mizuki's moon jewels. Mizuki's stardust trails, Yurika's prism hearts and Kaede's teddy bears and stars cascade around the group.|
- Before Episode 16 idol auras didn't always appear.
- There are instances where an aura will appear as faint glows rather than the actual aura.
- On rare occasions, an idol's aura can appear outside of the stage.
- Although Soleil has performed as a unit many times, they didn't have a group aura until Episode 125.
- The unit Skips♪ is the only known unit to have their own auras appear in a unit performance first, and then into a group aura that changes form.
- However in Episode 138, the unit no longer used their solo auras, but used their group aura for the whole performance.
- The first generation of Starlight girls are the first to have a group aura despite not being an official unit.
- Ichigo, Mizuki and Akari are the second group of people to have a group aura despite not being a unit.
- The second generation of Starlight girls are the third group of people to have a group aura despite not being an official unit.
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