‘Oshi no Ko’ Reading Order: All 9 Arcs & 13 Volumes

Oshi no Ko Reading Order: All Arcs & Volumes

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Oshi no ko is a seinen manga written by Aka Akasaka and drawn by Mengo Yokoyari. It has been published since April 23, 2020, in the Weekly Young Jump, then published in bound volumes by the Japanese publisher Shūeisha. 13 volumes have been released since February 2024. An anime adaptation produced by the Doga Kobo studio was announced for April 12, 2023, premiere. This article will be your ultimate guide to the narrative arcs of the Oshi no ko manga, as we will tell you everything you need to know about them.

Editor’s Note: This reading order was updated on February 8th with the release of manga chapter 139.

How many Oshi no ko arcs are there?

As you can see, the overall structure of Oshi no ko manga is quite simple. The story progresses in a linear fashion most of the time (there are some flashback moments), and with 139 chapters comprising the series, there are nine narrative arcs. This is a relatively solid number in comparison to the number of chapters since most manga with so many chapters generally have the same number arcs, so Oshi no ko actually works like most other works in the series.

Oshi no ko manga arcs in order (at a glance)

In this section, we are going to bring you an overview of Oshi no ko manga arcs at a glance

  1. Prologue Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 1 (1–10)
    • Episodes: 1
  2. Entertainment World Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 2 (11–20)
    • Episodes: 4
  3. Dating Reality Show Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 3–4 (21–32)
    • Episodes: 5
  4. The First Concert Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 4 (33–40)
    • Episodes: 3
  5. 2.5D Stage Play Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 5–7 (41–66)
    • Episodes: TBD
  6. Private Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 7–8 (67–80)
    • Episodes: TBD
  7. The Main Story Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 9–10 (81–100)
    • Episodes: TBD
  8. Scandal Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 11 (101–108)
    • Episodes: TBD
  9. Movie Arc
    • Volumes (Chapters): 11–TBD (109–TBD)
    • Episodes: TBD

In the next part of this article, we are going to tell you how you should watch the series in chronological order.

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In what order should you read Oshi no ko?

Fans of Oshi no ko will need to start with the first volume of the manga, but they will then have to follow the release order of all the chapters in order to normally follow the evolution of the plot. It’s a lot of material, but the best way to approach it is to simply follow the release order, as it coincides with the evolution of the plot.

Oshi no ko manga arcs explained

1. Prologue Arc

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It details Gorou’s reincarnation as Ai Hoshino, his Oshi’s son, as well as his early years as Aquamarine Hoshino. Ruby Hoshino, her twin sister, her guardian Miyako Saitou, Ichigo Saitou, the president of Ai’s company, and Miyako’s husband, well-known filmmaker Taishi Gotanda, and phenomenal young actress Kana Arima are all featured.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 1: Mother & Children
  • Chapter 2: Big Brother & Little Sister
  • Chapter 3: Babysitter
  • Chapter 4: How to Smile
  • Chapter 5: Director & Actress
  • Chapter 6: Child Actors
  • Chapter 7: If You Fear Falling, You’ll Fall Harde
  • Chapter 8: Ai Hoshino Part 1
  • Chapter 9: Ai Hoshino Part 2
  • Chapter 10: Introduction
  • Episode 1: Mother and Children

2. Show Business

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The arc depicts the tale of twins who start high school, mature into young adults, and gradually make their way into the entertainment industry for private reasons. Ruby’s college classmates Frill Shiranui and Minami Kotobuki are also cast, along with Ai-related producer Masaya Kaburagi, Melt Narushima, “Sweet Today” mangaka Yoriko Kichijouji, and other actors.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 11: Audition
  • Chapter 12: Third Option
  • Chapter 13: Procedure
  • Chapter 14: Connection
  • Chapter 15: Manga Based Drama Series
  • Chapter 16: Acting Ability
  • Chapter 17: Stage
  • Chapter 18: A Little Bit of Praise
  • Chapter 19: Performing Arts Department
  • Chapter 20: Joining
  • Episode 2 “Third Option”
  • Episode 3 “Manga-based TV Drama”
  • Episode 4 “Actors”
  • Episode 5 “Reality Dating Show”

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3. Dating Reality Show Arc

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In order to find out more about Ai from producer Kaburagi, Aqua enters the reality show My Love with a Star! (also known as LoveNow). Actress Akane Kurokawa, YouTube star Mem-Cho, model Yuki Sumi, dancer Nobuyuki Kumano, and a band member named Kengo Morimoto are among the other series co-stars who appear in it. YouTuber Pieyon, who is connected to Strawberry Productions, is also featured.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 21: Reality Dating Show
  • Chapter 22: Self-Proclaimed Idol
  • Chapter 23: Leave a Mark
  • Chapter 24: Egosurfing
  • Chapter 25: Online Criticism
  • Chapter 26: Storm
  • Chapter 27: Buzz
  • Chapter 28: Studying for a Role
  • Chapter 29: Perfect Imitation
  • Chapter 30: First Time
  • Chapter 31: My Love
  • Chapter 32: Appropriate Age
  • Episode 5 “Reality Dating Show”
  • Episode 6 “Egosurfing”
  • Episode 7 “Buzz”
  • Episode 8 “First Time”
  • Episode 9 “B-Komachi”

4. The First Concert Arc

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It talks about Mem-participation Cho’s in the reformed idol group B-Komachi, the previous idol group of Ai Hoshino, and his appearance at the Japan Idol Festival. As a lead-in to the following arc, it also includes Raida Sumiaki, a company representative that focused on organizing and managing events, and Mana Suzushiro, an idol retiring after the festival in two weeks’ time.

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Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 33: Motivation
  • Chapter 34: Lead
  • Chapter 35: Sense of Responsibility
  • Chapter 36: The Night Before
  • Chapter 37: Pressure
  • Chapter 38: Fan of the Entire Group
  • Chapter 39: Just a Little Fun Job
  • Chapter 40: Sore Loser
  • Episode 9 “B-Komachi”
  • Episode 10 “Pressure”
  • Episode 11 “Idol”

5. 2.5D Stage Play Arc

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It covers setting up the play’s opening night and preparing the theatrical version of the well-known manga Tokyo Blade. Abiko Samejima, the Tokyo Blade manga series creator, Goa, troupe performers Lalalie Taiki Himekawa and Sakuya Kamoshida, and the director Toshirou Kindaichi are all there.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 41: Staff Meeting
  • Chapter 42: Read-Through
  • Chapter 43: Losing Heroine
  • Chapter 44: Observation
  • Chapter 45: Telephone Game
  • Chapter 46: Stage
  • Chapter 47: Visiting Her Workplace
  • Chapter 48: Crunch Time
  • Chapter 49: Rewriting
  • Chapter 50: Emotional Acting
  • Chapter 51: Inquiry
  • Chapter 52: Boyfriend, Girlfriend
  • Chapter 53: Playboy
  • Chapter 54: Axis of a Conflict
  • Chapter 55: Opening
  • Chapter 56: Beginning of Competition
  • Chapter 57: Lousy
  • Chapter 58: Growth
  • Chapter 59: Admiration
  • Chapter 60: The Sun
  • Chapter 61: Play Along
  • Chapter 62: Ad-lib
  • Chapter 63: Genius Actor
  • Chapter 64: Trigger
  • Chapter 65: Regret
  • Chapter 66: The Curtain Falls
  • TBD

6. Private Arc

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It features coverage of the music video shoot for B-new Komachi’s song in Miyazaki, where Aqua and Ruby were born and spent their two prior lives, as well as the surprising revelation Aqua made in relation to the secret surrounding her father. Gorou and Sarina are now done. It includes B-Komachi Himura, the composer of the original band, Anemone Monemone, an anonymous male who is said to be the father of Ruby and Aqua, and an unknown woman who somehow seems to be tied to the reincarnation of Sarina and Gorou.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 67: Drinking Party
  • Chapter 68: Liberation
  • Chapter 69: Room Tour
  • Chapter 70: Flame
  • Chapter 71: Pedestrian Bridge
  • Chapter 72: Freedom
  • Chapter 73: Smart
  • Chapter 74: Takachiho
  • Chapter 75: Mother and Mother
  • Chapter 76: Music Video
  • Chapter 77: Reunion
  • Chapter 78: Use
  • Chapter 79: Duty
  • Chapter 80: Wish
  • TBD

7. The Main Story Arc

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The arc focuses on Aqua as he discovers the secrets of Ruby Hoshino’s two sisters and the ongoing mystery his father first found. Ruby Hoshino first entered the entertainment industry by participating in a web-based variety program featuring Aqua. The cosplayer Meiya, his sister Mimi Yoshizumi, a VTuber, Shun Yoshizumi, the assistant director of the special show Dig Deep! One Chance, as well as the director of Urushibara, a famous entertainment show, are all present.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 81: Rapid Progress
  • Chapter 82: B-Komachi Night
  • Chapter 83: Obsessed
  • Chapter 84: Hard Selling
  • Chapter 85: Calculation
  • Chapter 86: AD
  • Chapter 87: Lies
  • Chapter 88: Offer
  • Chapter 89: Cosplay
  • Chapter 90: Compliance
  • Chapter 91: Dig Deep
  • Chapter 92: Ritual Purification
  • Chapter 93: Leak
  • Chapter 94: Breakthrough
  • Chapter 95: Blindness
  • Chapter 96: White Roses
  • Chapter 97: Together
  • Chapter 98: Going Astray
  • Chapter 99: Drinking
  • Chapter 100: Industry
  • TBD

8. Scandal Arc

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It discusses the potential scandal surrounding Kana Arima, not long after an incident in which a paparazzi snapped a lewd photo of her with a budding director, as well as the extreme measures Aquamarine Hoshino took to address the situation. Masanori Shima, a recently celebrated director, is featured.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 101: Predicament
  • Chapter 102: Idol and Love
  • Chapter 103: Scandal
  • Chapter 104: Countermeasure
  • Chapter 105: Reporter
  • Chapter 106: Breaking Off
  • Chapter 107: Friends
  • Chapter 108: Plan
  • TBD

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9. Movie Arc

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The plot of this arc covers the production of the documentary movie titled 15 Years of Lies. Currently, this arc is comprised of only five chapters, as it is an ongoing arc that has only just started. The arc further develops the story and shows the protagonists in a completely new situation. As of this moment, it is impossible to predict how the story will evolve due to there being a small number of chapters as of the time of writing.

Chapters and Episodes included in the Arc

  • Chapter 109: Night
  • Chapter 110: How It Began
  • Chapter 111: Mammon-Worship and Passion
  • Chapter 112: Towards the Future
  • Chapter 113: Commercial Work
  • Chapter 114: Interpersonal Audition
  • Chapter 115: Roles
  • Chapter 116: Responsibility
  • Chapter 117: Panda
  • Chapter 118: Activation
  • Chapter 119: Biological Mother
  • Chapter 120: Lack of Ability
  • Chapter 121: Sarina Tendouji
  • Chapter 122: Doc
  • Chapter 123: Bad Move
  • Chapter 124: Reversal
  • Chapter 125: Dazzled
  • Chapter 126: Management
  • Chapter 127: Scouting a Girl
  • Chapter 128: Script Reading
  • Chapter 129: Piece
  • Chapter 130: Basic Tactic
  • Chapter 131: Atonement
  • Chapter 132: Nino
  • Chapter 133: Acting
  • Chapter 134: Depths
  • Chapter 135: By Her Side
  • Chapter 136: Fight
  • Chapter 137: Idol
  • Chapter 138: Amends
  • Chapter 139: Lookism
  • TBD

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