I love your stuff so much Ahhh I check in every day. I just started playing Ensemble Stars recently and Leo made me think of Idol!Yata. What do you think of Yata being in an idol group where he's the lead (sort of like Knights) and Fushimi being... Probably part of fine (an Idol group led by Munakata that is also the school's student council)? As a side note, there's also a Mikoto look alike in Ensemble Stars called Kuro. I just thought you'd find it funny.
I’m suddenly imagining this as like the unholy fusion of Idol K and Gakuen K, with Fushimi and Yata both being students at idol school and part of rival idol groups. Like maybe they went to performing arts middle school together and started their own little mini idol group, featuring just the two of them. They managed to get some minor popularity, enough that they were both able to get a full ride to this prestigious school that’s specifically made to churn out up-and-coming idols. At first they’re both really excited, like Yata figures this is their chance to get really popular and even Fushimi’s looking forward to it if only because now he’ll have access to better songwriting materials, more up-to-date programs and such and besides, as long as it’s just him and Misaki singing that’s all he needs. On their first day Principal Ichigen Miwa tells the students that they are all free to form their own idol groups and in fact it is encouraged, any students who wish to begin to compete upon the world stage as idols ay have access to all the resources the school has and the idols who become most popular can even get signed sometimes before graduating. Yata and Fushimi fist bump and declare that they’re going to become the most popular duo in the school.
So then one day shortly after entering the school Yata’s practicing in a club room when he’s overheard by an upperclassman, Totsuka, who’s super impressed with Yata’s dancing skills and vocal talent. He asks if Yata’s joined any idol groups yet and Yata says just the one he and Saruhiko are forming, which is when he learns that students are allowed to form multiple groups. Totsuka tells Yata about his own group, Homra, and how it’s a large idol group but they have a bunch of sub units so that everyone can sing with the group as a whole or also with specific people. Yata’s intrigued, especially when Totsuka takes him to see a performance and Yata becomes entranced with lead singer and head of Homra Mikoto. Yata immediately volunteers both himself and Saruhiko for Homra, which Fushimi is totally pissed about when he finds out. Yata doesn’t see what the big deal is because he and Fushimi can still be sub unit together and this way they can get more popularity quicker by being part of the already super popular Homra. Fushimi initially goes along with it but he hates seeing Yata sing with other people, especially when Kusanagi suggests making a new sub unit with Yata as the lead singer and several of the Homra guys (but not Fushimi) as his backup. This is when student council president – and lead singer of rival popular idol group Scepter 4 – extends Fushimi a formal offer to join his group. Fushimi burns the sheet music of songs he wrote for himself and Yata and joins Scepter 4.
After that the two of them become rivals, like maybe Yata’s sub unit featuring himself, Kamamoto, Chitose, Eric and Dewa somehow ends up as rivals towards Fushimi’s Scepter 4 sub unit of Fushimi, Akiyama, Hidaka, Enomoto and Doumyouji. They always end up singing at the same events one after each other and have a similar sound though their lyrics and dances are complete opposites. Yata is proud to be the lead singer of his group, like while Fushimi probably ends up as lead for a few sub units (you know Munakata would want to use that voice as much as possible) Yata just has this one extremely successful group that he’s proud of. But at the same time Yata doesn’t understand how he and Fushimi ended up as rivals this way, in his heart Yata still wants to sing with Fushimi. Maybe the two groups get into some big sing-off after lights out and get caught by the principal, who places both groups in detention and it’s like idol breakfast club as everyone bonds and Yata and Fushimi get locked in a closet together until they work out their issues.