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Old 07-19-2015, 07:06 AM   #1
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Time to let your im@s flag fly! Discuss the franchise in all its glory. Video Games, Music, Anime, Manga, Figures- you name it.

I'm awful at starting threads so I'll just chuck in some useful information for those unfamiliar with iDOLM@STER and maybe a song or two

The iDOLM@STER is an idol raising simulator video game franchise in which you select a girl (or group of girls) to then produce and develop into Japan's next music sensation. The games mostly consist of talking with your idol/s between events to develop a bond and trust, taking them to lessons and promotions and performing in auditions, lives and concerts.
The iDOLM@STER currently has four anime adaptations.
iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia (2007) is a mostly unrelated mecha series featuring the original characters from the first arcade game (so none of the Project Fairy characters later introduced into the early iterations of the franchise).
The iDOLM@STER (2011) is a more faithful adaptation within the "2nd Vision" (iDOLM@STER 2 onwards) canon of the games which is the current and well known canon.
Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster (2013-2014) is a series of comedy spin-off shorts featuring super-deformed equivalents of the characters.
The iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls (2015) - currently airing is a spin-off series based off the Cinderella Girls mobile phone game

For those interested in playing iDOLM@STER. iDOLM@STER 2 is available on PS3 with an English translated guide online at this link to help you navigate the response options and events which has made the game very much playable to an English audience http://imas2.wota.info/. A similar guide seems to be in the works for iDOLM@STER One For All on PS3- however that game is far more forgiving as it is anyway to play having no time limit so it's easier to go with trial and error on that one if you're impatient.
Among the many im@s titles there are also some PSP games accessible to an English speaking audience. The Shiny Festa Rhythm games on PSP are easy to play without any Japanese knowledge (and there are pricey iOS translations of all three if you're willing to shell out anyway) and iDOLM@STER SP- three pre- "2nd Vision" canon games. All identical save for the characters you can play with. One of the three 'Perfect Sun' has a more-or-less completed unofficial English patch. SP is the closest to a proper iDOLM@STER game in English for those interested.

Discuss the games, the anime, the songs, or whatever iDOLM@STER related your heart desires. Go ahead and ask any questions too.

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Old 07-19-2015, 07:12 AM   #2
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I approve of this thread. And all things IiDOLM@STER in general
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I approve of this thread. And all things IiDOLM@STER in general
Believe me I'm thrilled that there's other im@s fans on here. I'm very passionate about it as you can see (though for someone passionate I don't own much merch, I've some CDs and the games- granted I make up for that in buying game DLC because that shit is not cheap...)

I'm currently playing with a few ideas for custom slicks to package all 9 iDOLM@STER TV volumes in if I manage to mux subs onto the imports. I'm thinking three cases holding three discs each and I'm between using whole cast art or just individual character art of my 6 favourites one on each side (those images I'm currently trying out on the spines of the whole cast art ideas)
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Basically I just really want the BDs in English even if I have to do it myself...
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Wow that looks really awesome. And dang, so the imports aren't sub friendly either. sigh....
I can always wish can't I lol.
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Wow that looks really awesome. And dang, so the imports aren't sub friendly either. sigh....
I can always wish can't I lol.
Well if I eventually get around to doing my thing I can just share the retimed sub files or whatever with you so you can do the same should you ever choose to.
Otherwise your best bet is to risk a subpar im@s Blu-Ray and support FUNimation's Puchim@s release (which I'd love to do but with the current exchange rate I'm in no position to support any US release...)

Who is your favourite idol though?

EDIT: Got all three done for my first idea for the covers, still super rough. And I couldn't fit all the characters into the second two because of how long the images were
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First a Vocaloid thread and now there is an iDOLM@STER thread? All we need now is for someone to make a Love Live! School Idol Project thread. Anyways, back on topic, I loved the anime and so I approve of this thread. Would be nice if Bandai Namco would take the risk and localize an actual iDOLM@STER game over here. As for my favorite idols, it usually a toss-up between Haruka, Miki, and Iori. Though these days after rewatching some of the episodes on Crunchyroll, I have taken a liking to Yukiho as well...

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Old 07-19-2015, 05:14 PM   #7
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^^^

Don't give me the idea. I don't like making threads as well because I'm terrible at it at. lol

And that is hard to pick one favorite idol. I mean the all have great quailties about them. I guess if I had to pick one though it would be Haruka.

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Would be nice if Bandai Namco would take the risk and localize an actual iDOLM@STER game over here. As for my favorite idols, it usually a toss-up between Haruka, Miki, and Iori. Though these days after rewatching some of the episodes on Crunchyroll, I have taken a liking to Yukiho...
I'd legitimately repurchase iDOLM@STER 2 and some of the DLC if we got the game in English. Though top of my list would be the upcoming PS4 game as that won't have an English translation wiki for a while if at all and I'd like to get a PS4 and play it as best I can.

My favourite is Takane as I feel is obvious . Miki comes second then Makoto, Chihaya, Yukiho and Azusa in no particular order (it changes on a daily basis). The rest are an afterthought. I like them all but those 6 are the characters I pay most attention to.
Takane is best girl because she has a cover of the Cutie Honey theme . The most important theme song ever. I love it when the characters do song covers. There's a great Bakemonogatari cover CD that was bundled with a manga volume I think.
Stable Staple: Takane Shijou (Yumi Hara)

Sugar Sweet Nightmare: Miki Hoshii (Akiko Hasegawa)

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Idolm@ster 2 has so much DLC on the PS3 version, that if everyone who bought the game agreed to buy the DLC, Namco would probably announce a localization right now. But seriously I think it went overkill and i'm the type who buys DLC in games.
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I hate DLC because most of the time it is stuff that is already on the game in the first place lol.
And the fact that they piece meal it out and not offer bundles on some games.
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Idolm@ster 2 has so much DLC on the PS3 version, that if everyone who bought the game agreed to buy the DLC, Namco would probably announce a localization right now. But seriously I think it went overkill and i'm the type who buys DLC in games.
It is rather over the top. I got lucky- there was a monthly DLC sale when I started getting interested in the DLC for im@s 2. And then there was another monthly DLC sale that started pretty much the month I got One For All so I've just been taking advantage of sales for im@s DLC. I can't play an idolm@ster game that doesn't have Overmaster, I just can't.

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I hate DLC because most of the time it is stuff that is already on the game in the first place lol.
And the fact that they piece meal it out and not offer bundles on some games.
For im@s 2 I'm pretty sure it's on the disc, although in OFA it's definitely not stuff on the disc that just gets unlocked when you pay bc the files are much bigger and there's way too much DLC for them to hide on a disc
I do sorely miss the days when you just had to unlock things and not pay more for a game you've already bought. I loved the excitement of unlocking fighters in Soul Calibur II and Super Smash Bros Melee as a kid.
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VIDEO: "The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage" Song Previewed in Latest Video

"Todoke! Idol" previewed in the video clip!

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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage is an upcoming app for both iOS and Android that'll feature several familiar songs from the property. A special video debuted today during the IDOLM@STER M@sters of Idol World concerts that shows off the theme song, "Todoke! Idol."

The video also features other snippets from the game, which is now open to pre-registration from players. Those who pre-register will receive 1,000 Star Jewel items in the game. It'll be free to play, and some items will be available to purchase, optionally.

The game began as a spinoff of the original IDOLM@STER game and the games themselves also spawned manga and anime series later in its run. The second season of the anime premiered on July 17.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-new...n-latest-video

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^^^

So how do I get this game on my ipad? Or can I even do that since I'm sure it won't be like Live Live! and localized.

And boo....I wish I could do some of this stuff...

A-1 Pictures Produces Anime Promo For "IdolM@ster Million Live"

90 second PV to be released with single this September

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This weekend's THE IDOLM@STERS M@STERS OF IDOL WORLD! 2015 10th anniversary concert featured the debut of a The iDOLM@STER Million Live! "Dreaming" PV, celebrating the franchise's second social network game (after Cinderella Girls), released for the GREE mobile browser game platform in 2013. A-1 Pictures who produced the 2013 iM@s and 2015 Cinderella Girls TV anime, animated the 90 second video, set to be released with the limited edition of the THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER DREAMERS 01 Dreaming single September 30th.

The "Dreaming" single features Mirai Kasuga (CV Haruka Yamazaki), Shizuka Mogami (CV Azusa Tadokoro) and Tsubasa Ibuki (CV Machico). It will be followed by a DREAMERS 02 with mini drama CD OCtober 28th

The Idolm@ster: M@sters of Idol World!! 2015 was held at Seibu Prince Dome (capacity: 33,921) in Saitama Prefecture on July 18 and 19. The first day featured the voice actresses who voice the idols at 765 Pro, and the second day will have the VAs from The Idolm@ster

Theme song "Ai/I Must Go!," was performed by Haruka Amami (CV: Eriko Nakamura), Chihaya Kisaragi (Asami Imai), Miki Hoshii (Akiko Hasegawa), Uzuki Shimamura (Ayaka Ohhashi), Rin Shibuya (Ayaka Fukuhara), Mio Honda (Sayuri Hara), Mirai Kasuga (Haruka Yamazaki), Shizuka Mogami (Azusa tadokoro), and Ibuki Tsubasa (Machico).

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Well the PSP Idolm@ster games did get localized for iOS, but are crazy expensive. Cinderella Girls for iOS and Android I guess depends on how well that did.
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The official YouTube channel of the Tekken fighting game franchise began streaming a video announcing a collaboration between the Tekken series and The IDOLM@STER franchise on Sunday. The video shows new costumes for Tekken 7's cast based on costumes of The IDOLM@STER characters.

In the beginning of the video, Tekken 7's Paul Phoenix is introduced as a "special guest" in an idol outfit, but the disclaimer says this can't be used in the actual product.

The collaboration celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tekken series and the 10th anniversary of The IDOLM@STER franchise. Bandai Namco Games publishes The IDOLM@STER series of games, and published the latest game, The IDOLM@STER One for All in May 2014.

The arcade version of Tekken 7 ran various location tests last year in Japan. Bandai Namco Entertainment launched the game in Japanese arcades on March 18.
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Well the PSP Idolm@ster games did get localized for iOS, but are crazy expensive. Cinderella Girls for iOS and Android I guess depends on how well that did.
The iOS Shiny Festa localisations are like $7 on the app store atm. Shame they aren't on the AUS store, I mean I already have the PSP games but I'd pay $7 or $8 for the localised app.
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I'm still mad that they didn't bring over the PSP versions of the games since I don't own an Apple product...
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I'm still mad that they didn't bring over the PSP versions of the games since I don't own an Apple product...
I can assure you they're incredibly playable without English should you import, you just have to skip the dialogue that appears every so often and skip the anime episode that plays at the beginning every time you insert the game
Granted they ported them to a free PS3 app a while ago with one free song (and the rest in DLC packs), so you could try it that way to see if the style of rhythm game even works for you as it's only a two button rhythm game rather than 4/8/10 like Project Diva is
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I can assure you they're incredibly playable without English should you import, you just have to skip the dialogue that appears every so often and skip the anime episode that plays at the beginning every time you insert the game
Granted they ported them to a free PS3 app a while ago with one free song (and the rest in DLC packs), so you could try it that way to see if the style of rhythm game even works for you as it's only a two button rhythm game rather than 4/8/10 like Project Diva is
I'm well aware that you can play this game just fine without knowing Japanese and importing is an option, but I want to play it on my Vita! (Since my PSP is like dead these days...) I'll probably just look into that PS3 app whenever I have money to spend...

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Found my One For All disc which had found itself in the wrong case somehow and decided to start from scratch as I got a bit ahead of myself when I last started which just ended in me being lost and confused. I've managed to get the hang of it now I think- so I can finally be on the same page as everyone else that says it's easier and has more freedom than im@s 2 (not going to say it's better or worse as I haven't played enough, but OFA does have better DLC songs which I'm taking advantage of).

Overwrote my initial game and have started with a trio of Takane, Miki and Yukiho (I decided I wanted Takane and Miki to be my strongest two so I started with them so they'd be ahead of the rest and Yukiho just because I like her voice with Takane and Miki).
An interesting feature of OFA so far are the All Star Festivals where you design a setlist outside of just whatever song/s you're producing at the time and spread all 13 idols out among the songs and perform three songs back to back for a cumulative score instead of one performance and one score. I quite liked it and I loved being able to just pick a few songs outside of what I was producing at the time (performed 'Fate of the World', '99 Nights' and the non-dlc song I was currently producing).

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