The Idolm@ster

Title:The Idolm@ster
アイドルマスター (Japanese)
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Notables: AKABANE Kenji
IMAI Asami
NIGO Mayako
The arduous struggle of the 13 girls from Talent Production 765 who dream of one day becoming idols in the competitive Japanese entertainment industry.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

A Summer 2011 series

25 episodes

Based on the OVA 'Idolm@ster: Live For You'
See related series: アイドルマスター XENOGLOSSIA
and The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls.
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Rent 7 6 7 6 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:2464#1552]
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As an idol-focused slice-of-life title, Idolm@ster explores the rising careers of the teenage girls that make up 765 Productions. The first half of the series explores 765 Pro trying to make the girls into successful celebrities, while the second half features their success paying off while having a rivalry with 961 Productions that has a noticeably more serious mood in many episodes compared to the first half. Many of the characters fulfill character types typical of moe-based anime and video game titles (no surprise with this title's video game roots) as the amount of depth they are given tends to vary from being decent to little at all in allowing the audience to see these girls beyond whatever character type they are given. The J-pop songs sung throughout the series are nothing too groundbreaking and the animation to the series is just as ordinary in what it offers up. Overall, Idolm@ster doesn't really offer anything new within the oversaturated music idol genre as all it offers up is mostly subpar and nothing out of the ordinary for its idol theme.

Last updated Friday, November 18 2016. Created Friday, November 18 2016.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:2464#628]
(Five episodes watched)

There are so many characters in this show that this first episode is little more than an introduction to each of them--I bet few VAs went unemployed while this show was being made. Each girl has a quirk, though for the most part not weird or outlandish ones. Too many characters to keep track of might be a problem for me. This episode takes an odd approach of having the viewer see things through a camcorder as a sort of documentary of Idol wannabes is filmed. Unfortunately, the jokes are not nearly funny enough. Having spent so much time introducing so many characters, where this show will go remains to be seen. There is a bit of a teaser at the end as a new male employee arrives and you wonder what will become of this situation. I wonder if there will be much of an ongoing story, because the jokes alone certainly cannot carry this show. Still, Idolm@ster has a touch of charm to it, and I will give it the benefit of the doubt.

As of episode five I think I can safely say that this show will not tread any new territory. The individual characters are not being developed much and I don't see much evidence of the cast as a whole endearing itself to me. There may be a long term plot regarding the girls finally scoring a notable success coming together, but I can't say whether it will be of much interest. And the jokes are still not funny enough. I have reached the point at which I will only watch this show if I don't pause to read subtitles, and thereby don't have to invest more than 23 minutes in an episode.

P.S: If you are interested in anime about Idols, I strongly recommend Lemon Angel Project

Last updated Sunday, October 20 2013. Created Monday, July 11 2011.

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