English: THE IDOLM@STER
Synonyms: The Idolmaster
Jul 8, 2011 to Dec 23, 2011
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisTHE IDOLM@STER follows 13 girls from the 765 Production Studio, whose sole goals is to become the top idols in the Japanese entertainment industry. Along with the laughs, struggles and tears that are inherently part of this journey, you will cheer for the girls of IDOLM@STER as they climb their way to the top!
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Opening Theme#1: "READY!!" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (eps 2-12)
#2: "CHANGE!!!!" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (eps 14-19, 21-23, 25)
Ending Theme#01: "The world is all one!!" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 1)
#02: "Positive! (ポジティブ!)" by Iori Minase & Yayoi Takatsuki (Rie Kugimiya & Mayako Nigo) (ep 2)
#03: "First Stage" by Yukiho Hagiwara & Makoto Kikuchi (Azumi Asakura & Hiromi Hirata) (ep 3)
#04: "Aoi Tori (蒼い鳥)" by Chihaya Kisaragi (Asami Imai) (ep 4)
#05: "MOONY" by Chihaya Kisaragi & Azusa Miura & Makoto Kikuchi & Miki Hoshii & Hibiki Ganaha & Ritsuko Akizuki (Asami Imai & Chiaki Takahashi & Hiromi Hirata & Akiko Hasegawa & Manami Numakura & Naomi Wakabayashi) (ep 5)
#06: "THE IDOLM@STER" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 6)
#07: "Ohayou!! Asagohan (おはよう!! 朝ご飯)" by Yayoi Takatsuki (Mayako Nigo) (ep 7)
#08: "Hanikami! First Bite (ハニカミ! ファーストバイト)" by Ryuuguu Komachi (Iori Minase & Azusa Miura & Ami Futami) (Rie Kugimiya & Chiaki Takahashi & Asami Shimoda) (ep 8)
#09: "Reimei Starline (黎明スターライン)" by Ami Futami & Mami Futami (Asami Shimoda) (ep 9)
#10: "GO MY WAY!!" by 765PRO ALLSTARS & 876PRO ALLSTARS (ep 10)
#11: "START!!" by Haruka Amami (Eriko Nakamura) (ep 11)more
#12: ''Shocking na Kare! (ショッキングな彼!)'' by Miki Hoshii (Akiko Hasegawa) (ep 12)
#13: "i" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 13)
#14: "Colorful Days" by Haruka Amami & Miki Hoshii & Chihaya Kisaragi & Ami Futami & Mami Futami & Takane Shijou & Hibiki Ganaha (Eriko Nakamura & Akiko Hasegawa & Asami Imai & Asami Shimoda & Yumi Hara & Manami Numakura) (ep 14)
#15: "MEGARE!" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 15)
#16: "Brand New Day!" by Hibiki Ganaha (Manami Numakura) (ep 16)
#17: "Cheering Letter (チアリングレター)" by Makoto Kikuchi (Hiromi Hirata) (ep 17)
#18: "Mahou wo Kakete! (魔法をかけて!)" by Ritsuko Akizuki (Naomi Wakabayashi) (ep 18)
#19: "Kazahana (風花)" by Takane Shijou (Yumi Hara) (ep 19)
#20: "Yakusoku (約束)" by Chihaya Kisaragi & Haruka Amami & Miki Hoshii & Yayoi Takatsuki & Yukiho Hagiwara & Makoto Kikuchi & Ami Futami & Mami Futami & Iori Minase & Azusa Miura & Takane Shijou & Hibiki Ganaha
#20: cont. (Asami Imai & Eriko Nakamura & Akiko Hasegawa & Mayako Nigo & Azumi Asakura & Hiromi Hirata & Asami Shimoda & Rie Kugimiya & Chiaki Takahashi & Yumi Hara & Manami Numakura) (ep 20)
#21: "Sora (空)" by Kotori Otonashi (Juri Takita) (ep 21)
#22: "Happy Christmas" by Haruka Amami & Chihaya Kisaragi & Ami Futami & Mami Futami & Azusa Miura & Takane Shijou & Hibiki Ganaha (Eriko Nakamura & Asami Imai & Asami Shimoda & Chiaki Takahashi & Yumi Hara & Manami Numakura) (ep 22)
#23: "Mitsumete (見つめて) (instrumental)" (ep 23)
#24: "Massugu (まっすぐ)" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 24)
#25: "Watashi-tachi wa Zutto...Deshou? (私たちはずっと…でしょう？)" by 765PRO ALLSTARS (ep 25)
When one gets to point where they begin disregarding anime because they have too many girls on their front poster, it's probably time to take moment and re-evaluate. Granted, I've forced myself to sit through so many generic harems, rom-coms and ecchis these past few years that it has almost become reflexive of me to steer clear of any anime which possibly looks like it may contain any one of the aforementioned three. It was only natural then when I saw the poster of The Idolm@ster, an ensemble of 13 cute girls gawking up at me, that alarm bells tripped off in my head like fire sirens at a pyromaniac's convention. Only due to vigorous recommendations did I reluctantly pick up the series later on.
Proverbial justice looks down on the pretentiously knowledgeable, or so it would seem. My transition from skepticism to fanboyism was swift. Within episodes I was converted, all preconceived doubts I harboured for the series unfounded or long forgotten. I almost felt ashamed, my predictions of meaningless plot and mindless ecchi not only completely wrong, but also reflected the conceited critic that I had become. The Idolm@ster humbled me, never again shall I judge an anime at face value.
The Idolm@ster follows story of 765 productions, a small time idol agency and their road to stardom and success. The narrative of each episode are alike but flexible, each one generally focuses on the backstory of one character, but also contains plenty of interwoven exposition of various other characters so that no episode can really be considered standalone. The general theme of each episode often revolves around a character issue or weakness, some form drama arises from this issue, which is then eventually resolved with the character experiencing some kind of revelation or growth. In many episodes the show cleverly relates the story to a broader context; for example the episode "Everything Starts with One Courageous Step" refers both to Yukiho's small step in facing her phobia, and the day's events as 765 production's first step towards their future.
There are times where the structure of each episode feels a little formulaic, however this is largely offset by the large variety of different stories the show offers. The tone of the stories are what I like to call very PG-13 esque, many of the problems and struggles are grounded in realism, but airbrushed with a heavy hint of optimism. Whilst the drama does get quite heavy towards the later stages of the anime, you can always rest assured that there will be a happy conclusion. In fact, the entire overarching theme of the anime seem to revolve the simple ideas of happiness and optimism which it conveys well, sometimes to a fault.
The characters of course are, quite literally, the stars of the show. It quickly becomes apparent how unexpectedly deep the characterization for these girls go. Each character is unique and Idolm@ster goes out of it's way to make sure these girls all interesting and memorable, which it does a surprisingly good job of. Idolm@ster features an amazing ensemble of voice actors that do a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life, both on stage singing as idols or off stage exchanging playful banter with each other.
Ironically, the true unsung hero is actually the main protagonist. Given a largely clean slate, the nameless "producer" remains very undeveloped and uncharacterized, acting as a role of sorts for the viewer to jump into, (if one was interested in that sort of stuff). What it also meant was that the spotlight always on the girls, never stolen away to implicate or relate the girls with a largely support figure character, romantically or otherwise. Funny how irrelevant the titular character ended up being.
There are many standout qualities The Idolm@ster offers, but the gem of the glitter has to go to the cinematography. In many ways the cinematic progression of the show reflects the characters themselves. While 'offstage' the production value is reasonable at best, easy to look at but not spectacular. The anime goes about it's daily business, not hinting at the show that's about to come.
Then, as stage is set and the music cues, here's when you finally realize that all bets are off. Explosions of lights and sound ensue, magnificently choreographed sequences aided by thrilling transitions, zooms, pans and cinematic techniques I didn't even think Japan knew existed, all cumulating in an electrify experience that's really putting my vocabulary limit to the test. The contrast of onstage and off really allows you to appreciate the level of workmanship devoted into these few minutes of animation. And then there's the ED sequences, which being unique to each episode itself is already unprecedented, also offers some great imagineative style backed with wonderfully fitting music. I have nothing more to say about The Idolm@ster's production value, other than two giant thumbs up of approval.
The Idolm@ster is in many ways a neat little snippet into a prominent Japanese idol subculture. Though perhaps not entirely accurate and/or realistic, The Idolm@ster takes a risk with it's presentation, using what could easy come off as a simplistic and childish tone, and instead delivering on a show that has both enthusiasm, energy and character.
Watch Idolm@ster with an open heart, and you'll quickly discover the sparkle that is perhaps one of the most underrated anime this season. read more
This is my first review, so please mind my unprofessionalism.
Originally, I watched the first episode as a mere joke, but by the end of the first episode, it left me wanting more. The IDOLM@STER was the first idol anime I had ever watched, and it opened up an entire new type of anime to me. I had taken a liking to idol animes upon completion of this one. As I watched this anime of 13 idols grow bigger and bigger in popularity, it made me feel somewhat proud. Remembering them as beginners just in the first few episodes and top idols in the last few had me very satisfied that they had gone a long way.
The story overall, would be unique and different to me, compared to others. The whole story revolves around 15 year old idols that work their way up to the big stage. Unlike many other animes, this story takes place at the 765 production office and does not show any of the character's school lives. Along with some fillers, each episode was dedicated to one character, and hence great character development in my own opinion. Many animes leave me with an empty feeling; I felt that I would have wanted a better ending, but this anime, however, made me feel complete, and I didn't really want to watch anymore, it was a great ending to me.
The art in this one might not be THAT great to some. However, as I am watching this in 2015, I feel that for a 2011 anime, it has greatly exceeded my expectations. I even would prefer this art then some of the art in this year.
The art has a moe feel to it to me. It's simple and unique. Although the characters from certain angles might be a bit strange, it the art was amazing nonetheless.
The voice acting was good, it matched with the animation and was clear. The background music and sound effects was good, but not that good. In some parts of the anime, some did not fit, but imo doesn't really effect me overall. Im not excellent at judging sounds, but if I were to rate it without any criticism, I would give it a 7/10.
First, It was me trying to watch this idol anime as a joke, but in the end it had been one of my favourites of all time, and made me take a liking to idol animes. Each episode kept me locked on the screen and didn't make me feel bored at all, and upon completion made me feel complete and fulfilled. It's a happy, and sometimes sad anime, and if you haven't watched it yet. I highly recommend you should. read more
So this is the first time watching an "Idol" themed anime, and because of that I may be rating this better than I should, but all in all this is a great anime and I doubt I would change the rating even if I had experience with similar animes.
The story really wasn't anything special to be honest. There were two main parts to the story (they can be differentiated by the opening changing). The first part consisted on the girls really trying to just get themselves out there and known to the world and while that may seem sorta boring, it really wasn't. Every episode was VERY engaging and it just made you want to know what would happen next. The second part is after they become more well known then what happens? While I can't spoil anything, I can tell you that the show does become a little more serious especially near the last few episodes, but it still keeps that really nice, and fun atmosphere. I was really surprised by how realistic it became at the end to be honest and if you ever think that being a big celebrity group means that it's all fun and games, then you haven't seen this anime.
P.S. From episode 20 and on, tissues are a must (unless you are a stone cold person with no soul :P). It gets ridiculously emotional at the end like I was Yukiho at the end.
If you thought that the art was bad then I'm Harry Potter. Since this is a idol anime, good artwork is a must and The iDOLM@STER certainly doesn't disappoint. The characters were drawn out very nicely and I applause this anime for not depending on fanservice from the characters to sell the show. I guess it's just a nice change of pace from panty shots or revealing bras that are in many animes nowadays.
There's a good amount of singing that happens during the performances and while I didn't find many particularly special, I give serious props to the people that came up to the lyrics for the songs. It really must have been hard to write them especially to fit the mood of whatever was happening. One of the best examples is the song "Promise" sung by Chihaya Kisaragi in episode 20 (tissues!). It's a very sad/happy/powerful song that fit the tragic atmosphere.
Now I know there's going to be those people that say that these characters were "unmemorable" or something, but I have to disagree. This was actually one of the few animes where I took my time and memorized every character's name just so I could get to know each character better. Plus can I just mention the character development? From start to finish, so many characters have been able to grow and learn, some being able to conquer fears to others trying to forget a dark past.
Well considering that this is one of my highest ranked animes should say what I thought about it. It's quite a ride from the beginning to the end and all I can say is to enjoy it. From the beautifully written songs to the characters, this won't be an anime you'll be disappointed in. And when the ride's finally over, you'll wish it had just started. read more
I'm sort of a strange fan of the iDOLM@STER series. In terms of experience with the series, i've only seen Xenoglossia myself, which I also enjoyed very much, even though the other people I talked to about it didn't really seem to like it. Aside from that, i've never played any of the games associated with it, so I can't say I have any experience with them.
That being said, The iDOLM@STER so far has been quite an enjoyable experience for me.
(Please note that all things said below are my opinion only! Also, most of the things I talk about are already subjective in nature, so not everyone will agree with the verdicts that I lay out for it. I respect everyone's opinion and it's ultimately up to you as the reader/viewer to decide if you agree or disagree with the points I discuss. With that being said, enjoy the review!)
In terms of the story, I can attest that, so far, they have done a great job at keeping it consistent. The story as you may already know, is about a group of amateur idols (the main cast) and their journey towards reaching their goals.
Keep in mind that this isn't just restricted to becoming a successful idol. While (nearly) every character in the cast wishes to become a popular, there are also a number of other goals that the characters are aiming to achieve alongside their journey through the industry. These goals are unique to those specific characters, and, in showing that, the show adds a side to it that increases the variety the of plot material as you are able to see that the cast isn't just a group of people aiming to do the same exact thing.
Although there is no real central plot to the story aside from them wanting to become popular idols, the show supplements that fact by adding in sub-conflicts that different members of the cast face while they progress and grow. This is also made more interesting in that it shows how being an idol interacts with the character's lives and how it may sometimes get in the way of or complement their other objectives.
For the most part, there hasn't been any heavy drama yet, but this may change in the future. There were some specific dramatic parts for some of the characters (Don't want to spoil.) which I thought were done well for the most part. Nothing that made me break down crying, but still legit and reasonably believable/enjoyable. The episode hid a glaring chekhov gun in early on so there is probably something large waiting over the horizon.
The comedy of the show has been mostly just light comedy, nothing that made you burst out laughing like Nichijou, but nothing that made you cringe in disgust like you've been told a really bad joke either. Most of the comedy is usually good enough to put a smile on your face and elicit a few giggles, which is good enough for me.
The show is, for the most part, separated into specific character-centric episodes where they choose one of the cast and focus on a slice of their life. This hasn't been followed strictly seeing as some episodes have been shown to focus on multiple characters, or even the whole cast equally to some degree, but so far, there have been a decent number (3? I think.) of character-specific episodes. So far, the show has done a good job of doing it both ways, by giving a reasonable chunk of the screen-time to specific characters for their spotlight episodes, and also treating the cast fairly equally in episodes that feature them all.
The show does a very good job of keeping a steady balance between idol-related business, normal everyday life trials, and also catering to each character's equally important side-goals as well. In my opinion, the story is very solid so far, and I can attest that it is accomplishing what it had set out to do and not straying too far from the main path.
In terms of Art, I can at least say that I enjoy it. The characters are designed very well and they all look nice. I don't have much to say about the art because this subject is incredibly subjective, right alongside music, so I can't really explain whether it's good or not. You either enjoy the style or you don't.
I guess this category could be attributed to the overall music for the show. In my opinion, the music included in the show so far has been very good. The opening sounds great, and also does a good job in getting you into the mood to watch the show. The ending themes are very good as well, aside from them being enjoyable music, the songs are tailored to specific characters of the cast, making for a heightened experience that complements the characters when viewing their spotlight episodes. The insert songs are fine, and the BGM is fine as well. Other then the specifics mentioned above, there wasn't anything that stood out as particularly "bad" in terms of music to me.
Oh boy, this section was actually going to be pretty big, but I think I already covered a majority of it in the story section. Due to the nature of the show's lack of a centralized conflict, it's obviously going to have its main focus be character development.
That being said, the show succeeds in presenting the characters in ways that make them unique and interesting.
There are a number of different personalities to identify with and explore.
The characters also come from a variety of different backgrounds, ranging from the poor to the rich, to the average every-woman to the mysterious others.
In terms of character development, the show doesn't slack in making sure that all of the cast has a their own, unique and interesting set of traits, goals, personalities, incentives, and probably more.
Enjoyment & Overall;
In my opinion, it's a very solid show that knows what it is aiming to accomplish and isn't hesitant to go for it while also providing a very enjoyable experience to those who want to lend their time to watching it. As a small side-note too, I really enjoy shows that give you a look into the life of another while also teaching you things as well. If I ever decide to become an idol, I can always look back and see that, while this show is probably idealized in some aspects, it is still a fun look at what the life of an aspiring idol would be like.
Some people may be questioning why I gave the show 10's in everything. Well, here's the thing, the show so far hasn't really done anything for me to actually say it's bad. It's basically that kid in school that's doing everything he's supposed to do. I don't feel right taking points off of the score of a show if I don't even have anything reasoning behind taking them off. The show is for those who are interesting in hearing a story about the lives of a group of aspiring idols and their journey to success. If you are not interested in watching a show like that, you can always just watch something else.
The show knows what it whats to do and is doing it well. It's developing it's characters, keeping a steady pace on the main plot, making sure every character in the cast is diverse and interesting, and for the most part, making your viewing of it worthwhile. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested looking for a light-hearted slice of idol life show to just be able to relax and enjoy. read more
Both stories deal with a group of up-and-coming idols.
Both are about idol groups.
Both animes are about a group of girls trying to take the stage to become top idols.
Love Live is essentially Idolmaster without the Producer and with an all schoolgirl cast. But if you enjoyed Love Live you may like Idolmaster
In both series, there is a group of girls who are interested in the music industry. Together, they unify as a group to perfect their talent and show their skills to others to see.
Both series also has a theme of friendship that also follows the girls' every day lives.
Both series has comedy, drama, and of course music.
Both series generally has a lighthearted background.
Both animes containing cute girls aiming for becoming top idols, reaching toward their dreams is their tasks, nice songs illustrating beautiful friendship among the girls.
Like Love Live!, The iDOLM@STER, is a fun and surprisingly moving idol anime filled with diverse and endearing characters and bombastic and catchy music numbers.
Being an "Idol" can be difficult to master the dances and singing. Though, one thing they need to do is this, "Practice makes Perfect." The story is about a group of girls who wanted to become Idol's themselves and gaining attention from the people around them. It's start off as beginners as they need to know the steps of becoming an Idol, until they master it, and perform miraculously in front of the crowd.
Love Live! takes place in a school where the main characters formed an idol of themselves to prevent the school from shutting down. The Idolmaster is a slice of life show that takes place on the studio and follows the daily lives of the Idol's activities.
- Both series is about idols.
- Have a good musical presentation.
- Idolmaster is more on a bit of drama
- Love Live is much cheerful kind.
-Both anime include idol groups
-Interesting and lovable characters
-In Love Live the girls form the group to save their school whilst in Idolmaster it goes into the routine of idols trying to get into the pro scene.
If you have seen one you would love the other and if you haven't seen either it wouldn't hurt to watch both.
The iDOLM@STER is about become a top idol, same as Love Live! School Idol Project. Both has to become top idol because of certain "conditions". Unlike The iDOLM@STER, Love Live! School Idol Project didn't use Producer, but they start over by themself.
Both are stories about girls becoming idols and all of the challenges they must face. AKB0048 is set in the future and has battle elements while iM@S is contemporary and more realistic.
Both Anime feature groups of girls trying to reach their dreams of becoming a major idol. The groups in each Anime area also wide range and both Anime's take a slightly different spin from what is normally seen in the idol genre. Also, they're both idol Anime that certain viewers can pick certain girls to root for or against.
Dreams are achieved through hardwork, supporting one and another when the going gets tough, and having a clear mindset on what your true goals are. Both series urges people to dream big but 'The iDOLM@STER' places realistic struggles and teamwork at the center of attention, it stayed true to its aspiration which is projected to the audience as planned.
'AKB0048' went for the unorthodox approach by bringing casual politics into the mix but still put a smile on our faces with their performances.
Both have several main characters who all aspire to become idols
Both animes are about a group of girls going through the hardships to become an idol, either for their goals or for their love of music; aspiring to become the best.
AKB0048 is basically AKB48's answer to iDOLM@STER. As such, the stories are similar. Young girls looking to make their big break at stardom and their journey towards that goal. That is literally the plot of both of these. AKB0048 though, trying to differentiate itself, adds a more sci-fi element to it compared to the modern setting of iDOLM@STER.
*Lots of: idols? cute teenage girls? singing? dancing? aspiring dreams? I'M READY!*
(General idol life is focused on iDOLM@STER while the intense environment in AKB0048, members puts on guerrilla concert singing and defending their love for music.)
Singing is a talent and in both series, the characters wishes to perfect their skills in the music industry. As such, they share their love and passion of singing and performing for other people as well as following their dreams.
Both series has a cast of female characters that all has the goal of making a name in the music industry.
Both series has comedy, drama, and also some emotional moments.
Both series has an excellent soundtrack that consists of the various songs sung by the characters themselves.
•both animes are centered around a group of girls which aim to become popular idols and sing their love of music with their friends/family.
•both animes circumstances/surroundings/backgrounds are completely different, yet they both portray the struggles and hardships of what it makes to become an idol and their dreams/goals to accomplish them.
•both animes show each member of the groups past/present and their different reasons for wanting to become an idol/singer
•both contain pretty good soundtracks that will make you want to listen to them again
•they are similar with a group of girls becoming idols.
AKB0048 and iDOLM@STER have cute girls trying to be top idols. Although, AKB0048 has more sci-fi feeling and less realistic, if you enjoyed watching iDOLM@STER, AKB0048 you will love watching AKB0048. Also, AKB0048 have good songs like iDOLM@STER's.
Both follow a cheerful group of girls that love music and sharing time together.
Slice of life.
Cute girls doing cute things.
Series have a lot in common, for starters they have the same art style.
In both series we have group of girls who are trying to get on big stage.
In both series there are some really nice songs.
However, Idolm@ster has a bigger variety of characters and more things are going on there. It is not just music orientated but music is the main point in the series.
Teenage girls aspiring to become musicians.
These shows are similar in my point of veiw by its artwork and it tends to have comedy in it the way of the characters are similar too
Both series involves a group of girls using their talents in the world of music.
Both series has comedy and drama throughout episodes involving music and life.
Both series contain similar character designs.
Both series contain the slice-of-life theme
Both series have a fun style.
Both of these Anime deal with following a particular job and the ups and downs. Except, the characters involved are not your average person, they all have various personalities with quirks in them.
Similar character design and animation from A-1 Pictures, both shows have considerable amount of slice-of-life part besides the professions, idol-singers and restaurant-staff respectively, the shows deal with.
- One of iM@S's character, Yukiho, had a fear of men, the same as Inami from Working!!.
- Both anime has a quite similar artwork.
Both Hanasaku Iroha and The iDOLM@STER are clumsy, humble, honest, and idealistic coming-of-age slice of life anime that do their jobs very well. They focus primarily on the characters themselves as individuals, rather than focusing strictly on their comedic mannerisms. While both have comedic moments, both actually excel at using atmosphere to accent its character-driven drama. Hanasaku Iroha does this through its visual splendor, whereas The iDOLM@STER - a show primarily about music - takes full advantage of silence during critical scenes. Due to their coming-of-age stories, both shows have strong elements of time, where it's used as a slow and melancholic way to highlight changes in plot, setting, and characters during key moments.
Hanasaku Iroha has some of the prettiest and detailed settings for a slice of life television series, boasting a strong start that establishes its identity as a no-gimmick drama about growing up in an unfamiliar town. Immediately, it portrays itself as less of an anime and more like a live-action drama as it focuses on the stories of all its characters, particularly the adults, as opposed to any quirky mannerism common in slice of life shows. There's romance too, but it plays second to the growth of its characters, serving as a means to measure their maturity over the series.
The iDOLM@STER is primarily a slice of life comedy, but it begins with quiet scenes of the characters going about their lives - echoing the more dramatic moments later in the series. Despite being an idol show with a male lead, there's very little fan service, there's even less romance, and while most of the characters are in school, there is not one single instance during any episode where a school is shown. The show instead follows the character to different locations, in different outfits, doing different activities as they grow into their roles as aspiring idols.
To any fans of coming-of-age slice of life dramas, I cannot recommend these shows enough.
Both are slice of life/ drama which really pick up pace towards the end
They show a group of girls in a working environment of a smaller company that is trying to be more popular. Episodes are structured the same way where it's mostly episodic with a few arcs.
Some episodes are designed to make you laugh, some are more touching and will make you sad and some are just adorable! Fans of Hanasaku Iroha who don't mind idol shows should definitely check out The IdolM@ster and fans of IdolM@ster that want to watch a show similar to it not necessarily about idols should check out Hanasaku Iroha
Both are about a young idol group rising to stardom.
Young girls working hard to become pro idols with the help of their producer/manager. The difference being idolm@ster starts with the girls as idols while WUG first shows us how the group was formed, and WUG seems to have a bit more drama. Both touch on the competitiveness of the idol industry.
Different from school idols like Love Live, IM@S and WUG are about real, professional idols and the competition in the entertainment industry. The girls in both series are determined, tough, hard-working and cute. Both agencies, 765 production and Green Leaves are tiny companies with little money and plain offices, and both of them have a strong and rich rival: 961 Production and I-1 club. The stage performance of IM@S is perfect while that of WUG is a bit rough. However the soundtrack of WUG is impressive, that's enough for an idol anime.
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