Synonyms: The Idolmaster Movie
Japanese: THE IDOLM＠STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 25, 2014
2 hr. 1 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 8.091 (scored by 22 users)
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SynopsisThe idols of 765 Production continue on their neverending journey—towards a new stage, towards a bright and shiny future!
The girls and their producer have gone through thick and thin, and have stood face to face with all kinds of difficulties.
It's time again for the girls to foster their friendship, and through great discipline, they step forward to their starry future.
(Source: Official website)
Related AnimePrequel: The iDOLM@STER: Shiny Festa
Characters & Voice Actors
This review will contain no spoilers.
If you're looking for the short and skinny, you'll enjoy this movie if you enjoyed the series; it feels very much like a continuation of the show focusing on all the good bits.
Much in line with the show the movie attempts to cater to all fans by dividing up the screen time with all the various idols, and to a large extent it succeeds fairly well. Overall I feel they did very well with the time frame a single movie allowed them in giving each character enough screen time. However, in the same vain this is where some of the movie's problems come in. The new cast of up coming idols are introduced relatively early in, but aside from one or two they get very little screen time and are subsequently deprived of some much needed characterization.
Given that the latter part of the movie is dedicated largely to a plot revolving around this cast of new idols, it can feel a little hard to empathize with them and to not help but wish more time was being granted to the original cast. What accentuates this is that the motives behind what some of them are saying or doing isn't really clear, and given the inherent lack of a personality behind them to allow us to guess their goals it leaves us with a deficit in character. However, this isn't a huge problem and there's enough suitable drama in this plot line to keep it interesting alongside with the build up to the impending climax of the movie to propel the rest of the plot forwards.
With regards to animation, like much of the rest of the movie it's almost identical to the series. The same art style is adopted but some of the more motion heavy scenes have a lot more fluidity to them with rotoscoping being used sparingly mostly in the last part of the movie. Largely the animation is excellent and the dramatic camera angles serve to spice up the live sections a great deal. The sound was very enjoyable overall, many of the popular tracks come back in some form be it as BGM or actual performances. Some new songs are present too leaving you excited to see what might be coming up next.
I touched upon character exposition earlier, but some of you will be happy to know that the old favorites for screen time in the show don't hog the majority of the limelight once again. However bias is inevitable when it comes to who one wants to put the most focus upon, luckily the love is spread a bit more evenly this time. Overall I found the movie to be extremely enjoyable, the plot is propelled nicely all the way with what is revealed near the start and it never stagnates or marches needlessly on the spot. If you're a fan of Idolm@ster, chances are you'll love it. If you're not a fan of Idolm@ster but you enjoy nice animation with a good soundtrack, you'll probably have a decent time but you might find some of the drama lacking.
Overall the plot is fairly bog standard, but its carried nicely by the strong cast of original characters if not being slightly hindered along the way by some new faces. But this isn't the kind of movie wherein it's totally fair to drop all the judging criteria on its plot, its merely a device to show us the idols interact and perform, and it succeeds in this regard. To conclude, it's a great Idolm@ster movie and a fairly decent movie overall. read more
Opening Theme"M@STERPIECE" by 765PRO ALLSTARS
Ending Theme"Nijiiro Miracle (虹色ミラクル)" by 765PRO ALLSTARS
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