They're extremely similar: both are about girls who decide they want to become idols. The settings are a little different; IM@S CG is in a production company, so the girls are being professionally helped, whereas in Love Live they're in school. There is also much more drama as there are many more subunits and dynamics within IM@S than there are in Love Live. The music in IM@S is very catchy, and is similar to the songs in Love Live. Cinderella Girls will reel you in and get you very invested in the characters and the relationships between them, and is something you shouldn't skip out on! read more
The road of an idol is filled with hardship and obstacles, nevertheless a strong conviction makes all the difference in terms of achieving your dream or watching it flowing down the drain. Friendships are formed throughout the journey that will forever be cherished no matter where one and the other are at.
'The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' focuses on the fun and light realism in a competitive idol world where dreams do not always come true. You win some and you lose some, the rise of a shiny star could potentially lead to the fall of another. It is at this time that the mentality and resolve of a person is tested. In a show with such a huge cast, balancing is the key because otherwise some characters will feel non-existent compared to others. Music-wise, the concerts are a blast and that is one of the pinnacle of the show.
'AKB0048' prides itself in portraying hopes and dreams in an astonishing manner where reality is taken out of the equation. The entertainment value can be appreciated the way it is without contemplating too much into what is right and wrong. It is imperative that one enjoys the show for what it is (music & entertainment) rather than digging into the facts of the roller-coaster adventure.  read more
Not only because both series are about a group of girls becoming Idols, but both Cinderella Girls and Sunshine are alternative settings in their respective Idol Franchises (iM@S and Love Live, respectively). A new beginning after the end of their main series. Also, there's more similarities between both of them:
-Both series involves a special thematic: CG uses a sort of "Cinderella Analogy" in the series, while Sunshine involves the sea thematic.
-Both series begins with the main character (Uzuki / Chiika) convincing her new friend (Rin / Riko) to become Idols. Also, a tomboyish girl (Mio / You) joins in.
-Both series have too much similarities about their character development: Both series involves a hungry girl (Kanako / Hanamaru), a shy girl (Chieri / Ruby), a gothic "Chuunibyo" girl (Ranko / Yoshiko), a tsundere fangirl (Miku / Dia), a noisy girl (Kirari / Mari) and a leader girl (Minami / Kanan).
The main difference between both is their legacy: Aqours is trying to follow μ's steps and the series constantly makes reference to this "legendary group". By the other hand, the Cinderella Project moves independently, and the series barely makes graphical reference to 765pro. read more
In a world of entertainment, a goal might only be qualified as ambitious if no effort has been put into accomplishing it. In the duration of the journey, rivalries are formed and friendships will be tested in both the brightest and darkest of ways.
'Kaleido Star' features the life and journey of a girl in a circus where hardwork is heavily required in order to hold on to one's place. From the audience and tv perspective, there is nothing short of fame and fortune for those who made it to the top but for every rise, there are countless falls. Facing such adversity, one must cast their feelings aside and perform to the best of their abilities regardless of who they hurt in the process. The true face behind an individual will be revealed through various hurdles whether it is modesty or greed but it is at those moments that defines the value of a person.
'The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' parades on more of a global competitive business where talent and hardwork guarantees nothing, it's the opportunity that presents itself at the right time that counts. The life of an idol is never an easy one and a dream is just an illusion if not pursued. Looking at the group, due to a large number of character presence, screentime is vital in ensuring balance and the importance of every individual which is what the show has done so well.  read more