The iDOLM@STER, IDOLiSH7 Recommendations
The idols in both i7 and im@s started off as a rookie who's struggled to achieve popularity--but when they finally reached their peak, that's only the beginning to more conflicts as they finally learn the true purpose of being an idol.
Not only that, but being challenged by fellow idol groups (TRIGGER, Jupiter) from a rival company that held grudge towards the main characters' company (Yaotome Production, 961pro), the small competition between the popularity of smaller units that became the starting point of the whole group's popularity (MEZZO'', Ryuuguu Komachi), both of the plot in i7 and im@s explored more on the near-realistic side of the
Rookie idols and a manager trying to get them popular. IDOLiSH7 is basically The iDOLM@STER with reversed genders.
Really similar types of drama between rival idol production companies, with sabotage and shadowy deals.