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The iDOLM@STER: SideM is the sixth adaptation of The iDOLM@STER video games. Like its predecesor Cinderella Girls, this series adapts one of the mobile game spinoffs — in this case, the all-male training game SideM. Taking place in the same universe as the main series and Cinderella Girls, the story follows new hires Teru Tendou, Tsubasa Kashiwagi, and Kaoru Sakuraba as they start their idol careers at the fledgling 315 Production under a boisterous executive and a habitually late but enthusiastic producer.

SideM is animated by A-1 Pictures like its predecesor series. The anime aired on October 7, 2017 as part of the Fall 2017 lineup.

A prologue special titled Episode of Jupiter premiered on September 30, 2017 a week ahead of the show's official start. It stars Touma, Hokuto, and Shouta during their time after leaving 961 Production.

The iDOLM@STER: SideM provides examples of:

  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Jupiter learns the hard way that Saitou never gives up on his targets.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Judging by the uniform, Saitou tries recruiting Touma in the same brand of convenience store Kyoji worked at.
    • Yuusuke and Kyousuke are shown on a sports magazine Teru reads in episode 1.
  • The Cameo:
    • Haruka makes a brief appearance in Episode of Jupiter. The piano rendition of "READY!!" from her series even played during her conversation with Jupiter.
    • All of the idol groups that aren't focused on get voiced cameos throughout the series:
      • Michiru is shown to be working at the ramen restaurant the boys go to in episode 1.
      • FRAME makes an appearance in their former professions, acting as rescue squads or traffic guards during the typhoon.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: And unlike the other two series, everyone important to the plot is of the same gender. Idol and Producer alike are fair faced hotties.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The ever-present music journalist Yoshizawa has a talk session with Jupiter. He also seems to be a drinking buddy of Saitou.
    • Posters of 765PRO ALLSTARS in their movie outfits can be seen all over town during Episode of Jupiter. The boys even attend the concert seen in that film.
    • The choreographer and singing teacher that taught 765's idols are now teaching for 315.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike 765, who were established but struggling in their early days, and 346, who's a well known media conglomerate, 315 is a relatively new company that hadn't even started operations yet by the time they recruit their first two groups.
    • This also applies to the idols themselves. As 765's idols have been working with each other for a while, and the same goes with 346's idols despite the constant influx of new and upcoming idols, 315's idols have literally just met, even within their established groups.
  • Exact Words: When Saitou angers Touma one too many times after turning down his offer to join 315, Touma tells him to "do what you want". Saitou is all too happy to take him up on his offer.
  • Hostile Weather: Episode 2 has the Jupiter concert be delayed because of a typhoon. 315's idols have to act in the place of Jupiter's missing crew members.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The setup of the venue shown in the first episode is taken from the first live Stage for this branch of the franchise.
    • The Producer's design is based on the producer that appears in the original game's Magazine comics.
    • Jirou, Michio, and Rui are scouted out by the Producer during an audition session where they're 17th in line, just as they were in the Magazine about their formation.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Episode of Jupiter happens during the time frame of the main series movie. There's even a shot-for-shot remake of the Jupiter boys' and Haruka's conversation before 765 has their big concert.
  • Time Passes Montage: The rest of the initial 315 recruits are shown getting their notice of confirmation during a montage near the end of Episode 1, before they're all gathered up for the first time.
  • Unreveal Angle: True to their game counterparts, the camera always finds clever ways to hide the top half of Saitou and the Producer's faces. At least, this only lasts until Episode 1 for the latter.