Trivia / The iDOLM@STER

  • Actor Allusion: Azusa has one in the anime, though not to her seiyuu's previous roles but her previous job as a gravure idol. Azusa was asked to do a gravure idol audition and was asked to pose. Cue Male Gaze. On boobs.
    • Also in the anime, Haruka smacked herself in the face with a box lid on national TV. Her seiyuu had done the exact same thing on an online web show several years ago.
    • Iori will sometimes cry out "Urusai urusai urusai!" translation  That's Shana from Shakugan no Shana's catchphrase, which is commonly quoted by other characters of the same general archetype. Especially if they share the same voice actor - which in this case they do.
    • During Live!? On Sunday, Asami Imai's Yayoi-fangirl tendencies somehow got projected onto Chihaya for a few brief moments. She's obviously suppressing the urge to Squee! at Yayoi's weather report.
  • Bad Export for You: The American release of the Shiny Festa games are practically oozing with this trope. For starters, the original release price was $55, which may be acceptable if you were importing the original PSP versions, but compared to other iOS games or even American releases of standard handheld games, it's a steep asking price (especially for those wanting to buy all three versions, which would total to $165). On top of this, the games themselves were badly localized, featuring song names that were left untranslated unless they were already Romanized, jokes that make absolutely no sense in English, dialogue text that goes beyond the confines of the dialogue box, and several obvious typos such as "Hoobies" instead of "Hobbies". Oh, and as of March 2016, the games are no longer available on the iOS App Store.
  • Bonus Episode: The Live For You and Shiny Fiesta OVAs came bundled with their respective games.
  • Defictionalization: Or at least something between this and Fake-Real Turn, regarding the live concerts. Though seiyuu idols, in the form of voice actors doubling as singers, have pretty much been around as long as the anime industry itself, only recently has the idolization of the industry ramped up. When iM@S began, its earliest concert was a small concert done to promote the game. Yumi Hara had mentioned in an interview that even when she started out as a seiyuu (in 2008), seiyuu idols were still a rarity. Since then, iM@S has continually focused its efforts on giving better live performances each year. Especially with Cinderella Girls, Million Live, and Side M coming on board, the line continues to blur between idols and seiyuu. From a live performance that numbered in a few dozen, to a concert of 30,000 fans, not bad for an arcade game.
  • Dueling Shows: The anime aired in the same season with... Uta No Prince Sama. Moreover:
    • The protagonist of UtaPri is named Haruka Nanami. The girl considered as the main character of iM@S is named Haruka Amami.
    • Both shows feature twins, although Shou's twin brother Kaoru does not appear in the anime.
    • Tokiya and Chihaya are quite alike in demeanor and looks.
    • Both shows are centered on music and showbiz, with iM@S on the more realistic side of the scale compared to the loftier fantastical UtaPri side of the scale.
  • I Knew It: Within a few days of the main characters of Dearly Stars being revealed, some fans had already theorised that Ryou was secretly a boy.
  • No Export for You - While the console games at least require the Japan region consoles, THE iDOLM@STER Mobile i takes it to the next level. Unless you have your iPhone "modified", you have to live in Japan in order to play it.
    • Finally averted with the Puchim@s anime and the Shiny Festa games. The former was simulcast by Funimation and the latter received translated ports on the iOS App Store.
  • Signature Style: It only really became obvious after Kill la Kill aired, but Episode 17 was done by Trigger, and their style shines through at a couple of key moments. See for yourself.
  • Take That: Episodes 3 and 4 of the anime feature back-to-back cabbage-cutting scenes.
  • The Other Darrin: From iM@S2 onward, Yukiho's original seiyuu, Yurika Ochiai, was replaced by Azumi Asakura.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: iM@S.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Puchimas anime, Tora Dora stars Junji Majima and Rie Kugimiya voice The Producer and Iori, respectively. However, this is the first time Junji has voiced someone in the franchise, while Rie has voiced her character since its inception.
  • Talking To Herself - Ami and Mami are both voiced by Asami Shimoda.


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