* ActorAllusion: Azusa has one in the anime, though not to [[Creator/ChiakiTakahashi 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 MaleGaze. On boobs.
** Also in the anime, Haruka smacked herself in the face with a box lid on national TV. Her seiyuu had done the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDvD6TDbOho exact same thing]] on an online web show several years ago.
** Iori will sometimes cry out "Urusai urusai urusai!" [[labelnote:translation]]"Shut up, shut up, shut up!"[[/labelnote]] That's Shana from LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana's catchphrase, which is commonly quoted by other characters of [[ShanaClone the same general archetype]]. ''Especially'' if they [[Creator/RieKugimiya share the same voice actor]] - which in this case they do.
** During Live!? On Sunday, Creator/AsamiImai'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.
* BonusEpisode: The ''Live For You'' and ''Shiny Fiesta'' [=OVAs=] came bundled with their respective games.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Or at least something between this and FakeRealTurn, 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 [[http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm18238389 a small concert done to promote the game]]. Creator/YumiHara had mentioned [[http://www.afachan.asia/2015/04/seiyuu-invterview-cast-idolmster/ 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 SideM coming on board, the line continues to blur between idols and seiyuu. From a live performance that numbered in a few dozen, to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFI4_HQoyx0 a concert of 30,000 fans]], not bad for an arcade game.
* DuelingShows: The anime aired in the same season with... VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama. Moreover:
** The protagonist of [=UtaPri=] is named Haruka '''''Nana'''''mi. The girl considered as the main character of [=iM@S=] is named Haruka '''''Ama'''''mi.
** 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.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** [[Creator/AsamiImai Chihaya]] - [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Tsubaki Yayoi]], and [[SteinsGate Makise Kurisu]]
** [[Creator/ErikoNakamura Haruka]] - [[Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJaNaiNDakaraNe as another Haruka]] and [[TheDitz Nakatasugawa]] [[VisualNovel/HoshizoraEKakaruHashi Ui]]
** [[Creator/AsamiShimoda Ami/Mami]] - [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Rin & Len Kagamine]], [[Manga/BGataHKei Yamada Chika]] and [[Manga/KyouNoGoNoNi Koizumi Chika]]
** [[Creator/AzumiAsakura Yukiho]] - [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Akira]], [[LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD Asia]]. If we go by her [[Creator/YurikaOchiai previous voice]], it's [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Thursday the Robot]]
** [[Creator/ChiakiTakahashi Azusa]] - [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Litchi Faye-Ling]], [[VisualNovel/OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru Takako]] and [[VisualNovel/SchoolDays Nanami]]
** [[Creator/RieKugimiya Iori]] - [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Rise Kujikawa]], [[Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}} Nena Trinity]], [[{{Manga/Gintama}} Kagura]] and lots and lots of ShanaClone. [[PigeonholedVoiceActor Need we say more?]]
** [[Creator/HiromiHirata Makoto]] - [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Kamui Tokinomiya]], [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Mao]]
** [[Creator/ManamiNumakura Hibiki]] - [[Anime/BlackRockShooter Arata]], [[Manga/HanamaruKindergarten Kenji]], [[Anime/{{Zoobles}} Panky]]
** Yayoi - [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Lilica Felchenrow]], hyperactive as ever.
** [[Creator/AkikoHasegawa Miki]] - The Japanese voice of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Mia/Wayu]].
** [[Creator/JuriTakita Kotori]] - [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Mei-Fang]] and the Japanese voice of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Elincia]].
** [[Creator/TakehitoKoyasu Kuroi]] - [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure DIO Brando]]
** [[TakumaTerashima Touma]] - [[Anime/GenesisOfAquarion Apollo]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Kouta Azuma]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE (adult) Desil Galette]]... OhCrap
** [[Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka Shota]] - [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Kirito]].
** Hokuto - [[Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Chris Weatherfield]]
* NoExportForYou - 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.
* SignatureStyle: It only really became obvious after ''Anime/KillLaKill'' aired, but Episode 17 was done by [[Creator/StudioTrigger Trigger]], and their style shines through at a couple of key moments. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fd7283c00946ff40a6ac62b54f1d93d1.jpg See for yourself.]]
* TakeThat: Episodes 3 and 4 of the anime feature back-to-back [[VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa cabbage-cutting scenes]].
* TheOtherDarrin: From ''iM@S2'' onward, Yukiho's original seiyuu, Creator/YurikaOchiai, was replaced by Azumi Asakura.
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: [=iM@S=].
* RelationshipVoiceActor: In the [[Manga/PetitIdolmaster Puchimas anime]], LightNovel/ToraDora stars Creator/JunjiMajima and Creator/RieKugimiya 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.
** Rikka Takanashi, Shinka Nibutani, Kumin Tsuyuri, and Sanae Dekomori from ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' share voice actresses Creator/MaayaUchida, Chinatsu Akasaki, Creator/AzumiAsakura, and Creator/SumireUesaka, respectively, with Ranko Kanzaki, Akane Hino, Yukiho Hagiwara, and Anastasia.
** [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/02/07-1/the-idolmster-franchise-now-has-100-idols-with-voices With more than 100 voice actors throughout the whole franchise]], especially with the ladies between the various games participating together in lives, it's become much more possible to encounter this or HeyItsThatVoice for most recent anime.
* [[TalkingToHimself Talking To Herself]] - Ami and Mami are both voiced by Creator/AsamiShimoda.

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