Imagine you can have control of an up-and-coming Idol Singer. You have to guide them to stardom by deciding what outfits they wear, picking what songs they sing, and helping them deal with the pitfalls of growing up in the spotlight.That's The iDOLM@STER [sic]. It's a Simulation Game where you play as a producer for the "765 Production" (pronounced "na-mu-ko") studio, and you have nine (technically ten in the arcade version, technically eleven in the Xbox version, and thirteen in the sequel) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.Incorporating rhythm game elements, Dating Sim elements, competitive battling elements and fanservice and Moe, this game from Namco was a big hit in the arcades of Japan. It was even a hit on the Xbox 360, selling for months after going on sale and moving loads of downloadable content. This was enough to get a sequel, Live For You—the same game with new songs, new outfits, and the "management" aspect removed—which also sold well. A DS version, Dearly Stars, starring the ability to play as 3 new idols was released in October 2009. Another sequel came out called Idolmaster 2, featuring updated graphics, new outfits, new hairstyles for some of the girls, and brand new songs. There is also a series of 3 rhythm games for the PSP similar to Live for You called Shiny Festa released in October 2012. With the exception of ''Shiny Festa'' for the iOS, all are in Japan.An anime, Idolmaster: Xenoglossia — from the makers of Mai Otome — was released in 2007. It is licensed by Sentai Filmworks and the first half will be released this October. Rather than being a straight Anime Of The Game, it was instead an ElseworldReal Robot show that cast the main characters as pilots (or "Masters") of Giant Robots called IDOLs (making them IDOL-Masters).An Anime Of The GameOAV which was more closer to the games was released with the Live For You game.And there's a very faithfulanime TV series that aired in Japan during the Summer and Fall Seasons of 2011. Let's just say fans were very excited.The various games and anime also have at least one manga adaptation each; Dearly Stars for example has three with overlapping stories. There are also some manga telling their own stories, one of them being Puchim@s, which got its own internet anime adaption in the Winter Season of 2013 simulcast by Funimation and found on their official youtube page.These games are on arcades, the Xbox360, DS, PSP, and PS3.It also has a character sheet, and a dedicated fansite called Project-iMAS which includes a wiki too. Click here for the wiki!Also as all good successful frachises do, The iDOLM@STER managed to inspire other series to try and latch on the same crowd, Dream C Club was D3Publishes' answer to Namco Bandai's giant, with some unique elements not to look like they're the same thing.Tropes that are common for the franchise as a whole, please, list them on this page. For tropes specific to individual titles please go to:
The Faceless - The Player Character. Also, Mr. Takagi. Actually, aside from Kotori and the Jupiter trio, every other character you come across, including the satellite characters on the girls routes are all faceless.
Fun with Acronyms - The MASTER ARTIST Cd series has one hidden. If you look at the covers of the CD jackets of each album, every girl is saying something, most of them in English. If you put them in the correct order, they spell...
No Export for You - While the console games at least requires 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.
Punny Name - President Kuroi of 961 Production ("961" can be read as ku-ro-i).
The 765 in 765 Studios is pronounced "na-mu-ko", from "nana" (7), "mu" (6, for counters), and "go" (5, which "go" and "ko" are the same character, mostly). If you still don't get it, this is how Namco is pronounced in Japan. This reference can also be found in other works by Namco, the Ridge Racer and Ace Combat series being good examples.
Also, for the DS game's 876 Production is read as "ban-na-mu", "ban" (8), and the "na-mu" part is the same as above. "Bannamu" is a portmanteau of "Bandai Namco", and is indeed a common short form for it.
Limited Wardrobe - A rare case where both apply. With the amount of DLC there's out there's almost no end to the clothes the girls can wear. But the in game communications they are always using the same set, only diference is that it changes between Summer and Winter.
Stacy's Mom - Ai becomes a victim of this. Her mother, an ex-idol herself, becomes nostalgic for the glory days when Ai makes it big and decides to make a comeback. Ai is shortly overshadowed in the public eye by her still incredibly hot mom.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead - While very possible to do by yourself, it's also probably one of the reasons why 961 has the three idols it has - infact, it's an odd case where the "redhead" of the trio is actually blonde, considering Takane's silver locks. Unless, of course, you count Miki's hairstyle from after she stops dying it, which is probably closer to being red....
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Perfect Sun girls (Makoto, Haruka, Yayoi and Hibiki) are red, the Wandering Star girls (Takane, Ami, Mami, Iori and Yukiho) are yellow, and the Missing Moon girls (Azusa, Chihaya, Miki and Ritsuko) are blue. This color code was also used in Cinderella Girls.
Fan Translation: As of November 2012, The Idolm@ster SP Perfect Sun is fully playable in English. Chihaya's route from Missing Moon is also released with Iori and Yukiho from Wandering Star. The people at TLWiki are continuing to work on the other two PSP game routes.
Lover Tug-of-War - The Producer is the victim of this in Azusa's ending, with her and Miki on each side.