Video Game / The iDOLM@STER

Imagine you can have control of an up-and-coming Idol Singer. You have to guide her to stardom by deciding what outfits she wears, picking what songs she sings, and helping her 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) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.

Incorporating elements from rhythm games, Dating Sims and competitive online battling, as well as an All-Star Cast and a generous helping of Moe, this game from Namco was an incredible hit in the arcades of Japan and created a whole franchise of sequels and spinoffs:

  • An Updated Re-release for the Xbox 360, which included one new idol.
  • Live For You, which was essentially the Xbox 360 version with new content but with the "management" aspect removed.
  • SP, a trilogy of PSP ports, each of which contained three of the nine original idols.
  • Dearly Stars, a Nintendo DS version about three new idols.
  • A proper sequel, THE iDOLM@STER 2, which introduces a brand new storyline and three-girl groups to the gameplay.
  • Shiny Festa, a series of rhythm games for the PSP. Brought officially overseas as iOS apps, marking the first time an iM@S product is licensed outside Japan.
  • Gravure 4 You!, a set of PS3 games bundled with the limited edition of the anime (later rereleased through the iM@S CHANNEL) that allow the player to photograph the girls in a series of different outfits and poses.
  • iM@S CHANNEL, a free-to-download app for PS3 that contains SHINY TV, a PS3 remake of Shiny Festa but with enhanced graphics and new songs and stories and support for Gravure 4 You! and One For All
  • One For All, a sequel with new storyline where you can produce up to all 13 original idols at the same time.
  • Platinum Stars, a sequel apparently similar in format to One for All, with the setting shifted to a training camp.

An anime, Idolmaster: Xenoglossia — from the makers of Mai-Otome — was released in 2007 and later licensed by Sentai Filmworks. Rather than being a straight Anime Of The Game, it was instead an Elseworld Real Robot show that cast the main characters as pilots (or "Masters") of Giant Robots called IDOLs (making them IDOL-Masters). A more straightforward anime adaptation (called The Idolmaster) aired in Japan during the Summer and Fall Seasons of 2011.

There are also some manga telling their own stories, one of them being Puchim@s, which got its own internet anime adaptation in the Winter Season of 2013 and the Spring Season of 2014, simulcast by FUNimation; it can be found on their official youtube page.

The franchise has spawned three card games for phones, Cinderella Girls, SideM (for the Mobage platform) and Million Live (for the GREE platform) They feature unique idols and have spawned CDs and mangas of their own. SideM is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. Cinderella Girls spawned a big enough fandom to gain an anime, that premiered on the Winter 2015 Anime season. It'll also receive a Rhythm Game for smartphones, THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage, with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as Love Live! School Idol Festival but using 3D models.

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 franchises 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 in order to not 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:


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  • Alternate Reality Game - Touched on this in the arcade version: if you enter your cellphone number into your account, your idol will periodically send you text messages.
    • Averted in the 360 game where your idol sends you texts to an in-game cellphone.
  • Dye Hard - Miki is an In-Universe example. Her hair color is actually brown, and it's only revealed in her alternate route as Kakusei Miki.
  • Endless Game - It's impossible to "win" in the arcade game, per se... the goal is to keep your idol's career alive for as long as possible. In the Xbox version, you "win" if you last a year.
  • Important Haircut - During one path of her character storyline, Miki cuts her hair and stops dying it blonde.
    • Azusa also cuts her hair short on The Idolm@ster 2. Going by the anime, it was when she was scouted as part of the RK.
  • Intercourse with You - Agent Yoru Wo Iku
  • Panty Shot - Having low dancing skill may cause your idol to trip herself during the show. Combine it with costumes with skirts to get this trope.
  • Scoring Points - The number of fans your idol has.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia - In the alternate Miki route, after she knows that the unit will be disbanded, she is surprised. Days later, she shows up having forgotten the memories between her and the Producer.

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  • 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 - in fact, 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 the mobile games, although changing the name of each category.
  • Disproportionate Retribution - Why did Miki switch from 765 Pro to 961 Pro? Because President Takagi ate her onigiri.
  • Lover Tug-of-War - The Producer is the victim of this in Azusa's ending, with her and Miki on each side.

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  • Ascended Extra - Most of the opponents that you run into during rank-up festivals are cameo characters, some with models (Ai, Eri and Ryo from Dearly Stars and Touma, Hokuto and Shouta from The iDOLM@STER 2), others in name only (Cineria, Yumekonote  and riola also from Dearly Stars, and Hikari, Tsubomi and Nozomi from episode 10 of the anime).
    • The New Generation trio (Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya and Mio Honda), Kaede Takagaki, Ranko Kanzaki and Anzu Futaba are DLC rivals from the Cinderella Girls mobile game and Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Mirai Kasuga, Nao Yokoyama and Serika Hakozaki from Million Live were released as DLC rivals.
  • Everyone Has A Special Move - Each of the idols gets a unique burst skill of her own which triggers either during or after a burst appeal is performed.
  • Skill Scores and Perks - This game introduced a skill board for each producable idol, with differing stats and distributions for each idol, but all of them get access to trio memory appeals and trio burst appeals, and each idol has her own unique burst skill.
  • Slice of Life - When compared to its direct predecessor, the game has a higher emphasis on the girls' day-to-day life and how they interact with each other.