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The anime follows the exploits of an [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep unnamed rookie Producer]] starting work at 765 Productions, a struggling talent company who manage {{Idol Singer}}s. He immediately gets thrown in the deep end by being assigned ''twelve'' aspiring idols, each with their own particular talents, personalities and ambitions. It will be a long and tough road to stardom, but by [[RelationshipValues spending time with his charges and bonding with them]], the Producer stands the best chance of [[LevelUpAtIntimacyFive learning what makes each girl tick and where their strengths truly lie]].

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The anime follows the exploits of an [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep unnamed rookie Producer]] starting work at 765 Productions, a struggling talent company who manage {{Idol Singer}}s. He immediately gets thrown in at the deep end by being assigned ''twelve'' aspiring idols, each with their own particular talents, personalities and ambitions. It will be a long and tough road to stardom, but by [[RelationshipValues spending time with his charges and bonding with them]], the Producer stands the best chance of [[LevelUpAtIntimacyFive learning what makes each girl tick and where their strengths truly lie]].



* SnowMeansDeath: The climax scene in the Idols' second movie trailer in episode 26.

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* SnowMeansDeath: The climax scene in the Idols' idols' second movie trailer in episode 26.



* ZettaiRyouiki: Several of the girls stage outfits have this. Kotori's [[SexySecretary work outfit]] has this too.

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* ZettaiRyouiki: Several of the girls girls' stage outfits have this. Kotori's [[SexySecretary work outfit]] has this too.


* AllThereInTheManual: Some events in the anime series make a lot more sense if you've played through the game and unlocked the backstories for the idols.



* AllThereInTheManual: Some events in the anime series make a lot more sense if you've played through the game and unlocked the backstories for the idols.


* OneManArmy: Makoto beat the relay race practically by herself, since (no thanks to Yayoi) Iori passed the batton to her in second-to-last place. [[AwesomeMoment And with an injured knee.]]

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* OneManArmy: Makoto beat the relay race practically by herself, since (no thanks to Yayoi) Iori passed the batton to her in second-to-last place. [[AwesomeMoment [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And with an injured knee.]]


** The movie ad immediately after that, ''The Girl Who Dug Holes'', is a double ShoutOut ''and'' AscendedMeme all in one - the title is a parody of ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', whilst the word "Ex*hi*la*ra*ting" on the right is a reference to ''SailorFukuToKikanjuu''.

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** The movie ad immediately after that, ''The Girl Who Dug Holes'', is a double ShoutOut ''and'' AscendedMeme all in one - the title is a parody of ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'', whilst the word "Ex*hi*la*ra*ting" on the right is a reference to ''SailorFukuToKikanjuu''.''Film/SailorFukuToKikanjuu''.


* ClingyJealousGirl: Miki's reaction in the final episode when [[spoiler: the Producer reveals a wallet he received as a get-well present (really his Christmas gift) from Haruka]].

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Miki's reaction in the final episode when [[spoiler: the Producer reveals a [[spoiler:a wallet he received as a get-well present (really his Christmas gift) from Haruka]].


''The iDOLM@STER'' is the second TV series based on [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster the video game series of the same name]]. It is produced by Creator/A1Pictures and aired through [[Summer2011Anime the summer]] and Fall of 2011.

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''The iDOLM@STER'' is the second TV series based on [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster the video game series of the same name]]. It is was produced by Creator/A1Pictures and aired through [[Summer2011Anime the summer]] and Fall of 2011.



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Hamzou. Arguably also a HypercompetentSidekick, especially since said ''critter'' can understand a ''TV show on cable''.

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Hamzou. Arguably also a HypercompetentSidekick, especially since said ''critter'' critter can understand ''understand a ''TV TV show on cable''.


* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:[[BigBad President Kuroi]] convinces the audio technician from the Idol Jam to ''conveniently'' forget where he put the CD with the 765PRO idols songs. This comes to bites him in the rear, when Chihaya starts to sing "Nemuri Hime" in ''a cappella'', making the tech (and the crowd) be so moved by the scene that he restarts the audio in the next chorus, effectively creating a greater effect on the public than it would be if she had just started singing normally. Also, this little stunt was the last drop for his own group of Idols who didn't want to keep up with his crap anymore and quit his company ''before'' "Nemuri Hime" even ended.]]
* IdolSinger: Quite obviously a whole bunch of them, not only the girls on the 765PRO.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:[[BigBad President Kuroi]] convinces the audio technician from the Idol Jam to ''conveniently'' forget where he put the CD with the 765PRO idols songs. This comes back to bites bite him in the rear, when Chihaya starts to sing "Nemuri Hime" in ''a cappella'', making the tech (and the crowd) be so moved by the scene that he restarts the audio in the next chorus, effectively creating a greater effect on the public than it would be if she had just started singing normally. Also, this little stunt was the last drop straw for his own group of Idols idols who didn't want to keep up with his crap anymore anymore, and quit his company ''before'' "Nemuri Hime" even ended.]]
* IdolSinger: Quite obviously a whole bunch of them, not only the girls on the 765PRO.


** One of Yayoi siblings sports this too.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: Take a look at the characters page' pictures.

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** One of Yayoi Yayoi's siblings sports this this, too.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: Take a look at the characters page' characters' page pictures.



* OneManArmy: Makoto beat the relay race practically by herself, since that (no thanks to Yayoi) Iori passed the batton to her in second-to-last place. [[AwesomeMoment And with an injured knee.]]

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* OneManArmy: Makoto beat the relay race practically by herself, since that (no thanks to Yayoi) Iori passed the batton to her in second-to-last place. [[AwesomeMoment And with an injured knee.]]



* PinkySwear: The Producer twice to Yukiho (episode 3) and Miki (episode 12).

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* PinkySwear: The Producer twice Producer, twice, to Yukiho (episode 3) and Miki (episode 12).



* PoorCommunicationKills: The Producer to Miki on episode 6, setting the chain of events that almost made her quit for good on episode 12. Though, to be fair, he ''was'' in the middle of what seemed to be an important phone call, and the fact that Miki kept talking to him despite the fact probably didn't help.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: The Producer to Miki on in episode 6, setting the chain of events that almost made her quit for good on in episode 12. Though, to be fair, he ''was'' in the middle of what seemed to be an important phone call, and the fact that Miki kept talking to him despite the fact it, probably didn't help.


** The Futami twins are shooting a drama episode where this happens to the three sisters that are the played by the three girls from the Ryuugu Komachi.

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** The Futami twins are shooting a drama episode where this happens to the three sisters that are the played by the three girls from the Ryuugu Komachi.


* RedHerring: The Producer's lines in the first episode aren't voiced, leading to believe that the adaptation of the game would be a ''literal'' adaptation.

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* RedHerring: The Producer's lines in the first episode aren't voiced, leading us to believe that the adaptation of the game would be a ''literal'' adaptation.


''The iDOLM@STER'' is the second TV series based on [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster the video game series of the same name]]. It is produced by Creator/A1Pictures and aired through the [[Summer2011Anime the summer]] and Fall of 2011.

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''The iDOLM@STER'' is the second TV series based on [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster the video game series of the same name]]. It is produced by Creator/A1Pictures and aired through the [[Summer2011Anime the summer]] and Fall of 2011.

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** The movie has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it poster of [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] next to a Dearly Stars poster, but it was edited out for the Blu-ray release. Also serves as a MythologyGag to their crossovers in ''THE iDOLM@STER 2'' and ''Project DIVA'', where she was a rival idol in the former and could wear Haruka's clothes and sing "GO MY WAY!!" in the latter.


* ButtMonkey: The Producer. Not a very strong example, especially considering how straight it's played for him in ''Manga/PetitIdolmaster'', but still the focus of a good part of the laughs, and implied to be more so off screen.

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* ButtMonkey: The Producer. Not a very strong example, especially considering how straight it's played for him his P-headed counterpart in ''Manga/PetitIdolmaster'', but still the focus of a good part of the laughs, and implied to be more so off screen.


* EnforcedMethodActing: When schedules get more and more tight for the girls and they can't be as close as they used to anymore, Haruka starts to have doubts about herself and why she came into the industry in the first place. She unconsciously starts pouring these feelings into her audition for the beaten-down lead in a musical and ends up getting the part.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: In-universe. When schedules get more and more tight for the girls and they can't be as close as they used to anymore, Haruka starts to have doubts about herself and why she came into the industry in the first place. She unconsciously starts pouring these feelings into her audition for the beaten-down lead in a musical and ends up getting the part.


* EnforcedMethodActing: When schedules get more and more tight for the girls and they can't be as close as they used to anymore, Haruka starts to have doubts about herself and why she came into the industry in the first place. She unconsciously starts pouring these feelings into her audition for the beaten-down lead in a musical and ends up getting the part.



** Nii-chan - Producer

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** Nii-chan Nii-chan[=/=]Honey[[note]]Miki only[[/note]] - Producer



%% Where is he aiming? * MaleGaze: The cameraman on ''Ribbit Ribbit Kitchen'' certainly knows where he's aiming.

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%% Where is he aiming? * MaleGaze: In-universe. The cameraman on ''Ribbit Ribbit Kitchen'' certainly knows always films at the foot of where he's aiming.Haruka falls. "Where is he aiming?" ''indeed''.



* OpeningShoutOut: The penultimate episode has Haruka in her civillian clothes rushing to meet up with the rest of 765 outside their office, just like in the second opening. This time it's a matter of meeting up with her friends for



%%* ThePowerOfFriendship

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%%* ThePowerOfFriendship* ThePowerOfFriendship: A major theme throughout the show. Best exemplified through Chihaya [[spoiler:losing her voice]] after the Paparazzi incident; with a lot of convincing, Haruka's no-holds-barred support, and [[spoiler:the rest of 765 singing with her to maker feel less guilt]], Chihaya is able to [[spoiler:find her voice again and move forward from her dark past.]] She even states in a later episode that this incident helped her realize how much she considered 765 family.

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