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** A macro image of Sachiko Koshimizu saying "Hey you, yeah you king. You're gonna make it!" starts gaining a massive popularity thanks to [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX Elon Musk]] [[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1349129669258448897 tweeting the image]] on his feed. [[https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bandai-namco-stock-price-gains-elon-musk-meme-tweet-japanese-2021-1-1029964950 So much so that the stock numbers for Bandai Namco increases by 4%]] because of it.

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** "Hey you … Yeah you Queen … You’re gonna make it!" [[labelnote:Explanation]] A macro image of Sachiko Koshimizu saying "Hey you, yeah you king. You're gonna make it!" starts gaining a massive popularity thanks to [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX Elon Musk]] [[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1349129669258448897 tweeting the image]] on his feed. [[https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bandai-namco-stock-price-gains-elon-musk-meme-tweet-japanese-2021-1-1029964950 So much so that the stock numbers for Bandai Namco (Holdings) increases by 4%]] because of it. it.[[/labelnote]]


** The newly introduced card for Kaede in the Cinderella Fes Noir (which is basically just like Flash Gala from VideoGame/GranblueFantasy) introduces us with the "Cinderella Magic" skill, which immediately activate all skills on your team (though it doesn't stack) that essentially turns your entire team into a 5-7.5 second score burst with a generous amount of activation rate should you maxes out her skill activation rate. The center card "Cinderella Blessing" will also grant your team the best center effect in their team (including the guest leader effect) and allows you to use "Type Focus" cards without having to use single type teams while can still use "Tricolor Symphony" and "Skill Boost" card on your team. It has a tradeoff; her base stats and growth per level are abysmal and at max level, she will only have measly 600 overall stat, but with what she provided, it's a fair tradeoff.

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** The newly introduced card for Kaede in the Cinderella Fes Noir (which is basically just like Flash Gala from VideoGame/GranblueFantasy) introduces us with the "Cinderella Magic" skill, which immediately activate all skills on your team (though it doesn't stack) that essentially turns your entire team into a 5-7.5 second score burst with a generous amount of activation rate should you maxes out her skill activation rate. The center card "Cinderella Blessing" will also grant your team the best center effect in their team (including the guest leader effect) and allows you to use "Type Focus" cards without having to use single type teams while can still use "Tricolor Symphony" and "Skill Boost" card on your team.effect). It has a tradeoff; her base stats and growth per level are abysmal and at max level, she will only have measly 600 overall stat, but with what she provided, it's a fair tradeoff.


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** Early on in the middle of December 2020, the new difficulty called "WITCH" was released which is basically a MASTER+ chart with various additions that meant to frustrate the players such as feign overlays that fools you into thinking that's a slide note that you had to drag on whilst you actually don't have to, occasional stops and rhythm lag you would find in many popular dance arcade cabinets that caught you off guard if you're used with the regular rhythm game mechanic the game have presented over the years, and the hazard notes that not only break your combo if you hit it, but you can't hit more than a certain amount or else your run's over. The easiest chart on the list "Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou" is considered frustrating enough as it is, but charts like "Sweet Witches' Night ~Rokuninme wa Daare~" and "Himitsu no Toilette" will shred your hairline quick.


** The newly introduced card for Kaede in the Cinderella Fes Noir (which is basically just like Flash Gala from VideoGame/GranblueFantasy) introduces us with the "Cinderella Magic" skill, which immediately activate all skills on your team (though it doesn't stack) that essentially turns your entire team into a 5-7.5 second score burst with a generous amount of activation rate should you maxes out her skill activation rate. The center card "Cinderella Blessing" will also grant your team the best center effect in their team (including the guest leader effect) and allows you to use "Type Princess" cards without having to use single type teams while can still use "Tricolor Symphony" and "Skill Boost" card on your team. It has a tradeoff; her base stats and growth per level are abysmal and at max level, she will only have measly 600 overall stat, but with what she provided, it's a fair tradeoff.

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** The newly introduced card for Kaede in the Cinderella Fes Noir (which is basically just like Flash Gala from VideoGame/GranblueFantasy) introduces us with the "Cinderella Magic" skill, which immediately activate all skills on your team (though it doesn't stack) that essentially turns your entire team into a 5-7.5 second score burst with a generous amount of activation rate should you maxes out her skill activation rate. The center card "Cinderella Blessing" will also grant your team the best center effect in their team (including the guest leader effect) and allows you to use "Type Princess" Focus" cards without having to use single type teams while can still use "Tricolor Symphony" and "Skill Boost" card on your team. It has a tradeoff; her base stats and growth per level are abysmal and at max level, she will only have measly 600 overall stat, but with what she provided, it's a fair tradeoff.


* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Some of the SSR designs were more popular than others, so much that it becomes a priority pick on release and every other consequent reruns. They were also the ones that receive considerable amount of fan arts upon release.
*** Special mention goes to the [[FanservicePack Swim]][[BeachEpisode suit]] SSR, starting from Syuko's "Blue Horizon". It also helps that it is a Focus Card, which is meta-defining. Other mentions like Fumika's "A Page of Sea Breeze" also qualifies.
*** Cards such as Kanade's "End of the Blue" and Miku's "Aventure Chat" were popular thanks for how hot they look on their respective costume.
*** The more simpler and casual SSR designs were also pretty cute and popular among the fanbase, like Airi's "Elegance Plus".
*** Not an SSR card, but Miyu in Kindergarten's uniform on pre-awakened Chie's "Precocious Little Demon" looks so cute and overshadow the card she was included in, resulting in a short boom of fanarts.

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EnsembleDarkhorse: Some of the SSR designs were more popular than others, so much that it becomes a priority pick on release and every other consequent reruns. They were also the ones that receive considerable amount of fan arts upon release.
*** ** Special mention goes to the [[FanservicePack Swim]][[BeachEpisode suit]] SSR, starting from Syuko's "Blue Horizon". It also helps that it is a Focus Card, which is meta-defining. Other mentions like Fumika's "A Page of Sea Breeze" also qualifies.
*** ** Cards such as Kanade's "End of the Blue" and Miku's "Aventure Chat" were popular thanks for how hot they look on their respective costume.
*** ** The more simpler and casual SSR designs were also pretty cute and popular among the fanbase, like Airi's "Elegance Plus".
*** ** Not an SSR card, but Miyu in Kindergarten's uniform on pre-awakened Chie's "Precocious Little Demon" looks so cute and overshadow the card she was included in, resulting in a short boom of fanarts.


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** The newly introduced card for Kaede in the Cinderella Fes Noir (which is basically just like Flash Gala from VideoGame/GranblueFantasy) introduces us with the "Cinderella Magic" skill, which immediately activate all skills on your team (though it doesn't stack) that essentially turns your entire team into a 5-7.5 second score burst with a generous amount of activation rate should you maxes out her skill activation rate. The center card "Cinderella Blessing" will also grant your team the best center effect in their team (including the guest leader effect) and allows you to use "Type Princess" cards without having to use single type teams while can still use "Tricolor Symphony" and "Skill Boost" card on your team. It has a tradeoff; her base stats and growth per level are abysmal and at max level, she will only have measly 600 overall stat, but with what she provided, it's a fair tradeoff.


** A macro image of Sachiko Koshimizu saying "Hey you, yeah you king. You're gonna make it!" starts gaining a massive popularity thanks to UsefulNotes/ElonMusk [[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1349129669258448897 tweeting the image]] on his feed. [[https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bandai-namco-stock-price-gains-elon-musk-meme-tweet-japanese-2021-1-1029964950 So much so that the stock numbers for Bandai Namco increases by 4%]] because of it.

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** A macro image of Sachiko Koshimizu saying "Hey you, yeah you king. You're gonna make it!" starts gaining a massive popularity thanks to UsefulNotes/ElonMusk [[UsefulNotes/SpaceX Elon Musk]] [[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1349129669258448897 tweeting the image]] on his feed. [[https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bandai-namco-stock-price-gains-elon-musk-meme-tweet-japanese-2021-1-1029964950 So much so that the stock numbers for Bandai Namco increases by 4%]] because of it.

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** A macro image of Sachiko Koshimizu saying "Hey you, yeah you king. You're gonna make it!" starts gaining a massive popularity thanks to UsefulNotes/ElonMusk [[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1349129669258448897 tweeting the image]] on his feed. [[https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bandai-namco-stock-price-gains-elon-musk-meme-tweet-japanese-2021-1-1029964950 So much so that the stock numbers for Bandai Namco increases by 4%]] because of it.


* FriendlyFandoms: Unexpectedly with the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise, due to [[Creator/DavidHayter David "Solid Snake" Hayter]] and quite a few other [=VAs=] endorsing Natalia in the 8th Cinderella Election.

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* FriendlyFandoms: Unexpectedly with the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise, due to [[Creator/DavidHayter David "Solid Snake" Hayter]] and quite a few other [=VAs=] endorsing Natalia in the 8th Cinderella Election. Which resulted in the long-running fan campaign to get Natalia voiced finally succeeding.


** Mika Jougasaki was widely contested in some, more critical part of the fandom like in [[Website/FourChan 4Chan]], specifically the [=The iDOLM@STER=] general threads. Reason is that her voiceover and ImageSong is considered too bland for her supposedly GyaruGirl archertype and she doesn't live up to her character that much and she ended up slowly being the generic CoolBigSis instead, which the franchise already had too much to begin with, citing that the writers won't take too much risks for her. Others who defended her saying that almost everyone in the franchise is a one-note character archertype and doesn't start off with much character to begin with and it's still considered a good step over flanderizing her into a stereotype. A third party doesn't find her to be a perfect fit for a Passion-type idol as she doesn't feel as dedicated to the gyaru fashion or passionate as her little sister, and finds her better as a Cool-type idol instead, where her cool big-sis-senior idol character fits better there.

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** Mika Jougasaki was widely contested in some, more critical part of the fandom like in [[Website/FourChan 4Chan]], specifically the [=The iDOLM@STER=] general threads. Reason is that her voiceover and ImageSong is considered too bland for her supposedly GyaruGirl archertype and she doesn't live up to her character that much and she ended up slowly being the generic CoolBigSis instead, which the franchise already had too much to begin with, citing that the writers won't take too much risks for her. Doesn't help that [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking both of her image song chart]] is [[ThatOneLevel considerably difficult]] thanks to copious amount of FakeDifficulty. Others who defended her saying that almost everyone in the franchise is a one-note character archertype and doesn't start off with much character to begin with and it's still considered a good step over flanderizing her into a stereotype. A third party doesn't find her to be a perfect fit for a Passion-type idol as she doesn't feel as dedicated to the gyaru fashion or passionate as her little sister, and finds her better as a Cool-type idol instead, where her cool big-sis-senior idol character fits better there.


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** "NUDIE★" by Mika Jougasaki, again. This time, they decided to avoid using the dreaded 16th tap jacks gimmick Mika is known of and instead spread the notes evenly throughout the high speed chart. The catch, they ended up repeating the same formula from the original TOKIMEKI Escalate where they would repeat the same pattern over and over again, especially during the chorus onwards, resulting in basically a chart that plays and feels like the original TOKIMEKI and is as monotonous and twice as frustrating.


** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplet taps can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jack taps are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+. As of this writing, this chart is considered as the hardest 30 in the entire game, even beating the likes of Trinity Field, Ankira!? Kyousokyoku, and TOKIMEKI Escalate (according to the fan-curated tier list found on the Gamerch Wiki for Starlight Stage).



*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155 BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair taps can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト_MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier chart in the 31s section.

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*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155 BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair taps can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト_MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Gamerch Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier hardest chart in the 31s section.



*** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplet taps can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jack taps are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.



*** "Treasure☆" MASTER+, rated 29, lacks any presence of taps in exchange for a flick-feast (especially apparent during the first half, before the chorus part hits) that tests your patience. If you have patience to swipe the flicks in time, the chart is easy for you. But if you don't have one, good luck.
*** The newly released "THE VILLAIN'S NIGHT" has the chorus part that can be summed up as a [[UpToEleven '''''flick chain hell''']]. Combined with the exhausting "jumpscare" taps before where it tricks you into repositioning your thumb's position like ''Chiisana'' above, it becomes one of the hardest 27 ranked song so far.

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*** "Treasure☆" MASTER+, rated 29, lacks any presence of taps in exchange for a flick-feast (especially apparent during the first half, before the chorus part hits) that tests your patience. If you have patience to swipe the flicks in time, the chart is easy for you. But if you don't have one, good luck.
luck FC-ing it.
*** The newly released "THE VILLAIN'S NIGHT" has the chorus part that can be summed up as a [[UpToEleven '''''flick '''''[[UpToEleven flick chain hell''']]. hell]]'''''. Combined with the exhausting "jumpscare" taps before where it tricks you into repositioning your thumb's position like ''Chiisana'' ''Chiisana Koi'' above, it becomes one of the hardest 27 ranked song so far.


** Mika Jougasaki was widely contested in some, more critical part of the fandom like in [[Website/FourChan 4Chan]], specifically the [=The iDOLM@STER=] general threads. Reason is that her voiceover and ImageSong is considered too bland for her supposedly GyaruGirl archertype and she doesn't live up to her character that much and she ended up slowly being the generic CoolBigSis instead, which the franchise already had too much to begin with, citing that the writers won't take too much risks for her. Others who defended her saying that almost everyone in the franchise is a one-note character archertype and doesn't start off with much character to begin with and it's still considered a good step over flanderizing her into a stereotype.

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** Mika Jougasaki was widely contested in some, more critical part of the fandom like in [[Website/FourChan 4Chan]], specifically the [=The iDOLM@STER=] general threads. Reason is that her voiceover and ImageSong is considered too bland for her supposedly GyaruGirl archertype and she doesn't live up to her character that much and she ended up slowly being the generic CoolBigSis instead, which the franchise already had too much to begin with, citing that the writers won't take too much risks for her. Others who defended her saying that almost everyone in the franchise is a one-note character archertype and doesn't start off with much character to begin with and it's still considered a good step over flanderizing her into a stereotype. A third party doesn't find her to be a perfect fit for a Passion-type idol as she doesn't feel as dedicated to the gyaru fashion or passionate as her little sister, and finds her better as a Cool-type idol instead, where her cool big-sis-senior idol character fits better there.



** If you have a same card skill that activates in the same, they will not stack, leaving the bonus wasted. That said, different card with roughly same effect that activates at the same time (Score Boost with Concentration, Combo Bonus with All Round or Overload, Focus Card and/or Life Sparkle and many more) do stacks.

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** If you have a same card skill that activates in with the same, same effect, they will not stack, leaving the highest bonus wasted. That said, different card with roughly same effect granted are the only one that activates at the same time (Score Boost with Concentration, Combo Bonus with All Round or Overload, Focus Card and/or Life Sparkle and many more) do stacks.applies.



** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if handling the hold flicks is not a problem.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with flicks that changes direction on each flicks. After eight swipes of flicks, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two flick chain in which the player need to readjust their timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe four crossing flicks inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.

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** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if handling the hold flicks is not a problem.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during problem[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with flicks that changes direction on each flicks. After eight swipes of flicks, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two flick chain in which the player need to readjust their timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe four crossing flicks inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] part[[/labelnote]]. This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.



** The MASTER+ chart of "Trinity Field" has suddenly managed to jump from a balanced, yet fairly challenging chart found in its MASTER chart, to a clusterfuck that is messier than "Koi Kaze", "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology", and its fellow hard 30 "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku".



** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplet taps can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jack taps are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.



*** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplet taps can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jack taps are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.



*** The newly released "THE VILLAIN'S NIGHT" has the chorus part that can be summed up as a [[UpToEleven '''''flick chain hell''']]. Combined with the exhausting "jumpscare" taps before where it tricks you into repositioning your thumb's position like ''Chiisana'' above, it becomes one of the hardest 27 ranked song so far.



** The change regarding points for the events doesn't sit well with the fans until these days, as the prizes for each checkpoint are significantly smaller than usual, unless you're willing to grind to [=25000+=] checkpoints. This is a lot more difficult in events like Live GROOVE, where the points increases based on area completion over grinding like other event type did.

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** The change regarding points for the events doesn't sit well with the fans until these days, as the prizes for each checkpoint are significantly smaller than usual, unless you're willing to grind to [=25000+=] checkpoints. This is a lot more difficult in events like Live GROOVE, Parade, where the points increases based on area completion over grinding like other event type did.


** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if handling the hold flicks is not a problem.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with flicks that changes direction on each flicks. After eight swipe, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe chain in which the player need to readjust your timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.

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** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if handling the hold flicks is not a problem.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with flicks that changes direction on each flicks. After eight swipe, swipes of flicks, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe flick chain in which the player need to readjust your their timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes four crossing flicks inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.



** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th tap jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th tap jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes 16th jacks during the ending part.

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** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th tap jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th tap jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes tap 16th jacks during the ending part.



** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream taps during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick zig-zags and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.

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** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream taps during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick zig-zags and note+flick tap+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.



*** "Tsubomi" is particularly notable in this regard, to the point where it was re-rated from a 25 to 26 when this event-first song was available for everyone.
*** "Sakura no Koro". It is basically "Tsubomi" with ''even worse'' flick spams, to the point that many players consider this chart not a 26.
*** "Koi Kaze" managed to be one of the most frustrating flick chains galore. The chain is so long that it 'vanishes' before reaching another flick. Again, it is also 26 on MASTER, the same tier with "Tsubomi" and "Sakura no Koro".
*** Played with "Inori no Hana", a slow, calming song by Yoshino Yorita. While the highlight of the chart is the barrage of flick chains presented on it, it is not any more aggressive as other examples above, and the chart itself is also tap heavy with a lot of thing happened in a single segment, which warrants it 27 star difficulty.

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*** "Tsubomi" MASTER is particularly notable in this regard, to the point where it was re-rated from a 25 to 26 when this event-first song was available for everyone.
*** "Sakura no Koro". It Koro" MASTER is basically "Tsubomi" with ''even worse'' flick spams, to the point that many players consider this chart not a 26.
*** "Koi Kaze" MASTER managed to be one of the most frustrating flick chains galore. The chain is so long that it 'vanishes' before reaching another flick. Again, it is also 26 on MASTER, the same tier with "Tsubomi" and "Sakura no Koro".
*** Played Somehow played with "Inori no Hana", a slow, calming song by Yoshino Yorita. While the highlight of the chart is the barrage of flick chains presented on it, it is not any more aggressive as other examples above, and the chart itself is also tap heavy with a lot of thing happened in a single segment, which warrants it 27 star difficulty.difficulty on MASTER.
*** "Treasure☆" MASTER+, rated 29, lacks any presence of taps in exchange for a flick-feast (especially apparent during the first half, before the chorus part hits) that tests your patience. If you have patience to swipe the flicks in time, the chart is easy for you. But if you don't have one, good luck.


** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if one can handle the swipes that is.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with swipes that changes direction on each swipe. After eight swipe, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe chain in which the player need to readjust your timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.

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** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if one can handle handling the swipes that is.hold flicks is not a problem.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with swipes flicks that changes direction on each swipe.flicks. After eight swipe, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe chain in which the player need to readjust your timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.



** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes 16th jacks during the ending part.

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** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th tap jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th tap jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes 16th jacks during the ending part.



** Asuka Ninomiya's image song "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" is infamous not just of the small gap between each notes and frequent slide-happy nature, but is also random and poorly paced that some suspect the charter has no real sense of beat placement and just add and throw in notes to ramp up the difficulty that shouldn't be there. Many so far claim that the song is considerably harder than "-Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe", which is a 28 star, Kyoumei Sekai is 27. Needless to say, this chart considered very divisive.

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** Asuka Ninomiya's image song "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" is infamous not just of the small gap between each notes and frequent slide-happy flick-happy nature, but is also random and poorly paced that some suspect the charter has no real sense of beat placement and just add and throw in notes to ramp up the difficulty that shouldn't be there. Many so far claim that the song is considerably harder than "-Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe", which is a 28 star, Kyoumei Sekai is 27. Needless to say, this chart considered very divisive.



** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.

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** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream taps during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching zig-zags and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.



** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.

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** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets triplet taps can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks jack taps are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.



*** "Babel" on the surface looks and sounds like a cool 128 BPM EDM song that makes you groove with it. Now put a bunch of dense note placements, the abundance of slide-holds and 16th short jacks, and top it with 24ths in some measures. Congratulations, you've just made the second MASTER+ chart rated 31, even though it's still tamer than other 31s...
*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155 BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair notes can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト_MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier chart in the 31s section.
*** "Great Journey". The relentless speed of Decoboco Speedstar (though the song itself is at 188 BPM but still fast enough), the already densely-packed stream notes of Babel and Gossip Club, and the true hell that is fast flick chains. Without a place to rest, are you tough enough to get at least rank C and up in combo ranks? Then, good luck with the fourth MASTER+ chart rated 31!

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*** "Babel" on the surface looks and sounds like a cool 128 BPM EDM song that makes you groove with it. Now put a bunch of dense note placements, the abundance of slide-holds and 16th short jacks, jack taps, and top it with 24ths in some measures. Congratulations, you've just made the second MASTER+ chart rated 31, even though it's still tamer than other 31s...
*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155 BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair notes taps can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト_MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier chart in the 31s section.
*** "Great Journey". The relentless speed of Decoboco Speedstar (though the song itself is at 188 BPM but still fast enough), the already densely-packed stream notes of Babel and Gossip Club, and the true hell that is fast flick chains.chains (especially when the flicks are zig-zagged). Without a place to rest, are you tough enough to get at least rank C and up in combo ranks? Then, good luck with the fourth MASTER+ chart rated 31!


** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song's MASTER chart is a laughably easy 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.

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** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay for a 30 during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song's MASTER chart is song itself has a laughably easy MASTER chart rated 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.


* ThatOneLevel: Being a rhythm game, expect this a lot.
** In general, most Level 28 in normal Master charts are this, as well as the newer 27s (HANAKANZASHI, Hotel Moonside, Zettai Tokken Shuuchou Shimasuu!, Märchen Debut!, Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology). MASTER+ charts (29s, 30s, and 31s) take even a lot worse.
*** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if one can handle the swipes that is.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with swipes that changes direction on each swipe. After eight swipe, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe chain in which the player need to readjust your timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.
*** "Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken" would have been nowhere near 27 [[DifficultySpike if not because of the middle section where a lot of notes jumping all over the place.]]
*** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes 16th jacks during the ending part.
*** For its awesomeness, "Souyoku no Aria" MASTER+ is mercilessly hard. After the mostly normal flick stairs intro, the player will be introduced with a lot of jumpy notes, fast paced zigzagging swipe notes and very little gap between notes. The ending part after the vocal ends takes the cake, and the player will probably have to retry for the first time. On other hand, it doesn't relies on gimmicks and artificial difficulty like "Anzu No Uta" or "TOKIMEKI Escalate", making this song a worthwhile to a certain degree.
*** Asuka Ninomiya's image song "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" is infamous not just of the small gap between each notes and frequent slide-happy nature, but is also random and poorly paced that some suspect the charter has no real sense of beat placement and just add and throw in notes to ramp up the difficulty that shouldn't be there. Many so far claim that the song is considerably harder than "-Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe", which is a 28 star, Kyoumei Sekai is 27. Needless to say, this chart considered very divisive.
*** "Anzu no Uta", both MASTER and MASTER+. Being one of the first song to receive a 28 on MASTER, surely "Anzu no Uta" will throw the player to death with its single, repeated slides (especially during the "Mayday" part) and of course, some hard and fast note placements. Its MASTER+ chart, though, takes the already hard gimmick UpToEleven... and it is a level 30 chart.
*** As if Anzu no Uta is not hard enough, there's another hard song that features Anzu on it. "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku"'s MASTER+ chart is considered to be one of the hardest 30s in the game. Unless the player is lucky enough (with healers, to be exact) to survive throughout the song, the chart will give the player a hell amount of notes and slides to make them fail easily, and it is much, ''much'' faster than Anzu no Uta.
*** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.
*** The MASTER+ chart of "Trinity Field" has suddenly managed to jump from a balanced, yet fairly challenging chart found in its MASTER chart, to a clusterfuck that is messier than "Koi Kaze", "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology", and its fellow hard 30 "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku".
*** "Tulip (SP Version)" manages to eclipse "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" as one of the poorly piece of chart ever done in Starlight Stage, at least according to the majority of the MASTER player. To start it off, the chart greatly differs from the original chart it's based off, since now every beat is spread all over the place instead of the usual one-spaced drum-like beat the original has done. Then everything went downhill afterwards; the beat spread everywhere, the gap inbetween each note is unrealistically wide and badly arranged, and the overall buildup is just terrible. It strips off the elements that makes Tulip a fun and enjoyable chart for its own right, with some of the player base swear off that Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology, while a divisive chart, is better than this chart.
*** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song's MASTER chart is a laughably easy 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.

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* ThatOneLevel: Being a rhythm game, game about idols, expect this a lot.
**
lot. In general, most Level 28 in normal Master charts are this, as well as the newer 27s (HANAKANZASHI, Hotel Moonside, Zettai Tokken Shuuchou Shimasuu!, Märchen Debut!, Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology). MASTER+ charts (29s, 30s, and 31s) take even a lot worse.
*** ** "Hotel Moonside" would have been pretty easy feast for a 27... if one can handle the swipes that is.[[labelnote:Explanation]]during the chorus, there will be two repeating short hold note ended with swipes that changes direction on each swipe. After eight swipe, the swipe pattern changes into longer hold note that ends with two swipe chain in which the player need to readjust your timing or miss it. It is going to be like this until the ending. There is also one part from "Kiss~ Kiss~" where the player need to swipe two notes inwards then retract them, as many players are still having trouble in this very part.[[/labelnote]] This does not stop it for being incredibly fun gimmick for some.
*** ** "Chiisana Koi no Misshitsu Jiken" would have been nowhere near 27 [[DifficultySpike if not because of the middle section where a lot of notes jumping all over the place.]]
*** ** "TOKIMEKI Escalate", both on MASTER and MASTER+. While its MASTER chart (a 28) can be frustating due to the occasional 16th jacks (specifically, the parts that have 16th jacks in the middle of the lane for one measure which can be found near the end of the song), its MASTER+ chart is another way to say "good bye fingers". TOKIMEKI Escalate M+ (a 30) takes what its MASTER chart is famous for, and crank it UpToEleven, with even worse double notes 16th jacks during the ending part.
*** ** For its awesomeness, "Souyoku no Aria" MASTER+ is mercilessly hard. After the mostly normal flick stairs intro, the player will be introduced with a lot of jumpy notes, fast paced zigzagging swipe notes and very little gap between notes. The ending part after the vocal ends takes the cake, and the player will probably have to retry for the first time. On other hand, it doesn't relies on gimmicks and artificial difficulty like "Anzu No Uta" or "TOKIMEKI Escalate", making this song a worthwhile to a certain degree.
*** ** Asuka Ninomiya's image song "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" is infamous not just of the small gap between each notes and frequent slide-happy nature, but is also random and poorly paced that some suspect the charter has no real sense of beat placement and just add and throw in notes to ramp up the difficulty that shouldn't be there. Many so far claim that the song is considerably harder than "-Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe", which is a 28 star, Kyoumei Sekai is 27. Needless to say, this chart considered very divisive.
*** ** "Anzu no Uta", both MASTER and MASTER+. Being one of the first song to receive a 28 on MASTER, surely "Anzu no Uta" will throw the player to death with its single, repeated slides (especially during the "Mayday" part) and of course, some hard and fast note placements. Its MASTER+ chart, though, takes the already hard gimmick UpToEleven... and it is a level 30 chart.
*** ** As if Anzu no Uta is not hard enough, there's another hard song that features Anzu on it. "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku"'s MASTER+ chart is considered to be one of the hardest 30s in the game. Unless the player is lucky enough (with healers, to be exact) to survive throughout the song, the chart will give the player a hell amount of notes and slides to make them fail easily, and it is much, ''much'' faster than Anzu no Uta.
*** ** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still harsh for a 30.
*** ** The MASTER+ chart of "Trinity Field" has suddenly managed to jump from a balanced, yet fairly challenging chart found in its MASTER chart, to a clusterfuck that is messier than "Koi Kaze", "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology", and its fellow hard 30 "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku".
*** ** "Tulip (SP Version)" manages to eclipse "Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology" as one of the poorly piece of chart ever done in Starlight Stage, at least according to the majority of the MASTER player. To start it off, the chart greatly differs from the original chart it's based off, since now every beat is spread all over the place instead of the usual one-spaced drum-like beat the original has done. Then everything went downhill afterwards; the beat spread everywhere, the gap inbetween each note is unrealistically wide and badly arranged, and the overall buildup is just terrible. It strips off the elements that makes Tulip a fun and enjoyable chart for its own right, with some of the player base swear off that Kyoumei Sekai no Ontology, while a divisive chart, is better than this chart.
*** ** "Honoo no Hana" MASTER+. Looks okay during the first few minutes, and then things are getting fishy because the 16th jack triplets can catch you off-guard. Especially said 16th jacks are faster (at 188BPM) compared to how 16th jacks in "TOKIMEKI Escalate" MASTER and MASTER+ run. Even funnier that the song's MASTER chart is a laughably easy 24, making this a [[DifficultySpike huge difficulty jump]] from 24 in MASTER to 30 in MASTER+.



*** "Decoboco Speedstar" on MASTER+. It is the first song whose very first chart to have a whopping '''[[BrokeTheRatingScale 31 star difficulty]]'''; the amount of flicks and note streams made "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku" and "Trinity Field" looked like Debut mode in comparison. It also surpasses the 999 notes limit (the trend that started with Absolute [=NIne=] M+ at a whopping ''1077 notes'', the first time we saw a 1000 notes and up appearing in a single song (not counting a LIVE Groove or a LIVE Parade set, of course). And the song is at 230 BPM.
*** "Babel" on the surface looks and sounds like a cool 128BPM EDM song that makes you groove with it. Now put a bunch of dense note placements, the abundance of slide-holds and 16th short jacks, and top it with 24ths in some measures. Congratulations, you've just made the second MASTER+ chart rated 31, even though it's still tamer than other 31s...
*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair notes can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier chart in 31s section.
*** "Great Journey". The relentless speed of Decoboco Speedstar (though the song itself is at 188BPM but still fast enough), the already densely-packed stream notes of Babel and Gossip Club, and the true hell that is fast flick chains. Without a place to rest, are you tough enough to get at least rank C and up in combo ranks? Then, good luck with the fourth MASTER+ chart rated 31!

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*** "Decoboco Speedstar" on MASTER+. It is the first song whose very first chart to have a whopping '''[[BrokeTheRatingScale 31 star difficulty]]'''; the amount of flicks and note streams made "Ankira!? Kyousokyoku" and "Trinity Field" looked like Debut mode in comparison. It also surpasses the 999 notes limit (the trend that started with Absolute [=NIne=] M+ M+) at a whopping ''1077 notes'', the first time we saw a 1000 notes and up appearing in a single song (not counting a LIVE Groove or a LIVE Parade set, of course). And the song is at 230 BPM.
BPM, the fastest one from the 31s.
*** "Babel" on the surface looks and sounds like a cool 128BPM 128 BPM EDM song that makes you groove with it. Now put a bunch of dense note placements, the abundance of slide-holds and 16th short jacks, and top it with 24ths in some measures. Congratulations, you've just made the second MASTER+ chart rated 31, even though it's still tamer than other 31s...
*** Then comes "Gossip Club". Again, sounds like it's a tame song with a tame pace at 155BPM 155 BPM about gyarus and stuff. But its MASTER+ chart is even WORSE than Speedstar and Babel, as if dense, wacky note placements in the first and second choruses are not enough... 16th triplet stair notes can be infuriating too. With little breather sections throughout the song, Gossip Club is the third MASTER+ chart rated 31, and also notoriously hard even the [[https://imascg-slstage-wiki.gamerch.com/非公式難易度リスト MASTER+ com/非公式難易度リスト_MASTER+ fan-curated tier list in the Japanese Starlight Stage wiki]] put Gossip Club M+ as the highest tier chart in the 31s section.
*** "Great Journey". The relentless speed of Decoboco Speedstar (though the song itself is at 188BPM 188 BPM but still fast enough), the already densely-packed stream notes of Babel and Gossip Club, and the true hell that is fast flick chains. Without a place to rest, are you tough enough to get at least rank C and up in combo ranks? Then, good luck with the fourth MASTER+ chart rated 31!


*** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart, rated 28, is one of the hardest 28 in the MASTER charts, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still unfair for a 30.

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*** "Himitsu no Toilette", on MASTER and MASTER+. Its MASTER chart, rated 28, chart is one of the hardest non-MASTER+ 28 in the MASTER charts, game, infamous for throwing players off with a twisty 16th stream during the middle part, and the fast-enough-to-break-easily flick scratching and note+flick stairs during the ending. Toilette's MASTER+ chart, while not as hard as M+ 30 charts for "Anzu no Uta" and "TOKIMEKI Escalate", is still unfair harsh for a 30.

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