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Manga / Petit iDOLM@STER

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Petit iDOLM@STER (shortened Puchim@s!) is a manga spinoff of the The iDOLM@STER franchise, published by Ascii Media Works. It is written and drawn by Akane and began serialization in Dengeki Maoh in 2008, where it is still ongoing.

It received a 64-episode anime adaptation by Gathering and Asahi Production, in the format of anime shorts, in January 2013, with a second season airing in April 2014. Both seasons are simulcast by Funimation.

The comic revolves around the daily lives of the Idolmaster cast...and mysterious creatures that look like Super-Deformed versions of said cast.

For character tropes, please refer to the character sheet.

Even Puchis can trope!

  • Our Ghosts Are Different: In chapter 61, Hibiki runs into a classic Japanese yūrei who's trying to get some sleep.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In s2 episode 69, the Producer's off ill, so Koami and Komami take it on themselves to impersonate him for a meeting about organising a mini-concert by wearing a coat and a cardboard P for a head. Ritsuko sees right through it, but the mini-concert organiser is completely oblivious.
  • Pokémon Speak: The petit idols.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: More 'cute' than 'pretty' though.
  • Puni Plush: The anime shorts use this style for the main idols, in comparison to their more standard looks in the manga. The puchidols are Fun Size regardless of the adaptation.
  • Running Gag: In addition to the 'standard' Idolm@ster gags, there are several restricted to this manga, e.g. Chihaya's tendency to give weird names to the petit idols or Haruka's tendency to pour water on Haruka-san to make it multiply.
  • Ship Tease: Mostly between The Producer and Ritsuko. However, like most comedy manga...
  • Slice of Life
  • Super-Deformed: The puchidols are treated and referred to as "mysterious lifeforms", but appearance-wise they're really just chibi versions of the main cast.
  • Surprise Party: Ritsuko, Miki, and the twins throw one for Haruka, but their way of doing it involved a robotic duplicate of her. They apologize when they realize the buildup went too far.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • In the last episode of s1, Ritsuko when the Puchi hold a cherry blossom viewing party to thank everyone for taking care of them.
    • In season 2 episode 3, Haruka when she's wished a happy birthday.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one ever seems to notice that the Puchidols look incredibly similar to the main cast themselves, and everyone just views them as "mysterious lifeforms".

Alternative Title(s): Puchimasu