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  • Ascended Fanon: Kirari is frequently portrayed in fanworks with a special attachment to Anzu due to their tiny slothful girl/huge hyperactive girl juxtaposition. This has since become canon in official supplementary comics. They even duet "Onegai Cinderella" in a CD that is otherwise separated by same-type trios and are frequently pictured together in the "Onegai Cinderella" PV. They also have cards that, when placed side-by-side, reveal they are two halves of a greater illustration. And in the anime, the two are seen together even if they belong in separate units.
  • Crossdressing Voices: With Shiki Aoki coming out as a trans man in 2020, this makes his role of Asuka Ninomiya one of the first cases of a female iM@S idol to have a man voice her.
  • Defictionalization: The individual CDs that each unit records for their respective debuts which are seen for sale at various points in the anime have been released in Real Life under THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT series.
    • In particular, "ØωØver!!", a song whose lyrics were written in the series by Miku and Riina, was in actuality written by Natsumi Takamori and Ruriko Aoki, the respective seiyuus for those characters.
  • Fan Nickname: The Producer, having no officially confirmed name, is referred as TakeuchiP and TakeP based on his voice actor. At the time, he had the just as popular, if not more so, nickname of KuzukiP, due to his semblance to a certain stoic teacher from another anime airing around that time. At least one store from Akihabara acknowledged the similarity.
    • Some fans on /a/ have also taken to calling him MoeP.
  • Follow the Leader: Following the success of Starlight Stage, the next two subseries in the franchise, Million Live and SideM, got Rhythm Game spinoffs of their own (Theater Days and Live on St@ge!, respectively).
  • Meaningful Release Date: Probably unintentional, but Episode 24, which features Uzuki regaining the ability to smile again naturally after her emotional turmoil, and has her performing her image song, "S(mile)ing", first aired on October 2nd, 2015, which was World Smile Day for that year.
  • Name's the Same: Karen Hojo is not to be confused with the character of the same name from Policenauts.
  • No Export for You: None of the games were localized for the English-speaking countries. You can still play both the Mobamas and Deresute regardless of your country origin however, with the language barrier as the main obstacle.
    • Though you also had to follow several steps to keep your progress or unlocking most of the game features, including linking the game with a Japanese-registered Bandai Namco ID account. Alternatively, you can just use an account with registered BANAPASS ID regardless of the region.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Nao Tōyama as Mizuki Kawashima plays with this. It's no secret that she has voiced idol singers and has made a career out of character CD songs, but no one expected her to voice a mature, even-tempered older character, all of which are polar opposites of the type of characters she's typecast as.
    • Haruka Yoshimura, who plays the flirty Mika Jougasaki, commonly plays shy and soft-spoken characters, such as Ema Yasuhara from Shirobako, Nono from Urara Meirochou and Koharu Shiihara from Celestial Method. However, Mika herself is actually really shy, despite her flirty personality, so it's not entirely out of her field.
  • Playing Gertrude: The anime's Producer is undoubtedly an adult in-series. Takeuchi himself was not; he was only seventeen when he played the character.
  • Star-Making Role: Bandai Namco will splurge on a high profile VA every now and then, but many of the Cinderella Girls are voiced by complete unknowns and rookies. Depending on the viewer, this can be thought of as embodying the spirit of Cinderella Girls by giving newbie voice actors a chance to shine, or hiring the cheapest actors they can find.
  • The Wiki Rule: Project iM@S Wiki.

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