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The IdolM@ster episode 1

This show is going to fucking explode with Japanese otaku. Yes, I know IdolM@ster is already massively popular and preventing the Berserk manga from going anywhere anytime soon, but I don’t think there is a single way they could have made this any better.

This was about a good a first episode as IdolM@ster could have done. It was a unique and clever spin on the standard opening episode ‘cycling through the haremmetes’ routine. In having the cameraman directly ask the girls why they became idols and other personal questions, it gets straight to the root of each of their personalities, without it coming off as lazy expositionary dialogue. I also liked how they made producer-san totally silent for the entire first episode. All the information I’ve gotten from the games is second hand, but from what I’ve heard, you are the silent producer-san, so the way they kept him silent for the episode served as a good way to make it seem like you were touring the set before the actual series began. The animation suited the show well, the bgm fit each scene. Praise praise praise etc.

And here is where I say “but” and launch into a big auld rant at some minor nitpicky aspects before admitting I like the show, right? Or are you too busy being shocked that I liked IdolM@ster?

Actually let me clear that up: I do not like IdolM@ster. I am merely commenting on why I think this anime adaptation looks about as good as an anime adaptation of the IdolM@ster game could be. The problem is, it still has to come from IdolM@ster. That means it still has to have the same cast of characters from the game. This was like a police line up for irritating female anime character archetypes. Each and every one is nerve-jammingly annoying with scary efficiency. They screech and whine and go “ah moo”, every single one sounding like they’ve got a blocked nose. Each one is overacted, desperately trying to highlight their single character trait. None of these aspiring idols are characters. They’re such calculated moeblob archetypes that they’ve surgically removed any actual personality from each one. Every single one made my eye twitch.

So yeah. Well produced. Extremely well produced. Could not be any better produced. But argh argh argh get it as far away from me as you can!

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26 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I lasted two minutes.

    • Gagagigo
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Me too. I just couldn’t go on for any longer.

      • DesuSexual
        Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

        6 minutes…. Hahaha…

      • Posted July 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        Five minutes.

  2. Dop
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I liked the ‘rockumentary’ format. If they were going to do the whole series as a sub-’Spinal Tap’ format it would be worth watching!

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Nah, it was probably just that first episode, given what happened at the end

  3. Moo
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Really didn’t like the silent approach, was just annoyed by it everytime. Might have been because I was eating meanwhile so I wasn’t focused enough on what was happening. I’d probably prefer a voiced producer-san in this case otherways I’d say it was okay. Well guess I’ll like the next episode better! ( I haven’t played the game )

  4. romulus
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    This otaku-pandering oversubbed piece of crap got wiped from my hard drive after 5 painful minutes.
    Does the original game contain sex scenes??? (but even if it does, they won’t get in the anime anyways)

    • Posted July 9, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      re Adult-only events: No, no such things in the games. They’re pretty much straight idol-management simulators, with you taking over the role of a producer in a music company. There are several companies, each with a particular quirk and staff, etc.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

        Kinda like football manager then :D

      • romulus
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Sticking to its topic with less diversity than FIFA!
        More music than in Guitar Hero!
        Greater career than in NFS!
        Less eroticism than PacMan!
        …but simply not enjoyable outside Akihabara…

  5. mcm38
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Good thing I didn’t watch it yet.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 12:59 am | Permalink

      So did you decide which one is going to replace C, Scamp?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:24 am | Permalink

        Knowing Scamp, it’ll probably be Penguindrum

      • romulus
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        i hope so

      • Scamp
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        PenguinDrum is probably top of the list so far, but it’s a rather intimidating title to pick up. Waiting for the second episodes of everything first

  6. Anonymous
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    None of these aspir­ing idols are char­ac­ters. They’re such cal­cu­lated moeblob arche­types that they’ve sur­gic­ally removed any actual per­son­al­ity from each one. Every single one made my eye twitch.

    Sounds like real life.

    When I saw that first picture in my reader I thought it was a group shot of characters from various different anime. Says a lot, that on has to take such a double take.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      The first part of your comment makes you sound like karry :P

  7. Posted July 9, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    The girls designs in Xenoglossia were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better.

  8. Rex
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Something about their mouths displeases me…

  9. Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I’m a sado-masochist. Lasted the entire show and didn’t vomit once. But I groaned and winced and RME constantly. Gonna drop it unless I’m feeling masochistic. But I haven’t settled on a show to follow this summer… God’s Memo Pad anyone?

  10. Someone Else
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Produced by A-1 Pictures and has art style by Sora no Woto where lots of movements but few frames shown which looks like the scenes are skipping a lot. Also same studio where the K-On (anime) character designs originated (Yes different studio but A-1 started it, look at kannagi, K-On just adapted the design. Not like its bad thing)

    Anyways all I can say is I wish they remained the silent producer for the rest of the series, makes it look like a different anime because it would feel like they are actually speaking to the audience

  11. Conankudo4
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I was falling asleep mid-way through. That might have been cause I watched it at 3 am though. >.<

  12. Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    The content just gnawing at me. I love A-1 Pictures and like you said, they did a splendid job but why the fuck did they choose iDOLM@STER? >_<

    money makes the world go round I guess. At the end of the day, the otaku is having a field day

  13. Posted July 14, 2011 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    C’mon, it wasn’t that bad. One of the better first-episodes of the season, though of course I dropped it :x

    As for the silent thing, I think that was to make the viewer think that he was the producer, because y’know if you voice the producer in a manly voice all of the squeamish otaku will get sad and if you voice the producer in a squeamish voice, well… that wouldn’t be good for the show, cause who wants to watch a show with a squeamish MC?

    The one thing I don’t know is at the end, were the girls happy that the producer was the cameraman or were they disappointed? Their voices and ‘ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh~~~!!!!1111oneonee1111!!1eleven????interrobang’ seemed very disappointed, but they were still smiling and happy afterwards…?

  14. lolnoudont
    Posted July 15, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    >Implying non-japanese opinions matter

    Stop it. Seriously, if you didn’t like it just shut the fuck up and move on.

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