Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ... read
The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous. read
Makorin is the best Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length ... read feature
So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rare... read
Ramping up to the launch of the next mainline IDOLM@STER game, One For All, Famitsu is reporting not only that a new idol will appear as a rival in the new PS3 game, but also some initial details. First off, she goes by the s... read
The project lead for the Tekken franchise at Bandai-Namco, Katsuhiro Harada, is an ebullient guy, and he'll swat down nonsense on twitter like the best of them--in both Japanese and English no less. What's somewhat less known... read
To be quite honest, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Bandai Namco's The Idolm@ster: One For All. The fact that it's not a numbered game made me suspicious that it'd be a throwaway entry in the series.
That may still be the... read
The video above is not Project Morpheus, Sony's newly announced VR initiative at this year's Game Developers Conference. This is existing tech using the head-mounted display that Sony released in 2013, plus a new head-tracki... read
It's been an exciting 6 weeks for the Producers of Japan. The Idolm@ster movie and concerts a few weeks ago brought upon Japan a wave of marketing and promotion. For people following the series, like me, it is a tad eye-openi... read
The Idolm@ster Million Live is an online idol "card" game developed by Gree for mobile devices. It's currently only open for Japanese accounts, but it has reached its first anniversary this past weekend. Naturally for these ... read
It was only a matter of time before Bandai Namco realized there was a whole demographic in the mobile space they could be reaching out too.
The Idolm@ster SideM has been announced for the Mobage platform here in Japan. Much ... read
Here's the latest trailer for the latest entry in Bandai Namco's popular rhythm franchise and idol-management simulator, The Idolmaster: One for All. Like previous entries, Japanese gamers will have the opportunity to m... read
I'm a secret Idolmaster fan.
Ok, maybe it's not so secret since I'm publishing that fact on the internet, but oh well.
The reality is that I'm pretty excited for the new PS3 game, The Idolmaster: All For One. Players wil... read
What makes an idol anime compelling? Is it the story of these lonely girls who find themselves at peace with their careers? Is it the story of the average girl transforming into the extraordinary performer? Maybe it's just s... read
The IDOLM@STER Movie grossed over 149 million yen (1.46M USD) over its opening weekend, screening in 39 theaters and sold 81,262 tickets. It sets the bar for late-night anime-turn-movie for 2014, hot on the heels of a few oth... read
As revealed by this week's Famitsu and confirmed by Namco-Bandai, the next major installment of The Idolm@ster, One For All, will be out in Japan on May 15. This release will be both digital and physical, and as usual there w... read
The free-to-play social card game spinoff The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls is now two years old. To celebrate, an animated music video is made for its theme song, "Onegai! Cinderella." I also just cannot get enough of Rin's e... read
Bandai Namco's upcoming PS3 idol producing simulator, The Idolm@ster: One For All, is the first main new entry in the series since the second game on the PS3 and 360. As such, it's not too surprising that the folks over there... read
New Idolm@ster info! Namco-Bandai Japan has released a new video trailer for the upcoming iM@S movie and the first video for the upcoming PS3 game, All for One. Great news for Million Live fans! Seven of them will join ... read
After the launch of iM@S Channel with the PSN download games Shiny TV and G4U!, Namco Bandai has teased two new additional games or features via the "???" prompts in the main menu of iM@S Channel PS3 app. This could very well... read
Namco Bandai is teaming up with Lawson convenience stores and HMV to bring preorder The Idolmaster Million Live! DLC to their upcoming PSP/Vita game, God Eater 2.
That's right! Now you too can dress fan favorite Alisa l... read
Over the weekend, at the Yokohama Pacifico leg of The Idolm@ster 8th Anniversary Hop! Step!! Festiv@l!!!, producer Yozo Sakagami announced that the Idolm@ster movie will be in Japanese theaters January 2014. See blurry p... read
We paid thrice and still feel nice When it arrived on the App Store in April, The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa made waves among English-speaking gamers, but unfortunately not for the reasons publisher Namco Bandai was hoping.
Rather than celebrating the f... read feature
Things have been quiet ever since The iDOLM@STER feature film was announced a while back. Details are still light, but at least we have a time frame for release. The movie is set to hit Japanese theaters at the end of 2013, i... read
Every time I write something about the Neptunia franchise, I'm always a little bit taken aback by the fact that these games have made it this far. Having only played the first entry, I imagine they must be getting better wit... read
In a move that's sure to surprise pretty much every single iDOLM@STER fan ever, Namco Bandai has released all three The iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa games on iOS platforms. Each game has been renamed, with Honey Sound becoming... read
Rejoice, The Idolm@ster fans. It looks like Namco Bandai isn't done with those spunky girls from 765Pro just yet.
At "THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!!" live event held over the past few days, it was announced that a ... read
File this one under "wait, seriously?"
Namco Bandai has apparently filed trademarks for both The Idol Master and Shiny Festa over in Europe, which is something that blows my mind.
This franchise has been around for quite some... read
What is the greatest thing to ever come out of Japan? If you were thinking about history or some science bulls--t, think again... because the real answer is The IDOLM@STER. Shown off at Tokyo Game Show earlier, the 4-koma man... read
Though its technical name is Idolm@ster Shiny Festa, it's a rhythm game about a bunch of nonexistent singing/dancing idols, so I say Idolm@ster: Project Diva is as good a title as any for this new PSP offering. Beyond that, ... read
Or is it...your iM@SPhone?! Wait, that doesn't make sense.
Anyway, Namco Bandai have opted to port the previously Japanese-flip-phones-only version of Idolm@ster Mobile, bringing it to Apple's iOS monolith. Finally, you... read
You thought things would stop at fighter jets? Nope! Namco Bandai is determined to inject some Idolm@ster into every property it can get its hands on. Now the latest victim beneficiary is the Ridge Racer franchise, ... read