The latest chapter in The iDOLM@STER franchise, THE iDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukouhe (Beyond the Radiance), came out this past weekend, and while it doesn't stray too far from the established story, it does open up some interesting possibilities. Just be prepared for some lengthy depressing moments.
Namco Bandai's idol simulator The Idolm@ster features teenage girls. But in Japan, it's not only young girls who are idols. Young boys are, too.
Like its previous title, Namco Bandai's idol simulator THE iDOLM@STER 2 is coming to the Xbox 360. Time to celebrate! In drag.
Do you know what today is?
Oh hi! This is 28 year-old voice actress Eriko Nakamura. She voices Haruka Amami, one of the main idols in Namco's idol simulator THE iDOLM@STER franchise.
For cars, Japan has itasha, which literally means "painmobile". These automobiles are covered in anime, manga and video game imagery. Not everyone in Japan has a car. Many people have bicycles. This post is for them.
No, make that this month's. No, this year's.
Namco's pop simulator franchise THE iDOLM@STER has spawned arcade games, home console games, manga, anime, portable console games and at least one not-safe-for-work birthday cake.
Namco Bandai's pop idol simulator THE iDOLM@STER wishes you a Merry Christmas, complete with nun cosplay. Because... well, because. Yeah. Lovely lady labo!
Azusa Miura from Namco's pop idol simulator THE iDOLM@STER is getting yet another statue. She's wearing yellow garb and fishnets. Out March 2010, yours for ¥8,190 (US$95). Nerd heroin like this ain't cheap!
Chiaki Takahashi has lent her vocal talents to fighting game BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, voicing Litchi Faye Ling, and pop idol simulator THE iDOLM@STER voicing Azusa Miura. She has other talents to lend.
Hockey-mask-wearing chainsaw-wielding sculptor Mr. Jason brings iDOLM@STER character Haruka Amami to life from a block of wood.
In Japan, voice actresses aren't just voice actresses. They're voice actress idols. Take Chiaki Takahashi — she's in a candy-coated pop band and poses for pin-up pics.
Namco Bandai's idol sim THE iDOLM@STER series lets players manage a group of young, female pop stars. Well, not all of them are female, it seems.
They both have remote controlled cars, that's what.
For those who play Namco Bandai's pop idol sim THE iDOLM@STER SP with pride (and in public), Japanese peripheral maker Hori has products for you!
In Japan, next February sees three more titles to Microsoft's Xbox 360 budget Platinum Collection line. They are: