Honestly I once asked myself around the time the first EX DLCs came out, where next? The girls of 765 are already top idols beloved by the nation, how much higher could their fame and skill go? And then it hit me... They're only big in Japan. I would imagine the next game would be about 765 conquering the world, so to speak, striving for global popularity. Kind of like the regions in 2, but on a more massive scale. I think that's the logical next step to becoming top idol. I think iM@S 3rd Vision would probably also have an appearance revision again. Maybe Azusa grows her hair back, Makoto's hair gets even longer, Miki's back to short brown hair, maybe someone gets increased sizes. Who knows.
Azusa had better grow her hair back
And so are the people who play Tokimeki Memorial (which is a straight up dating sim)... And yet they make the Girl's Side games which have just as much features as the main one. And I don't see anybody complaining about them... A male idol game would most likely be a spinoff game for a different demographic, but with the iM@S trademark. I don't see why they would try to target a game like this towards the main series audience (not after the Jupiter disaster). Albeit due to iM@S's budget, it is a little risky to make a full-on male iM@S with the budget they put towards the main series, but I think they could test the waters with maybe a portable raising sim game starring Jupiter, and if it's popular go from there. SideM is still in its intimacy so I think it could use a wait.
The Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side games also mainly gained their massive popularity from their DS releases (and the DS in general had a huge female user base) and not so much from the PS2 releases. In fact by the time the third game came around they stopped even making them for non-portable consoles. Anyway, yeah, I could see a male idol focused im@s game as a portable spinoff release, but not as a main series release.
Also your idea of another 765 Pro focused release is pretty interesting. I feel like if they went the 765 Pro route that would be a good way to continue it. I agree that if they did make another 765 Pro focused release that they would probably do another appearance revision. Also agree on you about Azusa's hair. I like her with short as well, but prefer long haired Azusa. Long haired Makoto would be interesting and help show progress to her being more feminine, but I feel like it may take away some her tomboy appeal.
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Top 5 Original 765PRO Girls=Makoto, Azusa, Takane, Iori, Hibiki
Top 5 Cinderella Girls=Takumi, Rina, Natsuki, Tomoe, Akane
Top 5 Million Live Girls=Matsuri, Noriko, Roco, Julia, Chizuru
Top 5 SideM Guys=Suzaku, Michiru, Kyoji, Ryu, Michio