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Title: Better know a Producer
Post by: Okayu on August 13, 2015, 12:59:05 AM
I thought it'd be interesting to see responses to these questions from more people. Yes it's mostly copy pasted from https://hpt.moe/

Questions

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: MetalPredat0r on August 13, 2015, 01:23:33 AM
Sounds like fun, so I'll give in my responses.

1. I was browsing Touhou fan art when I stumbled across a bunch of iM@S stuff and thought to myself "I like the character designs" so I did my research and eventually watched the anime.

2. Nope, unless you count that one Kirari flash game.

3. I have three.

Ritsuko: I love her character design, her songs are pretty good, and I just love her overall character of being a hard-working young woman who's in denial of being an idol. That and she shows many signs of competence.

Shiho: Lovely character design, fantastic singing voice, and her backstory is something I can relate too not because I've lost a parent but because I know plenty of people who went through either parent divorce or only living with a single parent, so I understand the hardships that brings.

Minami: Very beautiful, another amazing singer, and she's just so lovable given her sense of responsibility and onee-chan attitude.

4. ................. I-I can't answer this. I love too many of them. .-.

5. The characters and the music. The characters for their designs, voices, and personalities; music because, well, this is an IDOL centric franchise, after all.

6. As soon as I finished the anime, I was hooked. I started drawing the characters, talking about the series, listened to the music, and eventually joined Project-iM@S.

7. Nope. Even with my airline advantages, it's still too costly to go to Japan for me.

8. No, because I actually value my wallet. I just admire the characters and look at the pretty pictures.

9. Yes. 2011 anime is what got me into the franchise and I'm currently following Cinderella Girls as it airs. Both are fun to watch; however, they also come with multiple flaws in writing, characterization, and sometimes even animation. I recommend both only as starting points or curiosity.

10. All I got on me is Asami Imai because she is everywhere I look: iM@S, BlazBlue, Neptunia, the list goes on.

11. Ummmmmm...... iM@S DESU YO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I got. :p
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Virgofall on August 13, 2015, 01:37:48 AM
1. YouTube videos. I'm not sure which initially, probably from one of the Nico Nico Douga medleys and went from there (I came here from Vocaloid). I know I found out about it prior to 2's release, but it was one of those series I only passively looked into until sometime afterward.

2. I've played both 2 and OFA, and prefer OFA for its more robust concert play... that and the fact two of my favorites were relegated to RGKM.

3. I love Ritsuko's voice (most of the time), and she as a character is someone who I partially aspire to be like and partially think she'd be fun to hang out with (never mind most people would probably think the opposite). Takane and Iori are also high favorites, however considering both of those characters get plenty of love already... yeah, Ricchan #1.

4. This is a hard one. It's probably somewhere around edeN, Fate of the World or inferno (rockish love songs yes please! Even if FotW isn't really as fitting in that category as either of the others).

5. I'm a music lover.

6. Shortly before I Want came out onto iM@S2 PS3 (that was my favorite song at the time, though as an overtly sexual/fetishistic song it's gone down a few notches in my book compared to the above-mentioned three). Yes, this is a weird milestone.

7. I have not.

8. No. Between the fact I'm not willing to jailbreak my phone (I cannot afford to compromise my primary method of quick contact) and the mobile games' status as being pay-to-win... though refer to 5, I do like some of the music that's originated from the games' existence despite.

9. I liked 2011. CG is too early to tell, but my interest in most of the series' featured characters hasn't really changed too drastically since (that is, I don't really care about most of them - Ranko I always liked, Minami I always liked, Mika I like more and Miku/Mio have both plummeted).

10. Not particularly, long as they can sing (it's kinda the point), and most of them are pretty good for what they are, even those many find are objectively bad.

11. ... yay iM@S? -hums to the tune of Visionary instead-
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Chance4U on August 13, 2015, 03:05:17 AM
1. Nonowa in a Nico Medley that was a reprint on YouTube. Then I saw a DS promo video, and it all fell in line from there.

2. Yup, mostly the handhelds (DS, Missing Moon, all the SHINY FESTA’s, and the browser games). DS is my favorite though, since it was my first.

3. The DS trio, mostly because of the depth their story has and their personalities. They’re each so unique and enjoyable! I agree with the others though, Ritsuko is definitely Top Idol material. And the best 765.

4. Kimi Omoi Birthday. I wasn’t expecting to like it too much, but it confirmed that Sayoko is my favorite ML idol. It makes me feel depressed that she probably won’t place in the manga election.

5. The variety of musical styles and character designs really stuck with me. Plus, there’s a lot of idols who are left out of the limelight. That works in my favor, as I tend to root for the underdog.

6. When I cataloged most of the costumes, accessories, and live events (although I’m super behind now…), I realized that I’m probably in this for the long run.
7. Nope, but I watch every stream available and watch the events I miss elsewhere.

8. Sadly, SHINY FESTA held my attention longer than either of those. Starlight Stage sounds entertaining.

9. The 765 anime is alright, but I’m getting sick of trying to identify all of the BGM’s. Cinderella Girls is pretty fun, and I bet the inevitable ML and SideM variants will be enjoyable too. I’d trade all of them for a DS OVA though..

10. Naomi Wakabayashi. The effort and lengths she goes for both her characters and performances is amazing. She really puts her fans first, and isn’t afraid of looking a little silly for their sake. Her Kud Wafter and Christmas iM@S performances made me realize that she is crazy dedicated.

11. Ah, I actually screamed when Takeuchi got the Perfect score on that last Taiko and anime event. My throat decided that I shouldn't do that again.
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: mariokirby on August 13, 2015, 03:14:38 AM
Most of these questions were already answered from my welcome post.  But, I don't mind answering them again.  I'll be cut/pasting parts of my welcome post.  So, sorry for being lazy.

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

It started way back in 2011 when Idolm@ster 2 was just released on Xbox 360.  Around the same time one of the anime news sites I visited had an article about the anime that was coming out.   I was curious and checked out a couple of concerts gameplay videos based on Idolm@ster 2 (xbox 360).  The songs and dance really amazed me, and some of the idols were very pretty like Miki.  However, I was still hesitant since it seemed like one of those visual novels or harem animes where it’s kind of boring especially with wimpy, lame male characters.

That’s when I discovered about Touma and Team Jupiter.  I was like finally I get to see some cool, tough male characters, and I really liked them.  So, my decision to give the anime a try was because of Team Jupiter, and I still highly respect them even until this day even though they moved on to SideM.

When I watched the anime, I wasn’t too impressed by it.  That changed until ep 13 when the idols performed Rest@rt.  I was amazed at the animated dance choreography and I remember replaying that video clip for an hour straight.  The anime got better, and I become interested in Chihaya after her episodes.  After the anime I decided to play Idolm@ster 2 PS3.  I chose Chihaya since I’ve seen story gameplay videos and loved the story and romance with her.  Since then, I became an Idolm@ster fan and eventually played OFA.  I also went through the mangas, drama cds, musics, movie, OVA, etc.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Idolm@ster 2 (PS3)
Idolm@ster: One for All
Shiny Festa: Honey Sound (iOS)

I liked both Idolm@ster 2 and One for All in terms of story and romance with Chihaya.  However, game mechanics-wise, I like OFA so much better since it has a lot more freedom, and I can take my time (though I hated some of those objectives).  Plus, I feel OFA had more communications, songs, and story.  I didn't like Shiny festa at all since it's strictly a rhythm game.  So, hard gameplay (especially in harder modes) with barely any story.  The main games had a much better rhythm difficulty because you have a larger frame window to time your appeal perfectly.  Because of that you can focus on other factors to help beat the concert or the rival.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Actually, Chihaya is my most favorite woman in the world.  The only woman I'm in love with or will ever love. (Okay, I'm annoying people again) 

My reasons are in this post I made a few months ago.

http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,25.msg61375.html#msg61375

I also like the Jupiter team (Touma, Hokuto, Shouta).  They seem like really cool guys, and I want to be best friends with Touma.  Again, they caused me to take that initial step forward to the Im@s franchise since I like guys who I can relate to.  In this case cool and talented guys.  Not wimpy, lame guys you see in harem animes.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

There are too many songs I like.  Obviously, I like songs that Chihaya sings in.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?
The characters, story, communications, songs, and dance.  Plus, the longevity of the franchise.  I want to like something that will last a long time.  There are several things I like, but they die off after some time.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?
I sort of answered in the first question.  But, basically when I finished the anime and started playing the game.  So, around the end of 2011.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

No

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
No

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
I watched 2011 series.  It was average, but after playing the games then I realize I didn't like the anime that much.  But, mostly just my personal preferences.  For example, I would have preferred a younger (age 16), mature, cooler, talented producer with a deep story who forms a close, romantic relationship with Chihaya. 

I’m also watching CG, but I don’t have much interest in them.  Except the producer in CG is much cooler than the producer in the 2011 anime.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?
I don’t follow any seiyuu closely.  But, if there’s something on anime news sites about im@s seiyuus, then I often read about it.  Though, I do sort of emphasize Asami Imai since she voices Chihaya.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

I’m only a fan of the 765pro idols and Jupiter.  Unfortunately, I don’t have much interest in the spin-offs like CG or ML.  But, I have no problems chatting about the spin-offs with my friends who like them (because being friends is more important)(I do admit ML has the best artwork in my opinion).
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Takechan on August 13, 2015, 03:22:34 AM
Mine turned out to be a little long, but oh well~

1. How did you first learn about “THE iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?
I had seen characters from iM@S before actually getting into it. Actually, I had various pictures of idols like Yukiho and Chihaya saved without really knowing who they were. I finally started getting interested in iM@S around May or April of 2014. Someone on tumblr that I occasionally creeped on posted a lot of things of Makoto, and it caught my interest as I thought she was pretty cute. From there I found out about the anime, though at first I was a bit skeptical because I was afraid it would turn into a harem anime. Thankfully it didn’t and I really enjoyed it, and from there started exploring other things about iM@S.

2. Have you played any of THE iDOLM@STER games? If so, which is your favorite?
Only SP since my Japanese isn’t good enough to understand any of the games, though I have watched various translated routes of iM@S 2 and OFA. Since SP is the only game I’ve ever personally played, I suppose I should say that, but I’d like to think OFA might be my favorite if I ever had the chance to play it. The idea of being able to produce all 13 idols is appealing to me, since I loved the unity feeling from the anime.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?
Originally it was Makoto. However, that only lasted for a month or two before I found out more about Haruka. Since then, Haruka has been my favorite idol, and I don’t see that ever changing. There are a lot of reasons why Haruka is my favorite. I think the thing I love the most about Haruka, is how it seems like she’s able to brighten up a room just by being there. She has such a bright personality, and I love that. Her kindness is also something I really love about her. She wants to be an idol to sing and dance on stage with people she cares about, but also to bring happiness to others. Those two things are possibly the biggest reasons why I love Haruka, but there are many other smaller things as well, such as her always giving a 110%, her absent-mindedness, her simplicity, her love for making sweets. I might be able to go on for a while, but I’ll leave it at that.

4. What is your favorite iM@S song and why?
Jeez, it’s really difficult to just pick a single song. There are many I really like. In general, THE iDOLM@STER might be my favorite, since it’s kind of the theme song of the series. However, I also really love Suteki Happiness. It’s a newer song, so maybe that answer will be looked down upon, but I think it really captures Haruka’s personality perfectly. Every time I listen to it, I end up smiling, and I know that would make Haruka happy. The tune is catchy, and the lyrics are adorable.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of THE iDOLM@STER series?
If I had to pick, then… it’s definitely the idols themselves. At least with 765, I know a good bit of all of them and they all have something unique and special to offer to the franchise, it would bother me a great deal if any one of them were suddenly missing. Other things I really love about iM@S are the music and the seiyuus.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an iM@S fan?
Well, to me, considering myself a Producer and considering myself an iM@S fan are sort of different. For me, I considered myself an iM@S fan right off the bat as soon as I finished the anime. I knew I was hooked and I wanted to learn as much as I could. Considering myself a Producer didn’t come until later, when I started adopting the idea of being a Haruka P. That was after I played SP and I realized how it felt different from watching an anime or reading a manga, because I was able to interact more directly with Haruka.

7. Have you ever been to an iM@S live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.
No, unfortunately not. I’m not sure if I was a fan during the time of the 9th live, as I doubt I was into it enough to know then, but I was around for the 10th live. I would have absolutely been there if it were in my ability to be. In a way, it felt wrong that I couldn’t, because I wanted to show my support for the franchise and the seiyuus, but perhaps one day.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
No. I haven’t even watched the CG anime. I’m more invested in 765 than anything else, though the mobile games don’t bother me. It’s just not something I’m interested in personally. I do know more about ML than CG, however.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
I watched the 2011 anime, but not the CG anime. My thoughts on the 2011 anime are a lot different from most it seems, because I really enjoyed it and still do. I know that it wasn’t able to capture everyone’s personality perfectly (which, to me, is kind of expected), but I think it works as a great entry point for westerners to then find out more about the series. I’ve looked into the games as much as I can, and while I don’t claim to have incredible knowledge on that front due to my limited Japanese, I can say that I value both avenues for what they are, and I think they are both important. The anime, to me, is the entry point, where the games goes into more detail about whatever particular idol you choose so that you’re able to see more aspects of their personality.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to THE iDOLM@STER series?
Honestly, I didn’t know about the seiyuus before getting into iM@S, but that’s because I never cared much. It’s different with iM@S however, because I feel like the seiyuus are part of the characters. Especially within the fandom, the seiyuus have made a distinct mark and I would be sad if they were ever replaced. Naturally, my favorites are Eriko and Asami.

11. Shout out your love about THE iDOLM@STER series, say anything you’d like!
Producer-san! iM@S desu yo! iM@S! w I really love THE iDOLM@STER and even though Haruka is my favorite idol by perhaps a large margin, things wouldn’t be the same without any one of the idols, so I hope things last for another 10 years because I would love to be around to see it~
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Naryoril on August 13, 2015, 10:03:32 AM
Ok, i'm going to join in on this shameless HPT ripoff :p But i like the idea to see this from more people.
This is probably going to be quite long... Some of the questions i have answered in other posts, so i'll copy paste from there.

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?
Honestly i'm not quite sure, but i think it was on Kotaku when they wrote something about Live 4 You. I looked at some videos on Youtube and liked the artstyle and especially the amazing animations for that time. I also liked some of the songs i saw there, the top 3 were relations, shiny smile and go my way.
Btw: At that time the character that appealed to me most was Iori, since i only had their looks as a reference, but the bunny always disturbed me. That changed quickly though when i found out about her personality and she went to rock bottom in my ranking of the 765 pro girls.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?
Yes, in the order i played them:
Dearly Stars
The Idolm@ster 2
Shiny Festa
SP (the fan translation)
One For All
Million Live

My favorite is One For All, you can produce all the idols for as long as you want and the story aspect is also pretty deep for many of the characters, especially with the EX episodes. It also improved on a lot of the little gameplay problems Im@s 2 had, like adding the counter to easily time the last burst. I also really like the idea of the skill board, it really makes you feel like the idols are getting better and better.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?
Yukiho, no question about that. Yukiho is my favorite character over all games i have played, every anime/movie i have seen and every book i have read.

I think what Takagi-shachou says when you select Yukiho in OfA puts it really well. He describes her as 可憐な子 (karen na ko), which roughly means "touchingly lovely girl". She tries to help where she can and while she usually can't do much, she soothes the mind of other people.

At the beginning of the story (whether in im@s 2, the anime or OfA) she is always extremely shy, to be honest, it's to a point where it annoys me, but her desire to overcome this shyness and her efforts always lead to an incredible character development, more than any other of the 765 pro idols. I goes to a point where Yukiho is the only one in the OfA EX Episodes who isn't thought anything by Leon, because she already got over her problems by herself in the story of the main game. Leon is really intrigued by Yukiho and tries to find out more about her, and the other way around. In the end they come to the conclusion that Leon enthralls the audience by overwhelming power, and Yukiho by sheer kindness.

And i've always been the type to like shy girls. But more than any other case, Yukiho makes me to want to support her, not so much protect, since i don't feel like she needs protection. She just needs a little push on the back from time to time.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?
This is really hard to answer. So i'll list 2 different categories.

1) The song i like most just as a song without any of the meanings behind them attached is eDEN. I can't say why, but it just blew me away when i first heard it.

2) The song that means most to me is first step. For those who don't know about it: At the end of the im@s 2 storyline Yukiho composes a song and she sings the first half of it for the producer before he leaves to America, promising him to sing the rest when he comes back. If you achieve the good end (and thus the producer does come back), first step is being played everywhere. Takagi-shachou (i think) heard her humming the song at some point and pestered her until she released it, even though she wanted to wait for the producer to come back. Nevertheless, Yukiho then sings the second half of the song for the producer. The lyrics are about her meeting the producer for the first time, being supported by him and growing due to that. To top it all off, Azumin, Yukiho's then new voice actress, wrote the song by herself for Yukiho.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?
The characters. Last time i answered the question with "the games and the music", but since then i realized this isn't true. Most of the 765 pro characters really have grown to me.
And since going to 10th i also have to add "the fandom". More on that later.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?
As i mentioned above, i found out about im@s at the time of Live 4 You. I was interested in trying the game, but i didn't have a japanese XBox back then. Since the games were also available on the XBox live market place i tried a lot to trick the region lock. I don't remember how many hours i spent on buying money on the japanese market place, hooking up my laptop with a japanese VPN and routing the XBox internet connection through my laptop to fake a japanese IP. I think i managed to actually buy the game this way, but it couldn't install it due to the hardware region lock (i got past the IP region look iirc). So i reluctantly put that project to rest, but my interest for im@s was there to stay.

When i found out about Dearly Stars being released and being a DS game it didn't have region lock (i didn't have a PSP back then so i didn't buy SP which was released half a year earlier) i went on play asia and placed a pre-order for it on 31th of August 2009, about 2 weeks before the games release. I think i started with Eri as idol, but quickly switched to Ai. But unfortunately, unlike most other im@s games, Dearly Stars doesn't offer you much if you don't speak Japanese, which i hardly didn't back then. So i put it away after a bunch of hours, but i definitely was hooked on im@s now, i think from this point on i was a fan.

Another 2 years later there was an announcement of im@s 2 on the PS3, which was the final reason that made me buy a PS3, and of course i ordered the limited edition of the game as soon as possible (the one that came with G4U vol 1 and the first anime BluRay, unfortunately CD japan screwed up and forgot to add the film strip to my order :( )

Towards the end of my 10th playthrough (Yukiho normal end, a deliberate Yayoi bad end, hyper mode and 7 good ends) and over 100 hours i wanted to actually understand what was going on in the story. More than just the very very basics i understood with my Japanese knowledge back then. This was the final reason why i took up formal Japanese lessons (in class/with private teacher) again, after a break of 13 years and several failed attempts of self studying. I wanted to have something to force me to keep at it, since i always kept saying "i'll do it tomorrow" when i tried to self study, and having a weekly class was something i couldn't just push off to another day. So at that point i definitely was a serious im@s fan.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.
Yes, to 10th, and i'm so glad i did it. I wanted to go to one for years, but always thought that it's over the top to go to Japan just for an im@s concert.

And then 10th was announced, and i decided to finally go if i could get my hands on tickets, it was 10th after all.

Through animagic4u i was invited to HPT (Houkago P Time), and there i learned a whole other level of im@s fandom (calls, pen lights, UOs, producer cards and more), and i was inevitably drawn into it. Going to 10th really has been on of the best experiences in my life by being able to go all out about im@s and sharing all this with other im@s fans. So far i never met another fan and i don't know if there are any others in Switzerland at all. So meeting up with the people from HPT and spend time with them in Akiba, game centers, for meals, in line for buppan and at the concert itself was a real blast, especially animagic4u and her boyfriend, Leo, Menchi, Mizuki, Mahouko and Azu were fun to hang out with.

Apart from the people there was the im@s theme cafe which itself is kind of a mini live and the im@s songs only karaoke which were also a lot of fun.

And there was buppan, the sales of 10th anniversary concert goods on Friday before the concert. I got up at 04:15, got on the train on 05:02, arrived at Seibu Dome around 6, and then lined up and waited. There were already about 2000 people before me in the line and sales started at 10. But the waiting wasn't so bad, since there were a lot of people around to talk with and who also had to kill time. At 12:15 it was finally my time to buy stuff, and i spent over 70'000 Yen. The only regret i have is that i forgot to buy a 10th commemorative towel. But first an foremost, i got my hands on the 765pro 10th penlights:
(http://www.xanis.ch/images/imas/10th_penlights.jpg)
And then i lined up at the other line (alone this time) and waited for another 2 hours to buy the 3 special CDs. There i had another really interesting encounter. I was asked by other HPT members to buy them CDs too, so of the 3 CDs i should have bought 4, 2 and 2, but you were only allowed to buy 3 of each. So when it was almost my turn i asked the random Japanese guy behind me in the line how many CDs he's going to buy and if he could buy me one since i need 4. He agreed, but in return asked me if i could lend him "some" money (12'000 JPY), since he just found out you could only buy the CDs by cash, and not with a credit or debit card and he didn't have enough. I gave him the money, he bought the CDs, we went to a nearby ATM together and since then i've often been talking to him on Line.

And of course there was the concert itself... And it blasted me away. The depiction in the game or the anime with the people boasting penlights and UOs (ultra oranges, glow sticks you "break" and then they glow brightly for about 2 minutes and then start to fade off quickly) and doing calls (those "hey, hey, hey" and so on shouts) are not an exaggeration, in contrary, they are much more prominent at an actual concert. You are not simply watching an im@s concert, you are part of it, and it is amazing.
And then there were also the really emotional moments that moved me to tears and still do when i think about them. Starting with Haruka's seiyuu shouting "Producer, domu desu yo! Domu!", to Azumin (Yukiho's seiyuu) shouting "Yaaaaaay!!!!" before starting to sing Alright* (just like in the anime episode), Iori's seiyuu's voice caving in and starting to cry during matane and the whole dome shouting "gambare!", immediately followed by Azumin (Yukiho) performing first step (which is a really special song to begin with since it appears in Yukiho's story in im@s 2, being written by Yukiho in game, and by Azumin herself for Yukiho in reality) and almost starting to cry as well, the announcment of the original cast still being in the PS4 game, up to the talk between the seiyuus of Haruka, Chihaya, Iori, Azusa, Ami/Mami and Makoto about how they started off 10 years ago and how they never expected to stand in a dome in front of 40'000 people when they auditioned for the arcade game.

Going to 10th made me an even more hardcore im@s fan, and if i can i'll go to 11th as well, i don't care about the cost.
If you are an im@s fan, i really really suggest you try to go to one of these concerts.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
Yes, i played Million Live for a bit, but since it doesn't have pretty much any gameplay at all and it was just tapping the screen and doesn't have a realy story either, i stopped quickly.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
Yes i did. I think the 2011 anime is good, it has one major flaw though: The balance on the characters. Haruka, Chihaya and Miki get a lot of spotlight, while others are really shunned. I'm especially annoyed about the way they treated Yukiho. Her episode was really early, and it stressed the annoying parts of her character a lot, and exaggerated them. And from that point on she is hardly shown at all in the series and if you don't already about it from the games, it's hard to see her incredible growth.

I'm also watching CG as it airs, but if it wasn't im@s i probably would have stopped watching it after 4 or 5 episodes. It's gotten better in course 2, but it still isn't on par with anim@s. It makes the same mistakes as anim@s, but also suffers from characters which are not nearly as fleshed out as the 765 pro girls since the come from a card mobile game with a ton of characters and define themselves with a single aspect, many of them feel like one trick ponies, and the anime isn't going into most of the characters enough to make them more than that.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?
Honestly i'm not that much into the seiyuu, but i'd say it's Azumin, Yukiho's seiyuu. What i really found interesting at 10th was the way she could look... Sometimes on stage she put up such lewd looks, which really contrasts with the character she voices.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!
アイマス最高!
And i hope i'll find another im@s fan in Switzerland some day... If you know any, let me know.
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Okayu on August 14, 2015, 12:32:33 AM
1. How did you first learn about “THE iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?
I first saw it during the original January 2011 trailer for the anime. I had listened to Aoi Tori and Me ga au toki a few times beforehand but not much else until the anime aired. At first 13 characters felt like a lot at the time, but that's nothing compared to 200+. It was always my favorite of the season it aired.

2. Have you played any of THE iDOLM@STER games? If so, which is your favorite?
I've played SP, 2, G4U, Shiny Festa/TV, and OFA.

I'd say SP is my favorite. It ports parts of the original game, has parts of new content, has story mode and free mode, etc. iM@S 2 had unskippable cutscenes in repeat runs and no free mode, while OFA has no replay ability due to endless mode. Even if the DLC EX EPs were enjoyable, the game without them seems too short.

The only reason I haven't played iM@S 1 and L4U myself is I don't have a xbox 360. I've still looked quite into them though.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?
My favorite is Chihaya. I'll update with reasons later.

4. What is your favorite iM@S song and why?
I can't really pick a favorite, but my most listened to is Me ga au toki.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of THE iDOLM@STER series?
The characters and the multimedia aspect of it.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an iM@S fan?
I was a fan of iM@S since I watched the 2011 anime, but I didn't consider myself a Producer until I started producing idols in iDOLM@STER 2.

7. Have you ever been to an iM@S live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.
No.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
I played CG for about half a year when it first came out but quit after 765 stopped getting new cards. Similar situation with ML.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
Yes. I liked the 2011 anime when I first watched it, then I disliked it for a long time after finding out how different the games were, now I'm kind of neutral about it, it has it's ups and downs.

I'm not caught up to the CG anime at the moment. I didn't like it much.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to THE iDOLM@STER series?
Mingosu (Asami Imai).

11. Shout out your love about THE iDOLM@STER series, say anything you’d like!
アイマス最高! NEVER END IDOL
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Yui on August 14, 2015, 01:54:24 AM
Alright. I'm playing it!

1. *control c control v from other post*

It's been 6 or 7 years since I got into iM@S. It started when I played Happy Dance Collection. There was an only game song (GO MY WAY!!) to dance. I liked the song, and et cetera. I got curious about that game and looked for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-tRK9T9fdM

Then, I just found that video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYcRQBrUbd0

And there was Taiko no Tatsujin too, with shiny smile, Do-Dai, Kamisama no Birthday. And when I saw the shiny smile video (one with full version and dancing), well, I thought "Oh, I like that girl that look like a boy" (Makoto was my favorite). xD
So... if I have a good memory, it was in my 17 (7 years then), when I used to play Wii and Nintendo DS games, when the current Precure anime was Yes! Pretty Cure 5 (Yeah, I first heard about that in the same dance game, but I didn't got into magical girls anime) and the current Pokémon generation was 4. Oh, and there was a Live 4U OVA. Anyway...

And what do I love in this series? The music, dances and characters... I just fell in love for it.
But, it's kind of too bad that I only played Dearly Stars.

2. Only Dearly Stars. My wallet only allowed me to play Nintendo console games.

3. Chihaya Kisaragi. I'm kinda like her stereotype. And blue is my favorite color.

4. Ah, those favorite questions... it's hard to decide. Probably, relations (M@STER VERSION).

5. The songs, dances and characters. I can't choose only one.

6. I decided to give a try listening some songs (M@STER Live 04 and Encore) and like that. And then, I decided to try more and more (M@STER Artist 1 and the other M@STER Live albums). And, well, I loved it.

7. No.

8. No. My cellphone is not compatible for this.

9. Well, I watched the iM@S anime. Well, since I liked that series (even I just played DS), I was certain I like that. And the original songs from anime was nice too.
As for Cinderella Girls anime, I wasn't that confident I like it. I just listened Rin Shibuya single (never say never) and not other songs. But I decided to give a try after finishing watching Fresh! Pretty Cure in July of this year. Aaaaand... I sort of like it.

10. Asami Imai.

11. Eh? I don't have a catchphrase yet, but...
L-O-V-E アイマス!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Maka on August 14, 2015, 05:50:13 AM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?
I first learned about it through the NND medley and song posts. From there, it was watching gameplay videos and L4U performances.

Idk, at first I wasn't super interested but... I got into it?


2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?
I've played Dearly Stars, Shiny Festa, and the two mobile games. Idk, I enjoyed DS a lot for the cast.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?
I like Takane and Azusa for their beautiful looks and amazing voices (along with the former's silliness and the latter's relaxing personality). Hibiki is rising in my rankings as well. As for MLs I love Kana's go-getter personality and enthusiasm and Tomoka's amazing songs. In CG it's Anastasia because of her appearance and Syuko for reasons unknown.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?
OH MAN

KisS: this was one of the songs I heard first and the sexy aura is really something <3
Memories: I've been obsessed with this song since I first heard it... like... dang. Too good.
Pon De Beach: see above
and finally, Massugu for the sheer nostalgia. It's the perfect credits song. If there's ever a final im@s concert (plz no!) I hope this is the last song they play. It's so bittersweet.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?
I'm a customization nut, so dressing up the idols and making them sing is gr8. This series also has such darn good music!!!

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?
I seem to remember listening to relations in 8th grade or freshman year which would make it 6 or 7 years but that sounds INSANE @_@

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.
(http://i.imgur.com/0NEn0Sx.jpg)

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
See #2.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
I've watched both...

Honestly I'm digging the CG anime more because they have a broader canvas to paint on without an established canon. If I were a new fan I would probably like the 2011 anime more tho.

Overall I think the 2011 anime has big flaws but is still the one of best adaptions we could have realistically gotten.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?
Wakabayashi-sensei is amazing. Every time she's on stage or at an event you can just FEEL the love for im@s this wonderful lady has.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!
のワの < アイマス大好き!!!765プロファイト!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Yukibro on August 15, 2015, 09:35:46 AM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

My first unwitting experience of iM@S was WAY back in 2009. I only know that because this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOK3RrLggA0) is still around. I never even knew about MMD videos or Nico until 2011/2012, but even worse was hearing Kiramekirari in the anime after somehow not hearing it from anything other than that video. I had a huge double-take then.

From there, I didn't pay much attention until late 2011, back when SP Perfect Sun was translated and the anime was finishing its course. I knew of the anime, but I preferred to play the game before doing anything else, so I grabbed SP and gave it a shot. I remember picking Haruka, using Positive as her first song, and numerous translation mistakes where Hibiki's name was translated into Echo. But then I eased off that and didn't do anything with the series until sometime around May 2012. It's been a ride since then.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Oh, let me break this one down.

SP: My first iM@S experience and probably my most favorite of all. I still like the tension and character systems the most out of any of the games I've played, and it's one of the times where I felt like strategizing how to approach auditions and festivals. It's also not a game I even finished completely, having only done Chihaya and Yukiho's translated routes, but my playthroughs stuck with me.

iM@S2: I think it lost its magic when I was easily able to game its mechanics and clear games with minimal effort, but I did like the differences in play regarding bursts and appeals. It's just not something that I'd really play again, especially due to the mandatory events and rereading I'd have to do.

OFA: Better than iM@S2, worse than SP. I do like where they're going with the RPG-like mechanics, and its difficulty is more approachable and reminds me of SP with how it makes you think. At the same time, it fatigued the hell out of me running through my current 150-hour playthrough, and there's a notable lack of big consequences due to the infinitely running nature of the game. It'll be interesting to see where iM@S goes from here.

SF/STV: Simple rhythm games. Nothing more, nothing less. I like it enough because it's iM@S, but I'd sooner play something like Taiko (thanks for the crossover, by the way!).

G4U is also there, but is it really a game? Can't really comment. My lack of a 360 means I can't comment on its games, my lack of good Japanese language understanding prevents me from commenting on DS, and the arcade game... yeah.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Yukiho. I admit I can almost go all over 765 as far as interest and likability go, but in the end it will always come down to Yukiho. She's the one I sorta remember wanting to play as when I first came across SP, then disappointed to find out she wasn't in the game that was translated. And even after the tenuous portrayal the anime gave her, I still found myself attached to her unlike most other characters I've liked. This culminated in me working on a project to translate her iM@S2 route, collecting as much info and songs from her as possible, creating a slightly-unsuccessful reason to try learning Japanese that still allowed me to keep up with her stories to date, and actually buying merch when I really don't like buying merch.

I'll leave the more detailed and in-depth spiel for another thread.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

What first comes to mind is First Step. Naryoril already commented on it, but I have to personally say that it sealed whatever got me attached to Yukiho on the spot. It's a beautiful song that always gets to me with its heart and passion.

But if I were to pick anything else other than sentimental favorites... hm. Not really sure. Massugu, maybe? Mana speaks for me there too, since I also think it evokes that bittersweet feeling of moving away but also forward. Special mentions to the Famison albums, though, they're killer.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

Connectivity, more or less. Without going too deep into it, what I like most from playing the iM@S games above (particularly SP) is the way it allows you to get interested in your idol and shape something with her. Whether it's to build her confidence, help her reach her dreams, or just be someone to talk to, I think there's something important with how each girl grows from each experience and conversation. The music is great too, of course, and that plays its part as a reason why all the effort is worth it in the end.

But of course, it comes down to characters in the end. It wouldn't be worth investing all this time and effort into 765 if I didn't like its characters.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

I guess around the end of 2012? That was when I was really starting to do things I wouldn't have done with other series.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

Nope. Honestly don't care to, either. I'm not really a concert guy, and the toll a trip to Japan would put on me, let alone the stories of waiting on lines or gambling for a ticket in the first place... yeah. Hopefully I could visit Japan soon, but I'll probably settle for a cafe visit or playing the arcade game.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

Nope. Tried ML once when it came out, and I wondered why people bothered. Haven't touched either since, neither games nor other media. I'm just not interested.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

The 2011 anime was probably my gateway into the series, but it's only gotten worse and worse in my perspective over time. I haven't bothered with CG's anime, either, see above.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

Azumin, I guess? I am more interested in her than others from iM@S, and I did follow iM@S STATION every Sunday back when they weren't behind Premium walls, but even she wasn't enough to make me watch Chuuni's second season. Seiyuu don't particularly matter to me anyway, though I enjoy watching their skits every now and then.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

Eh.
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: ChocoCats on August 15, 2015, 07:17:25 PM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

I first learned about it through that NND medley video on Youtube. I was like "Ooh, that's interesting.", and then, I watched gameplay videos of L4U performances. Later on, the games are starting to get dull, so I'm just listening to the music.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

No and I have little interest on playing them.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Makoto because tomboys and lovely voice.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

I tend to like the rocks, calm and soothing, and other songs with an interesting composition and arrangement.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

Music and a bit of inside jokes.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

August 2013. Fan came way before I become a "Producer".

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

Nope and I don't think my family would allow me to go to Japan because of personal reasons.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

Haha, no. Not gonna bother messing my phone and play P2W games. Doesn't help that the a lot of artwork are laddened with Otaku pandering fanservice. At least SideM keeps it relatively tame and I found other ways to tolerate the mobile franchises.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

I watched the 2011 series and I found it mediocre as crud. I'm currently watching the Cinderella Girls anime and while it had the same problems as the 2011, it had a couple of interesting points that I liked more than what the 2011 anime showed. However, I recommended on watching the CG anime ONLY if you're curious and actually and genuinely interested in CG because otherwise don't bother.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

There's Naomi Wakabayashi for her performances and dedication and the SideM cast are very fun, especially the DS trio and Takatsuka Tomohito. The drawings fascinates me for some reason.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

woot...
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Best Idle on August 16, 2015, 04:45:33 AM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?
The first time I noticed iDOLM@STER would be in the beginning of Nico Nico Douga, and then I saw it frequently mentioned as the reason that the Berserk manga was released so slowly. When the 2011 anime was announced, a few people on /a/ said that it would be good, so I started watching it and ended up becoming a huge Haruka fan.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?
I've played OFA, SP Perfect Sun, Shiny TV, G4U. I love OFA the most by far, as I can play with all the idols working together, it has better graphics and Haruka's 2nd vision is better than the first, and I don't get pressured to try and make everything perfect since there's no time limit. When I played SP, getting anything less than perfect really frustrated me since I felt like I was letting Haruka down, but in OFA I can achieve perfection in the end so it's great. Haruka also acts a bit more mature and sweet in 2nd vision which is closer to my "ideal" vision of Haruka.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?
Haruka. I love her since she is kind and happy person. The version of Haruka I love most is the one from the 2011 anime, although I like and incorporate many elements of Haruka from other materials as well.

Haruka is amazingly kind, and my two favorite examples of this are her arc from episodes 23-24 of the anime, and her interactions with Kana in the movie. In the anime, Haruka is conflicted because she is worried that her friends consider success as an idol more important than getting together, and due to her considerate nature, she doesn't tell them because she doesn't want to burden them with her own personal desires. In the end, she realizes that her friends want the same thing that she does, so she happily goes out to meet them. I really love Haruka's consideration of her friends despite her sadness, even if her thoughts were misplaced and she needed a while to realize that.

In the movie, I was very impressed by Haruka's willingness to stand up to the group in order to bring Kana back. I think it takes a tremendous amount of courage and kindness to take this sort of risk and insist on reaching out to Kana even when everyone else seemed ready to move on. The scene where Haruka is confronted by Shiho and confidently asserts her decision was particularly touching. There are countless other reasons I love Haruka, but these two scenes stand out as being the most exceptional.

I also love Haruka's general cheerfulness. I really like being able to do things like take people out to a restaurant or amusement park or whatever and having them really enjoy themselves. However, I'm not that good at this and when people complain and have a lousy time, it hurts me a lot as well. But, I think Haruka is so naturally happy that she will tend to enjoy things even if they aren't really that great, and so I really want to take her to do all sorts of things.

Haruka is really an idol to me, as I wish to be with her and be more like her as well. Thinking about her helps me make a lot of difficult life decisions. Even though Haruka only exists as a fictional representation and in my mind, she is truly extremely precious to me.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?
"Suteki Happiness". The lyrics are about Haruka's goal of sharing happiness with everyone, and I realized that I really love that goal as well. So in some sense, this song exemplifies what I love most about Haruka, and reminds me of what I want to do with my life. It's a really important song to me. It's also extremely cute, particularly when she says "motto motto motto~".

Some of my other favorite songs are Kirameki Shinkoukei, Christmas Eve, Saihyou, Kazoe Uta, TOMORROW, START!!, and Jitensha.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?
Of course, it's Haruka. Aside from that, the characters in general, the 2011 anime, and the IDOLM@STER manga by Mana.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?
I don't really think of myself as a literal "Producer" since I'm not very good at that sort of work. However, I've been a fan since starting the 2011 anime, and got extremely into it by maybe the 4th episode.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.
I have not, though I would like to go someday.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?
I played CG for a while with /@/, and tried out ML but decided not to get into it further due to the necessary time investment.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?
I've watched the 2011 series many times, and am watching the CG anime too. I prefer the characterization of Haruka in the 2011 anime to the games as previously stated. The CG anime is alright, though without 765 it loses a lot of appeal. I like the CG Producer, Uzuki, and Miku.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?
I like Eriko for voicing Haruka, and I like Rie for her other roles, but I don't have a significant interest in seiyuu aside from liking their characters.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!
春香~大好き!! I'll always be your fan!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: Cael K. on August 17, 2015, 01:23:09 PM
... Sure, I'll bite.

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

Back when I still used PlayAsia to get stuff, I remember seeing an ad for Boxm@s. I thought at the time that I'd play it if it wasn't hinging on just character design, but I didn't have too much of a way to tell. 'Least, not at that time. I think I knew soon enough that it was the only game keeping the XBox afloat in Japan with all its DLC.

Fast forward... maybe a few months. One of my friends shows me, uh, Live For You? Maybe it was Xenoglossia? I can't remember really, but both of those were my first Im@s experiences. That got me interested, and when I heard the music, that was it. There was a good variety of it, and while some of it was better than others, some of it was pretty good. And that's when I became a fan. I think it was... early 2008? It could've been late 2007.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Yes. Oh yes. SP remains my favorite, though what I played of OFA was pretty good. I enjoyed DS too, though I took it more as a visual novel than as a rhythm game.

I've also played Arcadem@s (once, to get the producer card), Boxm@s, Shiny Festa, Cinderella Girls... is that it? I think it is.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Azusa, because she's such a good person - considerate, gentle, kind, not pushy even when she's mad... it's hard to find a single ounce of bad attitude in her. If her only bad character trait is that she's airheaded, well... that's not a fault of a bad moral compass.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

Oh geez. You want me to pin this one down to a single song? No way I can do that. So I'll list a few that are my favorites.

Tonari ni..., my song, Sora - My favorite type of songs are largely in the Vocal category. They don't sound good at all if the singer doesn't have good fundamentals, but Takahashi and Takita have really great voices.
Little Match Girl, DREAM - I also like the techno dance beat songs and stuff.
Jitensha - A really upbeat song, I like the melody and I like its flow.
Mahou wo Kakete - First song I ever produced.

Most of my favorite songs come from the SP era.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

It was the music that got me into Im@s, but the fan community is what I think is really amazing. People've come from all sorts of angles to really make their own Im@s experience, and some of them even go out and make doujin to share their own vision of it with the rest of us. Heck, some even make music videos.

The fan community is so alive and active, it makes stuff... incredible stuff, for no other reason than to do it. And that's nothing short of awesome.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

I'm pretty sure the first Im@s game I played was SP, and I got it just in time for Chiaki Takahashi to come to Anime Central in 2009, so I'd say that's when I became a Producer. I think Boxm@s and L4U came after that in 2010, when I went to Japan.

Before that, I'd only had exposure to Xenoglossia and a bit of gameplay from the games. Nothing too much, but enough to... I guess be called a fan. That was back in late 2007 or early 2008.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

Only once, and it was great. I went to the 10th concert last month. I had a great time, and met a few other kaigai Ps while I was at it.

I lined up for Friday buppan on quite literally the third train in (I didn't stay close enough to make the first), so I got there, what, 6:20? I still got everything I wanted, was out of the line at around 13:00, all with just one half liter bottle of Pocari (though the weather sure helped for that).

After the live though, I was busy prepping for a tour of the western side of Japan, so I put the lights back in the box without doing anything else with them. When I got back (and this seems to be a recurring theme this trip), some of the stuff in there had salt on it! I was sweating so much, my burning passion infused itself to those lights and crystallized into pure white crystals!

... I still gave them a good rinsing when I found out, but the salt stains are still on some of the paper stuff inside the box.

Nobody here was at the Great 10th Anniversary Producer Card Exchange Meet, though! ... Well okay, there was a Day 2 that I didn't go to, but I only run into one kaigai P there, and he wasn't anyone from the forums. I still went through a bunch of P cards.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

I kinda pop in Cinderella Girls from time to time. I wish there were another way to get into Million Live besides the mobile game though. I'd kinda like to know more about the characters, but seeing as I don't really play the mobile games too much...

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

Both! I'm not caught up on the second season of the Cinderella Girls anime though. Anim@s 2011 was pretty good, and the Cinderella Girls anime is kinda nice. I kinda woulda liked a bit more... canonical background to some of the characters, but I think they're kinda afraid of inventing too much about them, fearing it will become canon. I mean, I think all the doujin artists and stuff'll still have a heyday no matter, so I don't see the harm if they did.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

Well, Chiaki Takahashi and Juri Takita have really good singing voices, and I'm glad that the series takes newer seiyuu and gives them a chance. I'm not too much of a seiyuu otaku, though.

... Although Saori Hayami (Kaede Takagaki) is a great voice actress.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIME, MORE BASEBALL AND CLASSY ACCENTS PLEASE!

... *ahem*
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: DeviantProtagonist on August 23, 2015, 06:45:37 AM
Considering I've addressed a good bulk of these inquires in the anniversary thread (http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,2349.msg63018.html#msg63018), I'll make do with however straight-forward I can be.

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

To sum up, it's an incidental thing where upon I watched one anime, it led to another which was iM@S, given favored seiyuu connections.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Having played iM@S2, OfA and several G4U volumes, I'd deem any 765 game a favourite, but let's just say G4U because gravure~. のワの

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

I delved into this (http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,906.msg58735.html#msg58735), but my Chihaya fondness came from a mutual empathy which extent most wouldn't think I'd have beyond fanboy norm.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

I'm generally open for genres, but 'cool, edgy, suggestive' songs rate highly in my books -- think of Little Match Girl and Fate of the World.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

For this being a common toss-up between characters and song, I'm inclined for the former because they're the ones bringing song to life.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

Suffice to say, I became one the instant I indulged in our idol's passions, whether by watching anime, reading manga, or playing a game.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

I haven't, and at this rate there's no reason to expect I'd be able to; the astronomical costs and the very idea of flying are big obstacles.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

I'll give this a flat nope, one reason being that I dare not jailbreak my phone and the other is that I despise the mobile pay-to-win model.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

Despite it's gradual flaws, iM@S 2011 made a fine entryway for me. CG's first season hasn't often did it favors, but I'm still for it's prosper.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

My Imai affection's a given, but I'll just say her Slowpoke obsession is adorable. Wakabayashi's the charitable kind of woman I'd wed, too.

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

Flat is justice-u~! Just because I'm horrible with one-liners.
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: SakuraMaxX on August 24, 2015, 09:54:45 PM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

A friend of mine was watching a trailer for Live For You when it was first coming out and it piqued my curiosity.  I also watched him play SP later on and soon got a PSP to play it myself.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Arcade, iM@S 1, Live For You, SP, boxM@S 2, One For All, Shiny Festa, Live in SLOT (lol), and of course, the 3 mobile games (though Cinderella Girls is the only active one for me)

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Makoto Kikuchi from 765 Allstars and Mio Honda from Cinderella Girls.  I love them both for different reasons.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

Agent Yoru wo Yuku was the first iM@S song I've ever heard (from a Nico Nico Douga medley) and it shocked me when I heard it while watching my friend stream the game.  It has stuck with me ever since.

I also love the recent big group songs like the anime OPs, M@STERPIECE, and アイ MUST GO! since they very well show how far iM@S has come during the last ten years.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

Originally, I would only say it's because of the character writing and how alive they really feel.  Now I would say it's the fan community.  I've met so many wonderful people over time.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

I didn't really expose myself to what iM@S had to offer until I started playing iM@S SP.  This was around 2009.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

M@STERS OF THE IDOL WORLD 2015 at Seibu Dome.  Going overseas for the first time was one hell of an experience and I had so much fun meeting everyone there.  I plan to go to Japan again soon, even if not for iM@S purposes.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

I have been logging into Cinderella Girls daily for the last two years if that says anything.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

Yes and yes, but I don't have much to say about them except that I enjoyed them.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

DD

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

ルックアットミーオ!!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: nastynate on August 26, 2015, 08:15:27 AM
Haha, reading some your comments is making me HNNNNGH!

1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

2007. It was either from an article mentioning the Xbox 360 release or a thread in /jp/. Either case, I was fascinated by ...pretty much everything: style, concept, choreography and, of course, music.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Pretty much all of them, with the exception of the moba games. Haven't completed each route, but once I get a better grasp of Japanese I will, or rather I'm trying hard to learn just so I can get a better grasp of the games.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Makoto! She is the most chill. While the other idols have 'character' I feel she's the most down to Earth and has the personality I'd actually expect from an idol -- on and off stage. Just chillin'! Also, characters that try to overcome what they are naturally are the most interesting to me (e.g. Sakaki-san from AzuDai) ...And I'm bias towards tomboys.  :P

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

Colorful Days! It has such a nice groove while staying upbeat. Also, during gameplay, the characters wink when they sing their respected color image, which is pretty clever and involves all the 765Pro idols. I see it as a kind of an unofficial anthem in a way. Really, what sells me on this being my favorite tune is the sax riff at the end. I hope to play it myself someday!

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

Perhaps the culture. Aside from, say, The Simpsons I've never really experienced being part of a huge fandom of one particular series that's engaging. It's a fandom that continues to grow in media and elsewhere. I'm curious as to how far it can go.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

Definitely with the first console release. I'm not as experienced or knowledgeable as some fans out there, but my passion for the series is solidified. It was what definitely pushed me to go to Japan, and still pushes me to do more in any small way.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

10th! It was fantastic. I wish I was more prepared but it was my first time. Maybe next time.

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

Only the rhythm games on iOS. Would give the others a shot if they were ever localized.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

I'm actually enjoying the second season of CG more than the original anim@s... :o

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

Mingosu! I watch her YouTube series where she plays video games. Don't you think Kurisu is pretty much Chihaya...?

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!
ふわふわふわふわ!!!
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: gioiadeasis on March 18, 2017, 07:12:43 AM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

I learned about it on a YouTube video showing 5 of the best concerts in anime. I did not watch it at first, but ended up doing so.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Currently, I'm playing Shiny Festa since I don't have a PS3 and I'm not even rich, but the controls are easy, so that will be my favorite game.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Takane! She's really a great, calm, collected and a bit of an airheaded person. The thing that made me fell in love with her was her normal voice and singing voice (Thank you, Yumi!) and her beauty.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

God, I have too many to choose, but currently, it would be Matane, my song, Kimi ga Erabu Michi, Sora, Yakusoku, Aoi Tori and M@STERPIECE because of the meanings behind them. (Please include Ai MUST GO! into the list.)

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

I love that there is a very diverse cast in the franchise. It shows different personalities and backgrounds that make THE IDOLM@STER unique.

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

I watched the anime over and over again and that's when I became a fan. Then watched the concerts via YouTube, played Shiny Festa, watched CG, and planning to watch SideM and Million Live once it's released.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

Haha. Unfortunately, I haven't been to one, but seeing Rie Kugimiya singing Matane at the IDOL WORLD 2015 concert made me cry. Also, Ai MUST GO! made me cry over and over and over again. I still can't believe we're graduating!

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

Unfortunately, I haven't been doing that yet since it's a Japanese-only game and I live in the Philippines.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

I have watched both of them, but the original series still holds it close to my heart. Watching CG, my favorites became Kirari and Anzu due to their opposing personalities.

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

Many! Especially Yumi Hara, Chiaki Takahashi, Rie Kugimiya, Akiko Hasegawa, Asami Imai, Rei Matsuzaki, Sora Amamiya, Momo Asakura (which was the reason I liked Twice because she has a namesake, namely Momo Irsai), Ayaka Ohashi...there's more!

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

IM@S IS LOVE, IM@S IS LIFE
Title: Re: Better know a Producer
Post by: scottyseng on April 06, 2017, 12:04:01 PM
1. How did you first learn about “The iDOLM@STER”? What were your first impressions?

A friend who also was a fan of Idol Master told me to go watch the anime. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't keen on it at first (Was used to the generic idol animes and left meh), but after getting through it, I fell in love with the characters.

2. Have you played any of the idolm@ster games? If so, which is your favorite?

Sadly no, I don't have a console or phone (woot, Windows Phone, RIP app support) that can run them. I think I would be terrible at playing too since I'm horrible at rhythm games.

3. Which idol is your favorite and why?

Very tough. My favorite would be Haruka. She's very bubbly and energetic. She also pretty much helped Chihaya a lot.

4. What is your favorite idolm@ster song and why?

I'm a fan of slow songs, so Asuza's "Tonari ni" is my favorite. I like how calming it is.

5. What’s your favorite aspect of the idolm@ster series?

I think it's got to be seeing the interactions between the characters. They don't feel fake or annoying. They genuinely grab my interest and I actually feel like watching them (I'm known to skim anime that doesn't hook me in 100%)

6. When and how did you become a “Producer”? That is, when did you consider yourself an idolm@ster fan?

Hmm, as soon as I made it half way through the anime...wow, it's been some time...like 2013? I can't remember exactly. I have to be thankful to my friend for pushing me to watch the series. I'm hooked for life now.

7. Have you ever been to an idolm@ster live concert? Please share your experience or any particularly special memories if so.

Sadly, no. I don't think I've been to a musical concert at all in general ($$$).

8. Do you play any of the mobile game series such as Cinderella Girls and Million Live?

Nope, no app support.

9. Have you watched the 2011 series or Cinderella Girls anime? If so, what are your thoughts?

Idolmaster - Great anime, love the interaction, and the way they handle the animation (Subtle touches like how the camera pans work / how the side characters react sell it).

Cinderella Girls - I'm not going to lie, I can't love this one as much as the main series. It kind of feels like a slightly poor rip off of the original. The Producer is the best thing ever though. He's so badass.
My two favorite girls are Uzuki and Rin, but that's about it...I didn't feel quite as much love from Cinderella girls as I did from the original idolmaster.
I also think there was a lack of tension? At least in the original idolmaster there was that one rival group that tried to fight with them.
Finally, not many of the backstories of the idols in Cinderella girls really grabbed my attention...nothing still can touch Chihaya's backstory for me

10. Do you have any favorite seiyuu related to the idolm@ster series?

I'm terrible with names so I sadly wouldn't remember any voice actors even if I tried...

11. Shout out your love about the idolm@ster series, say anything you’d like!

Recently got into buying Idolmaster figures, looking forward to the new Chihaya and Haruki figures, they look awesome. I currently have a few Uzuki and Rin figures.