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Title: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 04:46:57 am
From my previous topic:
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iDOLM@STER Neo Vision is my second-most recent idea. Beginning just a few weeks after the events in iM@S2, a new entertainment company, ZetaPro (consisting of a group of OC idols), seeks to rise to stardom from the depths of obscurity. However, a new unit known as NAZO has become the biggest national idol sensation in just a matter of weeks. Worst yet, they seem to show hostility towards ZetaPro. The young and talented musician/composer Kenji Kodou age 15 is appointed ZetaPro's new producer. As the idols rise in popularity, it becomes apparent that this journey isn't just about shooting for "top idol." Unity will once again become a big factor in this tale of laughs, hardships, coming-of-age, and, of course, fanservice.

Of course, the idols we all know and love (765pro and 876pro) will still be around and Kuroi still has some tricks up his sleeve. No mobile game idols though. Sorry to all you Cinderella Girls and Million Live fans out there...
Everything regarding Neo Vision will be posted in this new thread. To be honest, I'm not sure whether to make this a Powerpoint animation or just a fanfiction series written in a "script" kind of fashion. Still, I kind of want it to feel like the classic idol-raising sim game.

I'll start off with sketches and brief introductions of each character. I'll go into further detail about the storyline, characters, "gameplay," and each idol's Story Mode events in future posts.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 05:01:55 am
Kodō Kenji (虎堂賢治, age 15). The series' protagonist. He's a musically gifted young man who has achieved modest success as a composer and pianist. Over two years, he has provided the background music for a group of amateur singers. His leadership skills impress ZetaPro's president to the point of appointing Kenji as his producer, though there could be another reason why the president selected him. Normally, he is a dedicated, kind, caring individual, though his personality can alter a bit depending on the actions of the player.
Preferred VA: Tsubasa Yonaga
(https://scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1/1932224_10203249714306664_768647863_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 05:16:09 am
Shiranui Sakura (不知火さくら, age 15). ZetaPro's main heroine. Kenji's best friend since they were in Kindergarten. Inspired by Haruka to become a singer herself. Much like her biggest influence, she's cheerful, outgoing, a dedicated worker, very trendy, and seems to get along with anyone she meets (though she's not nearly as clumsy). Later, she attends karaoke nights, establishes and performs in Kenji's amateur group, and joins her school's choir to further develop her skills. Her dream is to one day sing professionally. Affectionately calls Kenji "Ken-kun," even as her producer.
A Jill-of-all-trades in terms of stats. Her focus changes with the trends. Character is very high due to her lasting friendship with Kenji.
Birthday: March 23 (Aries)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Karaoke, shopping
Image color: Red

Image song: My Sweet Heart (Tokyo Mew Mew)
Appeal element: Fire
Preferred VA: Kaori Ishihara
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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 05:29:29 am
Tendō Asuka (天道飛鳥, age 15). She and Sakura have been close friends since they were kids. In contrast to Sakura’s happy-go-lucky nature, Asuka is sweet, gentle, and kind, almost like a Yamato Nadeshiko, but she has a very weak constitution. With a beautiful singing voice and self-taught piano skills, she seems to have inherited some of her internationally-renowned father's musical abilities. She later becomes the second singer in Kenji's amateur group. Respectfully calls Kenji "Kodō-san," even as her producer.
Her stats are relatively middle-of-the-road with an emphasis in Vocal. High character due to her relationship with Kenji.
Birthday: February 4 (Aquarius)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Piano playing, cooking
Image color: Blue
Image song: Tori no Uta (Air)
Appeal element: Sky
Preferred VA: Yui Ogura

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Interesting note: Sakura was named Asuka Tendō during the first few months of Neo Vision's progress.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 05:47:17 am
Asō Mirai (麻生未来, age 14). Another main character. Although she's all-around happy and has a positive outlook on life, she essentially fails at everything she does, from classes to hobbies. Because of this, she is constantly mocked by her classmates and nagged by her parents and teachers. Naturally, when she tries out to become an idol, the judges were quick to reject her. However, one of the guest judges of the audition happened to be Sakura. Sensing something special about her singing, she introduces her to ZetaPro, who cautiously accepts her. Is she really a talentless, unlucky girl doomed to a life full of fail? Or could it be that she has yet to awaken her true potential?
She starts with piss-poor stats across the board, but as she levels up, her stat growth becomes exponential, higher than any other idol. Her appeal focus changes depending on her strongest stat. Character is on par with Sakura's due to her positive attitude.
Birthday: January 8 (Capricorn)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Nothing really comes to mind...
Image color: Gold
Image song: Purachina (Card Captor Sakura)
Appeal element: Life
Preferred VA: Rie Tanaka

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 06:11:51 am
Mitsurugi Jun (御剣純, age 15). The otaku of the group. Most of her time is spent playing video games and watching anime. She's especially fond of the mecha genre. She also has a bit of a humorous side to her, often making references to anime and video games just to brighten up the mood. While she appears to be an undisciplined slacker, she has a surprisingly good memory and can perfectly emulate anything she reads, watches, or plays. Although she seems to have little, if any, talent, she learned some of her dance moves by watching and studying videos on the Internet. She actually flatter than Chihaya, but she wears her pettanko badge with lots of pride. Her catchphrase is "Yoshaa!" which she shouts often when excited or victorious.
Her stats are relatively middle-of-the-road with an emphasis in Dance. High character due to her outgoing nature.
Birthday: December 12 (Sagittarius)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Video games, collecting mecha models
Image color: Silver
Image song: Rhythm Emotion (Gundam Wing)
Appeal element: Metal
Preferred VA: Junko Takeuchi

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Note: Those shoes that Jun is wearing with her gravure swimsuit? They're crocs.
Interesting note: There are rumors going around that she could be a descendant of the Mitsurugi from Soul Calibur.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 06:26:28 am
Minakami Megumi (水上恵, age 15). The Yukiho of the group. A cute and sweet girl, but is very timid, easily flustered, and has hardly any self-confidence. Her body is much more developed than many other girls her age (her bust size is almost on par with Miki's). Because of this, she’s very popular among boys in her school, but she is often too scared to go near them. She shows a passion for singing, but due to a past performance gone horribly wrong, she got stage fright and lost any confidence she had. Prior to becoming an idol, she had a habit of locking herself in a small, quiet room and sing along to her favorite CDs. A classmate of hers noticed her talents and tried to encourage her to become an idol, but Megumi refuses her request, claiming she will only be a flop. Then, one day, her classmate took her to see Yukiho in concert. Megumi could tell from Yukiho's vibes that she, too, was once as shy and scared as she is. Becoming an idol really helped change her. Plus, she enjoys singing anyway. Megumi reluctantly decides she might as well try to become an idol too. This way she can shed her shy nature (much like Yukiho did) and recover the confidence she had as a child.
Her stats are relatively middle-of-the-road with an emphasis in Visual. While her character is high, she can lose tension easily due to her timidness.
Birthday: March 15 (Pisces)
Blood type: B
Hobbies: Swimming, singing along to CDs
Image color: Aqua
Image song: Miracle Encore (Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekidou)
Appeal element: Water
Preferred VA: Yuko Gotou

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Interesting note: Megumi's namesake and personality were inspired by the fact that Yukiho was almost named Megumi during the development of the first iM@S game.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 03:24:34 pm
Uemura Nozomi (植村希, age 17). Personality-wise, Nozomi is like a cross between Chihaya and Ritsuko. She's all serious business, devoting most of her life towards music. However, she is a bit of a perfectionist and can become a control freak if things go awry. Even at a young age, she's established herself as a singing prodigy. Most of her free time is spent practicing or studying music theory and history. Many of her classmates and fellow choir members look up to her as a reliable leader who provides good advice and motivation to help them succeed. She became an idol in order to display her talents nationwide and to hopefully get accepted into an esteemed music conservatory. Julliard is her first choice.
She has a strong Vocal stat, but lacks Visual. Her character is so-so. She will lose tension on a Normal lesson due to her high standards.
Birthday: May 16 (Taurus)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Studying music theory and history, voice training
Image color: Green
Image song: Innocent starter (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)
Appeal element: Wood
Preferred VA: Nana Mizuki

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 12, 2014, 05:38:07 pm
I'm actually really liking these characters so far. I can tell you've put a lot of thought into their backgrounds, which is awesome, because without a well-thought-out background, characters are just...boring. I can see lots of cute and funny scenarios happening between them all!

I'm not sure whether to make this a Powerpoint animation or just a fanfiction series written in a "script" kind of fashion. Still, I kind of want it to feel like the classic idol-raising sim game.

I almost feel like a (to be read in a Dinosaur Office voice) PowerPoint presentation would be best if you want to make it kinda like a game...? But at the same time, maybe a fanfiction would be easier.
I'm not good at advice. But I would kinda like to see a (Dinosaur Office voice) PowerPoint presentation.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 06:13:40 pm
Thanks, Grace. I'm not finished yet, though. Some of their stories really come into play when selected as the unit's leader in Story Mode.

i.e. Sakura has a bad history with one of NAZO's members. She feels like she has to perform at her level in order to catch up with her and thus changes her styles of practice and performance entirely. Because of this, she begins to lose her appeal. Sakura almost quits her job, feeling like the gap between her and her rival is just too great, but with a little help from Kenji and Haruka, she regains inspiration and remembers why she wanted to be an idol in the first place...it's fun for her and loves bringing smiles to all who listen to her voice.

Asuka's weak constitution comes into play and challenges her career. NAZO's spiteful producer tries to take advantage of it.

Nozomi is at a different level than her partners. With the looming threat of NAZO, she starts to push them beyond their limits, believing them to be holding her back. However, everything changes when NAZO's leader tells her that she's the unit's weakest link. While this does shock her at first, she eventually accepts this and changes her style so that each member flows together perfectly.


Sorry if I spoiled anything, but I thought I'd give some examples. Stay tuned for more brief bios.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 06:28:33 pm
Kazama Mai (風間舞, age 16). A sporty tomboy with a fiery personality. Her mother was a professional dancer whose career came to an abrupt end after injuring her leg. She later died of a stroke when Mai was 6. With her dying wish, she wanted Mai to succeed her and become a big-time dancer. Mai didn't appreciate taking all those dance lessons at first, but this event was the spark that caused Mai to devote her life to dancing. She studied ballet, tap, and jazz and has done remarkably in several competitions. Believing the sky's the limit, she became an idol in order to further develop her talents as well as awaken several others she never knew she had. Originally born in Osaka, she speaks with a Kansai dialect. She sometimes has a tendency to perform high kicks and leaps onstage.
She has a strong Dance stat, but lacks Visual. Character is decent, but her tension drops significantly during a Bad result. Trust me, you don't want to piss her off.
Birthday: September 28 (Libra)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Competitive dancing, taking strolls
Image color: Sky Blue
Image song: Believe (One Piece)
Appeal element: Wind
Preferred VA: Kana Ueda

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Note: Mai wears tights and jazz shoes with her training clothes.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 12, 2014, 06:32:21 pm
Thanks, Grace. I'm not finished yet, though. Some of their stories really come into play when selected as the unit's leader in Story Mode.

I can see how that would be true, yeah. Still, even just in a brief bio I can start to get a feel for how the character is. My favorite part of any project/franchise is the characters. If the characters don't make me happy, I'm not gonna stick with it. And I'm already excited for this.
Which means now, you HAVE to do it.

Sorry if I spoiled anything, but I thought I'd give some examples. Stay tuned for more brief bios.

I don't really mind spoilers, so it's alright. It's awesome that you've already thought that far ahead and you haven't even started it yet. :D I like the existence of NAZO to serve as a whole rival agency like 961 was to 765. It provides a chance for the girls to grow and change. Which is always good.

Also, your sketches are cute. :)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 06:56:16 pm
Aida Momoko (愛田桃子, age 14). Moody, spoiled, and self-centered, she's pretty much teenage angst in a nutshell. She's a self-proclaimed "prettiest girl in all of Japan," has a naive view of love (she's very choosy about the boys she hangs out with), and would do almost anything to have her way. She's a HUGE fan of Miki and looks up to her as a role model, inspired by her beauty and her ability to succeed with very little effort. She hopes to one day become a big-time pretty idol much like Miki. However, beneath her strong side, Momoko has very low self-esteem and is disturbed by people who ignore her or don't notice her. All her life she did her best to make herself noticed from putting on private concerts to wearing seductive clothing, but still no one paid any attention to her. Sometimes, she'll even get clingy towards a boy she wants to talk with and will push anyone else aside. The real reason she became an idol was so that she could get people to notice her. Becoming popular might give her much-needed comfort. Momoko dyes her hair pink (she's really a brunette) in order to stand out from other idols. Her catchphrase is "No one's as pretty as me!" *giggle*
She has a strong Visual stat, but lacks Vocal. Character isn't too good due to her moody nature. Loses tension during Normal lessons because of her "I'm not going to lose" attitude.
Birthday: February 14 (Aquarius)
Blood type: B
Hobbies: Reading magazines, chatting with friends
Image color: Pink
Image song: Romeo to Cinderella (Vocaloid)
Appeal element: Heart
Preferred VA: Aoi Yuuki

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 07:14:01 pm
Tsukishiro Reika (月城麗華, age 18). Brought up into a life of luxury. She's elegant, kind, polite, and very respectful towards even people she doesn't know, but a bit naive due to little exposure from the outside world. Due to her father's interest in European cultures and history, Reika became interested in classical and opera music. He even taught her to sing and play the piano. He does, however, keep her inside his mansion at all times, not wishing to taint her with the evils of the outside world. ZetaPro's president discovered her talents one day, but her father would not allow her to become an idol. One night, Reika runs away and decides to become an idol anyway, seeing it as an opportunity for a life of adventure, discovering a world that has been hidden to her for years. Still, what is her father up to? Is he hiding something? Is it for her best interest? Like Takane, she speaks very formally using terms like watakushi. Calls Kenji "Producer-dono" out of respect.
She has a strong Vocal stat, but lacks Dance. Her tension changes either way are pretty even. While she has standards, she still deeply respects her producer.
Birthday: September 6 (Virgo)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Listening to classical and opera music, gardening
Image color: Purple
Image song: JEWEL (Dream C Club)
Appeal element: Moon
Preferred VA: Rina Satou

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 07:23:33 pm
Kasugano Hikari (春日野光, age 14). The tsundere of the group. Very energetic, but can get very sulky and tends to act before she thinks. Takes pride in her dancing skills acquired from participating in her school’s rhythmic gymnastics club and dance troupe. While she claims to have become an idol out of the thrill of the competition, she hides an inferiority complex. While her skills are decent, many of her teammates have advanced much further than her and often consider her a burden. Tends to hide this complex behind her stronger nature, not wanting other people to see her look so weak. She really became an idol in order to show people that she’s better than they give her credit for. Her catchphrase is "muguguu..." which she often utters when frustrated or simply angry. It's kind of like a growl.
She has a strong Dance stat, but lacks Vocal. Due to her tsundere nature, her tension tends to fluxuate. Loses tension during Normal lessons because she's not willing to lose.
Birthday: August 7 (Leo)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Rhythmic gymnastics, rhythm games
Image color: Chartreuse
Image song: Real (Dream C Club)
Appeal element: Light
Preferred VA: Ayana Taketatsu

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 12, 2014, 07:53:15 pm
Himi Shiori (氷見詩織, age 13). A quiet, enigmatic, almost emotionless girl. While she appears cold, she really has a caring nature. Growing up with a family of very traditional standards, she doesn't speak much at all and is very naive of most technology of the modern age. Instead, she's a very artistic girl who prefers to let her pen do most of the talking, writing poems and traditional Japanese artwork. With her beautiful, somewhat haunting looks and an icy, blank stare (that scares even NAZO), there are rumors going around that she could be a yuki-onna. She's often picked on in school for being "old-fashioned," unable to speak up, easily submissive, and even being a "monster." She becomes an idol in order to get in touch with a more modern form of art. Can an artist with almost no physical expressions really become an idol?
She has a strong Visual stat, but lacks Dance. Due to her somewhat emotionless nature, her tension changes are pretty small. She might not care, but you still want to give her some attention.
Birthday: December 31 (Capricorn)
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Poetry, origami
Image color: White
Image song: Eternal Snow (Full Moon o Sagashite)
Appeal element: Ice
Preferred VA: Kana Asumi

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Note: Shiori wears gray stockings in her casual outfit.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on February 12, 2014, 11:03:41 pm
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He looks like Ryo! :)

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Sakura looks like a chibi version of Haruka from Kimi ga nozomu eien :D

Asō Miku (麻生未来, age 14). Another main character. Although she's all-around happy and has a positive outlook on life, she essentially fails at everything she does, from classes to hobbies. Because of this, she is constantly mocked by her classmates and nagged by her parents and teachers. Naturally, when she tries out to become an idol, the judges were quick to reject her. However, one of the guest judges of the audition happened to be Sakura. Sensing something special about her singing, she introduces her to ZetaPro, who cautiously accepts her. Is she really a talentless, unlucky girl doomed to a life full of fail? Or could it be that she has yet to awaken her true potential?
She starts with piss-poor stats across the board, but as she levels up, her stat growth becomes exponential, higher than any other idol. Her appeal focus changes depending on her strongest stat. Character is on par with Sakura's due to her positive attitude.
Image color: Gold
Image song: Purachina (Card Captor Sakura)
Appeal element: Life
Preferred VA: Saki Fujita

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1/1911689_10203249719026782_1512042088_n.jpg)(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1/1800482_10203249719466793_482741999_n.jpg)(https://scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1604398_10203249718906779_1524284496_n.jpg)
Interesting note: She was originally named Mirai until a couple weeks after Million Live was released.

Miku-chan is so cute! ::) How such a cute girl can be so unlucky? :o I'm sure she has a talent and it's... being cute! ;) I also like the fact that her appeal element is Life. ;)

Mitsurugi Jun (御剣純, age 15). The otaku of the group. Most of her time is spent playing video games and watching anime. She's especially fond of the mecha genre. She also has a bit of a humorous side to her, often making references to anime and video games just to brighten up the mood. While she appears to be an undisciplined slacker, she has a surprisingly good memory and can perfectly emulate anything she reads, watches, or plays.

Add She is even huger fan of both Chihayas than Yukiho-Master and you will get me! 8)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 12:16:21 am
Igarashi Yoshino (五十嵐佳乃, age 12). One of ZetaPro's loli trio, I thought of making her a combination loli-meganekko. While she has a genius IQ, she's still very childish in nature. While she's easily excited, she gets so caught up in her happiness that she's prone to clumsy moments from forgetting to do something important (i.e. putting on a bra or her glasses) to simply tripping and falling over due to running around or leaping so much, dropping her glasses in the process. Why does Yoshino wear glasses anyway? Well, she was born with so-so eyesight at birth. Over the years, her vision kept getting worse and worse. If this continues and is not treated soon, it will eventually mature into full-on blindness. Now she's trying to quickly make money to pay for an operation to cure her eyesight. With a bit of karaoke experience under her belt, she figured becoming an idol might be the best choice because she wanted her job to be fun. Her catchphrase is "glasses...glasses...glasses..." which she often mutters to herself when she drops her glasses and she's feeling around the ground for them.
She has a decent Vocal stat, but the rest of her stats are pretty low. Worst Visual stat in the game. One of the best Character stats in the game, so it's very easy to manage her tension.
Birthday: June 11 (Gemini)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Mahjong, chess, card games
Image color: Lavender
Image song: Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario (Dream C Club)
Appeal element: Thunder
Preferred VA: Yukari Tamura

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Interesting note: Her image song was almost Little My Star from Makai Tenshi Jubril, but I thought the lyrics we a little too ecchi (especially for one of ZetaPro's loli trio) for a series like this. In her casual outfit, she wears shorts underneath her skirt.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on February 13, 2014, 12:55:52 am
Hey, Zeta. I'd just like to say this is a pretty interesting project you're working on. I like the designs, concepts, backstories, and personalities you give the characters. I also like the fact that you went with making it a "New Generation" type story which I feel is a lot easier to create your own lore while still keeping the standard Idolm@ster universe in mind going through with this. Hopefully this project expands to something bigger in the future.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 12:58:22 am
Tachibana Hinata (橘日向, age 12). The Yayoi of the group. Extremely hyper, friendly, and has loads of energy to burn, but she can't stay still for 5 seconds and has zero volume control. She's also very careless/carefree to the point where some people think she's just plain stupid. Sometimes, she'll just say something random out of the blue or during the worst possible moments. Hinata has one older brother, Hideo, who looks remarkably similar to Kenji. Later, we discover she actually has ADHD. Naturally, when she announced that she will become an idol in order to prove that even people with disabilities can become superstars too, her peers mocked her in disbelief. Hideo, however, supports everything she does, claiming no disability should hold her back. Still, she wants to keep her ADHD a secret from the public, fearing that her career would be ruined if the word spread. Tends to shout "Wahoo!" when excited, quoting her favorite character Klonoa. Often calls Kenji "Onii-chan" out of confusion between him and Hideo.
She has a decent Dance stat, but the rest of her stats are pretty low. Worst Vocal stat in the game. One of the best Character stats in the game, so it's very easy to manage her tension.
Birthday: April 9 (Aries)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Video games, soccer
Image color: Orange
Image song: LOVE SHINE (DDR)
Appeal element: Sun
Preferred VA: Hisayo Mochizuki

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 01:29:48 am
Hanasaki Emi (花咲笑美, age 10) ZetaPro's youngest idol. Playful, silly, and constantly smiling, she loves nothing than bringing smiles and laughter to everyone she entertains. She's got a comedic singing style all her own full of improvisation skills such as slurs, cutesy lyric altering, shouts, and sound effects. Still, she is just a child and will sometimes get pouty whenever she doesn't have her way, but tries to even make her pouts sound funny. Most of her influences came from her parents, both of whom are involved in comedy. She plans on becoming Japan's first "improv idol." With her unique singing style, can Emi become the entertainer she always wanted to be? Or will no one take her seriously, forcing her to unwillingly change her game plan for the sake of her fans? Emi uses very cutesy speech, sometimes using onomatopoeia instead of verbs. Because she thinks "producer" is hard to say, she nicknames Kenji "P-chan."
EDIT: I gave her two more tics. She speaks in the third person and has a distinctive laugh: "Kyahahahahaha!"
She has a decent Visual stat, but the rest of her stats are pretty low. Has the best Character in the game because it's almost impossible to get rid of her smile.
Birthday: July 25 (Leo)
Blood type: B
Hobbies: Blogging, comedy routines
Image color: Yellow
Image song: Oh! Mama Go To (Dream C Club)
Appeal element: Flower
Preferred VA: Haruko Momoi

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Note: Emi wears kneesocks with her casual outfit.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 05:25:03 am
Hijikata Chiyo (土方千代, age 20). A veteran idol who has been performing for five years. Cool, calm, and serious business, her years of experience have taught her just what it means to be an idol. Unfortunately, her career has been littered with several stumbling blocks ranging from selfish, incompetent production staffs to living in the shadows of 765 and 961. However, she did achieve decent success and a sizable fan base from her work as both an idol and a supermodel until her contract expired. Determined to shoot for the top no matter what it takes and aware of the company's reputation, she is quick to sign a contract with 961pro after reading Kuroi's ad in search for new talent. What could have been the motivation for her to shoot for the moon? It's almost like she's hiding something...
She has strong Dance and Vocal stats, but her Character is very low due to her high standards. Loses tension from Normal lessons AND communications.
Birthday: August 22 (Virgo)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Tennis, modeling
Image color: Brown
Image song: Koi no Yokushiryoku (Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker)
Appeal element: Earth
Preferred VA: Yuu Asakawa

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EDIT: I fixed her hair on her casual pic. I feel a lot better with this one.
Interesting note: Earlier in Chiyo's career, she wore her hair in twin drills similar to Kasane Teto.
Chiyo is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat Kuroi's unit during a forced Festival, then complete your leader's story. Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen defect from 961pro and join ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 05:47:27 am
Kuroba Hotaru (黒羽ほたる, age 17). Pretty much the Shikamaru of the group. She's easygoing, laid back, and somewhat lazy. She's shown to have incredible musical talent, but prefers not to develop her singing as she feels that all that practicing will just be a waste of time. Hotaru actually comes from a family of esteemed musicians. Her mother is an opera singer and her father is the concertmaster in a local symphony orchestra. Naturally, when they discover their daughter's hidden talent and that she does not wish to do anything with it, they resort to drastic measures. Knowing 961pro's reputation, they send her to Tokyo against her will to become an idol under Kuroi's wing. They will not allow her to return to Sapporo until she reaches the top. To make matters worse, they inform Kuroi of their decision, allowing him to use it as inspiration to get Hotaru off her butt. Will she succeed? Her catchphrase is "Jeez. What a pain."
She has strong Vocal and Visual stats, but her Character is very low due to her lack of motivation. Loses tension from Normal lessons AND communications.
Birthday: April 20 (Taurus)
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Bird watching, stargazing
Image color: Black
Image song: Don't Say Lazy (K-On!)
Appeal element: Darkness
Preferred VA: Miyuki Sawashiro

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Note: I'm not sure if they look that way or not, but in her training outfit pic, Hotaru is wearing spats.
Hotaru is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat Kuroi's unit during a forced Festival, then complete your leader's story. Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen defect from 961pro and join ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 06:27:21 am
Karen Hoshikawa (カレン・星河, age 15). Energetic, fashionable, and a bit flirty, she was born of a Japanese father and an American mother. Her mother was a Broadway performer who taught her how to sing and dance at a young age. Unfortunately, with her brighter skin, blonde hair, and baby blue eyes, she feels as though she can't fit in. Her reputation at school is rather mixed. On one side, her dazzling beauty and wardrobe have become very popular. On the other side, though, are the closed-minded anti-foreigners who ridicule her for her American blood. While she does get asked out often by boys, there is only one who really catches Karen's eye--her long-time classmate and childhood crush Seiya Oozora. She decides to become an idol in order win his heart, then confess to him at the peak of her popularity. Seeing that 961pro was searching for new talent, Karen immediately goes there to audition, where Kuroi is quick to accept her. Will her little love story come true? Or is there something she doesn't know that will change her plans entirely?
She has strong Visual and Dance. Her character is right around the middle, making her the easiest to manage among Kuroi's new unit in terms of tension.
Birthday: July 1 (Cancer)
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Travelling, shopping
Image color: Magenta
Image song: Seikan Hikou (Macross Frontier)
Appeal element: Star
Preferred VA: Yuka Iguchi

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Karen is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat Kuroi's unit during a forced Festival, then complete your leader's story. Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen defect from 961pro and join ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 06:40:46 pm
Shigure Setsuna (時雨刹那, age 19). Dark, cold, and suffering from a horrible childhood, Setsuna is the lone wolf of the group. She can also be downright rude at times, brushing anyone aside if she feels like they are getting in her way. When she was 5 years old, she was the sole survivor of a car accident that killed both of her parents. It was rumored that she was singing along to the radio just before the crash. As the incidents became more numerous, she gained an infamous reputation of having a "cursed" singing voice. She was even called the Siren because people who are drawn to her voice are often led to their deaths, much like the siren in mythology. Everyone avoided her in school and treated her like trash. Still, she enjoys singing. It's good stress relief for her. She often sings/practices by herself, choosing to follow her own methods. Despite her lack of professional training, her voice is just amazing. She decides to become an idol, wishing that people would appreciate her talents without all these superstitions going around.
Best Vocal stat (on par with Chihaya's), but worst Character stat in the game. Can easily lose about three times the tension she gains. Loses tension from Normal lessons AND communications. You'll have to be extra vigilant to keep her tension high, lest she drag the whole unit down with her.
Birthday: November 13 (Scorpio)
Blood type: AB
Hobbies: Singing to self, cooking
Image color: Indigo
Image song: Fukai Mori (Inuyasha)
Appeal element: Time
Preferred VA: Eri Kitamura

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Setsuna is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat her in a special Festival that becomes available after your first True Ending, then complete your leader's story. Setsuna will then sign a contract with ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 13, 2014, 06:47:21 pm
Shigure Setsuna (時雨刹那, age 19). Dark, cold, and suffering from a horrible childhood, Setsuna is the lone wolf of the group. She can also be downright rude at times, brushing anyone aside if she feels like they are getting in her way. When she was 5 years old, she was the sole survivor of a car accident that killed both of her parents. It was rumored that she was singing along to the radio just before the crash. As the incidents became more numerous, she gained an infamous reputation of having a "cursed" singing voice. She was even called the Siren because people who are drawn to her voice are often led to their deaths, much like the siren in mythology. Everyone avoided her in school and treated her like trash. Still, she enjoys singing. It's good stress relief for her. She often sings/practices by herself, choosing to follow her own methods. Despite her lack of professional training, her voice is just amazing. She decides to become an idol, wishing that people would appreciate her talents without all these superstitions going around.
Best Vocal stat (on par with Chihaya's, if not even higher), but worst Character stat in the game. Can easily lose about three times the tension she gains. Loses tension from Normal lessons AND communications. You'll have to be extra vigilant to keep her tension high, lest she drag the whole unit down with her.
Image color: Indigo
Image song: Fukai Mori (Inuyasha)
Appeal element: Time
Preferred VA: Eri Kitamura

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She's my favorite so far. Eri Kitamura's voice is from the heavens, I swear.

Ah, also, in iDOLM@STER 2, if I remember correctly Chihaya's Vocal stat is maxed out at 30. I'm pretty sure 30 is the highest it can get, right? So~, um...if I'm not mistaken, it'd be impossible for her to be higher than Chihaya, but on par with her makes perfect sense because Eri Kitamura's voice is perfect.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 09:56:14 pm
Ri Kotone (李琴音, age 16) Her real name is Li Qinyin, but everyone who reads her kanji pronounces it "Kotone." Born in China, raised in Japan, she is a very perky girl who loves to perform. Unfortunately, due to her past, she has developed kind of a hatred for men. When she was very young, she and her mother were heavily abused by her father. She soon fled to Japan along with her mother and grandmother so they wouldn't have to put up with him again. It also didn't help that some boys in her school bullied and harassed her because of her origin. Outside of school, Kotone works in her mother's tea house as a mascot girl and entertainment provider, ranging from spinning plates on sticks to simply singing or dancing. With quite a bit of performance experience under her belt, she decides to become an idol in order to promote her family's tea house. Will working with Kenji tell Kotone that men are not as evil as she's been told over the years? Being Chinese, she tends to use the suffix "-aru." Think of Hetalia's China.
Best Dance stat in the game, but Character is very low due to her distrust of Kenji.
Birthday: October 17 (Libra)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Preparing tea, stage shows
Image color: Crimson
Image song: DragonLady (Dream C Club GoGo)
Appeal element: Sound
Preferred VA: Saori Hayami

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Kotone is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat her in a special Festival that becomes available after your first True Ending, then complete your leader's story. Kotone will then sign a contract with ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on February 13, 2014, 10:24:51 pm
What a variety of characters to pick from! 8)
My favourites are Miku, Jun, Shiori, Emi, Hotaru, Karen and Setsuna, I'm looking forward to their stories! ;)

She's my favorite so far. Eri Kitamura's voice is from the heavens, I swear.

Same here. I wonder if Setsuna speaks in a Makoto-like voice.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 10:25:26 pm
Oh boy...here we go...

Kōsaka Kaori (香坂かおり, age 18). While she is easygoing and possesses king-size breasts goddess-like beauty, this creamy-blonde quarter-Russian is incredibly ditzy, stresses easily, prefers to go her own pace, and can never seem to get her head out of the clouds. Formerly worked as an idol for 573pro pronounced "KoNaMi". Unfortunately, her producers sought to promote her more for her sex appeal than her actual talent. Naturally, when her strict mother got word of this, she immediately revoked her contract and sued 573pro for a tidy sum. Wishing that her daughter be more ladylike, she refuses to allow Kaori to work as an idol again. Still, she really enjoyed idol life, watching her fellow idols perform. She now seeks to start from square one with a new agency, hoping it would help her construct her future. Sure her 573 name was cleared, but will her past come back to bite her? Her voice is very similar to Plutia (from Neptunia). Her catchphrase is "Uwaao!" which she utters whenever shocked or stressed out.
Best Visual stat, but worst Dance stat in the game. Character is low due to the fact that she stresses very easily.
Birthday: March 3 (Pisces)
Blood type: B
Hobbies: Going to the spa, blowing bubbles
Image color: Peach
Image song: Toki no Kakera (Dream C Club)
Image song with 573pro: Ikenai Lip Stick (Dream C Club)
Appeal element: Aroma
Preferred VA: Hitomi Harada

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Note: While wearing her training outfit, she will zip up her jacket for auditions.
Interesting note: Kaori is really meant to be a walking, talking Konami reference. A few of her communication events contain references to Konami games. In fact, she's actually based on the final "boss" from Sexy Parodius (who shares her name)
Kaori is unavailable at the start of the game. She must be unlocked in Story Mode. Defeat her in a special Festival that becomes available after your first True Ending, then complete your leader's story. Kaori will then sign a contract with ZetaPro, becoming fully produce-able.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2014, 10:28:29 pm
Same here. I wonder if Setsuna speaks in a Makoto-like voice.

Yeah, Setsuna does have a deep voice akin to Ms. Heero Yuy XenoMakoto. I was actually more inspired by Kitamura's work as Homura from Senran Kagura, who also has a pretty deep voice. Still, that doesn't mean I forgot about the many high-pitched voice girls she has voiced (including Uni from Neptunia). She's very versatile. I love her singing voice too. Can you imagine her singing Fukai Mori?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on February 13, 2014, 10:44:49 pm
Yeah, Setsuna does have a deep voice akin to Ms. Heero Yuy XenoMakoto. I was actually more inspired by Kitamura's work as Homura from Senran Kagura, who also has a pretty deep voice. Still, that doesn't mean I forgot about the many high-pitched voice girls she has voiced (including Uni from Neptunia). She's very versatile. I love her singing voice too. Can you imagine her singing Fukai Mori?

No, I can't because I don't know this song. But I've remembered Mayoi no mori by ARTERY VEIN. It is a slow and sad song. Mingosu sang few lines and was mostly back vocal, so it almost felt like Kitaeri's solo.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 13, 2014, 11:25:19 pm
Yeah, Setsuna does have a deep voice akin to Ms. Heero Yuy XenoMakoto. I was actually more inspired by Kitamura's work as Homura from Senran Kagura, who also has a pretty deep voice. Still, that doesn't mean I forgot about the many high-pitched voice girls she has voiced (including Uni from Neptunia). She's very versatile. I love her singing voice too. Can you imagine her singing Fukai Mori?

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY HUMAN BEING ALIVE THAT ACTUALLY LIKED THAT GAME. Except so far, I've only seen the anime. I plan on getting Senran Kagura Burst for my 3DS. Mostly so I can play as Hikage, because Hikage is awesome.

Aaaanyways.
I love Eri Kitamura's voice work. She's so talented. Adult men, adult women, little boys, teenaged boys, teenaged girls, little girls, little girls that transform into adult men...wait, what? She's never done that, but I'll bet she could.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 03:11:18 am
Hang tight. Three more to go.

Busujima Ryōko (毒島亮子, age 19). The bokukko of the group. Has a heart of gold despite her brash demeanor and rebellious looks. Her father is the lead guitarist in a popular rock band called Cobra. Inspired by his accomplishments, she hopes to one day become a big rock star too. Growing up in a very rock-centered household, she developed a boyish, brash, punk-ish personality. Most of her free time is spent practicing on her guitar and honing her singing voice. While she became pretty skilled over the years, many amateur bands would not accept her, mainly because she was a girl. She even tried giving her hair a boyish cut and spiking it to appear more like a rebel, but it still wasn't enough. ZetaPro's president discovers her talents and offers her a chance to become an idol. While she's initially reluctant due to her lack of feminine charm, she later accepts the offer, thinking it would be a good stepping stone in her path to the world of rock. Usually speaks with masculine pronouns such as "boku" and "kimi." Sometimes uses the suffix "-ssu," a punkish version of "desu." This is the Prinny's tic in Japanese-language Disgaea.
Good Vocal stat. Dance and Visual are pretty even.
Birthday: October 30 (Scorpio)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Playing guitar
Image color: Forest Green
Image song: Crow Song (Angel Beats)
Appeal element: Poison
Preferred VA: Kaori Mizuhashi

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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 03:42:52 am
Isshiki Nagisa (一色渚, age 13). An energetic and sporty half-Brazilian originally from Hiroshima. Financially troubled and hounded by dirty-minded men, her mother stowed away on a plane and fled to Japan. There, she met a kind young gentleman who admired her for the person she was. Shortly after they got married and gave birth to Nagisa, the Japanese found out that her mother did not have proper papers and came to the country illegally. Anti-immigration activists contacted authorities, who immediately arrested her and had her deported back to Brazil. Her caring husband tried her best to stop them, but angry activists beat him to death. Since baby Nagisa was legalized as a Japanese citizen, she was sent to the orphanage, where she has been living ever since. Despite her hardships, though, she remains an all-around happy girl who loves to dance. Admiring their moves and colorful gear, she joins her school's cheer squad. One day, her eyes lit up upon seeing Hibiki in concert. Amazed by her talent, she made it a goal to become an idol herself. She eventually does, with a primary goal to raise enough money to bring her mother back to Japan.
Good Dance stat. Vocal and Visual are pretty even.
Birthday: June 29 (Cancer)
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Cheerleading, going to the beach
Image color: Cream
Image song: YAHHO!! (Kanamemo)
Appeal element: Color
Preferred VA: Chiwa Saitou

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Note: Nagisa's necklace is adorned with a seashell.
Interesting note: Nagisa was inspired after I watched a report on CNN regarding Japan deporting illegal immigrants from Brazil.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 04:12:43 am
Jingūji Tamaki (神宮寺珠姫, age 16). Strong-willed, hot-blooded, and a bit boy-crazy, she comes from a long line of miko in her family. However, she scorns her traditional lifestyle, devotes her time to becoming a pop star, browses the Internet often, and flirts with any strapping young man that enters the shrine. She's head-over-heels for Jupiter, mainly because she thinks they're gorgeous. To get noticed by them, she decided to become an utaite, where she gained modest popularity. Unfortunately, her father caught on to her plans and hastily deleted her NicoNico account and trashed her laptop. Not only does he want her to pass on the family's traditions to her next of kin, but he fears that a love life like hers can only lead to prostitution. Tamaki angrily runs away, looking for a talent agency to accept her as an idol. Her ultimate goal: get noticed by Jupiter and maybe even win a boyfriend.
Good Visual stat. Vocal and Dance are pretty even.
Birthday: November 26 (Sagittarius)
Blood type: A
Hobbies: "Utattemita" song covers, browsing the Internet
Image color: Cobalt Blue
Image song: Re-sublimity (Kannazuki no Miko)
Appeal element: Spirit
Preferred VA: Nao Touyama

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Whew! Finally done with ZetaPro's idols. Next I will introduce Kenji's assistant, the president, and NAZO.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 06:33:08 pm
And now, introducing...dun-dun-dunnn...the rival faction NAZO of RyuuseiPro!
Group image song: God knows... (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu)

Ryūzaki Yamato (龍崎大和, age 16). NAZO's producer and the game's primary antagonist. He and Kenji have been rivals since they were children. In terms of musical talent, they are both pretty evenly matched. Competitions between the two either went one way or the other. However, growing up in a life of luxury shaped him into an elitist who flaunts his wealth and social status. To him, money is power. Real talent comes from the elite. Only the upper class is destined by God to thrive, while the inferior lower class are just insects serving as mere stepping stones for the success of the upper class. He essentially buys his way into RyuuseiPro, becoming its producer, forming the super-sensation known as NAZO, and changing the company's name from 流星 (falling star) to 龍星 (dragon star) (nevertheless, the name stayed the same). His goal is to turn RyuuseiPro into a bureaucracy and take over the entertainment world, buying out all the companies he sees potential in while destroying middle-class, low-budget or privately-owned companies, believing they shell out garbage, hire whoever they can with no regards for talent, and are all-in-all disgraces to the entertainment industry. In his eyes, RyuuseiPro will be the only company people look towards for their entertainment. He heavily disrespects his idols' fans, believing them to be simple-minded idiots who will listen to anything catchy (no matter how trashy) and only serve as an idol's worth. He's willing to crush his foes by any means necessary, even resorting to dirty methods if need be.

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT FOR THE MAIN STORY AHEAD! SCROLL OVER AT YOUR OWN RISK! Yamato was originally selected as ZetaPro's producer. However, he was disgusted by his father's methods of running the company and began to take matters into his own hands. Overpaying/bribing the idols he sees real talent in while paying zero attention to the "worthless" others, selecting songs of his choice without the idols' consent, bribing radio stations to play their music, etc. The president dismissed him, not wishing his company to gain power Yamato's way. Yamato angrily defects to RyuuseiPro and forms NAZO, buying out the most talented girls he can find. He continues to utilize his questionable methods, pays them like the New York Yankees, buys them the most expensive outfits out there, and gives them flashy routines to hypnotize the crowd. In just two weeks after their debut, their song God knows... made it to #1 on the charts. As ZetaPro begins to become more popular, he notices that his biggest rival has become the new producer. Jealous and infuriated, claiming his father has become crazy and Kenji is just low-class scum who only achieved success through sheer dumb luck, he is now determined to destroy ZetaPro once and for all...even if it means cheating. Over the course of each idol's story, he bribes spies and gossip magazine panelists to discover the weaknesses of Kenji's unit and use them to his advantage.
Preferred VA: Mamoru Miyano
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 14, 2014, 07:16:48 pm
I gotta say, I actually really like Nagisa. Her story makes sense, you know? Even if it's still ever-so-slightly outlandish? Like, maybe not likely, but totally realistic. I just like her.

Having Chiwa Saito as a voice actress helps. Yay Anita!
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 07:57:14 pm
Now for NAZO's members.

Ichimonji Kagura (一文字神楽, age 16). NAZO's vocal master and leader. A nationally-acclaimed diva, she has performed in Tokyo Dome at the age of 8, became a guest singer for esteemed instrumental ensembles, won dozens of leading roles with her theater group, and became the student leader in two school choirs. Personality-wise, though, she's overly serious, strict, critical, and unforgiving. While she is confident about her talents, she still practices constantly. Unfortunately, her overly-proud musically gifted parents abuse her in order to promote her talents and uphold the honor of her family's legacy. Because of this, she's always too concerned with appeasing the "needs" of her parents. Kagura and Sakura have known each other since middle school. Kagura often criticizes Sakura, claiming that she doesn't take her singing seriously enough and is just a burden to her. According to Kagura, If Sakura just sings because it's fun, she will never be able to perform at her level. Much like Sakura is with Kenji, Kagura has been a longtime friend of Yamato, often performing together in talent competitions. Her extreme dedication for Yamato and desire to please her parents causes her to immediately accept her invitation to NAZO.
Image song: Koi wa Sensou (Vocaloid)
Preferred VA: Kaori Shimizu
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Nikaidō Maya (二階堂魔夜, age 15). NAZO's dance master. Like the other members of NAZO, she attained incredible success and popularity as a child. She won several international dancing competitions, sometimes even outscoring adult competitors. In no time, almost everyone in the dance world knew her name. It's even rumored that she's a genius of dance, mastering nearly every dance style possible. Unfortunately, she grew up in a very bad neighborhood littered with crime. Both of her parents died after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang war. That didn't stop her, though, as she ignored the bad influences around her and kept on dancing. She's actually the most respectable member of NAZO. With a positive nature, a good heart, and a strong determination, she enjoys the thrill of the competition, respecting people with skills equal to hers. Maya accepts Yamato's offer to join NAZO, eager to search for worthy opponents to face. She actually respects ZetaPro, treating them more like just rivals rather than enemies.
Image song: FREEDOM (BeForU)
Preferred VA: Ami Koshimizu
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Saegusa Himeko (三枝姫子, age 15) NAZO's visual master. Her real name is Alice Treyton. Himeko is just her self-appointed Japanese name. The daughter of a pair of wealthy British entrepreneurs. She's the "spoiled rich girl" type who flaunts her wealth, has a bratty personality, wears elegant clothes even while out on the town (though sometimes she will wear more revealing clothes and the most expensive makeup on the market to stand out), and essentially believes she can use money to always have her way. Her life's goal can't be any simpler...become world-famous. Over her youth, she rose as a child star, winning several beauty pageants and singing contests and has been offered to model the newest fashions. Still, she tends to use her pompous nature to hide a slight complex. Being a full-blooded Brit in Japan, she feels a little insecure about her origins and fears it may be difficult for someone like her to fit in. Aware of her success and desire for super stardom, Yamato offers her a spot in NAZO, claiming that she will be able to attain the fame she desires and earn more than even her parents would ever offer her. She eagerly accepts. No surprise. Her tic is a Noblewoman's Laugh, similar to Naga from Slayers. O~hohoho!
Image song: Kocchi Muite Baby (Vocaloid)
Preferred VA: Yukana Nogami
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Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 14, 2014, 09:03:39 pm
Hey, Zeta. I'd just like to say this is a pretty interesting project you're working on. I like the designs, concepts, backstories, and personalities you give the characters. I also like the fact that you went with making it a "New Generation" type story which I feel is a lot easier to create your own lore while still keeping the standard Idolm@ster universe in mind going through with this. Hopefully this project expands to something bigger in the future.

Sorry about the late reply. I felt like I had to prioritize all those bios.

Thanks a lot! :D Yeah, it does feel like a kind of New Generation story, just with a different company and taking place shortly after the events in iM@S2. 765, 876, and 961 will also be involved, but more as NPCs. I'm really looking forward to expanding it too. Do you have any favorites so far?
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Post by: MetalPredat0r on February 14, 2014, 10:37:02 pm
I'd have to say Nagisa, Kotone, and Setsuna have certainly won me over the most with their backstories alone. I never expected these complex of backstories, but they work really well. Good luck on your project, Zeta.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 15, 2014, 04:29:55 am
Now for a pair of important supporting characters.

Ōtori Kaito (鳳カイト, age 25). A laid-back singer-songwriter. He has known Kenji from competing against him in talent competitions a few times. He became good friends with Kenji, admiring and respecting his talents and aspirations. When Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka were performing together in their amateur group, he offers them a ride to their destination in his van. After Kenji becomes a producer, he hires Kaito as his assistant, as he is still too young to drive the idols to work and back. While his knowledge of the idol world is pretty limited, he will do everything he can to support his friends.
Preferred VA: Shinichiro Miki
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Ryūzaki Yashiro (龍崎社, age 39). The kind-hearted president of ZetaPro. He knows the true meaning of talent and is very choosy about the people who work for him, idols or producers. For the past decade, he has made quite a living and excellent reputation as a producer and talent scout. The idols who worked for him, backed by his kindness and support, became very successful. Two years ago, he retired as a producer. While he has earned enough money to set himself and his family for life, he used some of it to open his own production company--ZetaPro. During the events in iM@S SP, he travels Japan looking for gifted girls with the potential to become idols.

During the events in iM@S2, he appoints his gifted son, Yamato, as the agency's producer. However, he was dissatisfied with the way Yamato wanted to run the company, so he relieved him of his position, causing his angry son to defect to RyuuseiPro.

Just about a week after last year's IA ceremonies end, he appears undercover at a mall in Yokohama, where he witnesses Kenji's amateur song-and-dance group performing in a talent competition. He was amazed at what he saw--Kenji and the girls were in such perfect unison, it is almost as if they are talking to each other through their minds. He scouts the girls and offers them a chance to become full-fledged idols. After Sakura and Asuka successfully pass their auditions to become ZetaPro idols, he decides to surprise them by offering Kenji the chance to become his producer.

The president knew of Kenji before these events, back when Kenji and Yamato used to compete against each other. With musical talent as strong as his son's and with the gift to unite with his friends in an unbreakable bond, he knows Kenji is perhaps the only person who can defeat NAZO and put an end to his son's madness. Early on, he keeps it a secret from Kenji so as not to put an unnecessary burden on him. However, as ZetaPro's idols rise in popularity and NAZO begins to show more and more hostility toward them, his secret cannot be kept for long.

Preferred VA: Tomokazu Sugita
Note: Like any other iM@S president, we only see him as a silhouette. He is supposed to look similar to Prof. Oak.
Interesting note: I named him Yashiro because its kanji is used in "shachou"/company president (社長).
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 15, 2014, 06:06:42 am
I'm actually thinking of changing Tamaki's image song. Should I keep it as is (Oversoul from Shaman King)? Or, being that she's a miko, how about Re-sublimity from Kannazuki no Miko?

EDIT: I ultimately decided on Re-sublimity. The lyrics bring her back to her days as an utaite.
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Post by: liza94 on February 15, 2014, 05:26:55 pm
Ichimonji Kagura (一文字神楽, age 16). NAZO's vocal master and leader. A nationally-acclaimed diva, she has performed in Tokyo Dome at the age of 8, became a guest singer for esteemed instrumental ensembles, won dozens of leading roles with her theater group, and became the student leader in two school choirs. Personality-wise, though, she's overly serious, strict, critical, and unforgiving. While she is confident about her talents, she still practices constantly. Unfortunately, her overly-proud parents took advantage of her talents, beginning to abuse her and use her as a tool to earn more money for the family. Because of this, she's always too concerned with appeasing the "needs" of her parents. Kagura and Sakura have known each other since middle school. Kagura often criticizes Sakura, claiming that she doesn't take her singing seriously enough and is just a burden to her. According to Kagura, If Sakura just sings because it's fun, she will never be able to perform at her level. Much like Sakura is with Kenji, Kagura has been a longtime friend of Yamato, often performing together in talent competitions. Her extreme dedication for Yamato and desire to please her parents causes her to immediately accept her invitation to NAZO.
Image song: Northern Cross (Macross Frontier)
Preferred VA: Kaori Shimizu
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Now I understand why you bold VAs!
I wonder what is her attitude towards Karen?

A message to all my favourites: Your fight ends here. All of you have reached your limit. Everyone but Chihaya, GIVE UP.

Nikaidō Maya (二階堂魔夜, age 15). NAZO's dance master. Like the other members of NAZO, she attained incredible success and popularity as a child. She won several international dancing competitions, sometimes even outscoring adult competitors. In no time, almost everyone in the dance world knew her name. It's even rumored that she's a genius of dance, mastering nearly every dance style possible. Unfortunately, she grew up in a very bad neighborhood littered with crime. Both of her parents died after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang war. That didn't stop her, though, as she ignored the bad influences around her and kept on dancing. She's actually the most respectable member of NAZO. With a positive nature, a good heart, and a strong determination, she enjoys the thrill of the competition, respecting people with skills equal to hers. Maya accepts Yamato's offer to join NAZO, eager to search for worthy opponents to face. She actually respects ZetaPro, treating them more like just rivals rather than enemies.
Image song: World's End Dance Hall (Vocaloid)
Preferred VA: Ami Koshimizu
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Maya reminds me of Saya, the character from Lemon Angel Project, who is also voiced by Ami Koshimizu.

I don't like Himeko, by the way.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 15, 2014, 06:05:19 pm
Now I understand why you bold VAs!
I wonder what is her attitude towards Karen?

A message to all my favourites: Your fight ends here. All of you have reached your limit. Everyone but Chihaya, GIVE UP.

Maya reminds me of Saya, the character from Lemon Angel Project, who is also voiced by Ami Koshimizu.

I don't like Himeko, by the way.

I figured you'd react to Kagura's VA selection. To be honest, Karen's main rival is Himeko, who mocks her for being a "half-breed" and threatens to steal Seiya away from her, claiming she's prettier than Karen ever will be.

Much like Yamato, Himeko is pretty much meant to be a rival players will just hate to pieces (but in-game fans adore to pieces). In TV Tropes terms, she's a definite "Rich B*tch." I gave her Tron Bonne's VA actually.
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Post by: liza94 on February 15, 2014, 06:28:57 pm
Much like Yamato, Himeko is pretty much meant to be a rival players will just hate to pieces (but in-game fans adore to pieces). In TV Tropes terms, she's a definite "Rich B*tch." I gave her Tron Bonne's VA actually.

But Yamato is voiced by Mamoru Miyano, so he has a small chance of my liking and I don't know Himeko's VA. :)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 16, 2014, 06:48:51 pm
Okay, so with all these new faces appearing...
What's going on with 765Pro, 876Pro, 961Pro, and Jupiter in Neo Vision?

After 765Pro's idols swept the IA Awards and Ryūgū Komachi won the IU championship, the company rose to legendary status. Job offers and concert opportunities appeared left and right, they debuted new songs, their joint New Year's Concert was a smashing success, and even got to participate in an island resort festival. Still, several changes have been made. After the company's former producer left for Hollywood to begin his new career, President Takagi is quick to hire a new one (Broducer). He's got a tough task ahead of him, managing the careers of nine successful idols soon to be six and competing with the new national sensation NAZO. Their goal this year is to re-enter the IU and see if they can reclaim the crown they won two years ago. Their group image song this year is We Have A Dream.

Ryūgū Komachi has gotten its swagger back after defeating the team that knocked them out of the running for the IA to win last year's IU. Now they're preparing to enter the tournament again to defend their title. However, along with NAZO, a new branch unit within their own company appears to challenge them. They will continue to use SMOKY THRILL and Nana Iro Button as their primary songs.

To serve as a counter to Ryūgū Komachi, Project Fairy is reborn under 765's name. Their producer is none other than 765Pro's shy desk clerk Kotori Otonashi! Fed up with always being the one left behind, she decides to come out of her shell and become a producer herself...wishing to follow the career of her former fellow office clerk Ritsuko. Miki is appointed the leader due to bad blood between her and Iori, though she's a little distraught from having to be separated from her new "honey." In no time at all, they have achieved success and popularity greater than they ever have under 961Pro. Their goal this year is to enter the IU and take the crown away from Ryūgū Komachi so that Kotori can prove she can be just as useful and successful as Ritsuko. Their primary songs are Overmaster and Kyun! Vampire Girl.

After defecting from 961Pro, Jupiter is back and has returned to success as freelance idols until they are bought out by RyuuseiPro. Alice or Guilty and Koi wo Hajimeyou are still their primary songs. Their goal this year is to have their desired rematch against 765Pro.

At 876Pro, President Ishikawa has recently decided to debut all three idols as a unit, seeing how most of their recent success came from solo careers. Will Ai, Eri, and Ryo be able to discover the power of unity and compete at 765's level? Their group song is "HELLO!!"

Kuroi may have lost Jupiter, but he still has some tricks up his sleeve to once again wage war against 765Pro. He scouts Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen and trains/promotes/lies to them like he did before. Their group song is Koi no Yokushiryoku Chiyo's image song. Just about two months after NAZO debuted and swept the nation, they challenge and utterly destroy 961Pro in a Festival. Yamato even torments Kuroi, mocking his company's so-called "reputation" and calling him a has-been. Surprisingly, despite 961's policies, Kuroi doesn't fire his unit, calling it sheer dumb idiot luck, losing to the new super-sensation.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 16, 2014, 06:53:25 pm
Yamato is voiced by Mamoru Miyano

Yeah, I had Light Yagami in mind while picking Yamato's VA.

I don't know Himeko's VA. :)

She was Tron Bonne in Megaman Legends. Her overconfidence and that O~hohohoho laugh (her taunt in Marvel vs. Capcom) sold me.
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Post by: MetalPredat0r on February 16, 2014, 07:18:27 pm
These seem like notable evolutions for all the characters. I also like the fact that you worked the anime's Producer into this whole thing while still keeping the game's Producer in mind.

Also, I love how you and I have the same feeling that Kotori should have more recognition and screentime. Having her as a Producer works and should be the gateway to giving her actual screentime outside of tutorials and Drama CDs! :3!
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 17, 2014, 04:56:21 am
Gonna pop back in and say my favorites were Setsuna, Nagisa, Jun, Asuka, Mai, Shiori, I have a lot of favorites, Yoshino, and Ryoko. And Hotaru.
Great goodness, who am I kidding, I love them all. No joke.

Looking forward to more updates if they come! And I love how you've come up with something for all the agencies we know and love to be doing while this goes on.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 17, 2014, 05:35:18 am
Expect some art updates in the future. I'm looking to redo Chiyo's casual outfit artwork as I kind of botched her hair in that one. Also, I plan to give Tamaki a different hairstyle as her ponytail looks too much like Shiori's.

Gonna pop back in and say my favorites were Setsuna, Nagisa, Jun, Asuka, Mai, Shiori, I have a lot of favorites, Yoshino, and Ryoko. And Hotaru.
Great goodness, who am I kidding, I love them all. No joke.

Looking forward to more updates if they come! And I love how you've come up with something for all the agencies we know and love to be doing while this goes on.

Thanks! Glad you like them. I wanted 765, 876, Jupiter, and Kuroi to be involved with some of the characters. For example...

As a kid, Sakura was inspired by Haruka to become a singer. Also, during her story, Kenji calls Haruka to help give Sakura a pep talk after she almost quits her career due to fear of the gap between her and Kagura.
Momoko is heavily influenced by Miki, even wearing a wardrobe similar to hers.
Kuroi produces Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen for a while.
Ryoko gets some tips from Makoto in how to be more girly.
Nagisa was inspired by one of Hibiki's performances.
Tamaki fangirls rabidly over Jupiter and has known Eri during her years as a net idol.

Once I get the artwork updated, I will get into the metaphysical aspects of the series including gameplay, each idol's stats, Burst Appeals, a list of songs.
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Post by: liza94 on February 17, 2014, 03:25:00 pm
Yeah, I had Light Yagami in mind while picking Yamato's VA.

I thought about Rintaro Okabe from Steins;Gate and Aoi Kaji from La cordo d'oro.

Once I get the artwork updated, I will get into the metaphysical aspects of the series including gameplay, each idol's stats, Burst Appeals, a list of songs.

Will you write fanfictions about your characters?
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 17, 2014, 05:53:42 pm
I eventually will get around to fanfics, mainly regarding Story Mode events and each idol's personal Story Mode events. I will also include an origin story for Kenji and how he was selected as the producer at such a young age. However, there will also be some special interactions between the units' members to increase their Support Rank (kind of like Fire Emblem).
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 17, 2014, 06:20:00 pm
Thanks! Glad you like them. I wanted 765, 876, Jupiter, and Kuroi to be involved with some of the characters. For example...

As a kid, Sakura was inspired by Haruka to become a singer. Also, during her story, Kenji calls Haruka to help give Sakura a pep talk after she almost quits her career due to fear of the gap between her and Kagura.
Momoko is heavily influenced by Miki, even wearing a wardrobe similar to hers.
Kuroi produces Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen for a while.
Ryoko gets some tips from Makoto in how to be more girly.
Nagisa was inspired by one of Hibiki's performances.
Tamaki fangirls rabidly over Jupiter and has known Eri during her years as a net idol.

Good luck with that.

But seriously, I really appreciate how much thought you've put into these characters and their stories. It shows that you care about these characters. And when people care about their characters, the characters are well-rounded and lovable. And that really matters to an author-in-training like me whose favorite part of every book is the lovable characters.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 17, 2014, 11:16:45 pm
Some art updates have just been made! Check back on Chiyo's bio for fixed-up casual outfit artwork, Shiori's bio for another potential image song, and Tamaki's bio for an updated hairstyle.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 17, 2014, 11:34:37 pm
I added another tic for Emi. I've made a list of Emi's nicknames for the other idols.

Kenji ==> P-chan
Sakura ==> Cherry-chan (Sakura = cherry blossom)
Asuka ==> Sugar-chan (due to a mispronunciation of her name)
Miku ==> Shippai-chan (due to her constant failures) or Kin-chan (because gold is her primary color)
Jun ==> IdolSilver (a tokusatsu parody name)
Megumi ==> Naki-chan (because she cries quite a bit)
Nozomi ==> Uta-chan (because of her singing talent) or Midori-chan (because green is her primary color)
Mai ==> Odo-chan (because she loves to dance)
Momoko ==> Momo-chan (because pink is her primary color)
Reika ==> Ohime-sama (because of her regal princess-like aura)
Hikari ==> Tsun-chan (due to her tsundere nature)
Shiori ==> Shizu-chan (because she's so quiet)
Yoshino ==> Megane-chan (because of her glasses)
Hinata ==> Sunny-chan (because of her "sunny" nature)
Chiyo ==> Dori-chan (due to her hair drills)
Hotaru ==> Yasumi-chan (because she's lazy/rests all the time)
Karen ==> Ameri-chan (due to her American blood)
Setsuna ==> Kana-chan (because she's just so sad all the time)
Kotone ==> Aru-chan (because she's Chinese)
Kaori ==> Oppai-chan (because of...well, yeah.)
Ryoko ==> Guitar-chan (because she sees her playing the guitar on her spare time)
Nagisa ==> Kohaku-chan (because of her amber-colored skin)
Tamaki ==> Miko-chan (for obvious reasons)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 18, 2014, 05:49:59 pm
Now for a list of songs you can choose from in Neo Vision! I will put each song's primary stat boost in parentheses.

Available from the start
Unlockable songs
DLC songs (so far)
Unplayable songs
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on February 18, 2014, 05:54:54 pm
kind of like Fire Emblem

What is it?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 18, 2014, 06:19:15 pm
What is it?

A Nintendo strategy RPG. You may have seen Marth, Roy, and Ike in Super Smash Bros? That's their main series.

As for Support Ranks, in Fire Emblem, if two units with high Support Ranks are next to each other, they get stat bonuses (i.e. stronger attacks). The usual way to increase Support Ranks is to make two compatible units stand next to each other as the player's turn ends. If they do this enough times, a Support conversation becomes available. Watch them bond, then their Support Rank increases.

In Neo Vision, if the idols do enough work together (i.e. lessons, auditions, lives, and festivals), the leader can unlock conversations to bond with her partners. As they bond, they can further their strengths or improve their weaknesses, boosting their ability to defend against rival appeals. For example, Momoko can chat with Megumi to improve her Visual even further or with someone like Asuka to gain some much-needed Vocal.

Okay, I'll admit it. One of Mitsuki's ideas inspired me to add Support Conversations.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 18, 2014, 08:06:39 pm
I like the collection of songs involved. All the ones I know are really great songs. I like the thought of involving some Dream Club songs too. Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario is one of my personal favorites~.

edeN (Dance) Best Shiny Festa song. Period.

Why, yes. Yes it is.

I love all the Shiny Festa songs. They're great.
But edeN is still the best.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 18, 2014, 10:00:07 pm
Thanks. I wanted to combine iM@S's best songs with some new ones. Most of the songs available at the start are image songs, including Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario, Yoshino's image song.

Yoshino's image song was almost Little My Star from Makai Tenshi Djibril, but one, I couldn't find a decent translation, and two, I did see one translation and feared the lyrics sounded a little too ecchi, especially for a 12-year-old. I mean, "launch your rocket into my sky?" ??? Then again, Djibril was a straight-up hentai anyway, so go figure...

I actually thought about making Reika's image song JEWEL for a while, but lyric translations were pretty scarce. I ultimately decided on Towa no Hana from Ai Yori Aoshi, mainly because flowers connect to an important part in her story.

I do plan to add some more DLC songs in the future. A few Project Diva songs to start.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 18, 2014, 10:16:57 pm
I knew Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario was someone's image song, but I couldn't seem to remember whose...

Oh, ecchi songs...what's sad is that those kinds of songs often end up being the most catchy songs around. Like gosh darned Virgin Load.

JEWEL is one of my other favorite Dream Club songs, along with Paradise! and Real. Maybe it can make an appearance as a DLC song? I mean, I'm sure you could find a decent translation somewhere, and it feels almost like a waste to let such a good song go un-included just because of scare translations. But I can understand why you wouldn't want to leave it as an image song.

If you include Meltdown, I'll be your new best friend.
VOCALOID has some great songs. A shame some of the best ones are either really pervy, really weird, or really creepy. I'm looking at you, Seven Deadly Sins songs.
Also, Eh? Ah, Sou... and Uraomote Lovers... I should stop before I go off on a rant.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 18, 2014, 10:48:13 pm
I knew Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario was someone's image song, but I couldn't seem to remember whose...

It was Mio's, the green-haired Ritsuko. Did you know she was voiced by Eri Kitamura? I picked Hanbun wa Mama no Scenario because I thought it was fitting for a genius loli meganekko like Yoshino--smart, but cute at the same time.

Kaori actually has performed both of Rui's songs (the highly suggestive Ikenai Lip Stick was her main song as a 573Pro idol...but remember, this was back in the day when she was promoted more as a sex symbol than an idol). I think I'm going to pick Toki no Kakera as her main song over Balalaika. It fits her easygoing take-things-at-my-own-pace nature.

I just updated the song list with a couple of Dream Club DLC songs for the three main characters.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 18, 2014, 10:58:35 pm
It was Mio's, the green-haired Ritsuko. Did you know she was voiced by Eri Kitamura?

Oh yeah! I did know she was voiced by Eri Kitamua, it's part of her talent as a voice actress~...actually, a lot of the Dream Club cast was very talented. Like Hitomi Harada as Rui.

Speaking of Rui, I've never looked at the English lyrics of Ikenai Lip Stick, so I didn't realize it was so suggestive...huh. But it's interesting that you mention that since Kaori and Rui share a voice actress. Did you do that on purpose? :) It totally fits.

I noticed Paradise is included this time. I love that song, it's so upbeat and catchy.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 18, 2014, 11:05:24 pm
Kaori and Rui share a voice actress. Did you do that on purpose? :) It totally fits.

Almost. I wanted to give Kaori a Plutia-esque voice while speaking (lethargic and extremely ditzy). But since Kana Hanazawa was essentially "taken," I figured Hitomi Harada would be the next best choice. She did voice Airi in the Cinderella Master CDs (she's kind of a ditz herself). Kaori's singing voice is more like Airi's rather than taking Rui's more mature approach.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 18, 2014, 11:29:17 pm
Since Kana Hanazawa was essentially "taken," I figured Hitomi Harada would be the next best choice.

It makes me sad how some of the best voice actors are already "taken". Oh well. I stole Haruka Tomatsu anyways since her Ai voice is VERY different from her, say, Asuna voice, especially when you compare Hanamaru to Independent Destiny.

Anyways!
I don't think I know who Plutia is, but I can totally understand that feeling of wanting the voice to match the character perfectly. I can picture Kaori speaking in Hitomi Harada's voice.
Except sometimes I think of Asuka from Senran Kagura when I hear Hitomi Harada.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on February 19, 2014, 12:34:41 am
I forgot to add Kagura to the list of my favourites! ;D  Good luck with this project, ZetaFlare!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 19, 2014, 01:14:27 am
I forgot to add Kagura to the list of my favourites! ;D

Let me guess why...ooh, this is going to be a tough one... ;)
Thanks! Stay tuned, though, as I'm still working on metaphysical aspects, a rundown on Story Mode events, and continue to add DLC songs to the list.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 20, 2014, 04:24:53 am
Now for a lowdown on each character's Stats. Support refers to Support Rank. As the idol bonds with her partners, she grants stat bonuses. Strategies can be pretty important in selecting your units because, like in iM@S2, you're locked into producing a 3-idol unit during Story Mode.

Ten appeals are performed during Burst Appeals.  (Vocal-Dance-Visual).

火 Sakura's stats
If Vocal is the current trend:
Vocal: 6
Dance: 5
Visual: 4
Character: 8
Burst Appeal: (4-3-3)
If Dance is the current trend:
Vocal: 4
Dance: 6
Visual: 5
Character: 8
Burst Appeal: (3-4-3)
If Visual is the current trend:
Vocal: 4
Dance: 5
Visual: 6
Character: 8
Burst Appeal: (3-3-4)

Support: Boosts all stats.

生 Miku's stats
Vocal: 2
Dance: 2
Visual: 2
Character: 8
Burst Appeal: (4-3-3 if strongest stat is Vocal, 3-4-3 if strongest stat is Dance, 3-3-4 if strongest stat is Visual)
Support: Boosts all stats, but gives Miku some extra stats as well, adding to her potential.

NOTE: Miku has the largest stat growth among all the idols. She can easily go from 2 to 8 as she levels up.

天 Asuka's stats
Vocal: 6
Dance: 4
Visual: 5
Character: 8
Burst Appeal: (4-3-3)
Support: Boosts Vocal. Slightly boosts Dance and Visual.

金 Jun's stats
Vocal: 5
Dance: 6
Visual: 4
Character: 7
Burst Appeal: (3-4-3)
Support: Boosts Dance. Slightly boosts Vocal and Visual.

水 Megumi's stats
Vocal: 5
Dance: 4
Visual: 6
Character: 7
Burst Appeal: (3-3-4)
Support: Boosts Visual. Slightly boosts Vocal and Dance.

木 Nozomi's stats
Vocal: 9
Dance: 5
Visual: 2
Character: 3
Burst Appeal: (5-3-2)
Support: Sharply boosts Vocal.

風 Mai's stats
Vocal: 4
Dance: 9
Visual: 3
Character: 5
Burst Appeal: (3-5-2)
Support: Sharply boosts Dance.

心 Momoko's stats
Vocal: 2
Dance: 5
Visual: 8
Character: 4
Burst Appeal: (2-3-5)
Support: Sharply boosts Visual.

月 Reika's stats
Vocal: 8
Dance: 3
Visual: 5
Character: 5
Burst Appeal: (5-2-3)
Support: Sharply boosts Vocal.

光 Hikari's stats
Vocal: 2
Dance: 8
Visual: 5
Character: 3
Burst Appeal: (2-5-3)
Support: Sharply boosts Dance.

氷 Shiori's stats
Vocal: 5
Dance: 2
Visual: 9
Character: 4
Burst Appeal: (3-2-5)
Support: Sharply boosts Visual.

雷 Yoshino's stats
Vocal: 4
Dance: 3
Visual: 1
Character: 9
Burst Appeal: (4-3-3)
Support: Boosts Vocal and restores tension.

日 Hinata's stats
Vocal: 1
Dance: 4
Visual: 3
Character: 9
Burst Appeal: (3-4-3)
Support: Boosts Dance and restores tension.

花 Emi's stats
Vocal: 2
Dance: 2
Visual: 4
Character: 10
Burst Appeal: (3-3-4)
Support: Boosts Visual and restores tension.

毒 Ryoko's stats
Vocal: 7
Dance: 4
Visual: 4
Character: 6
Burst Appeal: (4-3-3)
Support: Boosts Vocal. Slightly boosts Dance and Visual.

色 Nagisa's stats
Vocal: 3
Dance: 7
Visual: 4
Character: 7
Burst Appeal: (3-4-3)
Support: Boosts Dance. Slightly boosts Vocal and Visual.

霊 Tamaki's stats
Vocal: 4
Dance: 4
Visual: 7
Character: 6
Burst Appeal: (3-3-4)
Support: Boosts Visual. Slightly boosts Vocal and Dance.

土 Chiyo's stats
Vocal: 8
Dance: 9
Visual: 3
Character: 2
Burst Appeal: (4-4-2)
Support: Decently boosts Vocal and Dance.

闇 Hotaru's stats
Vocal: 9
Dance: 3
Visual: 8
Character: 2
Burst Appeal: (4-2-4)
Support: Decently boosts Vocal and Visual.

星 Karen's stats
Vocal: 3
Dance: 7
Visual: 8
Character: 5
Burst Appeal: (2-4-4)
Support: Decently boosts Dance and Visual.

時 Setsuna's stats
Vocal: 10
Dance: 5
Visual: 4
Character: 1
Burst Appeal: (6-2-2)
Support: Sharply boosts Vocal. Restores Setsuna's tension.

音 Kotone's stats
Vocal: 4
Dance: 10
Visual: 5
Character: 2
Burst Appeal: (2-6-2)
Support: Sharply boosts Dance. Restores Kotone's tension.

香 Kaori's stats
Vocal: 6
Dance: 1
Visual: 10
Character: 2
Burst Appeal: (2-2-6)
Support: Sharply boosts Visual. Restores Kaori's tension.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 20, 2014, 04:41:47 am
I've got it! After kind of an off-day for me, I'm going to get started on a rundown of the primary events during Story Mode. Then, I will get started on an origin story for Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka. Stay tuned!

Plus, I've added Jibun REST@RT to the list of DLC songs.

Changed Maya's image song too.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 20, 2014, 08:32:38 pm
You've put in so much work, it's like we're watching a game get developed right before our eyes. You guys who do this are so cool. (Meaning you, ninjamitsuki, and MetalPredat0r.)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 21, 2014, 05:03:22 pm
Check back on the song list. I added four unlockable songs from Dearly Stars as well as a list of unplayable songs that only rivals can perform.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 21, 2014, 08:15:50 pm
Check back on the song list. I added four unlockable songs from Dearly Stars as well as a list of unplayable songs that only rivals can perform.

DEARLY STARS SONGS ARE AWESOME OKAY LET'S GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY.

But yeah. I like the idea of rival-only songs. I guess the original game did that with Jupiter, didn't they? And maybe Ryuuguu Komachi...? I haven't played 2 so I'm not sure.

But yeah! I like the new songs. :D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 22, 2014, 12:20:08 am
Become a top idol! Story Mode, start!

In this “game,” the year is divided into four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each season has 13 weeks. Some special events occur only during certain seasons. An example of the display for the week would be “Spring 1,” the first week of spring.

Each day is divided into three time slots.
Lessons take one time slot. Hard lessons take two.
Promotions (communication events) take two time slots.
Auditions, concerts, and festivals take three time slots.

Lessons function like they have in iM@S2: Voice, Dance, and Expression.
Auditions function like they have in iM@S1.
Concerts and festivals function like they have in iM@S2.

Communication results
Perfect: Tension up, gain 5 memories
Good: Tension up, gain 2 memories
Normal: Gain 1 memory
Bad: Tension down

It takes 5 memories to perform one Memory Appeal. You can hold a maximum of 25 memories at a time.

Week 1: Meet Your Leader

Kenji is on his way to the office of ZetaPro to begin his first day of work as a producer. He feels excited, but a little nervous at the same time. On your first playthrough, Kenji will pass by one of the idol candidates along the way. This is meant to be a slight introduction in terms of the girl’s personality and interests.

Kenji arrives at the production building, where he is greeted by the President. The President was once a very successful producer back in the day and he knows just how difficult the job can be. However, he is willing to aid Kenji and teach him everything he knows. Kenji’s job is, of course, to produce an idol from one of ZetaPro’s candidates and guide them through the path to stardom. Cue the Character Select screen. Kenji can now choose one idol candidate to produce. The President then sends Kenji off to meet the candidate he has chosen.

Kenji meets his selected candidate and tells her that the President has appointed him to be the producer in charge of her. This means she can make her national debut and become a full-fledged idol. She will aim to appear on TV two weeks from today.

Kenji then sets up a meeting with his new idol to get acquainted with her and to hopefully leave a good impression on her.

Kenji can then use the rest of the day to set up a Lesson of his choice to get ready for the upcoming audition. This will give her enough experience to Level Up.

Week 2: The Unit is Complete

As Kenji returns for his second day, he’s in for shocking news. The President informs him that the idol he just selected to produce is going to be the leader of a 3-idol unit. Trios are all the rage these days, so Kenji will need to form a trio of his own to be able to compete. Plus, it will give the girls an opportunity to bond and discover incredible potential they never knew they had. Since the company is still relatively small, all of the candidates are acquainted with each other in some way, which really helps. Kenji realizes his job has been made three times more difficult, but he knows the President has faith in him and is not willing to let him down. Cue the Character Select screen. Kenji now chooses two more idol candidates to accompany the girl he met last week. The girls then meet their leader and their producer and have a little chat.

Kenji must now name his unit and give them an outfit and a song to use for their debut.

The President still knows Kenji is a little too young to drive the girls to work and back. He hires an assistant for him who will be in charge of driving the group and technical/mechanical support. Turns out it is Kenji’s friendly rival and singer-songwriter Kaito! Kaito is thrilled and is looking forward to working with Kenji. Maybe this might be the inspiration for a new song.

To prepare for the unit’s debut next week, Kenji sets up two Lessons. Not only will the unit be able to hone their skills for next week, but it allows them to bond a little. Two lessons will probably be enough to get the unit’s other members to Level Up. Everyone should be at least at Level 2 by now.

Week 3: The Big Debut

This is the day that Kenji’s unit will audition to appear on TV and make their national debut. Kaito drives the group to a TV studio in the Capital Region known for introducing fledgling idols. After the girls leave a good impression on the judge and have a quick pep talk with Kenji, they head out to audition.

AUDITION: Debut (forced win)
This is pretty much a gimme. It’s designed to teach the gist and strategies in auditions. Even if you’re not essentially perfect, you’ll still win.

Congratulations on your successful debut! You are now Rank F idols!

That evening, after Kenji and the girls return to the office, the President is watching the National Top 50 on TV. Everyone is surprised to see a new face in the #1 spot: NAZO, an idol unit that has only debuted two weeks ago. All three of their members have acquired national recognition since their childhood and their song God knows… became a major hit. Kenji’s idols are amazed by the performance. Hopefully, if they all work hard enough, they might one day be able to be as successful as them. Kenji would like that too, but he wants to focus on the present. Start small and work up. You have to start at the bottom before you can make it to the top.

Still, the President looks concerned…
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 22, 2014, 12:26:03 am
I'm thinking about giving NAZO two more songs. How does Tengaku and Koi wa Sensou (both Vocaloid) sound?

But yeah. I like the idea of rival-only songs. I guess the original game did that with Jupiter, didn't they? And maybe Ryuuguu Komachi...? I haven't played 2 so I'm not sure.

SMOKY THRILL and Nana Iro Button (PS3 version only) are both unlockable in iM@S2. In SP, Overmaster was originally unselectable until it was released as a DLC song.

Stay tuned for Rank F events in Story Mode!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 22, 2014, 12:32:32 am
I made a few changes to Nagisa. Her appeal element has changed to Color and her family name is now Isshiki (一色). I figured I'd pick color over sand.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 22, 2014, 01:02:56 am
SMOKY THRILL and Nana Iro Button (PS3 version only) are both unlockable in iM@S2. In SP, Overmaster was originally unselectable until it was released as a DLC song.

Stay tuned for Rank F events in Story Mode!

I remember Overmaster is locked in Perfect Sun until you unlock Hibiki in Office mode.

So it's really just Jupiter that has unplayable songs? Hm. Well, I'm still excited to see the rest of this. :)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 22, 2014, 06:26:40 am
RANK F - Let's Be Idols!

Now that the girls have made their national debut and have become full-fledged idols, Kenji can now produce his unit as he chooses. Lessons to boost their skills, Promotions to gain memories, and Auditions and Live Concerts to boost their publicity and fan count.

As the idols gain more fans, almost enough to reach Rank E, the President decides it’s finally time to let Kenji’s group perform in their first festival. There’s a position open in the White Lotus Festival, where several up-and-coming idols go to perform. Kenji and the President both think it’s a perfect start. The White Lotus Festival gathers people from all over Japan. Perhaps an event like this could lead to even greater publicity and more potential fans.

As the unit arrives at the White Lotus stage for the event to begin, they run into the second group of idols who will perform at the festival: Ai, Eri, and Ryo of 876Pro. While they have gained modest popularity through their solo careers, they’ve only just begun working as a unit. Kenji figures a unit like them will be a decent test of his idols’ training up to this point. Still, they are very friendly and wish Kenji’s unit good luck. After a little cheer, Kenji’s idols take the stage.

FESTIVAL: White Lotus vs 876Pro - "HELLO!!"
This is pretty much meant to be an introduction to Festival gameplay. Ai, Eri, and Ryo will mix up their appeals or go for the current trend, so be ready to defend against anything. Use Memory Appeals to get your Voltage up quickly in order to perform your Burst Appeals. Just because this Fes is easily won doesn’t mean it can be lost. Just perform your best like you would do at a live concert and you’ll do just fine. If you’re playing in Hyper difficulty, 876Pro will become more aggressive with their appeals and target your unit’s weakness. Whatever your unit’s lowest stat is where they will focus their appeals. If your unit is pretty balanced, they will focus on the current trend for bonus points.
You must win this battle to advance the story!
Ai appeals to Vocal
Eri appeals to Visual
Ryo appeals to Dance

Both performances went over well, but ZetaPro was able draw in the bigger audience. Kenji’s unit celebrates their first successful festival performance. Kenji then goes over to comfort Ai after she bursts into tears from the loss.

That evening, the President saw the girls on the news today. They did a phenomenal job. Now for even better news: their performance at the White Lotus Festival gained them enough fans to reach Rank E! This means they will get more job offers and performance opportunities. However, while Kaito is sifting through the mail, he finds an anonymous red letter with a dragon motif. An anonymous writer threatens ZetaPro to disband their unit, saying they are disgraces to the idol world. The idols get a little worried, but Kenji figures it’s probably just blind hate mail from people just trying to get attention. With the mood brightening up once again, the idols head home for the week, eagerly anticipating the new jobs they’ll receive.

Was this angry letter just from a troll? Or is somebody really out to get them?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 23, 2014, 06:06:47 am
Update made! Miku-chan's VA has changed to Hisako Kanemoto (Nonono in Dream C Club, Yayoi in Smile PreCure)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 23, 2014, 09:48:43 pm
Update made! Miku-chan's VA has changed to Hisako Kanemoto (Nonono in Dream C Club, Yayoi in Smile PreCure)

Nonono is awesome. I've never watched PreCure (I want to though, one day) though. But yeah, I can imagine Miku singing like Nonono.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 23, 2014, 10:56:38 pm
RANK E – The Invincible Rival

Kenji and his idol unit continue their work as before. This time, more job offers and new festivals become available to them. He might also be able to trigger some special events with his leader to bond and learn a little more about her (these events are required if you’re shooting for the True Ending).

As the girls gain enough fans to reach Rank D, the President finds an opening at the upcoming Sunny Beach Festival. According to the listings, 765Pro has been scheduled to perform there. If Kenji’s idols can perform well against them, their national awareness will increase significantly. The girls are fired up for next week. Just as they take their leave for the week, a couple of shady figures appear to have been eavesdropping on their conversation. They seek to put their plan into motion next week…

On the week of the festival, Kenji is in for a big surprise. Just before his unit arrived at the venue, 765Pro’s time slot was bought out by another idol. The staff does apologize for the sudden change, but ZetaPro will have to perform against this idol instead. Kagura, Maya, or Himeko will show up depending on your unit’s leader. Kenji wishes her good luck, but she claims she doesn’t need luck as the winner of this competition has already been decided (Maya, however, only wishes for a good challenge). Kenji and the idols get a mysterious and powerful vibe from this girl. Still, they really want to get out there and perform their hardest—harder than ever before.

FESTIVAL: Sunny Beach vs. Kagura/Maya/Himeko – Koi wa Sensou/FREEDOM/Kocchi Muite Baby
NAZO’s solo idol is just too powerful to be beaten at this stage of the game. She’ll pile on the points, Memory Appeals, and Burst Appeals like crazy and will likely cause several accidents among your unit.
Much like the first festival against Ryuuguu Komachi in iM@S2, this is a forced loss. Even if you do manage to score enough to defeat her, it still counts as a loss. This loss causes your unit’s tension to drop to dangerous levels.

After ZetaPro’s humiliating loss, their opponent comes along to rub it in their face. Kagura claims they are not taking their jobs seriously, thinking this is just a game. Himeko sees them as lowly “peons” who don’t stand a chance against perfect “royalty” like her. Maya is only disappointed from the lack of a good challenge. According to their producer, it doesn’t really help that Kenji is an incompetent fool who only got this far out of sheer luck. In order to prevent even further humiliation, she demands they disband their unit, claiming them to be complete disgraces as idols. Otherwise, she will come back and crush their unit even harder than before. After the girl leaves, Kenji recalls what she says—it was probably this girl who sent that red letter ZetaPro received not too long ago. Kenji and the idols disappointedly return to the office.

The President is not surprised with the idols’ loss today. It turns out their opponent is actually a member of NAZO. No wonder they couldn’t win. It soon becomes apparent that the morale of the idols is dangerously low, from low self-esteem to arguments to falling-outs. It takes a bit of effort, but Kenji manages to calm his unit down. Just forget about this loss and move on. The idols feel a bit better, but are still a bit depressed as they leave for the week.

That night, Kagura/Maya/Himeko is seen chatting with a mysterious figure, who is apparently NAZO’s producer. He congratulates his idol on a job well done as always. He’s now convinced that he is rid of that “low-class scum.”

Kenji’s really in a jam now. How will he be able to help the idols bounce back? Will he be able to fix their broken bonds? What does NAZO have against ZetaPro? Will Kenji have to face NAZO again?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 24, 2014, 06:47:40 am
RANK D – A Black Omen

After the morale of Kenji’s unit takes a critical blow upon losing single-handedly to a member of NAZO, they manage to turn around in a couple of weeks. It only took the idols a couple of successful performances, lessons, and promotional events to get their enthusiasm back. As they become more and more active in the entertainment world, they feel as though they’ve gotten so much better in such a little amount of time. Was it really from all that practice? Or is there something more? The girls eventually become a hit all across Japan. Soon, they obtain enough of a fan base to achieve Rank C.

That night after the unit’s promotion to Rank C, the President receives a mysterious letter. It’s a writ of challenge from 961Pro! Kuroi meant to demand a showdown between 765Pro and his new unit at the upcoming Black Pearl Festival in order to prove which company is superior once and for all. According to him, these idols make even Jupiter look like amateurs. Unfortunately, the writ was accidentally delivered to ZetaPro instead. Still, the President of ZetaPro believes that the letter was intended for them. Kenji and the idols are a little scared, knowing 961Pro’s reputation for producing some of the finest talent in the market. Still, they are ready to meet the challenge next week.

One week later, Kenji’s group arrives at the Black Pearl stage and faces their opponents: Chiyo Tsuchiya, Hotaru Kuroba, and Karen Hoshikawa (though Kuroi has to wake up Hotaru and drag her over to the stage). As Kuroi turns to welcome them, he’s surprised and infuriated that a group of “nobodies” shows up in place of 765Pro. Still, he takes advantage of the situation, wishing to make an example out of ZetaPro and intimidate 765Pro. Kuroi tells his idols that they don’t have to use their full power against these “small fries.” Kenji warns him not to underestimate his opponents, but Kuroi laughs at him, claiming that’s what they all say. Feeling positive that his idols have this match in the bag, he leaves them behind to work on more “important matters.” Chiyo is pretty confident that her group will be able to win without his help. According to Kuroi, all producers are a hindrance to idols, only wishing to fulfill their selfish desires…a painful reminder of how Chiyo was treated by her production staff earlier in her career. Kenji knows it’s going to be tough, but his idols know they have him backing them up. After a pep talk and a cheer, the idols take the stage.

FESTIVAL: Black Pearl vs. 961Pro – Koi no Yokushiryoku
This unit is tough, but not unbeatable. All three members have two specialties they can appeal to. The veteran Chiyo will probably end up doing most of the appeals. A good combination of high levels/stats, a high memory count (for Memory Appeals), the best costume and accessories you can find, and a song that fits the trend will help give you an edge. Strategically time your biggest appeals. Victory may come down to whoever can perform the most Burst Appeals.
Win or lose, the story advances.

Somehow, Kenji’s unit is victorious! Kuroi returns to pick up Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen only to find out they just lost. He then begins to scold them harshly and poke at their weak points. “Chiyo-san, if you perform like that all the time, now I can see why your career never took off. What if Takuma-san was to see you humiliated like that to a bunch of weaklings?” “Hotaru-chan, need I remind you that you’re forbidden from going back home until you become a superstar?” “Karen-chan, what if Seiya-kun saw your horrible performance today?” Kuroi threatens to fire them should they lose like this again. He takes them back to his van and informs them that not only will they be working overtime on their lessons, but they will be doing it without meals or breaks.

Kenji has had it. He snaps at Kuroi, sick of how he treats his idols like tools. What kind of manager leaves his idols to fend for themselves like wild animals? The reason his unit lost is because not only does Kenji support his idols through thick and thin, but they support each other too. Kuroi grows tired of the charade and drives off with his idols back to the 961Pro building. Kenji tries to go after him, but his idols and Kaito help calm him down. Kenji apologizes. Everyone heads back to the office.

That night after Kenji heads home, he meets Chiyo on a stone bridge. Chiyo knows he is the same producer from the festival and actually expected him to come by. She couldn’t believe he was standing up to her even though they were from rival companies. Kenji apologizes for snapping at her president, but he just couldn’t stand seeing him treat her like a tool. Kuroi was just frustrated after his idols were completely destroyed by NAZO not too long ago. The fact their producer rubbed it in their face and called Kuroi a has-been just added salt to the wound. Chiyo thanks him graciously. All her life, she thought producers were incompetent people and she didn’t need one to be successful. Her experience today made her change her outlook on producers. With that, the two of them head back home for the night.

One week later, the President has a special announcement: ZetaPro has just signed three more idols! Inspired by Kenji’s recent actions, Chiyo, Karen, and (with a little coaxing) Hotaru have terminated their own contracts with 961Pro and have been accepted into ZetaPro with open arms.

Congratulations! You have unlocked Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen as fully-playable characters!

If you do lose the festival against 961Pro, the story just goes on. No tension is lost, though…961Pro is a tough opponent after all. However, you will lose your chance to unlock Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen until your next Story Mode playthrough.

NOTE: I do want to have Kuroi say “Muda muda muda muda” during this event (remember that Takahito Koyasu also voices Dio in the new JoJo anime and All-Star Battle).
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 24, 2014, 06:26:58 pm
Rank D – Challenge of Dragon (after unlocking Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen)

The Rank D events during “A Black Omen” are the same.”

However, once Kenji’s unit reaches Rank C, ZetaPro gets a letter from Ritsuko. She’s heard the news about a young producer who helped guide his idol unit to modest success. She wants to test his skills as a producer against Ryuuguu Komachi at the upcoming Fujisan Rock Festival, one of their favorite festivals to attend. Kenji and the idols know this will be a tough match against the current IU champions, but he accepts the challenge, not willing to disappoint a fellow producer.

On the week of the festival, Kenji’s unit meets Ryuuguu Komachi. However, Azusa is missing. She got the street names confused and got lost along the way (Doesn’t she always?). With time running out, Kenji and Kaito offer to give her a lift to the venue. After receiving her whereabouts via Ritsuko’s cell phone, they pick up Azusa, who thanks them profusely.

Ritsuko scolds Azusa for almost causing RK to miss their performance, but thanks Kenji for his help. Iori is still pretty skeptical about Kenji, claiming that he’s way too young to be a producer. She then asks Kenji’s idols if he has touched them inappropriately or asked them to do anything dirty. The idols defend him, saying he is very generous and that he knows what he’s doing. His guidance is part of the reason why they are so successful right now. Ritsuko wants to believe this too, which is why she wanted to test Kenji’s skills in the first place. ZetaPro wishes them good luck. After a quick cheer, Kenji’s group takes the stage.

FESTIVAL: Fujisan Rock vs. Ryuuguu Komachi – SMOKY THRILL
No surprise that this will be a difficult showdown against the current IU champs, especially if your unit has a particularly weak Visual stat. Iori will probably wind up doing most of the appeals. However, if your unit’s Dance stat is pretty bad, Ami will do some appealing too. Try focusing on Vocal appeals, since this is their worst combined stat. Keep up the appeals and try to prevent Iori from activating too many Burst Appeals and you should be just fine.
You must win this festival to advance the story!

Ritsuko is amazed and impressed. Never before has she seen such a strong sense of unity, even among 765Pro’s idols. Everyone’s parts flow together so perfectly. It’s as if Kenji and his idols are talking to each other through their minds. She then goes over to Kenji and congratulates him on a job well done. Not only was his unit’s performance so special, but he helped out Azusa earlier that day. Even at his age, he truly has the makings of a perfect producer. Kenji does tell her that ZetaPro’s president Yashiro Ryuuzaki taught him the ropes. Ritsuko knows that name too well—President Ryuuzaki was a legendary producer back in his time. All the idols who worked under him became smash hits. He is renowned for his generosity and skill. No wonder his apprentice has become so successful. Iori angrily interrupts, claiming Ryuuguu Komachi was just holding back a little on them. Had they been putting out all the stops, ZetaPro wouldn’t have stood a chance. Ritsuko calms her down, claiming her loss was fair and square. Kenji adds that Ryuuguu Komachi is an amazing unit worthy of their success. One little loss won’t hurt them at all. In fact, he’s a big fan of theirs himself. Iori blushes a little…but still claims he’s only saying that to make her happy. 765Pro’s branch unit takes off, but Ami stays behind. She thinks Kenji is pretty cute and tries to flirt with him, but Ritsuko calls her back to the van, wishing to treat the unit to dinner. Ami is shocked and hurries back to the van. With that, ZetaPro returns to the office.

NOTE: Fujisan Rock is the exact same festival where 765Pro faces off against Ryuuguu Komachi for the second time in iM@S2.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 25, 2014, 03:35:02 am
Rank C – Preliminary Festivities

Kenji’s unit has now attained a major rank and national renown. The President is so impressed by Kenji’s work as a producer that he suggests perhaps trying out for the Idol Ultimate or IU for short, the biggest idol tournament in Japan where many of the nation’s best idols compete for the prestigious title of “top idol.” According to the schedule, a preliminary match is being held nearby in a couple of months. Kenji is willing to give it a shot and decides to change the idols’ big goal—no longer “let’s do our best” but “top idol!”

Kenji uses the next few weeks to prepare for the upcoming IU preliminary competition. Meanwhile, he sets some time aside to bond with his leader and get to know her a little more. Unfortunately, at the same time, a gossip magazine panel bribed by Yamato seems to have been following ZetaPro and spreading slander about its idols and producer in order to create scandals. Luckily for Kenji, most of their fans still remained faithful to his ever-growing unit. Besides, for every fan they lose, they gain at least ten.

On the day of the IU, Kenji’s unit is in for a shock once the competition blocks have been decided. They have been placed in the same block as NAZO! Yamato made sure the block drawings were fixed so that Kenji’s unit and NAZO would be in the same block. NAZO confronts Kenji’s unit. Apparently, ZetaPro hasn’t been thrashed enough yet. This time, all three members are performing together. Now NAZO will be able to prove their superiority once and for all. NAZO then leaves to prepare for their audition. Luckily for Kenji, the preliminary rounds accept two qualifiers for the next leg of the tournament. After a quick introduction with the judges and a pep talk with Kenji, the idols are called to perform, although they are a bit nervous…

AUDITION: Idol Ultimate Preliminaries
It’s just like any other audition. Unfortunately, NAZO is at full power and is still way out of your league at this stage of the game. You will have to shoot for second place in order to pass this audition. Other than that, just use regular audition tactics and you should be just fine.
You must pass this audition to advance the story!

Kenji’s unit has passed the preliminary audition and has advanced further in the IU! NAZO easily obtains first place, but are surprised to see that ZetaPro ranked second. Kenji then asks why NAZO wants his unit disbanded so badly. It’s simple. NAZO is a group of elites chosen by fate to stand at the top. Low-class units like ZetaPro and 765Pro are a disgrace to the entertainment industry, picking commoners off the streets to become idols. NAZO then tries to mess with Kenji’s leader’s head, causing some idols to get depressed or even have a falling-out. Kenji, feeling a little on edge, asks them who is telling him these lies. NAZO claims he doesn’t deserve to know. With that, NAZO and ZetaPro return to their respective offices.

The President heard the news about the IU preliminaries and congratulates Kenji’s unit of their achievements, but notices that Kenji is a little concerned. What NAZO told him earlier made him reminisce on past competitions. An old rival of his used to say pretty much the same thing. The President just tells him he shouldn’t worry over such trivial matters. They’re just trying to mess with him. That’s how rivals can be sometimes. Still, the idols (especially the leader) feel a little worried about Kenji.

Meanwhile, NAZO is speaking to their producer. Kenji’s unit is becoming too popular. Plus, his idols managed to advance in the IU along with them. If this keeps up, they might become too big a threat. The mysterious producer decides that now is the time to take drastic measures…
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 26, 2014, 06:54:40 am
Rank B – NAZO’s Secrets

Having completed the preliminary rounds of the IU, ZetaPro gets word on what happens next. Contestants for the IU Finals are decided a little differently this year. Among the 18 competitors who have advanced this far, the idols who make the chart’s top 6 will earn a spot in the finals at Tokyo Dome. Two wild card auditions will decide the remaining two finalists. Kenji and the idols will have to work hard to earn a spot in the Top 6…or at least a wild card spot.

As Kenji’s unit reaches Rank B, they are becoming a really big deal. However, NAZO is becoming more and more of a problem for ZetaPro. In fact, when Kenji selects a new song for the girls, NAZO somehow steals their image and manages to release it to the public before ZetaPro could. Kenji is forced to select another song.
(This actually does happen, so do NOT select one of your idol’s image songs beforehand)

As the weeks go by, spies sent by Yamato eavesdrop on conversations between Kenji and his unit’s leader. Information is then passed on to gossip magazines so they can attack her deepest, darkest secrets and perhaps destroy her image. Despite all the slander and image theft going on, Kenji’s idols never falter as their unity grows ever stronger. Through all their hard work, the idols finally reach the prestigious Rank A!

A week after their promotion, the President receives another red letter with a dragon motif. It’s a writ of challenge from NAZO! Claiming the President is a fool and that his methods of running his company are hopelessly flawed, NAZO’s producer has forced his idols to face NAZO in the nationally-renowned Harvest Moon Festival to prove which one is superior once and for all. ZetaPro’s position has already been signed. If they refuse this challenge, he has friends in high places…he will make it a priority to ruin ZetaPro’s image forever. The President is left with no other option—he asks Kenji to prepare for the Harvest Moon Festival. Kenji’s idols have gotten a lot better since the last time they faced NAZO. The girls are still worried, but Kenji knows they have something special within them: a strong bond that cannot be broken.

One week later, Kenji, Kaito, and the idols arrive at the Harvest Moon stage for the main event. NAZO is busy preparing for their performance so they don’t have time to mess with Kenji right now. ZetaPro can hear the crowd going wild as NAZO takes the stage. Kenji reminds the idols not to be intimidated by NAZO…just focus on their own task at hand. The idols do their cheer and take the stage.

FESTIVAL: Harvest Moon vs. NAZO – Koi wa Sensou (forced draw)
Just play this as you would any other festival. Your scores will be much better against NAZO this time around. Around the midway point, though, the performance is interrupted…

ZetaPro performs incredibly. Never before have they shone so brilliantly against NAZO. However, ZetaPro’s pyrotechnics suddenly get out of hand and set the stage on fire. Both idol units are forced to evacuate the back-to-back stages. The concert is cancelled in order to control the fire. Kenji runs into NAZO, who are a bit disappointed from having to cancel their performance after they started getting into their song. NAZO officially declares their match a draw.

Suddenly, NAZO’s producer, hearing the news, shows up. He’s relieved to see his idols are safe. Kenji is shocked to discover that this producer is none other than his childhood rival Yamato Ryuuzaki! Yamato is rather impressed and, at the same time, disgusted that Kenji’s unit managed to make it this far. Kenji got lucky that the concert was cancelled because of the fire. ZetaPro is a joke, a disgrace to idols everywhere, and only got this far because their fans are simple-minded idiots who will listen to anything. It’s living proof that low-class commoners are garbage. Yamato is of the superior upper class…an elite destined by God to stand on top of the world. He can essentially buy the best idols in the market, unlike ZetaPro, whose budget is so tight that they’d literally pluck people off the streets and bribe them into being idols. Despite all the threats Yamato sent ZetaPro, they still foolishly persist. Kenji counters his statement, claiming it wasn’t luck, but hard work and a strong sense of unity that led his idols to success. Yamato pays no attention, claiming he does not listen to commoners. Kenji may have been spared the humiliation today, but he will not stand a chance in the IU. Yamato gives one final warning—save ZetaPro the humiliation and drop out of the IU. NAZO is destined to win. With that, everyone leaves the festival grounds.

That evening back at the ZetaPro office, Kenji tells the President everything that happened. President Yashiro Ryuuzaki figured something like this would happen, so he finally decides to spill the beans. Yamato Ryuuzaki, the producer of the idol sensation NAZO, is really the President’s son. Everyone is shocked.

Once upon a time, when ZetaPro first opened, the President appointed his gifted son Yamato to be the company’s producer. Unfortunately, Yamato wanted to use the position to flaunt his family’s wealth and power. His goal was to ZetaPro into a bureaucracy, destroy lower-budget or privately-owned production agencies (or buy them out if he sees potential in them), and essentially rule the entertainment industry unchallenged. From overpaying idols with “real” talent to buying the most expensive costumes to use for performances, Yamato became obsessed and corrupted with power. The President was so dissatisfied with how his son was trying to run the show that he relieved him of his position. A disgruntled Yamato calls him a nut, claiming his company will never be successful under his weak methods. He then headed over to another production company called RyuuseiPro, bought his way into becoming their producer, formed NAZO, and declared war against ZetaPro. He has also bribed judges, gossip magazine panels, paparazzi photographers, etc. in order to ruin the image of lower-class idols. He has also bribed radio stations to play NAZO's music often.

That is where Kenji comes in. The President knew how back in the day, Kenji and Yamato used to compete against each other in talent competitions, both evenly matched. Kenji also possesses an incredible gift—the ability to bring out the hidden skills of his partners through the power of unity, stronger than the likes of which anyone has ever seen. It easily counters Yamato’s gift of bringing out the absolute full potential of his partners. This is why the President specifically selected Kenji to be ZetaPro’s producer…he’s the only one who can help his idols defeat NAZO and put an end to Yamato’s madness.

Kenji’s goal becomes clear. He must make it into the IU Finals to have any hope of stopping NAZO. The idols will really need some time to prepare for the big moment when the Top 6 is revealed.

Meanwhile, Yamato is on the phone with one of the tech crew from the festival, thanking him for adjusting the pyrotechnics in order to interrupt the concert and promising his pay tomorrow morning. He thanks his lucky stars that the fire occurred. He noticed ZetaPro’s idols performed at a much higher level than before, potentially enough to defeat NAZO hadn’t the pyrotechnics interfered. Perhaps when the IU comes around, it will be time to break out his secret weapon…
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Post by: liza94 on February 26, 2014, 11:08:49 am
Perhaps when the IU comes around, it will be time to break out his secret weapon…

Could it be... Kagura's solo song?!
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 26, 2014, 06:01:11 pm
Could it be... Kagura's solo song?!

Actually, I plan to have NAZO perform God knows... for the final showdown. Kagura does perform Northern Cross during the Sunny Beach Festival (the forced loss) depending on your leader. You'll find out after I get to the IU Finals. The secret weapon does involve both Yamato and Kenji's leader...
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 27, 2014, 10:51:47 pm
Rank A – The Home Stretch

In ten weeks, the IU Chart’s Top 6 will be revealed. Those six units will automatically earn a spot in the IU Finals. ZetaPro uses the time to train, make memories, arrange concerts, and get as many hits as possible.

Ten weeks later, Kenji, the President, and the idols anticipate the announcement of the Top 6…

If Kenji’s unit makes the Top 6
Success! We’re moving on to the finals! Next week, all the finalists will meet at Tokyo Dome once the wild card spots have been decided.

If Kenji’s unit does not make the Top 6
It’s not over yet! In order to earn a spot in the finals and have a shot against NAZO, the idols will have to participate in next week’s Wild Card audition.
AUDITION: IU Finals Wild Card Match
This audition will be very tough. All of your competitors are pretty much willing to kill to get that Wild Card spot. You have to land the top spot to advance.
You must pass this audition to advance in the story!
With the second Wild Card slot selected, the group immediately heads to Tokyo Dome to meet their opponents.

ZetaPro arrives at Tokyo Dome for the IU Finals introduction ceremony. Aside from Kenji’s unit, the following units appear:
As each unit is called up, they give a bit of an introduction. As NAZO shows up, Yamato states that his unit has already won. Considering all the success NAZO has been having, the emcee and audience, believing that claim came from sheer confidence, applaud him tremendously.

That night, though, one of NAZO’s members appears to be troubled. Kenji and his unit’s leader try to talk with her to see what’s going on. Over time, they get to know about their rival’s true intentions (i.e. Kagura’s desire to please her parents and Yamato). NAZO’s member isn’t moved, though, claiming they are still enemies and they must win the IU to fulfill their true wishes. As she runs off to find her producer, ZetaPro heads back to the office.

The finals will be held at Tokyo Dome in five weeks. Kenji uses that time to bond with his unit’s leader and give her enough moral support to get through the finals.
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 27, 2014, 11:38:03 pm
Just dropping by to say I still love this and everything you're doing with it. I love how much you've thought everything through. You're prepared for every possible outcome. Keep up the good work! :D
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Post by: ZetaFlare on February 28, 2014, 02:32:35 am
Just dropping by to say I still love this and everything you're doing with it. I love how much you've thought everything through. You're prepared for every possible outcome. Keep up the good work! :D

Thanks a lot for your continued support, Grace! I'm pretty much on the last leg of the main story now with the IU Finals.

Oh yeah. Speaking of "every possible outcome," I have three options (inspired by SP) to determine what to do if you wind up failing a festival/audition you need to pass to advance the story. After somewhat of a mini-Bad Ending, you can...
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Post by: MetalPredat0r on February 28, 2014, 03:25:46 am
I'm very impressed with this project, Zeta! It's as if developing the next main series Idolm@ster game (while I may as well be making the next console spin-off). Very well-done and keep up the good work!
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 28, 2014, 04:45:35 am
Thanks a lot for your continued support, Grace! I'm pretty much on the last leg of the main story now with the IU Finals.

Oh yeah. Speaking of "every possible outcome," I have three options (inspired by SP) to determine what to do if you wind up failing a festival/audition you need to pass to advance the story. After somewhat of a mini-Bad Ending, you can...
  • Go back to the beginning of the current week and take the event over again (this will affect your final score)
  • Go back one week and be forced to undergo Training from Hell (this will slightly affect your final score)
  • Give up entirely and go back to square one. Kenji will be able to keep the EXP he gained in this route, though.

When I like something, I make it known~. :P

Sounds good to me. That way, you have even more options available to you even after losing an audition.

Wait, you have that option in SP...? Whenever I lose an audition, I just LOSE and it's like, game over. I get re-set to the beginning whether I like it or not.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on March 01, 2014, 05:07:38 am
IU Quarterfinals

This is it. The IU Finals are about to begin in Tokyo Dome. After each competitor arrives, they select their placements in the tournament bracket. 1 faces 2, 3 faces 4, and so on. Here are the standings:
Kenji will now pick one of the songs his unit has produced and will use that for the remainder of the competition.

Kenji’s unit gets set to face Jupiter in the first quarterfinal match. Touma is surprised at his opponent—the very young man from that Yokohama mall’s talent competition where Jupiter participated as special guest judges. Jupiter has no intent of holding back. Not only have they gotten a taste of Kenji’s talents, but they are also fueled by their desire for a rematch against 765Pro, particularly Ryuuguu Komachi. Jupiter has gotten a lot better since they left 961Pro, mainly after discovering the power of unity—the very power that 765Pro displayed to them last year. Touma wishes Kenji to come at Jupiter at full strength using the very ability that made him victorious in Yokohama.

Suddenly, Yamato arrives. He barks out at Touma for trying to encourage ZetaPro. He should be treating this “low-class scum” like garbage. They’re Jupiter. They are elites. They have the strength of a great king. They should use it to squash their enemies like the insects they are. Touma interrupts, stating that Jupiter only joined RyuuseiPro so they could have their rematch against 765Pro, not to get involved in Yamato’s little war. That was what Yamato promised him. He wasn’t as blind as he was back when he was with 961Pro. Kenji is shocked to discover Jupiter’s new employer. Yamato wants to prove that money is power—the true power of the upper class. After he discovered that one of the biggest male idol units in Japan became free agents, he was quick to seize the opportunity, waving a truckload of money in their faces and promising them the rematch they’ve been searching for. Touma tells Yamato to back off. If Jupiter does win, they wish to win through their abilities rather than Yamato’s dirty tactics. This is the very reason why they left 961Pro in the first place. Yamato pays no attention and scoffs at Jupiter and ZetaPro. With that, both units take the stage.

FESTIVAL: IU Quarterfinals vs. Jupiter – Alice or Guilty
Jupiter is even tougher than they were against 765Pro last year. Their stats are very balanced and they will likely target your weakest stat. Touma appeals to Vocal, Shouta to Dance, and Hokuto to Visual.
You must win this battle to advance the story! Otherwise, you’ll get a Bad Ending.

Kenji’s idols celebrate their quarterfinal victory! Jupiter is disappointed, but impressed at the same time. Clearly, the stronger idols with the better unity won. Yamato is pissed off and immediately dismisses Jupiter, claiming he will terminate their contracts tomorrow. Touma claims he didn't appreciate Yamato's management of Jupiter, seeing how it reminds him of Kuroi. He actually believes Yamato makes Kuroi a saint by comparison. Jupiter decides to return being freelancers, not wishing to be corrupted by any more selfish production staffs.

Project Fairy easily defeats 573Pro to advance. If Kaori is your leader, 573Pro will still stick around to give her much-needed moral support.

Ryuuguu Komachi defeats 876Pro to advance. Ryo is a little embarrassed to lose to his cousin, though…

NAZO easily defeats Namco Angel to advance. To make matters worse, Yamato decides to pick on Yukiho, claiming that she’s pathetically weak and that she was the cause of Namco Angel’s loss. Makoto tries her best to brush him off, but a broken Yukiho runs off in tears. Later on that afternoon, 765Pro and ZetaPro come along to comfort Yukiho. It wasn’t her fault. Even “Broducer” says that was the best performance he had seen from them this year. It was incredible. NAZO just fared better with the judges. Yukiho feels a bit better, but is still upset that 765Pro’s main unit couldn’t take home the IU championship this year. Kenji’s anger towards Yamato is rising. He once respected his rival, but his recent actions are just too much. Later that evening, the semifinal matches begin…
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Post by: ZetaFlare on March 02, 2014, 01:23:24 am
IU Semifinals

Both semifinal matches begin around later that evening. Kenji’s next opponent is Project Fairy. Fueled by a desire to face their biggest rivals (Ryuuguu Komachi) in the finals, they are not willing to lose. Miki thinks they can easily breeze by Kenji, but Takane warns her not to underestimate her opponents. She seems to sense an incredibly powerful aura in Kenji and his idols. Kotori is a little concerned about Takane’s suspicions, but she will have to go all out in order to prove her worth to Ritsuko. Both units take the stage.

FESTIVAL: IU Semifinals vs. Project Fairy – Overmaster
Be careful! Your memory level carries over from your match with Jupiter, so try not to waste too many Memory Appeals beforehand. Much like Jupiter, Project Fairy is a very strong and balanced unit who will likely attack your weakest stat. Vocal appeals might be your best option here, as Takane’s Vocal isn’t as strong as Hibiki’s Dance or Miki’s Visual. Try switching up your appeals to take them by surprise.
You must win this battle to advance in the story! Otherwise you’ll get a Bad Ending.

Kenji’s unit has advanced to the finals! While Takane did give it her all, she is not too surprised about her loss, almost as if she predicted the outcome. Miki doesn’t mind either…now she can finally spend some quality time with her honey! Kotori is distraught, believing she just embarrassed herself. She’ll never be as good as Ritsuko. Kenji disagrees with her statement. Look at the popularity and success Project Fairy has attained under her management despite her lack of experience. Kotori makes an outstanding producer. Who knows, maybe Project Fairy might win next year.

Suddenly, Ritsuko comes along. Turns out Ryuuguu Komachi also lost, so they could not have their desired showdown after all. Iori is cheesed off. A blowout loss is one thing, but the way Yamato mocked Ryuuguu Komachi and the way Himeko personally mocked her really added fuel to the fire. According to Iori, Yamato claimed Ryuuguu Komachi (and all of 765Pro for that matter) is low-class and overrated. They only achieved success because their fans are just a bunch of idiot commoners who are drawn by a high “moe” factor rather than real talent. The time had come for them to step down and make way for the elites who are destined to wear the crown. Himeko also mocks Iori, claiming that a so-called princess becomes a pauper in the face of a goddess like her.

Everyone heads out for the night. The finals will be held at Tokyo Dome tomorrow night.

Just before ZetaPro heads back for the van, Iori interrupts them. She demands Kenji to promise her to crush NAZO. Why? Just as Ryuuguu Komachi left the dome, Yamato wanted to make her an offer. He has heard about the Minase family’s legacy. He claimed Iori has that hidden potential that only elites like the two of them possess. The reason Ryuuguu Komachi lost to NAZO was because Iori’s true potential as an idol was being held back by the “talentless low-lives” Ami and Azusa. Yamato then offered Iori an invitation to abandon her unit and join NAZO instead. Under his management, he could help Iori transform from princess to goddess. She could gain fame and fortune beyond her wildest dreams. People would bow down to her like the princess she is. Iori was offended by his offer and blew him off. She is very good friends with Ami, Azusa, and Ritsuko and wouldn’t have been so successful had it not been for their lasting friendship. Yamato shrugged, claiming Iori will always lose if she continues to go down this path. Perhaps she will change her mind once she sees NAZO completely destroy Kenji’s unit in the finals.

Ritsuko, Ami, and Azusa soon catch up with Iori. Ritsuko apologizes for the trouble Iori has caused Kenji, but Kenji can understand how she feels. He, too, would pick friends over money and fame any day of the week. Ritsuko then has a pretty interesting theory. Kodou. Ryuuzaki. The tiger and the dragon…two eternal rivals. It’s almost as if Kenji and Yamato were destined to fight each other. Ryuuguu Komachi wishes ZetaPro lots of luck against RyuuseiPro—they are going to need it. Kenji’s not afraid. He and his idols have the power of unity. Unity…Ritsuko wonders…and believes maybe that might be the key to defeat NAZO. Everyone heads back to their respective offices for the night.
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Post by: MetalPredat0r on March 02, 2014, 01:42:31 am
Wow, Yamato is a BASTARD! I really just wanna punch him in the schnozz! >_<!

Anyway, I really like Iori's development in the story and Ritsuko's theory on the Dragon and the Tiger does seem interesting, though when I hear about those two, I always think of Art of Fighting. :p
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 02, 2014, 06:28:32 am
IU Finals - The Decisive Grand Finale

The stage is set. The final match to decide the IU champion has arrived. Two long-time evenly-matched rivals go head-to-head in the idol battle of the century.

To make sure NAZO wins, Yamato pulls out all the stops—messing with Kenji and his unit’s leader in the worst way possible (i.e. takes and breaks Yoshino’s glasses as she’s getting ready; sends a superstitious angry mob after Setsuna; publicizes Hinata’s ADHD; greases the stage floor, causing Mai to trip up and sprain her ankle; sends a group of anti-Brazilian immigration activists after Nagisa; turn up the stage’s heat so Asuka would collapse from heatstroke; publicizes Kaori’s photoshoots from the time she was with 573Pro; threatens to destroy Kotone’s tea house; exposes Chiyo’s relationship with Takuma, etc.)

As Kenji’s unit gets ready to perform, Kenji notices his leader is either missing or out of commission. Kenji talks with her to see what’s going on. After a successful chat, the leader gains the motivation to come back to the stage (a better result will give your 25 memories, thus maximizing your memory level).

Inside the dome, Kenji figures out what’s going on. He believes Yamato has been using dirty tactics in an attempt to destroy him and ZetaPro. Yamato is surprised Kenji figured it out. All those gossip panels, paparazzi photographers, spies, radio stations, judges, etc. were paid by him. Oh, and that fire incident at the Harvest Moon Festival? He planned it…paid the tech crew to pull it off. Kenji is shocked. Why? Why would a rival he had respected for so long stoop so low? Yamato claims Kenji had been a thorn in his side for the longest time. He’s of the elite. He’s supposed to be the best by default. Why is a mere commoner able to match wits with him every time? Why did his father replace him for his biggest rival? He wanted to prove once and for all that he is truly superior over Kenji. So he gathered the most talented idols he could in order to destroy his unit and get back at his foolish father.

Kenji cannot believe it. Yamato had all this talent and yet he wastes it in order to flaunt his status and wealth, lie, cheat, and ruin the image of the middle class. Kenji demands that Yamato cut out his shenanigans and face him fairly. Otherwise, he will expose his actions to the public, including his own father. Yamato claims that will not work as he has too much of an influence on the outside world. Suddenly, NAZO appears. They, too, are dissatisfied with Yamato’s dishonest actions. It was their combined talents that made them a national sensation to begin with. If people discover that he helped them cheat their way to the top, people might think that all that talent was a lie. If he does want to prove their superiority, prove it fairly. Yamato is left with no choice but to agree to his idols’ standards, but on one condition…a wager. If Yamato wins, Kenji must declare him his superior and give up his life of music forever. But if Kenji wins, Yamato will step down as a producer and return home. Yamato claims that will never happen, though, as he’s got one more trick up his sleeve. Yamato’s prayers start to bring out NAZO’s full potential as performers. Never before has NAZO felt this kind of power. Kenji begins to pray himself. He and his idols begin to hear each other’s thoughts. They feel as though they can work together in perfect harmony. This is the power of unity. After each idol preaches the power of unity with each NAZO idol…765Pro, Jupiter, and President Ryuuzaki (who also decided to come along to watch) can feel it too. According to them, NAZO may have met their match. It will all come down to who performs better at tonight’s competition. Now Yamato and Kenji will prove which one is superior once and for all. After one final cheer, ZetaPro’s idols step forward for perhaps the biggest performance of their lives…

FESTIVAL: IU Finals vs. NAZO – God knows…
This will be your most difficult challenge yet. Much like Kenji’s last two opponents, NAZO has strong, balanced stats and appeal to your weakest stat. To make matters worse, their abilities have been given an even bigger boost from Yamato. You will need some strong Support Ranks between your idols if you want to be able to defend their appeals. Luckily, that last conversation Kenji had with the leader will (hopefully) fill your memory level to the maximum, which helps big time because NAZO loves to spam Memory Appeals. Build a good combo of appeals to get the most points. If your Support Rank is high enough, you can Double or even Triple Appeal to get a leg up on NAZO. In the end, big stats, an image song (to further boost your idol’s stats), stronger Memory Appeals, more Burst Appeal opportunities, and especially high Support Ranks will be the key to victory.
This is the final showdown. No matter what the outcome, the story is over. Win, and you get at least the Normal Ending, maybe even better. Lose, and you get the Absolute Worst Ending.

This result is for the Normal/Good/True Ending
The performance is done. The judges’ decisions have been made. After tallying both scores…

ZetaPro is victorious! They go up on stage to receive the IU championship trophy. After a little speech, they give an encore performance—most likely the leader’s image song.

Yamato is flabbergasted. As an elite, he was supposed to be fated to win. He never made mistakes raising his idols. It’s so humiliating to lose to a low-class wretch.

Suddenly, President Ryuuzaki arrives at the stage below. He congratulates ZetaPro on a job well done. They have all grown up so much since forming their unit. He then turns to Yamato, disappointed. The main reason why he lost is because he neglected to bond with his idols. Power, skill, and money aren’t everything. Without trust, love, and unity, he will never make a good producer. Yamato agrees to his part of the deal and goes home with his father. President Ryuuzaki then gives Kenji his final producer analysis.

If you get the Normal Ending, everyone heads home. Kenji then gets a text message from his current leader, thanking him for everything. Defeat NAZO in the final round, but do any of the following: change leaders during your campaign OR not play through enough special events involving your leader OR score less than 70% on your producer analysis.

If you get the Good Ending, Kenji and the idols go outside and reminisce on their coming-of-age journey. The idols thank Kenji for all his support as they give him a tearful goodbye. Everyone heads home. Kenji then gets a text message from the leader, thanking him for everything. Defeat NAZO in the final round, produce your leader the whole way through, go through all special events involving your leader, and score at least 70% on your producer analysis.

If you get the True Ending, after everyone heads back to the office, the unit’s leader has a one-on-one chat with Kenji. This journey has helped her fulfill her dreams and then some. Some girls might even confess their love for Kenji! Defeat NAZO in the final round, produce your leader the whole way through, go through all special events involving your leader, have everyone in the unit at Support Rank A, and score at least 80% on your producer analysis.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on March 02, 2014, 07:28:57 am
A great conclusion to a great story! I'm surprised that nobody at least tried to call the cops on Yamato for his dirty tricks, ESPECIALLY the ones you described before the IU Finals. (Superstitious angry mobs? Racist activists? Causing a minor to get heatstroke? DESTROYING TEA HOUSES!? HE MUST BE HUNG!!!) I'm also curious as to how the Absolute Worst Ending will play out. Anyway, great job as always, Zeta!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 02, 2014, 09:49:41 pm
Now that the main story is done, time for updates! I added a couple more songs to the list and updated Megumi's and Momoko's profiles to give them a bit more of a backstory.

Also, stay tuned for profiles on 573Pro's idols: Erisa Umino, Yoshiko Momoyama, Rika Shiraishi, and Koneko Hiwatari.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 03, 2014, 06:48:58 am
Sorry about the late reply, MetalPredat0r. Thanks for the support!

You know what, that's exactly the reaction I've been looking for when I created Yamato. I wanted to make him evil (or just a total psychopath) to the point where Kuroi is pretty much a saint by comparison. As for calling the cops, I've heard a few people say that about Kuroi, mainly from what he's done in the anime.

Not just any tea house, mind you, but a tea house owned by her mother and grandmother. Promoting it was one of Kotone's main reasons for becoming an idol in the first place. Trust me...not a very good idea to mess with a family-owned company.

If you thought Yamato's actions were worth an arrest now, wait until you hear about Miku's story, inspired by recent events involving a real-life idol. Over the course of Miku's career, she has been harassed and threatened by a stalker on the Internet (who is apparently aware of her past failures), causing the normally-happy girl with recently-blooming talents to live in a state of fear and causing Kenji to decrease her involvement in promotions and performances (much to her chagrin). Once the IU finals come around, the stalker promises to attend her concerts in order to meet her in person. Well...let's just say Yamato thought he'd help fulfill the desires of a "dedicated fan."
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on March 03, 2014, 02:04:51 pm
Well.....that's just mean....  :(

I always interpreted Kuroi as being so wealthy that he is able to simply bribe everybody to be on his side. Meaning he can easily just offer the police a large amount of money so that they can let him off scott-free. It sounds horrible, but its the most believable interpretation that I could think of.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 03, 2014, 05:12:30 pm
I always interpreted Kuroi as being so wealthy that he is able to simply bribe everybody to be on his side. Meaning he can easily just offer the police a large amount of money so that they can let him off scott-free. It sounds horrible, but its the most believable interpretation that I could think of.

Same goes for Yamato. Quite a bit of NAZO's success came through bribes (i.e. radio stations to play their music often, TV stations to advertise their albums via commercials, "hush money" to keep his actions from being leaked to authorities, etc.). Remember how Yashiro (the President) made a truckload of money from working as a producer? He's just the sad result of how money and power corrupt.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 03, 2014, 09:46:39 pm
Great job describing the story mode! I could really see everything taking place. I'm also quite curious about how the Absolute Worst ending works out...
Looking forward to the profiles of 573 idols!
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Post by: ZetaFlare on March 05, 2014, 06:52:19 am
Based off games from a rival company! Introducing 573Pro's idols! (that's pronounced KoNaMi)

Umino Erisa (海野絵里沙, age 17) The vocal specialist of 573Pro. A sweet and calm girl originally from Hiroshima. With a beautiful singing voice and an adoration of the ocean, some people believe she could actually be a mermaid (mainly because she tends to sing towards the ocean after dark). While her professional vocal training is a bit limited, she taught the other girls how to utilize their voice to the fullest. Erisa often wears ocean-themed outfits on stage to correspond with her mermaid theme.
Preferred VA: Misato Fukuen
Image song: Shinkai Shoujou (Vocaloid)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1/1921980_10203409070610472_1584292683_n.jpg)
Note: Erisa is a play on Eliza, the name of the mermaid boss from Gokujyou Parodius.

Shiraishi Rika (白石莉花, age 16) The dance specialist of 573Pro. A happy-go-lucky girl who returned to Japan one year ago after studying abroad in Las Vegas for three years. While her dance training is somewhat limited, she learned a few tricks from watching showgirls perform. She also owns a pet eagle named Zabu who acts as her messenger. Rika often prefers performing with lots of colorful flashing lights on stage. She's often the one to help Kaori calm down after stressing out.
Preferred VA: Yui Sakakibara
Image song: Miracle Paint (Vocaloid)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1/10001317_10203402356362620_180028937_n.jpg)
Rika is named and modeled after Rika Chichibinta, the reoccurring Vegas showgirl from the Parodius games. Zabu is named after Eagle Sabu, the eagle boss from Parodius Da who appears following Rika's namesake character.

Momoyama Yoshiko (桃山淑子, age 19) The visual specialist of 573Pro. This voluptuous vixen has a passion for moai. She also has a bit of a sadistic side and enjoys teasing her fans. She was often paired with Kaori in providing 573Pro's sex appeal. She also acts as a big sister to Kaori, though she will torture her from time to time just for a laugh. Yoshiko tends to wear a lot of makeup, though she can sometimes overdo it.
Preferred VA: Megumi Toyoguchi
Image song: Sweet Devil (Vocaloid)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1798078_10203402356522624_1544259782_n.jpg)
Note: Yoshiko is named and modeled after Parodius's pink moai boss of the same name.

Hiwatari Koneko (日渡小猫, age 14) The newest and youngest 573Pro idol who replaced Kaori after her mother dragged her out of the company. She's very hyperactive and loves cats to the point where she will even act like a cat. Her love for sardines is pretty much on par with Miki's love of onigiri. Every time she sees a mouse, even on stage, she just has to chase it! She has a tendency to say "nya" at least once in every sentence. Yeah...she is that crazy.
Preferred VA: Sawa Ishige
Image song: Nekomimi Switch (Vocaloid)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1897927_10203402355362595_678163488_n.jpg)
Note: Those "whiskers" are really just face paint.
Note: Koneko is based off the reoccurring cat vehicles in the Parodius games. Koneko's inspiration, however, came from the Otomedius Excellent character Neko Sancho, who is essentially a parody of said cat vehicles. So, Koneko is basically a parody of a parody.
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 06, 2014, 03:55:57 am
I like this group, especially Rika and Yoshiko. They're nice characters, even though it sounds like Yoshiko can be a bit of a jerk sometimes. Ahahaha...
Still. I've never played Parodius so I'm not familiar with the inspiration behind the characters, but they're very interesting and I like their character designs.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 06, 2014, 05:18:12 am
Check back a couple of posts for an image update on Erisa. I was a little dissatisfied with how Erisa's hair turned out before, so I decided to grow it out in order to make her look a little more like her namesake character. Oh, and by the way, her combination skirt/bikini bottom was made from the same material as the Taiyou no Jealousy outfit from Shiny TV (though it uses more green than purple). The top is designed like a pair of scallop shells.

I like this group, especially Rika and Yoshiko. They're nice characters, even though it sounds like Yoshiko can be a bit of a jerk sometimes. Ahahaha...
Still. I've never played Parodius so I'm not familiar with the inspiration behind the characters, but they're very interesting and I like their character designs.

Thanks! I didn't give them much development, though, as they are mainly NPCs/rivals you can square off with in festivals. The Parodius games are light-hearted and insane parodies of Konami(hence their production name)'s classic shoot-em-up Gradius. In fact, some of Kaori's communication events make references to Konami games (i.e. when she goes into dance lessons, she always seems to vision arrows flying up from the ground...or a time when she has a mall performance during a card game tournament...or a time when she meets Kenji underneath a tree at her school that is said to grant wishes (a reference to Tokimeki Memorial)).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 06, 2014, 06:59:24 pm
Thanks! I didn't give them much development, though, as they are mainly NPCs/rivals you can square off with in festivals. The Parodius games are light-hearted and insane parodies of Konami(hence their production name)'s classic shoot-em-up Gradius. In fact, some of Kaori's communication events make references to Konami games (i.e. when she goes into dance lessons, she always seems to vision arrows flying up from the ground...or a time when she has a mall performance during a card game tournament...or a time when she meets Kenji underneath a tree at her school that is said to grant wishes (a reference to Tokimeki Memorial)).

No problem! Even if you didn't give them much backstory, they're still enjoyable characters.
Haha, I don't play Konami games nearly as much as I ought to. But maybe I'll pick up Gradius or Parodius to get a bit more familiar with the characters' inspirations.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 07, 2014, 04:02:54 am
I know a couple of people were curious about this, so here we go. The Absolute Worst Ending.

This occurs if you lose to NAZO in the IU Finals. Yamato has proven once and for all that he is truly superior over Kenji. ZetaPro sadly watches an encore performance of NAZO's God knows... Yamato then goes over to ZetaPro and rubs NAZO's victory in their faces. He's won the war. Upper-class bureaucracy has proven itself superior. It was his father's own fault that he chose an overrated commoner of a producer (who doesn't even deserve to be his rival) to carry on his obsolete morals. ZetaPro will always lose because they are low-class scum.

As NAZO accepts the IU championship trophy, Yamato plans to forever ruin the image of the middle class. He explains that their journey to the top wasn't easy, having to deal with smaller companies who resorted to cheating against them just because they were jealous of NAZO's success. Kenji is suddenly dragged on stage by Yamato's agents. Yamato claims that RyuuseiPro has just foiled ZetaPro's attempts to cheat its way to the top thanks to Kenji's production. He tried to sabotage NAZO's performances, destroyed their CDs in order to wreck their sales, edited his own idols' bland and meaningless songs in order to mask their lack of talent, and even resorted to sexually harassing them as punishment. In short, this commoner is a selfish scumbag who would pull any dirty trick in the book to win. The crowd believes his lies and heckles Kenji harshly. Yamato then reminds Kenji to hold up his end of the bargain...quit his career and passion in music and never come back. To further humiliate him, he even makes Kenji bow to his knees and proclaim Yamato his superior in front of everyone! A dejected Kenji is booed and jeered as he exits the stage. Yamato claims that will not stop him, though, as RyuuseiPro will continue to deliver Japan's greatest entertainment of all time.

As everyone returns home, Kenji gets an email from the President. He wants to meet with him and the idols tomorrow.

On the next day, Kenji and the idols arrive disheartened. The President has even worse news. Yamato and RyuuseiPro have taken over ZetaPro and he has declared himself the new producer. Everyone is shocked. Yamato then goes over to Kenji, claiming this is the position for a perfect elite like him. He banishes Kenji from ZetaPro and tells the idols to cut off all access to him...they will never be able to see or talk with him ever again, even Sakura, whom Kenji has known for the longest time. Yamato warns Kenji never to compose, play piano, or do anything regarding music again. Kenji already has become infamous among everyone in Japan after Yamato humiliated him in Tokyo Dome. No one is willing to listen to him anyway.

It's all over. Kenji has nothing left. His new friends, his musical talents, his desires, his good reputation, everything is gone. Kenji returns home a ruined man...

Once you begin Story Mode again, Kenji is seen in his bedroom, having awakened from a nightmare. Kenji is relieved that it was just a dream. That never happened. Today's a new day. He shakes it off and confidently heads to the office to begin his new career.
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 07, 2014, 04:06:06 am
Whoa. Well.

I think my heart just broke in two for Kenji. If(/when?) this ever exists, remind me not to lose to NAZO in the IU finals.

Poor guy...
Guess it's good it's all a dream.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on March 07, 2014, 05:35:08 am
..... Well dang. This is certainly an ending that just hammers in the words "YOU SCREWED UP!". Kinda makes me hope that this ending is at least difficult to obtain.

Yet its STILL not as bad as Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2's Conquest Ending. Hate that ending!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 07, 2014, 06:46:22 pm
Updates made! Several VAs have changed!

Momoko is now voiced by Aoi Yuuki.
Hikari is now voiced by Ayana Taketatsu.
(since Momoko and Hikari are best friends, I thought I'd give them a pair of VA's who often perform together--same with Kaori Ishihara and Yui Ogura)
Himeko is now voiced by Yukana.
Koneko is now voiced by Sawa Ishige, Neko Sancho's VA in Otomedius Excellent.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 07, 2014, 06:52:26 pm
Updates made! Several VAs have changed!

Momoko is now voiced by Aoi Yuuki.
Hikari is now voiced by Ayana Taketatsu.
(since Momoko and Hikari are best friends, I thought I'd give them a pair of VA's who often perform together--same with Kaori Ishihara and Yui Ogura)
Himeko is now voiced by Yukana.
Koneko is now voiced by Sawa Ishige, Neko Sancho's VA in Otomedius Excellent.

RIFFA THE RICH PRINCESS.
Sorry.

But yeah, I can live with these changes. I like Aoi Yuuki, though I must admit I don't think I've ever heard the others.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 07, 2014, 08:25:10 pm
Taketatsu voiced Sachiko in Cinderella Girls, though she's often cast as tsunderes (which is why I selected her for Hikari).

Have you heard of Petit Milady? Yuuki and Taketatsu's singing duo.

Sawa Ishige is Mari in Dream C Club and Izumi in Digimon Frontier among others.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on March 07, 2014, 09:01:35 pm
Preferred VA: Kaori Shimizu

Preferred VA: Ami Koshimizu

Preferred VA: Yukana Nogami

Masters, GO!!!
ZetaFlare, you sure know how to make your characters my favourites! 8) Change Ami Koshimizu to Yui Horie and ZetaPro will fight against The Most Beautifully Singing Evil Organization, Turiavita for short.

Momoko is now voiced by Aoi Yuuki.

Momoka is Madoka now! :)  Don't make unnesesary contracts, okay?

Hikari is now voiced by Ayana Taketatsu.

Mint from Rio Rainbow Gate and Sachiko!

RIFFA THE RICH PRINCESS.

In other words, Cecilia Alcott! :)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 08, 2014, 12:03:42 am
Taketatsu voiced Sachiko in Cinderella Girls, though she's often cast as tsunderes (which is why I selected her for Hikari).

Have you heard of Petit Milady? Yuuki and Taketatsu's singing duo.

Sawa Ishige is Mari in Dream C Club and Izumi in Digimon Frontier among others.

Oh, alright. I've actually never heard her, but maybe I'll try to sometime.

I thought I recognized that name! It's because of Mari. And maybe others. I watch obscure animes no one else even knows about, so maybe she showed up in one of those. Hm.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 09, 2014, 05:23:22 am
Sorry about the lack of recent updates, guys. My weekend is pretty busy, culminating with a concert tomorrow afternoon.

Still, I'm wondering. Should I do artwork of everyone's performance outfits first or Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka's origin story?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 10, 2014, 01:02:23 am
Should I do artwork of everyone's performance outfits first or Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka's origin story?

I personally am quite curious about Kenji/Sakura/Asuka's origin story, maybe because I like knowing a lot about the characters.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 10, 2014, 09:28:04 pm
I personally am quite curious about Kenji/Sakura/Asuka's origin story, maybe because I like knowing a lot about the characters.

All right then! This will actually be written as a fanfic, so stay tuned. I actually write fanfics in the style of a play's script more than an actual novel.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 10, 2014, 09:38:41 pm
This will actually be written as a fanfic, so stay tuned. I actually write fanfics in the style of a play's script more than an actual novel.

I guess we're sorta on the same page, then, except I write like an actual novel. :) As far as the medium of the project, at least.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to it!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 14, 2014, 03:45:45 am
Update made! I finally decided to change Reika's image song to JEWEL (Dream C Club). I figured that might be a good song for her seeing that Haruka is a rich girl herself. Now I just have to find a good translation for the lyrics...
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 14, 2014, 10:00:08 pm
I finally decided to change Reika's image song to JEWEL (Dream C Club).

Yay~. I really like that song.

Sorry.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 20, 2014, 08:43:21 pm
Updates made again. Check back on every ZetaPro idol's profile for birthdays, blood types, and hobbies.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 27, 2014, 03:19:03 am
Another small update made. I decided to change Kotone's song to Real from Dream C Club.
1. The lyrics kind of remind me of Kotone having to put up with all those lies she gets the men she knows.
2. Ironically enough, Kotone and Mian share VAs (Kei Shindou)!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 27, 2014, 07:33:02 pm
Added more DLC songs to the list on Page 4. Included the four extra songs from the READY!! and CHANGE!!!! albums.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 30, 2014, 11:43:30 pm
New ending added! Sakura's Collapse!

This ending occurs if you get the Absolute Worst Ending with Sakura as your leader. After Yamato has taken over ZetaPro and declared himself the producer, he ousts Kenji from ZetaPro. A heartbroken Sakura tries her best to reach out to him, but Yamato has his agents restrain her as she helplessly and tearfully watches her best friend leave the office for good. To further add to her pain, Yamato's updated guidelines for ZetaPro's idols force Sakura to cut off all access with Kenji--phone number, home address, email address, etc. Sakura speaks out to Yamato, telling him she just can't put up with having to be separated from Kenji like that just to focus on being an idol. Realizing she won't be easily swayed, Yamato decides to play his trump card and give her "special" restrictions. Not only is Sakura forbidden from even talking to Kenji, she will be assigned to a different school close to the ZetaPro building in order to keep her away from Kenji. Yamato does have friends in high places...if she is caught with or speaking to Kenji (even mentioning his name) or even thinks about abandoning ZetaPro, he will destroy her public image and make a laughing stock out of her just like he did Kenji. Sakura now pretty much belongs to Yamato.

Sakura is so depressed that she falls into a mental breakdown. As time goes by, she feels as though she can't do anything without Kenji. She's often stuck in her bedroom, has frequent crying spells, stops going to school, and sometimes refuses to eat. It gets so bad that she attempts to commit suicide, but is quickly stopped by her mother and is immediately sent to an insane asylum. Sakura's mother calls Kenji and angrily blames him for ruining her daughter. Kenji was already depressed as is, but fearing he really did ruin his best friend causes him to fall into a state of withdrawl. He can never show his face in public again...

Once you start a new game, it is revealed that these events, too, proved to be just Kenji's imagination running wild. Relieved, Kenji heads for the office once again.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 31, 2014, 01:07:43 am
New ending added! Sakura's Collapse!

This ending occurs if you get the Absolute Worst Ending with Sakura as your leader. After Yamato has taken over ZetaPro and declared himself the producer, he ousts Kenji from ZetaPro. A heartbroken Sakura tries her best to reach out to him, but Yamato has his agents restrain her as she helplessly and tearfully watches her best friend leave the office for good. To further add to her pain, Yamato's updated guidelines for ZetaPro's idols force Sakura to cut off all access with Kenji--phone number, home address, email address, etc. Sakura speaks out to Yamato, telling him she just can't put up with having to be separated from Kenji like that just to focus on being an idol. Realizing she won't be easily swayed, Yamato decides to play his trump card and give her "special" restrictions. Not only is Sakura forbidden from even talking to Kenji, she will be assigned to a different school close to the ZetaPro building in order to keep her away from Kenji. Yamato does have friends in high places...if she is caught with or speaking to Kenji (even mentioning his name) or even thinks about abandoning ZetaPro, he will destroy her public image and make a laughing stock out of her just like he did Kenji. Sakura now pretty much belongs to Yamato.

Sakura is so depressed that she falls into a mental breakdown. As time goes by, she feels as though she can't do anything without Kenji. She's often stuck in her bedroom, has frequent crying spells, stops going to school, and sometimes refuses to eat. It gets so bad that she attempts to commit suicide, but is quickly stopped by her mother and is immediately sent to an insane asylum. Sakura's mother calls Kenji and angrily blames him for ruining her daughter. Kenji was already depressed as is, but fearing he really did ruin his best friend causes him to fall into a state of withdrawl. He can never show his face in public again...

Once you start a new game, it is revealed that these events, too, proved to be just Kenji's imagination running wild. Relieved, Kenji heads for the office once again.

OK, now you're just trying to depress me. XD
Poor Sakura! I have to do my hardest once this is released to never, EVER get this ending.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on March 31, 2014, 01:32:00 am
New ending added! Sakura's Collapse!

This ending occurs if you get the Absolute Worst Ending with Sakura as your leader. After Yamato has taken over ZetaPro and declared himself the producer, he ousts Kenji from ZetaPro. A heartbroken Sakura tries her best to reach out to him, but Yamato has his agents restrain her as she helplessly and tearfully watches her best friend leave the office for good. To further add to her pain, Yamato's updated guidelines for ZetaPro's idols force Sakura to cut off all access with Kenji--phone number, home address, email address, etc. Sakura speaks out to Yamato, telling him she just can't put up with having to be separated from Kenji like that just to focus on being an idol. Realizing she won't be easily swayed, Yamato decides to play his trump card and give her "special" restrictions. Not only is Sakura forbidden from even talking to Kenji, she will be assigned to a different school close to the ZetaPro building in order to keep her away from Kenji. Yamato does have friends in high places...if she is caught with or speaking to Kenji (even mentioning his name) or even thinks about abandoning ZetaPro, he will destroy her public image and make a laughing stock out of her just like he did Kenji. Sakura now pretty much belongs to Yamato.

Sakura is so depressed that she falls into a mental breakdown. As time goes by, she feels as though she can't do anything without Kenji. She's often stuck in her bedroom, has frequent crying spells, stops going to school, and sometimes refuses to eat. It gets so bad that she attempts to commit suicide, but is quickly stopped by her mother and is immediately sent to an insane asylum. Sakura's mother calls Kenji and angrily blames him for ruining her daughter. Kenji was already depressed as is, but fearing he really did ruin his best friend causes him to fall into a state of withdrawl. He can never show his face in public again...

Once you start a new game, it is revealed that these events, too, proved to be just Kenji's imagination running wild. Relieved, Kenji heads for the office once again.


............. Well......... Let's hope this is nearly impossible to get.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on March 31, 2014, 05:19:32 am
OK, now you're just trying to depress me. XD

Don't worry, there's plenty of happy and comedic moments to mix in with the heavy drama.

............. Well......... Let's hope this is nearly impossible to get.

I plan to make NAZO's difficulty in the IU Finals akin to a Pokemon champion battle (Jupiter and Project Fairy are at Elite 4 levels). As long as Kenji's unit has strong and balanced stats, a good level, high tension, badges to provide big-scoring combos, and high Support Ranks, you'll be fine as long as you're not sloppy with your beats/appeal selection. If Kenji's level is high enough (that's right, the producer can also level up...plus his EXP carries over through every Story Mode played), you might even be able to really mop the floor with NAZO.

In Hyper difficulty, though...their difficulty rises to a "SNK Boss Syndrome" level.

Still, you're more likely to just get a plain ol' Bad Ending if your unit isn't too strong or if you just haven't managed them well enough.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on March 31, 2014, 09:58:36 pm
Don't worry, there's plenty of happy and comedic moments to mix in with the heavy drama.

I sure hope so. Either way, I REALLY don't want to get this ending.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 03, 2014, 10:11:21 pm
This is something I've been thinking about adding and describing for a while now:

Vs. Mode!

In this mode, similar to Office Mode in SP, you can set up a free Audition or Festival against the CPU or online.

You can select a solo idol, a trio, or even a quintet to perform (however, like in iM@S2, some songs will not be selectable if you go with a quintet).
You can play as ZetaPro's original 17 idols to start off, but you can unlock more idols by completing events in Story Mode. For example, once you defeat Kuroi's unit (Chiyo, Hotaru, and Karen) or the freelance idols (Setsuna, Kotone, and Kaori), you can play as them right away in Vs. Mode but you will have to finish your current story in order to play as them in Story Mode. You can even unlock idols from 765Pro and 876Pro (by completing their Special Festivals) and combine idols from all three companies to create an all-star unit! So a trio like Haruka + Ai + Sakura is possible!

If you are playing with a unit, team chemistry becomes a bit of a factor, though not as much as it does in Story Mode. Idols who get along with each other well get a stat boost. Likewise, their stats will drop a bit if they're not too fond of each other. This is to add a bit of a challenge when using units rather than performing solo.

As usual, before you go out and perform, you select an outfit/accessories (badges are not allowed in Vs. Mode) and a song from any you have bought/unlocked so far.

Up to six (minimum of two) users can play an online Audition (since it plays like it did in iM@S1) but only two users can play an online Festival. Gameplay is the same as always, just with human opponents.

If you don't want to go online and just hone your skills or get comfortable with a song you want to use, you can decide to face randomly-determined CPU opponents in either Normal or Hyper difficulty.

If you wish, your scores can be posted on online ranking boards. Each list is sorted by song.

DLC can allow you to play as 573Pro's idols as well as perform their songs--Shinkai Shoujou (for Erisa), Miracle Paint (for Rika), Sweet Devil (for Yoshiko), and Nekomimi Switch (for Koneko).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 04, 2014, 04:45:04 pm
I like the idea of having a versus mode. It's nice to be able to just kinda play around for fun without having to worry about not getting the Absolute Worst Ending. :P
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on April 04, 2014, 10:50:35 pm
U-u-u~, waiting for your characters' stories is killing me~!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 05, 2014, 01:30:17 am
U-u-u~, waiting for your characters' stories is killing me~!

I'm really sorry. :( I got tied up-slash-distracted the last two weeks and I'm really kicking myself over it. Writers block just plain bites. :P

I think I got an idea now. I'll do a rundown on each character's paths in Story Mode and make that a top priority. Question now is...whose paths should I do first?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on April 05, 2014, 08:20:29 am
I'm really sorry. :( I got tied up-slash-distracted the last two weeks and I'm really kicking myself over it. Writers block just plain bites. :P

Don't worry, I kind of understand how you feel. ;)

I think I got an idea now. I'll do a rundown on each character's paths in Story Mode and make that a top priority. Question now is...whose paths should I do first?

Could you do Emi's and Jin's routes first, please? I'm in a sunny mood. :D 8)

Come to think of it, "Sex and violence" by Halko Momoi would be a great song for Emi:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e60AAySJ9is
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 05, 2014, 02:39:38 pm
I'll do a rundown on each character's paths in Story Mode and make that a top priority. Question now is...whose paths should I do first?

I honestly really want to see Nagisa, Setsuna, and Shiori. And I actually really like Mai too.
Haha, not only is that a lot, but none of them match up with who Liza wants.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 05, 2014, 03:37:49 pm
Come to think of it, "Sex and violence" by Halko Momoi would be a great song for Emi:

Remember, she's only 10. ;) I originally selected "Oh! Mama Go To" seeing how it's cute, loli, and allows Emi to work her silly improv magic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp9gTHhfLew (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp9gTHhfLew)

When she's performing it solo, she will mix in a few elements from Setsu's drunk version of the song (though not literally drunk).

Could you do Emi's and Jin's routes first, please?

I think you meant Jun. ;)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 05, 2014, 11:28:55 pm
Thanks for the ideas.
So far, for these girls, I already have completely planned out their paths:

Sakura
Miku
Asuka
Jun
Megumi
Nozomi
Mai
Reika
Yoshino
Karen
Setsuna
Kaori

For these girls, I have a good idea, but want to build on it:

Momoko
Hikari
Nagisa
Hinata
Chiyo
Kotone

These girls' paths are still up in the air:

Shiori
Emi
Hotaru
Ryoko
Tamaki

Any suggestions?

EDIT: Almost forgot to add Ryoko and Tamaki to the list. Just did.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 06, 2014, 05:17:14 pm
Out of the ones you have totally planned out, I really like Mai, Yoshino, and Setsuna in particular (let's be honest here, especially Setsuna because Eri Kitamura), but I'm excited to see what you come up with for each and every one of them. Are you looking for suggestions on which girls to do, or suggestions on how the stories for the ones you don't know will go?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 06, 2014, 05:52:00 pm
Are you looking for suggestions on which girls to do, or suggestions on how the stories for the ones you don't know will go?

Sort of both, but moreso on the bolded topic.

Especially Hotaru. I know I wanted Hotaru to be forced into the idol industry by her parents in order for her to overcome her laziness and break out the full potential of her musical talent, but I'm kind of stuck on giving her events that will eventually get her head in the game, especially when the IU rolls around. However,  I think I have a pretty good idea of how I want Yamato to completely mess with her head before the IU finals. For one of her better endings, though, she decides to stay in Honshu and continue her idol career (thanks to Kenji's inspiration) despite an OK from her parents to return home.

Shiori is going to be tough. I'm glad people like her...being the emotionless, silent type prone for art and poetry wishing to get in touch with a more "modern" form of art, but I'm just drawing a blank for her story (I know I want her to smile for the first time during one of her better endings). Same with Emi.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 07, 2014, 12:10:45 am
I know I wanted Hotaru to be forced into the idol industry by her parents in order for her to overcome her laziness and break out the full potential of her musical talent, but I'm kind of stuck on giving her events that will eventually get her head in the game, especially when the IU rolls around. However,  I think I have a pretty good idea of how I want Yamato to completely mess with her head before the IU finals. For one of her better endings, though, she decides to stay in Honshu and continue her idol career (thanks to Kenji's inspiration) despite an OK from her parents to return home.

Shiori is going to be tough. I'm glad people like her...being the emotionless, silent type prone for art and poetry wishing to get in touch with a more "modern" form of art, but I'm just drawing a blank for her story (I know I want her to smile for the first time during one of her better endings). Same with Emi.

Hmm...I'll definitely be thinking. If I can think of anything, I'll let you know and see what you think!
It might take a while since I've found I have problems with thinking of...stuff. XD But I'll certainly try to help in any way I can. :D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 07, 2014, 12:32:37 am
Thanks Grace! Any help is greatly appreciated! I added Ryoko and Tamaki to the "her story is up in the air" list too, though I may get Tamaki's father involved in her path.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 10, 2014, 05:29:17 pm
I decided to run through Sakura's path first seeing how she's the main character.

Shiranui Sakura’s Route

It has always been Sakura’s dream to become a pro singer. Even since her elementary school days, she would go to the park often to listen to Haruka (her biggest inspiration) sing. Sakura found the break she was looking for after she was scouted by President Ryuuzaki upon her winning performance (alongside Kenji and Asuka) at a Yokohama mall’s talent competition. Now she can live out her dream.

Kenji sees a familiar face among ZetaPro’s list of idol candidates and decides to produce his best friend. As he goes to the nearby park’s fountain to see her, Sakura thinks he just came over to say hi, but he gives her the news. Sakura is both surprised and excited…not only has her debut been decided so soon, but her childhood friend is going to manage her career! She promises to always be by Kenji’s side and give him her full support no matter what the challenges they face.

As a seasoned performer, Sakura already has an avid fan base among her schoolmates. As she grows more popular, the whole school knows her name. Everyone seems to treat her like a local superstar. While she does have to wade through the occasional otaku fanboys/autographs/love confessions, Sakura really does enjoy her popularity…not because the spotlight was on her, but because she’s making everyone who sees her or listens to her songs happy. That’s all she really ever wanted.

However, as NAZO starts to interfere with ZetaPro, everything changes. During the Sunny Beach Festival, Sakura senses an air of familiarity with her opponent. After her unit loses singlehandedly, she immediately recognizes the girl who defeated her—Kagura Ichimonji. Kagura believes Sakura is the big reason why her unit is so weak. In fact, she’s surprised that someone as “carefree” and “unfocused” as Sakura even had the thought about being an idol in the first place. She never takes anything seriously and is a burden to the whole unit.

Back at the office, everyone notices that Sakura is really down in the dumps. She believes what Kagura said is true and blames herself for ZetaPro’s loss. The truth is Sakura knew Kagura ever since they were in middle school choir. Sakura could tell Kagura had that natural talent. If she took one step forward, Kagura would take two or even three. While Sakura is amazed by Kagura’s performances, Kagura is disgusted by Sakura’s. She would always tell Sakura that if she only sings because she has fun doing it, she will never reach her level and would only be a burden on herself and her fellow singers, who all take their classes and training very seriously. Even if the teacher would pair the two of them up for a performance, Kagura would always refuse because of her morals. Kenji tries to cheer her up, but Sakura isn’t in the mood to talk and takes off.

As the days go by, Kenji begins to notice that Sakura has been acting a little unusual. She doesn’t often talk to Kenji after school, claiming she’s really busy. It almost seems as if she’s using her normally outgoing personality to hide her recent troubles. One day, as the unit is practicing for an upcoming festival, Sakura urges her partners to extend the lesson. Claiming there are still a few kinks to work out, she won’t let them go until they can run through their song and choreography flawlessly. However, it’s beyond closing time and her partners are feeling a little exhausted. Kenji can either choose to extend the lesson for a few more minutes (causing Sakura’s tension to rise while the other idols lose a bit) or urge Sakura to end the lesson (causing Sakura’s tension to drop while the others gain a bit). Regardless of the outcome, Kenji makes it a priority to see what’s wrong with Sakura…

(to be continued)
Haruka will be involved in the story later on, so stay tuned!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 11, 2014, 07:23:58 am
Shiranui Sakura's Route, cont.

A few days later after school, Kenji hears something going on in the music room—the voice sounds familiar. He sees Sakura practicing Koi wa Sensou (Kagura’s song). Normally, she is a very hard worker, but Kenji notices that she’s being overly hard on herself. Sakura is about to start again, but is then shocked to see Kenji watching her. Kenji is worried. He feels like Sakura is hiding her problems from him. Was all that extra practicing what Sakura meant when she told Kenji she couldn’t chat because she was “busy” with stuff? Why didn’t she tell him in the first place? Sakura apologizes. She really didn’t want to worry Kenji at all. The truth is, she’s worried about dealing with Kagura—their recent encounter and the gap that separates them. All this time, she has been remembering what Kagura told her—if she can’t take her work seriously, she will never be able to perform at her level. It was then she decided to change her approach. She’s an idol now. This is her job and she must take it seriously. Become a true performer like Kagura. Kenji fears that he’s losing the Sakura he knew all his life. Sure, Kagura is incredibly talented, but she has no right to try to preach her ways to Sakura. Sakura has always been an excellent performer because she follows her own ethics—works hard, does her best, and has fun. Kenji and her partner idols are very concerned about her, especially after she urged them to put in some extra practice a couple of times. Sakura retorts, claiming she’s involved in the battlefield that is the entertainment industry. There’s no time for fun and games. She feels like she must prove to Kagura that she is not a burden and that she can be just as good as Kagura.

This new outlook, however, soon takes a toll on Sakura. She keeps her trendy nature, but now follows Kagura’s trends. While trying to be like Kagura, she begins to lose some of her charm. She even bombs one of her concerts, causing her to kick herself hard. It doesn't really help that a few gossip panels are claiming that Sakura is not taking her idol job seriously...that she's only doing it just because it's fun. She cares more about her personal happiness rather than her fans. (this was a ploy from Yamato in order to push Sakura to keep going down the path she's currently taking) Fortunately, the other two idols are able to help the unit pull out of its slump.

As soon as the IU preliminaries roll around, Sakura feels ready. She knows Kagura will be there considering NAZO was one of the first entries in the IU. Much to Sakura’s fear, ZetaPro and NAZO have been placed in the same bracket (courtesy of you-know-who’s rigging of the lots). Sakura musters up her courage and puts her all into her performance. While her unit was able to pass, they still placed a distant second to NAZO. Still, this so-called “loss” causes Sakura to fall to her knees in tears. To her, all that extra time and effort were for naught…Kagura is still way out of her league. After ZetaPro gets mocked by NAZO, Kagura tells Sakura that no matter what she does, all she will do is bring her friends down with her. Kagura was just born with natural talent and is destined to rise to the top along with NAZO. This is the difference in their abilities. Later that night, everyone tries to calm Sakura down, but she’s just too scared of the gap between her and Kagura. Surpassing her is hopeless. She figures if she continued being an idol, she would only be a burden to her partners and Kenji. She’s only left with one thing to say:

“I quit!”

Kenji tries his best to stop her, but she quickly packs up and exits the office. The president is concerned, but not too worried. As a producer, he’s seen situations like that before. All she probably needs is some alone time…maybe even a bit of motivation will cheer her up. Still, Kenji feels as though it’s up to him as her best friend to wake Sakura up and bring her back to ZetaPro. Contrary to what Kagura has been telling her, everyone is counting on her for the IU. He decides that maybe he could use a little outside help in order to get Sakura back to her cheerful old self…

(to be continued)
Final part coming soon!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 13, 2014, 12:43:19 am
Shiranui Sakura's Route, conclusion

The next day, Kenji arrives at Sakura’s house. Sakura is worried that Kenji might be mad at her. He’s not mad at all…just worried about her. As her closest friend, Kenji wants to do everything in his power to make her happy. He decided maybe she might need some extra help, so he invited Haruka to come over and chat with her. Sakura can’t believe she is seeing her biggest inspiration in person for who knows how long! It’s been so long that Haruka doesn’t quite remember (either that, or she’s just being her clumsy self), but she’s happy to help a fellow idol out of her slump. Haruka even brought along a homemade cake for the occasion. Kenji can’t believe that Sakura would throw away all she has just because she’s scared that her biggest rival is so many steps ahead of her. All her life, she loved to sing. It was always fun for her. She acquired a great deal of talent and popularity through all the time, effort, and passion she put into her singing. Performing seemed to always make her and her listeners happy. Then, Kagura shows up as an idol, causing her to completely change her outlook. It’s like she gave up her charm in favor of being overly hard on herself, not allowing even the smallest mistakes, and forcing herself to become more serious in order to catch up with Kagura. Then yesterday, she gives up hope after her recent loss to Kagura. Why give it all up because some big-time idol she has known in the past is badgering her for her so-called “weakness?” Haruka tells Sakura she can actually sympathize with her. They both seem to have very similar aspects about being an idol. When Haruka was facing Hibiki in the IU two years ago, she knew Hibiki was on a much higher level than her and feared she would not be able to catch up. However, she never gave up. Rather than try to replicate Hibiki’s style, she followed her own heart and her own style and eventually won the IU. Later, when Haruka felt down in the dumps from not being able to work some social time into the other idols’ busy schedules, she was reminded of why she wanted to become an idol in the first place—to use her passion of singing to make everyone happy. She tells Sakura not to worry about her rivals. Who cares if you’re Japan’s most talented or most popular idol? As long as you are happy and have fun being an idol, that’s all that matters. Kenji then reminds Sakura…Remember that promise she made to him? The one where she would always be by her side no matter what? Sakura is upset and starts to cry, feeling as though she broke her promise. Kenji and Haruka tell her that she can always fix it. The rest of her unit is counting on her as they advance further into the IU. It’s never too late for her to become the idol she always intended to be. Sakura cheers up and promises to become her own idol, true to her own feelings for the sake of herself, her unit, and her fans. Haruka can tell that Sakura definitely has the aura of a true idol. She knows ZetaPro will do great in the IU and wishes them lots of luck as she heads home. Sakura thanks Kenji from the bottom of her heart (she even blushes a little). If it hadn’t been for his help, who knows where she (or the others) could have been now? The two of them returned to the ZetaPro office, where they are greeted by the president and the other two idols with open arms. The president can tell Sakura is shining even brighter than before. He figured she’d come back sooner or later, but is proud of Kenji for taking matters into his own hands.

Sakura’s recent changes allow her to make an incredible comeback. She restores her fans’ faith and significantly increases the size of her fan base.

As ZetaPro prepares to face NAZO once again, Sakura is ready this time around. She’s not scared of Kagura anymore. Kenji, her partners, and the president all know that she is not the burden Kagura claims she is. Now she can face Kagura while following her own path. Unfortunately, the festival is cancelled. When Sakura discovers NAZO’s producer, she’s shocked. She knows about Yamato…both his skills and his history with Kenji. Later, after the president tells the unit about Yamato and NAZO, Sakura is worried that Kenji has to face his biggest rival once again. She’s even more worried that this time Kenji must win for the sake of Yamato and the president. Sakura never fought to win before…only to do her best. Still, as long as she and Kenji have each other, anything is possible. Kenji defeated Yamato once, he can do it again.

I know I also want to include a scene where Sakura joins Kenji at a hot spring. Because fanservice. :3

During the IU finals ceremonies, Kenji and Sakura overhear a conversation between Kagura and her parents. Sakura begins to understand why she takes music so seriously…as if she’s trying to please Yamato and her harsh parents. It seems Kagura and Yamato have a very similar relationship to Kenji and Sakura. Kagura passes by them and gets a little agitated, thinking they stuck their nose where it doesn’t belong. She then claims she will win the IU finals (almost as if she’s being forced to). Sakura says, “May the best unit win,” but Kagura doesn’t want to hear her sympathy and takes off with Yamato.

After Namco Angel is eliminated from the IU by NAZO, Haruka informs 765Pro to keep an eye on Sakura. There’s something special about her. She and her unit could have the potential to defeat NAZO.

As Sakura confronts NAZO for the final match, she stands tall against Kagura. She’s no longer afraid of her. She has become much stronger since she decided to walk down her own path. Now she will prove once and for all that she is not a burden. Besides, she, her partners, and Kenji are bound by the power of unity. For Kenji’s sake, she is not willing to lose!

(ENDING)

Later that night, after ZetaPro wins the IU finals, Kagura spots Sakura as she chats with Kenji. Kagura has a bit of a change of heart with Sakura. She claims she was impressed by ZetaPro’s performance. Sakura has grown up a lot since her idol debut. Rather than trying to emulate her rival, she stood up for her own beliefs. Her uplifting attitude really helps keep the pace for her unit. Plus, she has a really kind and supportive friend in Kenji. She really isn’t a burden after all. She has earned Kagura’s respect. Sakura is worried that Kagura’s parents might be angry at her for NAZO’s loss. On the contrary, they were very proud of her. That was one of the best performances they have ever seen from her. They have no control over what the judges say. Still, Sakura better be ready for the next time they face each other. They’re still rival idols after all. Kagura takes her leave, laughing.

Kenji notices that Sakura’s face is looking red. Sakura claims she couldn’t have become a top idol without Kenji’s guidance. She figures now is the time—she confesses her love for Kenji and kisses him. Awww. <3
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 14, 2014, 04:19:21 am
Possible change for Sakura's story?

I'm not entirely sure about Yamato's events with Sakura prior to the final showdown.
I did have one idea in mind that would allow Yamato to be a total prick and mess with both Sakura and Kenji. Yamato's spies had been noticing that Sakura has been acting a little lovey-dovey towards Kenji lately, so on the day of the finals, Yamato steals Sakura's first kiss in order to wreck their morale. Yamato then gives her one final warning...what if word on the street got out that she and Kenji have been romantic with each other? A scandal like that could possibly lead to public humiliation and an early retirement. Better drop out of the IU and surrender to NAZO now while she still has the chance. Sakura is devastated to the point of hiding away out of sheer humiliation.

The other two idols then notice that Sakura has been taking longer than usual to prepare for the performance. As Kenji goes out and searches for her, he hears a faint crying over by the pier. Sakura says she doesn't want to talk about it, but Kenji says everyone is worried about her. He, her partners and especially her fans need her. Kenji really wants to be by her side and help her through her troubles, but how can he if he doesn't know what's wrong? It's his job as her closest friend as well as her producer. Sakura apologizes for holding out on him, then tells him what really happened. Upon hearing about the kiss, Kenji then flies into a rage and confronts Yamato. Kaito, Sakura, and the other two idols are able to stop him and calm him down before he can vent his frustration upon his rival.

Well, Yamato has been a thorn in Kenji's side for a long time... (the rest of the story of the finals goes on as usual)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 16, 2014, 05:25:04 pm
Now that this has been completed, time to rant about how amazing it was!

I just adore all the thought you put into your story and your characters. They get so much development throughout the story, and it's just...it's just great. As a writer, that means a lot to me.

Sakura is a real cutie, and I totally ship her with Kenji. :P I liked being able to read about their relationship progressing. You're a great storyteller, and from what I can tell, you have a great style when it comes to writing.

And as for Yamato messing with Sakura...I actually think that idea is a great one. It's a nice way to display how terrible Yamato is without making him go WAY OVER THE TOP!!, because to Sakura, this was a HUGE deal.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 17, 2014, 01:53:01 am
Thanks, Grace! Sakura's story was one of the first I came up with (she is the main character after all). Considering she and her producer are childhood friends who have known each other for about ten years (she's accustomed to giving him a pet name), I decided why not go with a more romantic ending? How about Haruka's involvement in the story? Remember how Haruka would always sing in the park when she was little? I made Sakura one of the kids who would always come listen...which would then fuel her passion for singing.

Even though I made her unlockable, I think I'll do Setsuna next (I think you may know why ;) ). I've got her story pretty much mapped out. I have to warn you, though, there is an event around the midway point that may be a bit of a tearjerker.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 19, 2014, 06:34:47 am
Grace, this one's for you. ;)

Shigure Setsuna’s Route

Kenji first meets Setsuna in the break room staring out the window. Kenji could tell from her expression that she was going to be the cold, antisocial type. Kenji does manage to get Setsuna’s attention, but her response is immediate; “Who are you? What business do you have with me?” Kenji tells her the news. Setsuna isn’t too surprised with Kenji’s choice and is willing to go to work. However, she still finds Kenji untrustworthy and can’t find it in her heart to accept him as her producer. Kenji remains vigilant during their first meeting and manages to get on her good side…for the time being.

Setsuna is due for a big surprise the following week. When she is informed that she will lead a three-idol unit, she becomes furious. This is not part of her deal. Setsuna prefers to work alone, believing that partners would only be a nuisance and hold her back. The President insists on the idea, though, as it will not only allow them to compete with other popular idol trios, but perhaps allow Setsuna to grow and bond with them. It’s either this way or not at all, so Setsuna reluctantly accepts and hopes her partners can be of use to her. Unfortunately, due to her antisocial demeanor, her partners are a little hesitant to approach her. Still, after a couple of lessons, they start to get familiar with each other’s vibes.

At her debut audition, Setsuna displays her raw singing talent and blows everyone out of the water. The audience wonders if such high ability is even allowed at the audition.

As Setsuna grows in popularity and rises in the ranks, Kenji wonders how she got so talented in the first place. Setsuna informs Kenji she never had professional training, was never involved in any school choirs or music clubs, etc. She’s a self-taught singer, preferring to follow her own methods. Kenji is both amazed and concerned at the same time. With all that talent, why did she not want to put it to good use and contribute to public music groups? Setsuna doesn’t want to talk about it, so the conversation ends.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on April 21, 2014, 12:02:54 am
I know I also want to include a scene where Sakura joins Kenji at a hot spring. Because fanservice. :3

I hate fanservice!

Grace, this one's for you. ;)

But I do like Setsuna too! ;) Thank you, ZetaFlare! ;)

At her debut audition, Setsuna displays her raw singing talent and blows everyone out of the water. The audience wonders if such high ability is even allowed at the audition.

They just have not listened to Kagura's songs yet.

Yes, Eri Kitamura has a brilliant voice! ;)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 21, 2014, 03:41:24 am
Thanks, Grace! Sakura's story was one of the first I came up with (she is the main character after all). Considering she and her producer are childhood friends who have known each other for about ten years (she's accustomed to giving him a pet name), I decided why not go with a more romantic ending? How about Haruka's involvement in the story? Remember how Haruka would always sing in the park when she was little? I made Sakura one of the kids who would always come listen...which would then fuel her passion for singing.

It's nice to be able to have romance without it being illegal. :P
Except it's still technically illegal until she retires.
Oh well.
It's still beautiful.

Oh yeah, that makes perfect sense! I kinda figured that was how Sakura became a fan of Haruka, but it's nice to have it cleared up.

Setsuna. I like her. A lot.
Looking forward to more of her story and the tearjerker that comes with it!

I hate fanservice!

And yet you watched Xenoglossia. :P
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 21, 2014, 08:04:41 am
Shigure Setsuna's Route, cont.

At the Sunny Beach Festival, Setsuna’s unit gets destroyed singlehandedly by Kagura. This loss really hurts Setsuna’s pride. As Kagura approaches, she recognizes the name of one of her opponents as she overhears a conversation between the group—the cursed Siren Shigure Setsuna! Setsuna is shocked. Kagura cannot believe that she, of all people, was accepted to become an idol. She then demands ZetaPro to disband their unit ASAP because their leader is nothing more than a heap of bad luck.

Back at the office, Setsuna, blames her partners and producer for her recent loss, believing them to be nothing more than nuisances who will only hinder her progress. To her, it doesn’t even matter that Kagura is part of this smash-hit super-popular idol sensation…she would have had a better chance if she was performing by herself. She then demands the President to disband the unit and allow her to train under her own methods. Kenji tries his best to talk some sense into Setsuna, but she brushes him aside and angrily leaves the building. Kenji figures it would be best to leave her be right now…she’s nowhere near in the mood to talk. Still, Kenji is worried. Kagura mentioned something about Setsuna being cursed. Could that have something to do with what has been troubling Setsuna?

Luckily, Setsuna has enough inspiration to return to work the following week, but she still feels as though she cannot trust her partners or her producer. A few weeks later, the unit gets back on track. Setsuna manages to regain her pride, but it still looks as though she’s worried about something. One night away from work, Kenji finds Setsuna singing to herself on the rooftop of the ZetaPro building (the song is Departures ~Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta~ from Guilty Crown). He could almost sense deep sorrow in her voice. Setsuna claims she’s fine, but Kenji does not think so, still worried about what Kagura said about her being “cursed.” Seeing how the girl from NAZO knows about her secrets, Setsuna decides to spill the beans…

It all began when Setsuna was only five years old. She and her family got into a major car accident after being sideswiped by a semi. Setsuna was shaken up, but managed to survive. On the other hand, both her parents died on impact. From what she remembers, she was singing along to the radio just before the crash. The accident was broadcasted all over the news, causing rumors to spread. Having heard the news, her grandparents (her grandmother Yukina and her grandfather Seishiro) decided to take her in, where she has been raised ever since. About a couple years later, she was singing to herself outside her home one day. Entranced by her beautiful voice, a young boy from a neighboring house tried to climb the fence, curious as to where it was coming from. As he was coming in to try to get a closer look, he slipped over the fence and fell headfirst on the concrete below. Needless to say, the poor boy’s premature skull and brain could not take the impact. His mother was devastated. Blaming the “voice on the other side,” the mother angrily demands Setsuna’s grandparents to never allow Setsuna to sing again. She knew about the incident with her parents. “That girl is cursed! Everyone who listens to her singing soon dies!” Things just got worse for Setsuna from that point on. All of her schoolmates avoided her like the plague. She was not accepted into any school choirs or music clubs despite her talents. Losing hope, Setsuna grew cold and distant, believing everyone hated her and she had to rely only on her own instincts just to survive. Still, she never lost her passion for singing. It is a good way for her to relieve all that stress. Her grandparents really love listening to her voice every now and then and still encourage her to use her talents to the fullest. This is why Setsuna decided to become an idol…to continue to utilize her passion and talents so that other people can appreciate her singing as much as her grandparents do without all these superstitions going around.

Kenji doesn’t believe those superstitions at all. Besides, there are so many people who are supporting Setsuna: her partners, her doting fans, and especially Kenji himself. After all, that is his job as her producer. Setsuna feels a little more relieved now, but still fears something is bound to happen in the near future…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on April 22, 2014, 11:52:44 pm
If Setsuna is cursed, then Kagura must be an incarnation of misfortune! :)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 23, 2014, 05:31:23 am
Shigure Setsuna's Route, cont.

Setsuna’s grandparents have been very proud of Setsuna’s recent success as an idol. They have decided to attend her next big concert (either the Black Pearl Festival or the Fujisan Rock Festival depending on if you already unlocked Kuroi’s group). Setsuna tries to urge them against it seeing how Seishiro’s condition hasn’t been too good lately, but they really want to watch their talented granddaughter sing. It would be the perfect therapy for him. Setsuna is proud to have such doting grandparents. If there were anyone who would always support her decisions, it would be them.

On the day of the Black Pearl/Fujisan Rock Festival, Setsuna tells Kenji and her partners that her grandparents are going to be in the audience today. She urges them to perform flawlessly…she does not want to embarrass herself in front of her own family. Kenji warns her not to push her partners too hard. The others aren’t quite sure if the performance will be absolutely perfect, but they will try their best. After a successful performance and defeating 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Setsuna is glad that she was able to see her grandparents happily enjoying it.

As ZetaPro returns to the office, Setsuna suddenly gets a phone call. It is from her Yukina and she sounds urgent. As she was driving home from the festival, Seishiro fell from a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Setsuna is shocked and demands Kenji and Kaito to take her to the hospital. Luckily, Kaito knows the location of the hospital they are looking for so he is able to get there as quickly as he could. Setsuna desperately rushes into the building. As soon as she enters Seishiro’s room, the heart monitor emits a long, ominous beep…

Kenji and Kaito suddenly hear a familiar voice screaming in agony.

He couldn’t make it. Setsuna’s grandfather just passed away right before her eyes. A devastated Setsuna beats herself up over it, thinking she’s a horrible person for not being by his side all the way. It’s bad enough losing a beloved family member, but she also lost one of the only people who ever really supported her in following her dreams. As Setsuna goes down to the lobby, she notices Kenji and Kaito. They got really worried when they heard her scream. Kenji figures from Setsuna’s tears that Seishiro didn’t pull through and apologizes to her even though he and Kaito did all they could. Setsuna tells them they didn’t have to apologize. It was her fault for not being able to help her grandfather. He knew he wasn’t feeling 100% and yet he still went to the festival despite Setsuna’s warning. Setsuna really doesn’t feel like talking to Kenji right now. Her grandmother will drive her home. Kenji and Kaito sadly return to the office.

Later, gossip columnists receive word about Seishiro’s death courtesy of Yamato, who is familiar with Setsuna’s past. He figures a scandal like this will really sink Setsuna and ZetaPro. “The idol with a cursed voice? Siren’s song kills her own grandfather!” The incident makes the front page of several gossip magazines.

Later the same week as ZetaPro begins a new day of work, the President cannot believe the slander he is seeing in the magazines. As soon as he shows it to Kenji’s unit, Setsuna almost faints out of utter shock. Having to be reminded of her past reputation is one thing, but to think her singing could have inadvertently killed her grandfather was just too much to take. Kenji and the President think that story is just absurd. Gossip magazines are, more often than not, full of balderdash and are just confusing. However, their words fall on deaf ears. Setsuna, believing she really is cursed, hastily leaves the building in tears. Kenji wants to help but feels as though it’s no use when it comes to someone like Setsuna. He then informs the President and the other two idols about what happened with Seishiro. He figures it might have been why that story really offended Setsuna. The President decides to let everyone go early today so that the mood is a bit brighter next week.

Next week, everyone, including Setsuna, is feeling a bit better. Setsuna had a chat with Yukina last week about the magazine article. Yukina let her granddaughter know she had nothing to do with her husband’s heart attack. She, her fellow idols, her production staff, and even Seishiro (through spirit) are all behind her and will support her through thick and thin. Don’t let them down now. Forget what others say and keep doing what you enjoy doing. Yukina even gave Setsuna a ride to work today. Still, Setsuna is still feeling a bit concerned about that article…

Setsuna’s nightmares soon come true. She is turned down from several job offers, is barred from auditioning and holding concerts, her CDs are boycotted, and the company’s inbox is flooded with emails demanding ZetaPro to fire her (if they are not straight-up death threats towards her). Seeing that society is starting to hate her once again because of her curse, Setsuna soon becomes scared and unwilling to promote herself and her unit. However, there are some regions that do not believe the rumors and allow ZetaPro to keep on working. They will have to rely on them for increased publicity until the IU preliminaries roll around.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 25, 2014, 06:25:15 am
Shigure Setsuna's Route, cont.

At the IU prelims, Setsuna is almost barred from entering the tournament. Just as soon as she is about to give up hope, Chihaya suddenly interrupts. She is quite impressed with Setsuna’s talent and insists the judges allow ZetaPro to compete. Why should they stop her from singing just because of one mere coincidence? The convinced judges decide to allow Setsuna’s unit to audition. Unfortunately, Yamato rigs the tournament blocks in order to pit ZetaPro with NAZO. Believing her opponent is pure evil, Kagura is eager to take the opportunity to end Setsuna once and for all. During the performance, the judges are blown away by Setsuna’s raw singing skill, allowing ZetaPro to pass the audition. However, they still finish a distant second to NAZO. Kagura is surprised that not only was ZetaPro able to advance, but all the judges managed to survive Setsuna’s “cursed” song. Still, she claims NAZO is several steps ahead of her. Setsuna doesn’t stand a chance. Kagura promises to destroy Setsuna’s unit during their next encounter.

Back at the office, Setsuna has been sulking ever since she left the audition venue. Kenji and the President wonder what’s bothering her even though ZetaPro has advanced to the next leg of the IU. Setsuna believes her skill level is not as high as she would like it to be. She really wants to set aside some solo time to put in some extra practice. This way she can acquire the necessary skills to take on NAZO. After everyone goes home for the night, Setsuna stays afterwards for a self-lesson.

During Setsuna’s rehearsal, Kenji interrupts (much to her chagrin), claiming he may know what’s wrong with Setsuna’s singing. In the IU preliminary audition, Setsuna’s voice was still as brilliant as ever. However, she closed herself off from the other idols, worrying about only her part. It almost looks as though she’s dragging her partners along, being the sole focus of the unit. According to Kenji, the reason Setsuna can’t really perform at her full potential is because she lacks a sense of unity. This might be a little too much to ask of her, but if she could perhaps open up to the others and get to know them a little better, her part in the unit can flow perfectly with the other two. Imagine the endless potential when three work as one! Of course, Setsuna believes the idea is absurd and blows Kenji off. As Kenji leaves and Setsuna continues practicing, she still feels disappointed in herself. Then she wonders…all this time she only thought about herself. Could this “unity” really be the key to defeat NAZO?

Over the next few weeks, Setsuna chats with the others in her spare time. Most often she asks them, “What is your purpose for becoming an idol? Why do you and I walk the same path?” As Setsuna hears of their ambitions, dreams, difficulties, etc. she winds up criticizing their views, considers them annoying, or even brushes them off. Then, as she thinks about it, she can actually somewhat sympathize with the others in a way. She apologizes and tells her partners about the similarities between them. Setsuna thinks this might have been enough to help unify the trio, but in reality, she’s not really trying hard enough. Kenji knows this, but he decides to keep it a secret to Setsuna for now.

During ZetaPro’s next showdown against NAZO at the Harvest Moon Festival, the pyrotechnics get out of hand and set the stage on fire, cancelling both performances. As Yamato shows up, he blames the fire on Setsuna, claiming her cursed song nearly caused a disaster. Her own unit, NAZO, and even the audience could have been caught in the blaze. She should thank her lucky stars the crew was able to help control the fire. Yamato claims ZetaPro is a disgrace and Setsuna really defines how far the depths of the low class will sink. All of a sudden, Setsuna’s partners and Kenji stand up for her. They state they couldn’t have gone this far without her help. If her singing kills people who listen, why haven’t they (who have heard her sing since the unit’s debut) died too? She’s an excellent singer who takes pride in her talents. They will not let some crazy superstition let her do what she enjoys doing the most. Setsuna can’t believe what she’s seeing. She had friends who all care about her and support her through thick and thin just like her grandparents. All this time and she didn’t even notice. Yamato is disgusted by this display of friendship. To his eyes, friendship is weakness low-class idols use as an excuse to hide their lack of talent. He promises to destroy ZetaPro once the IU finals come along…if they ever make it. Back at the office, Setsuna thanks everyone profusely for defending her against Yamato’s insults and all the support they gave her since the day they met. So this is what it feels like to have true friends. She then promises everyone they will win the IU and defeat NAZO together.

(to be continued)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on April 27, 2014, 02:14:48 am
Shigure Setsuna's Route, conclusion

During the opening ceremony of the IU finals, Setsuna overhears a conversation between Yamato and Kagura. From what she hears, Kagura must win the IU in order to maintain the legacy of her family. Yamato tells her he will do whatever it takes so that NAZO wins and her parents are satisfied. Setsuna starts to recall the reasons her partners and biggest rival decided to become idols. Then she recalls her grandparents, who have loved her singing ever since she moved in with them after her parents died. They’ve been trying their best to utilize her talents to their full potential, but she always refused due to fear of her bad reputation and what happened to her parents. Then it hit her. She has finally found her motivation to sing…not just to relieve stress but to make her doting family happy. Nothing could make Seishiro feel any more proud…wherever he is. As Kagura passes by, Setsuna tells her she can’t believe how alike their purposes are. Kagura, believing Setsuna eavesdropped on her conversation, gets upset. She then tells her rival she must win the IU and she will not let anyone get in her way. With that, everyone heads back to prepare for the last leg of the tournament.

After Namco Angel gets defeated in the IU quarterfinals, Chihaya reminds everyone to keep an eye on Setsuna. She can tell Setsuna has matured so much since the preliminary matches. No curse or bad reputation is going to stop her now. If anyone can defeat NAZO now, she’s pretty likely to.

One day before the IU finals, Yamato cooks up a plan to destroy ZetaPro and give NAZO a sure victory. Posting anonymously on an online message board, he informs several idol fanatics that “the Siren” is going to perform at Tokyo Dome tomorrow night. “Thousands of attendees are sure to die from hearing her sing! Even the goddesses of NAZO are in danger! We must gather together tomorrow morning and put an end to her before disaster strikes!”

The next day as ZetaPro arrives at Tokyo Dome, they are met with an angry mob. They are after Setsuna and they will stop at nothing to keep her from performing. As Setsuna gets out of the van, the mob almost swarms her, causing her to immediately retreat into the van in shock. Some of the mob even pounds the door, trying to bust it open. Kaito is quick to call security. Officers rush in to break up the violence (although they are not met without slight resistance) and allow the van to pass through and enter the dome. Setsuna was almost scared out of her wits by the mob. She knows they were out for her because of her curse. Kenji and Kaito are worried. If all these dangerous people are let into the stands, there could be trouble. Kaito might not allow Setsuna to perform just to keep her safe. Setsuna believes it’s probably for the best considering her reputation. What if all those people soon die after hearing Setsuna’s song? Kaito informs the performance staff to heavily increase security to prevent further incident.

Later that evening, Kaito double-checks with security to make sure none of the superstitious rioters made it inside. He’s in for good news. Not only has security doubled, but even a group of Setsuna’s biggest fans decided to pitch in and make sure it’s safe for their angel to perform. Setsuna has been cleared to take the stage, but she hasn’t budged from her dressing room. She’s still too scared to go on stage, fearing something might happen to the audience or there are more where those other people came from. Kenji and the other two idols tell her that’s not going to happen. Those who are scared of some old superstitious hocus-pocus are really missing out. There are people out there who love her and support her. Heck, three of them are talking to her this very minute! Plus, there is her doting family, including her parents and grandfather in spirit. Setsuna is so thankful for all the support her partners and producer have given her all these years. She feels like a different person now. She doesn’t care if the people up in the front seats want to take a shot at her. She will sing. It’s her passion. If her parents and Seishiro were still alive today, that’s what they probably would have wanted too.

Yamato appears and is surprised to see Setsuna standing up to NAZO after what happened to her. That mob was meant to either physically prevent her from taking the stage or making her too scared to perform. He wanted to prove she’s nothing more than a devil in human form. Everyone will hate her in fear of her curse. She doesn’t deserve to even exist. His father should have been arrested for making the despicable decision to allow her to become an idol. Oops…he spilled the beans. Kenji is outraged, unable to believe his long-time rival would sink this low. What happened in the past was almost purely coincidental. Setsuna had nothing to do with all those deaths. Besides, there are so many people supporting her…people to enjoy hearing her voice with no fear of some curse.

The chat with NAZO and the final showdown go the same way from here.

ENDING

Setsuna’s output on life has changed dramatically. The reputation of her curse has been completely cleared after her acceptance speech upon winning the IU championship trophy. Everyone who hated and feared her in the past now appreciates and supports her. She now participates in her college’s musical groups and takes private lessons (including some from Chihaya) to further improve her singing. She has become more social too, making several new friends with passions similar to hers. She has transformed into a much happier person (but not overly cheerful like some of the younger idols). If her deceased family were watching over her right now, they’d say they have never been any prouder of her than they are now. Setsuna owes all her thanks to Kenji for helping her make life worth living. She’s proud to call her producer her very first friend.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 27, 2014, 05:37:20 pm
I really like Setsuna's story, and not just because Eri Kitamura. :P I've always had a soft spot for "kuudere" types, and I loved being able to read through Setsuna's journey to slowly opening up to Kenji and her partners, and watching her conquer her "curse".

Poor Seichiro, though!  :'( I've lost a grandfather myself, so that part really hit home for me. I'm glad Setsuna was able to conquer her sorrow and keep on singing.

Looking forward to more!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 27, 2014, 10:19:33 pm
Updates are being made once again. Each character will now have two image songs.

Kagura's has switched to Koi wa Sensou as her former image song Northern Cross has been given to Setsuna.

Now to reveal each idol's second image song along with their source and primary stat booster.

Sakura - Motto☆Hade Ni Ne! - Kannagi - Visual
Miku - *Paradise* - Dream C Club - Dance
Asuka - Yuukyuu no Tsubasa - ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two - Vocal
Jun - Sorairo Days - Gurren Lagann - Dance
Megumi - Renai Circulation - Bakemonogatari - Visual
Nozomi - My Soul, Your Beats! - Angel Beats - Vocal
Mai - Soar - Vocaloid - Dance
Momoko - Sweet Magic - Junky original - Visual
Reika - Towa no Hana - Ai Yori Aoshi - Vocal
Hikari - World is Mine - Vocaloid - Dance
Shiori - Senbonzakura - Vocaloid - Vocal
Ryoko - Glory Days - Dream C Club - Vocal
Nagisa - Happy Material - Negima! - Visual
Tamaki - Sakura Kiss - Ouran Highschool Host Club - Visual
Yoshino - Platinum Disco - Nisemonogatari - Dance
Hinata - Fuwa Fuwa Time - K-On! - Dance
Emi - Taiyou Iwaku Moeyu Chaos - Nyaruko-san - Visual
Chiyo - Connect - Madoka Magica - Vocal
Hotaru - from Y to Y - Vocaloid - Vocal
Karen - DISCOTHEQUE - Rosario + Vampire - Dance
Setsuna - Northern Cross - Macross Frontier - Vocal
Kotone - Yi Er Fanclub - Vocaloid - Dance
Kaori - Balalaika - Kirarin Revolution - Visual
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on April 28, 2014, 10:18:49 pm
I really like Setsuna's story, and not just because Eri Kitamura. :P I've always had a soft spot for "kuudere" types, and I loved being able to read through Setsuna's journey to slowly opening up to Kenji and her partners, and watching her conquer her "curse".

Poor Seishiro, though!  :'( I've lost a grandfather myself, so that part really hit home for me. I'm glad Setsuna was able to conquer her sorrow and keep on singing.

Looking forward to more!

Thanks. I thought you'd like it. When I created Setsuna as an anti-social lone wolf character, I really wanted to allow her to make a dramatic transformation. To restore her faith in the people who once feared and hated her.

I'm sorry about your grandfather. :( That was meant to be the tearjerker moment I mentioned earlier...passing on just a second after Setsuna entered the room...right before her eyes. I wanted to add an event that would reignite the curse rumors and thought something like this might be perfect.

I'll do Jun's story next (since Liza requested it).
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on April 29, 2014, 09:18:53 pm
Thanks. I thought you'd like it. When I created Setsuna as an anti-social lone wolf character, I really wanted to allow her to make a dramatic transformation. To restore her faith in the people who once feared and hated her.

I'm sorry about your grandfather. :( That was meant to be the tearjerker moment I mentioned earlier...passing on just a second after Setsuna entered the room...right before her eyes. I wanted to add an event that would reignite the curse rumors and thought something like this might be perfect.

I'll do Jun's story next (since Liza requested it).

I've always loved dramatic journeys from anti-social-ness to being more "open". Maybe it's because it reminds me of me? :P
Anyways, great job on Setsuna's story. :3

Thanks for your sympathy. I appreciate it.
It was certainly a tearjerker, "here come the feels" moment, that much is for sure.

Oh, so it was Seishiro...I couldn't remember which one, and either I didn't bother going back to check, or when I did check, I could have sworn it said Seichiro.
Ah well.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 02, 2014, 12:42:17 am
You thought die-hard otakus could never become idols? Think again!

Mitsurugi Jun’s Route

Kenji first meets Jun just outside the office playing a video game. Jun looks a bit shocked when she looks up to see Kenji right in front of her. “Whoa! Enemy soldier approaching!” She points at Kenji as if she’s about to shoot him. He is just about ready to defend himself until Jun laughs at his reaction and claims it was just a joke. Kenji laughs along, recalling the president informing him about her sense of humor. As soon as Jun receives the news that the President has appointed Kenji as her producer, her eyes burn with excitement. She has been chosen to represent ZetaPro in the war of the entertainment world! She will become an awesome idol heroine and triumph over evil! I fight for my fans! Fight on, Jun-chan! Never say die, Jun-chan! For great justice, Super Idol Jun-chan will not lose!

Jun does have a bit of a problem. Her debut is in one week and yet she can’t seem to focus or put her game away during important conversations and lessons (mainly during breaks). Jun’s partners think she might be a slacker. How can someone like her become an idol?

While naming their unit, Jun suggests a few silly parody themes ranging from tokusatsu to magical girl.

The day of the debut audition arrives. Jun is stoked and eager to make a big first impression, but Kenji fears she isn’t ready. He even asks her if she wants to spend a bit of time and run through the routine, but she says she’s fine. After she was fooling around during the last two lessons, Kenji and the others aren’t so sure. During the audition, everyone is surprised to see Jun perform brilliantly as if she knows her every part by heart.

After their TV debut, Kenji wonders how Jun could have learned everything in such a short amount of time despite putting almost no effort into last week’s lessons. Jun claims it just came to her. She only had to hear the song and watch the dance once before she knew them by memory. Kenji finds this skill impressive and hard to believe. Normally it takes him a few tries and several hours of practicing to nail a song he wants to play. Still, Jun and her partners are full-fledged idols now. She’ll have to put in more effort if they want to succeed at this level. In other words, less game time, more practice and promotion time. Jun understands and will try her best.

(to be continued)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 04, 2014, 06:58:26 am
Mitsurugi Jun's Route, cont.

While Jun’s natural talents are so-so at best, her keen memorization abilities allow her to perform well and bolster her fan base. One evening after work, Kenji decides to chat with Jun about her special skills. Jun tells him her memory goes beyond her idol work. At school, she will only need to hear a lecture or read through a part of her textbook once before it’s hammered into her brain. Sometimes, she will attend review lessons just to make sure she’s doing it right. Because of that, her grades are well above average. Outside of school, she can perfectly recite lines from her favorite anime and video games. When advertising for commercials or learning the lyrics for a new song, it just carries over. Kenji’s trust for Jun grows with each successful job. Still, she really likes to play her games a lot during breaks, but she is starting to appear less and less like a slacker to her partners and producer. Jun knows that outside, she doesn’t appear to be idol material at all with her otaku aura, but she can really get the job done, especially when it matters the most.

After Jun’s first festival, Kenji has been noticing a slight flaw in her recent performances. While Jun’s lyrics and dancing have been spot-on, she seems to neglect a few minor yet important parts of the performance such as dynamics (volume), accents, expressions, etc. Once Jun learns a song, she will often fall into a comfort zone and rely on the style she used to learn the lyrics. If this keeps up, people may think Jun’s singing is bland. These “little things” are part of what makes an ordinary performance extraordinary. Kenji suggests another run-through of the sheet music for Jun’s song. As Jun reads through the music, she never noticed all those extra markings and cues before. Kenji informs her that they are all meant to embellish a song and give it color—like where to sing loudly or softly, what notes to emphasize, etc. Jun also has to pay attention to the lyrics. What is the meaning behind them? What kind of vibe do they give off? Jun is surprised, never realizing she was missing so many important parts of her songs. It’s like neglecting all the side quests and hidden treasure to get a 100% completion rate in a game. She thanks Kenji and will make sure she looks over her parts more carefully in the future.

At the Sunny Beach Festival, Jun encounters a familiar face in the form of Maya. The unit is a little concerned, but Jun manages brightens the mood of her unit before taking the stage. Maya dances up a storm and utterly mops the floor with them. She’s a little disappointed with ZetaPro for not putting up much of a challenge. Jun’s eyes sparkle when she realizes this girl really is the dancing sensation Maya Nikaidou. She has heard of her through Internet articles. Jun is a big fan of her dance videos and has learned quite a few moves by watching her. Maya is pretty glad to face an avid fan of hers. She looks forward to her next encounter with Jun once her unit gets a lot better.

Back at the office, the mood is a little restless after realizing their opponent is a member of NAZO. Jun, however, maintains her positive attitude and tries to brighten the mood. Facing Maya reminds her of those unwinnable battles in RPGs. Eventually, the heroes get a lot stronger, face the enemy again, and win. Jun thinks maybe this logic will work the next time they face Maya. Depending on who is in her unit, her partners might not be too happy, thinking the games she plays have gotten to her head and she’s not taking her job seriously. No amount of coaxing in the world from Jun could cheer them up. Jun feels a little uneasy about her partners being angry at her. However, she’s not going to let a little setback like this stop her. If she knows her anime well, all it will take is a little time and teamwork to rebuild their trust.

(to be continued)
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Post by: liza94 on May 05, 2014, 11:16:11 pm
Jun's story is great! ;D Animes and VNs will someday save the world! :) Thank you, ZetaFlare!

My favourites are Miku, Jun, Shiori, Emi, Hotaru, Karen and Setsuna, I'm looking forward to their stories! ;)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 06, 2014, 11:05:08 pm
Sorry if the updates are slow. I've been a little under the weather these past few days.

Mitsurugi Jun's Route, cont.

One day after the unit gets its confidence back, Jun calls Kenji over while she’s browsing the Internet. Apparently, she has gotten so popular that people have been drawing fanart of her. Her favorite is one where she’s dressed like a samurai. What’s funny about it is that one time she saw a thread on an online bulletin board talking about how she could have been descended from a famous samurai who sought a powerful cursed sword long ago. Jun and Kenji laugh. It almost sounds like something out of a video game. Then Jun begins to wonder. To her, her idol career has been very similar to the games she plays. Lessons are like going around the field battling random enemies to level up and boost their skills. Promotions are like quests taken by mercenaries at the local pub—rewards are offered for completing them, mainly in the form of fans and extra money. Festivals are like the boss fights at the end of the level. Kenji can really understand her logic, even though he hasn’t played a lot of video games himself. Still, Jun loves being an idol. Even if it isn’t a game, it’s still a lot of fun for her.

A week after ZetaPro’s showdown with 961Pro or Ryuuguu Komachi, Jun arrives looking a little worried, much to the concern of Kenji, her partners, and the President. She does not even have her games with her today. Earlier in the week, Jun received some startling news from her teachers. Her grades were beginning to slip. Normally she fares very well in her classes, but her homework and exam scores saw a significant drop over the past few months. Her parents, believing she’s paying more attention to her leisurely hobbies than her schoolwork, revoked her video games and all her anime memorabilia until she can bump her grades back up. Jun does not understand. Usually her memorization skills are enough to help her succeed with no problems. Kenji may have found the problem. Jun relies too much on her quick memory rather than her actual talents. Recently she had to juggle time between schoolwork, leisure time, and idol work. With all that stuff to remember, it may have been too much for her memory to take. It has become apparent in her recent performances too. It’s almost as if she’s trying to imitate the routine she saw rather than letting her mind and body do the work. By focusing more on her natural abilities, she can be a much better performer on stage and at school. Jun is not quite sure if she can make the adjustment. Kenji assures her that he and her partners have got her back and will do whatever it takes to help her bring out her true potential. Jun thanks everyone as they head back to work.

The news soon spreads too far. Gossip panels soon release articles claiming Jun is nothing more than an otaku, a talentless hack, and a slacker. She would rather waste time playing video games and watching anime than take lessons and promote her music for her fans’ sake. Some even go as far as saying she’s a delinquent with a long list of truancies. School is nothing more than a waste of time and energy for her. Jun sees the magazine articles and is not happy at all. In the name of justice, she will prove those panels are only telling lies…because justice always prevails!

As soon as the IU preliminary auditions roll around, Jun feels more than ready. Ever since making adjustments to her training approach, Kenji, the other idols, and even Jun herself feel like she has improved quite a bit. As NAZO arrives, Maya approaches Jun. After watching one of her most recent performances, Maya can tell Jun has become a better performer since they last met and is eager to find out what new things she will bring to the table. With ZetaPro and NAZO competing in the same block and with all three of NAZO’s members participating, Jun’s new skills will really be put to the test. Kagura is a little upset that Maya is being so nice to Jun. She’s a total slacker and does not deserve to be an idol! Otaku like her are filthy hikikkomori who waste their time on anime, video games, collectables, and the latest idols with high “moe” factors. Jun, slightly offended by Kagura’s prejudgment, interferes with a loud “OBJECTION!” She’s not like that at all! Sure she does spend a bit of time on video games, but that doesn’t mean she has no life. Kagura then retorts, “Why don’t you say that to your recent report card?” Jun is scared speechless and overdramatically faints like a cornered witness in Phoenix Wright, causing the other competitors to laugh. Kagura is convinced that Jun is not serious about this competition at all. ZetaPro should just drop out while they have the chance. As Kagura and Himeko get set to perform, Maya tells Kenji and Jun to just ignore Kagura’s trash-talk and perform with the best of their ability. After the audition, everyone is shocked to discover ZetaPro passed with second place. Maya catches up with Jun, impressed with ZetaPro’s score. She still has a ways to go before catching up to NAZO, but as long as she keeps honing her talents she’ll really be able to go places. If this keeps up, Maya might be able to find a rival worthy of her skill. Kagura and Himeko still cannot believe someone as unfocused as her could be so popular and score high enough to advance in the IU. Maya looks forward to their next encounter as NAZO exits the venue. Jun is pretty proud of the unit’s performance—not just because they passed but because it really showed just how much Jun was improving. Perhaps she could be a big inspiration for otaku everywhere.

(to be continued)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 09, 2014, 01:59:33 am
Wow! 2000 views! I never thought my idol project would get this popular so soon! Thanks for all the support guys!

Before I finish off Jun's story, I made a bit of an update. After hearing the news about Leon, I changed Chiyo's VA to Yuu Asakawa (provided the voice for Luka Megurine among others...she was my second choice anyway)

Mitsurugi Jun's Route, conclusion

After the IU finals introduction ceremony, Jun decides to take a break and study a bit for her upcoming exams next week to make sure she has all her notes memorized. She suddenly overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya claims that she has seen a significant improvement in Jun’s skill since the IU preliminaries and looks forward to facing her in the final stretch of the tournament. She shouldn’t be underestimated. Yamato is angered by her statement. Being around Jun has made her soft. ZetaPro is the enemy. They hire low-lives like Jun into the idol industry. If Maya really wants to master her dancing styles, she has to have the drive to be the very best…to win by any means necessary…to destroy all enemies. He really doesn’t want to have to fire her after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from her old crime-infested slum of a neighborhood full of sorrowful memories. Maya, starting to cry, apologizes and promises him she will win the IU. As she walks away, she suddenly runs into Jun. She’s a little embarrassed to run into her rival with tears in her eyes. Jun says she is glad that Maya accepts Jun’s abilities. She goes on to say that the dancing queen makes an excellent idol too. Both of them have really grown since they became idols. Maya would make a great final boss for Jun. Jokingly, Jun warns Maya to be careful of any “evil red-haired guy wearing a black gi” that might get in her way. Maya cheers up and slightly giggles at Jun’s little joke (despite the fact that she doesn’t get it). She then leaves, not to worry Yamato and the others. Maya says she is proud to call Jun her rival.

On the following week, Jun arrives to work having completed her final exams. According to Jun, they seemed easy after all that studying. During certain questions, she would recall her study time with Kenji and the other two idols. She thanks everyone for all the help before heading off to work. That night, however, Yamato decides to hatch another plan. In order to sabotage ZetaPro and make them easy pickings in the IU finals, Yamato’s spies intercept Jun’s test sheets and replace them with sheets with more than two-thirds of the answers wrong. Jun will wind up failing her classes and getting kicked out of the idol industry.

After the IU semifinals and Kenji’s chat with Ryuuguu Komachi, Jun’s unit returns to Kaito’s van only to discover one of her teachers and her parents standing in front of the van anticipating her arrival. Jun is in for shocking news: due to her utterly poor performance in her final exams, she has failed three of her classes and will be held back. Furthermore, her contract with ZetaPro has been revoked. If she can’t perform in school, she will not perform on stage. Everyone in ZetaPro is devastated, especially Jun. Jun was confident she did very well after finishing them. She recalled every note she took to the point. She put in a lot of time and effort studying for this moment. Unfortunately, it was all for naught according to her teacher. Jun is beyond frustrated, claiming she did not get proper justice. She is later taken home by her parents. Kenji and the other two idols cannot believe it. They do not want to lose Jun after all she has done for the unit. Unfortunately, it cannot be helped now. It looks like the other two idols will have to perform as a duet in the final match against NAZO.

Yamato overhears the conversation and laughs triumphantly. His plan succeeded. NAZO’s victory is all but guaranteed now. Maya, however, cannot believe her producer would sink so low. A dishonest victory like that will not satisfy her in the least. In order to have a fair final showdown, she decides to counterattack. A couple of nights later while Yamato is out of the office, Maya sneaks in and takes Jun’s original exam sheets. She later comes into Jun’s school and delivers the sheets with a note attached to them: “Mitsurugi-san was sabotaged. Her final exams were falsely turned in under her name. Her real final exams are attached to this note. I believe in Mitsurugi-san’s abilities and want justice to be done. Signed, a concerned friend.”

On the day of the IU finals, the President has a surprise for everyone. Jun is back and has been cleared to perform! He got an email from one of her teachers stating her exams were rescored. Thankfully, a couple of her teachers are very familiar with her handwriting (especially the way she writes her name). She scored excellently in her exams and has acquired passing grades in all her classes. Her contract with ZetaPro has been restored! Jun is pumped up to the max and can’t wait to head back to Tokyo Dome.

Later that afternoon, Yamato comes to check in on ZetaPro when he is shocked to discover Jun with them. He thought Jun was kicked out of the idol industry for good because of her bad exam scores. Maya appears. She informs Jun and Kenji that Yamato had his agents sabotage Jun’s test scores. Maya, wishing to face ZetaPro at their full potential, took back Jun’s original exams from under Yamato’s nose and turned them in to Jun’s school for re-grading. Besides, knowing Jun, she really wanted justice to be served. Jun high-fives Maya. “Way to score one for justice!” Kenji is angry at Yamato. He cannot believe his biggest and most respected rival would sink so low. The rest of the tournament goes on from there. Jun will prove once and for all that effort defeats genius! Rise to the challenge of the final boss! Super Idol Jun-chan, battle mode ready!

ENDING

Jun has really become an inspiring figure for otaku everywhere, but she especially has Kenji to thank for helping her grow as a person. Sure, every hero grows and changes significantly during his/her journey, but witnessing it firsthand was special for her. While her memorization skills are still as sharp as ever, she does not rely entirely on it anymore. As it has shown, all that practice and extra effort (or, in her mind, side quests and level grinding) she exerted can really pay off, just like in the video games she plays. “Congratulations! You have achieved the true ending!” Jun then decides to play with Kenji a little. Normally during the true ending, the girl confesses her love for the main guy. After acting a little flirty, even blushing a little, it almost looks as if she’s going to confess to Kenji, but she just laughs and hugs him tightly. Jun later offers Kenji a chance to get together and play some video games. Kenji laughs and accepts her offer.
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on May 10, 2014, 06:50:23 pm
Wow! 2000 views! I never thought my idol project would get this popular so soon! Thanks for all the support guys!

Before I finish off Jun's story, I made a bit of an update. After hearing the news about Leon, I changed Chiyo's VA to Yuu Asakawa (provided the voice for Luka Megurine among others...she was my second choice anyway)

You're welcome. :3

Yuu Asakawa has a wonderful voice. I'm excited for her.

Anyhow, Jun's story!
Once again, the love and care for your characters shone through. You could see Jun's strengths and weaknesses and watch her develop from a gaming slacker otaku to a gaming IDOL otaku!
I liked Jun. She's cute. And it was really sweet of Maya to look after her!
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 11, 2014, 12:04:54 am
You're welcome. :3

Yuu Asakawa has a wonderful voice. I'm excited for her.

Anyhow, Jun's story!
Once again, the love and care for your characters shone through. You could see Jun's strengths and weaknesses and watch her develop from a gaming slacker otaku to a gaming IDOL otaku!
I liked Jun. She's cute. And it was really sweet of Maya to look after her!

Yeah. Had to change Chiyo's VA due to Minori Chihara being cast as an official idol, but I like Asakawa's mature singing voice just as well. I think she'd be perfect for someone like Chiyo.

Thanks. I'll be honest, Jun's story took a bit of time to think about. Sure I wanted a die-hard otaku with an acute sense of memory, but I wanted her memorization skills to be challenged so that she doesn't rely on them so much anymore (i.e. to become a better performer and to improve her slipping grades). As for Maya, you know how I said she was the most respectable member of NAZO (compared to the agonizing, overly serious Kagura and the bratty Himeko)? You know how she's kind of like Ryu (from Street Fighter) in a way that she wants to master her dancing skills and travel across Japan to seek out and compete against strong opponents? It shows, especially in routes where Maya is the ZetaPro leader's main rival.

I think I'll go through Miku's route next seeing how she's a pretty important character. I know Liza likes her as well as Jun, so that helps.

However, I do want to work on a couple of other projects as well for my artist page on Facebook. Neo Vision is one of them (including a couple of skits), but I also want to work on some Powerpoint animations involving outside references I make to Pokemon attacks (it's been a habit of mine since Gen III). I'll be able to juggle some time.
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Post by: Amazing_Grace on May 12, 2014, 02:18:01 pm
Thanks. I'll be honest, Jun's story took a bit of time to think about. Sure I wanted a die-hard otaku with an acute sense of memory, but I wanted her memorization skills to be challenged so that she doesn't rely on them so much anymore (i.e. to become a better performer and to improve her slipping grades). As for Maya, you know how I said she was the most respectable member of NAZO (compared to the agonizing, overly serious Kagura and the bratty Himeko)? You know how she's kind of like Ryu (from Street Fighter) in a way that she wants to master her dancing skills and travel across Japan to seek out and compete against strong opponents? It shows, especially in routes where Maya is the ZetaPro leader's main rival.

However, I do want to work on a couple of other projects as well for my artist page on Facebook. Neo Vision is one of them (including a couple of skits), but I also want to work on some Powerpoint animations involving outside references I make to Pokemon attacks (it's been a habit of mine since Gen III). I'll be able to juggle some time.

I can understand that. The best kinds of characters are dynamic characters. I love seeing them develop. :D You did a great job with it in the end and you're getting me excited, so be proud!
Yeah, that definitely came through in Jun's route. The contrast between Maya being a polite rival and Kagura being...well, Kagura...is easily noticeable.
Not that Kagura's not cool too.
She has her reasons.
I like her.
I like all of them.

If I had a Facebook I'd find you over there and keep up with those because that sounds cool.
But I don't.
Ha. Haha.
...everything needs Facebook nowadays... *sniff*
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 13, 2014, 01:37:35 am
She's sweet, she's outgoing, but she fails at everything and has the worst luck ever. Let's start Mirai's story!

Asou Mirai’s Route

As Kenji selects the girl he wishes to produce, the President is a little concerned. He has hardly any idea how Mirai was selected as an idol candidate. She has hardly any talent at all and cannot seem to do anything right. Kenji, believing Mirai could be an “ugly duckling,” sees quite a bit of potential in her. The President is still very doubtful about Mirai as he sends Kenji out to meet her. “Good luck with that girl. You’re going to need it.”

Kenji first meets Mirai in the office’s lobby doing chores. She puts some cloth down, thinks she is finished with the dusting. However, despite going through every nook and cranny in the room, upon double-checking she realizes she somehow only made matters worse. Mirai just shrugs, laughs it off, and proceeds to pick up another cloth and dust again. While she’s dusting, she’s singing horribly off-key. Kenji cringes slightly from hearing her voice. Does Mirai really have what it takes to be an idol? Then again, Kenji does see quite a few redeeming factors about her: she’s cute, she’s optimistic, and she has a strong sense of determination. While Mirai is dusting, she accidentally gets her skirt caught on the tip of a lamp (briefly exposing her panties). Kenji warns her about the lamp, but as she turns around, it tips over and falls. Luckily Kenji is right there to catch the lamp before it could hit the floor. Mirai thanks him for the help. After introducing herself, Kenji informs her that he is to be the producer in charge of her. Mirai is surprised. She cannot believe she has been selected to debut so soon. Could it be pure luck? She usually has the worst luck in the world despite her positive outlook on life. Mirai is excited to make her debut. She knows she’s a little lacking in talent but is ready and willing to learn the tricks of the trade. Maybe this could be the start of something more!

The following week, Mirai meets her partners. Some of the idols are very skeptical of her despite her kind attitude towards them. It does not help much after Mirai tries to help the President with the chores only to accidentally mess things up (again). Matters get worse after their first lessons as a unit. Even after two weeks, Mirai shows zero signs of improvement in her singing, dancing, etc. With how things are turning out, it would take a miracle for the unit’s debut performance next week to go over successfully. Mirai, however, is not worried in the slightest. According to her, as long as everyone does their best, they should be just fine.

On the day of the debut, everyone but Mirai appears worried. Kenji and Mirai remind the other two to stay positive despite all that has happened. It’s all in the past now. Against all odds, they manage to pass their audition! The judges, however, tell Mirai to thank her lucky stars for the brilliant performance of her partners. She has a ways to go before she can even be considered an idol. Despite their criticism, Mirai is bursting with happiness. She feels lucky not only to be accepted as an idol candidate, not only to have a producer choose her to manage, but to be able to pass her debut audition too. It finally looks as though things are swinging her way. Kenji is proud of her merely for doing her best (he knows himself that sometimes it’s all it takes), but does keep what the judges told her in mind. He tells Mirai she is going to have to take some extra lessons so she can catch up with the rest of the unit. Mirai thanks Kenji for the support he’s given her the past few weeks and she will be relying on him to help her down the path of success.

As Mirai sees NAZO on TV for the first time, she has found her inspiration—with the help of her producer and even more determination than before, maybe she can be as good as them one day.

(to be continued)
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Post by: Maka on May 13, 2014, 11:03:22 pm
I basically just skimmed the entire thread in one go, and I'm impressed! I think my faves so far are Chiyo and Hotaru.

It sort of inspires me to make my own fanstory.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 14, 2014, 02:22:33 am
I basically just skimmed the entire thread in one go, and I'm impressed! I think my faves so far are Chiyo and Hotaru.

It sort of inspires me to make my own fanstory.

Thanks for the compliment! Glad to see this project getting more fans and further support.
Wow, another Hotaru fan. She's pretty popular around here.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on May 15, 2014, 06:16:51 am
Sorry about the slight delay. Santa Ana winds have put me to work more at my house's pool than at the computer. The intense heat didn't help either.

Asou Mirai's Route, cont.

Mirai gradually gets more comfortable with her idol work. Unfortunately, her talents still have yet to improve. Even though the unit managed to win their first festival against 876Pro, it’s clear that only the other two idols’ popularity seems to increase. According to an online message board, some fans don’t even think of Mirai as an idol…she has no good points and only takes up space in the unit. Despite everyone’s distrust towards Mirai, she does not seem to mind at all. She knows she is not very good, but she’s doing her best and having fun, which is all that really matters to her. Kenji, however, is a little concerned. Mirai is just as important to the unit as the other two idols. Besides, what her haters don’t know is that she does have good points—cuteness, a strong sense of dedication, and boundless optimism. Kenji, not willing to give up on Mirai since she doesn’t give up on herself, decides to give her some private lessons in order to improve her talents. Mirai sincerely thanks him for the extra help. She really owes it to him for all the luck and success she has been having recently.

During her first private lesson, Mirai continues to struggle through her performance. As she takes a break, Kenji asks her why she decided to become an idol in the first place. The fact that she said she had no particular hobbies on her profile makes him curious. To be honest, Mirai does not really know. No matter how hard she tries, she’s not particularly good at anything. She’s horrible with chores around the house. Her grades at school are average at best and would be failing without the help of her parents. She’s sloppy when it comes to games of any kind—she might know the rules but just epically fail when it comes to playing them. Her money-handling skills are poor—whenever she sees something on the shelves she wants, she would instinctively buy it. She tried taking up several hobbies in the past, but could not find anything she was particularly good in no matter how much fun it was for her. Due to her constant failures, Mirai was heavily mocked by her peers. However, all her shortcomings did not stop Mirai. She kept on happily persevering, hoping that she would one day find her true calling in life. When she decided she wanted to try to become an idol, she auditioned for four different companies (including 876Pro) only to be rejected every time. She decided to try a fifth time, this time with ZetaPro, who were quick to reject her. Luckily for her, Sakura was a special judge at the audition. Seeing something special in her performance and sensing incredible potential just waiting to be awakened, she decided to allow Mirai into ZetaPro as an idol candidate. Kenji is surprised that Mirai knows Sakura—she’s been his best friend since they were kids! Mirai is equally surprised. During their chat, Sakura told her quite a bit about Kenji, his caring nature, and his unbridled musical abilities. Mirai never knew she would get to meet him so soon! Kenji feels sorry for Mirai’s misfortune but is glad that she managed to keep a positive attitude. Despite all the people who consider her to be lazy or pathetically weak, there are several others (himself especially) like Sakura who believe in her and who will continue to support her no matter what path she decides to take. Sometimes doing your best is all you can do, but as long as you continue to persevere, there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Mirai thanks him for the chat and gets back to practicing, asking Kenji to be her judge. Much to his surprise, she goes through her song without any major flaws! According to him, her flaws were so minor that the audience will likely not notice. Mirai is overjoyed at her successful performance and hugs Kenji, thanking her for all the help he has given her.

As Mirai continues her training with Kenji, her skills are beginning to show quite a bit of improvement, allowing her to contribute to the unit’s growing success. Unfortunately, they are not enough to stand up to NAZO’s Himeko at the Sunny Beach Festival. Himeko proceeds to mock Mirai, claiming that she is, was, and will always be a failure. Nothing can change that. Besides, even if the unit wasn’t being held back by Mirai, Himeko is just too pretty and perfect to lose to the likes of commoners. She then threatens the unit to disband. If ZetaPro continues to promote Mirai, she will cause the entire company to ultimately come crashing down.

As ZetaPro returns to the office, Kenji commends Mirai despite the loss, claiming it was her best performance yet. Some of her partners, however, blame her for the loss. Perhaps what Himeko told them was right. Even though NAZO’s princess idol was clearly out of their league, Mirai is still nowhere near the level of her partners. Some idols even want Mirai kicked out of the unit, claiming she will only be a burden. Kenji defends Mirai, claiming he has seen a significant improvement during her most recent lessons and performances. As long as she keeps up her training, she might gradually get better and better. Depending on who Mirai’s partners are, they will berate Kenji for trying to baby her or give her too much attention. Mirai tries her best to cheer them up, but it’s just no use.

The following week, Mirai gets a special golden letter in the mail that evening. It appears to be a regular fan letter. It looks innocent enough. However, there is another piece of paper attached to it…a photoshopped image of Mirai being stabbed to death with a katana. Mirai is nearly scared out of her wits. This is enough to deeply worry the other two idols, the President, and especially Kenji. It could have been merely a prank, but a death threat like that is very serious business. Mirai, crying in fear, hugs Kenji and begs for his help. Kenji tells her not to worry. Besides, it is his job as a producer to look after and protect all his idols. Worried about Mirai’s safety, her partners decide to pitch in too (even the ones who were not too keen on Mirai being their leader). Mirai thanks and hugs everyone profusely as they part ways for the week.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 17, 2014, 06:25:40 am
Asou Mirai's Route, cont.

After Himeko informs Yamato about her recent opponent, he is quick to give the gossip panels he knows a hot scoop. A talentless failure that ZetaPro just plucked off the streets and made into an idol…were they desperate to make money? Or was it just out of sheer sympathy? Mirai is nowhere close to idol material! Why is she suddenly so popular? Did she gain fans via dishonest methods? Mirai is a disgrace to the idol world! This hack is going to sink ZetaPro! Mirai, however, takes the slander like it’s nothing. She’s gotten so much verbal abuse from her peers in the past that she’s gotten used to it. Still, she wants to continue taking private lessons under Kenji so she can continue to get better and hopefully prove those gossipers wrong. Still, Kenji feels a little worried about Mirai. Sometimes, she would feel a sense of relief upon entering the office. It’s almost like she has been feeling stressed about something.

As the weeks go by, Mirai’s talents begin to show drastic improvement. She feels as though she can keep up with her partners, especially after she shone brilliantly in her festival match against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi. Both of her partners are highly impressed with the progress she has made, causing Mirai to finally win their respect. Mirai is really starting to look like a true idol. However, Mirai had not heard the last of the person who sent her the threatening letter a while back. It turns out this guy has been following her blog every day and continues to harass her, posting threatening comments, pictures, and fake stories he wrote fantasizing about killing her. According to his post, it’s almost like he knows about her past…that she cannot do anything right and that she epically fails in her classes, her household chores, and any hobby she tries to take up. Since he started threatening her, Mirai has become very nervous when people approach her from behind. Everyone is worried sick. Kenji’s is very pent up and asks Mirai why she didn’t tell him about something as serious as this earlier. Mirai just didn’t want everyone to worry about her. Kaito decides to take further precautions to keep Mirai safe due to the tense atmosphere this man created. During her concerts, he will beef up undercover security and call off post-concert fan meets and photoshoots. Mirai also asks Kenji to take her home after work. Kenji agrees to accompany her while Kaito drives her home (Kenji is still too young to drive). Mirai apologizes to Kenji for making him worry then asks him to help keep her safe. She feels very secure around him and will continue to rely on his tender loving care to help get through these tough times. Wishing to help out as well, Mirai’s partners decide to help pitch in during her lessons. They care deeply for their leader and can tell she has come a long way since the beginning of her idol career. Of course, the fans are a little disappointed that Mirai cannot stick around after her concerts, but after hearing about all the harassment she has been putting up with recently, they know it’s for the best.

On the day of the IU preliminary audition, Mirai feels much more confident seeing that the event is closed off to the general public. Security is normally so tight that nobody without a license can even hope to get inside. With the coast clear, Mirai is able to fully display her bright, outgoing nature to the staff, judges, and other competing idols. Unfortunately for ZetaPro, they are placed in the same tournament block as NAZO. Himeko arrives and laughs at Mirai. Apparently peons have no idea when to quit. Perhaps she will really prove how worthless Mirai is after all three members of NAZO grind them into the dirt. Mirai’s unit puts on an excellent performance despite Himeko’s pompous insults, but they place a distant second to NAZO. Himeko looks at the scores and can hardly believe Mirai, among all their other opponents, managed to pass. She has always been a worthless good-for-nothing piece of trash. ZetaPro must have made Mirai popular by dirty methods just like any other middle class entertainment company would. Kenji scoffs at Himeko, claiming she’s just too proud and self-centered to realize the true extent of Mirai’s abilities. Himeko, however, laughs at Kenji, claiming the only reason Mirai became an idol was because the producer was a big softie. To her, he’s just jealous of how perfect she is. She doesn’t know how many times she will have to crush ZetaPro, but she will make “those lowly peons” bow to her. Back at the office, Mirai is really excited about passing the IU preliminary match. Her luck just keeps getting better and better. Kaito arrives to give Mirai even greater news. The police were able to trace back the posts from the man who was threatening Mirai, blocked his name on the blog page to prevent further attacks, and sent him a warning via email. Everyone is relieved that this nutcase is finally put under control, especially Mirai. Now the idols can prepare for the IU without any further trouble. However, as it turns out, their conversation does not go unheard. Spies working for Yamato overheard the news. Yamato decides to use the stalker’s desires to his advantage, hoping to ruin ZetaPro and to put an end to Mirai’s “undeserved” popularity.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 19, 2014, 06:35:24 am
Asou Mirai's Route, conclusion

One week later, Mirai sticks around with Kenji after work is over and asks him to give her another lesson. However, Kenji is too busy with exams to help her out now. Getting a little upset, Mirai wonders how she will be able to learn more without his assistance. Kenji suggests that maybe she could try practicing on her own. As a musician, practicing has become a daily mantra for Kenji in order to keep up in his music and techniques. Mirai is not too sure if she can properly train herself. She feels as though she needs Kenji to make sure she is doing things right. Kenji comforts her and tells her to believe in her own abilities. She has come so far since her idol debut. She does not need to rely on others like Kenji for help. As long as she keeps practicing a regular habit, the results will definitely show, especially during promotions and live performances. Mirai understands and decides to stick around in order to run through her song a couple of times. She then tells Kenji her practicing will not be nearly as special without him around as she begins to blush a little.

Over the weeks, she starts asking her partners for advice on training, studying, working around the house, etc. in order to help improve her skills. They are happy to help her out, allowing the unit to bond. Later, on the day NAZO issues a challenge against ZetaPro at the Harvest Moon Festival, Mirai suddenly gets a surprise blog post. “Foolish cops! Pathetic! Pathetic!! You will not stop me from fulfilling my dream!” Mirai thinks it’s strange and simply deletes it. Little does she know, the menace who sent her threatening messages has returned, creating a fake email address in order to continue his mischief.

At the Harvest Moon Festival, Mirai shows off the results of her extra training. She puts on an outstanding display of raw abilities…until the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato appears and begins to mock Mirai and ZetaPro in general. The fact they plucked a “talentless hack” like Mirai off the streets and hired to become an idol just proves how low the depths of the middle class will sink. It’s like the President has become way too soft and easily moved by sob stories. Mirai is, was, and will always be an epic failure at life. This is how it was destined. Nothing she ever does will change destiny. Then, who should stand up for her…than Mirai herself! Mirai warns Yamato not to underestimate her because of her past shortcomings. She can change. In fact, she already has! With a little help from her partners and producer, she felt as though she has grown up a lot from her talents as an idol to her ability to be independent and responsible. Yamato laughs at her preaching, claiming all that popularity must have gotten to her head. According to him, the members of NAZO are the true perfection she claims to be.

Back at the office, Kenji, the President, and the other two idols can hardly believe how much Mirai has matured. She’s practicing efficiently on her own, her grades have shown a drastic improvement, and she’s standing up for herself and making her own decisions. Plus, her talents are beginning to show incredible growth. Her singing voice has become much clearer, her movements and rhythm have become much more fluid, she has gained lots of stamina, and she is shining more brilliantly than ever on stage. All of this while keeping her upbeat nature. It’s like she has become another person entirely! She has really become the x-factor of the unit. Mirai thanks everyone for the support. She never thought she would become this good. Becoming an idol must have been the best decision she ever made!

However, her happiness is soon spoiled once she checks her blog on her tablet and reads her newest post. “Did you like the little fireworks display I put on at today’s festival? I made it especially for you.” Below the post is a picture of Mirai burning in a sea of raging flames. Mirai screams in terror and nearly faints. Kenji rushes over to her to see what the matter is. Upon seeing the horrible picture, Kenji angrily believes the same guy who harassed Mirai before is still up to his old tricks. Kaito contacts the police about the incident and reminds them to take further precautions during Mirai’s public appearances. Kenji and Kaito, fearing her safety, offer Mirai a ride back home, which she accepts. She may be more independent now, but she doesn’t want to become an easy target for this guy or any other creepy strangers.

At the IU finals opening ceremony, Mirai arrives in a police car and undercover security is beefed up to the maximum. After all the competitors are introduced, Mirai overhears Himeko. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Mirai tells Kenji what she heard. She believes Himeko is a great idol and shouldn’t let anything doubt herself.

Later that night, believing Mirai has become too popular for her own good, Yamato decides to put his ultimate plan into motion. Thanks to the information he received from his spies, he knows where the menacing posts on Mirai’s blog have been coming from. In order to help fulfill his desires (and keep Mirai from performing), he decides to send the creeper tickets to attend the IU finals.

On the first day of the IU finals, the tighter security requires bag checks and body searches for all attendees. With the coast clear, Mirai gets the thumbs-up from Kaito to perform. ZetaPro defeats their first two opponents and will head for the final round the next day. That night as Mirai checks her blog, she receives her scariest post yet. The stalker promises to attend her performance tomorrow, meet her in person, and confess his true feelings. He plans to strike at the IU finals!

The next day, Mirai arrives at Tokyo Dome in a police car. The cops escort her to dressing room. Mirai is scared stiff. With tensions mounting, Kaito is having serious second thoughts about letting Mirai appear on stage. Just about thirty minutes before curtain, as all hope seems lost, Kaito gets big news from the staff. They got him! The creeper managed to get inside without much trouble, but luckily for security, his knife fell out of his pant leg as he was prowling the dome looking for Mirai. After his capture, he admitted to being the same guy who sent death threats to Mirai. Kenji and the other two idols hear the news and immediately tell Mirai, who is delighted and relieved to be able to perform safely. Yamato appears in order to laugh at ZetaPro’s misery, but he too overhears the news and is flabbergasted. After all the trouble he went through to help fulfill the dreams of a doting fan, he had to go and blow his cover. Kenji can’t believe what he is hearing. Did Yamato really send a dangerous man after Mirai? Yamato wanted to teach his father the error of his ways by keeping Mirai from performing and figured using a blog troll who continuously threatened her would do the trick. Kenji is beyond pissed off and threatens to squeal to the police on him, demanding a fair fight. As Mirai confronts NAZO for the final showdown, she promises to show not only her rivals, but all the audience just how far she has come…from zero to hero!

ENDING

Mirai’s family and peers are all so impressed and proud of the person she has become. Mirai is glad she is able to have her first one-on-one chat with Kenji in quite a while. After so many years of bad luck, she felt like it was a stroke of fortune when he made his decision to produce her. All that extra time she spent with him practicing and all that faith he had in her really helped bring out her full potential as an idol. All that advice he gave her really helped her mature and become much stronger. So many people who used to torment and make fun of her now respect and look up to her. She has finally found her true calling in life, all thanks to him. As Mirai tenderly hugs Kenji, she softly whispers to him…

“Aishiteru.”
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on May 23, 2014, 05:52:11 pm
Aww, Miku~!
She's growing to be a favorite of mine. She's just so...cute~! <3

But really. Miku's such a fun character. Once again, I just adore your characterization and the way you develop these characters. Following along with Miku and her steady gain of good luck was a blast!

And I'm starting to ship Miku/Kenji. Sakura/Kenji? I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE I SHIP MORE.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 25, 2014, 05:48:33 am
Aww, Miku~!
She's growing to be a favorite of mine. She's just so...cute~! <3

But really. Miku's such a fun character. Once again, I just adore your characterization and the way you develop these characters. Following along with Miku and her steady gain of good luck was a blast!

And I'm starting to ship Miku/Kenji. Sakura/Kenji? I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE I SHIP MORE.

Thanks again, Grace! I'll be honest, though, Miku's story was a bit tougher to think up, mainly because she is one of my most recent additions to ZetaPro. Luckily, recent events involving a real-life idol helped inspire me.

Sorry about the recent lack of updates. I've been preparing for/at San Jose for Fanime-con, so I've been away from the computer. I'm currently working on Mai's story.

Oh, there will be a couple more shipments soon to come.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on May 25, 2014, 06:53:29 pm
Thanks again, Grace! I'll be honest, though, Miku's story was a bit tougher to think up, mainly because she is one of my most recent additions to ZetaPro. Luckily, recent events involving a real-life idol helped inspire me.

Sorry about the recent lack of updates. I've been preparing for/at San Jose for Fanime-con, so I've been away from the computer. I'm currently working on Mai's story.

Oh, there will be a couple more shipments soon to come.

Recent events? Real life idol? ...death threats...?
Poor, poor Miku. And if my assumption is correct, poor, poor real life idol too.

You had better have fun at Fanime-con or I'll never forgive you. :P Looking forward to Mai's story!

That's just what I need. :P
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 28, 2014, 04:39:50 am
Oh I had a lot of fun. I posted a few pics from the event in the "General Everyday Life Pictures" thread.

Anyway, on to business. A dancer extraordinaire turned idol: Mai Kazama's story mode route is about to take center stage!

Kazama Mai’s Route

Kenji first meets Mai practicing her dancing at a nearby gym. Kenji watches in amazement as she performs a dazzling jazz routine. He calls out to Mai, causing her to stop and turn the music off. She’s a little upset that her practice was interrupted, but is excited to discover she is going to make her debut.

There will be one scene involving Mai’s tendency to do high kicks and leaps on stage. In order to prevent unnecessary panty flashes, Mai decides to wear shorts underneath while wearing a skirt.

After Mai reaches Rank E, Kenji, impressed by her amazing dancing skills, asks her how long she has been dancing. “For about ten years,” Mai replies. She has also been involved in several competition rings over the years, winning quite the collection of awards. Kenji wonders. If Mai always focused on dancing, what drove her to become an idol? According to Mai, the President scouted her talents and offered her a chance to audition, which she quickly accepted. She might not have much singing or acting experience, but to her, the sky is the limit when it comes to her abilities. Her idol dancing routines are much easier than her competition routines, but the addition of singing, visual effects, and facial expressions make them almost as challenging. While Mai is an incredible performer, to her, there is no such thing as a perfect performance. She claims she can always get even better.

Weeks later at the Sunny Beach Festival, Mai catches a glimpse of her opponent and starts to feel a bit of doubt, but goes on stage and performs to her fullest. Unfortunately, her unit is easily defeated singlehandedly. Mai’s fears are soon confirmed—her opponent was in fact Maya Nikaidou, a fellow competitive dancer who has achieved far greater success than Mai. Mai finds it hard to believe that she, of all people, would decide to become an idol. Maya is a little disappointed from the lack of challenge her opponents provided, but is thrilled to find another girl riding in the same boat she is. Ever since Maya turned to the idol industry, she has been discovering talents she never knew she had while continuing to improve her dancing. Her producer has even written some special routines for her in order to bring out the fullest of her extraordinary techniques. Surprised, Mai tells her she also became an idol in order to awaken new talents and become an even better performer. An excited Maya can hardly believe how similar she is to her new rival. Still, she informs Mai she still has a ways to go. Maya is pretty sure they will meet again, so she urges Mai to put a little extra in her training, looking forward to see what she has learned during their next encounter.

Mai is looking a little down as ZetaPro returns to the office. She is even more worried when she discovers that Maya is a member of NAZO, the new super-popular idol trio that has been sweeping the nation over the past few months. Everyone wonders what is bothering her. Mai knows a lot about Maya. Every professional and competitive dancer knows her name. She has been performing at a national level for almost ten years, winning several championships and the envy of even adult competitors. Mai, somewhat blaming herself for the unit’s loss, claims she just is not nearly skilled enough to stand a chance against Maya and must push her practicing much harder than before. Kenji does not understand why Mai would berate herself when she herself has so much talent. Being involved in talent competitions himself, he knows a bit of a golden rule when it comes to performing—focus on your own performance rather than someone else’s, otherwise the stress will just become a burden. Plus he and the other idols are worried that Mai might wind up pushing herself too hard. Mai, getting a little frustrated, claims she must become stronger and heads straight into an empty room to get some extra practice time in.

Meanwhile, Maya is talking to her producer, excited how she met someone who is very similar to her in the earlier festival. The producer then snaps at her, claiming her opponents are the enemy. If she expects to become the best and master her dancing, she must destroy all enemies. Seeing how this unit was so easily defeated by Maya alone, he figures they are no longer a threat to his plans.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 30, 2014, 07:40:09 am
Kazama Mai's Route, cont.

The unit manages to recover from their recent blowout loss, but Mai continues to put in a lot of extra training after work in. While the unit continues to achieve success as a whole, she is really starting to push herself to the very limit, worrying about the gap between her and Maya. Eventually the unit reaches Rank C. One evening after ZetaPro’s festival performance against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Kenji spots Mai in a cemetery, praying to one of the gravestones. Kenji is curious and decides to chat with her. Mai informs Kenji the gravestone she’s standing in front of is that of her mother’s—Maki Kazama. If it were not for her influence, Mai would not even be half the person she is now. Back in her day, Maki was a professional dancer and coach who achieved success at a national level, putting on several dazzling performances and receiving teaching offers all across the country. Unfortunately, a jarring leg injury put an abrupt halt to her career just about six months after Mai was born. A few years later, Maki decided to enroll Mai in a series of dance classes. Mai, however, showed no interest in taking the classes, considering them boring. Just a couple of days after she turned 6 years old, everything changed. Maki suffered from a stroke and eventually died. With her last breath she wished Mai to succeed her legacy and become a successful dancer herself. This is why Maki gave Mai her name—she could tell right away she was born to become an incredible dancer. It took Mai a while to get over the loss of her mother, but it eventually became the spark that ignited her passion for dance. She began putting her all into her training, learning several styles of dance including tap, ballet, modern, and jazz (her favorite). Later, to test her talents to the limit, she joined the competitive dancing circuit where she achieved modest success. She always enjoyed new challenges and continued to improve her abilities over the years. Still, Mai had no idea she would be scouted to become an idol. She had to shift her focus in talents a little, but she can still utilize her dancing talents to the fullest. Mai is very proud of her mother’s accomplishments and has been her biggest inspiration to this very day. This is why she always strives to become even better. According to Kenji, if Maki were still alive, she probably couldn’t be any more proud of her daughter…not just for continuing to put her heart and soul into her dancing but for broadening her horizons and learning new talents. The two part ways for the evening.

However, their conversation does not go unnoticed. Spies send the information to Yamato, who immediately gives a hot scoop to gossip magazines, specifically targeting the competitive dancing circuit. “Mai is heartless! Abandons her mother’s dying wish and ditches professional dancing to become an idol?!” Mai cannot believe what she is seeing, finding the article offensive to both her and her mother. As an idol, she still uses her talents in dance to the near-fullest. Besides, she really is following Maki’s wish and then some. She wants to prove those gossipers wrong by continuing to practice hard with her dancing. That night as she is practicing by herself, her frustration begins to blind her focus. She suddenly trips over her own foot and lands awkwardly, hurting her left ankle. Not willing to let a minor setback like that get in the way of her ambitions, she continues to train. However, the pain is proving to be too much, forcing her to end her practice session early. Mai is very angry at herself for letting something like this happen. She really does not want to be a burden to her unit, especially with Maya continuing to rise in popularity. Not wanting to make her ankle any worse, Mai decides to go home and soothe the pain with ice so that she will be in much better shape for work next week.

(to be continued)

Sorry I didn't get much done...I kind of had an off day. I admit, the gossip idea just recently came to my mind and I decided to give it a shot. I hope it was good enough (fingers crossed).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on May 31, 2014, 06:55:57 am
Kazama Mai's Route, cont.

As Mai continues to push herself harder, she is putting more and more pressure on her bad ankle. However, she feels like she must hide it from the others, not wanting to worry them. She will usually put an ice bag on her ankle after practicing in order to soothe the pain. Once the IU preliminary bouts roll around, the pain does not seem to bother Mai as much. After a quick stretch, she feels as though she has recovered enough to go all-out in the preliminary audition. Much to her surprise, ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO. Mai is very enthusiastic about this matchup. Wanting to show the results of her extra training, she feels as though she must perform flawlessly to the fullest extent of her abilities in order to stand any sort of chance against Maya. As NAZO confronts ZetaPro, Maya is also excited to face Mai again. She can see the fire burning in Mai’s eyes. Maya can tell Mai has gotten a lot better and looks forward to a good challenge, especially now that they have to face off against all three members of NAZO. Mai’s unit manages to pass the audition, but they still finish a distant second to NAZO. This frustrates Mai, believing she still cannot compete at Maya’s level. Maya, however, is glad to see that Mai has passed. Looking forward to the process she will make before the next leg of the IU, Maya asks for Mai’s name. When Maya hears “Kazama,” she wonders if Mai is somehow related to Maki Kazama. Maya can hardly believe she is talking to Maki Kazama’s daughter! She has heard quite a bit about her and her dancing legacy. It almost seems as though Maki has passed her expertise to her next of kin. Maya promises to remember Mai’s name. Kagura and Himeko arrive and interrupt their little conversation. Kagura is angry at Maya for trying to fraternize with the enemy. What if her producer heard her now? NAZO will win the IU and destroy all enemies—wannabe idols from cheap middle-class companies who are essentially the bane of the entertainment world. NAZO takes their leave with Kagura and Himeko claiming their next encounter with ZetaPro will be their last.

Once everyone gets back to the office, Mai starts to cringe in pain. Intense pressure on her foot during the earlier audition has irritated her sore ankle once again. After Kenji wonders what happened to her, Mai decides to tell the truth. Kenji and the other two idols are worried sick and wonder why she did not tell him about it earlier. The way she has been practicing and performing, her damaged ankle will get worse if not treated properly. Mai felt as though she must keep improving her abilities for her mother’s sake…no matter what it takes. In order to fulfill her dying wish, she felt as though she had to become the very best dancer in all Japan. This includes surpassing Maya. Plus, she was worried that her injury could potentially put an end to her career, thus preventing her from realizing her mother’s dreams. Kenji feared Mai would one day push herself too hard after her first encounter with Maya. According to him, Maki would not have wanted Mai to become the absolute best. Nor would she have wanted her to push her very limits to the point where she hurts herself. Much like Kenji’s reason to become a musician, Maki likely became a professional dancer because it was her passion. She didn’t care if she was the best or defeating all of her rivals. She loved every moment, whether it be performing or teaching. She would have wanted Mai to enjoy dancing just as much as she did. Mai, beginning to tear up a little, figures Kenji is probably right. She apologizes to the others for being so selfish about her minor injury and her ambitions. Kaito arranges a meeting with a doctor in order to heal her ankle so she will be in tip-top shape by the time the next leg of the IU rolls around.

It only takes about a week for Mai to recover. Her ankle injury was minor, but it was a good thing Kaito and the doctors got it checked before it got worse due to Mai’s intense training. Kenji and the others are glad to see Mai back to full strength. In order to make up all the time she spent practicing by herself and worrying about her mother, she decides it might be a good idea to practice and bond with her partners. This way she can learn to sing better, improve her visuals, and even teach a couple of kinks to the younger and less-experienced idols.

After NAZO challenges ZetaPro to a showdown at the Harvest Moon Festival, Mai feels more than prepared to face off against Maya again. The time she spent training and bonding with her partners has helped her become an even better performer than before. After the performance is interrupted, Mai trips on her way down the steps and bangs up her ankle again. Kaito immediately rushes to the stage crew to get help. Even Maya is worried about her. Yamato shows up and begins to rub salt in the wound (but not literally). He immediately blames Kenji, believing he was running Mai into the ground, pushing her beyond her limits in order to help bring success to ZetaPro. According to him, lower-class companies often will do anything dirty in the book to make the most of their cash cow. Plus, Mai is a backstabber for betraying her mother’s last wish and is a disgrace to dancers everywhere, giving up professional dancing to become an idol. Mai is beyond angry at Yamato for all the cracks he made about her, her mother, and her producer. Kenji and the other two idols really helped change her view on dancing and being an idol in general. She now follows her own heart and passion rather than her mother’s. There is nothing dishonorable about that at all. Yamato scoffs at her statement, claiming she has let her partners make her soft. As NAZO heads back to their van, Maya sticks around and asks Mai to get well soon. She can tell Mai has grown a lot since the IU prelims, both in her talents and as a person. Maya is proud to call the daughter of Maki Kazama her rival. Kagura and Himeko call out to Maya, claiming they will leave her behind if she doesn’t hurry up, so Maya waves goodbye as she runs back to the van.

(to be continued)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on June 01, 2014, 07:00:13 am
Whew! Just managed to accomplish my goal. Curse you Mario Kart 8 and your addictiveness!

Kazama Mai's Route, conclusion

It takes about two weeks for Mai’s ankle to recover, causing ZetaPro to cancel an earlier concert. The unit is complete only when it’s three. Without Mai, they might as well not exist. Kenji and the other two idols spend some time together one week after the Harvest Moon festival just to show how much she means to the unit.

After the opening ceremonies of the IU finals, Mai overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya is eager to see what kind of competition her highly talented opponents will bring her, especially fellow competitive dancer Mai, who has come such a long way since becoming an idol. Yamato, however, is disgusted with her upbeat attitude, believing that her time with Mai has made her soft. According to him, if Maya ever expects to master her dancing and become even stronger, she must show no mercy to her enemies (especially low-lives like ZetaPro) and squash them like the insects they are. Let’s not forget that it was these low-class dogs that killed her parents in that brutal gang war she was caught in so many years ago. Yamato really does not want to fire Maya after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from that crime-infested dump full of painful memories. Mai cannot believe what she just heard. As Maya walks by her, Mai strikes up a conversation. She heard everything. She knows how it feels to lose family like that, but that did not stop them from becoming such amazing dancers-turned-idols. Maya starts to tear up a little, still finding it hard to believe how alike she and Mai are. She is proud to call Mai her rival. “May the best idol win,” Mai tells Maya as they shake hands and part ways for the evening.

The IU quarterfinal and semifinal rounds go on as usual. Realizing that NAZO will have to face Mai and ZetaPro in the finals, Yamato decides to hatch his greatest plan yet.

The next day as ZetaPro arrives at Tokyo Dome for the final showdown, Mai decides to spend a little time running through her routine on stage. Knowing who her opponent is and what she is capable of, Mai really wants to be able perform to the fullest extent of her abilities. Little does she know a part of the stage floor is wet and slippery from a recent mopping. Plus, there is no warning sign up. While she is practicing, Mai slips on the wet floor and lands harshly on her left ankle—the one that has been bothering her the past few months. The fall really rekindled the injury. She is able to stand up, but limps off the stage and back to the dressing room. Yamato soon gets a call and receives the news. He smirks triumphantly. Knowing Mai’s tendency to practice well before her performances, he decided to take full advantage of the situation in order to make sure Mai does not perform, ensuring NAZO’s victory in the finals. Maya, however, catches wind of her producer’s phone conversation and is very disappointed. In order to face Mai at her full strength, Maya decides to set things right.

Kenji and the other two idols are very worried after they see Mai limping into the dressing room. She tells them what happened regarding the wet floor and shows them her damaged ankle. Kaito does not like the looks of this injury. If it will not heal by the evening, she might not be able to perform. As Mai soaks her foot in icy water to soothe the pain, the other two idols consider dropping out of the IU. Mai figures she will be fine by the time of the performance, but Kenji really does not want her to push herself and make matters worse. All of a sudden, Maya appears. She heard about what happened and has brought some elastic bandages, wrapping them around Mai’s bad ankle. The last thing Maya wants to do is let Mai and the others give up after all they have been through. Besides, she knows that Mai is such an amazing performer and is not willing to let a setback like a sore ankle get in the way of a big performance. Maya will not be holding anything back in tonight’s performance and wishes to face Mai at her full potential.

That evening, Mai is feeling a lot more comfortable thanks to the bandage. Kaito clears her to perform, but considers rewriting her routine so as not to put pressure on it. Mai reluctantly accepts his offer, as arguing with him in a situation like this is pretty much pointless. As Yamato comes around to see how things are going, he is surprised to see Mai back on her feet. He thought for sure she had been put out of commission after hurting her ankle practicing. Maya appears and tells ZetaPro all that happened, including paying the janitor to mop the stage floor earlier in the morning. Yamato claims the floor was dirty from yesterday’s performances and needed a good cleaning. Besides it was not his fault that Mai decided to run through her routine the same place she did the morning before. Kenji and Mai are not buying his excuses. Kenji cannot believe his childhood rival would sink so low. Maya also barks out at Yamato, claiming a victory via dishonest terms would be empty. She demands a fair fight so that neither side will hold anything back in their performances. The chat with Yamato and final confrontation with NAZO goes on the same from there.

All of a sudden Mai whispers to her partners, “I’m going to do it.” She plans to perform no holds barred despite her ankle.

ENDING

Mai takes Kenji to Maki’s grave to chat. She’s still a little sore from her performance, but feels fine. Becoming an idol might have been one of the best decisions she has made as it has really helped change her life, especially thanks to her time with Kenji. She now follows her own heart while still following her mother’s wish, continuing to utilize her dancing talents and teach other idols a few tricks of the trade. Dancing is a lot of fun to her now that she sees it as less of a chore. Kenji wonders what she will do after the doctors get her injury completely treated. Mai looks towards Maki’s grave for a second…and decides to remain an idol. She loves all those opportunities to perform. Maybe she could teach some of her dancing skills to up-and-coming idols. As Mai prays to her mother, she tells her to especially thank Kenji for all the help in shaping her into the performer she always wanted to be. As Mai embraces her producer she tells him, “I think she’s smiling on you right now.”
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on June 02, 2014, 08:59:21 pm
Aw, Mai!

I really, really love Maya, actually. It's so nice and refreshing to have a sweet rivl like her involved. She's just wonderful.

And Mai's story with her mother is touching. I like her story, struggling between feeling like she's failing her mother and wanting to continue enjoying her time as an idol.

I'm glad you made the choice to stay an idol, Mai! Follow your dreams! *fist pump*
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 03, 2014, 03:29:16 pm
I'm thinking about writing up some silly skits involving my characters from time to time in order to show how I really write my fanfics.

As for Story Mode routes, I'm kind of stuck on who to do next. I am thinking of doing Asuka's to finish the Main Character Trio, but I'm also thinking another Vocal specialist like Reika, Nozomi, or Yoshino.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on June 03, 2014, 04:27:41 pm
I'm thinking about writing up some silly skits involving my characters from time to time in order to show how I really write my fanfics.

As for Story Mode routes, I'm kind of stuck on who to do next. I am thinking of doing Asuka's to finish the Main Character Trio, but I'm also thinking another Vocal specialist like Reika, Nozomi, or Yoshino.

I'd be cool with the comedic skits. I might actually do some for my Wrestling game.

As for who's next, Asuka. Just to get main characters out of the way.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 04, 2014, 04:38:54 pm
Thanks for the suggestion. It's decided...I will do Asuka's route next.

I'm still looking for a couple of skit ideas. I think I have got one involving measurement differences between the girls.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 06, 2014, 04:09:37 am
Now to finish off ZetaPro's Main Character Trio with Asuka.

Tendou Asuka’s Route

Kenji first meets Asuka in a dimly-lit room upstairs playing the piano. Having been close friends with her for many years, he is well aware of her talents in music. As Kenji opens the door, Asuka immediately recognizes his face, stops playing, and welcomes him with a bow. She’s very happy to see Kenji again, but is even happier to discover that one of her best friends has been selected to be her producer. Having performed with Sakura over the past few years, she is ready to show what she has learned.

As Asuka and her newly-formed unit pass their debut audition with flying colors, people overhear the name Tendou and begin whispering. Sure she’s got the musical skills, but others say it’s probably just a coincidence that this new idol’s family name happens to be Tendou.

One week after the events in the White Lotus Festival, Asuka, feeling a little gloomy, decides to stick around and chat with Kenji before going home for the evening. Her recent activities got her reminiscing of her time performing with Kenji and Sakura in their little amateur group. Everything they taught her in the past really helped her become more comfortable with her idol work. She had no idea how well-versed idols are in the entertainment community. So that’s why Sakura not only staged performances, but fan-made advertisement videos and gravure photoshoots as well. Asuka feels even more comfortable with Kenji as her producer, seeing how he is very friendly and reliable. As Asuka packs up and prepares to leave for the evening, she hears a familiar song on the radio. Kenji, seeing her interest, tells her it is a very well-known song written by a talented musician named Akihito Tendou. Asuka gasps. That’s the name of her father! Kenji is shocked. He had no idea Asuka has a famous father. Perhaps some of his musical talents have been passed on to her daughter. Asuka herself knows quite a few of Akihito’s songs and has learned to play them on the piano. Amazed, Kenji believes that perhaps this inherited talent of hers will carry her a long way in her idol career.

(to be continued)

Let's see if you can guess who Asuka's main NAZO rival will be...
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 07, 2014, 06:55:29 am
Yeah, it's Kagura.

Tendou Asuka's Route, cont.

The weather is hot on the day of the Sunny Beach Festival. Worried about Asuka, Kenji asks Kaito to urge the concert management to bolster the AC. Asuka is slightly startled upon catching a glimpse of her opponent but is ready to face her anyway. After ZetaPro gets blown out of the water, Asuka walks off stage red almost out of breath. Her fears are soon confirmed—her opponent is none other than Kagura Ichimonji, a fellow member and student leader of her school’s choir. Kagura finds it hard to believe that Asuka, of all people, decided to become an idol. To her, Sakura must have tainted her mind with her pathetic view of singing…about how it is fun and makes all who listen happy. She is well aware of Akihito’s legacy. “Where is your pride? Your family honor?” If Asuka is not willing to take her idol career seriously, she will go nowhere and only serve as a burden to her unit. As Kagura takes her leave, Asuka begins to feel groggy, breathe heavily, and cough a little. Nearly stressing out, Kenji urgently asks the stage crew for a bag of ice and asks Kaito what happened. It turns out the stage’s AC blew a fuse during the performance, unbeknownst to management. Kaito and the crew apologize for the mishap and will make it a priority to repair the AC ASAP. Lack of stage AC especially on a hot day like this could prove dangerous. On the way back to the office, Asuka rests with her ice pack over her head and the window open to let in some fresh air.

Once the group arrives back at the office, Asuka is feeling much better. She blames herself for the unit’s loss to Kagura not only because she believes she is nowhere near Kagura’s level, but also because of her “issues.” Even though Kagura is incredibly talented and a member of the super-popular NAZO, Asuka claims she could have performed better if she didn’t almost get sick during the performance. Kenji then asks her to tell everyone her secret. It turns out she has does not have the strongest constitution in the world. She is not very athletically skilled and gets sick more easily than others, causing her to miss school quite a bit. However, she does manage to keep up in her classes by receiving assignments from her teachers via email and lessons from private tutors. Kenji and Sakura are usually in charge of turning in completed assignments to her teachers. The President and the other two idols feel sorry for Asuka. Asuka starts to feel depressed. She really wants to continue to work hard for the sake of her friends, but she is starting to believe that what Kagura told her could be true. Kenji tells her not to let Kagura get into her head. Asuka is very talented in her own right and her weak condition has been a burden to no one…not Sakura’s amateur music group and not her idol unit. Asuka thanks everyone for their support as the unit goes home for the evening.

Meanwhile, Kagura is talking to a mysterious man (you know who). She is well familiar with her recent opponent, so, rest assured, this unit will not give them any problems on their way to the top.

One day after ZetaPro’s showdown with 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Kenji gets a call from Asuka. She’s home sick with a slight fever and really wants his company. After receiving directions, Kenji swings by Asuka’s apartment. Nobody else is home, so Asuka has to get the door herself. It’s very quiet in her home, but she’s used to it. Akihito is a famous composer who travels the world, but he has been away for so long it’s almost as if he disappeared. To make ends meet, Asuka’s mother works several jobs, often late. Because of her family’s situation, Asuka does not often see either parent…she was only three years old last time she saw her father. While she does maintain a cheerful yet gentile nature around her friends (like Sakura), she is often very unhappy and lonely, especially at home. Kenji and Sakura hold a special place in Asuka’s heart for being her first two friends and giving her a spark of happiness she had long forgotten. As Sakura was developing a passion for singing, she discovered Asuka’s talents and soon became a big influence in helping Asuka get involved in music too. While usually playing a passive role to the more energetic Sakura, Asuka really began to enjoy singing and playing the piano. Then there’s Kenji, who has been very kind and supporting of Asuka not just in music, but in her classes as well. Even if she had to miss a couple of classes due to illness, Kenji would always be there to help her study and catch up. He’s almost like a brother to her. Still, despite all the years he has known Asuka, he had no idea she essentially lives by herself. He decides to prepare a glass of cold orange juice for her to help with her fever. Asuka thanks him with a hug…there’s that kindness he has always shown her again. To her, being around Kenji and her friends is so special it more than makes up for the lack of time with her parents.

(to be continued)

Stay tuned! Someone from 765Pro will soon have a bit of involvement in her storyline...
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 08, 2014, 05:58:10 am
Tendou Asuka's Route, cont.

Their little meeting did not go unnoticed. Yamato’s spies have been eavesdropping, hoping to turn Asuka’s constitution problems into a scandal that could possibly destroy her career. Some gossip magazines have articles saying she could be a delinquent who frequently skips school, often using her “sickness” to her advantage. Is she secretly part of a gang? Or some kind of prostitution ring? Then there’s her “heartless” father who essentially abandoned his wife and daughter for his own selfish desires. As Asuka reads the slander-filled articles, she becomes upset almost to the point of crying. How could they make jokes about her poor constitution, but humiliate her father’s name like that? Fortunately for her, for every fan she loses, she gains another ten or more. Her talents more than make up for any of those sick rumors going around.

Asuka is in tip-top shape on the day of the IU prelims. Once she discovers that ZetaPro will compete in the same competition block as NAZO, she begins to lose confidence. Kagura appears before her along with the other two members of NAZO. Apparently, Asuka hasn’t learned her lesson yet. Kagura may have to dominate Asuka’s unit with NAZO’s full force in order to prove her point. Kenji and the others manage to get Asuka’s confidence back before heading out to perform. Much to the surprise of both Asuka and Kagura, ZetaPro manages to pass the audition by placing second, though the gap between them and the first-place NAZO is immense. Kagura figures the legacy of Asuka’s father is finally showing itself, but still she will never be a match for Kagura. To her, Asuka will only burden her unit because of her weak constitution and her beliefs that music is just fun and games. With her frail body and tendency to easily get sick, Kagura is surprised Asuka is able to keep up. The only reason her unit is popular is because of her father’s name and legacy. She should just save the rest of ZetaPro a load of trouble and quit now while she’s ahead.

As ZetaPro proceeds to exit the convention hall, everyone notices that Asuka is looking down in the dumps. She is starting to think that what Kagura said earlier was true. Kenji claims that Kagura is only trying to get into her head. Besides, Asuka has gained all that popularity not because of her father’s name alone, but because of her own talents and perseverance. Still, Asuka is worried that her illnesses will eventually cause her to miss work, lessons, performances, etc. and hold her unit back. For the sake of Kenji and the other idols, Asuka is considering calling it quits. All of a sudden, ZetaPro hears a familiar voice interrupt them. It is none other than 765Pro’s singer extraordinaire Chihaya Kisaragi, whom Asuka has admired ever since her idol debut! Chihaya could not help but overhear their conversation and is highly disappointed with what Asuka is saying. Giving up on her talents because of her issues, even if it’s for the sake of her friends, is just selfish. In fact, Chihaya has heard some of her recent recordings and was very impressed. Just by hearing her voice, she could sense Asuka’s passion for singing. The reason why Asuka has become so popular is not because of her father’s name…not because of following Sakura’s shadow…but because of her own skills and determination. Plus, she should not let personal problems hold her or her friends back…something Chihaya herself has learned recently (getting over the loss of her brother). To her, Asuka really has the potential to become a superstar. She just has to follow her own heart and keep utilizing and enjoying her talents to the fullest. It’s what’s best for her and the rest of her unit. Feeling empowered, Asuka profusely thanks Chihaya for the pep talk as she takes her leave. Asuka tells the unit to forget about what she said about quitting her idol career and apologizes if she caused them any trouble. Kenji claims she has never been a burden to him or her friends even with her poor constitution. Getting to know her better really helps allow the unit to bond. Asuka returns to the van feeling much happier.

Over the next few weeks, Asuka can really feel the progress she has been making since her debut. As soon as ZetaPro receives a challenge to face NAZO at the Harvest Moon Festival, she feels ready to take on Kagura. Unfortuantely, a pyrotechnic malfunction cancels the performance. To make matters worse, Asuka, taking a while to get off stage, cannot take the intense heat of the flames and collapses. Kenji is shocked as she is immediately rushed to the infirmary. All of a sudden, Yamato shows up and proceeds to mock ZetaPro for their shortcomings. The fact they hired such a sickly girl is proof of how low common-class entertainment companies will stoop to make money. They probably used Akihito’s legacy as a selling point. They are probably working her to the bone without even caring about her constitution. Asuka is so pathetic she really brings shame not only to ZetaPro but to the Tendou family name. Kenji angrily strikes back against Yamato’s statement. He and the others do care about Asuka’s well-being. Despite her issues, it was her own talents and passion that allowed her and her unit to come this far. Akihito had nothing to do with it—Asuka became her own musician. Yamato just laughs at Kenji’s defense of Asuka and leaves with NAZO, claiming that keeping Asuka around will eventually sink ZetaPro.

Kenji and the others immediately head towards the medical station. According to the doctors, Asuka will be just fine. They were able to get her away from the flames and cool her off right away. Kenji and the other idols are relieved. It is normally very hard for Asuka to take this kind of heat, mainly because she gets fevers more easily than others. She awakens later that evening and groggily returns to the van with the rest of ZetaPro. Kenji offers her a popsicle to help her cool off and as a treat for such an amazing performance (before the fire), which she quickly accepts.

(to be continued)
Last part coming tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 09, 2014, 05:38:56 am
Tendou Asuka's Route, conclusion

Asuka continues to work, take lessons, and perform without incident. On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, she overhears a conversation between Kagura and Yamato. Kagura is relying on her producer to guide her to victory in the finals. Yamato knows she must win at all costs for the sake of her family honor. Asuka can hardly believe Kagura also has a musically-based family legacy. As Kagura passes by, Asuka tells her she has heard about the Ichimonji legacy and how it reminds her of Akihito. It almost seems strange how alike they are. Kagura, believing Asuka was eavesdropping on her, feels offended and claims they are far from alike as she runs back to NAZO’s meeting spot where Yamato’s limo is waiting.

On the first day of the IU finals, after Namco Angel gets knocked out in the quarterfinals, Chihaya reminds everyone to keep an eye on Asuka. If anyone has the potential of putting a stop to NAZO, it’s her. She can tell Asuka has become such an amazing idol by herself without regard to her father’s success.

One day later on the morning of the IU final match, Asuka decides to get some practice in on stage before the big performance. Unfortunately, she has a bit of a cough so Kenji urges her to rest, but Asuka insists. Knowing who she’s up against, she wants to be able to put on her best performance yet and bring out the very best of her abilities. Yamato decides to put his master plan into effect. He asks the staff to turn the stage’s heater to its maximum output. As Asuka is practicing, she suddenly begins to feel woozy. She coughs a bit, breathes heavily, and suddenly collapses from the intense heat. Kenji is scared beyond belief. Kaito is quick to react and contacts the staff to get her immediate medical attention. Yamato gets word about what happened and smirks triumphantly. With the unit’s talented leader out of the way, NAZO’s victory is all but assured.

According to Kaito and the medical staff, Asuka developed a slight fever. If it does not show signs of letting up by the evening, Asuka will not be able to perform in the finals. As Asuka wakes up, with the situation looking bleak, she considers letting the other two idols perform as a duet in her absence. Kenji thinks it might be a good idea, but the other idols disagree. To them, the unit does not even exist without Asuka. They would rather drop out of the competition entirely than perform shorthanded. While Asuka appreciates everyone’s concern, she thinks she might not be able to forgive herself if ZetaPro drops out because of her. The others claim she should not say something like that—it was not her fault. The heater was not supposed to be on at that time. If anything, blame the negligent management. Kenji decides to remain by Asuka’s side and wait to see how everything pans out. After Asuka’s partners get prepared, they immediately rush back to the medical center to continue to support their leader. Asuka is happy that everyone cares for her so much, especially Kenji, whom she is quick to give a hug.

Later that afternoon, by nothing less than a miracle, Asuka shows strong signs of recovery. She’s not at 100% but she feels comfortable enough to perform that night. While her partners are overjoyed, Kenji remains concerned. He does not want her to risk it. What if something goes wrong during the performance that will make things worse? Asuka’s last conversation with the group had her thinking. This isn’t about just her anymore…it’s about the unit. They have accomplished so much as three, not one or two. They should be able to perform as three for the biggest concert of their lives. Then there’s Kenji, who has always been by her side even before she became an idol. The kindness, devotion, and support of her producer has also been a big factor in the unit’s popularity. Asuka does not care if she’s not quite fully recovered…she will perform for the sake of her friends. Kenji decides to concede to her words…it sounds like nothing he is going to say will make her turn back now. Perhaps she got this determination from Sakura. As Kaito checks her up one last time, he concludes Asuka has made enough of a recovery from her fever and clears her to perform. Asuka happily goes to the green room to change.

Just before the final showdown is about to begin, Yamato arrives to laugh at ZetaPro’s misfortune. Suddenly, Asuka shows up in her stage attire…a little later than the others because she had to ask for directions from the staff. Yamato is shocked, thinking the staff forbade her from performing because of her fever. Asuka claims she does not know how, but she managed to recover quickly than expected. Kaito shows up with a shady-looking staff member. It turns out he was the guy who turned the stage’s heater on while Asuka was performing. Kaito got him to squeal, saying he works for RyuuseiPro and was following Yamato’s orders. Kenji can hardly believe what he has heard. Did Yamato deliberately make Asuka sick in order to prevent her from performing? He ought to report this to the cops! Yamato scoffs at his threats, claiming he has too much of an influence. Kagura then arrives, demanding her producer to fight fair. Yamato should have thought about how her family’s reputation would be tarnished if she won by dishonest methods. The rest of the final match goes on from there…

ENDING

Asuka invites Kenji to her apartment for a private chat. She’s still resting in bed to recover a bit after her winning performance at the IU finals. She thanks Kenji for all the support and care he has given her throughout her youth and her idol career. She has made so many new friends and feels like she has changed so much after meeting him and Sakura. Suddenly, the doorbell rings. As Kenji opens the door, who should show up but…Akihito Tendou himself! Asuka is overjoyed to see her father again after all these years. Akihito heard the news that his daughter became a big-time pop idol. He buys and enjoys all her CDs. When he heard she was performing at Tokyo Dome for a big competition, he had to purchase a ticket for the best seat he could find. She was so amazing out there. He could tell she became her own idol…it didn’t matter that she was a Tendou. At least he knows where she got all that musical talent from. ;) Akihito is so proud of Asuka’s accomplishments. When Asuka introduces him to Kenji, he thanks him for being such a great friend to his daughter. Akihito soon packs his bags because he can’t stay for long. He’s scheduled to perform in Singapore in two days and needs to book his flight and hotel room. As he takes off he tells Asuka, “Keep up the good work.”

Asuka is crying tears of joy as she embraces Kenji. She can hardly believe that her idol career allowed her to reunite with her long-lost father. It’s like a dream come true. Asuka has only Kenji to thank for this moment. He is a big reason why she became just about as famous as Akihito after all. Asuka then decides to repay all that Kenji has given her over the years by confessing her love for him!

Told you there would be more "Kenji x" shipments!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 13, 2014, 04:23:30 am
I am going to cover Megumi next. Besides, I kind of have a penchant for shy girls.

Minakami Megumi’s Route

Kenji first meets Megumi in one of the practice rooms. She is listening and singing along to music on her headphones. As soon as she notices Kenji, she is startled, immediately turns off the CD player, and apologizes, thinking she could have been bothering him. She claims she is not a very good singer, but Kenji says he really liked what he heard. The reason he chose to produce her is because he sees a lot of potential in her talents. Megumi is beyond surprised. Why let someone as pathetic and weak as her debut so soon? Still, it doesn’t hurt to at least try, so she is willing to give it her all for her producer, no matter how many mistakes she makes. Kenji has quite the daunting task ahead of him…not only to boost her talents, but her spirits too.

As soon as Megumi hears the news that she will lead an idol trio, she immediately has her doubts. “I’m no leader!” Despite her lack of self-confidence, her partners seem pretty interested to what she has to bring to the table.

Megumi is highly unsure she can pass her debut audition, but Kenji says otherwise. The music she knows is playing in the background. Think of it like she’s singing along to one of her CDs. Megumi sees his point, but is still worried she might mess up somewhere and, through some domino effect, drag her partners down with her. She manages to keep her cool and performs comfortably…well enough to pass. Still, Megumi believes the unit only passed because of her partners’ outstanding performances. She apologizes to the unit for somehow holding them back with her “lack of talent.” There’s no way she could have done this well by herself. Kenji and the others claim that she was a huge contributor to their successful debut. She’s a great singer—she just doesn’t know it. Megumi cheers up a bit, knowing she’s now a full-fledged idol and she’s being backed up by two very capable idols in their own rights. However, it will still take a while for her to reach her comfort zone, especially with upcoming promotions and concerts…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on June 14, 2014, 04:10:48 pm
I just want to say I enjoy reading about your characters! ^-^ I think it would be even better if you wrote about relationships between them as well! ^-^
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 15, 2014, 06:59:43 am
I just want to say I enjoy reading about your characters! ^-^ I think it would be even better if you wrote about relationships between them as well! ^-^

Thanks! I think that's a pretty good idea. I'll consider posting a few after I finish Megumi's Story Mode route.

Minakami Megumi's Route, cont.

Through hard work and constant support, Megumi claims her first festival victory and gains enough popularity to reach Rank E. She deeply apologizes to Ai after she bursts into tears from 876Pro’s loss. Eri tells Megumi she didn’t have to apologize—Ai is just like that sometimes.

That evening, Megumi decides to swing by a nearby entertainment outlet on her way home, looking for some new CDs. Much to her surprise, Kenji is also there. He has noticed that the unit’s single has recently sold out. Megumi is happy that people enjoy her songs, though she still thinks she’s way behind compared to the talents of her partners. Soon, she notices Yukiho’s newest single and scans it to listen to a demo. Kenji soon hears Megumi singing along to ALRIGHT* and walks over to her. When she sees him behind her, she’s startled, puts the CD back, and apologizes for singing out loud. Kenji tells her she didn’t have to apologize—if anything, he should apologize for accidentally giving her a scare. Megumi tells Kenji she really enjoys Yukiho’s songs. Her accomplishments were her biggest inspiration to become an idol in the first place. When a classmate and friend of Megumi’s heard her beautiful singing and suggested she should try to become an idol, she initially refused, claiming she just does not have what it takes to be an idol and is doomed to fail. Later, her friend decided to take her to see Yukiho in concert. She loved her songs and soon started to sing along. Megumi could tell from the 765Pro idol’s vibes—she was once as shy and scared as her. If someone like her could shed her timid nature and become such a successful idol, maybe Megumi can too. So she auditioned at ZetaPro and, much to her surprise, she passed. Kenji is confident that Megumi really does have the talents to become as popular as Yukiho one day. Megumi thanks Kenji for the chat, purchases the CD, and heads home for the evening.

As the days go by, Megumi gains more fans and confidence. When she hears that 765Pro will appear at the Sunny Beach Festival, she becomes a little uneasy. Sure, she might be able to meet her biggest inspiration, but the idols at 765Pro are so skilled and popular that she might not have a chance against them. At the festival, Himeko shows up in their place, much to Megumi’s surprise. Himeko soon backs up her confidence by mopping the floor with ZetaPro during the performance. Megumi is devastated from the loss and starts to cry. Figuring she’s the timid type lacking in self-confidence, Himeko makes matters worse by rubbing it in her face, claiming she’s pathetic, weak, and a sorry excuse of an idol who can’t do anything right. The unit really should disband because all Megumi will do is cause their ultimate downfall. Kenji tries to make her stop, but Megumi quickly runs back to the van in tears. Later that night back at the office, Megumi blames herself for the unit’s loss, believing what Himeko told her was true. She deeply apologizes to the others for being such a nuisance. According to her, she really is no leader. Why did the staff ask someone as weak as her to lead two other “much more talented” idols? Why did they tell her she has potential when she really has none? “I’m not a leader! I’m a failure to my partners and my producer!” Megumi runs out the door bawling her eyes out. The President worries about her. She really took that loss and especially Himeko’s insults hard. Kenji decides to take it upon himself to save Megumi from her pessimism. He spots her on a bench just outside the office. As he approaches Megumi, she thinks he is angry at her and has come to scold her. Kenji claim’s it is far from that—he’s trying to help. Megumi claims she has no potential, but has she ever heard herself sing, especially when she is singing along to her CDs? It’s not just Kenji, the President, or the other two idols. Everyone who listens admires her voice much more than her…um, other features (she is pretty busty for her age). The unit really couldn’t have become this popular without her contributions. Megumi is just really letting what Himeko said get to her head. Himeko may be extremely talented and popular but she’s nothing more than a pompous brat who is full of hot air. Sure, a loss is a loss, but people learn much more from their defeats than their victories. All ZetaPro can do now is just get back up, shake it off, and really put on a show in their next performance…but they really can’t do it without Megumi’s help because she is that important. She just has to trust in herself and her abilities. Megumi realizes she is pretty much fighting a losing battle. Kenji pretty much has a counter for every pessimistic thought she has. Nobody has ever given her encouragement and support like this before…not even her parents or her classmate who got her into the idol world. Knowing how much everyone in ZetaPro trusts her, Megumi decides to give it her all next week. She still doubts she can change, but with this much support behind her, it would not hurt to at least try.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 17, 2014, 05:26:59 am
Minakami Megumi's Route, cont.

It only takes a couple of successful promotions and concerts for the unit to get their groove back. On the night after their festival against 961/Ryuuguu Komachi, Kenji overhears Megumi talking to herself outside the office. She cannot believe how popular she has become since her debut. It’s like she’s living out her childhood dreams—and here she was thinking they would never come true. As soon as Megumi notices Kenji looking at her, she apologizes and tells him she didn’t mean to speak her thoughts out loud. Kenji tells her she didn’t have to apologize. Besides, her ever-growing talents are perhaps the biggest reason for the unit’s success. Megumi disagrees, claiming he’s only saying that to make her happy. Kenji assures her he is telling the truth. Still, he wonders. Since she’s such a good singer, why didn’t she decide to pursue her dreams sooner? Megumi suddenly looks a little down. Kenji is worried he might have mentioned something personal and says it’s just fine if she doesn’t want to talk about it. Megumi actually does feel like telling him, though, feeling she trusts him enough to keep her secret. It turns out Megumi had a passion for singing since she was six years old. Her parents loved hearing her sing along to their CDs and to the TV. She dreamt of one day becoming a big-time idol so that everyone else would enjoy her singing as well. One day when Megumi was seven, she was selected to sing in her school’s talent show. Two other students decided to give her candy for good luck. Little did she know these students were trying to prank her—this candy can clog vocal cords. Needless to say, the curtain closed hard on her sabotaged performance. Embarrassed, Megumi started to believe she was not a good singer at all and felt like she humiliated herself in front of everyone—even her own parents. With her dreams pretty much shattered, she lost all the self-confidence she once had. She tried to avoid making friends and felt like she was completely worthless. Later on, Megumi started singing along to her CDs again, only now she locked herself up in a closed room so nobody else could hear her. While she still kept her passion for singing, she decided not to do anything about it, feeling she was too weak to really be successful. This is why she initially refused her classmate’s request when she heard her singing in one of the choir room’s closed practice rooms years later. After hearing her story, Kenji tells Megumi, “And look where you are now!” That failed concert she held years ago was all in the past. They both still find it hard to believe she made such an amazing transformation. Megumi still might have her shy girl moments, but what has been a passion and a figment of her imagination has become reality. Still, Kenji does not want to stop there. His lead idol really has the talent and the potential to go even further. Megumi smiles, giggles a bit, and thanks his support with a hug. With that, the two of them head home for the evening.

Yamato’s spies have been eavesdropping on their conversation. Feeling Megumi is growing too popular for her own good, Yamato decides to pull out all the stops in order to dampen her spirits and ruin her unit. However, despite all the slander going on about her, Megumi continues to improve her talents and gain more fans.

As soon as the IU preliminary matches roll around, Megumi feels a bit uneasy. She knows several of the country’s greatest idols are going to participate and she doesn’t know if she even measures up to their level. Her confidence worsens further upon discovering ZetaPro has been placed in the same block as NAZO. Himeko appears before ZetaPro. She can’t wait to make Megumi cry again and teach her just how worthless she really is, especially now that she has to face NAZO at their full strength. As NAZO leaves to prepare, Kenji tells Megumi to calm down and ignore what Himeko told her. He plans to surprise Himeko by showing her just how much Megumi and the others have improved. Megumi and the others perform well enough to pass the audition, but place a distant second behind NAZO. Both Megumi and Himeko are surprised at the results. Megumi, however, is still a little upset that Himeko is still way ahead of her after all she has done. Himeko notices this and decides to rub salt in the wound. She claims the only reason Megumi has passed is because of the skill and popularity of her partners. Other than that, she’s still a pathetic weakling, especially for a leader. She holds back the others from their true potential. Basically, she’s a waste of space. She will never change no matter what she does. Besides, Himeko is too perfect and pretty to lose. Megumi is too scared to react to her insults. Himeko laughs as she walks away with the rest of NAZO, leaving poor Megumi in tears. She then apologizes to her partners and Kenji, claiming they would have had a chance against NAZO if she wasn’t so weak. Kenji decides to take drastic measures to help her and takes off looking for something. Megumi feels even more hopeless, believing he abandoned her because of her weakness. Her partners and Kaito try to tell her otherwise, but their words fall on deaf ears. As the group returns to the van, Kenji suddenly shows up with a surprise visitor—none other than Yukiho Hagiwara! Megumi is beyond surprised that her success has garnered the attention of her biggest inspiration. Yukiho tells her she watched her performances on TV a couple of times and really loved what she saw. To her, Megumi shows the potential to become an amazing singer, maybe even better than her one day. Megumi disbelieves her, claiming she’s only saying that to make her happy. Yukiho claims she knows for sure. Looking into Megumi’s eyes, she can see that timid, scared weakling she was years ago. However, because Yukiho’s friends never gave up on her, she never gave up on herself. Like Yukiho, Megumi has so many people supporting her through thick and thin and she doesn’t even know it. Some of them have been right in front of her this whole time…Kenji and the other two idols. Megumi wipes her tears and feels a lot better. She thanks Yukiho for the inspiration and tells her she is really amazing herself. Megumi says she never even considered being an idol until she saw one of Yukiho’s concerts. Yukiho is surprised herself and thanks her for the compliments. They both shake hands, wishing each other the best of luck in their idol careers. Suddenly, Haruka and Makoto call Yukiho back to 765Pro’s van. Yukiho is a bit startled, apologizes to them for taking so long, and heads back. Megumi apologizes to Yukiho for taking her time. She’s a bit happier now as ZetaPro heads back to the office.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 18, 2014, 06:56:55 pm
Minakami Megumi's Route, conclusion

Over the next few weeks, Megumi’s partners help her boost her skills and confidence. They know she tries her hardest and wants to get better. This allows the unit to bond.

Upon reaching Rank A, Megumi can really feel the progress she has made. Once she hears that ZetaPro has been issued a challenge by NAZO, she becomes slightly frightened. It almost seems as if they are just trying to bully Megumi. Kenji assures her that perhaps it just has something to do with the company itself—nothing against her personally. Besides, he believes his unit has become so amazing to the point where they might be able to stand up to NAZO this time around. On the day of the Harvest Moon Festival, Megumi tries her best to remain calm. Sure, NAZO’s skill is unparalleled, but it doesn’t hurt to at least try. Megumi takes a deep breath and takes the stage. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Not knowing what to do, Megumi is frozen in her tracks trembling in fear as the flames reach the stage. With time running out, Kenji boldly rushes in and takes Megumi off the stage to safety. Luckily, she was not hurt, but she is in tears and almost out of breath. As Yamato shows up to take NAZO home, he swings by ZetaPro, laughs at Megumi’s situation, and mocks the company for hiring such a helpless, pathetic weakling as an idol. Only a common-class company like ZetaPro would stoop so low. The only reason she could have become so popular is because her fans are a bunch of easily-moved pansies who felt sympathetic of Megumi. Kenji is fed up with his nonsense and angrily defends Megumi. He can tell Megumi has come a long way since her debut. What started off as a glint of self-confidence became much brighter the more progress she made and the more popular she became. She has become willing to try her hardest no matter what the outcome, even when facing near impossible odds. Plus, her two partners really enjoy having her as their leader. Megumi calmly awakens from her rest just as all this is going on. Yamato scoffs at Kenji, claiming he is soft and trying to help Megumi hide from her weakness. She would get fired immediately if she was working with a big-time upper-class company like RyuuseiPro. He laughs as he and NAZO walk away. As they leave, Kenji claims he will show just what Megumi has become once the IU finals roll around. Once Kenji helps Megumi back on her feet, everyone returns to the office.

That night, Megumi tells Kenji she heard everything during her rest. While she does apologize for causing Kenji a lot of trouble because of the fire, she thanks him profusely not only for helping her out of the fire, but always standing up for her against NAZO and their producer. Being around people like Kenji and the other two idols gives her the strength to carry on. She feels a lot more confident now than ever before. Next time ZetaPro faces NAZO, Megumi feels sure her unit will be able to perform at their level. She knows the road ahead will not be easy, but she will try her very hardest for the sake of ZetaPro. Kenji and the others are so proud of Megumi’s newly-found confidence.

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Megumi overhears a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Megumi can hardly believe it. Deep down, Himeko almost feels as insecure as she once was. She tries to chat with Himeko, somewhat sympathizing with her insecure feelings. Despite their differences, they have both become very successful idols. Himeko feels offended and tells Megumi they are far from alike. She’s perfect royalty and Megumi is a helpless commoner. Besides, Megumi doesn’t have to worry about her nationality. You know how some Japanese people are towards foreigners. Himeko runs off back to NAZO’s meeting point.

After Namco Angel gets knocked out of the running in the IU quarterfinals, Megumi helps comfort and cheer up Yukiho after Yamato mercilessly insults her. She can hardly believe how similar she is to Yukiho. Sure they still have their weak moments from time to time, but they have both grown so strong and have somewhat shed their timid natures since becoming idols. Yukiho thanks Megumi for her support and wishes her the best of luck in the next rounds. She knows her potential. She will be rooting for her.

Believing Megumi may have grown too confident for her own good, Yamato decides to try to spoil her good mood by flooding the ZetaPro inbox with a truckload of hate mail on the day of the finals. Since Megumi is the shy easily-broken type, he figures something like this will make her have a nervous breakdown, feel useless, and drop out of the competition, if not the idol world entirely.

As soon as Kenji receives the letters, Megumi is shocked. Never before has she seen so many vulgar and threatening insults towards her. Not one of them contained even the slightest bit of constructive criticism. Kenji is worried that all these messages might make Megumi lose her self-confidence. Much to everyone’s surprise, she just shakes them all off. This is not the time to worry about stuff that can’t be helped. Besides, there are so many people who enjoy her and her songs that the people who disapprove of her don’t even matter anymore. Megumi’s unit is about to perform in the biggest concert of their lives. They are going to need all the confidence they have got especially against NAZO. Kenji and the others are surprised. Normally Megumi would break down and cry in a situation like this, but now she’s aware of her abilities and is brimming with self-confidence! Everyone is so proud of her. As they prepare to head for Tokyo Dome, though, Megumi does look a bit concerned.

After ZetaPro gets dressed out and prepares for the IU finals, Kenji notices that Megumi is looking troubled. Truth be told, Megumi actually felt a little concerned about the hate mail flood. Now she is worried that something might happen during the performance much like the prank that ruined her concert almost ten years ago. If something goes wrong now, she fears she will be hated by everyone. Then, all of a sudden, Megumi hears a decent section of the crowd chanting her name. Plus, Kaito soon arrives with a special present for her. It’s a white rose and a letter that reads, “Do your best, Megumi-chan! All of us at 765Pro are cheering for you! Sincerely, Hagiwara Yukiho.” Megumi is so happy she’s moved to tears. All those hate letters mean nothing. Everybody is on her side. Kenji also wishes her the best of luck—he knows she can do it. Megumi confidently takes the stage with everyone’s support, ready to take on NAZO for the final showdown. As Yamato approaches in an attempt to pick on Megumi, he is flabbergasted at the sight. This was not supposed to happen. Megumi tells him she has changed a lot since becoming an idol. She is much more confident in what she does now knowing that so many people are supporting her and her talents, especially her producer after he stood up for her at the Harvest Moon Festival. Yamato claims all that hate mail was supposed to crush her spirits. It turns out he bribed several diehard NAZO fans to flood Megumi with insulting and threatening messages. Besides, he couldn’t have written them all by himself because people would be suspicious if they all had the same handwriting. Kenji overhears the truth and angrily tells Yamato to stop bullying Megumi and fighting dirty. Realizing his back is against the wall and Megumi is eager to take on NAZO no matter what the odds, he decides to fight fair. Now is Megumi’s chance to prove just how much she has grown!

ENDING

Megumi decides it is finally time to talk to Kenji in private. Becoming an idol really helped her change for the better. She has regained the self-confidence she had as a child and then some. Now she puts her all into everything she does without worry of failure. She has grown much more social in her daily life. She now strikes up a conversation with her classmate (the one who discovered her talents and encouraged her to become an idol) every chance she gets. Because of her time chatting with Kenji, she feels much more comfortable talking to other boys too…although she did have to turn down a date offer from one of them (because of the whole “idols can’t love” shtick). Megumi really has Kenji to thank for shaping her into the girl she is today. His constant care and support for her really helped her find some much-needed optimism. Despite feeling useless, being overly hard on herself, and her fear of failure, he never gave up on her, so she never gave up on herself. Megumi is especially grateful to him after saving her from the stage fire at the Harvest Moon festival and standing up to her in the face of Yamato’s insults. To show her appreciation, Megumi gives Kenji the white rose Yukiho gave her…and a big hug for good measure. Sure Yukiho was a big inspiration of hers, but Kenji was an even bigger one. Think of it as thanks for helping her “bloom.”
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on June 18, 2014, 10:30:04 pm
idols can’t love

Why is it ???

By the way, who is the next character?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on June 18, 2014, 10:40:26 pm
Why is it ???

Apparently, in Japan, idols that get in relationships get widely hated for doing so. I think its a purity thing or something.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 18, 2014, 11:54:12 pm
Once I get through with a couple of skits, I'll do Kaori, Momoko, and Hikari next.

I believe it probably is a purity thing. I heard about it on a blog bashing people for making explicit fanart of the iM@S girls. Still, that shtick can become pretty much moot when it comes to those doujin writers.

Speaking of, this issue became a big inspiration for Chiyo's story.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on June 18, 2014, 11:56:52 pm
Well, fandom in general tends to ignore certain rules just to make their ships possible. If we went by canon, then YukihoxMakoto would be impossible to have, or at least nearly.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on June 21, 2014, 01:34:31 am
If we went by canon, then YukihoxMakoto would be impossible to have, or at least nearly.

Not to mention MAKOTO'S NOT FREAKING LESBIAN. Hate to burst your bubble. But hey. It's canon, you guys. "Nice to girls" does not mean "in love with girls".
Sorry. I really, honestly, truly, do not like yuri pairings with the idols, not only because I really don't like yuri, but because I just don't like the idea of my girls being lesbos. I mean, most of them have canon crushes on Producer. So.

But this masterpiece of a thread is no place for Grace-Rants! This is a place for Zeta-Rants!

Both Asuka and Megumi kinda started out doubting themselves and made a journey to self-confidence. I love reading about that, and the girls are just so lovable! I'm really enjoying this.
Looking forward to more~!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 21, 2014, 06:49:13 am
:P Yeah, I could go on all day about what I have seen a few people say about Miki. Just because she brags a bit about her overdeveloped chest and canonically falls head-over-heels for the producer and because her puchi clings to every guy she sees doesn't mean she's a total S-L-U-T or "wants the D." That and people seem to label her as a stereotypical dumb/skanky blonde. Please don't soil mai hanii's name/innocence like that. :( Then there is my favorite pairing--Yayoi x Iori. Just because they are best friends doesn't mean they're lesbos. Same goes for "Spike-Top's" dedication for XenoChihaya.

Asuka did have a bit of a confidence battle mainly because (1) she was fighting her weak constitution and constant illnesses (thinking they might burden her unit) and (2) she wanted to become her own idol without relying on her father's legacy or living in Sakura's shadow.

Megumi, being the Yukiho type, grew realize she had so many people backing her up despite her lack of confidence (due to her sabotaged performance as a child) and over-apologetic, self-berating attitude. Being so alike and because Yukiho was almost named Megumi during iM@S's earlier stages of development, I really wanted Yukiho involved in Megumi's journey to find self-confidence too.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on June 21, 2014, 07:00:44 am
:P Yeah, I could go on all day about what I have seen a few people say about Miki. Just because she brags a bit about her overdeveloped chest and canonically falls head-over-heels for the producer and because her puchi clings to every guy she sees doesn't mean she's a total S-L-U-T or "wants the D." That and people seem to label her as a stereotypical dumb/skanky blonde. Please don't soil mai hanii's name/innocence like that. :( Then there is my favorite pairing--Yayoi x Iori. Just because they are best friends doesn't mean they're lesbos. Same goes for "Spike-Top's" dedication for XenoChihaya.

Please, compared to what I've seen, Miki's hots for her "Honey" is pretty much an innocent High School Crush. But I'm probably getting this thread off-topic, and I do sincerely apologize for doing that.

Megumi, being the Yukiho type, grew realize she had so many people backing her up despite her lack of confidence (due to her sabotaged performance as a child) and over-apologetic, self-berating attitude. Being so alike and because Yukiho was almost named Megumi during iM@S's earlier stages of development, I really wanted Yukiho involved in Megumi's journey to find self-confidence too.

I do like that little nod to iM@S Arcade. Pretty rare to see those nowadays. It also reminds me of Ai and Yukiho forming a good friendship with each other in Dearly Stars due to both having a lack of confidence in themselves. This is a little off, and is not a criticism, but whenever I hear Megumi in anything iM@S-related, I think of Megumi Tokoro from Million Live!, who is, ironically, the complete opposite of Yukiho and your Megumi. Not a criticism against your work, just a little personal nuance I had while reading. :P
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on June 21, 2014, 05:21:21 pm
:P Yeah, I could go on all day about what I have seen a few people say about Miki. Just because she brags a bit about her overdeveloped chest and canonically falls head-over-heels for the producer and because her puchi clings to every guy she sees doesn't mean she's a total S-L-U-T or "wants the D." That and people seem to label her as a stereotypical dumb/skanky blonde. Please don't soil mai hanii's name/innocence like that. :( Then there is my favorite pairing--Yayoi x Iori. Just because they are best friends doesn't mean they're lesbos. Same goes for "Spike-Top's" dedication for XenoChihaya.

Yeah, I'm with you there. *sigh* It probably has to do with how attached I get to my girls. They're like my children. I love the idea of Makoto and Yukiho as best friends, but taking it a step further is just...no. Please.
Hey, others can like that stuff and that's OK with me, but if that's the case I should be allowed to not like it.
Honestly though, I seriously think XenoYukiho/XenoChihaya is practically canon. Like, it goes beyond dedication when Chihaya LICKS YUKIHO'S FACE. Not to mention I'm pretty sure Yukiho LICKS CHIHAYA'S SHOULDER at one point. That's just flat-out WEIRD.  :o

Asuka did have a bit of a confidence battle mainly because (1) she was fighting her weak constitution and constant illnesses (thinking they might burden her unit) and (2) she wanted to become her own idol without relying on her father's legacy or living in Sakura's shadow.

Megumi, being the Yukiho type, grew realize she had so many people backing her up despite her lack of confidence (due to her sabotaged performance as a child) and over-apologetic, self-berating attitude. Being so alike and because Yukiho was almost named Megumi during iM@S's earlier stages of development, I really wanted Yukiho involved in Megumi's journey to find self-confidence too.

I like Asuka. I think she's a nice, original character, and it's interesting to see an idol with a weak constitution since I don't recall ever seeing that before. :)

Adding Yukiho into Megumi's story was a nice touch. :3 It's great for me seeing the canon idols show up in the girls' routes but no Makoto yet D: to help encourage them along. It helps kinda show off how caring the 765 girls are in comparison to people like 961 or RyuuseiPro.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 22, 2014, 06:24:01 am
Okay, okay, okay. Let's get this thread back on topic here. I actually decided to run through another Story Mode route.

Kousaka Kaori’s Route

Kenji first meets Kaori at a nearby mall doing some shopping. She is running down the hall (a bit lethargically while her breasts bounce around like crazy) and appears stressed out. Before Kenji could try to talk with her, she immediately hides in the nearby bathroom. Soon, four boys run towards Kenji and ask him if he has seen a “luscious blonde babe with huge boobs” go by. Figuring they are probably pursuing Kaori, Kenji tells them he just saw her rush out the front door. Perhaps she was late for work or something. The boys, falling for his lie, immediately run out the door. Kaori soon emerges from the bathroom to check if the coast is clear. Kenji gets a good look at her and is amazed by her goddess-like beauty the President was talking about. He tries calling out to her, but she’s still aimlessly looking around. He then taps her shoulder, which is enough to get her attention. Kaori then asks him if he had seen four boys who were chasing after her. Kenji tells her what happened and soon gets her thanks for the help. Kaori is a bit confused after Kenji introduces himself. “Um…what’s a producer? How do you know my name? And how do you know the President?” It takes her a while to discover that she will debut under ZetaPro’s name. Kaori feels pretty happy now that Kenji straightened things out. He helps her carry her bags on the way back to the office.

It seems that striking up a conversation with Kaori can be quite the challenge. She constantly has her head in the clouds and is pretty slow to the trigger. It’s not that she’s lazy—she’s just incredibly ditzy. She can be a hard worker, but prefers to work at her own pace. How can someone like her become an idol?

On the day of her debut, one of the judges feels a sense of familiarity with Kaori’s name but allows her to audition nonetheless. Much to Kenji’s surprise, she feels very comfortable on stage and puts on a solid first performance. It’s almost like she has done this before…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 25, 2014, 03:54:18 am
Kousaka Kaori's Route, cont.

Some of Kaori’s promotions involve portraying the love interest of a vampire hunter in an upcoming play (Castlevania), performing in a mall during a card game tournament (Yu-Gi-Oh!), and advertising for commercials with Edo era (Goemon), stealth agent (Metal Gear), and octopus/penguin (Parodius) themes. Sometimes during dance lessons, she envisions arrows flying around for some strange reason (DDR).

Despite her airheaded nature and slow rhythm, Kaori is still performing wonderfully on stage and helps her unit achieve Rank E and win in their first festival. The night after the White Lotus Festival, Kenji commends Kaori for her impressive performance habits. He feared she would be incredibly sloppy on stage during the first couple weeks he has known her. He then asks if she has been involved in performing arts such as singing, dancing, or acting in the past. Kaori does recall working as an idol one year ago as she pulls one of her old single CDs from her backpack. Kenji recognizes the logo on the bottom-right hand corner of the disc cover—573Pro. He wishes to listen to her song (Ikenai Lip Stick), so Kaori plays the CD on the practice room’s stereo. Kenji is a little surprised, finding the lyrics somewhat risqué. Still, according to Kaori, what she has done with ZetaPro feels a bit different from her activities with 573Pro. When Kenji asks her why she left her former company, she is not very sure. She does know she admires the idol world and joined ZetaPro on a whim, thinking it would help shape a more certain future. Kenji is concerned she might be keeping a secret but then again, it’s like her to simply forget stuff like that.

Weeks later at the Sunny Beach Festival, Kaori’s unit is defeated singlehandedly by Himeko. As Himeko shows up to mock ZetaPro and flaunt her status, she senses an air of familiarity with Kaori. That creamy blonde hair…that extremely ditzy voice…those voluptuous breasts…it had to be her, the exhibitionist of 573Pro! She thought 573Pro let her go because Kaori tried to gain money and fans through her sex appeal and songs with ecchi lyrics and dance routines. And now ZetaPro has the gall to give a total skank like her another chance in the idol world? Himeko demands the unit to disband, claiming them to soil the name of idols everywhere. Kaori starts to stress out from Himeko’s degrading names and comments. The stress is too much to bear, causing her to fall to her knees and cry. Kenji tries to brush Himeko off, but she claims she is a princess and takes no orders from peasants like him. Still, time catches up to her as she leaves the scene laughing proudly.

Back at the office, Kaori still has a headache from all that stress. Some of the more serious idols will blame her for the unit’s loss, believing she was being her usual airheaded self and was not focusing at all. Kenji wonders why Himeko made all those “exhibitionist” comments towards her, worried that something like this could sink her career if what Himeko said was true. Kaori tries her best to remember, but stresses out again. Kenji gives up on the conversation, believing she probably would not want to talk about it.

Kaori manages to regain her composure after a couple of successful performances and promotions. One day after the festival against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Kaori is sitting next to a big tree while reading Water Margin (Suikoden is based off this book). She sees Kenji passing by and, feeling a little lonely, offers him to join her, which he accepts. This tree is one of Kaori’s favorite places to visit. It’s very relaxing. Plus, right next door is her old private high school where she graduated a little less than a month before joining ZetaPro. According to the rumors, couples who confess their love under this tree will be together forever (Tokimeki Memorial). During their chat, 573Pro idol Yoshiko Momoyama shows up, recognizing her old friend and partner. She has heard about Kaori’s success with a new production company and wants to know a little bit more about her experience with them. She then notices Kenji and finds it a bit surprising that someone as young as him could be her producer. Figuring he is the type who would take full advantage of Kaori’s assets and naivety, Yoshiko decides to “play” with him a little. Kaori begs her to stop, recalling the sadistic teasing she gave her during her days with 573Pro. To Kaori, Kenji has been a very kind, caring, and supportive producer. Under his management, she has made quite a bit of progress in her talents while steadily improving her formerly tiny comfort zone. Yoshiko is impressed. Here she was thinking Kaori was through being an idol after what happened during her short career but it seems as though she has adjusted to the change very well. Recalling Himeko’s comments towards Kaori, Kenji is curious and asks her what made 573Pro let her go. Yoshiko decides to answer, figuring Kaori would likely forget. Contrary to what some people believe, it was not 573Pro’s decision to release Kaori. It was not her decision to promote herself the way she did. The production staff wanted to promote Kaori more for her sex appeal than her talents. She only performed two songs: her solo Ikenai Lip Stick and Ifuudoudou in a duet with Yoshiko. Her CD covers and music videos were even more risqué than the lyrics she sang. She would participate in very exposing gravure photoshoots (though her “most tender spots” are still covered)…one of her most popular was of her posing naked with a soft red blanket (a reference to Kaori’s namesake character). Naturally, Kaori was too naïve to object to the staff’s questionable methods, thinking it’s just part of her promotion as an idol. Yoshiko, however, didn’t mind either…she really enjoys teasing her fans as much as she does Kaori. One day, Hanabi, Kaori’s overly strict mother, caught wind of the company’s exploitation of her daughter and angrily revoked her contract with them. However, the staff decided to cover up the incident with the gossip columnists. They claimed the suggestive promotion methods were all Kaori’s idea, causing them to immediately fire her. Incredibly offended by their lies and humiliation, Hanabi filed a lawsuit against 573Pro’s staff and won a tidy sum. While the staff members involved in the scandal wound up fired, some fans still believed Kaori to be an exhibitionist. Kenji can hardly believe it. No wonder Himeko kept making those cracks about her. She knew about her past. Kaori decides to pitch in. Hoping to make her more ladylike, Hanabi never wanted Kaori to become an idol again, believing they are sex-crazed S-L-U-Ts who sacrifice their dignity for the sake of their fans. Still, Kaori was rather intrigued from seeing the activities of other idols. Since she is still not too certain about her future, she decided to start her idol career from square one, this time with ZetaPro. Kenji is glad she is still following her heart, but is a little worried that her past activities could come back to bite her in the future. Yoshiko has to run back to 573Pro and practice her new song, but she wishes Kaori good luck with her career and her future as she leaves. Kaori decides to head home too, thanking Kenji for spending some time with her.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 27, 2014, 06:04:13 am
Kousaka Kaori's Route, cont.

Little did Kenji, Kaori, and Yoshiko know that Yamato’s spies have been eavesdropping on their conversation. It did not take long for them to immediately send their hot scoop to gossip panelists. “The exhibitionist idol is back! Kousaka Kaori, the former dumb blonde idol of 573Pro, continues to “expose” herself to her fans under a new company!” Kaori doesn’t seem to mind when she sees it (mainly because she has no idea what’s going on), but Kenji and the president find the articles very offensive and full of lies. None of her songs, performances, promotions, or photoshoots with ZetaPro have been anything out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, Kaori continues to gain new fans. Plus, some long-time fans have pleased with all the changes she has made under ZetaPro’s management.

On the day of the IU preliminaries, the 573Pro idols immediately recognize Kaori and swing by her group to say hello. They have all heard about Kaori’s recent success courtesy of Yoshiko and are very proud of her. Rika would always buy her newest singles. Yoshiko introduces Kenji to Erisa, Rika, and Koneko, their newest member. She tells them about how his kindness and support have been a big factor in Kaori’s success with ZetaPro. It turns out 573Pro is going to try to enter the IU as well. They’ve got a new production staff and a couple of brand new songs to try out. They wish Kaori the best of luck as they get ready to audition. When Kaori discovers that ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, she forgets who NAZO is. Once Himeko shows up, Kaori immediately recognized her as the girl who tormented her at the Sunny Beach Festival. Believing Kaori was not humiliated enough during their last encounter, Himeko decides to use this as an opportunity to teach her she does not deserve to be an idol. What will it take for her to bow to her princess? Kaori thinks Himeko is scary, but Kenji and the others help calm her down so she can focus on her performance. Much to Himeko’s surprise, ZetaPro manages to pass the audition (although placing a distant second from NAZO). Still, she simply laughs at Kaori, claiming she will never be able to surpass a princess like her. The only reason Kaori is so popular is because of her large…assets. Besides, it’s only a matter of time before her past comes back to bite her. “There is no escape from the past,” Himeko warns Kaori as she exits the venue laughing.

Back at the office, Kaori is in for shocking news from the President. Earlier, Hanabi came storming into the office, told him she did not agree to Kaori becoming an idol, and demanded him to tear up her contract with ZetaPro. As of today, her daughter will no longer be an idol. Kaori is distraught. She knows Hanabi stands so strongly by her opinions that almost nothing anybody says will make her look the other way. As Kaori sadly packs her belongings and heads for home, Kenji interrups. From what Yoshiko told him, Hanabi sounds like she has a pretty judgmental view of idols. Not willing to let her destroy her daughter’s happiness, he decides to personally join Kaori in convincing Hanabi to reconsider.

The next day, Kenji arrives at Kaori’s house. He and Kaori sit at the table with Hanabi to chat. Hanabi claims the idol world is a bad influence on someone like Kaori. To her, idols are willing to throw away their dignity for the sake of appeasing their fans. Their stage outfits tend to be too revealing, they sell with their bodies, their minds are corrupted by their fame, and are, in general, sex-crazed attention hogs. When 573Pro scouted Kaori more than a year ago, Hanabi allowed Kaori to audition although she did have her doubts. After seeing the material 573Pro made Kaori shell out to the public, Hanabi could not forgive herself, claiming she made the dumbest decision in her life. The reason Hanabi pulled Kaori out of ZetaPro is because she wants her daughter to act more proper, ladylike, and well-behaved like an ideal woman. While Kenji understands how she feels after what Kaori went through at 573Pro, her vision of idols is wrong. Idols are considered pure. They know there is a fine line when it comes to appealing to their fans. He then recalls his conversation with Yoshiko, who once worked under the same roof as Kaori. According to Yoshiko, after Hanabi sued 573Pro, it turns out most of their management was corrupt and exploited their idols’ naivety, causing the President to immediately fire all the staff involved in the scandal. Since then, the idols’ material has become much more suitable, utilizing the most of their natural talents. Once Kaori joined ZetaPro, she could tell her experience was a lot different than before. The production staff, especially Kenji, have been very kind and supportive of her throughout her career. He’s probably the sweetest guy she ever met. Even though she has gained national renown, Kaori still maintained her innocent, easygoing nature (although she still stresses out as easily as before and has her ditzy moments every now and then). Kenji tells Hanabi she is very lucky to have such a talented daughter as Kaori. Still, Hanabi refuses to change her decision. Kenji then asks Hanabi to think about her daughter’s future. Kaori decides to step in and speak her thoughts. Before she became an idol, Kaori had no idea what to do with her life. She couldn’t find anything she was comfortable with. She was in and out of several after-school activities because either they were too much for her or the other members did not get along with her. People were chastising her to get into an after-school activity, which stressed her out. When Kaori was scouted by 573Pro, she joined on a whim, thinking it would be a good way to shape her clouded future. Once she escaped their corrupt managers and joined ZetaPro, it seems she found her true calling in life. She felt more and more comfortable the more she practiced, made public appearances, and performed on stage. Plus, she has the constant support of Kenji, the President (both have treated her very responsibly), her two partners, and her old friends at 573Pro. When Hanabi had Kaori’s contract revoked, it felt like a chunk of her future just vanished. Kaori felt so happy being an idol. She does not want to be stuck in the middle of a fork in the road again. Seeing Kaori’s sad face makes Hanabi feel a bit guilty. While she loves her daughter and wants her to maintain her “ideal woman” nature, being stuck made her unhappy. Kenji asks Hanabi once more to reconsider her decision for Kaori’s sake. After a moment of pause, Hanabi finally decides to allow Kaori to continue her work as an idol. She figures if she truly loves Kaori, she should set her free and let her follow her own heart. Hanabi tells Kenji she will speak to the President and give him the OK to let Kaori keep her contract and continue her idol work. She then apologizes to Kaori for paying no mind to her feelings before. Kaori sincerely thanks Kenji for helping her make her mother have a change of heart. Kenji really cares about Kaori and her future. Kenji then thanks Hanabi for the time, letting her know that Kaori really has the potential to become a superstar one day. Kaori will resume her work the following weekend.

(to be continued)

On a side note, Hanabi is meant to be based off Honey, the pink cloud zone boss from Parodius Da, who looks remarkably similar to Kaori (the one from Sexy Parodius).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 28, 2014, 07:56:49 pm
Kousaka Kaori's Route, conclusion

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Kaori overhears a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. On the other side of the fence, Kenji wonders what has got Kaori’s attention. Kaori is pretty certain she hears Himeko’s voice but she had no idea what she was talking about. There was just too much going on that she couldn’t focus on the conversation. Soon, the 573Pro idols arrive and congratulate Kaori for advancing to the finals. They also advanced to the next leg of the tournament, mostly thanks to their new and improved production staff. Yoshiko never figured she would have to face her former partner one day, but once they enter Tokyo Dome, they will be rivals. The idols from both sides wish each other the best of luck in the finals as they head home for the evening.

Later that night, Yamato sends his spies to search every nook and cranny of the 573Productions building for unreleased material that could likely wreck Kaori’s career. One of the spies may have found something after finding another spy fainted from a nosebleed of epic proportions. Yamato takes a quick peek and hastily puts it away, blushing a bit. It looks like he found what he was looking for…

During the IU quarterfinal matches, ZetaPro advances while 573Pro gets eliminated by Project Fairy. Yoshiko and the others decide to stick around and support Kaori for the rest of the tournament. Rika tells Kaori, “Give ‘em (Project Fairy) one for your old comrades, girl!”

The next morning on the day of the finals, Kaori receives an ominous red letter with a dragon motif. “We have got our hands on an unreleased erotic photoshoot from your days at 573Pro. Drop out of the IU finals and surrender to RyuuseiPro by the 6:00 tonight or these photos will be displayed on the dome’s jumbotron for all to see before being released to the public. There is no escape from your past, exhibitionist idol!” Kenji gets angry, finding it hard to believe Yamato would stoop so low as to threaten Kaori like that. Kaori does not seem to recall participating in such a scandalous photoshoot, but the ultimatum does make her a little stressed. As she goes outside to take a breather, she meets Yoshiko again. Yoshiko wonders why Kaori would be so worried when her unit is going to participate in the finals. Kaori lets Yoshiko know about the ultimatum Yamato sent her. Yoshiko is shocked. She remembers a time when Kaori was involved in a very sketchy photoshoot just after she was getting finished with a shoot of her own. In these photos, Kaori was completely in the buff (with her tender spots exposed and everything), posing very erotically, and took several pictures loaded with innuendos. Unfortunately, Kaori naively believed it was all part of the promotion. It was going to be released in an adult magazine until Hanabi came along and revoked her contract with 573Pro, so it was never publically released. Yoshiko fears Kaori’s entire career will be a shambles if this photoshoot does get released this way. Kaori considers dropping out, but the 573Pro idols and especially Kenji prevent her from doing so. Wishing to let her former partner perform without mishap, Yoshiko considers a plan to counterattack. She tells Kaori to get prepared while the 573Pro idols work their magic. Kenji and Kaori thank them for the help.

While Kaori and the others get dressed and run through their performance one last time, Koneko, using her cat-like instincts, sneaks into NAZO’s quarters, steals the photos (as well as the negatives) from under Yamato’s nose, dashes away like lightning, and gives them to Yoshiko. Kenji gets a call from Yoshiko telling him the coast is clear. That evening, Yamato is surprised to see Kaori dressed out and ready to perform. She really must be a masochist if she wants to be punished for her past perversion this way. All of a sudden, Yoshiko shows up with the unreleased photos in hand. Yamato is shocked and asks where she got those photos. Yoshiko considers them a part of Kaori’s past that has been long forgotten. She then exits the stage in order to shred the scandalous photos, laughing triumphantly. Yamato gets angry and tells Kenji and Kaori they only got lucky because they have resourceful friends. Kenji demands a fair fight, finding it hard to believe the rival he once respected would stoop so low as to use Kaori’s past to destroy her career and assure victory for NAZO. Kaori wishes to show NAZO just how much she has changed since her days at 573Pro. The past no longer matters. It’s all about the present!

ENDING

As Kaori goes on stage to accept the championship trophy, she can’t really think of anything to say, so she turns it over to her former comrades at 573Pro. Yoshiko, Erisa, and Rika (Koneko stays in the audience because she was not with 573Pro during Kaori’s days with them) are all very impressed with what Kaori has accomplished since switching to ZetaPro. When she was with 573Pro, it was not her decision to promote herself the sketchy way she did; it was due to the company’s corrupt management at the time who took advantage of her naivety and promoted her for her sex appeal. Kaori was not fired for her exhibitionist practices; her mother pulled her out to prevent further exploitation. The corrupt staff members tried to cover it up, but Kaori’s mother saw through their lies and successfully sued the company, causing the president to immediately fire the management. Kaori’s new production staff has been very caring and supportive of her, promoting her talents as an idol the proper way. They watched her recent performances and could tell just how much she has improved. With all she has been through, 573Pro is proud to call Kaori a top idol. Kaori thanks her former partners as she and the rest of her unit prepares for their encore performance.

That night, Kaori chats with Kenji just outside the office. Embracing him tightly, she thanks him for all the support he has given her since the day she changed companies. Her comfort zone feels almost a thousand times stronger than it was when Kenji met him that day at the mall. Not only that, but all of her caring friends helped her clear her past name. Because of all the memories Kaori had with Kenji, she finds the true life of an idol very special. Thanks to her producer, her future has been decided…she will continue her idol career. Once she’s done with that, she wants to become a casual singer and model. Suddenly, Kaori gets a text message on her phone. It’s from Hanabi. She says she is very proud of her daughter’s accomplishments. She can really tell Kaori enjoys being an idol and wishes her a long, successful career for years to come. She also thanks Kenji for helping her wake up. “Idols really are special. I am proud to call my dear Kaori an idol.” Kaori continues to embrace Kenji, squeezing his face between her gigantic breasts.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on June 30, 2014, 05:49:52 am
Once again I have made a few VA changes.

Due to impending health issues concerning Nana Mizuki, Nozomi's VA has been changed to Marina Inoue.
Hotaru is now voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro, inspired by her Jolyne Cujoh voice.
Kotone is now voiced by Saori Hayami, inspired by her Hsien-Ko voice.

Also, big news! Who's going to Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year? I am! I will be around from Thursday through Saturday. I'll be showing off some unreleased Neo Vision artwork for those who are interested! They will be posted here after the con.

My next Story Mode route walkthrough will be Karen, seeing that her birthday is on July 1.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on June 30, 2014, 05:57:23 am
Kotone is now voiced by Saori Hayami, inspired by her Hsien-Ko voice.

Also, big news! Who's going to Anime Expo in Los Angeles this year? I am! I will be around from Thursday through Saturday. I'll be showing off some unreleased Neo Vision artwork for those who are interested! They will be posted here after the con.

No homo, but I freaking love you for referencing Darkstalkers! :D! That series deserves MUCH more attention than it gets and its long overdue for a new installment!

Anyway, I can't wait to see the new illustrations! Too bad I'll be out of the country by the time you're in LA. XP!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on July 05, 2014, 08:12:10 pm
Kaori's story was really interesting to me. Maybe I just like journeys. Or maybe I just like you. XD

I think it just came across as very realistic. There are idols out there that are exploited for sexual reasons. And the way Kaori's mother reacted was really just perfect.

So yeah. I like Kaori.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 07, 2014, 07:49:01 am
Hi everyone! Sorry about the late update. Most of my week was spent at Anime Expo. Anyway, on to business. With her birthday on the 1st and Independence Day, my next Story Mode run-through will be of ZetaPro's cute half-American idol Karen Hoshikawa!

Karen Hoshikawa’s Route

Kenji first meets Karen close to a nearby shopping district. She’s apparently stalking and fawning over a cute boy. Kenji feels a little uncomfortable with her slightly creepy behavior and exacts some caution when trying to get her attention. Karen gets a little pissy at Kenji for distracting her, but she immediately recognizes him as the producer from the Black Pearl Festival and says hello. When she hears the news of her debut, her mood becomes incredibly bright and she begins to blush a little.

Karen feels a little troubled before her debut audition. Kenji wonders what is bugging her, but she tells him everything is fine—she’s just a little nervous. Kenji can understand. Almost every performer hopes to make a good first impression. Going up on stage with so many people watching is almost always nerve racking for the first time. Karen takes a deep breath, but is still a little worried. “I hope they will accept me,” she whispers to herself. She dazzles the judges with her amazing performance, allowing her unit to pass the audition. Karen gets her energy back and breathes a sigh of relief. Now she can accomplish her goals.

One day after the White Lotus Festival, Kenji sees Karen at a fast food restaurant staring at a cute boy while blushing a bit. Kenji recognizes him as the same guy from the shopping district where he first met Karen. After Karen says hi, Kenji wonders why she has been stalking this boy. He might be creeped out by her advances. Karen claims she has been so stealthy when stalking him he has not really noticed her at all. This boy’s name is Seiya Oozora. He has been a classmate of Karen’s since elementary school. She had a crush on him since the very beginning, but never had the courage to even approach him outside class, let alone confess her feelings to him in person. Seiya is the biggest reason Karen decided to become an idol in the first place. Using her singing and dancing talents acquired from her mother (a former Broadway performer), she desires to sweep Seiya off his feet and then confess to him at the peak of her popularity. That’s usually how it works in the stories she has heard about. Kenji thinks it’s a pretty interesting goal and wishes her the best.

(to be continued)

Kaori's story was really interesting to me. Maybe I just like journeys. Or maybe I just like you. XD

I think it just came across as very realistic. There are idols out there that are exploited for sexual reasons. And the way Kaori's mother reacted was really just perfect.

So yeah. I like Kaori.

I'm glad you like her. She was fun to play around with outside her fanservice (B98...boing boing), airheaded moments, and Konami references.
A journey to escape such a humiliating past. I bet some real-life idols have to put up with the corrupt production Kaori had to deal with.
Then there were Kaori's former partners. You can tell everyone still cared for her very much, especially Yoshiko (mainly just because she enjoys dominating and teasing her from time to time just to see Kaori's stressed reaction. Remember how I said she was a bit of a sadist?).
And let's not forget that her experiences made the polite and strict Hanabi very judgemental towards idols. That is until Kenji came along and woke her up.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 09, 2014, 06:16:41 am
Karen Hoshikawa's Route, cont.

On the day of the Sunny Beach Festival, Karen gets a glimpse of her opponent and gets chills down her spine, but sucks it up and confidently takes the stage. Unfortunately, her unit gets singlehandedly defeated. Karen’s fears are realized when her opponent is revealed to be Himeko Saegusa of NAZO. Himeko proceeds to rub her victory in ZetaPro’s face and insult Karen, calling her a half-breed. Himeko never loses to commoners, especially “dumb skanky blonde filth” like Karen. To make matters worse, she even tells Karen she plans to steal Seiya away from her, claiming he would rather be with a gorgeous, perfect princess like her than someone of mixed blood, no matter how “sexy” they claim to be. Karen is upset by her insults and starts to cry while Himeko laughs proudly as she leaves the venue.

Back at the office, Karen reveals that she had to deal with NAZO in the past. When she was still with 961Pro, NAZO challenged and utterly destroyed them in a festival performance. Their producer proceeded to torment Kuroi, mocking his company’s so-called “legendary” reputation and even calling him a has-been. Kuroi was beyond frustrated but surprisingly, despite his policies, he didn’t wind up firing his unit, calling it sheer dumb idiot luck to lose to the new idol super-sensation. Karen knows NAZO’s power and popularity are for real, especially seeing that they are capable of making short work out of one of the biggest idol companies in the business. She is still in tears from the earlier festival. Being ridiculed for her mixed nationality is one thing, but threatening to steal the love of her biggest crush was just salt to the wound. Kenji comforts her and urges her not to take what Himeko tells her seriously. She may think she’s a princess, but she’s just a spoiled brat deep down. Karen is beautiful in her own way. Besides, it was her talennts and upbeat nature that led to her recent success and popularity. She does not need to worry about Seiya either. Kenji bets he’d be proud of her accomplishments. Karen feels a bit better now and thanks Kenji for his support with a tender hug.

Himeko sends the news of her recent victory to Yamato. Considering her opponent was a half-breed, Yamato figures it’s only a matter of time before her brainless fans see her true colors. Once that happens, it’s all downhill from there…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 10, 2014, 05:24:34 pm
I enjoy your stories and look forward for them! Keep them up! It feels like a real game!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 11, 2014, 06:35:40 am
Karen Hoshikawa's Route, cont.

Yamato’s prediction proves incorrect. Karen gets her groove back after a few successful outings and continues to grow more and more popular. After her unit reaches Rank C and defeats Ryuuguu Komachi in the Fujisan Rock Festival, she can pretty much tell she has acquired national renown. Figuring she may have caught Seiya’s attention by this time, she decides to see what he’s been up to. One day later, Karen browses through the mall. She finds Seiya again, but as she tracks him to his next destination, she makes a startling discovery. Another girl has been accompanying him! After a little idle chit-chat from the couple, it turns out Seiya has been dating this girl for almost two years. They have been searching for something to commemorate their anniversary, which is apparently coming up very soon. Karen is dumbfounded. All this time she has been so focused on her dreams that she has been oblivious to reality. Unable to handle the truth, Karen runs out of the mall bawling her eyes out. She can hardly believe it. Was all her hard work for nothing? Was trying to get Seiya all a waste of time? She then wonders. If she cannot accomplish her goals (the main reason she became an idol in the first place), why continue working for them?

On the following weekend, Karen tells ZetaPro the news and announces she will resign as an idol today. Everyone is shocked in disbelief, especially Kenji. Some of the idols even say she’s a horrible person just because of her selfish excuse. Kenji decides to take it upon himself to bring her back. He knows this will be a difficult task with her ultimate dream crushed and everything, but he has to do this for the sake of her fans, her friends, and especially herself.

Kenji follows Karen to a nearby ice creamery and takes a seat next to her. Karen does not understand why Kenji would keep getting on her case about this matter…she made her decision and she stands by it. What Kenji doesn’t understand is why she would give up everything just because her little fairy tale went in another direction. Seiya probably wasn’t the one for her anyway. Kenji knows quite a few of these romance stories anyway—the first guy is almost never the right guy. Besides, look how many other young men she has captivated with her talents. Idols should be able to enjoy themselves as much as their fans enjoy them. Didn’t she enjoy learning her mother’s tricks of the trade? Singing, dancing, performances, promotions…aren’t they all fun for her? Hitting a snag like that should not stop Karen from moving forward. She does not realize just how important she is to ZetaPro, her partners, and her doting fans. Everyone, especially Kenji, needs her back! Karen cries a little. She can’t believe how oblivious and selfish she has been acting. It’s like she hasn’t been caring about anybody but herself and her dreams ever since she debuted as an idol under 961Pro. Sometimes she will even write her name in a more traditional style Karen apologizes profusely, but Kenji can still feel as though something else has been troubling her. Karen probably knows why as it might have been a big reason why Seiya was probably never attracted to her in the first place. It turns out Karen has been very concerned about being half-Caucasian. Because of her blonde hair and baby blue eyes, she feels too different from other Japanese people and will never be able to blend in. She will not even wear traditional clothing like a yukata or kimono, thinking it will look bad on her. In the past, while her beauty and wardrobe have garnered modest popularity, there have been quite a few closed-minded youths who ridiculed her for her foreign blood. Some say she’s high on hamburgers. Some say she’s incredibly vain and thinks she’s prettier than all the Japanese girls. Others label her the stereotypical “dumb blonde,” even though her grades in school are above average. When she became an idol, she was concerned her differences could lead to an unsuccessful career and public humiliation. Kenji tells Karen her worries have been for nothing. Just look how popular she has become. People love watching her on stage. Sure there are still anti-foreigner bigots out there, but times have changed. Kenji pinky-swears and promises Karen he will make her into a truly special idol and teach everyone that appearances do not define who she truly is. All she has to do is just see things through to the end. Karen thanks him for the support and promises to hold up her end of the bargain by returning to her idol duties. Kenji decides to treat her to ice cream before heading back to the office to begin work that day (you only have two schedule slots this week because of this chat).

I enjoy your stories and look forward for them! Keep them up! It feels like a real game!

Thanks! Now if only I could actually turn this into a real game. Hey, a guy can dream. :P Then again, I could use PowerPoint to map out some stories in the style of visual novels.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 11, 2014, 01:29:06 pm
Then again, I could use PowerPoint to map out some stories in the style of visual novels.

It would be great! ;D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 13, 2014, 06:38:49 am
Karen Hoshikawa's Route, cont.

The other idols are glad to have their leader back. Everything runs smoothly from there. Even the gossip panels exposing Karen’s mixed blood don’t bother her. She has read these magazines before. Most of them are all full of balderdash anyway.

Karen is a little unsure about entering the IU. She knows the competition is heated up and the judges can be very strict. One false move could spell disaster. She also fears they might show bias towards non-Japanese idols. Kenji tells her not to worry at all. Now is not the time for that. Her unit could not have made it this far without her help. Not too many idols are given this opportunity, so ZetaPro might as well take a shot. Besides, what better way for Kenji to fulfill his promise than with one of Japan’s biggest idol competitions? Karen agrees and gets prepared to take on her preliminary audition with a smile and loads of energy. Unfortunately, her confidence is drenched upon realizing that her unit has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO. Himeko knows Karen has already gotten a taste of NAZO’s full power. Figuring Karen still doesn’t know when to call it quits, Himeko decides to use this opportunity to teach her that a “half-breed” like her does not deserve to be an idol. As NAZO leaves to practice, Karen notices Himeko looking a little concerned herself. Kenji is curious himself as to why, but he asks the unit to wipe away their thoughts of NAZO for the moment. Now is the time to focus on the task at hand. Karen’s performance wows the judges enough for her unit to pass, although they still place a distant second to NAZO. Himeko cannot believe the results. She knew from the start NAZO would claim the top seed, but seeing who made second makes her believe that clearly the judges were way too soft. Himeko figures Karen might have told some pathetic sob story to get the sympathy of the judges. She might have bragged how she was superior (in looks and talents) to all the full-blooded Japanese girls. Maybe she even bribed them. That’s what to expect from foreigners. Kenji has had it with Himeko’s prejudice and decides to take a stand in Karen’s defense. According to him, Karen has not done anything of the sort. It was her hard work and strong talents that allowed her to come this far. What’s better, her fans don’t seem to care whether or not she has mixed blood. Those that do judge her are really missing out. Why can’t Himeko just accept the fact that Karen is the real deal? Himeko is greatly offended. “Shut your trap, peasant! Do you have any idea who you are talking to? I don’t care what it takes…I will make you kneel before your queen!” Kenji claims he will make Himeko realize Karen’s true potential, but his words fall on deaf, bigoted ears. With a final reminder that half-Caucasians shouldn’t be idols, Himeko storms out of the audition site to find her partners. Still, Kenji and Karen feel as though Himeko is still stressed out about something.

Back at the office, Kenji notices that Karen has been blushing and staring intently at him all through the ride back. She asks to speak with him in private after everyone else leaves. Karen, feeling a little infatuated, finds it hard to tell Kenji the truth. Thinking something might have come over her, Kenji wonders what’s going on. Karen believed Kenji’s actions at the IU prelims were gallant and gentlemanlike. The way he defended her against Himeko’s insults made her feel like he was a brave prince defending his delicate princess from the spell of an evil witch. The way Kenji had always supported her throughout her idol career at ZetaPro felt like he could have been the dashing, kind male lead in all those romance stories she has read. Karen knew it! The destined one she’s been waiting for all her life was right in front of her all this time! It was not Seiya after all…it was Kenji! Kenji feels awkward and does not know what to say. He tries his best to explain, but Karen misunderstands and takes his words as a proposal! Karen has fallen in love with her producer (man, does this sound familiar)! Kenji is at a loss for words. "What in the world have I gotten myself into?"

Now Karen will sometimes act lovey-dovey and directly flirt with Kenji during some communications. If Sakura is in her unit, while she is still caring and supportive of Karen, her advancements towards Kenji are making Sakura feel a little jealous…

Once Karen reaches Rank A, she can hardly believe how many people are accepting her for the person she is. She is more than eager to show off her ever-growing abilities to NAZO, especially after ZetaPro receives their writ of challenge to appear at the Harvest Moon Festival. She is not even scared of Himeko’s skills or insults anymore. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled due to a sudden pyrotechnic malfunction. While Karen tries to escape from the flames, she feels something shove her to the ground. She tries to get up on her own, but the fire is raging out of control, making it difficult to move even a muscle. With the situation growing desperate, Kenji has no choice but to rush in and carry her out to safety. While Karen catches her breath, Yamato suddenly arrives before ZetaPro. He finds it hard to believe a half-breed could become this nationally popular. Everyone knows how much several people hate foreigners, even those of partially-foreign blood. ZetaPro must have been using dishonest tactics to promote her, just like the other common-class companies. Karen must have promoted herself as a total S-L-U-T, doing everything in her power to provide as much “service” to her dimwitted fans as possible. Kenji refutes Yamato’s lies, claiming it was her raw talent and determination and his constant care and support that led to her unit’s popularity. Besides, people have been more accepting of “half-breeds” than ever before. Karen’s fans don’t care that she’s a little different. Their beautiful and talented goddess continues to shine in their hearts. Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s defense of Karen, claiming it’s just a sorry middle class excuse for hiding their weaknesses.

Yamato soon gets a call from the staff member who shoved Karen to the floor during the stage fire. Yamato commends the man on a job well done, claiming this event might make Karen realize that not everyone is as accepting of her differences as she believes. Maybe this might break her confidence…

Back at the office, Karen blushes as she clings to Kenji, thanking him profusely for saving her from the burning stage. He truly is the brave prince from her dreams she is destined to be with. Kenji wonders if that trip might have been an act to get him to heroically rescue the damsel in distress, but Karen tells him she really was in distress—someone pushed her down as she was trying to escape. Concerned, the President immediately sends a call to the Harvest Moon Festival’s staff, informing them of the incident during the performance. Karen’s a little worried that the person who shoved her could have hated her for being half-Caucasian, but Kenji tells her perhaps it was just an accident. Even if this guy really did shove her on purpose, there are still thousands, maybe millions of people who still support her. One lone hater shouldn’t dampen her spirits like that. Karen thanks Kenji once again as she heads for the door, promising to return the favor one day.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 13, 2014, 06:40:16 pm
Haruka-Master Karen, GO! I root for you!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 14, 2014, 06:25:46 am
Get ready for another "Kenji x" moment!

Karen Hoshikawa's Route, conclusion

On the day of the opening ceremony of the IU finals, Karen overhears a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. Karen is surprised to discover that Himeko is also a foreigner…a full-blooded one at that. What’s even more surprising, Himeko too is uncomfortable being an “Englishman in New York.” It seems that beneath her snobby princess-like aura beats the heart of a lonely, scared, and different girl. As Himeko passes by, Karen gets her attention, stating she can hardly believe how similar she is to Himeko. She tells her she should not feel concerned just because she’s a little different from everyone else. Karen has learned that over the course of her idol career. Both of them really have talent worthy of their popularity. Besides, look how popular Himeko has become over such a short time with NAZO’s other members! Whether she be British, Japanese, or of some other origin, her loyal followers all bow to their perfect princess. Himeko gets angry, thinking Karen was eavesdropping on her chat with Yamato. “Just like a peasant…sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong!” She goes further claiming Karen does not know her at all and they are far from alike. Himeko runs back to NAZO’s van in tears.

As Karen grows more and more flirty with Kenji, she has caught the attention of Yamato’s spies, who are quick to send the information to their employer. Yamato chuckles, figuring this would be the perfect opportunity to put a halt to that overrated half-breed’s career once and for all.

Karen leads her unit to victory in the first two rounds of the IU finals against Jupiter and Project Fairy. She finds Project Fairy particularly interesting knowing all three members are different in their own way—another natural blonde (though Karen is unaware of Miki's "true colors"), a mysterious silver-haired maiden, and an Okinawan. At least she knows she’s not the only particularly “unique” idol competing in the tournament.

The next morning on the day of the IU finals, Karen receives an ominous red letter with a dragon motif. Yamato has captured several romantic moments between Karen and Kenji on camera and film. Imagine the reaction of the general public when they realize the idol they love so much has been going steady with her producer. Perhaps she might have asked him for…a little bit more than just romance? Yamato then threatens her to drop out of the IU, surrender to NAZO, and quit her idol career or suffer public humiliation from the release of all those exposing images. He does have friends in high places, so he makes sure Karen agrees to his demands because the entertainment industry is better off without filth like her. Kenji cannot believe Yamato would stoop so low. He really does not know what to do, but Karen is not willing to give everything up after all they have been through. Not even an ultimatum like that will keep her from seeing things through to the end, especially after the promise she made to Kenji. ZetaPro will eventually find a way.

Later that evening, Kaito gets big news from the staff. The staff of the Harvest Moon Festival found the man responsible for pushing Karen to the floor during the stage fire. They got him to confess to his actions and will let him off with just a suspension if he testifies against the person who put him up to this. As Yamato confidently approaches ZetaPro looking for a response to his ultimatum, the staff member rats him out—Yamato was the one behind the whole ordeal! He believed Yamato gave him the orders as a message from one of his superiors. Kenji is just about to snap at his rival. First the ultimatum, now this…what does Yamato intend to get out of all this? Yamato wants to prove once and for all that foreigners, even half-foreigners like Karen, do not deserve to be idols, claiming them to be a disgrace to Japan’s entertainment industry. He always found some way to cover up the truth about Himeko, especially since she is also of the upper class. The reason why he had Karen knocked down during the Harvest Moon Festival fire was to teach her that while people have become more accepting of foreigners over the years, there are still people who frown upon them. Since his plan to use her crush on Seiya against her ultimately failed due to Karen’s sudden discovery, he figured getting that message across might discourage her from further idol activities. If Karen refused to comply to his ultimatum, he planned to use every American stereotype in the book to not only ruin her image, but the images of so many other Americans in Japan, whether they be of full or partial blood. Karen butts in. She has learned quite a few things over the course of her career with ZetaPro. One, sure there may still be bigoted anti-foreigners out there, but her fans love her just because she is an amazing idol with incredible beauty and talent. They don’t seem to care about her origins at all. Two, being an idol is not just about trying to win the love of one guy (like Seiya or Kenji); it’s about having fun, spreading joy, and captivating the hearts of their entire audience. Yamato can’t stand any more of Karen’s preaching. Kenji demands Yamato to cut out his shenanigans and fight fairly for the IU finals. The rest goes on from there…

ENDING

Kenji has noticed that Karen has left the office relatively earlier than expected after coming back from Tokyo Dome. Just as he’s about to head home for the night, he gets a text message from Karen, asking him to meet her under the biggest tree at the park a block south from the office. Once he arrives, he finds Karen underneath the tree wearing a pink kimono. Kenji is surprised. From what Karen told him, she usually doesn’t wear traditional Japanese clothes. Still, he remarks that it looks very cute on her. Karen tells him the reason she is wearing a kimono is to thank Kenji for helping to shape her into the girl she is today. She has learned that appearances alone don’t define who she really is. Rather than trying to focus on what her crushes would like, she follows her own heart and does what she likes to do. Karen also admired all the care and support Kenji gave her, especially when he stood up for her against closed-minded anti-foreigners. At first Karen thought of Kenji as the dashing prince or gallant knight in shining armor from her past daydreams, but she is starting to believe this could be true love. After confessing to her producer that she truly loves him, she embraces him tenderly and gives him a quick kiss. This moment clearly was her fairy tale’s true “happily ever after.”
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 14, 2014, 06:33:42 am
How sweet! ^-^  Who is next?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 15, 2014, 03:09:50 am
How sweet! ^-^  Who is next?

I'm kind of divided between Nozomi, Reika, Yoshino, Momoko, and Hikari.
I also want to get a few skits done as well as post some promotional pics I was going to show for Anime Expo.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on July 15, 2014, 04:54:50 pm
I DON'T KNOW WHO I SHIP MOST. D:

In all seriousness, Karen's a good character. She's pretty funny with her romanticism and all that flirting. It actually makes me chuckle. How American.
I think I just like your characters all too much. :P But...

another natural blonde

Miki is not a natrual blonde. She's a natural brunette, she just dyes her hair. I don't know if you were just saying this from Karen's POV who didn't notice that Miki's eyebrows are, in fact, still brown, or if you just didn't know, though I assume it's the former since pretty much every iM@S fan knows about Awakened Miki. XD The perfectionist in me had to point it out nonetheless.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 15, 2014, 05:58:13 pm
Oh. That. Silly me. :P

Don't worry, I know about Awakened Miki watching her alternate path was a big reason I fell in love with her in the first place ;).  From what I heard in the Wiki, 2nd Vision "Miki's hair was changed to be naturally blond and curlier." Seeing how Neo Vision is supposed to be set after iM@S2, that's essentially why I said "another natural blonde."

However, since I essentially combined the stories from SP and iM@S2, it looks like I have some changes to make... :P

another natural blonde (though Karen is unaware of Miki's "true colors"),

EDIT: There we go. Hopefully I tied everything in.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 16, 2014, 06:02:17 am
Sorry I'm late. Time to reveal what I was going to reveal at Anime Expo!

First, a Neo Vision stinger:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10492509_10204403508950809_624224361243696397_n.jpg?oh=aacf487d7071b97c5e5c00dec90bfee0&oe=54389487&__gda__=1414811576_74475940adf8beb442b32ade40efa210)

Here's our poster girl Sakura Shiranui in her luxury outfit!
"It's always been my dream to become a singer! Ken-kun, let's aim for the top together!"
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/q82/s720x720/10451165_10204403507390770_1108377718647153054_n.jpg)

Introducing my new 4Koma art style!
"Ken-kun, I...I'll give it my all!"
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/923424_10204403507110763_6167334030003878679_n.jpg?oh=4ddf5f770c824fa2a0a5ef01f4f7353a&oe=5438A239&__gda__=1412959105_ca8f27723bfdea7211dbb193bde45e6c)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on July 16, 2014, 06:50:04 am
That 4Koma art style is adorable and you know it!  ;D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 19, 2014, 06:29:14 am
That 4Koma art style is adorable and you know it!  ;D

Of course! Thanks! I may think about opening a new thread, drawing several other characters in that style.

Okay, on to bwees-ness. Earlier, I recalled Liza's comment regarding relationships between the ZetaPro idols. So I wrote a small fanfic telling the story of how Momoko and Hikari became fast friends. I prefer to write my fanfics in this particular style, so here goes.

Momoko & Hikari, the Light of Love

It was a warm, clear night in the outskirts of Tokyo. It was near closing time at the ZetaProductions building. President Yashiro Ryuuzaki was just about to finish his paperwork for the day when suddenly…

(Nozomi enters the President’s office holding two idol application sheets)

Nozomi: President?

President: Yes? What is it, Nozomi-kun?

Nozomi: Two more applicants have arrived and are waiting to audition. (hands the application sheets to the President) Here are their sheets.

President: (sigh) Three auditions already today and now we get two more this late in the evening? (chuckles) It seems as though a president’s work is never done. Nozomi-kun, if you would get my camcorder ready in the practice room, please?

Nozomi: Understood sir.

President: And while you are at it, do me a favor and let me speak to the girl with the pink hair. Aida Momoko is her name.

Nozomi: Very well.

(she leaves the office and notices two girls waiting in the lobby—Momoko and Hikari; she walks up to them)

Nozomi: Aida Momoko?

Momoko: Yes?

Nozomi: The president wishes to speak with you now. His office is straight ahead on the left side.

Momoko: (giggles) Thank you!

(she happily skips to the President’s office)

Nozomi: (in her mind) She has spunk, I’ll give her that…but what I really wonder is if she has the talents to match her cute looks.

(Nozomi heads to the practice room to set up the President’s camcorder)

(meanwhile, back in the President’s office)

President: So…(reads Momoko's application)…you are Aida Momoko, age 14, a second-year junior high student from Akihabara. It says here you once worked at a maid café. Is that true?

Momoko: M-hm. That’s right, the prettiest maid in the café! (giggles) Everyone I served loved me because I’m so cute!

President: I…see. Being a café maid, I take it you have a bit of experience performing in front of decent-sized crowds?

Momoko: Yup! I’ve done quite a bit of karaoke and dance covers! Everyone loved me—my fellow maids and my audience—because no one’s as pretty as me! (giggles)

President: And what made you decide to become an idol?

Momoko: I want to be super-cute and super-popular like my idol Hoshii Miki! And I want to show everyone just how pretty I am!

President: (chuckles) I can see you have quite a bit of enthusiasm and self-confidence too. Those are two very good aspects for an aspiring idol. (he gets off his chair) Okay then, now we move on to the audition segment of the interview. Follow me to the practice room, if you will please.

Momoko: Yeah!

(Momoko gets off her chair and follows the President into the practice room, where Nozomi awaits with a camcorder all set up)

President: You have prepared a song and dance routine for your audition, yes?

Momoko: I have! Here’s the CD. (she hands the President a CD case) It’s track number 1.

President: Thank you.

Nozomi: Pardon me, President, but we are running a little short on time. We have to close up in five munites. And we have another girl waiting in the wings.

President: Hmm…that does pose a problem.

Momoko: Huh? Hello? (waves at the President and Nozomi) What about the audition?

President: Pardon me for a minute, Aida-kun…hmm…yes. (to Nozomi) Go ahead and bring her into the practice room. We’ll have them audition together. Here’s her application.

(he hands Nozomi Hikari’s application sheet)

Nozomi: I see. Very well then. (she opens the door) Kasugano Hikari?

Hikari: (immediately stands up from her chair) Yes? That’s me.

Momoko: (her voice can be heard from the practice room) What?! What do you mean we’re going to audition together?!

(Nozomi looks back at Momoko, a bit annoyed)

Nozomi: Pay no attention to that. Would you please come in here? The President wishes to see you.

Hikari: Oh? I’m gonna audition?! Sweet!

(she immediately dashes for the practice room door and enters the room)

Hikari: (waves) Hi! (notices Momoko) Huh? (in her mind) Oh, you think you can show me up, huh? Well, sorry to tell you, sister, but I must get that idol spot no matter what it takes.

Momoko: (in her mind) Why is she so confident? Does she really think she can beat me? I’m much prettier than she ever will be! That idol spot is going to be mine.

(the girls glare at each other)

President: Um…Kasugano Hikari.

Hikari: (surprised a bit) Yes sir!

President: (reads Hikari's application) age 14, second year junior high school student from Nagoya. According to this, it looks like you have a bit of performance history under your belt…you’ve been in a dance team and a rhythmic gymnastics club in your school?

Hikari: Yeah. I’ve been dancing for a while now.

President: Have you ever competed against clubs from rival schools?

Hikari: (hesitates a little) …yeah! That’s the best part of the season!

President: And what made you decide to become an idol?

Hikari: Easy. I love to dance. Plus, I love the thrill of the competition. I know just how competitive the idol world is. I want to be able to perform and find new rivals!

(she starts looking a little unsure of herself, as if there’s something more to her story)

President: I admire your energy. You seem ready for this audition.

Momoko: (looks slyly at Hikari) Ooh, what’s the matter? Scared of my overwhelming cuteness?

Hikari: (looks away from Hikari and crosses her arms, looking a little pouty) I-I’m not scared! I was just…thinking too much, that’s all!

President: Because we are pretty crunched for time, you two will have to audition together. Do you both have a routine you can agree on?

Momoko: (in her mind) Hopefully she knows my song…if she does, I’ve already got the upper hand. (out loud) Hey Hikari-chan, do you know “relations,” the Hoshii Miki song?

Hikari: I am familiar with it actually! A couple of members of my dance team play it quite a bit. (in her mind) Little does she know I watched and studied the dance too. I’ll show her just how skilled I really am.

Momoko: Okay, so we're going to perform “relations.” It’s on the CD I just gave you.

Nozomi: (walking over to the stereo) Track 1, right?

Momoko: That’s right.

President: Okay. Now before we begin, your performance will be recorded for staff purposes only. Is that okay with you?

Momoko and Hikari: Okay.

President: Thank you. Okay, we’re rolling.

(he pushes the record button on his camcorder and gives a high sign to Nozomi; she presses the play button on the stereo)

One duet performance of “relations” later…

(Nozomi presses the stop button on the stereo, stopping the CD; the president presses the record button on the camcorder, stopping the recording)

President: Thank you. We will inform both of you later this week if anything else happens.

Momoko and Hikari: Thank you very much!

(they both exit the practice room, gather their belongings, and exit the office)

One week later…

(outside the office, Momoko happily runs to the office from the north side of the sidewalk)

Momoko: Just wait, Miki-san! I’m going to become as popular as you one day!

(meanwhile, Hikari happily runs to the office from the south side of the sidewalk)

Hikari: Just wait, you guys! I’ll show you I can be just as useful as you are one day!

(as they are running, they suddenly crash into each other and fall to the ground)

Momoko: (rubs the back of her head) Owowow…hey, you’re that girl from the audition!

Hikari: Huh? No way! (gets back up) What are you doing here?

Momoko: (gets back up) I’m heading for the ZetaPro office to see the President.

Hikari: You too? Wait a minute. Don’t tell me you passed your idol audition too!

Momoko: What? You mean we both passed?

Hikari: Looks that way. (chuckles) And here I was thinking I was competing against you for the job and won.

Momoko: Wow, you’re not going to believe this but I thought the same thing!

(they both laugh)

Momoko: Anyway, let’s head to the President’s office. Oh, by the way, I’m Aida Momoko, the prettiest girl in all Japan.

Hikari: And I’m Kasugano Hikari, Nagoya’s princess of dance. Nice to meet you.

(they shake hands)

Hikari: (laughs) Sounds like we’ve already got something in common…our confidence!

Momoko: (laughs) Yeah!

(the girls continue to laugh enter the ZetaPro building, where they meet the President)

President: Ah, good morning you two. I take it you both have received my emails.

Hikari: I did!

Momoko: Me too! I can’t believe we’re both gonna be idols!

President: Yes, you displayed a great amount of potential in your audition, not just in your talents but in your teamwork. You worked so well together despite having just met each other. As idols, building up unity between a unit’s members is equally as important, if not even more so, than training your abilities. That was what made your audition so special.

Momoko and Hikari: Thank you so much, President!

President: You are very welcome. However, just because you passed your audition, you are not technically idols yet. Right now you are just candidates. We will need to find you a producer to manage your careers before you can make your national debut.

Hikari: I knew there had to be a catch to it…

President: Don’t worry, Hikari-kun. I’m pretty sure we will find a good one soon. However, our candidates still have to arrive on Saturdays in order to learn the basics of being an idol and continue to hone their skills so that they’re in tip-top form once they debut.

Hikari: Oh. Okay.

Momoko: I hope my producer will be a handsome young prince who will whisk me away… (she starts to blush)

President: (chuckles) Maybe, but you’ll never know until you meet him. Or her for that matter. Now, practice is going to start soon. Go meet Nozomi-kun over in the practice room. You’ve seen her in the audition, so I’m pretty sure you’re already familiar with her. Good luck.

Momoko and Hikari: Yes! Thank you!

(as the President heads for the office they quickly and excitedly turn to each other)

Momoko: Did you hear that?! We’re gonna be idols!!

Hikari: I know! I’m so happy! (they both hug each other) I think we’re going to become great friends.

Momoko: Hey, let’s exchange phone numbers and emails! This way we can keep in touch! I also got a Facebook account if you have one.

Hikari: Yeah! I’ll friend you once I get the chance! (gets out a pen and paper) Okay, what’s your number?

(as Hikari takes down Momoko’s information, Momoko adds Hikari’s information on her smart phone)

Momoko and Hikari would go on to become the best of friends. While they did live in different parts of Japan, they constantly chat with each other online and on the phone, mainly about school life and practices. Together they eagerly await the arrival of their producer.

It's been a while since I done one of these, but I hope it was detailed enough to know what's going on. Let me know what you think. Feedback and criticism always helps.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 21, 2014, 04:02:10 pm
I like Momoko's and Hikari's story but I think it would be much better using paragraphs.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 21, 2014, 06:29:28 pm
I like Momoko's and Hikari's story but I think it would be much better using paragraphs.

Thanks. Glad you like it. When I was setting up relationships between ZetaPro's idols, I wanted to do something a bit different for a couple of them. I've seen people who know each other before becoming pro (i.e. Sakura and Asuka). I've seen people who have become closer as they get to know each other from their days as idol candidates. But for Momoko and Hikari, I wanted it all to start right from the audition line, then have a situation where both of them had to audition together as a kind of test to their teamwork (despite never even knowing each other before--plus, seeing how Momoko wants the spotlight and attention and Hikari is secretly trying to conquer an inferiority complex, it starts off as a bit of a conflict, thinking they have to compete for the idol spot). Glad to see this little tale went over well.

I'll be honest, though, I'm kind of used to writing fanfictions this way (script style), somewhat inspired by another group of artists who use this particular fanfic style. I do see your point, though. I do write paragraphs while doing a story runthrough (i.e. Story Mode routes). This is how I usually write rough copies. Thank you for your opinion. It's just that I'm a bit more comfortable with drawing actual fanfictions like I just did.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 24, 2014, 06:02:47 am
I wish I could expire my poll, but I can't for some reason. I only got two votes, but since the vote for Yoshino was cast first, I will run through her Story Mode route next. Now for our loli-meganekko!

Igarashi Yoshino’s Route

Kenji first meets Yoshino at a nearby park. She’s playing around, swinging on the swings, singing to herself, and having herself a fun time. Kenji is quite surprised at her demeanor. From what he can tell, she’s far from the stereotypical meganekko. Rather than being the serious, hard-working type or the soft-spoken, introverted type, Yoshino is very childish, innocent, playful, and all-around happy. As she excitedly runs towards her next destination, she trips over the exposed root of a nearby tree and falls flat on her face, dropping her glasses in the process. Unable to see clearly at all without her glasses, she begins helplessly feeling along the ground to find them. Wanting to lend a hand, Kenji finds Yoshino’s glasses and helps her back up. Luckily, the glasses are just fine aside from a little dirt. Yoshino thinks she brought along her glass cleaner, but it turns out she forgot to bring it along, so she wipes them off with her shirt. Kenji suspects there is still a bit of a typical meganekko aura in her after witnessing her clumsy moments. It seems as though she has both loli and meganekko traits. Yoshino thanks Kenji for helping her. Once Kenji tells her that he is her producer and her debut has been decided, her excitement peaks and begins jumping for joy. As she runs happily along with Kenji back to the office, she runs right smack into the trunk of the tree she tripped over not too long ago. She’s a little shaken up, but still has a ton of energy to burn.

Kenji wonders if Yoshino will switch to contact lenses when performing. Yoshino never even considered wearing contacts, mainly because they feel very uncomfortable. Besides, the dance routines are just fine for regular glasses—nothing too all-out. Kenji is also worried that her clumsy nature might make dancing a bit of a problem for her. Luckily, Yoshino is an avid studier and learns routines rather quickly.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 27, 2014, 12:44:12 pm
I like Yoshino! ;D Keep this project up! :D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 28, 2014, 05:44:00 am
Sorry for the delay, everyone. San Diego Comic-con, street pass mania, and Super Smash Bros. demos got in the way over the weekend.
Wow, look how many views I'm getting! I'm surprised! Makes me wonder who comes along to read my stories sometimes.

Igarashi Yoshino's Route, cont.

A few days after the White Lotus Festival, Kenji gets a call from Yoshino on a cloudy day. Her mother is delayed because of work so Yoshino wants him to see her home from school. With some extra time on his hands, Kenji decides to swing by and help her out. Once he arrives, he is greeted and thanked sincerely by Yoshino. She even shows Kenji her recent test scores—two perfect scores on a day with two big exams, outscoring all of her classes. Kenji is amazed and congratulates Yoshino for a job well done. According to her parents, Yoshino has an IQ of 198, just short of reaching the “unmeasurable genius” level. She’s often the top performer among her class in exams and is the envy of even academically exceptional upperclassmen. She was given several offers to skip grades, but Yoshino often declined, preferring to remain with her close friends. Many students would kill to have her as a study partner, whether their reasons are honest or not. Even Kenji feels a bit jealous of Yoshino’s accomplishments. With all that childlike energy and playfulness she exerts on a daily basis, Kenji never figured her to be a studious genius. Still, even at her age, Yoshino is still not too confident going home by herself. While she easily knows the way back home, she’s often an easy target by bullies. Some misinterpret her academic success and personality, saying she’s a braggart and acts all high and mighty because of her intelligence. Some mock her nerdy looks and say she “dates her textbooks.” Others just torment her for her bad vision, as she normally cannot see a thing without her glasses. Some classmates even go so low as to trick her into doing their homework, taking advantage of her intellect and excellent academic performances. Kenji promises to do everything in his power to keep her safe not because it’s his job as her producer, but because it’s just the right thing to do. He also gives her an extra glass cleaner to place in her bag at all times. It will serve as a backup lest she forget to bring her own. Yoshino thanks Kenji as they head for home. During their walk, it suddenly starts to rain. The rain quickly intensifies into a downpour. Kenji and Yoshino are not prepared for this sudden change in weather (they did not bring umbrellas), especially since the forecast mentioned there would hardly be any chance of rain despite the heavy cloud cover. Kenji takes Yoshino to find some cover while Yoshino covers her head with her bag. Yoshino trips over a crack in the sidewalk and almost falls, but Kenji is there to immediately catch her. As they finally find shelter underneath the canopy of a nearby library, Yoshino calls her mother on her cell phone, tells her about the sudden rainfall, and informs her of her current location so she can pick her up once she’s done with work. As she is about to hang up, Kenji notices something a little amiss about Yoshino. The rain not only made her shirt all wet…but it also “exposed” the fact that Yoshino is not wearing a bra! Kenji quickly looks away upon seeing through Yoshino’s wet shirt (though the player cannot see the whole thing…remember this isn’t an R18 game). A shocked Yoshino covers her chest in sheer embarrassment. She was certain she put on a bra this morning, but in a slight rush to get dressed and eat breakfast, she must have forgotten. Kenji lets Yoshino use his sweater to “cover up” and keep warm until her mother gets back. Yoshino admits that while she may be a genius, she might sometimes have clumsy moments and forget about the fundamentals. While waiting for her mother to arrive, she decides to use her time to study for her classes. Minutes later, Yoshino’s ride arrives. She thanks Kenji for the time they were able to spend together despite the sudden change in weather. She also thanks him for letting her borrow his sweater after her little mistake was “exposed.” Kenji allows her to keep using the sweater so that she can remain “covered” until she gets back home, but he wants it back next time they meet again. With the rain still falling, he phones Kaito to drive him back home.

Later on the next work day, Yoshino gives Kenji back his sweater. Her mother even got it washed, ironed, and everything. Kenji thanks her for returning the sweater. After the President wonders what's going on, Kenji tells him about the recent downpour when he is suddenly interrupted by Yoshino, not wanting the President to know about her little mistake.

Yoshino is really starting to enjoy performing at festivals. While they do have a lot of fun activities, Kenji still has to remind her that she and her unit are there to perform. She is very excited to be able to attend the Sunny Beach Festival. She has been there a few times in the past, but she has focused so much on the games that she almost forgot about the numerous idol concerts held there annually. Even after getting a glimpse of her opponent (which happens to be NAZO idol Maya), she’s still willing to go all-out and make the whole crowd go wild, especially the people who gotten to know her well over time. While firing her unit up, she still look a bit concerned, almost as if she’s hiding something more. Unfortunately, Yoshino’s unit gets singlehandedly defeated by Maya. On Yoshino’s way downstairs, she trips on the last step and falls down as her glasses fly off her head again. Luckily, she is not hurt, but with her vision fuzzy again, she immediately feels around the ground to find her glasses. Maya happens to come along, find the glasses, and give them back to her, assuming them to be hers considering the situation she was in. Yoshino puts her glasses back on, gets on her feet, and thanks Maya for the help. Maya is just glad that she is all right after taking a fall like that. Still, Maya is a little disappointed from the lack of competition. Yoshino feels a little upset upon hearing that, but Maya tells her not to worry. While Yoshino may be young and inexperienced, as long as remains diligent in her lessons and continues to fight hard for what she believes in, she will really have the potential to become an amazing idol. If they meet again, Maya expects Yoshino to improve quite a bit. With that, she heads off.

Back at the office, Kenji, the President, and the other two idols notice that Yoshino has been looking a little down. She has been thinking about what Maya told her and fears she just is not nearly as talented as her partners. Compared to them, all Yoshino has in terms of talent is very little experience with karaoke nights at restaurants and rhythm/dance games at the arcade. Then there is her bad sight and clumsy tendencies. Still, she really wants to push herself hard to become a better idol even though she might not ultimately succeed. Kenji and the others really admire Yoshino’s drive. Besides, Yoshino constantly studies her songs and dance routines just as efficiently as she does her textbooks. Because of this, she is usually the first to perform her song consistently after learning it. This skill has really become a major asset to the unit’s growing success. Plus, her bad eyesight and clumsy tendencies have never burdened the unit at all. Yoshino feels better and thanks everyone for their support. She can tell everyone at ZetaPro truly cares about her. While the unit is still a little shaken up from their crushing defeat to Maya, Yoshino really helps brighten up the atmosphere around ZetaPro once again.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on July 28, 2014, 04:16:10 pm
It was me who voted for Yoshino!
A funny fact: Iori-Master (who is voiced by Yukari Tamura) and Yayoi-Master (who is voiced by Ami Koshimizu) can't stand each other, but Yoshino and Maya are future friends! Oh, these seiyuu connections~! :)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on July 31, 2014, 08:00:13 am
Sorry about the slow pace. I'm getting tied up with another more important project.

Igarashi Yoshino's Route, cont.

Despite a few slip-ups, trips, and “lost glasses” moments, Yoshino really helps her unit back on track. Once she reaches Rank C, if her opponent is Ryuuguu Komachi, she will accidentally bump into Ritsuko while cleaning her glasses. Wondering what she ran into, Yoshino puts her glasses back on and, noticing Ritsuko, immediately apologizes for the accident. Ritsuko does not seem to mind, figuring Yoshino would be the type who cannot see very well without her glasses. Ritsuko is soon very intrigued about Yoshino’s behavior. Originally she considered her a more introverted type of meganekko after her little accident and apology, but she found her added loli-like playfulness, happiness, and innocence pretty unique among other meganekko idols. Ritsuko then tells Yoshino if she utilizes both of her moe aspects effectively, she can really become a special idol unlike any she’s ever seen before.

A few days after the events of the Black Pearl/Fujisan Rock Festival, Yoshino is scheduled to perform in another solo concert. Just as soon as she finishes, however, she trips over her and falls flat on her face, dropping her glasses in the process. Luckily, she is able to hear exactly where they dropped, quickly picks them up and puts them back on. The audience just laughs and cheers as she exits the stage. Later, Kenji congratulates her on another successful performance. Yoshino, however, is a bit disappointed from tripping up again. She is starting to worry that she is becoming a nuisance to her partners and Kenji because of her bad vision all her clumsy moments. She is doing her very best to avert her little problem, but no matter how hard she tries, something always seems to happen. Kenji reminds Yoshino not to worry at all. He knows she is trying her level best. She is not a nuisance at all. In fact, she has established herself as the unit’s mood maker due to her bubbly personality. Plus, he can tell she practices just as hard as she studies and her talents are constantly improving every day. Yoshino is glad to hear Kenji’s praise and support. She figures now might be a good time to tell him the truth about her concerns, no longer worried that they will wind up being a burden to the unit. It turns out Yoshino never had the best vision in the world even just after birth. At a very young age, she contracted a form of blindness that starts off light but worsens over time. She must wear prescription glasses to make up for her blurry vision. If her eyesight is not treated by the time she reaches her mid-teens, it will mature into complete blindness. Unfortunately, the cost for an eye operation is expensive and her parents are not making nearly enough money with their current jobs combined to compensate. With time running short, Yoshino decided to pitch in herself and decided to become an idol in order to help her raise enough money for her operation. She really wanted her work to be fun. Plus, she wanted to play around and have as much fun as she can while she still has her vision. Idols get to do all sorts of fun activities and the job pays very nicely. With a bit of karaoke and rhythm game experience under her belt, she auditioned with four record companies (one of them being RyuuseiPro) only to get turned down every time. Yoshino was almost about to give up hope until her parents read through the local newspaper and noticed another company that was holding auditions and looking for new idols—ZetaPro. This time her audition was successful. The President loved her constant happiness and saw potential for even greater talent. Today, Yoshino is doing a pretty good job building her finances as well as her popularity, but she still feels as though she has a ways to go before she can accomplish her goals. Kenji is willing to do anything in his power to help her see to it that Yoshino gets her eye operation. According to him, she has been doing very well since her debut. As long as she continues to persevere, her skills and popularity will continue to rise. Yoshino thanks Kenji for sticking up to her. While her goal for the future is very important, she will not let it make her worried about the present. Being an idol really is fun for her.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 02, 2014, 11:58:56 pm
Igarashi Yoshino's Route, cont.

Yoshino’s conversation did not go unnoticed. Yamato’s spies have been eavesdropping and immediately send their hot scoop to gossip columnists. Magazine articles made it look like Yoshino only became an idol for money and personal goals. To them, she cares more about her eyes than her fans. Fortunately, this false, selfish image does not interfere with Yoshino’s progress, happiness, and growing fan base.

Once the IU preliminaries roll around, Yoshino suddenly starts to worry. She pretty much knows Maya will be competing in a tournament this big. Yoshino believes if she wants to remain popular and earn more money for her operation, she will have to perform at Maya’s level, but she still feels as though Maya is still way out of her league. Her confidence diminishes further upon realizing that ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO. As Maya approaches Yoshino, she appears pleased to see her again. She listened to some of Yoshino’s newest songs and performances and can tell her skills have really improved quite a bit since their last encounter. Maya is really looking forward to face Yoshino’s unit and wishes them not to hold anything back, especially since she and the rest of NAZO will be coming at them at full force without any intent of losing. Kagura and Himeko soon show up, looking a little disappointed with Maya. She is talking to a selfish wannabe who only cares about the money. Yoshino is the enemy. ZetaPro is the enemy. NAZO’s purpose is to mercilessly teach their enemies the error of their ways. Kagura and Himeko soon head out to practice. Maya soon follows them after telling Yoshino to do her best. After the audition, NAZO’s members (aside from Maya) are surprised to discover that ZetaPro passed the audition by placing second in the block. However, the gap between first and second place is still immense. As Maya approaches Yoshino again, she congratulates her on a job well done. Yoshino really is becoming the idol Maya believed she could be. Even though there is still a major difference in their ability levels, Maya continues to urge Yoshino to keep pressing on and becoming stronger until they meet again, which she believes will be pretty soon. Suddenly, Kagura and Himeko show up even angrier at Maya than before. Kagura soon turns hostile towards Yoshino. According to her, she is far from idol material. She’s only a talentless, nerdy bookworm that ZetaPro plucked from the darkest corner of the library and bribed to become an idol. It is a real shame that someone like her could become this popular. Rather than living life in the present, Yoshino follows foolish dreams that will likely never come true. These dreams have only served to burden her unit. NAZO is not held back by such pitiful beliefs and always focus on completing all tasks and destroying all enemies as they come. Kagura claims Yoshino should just quit while she’s ahead because the way things are right now, NAZO will always be one step ahead of ZetaPro and Yoshino will never be able to earn enough to cure her eyesight. If she’s blind to reality, she should just go blind. Not knowing what to say, Yoshino falls to her knees in tears. Kagura laughs as NAZO heads back to Yamato’s limo while Maya worriedly looks back to Yoshino.

Back at the office, Yoshino still feels miserable. She still thinks she has really been holding her unit back. Kenji tells her not to let what Kagura told her get into her head. Sometimes chasing your dreams really can make you that much stronger. Besides, how could she be a burden to the unit if she helped lead them to pass her audition and advance to the next leg of the IU? However, considering Yoshino’s recent problems, Kenji figures out how she might be able to become even better than before. Focusing on how to catch up to NAZO, rise in popularity, and earn more money may have blinded her from her true intentions. Besides hoping to have her eye operation, why did Yoshino become an idol in the first place? She wanted work to be fun. Isn’t being an idol fun for her? Does she really enjoy all the lessons, performances, and promotions she participates in? If Yoshino really does enjoy what she does, so will her fans. Kenji suggests that Yoshino might want to focus less on her worsening eyesight and more about just being an idol. As Kenji eyed Yoshino’s progress, he has noticed kind of a special skill of hers beginning to awaken. She really seems to study new songs as hard as her schoolwork. Because of that, she is able to learn her lyrics, expressions, and dance routines by memory much more quickly than others. Her academic genius has been carrying over to her idol career. Yoshino dries her eyes and cheers up while hearing Kenji’s inspirational words. She admits she really has been too focused on competing with NAZO that she had forgotten all the joy that comes with being an idol. As for her special skill, she never really thought of it that way before. Maybe that could become an asset to the unit in the future. Yoshino thanks Kenji for the inspiration and promises to have fun and do her best in the future for herself, her partners, her fans, and Kenji.

Some of the other idols may ask Yoshino for some help nailing a few parts they miss from time to time. Yoshino is happy to help. This allows the unit to bond a bit more.

Once ZetaPro receives a writ of challenge from NAZO to appear at the Harvest Moon Festival, Yoshino feels ready to take them on this time around. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yoshino trips and falls down as she heads down as she exits the stage. Luckily she was far away from the flames, but her glasses fell off again. Kenji immediately finds them, gives them to Yoshino, and helps her back up, much to her thanks. All of a sudden, Yamato shows up to pick up NAZO and spoil the mood for ZetaPro. According to him, hiring Yoshino was one of ZetaPro’s biggest mistakes and shows how low the depths of common-class companies will sink. Despite Yoshino’s bad eyesight, ZetaPro just plucked a bookworm from the textbooks she essentially “dates.” They wanted to sell via a meganekko’s moe factor rather than talent. In short, she’s just a total nerd and is a disgrace to meganekko idols everywhere. Kenji grows sick of Yamato’s prejudice and immediately defends Yoshino, claiming he is just too ignorant to accept her ever-growing popularity. Sure many fans love her adorableness (some even say her occasional clumsiness has somewhat added to her moe factor), but she really does have talent and it’s really beginning to show. Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s defense, claiming that the filthy tactics of the middle class have made his rival soft. Yamato makes sure he will teach him the error of ZetaPro’s ways once and for all once NAZO completely destroys Yoshino’s unit. As Yamato leaves, Yoshino thanks Kenji for backing him up although she was not fazed in the slightest from Yamato’s insults.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 04, 2014, 12:00:06 am
Igarashi Yoshino's Route, conclusion

Later on the day of the IU final opening ceremonies, Yoshino overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya claims she has seen a significant improvement in Yoshino’s abilities since the IU preliminaries and looks forward to facing her in the final stretch of the tournament. It would be wise for NAZO not to underestimate her. Yamato is angered by her statement. Being around Yoshino has made her soft. ZetaPro is the enemy. They hire hacks like Yoshino into the idol industry. If Maya really wants to master her dancing styles, she has to have the drive to be the very best…to win by any means necessary…to destroy all enemies. He really doesn’t want to have to fire her after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from her old crime-infested slum of a neighborhood full of sorrowful memories. Maya, starting to cry, apologizes and promises him she will win the IU. Yoshino can hardly believe what she heard. Maya turned away from the competitive dance circuit and became an idol in order to raise money to achieve her goals. It sounds somewhat familiar to her. Yoshino approaches Maya with a bright smile, asking her to cheer up. Yoshino finds it so odd they have similar goals. Contrary to what the gossipers say, she tells Maya she became an idol in order to raise money for an eye operation. This is why she currently wears glasses—her vision is terrible and gradually getting worse. If not treated soon, it would eventually mature into full-on blindness. Maya is surprised. She figured all that talk about Yoshino being greedy and selfish was a lie, but she never thought the truth would be this heartbreaking. Still, Maya claims she cannot afford to hold anything back at the finals especially if they happen to square off. All she can do is wish Yoshino the best of luck and tell her to go all-out against every opponent she faces. Maya really believes Yoshino’s unit has come so far over time and it is really starting to show. As Kagura and Himeko call Maya back to Yamato’s limo, she tells Yoshino, “May the best idol win.” Yoshino is worried that a victory might crush Maya’s dreams, but Kenji tells her that should not hold her back in the slightest. ZetaPro still has to put an end to Yamato’s madness.

The quarterfinal and semifinal matches go on regularly from there. (the following event only occurs if you faced Ryuuguu Komachi after reaching Rank C) That night as Ritsuko arrives during Iori’s chat with Kenji, she walks up to Yoshino. Ritsuko has also been watching Yoshino’s recent accomplishments and has been very impressed by her progress. Ever since she saw her at the Fujisan Rock Festival, she could tell she had a unique aura that could make for a very special idol in the future. It seems as though Ritsuko’s prediction was correct. Ryuuguu Komachi may be out of the running for the IU this year, but Ritsuko and the others will be cheering for Yoshino’s unit. Sure the showdown between tiger and dragon (Kenji and Yamato) could have been destined, but if there is anyone who can match wits with NAZO now, it would be Yoshino and her unique aura that makes her so special among fellow meganekko idols.

The very next morning, Yamato, getting desperate, decides to hatch a final plan that would crush ZetaPro once and for all. As Yoshino is dressing up for the performance, one of Yamato’s hoods (disguised as a staff member) takes Yoshino’s glasses from under her nose, throws them to the ground, and stomps on them, shattering them to pieces. Helpless without her glasses, Yoshino has no idea what is going on until her partners arrive and tell her about her broken glasses. Yoshino is devastated. The unit then heads backstage to tell Kenji the news. At first, Kenji thinks she just fell down and dropped her glasses again, but she tells him she had them off while she was getting dressed when she suddenly heard them break. Kenji really does not want to scratch Yoshino from the performance so he asks her if she could call her parents and send her a backup pair. Unfortunately, it turns out her parents do not currently have spare glasses on them. Even worse, their home is quite far from Tokyo Dome anyway and they do not have the time or gas to make the trip there and back, especially considering the traffic. Just as the situation looks bleak, Yoshino takes a stand and decides to perform in the finals without her glasses, much to her partners’ surprise. Everyone but Kenji seems to disagree with that idea, claiming it’s just too dangerous with her poor eyesight. Yoshino understands the risks, but over her career, Kenji told her she seemed to have begun to display a very special talent that carried over from her textbooks to the stage. Her ability to study and memorize her stage positions, movements, poses, and lyrics very quickly has really allowed her to become a strong leader and study partner among the trio. Considering the current situation, perhaps this skill will really start to shine even without using her glasses. Kenji claims she is correct. Besides, Yoshino is so vital to the unit. Without her, it might as well not exist. Yoshino agrees and asks her partners to consider her offer. They object a little at first and Kaito believes Kenji and Yoshino have gone crazy, but soon think it would not be such a bad idea after all. Over time, they have learned to trust Yoshino’s instincts.

With her vision very fuzzy, Yoshino holds hands with her partners as they guide her to the stage. As ZetaPro is approached by NAZO, Yamato proceeds to make fun of Yoshino’s predicament, claiming she should just drop out while she has the chance. Yoshino ignores his taunting and boldly declares she will perform. Yamato can’t believe his ears. Has Yoshino really gone crazy? Is his father really this desperate to win that he would put his idols in danger? What if she trips over something? What if she gets hospitalized? What if her idol image is nothing without her glasses? Concerned, Kenji wonders how Yamato knows about her broken glasses. Yamato claims he just heard it through the grapevine that one of the staff members deliberately crushed Yoshino’s glasses. Suddenly, Maya takes a stand. Earlier in the morning, she overheard Yamato talking to a woman on the phone about glasses and how “the job was done.” He then praised the woman for her good work and promised to pay her after NAZO wins the IU. Kenji is furious with Yamato. To think the rival he once respected would take advantage of Yoshino’s bad eyesight in order to give NAZO an unfair edge. Maya then demands Yamato to quit his dirty antics and fight fair. An underhanded victory like that would be empty to her. She wishes to face Yoshino’s unit at their full strength. Yoshino thanks Maya for standing up to her. The chat goes on from there. At the final performance, Yoshino’s partners guide her to her proper position on stage. Rather than seeing with her eyes, she sees with her mind. She makes everything look like clockwork!

ENDING

One week after claiming victory at the IU, Yoshino returns to Kenji with a different pair of glasses. From a combination of her paychecks and sales, she is able to finally earn enough to receive her eye operation, which will take place a week from today! Sadly, the process will take a long time…it will take about one month after the operation until the bandages come off. Kenji congratulates her for accomplishing her dreams. Yoshino, however, thanks Kenji for all his guidance, especially helping her awaken a talent she never knew she had. Kenji asks what she will do once her eyes are cured. Yoshino claims that even though she is able to realize her ambitions, her time with Kenji and the others and seeing the happiness of her fans helped her realize just how much fun being an idol really is. Because of all that, she decides to continue her career. However, she recently came up with a pretty creative idea. Since her fans know her for being a meganekko idol, she will wear frames on stage, during photoshoots, during commercials, etc. Kenji really likes that idea, though he will miss the times when she wore real glasses. Yoshino laughs, hugs Kenji, then heads home, looking forward to the day where she will soon see the world in a new light.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 10, 2014, 11:35:29 pm
Ten down! I have decided to do Nozomi next as I've pretty much got her story completely mapped out.

Uemura Nozomi’s Route

Kenji first meets Nozomi honing her singing voice in one of the practice rooms. He can tell right away she possesses extraordinary talent. However, she suddenly stops, claiming a couple of her notes came out slightly flat. She feels a bit disappointed as this is normally not a difficult part of the song for her, so she decides to go back and sing the part over and over again until it is perfect. Kenji is surprised. He though Nozomi sounded perfect at that part. It seems as though he has a tough task ahead of him. Knowing this girl has such incredible singing skill and the ability to point out even the slightest mistakes, he can tell her standards will be set very high, even for her producer. Kenji knocks on the door to get Nozomi’s attention. Wishing to use her time to practice rather than chat, Nozomi is about to ask Kenji to leave until he informs her about her upcoming debut. Nozomi is happy to hear the news. At long last, she will soon prove her skills to the nation and make her dreams come true.

As soon as Nozomi receives the news that she will be the leader of an idol trio, she does not seem to mind at all. However, depending on who her partners are, she may have her doubts. Nozomi is very serious about her work and has a no-nonsense attitude. Because she has no time for fooling around, she believes some of the more upbeat girls (especially Emi) will be a nuisance and will only hinder her progress. Nozomi expects her partners to stay focused at all times and give their all in their performances. She expects the same from Kenji too. If he is going to be the one in charge of her career, he has to take responsibility. Kenji promises he will do everything in his power to help Nozomi and the others succeed, but is worried she may be setting the bar too high for the others…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on August 10, 2014, 11:42:50 pm
My first impression is that Nozomi is like a mix of Chihaya and Ritsuko.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on August 11, 2014, 12:21:53 am
Finally got around to reading all these.

I had forgotten how much I loved your characters. Yoshino is so unique! It's not every day you see an upbeat meganekko. I really love her. She's becoming a fast favorite of mine. :3
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 13, 2014, 05:53:34 am
Uemura Nozomi's Route, cont.

After Nozomi makes her national debut and begins her activities as a full-fledged idol, she is surprised to discover there is more to being an idol than meets the eye. It’s more than just singing and dancing on stage—idols are heavily diverse in the entertainment industry. Nozomi has to get used to doing photoshoots (particularly in a swimsuit), advertising for commercials, hosting or participating in variety shows, meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs after concerts, etc. Plus, her knowledge in pop music is very limited as she has spent most of her studies in classical and choral music. However, she is a very fast learner and manages to really get the job done. Once her unit reaches Rank E and defeats 876Pro in their first festival, Kenji is really impressed by not only her vocal talents, but her leadership skills. It’s almost like she’s a natural for this sort of thing. Nozomi is not too surprised, though. Over the years, several of her peers have claimed she was born to be a leader. She was appointed the student president of her choir clubs during her junior high (second and third years) and high school (second half of her first year and all of her second year) years. Outside choir, her classmates tend to turn to her for assistance and support, often putting her in charge of class assignments. However, she often declines offers to be a study buddy, preferring to study under her own standards, whether it be music or academics. Last year, she was even given an offer to run for student council president of her high school, but decided to turn it down in favor of her music studies. Even after she passed her audition with ZetaPro on her first try, she was often put in charge of teaching the other idol candidates during lessons. Many of her peers and even adults have profited from Nozomi’s guidance. Nozomi promises to be just as reliable leading her idol unit. Kenji is really proud of her for all she has to offer to the unit, but still reminds her that he is in charge of her career. Nozomi understands, but she asks Kenji to make sure she makes absolutely no mistakes and he pulls as much weight as she does, if not even more. Kenji makes a promise to Nozomi to live up to her expectations. It will be a tall order, but Kenji knows he must do it for her sake.

On the day of the Sunny Beach Festival, Nozomi feels confident she and her unit have the skills to defeat 765Pro. Even with a sudden change in opponents (who turns out to be Kagura), Nozomi is not shaken in the slightest. Despite putting her all into the performance, Kagura completely mops the floor with ZetaPro. She cannot help but laugh at the weakness of Nozomi’s unit. She did not even have to put in any effort to walk away with an easy victory. Kagura then leaves, telling Nozomi that while she may be skilled in her own right, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Nozomi is so frustrated she is not even willing to utter a word to anyone else. As ZetaPro drives back to the office, Kenji grows more and more worried about her.

Back at the office, Nozomi releases her pent-up frustration, blaming her loss on the incompetence of her partners as well as Kenji. It does not even matter to her that her opponent was a nationally-acclaimed diva from a trio of juggernaut idols sweeping the nation. To Nozomi, her partners lack discipline. They have been lax in their practicing (as in they have not been training as diligently as Nozomi). They do not know the importance of their jobs. They seem to stray away from her advice. This is why the unit as a whole is still unable to perform at a professional level. Kenji tries to calm Nozomi down, claiming she should not let one mere loss get in her way, but Nozomi quickly silences him. To her, Kenji is hopelessly flawed as a leader. If he truly is a leader of her standards, the unit would be able to perform flawlessly, manage their time more efficiently, be much more successful in general, and would not have lost to Kagura. If he cannot live up to her expectations, she will no longer acknowledge him as her producer. To make sure something like this does not happen again, Nozomi declares that she will take charge of the unit. Lessons will be more frequent and more diligent to make sure each and every performance is flawless. She also greatly requires 60-minute practicing every non-work day from the other two idols so that their technique will never get sloppy. As idols, they should be performers, even when off stage or work. The other two idols, no matter who they might be, are a little distraught to have such rough sanctions placed upon them. Kenji tries to interrupt, but to no avail. It appears as though nothing he says will make Nozomi reconsider. Kenji and the President start to worry about Nozomi, believing she may be taking things too far and is not considering the feelings of her partners.

As Kagura tells Yamato the news about her most recent victory, she can pretty much tell from her hidden frustration that Nozomi is about to snap. With this news, Yamato feels pretty much assured that ZetaPro is no longer a threat and victory is all but in the bag.

Over the next few weeks, despite the unit getting their groove back after a couple of successful outings, Nozomi continues to work her unit to the bone to make sure they continue to put on perfect performances. The President has to remind Nozomi that Kenji is still the one in charge of managing their work, but she often keeps the other two around after being dismissed for the evening to put in some extra practice time, much to her partners’ dismay. One day, Kenji arrives early. He really wants to know what is troubling Nozomi, so he asks the President to set aside some conversation time for the two of them. Later that evening, Nozomi tries to set aside some extra practice time for her partners, but the President calls it off, letting them go home for the evening. Nozomi tries to object, but the President insists, claiming Kenji is getting worried about her and really wants to have a chat with her. Nozomi complies and notices Kenji sitting on a bench just outside the main entrance. Kenji has been very concerned with how Nozomi is trying to run the unit. Her partners are clearly starting to show signs of fatigue from all that extra practice. Kenji fears if this keeps up, things will eventually begin to worsen rather than get better. He knows Nozomi has good intentions, but he wonders what she is really thinking. What does she really plan to get out of all this? Nozomi decides to tell the truth behind her reasons. All her life has been devoted to music. Nozomi has established herself as a singing prodigy ever since she was a child. She was a standout student in her elementary school music classes. Her voice was much more refined than other kids her age. She was invited to the school choir at the age of 8, becoming one of its youngest members. She was involved in all her schools’ choir clubs since then to continue to hone her abilities. Over the years, she has landed several solo parts in group songs and even solo performances. She has also aided other choir members with her uncanny ability to spot even the slightest flaw in a performance, even in her own. All of Nozomi’s choir teachers and private instructors have praised her for her incredible skill. When she’s not studying for classes, practicing her performance repertoire, or honing her voice, she reads books on classical music and composers, hoping to attain more knowledge of the great names, songs, and music styles of the past. Because of all the praise Nozomi received as a singer and a leader, she keeps setting her own standards higher and higher. She knows she is great, but wants to become even better. She felt as though she had to be absolutely perfect in order to consider her performances successful. Going into her final year of high school, her ultimate goal is to be able to study in an esteemed music conservatory after she graduates. Her first choice is Juilliard School in New York City. She heard about it from a pamphlet given to her by her high school’s choir director who believed a place like that would be perfect for someone of her level. However, she is well aware of any conservatory’s low acceptance rate (Juilliard’s is 7.2%). This is why Nozomi decided to become an idol. She wanted to prove to the nation (as well as the conservatories) that she has what it takes to be accepted into a conservatory and really take her musical career to the next level. Kenji is really proud that Nozomi cares deeply about her talents and wants to use them to the fullest. However, he believes perfection should not be everything. Her intolerance for mistakes has made her partners push harder than they should. The other two idols do not need to practice as much as she does in order to be able to perform at her level. Being a musician himself, Kenji knows from experience that no performance is perfect. The real trick is to be able to recover gracefully and keep pressing on. The only way the audience will be able to tell if a mistake was made is if it really sticks out. In other words, Nozomi should not make a big deal about it. It usually comes down to the satisfaction of the audience. If they are happy, the performer is happy. Nozomi later apologizes to Kenji for snapping at him and trying to be a control freak. Ever since she lost to Kagura, Nozomi felt as though she had to take over so that the unit will perform to her standards and be able to defeat her in their next encounter. Kenji thinks it would be best for Nozomi to cancel the extra practice time after work and on off-work days unless it is absolutely necessary. Not everyone needs to practice every day in order to maintain their skills. Plus, she should not feel like she has to run the whole show. It will put too much pressure on everyone, especially herself. Finally, like he said before, perfection is not everything. Nozomi thanks Kenji for an insightful chat and promises she will be a better leader from now on. Once again, she is willing to work with Kenji in charge as her producer. With that, the two of them part for the evening.

(to be continued)

My first impression is that Nozomi is like a mix of Chihaya and Ritsuko.

Yeah, I compared her personality exactly the same way (especially if you look back on the character description on the first page). But she does have her reasons, considering her past success and future goals.

Finally got around to reading all these.

I had forgotten how much I loved your characters. Yoshino is so unique! It's not every day you see an upbeat meganekko. I really love her. She's becoming a fast favorite of mine. :3

I'm glad you like Yoshino. I really wanted to make her unique among meganekko girls while adding some more common meganekko elements (i.e. her bursts of happiness leading to clumsy moments). Something tells me she might become the most popular of my loli trio.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 15, 2014, 05:13:03 am
Uemura Nozomi's route, cont.

When the President suggests entering the upcoming IU preliminaries, Nozomi immediately jumps on the opportunity, thinking it would be an excellent way to display the unit’s true capabilities to the nation. As the weeks go by, while Nozomi has not set up extra practice late after work, she still works her unit hard so they will be prepared for the IU and their next encounter with Kagura. However, the more progress she makes, the further the talent gap between her and her partners widens. Nozomi gets more and more stressed as the preliminary auditions inch closer and closer, fearing the other two idols lack focus and cannot seem to keep up. Reminding them what Kagura told them about how a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, Nozomi pushes her partners to work harder. A deeply worried Kenji can almost feel as though Nozomi seems desperate to catch up to NAZO.

The day of the IU preliminaries arrives. Nozomi has been training and rehearsing her tail off all week to prepare for this day. She knows a lot of highly skilled big-name idols and units like NAZO will be participating in a tournament this big. She keeps urging herself to put on a flawless performance in order to display her true skills to the judges. All of a sudden, her greatest anticipation has been answered… ZetaPro has been placed in the same block as NAZO. Kagura appears before Nozomi with the other two members of NAZO. Kagura is surprised Nozomi was able to maintain her unit’s success up to this point. Now she wants to prove the difference in their strength once and for all. Nozomi urges her partners to step up their game and not make even the slightest mistake. She is also counting on Kenji to make sure to time their appeals perfectly in order to show up NAZO’s. Kenji claims he will try his hardest, but is a little concerned Nozomi will push herself and the others too hard just for the sake of defeating Kagura. Much to Kagura’s surprise, ZetaPro is able to pass by landing second place. However, much to Nozomi’s chagrin, NAZO tops her unit’s score by a huge margin. Even though Nozomi passed the audition and will move on to the next leg of the IU, she still feels as though she failed. According to her, the reason why they still cannot perform at NAZO’s level is because her partners still lack professionalism. She feels as though she has to drag the others by their feet as she progresses. In short, they are the weak links in the chain. Kagura cannot help but laugh at Nozomi’s beliefs. To her, it really was pure luck that led to ZetaPro’s recent success. In reality, the chain’s weakest link is not her partners nor is it her producer…it is Nozomi herself. She thinks she knows everything. She feels like she is the show. She believes her musical skill and experience alone are enough to give her unit strength. When she leads, everything has to be her way in order to succeed. She expects and pushes her partners to perform at her level, disregarding the immense gap in their abilities. This is why Nozomi truly is a terrible leader who only serves to hold the unit back. If she keeps leading her unit this way, their success will eventually come crashing down hard. Kagura finds it surprising her partners haven’t considered quitting after the harsh treatment she has given them. As she leaves, she tells Nozomi she will never lose to someone like. Nozomi is devastated. She thought there was no way she could have been the weak link to the unit, but then starts to believe what Kagura told her was in fact true. Kenji tries to help, but Nozomi is anything but in the mood to talk. On the drive back, Nozomi tries her best to hold back her crying, but her tears become very apparent.

Back at the office, Nozomi apologizes profusely to everyone for letting them down. She could not believe she was acting so selfish. She thought what she was doing was contributing to the well-being of the group, but in reality she didn’t seem to care about anyone’s thoughts and feelings but her own. All this time Nozomi felt as though she had to live up to her past success as a singer and a leader. She felt like she had to perform flawlessly during each recording and concert in order to prove herself worthy to be enrolled in a conservatory. Then she completely forgot about Kenji’s advice even after their little private chat. Nozomi feels doubtful her partners, Kenji, and the President can forgive her after what she has done. Kenji and the others do forgive her. They know she was trying her very best and had no bad intentions whatsoever. Kenji believes the real problem was not that she set the bar too high for him and the other idols, but that she set her own bar too high. The talent gap between Nozomi and her partners is immense. The way Nozomi practices, if the other two take one step forward, Nozomi takes three. Kenji suggests maybe she should adjust to her partners’ levels rather than ask them to adjust to her level. This way she will not put so much of a burden on herself. If all three of them perform on the same scale, they will flow together perfectly and become that much better. She could consider Nozomi’s idol trio similar to her choir and class assignment groups. All groups function strongly when they work together as one. Her partners still view her as a fantastic leader despite the mistakes she has made. As for those conservatories, Nozomi should not worry about performing a song to the point. People like them usually don’t care about perfection. What they do look for is dedication. Show that you have been practicing hard and that you care about the song and the message it conveys. If you show passion in your work, your audience will feel that same passion. Kenji then adds one more suggestion. Being an idol may be Nozomi’s job, but it should be fun for her. Since she has dedicated nearly her entire life to music, why not get some enjoyment out of what she loves? Besides, that could help take a big load off her shoulders. Nozomi promises to try her best to make the necessary adjustments to make her and her unit that much better.

Nozomi decides to spend some time with her partners in order to study and adapt to their lifestyles as well as their practicing methods. This allows her to bond with her new friends and feel much more relaxed. While she still practices on her own as diligently as before, she is much calmer and more focused on getting the job done rather than stressing herself out with fixing every little detail. She still seems to find even the slightest flaw, but does not seem to worry about it unless the mistake is constant or critical.

On the day ZetaPro receives a writ of challenge from NAZO to face off at the Harvest Moon Festival, Nozomi feels ready to take them on this time around. She can already feel the improvement she has made since the IU prelims. At the festival, Kenji notices that Nozomi seems to be performing at a level on par with Kagura. Unfortunately, their performances are cut short due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. As Yamato appears to pick up NAZO, he passes by ZetaPro and proceeds to mock them. To Yamato, the only way a singer of Nozomi’s caliber could have joined up with a run-down company run by the lower class was that she was too soft and sympathetic. It’s pretty clear that ZetaPro is using her incredible talents and gullibility to their advantage, thinking they can pay her as little as possible while fattening their own wallets under her success. That’s how common-class companies function (in Yamato’s eyes). If she really wants to be strong enough to be accepted into Juilliard, she should have contributed her talents to the upper class—the big-money names in the entertainment industry like RyuuseiPro. She could be making a lot more money and a much bigger name for herself. But, no…she had to be a weakling backed by silly dreams and try hopelessly to promote herself under the name of a smaller company where nobody will recognize her. If she keeps this up, she will never have what it takes to be accepted into a conservatory. Nozomi stands up to him, claiming he is only telling lies. She can tell everyone at ZetaPro really does care about her, especially Kenji, who helped her see the importance of using her talents to bring joy to her fans as well as herself. Even if she does not wind up studying in a conservatory for her efforts, all of the memories of her idol career are just too precious for her to let go. Yamato laughs at Nozomi’s logic, claiming she really is way too soft for her own good and hoping she enjoys her fifteen minutes of fame. He laughs as he heads back to his limo with the rest of NAZO.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 16, 2014, 04:24:40 am
As I draw Nozomi's route to a close, I should let you know this ending will be slightly different from some of the others...

Uemura Nozomi's Route, conclusion

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Nozomi overhears a conversation between Kagura and Yamato. From what she hears, Kagura claims she must win the IU in order to maintain the legacy of her family. Knowing the rough treatment her parents gave her in the past, Yamato assures her he will do whatever it takes for NAZO to win the championship. Now Nozomi understands why Kagura also takes her idol career so seriously. Kagura does not want to lose to anybody. Sounds like someone Nozomi used to know. Nozomi decides not to interfere so both units can maintain their focus as they head into the final tournament brackets. Still, she can hardly believe how similar she is to Kagura. Both dedicate their lives to music. They are both very diligent with their practicing. They both feel as though failure is not an option. Both have ultimate goals revolving around their talents. The question now is whose ambition will come out on top?

After Namco Angel gets knocked in the quarterfinals by NAZO, Chihaya reminds everyone to keep their eyes on Nozomi’s group. It turns out Nozomi’s talents and achievements have caught the eye of one of 765Pro’s most talented idols. If there is anyone who can defeat NAZO now other than Project Fairy or Ryuuguu Komachi, it would have to be Nozomi and ZetaPro.

Yamato is feeling desperate now. He devises a last-ditch plan in order to wreck Nozomi’s performance and her shot at getting into a conservatory. The next day as Nozomi is practicing, Kaito gives her a present from her high school’s choir teacher. The present contains two pieces of candy and a letter wishing her the best of luck. Once Nozomi is finished practicing, she pops the candy into her mouth as she gets ready to change. Little does she and Kaito know that package was not from her teacher…it was a trap set up by Yamato, as the candy was meant to clog her vocal cords. All of a sudden, Nozomi’s voice begins to crack and get muddy. She then coughs. She tries to explain her situation to Kenji, but she cannot seem to talk above a whisper. Kenji is shocked. She is losing her voice! He tells her to calm down and drink some lukewarm water. Perhaps that might help. However, not wanting to fall behind and remain prepared for the performance anyway, Nozomi reads over her music a couple more times. Yamato soon gets a call from one of the stage crew members informing him what happened to Nozomi. Yamato smirks sinisterly, feeling as though his plan will succeed. With Nozomi out of the way, NAZO’s victory is pretty much guaranteed now.

As evening falls, the audience is let inside the dome, and the deadline time getting closer and closer, Nozomi is feeling a little better, but she is far from 100%, her voice is still a little quieter and muddier than usual, and still coughs quite a bit. Kaito is worried. If he allows her to perform tonight, she will likely go all out and only make matters worse for her vocal cords. It might be best if Nozomi sits this one out and the other two perform as a duet. Nozomi immediately refuses. She has already come this far and is not willing to let herself or her partners down. Her partners agree. Nozomi is a staple member of this trio. Without her exceptional singing talents and leadership skills, who knows where the unit would be today? Kenji knows Nozomi is way too determined to let something like plugged vocal cords get in her way. However, he is concerned about her safety and asks her to be careful. Just before curtain call, Nozomi decides to drink a couple of glasses of lukewarm water in order to try to clear her throat the best she can. While ZetaPro gets set up, Kaito, feeling a little reluctant, searches for the staff member who gave Nozomi the candy in order to tell him what happened.

As Nozomi and company approach the stage, they are confronted by Yamato. As Nozomi coughs and talks in a somewhat whispery voice, he laughs at Nozomi’s current condition and suggests she should drop out while she has the chance. No sense in worsening her voice by singing in a big concert. Nozomi bites back, claiming she will not let anything like this stop her from performing. Yamato mocks her, asking her to speak up as he cannot seem to hear her. He then claims Nozomi is a fool. Performing with a voice like that will only lead to her unit’s crushing defeat to NAZO. All of a sudden, Kaito shows up with the staff member that gave him Nozomi’s “gift.” It turns out he was taking orders from Yamato. That gift was meant to be a trap in order to ruin her voice in time for the performance. Once Kaito found the guy, he saw him was acting suspicious so he made the pig squeal. Kenji can hardly believe Yamato would sink so low. He and Kagura demand he cut out his dirty antics and play fair. Kagura feels a little reluctant to face Nozomi in her current condition. An underhanded victory like that might actually wind up hurting her family’s reputation. All of a sudden, as Nozomi clears her throat again, a miracle happens. Her voice is back to 100%! The extra water combined with her determination is enough to break the candy’s clutches on her vocal cords. This fires Kagura up. Now Nozomi will be able to face the full strength of NAZO with no holds barred. However, she does not intend to lose either. Nozomi plans to put all her heart, soul, and voice into this one performance. Will the conservatories be listening? Whose desire will prevail?

ENDING

One week has passed since ZetaPro’s victory at the IU finals. Nozomi’s voice is much better now. Once she arrives at the office, she wishes to speak with Kenji outside, claiming she has a bit of a surprise for him. First of all, Nozomi never expected her idol career to be such a roller coaster ride. She really has everyone to thank, especially Kenji, for helping her to grow not only as a performer but as a person in general. Her leadership skills have matured greatly, carrying over to her final high school classes as well. Plus, she learned several new skills that allow her to become much better in terms of her musical abilities too. She no longer strives for perfection—only satisfaction. While she still remains diligent in terms of her music studies, Kenji has also taught her to have fun doing what she loves most. Finally, and most important of all, she gained several new friends who cared for her very much, especially her producer. Nozomi is happy to be able to live up to her past accomplishments and become ten times the singer she was before. Now she tells Kenji the big news…Nozomi has been accepted into Juilliard! Kenji congratulates her for accomplishing her dreams. Someone like her really deserves to study there. Unfortunately, her classes start in the fall and she will have to head to New York before then. She has decided to semi-retire as an idol while she gets through her studies, but does promise to come back and hold a big performance showing everyone what she learned in Juilliard once she heads back to Japan. However, she will never forget any of her experiences as an idol. It was truly the most memorable and insightful moments in her life so far and she owes it all to Kenji. Kenji will sad to see her go so soon after such a successful career, but he wishes her the best of luck on all her future endeavors. As the book closes on one story, a new one is soon to begin…
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Maka on August 19, 2014, 10:48:23 pm
Eagerly looking forward to the newest idol story!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 20, 2014, 06:05:52 am
I was thinking about who to do next, but after seeing Maka's comment, I've got a bit of inspiration. The drill-haired five-year veteran is next!

Hijikata Chiyo’s Route

As Kenji selects the idol he plans to produce, he is well aware of her experience in the entertainment world. Because she really seems to know the ropes, he knows the bar will be raised a little higher than usual. Kenji just so happens to meet Chiyo on the same stone bridge where they saw each other the night after the Black Pearl Festival. Chiyo is walking back to the office after playing a round of tennis. She is a little sweaty and tired, but is far from drained as she kept herself hydrated with a bottle of water. Chiyo seems to find it more than a coincidence seeing Kenji again at the exact same spot where they had met just before making her decision to switch from 961Pro to ZetaPro. Kenji then confirms her suspicions once he tells her the news about her upcoming debut. Chiyo knew it…it must have been a stroke of fate. Still, it feels a little odd to her as she hasn’t worked with a producer for a while. She is willing to put her faith in him and hopes he does not disappoint as she starts her idol career anew.

One of Chiyo’s features that really seems to stand out to Kenji is her almost perfectly built body. She really knows how to stay fit and slender without looking anorexic. She bikes to school and work every day and spends some free mornings playing tennis. In fact, Chiyo was once a star player in her junior high school’s tennis club until her idol activities began to interfere. All this while eating three square, healthy meals. One reason she plans to keep her body in shape is because she will usually work as a model from time to time, inspired by her mother’s current job. Still, Chiyo has seen idols of many different sizes over the course of her career. She really seems to agree there is no “ideal” body size for an idol.

(to be continued)

Sorry it's a little short, but it's getting late where I am. I'll get right to the real nitty-gritty later on.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 22, 2014, 01:08:33 am
Hijikata Chiyo's Route, cont.

Even after her successful debut, Chiyo still cannot find it in her heart to trust Kenji. This worries Kenji. While he is trying his level best to make sure she’s happy, it seems as though she still remains a little cautious around him. However, after a few successful promotions and a victory in her unit’s first festival, Chiyo eventually starts warming up a little to him. Chiyo then apologizes for making Kenji unnecessarily worry about her. The only reason she felt a little distrusting and insecure around Kenji is because of bad memories of her past. Chiyo has been working as an idol for five years now. She used to wear her hair in drills similar in style to Teto Kasane. Early on in her career, she got stuck with some of the worst producers in the business. They abused her, sexually harassed her, and essentially did not give a hoot about her personal feelings. While some wound up fired, Chiyo did have to transfer production companies a few times. Later on, a couple of her other producers were a bit nicer to her, but were pretty incompetent and didn’t have much of an idea what they were doing. Needless to say, they could not live up to her standards. Even though she has earned an avid, decent-sized fanbase who continues to support her through and through, Chiyo’s career eventually slowed to a standstill with the rising popularity of the idols from 765Pro and 961Pro. After Chiyo joined 961Pro, Kuroi did not help with her view of producers at all, claiming they are all disgusting self-centered filth who only serve to hinder the progress of an idol’s career. He essentially convinced her that she does not need a producer to become the idol she always wanted to be, constantly reminding her of her earlier years in her career. However, her views seemed to change entirely once she met Kenji and ZetaPro. After his unit defeated hers at the Black Pearl Festival, he stood up for her feelings after Kuroi scolded her severely. It was not often at all that Chiyo saw this much potential in such a young producer. Kenji’s idols really appreciated his kindness, he really seemed to know what he was doing, and he possessed the skill and heart to defeat a unit from such a big name in the idol industry. That combined with Kuroi’s lies and abusiveness led Chiyo to defect from 961Pro and join ZetaPro. After Chiyo’s little flashback, Kenji understands. He tells Chiyo she didn’t really have to apologize in the first place for lacking faith in her new producer especially after all she has been through. Still, he promises to take good care of her and live up to her high expectations as he guides her on a path much more successful than before.

Chiyo is eager to perform in the Sunny Beach Festival. She has performed there before and knows how it attracts a few big-name idols. If her unit can perform well there, they will be well on their way to a huge jump in popularity. However, once Chiyo gets there, catching a glimpse of her suddenly-changed opponent sends chills down her spine. She tries to shake it off and put on the best performance she can, but her unit is singlehandedly slaughtered by Kagura. Kagura recognizes her opponent immediately. No wonder she was able to defeat her so easily. According to Kagura, “Chiyobaa-san” is way out of her prime, over-the-hill for an idol, and is nothing more than a has-been. It is a complete shocker she hasn’t even considered retiring yet. Kagura tells Chiyo to face facts—her career is soon coming to a crashing halt and there is nothing she can do to stop it, especially with her “true intentions” standing in the way. As Kagura confidently leaves, Kenji wonders what Kagura means by Chiyo’s “true intentions,” but believes it’s something personal and decides to keep it to himself.

Back at the office, Chiyo reveals that she had to deal with NAZO in the past. When she was still with 961Pro, NAZO challenged and utterly destroyed them in a festival performance. Their producer proceeded to torment Kuroi, mocking his company’s so-called “legendary” reputation and even calling him a has-been. Kuroi was beyond frustrated but surprisingly, despite his policies, he didn’t wind up firing his unit, calling it sheer dumb idiot luck to lose to the new idol super-sensation. Chiyo is a still a little upset from the earlier festival. Kenji and her partners apologize, believing she is blaming them for their loss to Kagura. However, Chiyo claims there is no one to blame. She knows NAZO’s power and popularity are for real, especially seeing that they are capable of making short work out of one of the biggest idol companies in the business. Plus, the way Kagura mocked her was just salt to the wound. Sure Chiyo is a little older than most idols these days, her career was far from memorable, and her recent defeat was humiliating, but that will not stop her. The only way her unit can go from here is forward. Kenji admires Chiyo’s optimism, but he can almost seem to tell from her eyes that she is hiding something. Why does she want to reach the top so bad? Is there more to her intentions than meets the eye? Kenji and the unit part ways for the night filled with so many questions about their veteran idol.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 23, 2014, 06:56:35 am
Dang, 5k+ views on this thread?! I honestly never thought I'd hit that landmark! Thank you all for your continued support of my idol project!

Hijikata Chiyo's Route, cont.

Kagura is seen talking with her mysterious producer (you know who). She is well familiar with her recent opponent’s history. It’s pretty much safe to say her unit is no longer a threat.

Meanwhile, around roughly the same time, Chiyo is seen talking with another mysterious young man. This man seems aware of NAZO’s recent success, but never figured Chiyo would have to face them again so soon. Chiyo is worried. If Kagura continues to interfere, it will become nigh impossible to fulfull the promise she made to him…

Chiyo’s unit manages to get its groove going again after a couple of successful outings. However, Kenji notices that Chiyo is still looking a little concerned…not about him or her unit, but something else. A few days after ZetaPro’s victory over Ryuuguu Komachi at the Fujisan Rock Festival, Kenji notices Chiyo in disguise going on an outing with a strapping young man (who is actually the same guy we see Chiyo talking with the night after the Sunny Beach Festival). Kenji walks up to Chiyo and says hello, which gives her quite a shock. Kenji knows all his idols well enough that not even the most convincing disguises can fool him. Still not wanting her cover to get blown, Chiyo decides to return to her apartment so the three of them can chat in private. Once there, the young man introduces himself as Takuma Iwamoto. It turns out he has been dating Chiyo for the last two years. Takuma and Chiyo actually knew each other since their third year of junior high, but it wasn’t until Chiyo’s idol career began to soar that they began to notice each other. Takuma turned into one of her most avid fans even during the times she had to deal with several stumbling blocks. As time flew by, Chiyo and Takuma were soon pit in the same classes and were often paired up during group assignments. She could soon tell he was something more than just a fan. Eventually their relationship grew more romantic, hitting its peak just before graduating high school. As Takuma and Chiyo began dating, she noticed something shocking on the front page of a popular idol magazine. A center idol in a big-time unit had recently been fired from her company after some of her peers caught her on a date with a guy. According to the magazine, this company has guidelines that strictly forbid romantic relationships among their idols. The unfortunate idol’s career was a shambles as all her once-loyal fans immediately turned the other cheek. Some were even recently seen breaking her albums with a hammer in protest of her actions. Chiyo was so disturbed. Did she make a mistake by deepening her friendship with Takuma? As she informed her current company of the situation (this company’s guidelines do not forbid relationships), her president told her it has something to do with purity. Idols are meant to save their love for only their fans. Fans and larger companies expect their idols to retain their innocence. Chiyo felt so conflicted. Staying with Takuma might destroy her career, but she loves him too much just to let him go like that. She decided to keep him a secret from the public and disguises herself during dates with him. Luckily, her relationship remained unnoticed. After Takuma was informed of Chiyo’s situation, he is not willing to give up on her at all. To the public eye, he will remain a normal everyday fan of hers. They even decide to go to separate colleges in order to prevent any suspicions. Chiyo decides to make a promise to him. Once she becomes a top idol, she will be able to retire so they can safely be together forever. End flashback. This promise Chiyo made to Takuma is the reason why she is so determined to reach the top no matter what. This is why she is counting on Kenji to help her. Takuma tells Kenji he has heard good things about him from Chiyo. While Kenji is a lot younger, he certainly is a lot more capable than pretty much every other producer Chiyo had to put up with over the years. He certainly treats his idols with the utmost respect. Takuma can see why she trusts her new producer so much. Kenji informs both Chiyo and Takuma he will do his best to help them fulfill their promise. With a quick goodbye, Kenji leaves and heads home.

Weeks go by and word of Chiyo’s relationship still has not reached the public. Not even Yamato’s spies have managed to discover them together. When the President suggests that Chiyo’s unit try out for the IU to test their skills, Chiyo demands they enter. It would become a major step forward in the path towards reaching the status of top idols. Kenji knows why she really wants to take this opportunity, but decides to keep it a secret from everyone else. On the day of the IU preliminaries, Chiyo feels eager to return to a venue filled with so many painful memories and crushed dreams. Every time she tried out for the IU in the past, she failed. Not only was she held back by incompetent producers, but bigger companies including 765Pro’s idols proved to be too much for her. This time, things are different to Chiyo. With similar dreams, but different idols and a much more capable producer, she feels confident she can go the distance this time around. However, things get tense when ZetaPro winds up placed in the same competition block as NAZO. Kagura arrives with the rest of her unit. Believing Chiyo has not learned her lesson since the Sunny Beach Festival, perhaps getting crushed by NAZO’s full power will be enough to teach Chiyo she is no longer fit to be an idol. If she tried and failed to get into the IU several times before, what makes her think she has a chance this time around? It will just be the same old story. Chiyo is not swayed by Kagura’s taunts, believing she really does have what it takes this time around. Much to Kagura’s surprise, ZetaPro manages to pass. However, they still place a far distant second to NAZO. Kagura claims Chiyo’s success was nothing more than a stroke of luck. Her fans are fools to still believe in an idol who continuously could not get her career anywhere. Compared to most of today’s younger idols, Chiyo is pretty over the hill. Plus, Kenji will only serve to hinder her progress just like her other producers. Then there are her partners. Kagura believes Chiyo is a coward trying to rely on the help of younger talent to help her achieve success. Chiyo is just scared because she could not get the job done on her own. Kagura does not plan to lose to the likes of a veteran no matter how successful (or lucky) she turns out to be. She claims she will find a way to put Chiyo’s career to an end once and for all. Feeling a little frustrated, she leaves the venue with her two partners. Chiyo really took Kagura’s agonizing threats like a boss. Perhaps it was her poker face that really disturbed Kagura. Still, Chiyo is proud and thankful for everyone at ZetaPro for helping her finally pass the IU preliminaries. However, she knows this is only the beginning.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 24, 2014, 06:55:36 am
Hijikata Chiyo's Route, conclusion

Later that night, Chiyo is seen in her apartment chatting with Takuma. Takuma heard the news and congratulates her on finally reaching the second leg of the IU, but he still notices Chiyo looking a little upset. She believes she still has a ways to go in order to catch up with NAZO. It seems the more successful she becomes, the more NAZO becomes a thorn in her side. Takuma believes the problem may be that while performing, she is just thinking about him and the promise she made to him. He assures her she is not alone. Of course Chiyo still has her main squeeze who cares about her more than anything, but she also has two idols working with her in a unit of three. Outside from her time with 961Pro, this is relatively new to Chiyo. Groups work best if they work as one. Perhaps she should spend some time with her partners a little more in order to strengthen their bonds. This way she can adjust to the styles of younger idols and be able to flow more fluidly with them. Takuma knows Chiyo loves him with all her heart, but now is not the time to worry about him. She is still an idol. As long as she focuses on her unit and her fans, she will always be the amazing angelic idol he fell in love with years ago. Fulfilling her promise would then be a cakewalk. Still, Takuma wants to make sure he is the first in line for her performances and new albums.

Over the next few weeks, Chiyo takes some time to bond with her partners. She never realized just how energetic, fun-loving, and outgoing her younger peers could be. Even though they seem unfocused, they are still very hard workers.

As ZetaPro receives a writ of challenge from NAZO to appear at the Harvest Moon Festival, Chiyo feels more than ready to take on Kagura this time around. Unfortunately, both performances get cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Kenji can really tell ZetaPro’s trio has improved drastically since they passed the IU prelims. Chiyo is beginning to realize what she can accomplish with the power of unity. Yamato arrives to pick up NAZO and to rain on Kenji’s parade. According to Yamato, the way ZetaPro manages Chiyo proves the weakness and stupidity of middle class companies. They seem to have managed to successfully trick and bribe her away from 961Pro. They thought they could cash in on an experienced idol even though she was nearing the end of her rope. Worst of all, they allow her to get into a relationship! That’s right…Yamato knows Chiyo’s secret. He knows about the promise Chiyo made to Takuma. Had Chiyo been working for a more elite record company like RyuuseiPro, she would have been canned right on the spot. Then, gossip regarding the scandal would destroy not only her career and image, but the image of idols everywhere. Kenji tries to interfere, but Yamato scoffs at his weak defenses. It seems as though he is in cahoots with Chiyo and the President to cover up her relationship. Yamato then reminds Chiyo of all the abuse and suffering she received from her past producers, claiming she should have known better after five years. What if Kenji is just deceiving Chiyo? What if he is just as selfish and filthy as those hacks who previously managed her career? Chiyo soon stands up to Kenji. It was he who taught her that not all producers are like that. Not only is he very kind and caring, but he really knows what he is doing. If it were not for his aid, who knows where she would be now? Yamato calls Chiyo a fool, claiming Kenji has made her soft. Yamato asks Chiyo to do the idol industry a favor and call it quits while she still can. If she continues the path she is on, her utter humiliation will be inevitable, especially since he knows NAZO will mop the floor with her in the IU finals and he knows her true intentions. Either way, he will break Chiyo’s promise. He laughs as he heads back to his limo with the rest of NAZO.

Chiyo is distressed. Now that Yamato knows about her relationship with Takuma, she is certain Yamato will try to use it against her once they enter the final segment of the IU. However, she recalls what Takuma told her…don’t worry about him and just focus on her idol work. Unnecessary worry will only hinder her progress. Takuma assures Chiyo that he is sure everything will be all right in the end. He even promises to get a front-row ticket once she is set to perform at the IU finals. Surprisingly, Yamato still has yet to make a move…

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Chiyo overhears a conversation between Kagura and Yamato. It appears as though Kagura and Yamato have known each other for a long time and seem to care for each other very much. Kagura feels as though she must win the IU for Yamato’s sake as well as her family’s. Who knows…could they secretly be in a relationship just like Chiyo is? After the conversation ends, Kagura runs into Chiyo. Chiyo seems to relate quite a bit to her rival due to the fact they both desire to win the IU for the sake of the person they care for the most. However, she should not let her ambitions distract her. From what Takuma taught her, as long as she focuses on her work, performance criteria, and uniting with her unit, she can really tap into her full potential and become the idol everyone fell in love with in the beginning. An offended Kagura brushes Chiyo aside, claiming they are nothing alike as she heads back to NAZO’s meeting spot.

As Chiyo’s unit advances past the quarterfinals and the semifinals, Yamato, feeling desperate, decides to put his ultimate plan into action. Some of his hoods soon break into Takuma’s hotel room, give him a dose of knockout drops, and kidnap him in his sleep! The next day as Chiyo arrives in her dressing room, she notices a letter on the counter. It turns out to be an ultimatum. “I have Takuma. Drop out of the IU finals and give up your idol career entirely or else your secret will be made public. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of your foolish once-loyal fans once they see this!” Attached to the letter is a picture of Chiyo and Takuma sharing a deep kiss. Chiyo is shocked and quickly informs Kenji of the situation. With little options left and absolutely zero thoughts of surrender, Kenji and Kaito set out on an investigation. Chiyo tries to stop Kenji. Takuma has been kidnapped and held hostage. There is no telling what they will do if Kenji sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong. Plus, her career and reputation are at risk. Chiyo cringes, feeling as though she is unable to do anything. However, Kenji is not willing to give up on her. He will do whatever he can to make sure she can perform for both Takuma and her fans. He is never the type to let something like this slide. Chiyo can hardly believe her ears. Kenji cares about her so much she is willing to put everything on the line for her sake. She knew she made the right decision to place her faith in her most recent (and best) producer.

As the final showdown draws nearer and nearer, the situation grows more and more bleak. However, Kaito soon overhears Yamato on the phone with the kidnappers. It appears as though is plan is progressing smoothly. He promises to pay them once Chiyo surrenders and NAZO wins the IU. Receiving information on Takuma’s whereabouts, Kaito soon asks the stage management crew about RyuuseiPro’s dressing rooms. However, none of them could point him in the right direction (they are actually working for Yamato). Fortunately, Kaito is able to find two legitimate staff members who could help him. The group waits until the coast is clear before they head to Yamato’s quarters. Once there, they hear peculiar noises in the room. Kaito opens the door and discovers Takuma tied up and gagged in a chair! Kaito pulls out a Swiss Army knife and cuts the rope binding Takuma. Takuma soon thanks them. Both of them head back to center stage just in time to tell Kenji and Chiyo the news.

With only ten minutes until curtain call, Chiyo is looking worried. Yamato mocks her, believing she is scared to face the overwhelming might of NAZO. Kenji informs Yamato that someone important to Chiyo recently got kidnapped and was just getting a little overly worried. Yamato believes it is nothing more than a childish excuse since Chiyo knows her humiliating defeat is inevitable. Kaito soon arrives with Takuma. According to a phone conversation Kaito overheard, Yamato hired men to kidnap Takuma and threaten Chiyo with the release of a scandalous photo so that she would be forced to surrender to NAZO and quit her idol career. Then he disguised other RyuuseiPro employees as stage management members in order to steer suspicious people away from Takuma. Luckily, Kaito got some assistance and were able to find and free Takuma. Chiyo is delighted and grateful to Kenji and Kaito for helping. Both Kenji and Kagura cannot believe Yamato would commit such an underhanded act. Kagura especially demands Yamato to fight fair, believing a victory via dishonest methods would only serve to soil her family’s reputation. Yamato decides to comply for Kagura’s sake. As Chiyo takes the stage, Takuma’s eyes are locked onto Chiyo, wishing to see the full results of everything she has learned up to this point in her career. It is such a familiar feeling to him…the same feeling he experienced when he fell in love with her.

ENDING

At long last, after so many long, painful years, Chiyo is finally able to fulfill her promise to Takuma. She is beyond grateful to Kenji for helping her turn her career around and experience just what it truly means to be an idol. Meeting him and getting to know his kindness and strong work ethic really helped her see producers in a new light. Working and bonding with two other idols allowed her to tap into her full potential utilizing the power of unity. She can tell her partners also learned and grew up a lot from her years of wisdom. With all her recent achievements and an experience that went above and beyond her expectations, Chiyo decides to retire as an idol so she can finally remain by Takuma’s side. Not wanting to let her talent and experience go to waste, she decides to later become a trainer in order to help shape the next generation of idols. However, she will never forget all the memories she had with Kenji. Kenji wishes her and Takuma a bright and successful future as they say their goodbyes for the last time...or is it?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on August 25, 2014, 11:00:45 am
The ending is a bit sad, but I like Chiyo's story anyway! Who will be next?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 26, 2014, 06:24:54 am
The ending is a bit sad

Probably because she retired. Then again, her career made a massive turnaround after it went nowhere for so long, she fulfilled her promise to Takuma, got to experience what it truly means to be an idol, and after marrying Takuma, continues to use her talents and act as a trainer for younger up-and-coming idols.

Not sure who to do next. Probably Momoko, Hikari, Reika, or (once I get just a couple more ideas) Nagisa.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on August 26, 2014, 01:21:04 pm
Try to write Reika's story, alright?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on August 29, 2014, 12:49:10 am
So it shall be!

Tsukishiro Reika’s Route

Kenji first sees Reika having lunch at a fast food restaurant a couple of blocks to the east of the ZetaPro building. It appears as though this is her first time eating a burger. The taste intrigues her. It’s much different from the filet mignon she enjoys normally, but it is still satisfying. Kenji is a bit surprised. To think he would meet someone who has never eaten a hamburger before. Then again, Reika does come from a very rich, sophisticated family, so it seems logical she might not be that familiar with more common food. As Kenji approaches Reika, she begins speaking to him in a very formal tone. Feeling a little awkward, Kenji informs her there is really no need for formalities. Reika receives the news of her debut and feels surprised, never expecting to be selected so soon. Still, she is ready and willing to serve Kenji faithfully as she begins her journey of discovery.

After Reika meets her two partners and makes her national debut, most of her time is spent with Kenji and the others getting to know the common world better. Having grown up with her father teaching her the art of classical, opera, and ballet, the world of pop music is very obscure to her. Still, she finds her new songs rather interesting. While they seem catchy and have a good danceable beat, she can almost seem to sense the feelings conveyed in her lyrics.

The next morning after Reika’s unit claims victory in their first festival, Kenji runs into Reika in a rundown alley. Several abandoned children who seem to know Reika pretty well put on a pretty, playful display for her. She gives each one of them a bit of change for their next meal, much to their thanks. She is shocked when she immediately notices Kenji right behind her. Kenji never expected to find Reika here of all places. Reika does not know why, but she can somehow feel for these children. Throughout her childhood, she was taught to always dress formally and act properly and lady-like towards everyone she meets. This little “ojou-sama” act reminds her of the pretty acts these kids put on. They seem to be all smiles for anyone with money. However, Kenji does seem to see a difference in these two acts. The children are free. Reika, however, seems to be trapped like a bird in a gilded cage. Reika berates him, saying, “At least you know where your next meal is coming from! You have no idea what it’s like to beg for leftovers!” Kenji apologizes, claiming such sadness does not become of her. Still, if there is only a way for her to break free from the cage that holds her. All of a sudden, Reika is shocked. She hears footsteps and a familiar voice. Some person is clearly looking for her. Reika quickly has to leave, but not before apologizing to Kenji and telling him she looks forward to learning new things with him in the future. Kenji soon leaves the alley as well, feeling a little concerned about Reika.

During the Sunny Beach Festival, Reika’s unit is defeated singlehandedly by Kagura. Kagura is surprised to discover her opponent’s family name—Tsukishiro. Reika must be the daughter and heir to Yutaka Tsukishiro, the famous billionaire with a passion for Europe and its history of music. Kagura cannot believe that the Reika would waste her status and talents to aid such lowlife commoners. According to Kagura, Reika lost because she was too sympathetic and weak. Her partner idols are talentless, low-class hacks who only serve to hold her back. If she really wants to become stronger and more successful, she should leave garbage like ZetaPro behind and offer her skills to larger, more sophisticated companies like RyuuseiPro. She would achieve wealth and fame beyond her wildest dreams. She would become the invincible empress she is truly capable of becoming. Kenji gets angry, telling Kagura to quit agonizing Reika and back off. Kagura leaves, but not before telling Reika to think about what she told her.

Back at the office, Reika confirms that what Kagura mentioned about Yutaka was true. Still, Reika does not believe even for a minute that her partners only burden her progress. She can tell they are talented in their own rights. If anything, she feels as though she can only blame herself because she believes she does not know nearly as much as her partners do, mainly about the outside world and appealing to the masses. Kenji and the other two idols assure Reika she is doing a fantastic job so far. Her talents and history in music have been very essential in the unit’s success so far. Besides, contrary to what Kagura told her, she is far from weak. Her status alone does not prove how skilled she really is. The unit will just have to shake off this loss and continue to play on, keeping up the good, hard work that allowed them to make it this far. Reika is not sure if ZetaPro will really become successful enough to be a match for NAZO in the future, but who knows?

(to be continued)
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Post by: ZetaFlare on August 30, 2014, 04:22:37 am
Tsukishiro Reika's Route, cont.

Kagura informs Yamato of her opponent. Yamato is rather interested in her. According to him, she is a fool to fall for ZetaPro’s lies. He asks Kagura to sway her over to RyuuseiPro where he can easily help her realize her full potential.

Reika’s unit manages to get its composure back and gain enough popularity to reach Rank C. After performing at a festival against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Reika has some bad news for everyone. Unfortunately, her father has caught on to her activities and has been asked to return home. Her partners try to talk her out of it, but once her father makes his decisions, he stands by them. Almost nothing will make him turn the other cheek. If she does not come home, her father’s butlers will seek her out. As Reika sadly exits the office, the President seems to know what’s going on and comes up with an idea. He asks Kenji to pay her a visit tomorrow. Perhaps he can help work things out with her father. Kenji promises to get Reika back. She seemed so content with her new friends at ZetaPro. Besides, no bird, no matter how rare or beautiful, wants to stay cooped up in a gilded cage forever. The President gives Kenji directions to the Tsukishiro estate before the group heads home for the evening.

The next day, Kaito drives Kenji over to Reika’s mansion. The butlers ask him to leave, but Reika immediately recognizes him and asks the butlers to let him in. Reika and Kenji approach Yutaka. Yutaka is angry at Reika, figuring the President might have tempted her into working as a cash cow for him. Now he figures the President is too much of a coward to show his face to him in person so he sent his lapdog (Kenji) to do his dirty work for him. Yutaka will still not be swayed. He will not allow Reika to continue her idol career. Throughout Reika’s past, Yutaka’s interest in European music and culture got Reika into the works of famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and Verdi. He has even taught her to sing and play the piano. Sometimes she would even give private concerts to display what she learned. One day, about three months before Reika made her debut, the President of ZetaPro overheard her singing and arrived at the Tsukishiro estate hoping to scout her as an idol. Yutaka immediately disallowed Reika from auditioning, claiming she should not be associated with the evils of the common world (such as its music). In order to protect her talents, regal beauty and happiness, Yutaka keeps Reika inside the mansion at all times. She was taught to always dress elegantly and act properly/lady-like towards visitors, which explains her rather formal conversations with Kenji and her partners. Yutaka soon asks Kenji to exit the mansion and leave Reika in peace, but Kenji stands up for himself and Reika. Yutaka claims to keep his precious bird in a gilded cage for the sake of her happiness. However, can Reika truly be happy if she is cooped up forever, even in a peaceful life of luxury? If Yutaka really does care for Reika’s happiness, he should set her free—allow her to live her life the way she wants and do what really makes her happy—allow her to get out and see the world that has been blind to her for nearly all her life. Yutaka cannot take Kenji’s shenanigans anymore and asks his butlers to escort Kenji out of the mansion. He then sends Reika to her bedroom and locks the door, asking her to use the time to get those silly idol ideas out of her head. Reika tries her best to hide her tears, but after what happened, she cannot help but cry. She then recalls what Kenji told her back in the alley…if she could only break free from the cage that holds her. Still, it seems as though her father might be hiding something…

Next week, Reika manages to escape her confines in the mansion and return to the ZetaPro building for another week of work. Kenji is glad she broke free from her cage, but the President shows a bit of concern, fearing Yutaka is still not willing to listen to Reika’s feelings.

On the day of the IU preliminary matches, Reika enters the venue looking calm and confident. She feels as though she has learned enough during her idol career to stand a chance against some of these other highly-talented competitors. Once she notices that her unit has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, a sudden chill runs down her spine. Kagura and her partners approach Reika, believing she has not learned her lesson yet since her humiliating defeat at the Sunny Beach Festival. Perhaps this time Kagura will prove what the upper class is truly capable of, especially seeing how a nationally-renowned diva is backed up by a competitive dancing champion and a child star beauty queen. Much to Kagura’s surprise, ZetaPro is able to pass the audition, though placing a distant second to NAZO. Kagura is starting to get a little frustrated. Apparently the legacy of the Tsukishiro family is finally starting to awaken. However, according to Kagura, the fact that she still uses her skills to aid such low-life commoners still proves Reika’s weakness. It’s not too late for Reika to end her little charade and offer her talents to RyuuseiPro because if she continues along the path she is currently on, her career will go nowhere and eventually come crashing down. Reika suddenly speaks up. She is not interested in a big-name, high-paying company like RyuuseiPro. She belongs with ZetaPro. The staff and idols are very kind and caring to her. While they still work hard and take their training seriously, she feels like she can actually get satisfaction out of her work with them. She feels more like a human being than just an idol. Kagura scoffs at Reika, claiming she is a simpleminded fool who was tricked by her peers’ kindness. “Don’t you see they are only using you? They see your legacy alone as a cash cow. They are willing to milk you until you’re dry. Don’t be fooled by their lies!” She laughs as she heads out of the venue with the rest of NAZO.

(to be continued)

Stay tuned. Reika is about to realize a shocking truth in the next update.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 01, 2014, 12:23:45 am
Tsukishiro Reika's Route, cont.

On her way back to the office, Reika spots a bed of purple petunias in full bloom. As she admires them, she suddenly freezes in shock. Flashbacks of her past soon appear in her head. In one, a little girl in a raggedy one-piece dress carries around a basket full of petunias. In another, a group of pesky boys stomps on a small petunia garden, making the little girl cry. In another, the girl looks up to a strange yet familiar-looking silhouette as he appears out of the back door of a limo. Kenji catches her just as she’s about to faint. Everyone is given quite a scare. Back at the office, Reika wakes up to everyone’s relief. Kenji asks Reika what happened to give her a shock like that. Reika believes that the sight of the petunia patch she passed not too long ago sparked some horrible memories. She begins to feel a little distressed. Wishing to rest off her sadness and get the painful thoughts out of her head, she goes home for the evening. Kenji is really starting to worry about Reika. She does not normally get so stressed out like this. The President believes she might have experienced trauma in her life that she’s not willing to talk about with anybody else. It would be best just to leave her be for now. Kenji still wonders how he will be able to help Reika if he does not know what is wrong.

The next day, Reika returns to the Tsukishiro estate undetected in order to talk to Yutaka about the flashbacks she witnessed. After Reika mentions purple petunias, Yutaka gets angry as he specifically told his butlers never to plant petunias in his garden. Reika claims they did not come from their garden, but from one of the books she has read (she couldn’t bear telling him the truth…if she did, she feared she would get locked away in her room for good). Yutaka never figured he would have to do this, but seeing that Reika may begin to have suspicions after witnessing those flashbacks, he decides to come clean with her…Yutaka is not her real father. He found Reika abandoned when she was very young—around 4 or 5 years old. While Reika lived on the streets, she seemed to develop a passion for gardening and growing flowers. Petunias were her favorites because to her they always appear to be smiling at her. She would always find the best seeds she could get her hands on and the best soil they could grow in. Once they were fully grown, she would always pick them, put them in a basket, and try to sell them. Sadly, this was the only way she could make enough money to survive on the streets. Still, flowers always made her happy, so she wanted to spread the happiness she felt as she cared for them. However, not all of her flowers made it. As Yutaka was noticing Reika care for her flowers one day, he saw two bullies purposefully stomping on her little garden. Seeing such fragile lives and joys crushed, all she could do was cry. As they continued to pick on her, Reika became too scared to speak up. Then one day, no longer bearing to see the poor little girl suffer, Yutaka came along to the alley Reika resided in. As she offered him her basket to try to sell him some petunias, Yutaka instead offers her a ride in his limo, taking her underneath his wing. He then raised her like a daughter in a life of luxury in the Tsukishiro estate, erasing the memories of her painful past and sealing her away from the cold, cruel world that treated her so harshly. This is why Yutaka never allowed Reika to leave the mansion—so she would no longer have to put up with the evils of the outside world. Even so, he knew Reika loved flowers so much, so he had his butlers make a little flower garden (minus the petunias) out in his yard just for her. The only thing he cared about was her happiness. He never figured one day something would spark the memories of her past. He never wanted to tell the truth, fearing it would break her poor heart. Reika is actually happy to have the truth revealed to her. The little girl Yutaka raised from rags to riches has turned 18 and he did not even know it. Plus, now that she is aware that her flashbacks were indeed the truth, they will not bother her anymore. As Reika goes to sleep that night, Yutaka recalls what Kenji told him earlier. “If you truly care for her happiness, set your bird free from her gilded cage.” He wonders. He really does not want Reika to have to suffer again, but was Kenji correct about his statement?

When Reika returns to work, she decides to keep her truth a secret from Kenji and the others, fearing it would only burden them. Still, she spends some time with the other two idols in order to bond with them and learn even more about the outside world.

ZetaPro is challenged to a face-off against NAZO at the Harvest Moon Festival. However, the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. As Yamato approaches ZetaPro in order to mock them, he reveals that he knows Reika’s secrets. His spies heard everything during her conversation back at the mansion a few weeks back. Apparently, Reika was lying not only to her coworkers, but to the public about her life of luxury. In reality, ZetaPro just plucked a dirty little urchin off the streets and used the Tsukishiro legacy to turn her into an easy cash cow. This just proves the stupidity and gullibility of middle class companies. They would do or say anything to promote their idols. If Reika was lying about her past, what makes her unit think she was being true to them? She cannot be trusted! Imagine the scandal if word reached the public’s ear! Kenji interrupts him, claiming it was Reika’s hard work, calm attitude, and talents that helped her and her unit make it this far. The Tsukishiro name had nothing to do with it. Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s defense. He will prove the true strength of the upper class once NAZO mops the floor with ZetaPro at the IU finals—if they ever get that far. Reika has no chance because she only uses her elite aura to mask her true weakness. She is really just like her partners—common trash.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on September 01, 2014, 12:41:11 am
Holy Plot Twists, this is good! I really feel sorry for Reika having to know the sad truth about her life. Hopefully things get better for her eventually.
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Post by: liza94 on September 01, 2014, 03:50:34 pm
I didn't expect anything like that! I thought that Reika's father had some business with RyuuseiPro, so he "kept" Reika for them!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 01, 2014, 06:56:14 pm
I never expected Reika's little flashback/"the past is revealed" moment to generate such response! Now time to finish Reika's roller coaster ride of a story mode route.

Tsukishiro Reika's Route, conclusion

Back at the office, Reika tells her unit the truth about her past. Everyone is shocked and feels sorry for her. Now Kenji understands why Reika had those flashbacks and fainted when she noticed the petunias after the IU prelims. Still, Reika claims what Yamato said about her was wrong. She has always been taught by Yutaka to be truthful to everyone. Besides, the memories of her past were essentially wiped clean from her memory until that particular incident. Kenji agrees. Reika never even looked like the type who would lie her way out of anything. She has done spectacularly as an idol ever since her national debut. In fact, the time she spent learning music from Yutaka’s travels has been a huge contributor to her talents and success. Reika thanks everyone for all the care and support they have given her all this time. As the group adjourns for the evening, Kenji recalls what Yutaka told him during their meeting. He only meant to keep his precious little bird in his gilded cage and keep her past a secret from her so she would continue to be happy. He could not stand seeing her sad again after all she had been through fending for herself at such a tender age. While Reika seems happy now, Kenji can still feel an intense sorrow inside her. Perhaps Yutaka has not decided to free her from her cage just yet…

Meanwhile, back at the Tsukishiro estate, two of Yutaka’s butlers come into Reika’s room to check up on her only to discover she is not there. Worried, they search the entire mansion with no luck. Taking drastic measures, they call the other butlers in for a meeting. “Reika-sama is missing!” Believing she escaped again, they all decide to spread out, search every corner of the city, find Reika, and return her safely to the mansion. However, Yutaka himself has not been informed of any of this.

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Reika overhears a conversation between Kagura and Yamato. Kagura is relying on her producer to guide her to victory in the finals. Yamato knows she must win at all costs for the sake of her family honor. From what Reika heard, the Ichimonji family apparently has quite the reputation for its esteemed musical abilities, almost similar to Yutaka Tsukishiro’s reputation as a multibillionaire. Reika decides to chat with Kagura when she suddenly hears a familiar voice. It’s one of the head butlers of the Tsukishiro estate! Reika is a little worried. It sounds as though Yutaka has declared her missing and sent his butlers searching far and wide to find her and return her to the mansion. This time they are bound to make sure she stays home! Reika tells Kenji they need to escape from the venue undetected. Fortunately, the butlers do not yet know about her idol career. Reika normally does not dress up or wear her hair like this. As ZetaPro cautiously heads back to the van, they manage to slip by the search party unnoticed. As they head back to the office, Kenji appears frustrated. He cannot seem to believe Yutaka would go that far. His intentions may be good, but Reika will not be happy if he will not allow her to follow her dreams.

At Tokyo Dome, Reika’s unit defeats Jupiter in the quarterfinals and Project Fairy in the semifinals. With the tension mounting, Yamato decides to hatch his last-ditch plan to stop ZetaPro in their tracks. He has grown aware that a search party has been sent from the Tsukishiro estate in order to locate their missing heiress. Figuring they could use some help, he decides to be a “nice guy” and point them in the right direction. He has his men send a note to the Tsukishiro estate claiming they have found Reika at the Tokyo Dome and is set to perform tomorrow night. The butlers read the letter and hatch a plan to corner her. Later on, Yutaka also reads the letter. It soon got him thinking, but not the same way the butlers are thinking…

The next morning just as ZetaPro arrives at Tokyo Dome for the IU final match, Reika appears to be lost in thought. As she gradually became more and more successful as an idol, she has been thinking about what to do with her career for a while now. Sure she has been using her talents to the fullest, earning the adoration of many fans, and learning nearly everything there is to know about the outside world, but she really wants to get a little more satisfaction out of her success. Kenji hopes she will soon find that satisfaction.

Later that evening as Reika and the others are set to take the stage, the butlers suddenly storm into the dome. They are determined to take Reika away and will not let anyone or anything stand in their way. Several of Reika’s fans try to bar their path but they are easily pushed aside. Kaito warns Kenji and the others about the security breach. Reika is scared stiff. She knows this mob consists of butlers from the Tsukishiro estate who have come to take her back to the mansion. It sounds like they would go as far as to prevent her from performing in the finals. Still, she wonders how they were able to locate her so easily. The butlers finally reach the stage and manage to catch Reika, much to her unit’s dismay. Kaito tries to stop them, but he is immediately restrained. The head butler angrily grabs Kenji by the collar, accusing him of kidnapping Reika and forcing her to work as an idol. The butlers shall escort Reika back home and will inform her “father” of her defiance. Suddenly, someone is heard laughing at the incident. It’s Yamato! He knew the Tsukishiro estate’s butlers were searching for Reika and thought he could help them out. Kenji cannot believe it. He believes it was all a ruse to destroy Reika’s career and give NAZO an unfair edge in the finals. All of a sudden, a familiar voice booms, “Let them go!” Yutaka appears before his butlers. The head butler protests they have found Reika and silenced her kidnapper. Yutaka demands them to release Reika and Kenji at once. Kenji is no kidnapper. He knew Reika left of her own free will. He was thinking about the conversation he had with Kenji for a while now. All this time he thought his adoptive daughter was content with her life, but he failed to notice that she was crying on the inside. Believing ignorance was bliss (considering her past), he then apologizes to her for misunderstanding her true feelings. For the sake of her happiness, if this is really what she wants, he will allow Reika to perform tonight and continue her career as an idol. “Now get out there and show them everything this young man and I have taught you!” The butlers reluctantly let Reika and Kenji go, much to Yamato’s dismay. Yutaka then thanks Kenji for helping him see the light with a handshake. Kenji is glad he was able to set Reika free from the cage he held her in for so long. Kenji and later Kagura demand Yamato to end his shenanigans play fairly. The rest of the conversation goes on normally from there.

ENDING

Reika feels much happier now that she can spread her wings and fly freely in the sky. She has finally decided what to do to give happiness back to the community that adored her so much. She uses some of her earnings to fund for the reconstruction of a nearby orphanage. Remember those kids she saw in the alley after the White Lotus Festival? Their old home recently got demolished to make way for a brand new supermarket. Lately, she has been especially enjoying her performances in orphanages and foster homes. She really has become a glimmer of hope for people whose lives have been much less fortunate than hers. Reika especially thanks Kenji for all she has given her. Not only has he helped her see the true beauty of a world that was closed off to her for so long, but he helped convince Yutaka to release his caged bird. He probably couldn't be any more proud of her accomplishments and her efforts to aid children who suffered the same way she did so long ago.
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Post by: liza94 on September 03, 2014, 11:30:39 am
When I read Reika's description I thought she was the second Takane, but now I'm really like Reika! Her story is the best so far! Who is next? By the way, I'm noticed that your stories lack events with the rivals (those events are what I like SP for.).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 03, 2014, 06:19:31 pm
When I read Reika's description I thought she was the second Takane, but now I'm really like Reika! Her story is the best so far! Who is next? By the way, I'm noticed that your stories lack events with the rivals (those events are what I like SP for.).

I didn't want to spoil anything huge in the description and thought I'd save it for the Story Mode rundown.

I see...then again, there is that moment after the IU finals opening ceremonies where we get to hear the true intentions of your leader's main rival and perhaps have a conversation. Remember when Jun tried to cheer up Maya after she got yelled at by Yamato? Remember Sakura's long history with Kagura?

Not sure who's next now. Momoko and Hikari are still up there. Nagisa and Hinata might follow after I add a few more things to spice up their stories. Hinata may look like a Yayoi clone, but I decided to add something extra to her usual "loli genki girl" aura--she has ADHD, which is revealed a bit later on having to put up with "ableist" haters. I wanted to prove that even "disabled" girls can be successful idols too especially since I, myself, am disabled in my own right..
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 05, 2014, 03:25:13 am
Aida Momoko’s Route

Kenji first meets Momoko at the office’s cafeteria. She is singing along to her MP3 player. Kenji immediately recognizes her lyrics—relations. However, her voice is a bit off-key. Not only that, but some passersby look at her thinking, “What does she think she’s doing?” Kenji walks up to her and has to wave at her to get her attention because of her headphones. Momoko initially reacts with disgust, thinking he is just some common lovestruck boy trying to ask her out on a date. However, once she hears the news about her debut, her face lights up. Momoko is eager to display her talent and irresistible cuteness to the nation!

Momoko is a little disappointed about the President’s choice for her producer. She specifically asked for a charming young prince of a producer who would sweep her off her feet, not some nerdy-looking geek who could possibly be a hidden pervert or stalker. Plus, once Momoko meets her partners a week later, she immediately assigns herself as the unit’s leader, thinking the other two are trying to steal her spotlight. Kenji somehow manages to earn her trust…for now. Still, Kenji is wondering. Judging people based on appearance alone…a moody and self-centered demeanor…Momoko clearly shows teenage angst and naivety. Combined with her slightly below-average singing voice and seeming inability to be a team player, does she really have what it takes to be an idol?

At the debut audition, Momoko puts on quite the performance and shines much, much brighter than she did the last two weeks. Kenji and her partners are very surprised. It’s like she’s a natural at this kind of thing. “Of course it’s natural for me, silly! I am the prettiest after all! Even the judges know that!” Seeing her in such a good mood, Kenji does not really have the heart to tell her that her singing was still a bit off. Plus, her partners (depending on who they are) start to get a little fed up with her selfish attitude. Still, it’s nothing a few lessons and promotions cannot fix. Maybe she will learn in due time…

(to be continued)

I know Momoko seems a little "I really want to peg that wannabe with trash!" right now, but just wait until I get deeper into her story.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on September 05, 2014, 01:22:03 pm
I see...then again, there is that moment after the IU finals opening ceremonies where we get to hear the true intentions of your leader's main rival and perhaps have a conversation. Remember when Jun tried to cheer up Maya after she got yelled at by Yamato? Remember Sakura's long history with Kagura?

Of course I do, but it's not enough! Kagura and Himeko seem monsters for me before that "after the IU finals opening ceremonies" event!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 05, 2014, 06:34:55 pm
Of course I do, but it's not enough! Kagura and Himeko seem monsters for me before that "after the IU finals opening ceremonies" event!

Oh dear...now I'm starting to wonder if my delivery for NAZO was pretty weak after all. Then again, I haven't seen many of the rival interactions in SP. I know there wasn't much out-of-story-event interaction with Jupiter in iM@S2 (aside from Touma). I kind of wanted to have NAZO's harsh attitude towards ZetaPro a mystery until the truth about their rival is revealed (how NAZO's producer is Kenji's long-time rival and the President's spoiled, corrupted son who has declared war against his father's company to prove the true strength of money, the upper class, and big businesses). Then at the IU finals opening ceremonies, we discover the rival idol's true intentions, which were either meant to justify their "I must win no matter what"/"I won't lose to low-lives like you" approach or just to prove how much of a stick-in-the-butt Yamato is.

Maybe I could add some what-if scenarios in the future...like what would happen if Karen came across Kagura (considering their VAs in a certain spin-off anime)? Hmm? ;)

Anyway, stay tuned for another piece of Momoko's route later on today! (I go by the Pacific time zone, so subtract 9 hours from this forum's time).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 06, 2014, 03:50:48 am
Aida Momoko's Route, cont.

Early on, Momoko shows off her fandom for 765Pro idol Miki Hoshii. Believing her to be the only girl prettier than herself and a big reason why 765Pro is as successful as it is today, Momoko looks up to Miki as a role model, admiring her talents, gorgeous looks, and uncanny ability to get the job done with relatively little effort. Some of the clothes Momoko wears (particularly her casual and stage outfits) are very similar to what Miki wore early on in her career (1st Vision). Momoko hopes to one day become as pretty and popular as her idol one day. If Miki makes it look so easy, Momoko believes it should be just as easy for her!

Momoko continues to perform brilliantly while somewhat improving her bland, off-key singing voice. Once her unit claims victory in their first festival appearance, Momoko begins to trust Kenji a bit more, believing he really does know what he is doing after all. Kenji curiously asks how Momoko was able to perform so well with such confidence early on. Momoko claims it only comes natural to someone as pretty as her. Wanting a more detailed answer, he asks if she may have had some past experience performing on stage. Momoko then reveals she once worked as a café maid one year ago. During Maid Lives, she would often partake in karaoke or dance covers of songs she really enjoys. To her, everyone loved her whether she was serving sweets or dazzling performances. Unfortunately, she only managed to maintain her job for ten months. With the café facing budget strains, the manager instated a hiring freeze and Momoko, along with a couple other maids, got laid off. Not willing to give up performing after all the attention she garnered, Momoko decided to audition as an idol, hoping to walk the same path as Miki. Her first attempt failed because of her poor singing. When she auditioned with ZetaPro, the President believed her skills could use some improvement, but he saw potential in her after being able to perform in sync with another girl she hasn’t known before (Hikari). Now that she has reached Rank E, Kenji can really see her experience starting to pay off. However, Momoko still believes she is the main reason her unit has gotten this far. Kenji gets a little worried, wondering if she will ever come to her senses one day…

Thinking about her old maid café, Momoko decides to pay a visit to have a snack and see how everyone is doing. Unfortunately, a couple of the maids are not too happy to see their former coworker. They cannot believe Momoko has the gall to come back after they got rid of her. When the maids were debating on who to lay off during the hiring freeze, Momoko was on the top of their list. Some of them found her painfully annoying, especially seeing how she would almost always try to hog all the attention for herself. Some disapproved of her dying her hair pink as it made her look too rebellious…almost skanky. Some really could not stand listening to her during karaoke nights, yet she would always manage to sneak into the lineup somehow. They feel as though the only reason the manager let her stick around is because she was a fan favorite. Everyone found her really cute. She would always put on a smile and a cute act for the “masters” she served. Momoko is shocked, unable to believe what the maids said was true. How could they have wanted to lay off their prettiest maid first? The two maids silence her and ask her to leave. A couple of other maids who supported Momoko try to step in claiming this isn’t how a maid should treat her mistress, but it is too late. With her angst at its peak, Momoko runs out the door. As she walks home, her stress turns to tears (this event will drop her tension harshly, so you’ll have to work overtime to get her back up to speed).

On the unit’s next meeting, Kenji notices Momoko looking a little down. However, Momoko claims she’s just fine. The rest of the day goes on from there, but Kenji cannot help but wonder what the matter is. A couple of successful outings later, she gets over it.

Momoko knows how the Sunny Beach Festival even attracts 765Pro’s idols. She is excited to be able to perform there, hoping to notice or be noticed by her idol. Much to her disappointment, she discovers Himeko is suddenly booked to perform in 765’s place. Momoko calls Himeko’s bluff. “You think you’re prettier than me?” Himeko’s actions clearly speak louder than her words as she singlehandedly makes short work of her opponents. She proceeds to mock Momoko. Momoko claims to be pretty, but her false beauty is nothing compared to a princess’s natural beauty. It does not really help that the idol she based herself from is no more than a lucky S-L-U-T who should not even be considered an idol. Momoko tries to make Himeko take back what she said about Miki, but Himeko claims she’s just too simple-minded to know the truth. To her, Momoko is a disgrace to all idols and really needs to stop embarrassing herself.

Back at the office, Momoko immediately blames her partners for “her” loss. She claims it is because of her that the unit has achieved modest popularity. The other two are simply backup dancers who only serve to hold her back. Momoko then demands that the President disband the unit and allow her to continue solo. This will shock even Hikari. Kenji has no choice but to interrupt, unable to believe how foolish she is acting. Momoko has no idea how much the other two members contribute to the unit. They are just as important as the leader. If anything, she is the one holding the unit back because she thinks about no one but herself. Besides, Miki may have made her job look like clockwork, but it almost never works like that in reality. Kenji knows from experience that effort breeds success. Momoko will seriously need to start doing her part in order for the unit to get back on track. Momoko cannot take Kenji’s lectures anymore and snaps at him, claiming he has no clue how she really feels as she storms out of the office. Kenji has no idea what to do with her. The President just tells him to give her some time. He knows she is probably stressed out from the unit’s defeat. He’s seen situations like this during his time as a producer—younger idols cannot handle stress well and will try to say anything to defend their pride no matter how invalid it may be. Kenji cannot help but worry about her. It’s hard to understand a girl of Momoko’s age sometimes. What can she really be thinking?

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on September 07, 2014, 03:25:44 pm
Maybe I could add some what-if scenarios in the future...like what would happen if Karen came across Kagura (considering their VAs in a certain spin-off anime)? Hmm? ;)

It sounds scary.... but do it! :)

In SP, there are events with the rivals after you gain required namber of fans, before or after your work. (You will see a "Should I drop by somewhere?" or "Should I walk slowly today?" choice, choose to do it to see the event.) There is a special one on Rank A or B (I don't remember well) when you can choose to spend the whole day with the rival instead of the idol you are producing. Those events are so funny! :) Hibiki searches for her animals, Takane deals with her new lifestyle and Miki sleeps everywhere. :) I think it's the main goal of SP - to show that being rivals doesn't mean being mortal enemies, that you can be friends with your rivals. The members of NAZO lack those funny situations outside of IU.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 08, 2014, 06:10:59 am
Aida Momoko's Route, cont.

If Momoko becomes involved in the Black Pearl Festival against 961Pro, she will lash out at Kuroi, telling him he could have easily won the IU and swept the IA awards last year if he kept Project Fairy along. How and why he got rid of Miki (his most talented idol without a doubt…in Momoko’s opinion) is beyond her. She is far from the incompetent, unfocused, laid-back girl Kuroi claims her to be. To Momoko, 765Pro heavily profited from 961Pro’s mistake.

Momoko is so happy from all the popularity she has garnered upon reaching Rank C. She feels confident that maybe even Miki might notice her by now. However, that night, Kenji spots Momoko at a stone bridge looking very depressed. He can hear her talking to herself…about the maid café she once worked for…about her life at school and at home…about her fans, rank, and popularity…about her future as an idol. Feeling worried about what she is mumbling about, Kenji tries to strike up a conversation with her. Momoko immediately gets defensive, suspecting he has been stalking her. Kenji asks her to calm down. He can pretty much tell something is troubling her. Momoko claims she was just thinking too much and it is not any of Kenji’s business. Kenji is not willing to give up. He cares about her too much. How is he supposed to help her cheer up when he has no idea what is making her miserable in the first place? Realizing that her petty excuses are pretty much useless now, Momoko decided to come clean with him. All her life, she has felt unnoticed and worries about failing in public. She would follow all the trends she read about in magazines. She would wear the cutest, most head-turning clothes she could get her hands on. She would join in on conversations about the latest hot topics…or about Miki. She would participate in every possible karaoke night. However, even though she been able to make a few very close friends, nobody seemed to pay much attention to her. Feeling desperate, Momoko resorted to questionable methods in order to shine the spotlight in her direction. During her school’s lunch hour, she would sometimes break out a stereo and put on a karaoke performance in front of everyone. Other times, she would get possessive and clingy over guys she liked and would go to any lengths to convince them to go out with her. Needless to say, while some people simply ignored her, others considered her antics painfully annoying. After Momoko’s idol debut, when she visited her old maid café one day, a couple of her once-fellow maids told her she was on the top of their “to lay off” list after the hiring freeze. She wanted to be the star. She wanted all eyes on her. While she was sweet to the people she served, she was pretty bratty with the other maids. It did not even matter that Momoko was a fan-favorite among the café’s customers…some of the maids clearly wanted her out of the picture for the greater good of the café. Once she got laid off, she began to feel very insecure, fearing all that popularity she garnered will soon be lost. Then she thought about auditioning as an idol. While Miki’s success greatly inspired Momoko, the biggest reason she became an idol was to get people to truly notice her. Miki makes it look so easy. Perhaps it could be just as easy for Momoko. As Momoko finishes her little flashback, she says to Kenji, “There. Are you satisfied now?” Kenji tells her that being an idol is never as easy as it seems, despite Miki’s accomplishments. Momoko’s recent success has not come from the attention she received, but from the hard work she exerted. The unit’s popularity did not come from Momoko’s efforts alone, but also from the efforts of her two talented partners who, despite her occasional childish behavior, really do care about her. The fans can really see from the unit’s performances they really do care about their careers. Even though she believes it may be a little too much to remember, Momoko seems to understand what Kenji is saying, thanking him for the chat.

Their conversation did not go unnoticed, however. Adding a little spice to what they heard, Yamato’s spies turned the chat into a hot scoop for gossip columnists. According to some of their articles, Momoko’s only purpose as an idol is to become popular. All she thinks about is herself, not caring in the least about her fans. They go further saying she finds ways to mask her serious lack of talent and will promote herself in suggestive manners just so that she stays in the spotlight. Momoko reads the magazines and is horrified, thinking she will drastically lose fans if they find out about this and believe the slander to be true. Kenji says that will not be true. Most of these articles throw in false accusations just for the sake of getting attention in their own right. That’s how they sell. As long as she keeps up the good work she put in up to this point, she should be fine. Momoko wants to agree with him, but still feels deeply worried.

Momoko is very eager to enter the IU. Not only will it allow her to gain more recognition, but considering the reformed Project Fairy’s growing popularity, she might be able to meet her biggest inspiration! On the day of the IU preliminaries, Momoko finds Project Fairy as soon as ZetaPro enters the doors. She immediately runs up to Miki, telling her how she’s a big fan of hers and how she wants to one day become as pretty and talented as her. Miki feels a little uncomfortable and annoyed by Momoko’s advances. She gives a rather unenthusiastic “thank you” as Hibiki calls her back to her group to sign up. Feeling a little embarrassed, Momoko looks for ZetaPro but cannot seem to find them in a sea of idols. Checking back on his idols, Kenji notices that Momoko has gone missing. He is deeply worried, but knows she could not have gone very far. Luckily, Kaito is able to find her pretty quickly. Kenji scolds her for running off so suddenly without telling him. With idols from all over the nation singing up to audition, she could get lost very easily among the crowd even with her pink hair. Momoko apologizes, claiming she saw Miki and had to talk to her. Kenji says it is no excuse, claiming she should not allow her impulses to override her morals. Later, Momoko’s joy is quickly turned to fear upon discovering that ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO. Himeko arrives and laughs at the scared look on Momoko’s face. Pretty much convinced that Momoko is scared of her, Himeko is glad to be able to teach her the error of her ways now that she will face the full power of NAZO. Much to Himeko’s surprise, ZetaPro manages to pass the audition by placing second. However, the gap between first and second is immense. Himeko believes Momoko’s success is nothing more than a fluke. Momoko always thinks she’s the prettiest when she knows there will be someone out there who is prettier than her (Himeko is referring to herself). She cares about nothing but her own success. She will always lose because she is a spoiled brat. As long as NAZO exists and Momoko continues her foolish act, her spotlight will always belong to Himeko. All of a sudden, Momoko’s parters and Kenji stand up for Momoko. “Spoiled brat? You’re one to talk!” Sure Momoko may act a bit selfish and may not make the best decisions from time to time, but her partners still trust her as a leader. She is not masking anything…she really does have talent and it’s beginning to show. She may be inspired by an idol who gained near effortless success, but Momoko really does put a lot of effort into her work and she doesn’t even know it! Himeko simply laughs. If the concept of “friendship” is the driving force of this unit, they will be easy pickings later on in the IU. If ZetaPro wants any chance of making it into the finals, they should get rid of that wannabe Momoko. As NAZO leaves, Momoko appears deep in thought…

Back at the office, Momoko tells everyone that what happened at the IU preliminaries led to a bit of a revelation. She cannot believe her partners and her producer stood up in her defense after she made them put up with her angst, selfishness, and annoyance. All this time she took them all for granted despite the fact that they cared for her very much. Momoko gratefully thanks everyone for their support. To make up for it, she promises to be a better team player from now on. Kenji is not quite sure if she is just leading them on and will go back on her word, but Momoko crosses her heart and tells him she will try her very best. Kenji is very proud of Momoko for deciding to change her ways for the better. He never thought she had it in her. If anything, she really has everyone else to thank.

(to be continued)

In SP, there are events with the rivals after you gain required namber of fans, before or after your work. (You will see a "Should I drop by somewhere?" or "Should I walk slowly today?" choice, choose to do it to see the event.) There is a special one on Rank A or B (I don't remember well) when you can choose to spend the whole day with the rival instead of the idol you are producing. Those events are so funny! :) Hibiki searches for her animals, Takane deals with her new lifestyle and Miki sleeps everywhere. :) I think it's the main goal of SP - to show that being rivals doesn't mean being mortal enemies, that you can be friends with your rivals. The members of NAZO lack those funny situations outside of IU.

Ha! I see what you mean. However, in all fairness, consider NAZO too busy with their idol work to have any time for idle chit-chat. Think of Yamato's guidelines similarly to Shiraki and I-1 Club in WUG...as in they are idols first and human beings second. Besides, Yamato did declare war against ZetaPro (though we don't know this until after the events in the Harvest Moon Festival). He has pretty much convinced NAZO (aside from Maya, who only sees them as more opponents) that they are the enemy and should not get involved with low-class trash like ZetaPro.

So if anything, blame Yamato and his elitist "big business" standards.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 10, 2014, 12:00:16 am
Before I get started, I have another change in VAs to announce. Tamaki is now voiced by Nao Touyama.

Aida Momoko's Route, conclusion

For the next few weeks, Momoko decides to spend some free time with her partners to get to know them a bit better and establish a strong friendship. She is especially friendly towards Hikari and Tamaki.

Momoko can really feel the progress she has made from her lessons and leisure time with her partners. When NAZO challenges ZetaPro to a showdown at the Harvest Moon Festival, she feels as though she is ready to take them on this time. She puts on her best performance to date, flowing brilliantly with the rest of her unit, but the performance gets cancelled halfway through the song due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato shows up to pick up NAZO and mock ZetaPro. The fact they hired someone like Momoko to be an idol is proof of the weakness of smaller, common-class companies. She is nothing more than a generic angsty teenager fueled by a foolish, immature dream of becoming popular. The only reason she is so successful now is because she is pretty. In reality, she is nothing more than a talentless attention whore. ZetaPro seems to find the sneakiest ways possible to mask her lack of natural abilities. Nobody is going to like her because she is immature and annoying. Over time, all of her popularity will simply fade away. Momoko, feeling pent up, exerts her frustration towards Yamato. She may be pretty, but her cuteness is not the only reason for her success as an idol. With her awakening talents getting stronger and stronger every day, her management has nothing to mask…they have not masked anything at all even early on in her career. Sure she originally became an idol because of the attention she could garner and inspiration from the success of her role model Miki, she gained something over the course of her career that’s far more important than being popular—friendship. Despite her selfish antics now and then, her partners still had faith in her and cared for her. Now she understands the true value of friendship and unity and no longer takes it for granted. Yamato laughs at her, claiming she’s just having another angst attack. Kenji defends her, claiming she is true. Yamato cannot help but laugh at them both. Is Momoko’s producer gullible enough to spoil her? If so, NAZO is pretty much guaranteed to win the IU.

Back at the office, Kenji is so impressed with the progress Momoko has made. That was the best performance she has put on so far until it got interrupted. It is becoming apparent that not only are her true talents beginning to take flight, but she is becoming a much better team player. The unit is really starting to think and act as one. This is the power of unity. Momoko does not seem to understand this power. Kenji explains how simple it is. Rather than thinking about herself, she thought about the entire unit, allowing her to sync her thoughts with those of her partners. Momoko is amazed. All this time she believed it was because of her lessons. As long as she continues to believe in the rest of her group as much as (if not even more than) she does in herself, this power will get even stronger. Momoko tells everyone, “I may be pretty, but we are even prettier altogether! No one’s as pretty as us!”

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Momoko cannot help but overhear a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Momoko can’t believe her ears. Much like herself, it seems that Himeko also tends to hide her insecurity behind a confident, self-absorbed persona…Himeko with her foreign blood and Momoko with her fear of being invisible to others. As Himeko walks on by, Momoko decides to chat with her. She finds it hard to believe how alike they are. They may argue a lot about who is prettier, hate to lose, and are fueled by a desire to become loved by their peers, but deep down, they both feel just as insecure. Himeko gets snappy at her, claiming they are far from alike. She has always been the better, prettier, and more successful of the two because she is a princess. Momoko laughs, figuring she would react like that. Momoko tells Himeko if she told her the same thing, she would probably react in the same manner. With her frustration at its peak, Himeko runs back to Yamato’s limo, claiming she will win no matter what it takes.

Momoko’s unit faces Project Fairy in the semifinals. As much as she really wants to allow Miki to advance to the finals, Kenji does remind her of the important reason ZetaPro entered the IU to begin with. Miki recognizes Momoko from the preliminary bouts and is surprised. Here she was thinking Momoko was simply a fangirl and didn’t have what it takes to make it big…and look where she is now, right in front of her squaring off in the IU semifinals. Momoko is eager to show her idol what she can do. ZetaPro defeats Project Fairy, much to Miki’s shock and Kotori’s dismay. Miki asks for Momoko’s name, which she will remember very well. Later that night after Kenji’s run-in with Iori, Project Fairy shows up as well. Miki tells Ryuuguu Komachi they should keep an eye on ZetaPro. They have come such a long way on their journey, especially Momoko. If anyone can beat NAZO now, it’s them. Momoko is so excited to be recognized by her biggest inspiration!

Yamato is getting desperate. He is willing to do anything he can in order to expose her as a fraud.

The next day, Momoko looks a little reluctant. She is the last to finish dressing up and she doesn’t even run through her performance with the others. Later that evening, Momoko still hasn’t shown up backstage yet. Kaito did check with all the guards…they did not see her leave the venue, so she could not have gotten very far. Kenji checks outside and finds Momoko behind the staircase leading indoors sulking. Kenji is worried and wonders what’s wrong. It’s getting very late. If she does not make it backstage in time, ZetaPro will wind up losing the finals by default. All this time Momoko has felt guilty for acting so selfishly to her unit ever since they first met. At first she thought they were only meant to back her up. As they tried to sync with her, she thought they were trying to steal her spotlight. Then there were her countless misjudgments of her partners and producer. Momoko apologizes for her foolish behavior, not feeling too confident that Kenji will forgive her. Kenji does forgive Momoko, knowing she had no bad intentions whatsoever. Still, that is not the only thing bothering Momoko right now. She has been having second thoughts on putting on a performance this big. She fears she will mess up in front of so many people and be forgotten again. If her unit loses, it will be all her fault. Kenji begins to understand why Momoko fears being unnoticed, telling her not to seek attention as proof as an idol, since her hard work to become one was the proof all along. Momoko does not know what to say. Feeling inspired, she hugs him and promises to go out there and give it her all.

Momoko arrives on stage for a mic test. It does not seem to work. She tries to fiddle with the mic’s switch, but to no avail. She even tries to tell the stage crew that something is wrong with her mic, but it seems like they won’t listen. As Yamato and NAZO approach ZetaPro, Kaito arrives with a CD. Earlier, Kaito overheard a phone conversation between Yamato and the disc jockey. Instead of an off-vocal version of Momoko’s song, they planned to use a disc containing a prerecorded version and give Momoko a bum mic. It turns out Yamato planned to frame her as a lip-syncher. Kaito’s interrogations made the phony disc jockey squeal on Yamato. He then asked him to play the off-vocal version so that Momoko can truly display her talents. Kenji cannot believe Yamato would sink so low. He’s just not willing to accept the fact that Momoko really is talented and makes a fantastic idol. The rest of the finals go on normally from there…

ENDING

Momoko feels as though it was not just her talents that matured over the course of her career. She, herself, has matured as a person. By shedding her self-centered nature, she was able to gain such great friends among her partners. All her fans truly recognize her not just because of her pretty face or pink hair, but because of her dedication to her career and her love for them. To show her thanks, Momoko decides to give back to the community that cared for her so much. She donates some of her earnings to the maid café she once worked for, saving it from near bankruptcy, bringing its economy back up to a more-than-stable status, and giving its name national renown. The maids (even the ones that hated her in the past) love her and fully support her. Some even perform covers of her songs during maid lives! Momoko doesn’t even care that she’s so popular anymore. As long as everyone around her is happy, so is she.

One afternoon, Kenji gets a text message from Momoko, inviting him to meet her at the park a block south from the ZetaPro office. Oddly enough, she has been eating onigiri. The reason Momoko called Kenji over was to thank him not only for guiding her to a highly successful idol career, but helping her mature as a person. She also thanks him for always having his eyes on her as he watched her grow. To make up for all the times she has taken Kenji for granted, Momoko will put all her faith and trust in him as she moves forward in her path of success. As Momoko hugs Kenji, she notices that her last onigiri is missing. Miki suddenly appears and eats it! Momoko gets a little frustrated, but then laughs it off once she discovers the thief is her idol. Miki tells Momoko she was just the person she needed to see right now. At first, Momoko appeared to be nothing more than a naive teen backed by fangirlish dreams, but now Miki can hardly believe how alike she and Momoko are! It's not just because of their love for onigiri. Both of them wanted to be noticed. Much like Momoko felt when she was laid off from her maid café, Miki felt the same way after she found out she was not accepted into Ryuuguu Komachi, considering how much publicity they have been getting since they formed. Now look at all the attention they have been garnering! Sure Kotori may be her new producer, but Miki is always asking her honey to keep an eye on her as she and her partners continues to progress and dominate the top of the charts. Miki can clearly see why Momoko is such a big fan of hers now. Momoko has become such an amazing idol worthy of her popularity. Miki believes she and Momoko might become good rivals if she keeps up her success. Who knows? Maybe they might even be allowed to perform together one day, considering they take very similar approaches while performing. Momoko gasps with excitement. "You really mean it?" Miki knows it. They shake hands. As Miki heads home, she apologizes to Momoko about her onigiri. Momoko laughs and says it's just fine, saying she had quite a bit to eat earlier in the day anyway. Momoko, unable to contain her intense happiness, hugs Kenji with all her might. To be able to be noticed by her biggest inspiration...it's like a dream come true.

(I hope my plan for Yamato to sabotage Momoko was a good one...)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 12, 2014, 10:17:45 pm
Who should I do next...Hikari or Hinata?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on September 12, 2014, 10:42:04 pm
Who should I do next...Hikari or Hinata?

Do Hikari next, please!

And yes, I'm still sad because of lack of interactions between the members of ZetaPro and NAZO. :(  It feels like... a conversation between Haruka-Master and Chihaya-Master! :(

I'm surprised there wasn't much interaction between Momoko and Miki. The Visual Queen of 765pro would tell a lot of things to Momoko, she went though the same situation, after all.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 12, 2014, 11:48:38 pm
Do Hikari next, please!

And yes, I'm still sad because of lack of interactions between the members of ZetaPro and NAZO. :(  It feels like... a conversation between Haruka-Master and Chihaya-Master! :(

I'm surprised there wasn't much interaction between Momoko and Miki. The Visual Queen of 765pro would tell a lot of things to Momoko, she went though the same situation, after all.

Hikari it is then.

Oh! I ought to think about editing the ending. Now that I've read it again, it seems a little rushed. Maybe I could have Miki arrive around the time she's talking to Kenji about what she has accomplished after the IU.

EDIT: Look back at Momoko's ending. I added a final scenario involving Miki.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on September 13, 2014, 08:35:28 am
Now Momoko's ending is one of the best! :D
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 15, 2014, 06:17:43 am
Before I get started on another Story Mode route, I have a few changes in image songs to announce. Hikari's image song is now Real (from Dream C Club). Kotone's is now DragonLady (from Dream C Club GoGo).

Are there any other genki-overload songs I could use for Hinata? I'm thinking Love Shine or Viva Happy right now, but if there are any others that you could imagine Yayoi singing, let me know.

Shiori's going to be tough too. I'm thinking Eternal Snow due to a lack of epic ballads (from Full Moon o Sagashite), Senbonzakura (Vocaloid), or Tsuki no Shizuku (Dream C Club).

Now on to Hikari's route!

Kasugano Hikari’s Route

Kenji first meets Hikari in one of the office’s practice rooms. He notices Hikari on the floor rubbing her ankle. Apparently, she had tripped herself while practicing her dancing. However, she is not determined to let that stop her at all, so she stands back up and starts her routine again from the top. Kenji can really see that Hikari has spunk and determination just like the President described her. Hikari suddenly stops and notices Kenji. She immediately assumes Kenji is a stalker and slaps him across the face. Slightly shaken, Kenji believes she is the type who is quick to react. Once he comes to, he tries to explain himself, but Hikari interrupts and shouts, “Get away from me before I call the cops!” As soon as Kenji quickly tells her about her upcoming debut, her mood changes instantly. Bursting with excitement, Hikari feels more than ready to show Japan what she is truly capable of. Still, she wonders why Kenji never told her in the first place. Kenji claims Hikari could not let him react as she was constantly interrupting him and treating him like a common pervert. Hikari responds, “S-shut up! You just surprised me, okay?”

Believing Kenji is not qualified to be her producer at all, Hikari demotes him to the role of manager, much to Kenji’s confusion. She declares she will be the one to handle all of her unit’s jobs, seeing that Kenji is intellectually incapable of doing so. It’s almost like she believes she is the one in charge of him. The President snaps her out of it, claiming she needs a producer in charge of her in order to officially make her idol debut. Still, in order to have Hikari acknowledge Kenji as her producer, he must first prove his talents. Until then, he is but a mere manager to her.

One evening on the week after Hikari’s unit reaches Rank E and claim victory in their first festival, Kenji gets a call from Hikari as he is on his way home. She had two long practice sessions at school today, so she asks him to see her home. Once he receives directions to Hikari’s school, Kenji calls Kaito for assistance, driving to school in Kaito’s van. Hikari is waiting for them wearing rhythmic gymnastics apparel. As Hikari gets into the van, Kenji expects thanks, but Hikari just replies, “H-hey! Don’t look at me like that! I-it’s not like I trust you or anything! You just happened to be nearby! It was convenient for me, that’s all! Jeez!” Kenji just chuckles slightly, figuring she would respond like that. Still, Kenji wonders why Hikari wound up staying after classes so late. Both her competitive dance squadron and rhythmic gymnastics club had meetings today. The leotard she is wearing now is what her club wears during interschool meets. Hikari has been actively involved in dance and gymnastics since she was in elementary school. Kenji is impressed. As he watched her perform, he can see her talents and passions have clearly carried over into her idol career. To Hikari, being able to perform such graceful routines is one thing, but what she really loves about her after-school groups is being able to compete against rival schools, challenging her skill against others who have similar interests and abilities to her. The thrill of the competition eventually led to her inspiration to become an idol. She is well aware of how fiercely competitive the idol industry can be. Kenji believes she is doing a great job so far. Still, as they get closer to home, he notices Hikari looking out the window with a slightly depressed look on her face. He asks what’s wrong. “N-nothing’s wrong with me, okay? It was just a long day, that’s all!” Kaito arrives at Hikari’s house. Hikari thanks him, but still sees Kenji as just a manager. That compliment he gave her earlier is not going to cut it. Still, Kenji can almost seem to sense that something is bothering Hikari. Could there be more to her aspirations than just being able to compete?

Since I got Kagura involved in Sakura's ending...and considering the slight lack of interactions with NAZO...I actually plan to have Hikari's NAZO rival involved in her ending. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Maka on September 15, 2014, 06:22:14 am
I like Eternal Snow for Shiori, tbh.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on September 15, 2014, 08:04:59 pm
I like Hikari, I wonder, what is her mystery?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 17, 2014, 05:26:04 am
Sorry about the slight delay. I got Fairy Fencer F in the mail yesterday and it's pretty addicting!

Kasugano Hikari's Route, cont.

Hikari seems to be excited to be able to participate in the Sunny Beach Festival. She knows the event draws several well-known idols, figuring it would be the perfect opportunity to face a challenging rival. Once there, Hikari catches a glimpse of her opponent and gets chills down her spine. Kenji wonders what’s wrong, but Hikari claims she was just thinking too much about the performance. Unfortunately, her unit is blown out of the water by Maya. Hikari finds it hard to believe she is meeting the highly-successful competitive dancing prodigy face-to-face, never expecting someone like her to become an idol. When Hikari tells Maya she performs in her school’s dance squadron which competes against other schools around the nation, Maya is very surprised. She never figured she would meet a fellow dancer-turned idol. While she is still pretty disappointed from the lack of challenge Hikari provided her, Maya is rather intrigued by Hikari’s past experience. She prompts Hikari to keep improving her skills, looking forward to the day they will be able to face off again.

Back at the office, Hikari looks depressed. A blowout loss like that hurts her like nobody’s business. She does not even care that Maya is part of NAZO. A loss is a loss and Hikari is not willing to take it. She knows about Maya…every professional and competitive dancer knows her name, even school troupes. Maya has been performing at a national level for almost ten years, winning several championships and the envy of even adult competitors. Hikari immediately blames Kenji for her unit’s loss. To her, he is so incompetent as a producer, he is not even worthy of being her manager anymore…now he’s just a nuisance who only serves to impede her progress. Kenji is flabbergasted. He is doing all he can to satisfy her. He tries to tell her that losses happen and her trio can always find a way to climb out of their hole. It’s still not enough for Hikari, however. She demands the President replace him next week, then tells her partners to train like mad in the future. Hikari claims that ZetaPro cannot afford to lose again, especially to NAZO. She storms out of the office doors in a fit and can be heard bawling outside. Kenji cannot believe how ungrateful Hikari is acting now. The President tells Kenji not to worry. He is not willing to fire his trusty producer after just one loss. All she needs is a little time to calm herself down and get over her humiliating defeat. Still, Kenji is concerned. Just what caused her to fly off into a rant like that?

Meanwhile, Maya is talking to her producer, excited how she met someone who is similar interests to her in the earlier festival. The producer then snaps at her, claiming her opponents are the enemy. If she expects to become the best and master her dancing, she must destroy all enemies. Seeing how this unit was so easily defeated by Maya alone, he figures they are no longer a threat to his plans.

Hikari is still a little sore next week, but gets momentum back on her side after a couple of successful outings. Defeating 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi really helps her spirits going. However, a couple of days after the festival, her positive streak is about to get snapped. The captain of her school’s dance troupe has decided to let Hikari go. Hikari just cannot seem to keep up with her teammates as the gap between them steadily got wider and wider. The team’s scores have steadily decreased over the past three major competitions since she became a regular in the rotation. Combined with her occasional rude and annoying behavior, the other members have considered Hikari a burden to the team. Hikari claims she tried her best, but the decision was almost unanimous. Hikari exits the school feeling heartbroken.

The following work day, the President, Kenji, and the other two idols are surprised to discover that Hikari has not shown up yet. She is usually very punctual. Kenji tries calling her on his cell phone, but there is no answer. Worried, Kenji decides to go outside and search for her. He finds Hikari in a depressed state on one of the picnic tables outside. Kenji asks Hikari what’s bothering her, but she claims she’s fine and that she hasn’t had much sleep last night after practicing so much. Kenji is not falling for her lies. He can pretty much tell something is wrong. Everyone else is worried about her, especially seeing how normally punctual she is when it comes to her idol work. Hikari snaps at Kenji, thinking he is sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. She suddenly stops, realizing the jig is up. Hikari then tells Kenji what happened with her dance squadron. It wasn’t just that on her mind either. For a while now, Hikari always thought she was being left in the dust of her peers when it comes to her abilities. Every time she would take one step forward, everyone else would take two or even three. Her grades at school aren’t as high as she would like them to be either. No matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to catch up. This complex eventually carried over into her idol career. She fears that while her partners have gotten much stronger, she remained the same since her debut. Facing Maya did not help in the slightest. While she really does enjoy the thrill of the competition, the real reason Hikari became an idol was to prove to everyone that she’s better than they give her credit for. This is why she said she never wanted to lose anymore. Kenji understands now…a classic inferiority complex. Still, he tells Hikari he never saw her as a weakling at all. She’s quite the spectacular dancer and her vocal and visual skills are constantly improving. She makes a spectacular idol. Besides, Hikari does not have to be absolutely perfect in order to prove her true strength. Losses happen. Rather than mope about it, all she has to do is shake it off, get angry, and go after the next challenge. Hikari apologizes for causing Kenji and her partners so much trouble, especially after the Sunny Beach Festival incident. Kenji tells her she shouldn’t let that bother her anymore…use the past to shape the future. Not wishing to embarrass herself, she makes Kenji promise her never to tell anyone about this conversation. She will never forgive him if he did. Kenji does agree to her promise as long as she gets straight back to work. Hikari arrives back at the office much to everyone’s delight.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 18, 2014, 03:24:46 am
Kasugano Hikari's Route, cont.

While Kenji did keep his promise, Hikari’s chat does wind up reaching the ears of RyuuseiPro’s spies who immediately send their hot scoop to gossip columnists. Hikari reads the slander (claiming she got thrown out due to her lack of talent and violent misconduct towards the captain) and immediately assumes Kenji squealed on her and broke his promise. She yells at her producer and even slaps him hard in the face. The President defends Kenji, claiming he is always true to his word…he would never break a promise like that. It’s more likely someone overheard her conversation and sent it to gossipers. They would usually do anything to make a buck. Kenji adds those magazines are usually full of bull anyway. They usually say things like that just to get people to read their articles. Besides, Kenji crossed his heart when he made his promise to her. Hikari trusts him…but only because the President says so.

On the day of the IU prelims, Hikari tries her best to hide her lack of confidence, claiming she is stoked about being able to compete against so many well-known idols. However, once she discovers her unit has been placed in the same block as NAZO, her anxiety clearly begins to show. Maya, however, is looking forward to be able to face Hikari again. She has been paying attention to her recent performances and is quite impressed with the improvements she has made since their previous encounter. Maya can really tell Hikari has come a long way. Now that she faces all three members of NAZO, Maya hopes Hikari shows off everything she has learned so far and performs with absolutely no holds barred. Kagura interrupts and bashes Maya for trying to encourage Hikari. Kagura can see the fear in Hikari’s eyes. Not only is Hikari the enemy, she is also a helpless weakling who cannot do anything without her partners’ help. If anything, NAZO should be teaching Hikari her place. Hikari tells Kagura, “I-I’m not scared! Can’t you see I’m…e-excited to be able to compete against the biggest unit in the nation right now?” Himeko laughs at Hikari’s lies, then tells her not to cry once she beats her unit (and her dreams) to a pulp in the preliminaries. As Kagura and Himeko head out to practice, Maya tells Hikari not to listen to them and give everything she’s got. ZetaPro manages to pass the audition, but wind up placing a distant second to NAZO. Kagura and Himeko are surprised that Hikari is able to pass, but Maya knows she had it in her all this time. Still, Maya knows Hikari can get even better, especially since the gap between them is still pretty wide. Himeko claims Hikari only passed because her partners have grown skilled enough to save her weak hide. Hikari does not stand a chance. She’s already far behind nearly everyone else competing in the preliminaries…so far behind, in fact, that she is starting to become a burden to her unit. All Hikari has done was dig a hole for herself that has gotten so deep she cannot get back out. Hikari is quick to snap back. “S-shut up! You don’t know me! I am not a burden! I’m a better idol than you think!” During her display of temper, a tear rolls down her cheek. Kagura cannot believe how immature Hikari is acting right now. She can tell Hikari is pretty much terrified of NAZO right now, knowing they are way out of her league. Hikari should give up now before she embarrasses herself, her unit, and her company. As NAZO exits the venus, Maya looks back at Hikari with slight concern. Was fear really holding Hikari back? Still, she wishes Hikari the best, looking forward to their next showdown.

Back at the office, Hikari’s partners are showing intense concern for her. Hikari tries to defend her embarrassment by claiming she’s just fine, but everyone (even the President) know that is not what her tears are trying to convey. How are they supposed to help her if they don’t know what’s wrong? Hikari, faced with the inevitability of the situation, decides to spill the beans. Not only does she suffer from an inferiority complex, but she’s scared of Maya, believing she is way out of her league. No matter how hard Hikari trains and no matter how much her talents continue to improve, she feels as though there is just no way she can catch up to Maya. She believes what Kagura told her to be true—that she’s weak and completely helpless without her partners backing her up. It reminded Hikari of what her dance troupe’s captain told her when she let her go. Plus, Hikari is kind of jealous of the other two idols. She feels as though they have come so far while she remained the same person she had always been. She feels the only way to become strong is to defeat Maya, which seems almost impossible. Kenji speaks up, telling Hikari her beliefs are not true. She really has become so much stronger since her idol debut and she can only get stronger still from here. She does not need to win every single time to prove her true strength—all the effort she puts into her work, lessons, and performances is proof enough. Besides, she has everyone at ZetaPro there to support her all the way. All she needs to do now is have confidence in herself. Whatever happened to her enjoyment of the thrill of the competition? She came into the idol world knowing how competitive it is…shouldn’t more skilled idols inspire her to work harder and keep improving her skills? Hikari thanks everyone for the pep talk, but warns never to tell anyone about what she told them…it would be so embarrassing to show any sort of weakness.

Hikari decides to spend some time with her partners in order to bond with them and learn some new techniques and tactics in how to continuously improve her abilities. “I-I just felt like it, okay?”

On the day NAZO challenges ZetaPro to a showdown at the Harvest Moon Festival, Hikari still feels a little unsure about her new and improved skills. She knows she will have to bring her A game and then some if she wants to have any chance of defeating Maya. At the festival, Kenji is impressed that Hikari is able to perform at a level almost equal to Hikari, but the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. As Yamato arrives to pick up NAZO, he stops by ZetaPro to mock them. The fact they promote someone like Hikari is proof that low-class companies would do anything possible to make a buck. To him, Hikari is nothing more than a talentless hack and a cowardly weakling. Feeling sympathetic for such a poor and unfortunate soul, they let her become an idol and spoiled her with a false sense of strength. As she continues to get popular, she begins to think she is stronger than anyone else. The foolish staff is just making her avoid the inevitable truth. Once a weakling, always a weakling…nothing Hikari can say or do will change her fate. Kenji tries to defend her, but his words fall on deaf ears. As Yamato prepares to take his leave, he boldly reminds ZetaPro that the elite upper-class unit NAZO is destined to win the IU. Hikari and the others should just give up and accept their fate because of their cheap business practices.

Back at the office, Kenji tells Hikari that she put on her best performance so far until it got disrupted. It was almost as if she was performing at Maya’s level…it’s the truth. Hikari feels pretty proud of herself. While she replies, “Naturally,” she thinks to herself, “Wow, have I really gotten that better? SQUEE!” Truth be told, she is not afraid of Maya or even Yamato now. If she is able to perform at NAZO’s level, she can really prove her strength to not only her peers, but to the entire nation! Maybe she can change her fate!

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 18, 2014, 08:13:27 pm
Kasugano Hikari's Route, cont.

After the opening ceremonies of the IU finals, Hikari overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya is eager to see what kind of challenge her opponents have to offer. She specifically has her eyes on fellow dancer Hikari, who has come such a long way since she made her idol debut. Yamato, however, is disgusted with her upbeat attitude, believing that her time with Hikari has made her too soft. According to him, if Maya ever expects to master her dancing and become even stronger, she must show no mercy to her enemies (especially low-lives like ZetaPro) and squash them like the insects they are. Let’s not forget that it was these low-class dogs that killed her parents in that brutal gang war she was caught in so many years ago. Yamato really does not want to fire Maya after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from that crime-infested dump full of painful memories. Hikari can hardly believe that Maya had to put up with such a tragic past despite her incredible success. Maya notices Hikari and decides to talk with her. Hikari tells Maya she heard everything. It almost sounds as though she feels as though she has to win in order to save herself. Hikari says she pretty much felt the same way when she debuted as an idol…as if she had to win in order to show her peers just how capable she really is. Still, they both really enjoy the thrill of the competition the idol world provides (or, at least Maya really does). It was their skill and determination that led their respective units this far already. Who knows? They might be able to face off for the championship. Maya is proud to call Hikari her rival.

EDIT: Never mind. I think I've got an idea.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 19, 2014, 02:38:02 am
Kasugano Hikari's Route, conclusion

Hikari manages to keep her cool against tough odds and advance to the finals. Getting desperate, Yamato decides to pay a visit to Hikari’s former dance squadron’s Twitter page for his next plan. In his post, he claims Hikari became an idol as an act of revenge for getting rid of her. Apparently, she got angry and jealous with how much the other members were progressing so she decided to show them she is better than them. She is so determined to be the absolute best she is willing to pull any trick in the book (no matter how dishonest) and make all her rivals suffer. Her company’s management only made matters worse by spoiling her and giving her a false sense of strength. Yamato wonders if part of the reason Hikari was let go from the squad was due to her rude behavior. To finish his post, he asks the squad to convince Hikari’s fanbase to betray her…that they are following a snobby, rude, violent, incompetent weakling who does not deserve their adoration.

On the way to Tokyo Dome the following day, Kenji gets a call from a member of the stage crew. Apparently, a group of people outside the dome are protesting against Hikari. Some are looking pretty unruly as if they want to have a piece of her. Hikari gasps. So many fans betraying her…how could this happen so soon? As soon as ZetaPro arrives at the dome and Hikari exits the van, some members of the mob toss garbage at her shouting, “Weakling!” “You are no idol!” “Go home!” “You’re just jealous of NAZO!” The guards are forced to restrain the mob while ZetaPro heads inside. Kenji tells the idols to ignore what happened outside and just focus on the performance later on. He is pretty much convinced the staff will not let creeps like them inside the gates. While the other members head to the dressing room to prepare for the finals, Hikari is scared stiff and falls to her knees next to the exit door.

Yamato soon gets a call from one of the dome’s staff members. From what he hears, his plan is coming together perfectly. Hikari’s spirits are dampened. Once it comes time to open the gates, he can lay the coup de grace. Little does he know someone is eavesdropping on him…

During practice, Kenji notices a familiar voice wailing in the background. He checks outside and notices Hikari crying her eyes out. It turns out the mob of traitors outside really got to Hikari’s head. Now she is starting to feel incompetent. It does not really help they are facing NAZO, with not just one, but three sensational idols who have gained national acclaim since they were children. Hikari believes if ZetaPro loses here, it will be all her fault. No matter how strong Hikari may have become, she fears she is still no match for Maya. Kaito arrives with even worse news. Some members of the mob have managed to make their way past the guards and are vandalizing Hikari’s fans’ banners, signs, etc. The staff is doing their best to hold them back but they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Hikari from performing. Even worse, a group of dancers in black and green warm-ups appear to have been leading the charge. Hikari recognizes those colors—that’s her school’s dance squadron! They haven’t done anything objectionable yet but they have been convincing some of the crowd that Hikari is incompetent and detestable. Hikari is so bummed out that she has lost the will to perform. Kenji tries to cheer her up, but she is still not swayed by his inspirational words. Suddenly, who should show up but Maya? Hikari is a little embarrassed to have Maya see her like this. “Moron! I-I am not crying! *sniff* I-I just have something in my eye, that’s all! Jeez!” Maya laughs, figuring she would react like that. She knows Hikari is a lot better than what all those people claim. After she has gotten so much better and come so far in her career, Maya is not willing to let Hikari give up everything now…not while they are able to perform at an almost equal level. The mob and the numerous betrayals were all set up to get Hikari’s goat and keep her from performing. Earlier, Maya overheard a phone conversation with Yamato. Some of the guards at the front gate were working for RyuuseiPro and allowed the restless traitors through to wreak havoc on Hikari’s performance. Besides, look how many true blue fans she has acquired! All those cheering people who have always been dedicated to her know her true strength…not from winning, but from her effort and determination. That’s what makes a fantastic idol…as well as dancer and rhythmic gymnast for that matter. Hikari has a big concert to perform in tonight. If she quits now, she would be letting her fans, her partners, her producer, and especially Maya down. Besides, Maya wants to be able to face Hikari’s unit at their full strength. Maya gives Hikari a hand and helps her stand back up. Kenji knows that Maya is right. Hikari is only weak if she lets herself think she is weak. Now is the time to get out there and show everyone what she can really do. Hikari wipes her tears. “Okay. I’ll go…but only because Maya told me to! I’m not gonna let her show me up again!” Kenji gets a call from Kaito. The stage crew and the real guards worked together to clear the dome of the mobsters. It’s safe for Hikari and the others to perform now. Kenji and the idols are glad to hear the news as they head for the stage.

Yamato is surprised to see Hikari back on her feet ready to face NAZO. Kenji can hardly believe that Yamato would stoop so low as to take advantage of Hikari’s inferiority complex. Yamato claims it was for her own good. She really is inferior, but his nut of a father instilled a false sense of strength in her. Yamato is willing to make NAZO slap her silly with a reality check. Maya tells her producer to stop his cowardly charades. She helped out Hikari so they could play on an even field—so they can both go all-out. Before she performs, her dance captain walks up to her. Earlier, Maya came up to the team and they were fooled by Yamato’s lies. She apologizes for giving Hikari so much trouble, worrying she probably will not be able to forgive her. Hikari does forgive her…but only because Maya set things straight, baka! With everything straightened out and her fans cheering for her all the way, Hikari is ready to prove her true strength!

ENDING

Hikari feels so much more confident in her natural skills now. She meets Kenji one night to tell him some exciting news. Hikari was unanimously invited back into her dance squadron! Earlier, Maya convinced the squad they gave up too soon on a late bloomer. She might not have been as skilled as many of her other members, but her effort and determination were what truly made her a strong performer. Ever since she became an idol, she has gotten over her complex and continues to get better and better. Hikari may have her quirks (especially during her tsundere moments), but Maya is proud to find a good rival in her. Hikari is embarrassed to tell Kenji this…but she really has him to thank for helping her realize her true strength. It looks like Kenji has finally earned Hikari’s respect and right to be treated as her producer. She may be back in her squad, but she will continue to perform as an idol to find even more skilled rivals. Now Hikari can feel as though she is telling the truth when she says she enjoys the thrill of the competition!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 22, 2014, 06:18:53 am
Wow, do I seriously have the third most popular thread in this folder?! Over 6000 views? I'd hardly call my project a masterpiece, but I'm surprised at how popular it has become. Thanks for all the support! Still, I constantly wonder where some of my views come from. I ought to consider opening a Deviantart account and post everything there with new drawings including colors and everything.

Tachibana Hinata’s Route

Kenji first meets Hinata at a nearby park. She is running around carefree and playfully. Kenji figures she’s definitely the stereotypical loli genki girl. All of a sudden, Hinata rushes straight towards Kenji and tackles him to the ground. As he gets back on his feet, she gasps and apologizes to him, claiming she did not see him standing in front of her. As she gets a closer look at Kenji, Hinata is surprised and asks him, “Onii-chan? Is that you?” Kenji is confused, wondering why she would ask him something like that. He isn’t her brother—he is her producer. Hinata is bursting with excitement upon hearing about her upcoming debut, jumping around happily. Kenji has to get out of her way after she almost jumps on his foot.

To prevent further confusion, Hinata tells Kenji he is almost the spitting image of her older brother Hideo. This is why she calls Kenji “onii-chan.” She actually does keep calling him that either due to repeated confusion or just because of the similarity.

Early on, Hinata shows some impulsive issues which can lead to awkward moments from time to time. One problem she has (and is somewhat aware of) is that it’s difficult for her to keep her hands to herself. Sometimes she would fiddle around with props and equipment that catch her interest, often with humorous or disastrous results. Other times, she will “grab” the more well-endowed idols (much to some of their chagrin), admiring their large, soft breasts and hoping to one day have a chest like theirs. Aside from that, there are times where Hinata will, not knowing what to say next, say something completely random or off-topic (kind of like Neptune). This habit can make people laugh sometimes, but more often than not people are led to believe she lacks focus or is just plain stupid. Nevertheless, she always gives the old college try and puts all her energy into her idol work. If anything, everyone does admire her endless supply of energy and enthusiasm.

Hinata always gets excited for the thrill of festivals. Their high energy and fun factor really get her blood flowing. During the White Lotus Festival, Hinata gets distracted from all the games and attractions and winds up getting separated from her unit. With a joint effort, Kenji and Kaito find their lost idol just in time for the performance. Sure the fun events may excite Hinata, but she has got an audience waiting to feel the exact same excitement. Hinata apologizes for getting distracted and making her friends worry unnecessarily. She really did not mean to. She is doing her best to work on her distraction issue, but it’s harder than she thinks.

Hinata is not nearly as distracted at the Sunny Beach Festival. She really enjoys kicking a soccer ball around to keep herself occupied at the park, especially since she will not wind up getting in people’s way. Playing around Kenji and the stage beforehand, Hinata is more than prepared before the performance deadline. However, her unit winds up blown out singlehandedly by Maya. Hinata is far from shaken by her defeat, but Maya is pretty disappointed from the lack of challenge her opponents provided. Her mood changes once Hinata catches her attention, immediately falling in love with her enthusiastic, hyperactive, carefree nature. Hinata is extremely excited to meet someone with such incredible skill. Maya’s dance moves make Hinata’s eyes sparkle with delight. Maya can see Hinata really loves being an idol and believes she has the potential to maybe even go the distance. Believing they will meet again sometime in the near future, Maya prompts Hinata to keep improving her skills and exerting all her energy so she can push herself beyond her limits.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 24, 2014, 04:24:48 am
Tachibana Hinata's Route, cont.

Back at the office, Hinata is glad to have been able to meet a new friend even though her unit was completely outclassed by her. However, some of her partners (depending on who they are) are not very happy with her attitude. In their point of view, their defeat was all Hinata’s fault. She has absolutely no discipline, she can act downright stupid at times, her voice is piercingly loud, she dances wildly, and she has no idea how to be a good leader. If anything, her bountiful energy and optimism save her from being rejected by the President. All and all, she has proven to be anything but idol material. Unable to contain her built-up stress, Hinata quickly bursts into tears, believing she really is useless. Kenji gets worried, fearing the others might have been too hard on her. Hinata is far from useless…she’s really is doing her very best out there…sometimes, that’s all you can do. Sure she might have her quirks and might not be perfect in terms of her talents, but she does a great job getting her unit fired up for performances and events. She greets every day with a smile and puts her all into everything she does. This is how she gets the job done. Kenji has also been noticing constant improvements in her awakening talents during lessons. If she keeps up the good work, Hinata really has the potential to become such an amazing idol. Hinata dries her eyes and thanks Kenji for the inspiration, hugging him with all her might. Hinata laughs and apologizes for squeezing Kenji too tightly. She also forgives her partners for looking down on her (some such as Nozomi and Setsuna aren’t quite convinced…she needs to prove them through actions rather than words).

On her way home, Hinata gets cornered by three bullies who apparently are familiar with her. In the past, they would always mock her for even considering becoming an idol, claiming someone like her just does not have what it takes. They even threatened to do a number on her if she ever did audition, yet she ignored their warning and proceeded to embarrass herself. With the intent to make Hinata pay for disgracing the idol world, they advance towards her and surround her. Standing with her back against the wall, Hinata is scared stiff and screams for help. One of the bullies grabs her by the collar. “Typical. That’s all you can do…is scream. Well, scream your head off. No one’s gonna hear you anyway.” Luckily for Hinata, Kenji is nearby and hears her distress call. He locates the bullies and immediately demands them to stop. The bullies, however, are not moved. Not only do they claim their acts against Hinata are justified, but they clearly outnumber him. They also claim that Hinata made Kenji soft and sympathetic with her lies. Kenji does not care about the odds. He is Hinata’s producer and he will put his life on the line to protect her. “Do whatever you will to me but leave her out of this!” The bullies let Hinata go and charge Kenji. Hinata gasps in shock as one of them punches Kenji in the face. Suddenly, a police officer hears the commotion and shines a flashlight on everyone, demanding an explanation. The bullies are scared by the sight of the cop and run away. The officer then turns to Kenji, asking him if he’s all right. Kenji is shaken from taking a couple of blows, but he is just fine. He claims the bullies were picking on Hinata. As her producer, he had to stop them and save his precious idol. The officer thanks him for the explanation and sets off to chase down the bullies. Hinata thanks Kenji for saving her, but apologizes for getting him hurt for her sake. Kenji is just glad that Hinata is safe. Hinata says those bullies have been bothering her for a while now. They would say she’s too flawed to do anything right. She has zero volume control. She’s too hyper. She flails her arms around like a fish out of water. She can’t sing. She can’t dance properly. Her hands are almost always where they shouldn’t belong. It’s always because of her issues. The more they pestered her, the more Hinata felt as though she felt too “different” to be an idol. They even threatened to knock her senseless if she auditioned. Still, her dreams overcame her fears and she kept moving forward trying to achieve them. Kenji cannot be any more proud of her just for that. Still, he wonders what Hinata meant when she said “different.” Hinata does not want to tell him, claiming he would laugh at her and never see her the same way again. Kenji understands…it’s probably something Hinata does not want to talk about. Kenji decides to escort Hinata home. Sure the police officer from earlier is after those other bullies, but he wants to make sure she is safe to prevent further incidents. Hinata agrees. She trusts Kenji enough. As they walk home, their conversation turns comical with Hinata’s random statements.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 25, 2014, 04:27:12 am
Tachibana Hinata's Route, cont.

Hinata’s unit gets its momentum back after a couple of successful outings. One day after the unit reaches Rank C and faces off against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi in a festival, Kenji finds Hinata kicking a soccer ball around the park with her older brother Hideo. Kenji can see why Hinata confuses him with Hideo…they happen to look very similar, except Hideo does not wear glasses. Hinata introduces Kenji to Hideo. He is the top striker in his school’s soccer team. Watching him play sparked Hinata’s love for the sport. Hinata tells her brother that Kenji has been just as kind and supportive as he is ever since she began her idol career. Hideo thanks Kenji for always looking after his little sister. He heard about the bully incident a few weeks back. He is glad to see there are other people who are willing to stand up for Hinata’s beliefs and ambitions. When Hinata declared she wanted to be an idol, everyone laughed at her and said she is far from idol material. In fact, Hinata has been pestered by these bullies for a while now…not just about her dreams to become an idol but about pretty much everything she aspires to do in the future. They say she has no life. They say she cannot do anything right. They say she is just not normal. Hideo asks Hinata if he should tell Kenji the truth. Hinata agrees now is a good time as she has grown to trust Kenji enough that he wouldn’t make fun of her. Truth be told…Hinata has ADHD. Although she is highly functioning from a very mild disability, she does have focus issues every now and then, occasionally has obsessive compulsive issues, has a hard time controlling her actions, and has difficulty staying still. She feels like something has to twitch every five seconds, even in her sleep. While she studies as hard as she can and always does her very best in her classes, she is not a very good test-taker, hence why her grades are slightly below average yet still passing. Hinata expects Kenji to get angry at her, but much to her surprise, he seems very understanding. While her behavior may be quirky at times, he knows she would never do anything bad on purpose. Besides, Hinata has shaped herself as the unit’s mood maker through her boundless energy, high enthusiasm, and infectious optimism. Hinata is glad Kenji understands her plight. Her disability often makes her an easy target for bullies. However, if there is anyone who would always support her through thick and thin, it’s Hideo. Kenji is high up on her list too with all he has done for her as her producer. In fact, the main reason she decided to become an idol is to prove that even “different” girls can become idols too! Her main inspiration came when she saw Yayoi at a meet-and-greet earlier in her career. Hinata immediately started fawning over Yayoi’s cute smile and 200% energy output. It almost felt like they were twins. Hinata figured if someone like her can become an idol, maybe she can too even with her ADHD. When she told Hideo about her newly-forged dream, he told her no matter what she does he would always be there to back her up. Since Hinata made her national debut, Hideo bought all her CDs and shared them with his soccer team. He would always try to attend every one of her nearby performances, though practice sessions and games prevent him from doing so sometimes. Hinata is still a little worried. If word got out to the general public that she has ADHD, she fears her career would be ruined. Kenji and Hideo tell her that will never happen. She shouldn’t let what other people say keep her from doing what she loves. Besides, times have changed. People have been much more accepting of “different” people now than ever before. Plus, her biggest fan has been living with her all this time. Hideo knows Hinata really does have the potential to be called a top idol. He counts on Kenji to continue to support her and show the nation how great his little sister is. As Kenji heads for home, Hinata reminds him that although she may be disabled, he should not feel like he has to give her any sort of handicap. Different or no, she’s still an idol just like her partners.

The day of the IU preliminaries has arrived. Aware of 765Pro’s recent success, Hinata is eager to see Yayoi in line. Unfortunately, the venue is crowded with idols itching to audition and cannot locate her. Hinata also gets a little antsy from not having much room to move around, but Kenji and Kaito remind her to stay with her group as she could get easily lost in this sea of idols. Once ZetaPro signs up, Hinata is finally given some breathing room, but she still cannot find Yayoi. Kenji figures she might be practicing with all the other idols in Namco Angel. She soon notices that ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO (which she has been calling MATZO for some reason) and meets a familiar yet friendly face—Maya. They are both glad to see each other again. Maya has been paying attention to Hinata’s recent recordings, performances, and public appearances and is quite impressed with the progress she has made since their last encounter. Maya is really eager to see how much Hinata compares to her now, especially facing the full might of NAZO. To prevent further confusion, Maya reminds Hinata that “MATZO” isn’t something you eat…it’s the name of her super-popular unit. Himeko and Kagura lash out at Maya, claiming she should not be fraternizing with the enemy. Their producer specifically asked NAZO to squash their enemies the bugs they are. As Hinata enters the audition, she hopes and prays the judges will accept her even though they do not know about her “differences.” Much to the surprise of Kagura, Himeko, and even Hinata, ZetaPro manages to pass, although her unit places a distant second to NAZO. Maya really is impressed with Hinata’s accomplishment. All her perseverance is starting to pay off. Still, it seems she has a ways to go before she can reach Maya’s level. Himeko silences Maya and proceeds to mock Hinata. Himeko says Hinata is a complete disgrace to the idol industry. In this day and age, simply being a mood maker does not cut it anymore. Hinata is really too stupid, talentless, and “challenged” to even be considered an idol. Only though luck and a highly contagious happy attitude has she been able to gain this much recognition. She should give up now and let the real idols work their magic in big tournaments before she embarrasses herself and her friends in more ways than one. Himeko laughs as she and Kagura exit the venue. Maya stays behind a bit, telling Hinata they will meet again before catching up to her partners. Hinata is not moved by NAZO’s threats at all, but she is a little worried when Himeko said “challenged.” Do they somehow know about her secret? Kenji tells her not to worry. Her secret should not stop her from doing what she loves. All of a sudden, who should show up in front of Hinata but Yayoi Takatsuki herself?! Yayoi overheard the commotion between Himeko and wonders if Hinata is okay. Suddenly, Yayoi recognizes Hinata’s hair and finds it hard to believe the little hyper girl she met at that meet-and-greet would become an idol. Yayoi has seen Hinata at a couple of her events and really loves the energy she puts into her performances. Despite Hinata’s quirks, Yayoi believes she has become a very special idol despite what her haters say. Hinata is so excited to hear Yayoi say such motivational things to her. She then tells Yayoi how she has grown into a fan of hers after that publicity event. She even auditioned for ZetaPro with Kiramekirari, which has become one of her favorite songs. Yayoi laughs and wishes Hinata the best of luck in her future endeavors. The two of them high-five before Yayoi sets off to find the rest of 765Pro.

Back at the office, Hinata is still bursting with excitement. She couldn’t be any happier after meeting both her new friend from “MATZO” and one of her biggest inspirations. Kenji tells her not to let that get to her head and just focus on what’s to come. Still, Kenji is a little worried about what Himeko told Hinata. Could her secret have somehow gotten into the wrong hands? Will Hinata’s career go up in smoke if everyone finds out? Kenji believes Hinata’s fans still love her for the idol she is, but does not want her to be pestered by ableists like those three bullies she encountered anymore.

Hinata takes some time to bond with her partners. They get to know a little more about her differences as well as her abilities. Some can even sympathize with her issues.

Hinata is more than eager to face Maya again after ZetaPro is challenged by NAZO to face off at the Harvest Moon Festival. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Hinata is quick to flee from the blaze after she jumps off the stage without taking the stairs. She’s glad to see that Maya is all right. Suddenly, Yamato appears to pick up NAZO and rain on ZetaPro’s parade, especially Hinata’s. Hiring someone with ADHD as an idol is proof that common-class companies are trash. That’s right…Yamato knows her secret. He claims disabled people cannot be idols. They are loud, wild, filthy, and downright stupid. Hinata must have become popular through dishonest methods like bribing, hacking, etc. Her fans are even softer than her production staff, claiming they are way too accepting of different idols these days. Kenji tries to stand up to Hinata and prove Yamato’s theories wrong, but Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s “pitiful” defense, believing Hinata must have worked her ADHD magic on Kenji, making him sympathetic with her. He then threatens ZetaPro to stay out of NAZO’s way. If word gets out about Hinata’s disability, the fans’ love for her will quickly turn into hate. She would not only humiliate herself but other challenged people as well. Yamato laughs as he heads back to his limo with his idol trio. Hinata is not scared of Yamato and NAZO anymore even though they are aware of her secret. She knows Yamato is wrong. She knows she is more able than he lets on. Her ADHD never stopped her yet. Her fans wouldn’t care if she has a name for her issues anyway…they just love their happy, upbeat, hyperactive, sometimes quirky little angel. Who cares if there are people like those bullies out there? Closed-minded nuts like them are few and far between. With how successful Hinata is now, the only way she can go here is forward. Kenji and her partners really adore her attitude as they head back to the office.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 26, 2014, 01:28:52 am
Tachibana Hinata's Route, conclusion

On the day of the opening ceremonies of the IU finals, Hinata overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya is really eager to see what kind of competition lies in store for her in the finals. She has seen a significant improvement in Hinata’s talents since the IU preliminaries and looks forward to facing her in the final stretch of the tournament. It would be wise for NAZO not to underestimate her. Yamato is angered by her statement. Being around Hinata has made her soft. ZetaPro is the enemy. They hire disabled hacks like Hinata into the idol industry. If Maya really wants to master her dancing styles, she has to have the drive to be the very best…to win by any means necessary…to destroy all enemies. He really doesn’t want to have to fire her after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from her old crime-infested slum of a neighborhood full of horrible memories. Maya apologizes and promises him she will win the IU. Hinata can hardly believe that one of Japan’s greatest competitive dancers had to go through such trauma in the past. As Maya runs by, Hinata catches her attention, telling her she couldn’t help eavesdropping on her chat with Yamato. Maya should not have to worry about winning and escaping her past. Hinata herself had to put up with a rough past with so many people picking on her because of her ADHD. Being an idol should be fun for her. Hinata feels a sense of joy not only from performing, but making so many fans happy. Hinata tells Maya she should feel the same way. Maya agrees. All this time Yamato convinced her that winning is all that matters in order to become stronger. Maya essentially forgot why she became an idol in the first place—she loves to dance, test her skills, and find new rivals. Maya thanks Hinata for the inspiration, but tells her she will be giving her all at the finals and hopes Hinata will do the same. Hinata and Maya high-ten for good luck before Maya heads back to Yamato’s limo.

After Namco Angel gets eliminated by NAZO in the quarterfinals, Hinata is there to cheer up Yukiho after she gets tormented by Yamato. Yayoi also reminds the rest of her group to keep a close eye on Hinata. She can see something special about her. If anyone can stop NAZO now other than Ryuuguu Komachi or Project Fairy, Hinata’s unit probably has the best chance…

Figuring Hinata has grown too lucky for her own good after advancing to the final round, Yamato decides to spill the beans. He leaks information to gossip panels and spreads it all over Tokyo Dome…the sunny little girl everyone has grown to love so much is really attention deficit! As ZetaPro arrives at the dome the following morning, Hinata is terrified at the sight…her secret has been exposed! Fearing the end is drawing near, she clings to Kenji as they head to the dressing room. Later on, things would get much worse. The bullies from earlier have assembled an army of ableists (including a few closed-minded former fans who felt deceived) in order to storm the dome, blockade the stage, and put an end to Hinata once and for all. Yamato knew those boys were developing their plans for a while now and figured they could get a bit of extra help after revealing the truth about Hinata. To make sure they get into the dome, Yamato sabotages the guards’ schedule, replacing them with his own workers. Before the gates are open, the bullies protest to all of Hinata’s fans, claiming they have been tricked by their so-called angel’s lies…disabled girls should not be idols.

Meanwhile, Hinata feels uneasy, fearing everyone who once loved her will turn their backs on her. Kenji assures her that will not happen. Everyone loves her too much. Suddenly, Kaito receives a call from the stage crew. Security has been breached! A mob of people have stormed into the gates and it sounds as though they are after Hinata! Hinata even recognizes one of the bullies—the one wearing a Carp baseball cap—from school for the last three years. He was also one of the bullies who attacked her the night after the Sunny Beach Festival. He is standing on stage holding a switchblade and shouting, “I’m waiting for you, Tachibana! Come out and show yourself!” Hinata is frozen with fear and starts to cry loudly as she clings to Kenji. However, a group of Hinata’s doting fans decide to fight back. They try their hardest to hold the mob at bay, but two of the bullies from earlier beat some of them aside with baseball bats. Hinata hears about the commotion and cannot believe so many people are willing to put their lives on the line to protect her. They do not care if their idol is “different” or not—they love her just the way she is! They care about her too much to let a group of ignorant disability haters like them prevent Hinata from working her magic. Hinata figures Kenji was right about her fans after all. Hinata stands back up, wipes away her tears, and decides to face the mob with her best performance yet to show them what she is truly capable of. Kaito disallows it, though. Some of the bullies are carrying weapons around. It’s too dangerous for her to go out there and perform with this many threats in the audience. All of a sudden, Maya shows up on stage, much to the mob’s surprise. She has located the real security guards and has teamed them up with a few nearby police officers in order to remove the mob from the premises. The ableists try to escape but are quickly surrounded. Maya finds the mob’s actions unforgivable. They are way too ignorant to discover just how amazing Hinata has become as an idol. It is people like her that prove so-called handicaps like ADHD do not make the idol…it was all her determination, enthusiasm, and optimism that led her to come this far. Maya is proud to call Hinata her rival. After the mob has been cleared out of the dome, Yayoi shows up backstage and lets Hinata know the coast is clear. Not only does she have the support of her doting fans and Maya, but Yayoi herself as well. Yayoi wishes Hinata the best of luck in her performance against NAZO and tells her to set her energy output to 300%. The hyper duo happily high-five as Hinata and the rest of her unit take the stage.

As NAZO shows up, Maya reveals everything she knows to ZetaPro. Yamato was the one who exposed Hinata’s ADHD. He knew about the bullies’ plot to kill Hinata so he wanted to increase the size of their anti-disability mob in order to prevent Hinata from performing and give NAZO the victory by default. Yamato gets angry at Maya for backstabbing him. All this was planned in order to teach Hinata and ZetaPro (especially the President) that disabled girls cannot be idols. Maya tells him it had to be done because she wishes to face Hinata’s unit at full strength in order to truly test her own abilities. If NAZO does win, she wants it to be fair and square. Kenji can never forgive Yamato for sinking so low. His actions almost got Hinata hurt. The rest goes on from there. Just before Hinata performs, a familiar voice shouts, “YAY~! YAY~! GO FOR IT~!”

ENDING

With her ADHD publically exposed, Hinata has actually become one of the biggest influences in the idol world. Her singing voice is much better, her dancing has grown much more fluid (as well as energetic), and her smile continues to infect her audience wherever she goes. Hinata goes back to the office to meet Kenji after school one day. It turns out her school’s critical skills classes have recognized her for her efforts. The classes’ teachers use her as an inspiration that people with mental disabilities even more severe than her own can accomplish anything as long as they put their heart and energy into it. Kenji is so proud of her. Hinata tells him she could not have done it without his help and kindness. Even to this day she still calls him “onii-chan…” not just because Kenji looks similar to Hideo, but because he is just as sweet as her big brother. Suddenly, the President arrives with a letter to Hinata. It’s from Yayoi! Amazed by Hinata’s accomplishments, Yayoi asks Hinata if she would like to team up for a duet concert the following Saturday. Hinata excitedly accepts her offer. Not only is she admired by so many other “different” people…but by her biggest inspiration too! Hinata sends a response mail, saying “Let’s give 9000% genki!”

Rather than the usual credits song, a duet of Kiramekirari with Mayako Nigo and Hisayo Mochizuki is heard.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 27, 2014, 01:56:57 am
Been a while since I've gotten some feedback. What did you think of Hinata and Hikari's routes?

I'm kind of divided on my next one. Who should I do next? Kotone or Nagisa?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 29, 2014, 06:11:38 am
I've made my decision! Everyone say "ni-hao" to the mascot girl Qinyin, alias Kotone!

Ri Kotone’s Route

Kenji first meets Kotone just outside a café sampling a cup of green tea. She enjoys it, but claims it’s not nearly as great as her grandmother’s. As she notices Kenji, she wonders what business he has with her. As Kenji tries to explain, Kotone notices him looking intently at her. She immediately assumes Kenji is some kind of stalker and gets prepared to give him a quick kick to the face! Just before she can make her move, Kenji quickly tells her the news regarding her debut. Kotone drops her stance in embarrassment. “Why didn’t you tell me in the first place aru?” Still, she feels more than ready to debut. To prevent further confusion, Kotone states that her true name is Li Qinyin…she was originally from China. However, everyone who reads her kanji always pronounces it “Ri Kotone.” That’s how she got her Japanese name.

Back at the office, Kotone already shows intense distrust towards Kenji, almost as if her mood could grow hostile towards him after the slightest false move. According to the President, she appears to hate men. That was probably why she was quick to judge Kenji and almost strike him in self-defense. Kenji figures something might have happened in the past to trigger this, but he decides to keep it to himself, believing Kotone might not be in the mood to talk about it. He manages to earn her trust for now, but he worries he may have to work overtime in order to stay on her good side.

Kotone may be used to performing on her own, but she is happy to work with two more idols in a unit. However, she feels a little uneasy appealing to a male demographic. During meet-and-greets, she learns to act a little nicer towards her male fans. Most of them do have their morals despite their undying dedication for her (almost as if any of them could confess their love for her when she least expects it). However, she always exercises caution just in case one of them might want to overstep his bounds.

Little by little, Kotone slightly grows to trust her producer as she gradually gains more fans and sales. Kenji is really impressed with Kotone’s display of skill and composure during concerts and promotions. It’s almost as if she has a history as a performer. Kotone claims she actually does. She happens to be the mascot girl and entertainment chairwoman of a tea house in Nara owned by her mother and grandmother. She acquired her singing skills by holding and participating in open-mic and karaoke nights. She is quite the acrobat, able to perform stunts like one-handed handstands, cartwheels, somersaults, and backflips effortlessly. One of her favorite tricks is balancing and spinning plates on her palms and even her fingertips! She has been a roaring success as a performer for the last six years. Unfortunately, it was not enough to rake in money for her family’s financially-troubled tea house. While their special tea recipes are favorites among their customers, they still cannot seem to compete with bigger-name chain franchises. The main reason Kotone decided to become an idol is to continue to use her talents to the fullest in order to promote her tea house. She wants to prove the business can serve up not only the best tea in Japan, but the best entertainment as well. Her experience performing stage shows at the tea house have passed on magnificently to her idol activities. Kenji hopes to help her accomplish her goals, but Kotone is still not willing to accept his help just yet.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on September 30, 2014, 07:05:20 am
Ri Kotone's Route, cont.

On the day of the Sunny Beach Festival, Kotone’s unit is singlehandedly destroyed by Himeko. Afterwards, Himeko not only mocks Kotone’s Chinese origins but decides to play with her hatred of men. Himeko claims the real reason Kotone lost so easily is because of Kenji. He only serves to hold Kotone back. All this time he has been telling lies to earn her trust so he could stab her in the back when she least expects it. The way he looks her in the eyes—it could be a sign of lust. What if Kenji wants Kotone for more than just money in his own pocket? Kotone starts to get a little stressed, believing what Himeko told her was true. Himeko finds it hilarious how she is able to run Kotone through her fingers like putty. Kenji tries to snap Kotone out of it, but she gives him the cold shoulder. She does not even say a word to him on the drive back to the office.

Back at the office, Kotone finally exerts her frustration towards Kenji, blaming him for her unit’s loss. She feels as if he is deceiving her, just like all the other boys she has put up with. She thinks he is selfish and egotistical. She feels as though it is no longer right to trust in him. Continuing to do so would only further jeopardize the future of her family’s business. Kotone demands the President immediately find someone to replace Kenji as her producer and claims she will quit if he does not comply as soon as possible. The President and Kenji try talking some sense into Kotone, but she runs out of the office in a huff. Everyone is worried about her, including her partners. Kenji decides to take it upon himself to snap Kotone out of the trance Himeko put on her. The President tries to talk him out of it, fearing it would only make matters worse, but Kenji insists, claiming it is his responsibility as her producer.

That evening, Kenji looks everywhere he can to find Kotone. He finally locates her in an alley cornered by a trio of thugs. She tells them she has close to nothing on her in terms of cash, but money is not quite what these guys want. Instead, they flirt with her and try to ask her out, figuring a “yummy little slut” like her could not say no. Kotone is disgusted by their advances, backs away, and turns down their offer by spitting in their leader’s face. Unfortunately, the thugs are not willing to give up on her that easily. The leader states if his boys cannot have her by reason, they will take her by force. Kenji, who has been listening in on the whole affair, rushes to the scene to protect Kotone. As soon as one of the thugs grabs Kotone’s arm, Kenji grabs the thug’s other arm and gets in between the boys and Kotone. The thugs are surprised to be interrupted by another guy, assuming he is either Kotone’s boyfriend or just a lowlife who wants her all to himself. Kenji tells Kotone to make a run for it. Kotone is confused and wonders why Kenji would be foolish enough to try to get in the way of brutes like them who will clearly do anything to have their way, no matter how dirty. Kenji claims he just had to do whatever it takes to save her. It’s not just because he is her producer, but he cannot stand seeing innocent girls get treated like that. Kotone escapes as quickly as her legs will allow. One of the thugs tries to pursue her, but Kenji trips his leg, causing him to fall flat on his face. Angered beyond belief that their “easy target” slipped out of their grasp because of Kenji’s interference, the thugs exert their rage by violently pummeling Kenji into the ground. They decide to let him live, but warn him never to cross their path again. Kenji is dazed and bruised. Aside from a bit of a sore right calf, he is not seriously hurt. He calls Kaito on his cell phone to give him a ride home. During the drive, Kenji tells Kaito what happened in the alley. Kaito figures something like this may change Kotone’s view on men—that not all of them are as evil as she believes.

As Himeko shares the news of her victory with her producer, he immediately sends a hot scoop to gossip columnists, hoping to exaggerate Kotone’s hatred of men. According to their new articles, Kotone is sick of her male fans, calling them nothing more than rabid, lustful, egotistical pigs. Some even claim she may be a lesbian who desperately wants to appeal to other girls in more ways than one.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 01, 2014, 04:29:19 am
Ri Kotone's Route, cont.

On the next day of work, Kenji limps into the office with his calf still recovering. Kotone appears before him looking pretty guilty. Just before Kenji arrived, Kaito told Kotone everything about what happened that one night. She thanks Kenji for helping her escape from those thugs, but feels sorry that he got hurt for her sake. Here she was thinking Kenji was just another one of those selfish, dishonest, loathsome boys who have been messing with her for so long. He could have just left her in the mercy of the bullies, but he risked his life to save hers…not because it was his job but because he instinctively wanted to. All this time Kenji really did care for her and she didn’t even know it because she was blind and too quick to judge. Feeling as though she is in his debt, Kotone decides to fully put her faith and trust in Kenji. It was not just Kenji either. The more she worked with Kaito and the President, the more she began to see their kindness and thoughtfulness and the more she felt as though she could trust them. “Perhaps not all men are evil after all aru…”

Kotone’s unit soon bounces back after their loss to Himeko. Later, after they reach Rank C and compete against 961/Ryuuguu Komachi in a festival, Kotone decides to invite Kenji to her family’s tea house the following day. Kenji accepts, feeling he could use a little refreshment after a long, tough festival earlier. Since Kotone really praises her grandmother’s special recipe, he figures he could try some himself.

The next day, Kenji arrives at the tea house. He really enjoys the peach tea—a specialty of Kotone’s mother. Kotone introduces Kenji to her mother and grandmother. They are both very pleased to meet him and thank him for all the help and kindness he has given their little girl during her idol career. Still, they find it interesting that Kotone has grown to trust him after so many years of her talk of how much she hated men. Feeling curious upon hearing the words “so many years,” Kenji wonders what caused Kotone to distrust men so much. Kotone is unsure if she wants to tell him the truth, but her mother insists she do so. If she really does trust Kenji, she should let him know how she truly feels. When Kotone was just a baby and lived in China, she had to put up with one of the worst possible fathers she could ever have. He was a drunkard and an intense pervert. He constantly abused her mother physically, verbally, and sexually. Even worse, he considered Kotone a pain and would abuse her every time she cried or misbehaved. Unable to put up with the man’s harsh treatment any longer, Kotone’s mother and grandmother took Kotone, snuck out of the house while her father slept, and fled to Japan to begin their life anew. There, they reestablished the family’s tea house in the town of Nara. According to Chinese authorities, the father went insane after he found out that his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law ditched him. He began trashing the house, drinking even more heavily, and sexually assaulting women in their mid to late teens. Authorities finally captured him in his home after he kidnapped a prostitute and attempted to rape her. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for his crimes. Kotone’s mother was relieved to finally get her former husband out of her hair forever. However, once Kotone began to go to school in Japan, some boys would always bully her because of her origins, often mocking her clothing, accent, and use of the suffix “aru”. Some even consider her an S-L-U-T, believing Chinese girls are like prostitutes. The more Kotone was tormented by male bullies, heard news of dirty men on the news (i.e. sex offenders and domestic violence), and eventually learned the truth about her father, Kotone began to develop prejudice and hatred towards all men. While she showed hostility even towards boys with good intentions, she did show respect for her male teachers and authoritative figures…she knew better and believes they are much more mature than pretty much all the other guys she knew. Once Kotone began working with Kenji, though, her views began to change. She learned to accept the good with the bad in terms of men. Kotone’s mother tells her daughter that for every creepy man like her father, there is at least one honest man, maybe even more. She also thanks Kenji for being so kind to her daughter and keeping her safe, especially after the incident in the alley (which Kotone had told her mother about the night before). Now she can rest easy, knowing Kotone is in good hands…hands that helped Kotone open her eyes to the truth that was once blind to her. Kotone thanks Kenji for spending some time at the tea house and then gives him a taste of her signature plate-spinning act. Everyone admires it, especially Kenji. As Kenji leaves, he wishes the best for the success of the tea house. With their mascot girl’s success as an idol, their future looks pretty bright.

Before ZetaPro heads off to the venue where the IU preliminaries are being held, Kotone gives her partners some of her tea house cookies for good luck. She figures they will need it, knowing Himeko will definitely participate in a tournament this big. Preparing for the worst, Kotone expects and is ready to face Himeko again upon discovering that ZetaPro and NAZO have been placed in the same competition block. Once Himeko arrives with the rest of NAZO, Kotone tells Himeko she will not be psyched out by her lies anymore. On the contrary, Kenji really has been a great help on her path to success. Himeko laughs at her statement, claiming her producer is taking full advantage of her kindness and continues to deceive her. Perhaps a good thrashing here worse than the one she got at the Sunny Beach Festival will teach Kotone her place. Both Kotone and Himeko are surprised that ZetaPro managed to pass the audition. However, the distance in scores between them and the first-place NAZO is immense. Kotone proudly claims to her rival this is the ability she gained after her time with Kenji led her to trust him and stop prejudging all men. Himeko, beginning to feel a little desperate, claims she will not lose to a foreigner with flawed morals. Why bother using your idol status to try to promote a family-owned tea house that will eventually be run into the ground? The more big chain companies that arrive near a small business, the more the smaller one will succumb to the competition. Himeko makes it a high priority to run Kotone’s family out of business. Kotone decides to psyche Himeko out and claims she is just bluffing and/or does not like her tea. Himeko tries to put on a poker face and say she has no time to listen to peasants, but deep down, she feels a little anxious.

Back at the office, Kotone is not willing to let what Himeko told her get into her head again. She has been doing her very best to invest some of her sales into her family’s tea house to help keep it afloat despite the harsh competition. Even if it still isn’t enough, it is her family’s heart and soul…she, her mother, and her grandmother would never want to sell it and succumb to the will of greedy chain tea house and café franchises. The President soon arrives with bad news for Kotone. While Kenji and the others were away, she got an urgent email from her mother. Recently, a new tea house from a big chain recently opened down the street and has been drawing customers away from her business. It has grown so bad they had to put a mortgage on the tea house. Unless Kotone earns enough to pay it off soon, her business will be forced to shut down. Kotone feels horrible. She wants to prove once and for all that Himeko is wrong, but it is becoming more of a challenge considering the current state of her family’s business. Kotone asks for a favor from Kenji—help her become more successful as an idol so she can earn enough sales to pay off the mortgage and keep her family’s pride and joy standing. Kenji promises her he will do whatever it takes to help her. The tea house is just too special to him, Kotone, and the Ri family. He is not at all willing to let it succumb to big businesses.

As Kotone bonds with her partners, some of them (depending on who they are, especially Shiori) start to become regular customers at her tea house to continue to support her. With her trust in Kenji growing stronger and stronger, Kotone feels ready to take on NAZO again once they challenge ZetaPro to a competition at the Harvest Moon Festival. Unfortunately, both performances are cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. As Yamato shows up to pick up NAZO, he swings by ZetaPro to mock Kotone. According to him, the real reason why Kotone and her unit are so weak compared to NAZO is not because their producer is a man, but because he is of the middle class. Both male and female commoners are cheap, selfish, greedy, dishonest, and all-around filthy creatures. Yamato is a high-quality producer of the elite upper class, destined by fate to succeed. The same logic is true for businesses. Small businesses shell out cheap products that rip off the bigger companies. In due time, they will eventually fail or sell themselves to a bigger company. In the end, money is power. Kotone is a fool to continue to fight for a run-down family-owned tea house. All she is doing is delaying the inevitable. Kenji soon takes a stand for Kotone. Her tea house is special. It does not rip off chain restaurants…it instead depends on special family recipes that have been passed down through generations. It still might not be doing as well as it should be, but at least the staff (Kotone’s mother and grandmother) is free from the tyranny of big business CEOs. Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s defense. Not only will he lead NAZO to victory at the IU, but he and his idols will be sure to run the Ri family out of business. Yamato laughs as he and NAZO head back to his limo. Kotone cannot believe how horrible Yamato is. Still, she knows not all men are like that. There are guys like Kenji who really care for her and her dreams. Besides, she has two other idols/friends in her unit who have always been by her side. Kotone is not worried about the situation at all.

One week later, the entire unit has earned enough to pay off the mortgage on the Ri family tea house! The other two idols pitch in with some of their sales to help Kotone add the necessary funds and then some. The tea house is back in service! Yamato hears the news and is infuriated. If Kotone’s unit advances further into the IU, Yamato decides to hatch an ultimate plan that will forever ruin Kotone.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 02, 2014, 02:45:12 am
Ri Kotone's Route, conclusion

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Kotone overhears a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Kotone is surprised. For a while now, she figured there was something a little different about Himeko than the other idols she met, but she never expected her to be a full-blooded foreigner too. As soon as Himeko swings by, Kotone catches her attention, calling her by her true name “Alice.” It just so happens both of their families are involved in businesses in some way…the Ri family has their tea house while Himeko’s parents are both big-time entrepreneurs. In a way, Himeko does not seem to have any respect for men either. To her, they are all mindless insects that she can easily manipulate into her loyal servants. All it took was a little money and a little “service.” Kotone, however, once thought all men were as pitiful as her father. However, Kenji helped her change her views for the better. Kotone claims Himeko is just as vulnerable as her fans she holds in such low regard. While she manipulates them, she has no idea that Yamato is manipulating her like putty in his hands. Himeko angrily silences Kotone, claiming Yamato knows what he is doing and knows what’s best for her. She owes him everything. Unlike Kotone, Himeko does not have to worry about her family’s business collapsing. Being multimillionaires, her parents are guaranteed lifelong success, unlike Kotone’s mother and grandmother with their “cheap” family-owned shack. Himeko warns Kotone that if she ever publicizes the name Alice Treyton, she will make Kotone and her family suffer in the worst possible way. Himeko runs back to Yamato’s limo and can be heard slightly sobbing. Kotone sighs, claiming she might never be able to understand what a haughty princess wannabe may be thinking.

After Namco Angel loses to NAZO in the quarterfinals, Yukiho recognizes Kotone as soon as she cheers up. Yukiho was once a customer at the Ri family tea house where she watched Kotone perform one of her stage shows during her days as a mascot girl. The green tea she had there was phenomenal. She tells Kotone she would definitely recommend the shop to all of her friends and anyone else who enjoys tea. Kotone is so glad that a highly successful idol like Yukiho approves of her family’s business. Who knows…perhaps this could this lead to more publicity?

With the situation getting more and more out of hand, Yamato decides to hatch his grand master plan. The following day at Tokyo Dome, ZetaPro receives an ominous red letter with a dragon motif. It reads, “Silly little girl! You and your family never learn! Your mother could have done the right thing and accepted the big chain café’s offer to sell their tea house. However, she foolishly persisted, claiming her business is priceless and too special to sell. When will you ever learn that family values do not make a small business succeed? In the end, even if you try to raise money for the establishment by working as an idol, it’s still useless. Small, family-owned businesses are fated to crumble before big businesses. If you will be that stubborn about it, I have friends in high places. Let me ask you something…is your family’s tea house more valuable than your idol career and the love of your doting fans? Therefore, I will make you an offer you simply cannot refuse. Drop out of the IU finals and give up your idol career, or I will have no choice but to order your precious family treasure demolished. Either way, you will have to give up something. That’s the way life goes sometimes. I await your decision at the stage at 6:00 PM sharp. Do not be late or else.”

Both Kenji and Kotone are shocked. To think Yamato would sink this low. Kotone contacts her mother on her smart phone to see what’s going on. According to Kotone’s mother and grandmother, the tea house is surrounded by three trucks from a demolition squad. The drivers have told them they are there for an important job across the street. One even said he would inform the authorities if Kotone’s mother or grandmother would interfere with their assignment. Kotone’s mother wonders why they would have trucks surround the house and put men on constant surveillance. Kotone tells her it was all a ruse set up by their rival unit’s producer. He wants to have the tea house wrecked unless she surrenders to NAZO and drops out of the idol industry. Kotone takes a picture of Yamato’s letter on her smartphone, sends it to her mother’s smartphone, and has her grandmother inform authorities on what’s happening. Luckily, Kotone’s grandmother knows a secret back exit so she can escape the watchful eyes of the demolition squad. After she escapes their sights, she manages to find a police officer taking his lunch break at a nearby fast food restaurant. Kotone’s grandmother excuses the cop for interrupting his break and explains the situation, showing the picture of the letter written by the man who hired the demolition team. He thanks her for the information. Once the officer’s break is over, he and his team immediately head for the tea house. Kotone’s grandmother manages to sneak back into the tea house through the same back door as before. The cops order the wreckers to disperse. They have not been authorized to work in this area. Plus, this was all a ruse by their boss in order to lock the tea house owner’s daughter into an ultimatum. The cops also tell the crew to warn their boss they will take matters over to him if a situation like this happens again. Kotone’s mother and grandmother are glad that everything is safe now, but two of the cops stay behind to make sure nothing else happens.

Later that evening, Kotone gets a call from her mother, informing her that the wrecking crew sent by Yamato has been cleared. She, Kotone’s grandmother, and the tea house are all safe and sound. Kotone and Kenji are relieved. The cops later arrested a boy who tried to hit the tea house with a Molotov cocktail. Kotone gasps and think the boy was sent by Yamato, but it turns out he was just a common prankster. Kotone giggles a bit, then calms down. She remembers what Kenji told her earlier…there are the creepy men that she has known throughout the years and then there are guys like Kenji, Kaito, and the President…kind and generous gentlemen. While all her male fans may seem like stalkers, close to none of them would overstep their bounds. They love her for her passion about being an idol. Now that Yamato’s ultimatum has been shut down, Kotone feels ready to show NAZO (especially Himeko) what she can do.

As ZetaPro faces NAZO on stage before the final showdown, Yamato is surprised to see Kotone looking so confident. He soon gets a call on his cell phone. It’s the leader of the wrecking crew he sent. They failed. The girl’s grandmother somehow got crafty and managed to squeal on them. They tried to resist but the authorities were just too much for them. Yamato is flabbergasted. He thought his company was able to bribe the police. Apparently, he missed a couple. Yamato flips his lid and tells Kotone he will destroy the tea house himself if NAZO wins. Kenji grabs him and demands him to give up his charades and fight fairly. The rest of the conversation goes on regularly from there…

ENDING

Kotone’s big sales and status as top idol really help her family’s business rise to a stable success. The tea house receives more customers and more revenue than ever before not just because of its mascot girl’s success, but because its genuine products are to die for! Sometimes when she gets the chance, Kotone will return to the tea house to put on one of her classic stage shows as a mascot girl. At school, Kotone begins to make more and more male friends. She is truly friendly towards everyone at meet-and-greets, even towards her dedicated male fans who are devoted yet kind. One day, Kotone decides to invite Kenji over to the Ri family tea house to celebrate their recent success. She, her mother, and grandmother all thank Kenji for all the support he has given her throughout her career. Kotone tells him her dreams may have been fulfilled, but that will not stop her. Being an idol is so much fun to her…it’s like being a mascot girl and so much more! This is why she has recently decided to continue her idol career. Kotone is proud to call Kenji her first true guy friend (no…not boyfriend…that’s something completely different). To thank him for all he has done for her, she offers him a cup of her mother’s peach tea on the house, which Kenji gladly accepts.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 02, 2014, 06:59:32 am
I've got it! I finally found some inspiration for Emi's route! However...you guys might hate me for what I'm about to put her through at such a tender age... (don't worry, it's not THAT bad! I don't swing that way!)

With that in mind, who should I do next? Emi or Nagisa?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on October 02, 2014, 08:46:11 am
I like all the new routes, especially Kotone's! :D  Honestly speaking, I was sceptical about her (as well as Hikari) when you posted the characters' bios, but now all my scepticism is gone!
Do Emi next, please!

As soon as Himeko swings by, Kotone catches her attention, calling her by her true name “Alice.” It just so happens both of their families are involved in businesses in some way…the Ri family has their tea house while Himeko’s parents are both big-time entrepreneurs. In a way, Himeko does not seem to have any respect for men either. To her, they are all mindless insects that she can easily manipulate into her loyal servants. All it took was a little money and a little “service.” Kotone, however, once thought all men were as pitiful as her father. However, Kenji helped her change her views for the better. Kotone claims Himeko is just as vulnerable as her fans she holds in such low regard. While she manipulates them, she has no idea that Yamato is manipulating her like putty in his hands. Himeko angrily silences Kotone, claiming Yamato knows what he is doing and knows what’s best for her. She owes him everything. Unlike Kotone, Himeko does not have to worry about her family’s business collapsing. Being multimillionaires, her parents are guaranteed lifelong success, unlike Kotone’s mother and grandmother with their “cheap” family-owned shack. Himeko warns Kotone that if she ever publicizes the name Alice Treyton, she will make Kotone and her family suffer in the worst possible way. Himeko runs back to Yamato’s limo and can be heard slightly sobbing. Kotone sighs, claiming she might never be able to understand what a haughty princess wannabe may be thinking.

Riffa-chan~! :'(  Kotone was able to trust men and became happier, but nothing is changed for Himeko! :( It's unfair! :(  And I even can't curse Yamato with "May Chihaya-Master become a new idol in your agency!" because technically, she have already become one! :(
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on October 03, 2014, 06:24:47 pm
Just wanted you to know I'm still around, but I got pretty backed up with stories to read when I took my hiatus. :P So just trying to catch up. Really liking Nozomi so far, though.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 03, 2014, 08:12:46 pm
I like all the new routes, especially Kotone's! :D  Honestly speaking, I was sceptical about her (as well as Hikari) when you posted the characters' bios, but now all my scepticism is gone!

Why Hikari? Was it because I introduced her as a typical tsundere?

Kotone I can understand though, considering her hatred of men. I did want to add a few events that would make her get over it and change her views for the better...to accept the good with the bad (like her father and Yamato).

Just wanted you to know I'm still around, but I got pretty backed up with stories to read when I took my hiatus. :P So just trying to catch up. Really liking Nozomi so far, though.

I was thinking you were missing out! I'm pretty proud of what I have done for Reika's route. I won't spoil anything, but there is a moment that generated quite the reaction.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on October 04, 2014, 12:29:53 am
Phew! Just read through everything I missed out on. I still love your characters. Hinata is adorable, Hikari makes me chuckle (I really love tsunderes, honestly), Kotone is really interesting and I swear my soul broke in two when I read about her father...dang. That's just not OK for a girl that age to be put through. Poor Kotone! I'm rooting for you!, Reika is actually adorable...I just love them all.

Also Nozomi.
I wonder what would happen if she were in a unit with Setsuna and Hikari/Momoko. Since all of them seem to have that "You all need to work harder, gosh darn it, get to my level!" kind of view?

Regarding the plot twist with Reika, that was pretty interesting! I kinda started to suspect it after reading about her encounter with the children n the alleyway (that seemed to know her), but nonetheless a good plot twist. Poor Reika. ;-;
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 04, 2014, 03:03:38 am
For a Nozomi unit, Setsuna for sure, but definitely more Chiyo than Hikari or Momoko (who only used their tough-girl attitudes to hide their inner insecurities...Momoko wanting to be noticed and Hikari with her little inferiority complex).

I gave Chiyo kind of a serious pull-no-punches attitude too as kind of an example of how experience breeds wisdom. Being an idol for five years, she knows pretty much every rope that needs to be known, but never got the chance to experience it because of all those incompetent staff members she worked under.

Hinata is special to me. I just simply had to have a disabled idol, so I turned the hyper loli trope into a girl that actually does have ADHD (loud voice, impulsive, etc). Not sure if any really do exist, but being mildly disabled myself, it does send a message.

Sorry I'm a bit distracted by Smash Bros. right now but once I get the chance I'll start on Emi's story.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on October 04, 2014, 04:18:43 pm
For a Nozomi unit, Setsuna for sure, but definitely more Chiyo than Hikari or Momoko (who only used their tough-girl attitudes to hide their inner insecurities...Momoko wanting to be noticed and Hikari with her little inferiority complex).

I gave Chiyo kind of a serious pull-no-punches attitude too as kind of an example of how experience breeds wisdom. Being an idol for five years, she knows pretty much every rope that needs to be known, but never got the chance to experience it because of all those incompetent staff members she worked under.

Hinata is special to me. I just simply had to have a disabled idol, so I turned the hyper loli trope into a girl that actually does have ADHD (loud voice, impulsive, etc). Not sure if any really do exist, but being mildly disabled myself, it does send a message.

Sorry I'm a bit distracted by Smash Bros. right now but once I get the chance I'll start on Emi's story.

Yeah, you're right, actually. That would certainly be an interesting unit. Maybe it'll be my first one when(/if?) this becomes a thing.
With Setsuna as leader because Eri Kitamura.

I like the idea of a disabled idol. It shows that just because someone is a little different, it doesn't mean they can't be talented and lovable. That's part of what I like about my Aime. And it's what makes Hinara so special and unique.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Maka on October 04, 2014, 10:16:26 pm
I haven't been keeping up with updates as much because school, but I have bad ADHD myself so it's cool to see an idol that has it! The hyperactive version of ADHD surfaces more in boys and girls tend to get the more forgetful/distracted type, but either gender having either type isn't unheard of!

Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 07, 2014, 03:49:28 am
Sorry I'm late guys. 3DS Smash Bros has become a major distraction for me since it came out. Anyway, on to business with ZetaPro's youngest and silliest idol!

Hanasaki Emi’s Route

Kenji first meets Emi at a nearby park. She is entertaining some kids at the playground, telling jokes, making up silly stories, and talking to her self-made frog puppet named Kerosuke. All the kids laugh and cheer, much to Emi’s delight. As Kenji catches her attention, she begins speaking to him happily using cutesy slang, which does confuse him a bit, but still makes him chuckle. He can tell Emi is a sweet, innocent child who loves to play around. Even at her age, the way she makes her audience happy gives her the potential to really become an amazing performer. When Kenji tells Emi the news of her upcoming debut, she is overjoyed. She cannot wait to spread smiles to even more people. Emi tries her best to call Kenji “producer,” but she winds up getting tongue-tied a couple of times (once on purpose, just to get Kenji to laugh). Because she finds “producer” so hard to say, Emi decides to nickname him “P-chan.” Kenji actually likes this name, believing it has a nice, cute ring to it.

Depending on who her partners are, they may be skeptical or even annoyed with Emi’s playful nature. They believe she is way too immature to be a leader. Still, Emi is determined to make any of her partners as happy as can be no matter what it takes.

While Emi’s intentions are good, she clearly does not take her job seriously. She has a tendency to improvise the lyrics of a song to make them sound cute and funny, including slurs, alternate pronunciations, sound effects, and vocalizing syllables that are meant to be sung. Sometimes she will make silly faces in order to really bring out the emotion of a song or certain lyrics, usually overdoing it. During promotion events, she will use her silly antics to try to make the staff and even the director laugh as well. During commercials, she will sometimes take Kerosuke along to back her up. Still, not everyone appreciates Emi’s approach and will sometimes ask her to calm down and take her job more seriously. Occasionally, Emi will pout whenever she does not have her way (usually towards Kenji), but she even tries to make her pouts sound cute and funny. However, she still knows what it is like to be a real performer. Some way, somehow, she always seems to have the tendency to get the job done.

After Emi’s unit’s victory over 876Pro at the White Lotus Festival, Kenji has a chat with Emi on the drive back to the office. He is really impressed that Emi is able to perform so well and please her audience. However, he also feels a bit concerned, thinking Emi may be going too far with her silly and childish approach. It’s almost as if she believes the idol world is nothing more than a game to her. Emi tells Kenji the only thing she thinks about is making her audience happy. Her parents are actually both pretty successful in the entertainment business. Her father is a stand-up comedian and her mother is a puppeteer. Emi learned a few tricks of the trade from them. Emi’s mother was the one who taught her how to make Kerosuke. It’s a pretty simple hand puppet and does not stand out in any way, but she takes a lot of pride in it. When she began to see idols on TV, her eyes were all aglow by their constant smiles and the happiness of their audience. She could tell everyone was having fun, especially the idols. Emi knew right then and there she wanted to become an idol too. However, she decided to develop a singing style all her own. As she began practicing and reading lyrics, Emi began to improvise, trying to either emphasize the feelings of a song or just to make it sound as cute and comedic as possible. Now that Emi is a tried-and-true idol, her big mission is to become Japan’s very first “improv idol” and spread smiles and laughter to everyone who watches her perform. Kenji actually finds Emi’s dream interesting and hope she sees it through. Still, he wonders if future events might eventually force her to change her approach…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 09, 2014, 05:46:53 am
Hanasaki Emi's Route, cont.

Emi still relies on her usual strategies, but her skills keep improving day by day. However, it still is not enough during the Sunny Beach Festival as her unit is singlehandedly destroyed by Maya. Emi is far from shaken by such a humiliating loss. She simply laughs it off and keeps on smiling. Maya is a little disappointed from the lack of a challenge provided by her opponents, but one she sees Emi, she considers her the most precious little thing ever. She loves her upbeat nature and infectious smile, but she admires her performer’s aura even more. Emi is really glad to meet Maya, amazed by both her incredible skill and her constant happiness. She can tell that although Maya does take her job seriously, she seems to be having fun at the same time. Maya believes she and Emi can become very good friends. However, believing they will meet again in the near future, she encourages Emi to keep improving her skills through lessons and putting her heart and soul into her work. Maya believes Emi really does have the potential to become a truly incredible idol. Emi claims she will try her best, but there was one more thing Maya left out that Emi always does—to greet every day with a smile! Maya laughs joyfully as she exits the festival grounds.

Back at the office, Emi, still aglow with happiness, tries her hardest to cheer up her partners. To her, a loss is a loss no matter how big. They can always get momentum back in their favor with successful performances in the future. However, some of her partners (depending on who they are) blame Emi for their loss. They do not approve of her “improv idol” style, believe she plays around too much during work, and is not at all fit to be a leader in general. Still, even though she acts childish every now and then, Kenji can see that Emi is steadily improving as a professional idol. Besides, he knows Emi is right. Losses happen and the idol world is full of so much overwhelming talent like Maya and the idols of 765Pro. Forgetting about the past and looking towards the future while living in the present seems like the unit’s best hope in bouncing back. Some of the idols cannot believe their producer would take the side of a child, but Kenji has somewhat of a gut feeling that Emi knows what she is doing. That smile and enthusiasm she has seem almost eternal. Who knows…maybe she could set a good example for some of the more overly-serious idols? Emi thanks Kenji for standing up for her. Her partners start to feel that perhaps they do not trust her as much as they should, so they promise to put a little more faith in her.

As Maya informs her producer of her latest victory, she tells him her opponent was a real hoot and had tons of fun chatting with her. The producer, however, does not take Emi seriously at all. Maya’s opponent was but a child...she is hardly a threat.

As Emi predicted, the units optimism and enthusiasm returned after a couple of successful outings. However, two weeks after the Sunny Beach Festival during a meet-and-greet, one quirky fan appears to have taken a rather peculiar interest in Emi. Claiming he has wanted to meet her for the longest time, he takes Emi’s hand and walks her over to a large tree nearby. Once under the tree and seemingly away from the public eye, the fan proceeds to caress her and tell her she has the cutest smile he has ever seen, wondering how she almost always stays so happy. Emi laughs as his hand strokes her face, thinking it tickles. Not knowing what to do, Emi decides to tell him one of her silly stories for laughs. Kenji notices she has been missing for a while and begins searching for her. Once he finds her underneath the tree, he is creeped out by the fan’s advances towards her and angrily tells him to back off. With his cover blown, the fan hastily flees the scene in frustration hoping to avoid getting caught by authorities. Emi wonders why Kenji scared the fan away, thinking he was just an ordinary fan who enjoyed her improv idol routine and sought to entertain him like everyone else. Kenji informs Emi that the man might have wanted her for more than just a laugh, considering how he tried to take her away and the way he consoled her. He warns her to be careful of that man, thinking he might be some sort of creeper. Later on during a signing event, the same fan sneaks up behind Emi and tries to lift her skirt to get a good view of her panties (which happen to be the white teddy bear print variety). Emi hears him giggle, turns around, and asks the man if he might have lost something. She then recognizes him as the same guy who took her underneath the tree and “tickled” her, which gives her a bit of a shock. Some of Emi’s true fans are disgusted by the man’s actions. With the situation growing worse, he proceeds to wrap his arms around Emi and caress her, claiming to be her father. Emi then tells the other fans that the man is not her father. “He not even Emi’s uncle!” The fans proceed to chase the creeper away, calling him a pervert and a lolicon. Kenji hears the commotion and asks Emi what’s going on. When Emi tells him what happened, Kenji gets worried and thinks about cancelling the event to prevent further mishap. However, Emi wants to keep it going, not at all willing to disappoint her true fans. Kenji reluctantly decides to comply with Emi’s request, but asks Kaito to beef up security so the creep does not bother Emi again. Emi regains her contagious smile as the event proceeds as planned.

Back at the office, Kenji tells the President the news. The President feels pretty horrible, hoping Emi might not have to put up with lolicons like that one man. He and Kenji worry, not wanting Emi to put up with the evils of the world at such a tender, innocent age. Emi happily tells them not to worry about her…she’s just fine. She does admit the man from earlier gave her a bit of a scare, but that’s all in the past now. Besides, she knows her real fans love and care for her too much. Emi believes she is not in any sort of trouble. Kenji grows concerned and hopes and prays that Emi is right and not just being too optimistic…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 11, 2014, 05:57:19 am
Sorry if updates have been a little slow. I recently landed a full-time temp job (yay!). Don't worry, it will not keep me away from my hobbies! Besides, my weekends are usually free.

Hanasaki Emi's Route, cont.

As the weeks go by, Emi tells Kenji she has been receiving numerous emails from the same address almost daily, most of which praise her, flatter her, or even ask when her next public appearance is. In fact, the most recent one asks her when her next gravure photoshoot will be published and wonders if she will wear a cute bikini during the shoot. Kenji is slightly disgusted by the news. Believing the one who sent the emails is trying to stalk her, he tells Emi to block the address. Emi does not quite know how, but she will make sure to ask her parents to do so. Kenji suspects the same guy who harassed her at the earlier meet-and-greet might be up to his old tricks again, but Emi believes it could be someone else. There are so many “fish in the ocean,” the chances of the spammer being the same lolicon as before are slim to none.

One week after Emi’s unit encounters 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Emi decides to hold a barbeque and game event in a large park so she can play and have fun with her fans especially with her younger fanbase (she has gotten the attention and adoration of numerous children since her debut). During the event, everything seems to be sunshine and daisies for Emi as she plays every game available and takes some time to tell silly jokes and stories to some of her fans. All of their smiles and laughter satisfy and delight Emi. Later, a mysterious man dressed as a cute dinosaur mascot appears and proceeds to push and shove fans out of the way in order to get to Emi. Emi does not remember inviting a mascot character, but thinks he looks adorable and is happy to be able to play with him. All of a sudden, the character’s true personality begins to show as he begins forcibly monopolizing Emi’s time and repeatedly touches her, even going as far as feeling up her skirt. Emi’s joy quickly turns to fear as she feels highly uncomfortable with the mascot’s sudden advances and overly-intense kindness. Kenji suddenly hears a familiar voice emit a very shrill scream and immediately rushes to the scene. Kenji orders the mascot to quit harassing Emi, but the mascot shoves Kenji to the ground, puts his foot on his chest, and tells him to stay out of his way, much to Emi’s shock. As the mascot makes his way back towards Emi, Kenji stands back up and angrily tackles the mascot to the ground, knocking off his mask in the process. Kenji’s fears are confirmed…the perverted mascot character is revealed to be the exact same man who harassed Emi in two earlier events. Kenji asks the stalker about his motives—about why he was so desperate to be with Emi and why he would always get up close and in her face. The stalker stutters a bit, but he eventually lashes out at Kenji in order to desperately defend himself, stating he has come from all the way across the country just to meet her. He buys all her merchandise and tries his best to attend every single one of Emi’s live performances. It also turns out he was the one who sent Emi all of those rapid-fire emails. He feels as though he had a right to spend more time with her than any of her other fans. Kenji is pretty much convinced the man’s perverted actions were intentional and he has no desire to reflect on his wrongdoings. To prevent him from causing Emi any more harm, Kenji bans the man from all of Emi’s future events and will inform the President of ZetaPro of his actions. “Now get out!” The lolicon runs away defeated and frustrated. Emi quickly clings to Kenji, trembling with fear. For the first time since she was an infant, tears roll down her cheek. With her voice beginning to break a little, Emi tells Kenji how scared she was of that man. No matter how much she begged him to stop, he just kept touching her. Kenji comforts her and assures her everything is fine now. That man will not be bothering her ever again. The whole event was set up so that Emi and her fans could have a good, fun time together…not to attract lolicons. Believing crying does not become of Emi, Kenji decides to revive her smile by resuming the festivities. A couple of Emi’s younger fans even try to cheer her up by imitating Kerosuke’s voice. Emi tries her best to have fun, but is still trembling a bit from her experience with the lolicon.

Next week, the President informs Kenji and Emi of a recent email he received from Emi’s parents. They have heard the news of the barbeque incident and are highly concerned and disgusted with their daughter’s safety. Believing ZetaPro is taking advantage of Emi’s innocence and promoting her as lolicon bait, they plan to pull her from the idol world next week. Emi does not want to quit being an idol. Despite the numerous incidents with that one creepy man, she has had so much fun bringing smiles and laugher to all of her fan as a special improv idol. As long as there is still sadness in Japan, her quest is far from over! The President replies to the email, assuring Emi’s parents that they were trying to promote Emi as a cute, innocent, funny child idol so she could have a healthy growing experience. The President, Kenji, and even Emi herself never wanted to promote her as a sexy loli icon. They made their rules with interacting with Emi as clear as possible. Some people, be they lolicons or common perverts, will get out of hand now and then. This happens to numerous idols regardless of age or bust size. Rest assured the stalker from before has been taken care of and is no longer a threat to Emi’s safety. Nearly all of her real fans follow the rules as well as their own morals…these are the people that truly love their sweet little comedic cherub. As Emi heads off to work that week, she hopes her parents understand. That evening, Emi receives some fantastic news. Her parents responded back and have decided to allow her to continue performing. Emi is so delighted!

On the day of the IU preliminaries, Emi wants to try to brighten the tense atmosphere by working her magic, putting on an overly cute and silly display. Kenji finds her and takes her back to her group. He understands she wants to have everyone smile and have fun, but she is just being a slight distraction right now. All of those idols need some time to focus here. The IU is one of the country’s biggest idol tournaments and so many competitors have been working long and hard to attain the status of “top idol.” Once ZetaPro finds out they have been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, Emi and Maya are overjoyed to be able to see each other again. After sharing a bit of a laugh, Kagura snaps Maya out of her happy moment and asks her to focus on the task at hand. To her all that child is doing is trying to distract her. Kagura then turns to Emi, telling her she is not in the playground anymore. She faces three big-league idols. She really wants to teach her that nothing will come of her foolish games. Emi is not sure how well her unit will fare, but tells them to go in with a smile and just have fun. That’s all that matters to her. Much to everyone’s surprise (and Emi’s excitement), ZetaPro passes the audition, but places a distant second to NAZO. Maya is highly impressed with Emi’s progress. Even though Emi may believe this is all fun and games to her, she is beginning to realize her true potential as a performer. Her skills have improved drastically since their last encounter. Kagura cannot understand why Maya praises Emi so much and angrily silences Maya. Emi is just a child. She has no real talent. She never takes her job seriously. She has no ambition other than spreading happiness, which is highly absurd to Kagura. Goddesses like the members of NAZO never lose to little kids and should never take them seriously. Children should not even be idols at all. Kagura then turns to Emi, hoping Emi enjoys her fifteen minutes of fame because unless she grows up and takes her idol job seriously, her career will ultimately come crashing down hard. Emi happily tells Kagura she will try her best. Kagura gets annoyed with Emi’s contagious happiness and tells her partners to get away from her before they start uncontrollably smiling, laughing, and talking with cutesy slang. Just before she exits the venue, Maya turns around and talks to Emi. She tells her that while she is doing very well, the gap between them is still immense. Maya urges Emi to keep on practicing and getting better, eagerly anticipating the next time they will be able to compete against each other. “Oh, and be sure to keep smiling too,” she laughs, remembering what Emi told her before.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 13, 2014, 05:37:02 am
Hanasaki Emi's Route, conclusion

Over the next few weeks, Emi spends a bit of quality time with her partners. While she learns some new tips and tricks on how to practice and perform more efficiently and gains some extra knowledge of the true nature of the idol world (after learning about one of its horrible truths the hard way), she teaches others to keep on smiling and have fun doing what they do. It’s a win-win for Emi and her partners. Later on, when ZetaPro receives a writ of challenge from NAZO, Emi believes Maya wants to see just how much she has improved. She is so excited to see her again. Unfortunately, not only does she not get enough time to chat with her friendly rival, the performance gets cancelled midway due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato appears to pick up NAZO and hopefully break Emi’s spirits. “Dun-dun-dunnn! The big bad guy appears!” The fact that ZetaPro hired a 10-year-old girl as an idol is proof of how low middle class companies will sink just to earn a buck. Kids should not be idols at all. They just don’t have any raw talent to be able to compete at a professional level. Yamato believes Emi wanted to become an idol to wear provocative outfits, appeal to pedophiles, and show everyone how “grown-up” she has become. She should do ZetaPro and the idol world a favor and quit her career before something horrible happens to her. Besides, Emi’s concept of an “improv idol” is simply absurd. It basically combines idol-like performances with immature comedy into one big sloppy mess. It is only proof that she thinks this is all just a game to her. Emi is not even shaken from his threats and maintains her usual upbeat self. Her nearly unbreakable smile disgusts Yamato, claiming she is just way too happy for her own good. Kenji defends her, claiming that although she hardly takes her job seriously, she keeps getting better and better as a performer. Her style may be a bit different, but she usually performs very well at this level. Yamato scoffs at Kenji’s defense, claiming he is just spoiling the little girl and has been captivated by her innocent childlike charm. It’s almost as if he is becoming a lolicon for her already. Kenji retorts, claiming he never had any thoughts like that about Emi at all…it’s against his personal principles. Yamato promises to prove Kenji and ZetaPro the error of their ways by crushing them in the IU with NAZO’s full power.

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremony, Emi overhears a conversation between Maya and Yamato. Maya is really eager to see what kind of competition lies in store for her in the finals. She has seen a significant improvement in Hinata’s talents since the IU preliminaries and looks forward to facing her in the final stretch of the tournament. It would be wise for NAZO not to underestimate her. Yamato is angered by her statement. Being around Hinata has made her soft. ZetaPro is the enemy. They hire disabled hacks like Hinata into the idol industry. If Maya really wants to master her dancing styles, she has to have the drive to be the very best…to win by any means necessary…to destroy all enemies. He really doesn’t want to have to fire her after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from her old crime-infested slum of a neighborhood full of horrible memories. Maya apologizes and promises him she will win the IU. Emi cannot believe that despite Maya’s outgoing personality, she hides such a tragic past. Emi decides to go over to Maya and cheer her up. Maya is surprised to see Emi like this. Emi claims she could not help overhearing Maya’s chat with Yamato and could not bear seeing her friend and rival look so sad. She once had to put up with a creepy lolicon stalking her during her career, but that didn’t stop her from having fun with being an improv idol. Maya’s loss of her parents and rough neighborhood shouldn’t stop her from dancing either. Emi tells Maya to turn her frown upside-down so they can both go into the IU finals with a smile and have the time of their lives no matter how they finish. Emi proceeds to tell her a joke, which gets Maya laughing. With her happiness restored, Maya tells Emi she may be right. She still does not want to lose, but asks Emi to have fun and do her best if they do happen to face off in the final stretch of the tournament. “May the best idol win,” she says as she turns around and heads back to Yamato’s limo.

After NAZO defeats Ryuuguu Komachi in the semifinals, Yamato expresses his disapproval of Ami being an idol, claiming she is the reason Ryuuguu Komachi lost. The way she promotes herself disgusts him and proves that 765Pro is just another one of those common-class companies who use dirty tactics to win, including producing lolicon bait. Ritsuko backs him off, claiming that Ami (and Mami for that matter) have come a long way since her debut. Even separated from her twin, she has become a very important member of Ryuuguu Komachi. Sure she still acts childish every now and then, but she always seems to find a way to get the job done.

With the situation growing more desperate, Yamato sends an email to a suspicious address. He plans to ruin Emi once and for all.

The next day a mysterious figure begins raiding ZetaPro’s dressing room. When the time comes to get dressed, the ZetaPro idols notice their room is a huge mess. What’s worse, Emi discovers her outfit is missing. When Kenji hears the news, he begins to worry. Security should have been beefed to the maximum, yet they somehow manage to let a vandal slip past them undetected. Emi confidently her stage outfit shouldn’t have gone very far and goes back into the dressing room to double check. All of a sudden, the figure from earlier, holding her stage outfit, catches her attention. Emi is shocked beyond belief to find out that the figure is really the twisted lolicon who stalked her before! He stole Emi’s stage outfit because of its “heavenly aroma.” It smelled particularly sweet. Frightened, Emi tries to run for the door, but the stalker blocks the way, locks the door, and grabs her tightly, claiming he will return Emi’s outfit if she spends some “quality time” with him. Outside, Kenji hears a familiar voice screaming and frantically heads back to the dressing room. He tries to open the door, but it is locked from the other side. The lolicon has stripped Emi of her clothes and is rubbing all over her body, even down her underwear. Emi is helpless, shivering, and crying, too scared to act back. Hearing the commotion on the other side, Kenji pounds the door hard and threatens to knock it down, but the stalker threatens to slit Emi’s throat if he does. Emi tries to tell Kenji the man really does not have a knife on him, but she is quickly silenced by the desperate lolicon. Kenji believes all hope is lost, but then he starts thinking. What would Emi do? Even in the worst-case scenario, Emi would always stay happy and optimistic. When she thinks the best will happen, it usually happens. Suddenly, a group of police officers come to Emi’s rescue, asking Kenji to step aside. Just as the lolicon is about to drop Emi’s panties, the police batter the locked door down and catch him red-handed, much to his shock. Emi is relieved as the officers slap the cuffs on the creeper, take him away, and give Emi back her stage outfit. Kenji cannot believe who the culprit was. He thought the creeper learned his lesson, but he let his dirty thoughts get the better of him once again and wound up overstepping his bounds, even after he banned him from all of Emi’s future events. Emi runs up to Kenji and hugs him, crying tears of joy. It was one of the most horrifying experiences she ever went through. However, even during all of that harassment, she kept looking up and thinking a miracle would happen…and it did. Kenji tells her he thought the exact same thing, knowing her and her boundless optimism all too well. Emi feels slightly embarrassed with Kenji seeing her with crying…tears do not become of her. Now that the nightmare is all behind her, she plans to get her head back in the game, perform like she has never performed before, and turn Tokyo Dome into a sea of smiles and laughter. Kenji laughs a bit and shields his eyes (Emi is still in nothing but her underwear), telling her to get dressed and meet back at the stage. Emi wipes her tears and joyfully gets herself prepared.

Just before the performance, Yamato is both shocked and annoyed that Emi has quickly and miraculously restored her bubbly, silly improv idol persona. Emi tells Yamato that even after what she has been through her smile will never be broken as long as clouds of sadness still loom over Japan. Maya speaks up and tells ZetaPro what happened. Yamato knew that this particular lolicon had a thing for Emi and has troubled her in past events. Posing as his father, Yamato sent the lolicon an email, apologizing for his harsh treatment of him, removing his ban on attending Emi’s events, and (to show there are no hard feelings) allows him to attend Emi’s performance at the IU finals as a VIP. Yamato also altered the schedules of the guards and stage crew, replacing them with his own workers, allowing the lolicon to breach security. Yamato planned to use the creeper to permanently destroy Emi’s happiness and innocence and keep her from performing that evening, thus giving NAZO a surefire victory. Not only that, but Yamato also wanted to teach Emi that kids should not be idols and that the whole concept of a childish comedian-idol hybrid is ridiculous. Besides, the idol world is cruel, full of sick-minded freaks (like that stalker) who claim to be their fans but want them for more than just their works. Wanting to face Emi’s unit at their full strength, Maya called the police to rescue Emi and foil her producer’s twisted plans. Yamato cannot believe one of his idols would backstab him, but Kenji finds it even harder to believe that his respected rival would pull such an underhanded move as to send a lolicon after Emi. Emi claims the idol world is far from cruel. In fact, despite all the hardships she has been through, it’s been tons of fun! Now that her smile shines brighter than before, she is ready to show everyone what a playful improv idol can really do!

ENDING

A couple of weeks after the IU finals, Emi invites Kenji into the practice room of ZetaPro to show him something special. The whole concept of Emi’s unique performance style has become intriguing nationwide. In fact, she is now teaching a couple of apprentices—the twin idols Ami and Mami Futami, who have both been amazed by her super-cute performances—in the improv idol style. As the twins sing through some lyrics, Emi tells them to emphasize the feelings of the lyrics. If not, just add some slurs and make them sound as cute as possible, but not too cute. Kenji laughs at the sight…everyone just looks so cute performing like this! Emi tells Kenji that even though she might not appear to be serious at all during big concerts, it was thanks to the time she spent with him and the other two idols that she learned so many new tips and tricks on how to be a better performer. Taking all that in mind as well as a couple of ropes she learned from her parents, she has truly become the idol she always wanted to be. However, she will not stop there. Even if the sadness in Japan is banished, smiles aren’t forever. Emi will continue being a special improv idol to continue to rain down smiles, laughter, and inspiration to the people of Japan!

During the credits, Emi, Ami, and Mami play through what they have practiced—a super-cutesy, silly, improvised version of Nana Iro Button.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 16, 2014, 05:08:47 am
Whew! Five more to go!

Isshiki Nagisa’s Route

Kenji first encounters Nagisa at the practice room rehearsing one of her cheers from school. Kenji can really see she has a lot of energy and is pretty skilled as a dancer and cheerleader. However, he never expected her to look so unique with her sand-colored hair and skin the hue of amber. Putting his curiosity behind him, he opens the door and says hello. Nagisa puts her pom-poms down and turns to Kenji, happy and eager to see a new face and make a new friend. Once she hears she will soon hold a mic rather than pom-poms, she knows right away her debut is near. Nagisa jumps for joy and hugs Kenji, looking forward to working with her new producer. She may look different, but Kenji figures she’s just as cute and perky as other girls her age.

While Nagisa is eager to take lessons and meet with her two partners, she begins to show slight doubt just before her unit is set to audition for the first time. Nagisa asks Kenji if the judges will disfavor her because of her foreign looks. She is in fact half-Brazilian. Her darker skin color is natural…she did not get it from a tan. Kenji assures her that while their standards are high sometimes, bias because of skin color or foreign blood is almost always frowned upon among nearly all judges. If anything, it will be her talents and determination that will ultimately speak for themselves. Nagisa then wonders…if these judges really are that biased, there is no way that her biggest inspiration, Hibiki Ganaha, would have passed her first audition and become as popular as she is today. With her confidence restored, Nagisa passes her debut audition with flying colors.

Later on, Kenji notices Nagisa always wearing a white seashell around her neck even during promotions and live concerts. Nagisa has always loved the beach ever since she was a baby. When she was eight years old, she found this particular shell that just washed ashore. Feeling something special in the shell, she picked it up and made a necklace out of it. Ever since, Nagisa wears it everywhere she goes as somewhat of a good-luck charm. Her friends, especially those in her school’s cheerleading club, love her seashell necklace so much she eventually began making her own shell charms for them. Kenji is glad she has something special she can hold on to. Nagisa soon wants to make some necklaces for Kenji and her partners as well, knowing they will soon become even more special to her than her own lucky shell. The following week, Nagisa arrives with self-made shell necklaces for everyone, hoping they bring them as much good luck as hers.

One week after Nagisa reaches Rank E, she arrives to practice in her cheerleading outfit. After she is finished with work today, she will head to school to cheer in a basketball exhibition match. Ever since Nagisa watched her elementary school’s cheerleading club perform during a sports festival one day, she was amazed by their abilities and decided to try to join herself. Nagisa had the talent and energy to pass on her very first audition. Three years later, Nagisa still loves to cheer. She became one of the club’s most talented members. She has made several new friends. Her happiness and enthusiasm delighted and inspired her fellow cheerleaders, the teams she cheered for, and the audience alike. One day when her middle school cheerleading club went out for a beach party, Nagisa saw Hibiki giving a live concert nearby. She was dazzled by Hibiki’s singing, dancing, smile, and energy, but was more amazed by the excitement of her audience. All of the other cheerleaders suggest Nagisa become an idol too. She’s a great dancer and has the ability to really get the crowd fired up just like Hibiki did with her audience. In fact, some of them even think Nagisa and Hibiki are almost alike. Inspired by the concept of building on her talents and using them to the fullest for the enjoyment of others, Nagisa studied Hibiki’s performances and decided to audition with ZetaPro, passing on the first attempt. Kenji is impressed. To him, Nagisa really has the talents and personality to become both an excellent cheerleader and idol. Still, Nagisa seems to have a different look of determination in her eyes. It’s almost as if she is hiding her true motives…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on October 16, 2014, 07:45:42 pm
Emi~~~

Oh my gosh she's so cute. XD I just love her! You keep being an improv idol, Emi! Spread smiles to the world! I wish more people were like her.


But I'm just honestly disgusted by what that creeper did to her. I just can't even believe people stoop that low. Even though it's just a game, it really just bothers me, so much, because this happens in real life too and it is NOT OK. Ugh.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 17, 2014, 05:27:25 am
I knew Emi with her unique performing style would become a hit. Still, I said before, "you're probably going to hate me for what I'm about to do to her..." using ZetaPro's youngest idol to spark awareness of a sad truth...lolicons. They're out there, even in real life.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 19, 2014, 06:56:09 am
Isshiki Nagisa's Route, cont.

Nagisa keeps improving her skills and is doing a great job as an idol. However, it is not enough during the Sunny Beach Festival as her unit is singlehandedly defeated by Maya. Maya is a little disappointed from the lack of a good challenge, but she finds Nagisa exotic and absolutely adorable. Her outgoing nature, high energy, and talents in cheerleading and dancing give her the potential to really become a top-class idol. Still, Maya believes Nagisa’s skills could still use some polishing. Maya asks Nagisa to continue doing her best in her lessons and performances so she can be ready for their next encounter. Nagisa may look different, but she is too cute and talented to let what others say stop her from doing what she loves. Nagisa is so glad to meet Maya, admiring both her amazing dancing abilities and her outgoing personality.

Back at the office, Nagisa is quick to brighten the mood of the unit once again, especially after she hugs her partners and Kenji. Nagisa says she has cheered for the losing team several times, but they were fighters to the end, even against seemingly unbeatable teams. Much like her school’s sports teams after a big loss, Nagisa’s unit should just shake it off and move on. Moping about it will not get them anywhere. Kenji and the other two idols (even a couple of the more serious or emotional ones) seem to agree with her statement.

The unit regains its strength after a couple of successful outings. The night after Nagisa’s unit faces 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Nagisa happily walks out of the office and heads for home, hoping to rest up after a long day. Suddenly, she is ambushed by a pair of bullies who have apparently caught wind of her origins. Believing that “dirty” Brazilians should not be idols (and should not belong in Japan for that matter), they torment her and threaten her to stay off the stage for good. Kenji suddenly hears the commotion and manages to scare the bullies away. Poor Nagisa was almost scared out of her wits when she saw the bullies’ piercing eyes and heard their hateful statements. She was also left with a hand print across her left cheek after being slapped. Nagisa hugs Kenji, sobbing and trembling in fear. Kenji really wants to squeal to the police on them, especially after they badly hurt Nagisa physically and emotionally, but he is glad that she is safe. To make sure her the rest of her journey home is a safe one, he offers her a ride home with him and Kaito. As Nagisa gets into the van, she gives Kaito some directions and tells Kenji everything that happened. She never expected to be harassed by racists during her idol career. Kenji assures her that he will not let anything like that happen to her again. Besides, there are thousands of people who love and support her whether they have known her as a cheerleader or an idol. She should not let one or two people spoil her high spirits. Once Kaito arrives, he is surprised by the sight—Nagisa lives in an orphanage. Nagisa tells Kenji and Kaito this has been her home for almost 12 years now. She was born in Hiroshima from a Japanese father and a Brazilian mother. Two years ago, the manager of the orphanage told Nagisa the story of her parents. Her mother fled to Japan after years of harassment, assault, torment, and near rape from cruel men in Brazil. However, jobless and strapped for cash, the only way she could escape her hellhole was to desperately stow away on a plane to Tokyo. Once she arrived, she met with a fisherman in Hiroshima who loved the sea and its natural beauty. Contrary to the other men she encountered in the past, this man was very kind and caring for her despite her differences. He knew she has suffered so much and was willing to do whatever he can to ease her pain and show her true happiness. They eventually got married and gave birth to Nagisa. The couple couldn’t be any happier. When Nagisa was only five months old, everything changed. Word that Nagisa’s mother immigrated to Japan illegally spread too far. A group of protestors had the authorities capture Nagisa’s mother and deport her back to Brazil. Risking everything to save the love of his life, Nagisa’s father tried to do his best to stop the authorities, but angry activists mercilessly beat him to death, believing he was corrupt and stupid to fall for the spell of a filthy “witch.” However, Nagisa was safe in the house and out of the protestors’ sights through the whole affair. Because she was legalized as a Japanese citizen, the authorities decide to send her to an orphanage in the capital region. Years have passed and no one has even thought about adopting her. Some prejudiced people thought she was a demon born from the blood of a “witch” and refused to adopt a “dirty” half-Brazilian child. However, Nagisa did not seem to mind. She was still a very happy, upbeat girl with a ton of energy. She especially loved the beach (possibly because she was born very close to one) and doing cartwheels. Even after she heard the truth about her parents, she quickly got over the pain and did not change very much. Once she was allowed to go to school, she developed a passion for cheerleading, which later evolved into her desire to become an idol. Nagisa never knew idols were professional and get paid for their work. With that in mind and believing her mother is still out there waiting to see her growing daughter once again, Nagisa hopes to earn enough money to be able to bring her mother back to Japan as a legal citizen. Kenji can hardly believe that underneath Nagisa’s cheerful nature lies such a painful history, but he is still glad that Nagisa continues to look forward while still caring about her mother even though she’s more than an ocean away right now. Nagisa thanks Kenji and Kaito for the ride. Kenji waves to her as she walks through the door. Nagisa waves back with both hands just before it closes.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 21, 2014, 07:44:43 am
Isshiki Nagisa's Route, cont.

Nagisa and the others were not alone during their conversation at the orphanage. Yamato’s agents have heard everything and immediately send their hot scoop too gossip columnists. “Not only is Nagisa half-Brazilian, but she’s the daughter of a deported illegal immigrant! Is her mother really a prostitute? Is Nagisa herself secretly a prostitute too? Are her motives impure?” Some who read the articles are disgusted and shower Nagisa with snide and even racist comments, much to her chagrin. However, she soon recalls what Kenji told her. While nuts like them do exist, she should not let them bother her at all…they are not worth her time. Besides, these gossip magazines are full of bull anyway. There are many, many more people out there who adore heer and what she has brought to the industry. For every fan she loses, she gains around ten more. Nagisa forgets ever reading those articles and happily continues her work as usual.

On the day of the IU preliminaries, Nagisa is anxious to see Maya and Hibiki again, knowing they are both bound to participate in a tournament this big. Luckily, Hibiki and the other members of the revived Project Fairy are just a couple of spots in front of ZetaPro. Nagisa gleefully says hello to her big inspiration. Hibiki finds Nagisa beyond adorable. Once she hears Nagisa’s story of the time she saw her in concert and decided to become an idol, Hibiki is so glad she became such a big influence on her. She wishes Nagisa the best of luck with IU as she heads back to her units spot in line. Takane seems to sense something special in Nagisa. She may look a bit different from the other competitors, but her spirit seems very strong, possessing skills and motives to back it up. Takane can tell Nagisa is playing for keeps. Later on after registering, ZetaPro suddenly gets placed in the same competition block as NAZO. Nagisa and Maya are overjoyed to be able to see each other again. Maya cannot wait to see just how much Nagisa has improved as an idol, especially now that she faces NAZO at its full strength. Kagura and Himeko angrily silence maya, unable to believe she is acting so nicely to the enemy. They must mercilessly destroy all enemies and teach them their place. As NAZO heads back to prepare for their audition, Maya worriedly looks back at Nagisa. Himeko tells Maya to focus and not give a care about that “dirty witch.” After the audition, Nagisa’s unit manages to pass, but they still place a distant second to NAZO. Maya is very impressed with Nagisa’s accomplishment. She can tell she has really come a long way. However, the gap between them is still pretty big. Knowing Nagisa can become even better than she is right now, Maya encourages her to keep on going and not let any biased people get in her way. She’s too good to get dragged down by such hateful comments. Himeko suddenly gets up in Nagisa’s face, telling her that a half-breed like her should not be an idol at all. How Nagisa became nationally popular is beyond Himeko. Perhaps she tricked overly soft and sympathetic pansies to be her fans. She’s a prostitute just like any full-blooded Brazilian woman who sneaks into Japan. Himeko threatens Nagisa to give up her ambitions and idol career if she knows what’s good for her. All of a sudden, who should come to Nagisa’s defense but Hibiki?! She tells Himeko to quit picking on Nagisa. She pretty much knows that Nagisa would never use dirty tactics to promote herself. Earlier in line, Hibiki saw the passion in Nagisa’s eyes. She truly is a genuine idol. Her origins had nothing to do with it. Before Himeko can retaliate, Kagura tells her they have to leave and meet with their producer. Himeko warns ZetaPro that NAZO will return to teach them the error of their ways. Nagisa thanks Hibiki for standing up to her. Hibiki tells Nagisa she has been very impressed with what she has done so far for the idol world. It’s not too often a relatively new idol trio is able to pass the IU preliminary audition. Besides, Nagisa’s differences had nothing to do with her current success. Being from Okinawa, Hibiki can relate to being a bit different, especially adjusting to life on the main islands. She can almost feel that she and Nagisa are pretty much alike in terms of talents and personality. Hibiki really has faith in Nagisa and knows her fans and especially her producer have even more faith in her. Before she sets off with the rest of Project Fairy, Hibiki wishes Nagisa the best of luck in her future endeavors. Nagisa feels so special and excited to be able to be recognized by her big inspiration. Kenji assures her that what Hibiki told her was true. It does not matter that her mother was illegal. Nagisa is truly becoming such an amazing idol. Her mother would be so proud of her, wherever she is. Nagisa hugs Kenji happibly before heading back to the office.

Over the next few weeks, Nagisa spends some time bonding with her partners. While learning new practice techniques and customs of the outside world (having lived in an orphanage throughout most of her life outside of school), she takes her new friends to the beach and shows them how special it is to her. Once ZetaPro is challenged by NAZO to compete at the Harvest Moon Festival, Nagisa cannot wait to show Maya everything she has learned since their previous encounter. Unfortunately, both performances are cancelled due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Once Yamato arrives to pick up NAZO, he proceeds to mock ZetaPro. The fact they hire “dirty witches” like Nagisa is proof of how low middle-class companies will sink to make a living. Who in their right mind takes a filthy orphaned urchin off the streets and makes her into a professional idol? ZetaPro must have been easily fooled by Nagisa’s sob story. Maybe Nagisa used some kind of black magic on them and her fans. Besides, even being half-Brazilian, she is a total prostitute just like her illegal mother. Speaking of her mother, Yamato tells Nagisa she is fighting for a worthless cause. Her mother is no longer around to receive any more of her daughter’s paychecks. Nagisa gasps. Could something terrible have happened to her mother after she was sent back to Brazil? She cannot and will not believe what Yamato stated to be true! Kenji comforts her, claiming that Yamato is only trying to get her goat. Yamato warns Nagisa to stay out of NAZO’s way and give up on the IU and her idol career for the greater good of the idol industry. Nagisa is worried sick. She wants to believe that Kenji is right and Yamato really is bluffing, but the very thought of losing what little family she has left is leaving a knot in her stomach…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 24, 2014, 06:18:08 am
Wow, over 7000 views! ;D

Isshiki Nagisa's Route, conclusion

Next week, Nagisa is nowhere to be found. She does not show up to work and does not answer her phone calls. The President finds this sudden absence a little peculiar. Nagisa is normally early to arrive and overflowing with positive energy. Fearing something might have happened to her, Kenji and Kaito decide to head for the orphanage to find out what’s wrong. Once there, Kenji finds the manager and asks her if Nagisa is safe and able to talk now. The manager does not suspect Nagisa might not be in the mood after recent events impacted her life. A couple of days ago, Nagisa was mailed what little money her mother had left. Later, a tragic event was all over the international news on TV. About a week ago, a woman in Brazil was gang raped and brutally murdered by a group of thugs who have been causing all sorts of trouble around the city lately. According to one of the reporters, one of the thugs fooled the woman on the phone stating she has been hired for a high-paying job she recently applied for. Once she arrived at the location, she fell right into the thugs’ trap. They intended to rip her for tall the money she had and force her to work for them as a prostitute. While searching her wallet, one of the thugs notices that her last name had been changed fourteen years ago from a Brazilian name to a Japanese one. Angered that the woman they captured might not be a virgin, they made her fess up about her dead husband and daughter currently residing in Japan. Needless to say, the gang showed the woman no mercy. It turns out the woman was in fact Nagisa’s mother. Kenji is shocked. He cannot even imagine how Nagisa is feeling right now. Still, as her producer, he feels as though it’s up to him to set things right. According to the manager, Nagisa has not come out of her room since yesterday. She was absent from school and cheer practice. Her meals had to be delivered to her room because she would not arrive at the dining hall with everyone else. Worried, Kenji immediately heads for Nagisa’s room. He opens the door and sees Nagisa sitting in the corner in a painfully depressed state. Nagisa is surprised to see Kenji so suddenly like this. She asks him to exit her room as she is not in the mood to talk. Kenji feels like he has to talk with her. It’s not just because it’s his job to make sure his idol is safe and happy…he’s just really worried about her and instinctively wanted to cheer her up. In a rare display of tears, Nagisa tells Kenji she was nearly destroyed by the loss of her mother. Not even the money she received in her mother’s will was enough to mend the hole in her heart. The whole reason she became an idol in the first place was to be able to allow her mother to live a happier life and see her doting daughter again, especially after living such a horrible life in Brazil. Now the only real family she had left is gone. Nagisa feels so guilty, knowing there was absolutely nothing she could do about it. Kenji apologizes to Nagisa for her most unfortunate loss, but tells her to think about what she would tell her if she were still around. Nagisa suddenly looks up with a surprised look on her face. It almost feels like the spirit of her mother is talking to her. From what the image in her head tells her, sitting around and moping about it solves nothing. When she’s feeling down or scared, the things she loves will save her. They will show her that everything will be fine…that she’s never alone. Nagisa soon thinks about all the good things life offered her…her childhood friends at the orphanage…her passion for dancing and cheerleading…her friends and events during her days with the cheer club…fun times at the beach…a chance to watch Hibiki perform and later meet her in person…her idol partners…Kenji…Maya. Even without her parents around, Nagisa can still say she enjoys an overall happy life. Kenji is so pleased that Nagisa still has something precious to hold on to. Still, Nagisa wishes to take a bit of time off to mourn the death of her mother. However, she does promise to return to the office next week, knowing everyone there has been worried sick about her after they have received no word of her since the day of the Harvest Moon Festival. Nagisa hugs Kenji as she cries tears of joy, thanking him for everything. He’s so kind and precious, he’s like an older brother to her. After Kenji and Kaito head back to the office, Nagisa heads to her favorite beach. Creating a makeshift gravestone from a flat white rock she picked up earlier, she places it in the sand and lays a bouquet of white flowers next to it. She says a prayer as a tear runs down her cheek, promising her mother she will fulfill her wishes and keep doing what makes her happy.

Nagisa keeps her promise to Kenji and returns to work the following week. Later on at the IU finals opening ceremony, Nagisa overhears a conversation between Yamato and Maya. Maya is eager to see what kind of challenge her opponents have to offer. She specifically has her eyes on Nagisa, who has come such a long way since she made her idol debut. Yamato, however, is disgusted with her upbeat attitude, believing that her time with Nagisa has made her too soft. According to him, if Maya ever expects to master her dancing and become even stronger, she must show no mercy to her enemies (especially low-lives like ZetaPro) and squash them like the insects they are. Let’s not forget that it was these low-class dogs that killed her parents in that brutal gang war she was caught in so many years ago. Yamato really does not want to fire Maya after she was able to use her earnings to settle in a nice quiet home away from that crime-infested dump full of painful memories. Nagisa cannot believe what she has heard and heads over to talk with her once Yamato is away. She heard everything. Maya was not the only one who had to deal with the loss of family. Nagisa tells Maya the story how she lost her father to a group of angry anti-immigration activists during her infancy and her mother to gangsters in Brazil a few weeks back. She also tells her how helping her mother was a big reason she decided to work as an idol in the first place. While Nagisa was suffering a state of depression after hearing the news of her recently departed mother, Kenji and what sounded like her mother’s spirit taught her something. While she may have no family left, all the things she loves will keep her happy. Maya knows Nagisa is right. She had almost nothing left after losing both her parents. Still, that never stopped her from continuing to hone her dancing skills, competing on a national level, and seeking out skilled rivals. This passion made her happy much like cheerleading, dancing, beach visits, and all her friends make Nagisa happy. Maya can hardly believe how alike the two of them are (aside from their origins, of course). Plus, she really admires her constantly growing talents. She’s very proud to call her perky half-Brazilian friend her rival. As Maya and Nagisa hug, she tells her, “May the best idol win.”

During the semifinals against Project Fairy, Hibiki recognizes her opponent right away. She never expected Nagisa to get this far into the IU. Hibiki has seen Nagisa’s unit perform from time to time since the IU preliminaries. She knows not to hold anything back…not with Nagisa as good as she is and her unit’s true objective (Ryuuguu Komachi) waiting in the wings. Project Fairy puts up a valiant effort, but winds up defeated. Later that night after Iori’s chat with Kenji, Hibiki catches up to Ryuuguu Komachi and tells them to keep a sharp eye on Nagisa. If there’s anyone who can defeat NAZO now, it’s her. She has come so far in such a little amount of time. Hibiki promises Nagisa she will be behind her 100%. Upon hearing Hibiki’s motivation, Nagisa becomes stoked for tomorrow’s final showdown.

With the situation growing more desperate, Yamato decides to hatch his ultimate plan to stop ZetaPro in their tracks. He can be seen posting a message on an online bulletin board…

The next day as the van arrives at Tokyo Dome, ZetaPro is soon swarmed by an angry mob, halting their advance. The mob is packed with racists and anti-immigration activists who have learned the truth about Nagisa’s heritage. They believe she is filthy, wild, impure, and even a demon. Some of the protestors bang on the doors demanding ZetaPro to release Nagisa. Nagisa is scared half to death. She has never seen so many people lash out at her with such bigoted remarks. Luckily, security arrives and disperses the mob, allowing ZetaPro to enter the side gate safely. Nagisa is still shaking. It was like a nightmare come true. She thought she would not have to put up with those kinds of people again, but she was wrong. Kenji notices her confidence fading. He assures her that security has the situation completely under control. Nagisa breathes a sigh of relief as she heads into the dressing room to change.

Later that night, the mob is determined not to give up. They want to get rid of Nagisa no matter what it takes. As the gates open, the guards suddenly step aside and allow the vicious mob to storm the dome. Some non-violent members protest to Nagisa’s fans, informing them they are pulling for an illegal’s daughter. They must betray her for the greater good of Japan, especially considering all the problems Brazilian immigrants brought to their country. Some members of the mob even crowd ZetaPro’s side of the stage in order to prevent Nagisa from performing. One protestor (who was involved in the deportion of Nagisa’s mother and beating of her father) swings a bat around shouting, “I’ll give you the same treatment I gave your father!” Kaito is worried. Even Hibiki is worried up in the stands. These people are not only against Nagisa, but they clearly want to do her harm in more ways than one. Fearing for her safety, Kaito warns Nagisa if the situation is not resolved before call time, she will not be permitted to go on stage. Nagisa feels upset. She badly wants to get out there and perform to her heart’s content especially after coming this far. Plus, with the looming anti-Brazilian threat, her confidence is beginning to dwindle.

The mob’s madness continues into the evening. Yamato is pretty confident that NAZO’s victory is all but assured now. Suddenly, an army of police officers show up to clean up the mess much to Hibiki’s delight. The violent group desperately tries to escape, but the cops quickly restrain and arrest a good chunk of the group. As they are carried away, they can hear Hibiki’s voice. “Serves you bigots right for picking on Nagisa-chan! If you disapprove half-Brazilian idols, I take it you hate Okinawans too, huh?” A couple of members of the mob cheer upon seeing Hibiki as they happen to be part of her fanbase. Their angel reacts in disgust, “Jeez, you guys are hypocrites! Jail’s too good for you!” Kaito is informed by the stage crew that the situation has been resolved. Kaito clears Nagisa to perform, much to her excitement. Yamato is stunned. He cannot believe his foolproof plan to stop Nagisa was shot down. Maya speaks up and tells ZetaPro what happened. Earlier last night, Yamato posted information on Nagisa to an online message board in a particular thread that deals with anti-Brazilian immigration. He knew some of the people on that page had particular violent tendencies. By gathering the mob at Tokyo Dome and rewriting the schedules of the stage crew and security guards so that his agents would take their place when the time is right, the mob would stop Nagisa from performing and give NAZO the IU championship by default. That’s where Maya came in. After overhearing a phone conversation between Yamato and his agents posing as gate guards, Maya called the police under her producer’s nose and told them to clear the mob from the dome. Yamato cannot believe one of his idols stabbed him in the back. Maya disapproves of winning by dishonest methods. These kinds of victories feel empty to her. She really wants to face Nagisa’s unit at their full potential so she can prove her strength. The rest of the conversation goes on regularly from there. As Nagisa takes the stage, she does not care how many haters are in the audience now. With the spirits of both her parents watching over her, she has found one thing that will always make her happy…being an idol! Just before the big performance, a familiar voice can be heard shouting, “You can do it Nagisa-chan! Nankurunaisa!”

ENDING

A couple of weeks later, Nagisa comes in with some big news. A fisherman from Hiroshima (does this sound familiar?) arrived at the orphanage one day, found Nagisa, thought she was very cute despite her different looks and origins, and decided to adopt her! Kenji and the others are so proud of her. What’s surprising is that her new foster father has no idea that she is an idol. She will unfortunately have to move away from her old life. She made so many new friends in the orphanage and at school. However, she knows she will go to a new school, make new friends, find new beaches to visit, enter another cheer club, and maybe even take up fishing like the man who adopted her…so many new things she loves that will make her happy. She still wants to continue her idol career just because she loves being an idol! Who knows, maybe she can take her foster father to one of her concerts in the future when he’s not at work? Plus, her original parents will always be around looking after her…wherever they may be. While she may have a new, happier life to look forward to, Nagisa will never forget the times she spent (and will continue to spend) with the one who she’s happiest around…Kenji.


Shiori will be next. I recently came up with a couple of ideas on how she became so quiet and emotionless.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 28, 2014, 06:32:58 am
"...it appears to be my turn..."

Himi Shiori’s Route

Kenji first meets Shiori in a nearby library. She is currently reading books on poetry and traditional Japanese art. Kenji then notices a stack of papers next to her. They are poems she herself wrote using near perfect calligraphy. Kenji can tell the President was right when he told him Shiori is a very artsy girl. When he tries to get Shiori’s attention, she turns around with an almost expressionless look on her face. Kenji suddenly gets chills down his spine. Her piercing eyes seem as cold as ice. Kenji does not get much of a response either. She talks very monotonously, sometimes in broken sentences. Even after Kenji tells Shiori the news, she does not appear to be excited for her upcoming debut. While she means better, her blank emotions make it look like she does not even care. Kenji wonders. Can an icy artist like her really become an idol?

While Shiori may appear to be cold at times, almost to the point where others may think she’s heartless, she really does care for her friends and welcomes her new partners with open arms…theoretically. During her first lessons, she surprisingly displays a wispy yet decent quality singing voice and a rather impressive sense of rhythm. While her expression remains blank, she is well aware of emotions expressed in writing. Lyrics feel like a poem to her. Being an avid poet herself, she can almost sense the heart of the author (or lyricist) as she reads through her song.

Shiori proves herself to be a solid performer. Every live concert feels like visually expressing a poem to her. Later on after competing in her first festival, she feels much more comfortable on stage with larger audiences. The next day, Kenji happens to run into Shiori on her way to the library…a quiet reading room where it is almost absolutely silent with the door closed. The chairs are comfortable and there is even a small round desk for Shiori to work her magic. The peaceful atmosphere allows her to relax and concentrate. Once Shiori and Kenji arrive and close the door, she opens her sketchbook and flips through the pages, showing off her recent drawings and poems. They all have a very traditional style to them almost as if they have been made four or five centuries ago. Kenji is highly impressed and commends her for her outstanding display of artistic skill. Shiori did not expect such an amazed response. Almost no one has ever praised her work like this before, even her family. Coming from a heavily traditional Japanese household, her works were heavily inspired by her older art styles. She became a master calligrapher at the age of seven after only a few months of experience. When she is not dabbling in art and poetry, Shiori often spends her time reading books. To her, books are art too. She can almost seem to sense the true feelings of the author as she reads the text. The reason Shiori loves the library so much is because it houses several forms of art, allowing her to admire other great masterpieces in a peaceful setting she is comfortable with. Kenji curiously asks Shiori how a heavily traditional artist decided to become an idol. Shiori claims her works have often been criticized by her peers for being “old-fashioned” and “out of date.” One day, she noticed the library recently added a stock of CDs. Then she thought…music is art too. When she saw idols perform for the first time, she was fascinated by the outfits, songs, and choreography, almost as if they are telling a story or poem. Shiori decided to become an idol in order to broaden her horizons and dabble in a more modern form of art. If seems to have fared well for her so far as people admire her new audible and visual art. Kenji finds her story interesting and is proud of the fact she is still finding new ways to kindle her artist’s spirit. Kenji spends a bit of time watching Shiori write a new poem. This one seems to be more of a modern love poem similar to the songs she has been working on recently. Kenji admires Shiori’s creativity. He has to go soon, but Shiori thanks him for spending some extra time with her. While her expression says otherwise, her new memories with her new friends are very special to her. As Kenji leaves, he cannot help but wonder what made Shiori so quiet and emotionless. Could art be the only way she can express herself and her true feelings?

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on October 30, 2014, 04:23:19 am
Himi Shiori's Route, cont.

Shiori progresses very well in her lessons. Her newly awakening talents are really beginning to show. Unfortunately, they are not enough during the Sunny Beach Festival as her unit is crushed singlehandedly by Himeko. Himeko appears before ZetaPro and proceeds to rub her victory in their faces. However, once she looks into Shiori’s eyes, her icy stare makes Himeko’s body shiver with fear. Himeko can hardly believe a “monster” like Shiori could become an idol. That blank expression…those cold, piercing eyes…that hair like evening snow…it’s almost as if she isn’t even human. Shiori suddenly looks away from Himeko and folds her hands in front of her. Kenji thinks Himeko is trying to offend Shiori and asks her to stop. Himeko trembles as she warns Kenji to get rid of Shiori as soon as possible. She felt like she was staring death straight in the eyes. Shiori hardly even responds to Himeko’s comments. All she can do is say to herself, “…monster…” Himeko looks back at Shiori in disgust as she quickly runs away, telling her she will return to destroy her again if she does not submit to her demands.

Back at the office, Kenji cannot help but worry about Shiori. She does not seem to mind losing to a member of NAZO at all. However, she has been muttering the word “monster” to herself during the drive back to the office. Shiori then asks her partners and Kenji if they think she’s a monster too. Some people often say she reminds them of a yuki-onna with her natural beauty, sapphire eyes, and lavender-colored hair. However, her constantly expressionless face and icy glare have startled most of her peers over time, causing them to spread rumors and stray away from her. Not only did people think she was not human, but they also considered her a sociopath, almost as if she’s trying to scare people away. While she may appear antisocial on the outside, she really does care for her friends and loved ones. Everyone tells Shiori they never for a second saw her as a monster. She should just ignore the people who are not willing to get to know her just because of some false superstitions. Besides, she is an amazing artist and an even more amazing idol. Shiori thanks her friends for their support, but she still believes she is a monster. Kenji is not willing to let someone as talented as Shiori badmouth herself like that. While Shiori understands Kenji’s feelings it’s just a sad fact she had to live with for the longest time. Not wanting to worry the others, Shiori decides not to talk any further about this particular topic. She really wants to get back to her sketchbook and get her mind off of whatever is bothering her. Kenji and the others understand as the group takes their leave for the evening.

Later, Himeko is seen taking with her producer. While she was able to claim an easy victory, she claims her opponent was scary. Her producer, however, is not the least bit afraid. In fact, these whole superstitions about this “monster” idol will eventually ruin her. To him, Shiori is absolutely no threat to his plans.

Meanwhile as Shiori arrives at home, she is greeted by some shady figures. Knowing Shiori received her paycheck that day, the head of the household demands she hand over the whole sum to him…not a single yen less. After taking a drink from his bottle of sake, the man immediately sends Shiori outside to take care of the chores she missed out on due to her idol career. Unless Shiori completes all her tasks before nightfall, she will have to sleep outside…again. Shiori goes straight to work without a word. The man’s wife is disgusted by Shiori’s blank expression…it’s almost as if she could strike back without warning as soon as the family has their backs turned. The man tells her not to worry. Shiori has no voice and no future. Besides, given the man's treatment of Shiori in the past, she knows better…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on October 30, 2014, 01:19:44 pm
Meanwhile as Shiori arrives at home, she is greeted by some shady figures. Knowing Shiori received her paycheck that day, the head of the household demands she hand over the whole sum to him…not a single yen less. After taking a drink from his bottle of sake, the man immediately sends Shiori outside to take care of the chores she missed out on due to her idol career. Unless Shiori completes all her tasks before nightfall, she will have to sleep outside…again. Shiori goes straight to work without a word. The man’s younger sister is disgusted by Shiori’s blank expression…it’s almost as if she could strike back without warning as soon as the family has their backs turned. The man tells her not to worry. Shiori has no voice and no future. Besides, given the man's treatment of Shiori in the past, she knows better…

I didn't expect anything like that! Shiori's story may become even better than Reika's! :o
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 02, 2014, 03:45:47 am
Shiori's story may become even better than Reika's! :o

Wow, really? Well, here's the big reveal!

Himi Shiori's Route, cont.

Shiori’s unit bounces back after a couple of successful outings. One day after they reach Rank C and compete against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Kenji passes by Shiori’s house on his way home. Shiori walks outside carrying two bags full of garbage. The bags are so heavy she is having a rough time trying to move them, so she has to take out one at a time. Kenji figured she could use some help so he takes the other bag out himself. As Shiori thanks Kenji for his assistance, Kenji notices something that almost makes his heart jump out if his body—Shiori has got a black eye! As Shiori dumps her trash bag into the bin, Kenji notices some torn pieces of paper on top of the pile. They appear to be pieces of perfectly made drawings. Even after all that’s happening, Shiori still keeps a straight face. Kenji is speechless. What could be wrong with Shiori? How did she get a black eye? And why did she tear up and throw away what looked like a masterful drawing? Shiori claims nothing of all this was her doing…it was her uncle and caretaker. He caught her in the basement (her bedroom) working on her drawings earlier. Because she was neglecting her duties, her uncle tore up all her recent artwork and tossed them into the garbage before giving Shiori a serious beating. She was then asked to take care of all the chores she “skipped out” on when she was out working as an idol, which explains why she was taking out the trash earlier. Kenji can hardly believe her family treats her so cruelly. Shiori knows her uncle and his two sons can lift both of those heavy bags with ease, but she is often left with the job as it seems “appropriate” for someone like her. There is a reason that her uncle, aunt, and two cousins treat her like garbage, however. Shiori is actually an illegitimate daughter whose true mother is a prostitute. In order to avoid the responsibility of raising such a child, her true father left Shiori under the care of his brother. Needless to say her uncle was not too happy about it. Even as an infant, she looked inhuman to him and his family. She was treated as a monster not just for her yuki-onna-like appearance and icy eyes, but for her origins as well. While she was still permitted to go to school, she was put in charge of nearly all the housework and was forced to consent to the family’s demands no matter how harsh without even a hint of backlash. For even the slightest mistake, she was punished severely. While her aunt did the cooking, Shiori was often left with nothing but the scraps of whatever the rest of her family did not finish. She would normally sleep in a dusty basement downstairs, but if her tasks were not completed by nightfall, she was forced to sleep outside in order to get back to work the following morning. Her cousins often took full advantage of her, even going as far as to turn the blame over to her for the accidents or trouble they cause. Shiori essentially became a servant the family did not have to pay. When Shiori finally had some free time, her house’s traditional atmosphere and books she has read in the school’s library amazed and inspired her to start creating her own drawings, poetry, and calligraphy. However, her uncle eventually caught on to her sudden absence in the backyard and found her downstairs with her new masterpieces. Angrily believing Shiori was being lazy and wasting time with utter nonsense, he proceeded to wreck her little art studio and rip up everything she had written up to that point. Having grown used to all of her cruel treatment, she managed to suppress her emotions. Before, everyone, especially her cousins, seemed to enjoy watching Shiori cry and look helpless before them. While she still submitted to her family’s demands, her new emotionless responses and cold stare seemed to disturb them a bit, often causing her cousins to suddenly stop bullying her. However, Shiori is still fascinated by the world of art and aspires to become an artist herself. For every piece her uncle takes down, she replaces it with one or two more, often even better than before. Over the years she has learned to manage her time very well in order to complete every task given to her by her family while still completing her school work and setting aside time for poetry, art, or just reading. Unfortunately, her cousins respond to this with more reckless behavior, forcing Shiori to sacrifice her free time for more chores/slave labor. Recently, after the family discovered she was working as an idol, she was beaten, forced to cough up every paycheck she earns—every last yen—to her uncle, was slapped with even more chores, and was forced to sleep outside more often than before. Still, even with new restrictions, Shiori is too immersed in the world of art, from poetry to music, to let any of her family’s abuse stop her now. Underneath her “monster-like” and slave exterior, she will always be an artist deep down. Kenji wonders why Shiori has not talked to her uncle and aunt about her ambitions yet. Shiori claims they will not listen no matter how much she even tries. She suddenly hears a knock on the door. It’s her uncle wondering why she has been outside for so long when there is so much work to be done. Shiori immediately heads back inside to take care of her chores, but not before saying goodbye to Kenji. Kenji is worried. Considering Shiori’s past, it’s almost as if she has grown afraid to voice her thoughts. She wants to be an artist, but her caretakers will not let her. Is there any way to give her the strength she needs to chase her dreams?

Kenji’s conversations with Shiori did not go unobserved. Eavesdropping RyuuseiPro agents are quick to send their hot scoops to gossip panels. “The ice queen idol really is a monster!” “Those who look into her ice-cold eyes are cursed to death!” “Could she secretly be a prostitute like her mother?” Shiori does not mind the slander about her at all. To her, this kind of stuff is false art…like a Venus flytrap designed to draw in its victims. People who are gullible enough to fall for a trap like that aren’t really worthy of being her fans. Still, she always tries her best to truly be the best artist/idol she can be.

Later on at the IU preliminaries, Shiori’s beauty makes her rivals’ heads turn. They do not seem to be startled at all by her gaze. Even Takane seems interested in her. She seems to sense a kind of mysterious air around Shiori that is almost similar to her own. Still, she decides not to bother Shiori about it. Everyone has secrets to them…some they just have to keep to themselves. After ZetaPro discovers it has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, Himeko anxiously shows up hiding behind Kagura. “That’s her! That’s the monster I was talking about! Don’t look in her eyes! It’s scary!” Kagura does not seem to be fazed at all even after Shiori gives her a blank stare. She tells Himeko she is probably just imagining things or letting her enemy and the enemy’s lies intimidate her. Himeko steps forward and tells Shiori she will “put an end to her evil” now that she is backed up by her partners. Much to Himeko’s surprise, ZetaPro manages to pass their audition, though they still place a distant second to NAZO. Himeko claims that while Shiori may have gotten better, she is still a monster and she knows it. Besides, being an idol is not about expressing a passion for the arts…it’s about winning over the hearts of the general populous by any means necessary. Himeko claims what she has that Shiori lacks is cute looks, a cute image, and a will to win. She is far superior in every way. Shiori should stop being an idol (and an artist for that matter) and go back home to her “concerned” family. Shiori does not even respond. Himeko gets a little annoyed, thinking Shiori is simply ignoring her. Shiori then quietly tells Himeko that although the human body can be seen as a work of art, it is a sloppy mess and solely a means of grabbing attention if used improperly. Himeko takes offense to Shiori’s logic and blows her off as leaves the venue with the rest of NAZO. She assures Shiori she will prove her theory wrong next time they meet.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 03, 2014, 06:07:37 am
Himi Shiori's Route, conclusion

As Shiori spends some time bonding with her partners, she begins to adjust more to a modern lifestyle and dabbles in even more intriguing forms of art, all while continuing to improve her skills as an idol. She feels ready to take on NAZO again after being challenged to face off at the Harvest Moon Festival. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled midway due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. As Yamato shows up, he tells Shiori that someone like her does not belong in the idol world at all. She’s a monster not only because of her looks, but because she was born from a prostitute, one of society’s filthiest creatures. With that kind of lineage, there is no way she can be pure enough to be an idol. What’s disgusting about it is that people love her anyway despite the sad truth. Besides, she has zero emotions. Who in their right mind would come to love an idol with a constant blank expression and an almost inability to talk? It’s like she does not even care. It’s sad to see a middle-class company like ZetaPro go soft for “trash” like Shiori…falling for her little sob story about her family, being treated as a monster, and wanting to be an artist. Shiori once again does not respond to Yamato’s petty intimidation. Yamato laughs. It’s like she has no voice. It’s like she cannot stand up for herself at all. He mocks her lack of a response by telling her to “speak up.” Kenji and the others had enough of Yamato’s banter and boldly take a stand for Shiori. They claim she is not a monster…she is a true artist. Her yuki-onna-like beauty makes her very unique in the idol world, much like Takane. What she lacks in emotion she makes up for with her devotion to the arts. Who cares about her real mother…she has shown no scandalous tendencies at all. She may look cold and heartless, but she really does care about her friends and fans. As for her talents, she just keeps getting better and better every day. Her skills as an artist and poet seem to have carried over into her idol career. Her knowledge in the feelings displayed in poetry and novels led to being able to express herself properly according to her songs’ lyrics. Yamato just does not want to admit that Shiori has become so amazing she could be worthy of the status of “top idol.” Shiori puts her hand over her mouth…while she still looks emotionless, she is almost exasperated. Never before have people stood up to her like that. Before, people have admired her art, but tended to steer clear from her due to her apparent anti-social aura. Her partners, her producer, and her president…Shiori starts to feel as though she has true friends. Yamato scoffs at ZetaPro’s defense of Shiori and claims he will prove his beliefs correct after NAZO utterly destroys Shiori’s unit in the IU.

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremony, Shiori manages to overhear a conversation between Himeko and Yamato while she’s writing another poem. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Shiori figured Himeko could have been hiding some kind of insecurity since their chat during the IU preliminaries, but she never figured Himeko would think of herself as kind of an outcast in her own right. Both of them look a little different from other idols. Both of them seem to have traits and origins that would make them seem out of place amongst their peers (Himeko being fully British and Shiori being illegitimate). Shiori decides not to bother Himeko…not only does she not really seem in the mood to talk now, but she’s got some art to finish and needs to concentrate.

One week remains until the IU final matches at Tokyo Dome. Inspired by the support and advice she received from her partners and producer as well as the time they stood up for her against Yamato’s insults, Shiori decides to boldly take a stand for her beliefs. With her family unaware that she picked up her recent paycheck, she sets the money aside for new supplies for her makeshift art studio. She no longer cares about the punishment her family could potentially inflict upon her…she will follow her heart and become the artist she always wanted to be.

As ZetaPro advances to the semifinals and gets to take on the revived Project Fairy, Takane begins to show a particular interest in Shiori. She can pretty much tell Shiori has changed significantly since she first saw her in the registration line at the preliminaries. Nothing seems to be holding her back anymore. She feels determined to express herself even though she may not show it through her emotions. Even after all this change, she still maintains a mysterious air around her similar to Takane’s. Takane is intrigued to see which “supernatural” idol will come out on top—the ice queen or the silver queen. After ZetaPro wins and later has a talk with Iori that night, Takane encourages 765Pro to keep a close eye on Shiori during the finals. She’s got that special something about her that only people like the two of them can understand. If anyone can stand up to NAZO now, it’s her.

With the situation getting more and more out of hand, Yamato decides to hatch his greatest plan yet to put an end to Shiori’s streak of good fortune. Receiving some contact information from his agents, he sends ann email to the Himi household. “Have you noticed the illegitimate girl acting particularly strange lately? Have you noticed she has not been completing her household tasks the way she used to? Well, it turns out she has had it with your harsh treatment of her and has started a rebellion. She said she wanted to be an artist and is willing to do anything to follow her dreams even if it means resorting to violence. She also stored away her last paycheck under your noses as a sign of resentment towards you and your family. Now she’s at Tokyo Dome to display her artistic talents and prove to Japan that she is not the monster everyone claims she is. It sounds like she does not know her place. Are you going to do something about it?” Shiori’s cousins have noticed something different about Shiori lately. They immediately head into the basement and find the stash of money Shiori hid in her dresser drawer (digging through her panties to do so). They proceed to angrily wreck all of Shiori’s art materials, go upstairs, and awaken their parents, telling them the news. Enraged by this defiant act, Shiori’s uncle decides to take the family on a trip to Tokyo Dome to bring Shiori back home and teach her some manners.

The next evening, Shiori and the rest of ZetaPro take the stage and face Yamato and NAZO. Before they could get a chance to talk, heavy hands fall on Shiori’s shoulders. It’s her uncle! He cannot believe the girl he raised nearly all his life would overstep her bounds and turn into some kind of rebel. Shiori forsook her duties for the sake of some stupid, immature dream. All her life he has told her that trash is always trash. Nothing she will ever say or do will change that. Kenji tries to stop him, but Shiori’s cousins block his path, preventing him from interfering. After Shiori’s cousins give Shiori a couple of good slugs, her uncle proceeds to drag her out of the dome. Shiori suddenly yet quietly tells her uncle to stop his foolishness. She tells him she is not a monster…she is not trash…she is an artist through and through, whether it be sketching, poetry, or music. Over the months, Shiori has learned that she should be the one who shapes her own future, not her abusive family. Shiori’s uncle is maddened by her words. He thought he, his wife, and his sons stripped her of her voice and her expressions. He believes her new friends have been a horrible influence to her all this time. Shiori disproves her uncle’s statement, claiming the time she spent with her new friends actually gave her the strength to express herself, voice her own thoughts, and stand up for what she believes in. No matter how much her cousins break her supplies, they will never break her dreams. Kenji could not be any prouder of what Shiori has accomplished as she progressed through her idol career. While her image is still blank and monotonous, the artistic spirit inside her is burning more vigorously than ever before. Security guards suddenly arrive and break up the commotion, escorting the family out of the dome for being nuisances and interrupting Shiori. Kaito soon arrives on the scene. He witnessed the situation and immediately informed security. As Shiori’s family head outside, Kenji hopes they have learned their lesson, will treat Shiori with respect in the future, and will allow her to follow her own heart. Yamato jokingly acts impressed with Shiori’s little speech to her uncle, but he has had enough of her little show of bravery. Why can’t she just accept the fact that she’s illegitimate trash and that she has no place in the common world, let alone the idol world? Kaito weeds out Yamato’s plan. Overhearing an earlier phone conversation, he was informed that Yamato sent an email to Shiori’s angry uncle and told falsehoods about her in order to make him travel to Tokyo Dome, find his rebellious niece, and drag her home “where she belongs.” Not only would she be severely punished, but NAZO would be guaranteed a victory in the finals. Kenji cannot believe Yamato would stoop so low. It looks like he will not accept Shiori’s artistic spirit either. The rest of the conversation goes on as usual from there.

ENDING

The following week, Shiori takes Kenji to her favorite room in the library to chat. It turns out that her little art studio in the basement, hiding her paycheck, and speaking out for herself at the dome caused a revelation among her family. They now realize just how special Shiori has become. She is still human, even if her real mother does happen to be a prostitute and her good-for-nothing father left her in her uncle’s care to avoid the responsibility. To make up for all they have done for her, Shiori’s basement bedroom was given a much-needed fixing up, her cousins bought her a new art studio to replace the one they wrecked, the household chores are divided much more fairly, she is allowed to keep her paychecks (they were all from her hard work after all), and her family does everything in their power to support Shiori’s career, work, and dreams. Plus, thanks to Kenji’s inspiration, Shiori feels a lot stronger than before. She has gained the confidence to speak out her beliefs and express herself in conversations as much as she does in her artwork and her songs. She even got a taste of true friendship with her two partners and Kenji. Suddenly, Kenji sees something in Shiori that makes him cover his mouth in amazement. For the first time…Shior’s face shines bright with an honest-to-goodness smile. “…an artist can show happiness too, you know…”
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on November 04, 2014, 01:59:45 pm
Shiori's story is my most favourite so far! You don't expect anything like that of an idol-rising game!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 06, 2014, 03:49:52 am
I'm going to do Tamaki's story next. Before I get started though, I made a few changes with Hotaru. Now the father is the concertmaster while the mother is the singer (their occupations have switched). The change was necessary to add a bit of a story element in Hotaru's route. Because of this (and her apparent popularity), I'm saving her for last after Tamaki and Ryoko.

Jinguuji Tamaki's Route

Jinguuji Tamaki’s Route

Kenji first meets Tamaki at a convenience store. She is reading a popular magazine, fawning over the latest, hottest male idols, particularly Touma of Jupiter. Kenji finds it pretty typical for a girl her age to be into that kind of thing. However, he can almost sense something in her as if she is interested in the idol world for more reasons than just the suave guys. As Kenji tries to get Tamaki’s attention, she reacts in shock, immediately suspects he is a creeper, and slaps an ofuda in his face. “Akuryou taisan!” Kenji lies dazed on the floor from Tamaki’s sudden self-defense. Once Tamaki notices Kenji’s ZetaPro ID tag, she apologizes to him for her rudeness, takes the ofuda off his head, and helps him back up. She thought he was some kind of pervert and reacted instinctively…an issue she is aware of that occurred multiple times in the past. Once Kenji tells her the news, Tamaki is bursting with excitement. She cannot wait to show all the pretty boy idols what she can really do.

At first, Kenji and the other two idols see Tamaki as nothing more than a generic fangirl and think she will not take her job seriously. She soon surprises everyone with a rather decent singing voice and a confident, comfortable attitude during recordings. Kenji wonders if Tamaki had some experience singing in the past. Tamaki reveals that she is actually a self-taught singer who learned some basic and intermediate techniques online. Once she felt comfortable enough with her voice and old enough to open a NicoNico account, she decided to make a name for herself as an utaite—someone who provides voice covers of songs. Known on the net as Rei-tan (霊たん), she gained some modest popularity. Her song covers usually involved romance, crushes, and cute boys. Even back then, she was still pretty boy-crazy and would flip whenever a hot guy would subscribe to her page. She even knew Eri during her days as a net idol. As she began to make more song covers, she subscribed to ELLIE, paid close attention to some of her techniques, and put what she learned to good use as Tamaki’s improved covers garnered more views and followers than before. She hoped to one day get noticed by big-time idols, especially the members of Jupiter, her biggest fangirl crushes. Unfortunately, certain circumstances forced her to abandon her NicoNico account. She was not banned due to copyright issues, but it seemed like Rei-tan suddenly disappeared from her fans without a trace. Now Tamaki is using what she learned to become a real professional idol. Kenji notices her earlier work as a net singer is really paying off in her professional career so far. Her training in ceremonial dancing as part of her miko duties have carried over well into her idol career as well as she can learn her songs’ choreography pretty quickly. It seems she definitely prefers how idols dance over the “slow and boring” style of kagura dancing. Kenji is proud of the progress Tamaki has made so far, but it seems like she does not care about being a miko. Could her miko duties be holding her back from what she really wants to do?

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 08, 2014, 06:26:21 am
Jinguuji Tamaki's Route, cont.

Knowing the Sunny Beach Festival attracts lots of big-name idols, Tamaki hopes to perform well there and leave a good, lasting impression. Unfortunately, her unit gets crushed singlehandedly by Himeko. Himeko laughs at Tamaki and tells her no one will take someone like her seriously at all. If she thinks being pretty and popular will help her find love, she is looking in all the wrong places and is doomed to fail. Besides, Himeko is a princess. Everyone loves her whether they want to or not. Himeko claims she will steal all of Tamaki’s crushes before she even gets a chance with them. Tamaki snaps at Himeko, telling her someone like her will never win over Jupiter’s hearts. Himeko simply laughs and tells Tamaki she is not fit to be a real idol.

Back at the office, Tamaki blames her partners for her loss, believing their horrible performance made her look like a disgrace. What if Jupiter or some other snazzy male idols saw such an embarrassment out of her? She’d be the laughing stock of the idol world! The more time Tamaki spent with her partners, the more she grew to trust them. How is she supposed to trust them now after they let her down like this? Kenji butts in. Standing up to the other two idols, he claims the entire unit lost. At their current level, even one member of NAZO is more than a match for them. The entire unit does not revolve around just its leader. The best thing they can do now is just shake it off and move on. Even the country’s best and most popular idols will lose sometimes. However, as long as they keep their dreams alive, they can come back even stronger than before. Kenji informs Tamaki the first thing she has to do is trust in her partners. Tamaki gets snippy at Kenji, thinking he is blaming her for the loss. She angrily tells him he does not understand her feelings at all as she runs out of the office in a huff and slams the door. Kenji tries to go after her, but the President stops him, believing this is just another typical case of teenage angst. That loss must have hurt Tamaki’s pride, especially considering how Himeko mocked her after the performance. She probably just needs some time to herself to calm down. As a former producer in his own right, the President is all too familiar with working through situations like this among his idols. Kenji hopes he can stay on Tamaki’s good side, especially considering her impulses.

As Himeko informs her producer of her easy victory, she believes her opponent’s singing voice sounded a little familiar. Still, considering Tamaki’s dreams, impulses, and most recent performance, Himeko’s producer believes Tamaki is just a small fry and not even the slightest bit of a threat to NAZO’s plans.

Next week, Tamaki apologizes to everyone for her rude behavior and promises to be a better team player in the future. Even after a few hiccups here and there, she keeps her promise as the unit is able to get their momentum back. One week after ZetaPro’s encounter with 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Tamaki arrives at work as usual. However, just before the unit is about to leave for a promotional event, they are suddenly halted by an angry man. It turns out this man is really Tamaki’s father! All this time he was led to believe Tamaki was going to the library to study and do homework or spending time around town with friends when he found out that his daughter had actually been neglecting her miko duties to become an idol. He believed he specifically told Tamaki he forbade her from following that path. To him, it’s a major waste of her young life. For the sake of Tamaki and her family, he drags Tamaki towards his car, hoping to take her home. She tries to resist, but her father quickly slaps her across the face, hoping it would clear her mind of such absurd thoughts. Kenji tries to stop him, claiming he cannot just take her away from the office just like that and asking him if what he is doing really is for the greater good of his daughter. Tamaki’s father angrily silences Kenji, claiming that all the members of ZetaPro have spoiled his daughter and corrupted her mind as he closes the car door and drives off with Tamaki. Worried, Kenji immediately heads towards Kaito’s van, urgently informing Kaito they need to chase down the car, find Tamaki, and see what is really going on.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 10, 2014, 06:59:43 am
Jinguuji Tamaki's Route, cont.

Kenji and Kaito arrive at a shrine which serves as the home of Tamaki’s family. The only people at home are Tamaki and her father. Kenji finds Tamaki outside praying at a fountain. Tamaki is happy to see her producer again. She actually predicted his arrival. Not only was she trained to be a miko since her childhood, but she’s also fairly skilled at divination. Her father claims she got that trait from her mother. Tamaki is still feeling a little upset because her father will not let her become a singer. Since she comes from a long line of miko in her family, her father wished to pass on the family’s traditions to their next of kin. Ever since her mother mysteriously disappeared, her father has become much stricter with Tamaki’s training. However, Tamaki scorned the “boring” life of a miko, having to remain at the shrine most of the day doing divinations, prayers, selling charms, and kagura dancing. Instead, Tamaki preferred a more adventurous lifestyle, going out with friends and looking for love in many different places. She would often gush over and flirt with any strapping young man who enters the shrine. She would rather listen to her favorite boy bands than some traditional form of music her father would always play in the background. She was willing to do anything to make the boys go wild over her, even going as far as wearing something revealing (like a bikini) instead of her usual miko garb when doing business with pretty guys. After discovering Jupiter, Tamaki decided to try her hand at singing in the hopes they would recognize and love her. Unfortunately, her father recently caught on to her plans, deleted her NicoNico account, wiped the entire “Rei-tan” persona off the face of the Internet, threw out all of her CDs, and even sold her laptop computer. He highly disapproves Tamaki’s hotheaded personality, boy-crazy tendencies, and desire to be an idol. He believes a love life like that will never work and will eventually lead to prostitution. He also does not like her going out and about as much either…they never know when someone might turn to her for divine guidance. Tamaki was always expected to be pure, polite, and respectful (especially towards shrine visitors), do exactly as she is asked, and take her miko duties seriously. While he sounds like he is treating her like this for her own good and for the sake of the family, Tamaki feels trapped on a path she does not wish to travel. She thought if she could not be an utaite or a net personality, she could become a real idol. After all, boys really love their idols too. As an idol, she might be able to realize her dreams of getting noticed by Jupiter and maybe even find a boyfriend. One night, Tamaki ran away from home and decided to find a talent agency to audition for. It took a couple of tries, but the President of ZetaPro accepted her. Tamaki is having a pretty good time as an idol so far. Her new jobs felt much more exciting than her miko duties or even her NicoNico song projects. All of a sudden, Tamaki’s father interrupts the conversation. Reminding her that prolonged personal conversations with visitors are strictly forbidden, he calls Tamaki back inside. He then asks Kenji to leave as he is becoming a major distraction to his daughter. Kenji asks him if he ever tried listening to Tamaki’s heart for once. She’s old enough to make her own decisions. Perhaps she does not care about being a miko. However, all he gets in response is a loud, enraged “Get out!” Kenji quickly leaves, but still deeply worries about Tamaki. As Tamaki’s father heads back inside the shrine, he tells her to come straight home after school and tend to the shrine and its visitors. No more of this idol nonsense…Kenji has become a bad influence. Tamaki cringes as she begins her divination lessons. Tamaki predicts she will realize her dreams in the future. Her father thinks she’s making up false predictions and tells her to focus, but she claims she was telling the truth. As Tamaki continues to read the cards, her father worriedly looks at her. “If only you would understand…”

Next week, Tamaki manages to escape her confines in the shrine and head back to ZetaPro for her next assignment. In her hand is a gossip magazine with an article that reads, “Rei-tan returns! Beloved net singer thought to have suddenly disappeared from NicoNico currently working as a live idol.” The rumors spread through her school like wildfire. Some people felt dejected that Rei-tan selfishly betrayed them. However, others were glad to hear their net angel’s voice again and learn that Tamaki was able to move on to bigger and better things. Tamaki never really takes gossip magazines seriously at all. With her fortune-telling skills, she can learn the real truth.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 12, 2014, 04:32:38 am
Jinguuji Tamaki's Route, cont.

On the day of the IU preliminaries, Tamaki looks everywhere for Jupiter, but cannot seem to find them. She is a little disappointed, figuring they would participate in a tournament this big, especially seeing how they lost to Ryuuguu Komachi in the final round of this particular tournament last time. Kenji eventually finds Tamaki and asks her to stay with the rest of her group so she does not get lost in the sea of idols waiting in line. Tamaki still wants to find her favorite male unit, but Kenji figures they might have some business of their own they have to attend to. It would be best not to interfere with them. Still, Tamaki wonders…who knows if they will run into her later after the audition? After the competition blocks have been assigned, Tamaki gets confronted by Hineko and her two partners. Tamaki is not pleased to have to put up with Himeko’s pompous attitude again. Himeko cannot wait to teach the “lovesick skank” her place and force her to give up her immature, impure dreams, especially considering how she utterly destroyed Tamaki’s unit by herself in their last encounter. After the audition, both Tamaki and Himeko are surprised to see that ZetaPro managed to pass, although they still place a distant second to NAZO. Himeko claims “Rei-tan” only got lucky. When Himeko heard Tamaki’s singing voice earlier, she figured she sounded familiar. The boy-crazy miko idol and the “overrated” NicoNico singer with mediocre-at-best covers and skanky fangirl tendencies who selfishly abandoned her fans are one and the same. Himeko never really liked the Rei-tan persona anyway. She sings tasteless love songs just to try to find love of her own. All her fans are mindless sheep that pretty much fell for her “forbidden black magic.” Once Tamaki’s new fans figure out who she really is, they will abandon her much like she did them. Himeko demands Tamaki quit her shenanigans and let her little boy toys worship their true princess…no, queen. Tamaki suddenly notices Touma exiting the venue and instinctively rushes past Himeko to get a chance to talk with him. Himeko orders her to stop, claiming she has not finished talking with her yet, but Tamaki is too quick for her. Once Tamaki opens the door, Touma and the others are long gone. Tamaki is beyond annoyed, thinking Himeko set her up so she could spend some private time with her dream guys. Kenji disagrees, believing it was just a case of bad timing. With Rei-tan’s old fanbase still fueled by slander and supposed deception, fear of her father potentially catching on to her plans, and Himeko still being a nuisance to her, Tamaki knows she is not out of the woods yet.

Once Tamaki arrives back home, her father urgently calls her to meet him in her room. Tamaki gets a little nervous as she approaches him, expecting the worst to happen. Her father recently noticed a note on her bed saying that he felt like she belongs at ZetaPro. All her life she wanted to be a singer, not a miko. She’s old enough to start making her own decisions and her father needs to understand that. While she does respect her parents’ thoughts and wishes, she never wanted a pre-arranged future. While she originally decided to be the utaite “Rei-tan” and later an idol in order to get noticed by the pretty boy idols she likes and hopefully be able to find her dream lover, her time with Kenji and her two partners felt so special to her and helped her change for the better. She enjoys the idol life from hearing her fanboys’ cheers to the variety shows and advertisements she participates in as well as being able to sing and dance her heart out on stage. After Tamaki’s father noticed she went missing again, he thought she was being stubborn and disobedient. However, once he read her note, he had a bit of a revelation. Ever since his wife (Tamaki’s mother, a well-known miko) suddenly died, all he thought about was maintaining the honor and traditions of both sides of the family without once thinking about his own daughter’s feelings. Nearly all the women on the maternal side of Tamaki’s family have at some point in their lives (if not their entire lives) worked as miko. Her father owns and runs the shrine she has lived in since she was born. Her father knew right away that she acquired her natural beauty and top-notch fortune-telling skills from her mother. He figured Tamaki had what it takes to continue her family’s miko traditions and help his business flourish. One day, however, Tamaki’s mother seemed to suddenly lose her divine powers. Her fortune-telling became inaccurate and her prayers and charms were reported to cause a series of unfortunate events. It became so bad to the point where she was labeled as a fraud, causing rumors to spread around the city. With her family’s honor shamed, she was forced to step down as a miko and leave the shrine’s future in Tamaki’s hands. She only wanted the best for Tamaki, but felt guilty to place such a heavy burden upon her daughter at such a young age. A few days later, Tamaki’s mother’s streak of bad luck reached a climactic moment as she was killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident by someone who was driving under the influence after running a red light. After that, Tamaki’s devastated father greatly intensified Tamaki’s miko training. He heavily disapproved his daughter’s naïve views of love, hoping to keep her as pure of heart as possible just like her mother and almost any other tried-and-true miko. Tamaki’s note left her father reminiscing about his wife. He remembered the pain she felt after dishonor fell upon her…the regret she faced sacrificing her daughter’s free will for the sake of her ancestors’ honor. If she could speak her last wish today, it would definitely be that Tamaki live a free, happy life the way she wants it. If she wants to be a miko, that’s fine. If not, that’s fine too. Tamaki feels very sorry for herself. All this time her father told her she was travelling Japan bringing blessings to everyone who called for her divine aid. The truth was just too shocking to believe. If she would have known earlier, there was a good chance she might have forsaken her dreams in favor of devoting her life to becoming a miko. However, she feels relieved, knowing that both her parents now appreciate and support her dreams. The best thing she can do to make her mother happy now would be to follow her own heart…and her heart is telling her to be an idol. Besides, Tamaki has been even more successful as a live idol than she Rei-tan was as a net singer and she’s participating in one of the country’s biggest tournaments. To make up for all he has done, Tamaki’s father decides to do everything in his power to support her career. Tamaki thanks her father for understanding her feelings. She heads to the outside fountain and prays to her mother, stating that she will uphold her last wish and not disappoint her.

Next week, Tamaki tells ZetaPro the news. They are all very happy she was able to convince her father to let her be an idol. Weeks later after spending some extra time to get to know her partners better, Tamaki feels ready to take Himeko on again after ZetaPro is challenged by NAZO to square off at the Harvest Moon Festival. The wannabe princess does not disturb her anymore. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled halfway through the performance due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato shows up and proceeds to mock ZetaPro, mainly Tamaki. To him, Tamaki is only popular because she’s pretty. Deep down, she’s just as hopeless, stupid, and ignorant as any other middle-class girl her age. Trying to do anything to get the guys to love her? It sounds like she could be planning to one day “show off” to her fans. Besides, what Tamaki does not know is that idols are supposed to be pure…no relationships, no exceptions. To think she would learn better especially now that she’s Rank A. She’s selfish and heartless the way she abandoned her net fans (for Rei-tan suddenly leaving NicoNico) and her parents (for giving up her miko duties to become a singer). Plus, she has no real talent. Rei-tan’s voice was just too plain to really stand out above the other utaite singers…there was nothing special about it at all. Both her net and live personae are highly overrated. ZetaPro pretty much hired her knowing that because she gained modest popularity over the Internet, she would be easy money as an idol. It just goes to prove how cheap and greedy lower-class companies can be. Tamaki should just give up being an idol and go back to being a miko like her family wants her to be. Tamaki strikes back, informing him it was not her decision to delete her Rei-tan persona. It was her father’s, but he knows better now. Now she’s free to do whatever her heart tells her. While she has more freedom than before, she knows her bounds and would not do anything scandalous to get boys to love her. Plus, even if she does not find a boyfriend, she doesn’t care anymore. What matters is she made such precious friends over the course of her career, mainly her partners and producer. Yamato scoffs at Tamaki’s statements, believing ZetaPro is spoiling her with their lies. Besides, there is no escape from her past. It will always come back to haunt her. He laughs as he takes NAZO back to his limo. Tamaki is not scared of Yamato’s threats, but hopes what he said about the past does not prove to be true.

On the day of the IU opening ceremonies, Tamaki overhears a conversation between Himeko and Yamato. While her rival still claims to be perfect, she feels a little insecure being fully British. She fears that if word gets out (especially about her real name), all the fame and fortune she has will be destroyed and she will have absolutely no chance of winning the IU. Yamato angrily makes her snap out of it. He made her a regal princess idol because she is the definition of pure perfection and proof that the upper class is superior in every way. Her competition will bow to her like the goddess she is. Tamaki never figured there was more to Himeko than meets the eye. Underneath her proud, rude, self-centered nature beats the heart of a scared, insecure girl. Tamaki figures Himeko is not in the mood to talk right now so she just lets it be for now. Besides, she knows Jupiter is in the near vicinity and really wants to talk to them. She looks everywhere but cannot seem to find them. Unfortunately for her, Kenji tells the group they are heading back to the office. Tamaki is a little disappointed she could not get to chat with Jupiter again, but figures she will get her chance once the actual finals begin.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 12, 2014, 07:57:58 pm
UPDATE: Now finishing

Jinguuji Tamaki's Route, conclusion

ZetaPro will face Jupiter in the quarterfinals. Tamaki squeals with delight upon finally seeing her favorite male idols in person, telling them she has been a major fangirl of theirs ever since they formed and was inspired by their work to become a singer herself. She is really thinking about throwing the match to Jupiter in order to allow them to have their desired rematch with Ryuuguu Komachi, but ultimately decides against it. One, Kenji and the others would not let her seeing as through their mission is to defeat NAZO and bring their haughty elitist producer (and the President's son) to his senses. Two, if she did, Jupiter (especially Touma) would not take her very seriously as an idol at all...she really has to prove how and why she made it this far. Once Jupiter is defeated, Tamaki apologizes for knocking them out of the running for the IU. Touma and the others are really impressed by her skill and victory, they congratulate her for her efforts and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Touma encourages her to give it her all as the heads down the last leg of the tournament, not wanting to be disappointed. Tamaki is so overcome by infatuation she swoons and nearly faints, but Kenji is there to catch her before she could fall. As a sign of appreciation, Jupiter even signs Tamaki's Alice or Guilty CD cover. Tamaki is delighted and inspired. Now that she has realized her dream of being noticed by Jupiter, she feels as though nothing could possibly go wrong now.

Tamaki's unit later defeats Project Fairy and will face NAZO in the finals. With the situation getting more out of hand, Yamato desperately searches the archives for something he could use to put an abrupt end to Tamaki's career. Suddenly, he sees something particulary eye-popping and laughs maniacally...

The next day as ZetaPro arrives at their dressing room, they notice an ominous red letter with a dragon motif. It's obviously from Yamato. It reads, "Dear Tamaki-chan...or should I say Rei-tan, You do realize you have no chance of defeating NAZO. You're nothing more than a Jupiter fangirl with a naive view of love and impure thoughts. I have recently discovered something that will prove to the entire country you are nowhere near idol material. Remember that little risque self-photoshoot Rei-tan posted on Jupiter's fan page? I have got my hands on the photos. Your net persona may be gone, but your legacy has not been forgotten. I will make you an offer...drop out of the IU finals and surrender to NAZO or else your photos shall be released to the public. Like I told you before, there is no escape from your past. Just do yourself a favor and give yourself up, you pathetic fangirl!" Tamaki remembers those photos. To show Jupiter how pretty she was, "Rei-tan" posted pics of herself half-naked performing very dangerous, suggestive poses. There is even one in the collection where she is seen exposing her nipples (though the viewers cannot see this for obvious reasons). Tamaki is so distressed she does not know what to do. She really wants to perform, but is convinced Yamato will go through with his ultimatum if she does. Both her online and offline reputations will be ruined! With time running out and Tamaki growing more and more stressed, Kenji comes up with a plan to counterattack...

Later that evening as Kenji and Kaito search for the photos, they run into Jupiter dressed as RyuuseiPro agents. Touma overheard a conversation Yamato had on the phone earlier today involving the ultimatum he sent to Tamaki. It turns out even if Tamaki did drop out of the tournament, Yamato was not going to keep his word...he plans to release the photos anyway to teach his father the error of his ways as well as prove that Tamaki should not be an idol. Not willing to once again fall for a corrupt manager's lies, Jupiter decides to aid Kenji in putting a stop their former producer's plans, believing someone like Tamaki deserves a fair fight against NAZO. Touma tells Kenji to leave everything to him since he knows where Yamato's quarters are. Once Yamato is away, the male idols are able to fool security, sneak into the room;, and open the computer. Luckily, Shouta finds the folder containing the scandalous photos and deletes them just in time. As soon as Jupiter puts the computer in sleep mode and get set to leave, Yamato suddenly enters, much to their surprise. Once Yamato asks what they are up to, Touma claims they arrived to clean up the room. Yamato thanks the disguised agents for their "service" as they exit their former producer's quarters.

Just as Tamaki's unit is about to take the stage, Jupiter shows up (back in their stage outfits) and lets Kenji know the coast is clear. They managed to delete Tamaki's photos without raising any suspicion. Tamaki thanks Jupiter graciously and hugs them with all her might, much to Touma's annoyance. With Tamaki clear to perform, she confidently takes the stage and meets NAZO face to face. Yamato, still unaware of what Jupiter has done, believes Tamaki must be a masochist for not abiding to his end of the deal. He calls one of his agents to hook up his computer to the dome's screens and display the images. However, the agent claims there is a problem...he no longer has access to the photos. Yamato is surprised. How could this happen? Jupiter suddenly appears before Yamato. Having once before worked with corrupt management who was willing to do anything to crush his enemies no matter how underhanded, Touma could not stand by and watch Yamato score a dishonest victory. Tamaki and her partners are very respectable idols. Yamato just does not want to admit it. Kenji and Jupiter demand that Yamato quit his shenanigans and fight fairly. It's what they deserve. Tamaki swoons as she thanks Jupiter for their assistance. After the conversation, Tamaki takes the stage and lets everyone know that she and the utaite Rei-tan are one and the same. She left the Internet due to circumstances beyond her control, but she loves all her fans, both online and offline. Now she wants to show everyone (especially all the pretty guys out there) the fruits of her perseverance!

ENDING

Tamaki's success and popularity are enough to make her father's shrine flourish more than ever. Some people arrive not for blessings, but for autographs. Tamaki includes a charm with each autograph as a thanks for their support. As a bit of an apology, Tamaki's father buys her a brand new laptop and USB microphone, allowing her to revive the Rei-tan persona, continue recording song covers, and even opening her own blog. One day, she meets up with Kenji again, telling him the news. She could not be any happier than she is right now and it's all thanks to him. She was able to convince her father she wanted to live her life the way she wants, her talents have won the hearts of several male fans, and she was able to get noticed and supported by her favorite male idols. However, she decides to keep a bit of a miko persona while on stage. Before her performances, she would often wave a tamagushi, blessing her audience before dazzling them with her song and dance. She figured both her father and mother would like it if she decided to incorporate both elements in her idol image. Suddenly, she gets a notification on her smart phone. She got a reply on her blog. It's from Shouta! It turns out he has become quite an avid fan of Rei-tan's song covers. He then asks if the two of them could spend a little time together after their respecive units face off in a festival. Tamaki gasps...it's like a dream come true!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 16, 2014, 06:13:58 am
Two more story mode routes to go! Because Hotaru seemed to develop a bit of popularity when I introduced her, I'll save her for last.

Busujima Ryoko’s Route

Kenji first meets Ryoko just outside the office practicing on her guitar. It becomes apparent she has been playing or a few years now and really knows what she’s doing with her instrument. She also shows off her deep and powerful yet cool and controlled singing voice. Kenji can really tell Ryoko has that rock spirit the President told him about. Once he strikes up a conversation with her, he notices her demeanor is very punkish and boyish. If it were not for a certain chest feature of hers, Kenji might have been convinced she was a boy instead. Ryoko assures Kenji she is a genuine girl despite her looks. Upon hearing the news of her upcoming debut, she is fired up and cannot wait to be able to rock the stage. Still, Kenji wonders. Can a rockin’ girl who is even more boyish than Makoto really become a successful female idol?

At first, Ryoko has a very difficult time adjusting to idol life. She really does not enjoy acting cuter and more feminine and will sometimes even refuse to wear a dress, let alone a skirt. During some commercials and variety shows, her rock soul will often get the better of her, causing her to go all out with a loud voice and fiery, overly-enthusiastic demeanor when trying to advertise, often failing to appeal to the product’s target demographic. She would sometimes pass the time practicing on her guitar even during events when her guitar was not needed at all. Even after all that, Ryoko and her unit still gain a modest fanbase and are able to reach Rank E. Once Ryoko’s unit returns to the office after their festival performance against 876Pro, Ryoko decides to talk to Kenji in private. She apologizes for acting snippy with him and the others and giving them a rough time. Despite her rebellious demeanor, she really is a nice girl deep down. She admits idol life is much different than what she is normally used to. The truth is she never intended to be an idol in the first place—her dream is to become a rock star. Ryoko is the daughter of Ryunosuke Busujima, a big time rock singer and lead guitarist of the band known as Cobra. Ryoko devoted nearly her entire life following in his footsteps. She took up guitar lessons and honed her naturally strong yet crisp voice by singing along to some of her favorite rock albums. Because she grew up in a very rock-centered family, she began to develop a strong will, a punkish look, and a brash, boyish personality. Once she got into high school, she tried her best to join garage bands and rock music clubs, but despite her talents, none of them really seemed to accept her just because she was a girl. The fact there were no real female rock bands in her school and neighborhood did not really help much either. She even tried cutting her hair short and spiking it in order to appear more rebellious, but still no band accepted her. Still, she was allowed to perform at Ryunosuke’s favorite bar from time to time, where she became a pretty big hit. Once Ryoko began college, she began taking professional lessons and even tried her best to start up a female rock group of her own, but none of the girls in the school were interested. One day when she was practicing, the President overheard her singing and offered her to become an idol. Ryoko did not have much of an idea what idols were at the time, but her eyes lit up at being able to enter the professional music industry, seeing it as a perfect stepping stone in her path towards the world of rock. Kenji finds her story particularly interesting, especially seeing how she is the daughter of a rock artist he knows pretty well. While Kenji’s main focus is classical and instrumental music, he has listened to and enjoyed quite a few Cobra songs when he was younger. Until she can realize her dream, Ryoko promises she will do her best to become the best idol she can be. The path may a bit rockier than she thinks, but she is the type who always gives 110% in everything she does and never even thinks about giving up. It’s just not her style.

As the days go by, not much has changed. Ryoko does not feel like she’s really improving much as an idol even though her dancing has gotten much better and her voice is still as strong as ever. On the day of the Sunny Beach Festival, Ryoko puts on her best performance to date, but it still is not enough as her unit is crushed by Kagura. Kagura really does not care for Ryoko at all. Due to her looks and demeanor, she is hardly even considerable idol material. It’s like ZetaPro pulled a gangster boy-in-a-girl’s-body from the slums. Even if she was into rock music, there is no way someone like her can be shaped into a proper idol. All she will do is hold the rest of her unit back. No matter what she or her friends do, she cannot change fate. Getting a little frustrated from such demeaning comments, Ryoko tries to defend herself, claiming she is much more caring and dedicated than Kagura thnks, but Kagura quickly silences her, considering Ryoko’s “pathetic” excuses annoying. She then demands Ryoko to quit being an idol as she is a disgrace to both the idol world and the rock world. Just before she leaves, she turns back and tells Ryoko, “By the way…Cobra is overrated.” Ryoko almost snaps and urges Kagura to take back what she said, but Kagura simply ignores her and leaves the festival venue.

Back at the office, Ryoko is really disappointed with herself for snapping at Kagura. It’s like she just proved her statement true. Kenji assures Ryoko that everything Kagura said about her is far from true. He is not quite sure what is going through Kagura’s head right now, but he can tell she is far too stuck up to open up to Ryoko and prove her true feelings do not necessarily match her appearance. Still, Ryoko blames herself for the unit’s loss. Compared to her partners, when it comes to developing her idol aura, she feels as though she is falling way behind. No matter how hard she tries, she is too used to her punkish rock persona, often sticking her in awkward situations. Kenji comforts her, claiming that adjusting to a brand new, completely different lifestyle is never an easy thing. It’s like when you first move from the city to the country or vice versa. Some of the other idols feel like they needed to adjust their styles a bit too. Their adjustment situations often proved to be just as difficult. Rest assured, Kenji will make sure that he and the other two idols help Ryoko change and become the best rockin’ idol she can be, even if it’s just a stepping stone for bigger and better things. Nobody else is giving up on her so she should not give up on herself either. Ryoko thanks everyone for the support. She promises to do her best to help out the unit as much as she can, but still worries that her best might not be good enough.

As Kagura informs her “mysterious” producer of her recent victory, she seems curious about her opponent. Her family name happens to be Busujima…could she really be related to him? Nevertheless, Kagura’s producer knows Ryoko is simply no match for her and is hardly a threat to his plans…

(to be continued)

Expect the appearance and involvement of a 765Pro idol in the next part!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 19, 2014, 06:53:04 am
Busujima Ryoko's Route, cont.

Ryoko’s unit manages to get their momentum back after a couple of successful outings. As the weeks go by, while Ryoko’s natural talents keep on improving, her nature still has not made much change. She still prefers to wear dark colors over cute, girly, or glittery outfits. She still acts very boyish and often winds up sparking awkward situations. She continues to utilize a powerful, rock-type singing voice even during songs where it is not really necessary (i.e. cute, hyper songs or quiet/sad ballads). It almost appears as if she is way too used to her “rock girl” image or simply does not want to change. Even after her unit reaches rank C and faces off against 961Pro/Ryuuguu Komachi, Ryoko still gets complaints from directors and some fans regarding her behavior. According to them, while she shows more and more promise the further she progresses, she just does not seem to fit the general description of a tried-and-true idol with her punkish rockin’ girl attitude. There appears to be almost nothing cute or innocent about her at all. Plus, it seems like she does not even want to try to change her act for the better. Because of this, she is starting to become a burden to her unit. If anything, she should just stick to the rock music word and forget about being an idol. Ryoko is starting to get a little upset reading these messages, not knowing what to do in response. Looking a little depressed, she meets Kenji in the park one day to discuss her problems. People are starting to get the idea that she is not taking her idol career very seriously. If she wants to be a successful idol, Ryoko has to make the appropriate adjustments and look like she really wants to be an idol. However, Ryoko believes that task is becoming more and more impossible and is beginning to understand why. She is just too used to her “rock girl” image and does not want to throw it away, fearing as through by doing that she will ultimately wind up failing her father and all the other amateur groups she tried auditioning for. Suddenly, the conversation catches the attention of a familiar figure. It turns out 765Pro idol Makoto Kikuchi has been eavesdropping on Kenji and Ryoko and decided to lend an upcoming idol a helping hand. Makoto recognizes Ryoko from seeing her on TV a couple of times. Once she hears the name Busujima, her eyes light up…it turns out she has been quite an avid Cobra fan when she was younger and is overjoyed to be able to meet the lead guitarist’s daughter. Still, Makoto tells Ryoko she can really sympathize with her when it comes to her personality. Makoto wonders if Ryunosuke raised Ryoko to be a more boyish rock star like him in order to pass down his legacy. Ryoko tells her she was actually inspired by his success and tried her best to emulate him, especially in terms of his guitar style and personality. Makoto claims her childhood was much different as she was essentially raised to be a boy. Still, deep down Makoto was a genuine girl. Becoming an idol really helped awaken her cute, girly charms, although the road to changing her image was a rocky one. While she is a lot better than she was before, she admits traces of her brash tomboy nature will slip out occasionally even these days, often sticking her in unnecessarily awkward situations or causing her to attract more girls than boys. Makoto assures Ryoko that if she can change her demeanor like that, Ryoko can too. If Ryoko chose to become boyish of her own free will, she would not be failing Ryunosuke at all if she decided to make a few changes to her life. Ryoko then recalls what her father once told her when he saw her playing the guitar along to one of his CDs. All he wanted was for his daughter just to be happy. He did appreciate Ryoko’s adoration of his work with Cobra, but he assured her that she should be the only one who ultimately makes the decisions of what she should do with her life. She should try listening to her heart more than his CDs. Makoto knows Ryoko has what it takes to become a truly magnificent idol. Even though Ryoko claims she did not have much luck when it came to joining amateur rock groups and school clubs, she needs to take advantage of the opportunity ZetaPro gave her to make her first big impact in the music industry. Becoming a rock star may be a future goal, but Makoto reminds Ryoko to keep her focus on the present. To help her on her way, Makoto even offers her some extra lessons to provide some tips in appearing more cute and feminine, including getting used to wearing skirts and glitter. Ryoko enthusiastically accepts Makoto’s offer. Makoto reminds Ryoko that even though changing her nature will be very difficult, the trick is to stay persistent, even if she accidentally switches back to her old tendencies from time to time. Kenji and especially Ryoko thank Makoto for the chat as the three of them head home for the evening.

As the weeks go by, Ryoko’s extra training is starting to pay off. Many more people are accepting her as a true idol now. Kenji and the others are very impressed with Ryoko’s incredible progress. On the day of the IU preliminaries, she cannot wait to show everyone what she has accomplished, especially Makoto, who has told her she too will enter the tournament. Ryoko looks everywhere in the main hall, but cannot seem to find Makoto or her companions. Because she has to stay in line and register with the rest of her unit in person, she cannot find a space to practice on her guitar either, which makes Ryoko slightly more impatient. After registering, ZetaPro discovers they have been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, which makes Ryoko feel slightly uneasy. She really does not want to blow it in front of Kagura again (both socially and performance-wise) after what happened last time. Kagura can hardly wait to teach Ryoko her place especially now that NAZO is coming at them full throttle. After the audition, both Ryoko and Kagura are surprised to discover that ZetaPro has managed to pass. However, the gap between Ryoko’s unit and the first-place NAZO is immense. Kagura figured Ryoko’s family name sounded familiar…she’s the daughter of the “great” rock artist Ryunosuke Busujima. Perhaps his so-called talents…and vulgar, rebellious attitude…have been passed on to his daughter. Still, the way Ryoko acts makes Kagura think she could be a bisexual. This particular comment starts to make Ryoko feel tense, but she remembers what Makoto taught her and manages to calm down (she really does not want to blow her top and appear confrontational). Plus, no matter what Ryoko tries to do, she can never change who she really is. If she chooses one path, she must stick to it the rest of her life. This is what’s called fate. Calmly, Ryoko tries to explain that she really has changed with the help of Makoto, her partners, and Kenji, but Kagura claims they are the ones really holding her back from what could potentially make her the absolute best. They are trying to spoil her and hopelessly steer her away from her destined path. She suggests that Ryoko stop kidding herself, quit being an idol, and stick to being a mediocre rock artist like she was raised. Suddenly, Makoto arrives and intervenes in the conversation. She has been watching Ryoko develop before her eyes and on TV. She can tell Ryoko has become such a fantastic idol in such a short amount of time. Besides, fate cannot decide the path she takes in life…her heart does. Makoto suggests that NAZO no longer underestimate Ryoko or they will soon be in for a big surprise. Kagura has had enough of the conversation and leaves the venue with her partners. Ryoko thanks Makoto profusely for coming to her defense. Makoto knew if she did not see all of that potential in Ryoko, she probably would not have even considered aiding her. After the tomboy idols fist-bump, Makoto overhears Yukiho calling her back to her group as 765Pro is getting set to leave. Makoto heads over towards Yukiho but not before telling Ryoko to keep up the good work and stay determined.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on November 19, 2014, 10:31:57 pm
Loving Nagisa even more! Poor thing, but I'm glad I was able to watch her grow as an idol. That part where she found out her mother had died was just heartbreaking.

Shiori is really interesting too. I like her story and pity her from how her family treats her--I find it hard to believe she's only 13!.

Now to catch up on Tamaki who I totally forgot I skipped. Liking Ryoko so far too! Keep it up!

EDIT: Read Tamaki's story! Is it just me, or do a lot of these guys have parents that disapprove of them...? Geez. You'd think their families would LIKE their daughters being idols. I like her. Her past as an utaite and her miko-style performance is unique, and even her motives are nice. I liked her moving from just being boy-crazy to being a true (boy-crazy) idol.
I TOTALLY SHIP SHOUTAMAKI NOW OKAY.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 21, 2014, 06:21:20 am
Busujima Ryoko's Route, cont.

Ryoko decides to spend some extra time with her partners not just to build bonds and get to know them better, but to learn some extra tools in order to help build her evolving idol image. While she does occasionally make mistakes, she no longer considers them unforgivable or beats herself up over them. Nobody can truly be perfect. Once Ryoko reaches Rank A, she can really start to feel all the progress she has made, especially from her extra lessons with Makoto. She is beginning to look and act more like an honest-to-goodness idol. Once ZetaPro is challenged by NAZO to face off at the Harvest Moon Festival, Ryoko cannot wait to show them how much she has improved over time and prove them she is able to change. Unfortunately, their performance gets cancelled halfway due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato suddenly arrives to pick up NAZO and mock ZetaPro, particularly Ryoko. The fact that ZetaPro hired someone like her is living proof of how low middle-class companies will sink for the sake of money and popularity. They figured they could easily cash in with the daughter of a well-known rock star. They probably do not pay her much and force/blackmail her to change her ways and become a more ideal idol. They just have no clue that no matter how much they try, they will never be able to change who she really is—a vulgar, hotheaded, street-fighting punk-like tomboy who looks and acts like a genuine bisexual—not even close to true idol material. Ryoko cannot take hearing these false accusations anymore and has no choice but to speak up. She claims she joined ZetaPro as an idol in order to take advantage of the opportunity they gave her to set foot into the professional music business, was treated fairly all this time, was kind to all their members, and, due to all the faith her partners, her producer, and a well-known “princely” idol had in her, was able to start adjusting to styles outside her comfort zone. More importantly, she has made so many fond memories with her new friends. Yamato scoffs at her speech, claiming all the time she spent with those “greedy pigs” has made her soft. He laughs as he escorts NAZO back to his limo. Ryoko did not mind snapping a little this time—she just had to voice her opinion. Kenji did not mind at all. Lots of cute, sweet girls tend to show a strong will these days. What she did was not very overly-masculine at all. Besides, she is doing a fantastic job despite slight hiccups here and there. On the drive back to the office, Ryoko wonders. Sure she is still used to the rock persona she has adapted nearly all her life, but her idol training has begun to awaken her dormant girly side. Neither side of her dominates the other and tends to suddenly show up in the most awkward of times. Could there be a way to settle into a happy medium for her sake as well as her fans?

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Ryoko suddenly listens in to a conversation between Kagura and Yamato. Kagura claims she must win the IU in order to maintain the legacy of her family. Knowing the rough treatment her parents gave her in the past, Yamato assures her he will do whatever it takes for NAZO to win the championship. Ryoko is surprised, finding it hard to believe that Kagura also comes from a musically talented and successful family. She is beginning to understand why Kagura treats her so harshly. It’s not so much as her boyish demeanor, but perhaps more to prove that the Ichimonji family is superior to Ryunosuke and Cobra. Unlike Ryoko who chose to live like her father, Kagura’s parents essentially forced their daughter down the path she is currently taking as if she has no choice but to carry on the Ichimonji family legacy. Feeling as though she might not be in the mood to talk, Ryoko continues to play her guitar. However, she cannot help feeling a little sorry for NAZO’s vocal queen…

During the quarterfinals, Namco Angel loses to NAZO. Makoto reminds everyone to keep a close eye on Ryoko. She has come such a long way since her debut. Makoto can tell there is something special in her that makes her unique among other idols. If there is anyone who can stand up to NAZO now, it’s Ryoko and her unit.

(to be continued)

Sorry, today has been quite a long day for me. I promise I'll finish the route tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 22, 2014, 04:42:03 am
Busujima Ryoko's Route, conclusion

The following day, Ryoko spends some time on a bench outside the VIP entrance playing her guitar once again. She seems to be very deep in thought. Kenji soon finds her outside and asks her what’s on her mind. Everyone else is all dressed up while Ryoko is still wearing her street clothes wasting time. As a matter of fact, Ryoko has been thinking about her future for a while now. After thinking about juggling both her rock girl and idol personalities around for a while as well as what Yamato and NAZO constantly tell her, Ryoko recently came up with an idea on how to make the most of them. She plans to combine her two traits into one in order to create a fresh new image the like of which the fans have never seen before. This way she can establish a happy medium while providing fans with something unique. Kenji is quite interested in the idea. However, Ryoko still has her doubts. A hybrid rock idol image can prove to be either hit or miss. While providing something completely different to the table, there is a possibility they go together like peanut butter and tartar sauce and look like a total mess. Kenji encourages her to give her idea a shot. How will she know her idea is a good one without taking the risk? However, her plans may have to be put on hold until the end of the IU. Ryoko will have to perform at her absolute prime in order to defeat NAZO. Ryoko understands, but is burning with enthusiasm for being able to express her thoughts to Kenji as she strums an intense, upbeat melody on her guitar. She stands back up, puts her guitar away, and heads back inside to get dressed up for the performance.

Meanwhile, Makoto is walking through the hall after gathering her belongings from the dressing room when she suddenly hears Yamato’s voice. He is on the phone with what sounds like one of his agents, mentioning something about putting his plans in motion and giving NAZO a guaranteed victory if it progresses perfectly. Makoto is shocked. Not only is NAZO’s producer a heartless jerk for mocking her unit (especially Yukiho) after defeating them in the quarterfinals, but it appears he might not be dealing from a straight deck. Makoto decides to investigate a bit further and find a way to counterattack.

Later that evening, Ryoko and the rest of ZetaPro take the stage to face NAZO and a confident Yamato. All of a sudden, Makoto arrives asking Ryoko if she has done a mic check. Ryoko tells her she has not. It was actually a good thing she did not test her mic yet. Makoto takes the headset Ryoko is currently wearing away and replaces it with a functional one. She also has a CD and a pair of bra pads in hand. To tell Ryoko the truth, they were all part of a dirty scheme set up by Yamato to expose her as a fraud, a lip syncher, and a crossdressing gay boy. Makoto heard everything from a phone conversation with one of his RyuuseiPro agents. They planned to give Ryoko a bum mic, use a prerecorded version of the song she is performing, and expose a pair of D-cup bra pads just before the judges reveal the final scores as if they found them in Ryoko’s dressing room. Believing Ryoko deserves a fair fight against NAZO after all she has accomplished and does not deserve that horrible level of slander, Makoto had no choice but to sneak into Yamato’s chambers dressed as a RyuuseiPro employee and steal the “evidence” from under his nose. He figured if the plan succeeded, Ryoko’s career would be ruined and NAZO would be assured an easy victory over his father’s company. Ryoko and Kenji can hardly believe Yamato would sink so low. All Yamato wanted to prove to Ryoko and ZetaPro was there is no such thing as a happy medium…you are either a punk rocker or an idol. Once you go down one path, that’s the path you are unfortunately stuck down for life. This is what is called destiny. Kenji demands Yamato quit his cowardly tactics and fight fairly. The rest of the conversation goes on regularly from there. Ryoko wants to prove once and for all that she can change her own destiny. Her father knows it. Makoto knows it. Kenji and the other two idols she works with know it. With that in mind, Ryoko decides to put her plan into effect right away. Today marks the birth of a hard-rockin’ idol! “So…let’s rock!

ENDING

Ryoko’s plan turns into a smashing success! Old fans and new listeners alike love the idea of a combination rock star and pop idol. One day, Ryoko arrives at the office holding a letter. Before she shows Kenji the letter, she thanks him for all he has done for her…giving her the strength to work outside her comfort zone and discover new talents she never knew she had. Her father watched her IU performances and could not be any prouder of his daughter for what she has become. Even after everything she has accomplished and all those extra lessons she took with Makoto, she knows she is still far from perfect. To her, the sky’s the limit and it just gets higher and higher. Ryoko has decided to make a few changes to her future…she will remain an idol in order to continue to promote her fresh new image and encourage fans and new idols alike that they can become whatever their heart tells them to be. With that said, Ryoko opens her letter. It’s an invitation to perform at an island resort festival! Ryoko is even allowed to play her guitar while she is singing! Kenji congratulates her. Ryoko is later seen singing and playing the guitar on stage with Makoto and Yukiho cheering for her from the audience.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 24, 2014, 05:33:11 am
Sorry, I forgot to get around responding to these.

Loving Nagisa even more! Poor thing, but I'm glad I was able to watch her grow as an idol. That part where she found out her mother had died was just heartbreaking.

Shiori is really interesting too. I like her story and pity her from how her family treats her--I find it hard to believe she's only 13!.

Now to catch up on Tamaki who I totally forgot I skipped. Liking Ryoko so far too! Keep it up!

EDIT: Read Tamaki's story! Is it just me, or do a lot of these guys have parents that disapprove of them...? Geez. You'd think their families would LIKE their daughters being idols. I like her. Her past as an utaite and her miko-style performance is unique, and even her motives are nice. I liked her moving from just being boy-crazy to being a true (boy-crazy) idol.
I TOTALLY SHIP SHOUTAMAKI NOW OKAY.

If you think about it, some of their families had their reasons. Yutaka (Reika's adoptive father) wanted to keep Reika away from the outside world so she would not think about her dreadful past anymore. Tamaki's father only thought about passing down the family's miko legacy, especially after her mother died. Hanabi (Kaori's mother) was originally for the idea until she discovered how 573Pro was treating her daughter. Then she entered her judgmental phase, believing all companies promote their idols as if they were just fetish material. She thought what she was doing was best for her daughter. Then you have Shiori's uncle and his family who pretty much only intended to treat Shiori like trash. One, her real mother was a prostitute. Two, it was kind of a way for her uncle to give a big "f*** you" to his brother (Shiori's true father) for forcing the responsibility onto him.

Other than that, everyone else was for the idea. Think about Setsuna's grandparents...Asuka's talented father...Hinata's brother (especially after all the bullying she got, claiming disabled girls can't be idols)...Kotone's mother and grandmother (though if her good-for-nothing father were still around, he'd definitely be against it)...

Who's excited for Hotaru's story (last one!)? It took a long time, but I finally came up with something pretty interesting.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 27, 2014, 05:24:25 am
Here we go! Last story mode route!

Kuroba Hotaru’s Route

Kenji first meets Hotaru at a nearby park. She is simply lying around gazing at the clouds without a care in the world. Kenji tries to get her attention, but she does not wish to be bothered right now and asks him to leave her in peace. She knows Kenji is the producer she saw from the Black Pearl Festival and is pretty sure this does not mean good news for her. Kenji is confused. He knows the president told him Hotaru would be the easygoing type, but it turns out to be a serious understatement. It is like she is completely lazy, uninspired, and even slightly antisocial. Even after Kenji gives her the news regarding her debut, she reacts very unenthusiastically almost as if she does not wish to become an idol. She pretty much knew it would inevitably happen, but claims it is going to be a pain in the neck and a horrible waste of time, especially considering the lessons. Kenji is a little concerned about her demeanor. Will Hotaru’s laziness prove to hold everybody back? There has to be some redeeming factor about her…

Hotaru hardly puts any effort into her first two lessons. She feels a bit relieved after knowing she will be backed up by two other idols, believing she would not have to put in as much time and work as she thought. Still, they expect her to act more like an ideal leader and put a little more effort into her work. Hotaru gets a little disappointed, thinking Kenji and the President just placed an even bigger burden upon her. Kenji is far from willing to give up on her, but how can she become an idol in her current state?

Kenji has his doubts as the unit is set to make their debut. Hotaru is still acting fussy and unenthusiastic. However, she surprises Kenji and the judges alike with an outstanding performance and angelic singing voice. Nobody at ZetaPro figured she had it in her. Underneath her lazy disposition lies such incredible potential. Hotaru claims she was not even trying during her audition. Kenji knows raising her will prove to be a daunting task, but if she can somehow find the inspiration to keep going, who knows what she can accomplish?

While Hotaru still does not care much for her lessons and some of her promotions, she tends to go all-out when she performs on stage or during a TV broadcast. Once Kenji and the others begin to catch on, they hope that sudden spark in enthusiasm will eventually carry over to the rest of her jobs, but Hotaru really sees no point in doing so just because she sees them as a waste of time and effort. However, she still manages to get the job done one way or another. For example, when she is recording for an advertisement, she usually only relies on tricks she learned watching other commercials on TV. Eventually, with the help of her partners, Hotaru’s unit eventually reaches Rank E and claims victory at their first festival. Now that she has managed to rank up, Hotaru believes now might be a good time to kick back and relax for a while. Kenji disagrees. It only means they will be getting more and better job opportunities. He urges Hotaru that because of this, she needs to remain vigilant and put some extra effort in her work and her lessons. If she takes too long a hiatus from her idol career, she may lose some displeased fans and take a few steps backwards. She may think being an idol is just about putting on a show for the fans, but Kenji claims it’s a lot more than that. Hotaru has had it with Kenji’s rambling. She claims he is sounding worse than her parents. Hotaru actually comes from a family tree full of talented and successful musicians. Her mother is a renowned opera singer who once performed with European theater companies. Her father is the concertmaster of an esteemed symphony orchestra in Sapporo who has performed several violin solo and concerto works over the course of his career. Their talents seemed to have passed down to their next of kin as Hotaru began to show signs of incredible singing talent during her youth. However, even after her parents urged her to find ways to utilize her blooming talents to the fullest, she refused to join school choirs and music clubs or take private lessons because to her they were all a big waste of time and not worth the effort. She would rather just relax and take it easy doing things that do not require much effort, like watching TV or playing video games. Sometimes she wished she did not have any musical talent. She would rather be like a cloud…nothing to do but simply float around in the sky. Her parents knew something was wrong with her. To make sure their daughter does not waste her life away like that, Hotaru’s parents sent her to Tokyo against her will to become an idol under 961Pro, aware of their standard of excellence and hearing about Kuroi’s want ads in search for new talent. They informed Kuroi not to allow Hotaru to return home until she becomes a top idol. Kuroi took full advantage of their wishes and used it to get Hotaru off her butt and back to work, much to her chagrin. Even now that she has switched companies, Hotaru still does not want to be an idol and wants to go back home to Sapporo, but she knows her parents will not let her set one foot inside the house in her current condition. The only reason she really puts any effort in her performances is essentially to trick her parents into thinking she is making progress and actually taking her job seriously. Still, reminiscing of her dilemma with her parents got her thinking. Seeing as though she is trapped and has nowhere else to go, she might as well move forward in her career just for the heck of it, even though she will not like it…anything to get back home and relax. Kenji is glad to see even the slightest spark of inspiration. He is still not too sure if Hotaru will use it to the fullest just yet, but a little bit can go a long way, especially considering her musical abilities.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 29, 2014, 06:11:07 am
Kuroba Hotaru's Route, cont.

Hotaru still does not feel motivated enough to put more effort into her work outside auditions and live concerts even after her little chat with Kenji. Her partners are clearly offering up more to the unit than she is. Still, the unit’s popularity continues to grow mostly thanks to the efforts of the other two idols as they felt like they had to go above and beyond to make up for Hotaru’s laziness. On the day of the Sunny Beach Festival, Hotaru almost misses her call time because she was just lying around on the beach and lost track of time. Once Kenji finds her and manages to wake her up from a two-hour nap, her frustrated partners had to help brush the sand out of her hair before she could get dressed. On the stage, Hotaru catches a glimpse of her opponent and cringes a little. The others wonder what’s bothering her, but Hotaru claims it’s nothing. After their unit gets humiliated, their opponent is revealed to be NAZO’s vocal specialist Kagura Ichimonji. Kagura immediately recognizes her opponent. No wonder she was able to defeat her so easily. Kagura does not even know why she thought she could take Hotaru seriously in the first place. People like Hotaru make Kagura sick to her stomach. To her, people who are lazy and do not even care about their idol career are worse than idols who believe their career is only a game, performing just for fun and to make people happy. Hotaru really is a disgrace to the Kuroba family name. Kagura suggests that Kenji immediately get rid of Hotaru as the only thing she is really good at is doing nothing. She will only succeed in dragging her partners down to her level, just like she did during her days with 961Pro. As Kagura leaves, she claims she will never lose to someone like Hotaru even if she does come from a musically talented family.

Back at the office, Hotaru reveals that she had to deal with NAZO in the past. When she was still with 961Pro, NAZO challenged and utterly destroyed them in a festival performance. Their producer proceeded to torment Kuroi, mocking his company’s so-called “legendary” reputation and even calling him a has-been. Kuroi was beyond frustrated but surprisingly, despite his policies, he didn’t wind up firing his unit, calling it sheer dumb idiot luck to lose to the new idol super-sensation. Hotaru finds Kagura and especially the unit’s producer annoying. They just go around putting on a show, strutting their stuff, and using lots of crazy costumes and special effects during every performance. Even if they did manage to easily defeat a juggernaut in the entertainment industry, Hotaru just thinks all that popularity is making them stuck up. Depending on who her partners are, they will quickly point fingers at Hotaru for the unit’s crushing defeat. Kagura was right…she really is holding the unit back. If the unit wishes to bounce back and achieve their full potential, Hotaru will need to quit her clowning and start taking her job much more seriously. “Either shape up or ship out!” Hotaru’s stress gets the better of her as she suddenly lashes out at everyone, telling them to get off her case as she runs out of the office in a huff. Kenji wants to go after her and see what’s wrong, but the President can tell she is frustrated. The loss, facing Kagura again, having to deal with her partners’ nagging…it was just too much for her to bear in one day. Perhaps all she needs is a bit of time to rest and get all of that stress off her shoulders. Kenji complies, but cannot help worrying about Hotaru. It’s clear that she really does not want to be an idol, but she is being forced to. He and everyone else at ZetaPro are willing to support her in any way possible, but she just cannot find the motivation to hold up her end of the bargain. It does not help that everyone’s impatience is stressing her out and only making matters worse. Is there anything that will make Hotaru change for the better?

As Kagura informs her producer about her upcoming victory, she mentions feeling a little uneasy about Hotaru. Considering her family, she seems to have incredible potential hidden away in that lazy nature of hers. Still, her producer finds no need to worry. Unless she somehow manages to find some inspiration somewhere, she is of no use to ZetaPro and is hardly a threat to his plans. In fact, to make sure Hotaru has no chance against NAZO, RyuuseiPro agents are quick to send a hot scoop to gossip columnists. “Hotaru…a disgrace to her family’s name…does not care about being an idol…claims music is a waste of time…would rather live the life of a hikkikomori…” Despite such harsh articles, several fans remained faithful, hoping to see their black firefly idol glow her brightest one day.

Hotaru gets her cool back next week. She does not even care about the gossip going around…she would rather not read magazines anyway. Despite her usual antics, she still manages to get the job done. On the evening after ZetaPro faces off with Ryuuguu Komachi, the President informs Hotaru she received an email from her parents in Sapporo. They have gotten word that their daughter has reached Rank C and national awareness. While Hotaru may believe she has accomplished quite an impressive feat, it’s far from good enough to be allowed back home again. They know she has the skills to become a top idol. In order for her parents to acknowledge their daughter’s talents, she will need to enter the upcoming IU and take home the championship trophy. It does not even matter if this NAZO unit gets involved or if there are several other idols just like them…they know Hotaru can compete at their level. They will be in constant contact with her managers to make sure she is staying on top of her work and not pulling any lazy stunts. They will also double-check idol magazines to make sure she is not doing anything that could potentially ruin her career. They promise they will keep on bugging her about it until she gets her act together. Hotaru almost passes out from the stress. Kenji knew her parents were getting desperate to bring out their daughter’s talents, but never expected them to put this much pressure on her. Hotaru believes the task that has been forced upon her is impossible. Besides, NAZO effortlessly defeated her not once, but twice before. If there are several other idols like them who can perform at their level, she feels like she just is not talented enough to stand a chance. She believes she should just keep doing things the same way as before so she and the rest of the unit can rise in the ranks. Kenji does not want to resort to potentially harsh words, but Hotaru’s pessimistic demeanor leaves him no choice. Feeling a little reluctant, he calls Hotaru a coward, claiming she is only taking the lazy way out just like she always does. How will she know she cannot defeat NAZO and win the IU if she does not even bother trying? Hotaru may claim she is not nearly as talented as some of those bigger-name idols, but Kenji can tell her skills are improving day by day (even though she hardly puts in any effort during lessons) and who knows what other abilities lie dormant within her? Besides, her fans’ expectations of her go up with her rank. She has to keep at it so she can continue to give her fans what they want…not just simply a show, but real talent and passion. Hotaru has to think about her parents’ plan in the long run. She cannot just lay around the house forever expecting everything to be done for her by somebody else. She is going to start living independently sooner than she thinks, especially now that she is 17 years old. She needs to start taking action and responsibility so she can take care of herself and others. Kenji apologizes for stating his opinions so harshly like that, but he felt like he really needed to prove a point. Sometimes you just have to be cruel to be kind. Hotaru calms down. She admits she has taken the “easy” way out several times before in the past, thinking it was the only way to go when she gets stuck in a trap. Having to participate at such a massive tournament like that just to be allowed back home feels no different. Kenji assures her he knows she has it in her…this is the main reason he chose to produce her in the first place. He, her two partners, and the President are not going to give up on her that easily no matter how often she loafs around during work. Hotaru figures she might as well give the IU a shot just for the heck of it. She might not have a choice, but she has nothing to lose anyway. Kenji is not sure if she got anything out of their conversation, but is glad to see she is finally willing to take a step in the right direction. It may be a slight improvement at best, but could this be the sign of something more? Hotaru cannot help but wonder what her parents could be thinking. Why would they suddenly force her to participate in the IU like this? Is there something they are hiding from her? It has to be more than just a learning experience…

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on November 30, 2014, 05:55:58 am
Kuroba Hotaru's Route, cont.

On the day of the IU preliminaries, Hotaru feels confident enough in her newly-honed talents that she may be able to pass without much effort. Still, she kind of expects Kenji to tell her to give it everything she’s got. It feels like more of a pain to have to overexert herself, but if it means a better chance of winning, Hotaru may have no other choice but to take the opportunity. Once she discovers that ZetaPro has been placed in the same competition block as NAZO, she quickly loses what little spirit she managed to muster up. She is far from pleased to see NAZO’s overconfident faces again, especially Kagura’s. Kagura is surprised Hotaru hasn’t considered quitting yet considering her lack of enthusiasm for the idol world and the fact that NAZO has defeated her twice already. Perhaps another good sound thrashing from the full strength of NAZO will teach Hotaru her place once and for all. Hotaru is getting annoyed from constantly getting agonized by Kagura, but she cannot afford to give up. Her parents would not allow it. How will she be allowed to go back home if she does? Hotaru and all of her coworkers at ZetaPro know how much her skills have improved since their previous encounter. Perhaps this time, things will be different. Kagura calls her bluff, believing ZetaPro must have been overly praising her to the point where she has grown too confident for her own good. Much to the surprise of Hotaru and Kagura, ZetaPro manages to pass their audition although they still place a distant second to NAZO. Unable to believe that someone as lazy and unmotivated as Hotaru managed to advance to the next leg of one of Japan’s biggest idol competitions, Kagura exerts her pent-up frustration upon her. Apparently, Hotaru’s family’s legacy is finally starting to show itself. Still, the only reason she got this far is because she is lucky enough to have such dedicated partners who are willing to pitch in a bit more for her sake. To Kagura, Hotaru must have believed that her partners have become so skilled she decided to let them do almost all the work. Kagura claims Hotaru will not get very far in the IU because she just does not have what it takes to be an idol and promises to be the one to put her little run of good luck to an end. Kenji tries to speak up and let Kagura know just how much progress Hotaru has made, but Himeko quickly silences him, claiming that peasants should not talk back to royalty. She shames Kenji and Hotaru for upsetting Kagura. Kagura tells Himeko to calm down, claiming enough is enough. NAZO will need some time to relax and refresh back at their office. During the drive home, an annoyed Hotaru begins asking questions to herself. Why does NAZO happen to be harassing her? And why does Kagura keep mentioning her parents? What are their real intentions? Do they know something about Hotaru that she doesn’t?

As the weeks go by, Hotaru figures she might spend a bit of extra time with her partners. She has been performing with them for a while now and figured it might be a good idea to get to know them a little better. Some of the other idols teach Hotaru the long term effects on how her idol work can benefit people in so many different ways. Others tell her how being an idol is fun for them…it allows them to do what they love the best, whether it be just being able to sing and dance on stage, the thrill of the competition, or just bringing smiles to their audience. Even if Hotaru was forced to become an idol, she can still make the most of it and turn it into a fun, happy experience. Hotaru never really cared to realize just how much her partners loved their job. The path they chose to walk was not an easy one by any means, but they decided to of their own free will. Kenji and the others are glad to see that Hotaru is finally starting to come out of her shell. She still enjoys relaxing but that’s just because of her easygoing nature and tendency to avoid stress. Hotaru feels more than ready to face NAZO again after they challenge ZetaPro to a showdown at the Harvest Moon Festival. Unfortunately, the performance is cancelled halfway due to a pyrotechnic malfunction. Yamato suddenly arrives to pick up NAZO and mock ZetaPro, particularly Hotaru. He finds it hard to believe that ZetaPro would hire someone as pathetic as her. According to Yamato, they figured a girl from a musically successful family could easily become a cash cow for them. Even if she does happen to have latent talent within her, she has never been able to pull her weight and is nothing more than a burden for the entire company. Kenji and the others defend Hotaru, claiming she has come such a long way since her debut in terms of her talents and her personality. They are all so proud of the change she has made. Yamato simply ignores them, claiming they are all just too soft on her. The only reason Hotaru’s unit has made it this far is through sheer luck and the extra effort given by her It just goes to prove how stupid, gullible, and inferior common-class companies are compared to elite, big-money corporations like RyuuseiPro. Besides, it is not just Hotaru’s laziness that will cause the downfall of her career and her company, but her family legacy. He knows everything about her mother, even during the days before she practiced opera. It was a past so secret it was thought to have been erased from everyone’s memories. He can still remember one fateful day like it was yesterday. Hotaru is starting to get a little impatient, anxiously asking Yamato exactly what he knows about her mother. Yamato cannot be bothered to tell her as she does not really deserve to know the truth. However, he claims he will spill his secrets if she manages to somehow change her ways and defeat NAZO in the IU, which he knows will never happen. Once NAZO claims victory, he promises to ruin the Kuroba name forever. Yamato laughs as he escorts NAZO back to his limo. All of that stress has given Hotaru a headache. So many questions are buzzing in her mind all at once. She cannot think straight. What does he know that she does not? Kenji and the others help Hotaru calm down. They will make sure to find some answers so they can get matters straightened out. Nobody at ZetaPro is willing to give up on Hotaru especially considering how she is really starting to mature not just as an idol, but as a person in general. Kenji helps walk Hotaru back to the van.

(to be continued)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on December 01, 2014, 05:18:25 am
Here we go! The finale to end all finales!

Kuroba Hotaru's Route, conclusion

A few days later, Hotaru gets a letter from ZetaPro. It turns out her mother heard about what happened between Yamato and Hotaru. Sadly knowing the secret would be out sooner or later, she passed a message on to ZetaPro in order to tell her daughter the truth. Attached to the letter is an old picture of a very beautiful idol which was taken during one of her biggest concerts. Hotaru reads the letter and is shocked beyond belief…none of this can be real. It turns out that idol was her mother. Back in the day, she achieved renowned success on a national level as her heavenly voice (honed from her days training in choir and musical theater) and gorgeous looks won her millions of fans. She was a top competitor in the sales charts and several of the country’s biggest tournaments and won several awards including the coveted IA Grand Prize. Unfortunately, she made a grave mistake. One day she fell for a pretty-looking guy who claimed to adore her talents and use her as an inspiration to become a big-time performer himself. The two eventually began dating as they constantly manage to slip past the watchful eyes of her management and the paparazzi. He promised her one day they will be able to escape the confines of the big city and live a happy, peaceful life without any fear or worry. Later, she participated in the final rounds of the IU. During both her quarterfinal and semifinal performances, the deceitful man went on a wild crime spree. Targeting the residences of the people who attended Hotaru’s mother’s concerts, he proceeded to vandalize several homes, rob them of their money and valuables, and even murder a few witnesses (including a few defenseless children). On the day she was supposed to perform at the IU finals, Hotaru’s mother finally found out what he was up to and felt shocked and deceived. He tried to give an excuse saying he is fulfilling the promise he made to her, but it did not matter anymore. He did not really love her at all—he was just trying to take advantage of her popularity. The authorities finally caught up to the criminal at Hotaru’s mother’s residence. The criminal was arrested and the idol was taken in for some serious questioning, believing she could have been an accessory to him. She tried her very best to explain her side of the story, not even knowing of his real plans until just a few minutes before authorities arrived. She was cleared of the charges against her, but the situation was reported to her talent agency. Her boss, however, was not nearly as forgiving. Hotaru’s mother was fired from the company and was forced to drop out of the IU. Not only was she caught in a relationship, but she inadvertently aided a criminal in viciously victimizing the fans who attended her concerts. The story soon spread to the paparazzi and gossip panelists. Her name and public image were soon destroyed. Her CDs and music videos were boycotted nationwide. She became so infamous that everyone treated her as if she were some kind of serial killer. Even her musically successful parents were shamed for raising such a child. Humiliated, Hotaru’s mother had no choice but to flee to the northern island of Hokkaido. She was desperate to look for work in the music field on a more professional level, but found it difficult to go outside because of her soiled reputation. Later, after she got married to a caring violin virtuoso from Sapporo and changed her family name, she got a serious makeover and auditioned for an opera company where she was accepted on her first attempt. Nobody knew this new opera singer was really a disgraced idol with a different name. Still, she wanted her tarnished idol name cleared for good. With her talents, she felt like she did not even deserve such mistreatment during her idol career…from being fooled by a traitorous man to the public humiliation she received afterwards. It turns out the real reason she sent Hotaru to become an idol was to win the IU (which was her ultimate dream), clear her idol name, and restore her family’s honor. She knew her daughter had the talent to go the distance and figured the experience would help her give up her lazy ways. Hotaru had no idea. That’s why her mother specifically asked her to try participating in the IU. What she does not understand is why her mother kept this a secret from her for such a long time. It’s almost as if her mother has selfish intentions. Still, even if that were the case, she has enough faith in Hotaru to put her family’s future in her hands. Now that things are starting to become clear for her, she decides to make a change…give 300% effort towards her idol career and fulfill her mother’s desires. Hotaru does not even care how much stress this will put on her. No more hopeless laziness! She is now determined to win the IU with the aid of Kenji and her caring partners!

On the next day of work, Hotaru enthusiastically asks her producer what is on the agenda for the week as she arrives. Kenji and the others cannot believe how rapidly Hotaru has changed. Kenji can see the fire burning in her eyes. He can tell she is raring and ready to become a top idol! Even though she is more determined than ever, she still like to kick back and relax when the time is right because there is just no reason for her to overexert herself.

On the day of the IU finals opening ceremonies, Hotaru overhears a conversation between Kagura and Yamato while she is resting on a bench. Kagura is relying on her producer to guide her to victory in the finals. Yamato knows she must win at all costs for the sake of her family honor. From what Hotaru heard, much like the Kuroba family, the Ichimonji family apparently has quite the reputation for its esteemed musical abilities. It seems the reason Kagura agonizes her so much is because of pride…she wants to prove that her family is truly better than Hotaru’s. As Kagura passes by Hotaru, she is disgusted with her looking so calm and relaxed. It’s like she feels confident that she will win with no sweat. Kagura assures Hotaru she will wipe that smug look off her face once NAZO wins and proves the Ichimonji family’s superiority. As Kagura runs off to find her partners, Hotaru sighs, wondering what could be her rival’s problem.

With the situation growing more and more out of hand, Yamato decides to hatch his greatest plan yet to ruin Hotaru’s career as well as her chances to win the IU. He comes up with a last-second addition to his scheme in an attempt to go above and beyond…

On the day of the finals, Kenji finds Hotaru outside the dome gazing at the clouds. Kenji wonders if she is acting lazy again, but she tells him she has actually been deep in thought for a while now. Besides, the calm air makes her feel at ease. After all that has happened over the course of her idol career, she has been thinking about her future and her partners’ dreams. Even if she happens to win the championship, fulfill her mother’s wishes, and be allowed to go back home, she is still unsure of where she will go from there. Looking at the other two idols, they seem to really enjoy what they do. It’s such an honor to be able to perform in a huge competition like this one. While they do currently have victory on their minds, they are still having as much fun and making as many happy memories as they do during their usual jobs. Seeing their smiling faces never gets old with Hotaru. She later apologizes profusely to Kenji for giving him and her partners a rough time and not pulling her own weight. She really feels like she has become much more responsible and independent these days. Kenji easily forgives Hotaru for her past behavior. He is very proud of her turning her experiences into lifelong lessons. He can tell she has grown into a very mature human being compared to the Hotaru he first met. Still, now is not the time to dwell in the past or the future. Hotaru knows she and her unit have a tournament to win and an insane producer they have to bring to his senses. Kenji helps her back up as they head back to the dressing room.

Once Hotaru arrives, she notices a red letter with a dragon motif on the table (guess who it’s from). It reads, “I’m honestly impressed that you made it this far. Still, I know everything about you and your mother. I know that the former disgraced idol has become a famous opera singer with a different name and look. I have friends in high places and my company’s influence is greater than you can ever imagine. I will make a deal with you. Either drop out of the IU and give up your idol career or I shall expose your mother for the garbage she is. I know she sent you to Honshu and forced you into the idol industry against your will. I know she left you to manage on your own. I know she will not let you return home until you are a top idol. I know how this is all just a sick plot to restore her lost honor. It sounds like she is a dismal failure as both a parent and an idol. What kind of mother abandons her own child and sends her off to fulfill her selfish, greedy desires? Oh, and let’s not forget that you are indeed her daughter…a spoiled, lazy brat whose only goal in life is to live like a NEET/hikkikomori. I hope you will comply with my offer for the sake of your and your family’s dignity. I await your decision on the stage at 6:00 sharp. Tardiness will not be tolerated.” Hotaru feels a little uneasy. Either way she will wind up failing her mother. She really wants to perform and show everybody just how much she has accomplished over the months, but she feels more trapped than the time she arrived in Tokyo and was forced into 961Pro. Kenji assures her he and the other swill find some way out of this predicament. The other two idols want to perform just as badly as she does. Besides, she has come too far just to throw everything away now.

Thirty minutes before call time, Hotaru is still a little reluctant to take the stage as she still has yet to make her decision regarding Yamato’s ultimatum. All of a sudden, she receives a phone call from an unknown number. A familiar voice tells her the coast is clear and she has nothing to worry. The voice anticipates a good match between her unit and NAZO. ZetaPro is glad to hear the good news. Hotaru gets her confidence back and eagerly escorts her partners to the stage where Yamato and NAZO await. Yamato asks Hotaru if she has come to a decision yet, but Kagura steps in and tells Yamato his plan has been shot down. Earlier, she overheard Yamato on the phone with one of his employees. It turns out Yamato did not plan to hold up his end of the bargain. Even if Hotaru did surrender to NAZO, Yamato still had boxes full of slanderous gossip magazines which he planned to distribute to the entire audience…he still would have ruined Hotaru and her family. When Yamato and the guards were away, Kagura managed to take the magazines from under her producer’s nose, throw them all into a garbage bag, and tricked RyuuseiPro agents into believing the bag was full of material to be sent to the recycler for shredding. The agents took the bags outside, unknowing the material was really Yamato’s magazine collection. Kenji can hardly believe it. To think his most respected rival would stoop so low. Yamato is enraged, unable to believe not only one of his best idols but his closest childhood friend would betray him like that. Kagura apologizes, but she claims this was all for the sake of family honor. She wanted to fight Hotaru fair and square to prove the superiority of the Ichimonji family’s talents. Any victory by dishonest means would probably bring shame to her and her family. Besides, Yamato did not choose Kagura to become an idol just to wage war with ZetaPro. He knows how talented she is. They have performed together several times in the past. Kagura wants to use this opportunity to prove just how talented she is to the one she cares for the most. Yamato has no choice but to quit his shenanigans and fight fairly. The rest of the conversation goes on regularly from there.

ENDING

A couple of weeks later, Hotaru decides to publically expose the truth about her heritage. Despite the fact that her mother’s idol name has garnered infamy, it was due to a horrible misunderstanding. Before she was toyed with by the wretched man who ruined her career, she was a very respectable idol…talented, beautiful, and kind to everyone, especially her fans. Hotaru claims if she had not been inspired by her success as both an idol and an opera singer…and a little extra help from her caring producer, she would not even be close to the person she is today. On her next work day, Hotaru shows Kenji an email she received from her parents. Now that she has won the IU and restored her mother’s reputation, her purpose in Tokyo has been fulfilled. They can hardly believe how much their precious daughter has grown up in so little time. Her parents are prepared to book a flight back to Sapporo where her parents will be waiting to take her home. Kenji is a little curious about her decision. Hotaru sends a reply to her parents’ email. It took her a while to decide, but she finally made up her mind after winning the IU. While she appreciates the offer to head back home to take it easy for a while, Hotaru has chosen to stay with ZetaPro and continue her idol career. Her partners and producer have taught her just how fun and exciting the idol world can be. She has made so many close friends and happy memories it would be a shame to throw them all away now. From now on, Hotaru promises to sing into the hearts of the community and leave a strong, lasting impact. Everyone is very happy to hear her decision as her partners hug her tenderly. Hotaru laughs a bit as she tells them, “Good grief, you’re going to make me tear up!”

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Whew! That was quite the roller-coaster ride these past seven months! Oh, but don't despair...I am far from done with this project! Later on, I'm going to give every ZetaPro idol updated artwork (complete with coloring), include some original stage outfits, and add a few skits involving the story and some silly moments between the idols.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on December 01, 2014, 02:26:58 pm
You did a great job, ZetaFlare! I like all the routes! You were able to pass the spirit of im@s into your project! By the way, do you accept requests for the skits?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on December 02, 2014, 06:49:37 pm
You did a great job, ZetaFlare! I like all the routes! You were able to pass the spirit of im@s into your project! By the way, do you accept requests for the skits?

Thanks! Glad to see they all went well!

Not sure. I have a couple of ideas, but I could ask for a couple extra ideas later on. Plus, there is another project I want to get started on pretty soon.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on December 19, 2014, 11:01:08 pm
Before I get started on my skits, I'm going to make a few more finalized changes as well as reveal some trivia regarding the characters.

Nozomi's voice is changed back to Nana Mizuki. She's back and still going strong! She's got the exact kind of singing voice I want to give to someone as talented as Nozomi. Also, I plan to give her a slight hairstyle change. It will be a bit shorter now and will not include pigtails. I felt like her old hair design made her look too much like Nozomi Toujou...people might suspect she could be a ripoff (even though Nozomi Uemura is supposed to have mahogany-colored hair).

Miku will now be voiced by Rie Tanaka. I was back and forth for a while now, swinging between her, Saki Fujita, and Hisako Kanemoto. According to Tanaka's TV Tropes page, she is pretty often cast as characters who are bad at singing (think Miku back in the start of her story route) although she herself is an amazing singer. I figured that, combined with her versatility and popularity, would make her perfect for Miku.

Chiyo's last name has been changed to Hijikata. I personally like it better. Besides, it still uses the "earth" kanji in Tsuchiya.

YoshiKO (the 573Pro idol) will now be voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi, inspired by her work as Haruka from Senran Kagura.

President Ryuuzaki will now be voiced by Tomokazu Sugita (young Joseph Joestar, Gintama).

Hinata's hair will now look like small twin pigtails, similar to Yuki Kaai's hairstyle. I also decided to give her freckles, which was an idea I've been having for a while since I worked on her story mode route. I find freckles cute, so I decided why not make a freckled idol?

Nozomi was named Nanami (七実) in the earlier stages of the project. I ultimately picked Nozomi (due to the lack of a Nozomi in the mobile games...oh wait, there was one in Shinkan Shoujou), but does Nanami sound good/better?

Reika was almost named Ruka (流歌), but I ultimately decided on Reika (elegant beauty) as it fits her personality better.

Miku was named Mirai (uses the same kanji) when she was created, figuring "future" would be a perfect name for a main character in a new generation project. However, her name was ultimately changed to Miku upon the popularity of the Million Live idol Mirai Kasuga. Still, no mobile idols are involved in Neo Vision. Is it possible she could go back to her original name?

Your thoughts?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on December 20, 2014, 01:22:49 am
I wouldn't let same naming get you behind it. Keep in mind, this series (counting CG/ML/SM) has two Shihos, two Tsubasas, three Ryos (although Rio is spelt differently, her name sounds similar), two Ais, and four freaking Naos! I think having two Mirais won't be an issue at all. Heck, Reika and Megumi are already Million Live idols, so I see that it isn't too much a struggle right now, tbh.

Btw, does President Ryuuzaki now have Dead Spikes? X)!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on December 20, 2014, 04:14:44 am
I wouldn't let same naming get you behind it. Keep in mind, this series (counting CG/ML/SM) has two Shihos, two Tsubasas, three Ryos (although Rio is spelt differently, her name sounds similar), two Ais, and four freaking Naos! I think having two Mirais won't be an issue at all. Heck, Reika and Megumi are already Million Live idols, so I see that it isn't too much a struggle right now, tbh.

Btw, does President Ryuuzaki now have Dead Spikes? X)!

Let's see...Sakura Muramatsu, Karen Houjou, Setsuna Imura, Emi Namba, Hinata Kinoshita, Hotaru Shiragiku, Tamaki Oogami, Nagisa Aino, Miku Maekawa. Oh, and let's not forget ML's Momoko Suou...and it sounds like both Suou and Aida have a bit of an attitude in some way.

I think I'll probably stick with Nanami and Mirai. Looks we've got some official name changes coming soon.

Actually, there have been quite a few last-name changes early on in the project. Sakura was originally named Asuka until I created Asuka to add to the "main character" group. Coming up with something for Karen was tough...I wanted a name common among both American and Japanese girls (she was almost named Erika, Erina, and Lisa). Last names were derived from each idol's image color rather than their Appeal Elements (which I eventually stuck with...for example, Mai's last name was almost Aoba and Momoko's was almost Sakurai for her pink color).

As for Megumi, I almost named her Izumi (to give her a more water-sounding name), but I ultimately stuck with Megumi as kind of a shout-out to Yukiho's early development.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on December 26, 2014, 06:45:13 am
Holy cow, I've reached 5 digits!

Merry Christmas, ZetaPro fans! Here's my late gift for you: an origin story involving Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka! I promised one in an earlier post. Now I shall keep my promise and follow through!



From Humble Beginnings

It was a lovely spring day at the park. Young Kenji and Sakura were walking home from school together hand in hand. Even back then, they were two peas in a pod. Nearly everybody in their class knew this too. As they were walking through the park, Sakura began to hear a beautiful sound in the distance. It sounded like a young voice singing. Curious as to where the voice was coming from, she and Kenji followed it to a fountain in the center of the park where they found a happy young girl with ribbons in her hair. Sakura was fascinated by the girl’s singing. She could tell she was having lots of fun bringing smiles to the faces of all the other children who gathered around to listen. Kenji really enjoyed the girl’s voice too. He could tell her singing was not quite perfect, but he could see the passion and dedication in her eyes. Kenji could tell the girl loved to sing. Being a blossoming musician himself, he has experienced that same feeling before. As the girl finished her little concert, she revealed to her audience that her name was Haruka before she left for home. Kenji and Sakura soon departed the park themselves. On their way home, Sakura soon finds herself humming the same song she listened to at the park. Once she reached the song’s chorus, she began to sing its lyrics. Kenji laughed. He was thinking about Haruka’s song too. Sakura told her close friend that listening to that song really made her day. Once they reached the intersection, Kenji and Sakura went their separate ways as they headed home for the evening.

As the weeks went by, Sakura would always swing by the fountain in the park after school to watch Haruka sing. One day as she was walking home with Kenji, she told him something she has been thinking about for a few weeks now. “You know what, Ken-kun? That girl we see at the park…Haruka…she’s so fun to be around. I love listening to her sing. And I always seem to think about her songs every time we walk home afterwards. I think she inspired me. I want to become a singer just like her so I can make people smile too!” Kenji really liked the idea. “You have such a cute singing voice, Sakura-chan. I think you’d make a fantastic singer.” “Oh! Ken-kun! You really mean it?” “Of course I do. I’ve actually been thinking about becoming a musician one day. It’s like our parents and teachers always tell us…you can be anything your heart chooses to be.” “Aww, thanks Ken-kun! You’re so sweet!” Sakura hugged Kenji as the two friends went home for the evening.

Sakura soon devoted her heart and soul to her singing. She got a karaoke set for Christmas and used it often singing along to her favorite pop songs. While her voice sounded like it could use a bit of polishing, her parents were very impressed, believing their daughter was turning into an idol just like the ones they saw on TV. Sakura’s eyes lit up when she discovered these idols. She admired their cute outfits and their happy, upbeat songs. She even joined her school’s choir in order to hone her singing talents and continue doing what she loves the most. Every night she does karaoke, whether at home or at a café’s open mic night, Sakura would always don a cute, fluffy outfit inspired by those idols. Weeks later, Sakura soon discovered Kenji’s musical talents after he won a talent competition with his piano piece, just beating out the performance of his greatest rival Yamato. Kenji and Sakura eventually decided to team up, believing they could accomplish even more if they combined their constantly growing skills. Kenji played the piano while Sakura sang and sometimes danced along to his music. They performed in several talent competitions and school festivals where they gained modest popularity. Sometimes, Sakura’s choir teacher allowed her to perform an idol-style solo during a choir concert.

Asuka, one of Sakura’s classmates and closest friends, became Sakura’s most devoted fan. Asuka has known Sakura since they were in elementary school. At first, Asuka was not a very happy girl. She felt lonely all the time, especially considering her family’s situation. None of the other students really wanted to talk to her either, which made matters worse. However, once Sakura decided to sit next to her in class and eat lunch together, everything changed. Asuka felt so much happier upon making her first real friend. Once Sakura introduced her to Kenji, they became fast friends. Like Sakura, Asuka also developed a passion for music as she can both sing and play the piano wonderfully. She really wanted to be able to sing, but not a lot of people listened to her. However, things changed once Sakura overheard Asuka singing to herself one day. Sakura soon inspired Asuka to join her in the school’s choir as well as the small music group she established with Kenji. Asuka loved being able to perform alongside her best friend. It did not take her very long to get used to wearing the same cute outfits as Sakura. Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka decided to name their music group Tenka (meaning “sky fire”), inspired by using kanji from each of the singers’ last names. Tenka promoted itself as a “just for fun” idol unit backed by a piano rather than prerecorded music. They perform “just because they love to perform.” The talented trio went on to become very successful, gaining popularity amongst the students in their school and earning several rewards in talent competitions around the prefecture.

The members of Tenka eventually went on to their first year of high school. One day just after the school bell rang, Sakura excitedly runs up to Kenji holding a poster. “Hey, Ken-kun, look at this! A mall in Yokohama is holding a really big talent competition! Asuka told me she is free that weekend! Let’s go audition for it! What do you say?” Kenji was quick to accept her offer. It has been a while since Tenka got some real action anyway. Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka spent the next week and a half practicing a brand new song after school while the girls worked on the idol-style choreography. The upcoming Saturday was the day of the audition. As the judges called Tenka up to the floor, they entered confidently knowing their song by heart. Asuka wound up tripping halfway through the song, but she recovered very well. Three days later, Kenji got an email from the talent competition staff. Despite Asuka’s mistake, Tenka passed their audition and have earned a spot in the big show. The judges were very impressed and could tell Tenka practiced their routine very diligently. As Kenji forwards the message to Sakura and Asuka, they are both thrilled by the news. They could not wait to show what they have got at the mall’s competition. It doesn’t matter if they win or not. As long as they can be able to perform and bring smiles to their audience, that’s all that matters.

Then there was trouble. Asuka weak constitution failed her once again, causing her to fall ill five days before the competition. She had to stay home from school for a few days to recover. Kenji and Sakura were worried. Even if she does manage to fully recover in time, her lack of practice time could put her at a disadvantage. Asuka did not mind, however. Although she had her routine memorized, she decided to constantly run through each and every detail in her mind rather than pushing herself. She told the other two not to worry and just keep on practicing without her. Sakura, however, did not really want to. If Tenka needs to rehearse their song, they should do it all together as a trio. Tenka just is not Tenka unless all three members are present. Kenji reluctantly agreed with her. Practicing his piano part on his own is one thing, but what’s the point if the girls cannot sync their parts to his?

At last, the day of the competition arrived. Asuka was feeling better but still was not quite at 100%. Once Tenka was dropped off at the mall, they decided to run through their song one more time before taking the stage. Even though they haven’t practiced it for a while, their rehearsal went excellently. Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka soon deduced the secrets of their skill…the power of unity. While they were clearly not the best pianist and just-for-fun idols in Japan, they made up for it with their strong, unbreakable bond. Tenka was chosen by the staff to be the final performance of the afternoon, which made the girls a bit nervous, but Kenji did not worry. In the past, he learned a trick for situations like this in other talent competitions. Rather than watching the competition, he would always stick around in the back room thinking only about his performance. While all of the other applicants were performing, Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka huddled up elsewhere and had a little chat just to drown everything else out. It was finally Tenka’s turn to perform. Their song was Subarashiki Shin Sekai. They perform better than ever before. The girls’ singing and dancing flowed perfectly with Kenji’s brilliant piano part. Three hearts beat as one. It was as if the trio was speaking to each other through their minds. Even Asuka managed to perform masterfully even though she was ever so slightly under the weather. The crowd cheered, much to the delight of Kenji and the girls. However, the trio was shocked when the competition’s winner was announced. It was Tenka! As they receive their grand prize plaque, they explain to everyone that the glory did not matter to them. They only entered the competition just to be able to do what they love doing the most—playing music, singing, dancing, and making everyone that watches them happy. Nearly all of the mall’s attendees give Tenka a standing ovation.

There was an even bigger surprise to come. One of the competition’s attendants eagerly appeared before Sakura and Asuka. At first they believed they have made a new fan, but it turned out this man was actually the famous idol producer Yashiro Ryuuzaki! Now the President of Zeta Production (called ZetaPro for short), he was visiting Yokohama in order to scout new talent. He figured the mall’s talent competition would be the perfect place to find potential idols. As he watched Tenka’s performance he could tell there was something special about Sakura and Asuka. Not only were they very talented in their own rights, but they possess a sense of unity the likes of which he had never seen before. President Ryuuzaki then offered the girls an opportunity to audition at ZetaPro and become professional idols, believing they had real promise. Sakura gasped with delight. Her eyes lit up. To be able to become a big-time idol just like Haruka, the girl who inspired her to become a singer in the first place…it was like a dream come true. Sakura eagerly accepts the offer. Figuring her friend and partner accepted his offer, Asuka decided to audition too. Still, Sakura felt a little uneasy. If she became a real honest-to-goodness idol, would she be able to see Kenji as often as she used to? Kenji was not really worried at all. She was finally given the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to live out her dreams. Whatever Sakura and Askua decide to do, Kenji would always be there to support her. Kenji and Sakura hug each other tenderly before they pack up and head back to the parking lot to be driven home.

One week later, Kenji got a phone call from Sakura. It turned out she and Asuka passed their audition with flying colors. She decided to gather Tenka together at a nearby ice creamery to celebrate. While the mood was very bright and cheerful among the trio as they enjoyed their sweet rewards, Sakura was still worried this could be the last time Tenka would be able to get together. Later that evening after Kenji, Sakura, and Asuka returned home, Kenji soon finds a new email that perks his interest. It was sent to him from President Ryuuzaki. According to the email, the President was also really impressed with his role in Tenka. He could tell Kenji was a very kind, thoughtful young man and a very capable leader. The two girls seem to like him very much and have established a strong unity with him. The President offers Kenji an opportunity to work for ZetaPro as the company’s producer, figuring someone with talents and skills like Kenji’s could certainly carry his idols to places beyond their wildest dreams. Kenji was surprised. He never thought there could be any idol producers his age. Still, he was very eager to accept after getting permission from his supportive mother. Once Kenji sent his response, the President quickly replied back, asking him to do him a favor. “Please do not tell anything about this to Sakura and Asuka. I want to surprise them. It will be our little secret until the time is right, okay?” Kenji replied again, promising to keep his secret safe.

The next weekend, Kenji put on his best business casual clothes and hopped into his mother’s car as he prepared for his first day as ZetaPro’s producer.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: liza94 on January 08, 2015, 05:07:19 pm
Well, what can I say... I like your stories, keep them up! ;)  What will you post next?
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 09, 2015, 06:48:04 am
Full-color idol images in their stage outfits, that's what! I have really been wanting to dabble in more artwork anyway.

Here's Sakura.
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Post by: ZetaFlare on January 16, 2015, 05:33:14 am
Here's Asuka.

I apologize for the blur. I had a little trouble with the pen while trying to erase the pencil sketch...
(https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10930909_363611380430070_6409846156028354775_n.png?oh=aeda67fa626e64652fe818f66e028afb&oe=55312D06)

Plus, look at the top for a new poll.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 19, 2015, 05:05:43 am
Poll closed. Miku will now be named Mirai while Nozomi will keep her current name. I like "hope" for someone like her. I shall make edits on this page accordingly.

Anyway, here is a color drawing of Mirai Asou.
(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10919009_364260143698527_307588459613472316_n.png?oh=ba2b4367cf1128ffb12791b9b35bebd7&oe=556E7359)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 21, 2015, 04:46:04 am
Here's Jun.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/p417x417/10929086_364698460321362_5243070901319542826_n.png?oh=3a353ec8ce352d11b5207e142111f5c0&oe=552DC265&__gda__=1432863875_f7db828914a582557458d838124e5ba7)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: MetalPredat0r on January 21, 2015, 04:48:30 am
Quick question: Do I have permission to draw any of these characters so long as I give you credit? Cuz I really like your character designs!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 21, 2015, 07:38:11 am
Quick question: Do I have permission to draw any of these characters so long as I give you credit? Cuz I really like your character designs!

Of course! I really like your art style. Of course, there will be more to come (including redrawings of the idols in their casual clothes). Can't wait to see what you do!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 22, 2015, 03:55:02 am
Here's Megumi. Her skirt was inspired by Yukiho's cool&sexy skirt back in the 1st vision games.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10933786_364897756968099_6979800148812258217_n.png?oh=5322026b292cda3277039696dd178729&oe=5522801A&__gda__=1431902320_11a114df5a100163503207d3bf3e7ed1)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 23, 2015, 05:07:16 am
Double feature!
Here's Momoko.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1461555_365102210280987_2436482804570764725_n.png?oh=550e442eec55dcd80745eb3404228372&oe=5562CE29&__gda__=1432853224_9892fde5d0e47f5f18ddf9fe6827a216)
And here's Hikari. Her gloves and pants are supposed to be lime green. Plus she's wearing those twin belts (one is white, one is black, both are connected by a gold buckle).
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10933720_365102200280988_4416865675498478206_n.png?oh=a90c4d829b420c299e393c43243dcb78&oe=552A6112)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 23, 2015, 06:00:46 am
Here's a finalized image song list for everyone.

Sakura: My Sweet Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBH2KECcQEs)
Asuka: Tori no Uta (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daB2y9kh1Ec)
Mirai: Purachina (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhJAqwpfJw)
Jun: Rhythm Emotion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0FSMyFs6-U)
Megumi: Miracle Encore (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vsCmSOJ-fE)
Nozomi: Tabi no Tochuu (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE-Ayx7cFpo)
Mai: Believe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxY2BTf138w)
Momoko: ALL 4 YOU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7VcU1w6RXk)
Reika: Towa no Hana (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBStSvvh2_M)
Hikari: Real (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkF482uzkwk)
Shiori: Eternal Snow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UOo-E2Auw)
Yoshino: Cordless☆Dere☆PHONE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMqQch4-4mM)
Hinata: LOVE♥SHINE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRfOTl8MREo)
Emi: Aozora Triangle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNQHc8BS3FE)
Ryoko: Sorairo Days (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKRUKalbx3s)
Nagisa: Romantic summer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psFoGdvR_Ig)
Tamaki: Sakura Kiss (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi4JLywH_cA)
Chiyo: Connect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5LJpFFrVz4)
Hotaru: Don't say "lazy" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmqIhwmBiS0)
Karen: DISCOTHEQUE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zj4VQy9k30)
Setsuna: Fukai Mori (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIoDWTF0qSo)
Kotone: DragonLady (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1iB0tH9xec)
Kaori: motto☆Hade Ni Ne! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X7_BZnKHxY)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 25, 2015, 05:40:35 am
Another double feature!
Here's Reika.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1781942_365515246906350_6508711440480611825_n.png?oh=9c0a6ac7578e1d88278081caece97db5&oe=5523D2D3&__gda__=1432267794_8c217c30b2c826db99864e9a17710262)
And here's Shiori.
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10408117_365515253573016_6303955816738010077_n.png?oh=94945f3cec8cbbbb884e9cfb95a42c18&oe=556634E1)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 29, 2015, 12:09:53 am
Now that I've finished another piano cover, here's Nozomi.

Her hair's supposed to be mahogany-colored, so more on the lines of brown than red like Sakura's. The black shape on her headband is supposed to be an eighth note. Also, how do you like her new hairstyle? I opted for more of a short (but not boyishly short) style over her twin tails as someone told me her old style makes her look like I'm ripping off Nozomi Toujou (she once had twin tails similar to the LL character's, just with brown hair instead of purple).
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1013624_366335180157690_7906197324666052958_n.png?oh=1946159e9c861ac5683fac54173cf143&oe=55547FDC&__gda__=1431497378_b81cc72885b8218223d56457739f4d8b)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on January 30, 2015, 06:03:06 am
Here's li'l Emi. I decided to give her those puffy shorts...like the kind Rin wears in her Snow Halation outfit,
(https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10389696_368441636613711_5808098786284376448_n.png?oh=e408f2a7120cbdd4b726641fb4628e5a&oe=5561A53A)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 01, 2015, 05:37:43 am
Here's Mai.
(https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10957553_367152480075960_3327858212528766165_n.png?oh=0d55ea5b834045d3ac4407ec884caffa&oe=5521F0D1)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 02, 2015, 06:16:06 am
We've hit the halfway mark. Here's Hinata.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/1920108_367359130055295_8441328333532328296_n.png?oh=5519a04940dda0a0c4d759ea2adec23b&oe=554D03BB&__gda__=1428200480_1e724408ce73f0ab82afd7e7e6f26ab0)

Neo Vision and all my fanart/fics have recently made the move to DeviantArt! Check out my page here (http://zetaflarep.deviantart.com).
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 04, 2015, 06:24:42 pm
Here's Yoshino. Now the loli trio art is complete!
(https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10359391_367972133327328_1049311607903076190_n.png?oh=c633c1f295900ba65c1b7c43b71c5404&oe=55594A8C)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 08, 2015, 05:01:32 am
Now that I'm back in my creative groove, here's the hard-rockin' idol Ryoko!

BTW, to avoid confusion, Sakura's hair is more of a bright red while Ryoko's dyed hair is more of a blood red.
And Ryoko's belt has spikes.
(https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10891435_368642929926915_8446204596551821896_n.png?oh=f332b2d9211910a6f0b5177dcf600cfa&oe=554E59B7)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 09, 2015, 01:51:53 am
Here's Nagisa.
(https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10959685_368821129909095_266854331229496474_n.png?oh=209cd0e2cdc6c3e84181e58b78f343e2&oe=554E4658)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 10, 2015, 12:35:30 am
Here's Tamaki.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10928179_368999449891263_1929315802958632271_n.png?oh=1c7ce13183a3b7caceef2dd433948223&oe=558FF1BD&__gda__=1432359476_4e8dd1dcea9f6187d3f08020613d3101)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 10, 2015, 10:33:16 pm
EDIT: Here's Kuroi's new unit. Here's Chiyo...
(https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/13163_369169886540886_8571169028689310396_n.png?oh=59e3548d48c10257367cfeb3717f9482&oe=55525FA1)
Hotaru...
(https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1528712_369255469865661_6983895234136057789_n.png?oh=5950400d62328b0b362a61f0312a9b11&oe=55957A83)
and Karen.
(https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10168116_369255483198993_7464529117693756693_n.png?oh=8858b84bc1a20c8fb36e21a23db29cd1&oe=554BB938)
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 13, 2015, 05:18:56 am
Three more ZetaPro idols remain! I'm really glad I got these done!

Here's Setsuna...
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10959639_369646516493223_7877956953919418602_n.png?oh=31b5c4c2fe813ac9917052440a00c958&oe=559654CC&__gda__=1431903604_26374d683d55b446372884d99a4e34e0)
...Kotone (yes, she's wearing eye shadow)...
The slit on the left side of her skirt was added on purpose, mainly to add qipao elements to the skirt.
(https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10958839_369646506493224_2292305151564506827_n.png?oh=6adafda219ee49cc9c9481431d209f02&oe=55608266)
...and Kaori. Well, she does have the biggest rack in ZetaPro... :3
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10998011_369646496493225_5951021554888757841_n.png?oh=9e59d10b1e4584f2b21cc53f4e1853c2&oe=5592F550&__gda__=1431170362_7756530539b883adfe26ec25be9c8abb)

A bit of information on the outfits I gave each one of them. This is an Extend outfit called "Mirai Stars" that boosts stats pretty evenly across the board and is available at the start of the game. It is meant to be used for the song Mirai Start (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzWXDONaezE) (essentially Neo Vision's answer to songs like The World is All One and Only My Note). I wanted an upbeat "theme" song with kind of a "we are the future" vibe to it.
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 15, 2015, 07:58:19 pm
Aaaaand I'm finally back!

I did read Hotaru's story, so let's start with that:

I love it. 'Nuff said.
I liked seeing Hotaru grow as an idol. From being a lazy bum to being a tried-and-true idol star! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT~
I just like your characters. A lot.

And I love those sketches, too! They're really cute, and I just really like your style. I can't draw chibi-style to save my life, so I'm just very impressed. =P
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: ZetaFlare on February 16, 2015, 06:48:59 am
Aaaaand I'm finally back!

I did read Hotaru's story, so let's start with that:

I love it. 'Nuff said.
I liked seeing Hotaru grow as an idol. From being a lazy bum to being a tried-and-true idol star! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT~
I just like your characters. A lot.

And I love those sketches, too! They're really cute, and I just really like your style. I can't draw chibi-style to save my life, so I'm just very impressed. =P

I swear, it took me forever to think of an idea for Hotaru's story, but I was finally able to get one. It was kind of inspired by the whole "mother used to be an idol" thing, but a bit of a twist. Ai with her superstar mother who wishes to follow in her footsteps while still being her own idol. Then there was one of your idols whose mother's career did not really take off so she herself became an idol so she could get her mother famous alongside her.

With those two stories in mind, I thought, what if I had an idol whose mother's career was disgraced and now she has to step in and become a top idol in order to restore her mother's honor? And to keep that fact a secret from a daughter so lazy she and her husband had to send Hotaru away against her will for more reasons than to just "cure" her laziness and awaken her hidden talents? I wanted the perfect motivation to turn a slacker into a real star, and I figured that might be one of the best ways to do it.

How about Ryoko's story and the origin story of Sakura and Asuka? I'm pretty sure the former is right up your alley, especially considering a certain 765Pro idol I got involved in her route. ;)

I'm glad you like my chibi art. I honestly think I can do even better than that, but I liked how they turned out myself, especially since someone is already making fanart of them!
Title: Re: The Portal of Zeta: iDOLM@STER Neo Vision
Post by: Amazing_Grace on February 18, 2015, 06:40:47 pm