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The Idolm@ster Game Gets TV Anime Green-Lit (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Promo video posted; more information on anime of Xbox 360 game in 18 days

By Egan Loo
A website has opened to announce that an anime adaptation of The Idolmaster game has been green-lit. The anime was also announced at "The Idolm@ster 2 765pro H@ppiness New Ye@r P@rty!! 2011" live event on Monday. According to the site and Twitter account, more information about the anime will be provided in 18 days (January 29), when the March issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine ships with key visual art and staff information. In the original Xbox 360 game, the player manages the careers of 10 aspiring Japanese idol singers as a producer.

As part of the countdown until new information is released, the cast will post a new written message every day, starting with Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami). Nakamura and Asami Imai (Chihaya Kisaragi) will also start a radio program, tentatively titled "Anime Idolm@ster Radio," on January 29. Nakamura and Imai already recorded a message. The meta tags for the official website lists the production company Aniplex.

The site's promotional video lists the following cast:

Eriko Nakamura: Haruki Amami
Akiko Hasegawa: Miki Hoshii
Asami Imai: Chihaya Kisaragi
Mayako Nigo: Yayoi Takatsuki
Azumi Asakura: Yukiho Hagiwara
Hiromi Hirata: Makoto Kikuchi
Asami Shimoda: Mami Futami, Ami Futami
Rie Kugimiya: Iori Minase
Chiaki Takahashi: Azusa Miura
Yumi Hara: Takane Shijou
Manami Numakura: Hibiki Ganaha
Naomi Wakabayashi: Ritsuko Akizuki

An Xbox 360 game sequel, The IDOLM@STER 2, will ship in Japan on February 24. Sunrise had made a loose anime adaptation of the franchise in 2007, except the studio added a science-fiction premise to that earlier IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA television anime.

[Via Yaraon!]

Update: More background information added.

Update 2: The online store of the publisher Gakken posted the cover of Megami Magazine's March issue (since taken down) that confirms that the upcoming anime is for television. [Via Hachima Kikō]

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