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The Idolm@ster Game Franchise Gets New Anime Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Brand-new story about 765Pro idols from A-1 Pictures' TV anime staff

The IDOLM@STER Music Festiv@L of Winter!! event announced on Sunday that production on an anime film in the game and anime franchise has been green-lit. The film will be a brand-new work telling a new story about the 765Pro idols.

Namco Bandai Games' idol games already inspired two different television anime series, several anime videos, no less than eight simultaneously running manga, and a super-deformed anime based on Akane's Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- manga.

The film's staff will be same as that from the second television series, including the anime studio A-1 Pictures, writers Atsushi Nishigori and Tatsuya Takahashi, and director/character designer Atsushi Nishigori. More information will be in the April issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine on February 28, including a discussion between Nishigori and Akihiro Ishihara.

In the original Xbox 360 game, the player manages the careers of 10 aspiring Japanese idol singers as a producer. There has since been The IDOLM@STER 2 game sequel and several spinoffs.

North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks acquired Sunrise's 2007 loose television anime adaptation of the franchise. It predates A-1 Pictures' more direct adaptation by four years. Crunchyroll streamed A-1 Pictures' version as it aired in Japan.

Source: Dengeki

Update: Video added.

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