The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō 5-Panel Manga Gets TV Anime
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The second and last day of "The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 4th Live TriCastle Story" concert series ended on Sunday with an announcement that an anime adaptation of Bandai Namco Games and Kuma-Jet's The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Theater) manga has been green-lit for "broadcast around 2017."
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Mankyū (Donyatsu, DD Fist of the North Star, Mobile Suit Gundam-san) is directing the anime at the studio Gathering, where he also worked on the PUCHIM@S net anime adaptation of the Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- manga. "BanNam" (Bandai Namco) is credited with the original work, and Kuma-Jet is credited with the anime's original character designs.
The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō five-panel manga is irregularly serialized in The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls social mobile game app itself, often as a tie-in to game events and other media projects in the franchise. The "cute, comical" manga follows the idols' "real" daily life that can only be found in these panels. Kadokawa's ASCII Media Works imprint published the first compiled book volume in January 2015, and the fifth volume will ship on October 27. The manga already inspired a mini-drama on the franchise's official streamed radio program.
The first game in The IDOLM@STER franchise inspired Sunrise's 2007 loose television anime adaptation which Sentai Filmworks licensed for North America. The game franchise then spawned A-1 Pictures' more direct adaptation that included a 2011 television anime series, several original video anime, and a 2014 anime film, THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! (pictured right). Crunchyroll streamed A-1 Pictures' television series as it aired in Japan.