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The [email protected] Franchise Gets Concept Movie by Director Atsushi Nishigori, Cloverworks, Studio Khara

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15 idols from 5 sub-franchises assemble for franchise's 16th anniversary

The [email protected] franchise's live-streamed 16th Anniversary Party!!!!! event announced on Sunday that CloverWorks and Studio Khara are producing a concept movie for the franchise with director and character designer Atsushi Nishigori (The [email protected] TV anime, THE [email protected] MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e!). Studio Khara's Shogo Tsurii (DARLING in the FRANXX, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time, Japan Animator Expo) is the visual director. Below is a teaser promotional video for the project, featuring the franchise's 2021 image song "Voyager":

The project assembles 15 idols from the five different sub-franchises of The [email protected] franchise. Monday marks the franchise's 16th anniversary.

The [email protected] franchise began as an arcade game in 2005, with the player tasked with producing idols in a fledgling idol company, managing practice schedules, concerts, CD releases, and time off. The game was first ported to the Xbox 360 in 2007, and had a sequel game in 2011, which finalized the first 13 characters of the franchise. Later spinoffs include The [email protected] Cinderella Girls social game, which introduced the story of a larger set of entirely new characters within the story of multimedia conglomerate; The [email protected]: Million Live!, which includes the original 13 characters alongside new characters; The [email protected] SideM, which focused on male idols all of whom had "unique reasons" for becoing idols; and The [email protected] Shiny Colors, a mobile game and the most recent entirely new entry in the franchise, with new female idols and a return to gameplay features from the first two games.

The first anime adaptation for the franchise was 2007's Idolmaster: Xenoglossia, a spinoff mecha anime. A-1 Pictures and Nishigori adapted the first two games in 2011's The [email protected] anime, and also produced the 2014 anime film THE [email protected] MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e!. The studio and some of the original staff returned for both 2015's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls and 2017's The [email protected] SideM anime. The [email protected]: Million Live! also has an upcoming television anime adaptation.

Source: Comic Natalie


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