The first The iDOLM@STER TV anime premiered in 2011, and had quite a few episodes focused on the conflicts between the female idols of the 765Pro agency and the male boy band Jupiter of 961Pro. They had a fairly conclusive ending. However, the prologue to The iDOLM@STER Side M anime brings these idols back to how the two anime series are connected.
The iDOLM@STER is a long-running game and anime franchise from Bandai Namco Games that revolves around the struggles of thirteen idols struggling to become the best singers in the country with the help of their kind, reliable producer. Most of the time, it’s super happy and bouncy. Well, the Korean live-action drama, THE IDOLM@STER.KR, begins with one of its pop idols getting herself killed in a car crash.
The iDOLM@STER is a gigantic franchise within Japan that mainly revolves around thirteen girls working as idols and the producer that works to make them stars. The original thirteen girls starred in two television anime and a feature film. And in the past few years, the franchise has spawned multiple smartphone game spinoffs, including The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls—which inspired two additional television anime series—and Million Live. Both feature a much larger cast of girls to train and love. The series even inspired a female-oriented spinoff featuring a plenitude of attractive male idols titled THE iDOLM@STER: SideM, which has popularity in its own right.
In the newest game in the franchise, The iDOLM@STER: Platinum Stars, the Producer builds intimacy with them in a different way: Instead of learning about what makes the girls tick by dealing with the events that happen around them, Platinum Stars has the producer working together with the idols to help them overcome their individual weaknesses.