Reflections on… The Idolm@ster – Performance and Potential

The iDOLM@STER franchise originally started as a series of video games, back in 2007 it received an anime with a complete re-imagining of the characters as mecha pilots, in the form of Idolm@ster Xenoglossia. However I’m here to talk about A-1 Pictures more direct adaptation of the game, with which the minds of Gainax’s Nishigori Atsushi and Kyoto Animation’s Takao Noriko brought something special to the series as it returned to television once more in 2011.

This post is not really going to take the place of a formal review or analysis, but more of a space for me to cover both what I found interesting and noteworthy about The Idolmaster, and also what I felt were some key issues that hampered the series. While it serves to organise my own disparate thoughts on this series, I know there’s some of you out there who are also very keen to know what I feel about this beloved title. Without further ado, let’s get RE@DY, and also L@DY to talk about some idols!

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My Anime Loot – Figures and Gunpla

So, for the final part of the loot posts, I’ll be covering those coveted pieces of plastic that we call figures. Both of the Gundam Plastic Model (Gunpla) variety, and the regular variety.

The above picture, of the 1/1 scale Gundam statue, was taken in Odaiba in Tokyo, an artificial island connected to the mainland via the Rainbow Bridge, which contains many shopping centres, including what is called the Gundam Front.

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So, that’s where I ended up buying some of the Gunpla. What about the figures? Well, most of them were purchased in Akihabara, in Mandarake and other stores, and also a few were acquired in China in a shopping centre that had a floor dedicated to anime-related goods.

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Contents

  1. Miscellaneous goods
  2. Art books
  3. DVDs, Blu Rays and Music
  4. Figures and Gunpla

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12 Days of Anime – My Anime Loot

Okay, I’ll own up and admit to it: my attempt at 12 Years of Anime this time around has more or less been a flop, with only four total posts out of the designated twelve. However, I thought I would at least put out something appropriate since it is Christmas Day…

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Don’t worry, I will definitely continue my travel posts, which will include more detail about Akiba as a location specifically.

As you may know, from my two previous Zael in Japan posts, I was in Tokyo, which also means I was in Akihabara, and therefore, I ended up picking up a whole load of anime merchandise. Since Christmas is the time we open up and enjoy our presents, I thought I would share my budding anime loot collection, which in truth has only been in existence for a few months, starting with the MCM Comic Con back in October.

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I hope you enjoy reading about and looking at my merchandise pictures, I’ll be updating over the next few days, as otherwise this would get incredibly long to read in one sitting..

Contents

  1. Miscellaneous goods
  2. Art books
  3. DVDs, Blu Rays and Music
  4. Figures and Gunpla

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