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“Media Mix” is an entertainment industry buzzword for having a property – in this case, let’s say THE IDOLM@STER – span various different types of media in its quest to conquer the universe. So it starts off in its original form (for Im@s, a game) then branches out to other forms (anime, manga, radio shows, live performances, whatever else you can think of).

Idolm@ster 2 - Sleeping Beauty

Chihaya wants you to buy her manga, "Idolmaster 2 - Sleeping Beauty".

The strategy is to increase awareness and to get more overall sales by having a bunch of products available for people to buy. It works, too, because although not everyone can afford $60-80 for a game or a Blu-Ray disk, it’s much easier on the budget to buy a manga magazine or a light novel for $4-5.

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So, have you watched Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Be This Cute) episode 12 True Route? Did you think, “They can’t possibly end it like this!” Well, you’re right, and help is on the way. In the form of at least three more streamed episodes.

Picture only vaguely related to the story.

Episode 13, “Ore no kouhai ga konnani kusatteru wake ga nai” (My junior can’t possibly be this rotten) will be available in the last week or so of March. Episodes 14 and 15 are in production and are due to be released in April and May, respectively. No titles are available for 14 and 15 yet.

Kirino and Kuroneko, on their previously-mentioned twitter accounts, hinted at the contents of next month’s episode 13. In particular, Kuroneko mentioned that a new girl will be introduced. Hmm, I wonder who that could be… Well, we have about a month before we can see for ourselves.

Are you having trouble sleeping? Maybe it’s because your older sister is giving you orders all the time. Or perhaps it’s because your little sister is following you around all over the place. Maybe there’s a girl that loves you so much that it hurts… literally? Well, there’s an app a CD for that.

Can't sleep... or this girl is going to kill you, she loves you so much.

Edge Records, a company known mostly for its drama CD production, has been producing the Nemurenai (“Can’t Sleep”) CD series since 2008. The first was about older sisters giving you orders. The series really took off, however, with the Yandere CD, featuring the girls who loved you so much they’re willing to kill, and that actually spawned two sequels.

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The last episode of last season’s Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Be This Cute) was labelled “GOOD END”. And if you follow the kind of games that Kirino likes to play, you probably figured out that “GOOD END” means that’s not what really happened.

Picture only vaguely related to the story.

Starting February 22, those of us who haven’t been reading the light novels will get to find out the real scoop. The “TRUE ROUTE” of the 12th and final episode of the first season will be availble on the official site, plus four other streaming sites, free of charge (in Japanese, and don’t hold your breath for any subtitles).

This should set up nicely for a second season, hopefully later this year. My money’s on Kuroneko, because as Wesley Snipes once said, always bet on black.

Car company Subaru’s collaboration with anime production company Gainax was released on Youtube earlier this month, and now they have released an English-subtitled version. They made the announcement via their official Twitter account this morning.

When you think of magical girls, you think car companies, right?

“Houkago no Pleiades” (Afterschool Pleiades) has become “Wish Upon the Pleiades”. There are 4 episodes, each labelled “nights”, and the total run time is a shade less than 24 minutes. Links to the episodes are included after the break. Read the rest of this entry »

It was just about ten years ago when Sister Princess kicked the “little sister boom” into overdrive. Twelve pretty little sisters, all loving you so much, all calling you “big brother” in different ways, and all available in light novels (starting in 1999),  game (Playstation, released in March 2001), and anime (26 episodes, starting in April 2001) form. The marketing blitz continued with two sequel games, a sequel anime, and countless parodies (ever seen Dokkoider or Abenobashi?).

Now it’s 2011 and twelve sisters just isn’t enough anymore. So ASCII Mediaworks, the company that brought us Sister Princess, came up with Baby Princess. Now there are 19 — that’s right, nineteen! — sisters, and just for variety’s sake, three of them are older than the protagonist.

Baby Princess: 19 sisters, Mama, and you (Youtarou)

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So I heard a rumor that in 2007 there was an anime called Idolmaster: Xenoglossia. I was living in Japan at the time, and I largely ignored it, because it was… how do I put this gently… an abomination. It took characters from a video game, THE IDOLM@STER, about girls whose dream was to sing and dance in front of large crowds, and turned it into a show about giant robots and girls who used them to save the earth from destruction.

Now, the Idolmaster series has been pretty popular, and between arcade, Xbox 360, PSP, and Nintendo DS, there have been seven games, with an eighth due out in February. So Xenoglossia was a pretty big failure. And now they are making up for it with THE IDOLM@STER anime.

It's high time these girls get to show their real stuff.

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