If you’ve been to any anison events or concerts recently, you are probably ready for an iDOLM@STER live, but if its your first anison concert or even your first concert period it may get overwhelming. Continuing on my previous article, this article is meant to try and help you prepare for the live.
1. Colours & Nicknames
Although the performers haven’t been announced yet, remembering the basic colours and nicknames for the 13+1 765 idols (and their CVs) is a good idea.
Remember episode 13 and 25 of the im@s anime where they had the live scenes, and the audience did the shouts as the song progresses? Cinderella Girls also had this with Mika’s performance of Tokimeki Escalate from episode 3.
In the Japanese live-going scene, that audience participation is known as calls, a coordinated response to the performance. It is completely done by the fan, and not exactly official, but it does add impact to the lives.
Before lives, there are generally people who give out pamphlets known as callbooks （コール本）with guides on how to do these calls, and for iM@S, there is even a site dedicated to it. The best way to learn how to do these things is to actually watch the lives, and pay attention to the audience.
Even if you don’t remember how to do these calls, no need to panic as the people around you during the live will probably know how to do it, so just follow their example! You don’t have to do the calls, its just more fun if you can do it!
Nowadays, Akabane P will give the audience a briefing before the live starts about what not to do. Listen to what he says! Taking pictures/recording is absolutely prohibited during lives, and you’re also not allowed to do otagei (check out the video below) as it will bother the people around you. Jumping is also not allowed (small hops are generally okay however).
When you get to your seat, do say hi to the people around you. A simple 「よろしく」[yoroshiku] (while handing out your namecard to them) generally suffice to break the ice. Don’t be shy cause you’ll be around these guys for a few hours, and you may end up hitting each other with your cyalumes during the live, so saying hi beforehand is a good idea.
With the exception of special cases it is encouraged to stand up during iDOLM@STER lives (even in live viewings!), but if you feel like your stamina is lacking and you have to take a break, just have a seat. Don’t kill yourself while trying to have fun. Sitting throughout the live is lame however, so try and not do that.
Just go to the bathroom if you need to do so, but if you go during a performance, the worst thing that will happen is the regret you’ll feel for missing out a great performance, while going during MCs or intermissions will also make you regret having to go to the toilet and missing out on Mingosu perving about something. (But seriously if you have to go, just go.) Of course its best to go before and after the live since nothing in particular will be going on then, be prepared to queue though.
There will also be intermissions during the live where they usually have Gami P (Sakagami Youzo, the iDOLM@STER general producer) announce something new or just have him greet the audience. Break your ultra oranges during his appearance and shout 「変態！」 [hentai!] with all your might! Sitting down during these intermissions is also perfectly fine.
When the performers are speaking on stage, listen and don’t shout stupid things as it is a bother. Of course when asked to respond to something, go ahead and shout as loud as you can! Also remember to take this chance to have a drink or two, you don’t want to get dehydrated.
When doing encore calls, wait until all the performers (including band members) have left the stage before shouting the “ENCORE!” chant. At the end of the live, the performer (usually led Eriko) will do the 「アイマスですよ！」 [aimasu desuyo!] call, and shout 「アイマスぅぅぅぅぅぅぅ！」 [aimasuuuuuuuuuu!] as loud as you can to answer the girls.
Don’t just leave your seat to go outside right away after the live is over, but stay a bit and wait and join in the 「アイマス最高！」 [aimasu saikou!] clap. We’ll post guides on how to do this clap later on.
That should cover the basics of the live, but we’ll keep posting articles related to this until you’re prepared. See you next time!