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How to apply for ML4th


Hi everyone. This might be your first time to apply to an overseas event and need help to go through the application for Million Live 4th.


You may have bought a CD or 30 of MillionLive Theater Activities 01 but it will all be the same on how to apply through eplus. You could use your serial code from your CD up to 3 times, which means you can use the same code three times. You can enter the website on your serial code slip onto your browser or just click here. Just note that each time you enter the code you have to go from this URL, and not the one in the browser.

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Guide: How to attend CG 4th from Overseas


As per some people’s requests let’s have a quick post to consolidate the data for attending CG4th. I’m assuming if you are reading this post, you are interested in going to Cinderella Girls 4th in Kobe or Saitama Super Arena this Autumn, and want to know what you need to do to get yourself there.


CG4th is made up of two stops, Kobe World Hall in Sept (9/3, 9/4) and Saitama Super Arena in Oct. (10/14, 10/15). Kobe is about a short plane ride west of Tokyo, past Osaka; and SSA is just north of Tokyo near Omiya.

See the official site for details.


As with most of these hype concerts, the hardest part is getting the tickets. It’s expected that more people are wanting to attend than there are available seats, so there is a lottery process.

Round 1: CD lottery. This is now over.

Round 2: Web lottery. This is currently ongoing until July 18th JST. To apply, you will need to create an eplus account. It’s a free lottery, but note that eplus does not accept foreign credit cards, so you will need someone local to help you pay for the ticket between 7/23-28. You can apply to all 5 types of tickets (Kobe day 1, 2; SSA day 1, 2, 2-day) up to 2 tickets per application, per account.

General sale hasn’t been announced yet but there will be one probably a few weeks before Kobe, or early to mid-August.

Ticket proxies and auctions also are always an option in case you need extra help either working with eplus or 3rd parties.


You can preorder a lot of the live goods now, but it’s via Lalabit Market, which means they do not ship overseas. They do take credit cards from oversea, so you can mail forward or use a proxy to get your stuff. As usual, goods generally ship 2-3 weeks before the live, so please make sure you ship to the right address.

It’s expected that goods will go on pre-sale as well at the venue on Friday before the live, in addition to the same days of the live. However this is not confirmed and obviously not announced yet.

It is also expected additional goods will be announced between now and up to the week before the live, for both Kobe and SSA.

Stay & Travel

You should consult the various websites that talks about traveling in Japan. We can’t help too much for lodging and the like, but SSA is fairly accessible from the Tokyo Metro area, so where you stay won’t be a huge problem.  Kobe is a fairly populated hub, and the venue is still served by mass transit, so use common sense and you’ll be fine. Remember you can travel between Kobe and major transit hubs by train, plane, or even bus (overnight).

Eventernote is a good site to check what other lives are happening during your stay in Japan. It’s like MAL for concerts and events.

In general late August/early September is beyond the peak travel season so you should be able to get a good flight deal from the west. Even more so for the October time slot.

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For SSA, most people will probably take the Keihin Tohoku line up to Saitama Shintoshin station, but you might find many Producers who drive or bike to the venue as well.

Call practice

The best way to practice calls is to watch a live. CG 2nd is on Blu-ray for some time now, but CG 3rd is also coming soon (late August). Try preorder that (good luck as it’s sold out in most stores).

As usual, check the online call guide or see more details here.



Recently, a Korean live action drama adaptation of The iDOLM@STER was announced. Although it shares its name with the series, it is described as having completely new characters and an original story, with only the main theme of The iDOLM@STER tying it back to the original. Auditions were accepted from girls all over the world, as long as they were able to speak Korean.

For more information on the project, check out the press release on the official site.

The first round of auditions has ended, and 37 girls were selected for the next round, which involves voting by the fans. On may 14th, the top 20 from the fan voting process will be selected to work on the project. After this audition, there will be intense training six days a week until September, when filming will begin. The show is expected to air in early 2017. Vote for your favourites by liking their audition videos on the official YouTube channel and their pictures on the official Instagram account.

You should check out every girl’s auditions on your own, but here are a few that stand out and are currently in the top 5 in terms of popularity.

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ML3rd Second Lottery, In-Game

Just want to write this up in case there are any questions, and this is a fairly unique aspect to Producer fandom too.

For ML2nd, there was a round of in-game lottery for tickets. Same is currently happening for ML3rd. What you need to do is either purchase a BELIEVE MY DRE@M pack or participate in the 11-draw card gasha during the lottery period (until 11/15 Japan time) for an entry code. The entry code can be redeemed on ePlus like the first ML3rd Lottery from the CDs, and you can apply for two events per code, two tickets per application.

If you already play Million Live, I hope all of this is easy to you and you can just do it. If you need instructions on how to get started in Million Live, a free-to-play browser game, you can still consult this old post for some instructions. It should get you far enough to do so. Once you are in the game and past the tutorial, you can buy either the gasha or the BELIEVE MY DRE@M packs without authenticating a phone number. You do need to have paypal or some Japanese point card/GREE coins in order to purchase these items. GREE also takes credit cards, but only for Japanese ones. Just be aware that in-game currency can vary between Android, iOS and web.

Also like ML2nd, a new cool sort of thing that is happening with the in-game lottery is that you can put your name down in the cheering wall for ML3rd. You can think of them like official flower stands. What happened in ML2nd was that for each idol at the two-day event, there was a large board with all the names of Producers who put their names down using the ML2nd lottery pack.

Chart of Names

For ML3rd, you can also do the same thing, limited to 1 name per idol per BELIEVE MY DRE@M pack. You do not get to do this using the gasha purchase. This means you can buy only up to 37 BELIEVE MY DRE@M packs maximum.

If you have any questions about all of this please leave a comment!

Leave a Message for 10th!

[Update: Messages input will close by 6/22/2015!!]

As mentioned in this post, we are collecting messages from Producers well-wishing the cast and staff of IM@S for 10th Anniversary Live. You can now enter it below. The messages will be compiled into a booklet and we’ll print them out, bring it to Japan, and put it in the gift boxes for the all staff and cast. If you leave a message in English, we will even translate it into Japanese for you.

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Preparing for a live – Calls and Callbooks


As we’ve pointed out in this blog many times before, a large part of enjoying an idolm@ster live is participating with the rest of the audience in what we refer to as “calls.” If you’ve watched the Idolm@ster or the Cinderella Girls anime, you’ve seen the audience do these during the live portions. It’s usually entirely fan-made and really energizes the crowd during the show. Here we’ll lay down the basics of the calls, where to get resources to learn them, and how to read those resources.

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A Guide to Surviving Nico Nico Choukaigi From Your Computer


It’s April which means it’s almost Nico Nico Choukaigi!  What is Nico Nico Choukaigi? Think of it as Tokyo Game Show or Anime Contents Expo but all revolving around Nico Nico Douga meaning it’s also broadcasted on NND itself. If you’re interested in the event itself be sure to check out its official English page.

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THE IDOLM@STER: M@STERS OF IDOL WORLD 2015: Song, Color, and Cyalume Cheat Sheet


With the recent announcement revealing which performers will be appearing at which dates, it would probably be to your benefit to familiarize  or re-familiarize yourself with relevant songs and relevant colors. This way, you know what color cyalume to whip out at any given song…or at least have a good general idea. Now, songs in this cheat sheet are by no means guaranteed to make an appearance.

Anyway, the cheat sheet is here. We’ll be updating it as necessary.


There have been some concerns regarding ticketing for the 10th live  as they’re currently using L-Tike instead of the usual e+ or Ticket Pia for lotteries, but fret not, we’ll help you figure things out. A few aspects of the ticketing were made easier, although they did make the ticket pickup method a little more annoying.

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