First up, the Producer Meeting 2017 was held last weekend, and it was a success. Sanpei Yuuko made a special appearance on the first day, and Chihara Minori on the second! During this live, the 765 girls also performed Kouhaku Ouen V along with the producers in attendance, and that CD is coming out on 29 March 2017!
Details for the 5th Cinderella Girls Live Tour were announced today at the official site. This is not only the biggest Cinderella Girls live to date, but it is also the biggest THE IDOLM@STER Live tour so far, comprising of 7 lives in 7 different cities, and each venue having two shows over two days.
Ed: Updated with the performers for the first half, and application CDs for the second half.
2016 was another eventful year for The iDOLM@STER franchise. The 765 Pro girls took their time as they expanded their wings to the rest of the world, while the Cinderellas and Millions have grown up enough to start running ahead in their own paths. The SideM boys may not go on the exact same path, but they’ve started their drive. 876 may have been dormant for a while, but now they’re acting as the bridge between the franchises. Finally, a small but real shining star has also been born in the form of THE iDOLM@STER Kr.
Let’s take this time to look back at 2016.
In addition to the debut performance of Take me☆Take you live, they took the chance and used the 5th Anniversary Party to revive the 876 idols!
This is a translation of Yamamoto Nozomi’s blog post after the Cinderella Girls 4th live. A friend who went was telling me about how Nojo was spamming her burst appeals during the live, and this post actually explained why she did that.
Special thanks to PuchiTL’s friend Meiru for the editing help!
— 山本希望 (@nojomiy) October 17, 2016
(Check Nojo’s blog for actual pictures)
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 4thLIVE TriCastle Story
— アイドルマスター コロムビア公式 (@imas_columbia) October 16, 2016
Today marks the final venue of the 4th Cinderella Girls live, and Takagaki Kaede’s Hayami Saori and Kawashima Mizuki’s Touyama Nao made a special appearance!
First up, お疲れ様でした！ to all the cast, staff and producers who attended the live. Congratulations to both Koshimizu Sachiko’s Taketatsu Ayana and Ichihara Nina’s Kuno Misaki for finally appearing in a live! As usual, check out the announcements after the break.
Today, Imai Asami, Hara Yumi, Ohashi Ayaka, Fukuhara Ayaka, Hara Sayuri and GamiP appeared on stage for the IM@S GAME SHOW 2016 stage of the Tokyo Game Show. In a heated janken battle, Mingosu managed to beat Fuurin for the right to play the PSVR game.
Oh yeah and here’s a roundup of the announcements during today’s TGS event:
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.
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.
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.
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).
Today is Tanabata in Japan, and Cinderella Girls had a niconama with some big announcements!