I talked at some length about some of Idolmaster’s characters in my post about them. So, obviously, all that’s left to do is talk about even more of them. And go even further on the ones I already talked about before.
Sticking mostly with characters who have actual voices. Might even need another post just to go into some of the unvoiced ones. Also including the 765Pros, even if this is mostly about the Cinderella Girls.
Haruka ‘Emporio’ Amami: The face of the franchise. At least it’s a pretty cute one. Otherwise, apparently completely generic. Well, unless she’s as wack as what I’ve seen of the anime suggests. But I have my doubts.
Hibiki Ganaha: Apparently ‘cute’ despite looking a bit rougher than most. Also makes her misleading, and a sign of the occasional randomness of Idolmaster’s class selections. Otherwise, not notable.
Makoto Kikuchi: She was raised as a boy. A fucking boy. Whether that’s ‘cute’ or not, I’ll leave up to you. Still, all credit for trying to go against.
Yayoi Takatsuki: The one who tries too hard to be cute. And doesn’t really manage it. Therefore, should mostly be ignored.
Nana Abe: From the wiki’s description of Nana:
An eccentric part-timer maid of dubious age who claims to be an eternally 17 year old alien originating from Planet Usamin.
She will often communicate with Planet Usamin, while using the sound, “Piipii☆”.
O*Domyoji: Ah, a miko, you say? And an unlucky one at that. Maybe you should try some detached sleeves? They seem to work wonders for two mikos on the other side.
…Oh. Blimey. You didn’t have to go that far, love.
*Fix your font, Cinderella Girls
Rina Fujimoto: Oh my god what the fuck are those EYES
No, seriously. Nothing else matters. Swear down. Why the fuck are her eyes like that. Who thought they were a good idea at any point. Ever.
Anzu Futaba: Lazy, whining, spoilt bitch and yet somehow one of the most popular idols in the series for this reason alone. Perhaps a lot of the fanbase identifies with her in some way.
Mirei Hayasaka: From the wiki’s description of Mirei:
Her attire is normally covered with fake blood splatters, buckles, chains, leather straps, and metal studs. Her catch phrase is, “I’ll claw you!”
Each to their own. But as for me? Nah.
Shiki Ichinose: One of the most utterly mental characters in the series. I’ll just leave the wiki’s description here.
Shiki is a curious girl who can be described only as “a mad scientist”. She loves experiments, and is motivated by finding new things to hold her attention; if it’s not interesting, she’s not interested. Rather than being scouted by Producer, she chose him as part of one of her experiments. She sniffed the Producer and his smell convinced her that he was the right one for the experiment. She became an idol for this reason.
It’s implied she uses pheromones to attract fans, and even in idol form, her hair looks messy and uncombed.
And we’re supposed to be convinced that she’s sexy enough to be in LiPPS. Jesus Christ. She doesn’t look sexy. She looks like a social loser who hasn’t washed in many months. Fuck that. Still, I suppose every band has that shit member that nobody likes…
4th Election Ranking: 5th
Kyoko Igarashi: From TVTropes’ description of Kyoko:
A gentle teen who makes a perfect housewife.
Because of course all perfect housewives are 15 years old. Think there’s been a mix-up here… Mind you, this is the anime world, so what do I know.
Sae Kobayakawa: Your basic, traditionally raised Japanese girl. I’m sure this appeals to some, but other than this, plain ordinary.
Miho Kohinata: Plain old shy girl. Literally not interesting.
Sachiko Koshimizu: From TVTropes’ description of Sachiko:
She’s kind of a sadist, getting a kick out of showing other people how superior she is to them.
I thought at first this would be related to the way everyone thinks of sadism these days. But actually it’s only describing how she acts towards everyone else. Therefore, the correct word they are looking for is ‘narcissist’. And nobody likes a narcissist. Also, there’s something about her face.
Miku Maekawa: Your resident cat girl. There’s a fine line to tread with being one of these, the difference between being an ordinary person with it as a notable feature (which is what Rin Hoshizora is) and being a person defined by it completely. Miku crosses it. Therefore, best left ignored.
Kanako Mimura: The best ‘cute’ girl. For all her regrets about her body image, I count myself as someone who doesn’t mind a bit of THICC. But credit to her for gaining more confidence as you go along with her. And at the end of the day, she’ll always be a little bit sweet. Well done, I say.
Frederica Miyamoto: There’s ways of defining a second nationality in some way, then there’s ways of screwing it right up. I don’t care how good she is, and how well she does flirty (second only to best girl), the way they did Frederica’s eyes is unacceptable. And they’re kind of important. Otherwise, bloody brilliant.
Yukari Miyamoto: THE FLUTE PLAYER. You can keep your other idols, they can’t play their own instrument. Mind you, she doesn’t use her FLUTE as an overt stage gimmick, a welcome change to the norm, but still. She’s THE FLUTE PLAYER.
Yuka Nakano: She does karate, and…that’s it. Nothing to see here. Move on.
Chieri Ogata: Nothing but a lot of shyness and a constant fear she’ll be abandoned by Producer-san. Somehow, this is enough to make her one of the most popular girls in the series. There is no logic.
Yuuki Otokura: Would be ordinary if not for her definitive height. I won’t bang on about it too much, but 164cm is pretty damn tall for a 13-year-old. She worries about it a lot; I say, nothing wrong with being a tall girl.
Mayu Sakuma: From TVTropes’ description of Mayu:
Former photography model who quit her career upon seeing the Producer at first sight. She strives to become his finest idol, so they can always be together… forever.
And from the same website’s description of her hobbies:
Hobbies: Cooking and knitting. Note: These are likely to be hobbies 346 Production wants the public to believe. In actuality all her free time is spent stalking or thinking about the Producer.
Like, no. Really no. No. Just…no. No.
Momoka Sakurai: Your basic mature for her age girl. Being mature beyond your years can be one very good quality. Just not when your actual age is 12. And especially when said maturity only applies to your personality, and not your looks.
Hiromi Seki: So generic it’s almost painful. Somehow didn’t stop her getting 9th in the last Election. Whatever.
Noriko Shiina: Most of Idolmaster’s gimmick girls have gimmicks too wild, but Noriko is a rare case of a gimmick that is too soft. I mean, lots of people like donuts. Having a character based around that is nothing special.
Uzuki Shimamura: Ugh, and we’re supposed to believe this is one of the faces of the franchise? Do me a favour. She’s ‘cute’, alright, but only in the most generic way possible. She’s so average and so boring it annoys me. Do something interesting with your main characters, for chrissake. Like the other two she’s alongside, for instance.
Mind you, her utter averageness did at least invite the most meta moment of all time:
Still doesn’t make her any good though.
Ai Hidaka: One of the series’ side chicks from another Idolmaster game, Dearly Stars. Hot-blooded, and also a sore loser, the kind of behaviour I would slam if I didn’t have a bit of it in myself. Otherwise, ordinary.
Haena Ryoo: I thought Haena was an actual K-pop star though? Whatever, this Haena looks alright. Though I can’t help but think she looks rather similar to an idol I’ve seen before. She’s not the only Korean to do this, either. Maybe she’s popular on that bit of the continent? Maybe it’s something in the water? Who knows.
Ritsuko Akizuki: Looks a bit like the resident geek of the series, but actually isn’t. She’s just someone who was an office intern who became an idol because they were short of numbers. Which makes her a player-manager. Except Producer-san is the manager. So she’s just a normal idol in the end. Whatever.
Chihaya Kisaragi: Despite being as plain as day, still one of the most popular idols in the series. Again, hard to see why. Mind you, that classical music love is interesting. Maybe some potential for an in-series musical mix there? How about some Ode to Joy? Or the good old O Fortuna? Or even my personal favourite, Dies Irae?
Ah, that’s not the sort she listens to?
Right. Okay. Forget it then.
Azusa Miura: I knew someone who quite liked Azusa, so it’s a shame she seems to be the least popular of her bunch. She’s not too bad really, and nothing wrong with being a bit older than the rest.
…Wait a minute. Wasn’t the Azusa I was thinking of…the other one? You know…the one from K-On?
Ah, right. Yes, it was.
Takane Shijou: The mystical girl among the lot, and with some pretty mystical features too. Still not that special in the context of the series, but a bit more interesting than some of the other 765Pros for her image.
Anastasia: A damn good idol. Does the whole half-nationality thing well, in her case, Russian.* And she shows it in quite a sweet way, speaking in broken Japanese and having to sprinkle in her native language to everyone’s slight confusion. Bless her.
*Note to all idol series: If you want a good part-national idol, make it a Russian. See also: Love Live
Hina Araki: She finished 4th in the last Election. On balance, it’s hard to see why. She’s got the otaku factor going for her, but if that’s the only thing she has, the fanbase would have noticed her more often, earlier on. Still, well done on your new voice.
Hajime Fujiwara: She finished 3rd in the last Election. On balance, it’s hard to see why. All she has going for her is a hobby so boring, it’s a wonder she’s been so popular for so long. Still, well done on your new voice… But seriously, how do they end up with results like these? Sometimes they really do just beggar belief. You know who needs more love?
Kanade Hayami: Woah, okay. Let’s just stop here for a second. I know I sung all of Kanade’s praises last time out, but I’ll be honest. Even there, I was only scratching the surface. It’s time to tell you why she’s in a different class to all the other idols I’m talking about. Why she’s an absolute all-timer. It’s time to go into the mind of the real Cinderella Girl.
Now, you see, Kanade’s like a lot of these idols in that she’s got a defining trait. With her, it’s the kissing. However, while she likes to bang on about it, she doesn’t do it so much it’s silly. And anyway, compared to most of these idols’ traits, Kanade’s is almost angelic. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a kiss? I know I do. That’s why I’m sold on this girl puckering up.
And with that attitude comes her tantalising personality. She acts as sexy as she really is. I mean, just look at some of her cards. My god, how could you resist? There’s a lot of elements to attraction in characters, but sexiness might just be the hardest to nail in this kind of series. And yet Kanade makes it looks so easy it’s absolutely mind-blowing. Them killer eyes are the best bit of one of the best lookers of all time. And her bod is the definition of just right. Near perfection.
But it’s the manner of her words that really sells it. She doesn’t just express herself in her photos. She leverages her sexiness on you, Producer-san, too. And if you get her to luuurve you as much as you can, well…
“Producer-san, someday, I’m going to make you happy for having met me. When that happens, I’ll give you more than a kiss!”
S H E W A N T S T H E D
No wonder she always wants your gaze on her. Heck, even the girls can’t take their eyes off her… And, a reminder – she is 17. Doesn’t look it, does she? And that’s not a bad thing in this case. Not at all. Maturity only does her more favours here. In fact, as you’ll notice later, she’s an exception that proves a common rule in this series, as she is perhaps the only idol who looks older than she is. Not bad for a high schooler, eh?
And, as I’ve previously established, her voice lends itself so well to music. And even the music itself is damn good. So all credit to her seiyuu, Yuuko Iida, for that. The best singers deserve a lot of credit in these things, especially given how many idols have voices (as you can tell). So well done, I say.
I could still say even more about Kanade’s brilliance. But I think we can just leave it here and say she’s one of my favourite characters to come out of anything, ever. She’s a good, bad girl. And she’s the best girl.
Karen Hojo: Yes, she has nearly the same name as someone we’ve already talked about. Karen is the typical ‘ill girl’ for the series, which would be fine if I hadn’t seen this sort of thing before and been sold on one ‘ill’ character long before I got into this. You wanna give me an ill character, just give me Jun Misugi out of Captain Tsubasa.
Haruna Kamijo: So ordinary even the series itself seems to admit it. Still, her name’s the type a main character would have. Other than that, all she seems to do is worship the aforementioned Ritsuko out of 765Pro. Like I said. Ordinary.
Nao Kamiya: Somehow the only true tsundere so far. Unfortunately, this also makes her an instant turn-off in my eyes. I can’t be having tsunderes in my life. Unless they manage to fool everyone into thinking they’re a tsundere when they aren’t.*
*Read: Maki out of Love Live
Ranko Kanzaki: Sorry, Ranko, you’ve arrived in the wrong series. Were you looking for Touhou? …No? Oh. Ranko acts like she’s stepped out of a fantasy, but as one of the most prominent Cinderella Girls she is also really damn popular. And, distracting as her trait really is, at least it invites a lot of cosplayers to try and be her. Not the most inviting character of all for it, but still.
Mizuki Kawashima: She is 28. This is absolutely fine, except it isn’t because for some reason she refuses to shut up about it. It’s fine. Trust.
Ryo Matsunaga: From TVTropes’ description of Ryo:
Horror movie and death metal fanatic.
Nah, you’re alright.
Miyu Mifune: A bit plain, but has a little shyness and backstory to make up for it – and is indeed rather popular as a result. Also 26 years old, and yet amazingly not defined by this fact alone.
Nono Morikubo: From the wiki’s description of Nono:
Full of negativity and terrified of everything in the world
Being full of negativity is the biggest negative anyone could have. No positive vibes? No party. At least it goes some way to explaining her name. Also somehow rather popular despite this negativity.
Asuka Ninomiya: Ah, a rival? Mmm, good stuff. I do like a bit of rivalry in my series. But what’s she like as a person?
From the wiki’s description of Asuka:
Asuka is intense and brooding, and trying to find her identity like many other 14-year-olds.
CRAAAAAAAWLIIIIING IIIIIIN MY SKIIIIIIN
Yeah, that kind of intense broodiness. Mind you, if it manifested in her songs like that, that would be absolutely brilliant and hilarious in equal measure.
Minami Nitta: I honestly can’t get a gauge on her popularity. She’s never ranked that well in the elections, but there is art of her coming out of every imageboard’s ears. Even though all she actually seems to do is play lacrosse. Presumably a favourite among
Kanadean Canadian fans?
Fumika Sagisawa: Another noticeably shy girl (you can’t move for shy girls in this series) except this one is so shy she’s actually really quite popular. Also does something important in the anime but I haven’t watched that yet so I won’t touch on that until I do.
Chie Sasaki: You’re not gonna believe this, but she is, yes, another shy girl. This one, however, is 11. And therefore not really worth touching on. Especially when you see some of the stuff that comes out her mouth once she loosens up a bit… Put simply, it’s like Kanade gone wrong. Mature and flirty is fine at 17. Not at 11.
Rin Shibuya: The main ‘cool’ idol in the series, but also became the most popular idol, and indeed the poster girl, of Cinderella Girls. In fact, she might even be the defining idol for the whole series now. And she’s not too bad as the franchise centerpiece. She’s got a bit more edge about her than the two other idols she’s grouped with, and her personality is a nice contrast to a lot of what’s going on around her, for the most part. I also still fully maintain that in her main picture, she looks like she belongs on an epic album cover.
Someone edit this onto some mad album art. And let’s all have us check out her mixtapes. Fire, etc. etc.
Syuko Shiomi: The series’ lone example of a bad habit done right. When you see ‘donating blood’ amongst Syuko’s hobbies, you expect the worst. But when you consider her backstory – kicked out her house, left to wait tables and therefore simply donating blood to scrounge money – it isn’t quite so bad. So what you’re left with is an actually really rather good idol who also happens to be really surprisingly popular. You’d think her pale looks and black eyes would be an acquired taste, but she seems to strike a nerve. Can’t hurt that she’s got a little bit of sexy about her, too.
Koume Shirasaka: From TVTropes description of Koume:
An innocent, introverted girl fascinated by horrific death, violent gore, and the grim supernatural.
Arisu Tachibana: Another ordinary girl, with the exception that she hates her first name. How?! Doesn’t she realise that ‘Alice’ – the name it’s derived from – is the best name in the world? How can you hate it? Come on. Also, she’s 12.
Riina Tada: Tada! Someone who almost certainly has something to her other than J-pop. I’m quite looking forward to discovering just what her rock music tastes do to her actual songs, but she hasn’t got much besides and she doesn’t seem as popular as she perhaps should be.
Kaede Takagaki: Here’s someone who’s definitely as popular as she should be. Kaede has been the most universally liked Cinderella Girl since it began and in the last election she finally, actually won the thing, which makes her the Cinderella Girl at the moment. It’s not hard to see why. She’s got all kinds of little factors that define her looks, her heterochromia and beauty mark tiny elements of what is a seriously good look. Just see a cosplay of her and you’ll know what I mean. But if anything her personality sells even more to me. Quiet and calm normally, as soon as she gets some drinks down her she goes mad. And she’s only too happy to let others join in. The kind of personality I can get behind, as can many others. By the way, she’s 25. Not only does she not bang on about this, she even looks a bit younger than that. Yet she’s still a most mature idol. Yeah, and you wonder why everyone loves her… She’s a damn good idol all round.
Tamami Wakayama: Defined only by the fact she does kendo. Bit like a few other idols here, then. And not important, either.
Aki Yamato: Hmm, military, eh? Well I’m not gonna shy away from it as such, but it’s not quite what I’d expect from my average idol. Certainly, I’m not sure the experience would help that much in the industry… If I wanted to focus on military stuff I’d do it in a more relevant context. I mean, when you try and mix in military stuff with a massive franchise full of characters, it doesn’t usually turn out well…
Eri Mizutani: Another side chick from Dearly Stars. Except this one actually looks rather sweet and has the good kind of shy personality, even if some of her back story is a bit…eh. Also: Kana Hanazawa.
Juney: The Korean idol who isn’t quite like the other Korean idols. Not least because her name comes from her hometown of Seattle and she looks nothing like the other two. Not too bad, though.
‘Pashun’ (passion) idols
Mami Futami: One of the bunch who leaps around. I’m not all for hyperactivity myself. Maybe in controlled doses, but not if it defines them to a point. Still, better than her sister alongside her.
Ami Futami: Like her sister except less mature and obedient. And looks it from time to time, too. Therefore, is the worse twin. But neither of them are much good anyway so, whatever.
Yukiho Hagiwara: Yet another shy one. And a too shy one, at that. And just plain…well, plain other than that. Not what you want in your main group of idols, surely…
Miki Hoshii: Perhaps the most popular character in the entire series, and probably justifiably so. Heck, even I know a good few fans of her. She’s the in-universe ‘perfect’ girl, in that she gets everything she wants without even trying. Just a shame that she doesn’t seem to try in much of anything as a result. You can see why she’s struck a chord with most fans. Because they wish they could get everything by doing nothing, too. Miki’s a sweet enough girl, though.
Iori Minase: Another one of the most popular idols, thanks to the type of personality that fans are a sucker for but which I don’t like. She’s got hints of a tsundere about her, but they aren’t what really define her. Rather, it’s the backstory of being such a spoiled sweet that kind of jars me. While she’s really polite and sweet to people she doesn’t know, she’s really sharp-tongued to those she does. No way could I live with a personality like that. People will say they’re sold by her looks too but I don’t buy them either.
Yumi Aiba: Defined only by her hobby and favourite thing, flowers. So not interesting, then. Even despite her real popularity in one election.
Miria Akagi: An energetic sort who can also be rather mature, calls the Producer ‘cute’ and asks to hang out with him on days off. She’s also 11. So that’s that one out the window, then.
Ayame Hamaguchi: Another girl defined solely by her hobby, though a lot of them don’t come quite as interesting as wanting to be a ninja. I dunno though, should I tell her? Most ninjas aren’t really real these days.
Yuki Himekawa: C A T S
Yes, I too would give my support to cats. Although her support is for a baseball team. Eh, I suppose it’s alright for her. If she wants to watch 10,000 games a year where not much happens, that’s her lookout, I guess.
Akane Hino: The typical hot-blooded girl, which somehow equates to her loving…rugby? Well, OK, but I’ve got other words for a lot of rugby fans and/or players I know. Also loves tea, a drink that’s supposed to calm you down. With that in mind her personality makes less sense.
Mio Honda: The central ‘pashun’ idol in the series, and probably the best of the main three girls. In fact, she’s potentially one of the very best of the lot, in the running for second best. Yet somehow she’s never been amongst the most popular unlike her two peers, Uzuki and Rin…until now, where she’s risen to second after the last election. That’s about where she might belong. She looks an absolute cutie and has enough energy about her to actually be notable. Even her bod’s kinda rockin’. She seems like she might be something special, but I’m reserving judgement until I look at the series further. After all, she is quite prominent in it. I’ll find out more about her soon.
Yuko Hori: She thinks she’s an esper, a full on psychic with telepathy and telekinesis and all. She’s not, but she does know her fair share of magic tricks at least. Her gimmick is relatively harmless actually and causes a bit of humour in the Theater sketches, but otherwise she’s fairly unremarkable.
Syoko Hoshi: So here’s a girl who spends her time growing mushrooms… What sort, I wonder? Certainly, I reckon there’s a few characters who probably spend a bit of time on them. Actually, there’s plenty of characters who could be spiced up with some of those… In fact, put the whole series on ’em. Maybe I’ll even need them to take some of it in… Sadly, this hasn’t actually happened yet. In fact, only she seems to have taken any of them…which would explain her batshit mental idol persona. She just goes insane, basically. So, that’s a no from me, then.
Nina Ichihara: She’s 9, for fuck’s sake. 9. Nine. Mind you, if you just look at her as an ordinary person, she has her funny moments. And there’s nothing wrong with waddling round in animal costumes at her age. I mean, we all did it when we were 9, too. But, I’m sorry. Have you seen the stuff she says to you? I mean…no. Just…no.
Mika Jougasaki: A seriously good idol. Mika is an idol who rocks all kind of looks, and rocks them all very well. She puts on a real outward show of skin and sex appeal, which makes her an infinitely cosplayable character – and a good cosplayable character, too. With a personality that conveys her image well, and has plenty more to admire about it besides, Mika has a little something for everyone. On the whole, it’s her slightly wild image that I like most about her, even if the reality is she can be a bit shy about expressing herself outside of her outfits. But really, Mika has so many qualities that she can only be seen one of the series’ very best idols. Perhaps the second best. She’s got the best case for it at the moment. She’s a proper idol.
Rika Jougasaki: Rika doesn’t have quite the appeal of her older sister – she’s rather more playful, can act a bit odd and doesn’t have nearly as striking a demeanor – but at heart she’s still alright. Seems like she might be a decent person, at the end of the day. But overall Mika is the better of the sisters, definitely overshadowing Rika.
Sanae Katagiri: The Idolmaster Five-O is here. And it’s also a bit ridiculous. Sanae is another one of the flirty sorts, but hers is played for laughs much more, mostly in the style of her former job. However, at the end of the day, she gives the feel off of someone who is merely a lot of tits and who also happens to be short. Which is what she is, actually. Other than that she’s just a drunk. She’s also 28, and bangs on about this at least some of the time.
Natsuki Kimura: Another rocker, which again should be good news for her actual songs. Naturally, very closely attached to the other ‘rockstar’, Riina. Together, they seem like they might be decent enough.
Kirari Moroboshi: She’s 6 foot. That positive alone is enough to make me sit up and take notice, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows with her. Her personality is very much justified (trying to counter her height), but I can’t get behind it to be honest. Also she has this habit of looking either real damn good or real kinda bad, with no real inbetween. Still, a pretty sweet idol regardless.
Takumi Mukai: This one was a gang leader once, and acts it. Real rough and real rude, but also shy about performing. Some elements of a tsundere in this one. More interesting than most, but not necessarily what I’d call ‘good’.
Tomoe Murakami: Actually rather a good girl, who earned a voice courtesy of a 7th place in the latest election. Her yakuza attitude is all very interesting, but I’m sorry, when I see her, I just can’t get a certain idol out of my head. Also, from the Wikia…
Tomoe seems to enjoy punishment for men. In fact, one of her philosophies in life is that if a man is good for nothing, he deserves “harsh discipline and a bare butt spanking” from his superior wife.
Now that’s what I call fetishy.
Emi Namba: And we’re back to the average idols again. This one wants to be a comedian, though. She uses the good old Boke and Tsukkomi routine. Well sorry but, if I want some of that, I’ll just put on some Touhou M-1, thanks.
Yui Ohtsuki: She looks like she’s trying to make it big in the hip hop industry. That’s what happens when you wear so many caps. Laid back type, which is alright I guess. What’s actually quite interesting is she managed to shake off a boring trait – her primary quirk being a love of candy – to actually develop into something rather more. Which is something, I guess. Certainly more than most of her fellow idols have managed.
Shizuku Oikawa: Just about my favourite looking idol nearly wasted on a dumb personality. I beat on about her quite a bit in my first Idolmaster piece so I won’t retread too much old ground here, but the gist of Shizuku is; she’s got all the perks I love in someone’s looks, and a pair of tiddies that could probably take over the world if she wanted. But this is dampened by a character so utterly dominated by her gimmick as a cow-loving farmer that honestly, you’re so much better off just ignoring the person inside and just focusing on what’s on the outside. On that basis, Shizuku is damn great.
Kaoru Ryuzaki: Her story as to how she became an idol seems interesting enough, but that interest isn’t matched by her character and I’m afraid she’s another 9-year old. Fairly harmless in the grand scheme of things, though.
Shin Sato: In a series with plenty of idols looking younger than they are, Shin is top of the lot; what you see here is the looks of a teen on a 26-year old. She adopts a cute personality, but actually might be quite bitter deep down due to doubts about, yes, you guessed it, her age. Well, maybe not her age as such. But rather what she’s done in those 26 years. There’s actually quite a dark backstory behind this one, but still Shin is rather unremarkable.
Aiko Takamori: Another one of the painfully average idols, except this one has photography for a hobby. Most people would be OK with this. I am not one of those people. It’s a personal thing, you see.
Airi Totoki: Airi the airhead. I doubt they intended the name to work quite that way, but that’s what she is. Long, long ago, Airi won the very first election. She didn’t even rank in the top 50 in the last one, though. Hers wasn’t a surprise rise like Syuko, though, this is more of a slow decline. Maybe it’s because she only seems to be known for taking her clothes off a lot. As it turns out, this isn’t always a good thing.
Suzuho Ueda: Looks like she ought to be a lot more interesting than she actually is. In reality, she’s just yet another average Joe, another plain Jane. It’s damn surprising to see just how many of this lot have voices… They’d better be good voices if they deserve them.
Yoshino Yorita: Actually quite popular for a little while despite having another lukewarm personality. She’s not all plain though, she’s got an interesting image about her, as if she were out of another series. Probably explains why, deep down, she wants to become a god. Best be careful if I were you. Next thing you know Idolmaster will turn into an action-filled epic or something.
Ryo Akizuki: The third and final of the Dearly Stars side girl… Wait. That’s a boy?
Well, fuck me sideways. You had me fooled. And pretty much everyone else. Err…there was some interesting stuff I would have mentioned otherwise, like how that name might seem familiar because of the family connection to 765Pro’s Ritsuko, and being a sweet enough looker, but… Nah, I’m way too put off by the fact that’s a male I’m talking about here. The only one here, and right at the end. But…wow. I was expecting a side girl. Not a SideM.
Yujin Im: If you thought fellow Korean colleague Haena looked like Maki, wait till you see Yujin. Couldn’t look more like her if she’d been genetically engineered for the purpose. Don’t worry, though. It’s not just Koreans that look like her. There’s another idol or two more…but they’re unvoiced, so I’ll leave that for a post about some of them.