THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! (Japanese: THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ! THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e!, officially known as THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Beyond the Brilliant Future! in English), and also known in English simply as THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE, is a movie based on THE iDOLM@STER. It debuted in Japanese theaters on January 25, 2014.
The movie was announced on February 9, 2013 at THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!!. It was revealed that production on an anime film was green-lit. On November 2, 2013, seven girls from THE iDOLM@STER Million Live! were announced to make guest appearances in the movie.
The film's staff is the same as that from THE iDOLM@STER anime, including the anime studio A-1 Pictures, writers Atsushi Nishigori and Tatsuya Takahashi, and director/character designer Atsushi Nishigori.
How did it start?
After the events of their New Year's Live, 765 Production has been racing to popularity. Within a season, all of the idols have managed to have successful careers. Haruka Amami won an "iDOL AWARD", Chihaya Kisaragi is about to begin a singing career abroad in New York, and Miki Hoshii has been given a part in a movie production in Hollywood.
765PRO collectively decides that all of the idols are in need of a new step, and comes up with a plan for an "Arena Live". Haruka is given the task of being the leader of the event, and at President Takagi's suggestion several new girls from an idol training school are added in as backup dancers. Hoping to gain some stage experience, the rookie idols participate in a training camp along with their senior idols.
At first things appear to be fine at the training camp, until one by one the concert begins to fall apart. First, aspiring idol, backup dancer, and fan of Haruka, Kana Yabuki loses all confidence and stops coming to practice. Then, 765PRO's Producer tells the team that after the concert, he will be going abroad to America for a year to study about being a better Producer. In addition, Miki will soon be leaving for Hollywood to film, while Chihaya is going abroad for her international debut. In the face of all these barriers, Haruka wavers on her position as leader.
Back home, Kana trips and falls during a small venue, prompting sour publicity in gossip magazines. Humiliated at herself and thinking she's bringing the rest of the idols down, she stops going to practice. Haruka discovers that she left the panda bear charm behind and is confident that she'll get over it, but the live is approaching fast and the idols haven't solidified or practiced their moves enough. Kana texts them saying she is quitting the idol business, and then stops answering her phone messages.
Against the dancers' wishes to forget about her and keep preparing, Haruka convinces them all to track her down before the live, where they discover that her stress caused her to snack too much and she gained weight, furthering her worries that she will now no longer fit in the costume. With the encouragement from her new friends, her confidence returns and she declares that she still wants to be an idol. The dancers apologize and vow to work as a team from now on.
How did it end?
At the live, the idols perform their show of their new song M@STERPIECE, and the crowds' delight gives them one last bow, before the credits begin to roll. During the end credits, Jupiter follows 765 Production to say well done to the idol's performance. The last shot depicts the Producer returning from his time in Hollywood and greeted to the girls' hugs.
New songs were announced for the movie on November 2, 2013, and several more were added to this when the movie single and original soundtrack were released:
- Fate of the World (Insert Song by Haruka Amami, Chihaya Kisaragi, and Miki Hoshii, THE SLEEPiNG BE@UTY Main Theme Song)
- Nemurihime (Japanese: 眠り姫 Sleeping Beauty) (Insert song by Chihaya Kisaragi, THE SLEEPiNG BE@UTY Insert Song)
- THE IDOLM@STER (Opening Song by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
- shiny smile (Insert song by: Haruka Amami and Hibiki Ganaha)
- Ramune-iro Seishun (Japanese: ラムネ色 青春 Ramune-Colored Youth) (Insert song by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
- GO MY WAY!! (Insert song by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
- MUSIC♪ (Insert song by Haruka Amami, Chihaya Kisaragi, and Azusa Miura)
- M@STERPIECE (Main Theme Song by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
- Nijiiro Miracle (Japanese: 虹色ミラクル Rainbow Colored Miracle) (Ending Song by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
- While not featured during the movie, Rin Shibuya from Cinderella Girls, as well as Kotoha Tanaka, Matsuri Tokugawa, Emily Stewart, and Fuka Toyokawa from Million Live!, make cameo appearances in the ending credits. This confirms that both Million Live! and Cinderella Girls take place within the same universe. SideM is also confirmed to take place in the same universe, as the events of the movie are tied into the prologue episode of the SideM anime.
- The album THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 01 "Thank You!" makes an appearance in a train with the subtitle "MILLIONSTARS". This could suggest that the 765 Production idols have already met other Million Live! idols.
- The training camp in this movie is also used in episode 12 of the Cinderella Girls anime and episode 8 of the SideM anime.
- 876 Production idols Ai Hidaka, Eri Mizutani, and Ryo Akizuki make cameo appearances within the movie, as a poster set in Kana Yabuki's bedroom and in several promotional posters around Japan in the movie. Shinkan Shoujo, a rival unit in THE iDOLM@STER anime, can also be found in posters throughout the movie. Hatsune Miku also appears on a poster.
- The movie's subtitle, "Kagayaki no Mukougawa e!", currently has two official translations. Before its Blu-Ray release, the English words "To the Other Side of the Sparkle!" were included in promotions for the movie. Upon the movie's release, the subtitle was changed to "Beyond the Brilliant Future!" on the artwork for the disk case.