THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE

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THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE
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Anime Details
Title: THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ! (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e!)
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Beyond the Brilliant Future!
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Rating: PG-13

THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ! THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Beyond the Brilliant Future!), and also known simply as THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE, is a movie based on THE iDOLM@STER anime canon. It debuted in Japanese theaters on January 25, 2014.

Plot

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 Hollywood movie production.

765PRO collectively decides that all of the idols need 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 to be 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 performance, 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 concert 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.

At the live, the idols perform 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 is greeted by the girls' hugs.

Cast

765 Production Idols
765 Production Staff
Million Live! Backup Dancers
Jupiter
Cameo Appearances

Songs

Production

After the end of the anime's television airing and before the event of THE IDOLM@STER 7th ANNIVERSARY 765PRO ALLSTARS Minna to Issho ni!! in June 2012, Aniplex producer Hironori Toba began talks to produce an OVA project. Toba began working with director Atsushi Nishigori on the project following the conclusion of the SHINY FESTA OVAs in October 2012.[1] It was originally intended to be a 60-minute OVA film but as "various ideas and elements" were incorporated with it, the project was changed into a theatrical film.

The movie was announced in February 2013 at THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!!, which was described as "a brand-new work telling a new story about the 765 Production idols" while serving as a continuation of the anime.[2] Nishigori and Tatsuya Takahashi were also confirmed to be writing the film's script, with Nishigori directing it at A-1 Pictures as his first anime film, after previously working on the anime series. In addition to the staff, the cast from the anime series were set to reprise their voice roles from the anime series for the film.[3] The full title of the film was revealed in April 2013.[4] The new songs for the film were revealed in September and November of that year.[5][6]

In November 2013, Minako Satake, Kana Yabuki, Yuriko Nanao, Serika Hakozaki, Anna Mochizuki, Shiho Kitazawa, and Nao Yokoyama, the characters first introduced in Million Live!, were revealed to appear in the film.[7] The inclusion of the Million Live! characters was suggested by series director Akihiro Ishihara.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.

Gallery

Screenshots

Artwork

Linked Media

CD Releases

THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE VAC@TION PACK!!
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! Theme Song M@STERPIECE
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! Original Soundtrack
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! Insert Song Ramune-iro Seishun
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! Ending Theme Nijiiro Miracle
THE IDOLM@STER PERFECT IDOL THE MOVIE

Special Edition Manga

THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! -signs-
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! -longing-

Official Links

References