Idol Master 2 Now Yaoi Master

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IdolMaster fans have been stunned to learn that IdolMaster 2 will be adding a trio of hot bishonen to its traditional line-up of pubescent girls, even as a number of traditional fan favourites have been dumped from the game.

“Alice or Guilty”:

The three boy idol unit (including, appropriately enough, a 14-year-old called “Shota”) is known as “Jupiter”:

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Presumably their inclusion is intended as a gambit to broaden the game’s appeal to include the as yet untapped yaoi-doujinshi consuming fujoshi market.

The changes are likely to provoke a creepy IdolMaster otaku reaction (if not a rebellion) – announced before the surprise addition of “Jupiter” was the removal of of four of the girls (Iori, Ami, Azusa and Ritsuko) from the playable roster, infuriating their fans, as well as a change in seiyuu for another of the girls.

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The fan reaction:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sense DLCs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid sexy fags

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOLD ON Ritsuko, etc fans! If you read the Japanese website, the girls are *not gone* exactly.

    Ritsuko has become a producer for 765. Iori, Azusa, and Ami are the unit she produces. Smoky Thrill is their debut song. I suspect this means those four girls will not be playable - just at the start of the game. (for story reasons)

    However, if you remember from the first iM@S, you unlocked more capabilities as you played the game and your Producer Level went up. I think those four girls will probably be playable later on, as the story progresses. After all, we have already seen videos where those girls are in the 5-person units you can have!

    So dispair not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are OFFICIALLY non-playable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or at least they'll be availible as DLC's. If not, someone's gonna smack a fag! Heheh. Get it? Cause the new bishies look gay? ...yeah. Not very funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do not waaaannntttt !!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouta looks kinda cute *raperaperaperape*

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice! I might actually play this shit now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I knew I knew that voice for the announcer guy. Takehito Koyasu, Luke Valentine from Hellsing OVA...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nooooo!!!! why it has to be Iori!!!! OTL
    I dont really care if they bring shota or yaoi in this ! but why do they have to take Iori away!!

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    04:40 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YESSSS. :3 Sucks about taking out those girls but whatever. This game and market panders to them enough as it is. I like the Touma and Shouta.

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    Comment by steph
    04:41 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now i really want this game!

    ...what? the song is nice.

    Comment by Shadowmen
    07:20 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn namco bandai is fucking up

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    Comment by brningpyre
    07:56 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *hopes for reverse-traps*

    Nah~

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    Comment by Stangace20
    08:43 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the 3rd one w/ the spike hair is a guy? lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God forbid they market the game to more people (girls/women). Fanboy otakus are so lame...

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    Comment by yaku
    09:33 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If any enraged otaku doesn't want his copy of this new Idol master, they can sell it to me a fujoshi, yours truly.

    Better than breaking the CDs and wasting money.

    Comment by PhillB
    07:57 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad. The only reason I had to get this game has vanished. My original unit was Ami, Miki and Ritsuko. But without them, there is no production unit for me.

    Adding those gays to the idol line was a terrible mistake. Not only do I disagree with adding sexually confused brats to an exclusive loli-looking game, but they're taking the same steps Square Enix had in recent times.

    Son, from now on, no more Idolmaster for me. I'll miss Ritsuko.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:23 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you 100% Also, why add guys to a game that's marketed towards guys? If you ask me, it doesn't make sense.

    If they're trying to appeal to the "bisexual" women(that seem apparent in this site), or gays, this is going to turn off the general fanbase that plays this game. Not saying there's nothing wrong with their marketing, I'm just saying that there aren't many "bisexuals" or "gays" I'm aware of...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    would the fans be less furious if the new additions were hideyoshis?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really though, the issue here is that they expect to make a profit from this decision.

    The reason why the 'market' for female gamers is largely 'untapped' is because the number of gamers who are going to buy a hardcore otaku product like this, even with bishonen is... very small, and the backlash from current fans (( especially with the obvious and inevitable perception that they took out some girls to add the guys in... )) will be very large.

    It seems likely they didn't even put the simplest of thought into this design decision.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouta looks like faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The great part is when he has regret over this decision and goes out and rebuys them all.

    "Just as Planned"

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I for one, welcome this change. Want just girls? Play the first game goddamn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    touma is hot,and koyasu as a producer is win.

    JUPITER!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yaoi Master? More like Boyband Master. Girls would get those.

    Say, would it be fun to combine both Yaoi Master and Idol Master together? Why haven't they thought about that sooner?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really don't care if they add some boys ... but I do care that they removed Ami. :(

    In my opinion they are better off if they are going to cut out the 3 boys and add the 4 girls again.

    I hope that the otaku outrage will bring them to do this ... but I doubt it will happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mami's still producable, and they're pretty much the same person

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd be surprised what the Otaku can do. At the very most, by simply not buying this game or tossing the entire franchise all together, the company would be forced to abide by their safe fan-base. Or they could simply go after the Fujoshi women, which ever comes first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idolmaster just got interesting.

    But Touma's the only guy that's actually hot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck. No loli tsundere. Maybe they'll release the four removed idols as dlc?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My panties just dropped.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh, well Shouta kinda looks like a girl =D

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    Comment by Tateha
    02:50 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is pretty bad...if they wanted to make a guys only idolmaster that's what they should have done, make a guys only idolmaster game.

    but they didn't so the reactions were not unwarranted. by removing 4 of the girls and changing their seiyuu, that's like asking for a rebellion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice marketing geniuses.
    Instead of making it a new game, bonus content or just a part of the game they actually remove some of the girls for no truly necessary reason.
    Getting new fans doesn't mean you have to lose the ones you already had if you're smart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How much you want to bet that the fans will send death threats to them soon?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love the idea of the guys! i think it's awesome, but my heartbreak over the removed idols is greater. NOOOOO ;__________________;

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    Comment by Offline
    09:18 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shake it, Shota baby!!
    Shake it!!

    I'm already in love with Shota, he's so cute X3
    Can't wait to watch more PVs of them - though the other two guys are rather 'meh' category...
    But for Shota's sake, I'll support Jupiter!!! X3

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    Comment by DRYO
    14:12 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what0s with todays show off contest in the pop culture....fuck this.

    Comment by Shalala
    06:15 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like where this is going.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lQR8n89kdk&feature=channel [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lQR8n89kdk&feature=channel]

    This 2nd PV, relaxes me a bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And comments on these "broadening market":

    http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/ad/images/media/xbox/graph_dokusya10.gif

    Female Xbox Players are simply next-to-nonexistent in Japan. Only 4.2% of all Xbox buyers in japan were female, according to the link below:

    http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/ad/html/media3.html

    Who wished for these three boys, instead of TOTALLY-AWESOME FOUR GIRLS? No one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 02/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except doujin artists...at least the happy sex doujins will be Jupiter Idol x Random Idolmaster Idol instead faceless lead.

    And the VAs for Jupiter you know will be much more well known.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, way to go, Otaku.

    Smashin' your discs of previous releases? What happened to ignoring parts of a series you just didn't like? You don't HAVE to buy the game. >_>;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Azusa? They must be crazy!!! They lost their minds!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 20/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adding gay-like boys = no problem.

    More fujoshi = no problem, interest would not collide in this case.

    REMOVING ORIGINALLY PLAYABLE CHARACTORS = BIG, BIG PROBLEM.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those who did the character designs obviously have no idea what fujoshi likes... Those guys look lame as shit! If they are seriously trying to win over the yaoi fangirls, they would include a smexy, mysterious megane san, stylish badboy and a pretty long haired shy type, the three stereotypes of BL.

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    22:41 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel ya. Then again, usually that type of thing would include more guys as well. But I have a feeling that they will get costumes to compensate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From what I know it's not 100% sure that the 4 girls are not playable...I think that this game will be like the PSP one...in story mode Ritsuko's unit it's your rival...but in free produce you can use them...well I HOPE so...idolmaster without Azusa is shit.







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