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The news that IdolMaster 2 has dumped Ritsuko, Iori, Azusa and Ami as playable characters whilst adding a trio of sexy male idols has provoked a storm amongst the franchise’s notoriously creepy fans, with every tactic from an Internet hate campaign to a formal petition coming into play.

The first port of call for any irate otaku seeking to cause commercial chaos is Amazon.co.jp – almost 100 1-star reviews and scores of irreverent Photoshops soon flooded the site:

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Some particularly desperate (or possibly desperately optimistic) fans have started a formal petition entreating the developers to both restore the restructurated quartet and re-add multiplayer:

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Another creepy otaku took a rather more direct approach to venting his frustrations – fortunately NEET-grade Japanese housing is only made of cardboard and paper, so he is unlikely to have injured himself:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I personally have no problem with them adding male characters. But remove some the most popular girls?
    Them's fighting words.

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    Comment by Tateha
    07:00 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the three gay guys are fine, but at the expense of three other girls? unforgivable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they were this "caring" when VC was announced for the PSP... >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    im@s is way bigger then silveria's boobs. But JP is disappointed about VC2/3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I predict that they will be released as DLC soon.

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    Comment by White Phoenix
    08:53 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey iM@S.

    I'd like to introduce you to a company that tried to appeal to the (rare) fujoshis in Japan.

    That company name was Sega. You heard about them yes? You heard about them making a Valkyria Chronicles 2 that did poorly compared to the original PS3 version, yes? Remember how they tried to appeal to that nonexistent female demographic compared to the mostly male-centric demographic? And them dumbing down/removing core elements of the game that made the PS3 version good?

    Yeah, you MIGHT want learn from those guys. You guys are ROLLING in the money. Put both the prettyboys AND the girls and leave the multiplayer in and HEY, you have a game that appeals to EVERYONE.

    Who would've THOUGHT?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why the VG industry in Japan is dying. Its being held hostage by no-lifers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this news makes me happy
    MIURA Kentaro will be back to his work.
    Thanks God for granting my wish

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    08:34 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Geez, if Hideyoshi was in iDOLM@STER 2, they wouldn't be 'itching about "losing their innocence."

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well Idol Master looks like a gay game anyway

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    05:20 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I understand that it sucks if your favorite character is taken out but at the same time, they are acting like yaoi fangirls do when a female character "interferes" with their favorite pairing or cast. Reminds me of when Kingdom Hearts first came out, the fic writers hated Kairi and made her out to be some skank in the way of Sora/Riku. Anyway, not cool.

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    Comment by Elle Lowel
    05:01 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I strongly have to agree about the adding a multiplayer function to Idol Master. That would be awesome in a way. It could be great play between friends, imagine the fun you can have.

    And i'm very sure they'd return Iori, Ami, Azusa and Ritsuko as Downloadable Content. If i'm wrong i'm wrong, I mean they been foundation characters for so long you really can't just sweep them away and forget them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    multiplayer was always there. This is taking out multiplayer!

    Comment by Shadowmen
    05:56 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You see that what happen when you take three playable chracter and put in some dudes now no one ain't gonna buy idol master 2

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fans have ugly features anyway so they have the right to be jealous. Not to mention they stink too... why not give 'em a brick.... I mean... a break.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess for the otaku, anything and everything that involves 2D women are serious business.

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    05:38 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note to self:

    Anything that involves 2D women is serious business for otaku

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    13:01 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When it involves them buying and continue supporting a kind of product, YES it does.

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

    I'm more pissed off about the new Dante then this.

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    Comment by DK
    21:22 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Namco Meeting:

    "We need an Idolmaster sequel. Any ideas?"

    "Why don't we appeal to fangirls who have never played our games before and completely alienate our established fanbase?"

    "BRILLIANT!!!"

    Next thing you know, the Xbox360 was just another beta test for the PS3 port, which brings back the lost girls, adds the DS idols, and maaaaybe add one more guy (just to keep the fangirls busy).

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could've just developed and released a female-oriented branch (or whatever), like Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, but no.

    Oh well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, all this because they can no longer fap to the characters on screen.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:36 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if only they balance the gender. oh well hopefully the next game it will either feature more girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love it when otakus get trolled hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The funniest part is that they're probably going to still buy the game.

    I mean hell they bought Endless 8.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even Idolmaster has its own way of the Cataclysm, just like World of Warcraft in its next expansion; it's no surprise to see the reaction of its diehard fans. :p

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    Comment by Doriinatrix
    10:25 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, as if Japanese male boy bands are allowed to deflower girl idols
    They're kept on a tight leash as well

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats what u get fot owning a 360

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 22/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega attempt to make Miura back to working berserk?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 26/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jeez, it is just a game. Grow up Japan.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    12:55 28/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They must be crazy if they really thought adding male characters to an IdolMaster game was a good idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why so serious?

    Or they have thought THIS far ahead...and a Idolm@ster Live for You 2 where they reintroduce the 4 removed idols...and a bunch of other expanded gameplay, minus the story portion and so on...all for some extra sales, 'cause they know the fans WILL buy it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The men ,,,, are truly a blatant attempt to expand fanbase.

    The missing 4 idols are likely to be an attempt to expand DLC sales. Possibly it could be a plot reason but that's a bit optimistic.

    At least 72-chan is there. But this is not a good sign. We im@s fans are 2nd only to the touhou empire. We fuel 360 live with our point cards. Give us what we want or there's going to be some serious problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So that's where the infamous Chinese drywall ended up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The pictures imply h-game scenarios.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You just know they're all going to buy it anyway once they're done crying about how betrayed they feel that they would dare put BOYS in their girly idol singer game.

    Chill the fuck out, otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 31/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont care about the boys, but for the fact they removed 4 girls. Whyyy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PEOPLE NEED TO GROW UP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    These weirdo fans need to chill the fuck out, for real.
    WHAAAAAAA THEY PUT BOOOOOOYS IN OUR MOE IDOL LOLI GAME BAWWWWWWW

    But you know they're still going to buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The main selling point of this game is to be the IdolMaster of GIRL idols. Its main target audience is the male populace of Japan. What other reaction did you expect? I could understand this move if they'd just come out with a version for males and another for females.
    But hey, developers deserve every bit of outrage, because lately the business tactics of the big brand names are remarkably bonkers.

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    Comment by alidan
    04:19 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bat shit insane. bonkers dosent realy fit there... was there a cartoon called bonkers... let me wiki it... there was.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    04:37 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, I'd say it's Disney most hi-speed cartoon ever..

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet they are making a new anime 'Idolm@ster Mechafaakers' were the 3 guys get all the girls pregnant and move to Utah, USA for multi-wife marriage, next to Las Vegas of course where you get to play their 2 year old babys dancing on stage in special shows after the now family group decides on whos wife will be whos wife. Not a sequel to the last 26 ep anime.

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    Comment by Vasya Alabaster
    02:01 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    On one hand, I was never interested in Idolmaster before this change (trap and reverse trap did intrigue me though).

    On the other hand, it's unfair to get rid of fan favorites to make room. I may not have had particular interest in the characters that were replaced, but I've had this sort of thing happen to me way too damn often in games. It's hard to enjoy the game with the same amount of enthusiasm once the only characters you really like are gone. So I can kinda relate to how upset the fans are.

    They should've made another game for the male trio or something.

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    Comment by Baronight
    02:03 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can't help but to think that all this
    *insert rage vandalism act*
    is just another lame attempt of ronery otaku to show off how hardcore/pathetic they are...

    when something goes wrong...
    they will formulate another good way to express their rage...just to get some attention =="

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or you would not take this so seriously. I'm sure most of these "raging" otakus are just doing it for the lulz.

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    Comment by nightcolored
    02:11 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i think about the idolm@ster i only think i could hear the chiaki takahashi's n asami imai's voice... i don't really care too much about the fan service...

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    01:48 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe this will get Berserk's mangaka out of hiatus...?

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    Comment by Myballz
    07:29 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the Second line of Defense failed for IdolMaster 2 so the creepy Otaku are going to have to go for real girl's?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, the silver lining.

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    Comment by alidan
    04:13 21/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are now gods... i hope he isnt rageing on a wall. would blow cock if he injured his hands.








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