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Bandai is begging IdolMaster fans enraged by the withdrawal of 4 of their beloved idols in favour of 3 new male characters to stop slandering the game’s seiyuu. Fans for their part have now accumulated over 6,000 signatures demanding the removed girls be restored.

Meanwhile, otaku fans have been even more enraged by Yukiho revealing “I love men”…

Bandai Namco’s statement is polite to a fault:

A group of people have been making posts containing slander about the seiyuu appearing in the game. Please be kind enough to desist this slanderous conduct, as this is causing trouble for the seiyuu afflicted, thank you.

Seiyuu are professionals who breathe life into the characters they voice – please understand this, and refrain from making further insulting remarks.

Whether this will cease the slander remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, over 6,000 fans have signed the petition (original target: 1,000 signatures) demanding the four girls be restored to playability – there is as yet no acknowledgement from Bandai.

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As if this were not enough, Yukiho (already the object of controversy due to a change in seiyuu) has prompted her own Hirano-esque scandal – her lyrics in the new “2010” version of the idol introductory song “Danketsu” includes the following lines:

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“I’m Yukiho Hagiwara, 17!
I love men! Ah!
I meant to say, “tea”!
I dug the hole, now I’ll be buried!”

For those wondering, the words in question are “otoko no hito” and “ocha.”

The song:

The original version of “Danketsu” (the included fansubs are of the “quality” variety):

Predictably, her fans are enraged and a number of unflattering Photoshop creations incorporating her and the new male idols have merged…

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    Avatar of Mobius Pizza
    Comment by Mobius Pizza
    22:25 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it doesn't sound bad to have some quirky jokes within now male and female casts

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't turn a game made primarily for men(or gay woman), into a game that is unisex by taking out the top most popular characters.

    Heck you don't do it at all, you make a new game completely with new characters including the guys. Name it something else and create a completely new audience.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who the fuck designed these guys? they all look like douche bags.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I cannot understand how someone can like the Idolm@ster franchise, regardless of these males being added in IdolM@ster2, and have them start attacking the voice actresses for it. What a bunch of Dick Heads. What a load of Dick Heads, leave the Voice Actors alone you Dick Heads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is like capcom getting rid of sheeva and jill from RE5 and replacing them with zangief and hakan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zangief is actually AWESOME

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, when did the otaku say anything about the seiyuu? Last I checked, they were pissed because four fan favorite characters were removed and replaced with some guys that aren't going to be used at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    AND NOTHING OF VALUE WAS LOST

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    Comment by Visa
    14:41 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, the girls are giving the guys a BJ and the last pic, the guy was groping the girl. This can't be consider "Idol M@ster" it's more like "@V M@ster"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 26/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >IdolMaster 3 - World of Idolmaster.

    I can totally see it: "Looking for 3 More for Ippai Ippai, must know lyrics pst for inspect"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    can some1 explain why this is the same as katamari? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjR-V0eliOE
    haha i dont even...

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:00 28/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently the song was introduced in beautiful Katamari as a way to promote IdolMaster back then, since both games are made by the same company.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bandai says: DONT FUCK US!! stupids no socials lifes, they are not us problem so you freacks dont have a real women, and damm dont masturbate seeing or creations assholes perverted.

    Atte BANDAI.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 01/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    what kind of error it?

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    Comment by Nymphonomicon
    06:51 29/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NAMCO-BANDAI, I am disappoint.
    Actually, scratch that, I am boycott.
    It wasn't bad enough that you needlessly whore games out with nickel-and-dime DLC or that you don't even release the iDOLM@STER games in the English-speaking market, but this shit is unforgivable.

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

    Points to take away from this article:

    -iDOL@MASTER: SERIOUS BUSINESS
    -Otaku are still as retarded as ever
    -They'll still buy it anyway

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    Comment by Reichi
    09:59 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are fans always so enraged to hear anything about their idol's personal life, mostly romantic? Something like this can't surely rock a fanbase this badly. Unless if otaku are losing their creepy edge of stalking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Delicious otaku tears.

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    Comment by vega427
    00:19 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much for the concept of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I also notice in the Danketsu 2010 lyrics that Mami sings about wanting a boyfriend...

    What happened to Mami being a good girl!?!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She grew up. Hormones and shit man.

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    06:07 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I begin to think that they deliberately added male character after Bandai so the creepiness of Idol Master otaku in Japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw the creepy otaku!
    I think this new change is interesting.
    Though the guy characters could've at least started with their own game first or something.

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    Comment by Ben
    04:46 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They appealed to a male otaku audience just to piss them off later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:44 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    for crying out loud, these guys are like religious extremists, why the F* won't they just stick to their own damn lives!?

    the only thing that can be said to them is, if you don't like the change, don't buy the game!!!

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    06:07 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember, anything involving 2D women is serious business for otaku

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    Comment by Myballz
    02:30 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fan's want cute girl's only on Idol master that's why they are reacting to this game.

    They are anger by the fact it had a few boy's are in the game not realizing that their fan base is a bunch of perverted Otaku?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 25/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would it be that hard to just include a "Males on/off" switch in the settings and keeping the girls?
    And what the hell is up with the rage of the girl saying that she likes guys? How can they dream of a girl that per default is a saint and won't touch the subject of sex with a ten foot pole?
    But I guess they are used to fapping to people that loath them.

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    16:04 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That photoshop is hilarious! By the way, I still believe the 4 girls will be added afterward as some form of paid add-on or DLC. However by then it will probably be too late and the franchise will be all but dead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sometimes I wonder if the fans are why we can't have nice things.

    Then reactions like these come along and confirm my suspicions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Id have to agree with that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Further proof that the guys at Japanese marketing arm of Bandai-Namco probably didn't even take a subject related to marketing in college/university - much less graduating in a full course:

    Fucking over otakus who are their target demographics; who are the only group of people that would pay large cash for shit like this.

    Seriously, Bamco, there are a lot of people out there with express degrees bought from the Net. BE AWARE OF THAT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, no. Otaku are obviously not their sole target demographics anymore, and unlike otaku fujoshi would actually buy the games instead of getting only the merchandise. (Fujoshi are a HUGE market, it's in namco's best interest to try to break into that.)

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    Comment by LeTrueNoir
    16:18 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    watch that make a ps3 version & add very thing back & more like thy all ways do XD

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    Comment by Schrobby
    21:33 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see this happening in a year, but that could be too late to save the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is one shit storm Bandai put themselves into. What the fuck did they expect to happen when you remove characters from a game that has such an extremely obsessed fan base?

    The male idols would have just been more or less ignored if they had just not taken any characters out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its probably what they wanted to happen. Hell if I was one of the developers Id have the time of my life pissin off otakus left and right.

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

    That's why you're not a developer... or a businessman... merely flipping burgers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rage, rage, rage . . .

    Sigh.

    My first instinct is to wish these haters to get *some* sort of life, and save their feelings for 3D people.

    But when I realize they'd just end up hating/stalking 3D people, I take my wish back.

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

    Dear sir, you appear to not understand our situation. Allow me to ellaborate;
    It's fucking IORI we're talking about here.
    Thank you for you time and patience.

    -Anon

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too late, People are already hating stalking 3d people so yeah.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    21:36 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a secret plan to reshape otaku into psychopathic killers. They want to train them and send them after the chinese government. Brilliant! ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this really supposed to be worse than just releasing the same game again, which is the typical strategy taken with otaku titles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    namco you made shit this again

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Them taking out Iori Minase as a play is completely unacceptable. They gotta know not to remove the Rie Kugimiya character, I mean seriously.

    As for them making their otaku fanbase angry, also a dumb move. Who else is gonna buy multiple copies of the game? In fact who in general buys this game aside from them?

    Dumb moves left and right and allover in the videogame industry these days...

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    Comment by Kouma
    15:41 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Namdai makes IM@S money from the DLC, goods, and soundtracks. The IM@S games didn't sell incredibly well, but consumers buy lots of the DLC.

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    Comment by Bastille
    16:47 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, let's piss off otaku which makes us lose not only sales in general, but also all of the DLC they'd have bought because they are clearly dedicated to the game!

    I seriously doubt the few women who might pick the game up now will make up for the lost sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dedicated is putting it lightly. I think you mean overly obsessed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is stupid. It reminds me of the petition to make Final Fantasy 13 a PS3 exclusive again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahm.... uhm... i dont comment for this one , i have never play Idolmaster and now i dont think i will , personally i dont like the lack of male roles in a game but just man , mans and more dicks , kill the special service of the girls .

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    Comment by HKE
    15:13 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i forgot log , i have 360 but the fucking thing give me three time the wonderful and beloved Red rings of the death so i sell that damn thing and hoping and 360 emulator like the wii and playing twilight princess at 720p ,yeah!

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    Comment by alidan
    15:26 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lucky, im on my eighth. im rebuying all of my multiplatform games on the pc, or if not avalable, on the ps3, and only keeping the 360 for the exclusives...

    fucking slow fuck microsoft, 8 fucking weeks, and fucking console that dies more than ANY OTHER CONSOLE IN HISTORY THAT HAD MORE THAN 30 GAMES FOR IT

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys need better dice. Or ventilation? I have a launch 360 that's still going strong today.

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    Comment by Kouma
    15:19 24/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just play the ones before Idolmaster 2.






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