IdolMaster Fans All Talk After All

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Rebellious IdolMaster fans who launched a boycott of the title over its removal of several girls and addition of several hot male idols have proven to be all talk – they are apparently buying the game up in droves.

The “rebellion” saw a petition with some 10,000 signatures demanding changes and moves for a fan boycott, and even harassing seiyuu.

However, when pre-orders for the game opened the title rapidly found itself top of Amazon.co.jp’s pre-order charts, beating Ore no Imouto, Tales of Graces and Last Story handily:

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Only days ago, IdolMaster fans were smugly pointing out that the newly unveiled cover “shows the girls looking away from the viewer, whereas all the previous titles had them looking directly at the viewer” as if that illustrated some philosophical change on the part of Bandai (long since notorious for taking no notice of mere consumers).

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Little wonder they politely ignored the fracas – the only way fans will ever see their precious idols again is through the title, and Bandai evidently knows it.

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The other alternative is of course that Bandai has struck gold and it is female otaku lured in by the prospect of Jupiter who are ordering it in droves…

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The game itself is available only on the Xbox 360, dated for February 24th, and only to Bandai Namco’s chosen tribe in the land of the rising sun.


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    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    11:19 21/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Here's hoping it's the female otaku buying, and not the male otaku selling out...

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    Comment by Kyon
    11:26 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe both of them are buying, I believe the companies are realizing the importane of selling to a girls.
    Nintendo Wii proved the power of the gamers girls .

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Neither of them are buying, topping amazon means exactly fuck all, it's regularly topped by games that go on to sell <30k

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    Comment by Megidola
    12:38 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure that topping amazon means people are buying it, even if it isn't a reliable indicator of future sales.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:17 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think companies are also starting to call the bluffs of most gamers. This was a great opportunity to send a message, and , female gamers aside, they dropped the ball.

    Comment by PhillB
    13:59 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well I used to be a fan, so I'm not buying it because three of the four removals were my favs (besides Miki).

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    Comment by Nindotaku
    14:44 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just asking...did they put the removed girls back in? cuz it seems like ami iori azusa made a new group called ryugu komachi...and there are videos of them in the game...glad to see that the cover art doesn't have any of the guys on it XD are they on the back? or is it a reversable cover =_=;;

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    Comment by Nani
    11:18 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Brazilian colors!

    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    11:51 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nani you edited yours post and now mine don't make sense.

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    Comment by Nani
    13:48 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry :(

    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    11:22 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Banzai!

    Oh wait.

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    Comment by Kaze Fira
    11:24 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nuuuuuu dammit >>

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    15:45 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The three fags aren't in the cover art... Sounds a lil like a good news to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pathetic guys, really pathetic. Show some backbone for once in your life! Cancel that pre-order and redeem your soul!

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    Comment by Ben
    15:44 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can't stop at this point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone, stop raging about the removed characters! I myself have raged about this as well, but I came to the realization that all of them will be put back into the game later on via DLC, and Namco will charge an arm and a leg for them (each!) It only makes sense, Namco knows they will make lots more money this way!

    And the worst thing is, I know somewhere in my hypocritical otaku heart that I'll be willing to pay for it!

    God damn it, well played Namco!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have they confirmed that they'll do that? No? Then shaddap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes and no single person on this planet should be glad about the premise of DLC putting back content into a game, that should have been there from the beginning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait to get my copy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Money first likes second... *sigh* i really didn't expect that people were so into it... are they bored or cant they just play the game over again...
    Another try to maintain equality over gender... fail... i would not say anything if there was a reason for all the trouble though... just not logic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DAMN NAMCO INEVER GONNA GET OREIMO and IDOLMASTER AND NAMCO DIDN"TT EVEN WANT TO GIVE ME SOME TALES

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I assume that Miura ordered most of the copies... for research purposes of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well nothing to see here until a PSP version gets released...damn fagbox region block.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And like, they can always go pirate on it. Seems like the perfect win win scenario. You get to play and protest at the same time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Foolish otaku, stay the sheep you are . . .

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    Comment by yaku
    04:00 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ladies, gentlemen, what's happening is that otaku are tsundere for Jupiter and just pretending to rage. Truth is they're secretly dying to play them too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 24/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It just goes to show how the loud and obnoxious are only a minority in the fandom. The biggest moaners hardly buy anything and are impossible to please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 23/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, chicks do like hot guys.

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    Comment by Imyou
    06:30 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course. They'll buy the girls back as DLC too. Namco knwos what they're doing - mind you, it's kind of like shooting fish in a barrel... If they remember to call it Idolm@ster, people will buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If fan screams were really heard, Sonic woulda been either dead or superman ages ago...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they probably noticed this game would have more flat chests ^_^

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    Comment by CLC
    21:42 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    these fans will probably just buy it so they can film themselves breaking the game discs from disgust

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    17:23 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    aww well they'll be wasting some money though i kinda wish i could used that money to buy these. you don't know how happy i am if i get to play this games O_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, so who is to say that those mysterious "droves" wouldn't be female customers who jumped the bandwagon when ds boyz were introduced? Beneath all the sugar-coating, IdolMaster always was quite enjoyable after all.

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    Comment by Denshoni
    12:00 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Much to my dismay, I expect an article in the near future about the new Berserk being cancelled (again)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the girls that were removed are just gonna be released in a dlc pack for 15 dollars. damn you game industry for cutting content that should already be in the game, then charging up the ass for it!!

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    12:26 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I laughing? Yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I pissed off? FUCKING YEAH. FUCKING JUPITER. FUCKING YAOI LOVERS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I facepalm at the weak-willed otakus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    little did namco know that the number is mostly composed of 90% female otaku with 5% male and 5% unknown so probably the males still raged so who knows... as they cant really see who ordered what as to know the demographic market

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    Comment by Raven
    11:47 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess the otaku are too busy hating on Aya to organize any kind of meaningful resistance against Bandai now. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Aya is still getting all the royalties. There's no real difference.

    You don't expect a profit-based company to listen to you if you keep their profit stream steady.

    Avatar of minakichan
    Comment by minakichan
    11:22 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jupiter :D :D :D

    Fucking idiot otaku~ all your predictions of Bandai completely losing on this front were wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @minakichan
    "Fucking idiot otaku~" says the person obsessing over pixelated boys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Jupiter idols are still faggots either way.

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    Comment by FlareStormX
    11:17 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As they say, otakus who are true to the core will never abandon their merchandise, even if they happen to be "half-hearted trash" as they were.

    Actually, from the very moment i took up this pic as my avatar, i pretty much suckered myself to buying the second game.

    To all the haters, i can only say this. How ironic.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    12:06 21/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They'll buy it, rage about, then post a video breaking the game on NND

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    12:32 21/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Those otaku probably ordered two copies, one to break on camera, and one to play in secret...

    Avatar of TenguSan
    Comment by TenguSan
    13:48 21/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    yeah!! you showed them!!!

    stick it to the man, otaku!!!!

    *facepalm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 21/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Play it or break it, they still have to buy it.

    And the devs and planners at Namco-Bandai will be laughing all the way to the bank, regardless.

    Fucking faggots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Oh? I didn't know Xbox titles came on floppies nowadays?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol @anon 15:23

    we use a thing called cd nowadays. They rely on lasers and not magenets :p

    18:36 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    CD are almost outdated, DVD/Blu-ray are what we use nowadays. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, if the damn otakus really wanted to stick it to them, they'd walk into the store with a friggin magnet and just swipe it across all the games while on the shelves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those otaku sure showed them, what with buying the product and supporting the company! That showed 'em!... wait a minute...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, it's not only Japanese otaku who do this. For Modern Warfare 2, a lot of people where going to boycott to get dedicated servers or something, but a large majority of the people boycotting were playing the game.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @19:36
    Blu-ray is outdated. Internet and flash drives is what we use these days.

    The last time I put a disk in my PC is so I could burn a bootable ISO for an old computer that doesn't support booting and installing an OS from USB devices.

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    Comment by loli in a box
    20:12 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What a weak willed bunch...if you are going to protest, do it right.

    Still, preorder rankings on Amazon are no sales figures. We will see how succesful they are when the actual sales begin.

    Oh and I doubt there are any female otaku involved here, it's just the usual Idolmaster fans succumbing to the desire to see their waifus again.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:30 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's not forget some of the more infamous weak-spined 'protests'.

    Left 4 Dead 2 became one of the biggest damn games of its genre ever even after all the 'official' protests since the first game came out only months before.

    And how can we forget Call of Duty Black Ops setting sales records even after the whole mess with Kotick and firing of Infinity Ward executives and the apparent evil of Activision.

    And as you say, succumb is right. Those honchos of game companies generally know what they are doing. Jupiter actually might get that fangirl otaku buyer and just maybe, Bandai will laugh its way to the bank in the end.

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    Comment by Gitami
    20:54 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps the preorder would have been 10000 higher had the petition not existed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or perhaps the number of new fujyoshi blood has drowned out the moans of butthurt otaku.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:54 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL at overanalyzing the cover. The mark of truly paranoid otakus.

    That said, the new cover looks amazing to me.

    I'm tired of game covers where the hero/heroines just strikes a pose and looks straight at the player. Kinda unsettling with some art. That kind of portrait for the new art doesn't have that issue at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't help but notice that the guys appear on the cover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 22/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh wait they don't.

    Bandai is hiding the sausage

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they didn't mind that one of the past "girls" actually was a cross dressing dude, so why the hell would they care about this change?

    Hell, they even embraced the cross dresser for that matter..

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still can't figure out?

    Hint: CROSS-DRESSING

    That little faggot shota LOOKED like a chick at first glance. That's why they didn't care.

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    Comment by Bond Travolta
    19:56 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical of them to fuss over lack of the same girls with different hairs & voice. It's not like they'll ever see what's under the pants in this game after all, for all I know they could pretend the boys are girls too. tomboyish girls or simply girls cross-dressing as said. Pretending after all, is something they do best.

    This is a good example how a company can commit a change to shape its consumers to accept a 'good' change that would bring fans of both genders together(even though there were female players as well, this should further promote the growth in number of female players), reducing misunderstanding amongst males & females. Unlike most other games of this type that's usually only targeted at one gender. Not only this action is beneficial to customers, it'd help them too in the long run by not being too tied with only one type of consumer.





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