The Idolm@ster franchise has become a multimedia sensation since the first idol-raising game was released in Japanese arcades. With the huge amount of success it has built, it’s only natural to make another sequel, right?
In an interview with Mantan-Web, Yozo Sakagami, the creator and producer of The Idolm@ster, discussed the popularity of the franchise. At the very end of the interview, Sakagami stated, “Of course, I am thinking about [The Idolm@ster] 3.”
This isn’t an official announcement, but it’s always good to hear a producer of a popular video game franchise is considering a sequel.
In the time since The Idolm@ster 2 was released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, the franchise has received the anime produced by A-1 Pictures, the short series Puchimasu!, the spin-off Shiny Festa, and the social games Cinderella Girls and Million Live. Of course, there are also several manga series, countless CDs and live performances, and the recently announced movie.
When asked about the reason of the franchise’s popularity, Sakagami commented, “Everyday, people are under a lot of stress, so when they see a hardworking girl, they can’t help but cheer her on. I think working with all your strength with the characters and music is its strong point. Even the people who watch the anime or online videos without playing the games are important fans.”
Although he didn’t give any future plans, when he was asked, “What would you do if Im@s was invited to perform on NHK’s Kohaku? (the largest annual music show in Japan)” Sakagami promptly replied, “I want to go!”
We’ll have to wait to hear any hard information on The Idolm@ster 3, or whether the Idolm@ster stars will really be on Kohaku. In the meantime, you can enjoy the many games, anime, manga, and CDs that already exist.