The social-slash-mobile-game version of Idolmaster, Cinderella Girls, has idols in it. Lots and lots of idols.
Try, over 100 of them (scroll down in link for a look at many of them). Played over Japanese social network service Mobage, in Cinderella Girls you collect idol trading cards, level them up, assemble five-member idol units and compete with other players in
one-on-one deathmatches auditions.
Only a dozen or so of the idols here are from the main Idolmaster games (although there are multiple versions of, say, Takane Shijou). The rest are original character designs created specially for Cinderella Girls.
Rin Shibuya is one such original design, and her card usually bears the “Normal” or “Normal+” rarity – cards in this game are sorted into Normal, Rare, S Rare, and powered-up + versions of all three types, which you get when you merge two copies of the exact same card.
But now there is also an S Rare version of Rin Shibuya, released to commemorate the mobile game’s first TV commercial which aired in Japan recently:
Rin is one of three possible starter Normals you get at the start of the game. Pick the “Cool” starter deck and you’ll receive Rin (Normal) along with Chihaya Kisaragi (Rare).
So it’s no surprise at all that Rin was chosen to star in the Cinderella Girls commercial.
But what’s interesting here is that the commercial is also the first time any original character from Cinderella Girls has ever been assigned a voice… or in Internet Relay Chat parlance, Namco_Bandai_Games sets mode: +v Rin_Shibuya
The voice actress or seiyuu behind Rin has not yet been named – if there’s even an “official” seiyuu for Rin Shibuya, for that matter. But ever since the commercial aired, fans in Japan have been wondering if this was a sign of things to come in the next Idolmaster game. Some of them have even created mock-ups of what a console/PC version of [email protected]: Cinderella Girls would look, in jest.
Will we see more of Rin Shibuya in future Idolmaster works? Do you want to see more of Rin Shibuya? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The [email protected]: Cinderella Girls is free to play through Mobage’s website if you own a smartphone (iOS, Android, etc) – simply point your mobile browser to sp.mbga.jp to sign up for an account, log in, and look around in the games’ section. There’s no IP block, but you will need to wade through a lot of menus – entirely in Japanese – to find and play it. Some of Cinderella Girls’ key features are also accessible only to users who register a Japanese mobile number.