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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Song of the Week! 24 November 2012

And now, for something completely different. Instead of our monthly Ura pick, this time we're doing an unreleased song in advance!

MUSIC♪ The Idolm@ster
Taiko Wii 5x3 (118)x4 (174)x6 (294)x6 (443)
im@s MS Bluex3 (118)x5 (174)x6 (294)x6 (443)
 Taiko Wii 5, im@s MS Blue
 musico / imsmus (im@s MS Blue only)

Okay, I know we already slated an entire SotW month just for the Idolm@ster franchise earlier this year; however, this latest song comes from a very recent PSP spinoff series which was released after our IdolM@ster month on March, so here we are again, to cover this latest sub-series of the franchise.

Released on October 25th, 2012, THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA is a spin-off series which was recently announced at this year's Tokyo Game Show, together with the latest games Namco announced for the event (including Taiko Wii 5). Unlike previous IM@S games, this spinoff trilogy is arguably considered the first true rhythm game of the series; rather than producing and monitoring your idols' progress, the gameplay is very similar to common rhythm games, consisting of lines of notes merging to a center point.

Like Dearly Stars on Nintendo DS, Shiny Festa is split into three different games (Honey Sound, Funky Note and Groovy Tune), each one with its own set of exclusive songs, anime cutscenes and idol quartet from 765 Production's roster. The tracklists of all three games do share some songs, sung by the entire group of idols, and this song is one of them. MUSIC♪ is the 20th Idolm@ster song in Taiko no Tatsujin. It's composed by Ryo Watanabe (渡辺量) while the lyrics are written by yura, a long-time contributor to the Idolm@ster franchise. Two years later, MUSIC♪ became the first Idolm@ster song on Synchronica, Bandai Namco's second main arcade rhythm game franchise.

Now that Taiko Wii 5 is out, we can talk about the notechart! It is, predictably, average 6* fare with many small note clusters. There are hitballoons and a higher ratio of blue notes to red notes than usual.

  MUSIC♪ The Idolm@ster

x8 (649)
 im@s MS Blue

Much like some other Oni/Ura Oni challenges like Ridge Racer and Chata's Dream Tide, the peppy SHINY FESTA song got in the 2nd Vision Must Songs title an Ura Oni notechart in form of a single note/notecluster barrage that doesn't flow at and excessively-fast scrolling/BPM speed variations.