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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Song of the Week! 10 March 2018


The returning Idolm@ster month continues with a couple of arcade-exclusive picks, both coming from some of the franchise's many Anime transpositions.

 GOIN'!!! THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
Version
Allx3 (117)x4 (140)x5 (257)x6 (346)
 Taiko 0 Mu
 178
 Anime -> Game Music
 ???


While the core set of idols from the 765 Production games have always gathered quite the sustained following along the years, the Cinderella Project spin-off managed to become just as relevant, with an estimated monthly net gain of 1 billion Yen for the first Cinderella Girls mobile game. It only comes natural to assume that such a heated appreciation would have brought up in animated form someday!

Premiered on January 2015 and counting two 13-episodes seasons, THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls (アイドルマスター シンデレラガールズ) is the Anime show produced by the A-1 Pictures studio that is based on (and titled after) the first title in the aforementioned Idolm@ster spin-off series. Just like in the related apps, the series focuses on some of the idols that are enrolled in the 346 Production talent agency, with an heavier attention to the three debuting idols of the 'new generations' unit, the last trio to join the so-dubbed "Cinderella Project" act. Much like for other Idolm@ster animated series, lots of songs from the pre-released games/albums have their chance to be featured in the show's episodes, with some brand new tracks backing them up as well. GOIN'!!! joins the latter category, being the Anime-debut track that is played as an insert song on episodes 13 and 22.

Composed by Mayu Miyazaki (宮崎まゆ) and lyricized by Yukiko Mori (森由里子), this is one of the coral songs on Taiko that is performed by the whole Cinderella Project cast from the 6 different sub-unit projects: new generations (Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya and Mio Honda), LOVE LAIKA (Minami Nitta and Anastasia), Rosenburg Engel (Ranko Kanzaki), CANDY ISLAND (Anzu Futaba, Kanako Kimura and Chieri Ogata), Decoration (Kirari Moroboshi, Rika Jougasaki and Miria Akagi) and * (Asterisk) (Miku Maekawa and Riina Tada). With the song GOIN'!!! debuting on Murasaki Version during the first half of 2015, a later Cinderella Girls collaboration from the same year has made it so that all the aforementioned idols from the Cinderella Project would become event-exclusive unlockables as well, joining the new generations cast which got their Petit Chara forms with an earlier arcade event.

As a pure 1/16 notechart with mono-color cluster and several sparse notes, GOIN'!!!'S Oni mode is distinguishable among many other from the 6-star for a couple of factors: the modern Idolm@ster songs' Call notechart quirks with the short Go-Go Time bursts and the total note count of 346, calling back to the Cinderella Girls franchise's 346Pro talent agency.

  GOIN'!!! THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
Version
All---x8 (513)
 Taiko 0 Mu
 178
 Anime -> Game Music
 ???


More complex cluster formations await the players of GOIN'!!!'s Ura Oni mode, starring the same Go-Go Time bust quirks and yet another pure 1/16 charting set. The Cinderella Girls lore oozes even more in this notechart as well, with the featured hit-balloon requiring 14 hits to be cleared, one for each member of the Cinderella Project act!

The idol network of references, however, doesn't stop here: this Ura Oni's Max Combo value calls back to the release day of the Idolm@ster album that featured the song GOIN'!!! for the very first time: THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 08 GOIN'!!!, released on May 13th (5/13), 2015.

 Reason!! THE iDOLM@STER SideM
Version
Allx1 (50)x2 (102)x3 (199)x6 (405)
 Taiko 0 Y
 190
 none
 ???


Over the past few years, male idols have also started to gather new highs of popularity... so much so that there's now a dedicated Idolm@ster branch to produce people from the other sex! This course of action was also backed up by both mobile gaming and a back-to-back Anime serialization about those.

Premiered on October 2017 and produced by the same team behind the Cinderella Girls Anime, the 13-episodes Anime series based on THE iDOLM@STER: SideM (アイドルマスター サイドエム) draws quite the large number of parallels from the aforementioned series' structure, oriented on a new talent agency (315 Production) and its wide array of idols. The members of the Jupiter unit from former Idolm@ster games and the newcoming 3-idol DRAMATIC STARS actare the main focus of the show, although other more seasoned members are also spotlighted within the series.

Reason!! is the song that is used as the opening theme for all of the series' episodes. Composed/arranged by the nicknamed EFFY and lyricized by Youhei Matsui (松井洋平), the original song is performed by the members of 6 of the fictional sub-units of 315Pro, collectively known under the name of 315 STARS: the aforementioned Jupiter (Touma Amagase, Shouta Mitarai and Hokuto Ijuuin) and DRAMATIC STARS (Teru Tendo, Kaoru Sakuraba and Tsubasa Kashiwagi), Beit (Kyoji Takajo, Pierre and Minori Watanabe), S.E.M (Michio Hazama, Rui Maita and Jiro Yamashita), HighxJoker (Shiki Iseya, Hayato Akiyama, Haruna Wakazato, Jun Fuyumi and Natsuki Sakaki) and W (the Aoi brothers, Yusuke and Kyosuke). The version that got to Taiko, however, is the one that only features the DRAMATIC STARS idols as the singers, which was also ported to Bandai Namco's Synchronica music game series (link) with the 'DRAMATIC STARS ver.' subtitle.

While the base BPM is leagues higher than the one of GOIN'!!!, the two songs' Oni mode are somewhat equal on the difficulty spectrum, with both sporting no note formations outside the 1/16 charting rule and only featuring mono-color clusters.

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