haruka amami

Standing alone while standing together, Aikatsu! and The Idolm@ster.

"The best picture I could ever take."

“The best picture I could ever take.”

“True friends stab you in the front.”

-Oscar Wilde

Towards the end of The Idolm@ster, I was disappointed in its execution of protagonist Haruka Amami’s character arc. However, it wasn’t until I recently watched episode 35 of Aikatsu! that I was able to articulate why.

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Visual Narratives and the Amazing Camerawork of The Idolm@ster’s Producer

The man behind the camera.

The man behind the camera.

Before he managed idols, perhaps the enigmatic Producer produced films instead. He certainly seems to have some prior experience, if the first episode of The Idolm@ster is any indicator.

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