Do you like
grooming training young girls to turn them into global popstars? Have you played any of Bandai Namco’s surprisingly numerous Idolmaster games, which let you do exactly that? Well then, good news, because now you can watch actors pretend to do it instead, as Amazon has announced a new TV show based on the games.
Most astonishingly of all, the new Korean show will actually be called THE IDOLM@STER.KR (caps lock and egregious use of ‘@’ symbol theirs), which I’m pretty sure is illegal under UN regulations. It’ll be available in multiple languages, including English, and will follow young Korean, Japanese, and Thai women “as they embark on a career in the entertainment industry, and depicts their sweat and tears, their hopes and dreams.”
“THE IDOLM@STER.KR is the perfect combination of Japanese idol culture and Korean drama power,” said someone or other from Amazon. “The idols include K-Pop sirens as well as Japanese and other international singers, and we’re confident that THE IDOLM@STER fans and viewers alike all over the world will become addicted to watching their careers bloom.”
This won’t actually be the first Idolmaster show, as there has previously been an anime, but apparently this will boast “the unique intimacy of live-action drama,” which should draw “global fans to cheer on the girls.”