Catching Up With Starlight Stage: July 2020 Edition

Starlight Stage is one of those games I feel like I’ve completed all my personal goals with. Every since I got limited Ranko, Nana, and Kanako I haven’t had much of a drive to play or even keep up with the game. But of course you say- free pulls? Such a simple (and devious) way to wrap me up once again.

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Theater Days Scouting July 2020 Edition

Holding true to my bad luck with scouting for Miya, I didn’t get FES Miya. I really went all in using both the free pulls and my stash of ~13k gems. I can only tell myself this is a sign and I’ll have better luck in the future.

Right?!

Wrong.
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Theater Days Third Anniversary Triple Threat

There’s something about revisiting a game just for your favorites that makes you feel alive again. It was inevitable that three of my favorite idols would make a comeback- Matsuri, Tomoka, and Miya just in time for the third anniversary of Million Live: Theater Days.

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Once again, I find myself lost the world of idol games.
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Here we go again

The day before Easter. Another day by any other account, and the days were already starting to blend together for me. It was that exact morning I was scrolling through twitter, and I saw the banner I feared.

Another SSR for Anna Mochizuki? I took a deep breath. I had been saving in this game for a long time now not knowing what I would use my gems on and this was a sign from the higher powers. The last FES banner was good to me with a ton of free pulls, but I didn’t get characters I really cared for (sorry Karen).

I love these games, I really do. My reaction though? Fear.

But you should save them for a limited SSR or milifes, I think to myself. She’s just a perm. You can ticket her in a few months.

NO.

You see, this SSR is different. Do you see this?

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I had the figure for this one. So I needed it in the game too.

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Sparking a Lim in Starlight Stage

I started my mission to scout wedding Ranko years ago. A limited SSR out of my reach for the longest time with yearly reruns on my birthday to taunt me, I figured out a foolproof plan. Spark her. Thanks to the memorial gatcha consisting of limited SSR cards that ran from 2015/mid-2016 in Starlight Stage, I could finally put my plan into action.

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Ranko Kanzaki has been one of my favorite characters for years, and it was finally my time to shine and get her limited SSR. I mean just look at her. An alternate hairstyle, a pretty dress? What’s not to love?

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October’s Idol Activities! Part II

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Nana here to make up for the lack of CG content.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here is the regularly scheduled post on the idol-centric world.

I’ve had excellent scouting luck lately when it comes to the original 765 girls. I got Makoto, Hibiki (her summer SSR, making it my third Hibiki), and Mami SSRs over the span of two days. Makoto especially- I love how androgynous she looks in this outfit along with the red eyes.

This reminds me of the elmo meme in the fire. You know what I’m talking about, right?

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Luck Post!

Took a gamble on the limited box in Starlight Stage after a few drinks and…

LIMITED FUCKING SHIKI BABY!!!! Man. The loading screen took a good while so I knew I was getting at least one SSR, but I was pleasantly surprised since I really like limited Shiki’s dress. It’s also something I would wear in real life, so this was a win/win situation.

LIMITED MINAMI? This was a nice surprise! I have absolutely zero cards of Minami and even though she’s not one of my top girls, she’s part of the original Cinderella Girls so she’s near and dear to my heart at this point. She’s animated which I should have noticed by the sparkles (and you know, when the card blinked at me) but alas.

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Beta Designs in the Idolm@ster Series

After ending up on TVTropes this morning reading about Million Live in an attempt to fall back asleep, I stumbled upon an interesting image show what appeared to be a beta Reika and Momoko from idolm@ster 2. The image itself is just a save data icon for the game on the PS3 as evidenced in the top photo. Of course this was long before Million Live came to be a franchise on its own- Cinderella Girls was out, but she didn’t resemble any of them.

The picture in question.

With a fair bit of digging and reverse image searching, I found myself browsing forums from around the time the original phone game for Million Live came out (also known as Greemas). Almost none of the characters were revealed apart from silhouettes and comparisons were drawn between these girls and the original 765 Pro members.

While now it’s obviously Reika Kitakami, this could have been anyone in the idol universe- an NPC or perhaps a beta design of Eri Mizutani from Dearly Stars which was a common theory. The girl to her left, Momoko presumably due to her height wasn’t anything but a silhouette at the time with the name ???. Someone on 2chan datamined this picture from the game so I can only imagine what else might have been in there.

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Image of Eri from the playstation store catalog for idolm@ster DLC.

While now it’s a closed case on the girl’s identity, back then speculation was wild and I honestly love digging into beta designs and stuff you aren’t supposed to find in games in general so let’s keep going!

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