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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My First 24 Hours With Ensemble Stars!! Music

Ensemble Stars! is a series I’ve dabbled with over the years. A male-centric idol series that started off way back in 2015 as a spin off of the now defunct Ensemble Girls it became wildly popular in comparison. You are a transfer student at Yumenosaki academy to produce a group of idols to stardom. It had a ton of fun character designs and a bunch of interesting stories, but I never quite got into it the way other fans did.

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Way back when the original app was for lack of a better term a point and click game. You tapped the screen and scouted for cards. It had the usual events where you rank for a pretty five-star card like all the other idol games, though it lacked a rhythm element that would make the series truly engaging to me. It got an anime in due time after being delayed for what felt like forever. As the series grew and began to release more music and merchandise, it was inevitable they would cash in on the rhythm game trend at some point in time.

Now in 2020 the game is split into two different apps- the “basic” app where you play the old game and tap on the screen, and the “music” app where you tap notes to music ala every other mobile idol game out there. Today I finally decided to download Ensemble Stars!! (with two exclamation points!! don’t forget it!) Music.

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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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