Gakuen The Idolmaster launches this month

Gakuen The Idolmaster

Bandai Namco has announced a release date for Gakuen The Idolmaster, the latest in the popular franchise for smartphones.

Gakuen The Idolmaster is launching on May 16th in Japan for iOS (via the App Store) and Android (via Google Play).

Here’s a rundown on the game, plus the opening movie:

A completely new addition to the “Idolmaster” series, the school idol training simulation “Gakumasu” is now available! Let’s make idol candidates with various charms and problems shine with your production!


The setting is Hatsei Academy, an idol training school. You are a new student entering the producer department. We scout unique idol candidates who belong to the idol department and aim for their dreams. Let’s bloom their charm and grow them into idols through production!

Get better at singing and dancing!? Next generation idol training simulation

At the time of the production, the girls had not yet learned how to sing or dance. Let’s grow your ability as an idol through your production and aim to pass the exam! At the live stage after the exam, their performance on stage changes as they grow. We will continue to produce repeatedly, and our goal is to perform at packed arenas!

Growing as an “idol” leads to growing as a “person”

By proceeding with their production, a one-on-one story between you and the idol will unfold. Their weaknesses as idols and their hidden worries… As a producer, work closely with the girls, deepen your bond, and aim to become a top idol together!

What is the “THE IDOLM@STER” series

This is an idol-produced game series that started in 2005 as a game machine for amusement facilities. Affectionately known as “Idolmaster”, the game system that trains idols as a producer, unique characters, and songs are supported by many customers. “THE IDOLM@STER” “THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS” “THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE!” There have been titles such as `THE IDOLM@STER SideM” and “THE IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors,” and this is the first completely new work in six years.

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