[iPhone] Idolish 7

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Ok, so I lied about not posting one for this and I ended up playing it and writing this due to the gameplay. Brought to you by Bandai Namco Online Inc and characters beautifully designed by Arina Tanemura (I honestly think the CGs should be her works too since they look more unique in her original style. I think they didn't do enough justice for the character designs)!

If you can bypass the resemblance to Utapri characters, the game itself is quite decent since you get the fully voiced story chapters (They download each chapter you selected to read, though I wish they allow you to choose to read with voice or not since sometimes I do skip them) and it's currently being serialised as a manga (I only wish they make Tanemura Sensei to do the manga)!

Minimal Idolish7 group songs (It can't be helped if they need to write songs to be sang by 7 if not 3 people all the time!)
Idolish7Cover.jpg
Drawn by Tanemura Sensei! The cover art alternates but this is still the preferred style for me.

Prologue
As the daughter of the Takanashi Production company, Tsumugi (Name changeable) were appointed as the newbie manager of a group of 7 boys who were just selected to be a boy idol group! But trying to make it big is never easy, particularly when it's against the rival company Yaotome Production's popular band TRIGGER3!

Characters
IDOLiSH7
Nanase Riku (CV: Kensho Ono)
Izumi Mitsuki (CV: Yonaga Tsubasa)
Rokuya Nagi (CV: Eguchi Takuya)
Nikaido Yamato (CV: Yusuke Shirai)
Yotsuba Tamaki (CV: Kenn)
Izumi Iori (CV: Toshiki Masuda)
Osaka Sogo (CV: Atsushi Abe)

Idolish7Characters.jpg

TRIGGER3
Kujo Tenn (CV: Saito Soma)
Yaotome Gaku (CV: Hatano Wataru)
Ysunashi Ryunosuke (CV: Satou Takuya)

Sub Characters (These characters doesn't have a card but may appear in the event CGs)
Takahashi Otoharu (CV: Chiba Susumu)
Banri Ogami (CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki)
Kaoru Anesagi (CV: Kawahara Yoshihisa)
Yaotome Sousuke (CV: Konishi Katsuyuki)

Gameplay
Idolish7Gameplay.jpg

There is no specific character route/end so it all follows the common story in novel style. There are some missions in order to progress but they're minor and easy to pass missions. Rhythm is the main component of the game. Basically as tap as the bubble goes near circle. The additional to the basic tapping includes red for flicking, green for long hold and blue for slide. You get to have a unit of 5 character cards + 1 friend character card as support. Each song is broken down into 3 categories from Shout, Beat and Melody. The live performance relies on the player's skills as well as the unit of character cards.

To obtain more character cards, Auditions (gacha) can be done with friend points, Stella Stones, or Tickets. Each character card will have its own story that is shown in the form of Line messenger called RabiChat. To be honest, I prefer just read the character's conversation with the manager (player character) than to wait for the message to push send. lol (I need to save my energy for the gameplay!)

Tips
* Perform live and aim to get S or SS! You get extra points playing with Friends so try to add more friends. Here's my friend ID: 761214448
* Read the story when you need to recover AP for Live performance because you can get experience from reading the story too!
* Play the Events Live Performance, the AP doesn't exist in the events but you should have collected the items whilst playing the normal Live Performance. This will help you accelerate with your ranking so you could continue with the story!
* While playing the harder levels such as expert level, I find it to be easier if you just tap on to the button before it actually hits. That way you don't necessary miss them when there are a huge wave of buttons to press.
* Choose friends with higher numbers for the specific performance categories.

Thoughts
The gameplay in this one is actually alot harder than other rhythm ones I've played (The expert almost killed me trying to get SS). I love the fact that's it's not overly laggy (That said, I would recommend switching off notifications for other apps), unlike some of the other ones which I pass.

Interestingly the N status card will make up to become a R status card! Although you could only awaken them once, and you need to get a R status card to make up a SR card...! Apart from that once you have reached a certain trust level you get to read the RabiChat (Line Style) message conversation between the character and heroine.

Idolish7Story.jpg
Why do I sense some love triangles happening... dad's seal of approval. lol

I can't believe I'm saying this but I think Tsumugi is really cute! It have the Yui from Diabolik Lovers vibe to her appearance. My favourite group is actually the TRIGGER3 side!!! (It's the military uniform haha) Hence I was abit excited about Yaotome family encounter with Tsumugi. lol (On a side note, someone did a doujinshi of the pairing! ) Despite Gaku isn't my favourite. Ryunosuke's character or should I say colour reminds me of Makoto from Free! but the overall character setting as an sexy type idol isn't quite the same. That said, I think my favourite is Tenn. With the IDOLiSH7 group, I think Sogo looks the most original... haha and then Nagi only sounds interestingly funny with his English mixed in between. That said, I sort of understand why TRIGGER3 is more popular in game. lol

Seeing the trend of merchandises and singles being released, I think it's just a matter of time before we will see the anime version of Idolish7...!

theme : Otome Game
genre : Games

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