iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia vs. iDOLM@STER Live For You

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Recently another iDOLM@STER OVA was released along with the game of the same name that is completely unrelated to the Xenoglossia Mecha series of the same name.  I got a chance to check it out and decided it would be worth my while to compare the two just for the hell of it as they are VERY different despite coming out of the same game.  The plan is to talk a little about the plot, characters, music and animation and then to give the pros and cons of each versus the other.

PLOTLINES: 

Xenoglossia Plot: The plot in Xenoglossia regards the destruction of the moon several decades ago and the devestation it’s lack of gravitational pull has had on the planets tides and overall ecosystem stability.  Making thing worse are the fragments of the “Lost Artemis” that frequently fall to Earth, bringing yet more destruction in their wake.  In order to combat this the organization Mondenkind has deployed five idols built around very powerful harmonically tuned cores found in the wake of the moons destruction.  Piloting these giant robot idols are iDOLM@STER’s who must be female in order for the idols to allow control.  These idols are then deployed during meteor showers and used to destroy large asteroids with high powered sonic shockwaves emitted via a nicely delivered punch.  Making Mondenkind’s trouble worse is the organization Turiavita, which seeks to steal away all the idols from Mondenkind and it’s iDOLM@STER’s and allow the destruction of humanity to occur so it’s own touted superior genetically engineered race of Idol/Human hybrid called the Mischling’s can take over in it’s place.  Much of the series is about the battle between Mondenkind and Turiavita for control of the idol’s as well as the shifting bonds and rivalries between the iDOLM@STER’s themselves.

Pros:

- Great character drama

- Interesting insertion of mecha into The iDOLM@STER as well as a reinterpretation of the whole iDOLM@STER concept and the musical theme involved in it.

- Excellent action element

- Every character gets their moment to shine

Cons:

- Not at all like the game it was based on

- Inclusion of mecha may not appeal to those who are put off by it

- Takes a long time to kick into full gear

- Miki Hoshi is missing from the series

Live For You:  Live for you takes place the night before an iDOLM@STER concert is to be put on by Studio 765.  The idols Haruka Amami, Iori Minase, Miki Hoshi, Chihaya Kisaragi, Makoto Kikuchi, Yukiho Hagiwara, Yayoi Takatsuki, Ritsuko Akizuki and Ami and Mami Futami bid each other farewell the night before the concert, but on the way home Haruka, Miki and Chihaya get lost and end up staying overnight at a mansion in the middle of nowhere (complete with a hotspring).  They end up fleeing in the middle of the night when it appears that they have stumbled on a mafia ring’s secret money laundering plans, but it is later revealed that Miki set this up all along in cooperation with the producer to create a realistic live video of an idols trouble before the important concert for entertainment purposes.  They continue to be hopefully lost for real though when there truck back turns out to be the wrong one, and when all seems lost Iori uses her families GPS and helicopter to locate and fly them back just in time for the concert.  There the idols reunite and head in to perform the show.

Pros:

- Truer to the plot of the game

- Good comedic element

- Includes all the characters present in the games to some degree

- Easier to digest for those not into the complicated plotline seen in Xenoglossia

Cons:

- Far too short at 17 minutes (3 of which are used for a song and no animation)

- Not particularly interesting for those who aren’t fascinated by the portrayed idol lifestyle

- Failed to show an actual iDOLM@STER concert

- Doesn’t make very good use of each game character

 CHARACTERS:

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Haruka Amami In Xenoglossia

Haruka is the character of the series pretty much eveybodies ultra friendly schoolgirl that get’s along with everyone.  She came to the city when she got an invitation from Mondenkind to be their new idol, but found out that it’s not THAT kind of idol, but the new pilot of the idol Imber.  Haruka initially finds herself the odd duck in the organization, but manages to form a bond with Yukiho Hagiwara on the train their and meets up with her old friend Yayoi Takatsuki as well.  Later she becomes very close friends with Iori after an initially rivalry (mostly coming from Iori’s side) and becomes Imber’s primary pilot.  Imber takes a great interest in Haruka (bordering on sexual at times), but later settles down and seems to constantly challenge her to games of Othello as it tries to understand humanity a little bit more through it’s pilot.

Pros:

- Nice character design

- Well developed

- Very similar to the game character

- Pretty Gar near the end

Cons:

- People may be looking for somebody more badass early on

Defining Trait: Endless Trust, Stupid Ribbon

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Haruka Amami In Live For You

Haruka is one of the idol girls that gets dragged along with Miki on their overnight misadventure.  She basically plays the same role as in the game and wilfully goes along with everything the other characters suggest.  In this way she’s kind of naive and dense, but that’s our Haruka.

Pros:

- Most Screentime

- Most Fanservice

Cons:

- Kind of hogs the camera as well considering the OVA’s length

Defining Trait: Clumsy

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Iori Minase In Xenoglossia

Iori’s the type that has a lot of trouble getting along with the other idol girls at first.  She starts of disliking Haruka quite a bit when Haruka gets to be Imbers default pilot after just showing up while Iori has been with Mondenkind for a while and is still only Nebula’s backup.  She’s never overly nasty beyond calling her Baka-Ribbon or starting a shouting match in the showers though.  After Haruka helps her deal with some of her stress at always being second best (this involves losing to Makoto as well in a combat simulation and helping her with cleaning Nebula after Makoto bangs it up during a mission) Iori starts to warm up to Haruka and before long they are like best friends.  Iori’s rivalry with Makoto is much more bitter though and sees them vying for control of Nebula and always challenging each others opinion on whether the mission or the idols safety is more important in the end.

Pros:

- Most Gar character in the show by a long shot

- Most attractive character design in my opinion

- Kind of loli-ish in build

Cons:

- No longer voiced by Rie Kugimiya

- Much older than the game character and no longer the best idol out of the gate performance wise

Defining Trait: Stupidly Gar to the point of my head almost exploding, Giant Forehead

 

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Iori Minase In Live For You

A loli brat with a huge ego, even sharper tongue, and still greater hatred of losing, Iori’s purpsoe in the OVA is to berate the other girls for getting lost and to taunt Haruka for being late and the possibility she will be upstaged.  Still she has a soft side, which results in her using her families GPS tracking satellite and helicopted to locate and bring the girls back from the wilderness (More than likely to also show of she is richer than snot and to play the hero).

Pros:

- Maintains her more loli character design from the game (brown hair)

- Still voiced by Rie Kugimiya (Yay :) )

Cons:

- Not nearly enough screentime

Defining Trait: Rich

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Miki Hoshi In Live For You

The big breasted idol of the whole Studio 765 production, Miki shares the starring role in the OVA along with Haruka and ends up dragging everybody along on an overnight misadventure touted to show off Haruka’s troubles for a concert promotion video, but ends up getting them lost for real.  Completely ditzy beyond reason and definitely the comic relief of the group, Miki is all but hopeless and in the end it’s up to Iori and the Producer to bail her, Chihaya and Haruka out at the last second.

Pros:

- Actually exists

- Funniest character in the OVA

Cons:

- Hogs the camera a little too much

- Kind of get’s a little to much worship from the other girls for some unknown reason

Defining Trait: Dim as a First Gen Gameboy Advance Backlight

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Makoto Kikuchi In Xenoglossia

Having spent almost her whole life at Mondenkind as Nebula’s default pilot, Makoto is a straight laced through and through by the book Heero Yuy type.  She’s confident in her status as the best of the best and seeks to maintain that position over Iori at any cost.  When Iori ends up improving as a pilot thanks to Haruka’s encouragement and get’s sent on a mission, desperate to maintain her status, Makoto sabotages Iori’s mission by screwing with the compares math in calculating the drop velocity.  Iori is injured and relieved of active duty as Nebula’s pilot, but seemingly knowing what happened and feeling more comfortable with Iori now, Nebula makes Makoto’s new uncontested pilot status short lived.  During a battle with R.I.F.F.A, Nebula ceases to respond adequately to Makoto’s commands and the overconfident Makoto who disobeyed orders to pursue the battle is soundly beaten.  After this she is fired from Mondenkind and Iori is reinstated as Nebula’s sole pilot.  A distraught Makoto seeing her entire life disappear before her eyes goes to rival organization Turivita, where she is given the 5th idol Hiems (which she will pilot for the rest of the series) and becomes an enemy pilot to once more seek revenge on Iori.  Later on though she comes to her senses (after Iori finally succeeds in getting her first win over Makoto and after a talk with her older sister) and the two team up for the rest of the series as close allies.

Pros:

- One of the most interesting roller-coaster ride character storylines you’ll find in an anime

Cons:

- Initially stubborn to the point of inciting frustration in the viewer in that she overshoots the game characters tomboy personality by a huge margin

Defining Trait: Unyieldingly Stubborn

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Makoto Kikuchi (Left) In Live For You

Makoto gets almost no screentime beyond working out in the gym before heading home the night before the concert and then appearing later to wish the lost trio good luck in getting back home.

Pros:

- Hits the game characters tomboy personality perfect in both voice and actions

Cons:

- Gets almost no screentime

- Kind of ugly character design

Defining Trait: Tomboyish

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Chihaya Kisaragi In Xenoglossia

A total psychopath who delights in destruction and S&M type behaviour (she seems almost turned on when blowing up a city), Chihaya left Mondenkind at a young age and went to Turiavita after an incident where Imber went berserk and wrecked havoc on the institution.  Ever since she has dreamed of getting Imber back and becoming one with it(in a really creepy way).  Chihaya serves as the main antagonist of Haruka throughout the series and is pretty much responsible for all bad things that happen to every character.  Ends up dying a really satisfying death (for the viewer) as Imber rejects her not once, but twice in two consecutive episodes. the first time injuring her so greatly she can’t even pilot an idol anymore nor seemingly hold a corporeal form, and the second time killing her as it ejects her essence out into the atmosphere when she tries to merge with it.

Pros:

- Eventually dies

Cons:

- Character Storyline is to creepy even for me and honestly kind of weak

- Nothing like the character in the game (Complete opposite actually)

- Generally beyond unlikeable character

Defining Trait: Freaking Pyschotic S&M Bitch

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Chihaya Kisaragi In Live For You

Chihaya is one of the three girls that goes on Miki’s misadventure and provides the gentle wisdom and cautious personality lacking in the other two.  She’s actually pretty quiet until she ends up trying to lead the way to a clearing where Iori’s helicopter picks them up.  Also seems a bit jealous of Miki’s large bust (which is funny because in Xenoglossia Chihaya sports a large bust that she seems to be obsessed with showing off in every possible opportunity via posing and rubbing it against Imber…..yeah Xenoglossia Chihaya is sickening)

Pros:

- More accurate to the game character (Easily)

- The only character who arguably has better character development in Live For You

- Kind of funny in her own quite way

Cons:

- Doesn’t really stand out next to the more peppy Haruka and Miki

Defining Trait: Calm and collected

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Yukiho Hagiwara In Xenoglossia

Yukiho is the first real friend that Haruka makes when she arrives in the city and there mutually friendly personalities allow for a powerful bond.  Yukiho was invited to the “idol audition” along with Haruka, but never makes the cut as she doesn’t have the right stuff (outside of a seriously huge bust).  Nevertheless through Haruka’s encouragement she manages to find a place on the ops team where she stays for much of the series.  Eventually though it turns out she was part of Turiavita all along and when the time comes for her to make her move she hacks the Mondenkind defense system and helps Chihaya (Who she was supposedly friends with as a kid, but god knows why she sticks around the obviously mentally unstable Chihaya of the present over the always receptive and ever forgiving Haruka, who was a much better friend to her, but more on this later) make off with Imber.  From there she pilots Idol #2 Nubilum for Turiavita (suddenly becoming a fully capable pilot out of the blue after previously showing a distinct lake of talent) and has a final battle with Haruka where she wins and then tries to inject Chihaya’s essence into Imber (for her to be happy forever) only for Imber to send it right back out again.  After a speech from Haruka that basically summarizes the theme of the series (the limits of friendship and mutual trust) she finally comes around and apologizes for all she’s done.  The last we see of her she is in a hospital bed in Mondenkind, with a broken will and in tears.  It’s hard to say if she and Haruka would ever make up, but I think it’s a good possibility.

Pros:

- Initial relationship with Haruka very heartwarming

Cons:

- Relationship with Chihaya that caused her to forsake the one she had now with Haruka is never really explored

- Stubborness in refusing to listen to Haruka until it’s too late conflicts with her earlier meeker personality

- Plot twist surrounding her never really makes sense and conflicts with a lot of what was established early on

Defining Trait: Lack of Short-Term Memory (In that she suddenly forgets she can’t pilot and who her friends really are)

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Yukiho Hagiwara In Live For You

Yukiho expresses her apprehension about the concert the next day and is shown to be quite shy.  Later on she worries about Haruka, Chihaya and Miki possibly not showing up for the concert and all but burts into tears.

Pros:

- Moetastic (I guess)

- More like the game character

Cons:

- Very little screen time

- Too whiny in some cases

Defining Trait: BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! *Sniff*

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Yayoi Takatsuki In Xenoglossia

Yayoi is the only actual “Idol” per se in the series and runs a radio show where she frequently makes mention of Haruka’s exploits in Mondenkind.  Yayoi and Haruka are long time friends and whenever Haruka get’s down (which does happen sometimes believe it or not) she is there to lend advice.  At one point Yayoi takes Haruka on as her guest star when it looks like Haruka is going to quit Mondenkind and fulfill her dream of becoming a real idol and the two do a duet show.  Later on she also used her stations broadcast to relay Secret Messages during Haruka, Ami/Mami and Iori’s attempt to retake Mondenkind Japan HQ.  Yayoi is also known for her tendency to cosplay and seems to have a different oversized outfit everytime she appears.

Pros:

- One of the funniest characters in the show

- Relationship with Haruka remains strong and tangible throughout the series

- Despite a lack of screentime is a very important stabalizing factor in the show

Cons:

- Relatively little screentime compared to the other girls (which is a shame)

- Much older than in the game

Defining Trait: Cosplaying

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Yayoi Takatsuki In Live For You (Right)….(Yes I Only Have One Close Up Of Her Because That’s Essentially All She Gets)

Yayoi’s role is to basically say she’s pumped about the show the next day and then to fret a little over the lost trio’s plight.

Pros:

- Loli factor

Cons:

- Might as well not even be there

Defining Trait: Lack of Lines

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Ritsuko Akizuki In Xenoglossia

Ritsuko is the congenial head of Mondenkind Japans maintance department and learnt everything she knew from her sempai Ami Futami.  She doesn’t really get a lot of screentime, but when she does it usually involves a lot of wacky antics.  She is basically to Iori as Yayoi is to Haruka and provides her with a confidence boost whenever she is down.  Seems to really take getting to know the idols very seriously and encourages Haruka to communicate with Imber when it starts responding to her.

Pros:

- Very congenial personality makes it a treat whenever she’s on screen

- Likes to tease the other characters for their shortcomings

Cons:

- Some of her antics can get annoying despite her personality

- Relative Lack of Screentime

Defining Trait: Possible Lesbian?

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Ritsuko Akizuki In Live For You

Again Ritsuko is our problem solver and helps the lost trio find their way back home along with Iori.

Pros:

- Practical and intelligent for an idol

Cons:

- A little too practical

- Almost less like her character in the game than the Xenoglossia version

Defining Trait: Serious

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Ami And Mami Futami In Xenoglossia

Ami comes into the series at about the 1/3 point after having left Mondenkind to become a Piano and Gravure idol.  This was spurred on by her inability to stay with the organization where her sister Mami apparently lost her life in the accident that resulted in Chihaya leaving Mondenkind as well.  Ami is convinced to come back by Ritsuko when the organization realizes they need her help to locate all the idols before Turivita can and she then puts her genius intellect to use in tuning the harmonics of the idols for better performance and the ability to resonate with where the other idol cores are located.  Later during what looks like her certain death at the hands of Chihaya, Mami turns out to have been hidden within Ami all along and comes out to save her sister along with the long lost idol Tempastas.  Mami’s mind hasn’t matured at all in the last several years despite her body growing and it’s up to Ami to look after her sister and try to get her used to walking and other sensations again.  In the long run Ami seems to be perfect at everything she does (She’s a musial genius as well as a child prodigy in other categories and has an excellent loli body on top of being a famous idol who all of Japan is obsessed with to some degree), but is humble to the point of refusing to defend herself against any attack.  She wilfully lets both Makoto and Chihaya beat her up without so much as raising an arm to defend herself, and seems more saddened at the troubles of those around her than upset with their failures to do anything about them or except responsibility.  Her tendency to try to carry the weight of the world on her shoulder’s and her refusal to use her talents for anything other than the benefit of others (and never for herself) makes her one of the strongest and Gar characters in the series.

Pros:

- Oh so satsifying when Ami is finally reunited with her sister (She deserved some happiness in return for all she gave)

- Loli Factor x 10

- Selfless to a fault, but never to the point of seeming overtly Mary Sueish despite all her talents (which frankly shouldn’t be possible)

Cons:

- If you think she is a Mary Sue then you might have trouble with her (and it is possible many will feel that way)

Defining Trait: Selflessness, Genius Intellect, Loli Twins

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Ami And Mami Futami In Live For You

The twins only appear in one screenshot and I don’t even recall if they said anything remarkable

Pros:

- They do appear (honest)

Cons:

- They might as well not have at all

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R.I.F.F.A In Xenoglossia

R.I.F.F.A is essentially Turiavita’s answer to Ami Futami except that she has a polar opposite personality.  R.I.F.F.A is almost impossibly strong (Too the point of being able to hold of a full sized idol via her own strength) and capable of hacking into Mondenkind’s database on a whim, but has a sadistic and cruel personality as well as an overwhelming sense of superiority.  R.I.F.F.A is a Mischling, a fusion of idol and human to create a new super race, but is inherently unstable as a prototype.  Much of the series she fills the lolidom fanservice factor (and keeps me entranced) by taking baths, licking lolipops suggestively, mocking the Mondenkind troops as she and her other mischling clones slaughter the helpless bastards and posing in a manner that conveys her own self implied sense of superiority.  Other than being a killing machine her relevance to the plot is pretty minimal other than as a key part of Turiavita’s plans that never come to fruition.  The last we see of her she is vaporized by a giant laser which finally puts an end to her unstoppable rampage once and for all.

Pros:

- Lolidom Factor x 100

- Loli Fanservice

- Loli ummmmmmmmm….Loli?

- Opening 2

Cons:

- Never really has an impact

- A bit of a waste of an original character

Defining Trait: Lolidom factor, tendency to take baths, propensity to turn me on everytime she appears on screen

 

ANIMATION:

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Xenoglossia: Haruka’s Face Distorts As She Packs It Full Of Delicious Corn Dog (Settle down Jason, it’s not an Emo Facial Distortion)

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Live For You: Haruka’s Face Distorts Do To An Animation Oversight

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Xenoglossia: The City During Sunset As Seen From A Plateau

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Live For You: The Outside Of Studio 765 At Night

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Xenoglossia: The Sun Sets OveR The City

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Live For You: The Sun Reflects Of The Minase Family Satellite

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Xenoglossia: A Simple Heat Radiator Seen For A Couple Seconds

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Live For You: The Live For You Concert Poster

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Live For You: The Girls Hitch A Ride On A Bus (Note Miki’s Missing Eyes)

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Xenoglossia: Iori Looking Damn Fine In Her Outdoor Gear

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Live For You: Iori Is Not Impressed With Your Low Class Existence

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Xenoglossia: Iori In The Field Of Dreams

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Live For You: Haruka In Bed

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Xenoglossia: HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORYAAAAAAAAA!

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Xenoglossia: Sweat Beads Off Of Haruka’s Face And Undulates Around The Cockpit As She Tries To Concentrate On Her Task

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Live For You: Haruka Sweats In A Hot Tub

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Xenoglossia: Nubilum Unleashes A Shockwave Attack On Imber

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Xenoglossia: Yukiho Tries To Decide On Her Next Course Of Action As Debris Settles Floats Around Her In Zero G

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Xenoglossia: A Puddle Reflects The Cloud Cover As It Passes By Overhead (You’ll Have To Trust Me That The Clouds Move)

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Live For You: Dig Dug Cell Phone Accessory

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Live For You Bravo Man Cell Phone Accessory (Green Phone)

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Live For You: Valkyrie No Densetsu Cell Phone Jingle

Okay, to be honest this isn’t even really a fair contest, the pictures almost speak for themselves. 

Xenoglossia proves that not just Kyoto Animation pays attention to detail.  Sunrise’s team is obsessed with making everything look as realistic to their real life counterparts as they possibly can.  Even insignificant things like Haruka’s clothing morphing shape with her movements in some scenes, the cosmetic damage on the idols afters being hit, the frame distorting shockwaves seen in battle, the sweat drops that bead off of the characters faces and change shape, divide and merge around them in the Zero G Cockpits, it’s a feast for the eyes to be sure and those are just the minor details added to some really big scenes.  Xenoglossia contained pretty much the best animation I saw come out of 2007.

Live For You is doesn’t contain the worst animation I’ve ever seen, but it’s not particularly good.  The criteria for the characters appearance seems to be set to them at least bearing a passing resemblance to the actual characters from scene to scene, and the show makes frequent use of lazy animation such as characters talking off camera or while their backs are turned.  The budget obviously wasn’t very high for this OVA, which is a shame as it was supposed to be an extra treat for the gamers that bought the Live For You game for the XBox 360.  One thing I did find quaint however were the little keychains featuring various famous Namco characters such as Dig Dug and Valkyrie.

MUSIC:

Xenoglossia:

iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia Opening 1 ~ Binetsu S.O.S

My first instinct when I heard this song was to lunge at my speakers and try to throw them out the window.  Seriously though, this song is probably the worst opening of 2007 for me.  If you want to make use of it the best bet is to burn it to CD, find somebody you really don’t like, crank the headphones on your CD Walkman to max after applying crazy glue to them and snap them on the persons ear .  If they last more than 30 seconds the person is either deaf, a buddhist monk or the next evolutionary step of humanity, in which case run.

After that though you consider the BGM, which like with many Sunrise series is almost entirely orchestral.  The BGM soundtrack always seems to manage to perfectly convey the atmosphere of the scene, and if I had to compare it to anything it would probably be Gaogaigar, it just really remind me of that series for some reason.

iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia Opening 2 – Zankoku Yo Kibou To Nare

Now that’s more like it.  The second opening conveys the shift to a more dramatic tone in the series quite adequately on top of being pretty catchy and was even one of the better openings I heard in 2007.  The lyrics even fit the plot and nature series for crying out loud.  Added Bonus: The frames from 0:57-0:59.

iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia Ending – Dear Boy (AKA Haruka Floating Naked In Auryn)

First that’s not the full ending as it has the tendency of most Sunrise series to start playing during the final few seconds of the episode before heading into the ending animation, so don’t blame me, blame Sunrise for being artsy fartsy with their ending transitions.  Anyway, the ending has a sort of melancholic feel to it and sounds like something I think I heard in Final Fantasy somewhere.  It gets really powerful around 0:39 though and I think invokes a nostalgic feel of sorts.  It’s pretty good as well and it’s got real instruments.  REAL INSTRUMENTS! (Slaps Forehead) Piano, meet readers, readers meet piano.  Good tidings to you both.

Live For You:

If I can find the ending theme I will post a video, but currently I can’t seem to locate it.  Anyway it fits perfectly with the rest of the likes you’ll hear in iDOLM@STER games and even I find it catchy enough, that’s coming from somebody who isn’t a fan of Idol Pop at all.  Other than that the BGM isn’t too bad.  It pales in comparsion to Xenoglossia, but then again so does much of Live For You.

OVERALL:

Xenoglossia:

Pros:

- Stellar Animation

- Great Music Aside From First Opening

- Great Character Relationships

- Decent Plot

- Iori Minase, Haruka Amami, Ami Futami, R.I.F.F.A, Makoto Kikuchi

Cons:

- Some Character Motivations Could Have Been Explained Better

- Slow Beginning

- Chihaya Kisaragi, Yukiho Hagiwara, R.I.F.F.A

Live For You:

Pros:

- Truer To The Game

- Rie Kugimiya

Cons:

- Weak Animation

- Too Short

Final Score For iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia: Seven And A Half Out Of Ten

Final Score For iDOLM@STER Live For You: Three And A Half Out Of Ten

In closing Live For You may be truer to the game, but Xenoglossia is by far and away the better anime and I would pick it over Xenoglossia any time with no regrets.  On the other hand if you are a purist or one of those people that thinks adding mecha to a series automatically makes it terrible, then you’ll probably want to go with Live For You.  Personally I don’t think it would hurt to try both, buth definitely check out Xenoglossia as I feel it was on of the most underated series of 2007 that never got a fair chance because some people like to assume that every series by Sunrise will end up a “Trainwreck” and gave up on it before the show had even introduced all the characters.  Those people also tended to be those with blogging influence.  It’s really nothing short of a terrible shame.

Anyway, people can also probably expect my review of Gundam 00 Episode 21 tomorrow sometime, so hopefully I can make that happen.  Until next time, watch out for Mischling’s when getting into the bathtub and happy anime watching.

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23 Responses to “iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia vs. iDOLM@STER Live For You”


  1. 1 Axel Terizaki March 6, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Impressive article, really :)

  2. 2 Nanami Kamimura March 6, 2008 at 11:06 am

    It seems that you didn’t include Asuza, supposedly the oldest of the Idolmaster girls. But judging from her screentime in L4U and her role in Xenoglossia, I don’t think you have something to say about her in both anime either.

  3. 3 Jafri March 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Chihaya Is an Anime Counterpart Version of ‘KAI’. Why? Because I’m a Kamen Rider Den-o Fan Because Kai Is a Mastermind Behind of all Imagins because i’ve imagine Chihaya had an eye-patch to make it more psycotic evil Just like KAI counterpart in DEN-O.

  4. 4 Jafri March 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Chihaya Was such an asshole, You know What? Yeah! She Deserved to die at the end but it is! Burn In Hell. You Selfish Son of the Bitch.

  5. 5 Kaioshin Sama March 6, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I deliberately left Azusa out because I didn’t feel she played a big enough role in either (other than a confidant for Makoto who wanted more attention from her and her fight against R.I.F.F.A which ended off camera of all things). Plus she’s pretty much just a Chihaya clone (they are virtually indistinguishable). I don’t even consider her a real character.

    @Jafri: Settle down there Jaf. No need to get too excited about iDOLM@STER again. She’s dead, that’s all that matters.

  6. 6 Jafri March 7, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Yeah, She is become ‘KAI’ finally. If you’re a Kamen Rider Den-o Fan.
    She’s not the future alright since i’ve given up watchin that show last year after final episode to get some therapy and Watchin ‘Superbad’ 9 times.

  7. 7 Jafri March 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    My final thought about The IdolM@STER Xenoglossia is i felt bothered when Haruka’s got backstabbed by Yukiho Hagiwara then That ‘KAI’ i mean chihaya-chan makes me want to avenge ribbon-chan for what she done to her. That’s the reason why this show affect my life and finally turns bad like i can’t eat, i can’t sleep plus i messed up my japanese studies and i got terrible nightmares every night because of that. And then the second character that i hate is the Modenkind AU vice-chief i mean the one and only Hibiki Saku. That Guy make me call him ‘The Sucka’ Because He is a lame, Idiot and self-Pathetic Douchebag!! F*CK HIM!! when i watchin him makes me got a heart-attack same as Chihaya. Finally now felt sad & disgraced when i read someone post, comments & thoughts about the show. Forgive me if i’m wrong that This show is not for weak-hearted like i am. As Live For You short OVA, I should think before i watch show because when i watch OVA, the memories of XENOGLOSSY Crap may be reinstated.

  8. 8 blake steel July 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    My eyes almost popped out of my head when Yukiho betrayed Haruka.It seemed like they were really good friends. But then Yukiho-chan turned on Ribbon-chan and joined with that psycho bitch chihaya. But at least Yukiho-chan apologized to Haruka later on in the series. For those who get upset easily Xenoglossia isn’t the show for you.

  9. 9 blake steel July 12, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    oh, I forgot to mention that I kind of felt uncomfortable about seeing Yukiho-chan turn to evil. One reason is that honestly she was my favorite character in the game idolm@ster. the other is that she to me didn’t look like the person who would stab a friend in the back like that. I may never look at Yukiho-chan the same again.

  10. 10 blake steel July 13, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    My final thoughts on Xenoglossia is about the ending of the series. What first touched me was when Yukiho apologized to Ribbon-chan. It was also pretty sad when Ribbon-chan said her final goodbye to Imber on the final episode. I was really touched by that moment. Anybody that doesn’t feel touched by the ending isn’t human. The bad memories of ep 18-19 in Idolm@ster Xenoglossia might haunt me for the rest of my days. But even so I have no regrets.

  11. 11 Kaioshin Sama July 14, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Yeah somehow I can’t imagine iDOLM@STER as a regular adaptation of the game now. 26 episodes of Live with You…..I don’t know, Xenoglossia was good melodrama. I’m kind of hoping for more of it in some regard.

    The majority of people that watch shows like Xenoglossia (or even Code Geass as I blog it now) seem to be those that get upset easily though. Luckily I’m not a very emotional person (We’re talking like Vulcan level herE) so I usually can just sit back and look at things in a very straightforward manner.

    Just as an aside, the whole Yukiho betrayal thing wasn’t handled as well as it could have been I think. The whole relationship she apparently had with Chihaya that was so so overriding of the one she had with Haruka wasn’t introduced into very late in the series without even a hint of any deceit in Yukiho’s actions prior to that moment. Those types of situations tend to be hard to swallow when for the vast vast majority of a story the bond between two characters that we have witnessed being built is sabatoged by a sudden realization that had no build up.

    And yes for the attentative person I just essentially made a “poor writing” type comment about a Sunrise series, but you see I explained it and provided an example and argument surrounding it rather then just claiming it. That’s called a weighted argument.

  12. 12 blake steel July 14, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    You’re right kaioshin. Looking at it now I didn’t really handle the Yukiho Hagiwara betrayal thing really well. I was just so shocked that I just couldn’t look at the situation in a straightforward manner like you Kaioshin. But I will get over the Hagiwara betrayal eventually. It’s not like I am going to obsess about it for the rest of my life. Plus your right Xenoglossia was a good melodrama. I really liked the storyline put in Xenoglossia. Hell if I could I would buy the Idolm@ster Xenoglossia DVD. Oh and the other Idolm@ster was called live for you not live with you.

  13. 13 blake steel July 28, 2008 at 4:45 am

    It looks like this site wasn’t the only site Jafri posted comments on Xenoglossia. Jafri: I saw that comment you made on you tube in one of the Idolm@ster Xenoglossia Amv’s. I heard that you wanted the show to be boycotted just because the show affected you emotionally. You should just get over all that drama that happened in the show. I know that a majority of people must have been affected by the events in Xenoglossia, but you Jafri were probably a little too affected by it.

    Hell even I wasn’t this overlydramatic about it. I just had a hard time sleeping for a couple of weeks. I have also found it in my heart to forgive Yukiho-Chan for betraying Haruka and being a complete idiot on Xenoglossia. So you see that I didn’t make a huge deal about the emotional moments on Xenoglossia (With the exeption of the Yukiho betrayal crap and the ending in Idolm@ster xenoglossia)

    If you can learn to handle the emotional moments like me maybe you can also find it in your heart to forgive Yukiho for what she did.

    PS; I don’t have a you tube account so I couldn’t write my reply on Youtube.

  14. 14 Jafri August 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    @Blake steel:- Hi, i know how you feel. i have a same problem like you bcoz i have an Asperger syndrome(see wikipedia) bcoz i’ve been obsessed watching those anime show like this Xenoglossia. and i have lots of friends to support me bcoz of this problem. I have an account in animesuki forum and youtube. If you like to join in Animesuki forum, you can give me some response about how anime shows affect your life. But some other shows like hollywood movies and Tokusatsu series (like My favourite Kamen Rider Den-o) has nothing to do with my feelings.

  15. 15 blake steel August 31, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Jafri: first of all I am not usually affected by anime shows okay. It was just Xenoglossia that seemed to affect me considering my previous comments. I don’t have aspergers syndrome either. It would have not been as bad if the sunrise people didn’t decide to make Yukiho and Chihaya evil. I can perfectly understand why you hate Chihaya in the show. But at least Yukiho and Chihaya are loveable characters in the game. Next time though please don’t try to make me look like I have aspergers syndrome too because I don’t want people to think that I do okay.

    P.S anybody who is a friend of Jafri please tell him I said that.

  16. 16 Izuru December 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    You forgot Azusa!!! :O:O:O

  17. 17 JafriZain 2009 January 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Well Talked about Being Obsessed Watchin this show till my life felt empty about someone Critizes about me and says:-

    “…but speaking as a therapist right now, your posts on here have been a bit extreme as other have noted but if you are being serious about being this upset (to the point of not eating and sleeping…!!!) then I’d say a break from this is in order…”

    “Not for the mentally unstable. Certification of sanity needed by a therapist before watching.”

    I was Shocked. Quite amused to me.

  18. 18 Shirogane November 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I hated Haruka. So. So. Much.

    I almost cried with happiness when Yukiho started saying most of the faults I had with Haruka’s character. She was a Mary-Sue, not gonna lie.

    Actually, I pretty much hated anyone but Makoto, Yukiho and Karasu. 8[

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