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iM@S 2001-2006 timeline

NamassukaRevolution Sep 18th, 2014 (edited) 311 Never
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  1. What did iM@S do during it's first year? Here's a translated rough timeline of that first year period from July 26th, 2005 to 2006. There might be more that happened than this. As a bonus the pre arcade release events are included too.
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  5. October 2001 - Development on "Idol Game (temp name)" begins
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  7. September 19-20 2002 - Idol Game (temp name) appears at 40th show. This is most likely the first time it appeared. It's pretty different from the release version.
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  9. September 2002 - Idol Game (temp name) is introduced in Namco Gals History. It seems more like a galge than the release version, instead of digging holes Yukiho faints. Takane and Hibiki prototypes were shown.
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  11. ??? 2003 - A mobile game called "H@PPENING LOC@TION: Hokkaido Journey" is copyrighted. It includes the idols in winter casual clothing unused in the arcade game. Much like later iM@S mobile games the idols can visit various real life locations, but in this game the locations are modified photos of the areas during winter.
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  13. February 2-3 2004 - "THE IDOLM@STAR" appeared in AOU show.
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  15. March 30, 2004 - Play opened on iDOLM@STER WEB. It lasted from March 30-June 2 that year and was removed from the web afterwards.
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  17. September 1, 2004 - The iDOLM@STER WEB site opened officially. The first PV was uploaded which included Haruka's famous "It's a dome! A dome!" line.
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLDm7HTXxw
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  20. September 2-3 2004 - Appeared in 42AM show with the official title "THE iDOLM@STER". Through distributed postcards people would locally test play and received special headphones.
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  22. December 17-19 2004 - First local test play. The idol usage rate ranking is below.
  23. 1. Hagiwara Yukiho
  24. 2. Miura Azusa
  25. 3. Kisaragi Chihaya
  26. 4. Amami Haruka
  27. 5. Kikuchi Makoto
  28. 6. Tatsuki Yayoi
  29. 7. Akizuki Ritsuko
  30. 8. Minase Iori
  31. 9. Futami Ami/Mami
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  33. December 27, 2004 - PreSta mini live. Mains were Eriko and Mingosu, guests were Asapon and Kami.
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  35. January 5, 2005 - Haruka appeared in a 4koma.
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  37. January 28-30 2005 - Second local test play. The idol usage rate ranking is below.
  38. 1. Hagiwara Yukiho
  39. 2. Kisaragi Chihaya
  40. 3. Kikuchi Makoto
  41. 4. Miura Azusa
  42. 5. Takatsuki Yayoi
  43. 6. Amami Haruka
  44. 7. Minase Iori
  45. 8. Futami Ami/Mami
  46. 9. Akizuki Ritsuko
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  48. February 10, 2005 - Kotori's first appearance on the official site blog. It's just by name though.
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  50. March 11, 2005 - On the official site Yukiho's special voice blog began distributing celebrating her two 1st places in local testing.
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  52. March 18, 2005 - People who sent the idols fan letters on the official home page had their letters added to the game and had their names added to the staff role.
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  54. April 1, 2005 - Home use iDOLM@STER sale confirmed. April fools joke. Shows a guy playing it in various locations.
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  56. April 8, 2005 - idol 4komas appeared on the official home page. Origins of Producer being a guy with a P on his face.
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  58. May 2005 - XBOX360 version iDOLM@STER sale confirmed. This time it's real.
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  60. June 6-12 2005 - Third local test play. This version is very close to the release version.
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  62. June 30, 2005 - In Arcadia's August issue iDOLM@STER concept art is shown.
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  64. July 10, 2005 - In another August issue IDOLM@STERSTATION appears. There's a picture of Haruka and Yukiho in swimsuits and an imas section.
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  66. July 13, 2005 - mobile version of the official website opens.
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  70. July 26, 2005 - Kotori's picture appears in an FAQ section. She's based on someone from a commercial.
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  72. July 26, 2005 - The arcade version of iDOLM@STER is released.
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  74. July 2005 - THE iDOLM@STER and Positive! appear in Taiko.
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  76. July 29, 2005 - On the official site an explanation titled "To people beginning iDOLM@STER" was posted.
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  78. July 30, 2005 - iDOLM@STER appears on the cover of Arcadia's September issue with yukatas.
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  80. August 1, 2005 - The first player to reach THE iDOLM@STER Producer ranking known as 飛炎P. In the XBOX360 version within three days after release they had 2,900,000 fans.
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  82. August 2005 - Namco had a campaign where they gave idol themed goods to players.
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  84. August 4, 2005 - THE iDOLM@STER and Positive! appear in PS2 Taiko.
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  86. August 19, 2005 - iDOLM@STER first goods premium kit on sale. Included two cards in a CD sized case. It used to sell for a lot on auctions.
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  88. August 25, 2005 - Ver.1.01 version update. First seasonal commus distributed.
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  90. August 29, 2005 - PreSta mini live 2. Same people as last time.
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  92. September 16, 2005 - from the mobile site you could view your player data and ranking.
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  94. September 16-18 2005 - At Tokyo Game Show an AC Version of iDOLM@STER was shown. There's a magazine cover showing off the cool & sexy costumes.
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  96. September 2005 - THE OSIDOLMASTER video is created and technically the first iM@SMAD.
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  98. September 26, 2005 - The first iDOLM@STER comic appears. (It was released in volume a few years later)
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  100. September 27, 2005 - Ver.1.20 version update.
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  102. September 28, 2005 - The first iDOLM@STER CD MASTERPIECE01 "Mahou wo Kakete!" on sale. The school uniforms were added in the XBOX360 version.
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  104. October 23, 2005 - The first iDOLM@STER doujin vocal arrange CD was sold titled "iM@S to go!". Site link included below.
  105. http://imas.mu-sic.jp/index.htm
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  107. October 2005 - A program called "LESSONM@STER" was released on PC to practice dance lessons. A later version also had vocal lessons.
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  109. October 26, 2005 - The "Let's begin iDOLM@STER campaign!" begins. On the home page was a print out that gave a free first play. There was also a tutorial card.
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  111. October 28, 2005 - iDOLM@STER Platinum Album on sale.
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  113. November 2, 2005 - M@STERPIECE02 "9:02pm" on sale.
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  115. November 11, 2005 - iDOLM@STER comic anthology on sale.
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  117. November 30, 2005 - M@STERPIECE03 "Positive!" on sale.
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  119. December 2005 - There was an imas fair at animate. When you bought imas goods you were gifted one of five kinds of producer notebooks.
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  121. December 1, 2005 - iDOLM@STER official goods store opened. It closed in March 2008.
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  123. December 15, 2005 - The first and last iDOLM@STER tournament. The super producer tournament lasted a month. Using one of 9 songs and collecting fans without changing it was the goal. They picked the best percentage from the top 10 and that unit was on M@STERPIECE04.
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  125. December 22, 2005 - First drama CD Scene with Yukiho and Makoto on sale.
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  127. December 25, 2005 - 1st birthday goods Yukiho's poster card set on sale.
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  129. December 27, 2005 - iDOLM@STER Character Master on sale. Included official stories on the idols before they debuted.
  130. http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,106.0.html
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  132. December 30, 2005 - iDOLM@STER talk show at winter comiket.
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  134. December 2005 - At UGA Taiyou no Jealousy and Aoi Tori karaoke began distributing.
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  136. January 21, 2006 - iDOLM@STER secret live held. People were raffled from those who bought M@STERPIECE from animate. 8 VAs appeared. (Iori had a cold) Kotori was the announcer and this was the first time she was voiced.
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  138. January 25, 2006 - iDOLM@STER comic anthology 2 on sale.
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  140. January 30, 2006 - THE iDOLM@STER 1: Melody of Serenity on sale.
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  142. January 2006 - First iDOLM@STER memories album. Let you save images you took in game to an album. 1st was Haruka Yukiho and Ritsuko.
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  144. February 12, 2006 - The first iDOLM@STER only doujin event "THE iDOL MANIAX" was held.
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  146. February 14, 2006 - iDOLM@STER fan DVD "Lovable Days." on sale.
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  148. February 24, 2006 - Drama CD Scene 2 with Chihaya and Yayoi on sale.
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  150. February 27, 2006 - THE iDOLM@STER 2: Heart-throbbing Summer Days on sale.
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  152. March 8, 2006 - "Let's begin iDOLM@STER on mobile! campaign" began. Ended March 31st.
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  154. March 10, 2006 - Chihaya's birthday CD "Gratitude" preorders start.
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  156. March 19, 2006 - Another secret event. 100 people were selected.
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  158. March 22, 2006 - M@STERPIECE04 on sale. The photos in the jacket were from producers in the tournament.
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  160. March 24, 2006 - Drama CD Scene 3 with Haruka Ritsuko and Iori.
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  162. March 2006 - Mahou wo Kakete, THE iDOLM@STER, Positive added to AC Taiko.
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  164. April 1, 2006 - iDOLM@STER anime confirmed! This was an april fools joke. It was reused way later after the actual anime was out too. iDOLM@STER official 2006 calender on sale. There were fan pictures inside included. A few of the VAs also joined in.
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  166. April 9, 2006 - THE iDOLM@STER RADIO begins broadcast. Included Mingosu and King.
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  168. April 21, 2006 - Drama CD Scene 4 with Azusa and the twins on sale.
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  170. April 26, 2006 - iDOLM@STER concept comic on off on sale. It showed the idols on stage and their days off.
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  172. April 27, 2006 - Web radio radio de imaSHOW began broadcast. Included Eriko, Mingosu, and Yurishii. Yurishii was later replaced by Nigo.
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  174. May 31, 2006 - M@STERPIECE05 on sale.
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  176. June 23, 2006 - Drama CD Scene 5 on sale.
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  178. July 11, 2006 - Version 1.30 version update.
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  180. July 19, 2006 - MASTER BOX 1 on sale.
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  182. July 21, 2006 - Drama CD Scene 6 on sale. iDOLM@STER XBOX360 version information shown in famitsu.
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  184. July 23, 2006 - THE iDOLM@STER 1st ANNIVERSARY LIVE was held.
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