THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Beyond the Brilliant Future! (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ! THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e!?) is a 2014 animated movie, continuation to THE IDOLM@STER anime series and was initially announced on February 9, 2013 at THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!! event. It was revealed that production on an anime film was green-lit. Not long after, a release date of January 25, 2014 was approved. On November 2, 2013, seven girls from THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! were announced to make guest appearances in the movie.
The movie production is handled by the same staff as that from the television series, including the anime studio A-1 Pictures and director Atsushi Nishigori.
After the events of their New Year's Live, 765 Production has been racing to popularity. Within a season, all of the idols have managed to have successful careers. Haruka Amami won an "iDOL AWARD", Chihaya Kisaragi is about to begin a singing career abroad in New York, and Miki Hoshii has been given a part in a movie production in Hollywood.
765PRO collectively decides that all of the idols are in need of a new step, and comes up with a plan for an "Arena Live". Haruka is given the task of being the leader of the event, and at President Takagi's suggestion several new girls from an idol training school are added in as backup dancers. Hoping to gain some stage experience, the rookie idols participate in a training camp along with their senior idols.
At first things appear to be fine at the training camp, until one by one the concert begins to fall apart. First, aspiring idol, backup dancer, and fan of Haruka, Kana Yabuki loses all confidence and stops coming to practice. Then, 765PRO's Producer tells the team that after the concert, he will be going abroad to America for a year to study about being a better Producer. In addition, Miki will soon be leaving for Hollywood to film, while Chihaya is going abroad for her international debut. In the face of all these barriers, Haruka wavers on her position as leader.
Haruka must stand up, and gather all the idols together once again for the greatest concert they've ever performed.
- Eriko Nakamura as Haruka Amami
- Akiko Hasegawa as Miki Hoshii
- Asami Imai as Chihaya Kisaragi
- Mayako Nigo as Yayoi Takatsuki
- Azumi Asakura as Yukiho Hagiwara
- Hiromi Hirata as Makoto Kikuchi
- Asami Shimoda as Ami and Mami Futami
- Rie Kugimiya as Iori Minase
- Chiaki Takahashi as Azusa Miura
- Yumi Hara as Takane Shijou
- Manami Numakura as Hibiki Ganaha
- Naomi Wakabayashi as Ritsuko Akizuki
- Ibuki Kido as Kana Yabuki
- Sora Amamiya as Shiho Kitazawa
- Momo Asakura as Serika Hakozaki
- Miku Ito as Yuriko Nanao
- Shiina Natsukawa as Anna Mochizuki
- Yui Watanabe as Nao Yokoyama
- Eri Ozeki as Minako Satake
- Juri Takita as Kotori Otonashi
- Kenji Akabane as Producer
- Houchu Ohtsuka as Junjiro Takagi
- Takuma Terashima as Toma Amagase
- Daichi Kanbara as Hokuto Ijuin
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shota Mitarai
Theme Song: M@STERPIECE by Haruka Amami, Miki Hoshii, Chihaya Kisaragi, Yayoi Takatsuki, Yukiho Hagiwara, Makoto Kikuchi, Futami Twins, Iori Minase, Azusa Miura, Takane Shijou, and Hibiki Ganaha
Ending Theme: Nijiiro Miracle by 765PRO ALLSTARS
Ramune-iro Seishun by 765PRO ALLSTARS
Fate of the World by Haruka Amami, Miki Hoshii, and Chihaya Kisaragi
Nemurihime by Chihaya Kisaragi
shiny smile by Haruka Amami & Hibiki Ganaha
GO MY WAY!! by 765PRO ALLSTARS
MUSIC♪ by Haruka Amami, Chihaya Kisaragi, and Azusa Miura
The title of the film was announced at the 2013 Anime Contents Expo by the voice actresses and limited-edition packs with two tickets for the film and a drama CD sold out in one day. A manga titled THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e! -signs-, set between the television series and the film timeline will be distributed to filmgoers in the second week of release. It is written by Tatsuya Takahashi and illustrated by Mana. Other bonus items will also be given in following weeks.
By October 14, 2014, the film had grossed ¥852,012,800 at the Japanese box office. At the fourth Newtype Anime awards, it won in several categories including Best Picture (film); Best Theme Song ("M@STERPIECE"); and Best Director (Atsushi Nishigori), It placed second for Character Design (Atsushi Nishigori), tied for third for Screenplay (Atsushi Nishigori, Tatsuya Takahashi), placed second for Sound, placed second for best mascot (Hamuzo), and placed second for best male character (Producer). Haruka Amami won best female character, while characters Chihaya Kisaragi, Hibiki Ganaha, and Iori Minase placed fifth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.
- While not featured during the movie, Rin Shibuya, Kotoha Tanaka, Matsuri Tokugawa, Emily Stewart, and Fuka Toyokawa makes a cameo appearances as a passerbys in the ending credits. This creates the possibility that both MILLION LIVE! and CINDERELLA GIRLS take place within the same universe.
- THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 01 Thank You! makes an appearance in a train with the subtitle "MILLIONSTARS". This could suggest than 765 Production idols have already met other MILLION LIVE! idols.
- 876 Production's Ai Hidaka, Eri Mizutani, and Ryo Akizuki make cameo appearances within the movie, as a poster set in Kana Yabuki's bedroom and in several promotional posters around Japan in the movie. Shinkan Shoujo, a rival unit in THE IDOLM@STER anime, can also be found in posters throughout the movie.
- The movie's subtitle, "Kagayaki no Mukougawa e!", currently has two official translations. Before its Blu-Ray release, the English words "To the Other Side of the Sparkle!" were included in promotions for the movie. Upon the movie's release, the subtitle was changed to "Beyond the Brilliant Future!" on the artwork for the disk case.
- ↑ The IDOLM@STER Anime Film's Full Title Revealed
- ↑ Idolm@ster Filmgoers Get Volume 0 Prologue Manga
- ↑ The IDOLM@STER Movie Earns 765 Million Yen
- ↑ Kill la Kill, Idolm@ster Movie Win Top Prizes in Newtype Awards