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  • Yo, I haven't gotten an msg from Saku yet, as it seems they have been out for over a week, but CureLightning said it was alright to move the chat here.

    Regarding your previous msg, yeah, I get that they keep the old fans, but I also wonder how they get new fans? That always interests me. I feel like Photokatsu didn't get a lot of new players since there's a lot of other mobage out there and the original Aikatsu wasn't an airing anime, so it was mostly working off of the old fans. A new series has a big opportunity to add new fans, but I guess I'm always interested in what brings them in versus liking something else.

    The conference video should be posted shortly today, as it's the 8th in Japan

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    • Heya, seems like Saku was busy with his lesson.

      The focus on AiFure is unit performance and they also add cosmetic (even though we still don't know how it works), so I think that's the points they want to sell to new fans beside they still can play songs and get cards from previous series. Well photokatsu surely has a lot of rival, like love love, iM@s (along with their new project shinycolors), PriPara, and bandori, also photokatsu in a year seems not have a big improvement like add new feature or something else, so maybe photokatsu will close soon will become true, so I wonder if AiFure will have own mobage game or maybe photokatsu won't close and and they will include AiFure on photokatsu as well, this is become interesting to see.

      Yeah, the video should be uploaded today even though the time still unknown.

      Also this is about AiStars, seems like this season won't have valentine episode xD

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    • Yeah, I saw the next episode synopsis, and also I REALLY want Friends to come to photokatsu. It's a huge loss to them if they remove photokatsu and and start a new mobage, unless it's really good because many people will be upset at their loss of progress and money spent.

      Also, there is another free PR for you in photokatsu as a dupe of the one you already chosen... They made a mistake lol

      The time of the video should be about 3 hours from the time of me writing this

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    • Yeah I also want to see AiFure on photokatsu too. Well if new game like iM@s ML theater days that still cover the previous game iM@s ML, I really don't mind, but knowing STAR ANIS and AIKATSU STARS will be graduated soon and most likely there won't be any new song again from them, so it's unlikely the new game also cover the previous game (idols and songs).

      Yeah I got free Aoi again xD

      Yeah usually they upload new content after its episode aired.

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    • "Believe it" is so gooD

      Not a fan of the other two songs though, they just sound kind of flat to what we're used to

      Mikuru is new PR, Ran to Shop PR

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    • Yeah, so far only Believe it that is good, the rest just so-so

      Arrrgghh I'm still don't get Ichigo yet -_- And I don't care for Mikuru PR, I want Ichigo xD

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    • I think Mikuru is more popular among the older fans, and with Photokatsu, most of the original fans are older, so that could be why they're putting out a lot of Mikuru

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    • Well honestly amongst all pop idols in original series, Mikuru is on the top on my list, but if there's Ichigo and Mikuru pull, definitely I will pick Ichigo first since I still don't get it yet xD

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    • You still haven't gotten an Ichigo pull yet? I know you started after me but I seem to magnetically get over half of the Ichigo PRs that can be drawn lol

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    • Yeah, I even only got 1 Seira, no Ichigo and Noeru yet, seems like this pull give me bad luck -_-

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    • Oh, I thought you meant any Ichigo, not the one currently active

      I think my SR rate out of some 500 or so stars is like 35% out of all my pulls, but no Ichigo

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    • No, I mean the current Soleil Ichigo.

      There's a week again until its pull get closed, so I hope my luck this week is good.

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    • Heya everyone,

      I'm back! As Hielmiez said that I was busy with drawing and cutting the dress patterns for my next lesson, my homework, I'm very sorry for the late reply. I wanted to reply in the other chat, but I kept forgetting about it. Next time, I'll try to reply as soon as possible. >.<

      I like the new series, but I like Aine, Mio, Mirai and Emma for now. Oh yeah, I also like Coco. BUT I need to wait and watch the first episode first how they are. ^.^

      The pull?! Where could you see that?! I'm kinda confused here. o.O

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    • Heya Saku...

      For Friends I like Aine, Mio, Karen and Mirai, but I'm worried for Aine's seiyuu, she looks too awkward and need learn more since she seems still newbie in seiyuu work, still I'm looking forward to her development.

      The pull on photokatsu, the Soleil Ichigo...

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    • Ah, I'm deaf. I couldn't hear, but I only wear my cochleair implant in order to hear anything. ^.^ And yes, I'm looking forward to her development as wel as the other's development.

      Ooohhh! That Soleil Ichigo... Thanks for the clarification!

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    • For me, Mirai, Mio, Maika

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    • Ok, for some reason I've been hyper crazy about Mirai's design, I don't know what it is but I'm not really big on sexy types most of the time (well, also Maika I like as well but not as much as Mirai at this time)

      Like, usually I tend like lighter haired characters (Hime, Yuzu, etc) the most, but I feel like Karen is too much like Hime, not really too interesting. Something about Mirai though.. 

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    • I think each characters has their own unique design, even though same characters look similar to character from other anime, like Mirai, she seems similar to Ichigo when she in training, Ema similar to Dekomori from Chuunibyou, Karen similar to Hime and Maika similar to Laura. I also look similarity Mio with Haruka Ruka, her accessory is same, her eye color also similar and have same hair color too (even though Mio has dual color hair). 



      So actually I'm looking forward to all of them. 

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    • Yeah, I can't wait to see some more animation with them.

      Also, now that the new Stars episode synopsis are out, do you remember when we thought Yume's Sun Dress would appear in 85...?

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    • Yeah, and I hope when they start to reveal coords, they also can reveal another brand (for Maika and Ema), because it'll disappointed if in part 1 they only introduce 2 brands (Love Me Tear and Material Color). But the most important is I want to see more original coord in Friends other than re-used pieces again... 

      I remember that, but the chance for now is higher, unless BANDAI want to make Yume win against Elza that wear Sun Dress with just her SPR not her Sun Dress xD

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    • Mio's school coord looks a bit much like Yuzu's, but the start is always stronger than the end, so for now we'll probably have entirely original coords only, and later, will probably depend on how well Friends does (?)

      Yume will probably get her Sun Dress mid-performance on 96

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    • Well seeing the coord that already reveal actually some of them are re-used pieces too, but I hope in Friends can have more original coords especially for PR coords.

      Yeah, I hope BANDAI didn't disappointed us this time xD

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    • There was a stream prior to the Aikatsu Generation Music Video, and Miki said that Photokatsu will continue I think?

      It's not available at the moment, but it included more messages from Aikatsu Stars and Star Anis. Were you able to catch it?

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    • Well that's true photokatu still continue after their final live, but the question is till when photokatsu will continue?

      Nope...

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    • Yeah, I recall that Mona said she had some more songs for Photokatsu 2 years ago before she graduated (pre-recorded but unreleased). These next songs, like the Kaede Solo, "Forbidden Hide and Seek", may have already been made, but it could still be like only so long after the songs created that the games last for.

      The game, Payday 2, had their main music composer leave the team a while ago (a few years back), but even after he left, like more than 50% of the music was still made by him because they kept hiring him as a freelance last I remember (although I haven't followed the game in about two years or so). I don't think Photokatsu will hire the singers as freelance, but if they decide to sustain it, they have a gazillion stars songs and some OG songs they can catch up on before friends goes full-steam. Although, they'd have to bet on friends being popular since the game is still centered around the OG and there really isn't much to provide soon

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    • It can be like that and it seems like there's still scrapbook 5 to be released for another 3 new song, even though the release date of scrapbook 4 got delayed.

      Well actually photokatsu can use DCD song that still not on game yet, but seeing now so much competitors like iM@s, SIF, bandori that always give new song, so I doubt that they'll use DCD as a song for new event. But for now let's wait and see, at least until this June...

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    • @BearCute: Ah, I see. As for the new episodes, as Hiel said that Yume will be against Elza by using her SPR, not the Sun Dress. To be honest, I thought that she'll get her own Sun Dress when she is against Elza, but she'll show her something important instead. I agree with you that Mio's school dress has one dress piece which are the re-used pieces... Ugh...

      @Hiel: I agree with you on all the character design are unique except a Hime-looky character. I'm also worried that they will be using the re-used dress pieces which I hate the most to see. All I wanted is to see the unique dresses. I like the Neo Combination Coord, but I'm not sure if this coord has the re-used dress pieces... Also, I really wanted to see the new brands which are meant for Mio and Emma. :-)

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    • They're also getting rid of drama songs for Friends... The last drama was back in "Lock on You"

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    • Well I think Yume will get her Sun Dress on episode 96, because it's impossible to win if just with SPR not Sun Dress.

      And for re-used pieces, I think we still see this on Friends, much or less, we should wait until they reveal coord collection for part 1.

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    • @BearCute: Now that you mentoined, I totally forget about it. And you're right that they removed the drama songs completely which only leaves me disappointed with... Oh well...

      @Hiel: Yeah, we'll wait and see. I'm pretty sure that there'll be the re-used pieces... :-(

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    • Maybe in less than 2 weeks they will start to reveal coord collection for part 1.

      But there's still Aikatsu Museum that allow you play song from original an AiStars which still have drama song even though we won't see new drama song again xD

      Anyway you watch new Precure series, HUGtto?

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    • Yes, next two weeks, I'm sure that they'll reveal the new coords. ;-)

      Ooh... I didn't know about that, but where did you find the info from? @.@

      And yes, I'm watching the new PreCure season! I really like it! :-D And what about you?

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    • But I'm not too hype for that unless they can give us more original coords this time.

      It's in here http://www.aikatsu.com/friends/teaser/ the info before characters, it said there'll be Aikatsu Museum that allow you to play song from original and AiStars also get its coords too.

      So far I like HUGtto, escpecially when my favorite seiyuu also voice a precure on it, so I'm really looking forward to HUGtto...

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    • Hellooooooooo.... finally popped in XD

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    • Yo Lightning!

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    • Heya...

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    • Curious as to whether the Aikatsu Museum will also have new drama lines for the Friends characters

      I don't watch HUGtto, but my friends already think it's better than Kira Kira and just want as much as possible (to them, Stars is getting old for them, so they want to wait for Friends to come out as well)

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    • I doubt that, even though in Aikatsu Museum we can play the character from all franchise (original, AiStars, and Friends), but we still don't know how it works.

      Yeah HUGtto surely better than KiraKira, because in HUGtto they bring back close range attack that already become identity and tradition for Precure series, because we barely don't see this in KiraKira, in KiraKira almost all attack is long range attack, so it's nice TOEI bring back the tradition again...

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    • I remember people were going super happy just because Cure Yell did a close range attack on the last Kira episode, is it because Toei were worried about it being too violent for younger kids?

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    • Of course they did, because in KiraKira, we barely see close range attack and when Cure Yell bring back that again, people will be happy. I doubt for that, because close range attack in Precure be like its tradition or identity and almost Precure series has close range attack.

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    • Photokatsu is back after 27~? hours of maintenance, and got 50 stars compensation. If you connected with LINE, a notice says that you will need to relink if it wasn't during the period between Dec 15 - March 31 (but I would do so anyway, I think the March 31 means that if you don't link before then, you can't link)

      Not sure what happened, but people were super paranoid because after updating on ios, their game would act like they didn't have an account.

      I'm a bit jealous with Precure because it seems they already have figures available for Hugtto

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    • Well I'm a bit disappointed with the compensation, but it nothing we can do for that...

      Why the problem always on iOS?

      Maybe because they have different management, also Precure is only one year anime and next year Precure will have new title and new cure too, so it makes sense if they already made figures from now, unlike Aikatsu that not one year anime (there's probability will have second season too) and I feel like Aikatsu more focus to sell its cards than the figures or toys.

      Please after seeing preview for next episode, hope BANDAI don't let down my hype... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o7jeW1_Zl4

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    • Because iOS is really weird and glitchy sometimes?

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    • Yeah, they didnt say why the issue was on iOS but I thought iOS is less glitchy?

      Even with precure only being a year long, it took so long to get figures and etc. for Aikatsu, and it doesn't seem we're getting S2 figures for Stars. I don't recall the exact source, but toys and figures made up a very large percentage of sales as well?

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    • I don’t really know why either. The more recent versions of iOS haven’t been very good to be honest.

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    • Newest PR is Rei, and it seems like the PR Kirara and Soleil Ichigo already had single type aura up V along with the new Rei

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    • I don't know why, but from the game I've ever played, iOS always had problem.

      Maybe the management won't focus on figures even though it can rise up the sales...

      I think after they release Lily with All Aura UP V, seems like they also upgrade for type aura up to V as well and with they released Rei now, we can't predict which SPR that come next, it looks like they plan to release Elza and Yume SPR along with their Sun Dress (their SPR as pre-dressed up and their Sun Dress as dressed up), because if they follow DCD, they should release Elza's SPR now after Kirara's SPR, but they don't...

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    • I’m loving the new Rei PR, I’m curious to see which SPR PR is next. I’m waiting for Laura to get hers personally but I’m excited for all of them personally.

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    • I think if they add Aria, she would be next, so far it seems like their current plan is to release PRs for all of the main characters first, I think Elza would actually have her SPR PR next though

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    • Well it could be Aria be the next if they plan to release PR for all Venus Ark idols consecutively, they already started with Kirara, Elza (even though not her SPR), then Rei, so the next probably will be Aria, but who knows...

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    • Yeah I wouldn’t be surprised if Aria is next

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    • First we need an R prepared, but I think an R can come before they update the stars gacha (since they're a bit slow)

      Also, speaking of Aura up V, I think all of the PRs after their first "V" are only "V's," and there aren't any more IVs. It's a power-creep for whales who already maxed out all of their IV aura ups

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    • Oh yeah :P I don’t play Photokatsu so I don’t know these things lol

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    • Well just let's wait and see what they'll release for next SPR next month...

      But the newest Ran Soleil still have skill All Aura UP IV not V, it's the exception or maybe they forgot about it...

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    • You're right and shop PRs were traditionally more powerful than gacha PRs...

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    • Yeah, I don't know why they give Ran Soleil skill All Aura UP IV not V, I thought they already get rid the Aura UP IV and change to V for the newest cards -_-

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    • I think because they found that people don't directly roll/spend for shop cards, they decided to move that over to gacha cards. Also, cards like the Yuu PR and etc are hyper powerful thanks to their charm roads, since traditionally (well, whatever 1 year ago was) medley PR < gacha PR < shop PR.

      Budokan live is tomorrow, and I know two people who are close to me to let me know about their experience and also possibly buy stuff for me, things are happening way too fast. I remember when I first heard about "final live," I didn't think it would be this very next one, but rather the one after it

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    • Yeah beause if you want to spend for shop cards (green gems) you need do gacha first, because green gems only can obtain through sell cards from gacha, right? So probably they priority their gacha first...

      Hope in the Budokan live tomorrow they also announcement what they will do next beside announce their graduation...

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    • Yeah, would prioritize gacha first now, I think event cards make up like 80% of the green gems first though

      Budokan is today, and people already are at the location of the event, apparently there's a goods line prior to the event but aside from the website and the bromides, I'm curious if they have more there

      And I didn't think much about announcements, even with their graduation and next steps, we could also get more on Aikatsu. Also, there is one last radiokatsu session so we can hear more about them in March.

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    • Apparently all of the goods sold out really quickly and there's huge lines of people left for whatever's left..

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    • Well I won't surprise if the goods sold out quickly, after all this is their final live, so maybe this is the last chance for fans can buy its goods on the spot only that maybe not sale online.

      And I hope my luck for March is good like my luck on January (I can get Akari, Sumire and Elza, even though not get Yurika, but that was better than this month, I don't get any event PR -_- )

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    • The live just ended a few minutes ago with Idol Activity, and it seems like there will be a lot of tears for a while... Quite the end of a generation, some feel like "Aikatsu" they knew ended today (as even with Stars, the singers continued)

      I don't think the Live gave any particular news about the franchise, so it's still hard to determine where photokatsu is going. Also I didn't get any event PR for the last two months so beat that! (well, you wouldn't want to..)

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    • Well for game I think it depends on developer decision to continue its game or not, like what happen to SIF game, even though muse already disbanded, but the game still continue with replaced by aqours, so maybe something similar happen to photokatsu too, STAR ANIS and AIKATSU STARS replaced by BEST FRIENDS and the game still can continue.

      Anyway I don't like the new Yurika dressed up for live mode or homescreen, why she should hold frame, it'll look better if without frame -_-

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    • Hmm, then they'd also have to create a huge number of songs with them to meet their current monthly rate of new songs. I don't mind if they slow it down like they did earlier on, I think everybody would rather them continue Photokatsu rather than think that they have to meet their expectations or stop.

      Yeah, the frame was cool in the PV but on the stage, not so much.

      Really liked the new ep, a small thing that would be interesting would be if Yume changed dress mid-flight

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    • Well knowing that photokatsu need at least 1 new song for each month unlike SIF that seems not have new song for new event but still using the released song (I don't know the detail about SIF since I haven't play it). Even though the members already said thay they will still sing for photokatsu, but if that's true, I think it'll a bit weird, because the groups already held their final live, so that's means there won't be another live event in the future to promote new photokatsu song and the groups just exlusive sing for photokatsu.

      I know, right? In PV the frame surely cool, but when it brings to full body for stage, a bit weird -_-

      I also like it, another best episode so far and we can see the other side of Elza. Well surely it'll be interesting that Yume change into Sun Dress during flight, but actually I still like it even they do change it after fly.

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    • What I can't seem to confirm is whether they already have pre-recorded songs or they're continuing to make new songs

      SIF uses mostly released songs, and once a year or so (when I played it) they released two songs specifically for the game itself (which would then be released as a single), which is much fewer than Photokatsu.

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    • I doubt they already have pre-recorded songs, most likely they'll continue to make new songs if they plan to continue photokatsu.

      Yeah, because IIRC there's no much original song for SIF that release only for its game unlike Photokatsu, Bandori and iM@s that have a tons of original songs for its game.

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    • Well, we'll see when June comes, I think they always have at least a few at hand pre-recorded.

      Slogged down with tons of homework for the weekend, but will have spring break soon.

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    • And in fact we know that SCRAPBOOK 4 release got delayed despite they already reveal all 3 songs, will that single get another tracklist, for example the song for April till June also will be included into that single, so the single will have 6 songs (12 total with its intruments)? Because until now there's no info about when they will release that single...

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    • I don't think they're going to put 6 songs in it, I think they just forgot about it.. At least, it wouldn't be a "single," but more like a mini-album then if they put 6 together. I just think it's delayed though

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    • Hope they turn one last of the eps into a Hime Moon Wings ep :)

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    • For photokatsu song at least we should wait until they reveal new song for April and that song will be included to SCRAPBOOK 4 or SCRAPBOOK 5.

      Probably Hime will perform on eps 99 and eps performance become Aikatsu Step performance, that's what I thought after seen the summaries. Because if Hime doesn't perform until the end, the hype of BANDAI made promotion about challenge to get Moon Dress and hype that her Moon Dress made cameo on anime also new stage look become useless...

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    • Yeah, but also for 98, what would Yuzu and Lily perform in? Would they go back to Animal Carnival, since I don't think using both of their SPR really fits.

      All these closures are great but, with the original Aikatsu, one final tournament live and then another episode for closure lessened the pain? Having an additional 4 eps to close out after the tournament just kind of makes me saaad throughout the month. Just reading the synopsis...

      I would also like to invite RolaSakuraba0 into the chat, if that's fine with you guys also. I met them on Twitter, and they're also on the Discord, but they're also active on the wiki

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    • Well if in eps 98 Yuzu and Lily really perform together, I really hope this time they sing Lily song instead of Yuzu song again, even though it'll a bit weird for Yuzu xD

      I think they won't make same mistake like original series that ended after tournament end and become anti-climax ending, like they end the Ichigo and Akari generation right after tournament end (Ichigo generation end after Twinkle Star Cup and Akari generation end after Starlight Queen Cup), so they made AiStar has more eps after final tournament and hope don't bring anti-climax ending again, even though from summary eps 99-100 a bit vague xD

      Well if Saku and CureLightning don't mind, I'm fine with that...

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    • I'll check up on Saku, but I can message CureLightning.

      Speaking of ending the series right after the tourney, well, yeah if they leave the last Ichigo Akari performance there as a "cliffhanger," maybe. But I might prefer fewer episodes like that because it just makes me more sad with all these longer farewells and counting straight down to the end, it's an emotional feeling, even though story-wise etc. having more episodes for closure is better.

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    • Oh yeah, I’m fine with that!

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    • Well, this EP was the best ... Hime Moon Dress shown off and double Yuri on VA made it ultra good lol

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    • I think have 4 episodes for closure it series it'll be better than just have 1 episode for closure like original, because they have more episode to resolve unsolved things (even though not all of them has to be resolved).

      I think the best episode still last week (eps 96), this eps was good but not enough to the best. Just wait until Hime perform with her Moon Dress on eps 99 or 100 (if they really plan to xD). And Alice back again to Neo Venus Ark plus Yuri transferred to Neo Venus Ark as well...

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    • Yeah, it's certainly better for multiple, but for my emotions is isn't so much

      Found it funny that Yuri just goes straight on just to be with the other Yuri even without any other prior action, was so random lol

      Photokatsu update is out with M4 in the pool and their own scenario

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    • I hope they can closure AiStars with good ending...

      Yeah, even they formed an unit together, but I think I can predict this since the halloween episode, they already stated want to formed unit together, so this is happen xD

      Yeah, my luck seems like still bad as last month, but at least I can get Seira at trade shop, anyway Seira skill is Cool Score UP! (V), is that good?

      And seems like they downgrade some charm road for some idol, so I wonder who should I join next after this update... so far I only join Ichigo and Aoi...

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    • They downgraded Madoka and more popular ones like Mizuki and Mikuru (I really don't know why they downgraded Sakura's), but a lot of them actually were upgraded, like Nono and Risa's, Hinaki's Rin's, Kii's. I think those are the more popular ones who were actually upgraded instead, so consider joinin theirs.

      Cool Score UP (V), I don't think it's better than Aura Up IV but I can't test it out and don't know for sure

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    • Since I already join Ichigo and Aoi, I think I'll join Ran next to complete Soleil and I'm not really fans of Akari's generation like Nono, Risa, Hinaki or Rin xD

      Anyway what different between Score UP and Aura UP?

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    • Most of the score comes from Aura (due to the +30%, +15% aura bonuses from songs now) and the percentage for "Aura UP" is much higher than "Score UP"

      The thing about skill trees is that it made fan clubs for the sake of being fan clubs not really as much a thing... You need to join clubs of characters you're not a really a fan of in order to get the best scores

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    • I see...

      I know that as well, but collect 1M to join 1 fan club isn't easy. Anyway Ran doesn't look bad to join since she has +20 for each node (compare to Ichigo and Aoi that only +10 for each node), even though Nono and Risa now has +30 for each node, also right now I don't have Nono or Risa PR yet, so it'll be tough to collect gems for their charm road with only SR -_-

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    • Actually, the people I know get hearts really easily and already maxed out on fan clubs they can join, and they don't really refill using stars that much

      Like, playing token/drop events during hearts days = tremendous amounts of hearts, but I always wait until like the last 1 - 3 days to grind.. Last event, since it ended on a heart day, I was able to get 2 fan clubs and plus like 500k hearts worth of leveling

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    • Well I'm not player like that, and just play it for fun, so not really like to grind... Normally I just played  4 times a day, since I need to wait until my stamina full again, so there's no much I can gain from that -_-

      Anyway, have you hear drama part on Drama CD and Magic Smile full version? How do you think about it?

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    • I've heard Magic Smile and I really like it, but I don't understand the drama part of the CD

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    • Yeah, Magic Smile not bad bad not good too...

      Well even though I can't understand all of them, but at least I know what they're doing. I really hope they animated that too, it's not enough to just hear their voice xD

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    • Well, it doesn't really sound like they've added a unique bridge or ending with it unlike other songs, so I can see where you're going

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    • Yeah, basically like that, the instrument after first reff nothing different, at first I hope they add some unique melody, but not...

      And 2 days again finally Yuzu and Lily episode, please BANDAI give them duet performance again...

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    • What song/dresses do you expect?

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    • I expect they sing Lily song this time, maybe The Wasteland's Miracle with GV rare coord to fulfill Lily dream after they perform together at S1, she hope they can perform together again with GV coord (even though with their own SPR still fine), what about you?

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    • Yuzu SPR in Lily's Stage might be very weird, and also vice versa with Yuzu's Stage. I'm REALLY hoping they go with Rs that they have around, and I actually wouldn't mind seeing Animal Carnival again (since they never reused a season 1 song ever yet, which is surprising)

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    • Yeah I can see that, unlike Aria and Yume SPR, Rei and Lily SPR, they can go well for both song (Aria song or Yume song, Rei song or Lily song), but it'll be different for Yuzu and Lily SPR. I'm hoping they will go with GV rare coords this time, also now almost spring, so it'll a bit weird to see Never Give Up performance right now, since that song have summer theme. And for reuse song for S1 maybe we will only see start line when Hime perfrom with her Moon Dress (if that really will happen though) xD

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    • Yep, with an R they can both be in form, but it's quite a bit late into the show... It's also an opportunity!

      And, well, yeah Start Line is the first song ever to be re-used, but still a different stage lol

      If it's not used, I think I said it would be disappointing; but now that Hime's Moon Dress is shown, it'd be the ultra hyper disappointing - 99.99% chance they will have a performance

      Also... http://www.aikatsu.com/friends/

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    • And it's happened Animal Carnival performance also they formed an unit too, really unexpected...

      Let's see that for the last 2 episodes xD

      Yeah I already seen that, and now dress items gone, it back to original again when they not provide dress items and just provide cards...

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    • What is the unit called? Hard to tell for me without subs

      Edit: Yuztto Lily

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    • Yeah basically the episode name is their unit name xD

      Anyway the system on Friends looks like back to original again, from official website layout similar to original layout and dress items also gone.

      Also, have you already heard short version of Arigato Daijoubu? I kinda feel this song a bit flat for me, and this song isn't fit to become OP, the all 3 songs make me hopeless for friends songs, I hope Mio's song is good...

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    • I have and yeah, Arigato Daijoubu and "Aikatsu Friends!" aren't really catchy for me. "Believe It" is really something else, it's so good (except for the beginning but I feel like I'll like it later on)

      I really don't like the look of Mirai's PR at this time...

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    • Well Believe it is good, but not that really good, I feel like the changing of arrangement from MONACA and onetrap to Digz Inc is not really good, the way they arrange its music feels like add a bit too much effect on it, so it doesn't sound natural.

      Me too, Mirai's PR look too childish for her image, she should be given more mature design to fit her image...

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    • Heya, I'm back and sorry for the late reply!

      @BearCute: Your question regarding someone wants to join in our discussion. I'm totally fine with it! ^.^

      And what a long discussion here, I'm lazy to read back to where it started after my reply... >.< Hehehe! Regarding the new songs, coords and episode titles... The songs look nice and so are the stages. But I personally like Mio's song, I hope that this song is good. The coords look nice, but I personally like the Suite Phrase and Neo Combination Coords. I usually don't like the cute coords... But after seeing it makes me like it. ^.^

      The episode titles, especially the third and fourth episodes will take too long to be aired, because I really want to watch it how the story will tell.

      Oh yeah, regarding M4's certain types... Two of them are as expected, but Asahi and Nozomu... Eh?! For Asahi, I can understand that it runs in the family after all. But Nozomu as a cute-type idol... Watching him makes me feel like that he has a sexy vibe... o.O

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    • I'll let them know soon. However, note that they really love Rola.

      Moving to Digz might save them money? I don't see why they would change from Onetrap and MONACA otherwise, but it's not as good... I feel like even though there's this quality drop, it might not matter with the target audience

      I haven't checked most of the coords yet, mostly the Sugar Melody and Milky Joker R and PR as shown in the main pictures, I'll get back to you after I check out the others

      Yeah, Nozomu's type was... interesting, I wonder how they came to that

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    • Okay, no problem!

      Oh my... I want them to keep as it is. I agree with you on this matter that there's a quality drop...

      Oh, okay. I'm just curious as what you think of them. Take your time to check the others.

      And yeah... I also wonder how they came to him as a cute-type idol in the first place... From what I have watched until now that... He keeps his calm and collected character, while Asahi acts very cutey...

      And out of which autograph do you like the most?

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    • Might save them money? Maybe the half is right, knowing the popularity of Digz maybe still far behind of onetrap and MONACA, and for the half again, maybe they want something different to its music, but for genre like this and also based on DCD, music is something important for this series, the quality drop it shouldn't be happen. Well for new fans, maybe this is doesn't matter, but for us, as old fans who follow aikatsu from original till AiStars will be disappointed for quality of friends music right now.

      If you ask which PR I like, it will be like: Suite Phrase >> Neo Combination >> Bunny Parade

      Well in first place I really don't pay attention to male idol, so for me it doesn't matter what their type xD

      For autograph: Aine >> Maika >> Karen >> Ema >> Mio >> Mirai

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    • Yeah, we, as the old fans will be disappointed if the quality drops. >.< I hope that they will keep the way as it is. *angel*

      Oh, in my case, I like the Neo Combination --> Suite Phrase --> Bunny Parade. If I have to be honest with you all, the bunny eared hat looks more traditional gothic thing to me...

      Hehehe! I can understand that you  really don't pay attention to the male idols. X-D

      Oh, regarding the autographs in my case will be Mio --> Ema --> Aine --> Maika --> Mirai --> Karen. ^.^

      But I'm now more curios how the rare coords will look like. :-)

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    • Yeah hope they keep the quality, but just hearing the 3 songs that already reveal (even though just short version) make me feel hopeless for friends music and maybe I can say that Arigato Daijoubu is the worst OP from Aikatsu franchise so far.

      Well Bunny Parade looks cute and maybe it'll be fit if wear by Kaede or Kii, but for Mirai, absolutely no, it really not suit with her image.

      I'm still normal, so I only pay attention to female idols xD

      Even though I want to see the rest of rare coords, but I'm not put high hope on it...

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    • I feel you, when I saw that there's just 3 songs and I thought that will be 4 or 5 songs for this series. But it makes me feel hopeles too...

      Regarding the Bunny Parade Coord, that's right as you said that it doesn't fit Mirai's image...

      Hehehe! X-D

      I'm the same that I don't get my high hope on this... Only the premium rare ones.

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    • Mirai’s PR Coord is the Bunny Parade Coord I’m guessing... yeah I agree that it doesn’t suit her at all. I don’t like the Coord much to be honest. And the Material Color PR isn’t very good either imo. This might be the first time I dislike a cool type PR Coord.

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    • Huh, when I mentioned I was looking at coords, I thought Rs or even Ns were out, but apparently just PRs; yeah I've already seen them all.

      Bunny Parade is ... not very good

      Neo Combination, I actually like it, I feel like it tries something much different

      Suite Phrase is really nice, familiar but the color/theme hasn't been done before either

      Signatures 

      Mio (seems familiar but it's just classic) > Karen > Ema > Maika > Aine (a bit common-feeling for some reason)

      Conflicted on Mirai, I really like it and dislike it at the same time? The font is really cool but the monster reminds me of the bit of disappointment that she was a pop type instead of sexy/cool

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    • Hope for the last 2 songs for part 1 are good...

      Just seeing Mirai wear that PR, it really look weird on her, she look like an egg xD

      Maybe it's just me, but from all 5 PR (included LMT coords), looks like BANDAI this time give us simplified PR other than fancy PR, because from all 5 PR look so simple and not add too much fancy design or detail... It's not bad though, I like the simple dress, but just not too much simple, because it'll look like rare coord instead of PR coord...

      Regarding for Mirai idol type, I agree she should be sexy or cool idol and that will be fit with her image or design...

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    • @Bear: I agree with you on the Neo Combination Coord that it's trying to be something different which it makes it unique. I love this Premium Rare Coord!!! And the Suite Phrase Coord looks lovely and it has the image of a waitress who sings a sweet song for her customers to hear happily and calmly. It also made their stress fade away.

      @Hiel: Yeah, you're right about them being simple now rather than being fancy or too fancy like the Rosetta Thorn Coord from the Stars series. They look not too bad. Having the simple details make them beautiful in their own.

      @Both: Yeah, yeah.... I actually agree that she looks more a sexy-type idol and I feel that she has no cool vibe around her, to be honest.

      @Cure: I forgot to reply your message... >.< I can understand you that it might the first time for you to dislike the Neo Combination Coord. It happened to me too when I disliked the Arabian Sparkle Coord as soon as I saw it.

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    • Thoughts on Rs?

      Light Blue Humming reminds me of MLH, Little Charmant as a "mini" version of the PR

      Mosaic Blue and Smart Straight also feels like mini versions of the PR, I guess more casual?

      Macaron a la Mode's glass is really makes it cool, while the PR makes me feel like Mirai really should have not been Pop, the glasses in this one makes me feel more of a missed opportunity of non-pop

      With a name like "Milky Joker," I'm not sure if they can, but if they made it like Vivid Kiss for her (I still don't really think it fits her hair or image) and end up with dresses like Resort Cancer, that'd just be super good

      Fingers crossed for Summer, I recall I really liked Yuzu's Part 2 PR than part 1

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    • @Saku: Yeah, having the simple design doesn't meant not good, it has a good part being simple rathen than being fancy, like you said, it'll have their own uniqueness.

      @Bear: For R coords, I think all of them seem fine for me, not really good, but not really bad too.

      Well I think the closest brand for Milky Joker are Magical Toy and FuwaFuwa Dream, or I can say Milky Joker is a mix between Magical Toy and FuwaFuwa Dream... So I doubt MJ will have design like Vivid Kiss...

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    • Hey guys...yeah really loving Rola is an understatement.

      So I actually really like Mio's weird brand. It just seems pretty Avant garde. I'll hold out on a final opinion until we see more in the show. The final decision on what character I like will be their personalities after all XD

      I really don't like pastel colors with Mirai's hair. It's just too clashy. I liked the one she's wearing on the background of this page though. Orange + red is love. I was also shocked she wasn't a sexy type, but I wish she was like Mikuru. We don't know her personality yet, so she could be really awesome.

      Cute types...just no. Cute type outfits have always been too pink and girly for me, personally I prefer cool types in general.

      I'm awaiting the next episode of Stars, I want to see what Yume and Rola forgot and if Rola seeing Yuzu decide to stay deters her from leaving at all. I hope not, she needs to get away and grow away from Yume. Plus the UK is amazing.

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    • Yeah, I doubt Milky Joker would be like Vivid Kiss, but... just something more like Macaron a La Mode with the glasses would be appreciated, it could have its own style but still have that sense of "cool?"

      As Rola said, please make Mirai like Mikuru!!

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    • Well if talking about brand, so far I only like Sugar Melody, it feels like this brand is counterpart of Swing Rock, both of brands also has music themed, but SM is in soft mode, so I'm looking forward to this brand especially for next PR xD For Material Color and Milky Joker, I also like these brands too, but I think there's missing something from these brands that make don't really like it...

      If Mirai could be like Mikuru, I think it'll be good, because Mikuru is my favorite pop idol from all pop idols (OG and AiStars), because even though Mikuru is a pop idol, but she's more calm than the most of pop idols, maybe this is because her job as gardener, so she get used to being more calm, so I hope Mirai like this too...

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    • Material Color is fine for me but it really plays with that same motif with the geometric shapes, but later parts can really change up the brand

      Vivid Kiss was far different than the other pop brands, just far more mature. With "Milky Joker," I don't think I can really expect the same but can certainly hope it might

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    • Wonder if we'll ever get a Tsubasa chibi after today's ep... Still descending into missing Stars, at least until like Friends EP 2

      https://youtu.be/K_3OqrxPUp8?t=32s

      I think Milky Joker's PR doesn't look too bad in the DCD preview here (probably due to Mirai herself), the official channel also uploaded the preview for Mio's song and an Anime PV for today

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    • For now, just let flow, maybe I'll change my mind about Material Color and Milky Joker.

      I also doubt it that Milky Joker will have mature design, but for now, let's see for next PR of MJ...

      I think Mio's not bad, at least better than the three, now let's wait for Mirai's song, Identity...

      And finally Moon Dress appear on performance, even though not Hime solo, but ended up duet with Yume. And now we can said that Yume already surpassed Hime, she already beat 2 strong idols (Elza and Hime) xD

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    • I kinda don’t want to admit it but the Material Color Coords are starting to grow on me! I didn’t even expect it but I’m kinda hyped to see it.

      Now as for MJ, hoping the next set of Coords is better since this one is obviously not great XD the rare Coords are cute tho

      And omg Mio’s Song is soooooooo good! I mean, I’m biased to cool type idols and songs and brands but this song is pretty catchy! I’m hyped for Mirai’s solo and Maika’s as well~

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    • I expect that I'll like Mio. Her expressions in the preview already show some of that personality of hers. She may be interesting.

      So mad they didn't have Rola perform. I want to see her perform one last time.

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    • Material Color is really good at staying consistent, also would have preferred if this part had some sexy coords (weird for newbies to start fresh to Friends without any sexy type available)

      I really like Mio's song, so it's another extra song I like + Believe it

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    • There's still sexy coord, even though it's brandless and just normal coord.

      Mio's song not sounds bad, but for me it's too soft for cool song, probably it's because Mio's seiyuu, Ibuki Kido voice actually quite soft and maybe she's better to voice cute or sexy idol instead of cool idol. And now we wait for the last 2 songs for part 1, Identity and Girls be ambitious!

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    • Huh, yeah, forgot about there being Ns. But if "Girls be ambitious" is coming out, I'd expect some Rs at least. Are promo coords usually announced later?

      Mio's song is a bit soft, but I think the stage is also soft as well compared to previous cool stages, it's a lot more casual

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    • I doubt there'll be sexy R coords for part 1... Yeah, the promo coords usually announced after its DCD started, even though some promo coords can get announce before DCD started, because its promo start at same date when its DCD begin.

      I think that's stage not too soft, but if more casual, yes.

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    • Yeah, I think they could have some sexy R promos then.

      I think when I meant "more soft," like not so much "cute/pop soft," but the other cool stages sort of have that "attitude," or "theme" right? For example, all of Yurika's stages, etc. A lot of them are heavily stylized, although "1, 2, Sing for You's" stage is not as much "less casual", but there's still that "attitude" in it 

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    • Last Radiokatsu was today (or yesterday in Japan), but I can't find much on it. I was thinking there would be more, but did you by chance have any highlights in English?

      Unless I've been missing out on seeing info on it since it's in Japanese, I haven't really found any pictures or anything tweeted from the official accounts (but maybe from the VA's)

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    • I doubt there'll be sext R promo for part 1 unless that Maika's Friends Rare coord, Purple Link Coord, because there won't any R brandless coord unless for coord, usually R coords always branded, so maybe we won't see any sexy R promo for part 1.

      But I think Mio's stage also has cool attitude in it, but just more casual.

      Well I'm not really following radiokatsu, but looks like some members (Aikatsu Stars members) post about it, even though not in detail.

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    • I'll hear more about it from a JP friend soon

      And I feel there has to be a Sexy R... We'll know when the song preview comes up

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    • Well I already heard the last radiokatsu, overall is same as always, they read some message or question from fans and they answer it, but in the last there're some farewell message from AIKATSU STARS members one by one and if I'm not wrong the last message they read was from staff that they hope can work together again in future...

      Let's see tomorrow, but considering they already released R coords for collection, so probably tomorrow they only reveal normal coords and the rest of songs (Identity and Girls be ambitious!)

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    • Hmm, I see. How were the farewell messages? I guess somehow I'd think there'd be more to it..

      And, tomorrow is another huge Thursday, Friends Song Reveal, Photokatsu Song Reveal, Stars Last EP. I have class in the earlier morning on a little less than half of the Thursdays in the year but this Thursday I happen to have class so I need to plan to wake up extra early

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    • I only heard once, so I barely remember it xD

      Yeah, it'll quite busy for me too since I'm in charge to take episode screenshots for last eps -_-

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    • Dang I'm dying, woke up at 5:20 AM to get to last ep, photokatsu song preview and identity PV

      As you go through the screenshots feel the pain of missing it all ... While I'm somehow ok with it ending, losing Yuzu/Lily and that particular Rei picture in the end is just devastating to me lol

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    • Somehow Identity reminds me to Halloween Night Magic, its melody sounds similar for me and new photokatsu song just so-so, but Johnny rap quite good xD

      I try to get important scene since this is last eps, and in the end all idols get their Sun Dress included Ako and Koharu too, except Yozora and Tsubasa that didn't get it. Now I really hope that ED scene made its own movie by BANDAI (even though it's impossible xD)

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    • You never know, one of my goals is to be rich enough I can pay them to do it hehehe

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    • Yeah, one of our strange ideas that we have is if we ever win the lottery we can somehow at least have the money aspect needed to continue a series (though there's... far more to it), I was dreaming about Aria/Mikuru spin-offs

      And while Tsubasa and Yozora didn't their Sun Dress, Tsubasa won't get her chibi, really weird how she's the only one left out

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    • Yeah, I really hope they make another one movie again for Stars, even though just OVA still fine xD

      Poor Tsubasa didn't get her chibi.

      Maybe only me that Haruka looks weird in her S4 uniform, her hair color really don't blend with its uniform xD

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    • When was OG Katsu's OVA announced? Originally I thought they'd announce a stars one after the last ep but then I remembered it was around the movie announcement for Stars. Oh boy, it's suddenly probable.

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    • I don't remember it...

      Yeah, I also hope like that, hope if there'll be movie for Friends, they also will announce OVA for Stars too xD

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    • OG Katsu's OVA was actually announced at the same time during the Stars info reveal stream (where thay also revealed the stars movie), but I hope the timing is different this time around. I'd expect it to come bundled once the Friends movie is ready to be announced, as you said you hoped

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    • Well the movie for AiStars happen 3 months after its series aired, so if they really plan to make Friends a movie too, I hope it won't take a long time like AiStars and not like OG that first movie happened after 2 years after its series aired...

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    • I feel like having the movie earlier was not good, since nobody was really invested in Stars. For example, in OG everybody was hyper invested in Ichigo and friends, having the movie at the end of her being a protagonist was a really good idea IMO.

      A movie announced at the very stream where Stars info was just being announced was just kind of strange to me, since we never even saw these girls doing anything yet; I feel like you could go through watching Stars without even watching the movie. On the other hand, once given all those anime episodes, we have hype built up and know them very well, and once you have all the biggest fans, they'd no doubt want to see a movie with a culmination of everything that's happened.

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    • Well maybe you're right, having early movie won't good, but it depends on what the story of its movie and Stars having early movie is still good in my opinion, even though Aikatsu or Stars isn't Precure series, but I like if Aikatsu franchise also have 2 movie in a year like Precure xD

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    • Precure has two movies a year?!

      Man, it feels like we could have gotten so much, if we had the early movie as a strong introduction, but also an end movie for everybody invested and given a satisfying conclusion; two just seems like so much, while even one sounds great.

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    • Yep, Precure always has 2 movies, the first one is collaboration movie with other Precure series and like baton pass movie from previous series to new series (this movie usually aired 2 months after new series aired), and the second one is movie for its series and will be included all Precure from its series, so this movie will wait until last Precure appear on eps 22-25 and the second movie usually aired 9 months after its series aired. Like the last Precure series, KiraKira Precure also has 2 movies, this the first one : https://myanimelist.net/anime/34302/Precure_Dream_Stars_Movie and this the second one : https://myanimelist.net/anime/35206/Kirakira%E2%98%86Precure_A_La_Mode_Movie__Paritto_Omoide_no_Mille-Feuille but usually Precure movies always have its own story and not really relevant to main story.

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    • If Aikatsu had that, it'd be absolutely crazy; just making sure, it wasn't just this one year but every year prior also?

      Because I'm also thinking that the crossovers for Aikatsu (well, only with the short+movie and the couple episodes) are really great for most people, and also the 2020 Pripara Crossover, but if Precure fans get it every year, I feel like they're the luckiest people ever.

      Given the two crossover episodes we had over the summer, I feel like the crossovers work out really well with what we have, provided they decide to go with more; I know that Precure makes tons more money than Aikatsu.

      I've sent Jo a message if I could post about our Discord Server on this Wiki before Friends airs, I hope she's ok with it!

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    • Well for Aikatsu I prefer its movie relevant to main story like OG first movie and AiStars movie, its story still related to main story, but if Aikatsu series also will make movie like Precure that its movie has own story, I also don't mind.

      Well crossover Stars and Friends maybe can happen, since Stars and Friends looks like has same system (the card design was same, Friends just add cosmetic to its accessory). Also Pripara use same system from Pretty Rhythm until Idol Time, just in Prichan they change the system (even though not really different), so they easy to make crossover.

      Maybe that's the reason why Precure series still has big fans, because until now, we can still see the previous Precure series through crossover movie. Also Precure really do well on sell its goods, so no wonder if Precure always makes tons of money.

      I think it'll be fine, but let's wait for her reply first.

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    • Jo said it was alright!

      Also, I'd think the crossover would be all 3 series, and given the Aikatsu Museum as an official part of DCD now, I feel like it could more easily be tied in as a story element?

      Speaking of Precure's goods... They really should add more toys to Aikatsu nowadays, with S2 Stars, I kind of ran out of things that I wanted to buy (unless they were like CDs, BDs, cards or the usual character printed merch). And yeah, crossovers usually bring a lot of people invested right into it, I know people who didn't really care about Stars but loved OG to be really excited for the crossover

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    • Well if they really can pull crossover will all series, I think it'll be good, but still crossover maybe only happen just for important event, like crossover Aikatsu x AiStars happened because its franchice celebrate 5th anniversary, so probably if we want to see another crossover, maybe we should wait until 10th anniversary or some another important event.

      I think Aikatsu not really focus on toys for goods, feels like they only focus to Aikatsu! Style and their official shop that sold keychain, postcard, etc. Also crossover usually brings nostalgic feeling to old fans...

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    • A crossover special with all the different series would be a lot of fun, I would watch it XD if they do a crossover that big, for some reason I feel it would be easier to make a big Aikatsu crossover movie instead of an episode in the anime.

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    • In OG Aikatsu, they had lots of toys, like the dress-up dolls, fashion dolls, rubber straps, Ichigo cake, karaoke, Seira's Guitar, etc.

      Even with Friends and the makeup sets and etc, I feel like that's already an improvement over Stars S2

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    • We know rivalry between BANDAI and Takara Tomy, also Takara Tomy already plan for their 10th anniversary will make crossover than included all main protagonist from Pretty Rhythm series, PriPara series and Prichan, so probably BANDAI will do the same for their 10th anniversary its franchise (they already do crossover OG x Stars for 5th anniversary too), even though this won't happen soon xD

      Well actually in Stars also there's a lot of things that can be made for goods, but seems BANDAI won't to do it, even though in Friends has makeup sets and ets, but I think it won't help too much if the still plan to focus on Aikatsu! Style and their Official Shop...

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    • Yeah, another thing I noticed is a big emphasis on goods like the illustration collections from Movic, 3.4k~ (?) Yen acrylics, and a lot of limited goods (mostly for OG), but I really want to see more general things just like the 3d gacha chibi keychains or the 2d acrylic/rubber keychains of the characters; they make the usual printed content using the same character art and keychains of their school coords, but keychains of their chibi art would probably sell better (than the school coords at least). I feel that my concern here is that they can get more creative than just adding the same prints to the same merch, even if they can't go and create new product types like Seira's Guitar.

      Another random thing: I hope that Friends has animal mascots so they can start making plushes/stuffed animal keychains of them as well.

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    • Well let's see what'll happen for goods in Friends, hope they make improvement on it.

      Also looks like photokatsu add more some upgrade cards (it place after gems cards), even though I still don't know what that cards for...

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    • Heya everyone,

      First of all, welcome to our group, Rola! ^.^  And I'm sorry for coming back so late, because I'm sleepy lately.

      What a nice discussion that I just have read! Regarding Tsubasa chibi, it makes me sadder. Also, it felt weird that she's left out. As for the Milky Joker's second PR, I'm looking forward to whether it has an air of maturity (I forgot how to spell it correctly... >.<) or not.

      Like Bear said, that the Little Charmant, Smart Staight and Mosaic Blue coords are the mini versions of their respective PR. I agree with Rola that the Neo Combination Coord is more like an avant garde. All the remnants are made up in one dress altogether, no wonder it looks really like an avant garde dress which I like the most! It also fits the brand concept due using the different materials. ^.^

      What does OG stand for again? I may have forgotten... >.<

      Also, my third project is finished a weeks ago. I wanted to show you the picture through Discord. I remember that BearCute does have, but others?

      I can't wait to see the third episode, of course, because of the avant garde dress!! :-D

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    • OG stands for "Original Generation"

      Everybody here has Discord!

      I think they're going to go with 6 parts, but not sure. I feel like with 3 brands now and 3 to reveal, they could give 3 PRs/brands coords for each part, and also accomadate for the new idol to join in, so I'd think we'd see the second Milky Joker PR in part 3.

      And yeah, I'm not sure what those upgrade cards are...

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    • Well probably in part 2 Karen, Maika and Ema's brands will be introduced, so in part 2 will have another 3 PR, even though we already know Karen's brand name, but I still wonder which theme will be used for that brand. And I predict Maika's brand will be like Miyabi's brand with Japanese theme or will be like Juri's brand and Ema's brand will have sport theme...

      And now, since photokatsu introduce new upgrade cards, maybe photokatsu will long last, not end at June

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    • I had no idea you all had discord :3 we should probs post our ids so we can request each other or something. I know I have Bear’s discord

      Upgrade cards? :3 gotta know what these are about ASAP lol

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    • I thought Karen's brand might be more like Miyabi's from the name, and nobody knows what the upgrade cards are for atm

      I'm BobBob#1337

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    • You can find me easily on discord, I use same avatar with what I used on wiki, though its username is different.

      Well we'll see at part 2...

      And Yume, Laura, Mahiru, Ako and Koharu got new photokatsu song, I hope the 5 of them also get PR too, also Original Soundtrack 02 for Stars has been announced, hope they announce for best album too...

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    • Oh, I see. And Lightning and Hielmiez, I have no idea that you two also have one. Lightning, what's your ID? And Hiel, eh?! The same avatar... I've been searching, I couldn't find yours...

      Regarding Maika's and Ema's brand will probably be introduced in the second part, so are their PR. Judging from the ending, I'm talking about Maika's brand. The card binder has the purple color with the rose and butterfly on it. But, but I'd love to see Maika to have the Japanese-themed brand. That means that her brand will be the Spicy Ageha gimmick... -_-* Ema's brand should be sporty-themed or colorful-themed. I'm curious as they will be revealing their brand in June.

      Thanks for the meaning of OG! I totally forgot, hehehe! ^.^

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    • LightningChan#1183 for Lightning

      Stars came to Photokatsu in August I think, so I'm starting to think that the upgrade cards might have something to do with Friends most likely

      New photokatsu song was kind of unpredicted, might hit the emotional side since it's the main four star five. Feels like Dramatic Girl in a way (in which the last ep of OG also had Soleil + Luminas, although they performed Calandar Girl instead, where here the main five performed Aikatsu Step)

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    • @Saku: Well you won't find me yesterday, because I'm not online, either way, here my ID All is for Nadeshiko's sake#7177

      @Bear: Well let's see this August if Friends really come to Photokatsu or not.

      Most likely new photokatsu song is final OP for Stars, because its song written by Miho Karasawa that wrote all OP song for Stars except 1, 2, Sing For You! and it also compose/arrange by Kengo Minamida, same person who compose MoD, so hope this song as good as MoD xD

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    • Uh oh, that goes even further on the emotional scale probably since it takes place even after MoD, Star Line

      Hope the new PR isn't Yume

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    • Maybe and most likely Yume will get new PR, but I hope her new PR is new original photokatsu coord (not take from DCD collection like what they give to all Elza's PR), but now the question is the other four will get PR too or just some of them (even though I hope they all get PR, so we can have Koharu first PR and Ako second PR xD)

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    • Definitely hope all of them get a PR, but since it's only for Medley, it's a bit tough to add PRs for them all at once

      If they put a shop PR in, as well as medley PR, a double gacha, it would have been possible to meet four all at once, but that would also require them to completely change up the schedule, for the shop at least

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    • Well if that song is for May event, I think is possible all of them get PR with point event has 2 PR (like what they do on New Year event), drop event has 2 PR then 1 PR on trade shop, but we'll see what happen...

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    • I thought that song was for the medley, and then the unit song for May? I thought they usually release the song info one event before, unless I got it wrong, but if it's for the May event, it's definitely likely they can have all 5 if we're lucky

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    • I doubt for it, since its mini album will be releases on May 23, also Cosmic Stranger revealed at March 15 (it occurred during drop event too), so the last 6th song probably for June event and We are STARS for Mayb event, but we'll know for sure tomorrow when drop event end and they reveal banner for medley event...

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    • So much to take in w/ so little info at this time, if the medley event starts on Thursday we'll once again get hit with a flood of info as well as new episode

      Those upgrade cards though, still give me a good feeling about what's to come.

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    • Yeah, the medley will start on Thursday and the event name is Photokatsu Restaurant with Sweet Heart Restaurant as song and Juri as PR gacha (event though PR for medley point rewards still unknown)

      I wonder when will they reveal that new upgrade cards xD

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    • Kokone as medley PR (as you know by now)

      Wish Madoka was a PR

      Thursday has a content update, so they might be revealed then?

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    • Yeah, I just checked twitter and Kokone as medley PR reward. I hope Miyabi is medley point reward too and looks like Akari only get R this time xD

      Hope so...

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    • Do you think Aine gets her PR next episode or far afterward? Flashback to the days where it took Yume and friends 50+ episodes to get a PR

      Also seems like there was no real update, I thought I overheard somebody saying there was a version update 🤔

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    • I believe Aine will perform with her PR on eps 4, in Aine's case is similar to OG (since the brand system in friends also similar) where Ichigo, Aoi and Ran get their PR less than 10 eps, different in AiStars that PR only limited to wear for S4 member.

      Yeah looks like update for photokatsu just fix bugs and some minor things xD

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    • Even if it's pre ep 10, they could delay it a bit until like ep 8 instead

      Do you know if those update cards are gone? I didn't check and I'm still in a medley (but might be able to check in a sec, currently just lazy and keeping it there)

      And, having blue screen issues with my computer, it went from every 30 - 12 hours, and then I went 60 hours without any problem, and now it's every 3 - 10 minutes...

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    • Well let's see next Thursday, usually if Idol just get a brand, they always immediately perform with their PR, but who knows...

      I haven't check it again xD

      Blue screen usually has problem with its hardware and maybe it's time for you to get new PC xD

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    • The thing is, my PC is 3 months old...

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    • It's odd, are you already try to reinstall your OS? Or are you already bring to service center to ask about it?

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    • Reinstalled back then, and then went for new versions which didn't help

      Not sure if I can service it since there's like 15 different error codes

      Currently reinstalled graphic drivers to old drivers, I uninstalled it and reinstalled them back to newest, and I noticed Chrome and Discord were crashing, which use hardware acceleration (uses the graphics processor to try to increase speed), so that really narrows it down

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    • It's odd, usually blue screen occurs if there is problem with hardware or software (usually its OS), so if you reinstall its OS, usually the problem solved

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    • I'm going to try to update the bios again and turn off some known settings to cause bsod, and then liveboot into linux if that doesn't help (which would let me know if it was a hardware issue or not)

      I ordered a new computer case so I'll be able to rebuild it again in case I didn't put in something right the first time (which seems unlikely since it was alright for so long), but also if something unlodged 

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    • Hope you find the problem, because it's weird, you just build it 3 months ago, but already have that problem.

      Maybe if you buy PC per part and build them by yourself, you should careful when build them and make sure everything attached perfectly

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    • Yeah, that's what I'm doing with the new case. This one is a lot better, it already has four fans built-in, a PSU shroud, tons more room. I got it today but will set it up when I have time... I'd be (more) ok with this happening during break, but during the school year it's a huge time waster

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    • Yeah, you should carefully when build them and don't too rush, so can make sure everything attached perfectly and the previous problem don't happen again

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    • Got the case today, thing is incredible; dust filters, the cables are all on the proper (cable management) side, glass sides. I'm not sure why people still buy the case I used to have for the same price, it honestly feels so cheap compared to this one (even though when I got it back in 2012 I was really amazed about it). It's a Rosewill Cullinan

      Do you play PC games or are a PC enthusiast? I forgot if I asked and you answered, but I wasn't really into computer specs until I was forced to re-build after I killed my motherboard a few months ago from touching it while I was wearing socks on carpet... It was a premade computer I bought, it had so many issues like a broken usb 3 port, faulty ram on delivery, broken windows installation. I attract probably the worst luck when it comes to hardware

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    • Woah that's a nice case, it'll make you easier when build its component...

      Nope, for now I only use laptop with standard specification, but since now I just got a job, maybe I want to build new PC too (even though I'm still confuse if I should build PC or buy new laptop) xD

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    • Laptop is probably more reliable but also more expensive for performance, I don't know if you play any games or have any work requiring a good CPU/GPU but if you don't, you really only need a good amount of RAM and an SSD for optimal performance

      Believe it full ver is the best...

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    • Well I'm not really games enthusiast, but since now I work as programmer, so I need high spec too xD

      Yep, for me: Believe it > Aikatsu Friends! > Arigato Daijoubu

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    • What games and what programming do you do?

      ALSO TRIPLE GACHA FOR STARS EVENT

      They really are going to have all 5 of the main girls............

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    • For now I only play game on my phone, my laptop onlumy use to watch anime xD For programming I only focused on web programming

      But point event only have 3 PR and how about Mahiru and Ako, since the event only one part with spawn event will be different event again, will both of them goes to trade shop? This is will be difficult since right now I only have 13k green gems -_-

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    • They’re going to have all 5? Wow, I only thought it would be Yume and Koharu based on the video but I kinda was hoping for ones if the other girls as well.

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    • I don't think so, maybe only Yume, Koharu and Laura that get PR, because in MV Mahiru and Ako don't have scene with background like Yume, Koharu and Laura, so most likely Mahiru and Ako will be just SR, but let's see tomorrow when the event begin.

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    • Yeah, forgot there was no part 2 and they need SRs, eh ... 

      Hopefully, Aria and Hime PR in a later event/gacha since they were shown in the song PV.

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    • I think this event will similar to new year event, when Akari and Sumire on gacha and Hinaki on trade for PR, with 5 SR and 2 R, so this time Yume, Koharu and Laura PR, Mahiru, Ako, Elza, Aria and Hime SR, Yuzu and Lily R.

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    • Super curious at next event's trade PR, I thought the Hime was the Swan Lake recolor and Aria in her SPR in the video but I think I need to get my eyes checked because I thought the Ako was recolored Sweet Dreams SPR at first also

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    • Yeah, I thought this event will similar to new year event, but now they put 3 PR and 3 SR on gacha, it's a curse xD

      Me too, I'm curious which PR and SR for next trade shop, but probably it goes to OG idols again.

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    • Got the new case, and after restarting after 110~ hours, I got BSODs again, including when moving my files off in safe mode.

      I've live booted into Ubuntu and it seems stable to get files off now. No choice now but to do a full reinstall of Windows. I'm like 80% sure it's a software thing, I just don't know what went wrong. Splitting stuff between an internal hard drive and SSD saves me so much time with my files though.

      I got my CD for the OP and ED also!

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    • Looks like your OS windows got problem, because its hardware still new, so I doubt if the problem come from its hardware.

      I want to buy OPED friends CD, but I only like Believe it from that single, so maybe I just want to buy photokatsu SP and PINK COLOR xD

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    • Reinstalled windows and I got a blue screen the first time, but removing the other drives aside from the main SSD, it worked OK (but was only twice I tried)

      I really don't hope it's the internal hard drive...

      Yeah, it's really only Believe It I like... CDJapan gave me 850+ JPY in points so it was basically discounted with free shipping

      I also have the remix CD on the way as well! People are trying to sell it on Yahoo for 6500 JPY...

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    • Maybe you should check its hard drive, because if there's bad sector, you should back up your data to prepare the worst case and maybe you need to buy new harddisk too if the problem really come from its hard drive xD

      ¥ 6500? Woah, why don't you buy it when pre-order on premium BANDAI?

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    • I've had a friend buy it, so I'm actually just paying regular price; he's using a proxy service so he wants to buy more items to ship at once and save on money

      HDD and SDD both returned without errors with chkdsk, SMART Test gave my SDD a 100% good rating while HDD just "good" (with no %)

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    • Yeah some company sometime don't allow their product ship outside Japan, so you need proxy service to able ship it outside Japan.

      Now from where the problem come? Even if you aready reinstall its OS, but the problem still appear and its hard drive has no problem xD

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    • I usually use my Japanese friend to buy me stuff, and usually during events like Comiket, I know people who are already going there too. In this case, my friend in the US offered to buy me the CD since he was getting goods for himself anyway, so he used a proxy there.

      So far, I haven't actually gotten a BSOD except during the Windows installation (which I re-did). So, fingers crossed...

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    • Yeah it'll be easier if you have friend on Japan...

      Hopefully it won't get BSOD again.

      Tomorrow is Thursday and first week on May, so hope they start to reveal collection for part 2...

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    • Nope got BSOD on clean windows installation.

      99% a hardware problem, and it feels way too soon that the collection is being revealed for some reason, maybe because they haven't gone through all their songs in the show yet, even

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    • Nice...

      Well you maybe right, but this season just aired 1 month, even though only 2 songs again that not reveal yet on anime, probably Identity and Girls be ambitious (hopefully this will reveal on eps 5 this week) will be reveal on May before part 2 begin on June.

      And sadly, because now I already got job, so I can't watch stream each week, because I'm still at workplace when its episode aired -_-

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    • Is your work rigorous or are they really relaxed? Where I'm at they're hyper relaxed, and I've heard statistics, like a workplace is actually doing above-average work if their employees are working for half the time they're there

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    • Well because I'm just recently got its job, so the work still not too much, but its depend on manager what job he well give it to me, if it's easy maybe will be relaxed, but if it's hard, it won't be relaxed, even though I just work 5 days each week from Monday till Friday and work hours from 8.00 A.M. till 5.00 P.M. with 1 hour rest from 12.00 P.M. till 1.00 P.M.

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    • I see, you might be able to watch in the last 30 or so min, over here from 4:30 to 5, people basically just stick around but not really do that much work, especially since people that they need to work with leave at 3 - 4:30; although you know a lot more about your own job than I do lol

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    • Well actually the stream was done when my work done too, in here the stream start from 4.30 to 5.00, so I can't watch it, because it'll be trouble if know by manager I watch stream xD even though it's 30 minutes before work end.

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    • What type of work is it?

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    • I work at office all of time doing what manager task it to me and problem solving too if another department has problem about IT stuff, we take care about that

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    • It is development or handling problems/tickets?

      During my IT internship, there were periods where we had a lot of downtime

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    • My main task is at web programmer or web development, but it can change depend on situation, like handle network or database issue

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    • Ah, I think I asked about it before... What languages/tech do you work with? I'd probably want to ask some questions about website making eventually, but do you also handle design?

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    • I use PHP as based, but the company use C# and asp, so eventually I'll learn about that too and I'm not really good at design though

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    • I've never actually looked into PHP for web, do you do functionality while your team members work on HTML/JS/Design?

      I guess for making a personal site it's not really required, but if somebody uses HTML, CSS and Javascript (or even including node.js, which serves PHP's purpose), they would be able to add things such as searches and login pages?

      Also, I really like Karen's PR just from the mini hat, as well as the soft colors

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    • Well my company now use C#, VB and ASP, even though HTLM, JS and CSS still included inside it. Yeah making login pages is a basic, because it  can define access rights, and you know the features on system can't be access for all user.

      Well, Karen's PR actually looks nice, but for me it's too flowery rather than angelic, it's a bit disappointed because its brand concept said when wear its coord make one look like an angel, but it's not look like an angel at all, because it's too flowery and look liike a fairy rather than angel.

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    • What types of things have you coded for the website?

      PR reminds me of like how you didn't like how MLP went toward the fairy direction; yeah, it doesn't fit but does it fit the classical part? It's a bit bright for that

      Obligatory RIP Photokatsu, I kinda want to see how much content I can get together before it closes (like the description provided on cards), and there's a lot of appeals that aren't standard that aren't recorded (I don't actually think most appeals are recorded). I think I have an iPad Air 2 around here so I might be able to transfer and get sound on it too (android doesn't let you record internal sound)

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    • I coded everything from zero until the site done, but sometime I just coded to add new feature from website that already exist.

      Yeah, its PR is good but doesn't suit with its brand name, and for classical part seems fit a bit, because its design looks classic for me.

      Sad Photokatsu will end at July, even though this already predicted from 2 months ago. Now I wonder if BANDAI plan to make another game for friends or not.

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    • Well... rip Photokatsu. I never got a chance to play it, I mean I still have a chance until July but idk if there’s much left to do in the game so I might just not download it. Oh well.

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    • Yeah, there isn't any event or any login or bonus or anything if you decide to play it, but funny to have the intro section play where they all greet you as a new student and then it's closing the next day

      Hiel, do you use any framework or templates? Of course you have training, but I'm also curious if you have to meet deadlines and things get tough; although you've started recently, so not so sure

      I've actually predicted Photokatsu ending back in Jan or so; Hinaki PR had no end date and the first December had a tweet that translated among the lines of "1 million users! The decision to renew for another year had been made!" despite the 1 million target being set closer to launch. When the tiers didn't change/no difficulty change in events and they didn't say anything about a renewal, I knew it was going to end this year, I just didn't know when

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    • Yeah sadly photokatsu will be ended soon, but hopefully BANDAI plan to make another game like photokatsu, like they do for Million Live then continue by Million Live Theater Days.

      Depend, sometime I use framework, sometime I just use pure PHP. Well of course in works always meet deadlines and it'll be tough, but as long as we can manage it properly and hope the works done before deadlines.

      Also when they postponed SCRAPBOOK 04 release date, it become sign that photokatsu will be ended soon.

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    • Kind of curious how people handle their games moving onto something different, I'd figure that much of their playerbase would just stop since they lost so much, but then again, since they're fans of the franchise...

      I've spent so much time and money on the game, but I don't mind too much about that actually. Aside from getting the content together or recording my progress via video and screenshots, I'm more sad about it being a conversation piece or something to have in common with others?

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    • Well if like Million Live to Million Live Theater Days, I think it won't be problem, since they still bring idols from Million Live to Million Live Theater Days, but if they plan to make similar game like photokatsu for friends, I doubt they'll bring OG and AiStars idols, but for now let's see what will BANDAI do after they close photokatsu...

      I'm not really person who spend money on game, because I rarely play game for long time, unless I really like it, also when you can still get what you want by free to play, why should I pay on it?

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    • People spend money because they can't get what they want by playing free 😛

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    • Also they spend money on game is to keep up with top player and make their team up to date with its meta.

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    • People at top 1 going 100k+ points above top 2...

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    • It's too insane for casual player to keep up with top 5, and now I lose motivation to play photokatsu, maybe I'll play it again when KaedeYurika event start xD

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    • Same, other people are, funnily enough, playing more than they were before the announcement end just to grind PP while most of us are just demotivated to play anymore at this time

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    • Yeah, seems weird, even though the game will be closed soon, but some player choose to play more, even though a lot of player demotivated to play anymore xD

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    • I just want to dress up my Rola...but I have no PR medallions T_T; 

      I really wish someone could make an offline version so we can still play once it ends. it seems such a shame to completely get rid of everything on it.

      Also I really love Ema so far :D

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    • Imagine those games that have been alive for like 10+ years getting shut down, actually

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    • I really demotivated to play photokatsu again, maybe I just wait until May 31 when the event start...

      For character Coco > Aine > Maika > Mirai > Mio > Ema > Karen

      And photokatsu only long last for 2 and half year, it's quite short time

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    • I can't really rate but definitely just Mirai, then Coco + Karen at the top

      Karen seems less like Hime as time progresses, and now it seems stranger to see Hime for some reason also 🤔

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    • It seem I still don't have click with Karen, that's why I still put her at the bottom of my ranks, but my ranks will change depend on how story goes on...

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      • screech* BEST GIRL PERFORMED TODAY IM SO HAPPY AHAHA. Sorry, I’m super excited right now XD I think the PR does look a little better in the anime than in the game but I’m still not a fan hehe
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    • Mirai in Dancing Mirage...

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    • I like Mirai, but not her brand xD Still looks weird seeing Mirai wear that PR -_-

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    • Would be too perfect I suppose

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    • And talk about Dancing Mirage, this brand looks like fusion between sexy and cool, because its rare coord looks more like cool coord instead of sexy coord

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    • I still don’t like her brand either lol. But holy wow I LOVE DANCING MIRAGE. That PR is by far my favorite out of all the PRs we’ve seen so far. I can’t wait for the Coords to be seen in the show now

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    • My favorites are Classical Nadeshiko and Dancing Mirage... I don't think most people would put Nadeshiko as one of their favorites since it's kind of too similar to the general "cute type" look, but I guess I like those a lot, along with the soft colors on the PR

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    • Well my favorite brands so far are Sugar Melody and Dancing Mirage, even though I'm not really fans of sexy brand in general, but seems like Dancing Mirage was different, it's not only look sexy, but you can see the coolness too

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    • It's also the coords without purple

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    • Yeah, now I wonder how Ema's brand looks like (too bad we should wait until part 3 to see it -_-)

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    • Is it known that we have to wait until part 3? There's still more reveals to go right?

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    • Well the rare coords already reveal, so based on release order (PR/BFR > R/FR > CP > N), so I doubt they'll reveal another PR (unless for Aikatsu Museum) in next few weeks, so most likely for Ema's brand we should wait until part 3.

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    • Ah, I see... Yeah, I feel like the amount of content isn't too much this part then 

      If Girls be Ambitious is Maika's song, and we get Karen's, that's only two new songs unless we get Ema's beforehand before her brand, as with GBA

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    • Yeah, with only 2 PR for part 2 surely this isn't too much like part 1. Probably Ema's song reveal in part 2 like Maika's song also reveal in part 1, but let's see how much new song in part 2...

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    • Super cannot wait for new stars coords... Really hoping there's some sort of photokatsu 2 since we'd be able to play something aikatsu related again, but ugh

      Yuzutto back caught me really surprised; just wondering, but are these brand new coords or recolors?

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    • Photokatsu 2? Hope they're really plan to make that in future xD

      I don't know if its pieces is reused or not, but both unit coords looks nice...

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    • Yeah, you can definitely see they're different creations and it's hard to tell if they're just reused

      Some people said that they're definitely going to have Soleil friends coords, but where was the source?

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    • And I'm too lazy to take a look to old coords xD

      Well I doubt they'll make for Soleil, because it's trio unit, the possibility high they only make for duo unit like 2WingS, WM, SkipS, etc. Since Friends Coord is based on duo unit...

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    • Hmm, somebody said somewhere it was confirmed

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    • If it says like that, so better wait and see...

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    • A bit late on msg, but yeah seems like more coords but not new brand mwahaha

      Like the Honey Cat coord in general, but not so much the flowers in the cat ears. Feels like they're overused since they're already in Karen's and Maika's PR

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    • Yeah no new brand...

      Well Honey Cat coords look nice, but rather than pop coord, it more like sexy coord for me, maybe BANDAI really enthusiast with flower for part 2, so it become like this, flowers everywhere xD

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    • I’m liking the Honey Cat Coords as well x3 I’m pretty excited to see them in the anime when they appear XD but yeah, the flower thing is interesting. I wonder if that’s the ongoing motif for part 2 or for the summertime or something

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    • Wouldn't they call it a motif? Stars S1 had themes but it just seems they're being used without that reason

      And... the coords are pop but the stage is cool?

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    • I don't think friends has kind of theme like Stars S1, but for summer in part 3, I think they'll come with beach theme again..

      I think that stage looks general, even though at the moment look cool

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    • Hmm, they actually changed the "Cute" word from Believe It to "Honey Cat," so I thought it also said "Cool," although there's the diamonds there as well and it's blue

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    • Rather than blue, it's more like silver for me, it's fit with their ranks, LMT is Diamond Friends, so the stage is gold, but HC just Friends, so the stage is silver...

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    • Huh, I never thought of that, I only really focused on the blue and the diamonds rather than the metal color

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    • Even though that stage become stage for Friends unit, I really hope every unit has different stage (rather than just one stage with recolored it) to fit with their song and their unit...

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    • Yeah, that'd be the best. "Aikatsu Friends!" uses its own stage, but I'd probably get bored if they keep using this style.

      Somehow, I'm not really too excited for the new part, and feel like 3 songs is still a bit little. They probably should have slowly released the songs, one by one

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    • Yeah, but it seems we should stick out with this style until Pure Palette appear.

      Same, I'm worry that Friends will be like Stars S2 that only has few songs (less than 20 songs) and I'm also have feeling why they keep Ema's brand for part 3 is because her song just made specially for summer themed like Yuzu (hope this isn't true though) -_-

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    • Way too early and already kind of skimping out on songs ... Stars S1 was the easiest to follow on everything and was probably the most balanced with everything

      I don't think it'll be summer themed, but I can't say for sure what theme I think she'd have

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    • But with part 2 only have 2 new songs kinda worried me, hope in next part they'll have more than 2 songs each part...

      Well it's not for sure yet, but there's still posibility for that...

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    • Gogogogo Honey Cat

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    • Hahaha

      And episode 9 quite good, even though Aine doesn't involve to make her PR, because her PR is like a present from Chiharu for Aine for her hard work...

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    • Yeah, I liked the episode but I'm a lot more hype for the next episode

      Already having official art for Honey Cat is just super good

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    • Even though I'm looking forward to Honey Cat's episode, but I'm more hype to see how Mio confess to Aine that she want to form friends with her and it'll happen for 2 episodes, in episode 11 confess to form friends and in episode 12 confess to go to school together everyday, Mio so tsundere xD

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    • Probably way too late to get new friends coords at this time? I think we'll probably see the Aikatsu Friends performance twice for those episodes

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    • Well Aine and Mio already have Partner Coord and Sky Pilot Coord, so probably they'll use that coord before they use Pure Palette Best Friends Rare Coord.

      Yeah probably eps 11 and 12 will have same performance...

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    • Oh that's right; there's sky pilot, so they can definitely use that. Forgot about it

      Subs are out as well!

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    • But still can't wait for their Best Friends Rare Coord, hope BANDAI bring Pure Palette on Part 3...

      Anyway, you watch HUGtto? This series quite good compare to previous KiraKira...

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    • I don't watch Hugtto, if I did I would also have to pay attention to all of its news, and then buy hugtto stuff, and then talk about hugtto, and end up having no time if any; just watching it isn't good enough for me since if I participate in something, I always have to go all the way through

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    • So what show you watch beside friends?

      I really want to buy this http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000126012/ but I'll use this month payment to buy First Color: PINK CD, so I'll buy this next month along with AiStars Best Album 1 & 2..

      And I really hope Pure Palette mascot is penguin xD

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    • I actually... don't watch anything aside from Aikatsu 👀 I used to watch a lot back then but now I don't have too much time and I want to keep my efforts focused on a single anime, although I do follow a good amount of game franchises and play online games

      I was kind of watching the Persona 5 anime, but already stopped early on and now I'm only just getting any important bits as needed, since it just follows the game's plot

      This summer I'm working a lot, so I'll be able to probably get more of what I want depending on how mom feels, she thought I should buy a 2014 Sports SUV earlier...

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    • Maybe I'm a type that effort focus on a single anime, because usually I always watch more than 8 animes each season.

      Well I'm work on company, so I depend on monthly payment and I can't search for another job too, because I'm working 8 hours each day, really hard for me to get stuff that I really want if depend on that, probably I just buy 1 or 2 stuff each month.

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    • I'm also working 8 hours a day, but I have the mornings off on Thursdays

      Got a gazillion Mirai stuff today, all my stuff recently have been kind of delayed

      You watch 8 anime a season, but if I were to do that, I couldn't just only watch them, since I'm that type of person

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    • Even though I got off on Saturday and Sunday, but that time is my time for rest xD

      Well, I'm not really type to buy goods from anime, even if I buy, that's only CD album or single, but only for certain artist.

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    • VIRTUAL YOUTUBER NANA

      https://www.moguravr.com/aikatsu-vtuber-nana-debut/

      Looks like CoCo's sister

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    • Looks like Kizuna Ai now has a rival xD

      So Nana is officially made by BANDAI and her video will post on AiTube channel?

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    • Seems like we'll know tomorrow

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    • Can't wait to see her on video, also can't wait to hear short version of songs from part 2.

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    • Girls be Ambitious is so good... Opinion not really changed of You x I and overflowing with love atm

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    • For me, all 3 songs look good, but still not really good, so far I'm enjoying all of them...

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    • Ahhhh help me I love all the new songs x3 they’re so amazing! I think I’ll be listening to them on repeat for a while now lol

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    • Everybody was tricked by thinking You x I was the performance for today, even long into the episode lol

      Nana's debut was kinda short, but hope to see some content soon; is there a schedule?

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    • Well I plan to buy First Color: PINK CD, but a bit sad we don't get GBA, but still 6cm, identity and overflowing still good.

      I was thought like that too, but still acceptable that Honey Cat not perform soon, maybe too early for them. Even though like that, I'm sad, because I thought all idol will debut with duet performance, but it doesn't happen to Maika -_-

      Hope they plan to release Nana video once each week, but for now we still don't know the schedule yet.

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    • Hm, well I thought the episode content would be different without Honey Cat, since you'd have one or a few episodes leading up to Honey Cat itself rather before the performance

      Yeah, no schedule I could find. Was there also a question form that you could submit?

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    • I just hope there's more back story how Maika get her PR. But from the previous eps of OG or AiStars, the unit always perform at sama eps when its unit was formed, but seems like BANDAI have different direction for Friends...

      Probably...

      And the release date for second color single was announced, it'll be released on August 22 and probably the last tracklist is for Ema's solo song.

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    • Yeah, the PR episode didn't really focus on it

      Entire next album will be Ema and Maika only then

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    • Yeah, that eps more focus on Honey Cat instead of Maika, Maika's solo performance feels like just excuse for Honey Cat not perform yet on that episode...

      Seems like that, but I'm glad that single will be released on August, so on July I still can buy AiStars Best Album 1 & 2 xD

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    • Have you been watching E3?

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    • Nope, I just happen to see someone posting about that on FB.

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    • There doesn't seem that much that's very interesting to me this year... Aside from AAA game sequels, but there's also Nintendo coming up and probably a new Fire Emblem later this year (I don't own a Switch though lol)

      Haven't had much time to play games outside of what I already have.. 

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    • Also I'm not really interest with game, but it's quite interest seeing Bushiroad will release Bandori for PS4, Xbox and steam also cygames will release granblue fantasy battle royal.

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    • (Those are actually fake, since I saw you mention it casually I'm not sure if you know XD)

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    • Well I don't really care if that was fake or not since I'm not really interest with game anyways...

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    • It's a meme that was created (all photoshopped to have the same type of blur and lighting so it looks like a photo), where people create a lot of franchises with some sort of battle royale in their title, like "Idolmaster Battle Royale," "Megadimension Neptunia Battle Royale," "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Royale"

      Fortnite and PUBG have become so popular that so many games are jumping on their battle royale genre (basically a 100 player free-for-all battle until only one remains), like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and E3 announced like maybe 10 - 20? new battle royale games so it's becoming so oversaturated, so people started making memes about all sorts of random games becoming battle royale

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    • Well PUBG mobile also quite popular, but still I'm not really interest with game like that xD

      And about today's episode, do you think Aine and Mio will come with Pure Palette name or still unnamed unit?

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    • I was asleep when you messaged me this but there you have it lol

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    • Now Pure Palette already reveal, I wonder how their BFR coords looks like...

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    • It'll probably be rainbow, but I hope it's also a lot more saturated rather than pastel, with "more intense" colors

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    • I doubt it'll be rainbow since it's palette, and I'm sure pink and blue will become basic color like its logo.

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    • Palette = "Range of Colors," and logo has reddish-pink, blue, but also yellow as small dots in it

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    • But I still doubt it'll be rainbow, because rainbow seems not really suit for them (IMO)

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    • Might not, but unless Ema has rainbow (which I don't think she will) then I'm not sure where we can find it soon

      Or, maybe not rainbow, but a variety of matching pairs of colors?

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    • I doubt in friends will have rainbow themed again, probably just combine of 4 or 5 colors.

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    • Well, the rainbow in Stars was super pastel, but if they had a more solid rainbow it'd probably be different

      What do you mean by 4 - 5 solid colors? When I think rainbow it doesn't also mean a continuous rainbow; a dress with red, yellow, blue, green, that's what I mean if we're on the same track!

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    • Yeah, because rainbow is gradient color. Rainbow is good and I also like it, but it'd be better if Friends come with more colorful colors and not too much gradient.

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    • I'm looking forward to less "pastel" colors, I feel like in the past there's a large amount of those for cute types I think

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    • Yeah, there's so much pastel color used by OG and AiStars coords, also pastel colors not only used by cute type, but pop type also used pastel colors more often, so if friends come up with more colorful colors, it'll great...

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    • Waiting for Cute and Cool to try to be different colors rather than mostly shades of pink and blue rather than only having the recolors being as such

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    • Yeah, but Cute and Cool always use pink and blue for their basic color, so having different color for them will be great xD

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    • Tomorrow ep - Probably Aikatsu Friends again?

      Seems like they're spacing out the new songs rather than putting them all at once 

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    • Maybe, but I still don't mind having 2 same performance in a row, it's still acceptable and in eps 13 we probably got Karen's performance...

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    • Well, I don't think we'll get two performances in a row soon; I don't think it's even happened yet?

      I hope they re-use performances from earlier episodes like they're doing now actually, especially seasons; if Season 2 of Stars re-used season 1 stages, it would have actually broken up some monotony

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    • Yeah in Aikatsu franchise quite rare to see same performance twice in a row...

      Until they release new song, we will see re-use performance really often, so less song, more re-use performance, more song, less re-use performance.

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    • Super hyper can't wait for next ep

      They better not make LMT less prominent in the next season

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    • Well I'm not really like Karen yet, but maybe my mind will change after see her on next eps and I hope next eps animation not messed up again.

      That's only if friends get S2, even though we get S2, LMT as Diamond Friends will replace by Pure Palette or Honey Cat or the other units.

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    • In general, I've always liked more mature/older characters the most, like S4 and Mikuru

      And yeah, that cycle always continues where the top idols are always replaced... That's why I'm hoping this somehow doesn't take away 90% of their screentime...

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    • In general I'm fine with childish or mature characters as long as they don't have annoying personality

      It depends on its writter and director, but usually if the top idols already replaced, they always focus more on the new one and the old usually will have less screentime, but let's see what will happen on Friends (if only Friends get S2 though)

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    • Chance for S2 seems high, but only sales numbers will show the truth and they're also selling a lot less products

      I hope they don't drop S2 because S1 isn't meeting expectations due to the slowing revenue since S3 OG, changing to a new series costs more money and people who feel invested already feel the need to reinvest in the characters

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    • Seeing the old franchise also got S2, so probably Friends will get S2 too, considering Friends is a year anime or 4-cour anime, but their goods still lose to 1 or 2-cour anime, they always give a lot of goods, not just acrylic key chain, sticker, etc, but also got figure and nendroid

      Well make S2 is more simple than creating new whole series, because making S2 just need to create new theme, but for creating new series need to create new story, new design and etc.

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    • Yeah, but probably more than 4 if they're going to have 2 seasons... I just read up on what "cour" means and if it provides flexibility/break to work with, I can see how it's tiring, especially knowing that the goods sell less than lesser anime

      Like, it's funny how they're making a lot of OG stuff with style for lady, but it feels unlikely we'll get figures for Friends

      And yeah, S2 being simpler is even another benefit

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    • Yeah, and compare to Precure that always got figure for every series, even though Precure same as Aikatsu that has 50 episodes, so it's reasonable Precure got more profit than Aikatsu and still lose to Love Live that only has less episode, but they have more goods (ironically Precure, Aikatsu and Love Live still on same company, BANDAI).

      We have a lot of idols in OG, but now in Friends only have 6 idols (maybe 8 total in the end of S1).

      Yeah, but it depends on BANDAI how to promote it, if still like this with less goods, maybe the sales won't ever go up.

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    • It's paradoxical to offer less but think sales would go up; like, on the other end, I know of some F2p games that make the game pay-to-win, but because players hate it, they start leaving. But to make back what they lose for players leaving, they add more and more things for players to buy, and players continue to leave

      Eventually, they might still be left with the same revenue due to some players willing to spend thousands on the game, even though the amount of players is only 1/4 of what it was, and they keep spending so that the game doesn't shut down and they can still keep their stuff. But even later down the road there's not enough support for the game to keep going and it all comes crashing down

      In this case, it's like "Why isn't Aikatsu generating enough money? We need to limit our goods to reduce cost if we're not getting what we make back" but then there would have been people buying stuff but there wasn't really anything to get, sales lower, and the process repeats

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    • Yeah, there're a lot of games like that, even though you can play its game free but if you want to compete and have more advantage, you should spend your money. I personally like the game that provide balance content, so even free player can compete in high rank and also they held event that have advantage for free player too, I'm sure a lot of players will play game like that for long time.

      As if BANDAI really do proper management for Aikatsu franchise, because it looks like they too focus on DCD and limit to produce goods, but you know DCD only can play if you live in Japan, because they only placed their machine there, so what overseas fans can do? The solution they should produce more goods, so the overseas fans can be satisfied too and BANDAI can get more money from it, it's simple, but seems like BANDAI really hard to do it for Aikatsu franchise, even though they already do that for other franchise -_-

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    • Yeah, cosmetics-only is always the best, but p2w is always there to make a fast buck. I play a game whose playerbase was ruined by that, even though it's become so easy that you don't even need to pay anything

      I don't think overseas might sell well (I know a lot of people asking for Aikatsu to come west), and on the other hand, one of the countries in SEA is still on OG Aikatsu and hasn't even updated to Stars yet...

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    • Almost games are like that, because dev also want to get more money, and develope a game isn't easy and cost a lot of money too.

      Yeah that's why BANDAI should produce more goods other than focus on DCD, because DCD is really hard to bring overseas and take a lot of time, the solution is they make a lot of goods so the overseas fans can be satisfied too, because goods easier to get for overseas fans

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    • What ideas do you have besides dcd? Since photokatsu is shutting down, maybe not a mobage... 

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    • For game, since Aikatsu based on idols and songs, so maybe they should make another rhythm game, it's kinda hard to make Aikatsu game with another genre.

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    • Well yeah, but what platform? A switch game maybe but... The Aikatsu Stars 3DS game didn't go past season 1

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    • I think better go with android or iOS platform again, because now everyone already has smartphone with android or iOS, but I hope the game better than photokatsu, because now in android or iOS platform there're bandori, im@s and LL that still popular. But they also can go with switch platform like PriPara, but maybe for switch there won't be so much player to play it, because not all have switch.

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    • Got rear ended by a car on the highway late on Thursday, so that was pretty bad

      Photokatsu closure probably discouraging for them; it'd be much cheaper to continue running photokatsu rather than making an entire new game, plus along with the 3ds thing not past season 1... Feels like mostly losses from here unless they strongly innovate in something, and everything costs money..

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    • Woah that's sure was bad.

      Well the possible reason why they close photokatsu is because STAR ANIS and AIKATSU STARS were disbanded and all song on photokatsu was sung by them, so of course they can't continue its game. Now the closure of photokatsu really close (less than 2 weeks), so I hope they make announcement what they'll do for their mobile game for aikatsu franchise after photokatsu closures.

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    • Well yeah, the disbanding, but I don't see why they couldn't continue on with old songs and add friends to it; I think the game may have also relied too much on OG, even though Stars was the newest thing (although it wasn't also as popular as OG)

      Similar to how Love Live SIF transitioned to Aquors as the main focus, if Photokatsu did that, it would certainly have room to grow, although maybe less of a strong base (since OG fans make up most of the population)

      Most people would be happy to keep their stuff longer, and while the songs were great, I guess a brand new one every month was certainly a huge amount. SIF only has a SIF specific song like, 1 - 4 times a year I think? While also being much larger

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    • Well unlike LL SIF that mostly not really focus to songs, they rarely release new song for its game, but in photokatsu at least each month they should have release new song, and now STAR ANIS and AIKATSU STARS already disbanded, it's really hard to keep game alive, because how will they release new song when the both of group already disbanded? Even though they can add friends song, but like you said, the OG superiority still big on photokatsu. Also compare to another rhythm game like bandori, LL SIF and im@s, photokatsu feels like still leave behind them.

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    • Well, I'm not quite familiar with server costs, I guess

      But still had some OG/Stars songs yet to release, but then again, no original songs except from Aikatsu Friends if they were going to do that

      Maybe they should have spread out the new songs for once every 3 months? Eventually the game would have to end but they would be able to extend it... There's a whole lot of "What if's" that we'll never see; maybe these ideas would have turned out to be worse rather than better

      What do you mean by "still leaves?" Last I remember, SIF wasn't particularly more advanced than Photokatsu

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    • Well they sure still left some OG/Stars songs yet to release, but without new song, it's not really photokatsu again, even bandori and im@s always release new song each month.

      Maybe SIF still behind photokatsu, because SIF maybe only update its gacha without release new song, but photokatsu surely still less popular than bandori and im@s.

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    • Yeah it's just the popularity thing now

      Originally they were adding their own 3d stages to songs, but as time went on every song just defaulted to the generic attribute stage except for event songs, which themselves were just modifications of that generic stage... Also being a year late hurt a lot too

      They have tons of songs left over if they tap into Stars, and then even more if Friends, but... once again, OG main fanbase... Not something you can really build up given how it's passed

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