South Korea is getting its own live-action iDOLM@STER K-Drama series, which is tentatively titled The [email protected]. The 19 finalists have been announced from the show’s actress auditions. These open auditions were open to all nationalities, and one would-be actress from iDOLM@STER’s homeland of Japan has made it to the next round… and she’s also a seiyuu! These 19 finalists were introduced in two videos:
The two videos announce the ladies which have made the cut, and will be going on to the second round of auditions, where the public gets to decide who would go on to the next round. They are Sori, Yukika Teramoto, Lee Jee Won, Oh Yoo Hyun, Lee Su Ji, Jin Na Young, Hur Young Joo, Mint, Lee Ye Eun, Coco, Moon Ji Hee, Hur Joung Joo, Jung Yeon Joo, Son Hyun Mi, Kang Ye Seul, Ura Mayu, Kwon Ha Seo, Kim Yee Jin, and Chun Jane.
Teramoto has voiced minor roles in Seitokai Yakuindomo, where she voiced Chiri Nakazato, as well as Dog Days, where she voiced Rouge Clafoutis. She has been more active in live-action roles, where she has appeared in several live-action dramas back in Japan.
The auditions for this Korean iDOLM@STER is a bit complicated, and you can check out the details here: http://www.afachan.asia/2016/04/entertainment-korean-idolmster-drama-gets-lot-foreign-applicants-aims-global-broadcast/
Only 15 prospective idols will be chosen, and they will then star in the Korea’s live-action version of Bandai Namco’s popular idol-raising franchise, which inspired several spin-off games, TV anime adaptations, and an anime film. The show is slated to air sometime in the first half of 2017.
Since the auditions were open to all countries, the project representative has admitted that they were very surprised with the overwhelming number of international applicants. He also stated that they are also aiming for a global broadcast of the drama, as The iDOLM@STER is known to have a global appeal.
What makes this Korean iDOLM@STER different, aside from the fact that it will be in Korean and will be a live-action drama, is that it will be following Korean trends in the idol industry, as opposed to the Japanese trends and culture that many im@s fans are familiar with. It has also been confirmed that the iDOLM@STER characters, be it from 765Pro, Cinderella Girls, Million Live, Side-M, or the other spin-offs, will not be a part of this K-Drama.