It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 15 years since Bandai Namco launched one of the most influential idol franchises in Japan. Yes, folks, The [email protected] is now almost 15 years old!
It will reach that 15-year milestone on 26 July 2020, 15 years after the original game launched in Japan on 26 July 2005. They’re kicking off the celebrations now, so the activities will be going on for two entire years! They kicked them off with a new video reveal, as well as a new visual:
The anniversary’s catchphrase is “Korekaramo, Idol!!!!!”, which means “We will continue to be idols forever” in English. The celebrations will encompass every single [email protected] franchise, beginning with the original, Cinderella Girls, Million Live, Side-M and Shiny Colors.
The franchise has inspired various spin-offs, TV anime, an anime movie, video games, mobile games, concerts, CD albums, figures, merchandise, and even a live-action Korean drama! So far, Bandai Namco hasn’t revealed any further information yet, but expect more information to drop in the future.