Ensemble Square (アンサンブルスクエア ansanburu sukuea) is an entertainment company that exists on its own miniature island in Japan. Introduced in EP:Link, Eichi Tenshouin, the agency president, and Ibara Saegusa, his collaborator, intend to use Ensemble Square to revolutionize the idol industry.
It is the parent entertainment company of dozens of talent agencies, which are housed inside the building. Of Ensemble Square's agencies, Starmaker Production, Rhythm Link, New Dimension, and Cosmic Production contain the main units from Yumenosaki.
Though the construction for Ensemble Square began much earlier, its existence is not unveiled until after the current year ends. Its activities begin July 1st, following graduation.
That day, I saw an idol for the first time.
The sensation I felt was... light. A brilliant glimmer as if something had exploded. Overwhelmed by the brightness, I cried out in shock.
—Just what are idols?
I came to this city without knowing left from right, and I formed an idol unit with friends I don't know all that well.
"I will destroy idols."
Though that was my goal, and I'd been dead set on accomplishing it— before I knew it, we were on the verge of being fired.
I want to know just what kind of power idols hold... to have changed my brother entirely.
I'm here to find out these answers.
Welcome to Ensemble Square! We have everything for idols in here!
In the heart of the downtown where countless people come and go, a brand new building stands tall—This is Ensemble Square!
Here, there exist four agencies, vast as planets. Colorful idols from each of these agencies bustle about day and night while singing and dancing; while crying and growing angry—while laughing, these idols live their lives.
And you are more than welcome to visit! Here, you will find a fascinating tragicomedy in the portrait of their lives; one you'll never find anywhere else!
Here, their emotions will swell, cross, clash, and erupt free!These idols have been waiting for you so you can be a witness to their miracles!
Ensemble Square works with the business side of the entertainment industry and provides a larger net of connections and protection to each of its affiliated agencies than each would have if they operated in isolation.
The specifics of Ensemble Square and its agencies are not yet fully known, but each agency is said to have its own policies and standards which Ensemble Square does not interfere with. Ensemble Square is meant to provide work-related opportunities to each agency, and the agencies are meant to select which of its talents to assign to each job.
The agency founded by Yumenosaki alumnus Eichi Tenshouin. Its name is abbreviated as StarPro. While he's created a system that automatically enrolls all students of the Yumenosaki idol department into an appropriate ES agency upon their entry in the school's idol course, there are many students who willingly choose to affiliate with StarPro, which has an atmosphere familiar to Yumenosaki students. StarPro's motto is "Creating joy for both idols and fans."
An entertainment agency that runs Reimei Academy and Shuuetsu Academy, which both cultivate young, talented individuals. Its name is abbreviated as CosPro. It manages the schools by nurturing idol students in Reimei Academy and then transferring the highest-quality students to Shuuetsu to shelter them there. Though it has steadily risen in social standing in the entertainment world due to their methods, the SS has caused their status to somewhat plateau. Their agency motto is "Providing only the highest grade entertainment."
Ibara Saegusa is the vice president of Cosmic Production.
A veteran small-scale entertainment agency that's been operating since the old days. Their nickname is RhyLin. One of the agencies that joined Ensemble Square. Not only do the idols affiliated with them thrive via numerous events, but so do many other bands, singer/songwriters, and musicians. Their motto is "Reaching your heart through our music."
A newly-established entertainment agency. Abbreviated as NewDi. One of the agencies under Ensemble Square. Though they were only recently established and have few idols, they've expanded from just idol activities to theater management, training actors, and TV program productions. Their motto is "A generation of all-rounders."Tsumugi Aoba is the vice president of New Dimension.
The Ensemble Square building is located on an island in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and the island is dedicated to Ensemble Square facilities and Ensemble Square idol activities. This island was once owned by the Shinkai-led religious sect, hence its fish-like shape, but was later purchased by the Tenshouin conglomerate.
Ensemble Square facilities range from practical (helioport, airport, parking structure, etc), standard (practice rooms, training halls, stages, etc), and enriching (gardens, gyms, recreation, etc). Food and costuming services also exist on the island. Ensemble Square facilities are state-of-the-art and designed to meet every idol's needs as a performer and individual. (See background gallery)
Some facilities, such as clothing and food, require L$ to access (リッドル, riddoru, or li'dollars, a pun on "little," "idol," and "dollars"). See the ES Life tab for more information.
Seisou Hall (星奏館 seisoukan, lit. Star Harmony Building, sometimes translated as Starmony Dorm) serves as the dormitory for Ensemble Square idols. Housing at the dormitory is free. While it's not mandatory by ES policy that ES idols must live in the dorms, it is expected that they do.
While the dorm appears to have certain rules, the only known one at present is that women are not allowed into the dorms, and evidently cannot go any further than the gates.
Upon entering the dorms, characters are assigned roommates. Not all character room partners are currently known. Please see below for the current known assignments.
|Pre-MDM Seisou Hall Assignments|
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- Whole Hands
On November 15, 2019 9PM (JST), the official Ensemble Stars twitter posted a fictional recruitment page titled "Ensemble Square: Recruit 2020." On this page, additional information about Ensemble Square's function and facilities were revealed, as well as information about its producer application process. It is hosted on the recruitment page of the website.
Every year, more than 10,000 boys and girls long to become idols, praying they'll one day perform on that glittering stage... Japan has entered an age where so many are idol hopefuls. But among all those people, only a handful ever have the chance to ever stand on stage...
Let's make ONLY YOUR STARS.
With your hands, you can create a constellation.
These are the units that will revolutionize the new era.
Ensemble Square, a brand new, multi-agency entertainment company, cultivates these dazzling idols and guides them to the stage.Please, lend them your help.
Among the many agencies hosted in Ensemble Square, four are currently recruiting. Once accepted into Ensemble Square, new employees will be assigned to an agency office based on each office's needs, the employee's personal preferences, and their suitability.
Within Ensemble Square, we have prepared ES-brand live show stages for performances, dance rooms and training halls for practice, and many more facilities necessary for the enrichment of our idols. Additionally, idols of all agencies are free to use our common area, meeting room, as well as our helioport for ease of commute.
The application process occurs in the following order:
- Screening process
- Matching applicant to suitable agency
- Entry into company
In conjunction with Ensemble Square's grand opening, we are currently seeking staff to produce our idols. Your responsibilities will include managing your assigned idol's schedule, planning meetings, accompanying them to filming locations, planning productions that are suitable to your idol's personal strengths, supervising them, and conveying information (news, assignments, instructions, etc.) to them.
Location: Tokyo metropolitan area (Tours available)Application Prerequisites: Must have driver's license (An Automatic Transmission (AT) Restricted license is acceptable.)
We will record your answers to the following eight-question aptitude exam. Once each agency sees your aptitude scores, they will forward you an offer.
You can take the quiz here (scroll down to マッチングエントリー).
1. Would you say you have a cheerful personality?
2. Do you focus on one goal until it's complete?
3. You prefer to use shortcuts.
4. You find it easier to associate with people who are calm instead of energetic.
5. You're the type to think things over carefully instead of acting immediately.
6. You don't pay attention to small details.
7. You value others people's opinions more than your own.
8. You're the type to stay in the background and let someone else take charge of the situation.
Through an AI utilizing big data processing systems, we have determined your suitability for each individual agency below.
We have a special offer for you
Upon seeing your high aptitude score as a producer for their office, [Agency Name] has reached out with a special offer.
Agency description (see Agencies header below).
Message from the Agency
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我々[Agency Name] では、所属タレントと二人三脚で活動領域を広げていけるメンバーを求めています。 今回ご登録頂いたマッチングエントリーによる適性チェックにおいて高い適性値を出されたあなたへ、ぜひ弊事務所で活躍して頂きたいと思い、オファーを出させて頂いた次第です。
Idols with whom you have the highest compatibility
※Please note that these results purely reflect your individual suitability and do not take into account which unit the agency may want to assign you.
An introductory remark from the idol you have been assigned. See the Idol Comments tab for all comments.
Estimated Annual Income
Numbers are typically in JPY, so convert to your own currency as necessary. While most income is in JPY, some results will produce payment via other means, like acorns.
We sincerely appreciate your time and understanding.