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 Tokyo. 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, Star Maker 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.
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.
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! Here, idols are everything!
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—among many—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 are alive.
And you are more than welcome to visit!
Here, you will find a fascinating tragedy 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!
2020 Producer Recruitment
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.
Advertisement & Application
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...
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:
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).
RYUSEITAI Chiaki Morisawa
You're the producer who wants to work for us, aren't you!? I'm Ryusei Red, Morisawa Chiaki, from Ryuseitai, a unit in STARMAKER PRODUCTION! … My voice is too loud? Don't worry, you'll get used to it! Now then, you should definitely consider working for us! Wouldn't you like for a world full of smiles as hero idols together!? Fuhahahahaha!! ☆
おまえがうちを希望している『プロデューサー』だな！ 俺はSTARMAKER PRODUCTION所属、『流星隊』の流星レッド・守沢千秋だ！ ……声がおおきいって？ 大丈夫だ、すぐに慣れる！ そんなことよりここで働くことについて考えるべきだ！ 俺たちと一緒にヒーローアイドルとして笑顔あふれる世界を目指そうじゃないか！ ふはははははは……☆
Kanata Shinkai puka, puka…♪ … oh? this is a new face~? i am "ryusei blue", shinkai kanata. you are the "producer" who is hoping to be hired, yes…? i am pleased to make your acquaintance. now then, i will continue my "bathing", so please do "take care" of us if we are able to see each other again… puka, puka♪
ぷか、ぷか……♪ ……おやぁ？ はじめましてですね〜？ ぼくは、『りゅうせいぶるぅ』のしんかいかなたです。あなたは、にゅうしゃきぼうの『ぷろでゅうさぁ』さんなんですね……？ どうぞよろしくおねがいします。それじゃあ、ぼくは『みずあび』をつづけますから、またあえたら、『おせわ』してくださいね……ぷか、ぷか♪
Ossu, producer! It's very nice to meet you! I'm Ryusei Black, Nagumo Tetora, and I belong to Ryuseitai in StarPro! I'm sure you also have stuff you don't know all that well about the showbiz, so I hope we can all grow more and more together! I'll show you around the ES building for starters~♪ I'll be running so as to keep up with my training, so please follow after me~! ☆
押忍、『プロデューサー』。お初にお目にかかるッス！ 俺はスタプロの『流星隊』に所属してる、流星ブラックの南雲鉄虎ッス！ 『プロデューサー』もまだまだ芸能界は詳しくないことがおおいと思うけど、俺たちと一緒に成長できたら嬉しいッス！ まずはＥＳビルを案内するッス♪ トレーニングも兼ねて駆け足で行くから、ついてきてほしいッス〜☆
Umm… You seem to be a new face here… Who may you be…? Ahh, you are the new producer, I see! Oh, it would be very reassuring to have a producer among us! … Hehe, my name is Sengoku Shinobu! I shall work hard to my best ability, and make proper use of my ninjutsu as Ryusei Yellow! Please take good care of us Ryuseitai!
えぇっと。見ない顔でござるけど、どちらさまでござるか……？ あぁ、新しく来られるという『プロデューサー』でござるか！ いやはや、拙者たちに『プロデューサー』がついてくれるとは、心強いでござる！ ……ふふ、拙者は仙石忍と申すものでござる。流星イエローとして忍術を駆使しながら精一杯がんばるので、拙者たち『流星隊』のことをよろしく頼むでござる！
I-I'm Ryusei Green, Takamine Midori… Um, you're the new producer candidate, right…? I'm still new to being an idol, but let's work hard together with the rest of StarPro's idols, okay…? ♪ Also, Ryuseitai has idols with their own unique traits, so I think you'll have fun producing us…♪
りゅ、流星グリーンの高峯翠っす……。あの、あなたが新しい『プロデューサー』候補のかたですよね……？ 俺、まだまだアイドルとしては駆け出しですけど、俺やスタプロのアイドルたちと一緒に、がんばっていきましょうね……♪ とくに『流星隊』には、個性豊かなアイドルがいますから、プロデュースもわりと楽しいと思いますよ……♪
HaHa〜♪ あたたかい『色』をしてるひとな〜？ もしかして、せんぱいが言ってた新任候補の『プロデューサー』ですか？ 宙は『Switch』の春川宙です！ 一緒に働けたらすごく楽しそうな〜☆ もしよかったら、ニューディに入って宙をプロデュースしてください！ よろしくお願いするな〜☆
MaM Madara Mikejima
おお、君がＥＳに面接に来た『プロデューサー』なのか？ はっはっは、元気があっていいなあ！ 俺はニューディの三毛縞斑、『MaM』という『ソロユニット』で活動しているぞお☆ ……まあ、最近は事務所や他のアイドルのお手伝いをしているから、すこしアイドルらしい仕事は減っているんだが……君が来てくれるなら、俺ももっとアイドルの仕事をがんばらないとなあ？ 何はともあれ、ママは君の活躍を楽しみにしているぞお☆
Cosmic Production Idols
…………。……えっと、君は？ ……そうなんだ、ＥＳに新しく所属するかもしれない『プロデューサー』なんだね。不思議と君の前では、私もキャラをつくらなくてよさそうだよ。……もし君が望むなら、ぜひCOSMIC PRODUCTIONに来て、『Eden』に協力してほしいな。……実力主義の事務所だから、ハードルは高いと思うけど。……君がコズプロに貢献してくれるなら、私もアイドルとして、君の努力に報いるよ。
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."
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."
An entertainment agency that runs Remei 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."