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Basic step by step guide on the gameplay of Ensemble Stars. A How to Guide for Dummies more than anything~ For further explanations & strategies on how to play check out the Ensemble Stars! Master Guide! Convenient links for further reading will also be put throughout this guide. Further in-depth explanations that link to the Master Guide are marked with # (ex. #Produce Lessons).

Prologue was translated by Linnæus

Prologue

Starting The Game
Title screen

Upon starting the game, you will come across the above screen. Tap anywhere on the screen to proceed.

Tutorial1

Introduction of the school (Prologue) + Opening song "ONLY YOUR STARS!"

Translation of Prologue
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Resting atop a hill overlooking the ocean is Yumenosaki Private Academy.
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The academy specializes in raising male idols and has a long history of sending generation upon generation of bright young ‘stars’ out into the entertainment business.

You have been invited to this school, which celebrates young men in their primes, in order to lovingly guide them as their “producer.”

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Everyone’s taken an interest in you.

Each day is full of yet-unprecedented happenings, and is so fun and fresh that it feels as though you’ve been swept into an unending festival.

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Even as you are being dragged this way and that by the academy’s many unique idols…..
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You also make strides towards the same glittering dreams, side by side.
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The bonds you will make here are irreplaceable…
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And above all, enjoy the ensemble the idols you encounter play for you to your heart’s content.
🎵[Long Opening you can't skip plays here]🎵
Introduction
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Welcome to Yumenosaki Private Academy. I’m your new homeroom teacher, Jin Sagami.

This school is recognized as a vocational school and attracts a lot of students aiming to become idols, but…

You’ve just transferred into the new producer department as a sophomore. Does that sound right?

Of course, as a producer, we’ll be having you produce students in the idol course…

But for starters, could I get you to write your name on the class roster?

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Inputting Name
Game Introduction - Name
Top: Username - what people will see your name as in-game.
Bottom: Nickname - what the characters will call you in the story.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Alright. Now I’ll give you an overview of what being an idol’s producer entails.

……Before that, though, you need an idol to actually produce.

There are a large number of idol units here at Yumenosaki, but I went ahead and picked out a few I thought might suit you.

Go ahead and tell me which one of these strikes your fancy.

You will then be prompted to choose one of the ten idol units.
Your starter card will be a randomly chosen member from that unit.

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Great. Let’s try scouting a student to produce from this unit then.

Let’s head over to the lecture hall. Follow me.

Translator OP and Tutorial OP & I chose different starters so don't mind the picture differences...

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In the following example, Subaru is the randomly chosen card after the player chooses Trickstar. If you want a different card, you can press "once more!" to try again as many times as you want.

You can see a list of possible starter cards here:

Starter Cards
Trickstar Unit Render cut
Cheerful Glasses Boy Makoto Yuuki Dependable Class President Hokuto Hidaka Morning Star Subaru Akehoshi Contradictory Position Mao Isara
Fine Unit Render Cut
The Reigning Ruler Eichi Tenshouin Masked Freak Wataru Hibiki Caretaker Yuzuru Fushimi Egoistic Tori Himemiya
UNDEAD unit render cut
Awakening Vampire Rei Sakuma Silent Beast Adonis Otogari Mad Dog Koga Oogami Breezy Player Kaoru Hakaze
Knights Unit render cut
Strategist Ritsu Sakuma Fervent Whirlwind Arashi Narukami (Pace Down) Izumi Sena Chess Lesson Tsukasa Suou (Extremely Delusional) Leo Tsukinaga
RYUSEITAI Unit Render Cut
Fun Friends Kanata Shinkai Live Reporter Tetora Nagumo Embarrassment Midori Takamine Inspiring Blaze Chiaki Morisawa Ninja Explosion Shinobu Sengoku
Ra*bits Unit render cut
Super Star Mitsuru Tenma Hospitality Hajime Shino Snapping Rabbit Nazuna Nito Considerate Tomoya Mashiro
2wink Unit Render Cut
Smiling Sympathy Yuta Aoi Bouncing Synchronization Hinata Aoi
AKATSUKI Unit Render cut
The Strict Leader Keito Hasumi Returning Kuro Kiryu The Faithful Samurai Souma Kanzaki
Valkyrie Unit Render cut
(Awkward Everyday) Mika Kagehira (Enthusiastic) Shu Itsuki
Switch Unit Render cut
(Gentle Sound) Tsumugi Aoba (Magical Symbol) Natsume Sakasaki (Carefree Misfortune) Sora Harukawa
Tip: Different starters have different skills. If you don't have a particular favorite character, consider looking at this list and trying to get one of these characters as your starter, as collecting jewels will become especially important to level up your cards in the game.
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(Morning Star) Subaru Akehoshi Scout CG
"I'm Subaru Akehoshi! Nice to meet'cha☆"
Game Introduction - Starter Card
※Translations for buttons were edited in

With your starter card ready, Let's move on to explaining the basic game mechanics.


Basic Game Mechanics

Less​ons

To Produce Courses (Lessons)
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Okay, looks like we managed to scout someone.

Aside from the student we just scouted, I’ve picked out some other students who’d like you to produce them.

Next, let’s jump right in and try producing them.

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Ordinarily, a producer would get to choose who they want to bring to lessons, but…

Seeing as you’re a producer-in-training, the academy will have you give certain students lessons as an assignment~

It’s important to balance who you produce. We can’t have you playing favorites all the time.

For your first assignment, you’ll be producing your classmate Subaru Akehoshi from the unit Trickstar.

Game Introduction - Course Selection
Follow the hand and tap Subaru's course.

Produce Unit

Produce Unit Formation
Game Introduction - unit formation.png
Follow the hand and tap the [Unit formation] button.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
For lessons, you can make a five-person unit out of any of your idols.

Theoretically, you’d be producing a unit of idols you want to raise, but…

This is your first time, after all. I’ll go ahead and pick out some idols for you.

Unit formation buttons
The hand will first lead you into tapping the [Recommended Formation] button (top)
Next, to [Save] changes press the yellow button (bottom)

Tip: Tapping the [Recommended Formation] button results in the game automatically organizing a team for you based on the cards you own with the highest overall stats.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Out of the idols under your guidance, well, these guys seemed like the right ones for the job.

Alright, let’s start producing.

Producing

Producing Students
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
The students will be practicing their lessons freely in different places around the school.

As a producer, your job is to make rounds and check in on how their lessons are going.

The more students you have practicing in one location, the better the lesson will usually go.

Okay, let’s head somewhere with a lot of students~

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There are five locations you can choose in Lesson mode.

In the example below, there is the rooftop, soundproof lesson room, dance room, school gates, and infirmary.

Game Introduction - Lesson

As you can see each location has one or two attribute(s) assigned to it.

Key Term ★
  • Attribute - There are three main attributes in the game; Dance (Red), Vocal (Blue), and Performance (Yellow).
    • In a Lesson course, they signify what color of jewels fragments will obtained from that particular location.
    • For a card, the attribute shows which stat is the strongest for that particular card of the idol.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Looks like everything’s going smoothly.

Did you notice that the students slowly gain more trust in you as you do lessons with them?

The more a student trusts you, the more likely it is that the lesson will go well. The student will grow faster too.

Other than that, just keep an eye on how you’re divvying up your time if you want to raise all the idols equally~

Key Term ★
  • Trust - The bar under the idols which are filled up when the idols are trained with. Filling it up will increase EXP multiplier the idol will get at the end of the Lesson.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
I think it’s about time we start looking at the types of lessons.

Let’s try focusing on dance lessons for a little.

CHECKPOINT!
The color type of the [jewel fragments] you obtain will depend on the attribute of the location chosen.


>> See #More About Lessons for a translation & explanation of the Lesson UI.

Mini Events & Intimate Events (Talking Events)

Subaru: ! [Dialogue pics here] In progress...this will be completed another day...

>> See #Mini Events and #Intimate Events for an explaination of this feature.

DreamFes Battles

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
In this academy, we encourage students to compete with one another in order for them to grow as idols.

Battles are graded based on the students’ Vocals, Dance, and Performance, and they take place on a variety of occasions.

All a producer really has to do is form a unit and choose what order the members compete in.

However, your choices can mean the difference between a loss and a victory, so you can’t let your guard down.

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Looks like you made the right choices.

It would also be a good idea to pay attention to the opponent’s unit, not just your own.

First rank up
Yay your first rank up!
CHECKPOINT!
When your Producer Rank goes up, the amount of AP you have goes up too (until it maxes out at 200). Your AP & LP will fully recover as well.
  • LP will stay at 5 forever.
  • AP & LP will only overflow to 2x the max amount you currently have.
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Good work. That’s one round of producing done and over with.
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Completing a Lesson course will give you a set amount of EXP to level up your Producer Rank, level up your cards, and Producer Points.

  • Each card will level up at a set amount according to the amount of AP the Lesson course requires.
  • A card may level up more than another if it's Trust was raised in the Lesson.



At the results screen you can also see all the jewels you've collected throughout the Lesson.
Any jewel fragments you obtain will be converted into small jewel(s). 100 jewel fragments = 1 small jewel.

Key Term ★
  • Producer Rank - Rises whenever a certain amount of experience has been gained. A new chapter of the Main Story will unlock with each rank up until rank 147 where it finishes. After that it's just an indicator of how much you've slaved your life away long you've played.
  • Producer Point - Used in Point Scouting and raising the levels of the cards.
  • AP - (Action Points) needed for Producing. Regenerates at a rate of 1 AP per 3 minutes. AP may be replenished with Items or Diamonds.
  • LP - (Live Points) needed for participating in Lives and Dream Festival. Regenerates at a rate of 1 LP per 30 minutes. LP may be replenished with Items and/or Diamonds.
  • #Jewels - Comes in several sizes and colors. They are used to unlock nodes on a card's Idol Road (covered a bit later on) in order to strengthen the card.

Scouting

Getting New Cards
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Okay. Let’s try scouting another new student.

There are usually a lot of students gathered in the lecture hall, so that’s the best place for scouting. Let’s head over.

To school map
To the School Map we go
To scout
The door to hell where you can meet new friends!
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
This is the lecture hall, where you can scout idols.

Well, let’s head inside.

Point scouting button
Tappity tap tap~
✨ [Scouting animation plays which is now entirely skippable!] ✨
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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
He looks like he’ll be worth the effort to produce.

Next, let’s look at how you can influence the direction an idol progresses in. Apart from thinking up lesson plans, choosing a direction for your idols’ growth is another one of your important jobs as a producer.


Idol Road

Strengthening Your Cards
To cards
Let's go look at cards we have.
CHECKPOINT!
Tapping the card image will let you view the card's details.
You'll tend be prompted to tap your starter card. In this case, Subaru.
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Translations of "Card Details" page
Card info
※Translations were edited in



>> See #Card Details for an in-depth explanation of all the UI.

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Follow the pointer to learn how to unlock a node on the card's Idol Road.
Game Introduction - Idol Road
CHECKPOINT!
Through the Idol Road you can raise the student's abilities. Each node will cost a certain amount of jewels, the amount increasing as you are closer to the end, so it is important to obtain as many jewels as possible to quickly strengthen the card.

>>See more about #Idol Road.

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
There you go~ Looks like you’ve got it.

Deciding how to unlock an idol’s hidden potential is where you can really show off your skill as a producer. Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Let’s head back to the classroom.


Story

No one happened to take screenshots of this section as its realatively straightforward so just follow the pointer and click through the story...

Beginner Tasks

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Jin Sagami School Dialogue Render
Alright, I’ve prepared some assignments for you to look at later. Those would be a good place to start if you’re looking for something to do.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in action~ Good luck, “Producer” ♪


After finishing the tutorial, the next step is to complete the beginner tasks.

Beginner task
Click on the image above on the Home Page to check the list of uncompleted tasks and accept the reward for completed tasks. The accepted rewards will be sent to your Gift Box on the Home Page.

You will not able to enter an ongoing Event if you have not completed the Beginner Tasks.


Beginner Tasks
Task Description Reward
Player Rank 3

(ユーザーランク3)

Reach Rank 3 Diamond × 1 Diamond

Main Story 
Chapter 3
(メインストーリー第三話)

Read Chapter 3 of the Main Story Producer Point mini × 500 Producer Points
Trickstar Course

(Trickstarコース)

Complete Trickstar course Diamond × 1 Diamond
10x Gacha

(10連ガチャ)

Draw the 10-time Gacha in the Producer Point Gacha Producer Point mini × 500 Producer Points
Card Lvl 10

(カードレベル10)

Have one of your cards reach Level 10 Producer Point mini × 500 Producer Points
Intimacy Rank Lvl 2

(親愛ランク2)

Achieve Rank 2 Intimacy Rank on a card Diamond × 1 Diamond
Idol Road

(アイドルロード)

Unlock any one of Clothing, Voice, Story or Background in Idol Road Diamond × 1 Diamond
Dream Idol Festival

(ドリフェス3勝)

Win 3 times in Dream Idol Festival (PvP) Diamond × 1 Diamond
Idol Road

(イドルロード)

Unlock 3 nodes of any card's Idol Road Diamond × 1 Diamond


For further in-depth information please check out the Ensemble Stars! Master Guide