THE IDOLM@STER Live For You! is a 17-minute original video animation (OVA) episode that was included in the limited edition release of LIVE FOR YOU! on February 28, 2008. The OVA was later streamed online in three parts between August 27–29, 2010 on Namco's Nico Nico Douga channel.
The OVA was produced by the animation studio Actas and directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi. The screenplay was written by Satoru Nishizono, and chief animator Kimitake Nishio based the character design used in the OVA on Toshiyuki Kubooka's original designs. The music used in the OVA was produced by Namco Bandai Games and Romeo, and the ending theme is "THE IDOLM@STER". The DVD also features a music video for the song "Danketsu" (団結 Unity?), sung by 765 Production's 11 idols from LIVE FOR YOU!.
This OVA takes place the night before an IDOLM@STER Fan Concert is to be put on by 765 Production.
The idols Haruka Amami, Iori Minase, Miki Hoshii, Chihaya Kisaragi, Makoto Kikuchi, Yukiho Hagiwara, Yayoi Takatsuki, Ritsuko Akizuki and Ami and Mami Futami bid each other farewell the night before the concert, but on the way home Haruka, Miki and Chihaya get lost and end up staying overnight at a mansion in the middle of nowhere (complete with a hotspring).
They end up fleeing in the middle of the night when it appears that they have stumbled on a mafia ring’s secret money laundering plans, but it is later revealed that Miki set this up all along in cooperation with the producer to create a realistic live video of an idols trouble before the important concert for entertainment purposes.
They continue to be hopefully lost when their truck back turns out to be the wrong one, making them realize they've been wandering the entire time completely lost. When all seems lost, Iori uses her family's GPS and helicopter to locate and fly them back just in time for the concert.
Once there, the idols reunite and head in to perform the show.
- Eriko Nakamura as Haruka Amami
- Akiko Hasegawa as Miki Hoshii
- Asami Imai as Chihaya Kisaragi
- Mayako Nigo as Yayoi Takatsuki
- Azumi Asakura as Yukiho Hagiwara
- Hiromi Hirata as Makoto Kikuchi
- Asami Shimoda as Ami and Mami Futami
- Rie Kugimiya as Iori Minase
- Chiaki Takahashi as Azusa Miura
- Naomi Wakabayashi as Ritsuko Akizuki
- There are several references in this OVA to other arcade games by Namco. These cameos include:
- Mappy is referenced twice by Mappy the Mouse: once as a stuffed animal in a dance studio and again as Chihaya's phone strap.
- Valkyrie no Densetsu is also appears twice: first as a Valkyrie background for Haruka's phone and as a Sandra phone strap also connected to the phone.
- Dig Dug's Pooka makes a cameo as Azusa's phone strap.
- Interestingly, just before the idols go onstage for the opening of the concert, Yayoi still has on Berochoro despite being in her Cosmic and Funny costume.