THE [email protected] is a Japanese raising simulation game. It was released in 2005 as an arcade game and is the first game in The Idolmaster series. It was ported to the Xbox 360 in 2007 with many changes and improvements. The gameplay and story follows the career of a producer in charge of training prospective pop idols on their way to stardom. This includes arranging the idol's schedule, taking them to jobs, training them during lessons, and directing them through auditions. As gameplay continues, a relationship will develop between the idol and her producer fostered through talking with the idol and forming good memories.