A Goal with a One-Way Path

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A Goal with a One-Way Path
Episode 12
Original Title: 一方通行の終着点
Romanized Title: Ippou Tsuukou no Shuuchakuten
Translated Title: A Goal with a One-Way Path
Airing Date: September 23, 2011
Previous Episode: Hopes, Uncertainties and Signs
Next Episode: And so, the Girls Rise to the Shining Stage

A Goal with a One-Way Path is the twelfth episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime. It originally aired on September 23, 2011.


As the day of the concert gets closer, the Producer and the idols are worrying about Miki, who hasn't come for practice sessions for the past few days. After Ritsuko explains about the talk she had with Miki about the misunderstanding over Ryuuguu Komachi, the Producer realizes what happened and tries to call her to come back and to stop being selfish, but Miki tells him she no longer has enthusiasm to perform. Kotori calms the Producer down, explaining that Miki is still a teenager. The Producer regrets treating her like a professional and never considering her feelings. As the Producer searches for Miki around the city, the idols begin to have doubts if Miki will return, but Chihaya believes she will come back and they should continue practicing. When the Producer finds Miki, he apologizes to her, but Miki reveals she wants to quit being an idol as she lost her enthusiasm after learning she can't join Ryuuguu Komachi. As the Producer follows her around the city trying to make her reconsider, they stop at a lake where she reveals she worked hard during the practice sessions hoping to join Ryuuguu Komachi so she could wear cool costumes, be on stage and popular just like them. But the Producer tells her things have changed since now it's the rest of other idols' turn to be in the spotlight, so he promises her that he will help her become just like or better than Ryuuguu Komachi if she promises to return to 765 Production with the same enthusiasm she had. Back at the studios, Miki apologizes to everyone for her absence, but Chihaya has no time to hear it as she wants Miki make up for lost time. Glad to have her back, the idols watch Miki trying on her new costume.



Opening Song
  • READY!! (sung by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
Insert Songs
Ending Song
BGMs and Themes
  • Do-Dai: sung acapella by Miki Hoshii


Screenplay Writers
  • Tatsuya Takahashi (高橋龍也)
Storyboard Directors
  • Shinobu Yoshioka (吉岡忍)
  • Takahiro Majima (間島崇寛)
Animation Directors
  • Sunao Chikaoka (近岡直)
Script Writer
  • Tatsuya Takahashi (高橋龍也)
Ending Storyboard Directors
Episode Director
  • Takahiro Majima


  • A Namco retail shop appears, featuring "Mr. Driller", "Taiko Drum Master", a Namco exclusive crane game, and a photo booth featuring the model "Yurukawa ♡ Shot3".
  • Two books on the shelves of the bookstore appear to have pictures that look similar to promotional images of Akiko Hasegawa and Manami Numakura.
  • The venue for the 765 Production concert appears to be based off Tokyo Dome City Hall, which was the venue for the 6th anniversary concert.
  • Miki Hoshii calling the duck "Sensei" and the description of her family comes from communication events that originated in the Xbox 360 version of the game.