On Christmas Eve

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On Christmas Eve
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THE iDOLM@STER
Episode 22
Original Title: 聖夜の夜に
Romanized Title: Seiya no Yoru ni
Translated Title: On Christmas Eve
Airing Date: December 2, 2011
Previous Episode: Like a Flower Blooming
Next Episode: I

On Christmas Eve is the twenty second episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime. It originally aired on December 2, 2011.

Plot

It is the Christmas season and Haruka wants to celebrate a Christmas Eve party with everyone at 765 Production, just like last year. But with the idols' new fame, all of the girls are busy attending and performing at TV shows, variety shows, holiday or Christmas specials on Christmas Eve, and most of them might not make it in time. Nevertheless, the Producer assures Haruka that he will try his best to get everyone for the party. During her dancing sessions, Haruka learns from the Producer that he has managed to get both her and Miki audition for the musical Spring Storm for the lead role. On Christmas Eve and finishing her work, Haruka accepts not everyone can make it for the party and decides to make the best of it. After buying a cake and a Christmas gift for the Producer, Haruka arrives at 765 Production studios with Chihaya and, much to their surprise, some of the idols have managed to make it for the party since the Producer rescheduled their gigs. With the Producer and Miki being the last to arrive, everyone eats the cakes they all bought and celebrates Christmas, as well as Yukiho's birthday. Junjirou announces to everyone that he has just received a call that Miki has won the Shining Idol New Artist Award. As the party continues, Haruka has a talk with Makoto, Iori and Chihaya on how their careers have changed and they might not be able celebrate together like this again, but Chihaya and Haruka are still hopeful that all of them can still celebrate Christmas together.

Characters

  • Director (CV: Hidenori Takahashi)
  • Interviewer (CV: Kazuhiro Fusegawa)
  • Assistant Director A (CV: Yuuki Hayashi)
  • Assistant Director B (CV: Ryo Oshima)

Music

Opening Song
Insert Songs
Ending Song
BGMs and Themes

Staff

Screenplay Writers
  • Tatsuya Takahashi (高橋龍也)
Storyboard Directors
  • Ryouji Masuyama (益山亮司)
Producer
  • Ryouji Masuyama (益山亮司)
Animation Directors
  • Takuya Kawai (河合拓也)
  • Sunao Chikaoka (近岡直)
Script Writer
  • Tatsuya Takahashi (高橋龍也)
Ending Storyboard Directors
  • Ryouji Masuyama (益山亮司)
Episode Director
  • Ryouji Masuyama (益山亮司)
Unit Director for Ending
  • Ryouji Masuyama (益山亮司)

Trivia

  • The commercial featuring Miki Hoshii features butterflies similar to the symbol she had embroidered on her shirt in the Xbox 360 games.
  • The costume "Live For Venus" is shown during a recording, worn by Chihaya Kisaragi and Haruka Amami, and the "Holy Night Dress" costumes are worn by Ryuuguu Komachi.
  • The music Yukiho Hagiwara is recording is shown to be Little Match Girl, which also makes an appearance as a drama she promotes on a variety show.
  • "Sakura Storm" was the name of the play Haruka Amami auditioned for. It surprised Eriko Nakamura, who had previously made a recent blog post with that name as the title.
  • The "Santa Hat" accessory appears and is worn by Yayoi Takatsuki and Mami Futami.
  • The venue Takane Shijou is singing at is the Sky Tree.
  • A badge worn by Yayoi on her waist shows the number 54, which is her actual waist measurement.
  • The "Shining Idol Award" won by Miki is later referenced in the tie in manga for THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE.

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