That Changes Who I Am

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That Changes Who I Am
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THE iDOLM@STER
Episode 04
Original Title: 自分を変えるということ
Romanized Title: Jibun o Kaeru to Iu Koto
Translated Title: That Changes Who I Am
Airing Date: July 29, 2011
Previous Episode: Everything Starts With One Courageous Step
Next Episode: Spending Summer Vacation With Everyone

That Changes Who I Am is the fourth episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime. It originally aired on July 29, 2011.

Plot

Haruka, paired with Chihaya, and Takane, paired with Hibiki, appear on a cable-TV cooking show battle hosted by a frog hand puppet. Before the show begins, Chihaya questions the Producer about the removal of the singing section. He advises her to bear with the change. Simultaneously he learns about Chihaya's living situation. As the two teams duel, the host pokes fun of the girls' mistakes while the cameraman takes video from lewd angles. Chihaya becomes fed-up, expresses displeasure, and shocks the studio a little. However, Haruka breaks the silence and the show resumes as normal. As the show takes a break, Chihaya goes to a quiet area to calm herself with singing. Worried, the Producer finds her, apologizes to her, and makes promises about her getting singing jobs. The other three girls help Chihaya's discomfort, telling her to express herself to the audience, just as though is singing. With this support, Chihaya improves, and the show concludes successfully. After the show, the Producer rewards the girls with some sweets; but Chihaya declines and goes home. As Chihaya walks on, he recalls Chihaya's sad living situation, realizing his lack of familiarity about the idols.

Characters

Music

Opening Song
  • READY!! (sung by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
Insert Songs
Ending Song
  • Aoi Tori~TV ARRANGE~ (sung by: Chihaya Kisaragi)
BGMs and Themes

Staff

Screenplay Writers
  • Macihda Fujiko (待田堂子)
Storyboard Directors
  • Tsurumaki Kazuya (鶴巻和哉)
Producer
  • Daisuke Takashima (高島大輔)
Animation Directors
  • Hideyuki Arao (荒尾英幸)
Script Writer
  • Touko Machida
Ending Storyboard Directors
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)
Episode Director
  • Daisuke Takashima
Unit Director for Ending
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)

Trivia

  • The title of this episode in Japanese is a pun: "kaeru" is used to mean "change", but it can also mean "frog".
  • The hamburger on the cover of MASTER ARTIST 02 makes an cameo during a commercial.
  • The frog puppet featured in this episode would later become a DLC item available for THE iDOLM@STER 2.
  • The headphones Chihaya Kisaragi wears in the ending sequence are based on a real life line of headphones.
  • A parody live version was performed by Eriko Nakamura, Asami Imai, Manami Numakura and Yumi Hara for an extra feature. They each made themed food wearing the costumes their characters donned.

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