The Girls Start "Preparing"

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The Girls Start "Preparing"
Episode 02
Original Title: "準備"をはじめた少女たち
Romanized Title: "Junbi" o Hajimeta Shoujo-tachi
Translated Title: The Girls Start "Preparing"
Airing Date: July 15, 2011
Previous Episode: This Is Where the Girls Start
Next Episode: Everything Starts With One Courageous Step

The Girls Start "Preparing" is the second episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime. It originally aired on July 15, 2011.


After seeing the girls' current profile pictures, the Producer thinks that they need new ones and orders a re-shoot so the girls can make better impressions in their auditions. When the photo shoot is in session, the younger idols, Iori, Yayoi, Ami and Mami want to stand out from the rest of the older idols by appearing mature-looking, which they fail to do. However, the Producer, Miki, Azusa and Ritsuko teach the younger girls about individuality and tell them to just be themselves. Thanks to their advice, the girls' photo shoot becomes a success.



Opening Song
  • READY!! (sung by: 765PRO ALLSTARS)
Insert Songs
Ending Song
BGMs and Themes


Screenplay Writers
  • Macihda Fujiko (待田堂子)
Storyboard Directors
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)
Animation Directors
  • Yusuke Matsuo (松尾祐輔)
Script Writer
  • Touko Machida
Ending Storyboard Director
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)
Episode Director
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)
Unit Director for Ending
  • Takao Noriko (高雄統子)


  • This was the first episode to feature the opening song, READY!!.
  • Some of the old promotional Images 765PRO used include references to other media, such as Azusa copying the iconic Marilyn Monroe pose.
  • "VKB24" appears as a group in a background poster, suggesting a parody version of the real life idol group AKB48.
  • The costumes Kotori Otonashi imagine that Makoto Kikuchi and Yukiho Hagiwara are wearing in her daydream are included in the costumes Iori Minase brought to the photoshoot.
  • A poster in the dressing room of the photoshoot looks extremely like a promotional image of Manami Numakura.
  • Haruka Amami's meeting with Touma Amagase is based off of the first interactions with Jupiter in THE iDOLM@STER 2.