This Is Where the Girls Start

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This Is Where the Girls Start
Episode 01
Original Title: これからが彼女たちのはじまり
Romanized Title: Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari
Translated Title: This Is Where the Girls Start
Airing Date: July 8, 2011
Next Episode: The Girls Start "Preparing"

This Is Where the Girls Start is the first episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime. It originally aired on July 8, 2011.


Shown from a perspective of a cameraman shooting a documentary, this films and introduces the girls of 765 Production studios and their everyday activities as idols. Along with interviews with the staff of 765 Production, the idols themselves are also interviewed over why they became idols and what their goals are. By the end of the episode, President Junjirou Takagi of 765 Production reveals to the girls that the cameraman who's been filming them is in fact their new producer.


  • Visual Judge (Sugio Yamazaki, 山崎 すぎお) (CV: Akimitsu Takase)
  • Dance Judge (Tetsuya Karuguchi, 軽口 哲也) (CV: Osamu Hosoi)
  • Vocal Judge (Oto Utada, 歌田 音) (CV: Eriko Nakamura)
  • Reporter (CV: Masayuki Katou)
  • Store Clerk (CV: Rei Matsuzaki)


Ending Song
BGMs, Themes, and Cameos


Screenplay Writers
  • Macihda Fujiko (待田堂子)
  • Atsushi Nishikori (錦織敦史)
Storyboard Directors
  • Atsushi Nishikori (錦織敦史)
  • Atsushi Nishikori (錦織敦史)
Animation Directors
  • Tetsuya Kawakami (川上哲也)
  • Haruko Iizuka (飯塚晴子)
Script Writer
  • Atsushi Nishikori (錦織敦史)
  • Touko Machida
Episode Director
  • Atsushi Nishikori (錦織敦史)


  • This is the only episode to be presented in this documentary style.
  • The character charm Haruka Amami carries on her bag seems to be similar to a character Eriko Nakamura drew as her representative image on Radio de iM@SHOW!!.
  • During Takane Shijou's audition scene, the two unnamed characters in the room appear to be likenesses of Eriko Nakamura and Asami Imai.
  • While the judge Sugio Yamazaki appears in the games voiced by Osamu Hosoi, he is voiced by a different person in this adaptation.
  • Tower Records can be seen written on the 765 schedule board near Miki Hoshii's name, which is a subtle nod to a real life campaign that took place featuring Miki and the Tower Records company.
  • Haruka Amami's CD promotion takes place at "Music City", a fictional CD store that often appears as a background in the games.
  • Azusa Miura going to a community college is later referenced in the SHINY FESTA games.
  • The stuffed rabbit Iori Minase carries around is formally known as "Charles Donatello XVIII" in the anime canon.
  • The ending includes a choreographed version of The world is all one!! for seven performers. This is currently impossible to do in game.
  • Rei Matsuzaki would later voice the character Kirari Moroboshi.
  • In addition to the convenience store clerk, Rei Matsuzaki also voices the auditioning idol who gets called after Hibiki.