THE IDOLM@STER is a 2011 anime series based on the popular raising sim and rhythm game franchise of the same name by Namco Bandai Games on the arcade and Xbox 360. The anime series aired from July 7, 2011 to December 23, 2011 on TBS and on later dates on MBS, CBC, RKB and BS-i.
The anime series is specifically based on the third game in the franchise, THE IDOLM@STER 2. It follows a group of thirteen pop idols from 765 Production studios and their goal to become the most popular idols in Japan.
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
- Director: Atsushi Nishigori
- Composition: Atsushi Nishigori and Tōko Machida
- Character Design: Atsushi Nishigori
- Art Direction: Kushiro Usui
- Sound Direction: Hiromi Kikuta.
The anime's first opening theme song from episode 2 to 12 is "Ready!!" by 765PRO Allstars, the thirteen idols of 765 Production, sung by their voice actresses, Haruka Amami (Eriko Nakamura), Chihaya Kisaragi (Asami Imai), Yukiho Hagiwara (Azumi Asakura), Yayoi Takatsuki (Mayako Nigo), Ritsuko Akizuki (Naomi Wakabayashi), Azusa Miura (Chiaki Takahashi), Iori Minase (Rie Kugimiya), Makoto Kikuchi (Hiromi Hirata), Ami and Mami Futami (Asami Shimoda), Miki Hoshii (Akiko Hasegawa), Hibiki Ganaha (Manami Numakura) and Takane Shijō (Yumi Hara). From episode 14 to 25, the second opening theme song is "Change!!!!" by 765PRO Allstars. For the ending theme songs, each episode has a different song sung by the idols including songs from the games.