The Girls Start Preparing (Junbi o Hajimeta Shōjo-tachi - 準備"をはじめた少女たち) is the 2nd episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime series. It first aired on July 15, 2011.


After seeing the girls current profile pictures, the Producer decides that they need new ones and orders a re-shoot so the girls can get a better impression in their auditions. While the photo shoot is currently 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 so. However, the Producer, Miki, Azusa and Ritsuko teach the younger girls about individuality and to just be themselves. Thanks to their advice, the girls photo shoot becomes a success.

Featured Song

"Watashi wa Idol❤️" (私はアイドル♡?) (I'm Idol♡ ) by Iori Minase (Rie Kugimiya), Yayoi Takatsuki (Mayako Nigo) & Ami & Mami Futami (Asami Shimoda)

READY! by 765 Pro All Stars

Watashi wa IDOL (M@STER VERSION)04:54


Ending Theme

"Positive!" by Iori Minase (Rie Kugimiya) & Yayoi Takatsuki (Mayako Nigo)
Positive! (M@STER VERSION)04:39

Positive! (M@STER VERSION)

Episode Guide

# Episode Title Airdate Watch Episode*
1 This Is Where the Girls Start July 8, 2011 Play
2 The Girls Start Preparing July 15, 2011 Play
3 Everything Starts With One Courageous Step July 22, 2011 Play
4 That Changes Who I Am July 29, 2011 Play
5 Spending Summer Vacation With Everyone August 5, 2011 Play
6 The Decision to Continue Forward August 12, 2011 Play
7 Things You Love, Things That Are Important August 19, 2011 Play
8 The Indirect Route to Happiness August 26, 2011 Play
9 Things You Can Do As Two September 2, 2011 Play
10 Moving Forward a Little Bit with Everyone September 9, 2011 Play
11 Hopes, Uncertainties, and Signs September 16, 2011 Play
12 A Goal with a One-Way Path September 23, 2011 Play
13 And So, the Girls Rise to the Shining Stage September 30, 2011 Play
14 The World that Began to Change! October 7, 2011 Play
15 Everyone Together, It's a Live Broadcast! A Live Broadcast! October 14, 2011 Play
16 How It Feels to be All Alone October 21, 2011 Play
17 Makoto, A True Prince October 28, 2011 Play
18 Lots of Everything November 4, 2011 Play
19 Like the Moon Hiding Between the Clouds November 11, 2011 Play
20 Promise November 18, 2011 Play
21 Like a Flower Blooming November 25, 2011 Play
22 On Christmas Eve December 2, 2011 Play
23 Me December 9, 2011 Play
24 Dream December 16, 2011 Play
25 Everyone Together! December 23, 2011 Play
Bonus The Story of 765PRO June 16, 2012
*Clicking play will take you to a stream of that episode on Crunchyroll

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