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.