The Indirect Route to Happiness (Shiawase e no Mawarimichi - しあわせへの回り道) is the 8th episode of THE iDOLM@STER anime series. It first aired on August 26, 2011.


Azusa, Makoto and Miki go modeling as a Bride, Groom and Bridesmaid respectively for a wedding magazine in a chapel. While Azusa is having a chat with her friend on the phone, a runaway bride who doesn't want to be married in an arranged marriage bumps into Azusa and drops her engagement ring. Azusa picks it up and is then taken by a group of bodyguards who mistake her for the runaway bride. But Azusa's kidnapping is witnessed by Makoto, and the Producer and her chase after them, leaving Miki behind at the job. When the bodyguards realize they have the wrong person, they let Azusa go but only to later learn from the bride that the ring is with Azusa. As Azusa tries to find her way back, she helps several people along the way, including watching over a fortune teller's booth, and while doing that, directing a Middle Eastern Man to go to the harbor. After a fight between Makoto and the bodyguards in Chinatown, they soon learn where Azusa is and immediately run after her, the whole group growing to include the Producer, the bride, the shop owners whose shops were damaged in the fight and the people Azusa helped. Coincidentally, Miki and the photo crew have moved to where Azusa and everyone else is heading, and Miki convinces the photographer to take pictures of the wild chase. After the misunderstandings are cleared and the ring finally returned, the bodyguard's boss arrives who is none other than the man Azusa met earlier, who is actually an Middle Eastern Oil Tycoon. The bride, finally seeing that the groom is actually a handsome and kind man, happily agrees to marry him and hopes Azusa will find happiness as well. Thankfully for everyone at 765 Productions, Azusa's chase photos become a hit and the Oil Tycoon paid for all of the damages cause by the misunderstandings.

Featured Song

Ending Theme

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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