THE iDOLM@STER Anime Poster
Kanji アイドルマスター
Romaji Aidorumasutaa
Director Atsushi Nishigori
Series Composition Atsushi Nishigori
Touko Machida
Character Design Toshiyuki Kubooka (Original)
Atsushi Nishigori
Music Ryuuichi Takada
Studio A-1 Pictures
Original Run July 8, 2011-December 23, 2011
Episodes 25

THE iDOLM@STER (アイドルマスター, Aidorumasutaa) is an anime television series, produced by anime company A-1 Pictures based off of THE iDOLM@STER 2, and is directed by Atsushi Nishigori. It began airing in Japan on July 8, 2011 on TBS. The anime finished airing on December 23, 2011 with a total of 25 episodes. The anime is licensed by Crunchyroll for online streaming.


765 Production manages 13 unique girls who aim to become top idols together. Due to the competitive industry, their goal isn't easy and everyday the girls put their best effort into their training and work. Can the girls accomplish their dream, or will idolhood tear them apart?


  • Director: Atsushi Nishigor
  • Series Composition:
    • Atsushi Nishigori
    • Touko Machida
  • Music: Ryuuichi Takada
  • Original Creator: Bandai Namco Games
  • Original Character Design: Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Character Design: Atsushi Nishigori
  • Art Director: Kushiro Usui
  • Chief Animation Director:
    • Akira Takata
    • Haruko Iizuka
  • Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
  • Director of Photography: Shinji Nasu
  • Producer:
    • Hisanori Kunisaki
    • Shunichi Uemura
    • Yasuhiro Yamaguchi
    • Yosuke Toba
  • Color Design: Kazuko Nakashima
  • Sound Effects: Yasunori Ogata 


Main Characters

  • Akiko Hasegawa as Miki Hoshii
  • Asami Imai as Chihaya Kisaragi
  • Eriko Nakamura as Haruka Amami
  • Asami Shimoda as Ami Futami and Mami Futami
  • Azumi Asakura as Yukiho Hagiwara
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Azusa Miura
  • Hiromi Hirata as Makoto Kikuchi
  • Manami Numakura as Hibiki Ganaha
  • Mayako Nigo as Yayoi Takatsuki
  • Naomi Wakabayashi as Ritsuko Akizuki
  • Rie Kugimiya as Iori Minase
  • Yumi Hara as Takane Shijou
  • Kenji Akabane as Producer
  • Juri Takita as Kotori Otonashi

Supporting Characters

  • Daichi Kanbara as Hokuto Ijuuin
  • Houchu Ohtsuka as Junjirou Takagi
  • Mitsuaki Hoshino as Reporter Yoshizawa
  • Takehito Koyasu as Takao Kuroi
  • Takuma Terashima as Touma Amagase
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shouta Mitarai


Episode List

No. Title Air Date
01 "This Is Where the Girls Start"
(これからが彼女たちのはじまり "Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari")
July 7, 2011
Tucked away in Tokyo, there's a small entertainment company called 765 Production. With only tweleve idols and a single producer, the girls always work hard with their training and the small jobs that come by. When the chance to appear on camera comes around, the girls are estastic with the hope that this will help bring them more coverage. As the girls are interviewed about themselves and their company, their unique personalites shine thorugh. When the filiming finishes up, Junjirou Takagi, the company president, reveals that the cameraman was really their new Producer all along!
02 "The Girls Start 'Preparing'"
("準備"をはじめた少女たち"'Junbi' o Hajimeta Shoujo-tachi")
July 14, 2011
Despite the work that their Producer has been putting in, none of the girls have passed any auditions. Apparently the problem was their profiles, as they put on the wrong impression. He organizes a new photo shoot for the girls, and while the older idols get their pictures taken, Iori Minase proposes a plan to help herself along with Mami Futami, Ami Futami, and Yayoi Takatsuki get more appeal. However, their plan backfires and they end up taking photos of their normal selves.
03 "Everything Starts With One Courageous Step"
(すべては一歩の勇気から "Subete wa Ippo no Yuuki kara")
July 21, 2011
The idols of 765 Production have been invited to summer festival. However, the town's small size and population are a disappointment to some of them, along with the fact that they must help set up. While the other girls can handle it, Yukiho Hagiwara's fear of men drains her confidence and ability to perform. Thankfully, Haruka Amami and Makoto Kikuichi are able to drag her out slump, but as soon as it's time for them to perform Yukiho's fear of dogs kicks in too! Producer notices this and helps her out despite himself also having a fear of dogs so she can perform.
04 "That Changes Who I Am"
(自分を変えるということ "Jibun o Kaeru to Iu Koto")
July 28, 2011
Haruka Amami, Chihaya Kisaragi, Takane Shijou, and Hibiki Ganaha are invited to appear on the competitive cooking show "GeroGero Kitchen".
05 "This Is Where the Girls Start"
(これからが彼女たちのはじまり "Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari")
July 30, 2016
As Aqours try to figure out how to improve their idol ranking, Tsushima Yoshiko, who had been absent from school since the first day, struggled to put her chuunibyou habits of pretending she is a "fallen angel" behind her. After watching one of Yoshiko's videos as her persona, "Yohane", Chika decided to invite Yoshiko to join Aqours and have everyone act like Yohane's little demons to increase their appeal. Although this identity gave them a boost in rankings, Dia promptly reminded them that it is only a temporary gain, which led Yoshiko to blame herself. Believing Yoshiko truly loved her persona, Chika invited her to join Aqours once again, encouraging her to love herself for who she is.
06 "This Is Where the Girls Start"
(これからが彼女たちのはじまり "Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari")
August 6, 2016
Mari informs Dia about plans to close Uranohoshi and merge with another high school due to lack of applicants. When Ruby tells the other about it, Chika decides to follow μ's' example and try to save their school. She decides to make a promotional video to attract applicants, but struggles to find some actual good things to say about their town. As Chika becomes determined to figure out an answer without relying on Mari, she learns that Dia used to love idols, but is stopped from inquiring further by Ruby. Later, as girls from all over town gather to clean up the beach, Riko inspires Chika to get their help in filming their promo video.
07 "This Is Where the Girls Start"
(これからが彼女たちのはじまり "Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari")
August 13, 2016
With their video placing them in the top 100 school idol groups, Aqours are invited to perform at an event in Tokyo, prompting some concern from Dia. Upon arriving in Tokyo, the girls each check out the specialist shops before coming across the shrine that μ's used to practice near, where they meet another pair of girls attending the event. Later that night, Riko tells Chika about her experiences at Otonokizaka and the expectations she was up against. The next morning, the girls hear about entries opening for the next Love Live before heading over to the event, where the two girls they met before, Sarah and Leah Kazuno, are also competing as the unit Saint Snow.
08 "This Is Where the Girls Start"
(これからが彼女たちのはじまり "Kore kara ga Kanojo-tachi no Hajimari")
August 20, 2016
After Aqours' performance in Tokyo, they are shocked at the results. They had come in 30th place out of 30 groups, receiving 0 audience votes to enter into Love Live. Feeling dejected, they return home. Dia is waiting for them and tells a story about how Kanan, Mari, and herself initially formed their own school idol group and made the same trip to Tokyo, but they were overwhelmed by the large crowd and unable to sing on stage. Meanwhile, Mari meets with Kanan with the hopes of having her be a school idol again, but Kanan refuses. This leaves Mari in tears. The next morning, Riko finds Chika at the beach in despair and comforts her. Riko lets her know that its okay for her to show her true emotions and that Aqours will continue as School Idols, not because of Chika, but because they love School Idols.
09 Template:Nihongo August 27, 2016
As the girls decide to do something for the upcoming culture festival, Chika becomes curious as to why Kanan quit being a idol. While following Kanan on her morning run, the girls overhear an awkward conversation between her and Mari. The next day, as Kanan returns to school, Chika becomes sick of everyone arguing and tries to confront her, Dia, and Mari about what really happened. While Kanan remains defiant, Dia reveals to the others that during the Tokyo event, Kanan chose not to sing on purpose because she didn't want an injury Mari had to get worse by performing, further revealing that she quit being an idol to stop Mari squandering so many possibilities for her future. Hearing about all of this, Mari properly confronts Kanan and the two finally manage to make up with each other, after which both of them become members of Aqours alongside Dia, who is revealed to be the one who came up with the group's name.
10 Template:Nihongo September 3, 2016
With the arrival of summer vacation, the girls begin training at the beach in preparation for Love Live while also helping out at a run-down snack bar. Meanwhile, Chika overhears that Riko has been invited to a piano recital that takes place on the same day as the Love Live preliminaries. Although Riko tells her that she plans to do Love Live, Chika remains worried about it. After hearing Riko's piano playing for herself, Chika asks Riko to go to the recital, feeling she should also do what she wants to.
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After Riko heads off for Tokyo for her recital, the others ask You to take her place alongside Chika in their dance routine. As the two practice together, Mari notices that You has been feeling jealous of Chika becoming close with Riko, encouraging her to be honest with Chika. Later, after You receives a call from Riko telling her how much Chika cares for her, Chika comes over, telling You to dance her own way rather than try to imitate Riko. The next day, Riko performs her recital while Aqours perform at the preliminaries, both managing to perform well.
12 Template:Nihongo September 17, 2016
Aqours manages to pass the Love Live qualifiers while Riko wins a trophy in her recital. Despite the popularity of the group, there are no additions to the applicants for the school. Feeling that there is still a large difference between them and μ's, the girls return to Tokyo to meet up with Riko and find out what made μ's so great. There, they meet up with Sarah and Leah, who have also qualified for Love Live and state their determination to win. Afterwards, the girls visit Otonokizaka High School, where one of the students tells them that μ's chose to leave no records of their activities at the school. Thinking about these words, Chika comes to realize that μ's was great not because they aimed to be the best, but because they acted freely, feeling that Aqours should aim to do the same instead of just chasing after them.
13 Template:Nihongo September 24, 2016
As the girls keep practicing for the regional qualifiers, some of Chika's friends, having seen everyone's efforts, decide they want to become idols and help the school. Despite almost the entire school showing up to support, Riko reveals that the rules prevent them from joining the group on stage. As Aqours take the stage, they put on a pre-show performance about how they came to be formed and what makes their town so great before performing their song, during which Chika calls down everyone to join in.