|Japanese Air Date||November 05, 2012|
|Other||October 18, 2014 (Indonesia)|
January 21, 2014 (Hong Kong)
November 14, 2014 (Taiwan)
|Insert Song||prism spiral|
|← Oh! My! Fan!||Lost in an Autograph! →|
Ran! Runway! (ラン! ランウェイ!) is the 5th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 5th episode of its "1st Season" (
Ichigo becomes curious of an anti-social, yet popular classmate of hers and seeks out to befriend her. So when the two get paired up for an audition, Ichigo must learn how to understand the seemingly untouchable girl.
Ichigo and Aoi are both running to their class when Ichigo realizes that she forgot her student ID. She runs back to the dormitory with Aoi following her. Moments later, they arrive at the academy, where Ichigo thanks her before going inside. They spot a girl with brown hair viewing a bulletin board and after Ichigo recognizes her as a classmate, Aoi identifies her as Ran; a thirteen year old idol veteran who has performed since she was young. Polished for her beauty and talented for her age, she is known by her earned alias, the "Beautiful Blade," for her sexy look.
As Aoi admires her, Ichigo realizes that they hadn't spoke to her yet and walks up to her to introduce herself, along with Aoi. Aoi politely asks Ran to help them out with their studies in hopes of striking up conversation, but unfortunately, Ran makes an off-topic response by telling them "not to disappear together," before she walks away. Collecting their opinions about Ran, Aoi thinks she's sexy and cool and Ichigo compares her to Mizuki. Then she gets a flashback of Mizuki, reminding her that she and Aoi won't rise together.
As time passes, Ichigo and Aoi steadily kept an eye on Ran and start to believe that she is always acting by herself. Aoi thinks it's part of her image and probably prefers to be alone but before they can say much more of it, Johnny Bepp enters the classroom. He announces to the students that he managed to get them a chance to be in a Fashion show audition and explains that whoever wins will be featured as the model for a popular fashion magazine called Smile Pop Lemon. But only two students will get into the audition and the decisions of who is partnered with who is decided by a game of chance.
Everyone grows uneasy, while Ichigo hopes that she an Aoi will be together. In the end she is partnered with Ran and grows disappointed, due to the experience she has. Aoi tries to cheer her up by saying that she should have good fortune from this and if she passes she will get to be in the magazine, but Ichigo accuses Aoi is being relieved because she wasn't given to Ran. Aoi tries to claim otherwise, but it doesn't fool Ichigo.
Back at the dorm Ichigo struggles to keep confident, knowing that if she fails Ran would be furious. Aoi continues to try and cheer her up by making her see her real self instead of a girl who gives up. She then tells Ichigo to put her fair share of work into this and Ichigo leaves to do some rehearsal. She spends the entire day focusing on her poses, posture, and balance and continues until Aoi comes by to applaud her effort. Ichigo still lacks confidence but Aoi reminds her that she can just continue practicing the next day. With a shared smile, the girls fail to notice that Ran has been observing them from a distance.
She takes off and heads back to her own dorm room, where she stares at the empty bed across from her own. A flashback begins, showing that she had a very confident roommate and friend, who felt that because they were always together, she got the courage and support to keep on going. But as the flashback ends, Ran simply comments that "giving it your all" doesn't guarantee success.
The next morning marks the day of the audition. Ichigo shows Aoi how much she has improved with her training and receives a compliment from Aoi regarding her style. She thanks her in return, then decides to continue practicing by walking around the dorms until the rehearsal arrives. While doing so, she spots Mizuki and approaches her with a greeting. Mizuki tells her to enjoy the audition before advising her by saying that the audience will find her unappealing if she gets too nervous. Ichigo thanks her and walks away after Mizuki tells her to watch Ran more closely, pointing out that she steps with her left foot first.
Later, the time of the fashion show audition arrives. Ichigo and Ran stand by in the waiting room, where Ran sits quietly and Ichigo continues practicing her runway walk. She tries to motivate Ran by telling her to give it her all, as well as the fact that she will also do her best on the runway, but Ran tempts her well-being, saying that by only focusing on themselves, it would make them unworthy of the glory an idol gains. Speechless, Ichigo runs out of the waiting room and continues to practice her walk outside.
Ran catches up to her and tries to make herself clear on what she is trying to say and asks Ichigo to come with her. She takes her to an observation room that overviews the Aikatsu System and explains that there is a lot more than just looking pretty on the runway. A model's job is to shine brightly on the stage that everyone on staff has put all of their heart into. As for the idols the people have come to see, they must express their feelings to the crowd, and not to stray off it. This makes Ichigo realize that she was too fixated on herself with anxieties of losing and recalls earlier on when Johnny mentioned that partners should focus on becoming one during the audition. As a model Ichigo cannot simply think about herself.
They head to the Fitting Rooms and place their cards on the crest of the booth to select their outfits. Ichigo donning the Pink Stage set while Ran dons the Purple Stage set. Then they both headed to the audition stage, where they perform together, dancing and singing to prism spiral.
That evening, Aoi expresses her positive compliments with Ichigo, while Ichigo is just happy that she could see everyone watching her during the performance. Aoi also shows how impressed she was regarding how Ichigo looked, but Ichigo takes it as a joke and laughs instead.
The next day, at the headmistress' office, Orihime tells Ichigo and Ran that they have passed the audition. Ichigo is delighted while Ran is simply thankful. Reviewing their performance, Orihime tells them that their technique was fascinating and asks if they practiced together. Ran denies this, but Orihime assumes otherwise, causing Ran to deem Ichigo an airheaded prodigy, but she has great potential as far as she knows. This surprises Orihime to hear Ran praise someone else, and also notices that Ran is smiling, claiming that she must have "gotten over it", leaving Ichigo very confused.
As the two girls leave, Ichigo asks Ran what it was she got over, and Ran explains to her that she used to have a roommate, like Ichigo. A girl who was her close friend, but left sometime back. A flashback plays, revealing that the friend had become heavily dissatisfied with herself for not trying to keep up with Ran. She had gave up on idoling at that moment and told her that she would continue to support Ran as a spectator, then in tears, the girl, Mako, left. This memory has haunted Ran, knowing that she couldn't do anything to help her friend, and she explains that she gained the habit of using her left leg first from Mako - because she always did it. She also points out that because Ichigo happens to use her right foot first, their opposite natures was what made them get their feelings synced.
For a moment, as this discussion is going on, Mako is shown observing a picture of Ran. She comments that they should both follow their own dreams.
Ran bids Ichigo a farewell as Ichigo thanks her for her help. She made her focus on others and realize what was important, but Ran claims she was only station the obvious, then tells her that she was the one who "took flight from the runway" before leaving.
In class, Ichigo apologizes for being late to Aoi. She had made her keep going because she didn't want to slow her down, but Aoi simply tells her that they don't need to be together all of the time, as long as they can be in spirit. Ichigo agrees with her, but the girls are interrupted by Ran, who cuts in to compliment their friendly exchange between each other.
For the rest of the scene, Ichigo and Aoi then make ravish remarks and praises which annoy Ran. But just as it seems over, they begin to infuriate her with the cute remarks instead. The episode ends with Ichigo and Aoi showing delight in how they flustered Ran.
- Although seen in minor appearances since the first episode of Season 1, this is the first episode where the primary focus is on Ran, making this her first official "major" debut in the anime adaption.
- This is the first episode to have a Fashion Show in Aikatsu! Series.
- The song Prism spiral appears for the first time.