|Japanese Air Date||October 16, 2014|
|Opening||Du-Du-Wa DO IT!!|
|Ending||Good morning my dream|
|Insert Song||Let's Aikatsu!|
|← Good Fortune||Bursting Flair☆ →|
Aikatsu Dash! (アイカツダッシュ！) is the 104th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 3rd episode of its "3rd Season" (
The scenario was written by Natsuko Takahashi with storyboard and direction by Kei Umahiki. The animation directors were Kana Nishijima and Tomoko Ishida, while Satomi Watanabe was the chief animation director
Akari hears about the Pon-Pon Crepe Image Girl audition and wants to try out as a way to get to know veteran idol, Hinaki Shinjō. Hinaki herself is interested in Akari, but even with their budding friendship, they must face off in the audition.
One day Akari goes out for a job when she happens to come across Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran. They exchange greetings and explain to Akari that they are heading out to work for a television show, where they will put on a performance as Soleil. This excites Akari, and encourages her to keep working her hardest too, but she accidentally runs into another girl while rushing around the corner.
She is quick to apologize, but the girl was more interested in hearing Akari shout "Aikatsu Dash", something she has never heard before. When it seems she also knows Akari's name, the girl goes on to ask where Akari get the idea to say "Dash", then decides that she likes it a lot and wants to say it too. So she attempts to leave for a photoshoot she was heading to, then stops and introduces herself as Hinaki before she leaves. Akari waves to her while trying to determine why her name sounds familar, then she recalls that Hinaki is a TV actor, then starts to wonder how she knew her own name.
In class, Johnny announces that it is time for a brand new Pon Pon Crepe Girl audition. Yu explains to Akari that it is known for being quite the gateway to success for new idols and Akari mentions that Kii won it last year.
The cafeteria is lively with chatter afterwards involving the Pon Pon Crepe audition. Some girls discuss how Mizuki had been the 12th Pon Pon Crepe Girl, and they mention how two years later, Aoi became the 14th Girl. Akari can't help but listen to the girls nearby as they ask if they will be entering. One wants to but hates how competitive it is. Akari then asks Sumire if she plans on entering, but unfortunately Sumire has another audition for that day. It is then she happens to spot Hinaki, who also sees her. Hinaki teasingly scolds Akari on addressing her too formely, then comments on how funny she is before asking to join them. After they tell her it is alright, it is mentioned that Hinaki and Sumire have the same classes, then Sumire tells Hinaki that they share a dorm.
It is then Hinaki mentions how interested in Akari she was. Ever since her audition a while ago, when she was so obsessed with Ichigo that she even introduced herself as Ichigo. Akari is a bit flustered and concerned at first, and tries to explain it until Hinaki claims it was a compliment, because of how fresh it was. She even calls Akari cute, then claims that she must really love Ichigo. She once again calls Akari adorable, but soon realizes she is out of time. She has to go to work, but happens to spot the Pon Pon Crepe Girl audition. She asks if they are entering, then after hearing that Akari wants to enter, she wants too also. She then leaves right after.
The girls go back to discussing the Pon Pon Crepe Girl audition and Akari voices concern that she may not be good enough. Sumire is sure she is though, and even voices that Hinaki has been in the industry for a long time, so she may have picked up on something. They begin to discuss how Hinaki has been on TV since she was little and look it up using Sumire's IdolLook. They see that she was a regular on a variety show alongside Otome, and she has also done reporting and hosted shows. They also see that she loves Vivid Kiss, and with that Akari decides that Hinaki would be perfect to take over as the Pon Pon Crepe Girl. Sumire still thinks that Akari would be good too though, so Akari is encourages to go for it.
A while later, Akari goes out to the Pon Pon Crepe shop in order to get a good idea on the taste. She orders one with Strawberry Milk and begins to eat it, only to run into Hinaki once again. Hinaki explains that she had an autograph session around the corner and decided to grab one while she was in the area. She joins Akari and goes on to comment on her awe-inspiring behavior and decides that they need to cheer each other on to get pumped for the audition. She also thinks that she and Akari need to hone their Yumminess skills together, and explains that it is needed to be a Pon Pon Crepe Girl. Impressed with this, Akari compliments how professional Hinaki is.
That night, Akari practices describing foods and feelings to convey with them by using the meal she and Sumire are eating. She explains what it is to her, but she is unable to find the right words, so she calls over Hinaki, who can't help but laugh at this. Akari explains that she wasn't able to do it right, even though it was good. So to help Akari, Hinaki demonstrates how she would do it, earning compliments from both girls. She is glad, but at the same time she feels like she is missing something. She then wishes that they all just do their best.
Later, while in bed, Akari thinks about Hinaki and wonders what she may think is missing.
The next day, the three girls meet up and try to practice with donuts. Hinaki appoints Sumire as the judge, then begins to eat one of the donuts. She comments on the wonderful taste of the chocolate and how it stays from being too sweet, then adds how she would love to keep eating it. Akari loved how she did, which makes Hinaki happy again. But when Akari notices her expression she brings up what she said the other day and asks why she may think she isn't good enough.
Hinaki explains to them that everytime she says something, it feels as though she has heard it a million times already. She can't come up with anything new or fresh. She is sure it is only because she has done plenty of food reports, but she hasn't been too proud of any reports lately, even if they come out perfect. However, when she was consumed with such thoughts, it was then she heard about the "Ichigo incident" with Akari. It was amazing and it encouraged her, because there is no greater expression of love then to introduce yourself as the subject without even thinking. Akari points out that it was just an accident however, but Hinaki claims that by being on edge, she could give gripping reports. She then thanks Akari for helping her get passed her doubts in the past, then tells her that they both should do their best.
Around sunset, the girls go out for a run in the track area. They clasp hands, and using "Aikatsu Dash", they keep running around together while Johnny and Orihime watch.
Later on, Sumire mentions how the audition will be coming the following day. Akari thinks Hinaki for helping her prepare for the audition, claiming that she would have had no idea what to do had she not met her. Hinaki tells her not to sell herself short though, since she helped her with her own problem sometime back. It is then Hinaki recalls that she has yet to pick a coord for the performance. She looks through her Vivid Kiss binder and explains how she tries to imagine herself ready to have fun while wearing one of the outfits, or if she feels down then wearing one will perk her back up. But she also likes to mix them up for a fresh new coord too, and with how much fun she has, she ends up losing herself to the excitement.
She spots the one coord item she was looking for and hands it to Akari, revealing that is the Emblem Hair Accessory. She is sure it would look great on Akari and asks her to wear it the following day. Sumire also thinks it looks cute and Akari comments on how fun it looks. Hinaki mentions to them that this is what she enjoys, to spread the fun with outfits, and to think up coords for other people to wear too.
Come the following day, the 16th annual Shining Pon Pon Crepe Compaign Girl audition is to begin. Girls from all over have come to compete in it, and Akari and Hinaki go backstage to await their turn. Akari seems to be a little anxious, but Hinaki knows she will do fine because they both practiced very hard. They need to use the tension though, and before they head inside, they clasp hands and use "Aikatsu Dash" to head inside. After they change, the girls appear on stage and sing "Let's Aikatsu".
After the performance, Orihime and Johnny discuss the performance. They mention how wonderful the hair accessory was for Akari, and Johnny reveals that Akari talked to him about it backstage earlier. She had showed him the accessory card and was very excited. In the audience, Ichigo and Aoi talk about Akari's performance while Ran mentions she seems to have broken out of her shell.
Later, it is announced that the winner was Akari. She is very surprised by this and Hinaki congradulates her. As Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran watch from the new room, Aoi mentions that Hinaki is one of the top first-year idols. Ran has high hopes for the both of them.
Later, when the trio leave, Hinaki and Akari exchange thank you's to one-another. She tells Akari that they will have to keep working together hand-in-hand from this point on, and Sumire mentions how they will all become busier now. So Hinaki suggests that they Aikatsu Dash every day and they share a laugh.
- Akari Ōzora
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Sumire Hikami
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Kī Saegusa (poster cameo, mentioned, flashback)
- Seira Otoshiro (flashback)
- Otome Arisugawa (mentioned)
- Yū Hattori
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- Haru Yotsuba
- Along with Ran's first appearance in Season 3 outside of the opening, this marks the first time all six main characters are present in an episode.
- Misako Tomioka and Minami Takahashi, the voice actresses of Maria Himesato and Sora Kazesawa respectively, voiced two girls with minor appearances in the episode.
- This episode marks the official debut of Hinaki Shinjō.
- Akari becomes the sixteenth generation Pon-Pon Crepe Image Girl.
- The Yellow Parade Coord makes its debut in this episode.
- This is the first time accessories have been used with school dresses in the anime.