|The Rainbow-Colored Otome|
Niji-iro no Otome
|English||The Rainbow-Colored Otome|
|Japanese Air Date||December 10, 2012|
|Other||November 22, 2014 (Indonesia)|
February 5, 2014 (Hong Kong)
December 19, 2014 (Taiwan)
|Insert Song||Angel Snow|
|← Move on now!||Otome Falls in Love with Someone →|
The Rainbow-Colored Otome (虹色のおとめ) is the 10th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 10th episode of its "1st Season" (
The girls meet a popular student known as Otome Arisugawa. She will be Ichigo's rival for an upcoming Christmas Event audition and while Ichigo plans on just having fun, after seeing how hard Otome actually works, she has a change of attitude.
While heading to class, Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran happen to find a girl that has just fallen into one of the school fountain. She sits there absentmindedly as Ran offers her a hand to help her. She asks her if she will be okay since her clothes are wet, and Ichigo offers her a towel before Aoi recognizes the girl as Otome Arisugawa, someone who competed in the 17th National Pop Girl Grand Prix. She has been in commercials for Pop'n Popcorn, Cheerful Pop Candy, and Get'cha Cold: Freezing Ice Pop. They discuss how cute Otome is until they happen to hear the late bell, and she apologizes for keeping them before running off to change out of her wet clothes.
During class the girls think about Otome and how she wound up in the fountain. Ichigo is unable to get over how cute Otome is, while Ran is just happy that she didn't get hurt or sick. Aoi is happy that they were about to avoid trouble though, since Johnny wasn't in the room yet. But suddenly he comes in to announce the special Christmas Event coming up. Due to it, Starlight Academy will be holding a special Tournament to decide which three girls will take part in it.
Everyone wants to try, but to her surprise Ichigo's first opponent is Otome. Aoi warns her to be careful since she will be really hard to beat, but Ichigo really likes Otome so she's just happy to get a chance to take part in a battle against her.
Meanwhile, Orihime and Johnny are pretty excited to see what will happen during this; as both Otome and Ichigo are somewhat similar and their turn will be somewhat unpredictable as a result.
Later in the evening, Ichigo studies the many commercials that Otome was previously in while commenting on them. Aoi expresses concern that Ichigo may not be taking this entirely as serious as she should be, because if she does not focus on it, she could end up losing. Ichigo claims that she is working by watching the videos because they help her learn about Otome.
Meanwhile, Ran is busy doing her nightly stretches when someone knocks on the door. She is surprised to find Otome outside, offering her some of the Pop'n Popcorn for helping her earlier. Ran mentions that she usually doesn't consume sweet foods at night, but Otome takes this wrongly by assuming she would prefer something saltier, so she runs off.
The following day, Ran brings the salted Pop'n Popcorn for everyone to eat and explains that Otome gave it to her the previous night. No matter how many times she refused it, Otome didn't give up until she took it. This causes Ran and Aoi to compare her to Ichigo.
Later on, Ichigo has finished the entire bowl of popcorn and Aoi warns her not to let her guard down. She shows a video of Otome during an Interview, and Ran believes that she may be purposely laying her cutesy personality on too thick. Despite the fact that Otome is clearly a big airhead, she makes it obvious that she puts a lot of work and effort into everything she does. As Ichigo leaves afterwards, Aoi begins to worry again.
Ichigo happens to come across Otome during her run and finds her doing some breathing exercises. She watches with amazement how elegant she looks, but upon spotting Ichigo, Otome falls over. She goes on to explain how image training work and mentions that her inspiration came from pretending to be a Swan. Otome then mentions her need to work twice as hard as others, since she is a really big klutz.
In class Ichigo reveals what she learned to Aoi and Ran, causing her to finally realize that she has to be more serious and fears she doesn't stand a chance now. But she's dedicated to try anyway and gets straight to work with training until she is unable to move, winding up in the dorm room. Aoi shows up a while later and suggests to Ichigo that she take a nice bath to relax her muscles, and Ichigo is quick to agree, though it takes her a while to get there.
Later on, Ichigo leaves the dorm to do some more running. She happens to come by Naoto, who gives her some advice.
The next day Ichigo decides to take his advice and listens to the song she will be performing to. She deeply takes everything in, when Otome happens to come by the fountain and mentions that she comes by often to see the rainbow that shows up. But when it doesn't come, she asks if the clouds of winter may have something to do with it. Before she gives up and leaves however, the rainbow has suddenly appeared.
On the day of the audition, the trio notice Mizuki has come to watch. She wishes them luck and soon Ichigo and Otome go to the dressing area. Ichigo manages to calm the surprisingly nervous Otome down and they go to change, appearing on stage to perform to "Angel Snow".
After their performance, Otome congratulates Ichigo on her win. But she is surprised to find her crying all of the sudden and wonders why this is. Ichigo reveals that she has become a fan of Otome, and it turns out that both Aoi and Ran won their respective Auditions as well. Orihime and Johnny go on to announce that because of how many entrants they have decided to make a fourth position for the Performance. The entrants will be those who tried and were knocked out of the Main Round, meaning that Otome will be able to participate in the Revenge Match.
- Otome Arisugawa (official debut)
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Naoto Suzukawa
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Johnny Bepp
- This episode marks the official anime debut of Otome Arisugawa.
- This is the first duel audition Ichigo won, though Otome won the Revenge Audition.
- Shion Kamiya's name appeared on the participants' announcement board.
- The song Angel Snow appears for the first time.