|A Warm☆Japanese New Year|
|English||A Warm☆Japanese New Year|
|Japanese Air Date||January 8, 2015|
|Opening||Du-Du-Wa DO IT!!|
|Ending||Good morning my dream|
|Insert Song||Passion flower|
|← Happy Christmas Tree☆||Ōzora JUMP!! →|
A Warm☆Japanese New Year (ほっこり☆和正月) is the 115th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 14th episode of its "3rd Season" (
Juri is preparing for the New Year Fashion Show alone and Akari invites her to spend the new year together. While New Year with Akari is fun, Juri wants to find out the secret behind Akari's heat...
Akari and Juri join Akari's parents for New Years dinner. She thanks them for the invite, expressing her gratitude with her passionate gestures. As Akari's father begins to ask if Juri had ever been to her dads home land, he begins to get excited and discusses the soil and land itself, much to the girls confusion. Akari's mother explains that as her dad is a Geologist, he tends to be very focused on things related to the land.
With that, they offer Juri some of the potato they prepared for their meal, but Akari's dad struggles to stop discussing soil; especially when it turns out that her mother has been doing ceramics since she graduated from school. They are both clearly passionate about the soil, and wish to keep discussing it, though Akari claims they have done it enough and just wants to talk about something else. Juri claims it to be fine though since she just learned something new about Akari, much to her confusion.
After they eat, Juri and Akari go to sit down on the couch nearby. Juri compliments the nice meal, along with the nice dishes they used. But Akari is quick to stop her mother from discussing it. As Juri asks Akari what she likes to do for the New Year, her dad comes into the room again and he tries to resume discussion with the sands, now that he found a book and looked up some things related to Spain. His words strike something in Juri and she is able to make him very happy with her response, although Akari warns her about it since she doesn't want him to keep rambling about the soil and land.
After Juri comments on how fun she's having so far, Akari recalls that she has a fashion show to deal with the following day, causing Juri to recall that this is what led to her being invited there to begin with. Which causes them to think back to when the invite occured.
The girls decided to chat about their New Years plans one day in the cafeteria. Akari mentions her Pon Pon Crepe year-end campaign until the 29th, then she plans to enjoy her winter vacation. Hinaki also has work until then, and then she will be going away on a family trip. Sumire will be staying with her grandparents after she finishes work on the 27th, and after hearing this, Juri realizes that she will be the only one in the dorm area around the 30th. She has a new years fashion show on the 2nd, and rehearsals all the way until the 31st. She will not be attending the trip that the family usually go on, so her parents are going to use the chance for a little trip for themselves. Sumire asks if Juri will be lonely, and she admits that this will be her first New Years alone. In hearing that Akari invites her to spend New Years with her.
Ending their flashback, Juri admits how happy she is to have been invited. Akari is a little surprised as she mentions that she was excited to get to learn more about her. Juri mentions that usually Akari appears to be pretty shy, but when the time comes, Akari is one to heat up and become filled with passion. She thinks Akari may even be more passionate then her and tells Akari about the many stories she heard about her in the past. Such as when she learned to perform the special appeal, she spent a lot of time on the trampoline to learn it. She believes that Akari may be a very inspiring figure.
As they discuss this, Akari's dad once again gets into thinking about Soil. He mentions how much it inspires him, and Juri is able to relate to this feeling he describes. But Akari stops him yet again, causing her mother to comment on how they always have this sort of dynamic. Akari insists that she doesn't get along very well with her dad, but this makes him depressed for a moment until he decides to just try to think of some better, exciting things for next time.
This causes Juri to say that Akari must get her optimism from her dad, and while Akari doesn't agree, her mother and dad seem to think so. It's then Akari's dad asks Juri to perform her famous pose, which he has been looking forward to see. Juri performs it, but once again it encourages Akari's dad to discuss the soil. So her mother changes the subject by reminding Akari of the New Years cards. She tells her to remember to grab them, and they start discussing how she has been getting a lot from friends and family lately. Most of them in fact were addressed to her. She asks them to stop discussing it though since it embaresses her, and this grows worse as they offer to let Juri see pictures of her when she was little.
They grab the albums and start with an image of when Akari was three. She really liked to build blocks and could spend the entire day playing with them. Juri remarks that Akari has been passionate since she was little, and they look at a picture of her building sandcastles with her dad in the back yard. They describe how much work she spent building them after the one fell apart, and they start to discuss how Akari isn't the type to give up anything.
She recalls how depressed Akari was when she failed the entrance exam. But she refused to give up, and she kept trying and eventually got in. Akari's dad says that failure can be a good part of growing up and gaining experience, which makes Juri think that Akari has definitely got her optimistic spirit from her parents. With that, her mom asks if they would like to go and visit the shrine.
Everyone gets dressed in their kimono and with that they head to the Shrine. Where they walk down the pathway to the very top. They pray and observe the scenery, only to stop again as Akari's dad mentions how shrines are built on very sturdy ground. Akari stops him and she and Jury head over to find a good fortune station, completely ignoring her father as he resumes speaking.
They head to a restraunt and order some red bean soup. They begin to eat, but Juri finds herself distracted when she sees that Akari and her dad eat the same way. She talks about how much Akari takes after her dad, but Akari insists they have nothing in common. At this point, she realizes how sad it makes him when she says this, although Juri's words start to make her reconsider, which makes Akari's dad happy.
Later on that evening, Juri has finished with her bath. Akari is worried she may catch a cold from it, though Juri assures her that she is fine since she her body and heart always remain hot. She thanks Akari for inviting her there once more before claiming a desire to become like Akari. She is able to keep plodding through any hardships, and while she is a new idol she plans to keep at everything, like Akari. So with that the girls prepare for bed, and it turns out they share the same sleeping habit of tossing and turning. Akari lets Juri sleep on the side of the bed she wants, though Juri warns her that she has a tendency to shout in her sleep. The girls share a laugh and with that, get to sleep.
The next day, Akari and her family stand in the audience waiting for Juri to perform. It is her turn next and they are very excited. She stands backstage and takes out her cards before heading over to the machine, where she puts the cards in and changes outfits. On stage she performs to Passion Flower.
After she finishes, Akari and her family head out of the building. They express how wonderful the performance was, but with Akari's words, the topic of soil come up again. As she scolds him, Juri happens to spot them and watches while she thinks about her own parents and their own opinions for her shows. She turns to look back at the items on the desk and thanks her parents for everything.
- Juri Kurebayashi
- Akari Ōzora
- Sumire Hikami
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Karen Kurebayashi
- Serio Kamino
- Koharu Ōzora
- Manabu Ōzora
- This is the first episode of Aikatsu in 2015.
- Within canon, this episode takes place during Rin Kurosawa's birthday.