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|Talk Show Runway|
|English||Talk Show Runway|
|Japanese Air Date||April 16, 2015|
|Opening||Lovely Party Collection|
|Insert Song||Pretty Pretty|
|← The Showtime of Dreams||The Magic of Units →|
Talk Show Runway (トークの花道) is the 129th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 28th episode of its "3rd Season" (
Akari, Sumire and Hinaki have been invited to attend the famous Talk Show "Dance! Maguro Palace". Delighted by the news initially, after the three of them learn the nickname of the director, "Devil of the Talk Shows", they become anxious. Will the trio be able to overcome their nerves and attend the show?
Orihime has called Akari, Sumire, and Hinaki into the office to discuss a new offer for them. She explains that they have been invited to attend a special two-hour event on a show that will be featuring celebrities whose popularity has just started to began heating up. Johnny-sensei fills them in on anything they may need to know before commenting on how special it is.
In the Cafeteria the girls read over some articles involving the show they will be appearing on. Hinaki discusses how much of a big deal it is, then comments that it can be difficult to actually get a chance to be on the show. The girls are rather concerned over their talking skills but Hinaki manages to encourage them.
Akari is leaving the office when she happens to hear that Maguro is there. She approaches his door and decides to greet him, walking inside once he confirms that she can come in. She introduces herself to him and mentions that she will be coming onto his show very soon. But he mistakes her for playing the role of Ozorotter - which turns out to be a joke before he proceeds to try again, scolding Akari for being so nervous. He tells her to try to get it together by the time the show rolls along and Akari promises to do better before taking off.
In the classroom she discusses how the meeting went to Hinaki and Sumire. Hinaki doesn't sound too surprised and she reveals that Maguro is known as being a "talk show demon", and if you don't please him enough he will cut the idols footage out of the program when it airs. Akari frets over this as Hinaki reveals that even Ichigo screwed up on his show, but this makes Akari want to work twice as hard to do better. The girls are joined by Johnny, who has come in with a bunch of papers. He asks Hinaki to tell Sumire and Akari more about Pre-Questionaires and she starts by saying that when someone is watching a show, it just looks like it's a bunch of people sitting around talking. But in reality it actually involves the host having the guests filling out some sheets so that they can select the most interesting topics to discuss. They are very vital for a talk show.
The girls sit down and start to fill out their questionnaire, but Akari worries over her answers, while Hinaki feels her own lack freshness. Sumire admits that she is unable to think of any special talents. Suddenly Akari gets an idea and points out that Sumire is great with positive reading, since she has a lot to discuss on the subject. Hinaki then points out that they would be better off helping each other with the answers instead of trying to do them separated. They are quickly able to fill the papers out in no time and suddenly Sumire recalls something. She writes it down and explains that she tends to do this whenever she has difficult things she must remember at a later date. The girls compliment the idea and get up to leave the classroom.
The trio walk down the hallway when Otome approaches them. They are surprised to see her but she reveals that she came to congratulate them. They fill her in on what happened and she admits that it took her a while to get used to talk shows. After she mentions that she has her own tips and tricks for getting through them, Akari asks Otome to help them learn. Otome agrees and they go outside by the fountain. She starts by saying the answers should be short but have a lot of impact, due to limited time and many guests. She shows them her introduction and tells the girls that they can have impact if work and some effort is put into it.
Soon the day arrived and the girls are given their topic lists for the day. The man who gave them the book takes off and they go over the structure and layout of the show, along with which guest will get which questions. Akari is able to locate their questions and points out that their introductions will go first, then Sumire happens to spot her positive reading discussion to follow, then Hinaki sees that her interesting story is next, followed by Akari's inspiration to become an idol. Hinaki is pleased to see that the staff must think they are interesting if they selected these things and the girls feel anticipation for the show. The man from before arrives to tell the girls that Maguro has come so they come to his room to greet him.
This time Akari is ready and she is able to give him a great introduction, along with Hinaki. When Sumire's turn comes she keeps it very short and simple, which confuses Maguro at first until he asks if she left anything out. She simply gives a secretive gesture and he claims to enjoy this, having identified the type of girl Sumire is. He suggests that the girls just act like themselves during the show and he tells them to be honest with their answers, asking if they practiced for the show. They claim they did, along with Akari revealing his nickname and why they worked so hard. Akari admits that they fretting he may actually turn into a demon if they were to mess up. To their surprise, he takes out a notebook to write down some things and teases the girls by claiming he won't let them see since they are secret. The girls find this amusing and laugh before he comments that the girls seem different than when he first met them tagging along with Aoi.
This surprises the trio and he suddenly walks off, asking the girls to wait a moment. Suddenly Akari seems a little confused and mentions that she was invited after he saw her on Oozora Weather. Which means that despite his hectic schedule he is still able to tune in to other programs and recall simple meetings with others that may not have even been formal. The girls are impressed by this as he returns, to reveal that he has edited some of the scripting. Hinaki doesn't understand and he compares talking to food, saying that while there is a lot it always needs to be fresh. He reveals that the topic listing is more of a guide than anything, so you have to learn to just roll with it. The girls comment that this makes sense and they are told to go onto stage. Akari is somewhat nervous but Maguro is able to calm them down.
With that the show begins as Maguro steps onto the stage. He greets everyone and brings up the first topic, a self-introduction. Akari discusses how much impact they were able to have for the guests and she discusses how well it went. He then asks Sumire about her Positive Reading and she pulls out her book. She reads his fortune before explaining the positive spin on it, by explaining that he should focus on letting others stand out on how show so that his efforts can bear fruit. But she warns him to be careful with his words and he claims to feel better. So next he asks Hinaki about her Interesting Encounter and she points out that it has to do with Akari, explaining that the first time she saw her, she had accidentally introduced herself to everyone as Ichigo during her Audition. Akari claims that this is because that this was just because she really likes Ichigo. Hinaki says that Akari is very interesting, causing Maguro to tease by asking if she is more interesting than he is, causing everyone to laugh.
Akari goes on to discuss how she forced herself to gather her courage to speak to him for the first time. He brings up the "talk show demon" nickname and she tries to explain how these were rumors she heard. In the end, the talk show was a big success and Maguro reveals that a Special Live is going to take place between the trio. He questions what sort of song they may perform for everyone while the girls run backstage to change. When they reappear they perform to "Pretty Pretty".
Afterwards the girls change as everyone is taking down the set. The girls thank Maguro for everything that day and he compliments the girls for their job well done. He goes on to discuss something that has been on his mind and comments on how they are professionals. He says that a lot of what they do is the very same, so they must continue to keep running forward.
- Akari Ōzora
- Sumire Hikami
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Otome Arisugawa
- Ichigo Hoshimiya (flashback)
- Aoi Kiriya (flashback)
- Ran Shibuki (flashback)
- The correct amount of lucky stars on the Geppetto Innocent Boots were missing during the change room scene.