|The Three of Us Once Again|
|English||The Three of Us Once Again|
|Japanese Air Date||August 13, 2015|
|Opening||Lovely Party Collection|
|Insert Song||Idol Activity!|
|← A Hot Summer Festival||The Dazzling Luminas →|
The Three of Us Once Again (もういちど三人で) is the 146th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 45th episode of its "3rd Season" (
The final votes of who will be in this year's Aikatsu8 has been decided and will be announced at last! Who will be chosen and will the new generation take flight? Passionate idols who want to expand those boundaries are now here waiting!
Akari awakens early one morning and gets ready to leave for her weather program. She comments on how the weather will be for the day before revealing the special Aikatsu8 election announcement special that is approaching. She reminds everyone to vote for their favorite idols, and they take a moment to explain how the Aikatsu8 election works to the audience. Akari admits to being nervous for the results - but she is also excited.
In the cafeteria, Yotsuba brings Akari, Sumire, and Hinaki some donuts while complimenting her program. He mentions his own opinions regarding Aikatsu8 and the girls go to sit down. While snacking the girls go over who was on Aikatsu8 the previous year; this being Seira, Maria, and Sora from Dream Academy, Mizuki and Mikuru from WM, and from Starlight, Ichigo, Yurika, and Otome. It's then Sumire brings up the fact that despite Ichigo being in Soleil with Aoi and Ran, only Ichigo got into Aikatsu8.
Elsewhere, one late evening, Ichigo and Aoi sit while being joined by Ran, who just finished her shower. They board their tour van and discuss how it has been a while since they were last at home, or at Starlight. But even they are excited for Aikatsu8, although they have other plans involving their unit as well.
At her office, Orihime, Johnny, and Naoto discuss their own ideas and theories for Aikatsu8. Orihime brings up that those who have been gaining attention for themselves during the voting period will have an advantage, then mentions Soleil's plans that will be revealed afterwards. Johnny is very happy to see how much the girls have grown, and they discuss how even the younger group have matured.
The following day, Hinaki joins Sumire and Akari, but to their surprise, two girls run up for all three of their autographs. Before they go, one of the girls reveals that she voted for Akari and wishes her luck.
That evening, while Akari lays in bed she thinks about what the girl said earlier. She is a bit sad to know that it's possible only one of her friends will make it into Aikatsu8, and she thinks about Ichigo and how only she made it. She steps outside for a moment before deeming the weather to be sunny for the next day. To her surprise, she sees Ichigo and approaches her. Ichigo mentions that she just got back and was wide awake, so she decided to take a walk. She has Akari join her to sit down and Akari explains being too excited for Aikatsu8 to sleep. Ichigo admits that even Soleil thought about it, and while their goal was to finish their nationwide tour - they want to also make it into Aikatsu8. Last year she was the only one chosen, but this year she wants to see to it that all three of them get it. Akari reveals that she felt the same way about Sumire and Hinaki, but Ichigo points out that getting what they want isn't always possible. Everyone advances at their own pace, and she reminds Akari of Mizuki and how she chose to work in solitude to advance, and with others she was able to achieve even better things. While the idea may sound harsh, the reason they can keep going is because they do their Aikatsu with no regrets.
Eventually the results program is going to start. Raichi calls for Ringo to come and watch while revealing his votes for Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran, then he shows Ringo his predictions booklet for this years Aikatsu8. Ringo takes a look at it and deems the ideas inside to be on the right track, then they sit down to watch the show.
The man announces the special and with that it begins. With everyone in the audience, he builds suspense before announcing the very first idol to be: Ichigo. Everyone applauds her and she thanks them before standing and heading on stage. The announcer gives a small comment as to what Ichigo has been doing, then moves onto the second member, Mizuki. She silently waves to everyone and joins Ichigo as he explains that she had an Asia tour, through Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, and a few others. Third is Ran, who is very surprised, followed by an excited Aoi and the man reveals that all three members of Soleil made it in. He goes in to announce Sakura, Yurika, a surprised Sumire, and the final member, Akari. Akari is surprised by this, but the other girls congratulate her as she mades her way onto the stage. Everyone in the audience cheers for the girls as they stand on stage, including Juri and Hinaki. Raichi is delighted that he guessed every idol right and comments on how happy Ichigo probably is to be with Ran and Aoi.
He goes on to reveal that Soleil has a special announcement as well and they step up to take over. First they express their words of happiness in being together before Ichigo goes on to reveal their new project: The Great Starlight School Festival. It is an event that will hosts trio units and they hope it will become a goal for idols to strive for, along with bringing the fans tons of joy and fun. Ichigo tells everyone that they are invited to join in on it, and with that the Announcer reveals that to finish the show, Soleil will perform for everyone.
Behind the stage, the three girls exchange words of encouragement before they run to change. They put on their school coords and appear on stage, singing to "Idol Activity!". After the performance, the girls share a final message with everyone in the audience while Akari and Sumire watch from the side.
- Akari Ōzora
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Sumire Hikami
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Juri Kurebayashi
- Rin Kurosawa
- Madoka Amahane
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Seira Otoshiro
- Mikuru Natsuki
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Yurika Tōdō
- Johnny Bepp
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Naoto Suzukawa
- Raichi Hoshimiya
- Ringo Hoshimiya
- Shun Yotsuba
- Hikari Minowa (cameo)
- Otome Arisugawa (flashback)
- Sora Kazesawa (flashback)
- Maria Himesato (flashback)
- The anime's Aikatsu8 2015 was announced this episode.
- Soleil returns in this episode.
- This episode features the first mention of Aikatsu within other Asian countries, with Mizuki having toured in China, Korea, and Singapore while Soleil was on their nationwide tour.
- This episode reveals the upcoming event, the Great Starlight School Festival.
- Main article: Episode 146 - The Three of Us Once Again/Image Gallery