|Love Under The Camphor Tree|
Kusunoki no Koi
|English||Love Under The Camphor Tree|
|Japanese Air Date||January 21, 2013|
|Other||December 27, 2014 (Indonesia)|
February 25, 2014 (Hong Kong)
January 23, 2015 (Taiwan)
|Insert Song||Trap of Love|
|← Naughty Detectives♥||Heart Pounding!! Special Live Act Part 1 →|
Love Under the Camphor Tree (クスノキの恋) is the 15th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 15th episode of its "1st Season" (
Otome manages to score a last minute appointment with her favored brand's top designer; but when she gets lost she comes across an old woman in search of a camphor tree and decides to help her out instead.
One day Otome paces around, trying to determine where she has wound up. So she starts to think about what led her there.
In class, Johnny brings up a very special audition. For those who pass, they will be given a Mastery of Appearance. Ichigo is really excited, but Aoi points out that in a way this is like a final exam for them. After class ends, Aoi informs the other three that she managed to get them a private dance lesson while Ran points out how important team work will be this time. They find the dance lesson very difficult and the woman claims that they are not even concentrating on their appearance. It doesn't matter how they look, and she tells them to think about themselves instead of her just telling them to.
As lunch comes by the girls try to figure out what the instructor may have meant, but Ichigo believes it just has to do with how one looks. She then goes on to say that Aoi has been keeping track of her calorie intake before they notice that Otome has only been eating a lot of sweets. She claims to be fine though and Aoi also points out that if eaten careful, chocolate can provide a good use for substance. Ran decides that a new discussion should be in order, but before she can think of something to say, they realize that Otome has run outside to look at the flowers.
They track her down and they drag her elsewhere to start discussing that she should get her hands on Premium Cards for the audition. She is the only one in the group without any and they take turns talking about the brands before Aoi recalls how much Otome likes Happy Rainbow. She explains how one obtains the Premium Cards before they go to ask Johnny where to locate Happy Rainbow's top designer. He mentions how hard it is to please this particular designer, but he claims he can easily set something up. But the girls accuse him of just going on to ask Orihime again.
Later on, the girls mention the Audition again and Otome frets over holding them back. Ran tells her that with this behavior she wont be able to pass, and she states that if they cannot all use the Premium Coords then none of them will. They will rely strictly on skills to show everyone that it wont matter. So with this said the girls quickly get to work training.
During break, Ichigo receives a text and reads it to the others.
The next day, the four girls proceed to chase their teacher around wondering what happened to getting the appointment with the top designer. He wasn't able to get it and feels really bad, but runs off so that they stop harassing him. Ran decides that none of them will use the premium cards, but suddenly Orihime comes by and gives Otome a letter from Makoto, the top designer of Happy Rainbow. She tells her not to be late since he's strict and right away Otome prepares to go for it.
Later on, Otome happens to wander by the same road she got lost on the previous day when she happens to spot a cute old lady. The woman scolds her for being rude and Otome apologizes and makes an attempt to leave. But she stops her to ask for help, explaining how she used to live in this town a long time ago and is in search of a big camphor tree. She wishes to find it as it's special to her, and while Otome is touched by this story, she realizes that she has her appointment to get to. However, she can't resist doing something so nice and helping love, so she agrees. The old woman introduces herself as Ikuyo and Otome promises to help her.
Meanwhile the trio are still trying to determine what's going on. They receive a text from Otome saying she needs their help and they leave the campus after they get permission. Upon locating her, Ran scolds her since they have more important things to do then look for a tree, but Otome claims this is just as important and asks them to help her look for the big camphor tree. Aoi tries to use the map on her Aikatsu phone, but struggles to locate the right one since there's so many. Ikuyo doesn't have any other information to help them, and because of her age she also can't walk that far on her own, so Ichigo volunteers to carry her.
After they visit six shrines, Ikuyo mentions that she did not see the tree and is worried they may have passed it. As the girls take turns carrying her, running back and fourth, she suddenly remembers that it has been over fifty years and can't remember anything else, other than where it may be. Ran believes they should be going since it's already after three, but Otome remains dedicated and they run around the area to speak to the residents in hopes of finding someone who recognizes it.
Suddenly Otome runs into a strange man and knocks him over. He scolds Otome and mentions that he has to hurry up for his appointment. She asks him about the three and Ichigo manages to locate it, but the only thing left is the stump. Where it is revealed that it had to be cut down after a bad storm ruined it. Despite that, Ikuyo is very happy to have found it and she tells them the story of what happened and mentions that the boy had turned her down. But she did marry soon after and even now, she has three grown children and her husband has become bedridden since then. Before she knew it, she had come there to search for her memories.
She thanks Otome for her help and gives her a special ring on a necklace that belonged to the boy that turned her down. It may be special to her, but she wants Otome to have it and her memories are good enough. She also thanks the others and takes her leave. The trio remind Otome of her appointment afterwards and by the time they reach it, Otome realizes that the strange man she ran into was Makoto, the top designer. Right away he accuses her of being after the Tropical Basket Coord he made and tells her that she can't have it since she's five minutes late. Aoi tries to explain why she was late but he refuses to hear it.
Although disappointed, Otome claims that it is fine because it was her own fault for being late. She does not deserve the time and effort he put into making the coord. Ran then mentions the time again and she decides that they will just use their normal coords. While Otome feels down, she also has great feelings about helping someone and brings up the pendant. Suddenly, Makoto asks Otome why he has it, since his Father gave one to him exactly like it. He checks the nearby drawer and finds his Fathers pendant still inside and starts to wonder if the old woman Otome was with may have been the very same one in his Fathers story.
He explains that his dad really liked this girl, but he had to reject her due to Family circumstances. He gave the pendant to her so that she would have something to remember him by, and like Otome, it was a very touching story to Makoto. He feels overjoyed in knowing that not even after fifty years, the woman still remembers it dearly. In hearing this Otome decides to give Makoto the other half of the pendant since she is sure his father and the woman would prefer it this way.
Touched by Otome's kindness Makoto decides to give her the Tropical Basket coord as thanks. But she is unable to thank him properly before Ran yanks her away to remind her that they have to hurry up and get back to school before they're too late for the audition. The four girls quickly run back and make it just in time to change and perform to "Trap of Love".
After their performance the girls notice they got the Mastery Mark. Mizuki has come by to comment on this and mentions how much harder things will be getting now. She then informs Ichigo that she's going to be her partner, much to Ichigo's shock.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Otome Arisugawa
- Johnny Bepp
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Makoto Nijigahara
- Ikuyo Inamura
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- This episode is the official anime debut of the Tropical Basket Coord.