|A Single Road, Our Parting Ways|
|English||A Single Road, Our Parting Ways|
|Japanese Air Date||January 21, 2016|
|Opening||START DASH SENSATION|
|Insert Song||lucky train!|
|← The Sketchbook of Dreams||Hinaki Miracle! →|
A Single Road, Our Parting Ways (ひとつの道と、別れ道) is the 168th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 16th episode of its "4th Season" (
Nono Daichi and Lisa Shirakaba who has received a boost from seeing Akari and her friends work hard training everyday for the Starlight Queen Cup, has also decided to work hard towards their goal of participating in the Starlight Queen Cup. But at the same time, Nono who would like to participate with Lisa as a PR (public relations) in a potato convention in Hokkaido named "May Queen Cup" (May Queen is a variety of potato), finds Lisa making a gloomy face...
The girls discuss how well Sumire's performance went recently. They discuss how popular she's become suddenly, but they refuse to let Sumire keep the spotlight for long. They happen to pass by Nono and Lisa, who observe them before commenting on the sight. Encouraged, Nono suddenly starts to run while Lisa watches her.
The girls arrive at Sakura's current living arrangement a bit later, and Nono brings up that she was sure it'd encourage them to keep working hard. As it turns out, Juri, Akari, Hinaki, Madoka, Rin, and Sumire all got the same idea. They discuss how the name will eventually change with a new Idol owning it, so they start to discuss various names if they win it. Lisa points out that only one person can become the Starlight Queen however, and she recalls when they headed home to pay everyone a visit. Her mom commented on hard it was to believe her daughter was an Idol, but when her little brother brings up doing solo work, they are reminded of how they've always been together. Lisa is concerned over how Nono will do without her.
In Orihime's office they discuss the the current standings with the contest. Orihime brings up how popular Luminas as a Unit was - so chances are the three of them will have great rankings either way. They also decide they can't count out Juri, Rin, or Madoka out just yet though, and Naoto states that they should just prepare for any of them to win.
That evening, Nono is busy booking work, saying it will help her prepare for Starlight Queen. Lisa watches her for a moment before deciding she'll do the same. Suddenly, She sees something titled "Queens Cup" and enters the both of them into it. She shows Lisa what she found, but as it turns out, its the Potato May Queen Cup. They show up on location and observe several people, with Nono commenting that a lot of people from Hokkaido showed up. She takes out the paper she had, saying the Idols they wanted were for promoting Hokkaido-grown potatoes. Lisa is a bit frustrated, but Nono claims this is their specialty. To their surprise the others show up, and as it turns out they all entered as well. Sumire comments on how amazing it all for all of them to have entered, but Lisa is still concerned over Nono.
The event begins, with the girls standing on stage, ready to start working. First they must peel potato, and Hinaki struggles to leave anything bigger than the size of a strawberry, incidentally slashing at the vegetable instead of peeling it delicately. Akari and Sumire do well but with Akari being so careful, she's very slow. They try to encourage her while Nono and Lisa continue to work, unaware of Dolly Devil's Designer being there among the judges.
Next, five of the girls are in a contest to stuff the potato sacks. Rin struggles to shove them in, while Nono worries her bag will tear. Juri handles it passionately and seemingly to do well - until her bag incidentally tears from overdoing it. They watch as Nono and Lisa quickly make work of their bags, then move onto the next round, in which the girls must cook potato. Juri makes a potato omelet, while Sumire made Potato salad and Akari makes Fries. Hinaki makes potato with bacon, and Rin makes Potatoes with cheese. Madoka reveals something creative she made, based on candy apples. Nono reveals a buttered potato she used to make back in Hokkaido, and they compliment its wonderful taste and give it a passing grade. Lisa reveals to them a bowl of meat and potatoes that she learned from her mother. It gets passing marks as well and the announcer reveals which two will move onto the final round: Lisa and Nono.
A break is held while Nono and Lisa celebrate how much fun they've had so far. They are joined by the judge, who reveals herself to be Lucy. She thanks the girls for inspiring her today before mentioning she was struggling to think of anything for a new dress. Nono reveals they came to try gaining experience for the Starlight Queen Cup. They then request that she makes them both a Dolly Devil Premium Dress, because they wish to wear the best dresses for it. She feels this would be a bit boring though, so she decides that whoever wins today's event will gain it. They agree and head back out on stage, but Lisa feels troubled once more. Lucy notices how concerns Lisa is and she agrees to hear her out, causing Lisa to express how she and Nono have always been together. Now it seems like they're being forced to separate from one-another, but she only became an Idol to continue doing what she loved; singing with Nono. She's proud to see how much she's grown now, but she feels lonely. Lucy seems to understand, and tells her that at some points they may need to be rivals, but walking down separate paths doesn't need to be so lonely. She gives Lisa some advice and suggests that the next time she's concerned, she just dives in headfirst. This resonates with Lisa as she recalls her decision to become an Idol, then she joins Nono on the stage.
There the girls must sort potato within the time limit. Whoever has the most will win. Lisa and Nono recall how they used to do this all the time, and Nono recalls how they would compete against each other when they were younger. They would get so competitive about it, and Lisa claims it was because they had so much fun. Encouraged to just have fun, the girls get started with sorting. They quickly sort when the times suddenly runs out. Nono happily mentions how much fun it was to work with Lisa, then confesses to feeling a bit lonely since they have been busy doing solo work lately. Lisa starts to feel better as she hears Nono speak of feelings similar to her own, and recalls what Lucy told her.
With that it is announced that both girls have won the event. As it turns out, they tied. Lucy decides that because they both won, she'll make the both of them a dress.
A bit later she reveals the Silky Love Devil Coord to the girls. They compliment how pretty it is as she mentions their various characteristics that she kept in mind when making it. With that they head out on stage and perform to "lucky train!".
Afterwards, the girls meet up with Lisa thinks to herself over how she plans to focus on diving headfirst into her own path. She and Nono will always remain friends, so she doesn't need to worry anymore.
- Nono Daichi
- Lisa Shirakaba
- Akari Ōzora
- Sumire Hikami
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Juri Kurebayashi
- Madoka Amahane
- Rin Kurosawa
- Lucy Kisaragi
- Johnny Bepp
- Naoto Suzukawa
- The Silky Love Devil Coord makes its debut in this episode.