|The Power of Idols|
|English||The Power of Idols|
|Japanese Air Date||February 4, 2016|
|Opening||START DASH SENSATION|
|Insert Song||START DASH SENSATION|
|← Hinaki Miracle!||Best Friend →|
The Power of Idols (アイドルのチカラ) is the 170th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 18th episode of its "4th Season" (
There is a month left until the beginning of the Starlight Queen Cup. While Sumire Hikami and Hinaki Shinjō has completed their preparations of unveiling their new Premium Rare Dresses for the stages, Akari Ōzora's dress has yet to be completed. On the other hand, the designer Tsubasa Sena who is aiming to produce the best dress continues creating his masterpiece. After seeing Tsubasa's actions, Akari has begun thinking about becoming a power to help someone...
Akari and Hinaki sit down to watch a program that featured her and Sumire in an interview earlier. They were asked about their performances, such as the coord and song they would be performing. When the announcer reveals Akari hasn't gone on to show her own coord, Hinaki and Sumire discuss their own, brand new Premium Rares and Akari claims she will be able to discuss this with them soon enough. She had helped Sena a little bit but decided to let him handle everything otherwise - due to her faith in him.
That evening Sena is busy working to finish but finds himself unhappy with the progress.
The next day the trio jog for a bit until Akari decides to take off early. She wishes to pay Sena a visit to see how he is doing while the other five girls remain back to discuss her visit. Sumire explains that due to her excitement she was unable to wait any longer. So the only suitable decision was to go and see things for herself. Madoka comments on how long Sena has been taking, and claims it to be unusual. She recalls her grandmother remarking that he is the type to dive into work and is unable to quit until they finish. The girls express further concern.
Akari approaches the large lake surrounding Dreamy Crown's office and continues to walk over. She knocks on the door, surprising Sena when he opens it. She admits that she just got too excited to wait and shows the bento she prepared for him. While initially annoyed with Akari tending to him, he lets her in without hesitation. She notes how messy the room looks but says nothing of it. She puts down the pack she brought and he prepares water for tea, but while unpacking it she catches several sketches of various ribbons he's made while he resumes cutting fabric. She sees how focused Sena is before stopping the water when the pot goes off, so they sit down for tea while Sena shows Akari the dress he has in mind; however he isn't satisfied with it and feels there are many more details.
A bit later Akari decides to take off as Sena promises to eat the bento later. Before she goes, something she says resonates within Sena and he promises to make her the ultimate dress. With that Akari leaves, and he heads back inside to resume work.
At the table, Sena continues to think over what he can add. Seeing how much she's grown on the stage made him realize it isn't enough, and he needs to make a grand dress perfect for her to continue growing while she wears it. He thinks of Akari's bright smile and gets to work.
Later while Akari waits for the train, she is concerned that she didn't help Sena. She suddenly gets a call from Sumire, who just finished work and they discuss the visit. Akari mentions her worries but Sumire assures her that things will work out because she knows Akari will find a way to lend Sena her help. Just then the train arrives so they end the conversation.
That evening Akari arrives home to see her parents. She decides that she's only staying for dinner though, since she has to get up early and will need to return to her dorm that night. She then brings a souvenir for her father - some soil that she found interesting. Her father is curious, but as it turns out the soil isn't unusual; just wet. Akari feels sad that she didn't find anything interesting but her father is happy despite that.
Later, Akari and her mother sit down to observe some images of Akari's idol work. Her mother muses that in the past Akari was a crybaby and a handful to tend to when she started school. She shows Akari the image of her first time failing the exam she took to enter Starlight, and she mentions that Akari began to smile much more often even against her hardships, and whenever it happened, she could feel at ease to see her daughter remain hopeful. Honestly she believes that Akari always had the makings of an Idol, something that confuses Akari at first. Her mom explains that she is often smiling, and she has a way of making tons of other people smile - just with her bright and positive nature.
With that Akari decides she should be going, but before she takes off her mother takes a photo of her. Then she wishes Akari luck and she wishes her a goodnight.
Akari thinks about how she gained many friends with the power of her smiling, and how even they encouraged and helped her. She realized that her smile is just the power she needs to continue helping everyone.
The following morning Akari is told that her performance will be starting. As she exits the room she runs into Sena, who ran to get there in time. He reveals he finished the coord and hands over the cards for it. Akari is amazed and Sena reveals the White Sky Veil coord, explaining that it was inspired by her. He realized the thing missing had been was from the feeling one got from looking up to a bright blue sky, and her visit made him realize this. The dress is perfect to make her a Queen and he believes she can do it. He thanks Akari for her help and comments that he feels the dress is entirely finished now. Akari is beyond happy with the coord and heads backstage after thanking Sena for his hard work. Determined again, she heads into the changing device and appears on stage to perform "START DASH SENSATION".
After the performance, everyone compliments the coord. Akari changes and prepares to leave while observing the coord she wore, recalling what Sena said earlier and decides that she will win Starlight Queen with it.
- Akari Ōzora
- Sumire Hikami
- Hinaki Shinjō
- Tsubasa Sena
- Juri Kurebayashi
- Rin Kurosawa
- Madoka Amahane
- Koharu Ōzora
- Manabu Ōzora
- The White Sky Veil Coord makes its anime debut in this episode.
- The song START DASH SENSATION is first used as an anime insert in this episode.
- The frame that Sena was in when he gave Akari the White Sky Veil Coord is the same frame as when Sena was holding cards in the opening song Lovely Party Collection, with the differences being:
- Sena now has a strap bag.
- The coord he held was different, with the one in the opening being the Grace Fox Coord.
- Main article: Episode 170 - The Power of Idols/Image gallery