|An Ageha Muse|
|English||An Ageha Muse|
|Japanese Air Date||March 18, 2013|
|Other||February 21, 2015 (Indonesia)|
|Insert Song||Growing for a dream|
|← Idol Aura and Calendar Girl||Enjoy♪ Offtime →|
An Ageha Muse (アゲハなミューズ) is the 23rd episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 23rd episode of its "1st Season" (
As Ran trains for the Spicy Ageha representative audition, Ichigo applies for her to appear in the fashion show for the senior students' graduation ceremony. However, after losing to third year student Ema Shinjo, Ran begins to push herself even more, worrying her friends.
Ran is in the middle of training for the seasonal audition to decide who will be the representative of her favored brand, Spicy Ageha. The other four watch as she practices her model walk and even Yurika seems impressed, though she covers it up by claiming how rare it is for her to compliment someone. They go to compliment how cute Yurika's normal self is, and she considers this flattering until hurriedly threatening to suck their blood. Ran comes by and thanks the girls for waiting for her, and Ichigo claims they're having fun learning and watching her. They all want her to win and Ichigo wishes that she will.
The next day, Johnny begins discussing spring and the approaching Graduation Ceremony. The third year students will be graduating this month, March, and he goes over the message he got from Mizuki. She starts by greeting everyone and makes an important announcement. For this years graduation ceremony there will be a fashion show that the high school students and alumnae of the academy will be attending. She wishes everyone to do their best and asks that anyone who will be trying out to contact her.
During lunch the girls recall how right after class, Ichigo had found Mizuki in order to apply for Ran. Ran is beyond angry with her for doing this but everyone thinks she would be perfect.
All of the underclassmen had quickly got to work preparing the sending-off event for the graduating seniors. Ichigo suggests they try something flashy when Aoi agrees to it, only to inform her right after that she has a lot of paint on the side of her face. Which apparently, Ichigo didn't notice.
After school ends, Ichigo and Aoi walk around the campus while complaining about the cold. They see Ran run towards them and she mentions that she's been running twice as much that day. She wants to give the Audition her all and goes on to mention that there is someone she has to beat. They return to the dormitory, where she begins to discuss the third year student, Ema. A model with an expertise when it comes to styling with Aikatsu cards. No matter what she wears she always looks great, which is why it's so important that she can overtake her. She recalls the first time she met Ema, when she saw the amazing amount of Aikatsu cards she had on hand. Ema was able to deduce that Ran loved Spicy Ageha and they discussed how much they liked fashion. While Ran only liked Spicy Ageha, Ema likes all sorts of different clothing and she manages to make all of the combinations work. But Spicy Ageha is everything to Ran, so upon finishing her story, Aoi and Ichigo decide that they need to help her out.
While Ran exercises, she admits that she began to like the brand when she was in her third year of elementary school. Her hair was cut really short and because of that she was often mistaken for a boy. She had been modeling boy clothing, which Aoi deduces to be very rare now before going into despair over not knowing this. and she gets frustrated and claims to be in despair. She asks if Ran would happen to have any pictures left and Ichigo asks Ran why she decided to change her image. After wearing Spicy Ageha for the first time she felt like an entirely different person. She decided to change into someone befitting of the brand, and while she doesn't know if it was what shaped her into who she is now, she really loves Spicy Ageha and doesn't plan on losing.
Eventually the day of the audition comes along and the anxious duo await the results. As Ichigo stresses out, they are joined by Ran who informs them that she had lost. She claims to be fine, and mentions how excited the top designer had been over Ema - something that is considered to be rare. As she was leaving the performance area, Orihime had momentarily stopped her to reveal that she performed perfectly, but she just didn't have what it takes to become the Designers muse. She asked Ran to think this over, and Aoi explains what a Muse is to Ichigo. The Designer didn't want someone perfect, just a muse who could inspire her. Ran takes this as a sign that she isn't good enough yet, but she plans to work much harder now.
As they run later on in the day, Ran tries to ditch Aoi and Ichigo since they're slowing her down but they try to say that she's already way ahead of them but they are trying to keep up. Unknown to the trio, Mizuki, Ema, and two unknown upperclassmen are watching them train. They comment on how well she is doing before claiming that they shouldn't let their guards down.
After their run, Ran leaves to run another lap. But before she can Ichigo reminds her that they had to work on the graduation ceremony's fashion show now. She refuses by saying that she isn't ready for it yet and takes off as Ichigo and Aoi wonder if Ran felt worse then she led on.
Soon the day of the Graduation Ceremony comes. Everyone else had gone to finish preparing for it but they don't know if Ran is showing up or not. At the moment the girls are preparing bouquets while discussing her, but Aoi points out that they need to focus more on the ceremony to make sure it's good enough for the Graduating students. She is sure that Ran will come though, to ease their worries.
Ran decides to take a break from her training upon realizing she's been tiring herself out. She is surprised when Orihime shows up and comments that Ran isn't enjoying herself. She brings her to the third floor into a room full of portraits of the Graduating students; all posed and modeling together. Ran is unable to understand until Orihime mentions that they're all enjoying themselves, and it's obvious in the pictures. Ema had done all of the styling for the pictures, so she has a lot of fun preparing for them, and partaking in them. She openly questions if being around her makes others want to be more stylish also, since the class has a lot of fashion-based students before recalling how Ema has inspired many designers.
Ema is amazing because she understands what its like to be a muse. Orihime reminds Ran of what a muse is, then goes on to say that a muse is beautiful and wise. Each trait a muse has inspires to large numbers of artist and their existence is why so many artists and designers can keep going. Ran is also like this, and she points out that her friends saw her effort and they decided to put in the same amount for the Ceremony. Designers are like that as well, and those who can awaken the spark of creativity inside of them are called muses.
Ran thinks back to how happy the top designer for muse seemed back then when Ema was performing in the auditions, then realizes the error of her way. With that in mind, Orihime hands her pack of new outfits and explains to her that the top designer left them for Ran so that she could have them when she began to smile again.
Later, the four girls wait for Ran to show up as Mizuki gives a speech. They are sure she will, and by the time she does she is quick to apologize for being so late. At first Yurika is happy but she is quick to save face by insisting Ran was rude to make her wait. Aoi suggests that Ran get ready, but she tells them she wants them to come with her., which they do not understand until she explains that she got Spicy Ageha coords for each of them. She hands them over and the five girls go to change, appearing on stage where they perform to "Growing for a Dream".
Congratulations are passed around by the time they finish and Ran runs off to find Ema. She gives her a bouquet and promises to her that someday she will make it to the same stage as her; and even go on to surpass her. This pleases Ema while Johnny and Orihime watch from nearby. Johnny congratulates himself for a job well done, until Orihime reminds him that he didn't even do anything.
- Ran Shibuki
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Todo
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- Anna Tachibana
- Ema Shinjo
- This is the first episode in which all the girls wear the same brand.
- The funny pose Aoi makes during this episode is a meme popular in many fandoms.
- This episode marks the second cameo appearance of Anna Tachibana.
- This Episode marks the debut of the Multicolor Coord.