|April Fools' Promise☆|
Eipuriru Fūru no Yakusoku☆
|English||April Fools' Promise☆|
|Japanese Air Date||April 4, 2013 (New timeslot)|
|Other||March 7, 2015 (Indonesia)|
|Insert Song||Calendar Girl|
|← Enjoy♪ Offtime||The Season of Sakura →|
April Fools' Promise☆ (エイプリルフールのやくそく☆) is the 25th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 25th episode of its "1st Season" (
Ichigo's father, Taichi, arrives home on April Fools' Day to visit his family and discuss his recent goings-on. At first Ichigo is excited and makes plans for her father to see her perform, but things soon change after he gets a call from his colleagues telling him to return so that they can negotiate with a tribe. Taichi is left with the hard decision of returning to work or possibly screwing things up by staying home.
Johnny-sensei begins by starting to discuss a story to the audience. Orihime interupts him though, chastising him for getting so high and mighty due to the holiday.
Taichi arrives to his family when Ichigo comments on her surprise regarding his text. He apologizes before they remind him that today is April Fools Day and Ringo brings up dinner. He is very hungry since he didn't eat on the plane, wanting his first meal back to be from home, so Ichigo and Ringo run off to prepare the meal while he plays with Raichi. At first Raichi refuses since he claims not to be a kid anymore, but he soon finds himself unable to resist and is lifted onto his dad's shoulders.
When the meal is finished everyone sits down to eat. Taichi is very impressed and comments that Ichigo's cooking has matured a lot since he was last home. When they finish, Ringo takes the dishes and he begins to fill everyone in on what sort of work he's been doing lately. He spends his time traveling the world in search of special flavors that are very rare still, and after hearing the rumors of a miraculous fruit hidden deep inside of the jungle, he headed there to find it. Only to find himself face-to-face with a Puma soon after arrival. He was able to outrun it and dove into a river, swimming to the other side when he found himself stopped by a group of crocodiles and forced to run away.
With no other option, he got up and jumped on top of each crocodile until he got to the other side of the river. Raichi is highly impressed, along with Ichigo, so he goes on to continue on to explain the miracle fruit he found. He shows the stargrapes to them and has them try it, stating that it is known to make anyone who eats it smile. There was one problem though, and that had been the villagers of the land the stargrape originates from. He had asked the village leader to take some back home to share the wonderful fruit with the rest of the world, but the leader was so angry that he made him leave instead. Taichi continued to ask for him to reconsider, but it did not happen. But when he finally revealed that he would be returning home back in Japan, he was given just this one bunch as a gift.
Ichigo then asks if they can really eat the fruit, now knowing this information, but Taichi insists that it is fine. As they are watching television, a commercial for the movie Ichigo and Otome stared in comes on. Taichi is impressed as Raichi shows him a picture of Aoi. Ichigo asks her dad how long he will be home, then mentions that she will be participating in a Live Audition. Taichi reveals that he has until after Spring Break ends, so she asks him to attend it before promising to put on the best performance that she can. It's then she gets a sudden text from Aoi, informing her of practice they set up. Ichigo is disappointed that she has to go back to the Academy so soon since she wished to be with her father longer, but he offers to come with her so that he can meet her friends. She is very happy and Raichi expresses a desire to hang out as well, so Taichi agrees to play with him again after.
At the school, Taichi meets Johnny and Orihime, where the trio of adults share casual greetings. They walk around the halls and come to the room with Statues of the top students of the school, where Taichi comments that it feels strange calling Orihime a Headmistress now, since he used to know her as a personal fan of Masquerade.
As Ichigo's friends curiously observe Taichi, he thanks the girls for letting him stay and watch them. The girls dance and practice for a while and dance with Johnny - who occasionally gave them tips and advice until the girls begin to argue. Ichigo is able to nulify the situation however and they resume training. Taichi is very happy with the team and tells the girls that despite being so different, they all work very well together. He goes on to compliment them as they come to a stop soon after.
Yurika decides to take off while explaining that she needs to recover from all of the sun exposure she got that day. At first Taichi is confused, but after the other girls explain to him her "vampire character", he is very impressed and asks to shake her hand, somewhat confusing Yurika in return. While this goes on, the girls find the idea that he may have met a real yeti to be ridiculous, so Ichigo asks her dad to tell them about the time he befriended a bear. He had run into a polar bear that was very hungry, so he fed it the food he had on hand and in return the polar bear helped him out. While Otome is impressed, the other girls find it a bit too hard to believe and Yurika simply questions this with Ran. Aoi then goes on to mention that because it is April Fools Day, she believes he might just be making up stories.
With that Taichi decides that they should be heading back home now so that he can hang out with Raichi as promises. Ichigo decides to swing by later on to find out her dad and Raichi played a bunch of Soccer earlier and got too deep into it that they probably didn't realize the time. Ringo comes by to mention the bath she prepared for her husband and son and they go off to enjoy it.
Late during the evening, Raichi and Ichigo are fast asleep. Ringo notices that Taichi is still up and when she asks about it, she sees that he is looking at a picture of the village children he took before he left. He feels badly for them because there's only one school there and it takes several hours of trekking in a dangerous forest just to reach it. This makes Ringo feel sad as Taichi mentions that he cares for the people in that village, and he's hoping that he can get the stargrapes to spread around the world and use the money to provide another school for it. But before he can say more, he suddenly gets a call to inform him that the Village Leader has began to reconsider his earlier decision. It is of last minute, but they can set up a discussion if he's willing to return now. It will only happen if the Elder can speak to him and given how quick his mood tends to change, he doesn't have very much time to decide. This news frustrates Taichi, but he has no choice but to do this.
The next morning he is busily packing as the family wishes him luck. He feels remorse over the sudden news but Ichigo tells him to just do his best and promises to do her own best too. So he takes off soon after.
At school, Aoi explains what happened to the others and Ran points out that he wont be able to make it back in time. Ichigo is very depressed by the news and is off in one of the corners looking out the window as Yurika wonders if maybe the yeti and bear stories may have been the only lies he told. But to their surprise, Ichigo suddenly perks up and wishes to get back to work with training.
At the forest, Taichi has already made it to the elders location. The Elder is highly surprised that he made it back so quickly, but Taichi claims that the promise he had to keep was what pushed him.
Back at school the girls are preparing for their concert. They all go change into their coords and appear on stage. Right before they begin, Ichigo happens to spot her father as he manages to just make it inside. With a renewed spirit, Ichigo and the others begin performing to Calendar Girl.
Upon finishing, Ichigo runs straight to her father to announce she and the others passed the audition. Raichi asks how Taichi was able to make it back so quick, and Taichi explains that the Elder scolded him for coming to the Village after making a big promise to Ichigo. He told him that he could take the Stargrapes and reminds him that honoring a family is the most important thing. This story touches Ichigo and Taichi promises that he will never break a promise from this point on, or tell a lie.
As the other girls watch from a distance, Yurika suddenly points out that they were told that he never told lies before. Which causes them to realize that the yeti and polar bear stories were true after all.
Eventually Taichi is forced to leave again. He tells Ichigo how happy he felt watching her perform and they see him off while she promises that until he returns, she will keep working to become a top idol that makes everyone happy.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Ringo Hoshimiya
- Raichi Hoshimiya
- Taichi Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Todo
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- This is the first episode to take the new timeslots for Aikatsu! and Tamagotchi! ~Yume Kira Dream~.
- This is the first time that another character other than Ichigo delivers the anime adaption's opening line; in this case for the original Japanese airing, Johnny Bepp is featured doing it.
- For the Indonesian dub the opening line is still delivered by Ichigo in this episode; however, the prologue scenes featuring Johnny still follow.
- This is the second time to show a complete family of parents and son/daughter, first being Aoi's on Episode 2.
- Otome's outfit that she wears when hugging a polar bear is similar to Yayoi Kise from Smile Precure!'s winter casual outfit.