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|A Sincere Call and Response|
Magokoro no Kōru ando Resuponsu
|English||A Sincere Call and Response|
|Japanese Air Date||May 9, 2013|
|Insert Song||Happiness on the same Earth |
Growing for a dream
|← Idol☆Teacher||An Idol on Mother's Day →|
A Sincere Call and Response (真心のコール＆レスポンス) is the 30th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 30th episode of its "1st Season" (
A special audition is being held where idols must form teams to earn the Mastery of Communication. Ichigo and the others invite Sakura to join their team but her lack of confidence gets the better of her after she realizes she is the only one without a Premium Rare outfit.
In class, Johnny announces a big Audition coming up and mentions that whoever passes it will receive the Mastery of Communication, important for any idol. The audition will be done in teams, and once class ends Ran and Aoi begin to explain what a response is by comparing it to text messages. Ran also points out that Ichigo had done this in class when Johnny called out to them, and in a performance, this happens when the audience and idol talk to each other, back and fourth.
The girls are approached by Otome and Yurika and they decide to form a group together. They head outside to train by running laps, but stop after a while to discuss the song they should perform. Sakura approaches the girls to wish them good luck before revealing that she wont be entering since she isn't sure she's ready yet. Otome mentions that first years are allowed, and Ichigo invites Sakura to join them. Sakura still doesn't think it is right though, since she is both a first year, and she does not have any Premium Cards. To help her, Ichigo explains how one can obtain their premium outfit, but Sakura fears she would only be a burden to their training.
Everyone seems to be fine with this though, and because she already has so much talent, Ran believes they might be able to learn from her also. The girls decide to pick a brand for Sakura by using their Aikatsu phones and one by one, they all talk about the brands they wish to see her in. But Sakura attempts to tell them about her favorite brand, but she is interrupted by Aoi after she spots a magazine with the Kitaoji family in it. She goes over the interview that Sakura was in to see that she likes Aurora Fantasy. So with this information, Sakura shows them the cards she has for the brand. While Aoi is describing the brand, Sakura goes on to reveal to them a picture book wrote by the top designers, Green Grass.
The book was wrote when she was little and she brought it with her. The brand Aurora Fantasy is very mysterious but Ichigo believes they will be able to find something, despite Sakura's concern that she may not fit the brands style. She is sure that she wouldn't be allowed a premium dress, but even then she refuses to wear anything else, which is why she can't participate with them. As Ichigo tries to talk to her, Sakura wishes them luck again before dropping the subject.
The remaining group continue to discuss the situation as Yurika points out that they probably wouldn't be able to find anything out unless they ask Sakura directly. But Aoi is concerned that she may have done something to upset Sakura, while Otome interrupts and announces her plans to pay Makoto a visit for unknown reasons. So they decide to do a little more digging in hopes of figuring out something in the mean time.
Back at the Dormitory, Ichigo still feels pretty bad for Sakura since something like this is holding her back. Ran suggests that maybe none of them should use Premiums, since it may make her reconsider, but she decides for now to focus on figuring out a rehearsal schedule and sends it to everyone. In this time, Yurika is also given the task of dividing the lyrics and preparing the stage Choreography. They can all practice the song and dance by themselves since they know it so well, but Aoi wants to do more research involving Green Grass. With this in mind, Ichigo decides to go and ask Sakura once more.
Meanwhile, Orihime and Johnny also happen to be discussing Sakura. He asks if he should call Aurora Fantasy's top designer, but Orihime tells him to let the students do it instead.
In her own room, Sakura reads over a message she has gotten from someone, then gets a call from Sakon. She tells him that she did not want him to call her and he asks if something happened, since this is unlike her. Sakura explains that while everyone has been worried for her, she's been rude and disrespectful. Sakon suggests that she should just be honest with her feelings and tell them, because they don't know her like she does. He then decides to go to let Sakura do some thinking.
Ichigo and Aoi continue to do more research but are unable to locate anything. Aoi points out that Green Grass may not like attention from the media, or be antisocial. Ichigo feels saddened about this and they recall how Sakura seemed to want to talk to them, but she was unable to say anything.
The following day, Ichigo meets with Sakura and she is quick to apologize for how she behaved. Ichigo holds up the picture book and comments on how wonderful it is before she asks why Sakura feels as though Aurora Fantasy wouldn't fit her. Sakura attempts not to say anything, but when she recalls what Sakon told her, she breaks into Kitaouji theater. When she was little and Sakon began to train, she was always lonely and took comfort in the books by Green Grass. In a way the picture books had become her home, and although she became an idol and escaped from such a life, in the end she remains a kabuki actor. She often sent Green Grass letters growing up but they have never responded to them, so she has felt that she was simply not good enough for the brand.
Ichigo makes an attempt to argue against this by telling Sakura how much effort she and Aoi put into trying to find any sort of clue about Green Grass, and this is why Sakura can't give up now. Aoi suddenly runs by to inform them that she has managed to get a location and shows them an interview with Makoto from Happy Rainbow. He is close friends with Green Grass and sometimes will meet up with them to discuss fashion while they enjoy some sweets.
This news makes the girls wonder if this was why Otome left so suddenly the day before and they give her a call. Otome informs Sakura that she had something to tell her, then she starts to yell that she wont let herself lose to the amount of love Sakura has for Aurora Fantasy. Otome felt as though she had to tell Makoto how much she loves Happy Rainbow after hearing Sakura speak the previous day, then she demanded a brand new Premium Dress from him in hopes of spreading her love to everyone. Makoto claims he had been watching Otome and has prepared her a new coord, so now it is Sakura's turn.
Sakura asks Otome to ask Makoto about meeting with Green Grass and the two girls head out to the location of where they are. Sakura has kept valuable information in order to use this for aid later on, and because Green Grass happens to be shy, she wants to go inside alone. She also needs to keep what she sees a secret, although the girls worry over letting her go in alone.
Sakura finds herself in a giant flowery building, almost like a maze. While wandering around she happens to spot two twin adult women approaching her. She recognizes them as Green Grass and begins to follow them as they explain to her why they have not responded back to her letters. They have great drawing skills but not the best handwriting skills, which is why they have been awaiting her arrival, so that they could present to her the special Aurora Fantasy dress they made. Sakura takes the cards and realizes that Green Grass has always been there supporting her, she's just never realized this. The twins give her a hug and she thanks them before returning outside with the cards.
The girls head to school and share a cheer with each other before they change into their outfits and get on stage to perform to "Growing for a Dream". During it, the girls work on gaining their Master of Communications.
After the performance, Mizuki leaves while commenting on how Ichigo has been raising another rival while Orihime and Johnny congratulate the girls on their performance and receiving their Mastery of Communications. As Ichigo reads over what it means, the episode draws to an end.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Tōdō
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Johnny Bepp
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Makoto Nijigahara
- Green Grass
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- This is Aurora Fantasy's debut
- This is Green Grass's debut
- This episode marks the debut of the Blooming Coord as well as the Marble Candy Coord