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An Idol on Mother's Day!
Episode 31
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Episode Information
Kanji 母の日はアイドル!
Haha no hi wa Aidoru!
English An Idol on Mother's Day!
Air Date
Japanese Air Date May 16, 2013
Featured Songs
Opening Diamond Happy
Ending Hirari/Hitori/Kirari
Insert Song Wake up my music
Episode guide
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Episode 30 - A Sincere Call and Response Episode 32 - Ichigo Panic

An Idol on Mother's Day! (母の日はアイドル!) is the 31st episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 31st episode of its "1st Season" (1年目(サードシーズン) lit. "First Year"). The episode aired on May 16, 2013.

Story

As Mother's Day approaches, an audition is announced in which student pairs will be performing Wake up my music, Masquerade's song. With the theme being "Nostalgic Melody", Aoi puts everyone on a 'retro' training regime.

Summary

Ichigo and Aoi find Sakura overlooking the statue of Masquerade. They tell her which is Hime, and which one is Miya, going on to mention that Hime is currently the headmistress of the school, Orihime. They had become instant top idols after their debut twenty years ago. Even though they are disbanded as of now, they still hold the records for both show attendance and record sales. But at the peak of their popularity they suddenly quit, much to everyone's shock. While everyone knows who Hime is, Miya has just vanished and nobody knows who she really is.

When Sakura asks why they disbanded, Aoi mentions the few theories people have. Some believe they got into an argument, others believe Miya may have gotten injured and couldn't perform anymore, but the truth remains a mystery. As Ichigo compliments Aoi, Sakura promises to become the top idol one day as well.

The girls are discussing mothers day, which Aoi mentions why it takes place on the day it does. The second Sunday of may is the anniversary of a big women's right movement. Ichigo asks Yurika about her mother, and she claims she is a vampire named Carmilla. When they ask Sakura, she breaks out the Kitaouji theater and describes her as a noble hearted woman who is very popular in the theater. But she is stopped after Ran asks her how long it would take and she mentions it should be about an hour and a half. When Aoi mentions that they wouldn't have time to finish it before break ends, Ichigo realizes she never ate her strawberry rice cake pudding. She is yanked away from it as break comes to an end.

In class, Johnny mentions the next audition that has come up. It is called the Nostamelo Girl audition and has a nostalgic theme in order to connect to the parents. When Johnny mentions what the song is called, Aoi recognizes it as a song Masquerade sang. The audition will be held in pairs, and Johnny tells the girls to give it their all since it's a very important song to Orihime.

After school the group discuss the song. Most of them have even heard of it, while Ran points out that it was the most popular song by Masquerade. Aoi then shows them pictures from their performance. With that said the girls get to their special training. Which consists of pulling really heavy rollers using thin bar pieces. Aoi explains that is a very old method and she is sure it will help them. Despite the fact the girls don't enjoy this, they continue to pull anyway until noticing that Yurika isn't doing it. She claims she cannot, or else she would risk turning into a big pile of ash for being in the sun.

Later on, the girls strap on strange devices onto their bodies to help them stretch and pose. Aoi mentions that they are called Supermodel Training Braces. Sakura complains of how tight they are, while Otome ends up falling to the floor curled up in a ball. Ran tries to encourage her by saying that Yurika is still hanging on, while Yurika claims it's because of her vampire's body and plenty of tomato juice. With that, Otome attempts to get back up and the girls continue.

Eventually they remove the braces and lay around, trying to relax. Aoi then suggests that maybe they should practice and train for the song in pairs. Ichigo asks if they should each pick, but Ran thinks it would be fair by picking them at random. So Aoi decides they should just play rock-paper-scissors.

In the end, Ichigo and Aoi are on one team, followed by Sakura and Otome, and Ran and Yurika; or just Ran, when Yurika reveals she is too busy, trying to hide from the sun. Annoyed by her slacking off, Ran scolds Yurika for not even trying. She tells her she won't manage to do well if she won't even train but Yurika is concerned she will turn into ash if she gets into the sun. So Ran manages to convince Yurika to run after swiping her parasol. Aoi feels that this training will definitely pay off, so everyone keeps going.

Later on, Aoi and Ichigo are in the middle of a special dance class. The woman training them insults them and Ichigo points out that their training must not have paid off and she claims that if there's isn't any improvement, effort means nothing. This makes the both of them feel bad but they say nothing of it.

Once in their dorm rooms, Aoi decides to leave a message on Kirakiratter and Ichigo suddenly remembers something. She takes a picture of Aoi for mothers day, but Aoi doesn't understand why it's her and not Ichigo instead.

It's later revealed that Ichigo took them for Raichi. And when they notice the time the two hurry up to find their mother and present her with two flowers. Ringo cuts some of the stem and she explains why she does it before placing them into a flower pot. She then notices they are both wearing aprons and Raichi explains that because it's Mothers Day, they want to do more work then usual. So for today she will be relaxing. They bring her some items in order to ensure she has an easy, nice time today and even begin to massage her shoulders and feet. The two of them then run off to do some spring cleaning.

And so, Ichigo and Raichi dust, clean the floors, do laundry, and pick weeds. They talk about how tired they feel, but they want to keep working in order to make Ringo proud of them today, and so that they can show her how much she means to them.

Eventually they come inside to find her missing and find her in the kitchen cooking. She explains that she is making it for dinner and Ichigo asks how it's made. She explains that it's composed of cutting the vegetables into thin strips, then stir-frying them a little, then you add sake, mirin, and soy sauce. It's done when it boils off and she claims it to be very easy. Ichigo asks her some more specifics, such as how much each of the liquids get put in but Ringo doesn't really know.

She informs her that when you make it so many times, your body just learns how to measure it automatically. Ichigo goes on to claim that it sounds hard, but Ringo compares it to Aikatsu while letting her try some of it. It's hard to remember it if you try to focus on remembering every single movement. But if you keep doing it then your body eventually learns how to do it on it's own. Ringo then presses on to guess that Ichigo seems to have hit a wall recently. While Ichigo is surprised, Ringo explains that because she's her mother she can tell.

Ichigo confides in her by bringing up the Nostamelo Girl live audition and how she's struggling to get the piece they're performing to right. She keeps giving it her all but it isn't enough. Ringo asks what the song is, and when Ichigo informs her it is the song "Wake up my music", she is very surprised. But just for a second. When Ichigo realizes the song sounds familiar to Ringo, she asks if she's ever heard of it or sung it before. Ring mentions that it used to be a favorite of hers, then she asks if Ichigo would like to come on a walk with her.

They come to a park that the family used to come to all of the time. They walk by a tree where Ringo brings up the contest Ichigo had with her father once. They tried to see who could climb higher but when their dad fell and broke a branch, one of the parks supervisors got mad at him. They come by a stage shortly after, where Ringo points out that this was her main plan. To bring Ichigo to this spot. Ichigo recalls it as a spot she used to come by to sing often. In a strange way, it may have been her very first stop to becoming an idol.

Ringo goes on to point that it was also the first spot of many. The stage is very old and has been there even before she was born. When Ichigo asks about it, Ringo mentions that she used to sing there by herself when she was really little also. She would always pretend that an audience was there, where everyone clapped for her. It may have been fake but she really enjoyed it. But as she grew older and when things got tough and she would feel sad, she would come by this spot and sing too.

She even met Taichi there one cold winter day. It was snowing but she had felt the need to sing that day. When she had finished and was beginning to feel better, she happened to hear clapping and saw Taichi standing there watching her. There had been a lot of snow on his body, so she was able to tell he had been standing there watching her the entire time. It's suddenly Ringo suggests that she and Ichigo should sing a song together while they stand there. Ichigo approves of the idea and on stage, they begin to sing and dance to Wake up my music.

When they come to a finish, Ichigo suddenly realizes what her mother had been trying to tell her of earlier. Ichigo goes to leave, but Ringo suddenly remembers something and hands Ichigo a very special accessory coord card. Ichigo is surprised and doesn't understand how she has it, but Ringo goes on to say that every girl dreams of becoming an idol. Ichigo thanks her and promises to use it before asking Ringo if she will be attending her next audition.

With that in mind, as the girls practice over the course of days. Everyone notices the energy she is showing compared to last time and eventually the day of audition comes. Johnny mentions that they have a special guest that day, Asuka Amahane, Angely Sugar's top designer. Everyone cheers for her and with that he starts the audition. As they stand in the changing area, Ichigo and Aoi share a word before they change and appear on stage. The girls then perform to Wake up my music. As they perform, Orihime mentions her surprise when she sees the Starlight Tiara.

After the performance, Asuka also mentions surprise, claiming it's been over ten years since she's seen it last. Once everyone's audition ends, it's revealed that Aoi and Ichigo have won. Ichigo comes to her mother and thanks her, claiming she won because of her. Ringo claims it also has to do with Ichigo's effort but Ichigo claims it's because of her mother that she never gave up hope. As the two embrace, Orihime and Ringo exchange smiles.

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VTEList of Aikatsu! Episodes
1st Season 1 - 10 I Can Become an Idol?So Many Idols!I Want to Know More About YouOh! My! Fan!Ran! Runway!Lost in an Autograph!Beware the BlogThe Underground SunMove on now!The Rainbow-Colored Otome
11 - 20 Otome Falls in Love with SomeoneWe Wish You a Merry Christmas!The Tragedy of Calories!Naughty Detectives♥Love Under the Camphor TreeHeart Pounding!! Special Live Act Part 1Heart Pounding!! Special Live Act Part 2Choco and LoveThe Secret Scent of the Moonlit GirlVampire Scandal
21 - 30 Stylish Thief☆SwallowtailIdol Aura and Calendar GirlAn Ageha MuseEnjoy♪ OfftimeApril Fools' Promise☆The Season of SakuraRaise The Curtain☆Fresh Girls CupMizuki and A Soft-Shelled TurtleIdol☆TeacherA Sincere Call and Response
31 - 40 An Idol on Mother's DayIchigo PanicChance & Try☆Hello☆Super IdolStar of TearsTristar Take Off☆Head for the SunStrawberry Parfait♪Go get'em Soleil!Girl meets girl
41 - 50 The Summer-Colored Miracle☆Shipboard Finale☆An Idol in WonderlandMore Than True Crisis!Happy Summer☆VacationRespect J☆Legend Idol・MasqueradeWake up my music♪The Place Where Brightness Goes toThe Memories are in the Future
2nd Season 51 - 60 That Rocking Girl is the Dream☆GirlWelcome Home♫StrawberryLalala☆★RivalSecret of SmilesThe Password is Okeoke Okay☆Top Secret of LoveLoose Cha-Ran-way!Magical Dancing♪Choco and Solution☆Choco-Pop DetectivesThe Rumored Powa-Puri☆
61 - 70 Kira・pata・magic☆The Idol is the Santa Claus!Koh-haku Aikatsu Gassen!Lucky Idol☆Door Towards the DreamThe Wonderful Mutual LoveFortune Compass☆Flower-Blooming Aurora PrincessHospitality Heart♡Stylish Expedition Cool Angels!
71 - 80 The Glittering AquariusHappy☆Idol Fes 1st DAY!Happy☆Idol Fes 2nd DAY!Sakura-Colored MemoriesAgain♪ OfftimeGreat Shock☆Fresh Girl!Aiming to be a Star☆彡A Miracle Begins!Yes! Best PartnerAikatsu! Boot Camp
81 - 90 Bibibi☆PartnerAim To Be☆Perfect PartnersOtome RAINBOW!Blooming Miracle!Fantasia (Rhapsody) in the Desert of the MoonMy Dear Idol!Soleil☆Rising!Where Legends Are MadeAdmiration is ForeverShining☆Future Girl
91 - 101 Forming☆Aikatsu8Summer Idol StoryTwinkle・StarsTwo WingsWhere Dreams BloomLet's! Akari SummerSecret Letter and Unseen StarTwin DressesThe Flower's TearsTo the Wing's DreamThe SHINING LINE of Admiration
3rd Season 102 - 110 Let's Aikatsu!☆Ready Go!!Good FortuneAikatsu Dash!Bursting Flair☆Idol☆HalloweenTwo DreamersPut Your Feelings in an AppleThe Hot Wind of Aikatsu!The Passionate Sangria Rosa
111 - 120 Dear My Fans!GOGO! Ichigo Cheer CorpsThe Fashionable☆Vivid GirlHappy Christmas Tree☆A Warm☆Japanese New YearŌzora JUMP!!Sumire-Colored Singing VoiceAn Elegant Aikatsu!The Dance of the NadeshikoStar☆Valentine
121 - 130 A Promise to the FutureVampire MysterySpring BouquetThe Queen's FlowerThe Other Side of AdmirationA Warm♪OfftimeEntrance of the Starlit Sky☆The Showtime of DreamsTalk Show RunwayThe Magic of Units
131 - 140 The Brilliant Dancing DivaThe Burning Passionate Jalapeño!Hello New WorldSpontaneous Skips♪The Center of the World is Kokone!The Name is, Sweet & Soft☆NadeshikoExciting☆Unit CupBrilliance of One's True Self☆Johnny and The BrideAikatsu Restaurant
141 - 152 Hot Spicy・Girls!I Want to Say Thank YouHorror!? Summer IslandSurprise Idol BattleA Hot Summer FestivalThe Three of Us Once AgainThe Dazzling LuminasRaise the Curtain, the Great Starlight School Festival☆Our Different ColorsThe Bonds of StarsLight of the StageThe Road Following Our Meeting
4th Season 153 - 160 Let's Fly, Look Out Vast World!We'll Take that Potato, and Replace it with a MicThrilling Carat☆YOU! GO! KYOTO!!Little Devil HappeningI Want to See You, OkinawaGalaxy☆StarlightPerfect Dream Idol!
161 - 170 Tale of the Osaka Idol☆Mecha Panic☆Happiness Party♪New Year Ahead!Luminas☆ChristmasThe First Wind That I Have FoundThe Sketchbook of DreamsA Single Road, Our Parting WaysHinaki Miracle!The Power of Idols
171 - 178 Best FriendSpring DreAca Carnival!Double Miracle☆My Move on now!The Futures that I'd Like to Come TrueQueen of RosesThe Present Heading Towards to FutureThe Best Present

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