|Japanese Air Date||May 23, 2013|
|Insert Song||fashion check!|
|← An Idol on Mother's Day||Chance & Try☆ →|
Ichigo Panic (いちごパニック) is the 32nd episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 32nd episode of its "1st Season" (
After the gang is chosen for a Newcomer Idol Event, Ichigo is requested by Asuka Amahane to appear in a commercial for their Mascot, Angely Bear. But when she realizes the scheduling for the commercial clashes with training she tries to balance them.
Ran and Ichigo are in the middle of a rock-paper-scissors tournament to decide on which brand everyone will be wearing for the upcoming audition. Yurika wants Ran to win, since they do not like the sweet cuteness of Angely Sugar, but nobody else has any complaint. To their disappointment Ichigo wins.
Meanwhile, at the official meeting office of Angely Sugar, a man announces that an up-and-coming idol will be the star of the next Angely Sugar commercial. They are about to go over possible candidates when Asuka voices that she thinks Ichigo would be the best choice, since she fits so well with the star of the commercial, Angely Bear.
During lunch the girls discuss which coord each of them should wear. By now Ran has agreed to it but Yurika tries to convince them that she could die if she wore something else other than her own brand. As she throws blame at Ran for thinking of this idea to begin with, but Ran is sure that by wearing the same brands they will work together better. The girls are interrupted by Johnny when he busts into the room to inform Ichigo that Orihime wants to speak to her. She has no idea why, but after he states that it is urgent she quickly flees for the office. Aoi then voices concern over what Orihime may want.
In the headmistress's office she informs Ichigo about the solo commercial for Angely Sugar. Ichigo is very surprised, but eager to do this. Johnny hands Ichigo the cutesy pink bear, the icon of Angely Sugar and informs her that is a present from Asuka, who had chosen Ichigo specifically. He reveals that Asuka made Angely Bear for her child some years back, and Ichigo quickly agrees to do the commercial before she runs off to tell the others.
Aoi quickly realizes the scheduling conflict caused by the news, pointing out that the shoots will be going on almost every day after school ends, until the concert. So Ichigo will not be able to train with them for it. Yurika suggests that they find a replacement, but everyone really wants Ichigo there. She offers to go and refuse the job instead, but they point out that this is a very rare solo opportunity, so it is a lot more important than their performance. Ichigo claims that both of them are important though, so she will just find a way to do both things. Aoi also reminds her that besides a photo-shoot, she also has pamphlet photo-shoots, interviews, and other promotional work that will just take too much time, but Ichigo assures them that it will be fine. They offer to try to help her to make sure she will do fine, and remind Ichigo that her breaks and evenings belong to them and training.
Later on, Ichigo is at the train station on her way to the Angely Sugar meeting. She manages to locate it pretty quickly and is amazed by how big and tall it is while stepping inside. She sees everyone waiting for her and they get to work discussing when to air the commercial. They go over the storyboard and Ichigo compares it to a manga, which the man next to her explains that they do this to see how the commercial will go. But they do tell her that it is open to change and because of how much she adores Angely Sugar, they would like her opinions.
Late in the evening, Ichigo comes by when the girls are in the middle of dance practice. She apologizes for being late and they ask if she listened to the song yet. Ichigo claims that she did during her ride back home and they reveal their intentions of having her sing the very first line of the song - something they consider to be a big responsibility.
When morning comes along Ichigo heads back to the location. She still seems to be fine and she brings up Raichi to the workers during the meeting, then answers some questions to them.
During the next day the entire group is in an interview. All of the girls are participating and they go onto commercial break. But not before Aoi teases Yurika by claiming they will reveal her secret to them, causing Yurika to scold Aoi. As soon as the interview ends, Ichigo runs back to the meeting room at Angely Sugar and barely manages to catch the train.
At school, Johnny runs in to inform Orihime of Ichigo's big schedule conflict. She doesn't seem to be concerned however, as they already discussed it. While it may be too much for her, Ichigo asked for them to allow it and as her school guardians it is their job to provide guidance and watch her; but that doesn't mean controlling what she does. Such things like this provide growth for an Idol.
As the group is about to begin dance class, Aoi gives the Angely bear to Otome and explains that Ichigo wanted her to hold onto it for now so that she wouldn't feel lonely. Yurika is annoyed with Ichigo blowing them of, but she can't help it since they're going to start shooting the commercial today. She makes an attempt to leave, claiming that without her they can't do anything, but Aoi is able to make her reconsider by claiming that Yurika is probably really sad without Ichigo.
On the commercial site, everyone is busy discussing some final touches while Ichigo comments on how much she likes the room. The man explains that they even made a bunk bed for her, after recalling her mention of Raichi. They go on to explain that the commercial will be based around her as the protagonist and they have Ichigo go over the plans for the commercial. She is surprised to see that it really, actually fits her and they proceed to start the rehearsal. At first she messes up and the kid playing her little brother explains to her that when a director wants to capture natural expressions he usually keeps the camera rolling without saying anything. Understanding, Ichigo simply smiles and brushes the little boy's hair a bit before the director has them end the shot.
Ichigo returns later in the evening when Aoi hands her the interview transcript for the pamphlet. As she goes over it, Aoi begins to massage her leg, commenting on how stiff it is. Ichigo begins to slowly relax and falls asleep as Ran comes by to ask about things. When she sees Ichigo is asleep, Aoi reminds her to be quiet and they let her have some time alone by going off to practice.
Come morning Ichigo wakes up to find out she slept until five. She feels bad for missing their training, but Aoi tells her it is fine before she tries going back to sleep. She has also taken precaution by sending Ichigo some things through the Aikatsu phone, this being a video she wants her to watch later.
At the commercial location, Ichigo begins to watch the video the girls made. it. As it starts she is alarmed to see Johnny appear. Aoi tells him he's too close and he apologizes while the camera pans over to reveal their plans of having Sakura take Ichigo's place, but just for a little while. They filmed this so that even during her own work, if she gets a few minutes alone she can practice their routine. But just when it begins, Ichigo is called to the shoot.
When night rolls along Ichigo shows up for practice. She expresses gratitude in having Sakura help out and she mentions how much she was able to learn from the video they made. The girls thank Sakura while they begin to stretch and she momentarily busts out into Kitaouji theater, claiming she just had to do it in order to help Ichigo. She sits out to watch the others practice but they notice Ichigo is too slow for them and ask Sakura to take her place for the time being, since she clearly needs to take a break. As this goes on, Yurika has began to feel weakened and speaks with Otome, who gives her a box of tomato juice.
The girls continue to dance and Ichigo intensively watches them. During bed, she uses this time to go over everything when she is unable to sleep. Aoi comments that if she stays up too late, she would get bags under her eyes, and this is enough to convince Ichigo to get to sleep.
The following day, everyone, except for Ichigo and Sakura, run laps. As Ichigo is unable to be there, Ran has taken over to keep everyone goins.
Meanwhile, Ichigo is busy on a swing set getting some filming done. But the director notices how absent-minded she seems to be at the moment and attempts to offer her some words of advice before calling a break after he spots some clouds appearing. Unknown to Ichigo, Asuka is watching and she approaches her to make conversation. She seems very happy to see Ichigo and gives her the parasol she was using so that she protects her skin from UV rays. While Ichigo is grateful, Asuka can tell that something is wrong and asks for Ichigo to confide in her.
Ichigo tells her about the special live idol event she was supposed to be doing and spending this time training, but because of the conflicting schedules she has beend spending all of her time doing this. She feels like she may be holding everyone back. Asuka brings up the Angely Bear she sent to Ichigo and asks if she has gotten it. Ichigo thanks her before stating that it made her very happy. This makes Asuka happy and she starts to explain to Ichigo the background information behind Angely Bear. At first it begun as a toy for her child, but then she begun to make them for friends and other family members.
Soon she was getting Angely Bear fans all over the world and continued to make them. It is very meaningful to her, even after making so many of them. She continues to put her love and wish into every single bear she makes. The reason she chose Ichigo for this was because she knew that she was the perfect girl to spread this wish to everyone who saw her. This revelation makes Ichigo very happy and they notice that the weather is beginning to clear up, so Ichigo runs over to the Director and asks him to start again. To everyone's glee she is able to perform much better and puts together a great photo-shoot.
As Ichigo is on her way home, she calls the others to find out what's going on. But suddenly, a van pulls up and she finds out that they have come to get her. They begin to laugh as Ichigo asks them to help her catch up, and after she gets her seat belt on they go speeding down the road.
Eventually the day of the performance comes. Asuka and her Gardener have set up the computer so that they could watch, while everyone begins to gather at the location of the performance. Ichigo is nervous and they all share a cheer before they go to change into their coords and appear on stage and perform to "Fashion Check!".
After the performance, the girls gather to watch Ichigo's commercial as the episode comes to an end.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Todo
- Asuka Amahane
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- This episode's title might be a pun from an anime series titled "Strawberry Panic" (ストロベリーパニック), "Ichigo" (いちご) itself literally means "Strawberry".
- The song Fashion check! appears for the first time