|Japanese Air Date||August 1, 2013|
|← The Summer-Colored Miracle☆||An Idol in Wonderland →|
Shipboard Finale☆ (船上のフィナーレ☆) is the 42nd episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 42nd episode of its "1st Season" (
As STAR☆ANIS' comes to an end, Orihime announces there will be one more secret live concert, taking place on a cruise ship with a hundred fans!
As the girls tiredly relax on the tour van they have been riding on, they all express joy in all of the fun they have had. But when it's pointed out that they're done, it makes everyone feel saddened. Ran apologizes after Ichigo calls her out on this and Orihime comes by to inform them that she's set up one final performance for the group. A secret live that had one-hundred tickets for fifty pairs, two people each, sold at concert halls and CD shops. While the girls think this is a downgrade from their previous performances, Mizuki points out that they will be closer to their fans.
The girls happen to notice the van bump over something and after hearing a low sound, Sakura moves the curtain to see that it's really dark outside. Otome points out that it was only in the afternoon and come to a stop. Everyone gets out to try to figure out where they are, seeing other cars surrounding them, and they run to the nearest door to find the one-hundred fans there waiting for them on a boat.
Orihime tells the fans how lucky they are in having gotten these tickets and tells them to have fun and enjoy themselves while the boat sells to Tokyo. Mizuki also gives a speech while the girls stand on stage, then they go to have a staff meeting in order to figure out how their performance will go. Mizuki suggests they all combine their songs during the middle into a medley so that they will have enough time to get through them all in time. They all agree while Aoi compliments her on how she always keeps her cool. The others also agree with this but she insists they don't need to flatter her. It's then the girls get their schedules, which surprises even Mizuki. All of the appointments seem to be catered to the fans, there isn't anything listening practice at all.
It's then Mizuki realizes that the secret live has begun the moment they arrived. Orihime had set this up so that the girls realized this was more then just a concert, but also use the chances to interact with the fans. She wants the fans to see the girls for who they really are, but tells them that they don't have to do this and lets them to decide. She then leaves. With that said Mizuki calls the meeting to an end and leaves also. The girls seem confused and Ichigo questions why she's suddenly acting weirdly.
Ichigo expresses concern with Ran and Aoi but they point out that it really can't be helped and they soon leave to attend to something else. Ichigo then overlooks the nearby group picture of them all and mentions to herself that she doesn't want their time together to come to an end. Meanwhile, Otome and Sakura are sharing a small snack with one-another while discussing the tour ending tomorrow and while the experience has been good for them, they're pretty excited to be going back to their own idol unit. Yurika also happens to be awake at this time but she is outside enjoying the nice air.
Later on, Ichigo finds Aoi autographing coasters. She explains that she thought it would be a nice gift to give to the fans tomorrow and suggests that Ichigo find something to do also. After Ichigo happens to observe a handkerchief she remembers that it belongs to Kaede and goes to return it right away. Ichigo feels bad since she accidentally interrupted Kaede's preparations for bed, but Kaede isn't bothered by it and they leave the room to let Yurika get some sleep.
Ichigo admits that she was hoping to talk to Kaede. She admits how she keeps thinking about what Mizuki said earlier and while everyone else has already begun to think about their individual futures, she's feeling lonely. In hopes of cheering her up, Kaede decides to tell her about "American Aikatsu" and while it sounds very amazing, Kaede also points out how quick it can all come to an end and before you know it, you're back to being a nobody on the streets.
Kaede goes on to mention that everyone assumes she never worries about anything, given she comes from wealth and has been on small idol programs since she was little. People think she's a girl whose never worked a day in her life, but if that was true she would have never become an idol to begin with. It was seeing so many people trying to do this that inspired her. All of her rich friends found her to be crazy and claimed she would have a happy life just sitting around not having to work, but Kaede believed in her own abilities and that was how she was able to stand on stage. She tells Ichigo that whether she is alone or with her friends, she has to keep believing in herself and she will never feel lonely or scared.
The following day, the girls all go out for laps around the boat. Except for Yurika who seems pretty miserable, given how much sun is surrounding her. Everyone watches the girls while they exercise, then they all sit down for some breakfast. Everyone enjoys their time with the fans by answering questions or just making small talk with them. Including a cute little girl, who runs off after she expresses interest in becoming an idol like Ichigo. It's then Mizuki leaves suddenly, but none of her fans seem to be saddened by this, rather amazed by her beauty as she takes off. She then sees Sakura and Otome with their fans, and Yurika leading her own around the table. But before she can finish eating, Ran and Aoi grab Ichigo and inform her that it's time for the dance session.
Back at the main part of the boat, Mizuki informs everyone that they will be focusing on the choreography for their new medley. When Ran asks who will be leading the lesson, the girls find a pirate has come by. But it's only Bepp and he invites any of the fans to come and dance with the girls.
When everyone finishes, Mizuki announces that they only need to do the actual performance. Ichigo mentions that she finally understands what Mizuki had been saying the day before. She wanted everyone to do everything individually in order to connect to their fans, which made them feel closer to the group and in turn, love them more. She stopped to think about everything they have done this summer and realizes how amazing everyone in the group truly is. Mizuki also mentions that she wanted everyone to take back everything they have learned during this, back into their own units.
With that, the girls share a final cheer and prepare for their performance, appearing on stage shortly after. There, they dance and sing to "Hirari/Hitori/Kirari".
Once the performance finishes, everyone watches as a fireworks display goes off and they give a final speech before the fans and soon arrive back on shore. Mizuki, Yurika, and Kaede take off on their own once more, while the five others get onto their own van and leave.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibukiemo
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Tōdō
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Kaede Ichinose
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Johnny Bepp
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Honoka Tsukikage
- This week on the special Aikatsu and Tamagotchi promotion, the Aikatsu keyword was "Miracle".