|Japanese Air Date||August 29, 2013|
|Insert Song||Diamond Happy|
|← Happy Summer Vacation||Legend Idol・Masquerade →|
Respect J☆ (リスペクトJ☆) is the 46th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 46th episode of its "1st Season" (
It's decided that the Starlight Queen Cup will be held in order to select the top idol of Starlight Academy. Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran decide to find out why Mizuki had vanished for a year by going to Johnny-sensei and try to get him to train them.
Early one morning, everyone is standing in Orihime's office waiting. Johnny bursts in suddenly but they are unable to understand what he's trying to tell them until Mizuki translates it, which surprises them all. It's then Orihime goes on to explain why she wanted them all there. They will be holding the Starlight Queen cup to determine the new top idol of the school, and it is only available for the top eight students there, which happens to be the girls from STAR☆ANIS. She tells them that because Mizuki has been the Starlight Queen for the past two years, this is everyone's chance to challenge her.
As Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran sit down for lunch they begin to discuss Mizuki. They all feel excited, but show concern that they can't catch up to her. Aoi points out that while she has never slowed down, she's stopped at one point in her life for an entire year. Nobody knows what happened during this though. Ichigo recalls that Aoi mentioned this before, and Aoi asks Ran if she knows anything more about it. Ran states that it had been the year Mizuki entered the Academy and the only time she stopped her idol activities was in her final year of elementary school. While nobody knows what happened that year, since she was able to take the idol world by storm since her comeback, she must have powered up greatly.
Ran goes on to bring up how bright and shiny her aura had been during her comeback performance. Her skills, singing, performance, everything was enough to surpass the past top idol by miles. Aoi uses this to claim that she had to have been doing some intense idol training and if they can figure out what it is, they may find the key to beating her. They start their investigation by asking Orhime and claim they would have asked Mizuki first, but she was busy with work.
As she sees their passion, Orihime agrees to help the girls by introducing them to the man who trained Mizuki. They thank her and then leave the office and head straight to the dance room, but when they find Johnny-sensei there, they assume he may have already left. As he informs them that he is really her coach, they doubt him. Until Mizuki comes in and informs them it isn't a joke, he really did teach her all of what she knew. As Johnny claims they were rude, he grows angry when they ignore him to speak to Mizuki instead. After they are given video proof that he really is a talented coach and dancer, the trio asks Johnny to coach them and he is quick to accept.
That evening, Mizuki accepts tea from Honka and explains that even if she has to split her training time with them she doesn't mind at all. She wouldn't mind if someone surpassed her, since it just means she will have to get back to the top again.
The next day, Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran arrive bright and early for their first lesson. They are surprised to find that Johnny is acting like his normal, casual self and he admits he may be a little nervous regarding these special lessons. He goes on to warn them that these will be very intensive and hard, since they're making an attempt to catch up to Mizuki's level and it took her a year to reach mastery of it. When they agree and claim they will handle it all, he starts their lessons by telling them to always smile, no matter how much pain they are in or what the pose.
He has them practice how to turn and smile, then jump and smile. The girls struggle to smile properly and eventually grow too hot and need a break. But Johnny encourages them to keep training.
Meanwhile, the other four are outside training. They have been working for a while, but they are momentarily concerned since the other three are getting special lessons. But they are able to encourage each other and decide that with just one month until the Starlight Queen Cup, they need to give it there all!
Johnny stops Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran to tell them that they aren't doing good enough and he explains how importance expressions and conveying the feelings are to the audience and eventually the training comes to an end, where the tired girls retreat to the Cafeteria. They can't understand what he means by using the entire body to show an emotion, and wonder if maybe Mizuki would know. But this brings up something else and they wonder how Mizuki met Johnny-sensei before entering the school. Mizuki happens to have overhear this however, and she tells them that if they wish to know then they should come to her place that night.
After their arrival, Mizuki gives them all a less then desirable drink, but claims it has the importance of teaching someone to keep smiling even after drinking something so bitter. She goes on to mention that Johnny once told her that no matter what, to always keep smiling because as an idol, it's important to keep the audience happy. Which is why he kept trying to make them smile in strange situations.
Mizuki goes on to mention that she was inspired to become an idol after seeing a certain duo of idols performing. To the trio's surprise, she reveals them to be Masquerade and hands them a magazine for the duo. But this confuses them, given that Masquerade was long before any of them were born. Aoi asks how Mizuki became a fan of them and she sits down to explain it.
When she was a fashion model during her elementary years, Mizuki was very concerned and worried about everything she did. So much that she considered quitting the entertainment world all together. But when someone from her agency showed her footage of their first concert, she was immediately hooked by their beautiful smiles and passion. However she wondered why she had been so moved by their performance, even days after seeing this. She then learned about Johnny, who had done Masquerades choreography.
Since then, she followed him everywhere to ask for lessons. Day after day she kept begging, until eventually giving in. That was how her secret sessions begun and she used the entire year training for the idol world. At first she was very serious, but he also taught her about smiling at all times and expressing herself with her entire body, not just her face. The way to make an impact on someone is to turn your feelings into an expression of your entire being.
Mizuki then gets up and admits that she is somewhat envious of them, because they have each other. It's something she doesn't have. But she reveals no more and claims to be excited for the Starlight Queen Cup.
Come the day before the final day of training, Johnny-sensei walks in to find the trio busy cleaning the dance studio. He is touched by their kindness and they quickly finish in order to let the girls show him how much they have improved since when they begun. The girls change into their coords for Soleil and perform to "Diamond Happy".
After the performance, Johnny comes in to congratulate the girls. As he speaks English, they do their best to translate it and he confirms they were right, which leaves everyone feeling pleased.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Tōdō
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Kaede Ichinose
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Johnny Bepp
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Honoka Tsukikage
- Masquerade (flashback)
- In this episode, some of the choreography for Diamond Happy was changed or modified.
- The Starlight School students change back to their winter uniforms for the remainder of Season 1 starting with this episode.