|The Place Where Brightness Goes to|
|English||The Place Where Brightness Goes to|
|Japanese Air Date||September 19, 2013|
|Insert Song||Moonlight destiny|
|← Wake up my music♪||The Memories are in the Future →|
The Place Where Brightness Goes to (輝きが向かう場所) is the 49th episode of Aikatsu! TV anime series and the 49th episode of its "1st Season" (
As Aoi and the others work to acheive the goals they wanted to acheive after the Starlight Queen Cup, Ichigo tries to find her own goals to work towards.
Everyone is growing more and more excited for the upcoming Starlight Queen Cup. Ichigo and Ran are curious to find out whats going on with Aoi and they wait outside of Orihime's office. When she comes out and announces that she got the lead role in a movie, Ichigo and Ran take her to the cafeteria to reveal the huge parfait they made for her. As they eat, Aoi discusses that she has been promoted from Naughty Detective to the Naughty Inspector and the movie is rumored to be more popular then a musical drama that came out sometime before. She also announces that it is to come out sometime during the upcoming winter break.
Later that night, Aoi and Ichigo go on a walk. They mention that she is at a private lesson and sit down to listen to the song everyone will be performing during the Starlight Queen Cup. It begins to make them feel nostalgic and wonder if before it even happened, if it's possible they were destined to become idols.
As they head home a bit later, they meet with Ran. After they ask her how it went, she informs them of the message she just got letting her know of another audition for another representative model. After everyone goes inside, the girls help Ran train while she talks about how important this is to her since she didn't get it last time. She thanks them for being so supportive, then leaves a while later for her dorm room.
The next day, Aoi mentions that they only have one day left until the Starlight Queen Cup. They hear music and catch Yurika in the middle of practice and she scolds them for interrupting her private lesson. They notice she seems to be more like a vampire than usual, causing Yurika to mention preparations for the S.P.Q. Rockfest, which she was invited to. They congratulate her, and she asks them to leave her alone since it's distracting her. As they leave, someone comes in to drop off the garlic ramen she ordered.
The girls find Sakura in another room and ask her if they will just be training with her. She informs them that Otome had an interview, while Kaede is at a magazine shoot. She also mentions that she has her own plans after practice and the foursome quickly get to work practicing. The entire time however, Ichigo thinks about how much everyone has been working lately and that she lacks a goal herself.
That night, Johnny and Orihime are discussing the girls and the Starlight Queen Cup. While it's a standing point for them, it also has a lot of other things for the girls.
Ichigo goes to visit Ran in her dorm room and she watches as she fills out some papers for her modeling try outs. Ichigo expresses concern in the fact she doesn't know what she plans to do with her life just yet, but Ran points out that surely there's a hint in everything she's done in Aikatsu so far and sits down with her.
Back in her dorm room, Ichigo continues to think it over. But she still doesn't know and looks in her drawer to find a message from Aoi. While she wants to talk to her best friend, she decides this is best left to do on her own. She goes outside to continue to think things through and realizes that she has done everything with everyone else. She's hardly done anything by herself and has to find a way to become more passionate about her own idol activities. But as she sits there, she suddenly becomes inspired and runs off to find Kaede.
Later on, she comes back to find Aoi in her room. She asks how everything went, and Aoi brings up the many ideas the director had in mind for her. But they should sleep for tomorrow, so she insists that they discuss everything the next day.
And so comes the next day. Everyone has come to see the performance of the Starlight Queen Cup as the woman announces it and the fact that everyone will be able to see it from even the internet. She also points out that Mizuki will be battling the winner of the cup in one final round afterwards.
Everyone meets up and at first it seems like a tense moment, but it's immediately lightened up when Ichigo accidentally calls the Starlight Queen Cup as "cap". They laugh and express joy in getting to do this and while they may be nervous, Kaede says they should just focus on having fun. Which is enough for them to share one last group cheer and change into their coords. After they appear on stage, they perform to "Moonlight Destiny".
When the performance ends, it is announced that Mizuki will be revealing the winnter. She walks onto the stage compliments everyone for their job well done. Then, she opens the card to reveal the name: Ichigo Hoshimiya.
After she mentions how excited she is for this performance, Mizuki tells Ichigo that they have to give it their all and everyone cheers. Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran leave and though disappointed, Aoi is just happy that Ichigo was the winner. Ichigo wishes to speak to her and Ran, but she tells them to come in about ten minutes and runs off for the cafeteria.
Aoi orders a very special parfait for Ichigo and asks the woman working there to write out a message using chocolate. She spots Kaede passing by and speaks with her for a moment. As Kaede mentions Ichigo's plans of leaving the academy, a shocked Aoi stands still and Kaede realizes Ichigo never told her.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Kaede Ichinose
- Otome Arisugawa
- Yurika Tōdō
- Sakura Kitaōji
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- Ringo Hoshimiya
- Raichi Hoshimiya
- Hikari Minowa
- Starlight Queen Cup begins.
- Ichigo is the winner from the first round, and goes to the final round.
- The episode subtitle might come after Signalize!'s lyrics, "向かう場所はミライの 僕らの希望の中に 望む場所はミライの輝きが合図 Let's go, Go!"
- There was a cameo appearance of the CDs Signalize!/Calendar Girl, Diamond Happy / Hirari/Hitori/Kirari, and Fourth Party!, all done by and featuring the real-life group STAR☆ANIS.
- This marks the offical anime debut of the Star Festival Coord
- The song Moonlight destiny appears for the first time