Episode 53
Episode Information
Kanji ラララ☆★ライバル
English Lalala☆★Rival
Air Date
Japanese Air Date October 17, 2013
Featured Songs
Opening KIRA☆Power
Ending Original Star☆彡
Insert Song Idol Activity! (Ver. Rock)
Episode guide
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Lalala☆★Rival (ラララ☆★ライバル) is the 53rd episode of the Aikatsu! TV Anime series and the 3rd episode of it's "Second Season" (2年目 2-nen me, lit. "Second Year"), this episode was aired on October 17, 2013.

The scenario was written by Natsuko Takahashi and Nobuhiro Kondō did the storyboard. Yasuhiro Minami directed the episode while the animation directed by Hiromi Suzuki, Tomoko Tanaka, Kazuya Saitō, and Yumi Nakamura.


Seira Otoshiro and Kī Saegusa search more information of their rival, Ichigo. While Ichigo tries to find out more about Seira.


Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran are discussing Seira with each other as they re-watch her performance. They comment that she is a tough rival who makes everything she does seem so effortless. Especially since she's new and already popular.

Seira and Ki are shown to be doing the same thing in town. Watching Ichigo's performance from the day before. When they get back to the office Ki decides to do some research on Ichigo and Seira mentions that she seems really perky that day. Ki seems surprised to find out that Ichigo has achieved a lot, but Seira isn't and claims that she managed to perform the Constellation Appeal pretty easily, and she also did a special appeal during her first performance too.

However, Ki decides that she wants to do more research to find out what Ichigo was doing over in America, and also why she went there. They assume it to be important and to her surprise, the computer gives up on her. It found a lot of articles but it's too difficult to pick out the truths from them. Ki reads that she jumped through a hoop at the circus, was the star on top of the Christmas tree, and also rode on an Orca's back. Seira considers this useless and asks if Ichigo only spent the entire year goofing off. But Ki instead suggests that they should do some more investigation before assuming anything. With that agreed, Seira heads over to find Ichigo's home as Ki stays back to look up more information. However, she gives her an ear piece in order to keep in touch with her.

At her home, Ichigo is eating a lot of food with Ringo and Raichi. They comment on how much it is, but she claims she is only eating so much because it's been a year since she last had any of her mothers cooking. Ringo feels as though Ichigo has become more mature since then and Raichi fills Ichigo in about a new cafe that appeared nearby. Ichigo wants to check it out since Raichi mentioned having caught the scent of an idol, but only after they eat more...

They heard over to the cafe and Raichi is still able to detect the scent. But he doesn't know who or what it is. A woman brings them their parfaits and Ichigo comments on how nice the womans voice sounds. She is flattered when the woman reveals she knows who she is, because her youngest daughter is a fan of theirs. They bring the girl out, who is introduced as Noel and it's mentioned that her class is next to Raichi's and they learn that this is Seira's family!

They ask Noel to tell them about Seira, so she begins by describing how talented she is with instruments and absolute pitch. Which means she can determine what note any sound is just by hearing it once. They mention that she must really love Seira, and speaking of, she has just come to Ichigo's home. Seira decides to ask for a bento while asking information about Ichigo in a nonchalant manner.

She heads inside, then asks Ringo to know more about Ichigo. Ringo seems to know her already and reveals that she saw her performance. This makes Seira happy as she compliments how wonderful she was, and she sits down to wait for the bento. Ringo apologizes for the fact that Ichigo isn't there, then offers Seira some soup to go with the bento. As she is eating and comments on how well the rice is, Ringo explains how rice has many types and also mentions that Ichigo is able to tell them just by which one she eats. This causes Seira to realize how it's like her ability to use Absolute Pitch, then she decides she may want to learn Absolute Taste too!

Two older women suddenly walk in and mention that they heard Ichigo has come aong. They were hoping to have Ichigo sign an autograph but are disappointed to learn that she had stepped out for a bit. The one woman then happens to recognize Seira.

Meanwhile, back at the Otoshiro house hold, Ichigo has signed one for Noel. Raichi mentions that he would like one from Seira, but Noelle isn't sure if she has one yet. She goes on to mention that Seira is really shy, but Ichigo is sure she has gived autographs before. As luck would have it, she is right and Seira was asked to give the two women her autograph.

They soon leave and Ringo promises to tell Ichigo when she returns. Seira then takes her leave and resumes discussing with Ki about her. She has learned a lot about Ichigo and she realizes that she may be a force to be reckoned with. But Seira is looking forward to it...

At the Hoshimiya home, Raichi and Ichigo are disappointed that they had missed Seira. When Ringo informs her Seira wishes to learn Absolute Taste like she is, Ichigo decides she should learn Absolute Pitch also. Though Raichi thinks it may be too hard for her.

That night, Ichigo reveals everything that she learned to Aoi and Ran. She wants to sing with Seira some day and she tells Aoi and Ran that they have to keep trying their best.

The next morning, Ichigo is called into Orihime's office so that she can discuss the upcoming Swing Idol Live, being held at Dream Academy. Ichigo was asked to participate, and she instantly agrees upon learning that Seira was entering too. Orihime mentions that she will have to wear the Swing Rock Coord though and asks if she is okay with this, which she totally is!

Come the day of the live, Ichigo runs into Seira and Ki. They welcome her to the academy, but remain curious when Ichigo reveals she had actually been there a few days ago. She changes the subject instead by mentioning how happy she is to see them again though, and they share the feelings. It's then a man comes by to ask them what kind of performance they plan to put on that day. Both girls answer that they want to bring smiles to the audience faces.

A while later, Noel happens to find Ichigo practicing for her performance. She came to cheer her on, then Ichigo asks Noel if she's already seen Seira yet. However she hasn't, and she explains that she is sure Seira is too busy for her right now. So she asks to hang out in the room for the time, and Ichigo agrees while saying "udon to nori", which sounds a lot like the English words "don't worry". This makes Noel laugh and she mentions that being with Ichigo makes her smile, as much as hearing Seira sing.

She continues to explain that when she was younger she happened to be frail and sick all the time. Whenever she felt down, Seira would cheer her up. As they talk and Ichigo continues to make her laugh, they remain unaware that Seira has been standing by the door watching. Ichigo leaves the room to find Seira nearby and Seira thanks her for making Noel smile the way she did. Ichigo informs her of what Noel said and Seira admits that Noelle has only made a true smile seeing Ichigo perform on TV. She loves how Ichigo can sing with all of her heart, even when she falls down. Which is why she was thanking her, but she still does not plan to lose!

With that, Seira and Ichigo change into their Swing Rock coords and get onto stage to perform and sing to "Idol Activity!".

After the performance the announcer reveals that the winner is Seira. Ichigo seems upset, but she reveals to actually be in good spirits and asks Seira if she had as much fun as she did. Which surprises Seira and she asks Ki if she really won. She doesn't feel like it, because Ichigo's voice was much better then her own and shone much more brightly. But to her surprise, Ki promises to do much better and produce Seira to the top!

That night Aoi and Ran congratulate Ichigo for trying her best and they mention it would be hard to beat Seira in anything dealing with rock. But she had a lot of fun and this makes them all laugh!

Character Appearances


  • Starting this episode, the cards scene has changed the background music, which previously was Aikatsu! Music!! 01 track 32, where the music is mainly remixed massively.
  • This was also the first episode in which a Constellation Fever was seen.

Major Events

  • Ichigo loses against Seira in their head to head performance duel.

Animation Trivia

  • From this episode onward, the opening changed, where Otome's hair become slightly more detailed for few frames.


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 Summer!Secret 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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