|A Miracle Begins!|
|English||A Miracle Begins!|
|Japanese Air Date||April 17, 2014|
|Insert Song||Smiling Suncatcher|
|← Aiming to be a Star☆彡||Yes! Best Partner →|
Mizuki appears before Ichigo for the first time since her return, telling her that she is going to start a new Aikatsu!. Soon after that, Headmistress Orihime and Headmistress Tiara re-open an old event, "The Partners Cup".
A surprised Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran meet Akari in the cafeteria one day, to see that she has cut her hair. It's a little messy, but they claim that it isn't all that bad, with Aoi offering to help her clean it up. Akari explains that she did it after her performance with Ichigo, in her excitement to make herself more original. Akari feels better though, once Ichigo claims that its a fitting style for her.
One late evening Ichigo has finished recording something. As she leaves the building, she runs into Mizuki. They sit down to catch up, and Mizuki comments that Ichigo treated Akari the same way she did back when Ichigo was trying for the school. While flattered, Ichigo assures her that she isn't nearly as good of a teacher. It seems like every time she tries to teach her, she's only learning things herself. But Mizuki says this is okay because the same thing happened with her too. She has been using all of her own learning in order to make her own agency, as well as a new unit. As she begins to say something, Mizuki stops herself and instead tells Ichigo that she will one day find her own, special partner to perform with also. Then Mizuki takes her leave, stopping to inform Ichigo that there is a special food truck that is difficult to track down. She wonders if Ichigo can find it and mentions that if she does, something special may just be there.
The next day, Ichigo informs Aoi and Ran of the news. They think her partner may be the idol she had been working on, but before they can say anymore everyone is asked to come to the meeting room, where Orihime announces the special Partner Cup. Aoi mentions that it was a legendary event that Masquerade entered and won. It's then Johnny interrupts to inform everyone that two idols will be joining up to make units. They will compete with other unit teams, as well as Dream Academy.
Meanwhile, at Dream Academy, Tiara has been giving the same announcement. She tells everyone that it's fine if they want to enter the Partner Cup with someone outside of the school and asks the girls if they can be expected to do really well. She then goes to her office while thinking over everything, including how accurate the units will be, and how they work together.
Outside again, Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran think about how to choose their partners. They are more curious about the idol Mizuki picked though and consider trying to locate her agency, in order to find this mysterious partner. But Ichigo doesn't know the location, although she did recall the popular food truck and brings it up again, and mentions that it can only be found before noon, as well as how pleasant it is to eat the waffles while being surrounded by salt.
While this is generally unhelpful, Ran begins to wonder if maybe the agency can be found by the food truck. Aoi also thinks that because of how it sounded, Mizuki was personally inviting Ichigo there. With that, they contact Ki and ask her to help them locate the food truck before heading into town.
Finding the special truck doesn't seem to take them very long in the end. They sit down to eat some curry waffles and notice that it is right by the beach, as well as that there are only some brick warehouses nearby. They think it would be impossible for Mizuki's agency to be there, but it is the only building here.
It's then they are joined by Seira, Ki, and Sora. Who were led there from the help of Compy. The six approach the brick building to see "Moonlight Office" written on a white sign and deem it to be right. They head inside, but find nothing more then some tall box piles, windows, stairs, and doors.
While still somewhat doubtful the girls think about it and compare it to how Mizuki has been working. Then they happen to spot Honoka, her manager in a window at the other side of the building. They also hear music and wonder if it may be her new song, so they go up the steps and look through the window to find Mizuki dancing. She stops after a moment and they wonder if her partner is there, but to their surprise, a ferret appears.
As the girls take a moment to hide, they happen to overhear another voice and look again to find a second girl, Mikuru has appeared. Mikuru and Mizuki put down her bag and Ferry, then they resume practicing. The girls continue to hide and think of any idols named Mikuru, but they are unable to. Ki even uses Compy to look her up, but there is no girl named Mikuru that is in any genre of performance either.
Mizuki and Mikuru finish practice and Mizuki comments on something Mikuru could improve on. Mikuru mentions that she didn't really notice and compares her dancing to how she performs with her flowers, casting a spell on them to wish that they grow up strong and healthy. Mizuki compliments her on this and the girls resume watching them from the windows. Where they deem that Mikuru isn't an ordinary girl. Mikuru takes to heart what Mizuki told her and she asks for some advice on how to fix it.
Just then, Mikuru notices the time and takes off. Which leaves the six saddened since they wished to know more about her. They decide to go after her in a careful attempt to sneak out, unaware that Mizuki saw them.
Outside, the girls have lost Mikuru. They don't know where to look now, but Sora gets distracted by a flower shop up ahead and takes off to check it out. While there, she is greeted by Mikuru. Who has just changed and fixed her hair while coming out. She asks Sora if she needs something and is approached by an older woman, who asks if they have any cactus in today. Sora watches and is joined by the others, who also saw Mikuru there.
They all begin to wonder if she really isn't an idol then, since they couldn't find anything on her. But this makes Ichigo wonder why she was chosen for her partner, only to be confronted by Mizuki, who tells the six girls that their Surprise Live is coming up soon. They will find out then, and she adds that while Mikuru isn't an idol yet, she has a lot that none of them can offer, the fact that she is bound by nothing.
As Sora approaches the others, she introduces herself to Mizuki after realizing they never formally met, then they quickly hide as Mikuru is seeing off the customer. They then watch as Mikuru waters all of the flowers outside of the shop and Mizuki takes off.
Later on, a television program discusses Mizuki and her new plans. A lot of people are very curious about Mikuru, but all anyone really knows is that she uses a new brand known as Vivid Kiss, which was made in L.A and designed by Kayoco. The man explains that Vivid Kiss is an extremely popular pop brand based on casual west-coast wear that can transcend genres.
Soon the performance comes up. All of the girls, as well as the headmistresses have shown up to watch. Mizuki and Mikuru exchange words as Honoka then comes by to tell them that it's time for them to go onto stage. They go to change into their chosen coords and reappear on stage, where they sing and perform to "Smiling Suncatcher".
After the performance a meeting is held, regarding Mikuru. She admits that while she wasn't sure at first, she feels that there is a greater meaning behind their meeting. While she isn't sure what it is, she plans on finding the answer. She also plans on continuing her job at the flower shop and Mizuki asks everyone to continue to support them. They also plan to enter the Partner's Cup, which makes the girls worry that if they were to win, things will look bad for both schools.
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Aoi Kiriya
- Ran Shibuki
- Mikuru Natsuki (official debut)
- Seira Otoshiro
- Ki Saegusa
- Sora Kazesawa
- Akari Ōzora
- Mizuki approaches Ichigo for the first time since her comeback.
- This episode marks the official anime debut of Mikuru Natsuki and her primary brand, Vivid Kiss.
- This episode marks the debut of Mizuki's and Mikuru's unit WM
- The Partners Cup is announced.
- The song Smiling Suncatcher makes its anime debut.
- Akari's new hairstyle is seen for the first time in the anime.
- Main article: Episode 78 - A Miracle Begins!/Image gallery