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|Fantasia (Rhapsody) in the Desert of the Moon|
|English||Fantasia (Rhapsody) in the Desert of the Moon|
|Japanese Air Date||June 5, 2014|
|Insert Song||Arabian Romance|
|← Blooming Miracle!||My Dear Idol! →|
Starlight Academy's Ran Shibuki and Dream Academy's Sora Kazesawa, team up for a new drama audition. As they prepare, they learn that Ran is to play the "Swordswoman" while Sora is to play the "Princess." Ran chose to use this as a challenge, however, the action seems to be a little more than she bargained for.
In Orihime's office Ran is going over the personal invitation she recieved to take part in an audition for an upcoming drama. She quickly accepts before being informed that the audition is done in pairs, and she will be doing it with a girl from Dream Academy.
Meanwhile, over at the rival school, Tiara has just finished telling Sora that she will be teaming up with Ran for the same audition. She also wishes for Sora to make the outfits she and Ran will perform in. Sora then accepts.
Sora takes back the papers she was given for the drama and shows it to Ki and Seira. As they don't seem to recognize the story she decides to give them a brief summary. In a far-off land lived the poor, honest young man named Aladdin. One day an evil sorcerer tempted Aladdin by telling him about a special magic lamp that could grant anyone's wish or dream. Aladdin followed his words and was able to recover the magic lamp after overcoming many trials, and after he rubbed the lamp a Genie appeared and he was able to marry his beloved princess. But then the sorcerer came and stole the princess and magic lamp from him, so Aladdin was forced to go on an adventure until he saved them both again. Then, he and his princess lived happily ever after.
Seira begins to look through the pamplet and comments on how different this drama will be in comparison to the original tale. They comment on how nice they think the Princess role is for Sora before bringing up the fact she will be handling designs.
At Starlight, Ichigo and Aoi comment on how perfect the role of Aladdin is for Ran. After Ran points out that she will need to study up on things related to swordsmanship, like how to fight and move around with swords, like what appears in the movies.
The following day, the trio head to a builing and find someone fighting a group of people. They comment on how great he did and compare him to a true Samurai with his movements before they point out he will be teaching them. Immediately the man surprises the girls after he spots them and he asks if they came for lessons. He informs the trio that Orihime gave him some specific instructions and he asks which of them will be the actress for the drama. Ran reveals herself and he mentions that because how busy idol girls are, he only has today to teach them anything.
The girls practice holding their wood swords before the teacher interupts to tell them that before anything they need to stretch. Then, he has them simply swing the swords a bunch of times in order to get a memorable rhythm with them. He also tells the girls that they need to come at him with everything they got and he has Ichigo come at him first.
She does so, but he stops to tell her that with how she plans on attacking, the only thing she would manage to slice would be her foot. He shows them again with a real sword and Ran seems to understand what he means before he goes onto rule number four. He tells the girls not to hold back trying to make it realistic because fans like to see cool and exciting action scenes, but they still should act realistically. For an example, he mentions that for action scenes most actresses tend to change their shoes in order to avoid any injury. The cameramen also work to avoid shots of the actresses feet as much as possible to hide this fact.
Since the girls seem comfortable enough to swing swords now, he has them come at him again and train with the others. Ichigo and Aoi watch as Ran as she fights one of the students and while it looks cool and she is fighting well, the teacher stops to mention that idols often revert do doing dance steps out of natural habit. She tries again and does a lot better and soon she's made it to the final lesson. Which involves finishing off the group of attackers that surround her at the last second. She must focus on timing in order to do it right, but Ran stumbles after being surprised by her attackers voice. The teacher tells her that people new to swordfighting often mess up with this, but he doesn't have anymore time to teach the girls. Which leaves Ran disappointed, although he does tell her to work on her weak points until the audition.
As the trio head back to Starlight they notice how quiet Ran is being. She asks them to help her overcome her weakness suddenly and seeing how serious Ran is they agree.
Later that night Sora shows Ki and Seira the drafts for the audition dresses she's made so far. They compliment how nice they look but Sora is beginning to have second thoughts, not sure if she fits the character of a Princess. She asks Seira and Ki for their opinions before mentioning how much research she did for the outfit, but even then she feels like something is wrong.
The next day, Ran heads outside with a sword-like object. Ichigo and Aoi suddenly burst out of the nearby area with the same objects and prepare to fight her. After Ran "defeats" them, they compliment her job well done. Although Ran hardly agrees because they were still able to surprise her.
As this is going on, Orihime is discussing what they are doing with Bepp. She mentions that Ran asked her friends to help her overcome her surprise by attacking her every chance they get.
In the hallway, Ran is then attacked by Kaede, who tries to distract her by pulling out a long flowing cloth while she attacks. The same happens outside when Yurika opens her umbrella to reveal her own weapon, but when Yurika begins to act Ran simply walks away, which ticks her off.
By the fountain, Ran is then confronted by Otome, who is pretending to be a cat. As Ran approaches the bush, Otome suddenly jumps out and begins to swing at her, only to realize Ran is too far away to be hit. In this instance, Ran hits her instead and claims that she didn't fall for her trick, because cats don't say "love", just meow.
A while later Sora comes by Starlight to find Aoi nearby. The two girls walk together while Sora reveals she came by to give Ran her outfit, but she hasn't finished her own princess outfit yet because she isn't entirely sure it's her idea of a princess. They happen to spot Ran, Ichigo, and Otome nearby and watch as she trains. Sora is amazed by the sight and she realizes that she finally knows what her ideal princess is. When Ran happens to overhear her she has Ichigo and Otome stop and approaches Sora, who gives her the cards. She also mentions that she got enough inspiration to finish her own costume now while the girls overlook Ran's. Sora is very happy when Ran comments on how much she likes it.
Eventually the audition comes and the girls greet each other, dressed in their outfits. Ran is a little surprised by it and Sora explains she got her inspiration to be a princess who looked up to the gallant figure saving her while wanting to get closer to her object of adoration. It's then they are approached by the swordmaster and he mentions that he was asked to judge the auditions. He also tells the girls that by using the Aikatsu system, it will look as though they are actually on site of the fight.
With that the auditions begin. Sora plays in the water while Ran observes from afar. It's then she spots a strange object in the water and when she picks it up, she hears a voice inside that belongs to a man. He begs for her help and explains that he has been trapped in the bottle. Sora, seeing no harm in it opens it up before Ran can stop her. The figure then announces he is free and that he is a genie. The girls are surprised to find that it's Johnny but continue to perform. He traps Sora in a bubble while Ran demands he releases her. But instead he runs off with Sora back to his lair and summons his sword as Ran appears to save Sora.
With that, they begin to fight as the judges watch. They really like Ran's work and comment on how skilled she is and think about letting her win, but they want to see her beat her weakness. It's then Johnny summons a bunch of clones to attack her but Ran isn't intimdated. She uses what she learned to attack them all with ease and in no time they're all gone.
Johnny then uses his magic to blind Ran and attack her. It works and he catches her off guard, sending her sword in the air. But before he can finish Ran off, the sword happens to burst the bubble Sora was in, freeing her and allowing her to grab the sword. She gets Johnny away from Ran while she stands up and mentions that this isn't in the script. But Sora tells her that she wants to be closer to the person she adores, this being Ran and her princess doesn't just stand by and does nothing, she fights too. She is unable to do much against Johnny, but Ran takes her words to heart and tells her that she likes the idea of them fighting hand in hand and believing in each other.
The two girls hold the sword and resume fighting Johnny the evil genie. As the judges watch they comment on how well they like this idea while Ran finishes off Johnny by using a special attack against him. He vanishes and drops his sword while Sora runs over. The two then hold hands before the man tells them the audition is over. He announces that they have passed and they share a congradulations.
Some time later, Ran narrates that the filming of the drama went well and without any incidents.
The ending scene of the movie is then shown as Sora, on the flying carpet asks Sora where she would like to go for their next adventure. Then, holding hands the girls fly off into the distance.
- This episode serves as the anime debut of the Arabian Fencer Coord and the Arabian Princess Coord.
- This episode marks the third drama episode in the second season
- The song Arabian Romance appears for the first time.
- The episode's drama, Rhapsody of the Desert Moon, is based off of the classical story Aladdin.