|Tristar Take Off☆|
Toraisutā teiku ofu☆
|English||Tristar Take Off☆|
|Japanese Air Date||June 20th, 2013.|
|Insert Song||Take Me Higher|
|← Star of Tears||Heading for the Sun →|
Tristar Take Off☆ (トライスターテイク オフ☆) is the 36th episode of the 36th episode of the anime series. The episode aired on June 20th, 2013.
While trying to adjust to her busier life style, Ran finds herself growing isolated from Ichigo and Aoi and struggles to keep up with the changes. Meanwhile Ichigo and Aoi begin feeling lonely and try to reach out to her.
An impatient Ran waits for the beginning of Tristar's official debut. She has become uneasy and anxious but knows the importance of giving it her all. A man nearby comes to inform her that it is time for her to go on stage, and she steps onto a moving device that lifts her up as she joins Kaede and Mizuki.
Meanwhile, back at the dorms Aoi is trying to record everything related to Ran that has began to appear. They watch as Ran explains the meaning behind their unit name before promising everyone a wonderful performance. Ichigo stands up and begins to imitate Ran after she comments on how cool she looked in the conference, with Aoi rating her "performance" was a three out of one-hundred points, then claims to be teasing before they sit down to finish preparing the gift bag they wanted to give Ran. They wrote a letter for her, and included some mouth masks and cough drops. However, when Ichigo reveals the seaweed she wants to include, Aoi questions it- causing her to explain that they use this back at home and she is sure that Ran will feel energized after eating some. She demonstrates by eating one, although Aoi isn't sure Ran would want it.
The girls leave to go and try to find Ran, but to their surprise they find someone taking the items out of her room. They look to find that it has been entirely cleaned out and Orihime walks by to explain that Ran doesn't need the room anymore. Since Tristar will be really busy, she would just have an easier time staying at various hotels near their work sites; which sounds strange until Aoi recalls this being common practice for some idols, but Ichigo is concerned over hearing that Ran will be really busy. Orihime comments that as they speak, Tristar is currently out in the middle of a photo-shoot near the ocean.
When the trio finish they thank the staff for all of their help while boarding the bus. Ran comes in to see how crowded it is and she walks back to find Kaede and Mizuki. She sits down, rather worn out from work until Mizuki reminds her that they still have a lot to do, including some which takes place on the ride back home. Ran is caught off guard but quickly recovers as they begin.
Back at school Ichigo and Aoi are preparing to leave for Lunch when Ichigo gets a message from Raichi. He calls Ran amazing and mentions that with all of the news regarding Tristar, he couldn't even begin recording it all. Aoi comments on how much this is like her own situation and he tells Ichigo and Aoi to wish her luck, but the girls mention that lately they haven't been able to see Ran. Ichigo does make a promise to send Ran a text with their words of encouragement and ends the conversation.
As Raichi's friends comment on how lucky he is, Raichi can't help but notice that Ichigo seemed lonely during their chat.
The girls walk down the hallway while Ichigo comments that she really hopes the gift basket they made earlier will make it to Ran. Aoi assures her that it will since Orihime offered to get the staff to send it for them.
While Tristar prepares for a show, Ran suddenly receives the text message. But before she can read it, she is given some papers and hands her phone to a staff member after being informed that something has come u. Kaede is very excited since she's always wanted to do something like this, but Ran is highly troubled.
As the show begins, Ichigo and Aoi sit together in the training room to watch as Tristar reveals their special announcement; to commemorate their founding they will be holding a stadium live concert. Right away Ichigo and Aoi want to go, but they realize they both have plans after Ran announces that it will be the following day. Tristar promises that they will perform a very special appeal for everyone going and after the show ends, Ichigo asks why they would suddenly alert everyone one day in advance like that. Aoi goes on to mention that announcing concerts that come out of nowhere gathers widespread attention and it tends to boost sales, and with this announced the girls decide to try to find a way to attend.
That evening, the trio go over their concert and check into their room, and to their surprise Johnny is there waiting. Mizuki explains how he will be doing choreography for them since he's always done it for her and he informs the girls that because they do not have a lot of time, they need to try to train as much as possible. At first everything goes fine but when Ran suddenly falls over she watches as Kaede and Mizuki have both already got the entire routine down. This causes her to worry that they wont be able to perform the Special Appeal if she can't become as good as them and frets that she would be letting them down- but she remains stubborn and they continue to dance before Johnny calls an end to the session, saying that they should get to bed. He is sure the girls will do good and takes off, and the girls exchange few words before they retire for the night, although Ran decides to stay behind and train further.
Back at Starlight, Orihime speaks with Johnny over the phone. He doesn't think putting this much pressure onto the girls is fair, but Orihime knows they can handle it.
Ran dances until she suddenly trips to the floor, realizing her ankle has suddenly given out on her. She scolds herself for not doing good enough and forces herself to stand up.
The following morning, Aoi wakes Ichigo to remind her of the performance that day. They decide to send Ran texts in order to wish her luck.
When Tristar is informed that it's time to begin their performance. The girls go to change and begin "Take Me Higher". While the performance is going on, Ichigo and Aoi both watch from their working locations.
After the performance the trio walk down the hallway together. While Mizuki and Kaede feel good, Ran is lagging behind. Mizuki notices this but speaks nothing of it as they reach another room, and Ran decides to stay behind and think things over out of concern she didn't do well enough. Their manager comes by and wishes her a good job before handing her the package Ichigo and Aoi sent. She opens it to look at the items, along with their recently sent text before thinking over all of the fun they have had in the past since they befriended each other. Then she pulls out the seaweed, trying to figure out why they sent it before she tries a bite.
Back at the school, Johnny and Orihime are discussing how popular Tristar is. Due to this, Orihime has decided to begin another idol unit- this time with Ichigo and Aoi.
- Mizuki Kanzaki
- Kaede Ichinose
- Ran Shibuki
- Ichigo Hoshimiya
- Aoi Kiriya
- Orihime Mitsuishi
- Johnny Bepp
- Raichi Hoshimiya
- Honoka Tsukikage
- This episode marks Tristar's public debut.
- The "summer season" version of the Starlight Academy school uniforms debut starting with this episode.