The Place Where Brightness Goes to
Episode 49
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Episode Information
Kanji 輝きが向かう場所
English The Place Where Brightness Goes to
Air Date
Japanese Air Date September 19, 2013
Featured Songs
Opening Diamond Happy
Ending Hirari/Hitori/Kirari
Insert Song Moonlight destiny
Episode guide
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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" (1年目(サードシーズン) lit. "First Year"). The episode aired on September 19, 2013.


Inspired by her friends working hard to achieve their goals after the Starlight Queen Cup, Ichigo tries to find her own goal.


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 and bring up how Ran is currently off for a private lesson. They sit down to listen to the song everyone will be performing during the Starlight Queen Cup and they begin to feel nostalgic, wondering if this was their true destinies all along.

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. They head inside to help Ran do some training while she discusses how important this is to her since she didn't get it last time. She thanks them for being so supportive, then takes off for the dorms.

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 they are 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, confused to see that Kaede and Otome are gone. 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. But while doing this Ichigo begins to get distracted with her thoughts, realizing that everyone has been hard at work while she lacks a goal.

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 in store for them as their next stepping stone.

Ichigo goes to visit Ran in her dorm room and she watches as she fills out some papers for her modeling tryouts. 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.

After heading back to the dorm Ichigo continues to give it thought but still doesn't have any answers. She finds a message from Aoi that she gave her sometime prior, but decides that she has to figure it out 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, she returns to find Aoi in the dorm. She asks her 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 then.

The following day, everyone has showed up to see the Starlight Queen Cup performance. A woman announces the program and how everyone can watch it live, on television, or even on the internet. She also points out that Mizuki will battle 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 "Moonlight Destiny".

When the performance ends, it is announced that Mizuki will be revealing the winner. 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- only for Kaede to bring up Ichigo's sudden plan to leave the Academy. Startled, Aoi can only stand still as it dons on Kaede that she didn't know.

Character Appearances


Major Event

  • Starlight Queen Cup begins.
  • Ichigo is the winner from the first round, and goes to the final round.

Animation Trivia


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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