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Even a Slight Chance
Episode 18
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Episode Information
Kanji わずかなチャンスさえも
English Even a Slight Chance
Air Date
Japanese Air Date August 9, 2018
Screenplay Ayumu Hisao
Storyboard Toshiyuki Fujisawa
Episode Director Mitsuhito Yamaji
Animation Director Akira Takahashi
Featured Songs
Opening Thank You⇄It'll Be Alright
Ending Believe it
Insert Song You × I
Episode guide
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The Encounter of Fate is of the Moon's Guidance Let it Reach! Friends' Power

Even a Slight Chance (わずかなチャンスさえも) is the eighteenth episode of the Aikatsu Friends! anime series. It aired on August 9th, 2018.


The school's biggest event of the summer, the Star Harmony Cup, is about to begin. The favorites to win the event, Honey Cat, are having a training camp in the gym so that they can pull off a Friends Appeal worthy of their dresses. The two undergo lessons while also busy with work. Can they show off the results of their training at the Star Harmony Cup?


The episode begins with Mio and Aine in the office of Tamaki Enjōji as they hand in their entry form for the Star Harmony Cup to her, followed by Honey Cat doing the same. Aine expresses pleasant shock that Honey Cat is entering the cup, and Maika replies there's no way they'd ignore it because it's the hottest summer fest at Star Harmony Academy. Afterwards, in the auditorium, Ken Mayuzumi goes over the essentials of the Star Harmony Cup, explaining that each unit will give a single performance and the judging will be done by active professionals, as well as how the winning Friends will go on to represent Star Harmony Academy at the Brilliant Friends Cup in the fall. Mio remarks that since Honey Cat is the most popular Friends unit as of now, they will be Pure Palette's biggest hurdle to get into the Brilliant Friends Cup.

Outside, Maika and Ema are talking about how they need to work harder and Maika remarks that there's no point in entering if they aren't the hottest unit. Then, they decide their Friends Appeal is the only thing left to work on, and perfecting it will be the key to blowing everything they've done so far out of the water in addition to bringing out the best of their dresses. Just as they've made their plans, however, Maika and Ema are discovered by Tamaki-san, who tells them to get to the van, as it's time for work. After the photoshoot, Ema and Maika attempt to go off training, but are instead promptly dragged to their next gig. Finding time to train continues to be impossible, with neither Ema nor Maika having adequate room in their schedules. After a radio interview, even though they are being told to take it easy, Maika remarks about how she doesn't want to, and Ema agrees. And so, both Maika and Ema go to Tamaki-san to seek approval for getting use of the training gym early in the morning, as well as late at night, and receive the necessary permissions. After that, Ema and Maika balance training with their other activities, despite being exhausted in the process. One day, while training to pull off their Friends Appeal, Ema remarks how nice it is being Friends with Maika, because if Ema was by herself, she probably just would have stuck with work and given up on training

Maika wakes up early the next morning and decides to go for a walk. In the fog outside, she sees the shape of a person, which wanders around, consequently convincing Maika that there is a ghost outside. Maika screams, scaring the so-called "ghost", which runs into Aine and Mio as they're doing a morning run and turns out to be none other than Sakuya Shirayuri. Sakuya explains that a divination led her to come to Star Harmony Academy this early in the morning. As Maika is unaware the so-called "ghost" is really Sakuya, she attempts to convince Ema that the ghost was real the next day. As the two are theorizing, Ema tells the story of the Idol Ghost, an idol who wanted to reach the top so badly she forgot she was a ghost, and now she wanders around while looking for someone to form Friends with. Instead of comforting Maika, however, this story only scares her more, and Ema figures out that Maika is scared of ghosts. Brushing it off, Ema suggests the two get to training instead. Along the way, however, Maika's fear of ghosts seems to be getting the best of her, as she sees a black cat while appeal training with Ema and consequently messes up the appeal. With immense difficulty, Maika puts her fear of ghosts aside and vows to make the dresses of Honey Cat shine as they finally nail the appeal. The next day, the Star Harmony Cup finally begins, with Honey Cat going last for Day One of the competition, and the pair then go on to perform to You × I.

As the episode ends, Mio remarks that Pure Palette will have to make a big bang on stage tomorrow to beat Honey Cat, and Aine realizes just how many fans Honey Cat has as she begins to panic.




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VTEList of Aikatsu Friends! Episodes
1st Season 1 - 10 Hello Friends!The Invincible Love Me Tear☆Vivid InspirationThe Aspired My BrandJust Like a Butterfly, Maika!Hinata EMAgency!?The Road Continuing towards Mirai★Mio's Great CM Operation!The Melody of Bravery♪Pretty☆Sexy★Honey Cat!
11 - 20 The Dramatic Confession!Tomatoes, Bring It On☆How to KarenGo Go Friends!AiTube☆CinderellaMio, Becoming the HeroThe Encounter of Fate is the Moon's GuidanceEven a Slight ChanceLet it Reach! Friends' PowerLacrosse or Friends!
21 - 30 Spreading Harmony♪Premonition of the Full MoonShout It, at the MomentRivals are Friends!Surpass Love Me Tear!Friends Gathered♪ Autumn of Aikatsu☆Full Moon's RadianceFriends Even When We're AloneAine's Halloween Panic!Dubbing Challenge★Mio
31 - 40 The Legendary 101 Matches!Heart-Pounding☆Adventure on Karen Island!Ka~boom★Adventure on the Volcano Island!Happiness to Everyone♪Treasure Hunter Warning!Runway of Trouble!Merry Friends ChristmasI'm Coco! Aikatsu Song BattleOpening! Diamond Friends CupBelieve it
41 - 50 Unleash the Love Me Zone!The Miracle of Friends' PowerThe Scenery of GratitudeThe Chocolate and Mint ConfessionThe Friends are Paparazzi!?The Princess from the MoonAn Idol's Coco-mprehension★The Cats' Honey WorkThe Last Chapter of the LegendThe Future That's Only There
2nd Season 51 - 60 An Idol from SpaceThe Brilliant GemstoneHibiki's Showtime!Shine! My Own Color!Shuffle!? Friends!You're Also My StarGoGo☆Sorbet KingdomPrincess AliciaThe Secret Words are ustakiA evoL!Aikatsu Forbidden!?
61 - 70 Open the Door of Your HeartFriends Homecoming♪ PartyEvery Path Leads to Aikatsu!Honey Cat is a Galaxy☆Heart-Pounding♥Friends DateWakaba, I'll Do It All!From Mirai, to the Future!Whoosh Whoosh! Fierce on Karen Island!Everyone Seakatsu!To the New Stage
71 - 76 Sakuya's Thoughts, Kaguya's WishesLOVE ME TEARJeweling Festival EveA Stage Beyond TimeI'm Not Alone!Everyone Everyone Friends!