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First Step (ファーストステップ Faasuto Suteppu) is the third episode of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime series. It was aired on July 16, 2016.
Ohara Mari, a third year student and the newly assigned chairwoman of Uranohoshi Girls' High School, states that if the girls can fill up the school gym with audience members, she will approve their School Idol Club. However, if they fail to get a full house, they must disband. Realizing that there aren't enough students in their school to fill the gym, the girls are forced to search outside the school to advertise their concert.
While trying to come up with a name for their group, the girls stumble upon the name "Aqours" anonymously written on the beach and decided to use it. On the day of the concert, only a handful of students show up, but the girls perform their hearts out nonetheless. Just as a power outage occurs and all hope seems lost, a whole crowd of people, who heard about the concert through Chika's sister and friends, arrive at the gym, while Dia secretly hooks up a backup generator, allowing the concert to continue.
- Anju Inami as Chika Takami
- Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi
- Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura
- Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa
- Shuka Saito as You Watanabe
- Aika Kobayashi as Yoshiko Tsushima
- Kanako Takatsuki as Hanamaru Kunikida
- Aina Suzuki as Mari Ohara
- Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa
- Asumi Kana as Takami Shima
- Itou Kanae as Takami Mito
- Matsuda Risae as Yoshimi
- Kanemoto Hisako as Itsuki
- Serizawa Yuu as Mutsu
- Mugiho Anna as Shiitake
- Jad Saxton as Chika Takami
- Jeanie Tirado as Riko Sakurauchi
- Michelle Rojas as Kanan Matsuura
- Morgan Garrett as Dia Kurosawa
- Apphia Yu as You Watanabe
- Morgan Berry as Yoshiko Tsushima
- Megan Shipman as Hanamaru Kunikida
- Jamie Marchi as Mari Ohara
- Sarah Wiedenheft as Ruby Kurosawa
- Colleen Clinkenbeard as Shima Takami
- Monica Rial as Mito Takami
- Unknown as Yoshimi
- Madeleine Morris as Itsuki
- Unknown as Mutsu
- Tyler Walker as Shiitake
Members of Aqours
Debut member(s) in the episode is/are highlighted in bold. The following is the list of members of Aqours by order of admission.
- Chika Takami
- You Watanabe
- Riko Sakurauchi
Notes & Trivia
- Yoshiko's incognito disguise in very similar to Nico Yazawa's attire in the first Anime series' 1st Episode.
- Two similar girls to Midnight Cats appear in the cover from the magazine Ruby is reading.