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It's Time to Fly (はばたきのとき Habataki no Toki) is the twelfth episode of the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime series. It was aired on September 17, 2016.
Aqours manages to pass the Love Live qualifiers while Riko wins a trophy in her recital. Despite the popularity of the group, there are no additions to the applicants for the school. Feeling that there is still a large difference between them and μ's, the girls return to Tokyo to meet up with Riko and find out what made μ's so great. There, they meet up with Sarah and Leah, who have also qualified for Love Live and state their determination to win. Afterwards, the girls visit Otonokizaka High School, where one of the students tells them that μ's chose to leave no records of their activities at the school. Thinking about these words, Chika comes to realize that μ's was great not because they aimed to be the best, but because they acted freely, feeling that Aqours should aim to do the same instead of just chasing after them.
- 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
- Itou Kanae as Mito Takami
- Tano Asami as Sarah Kazuno
- Satou Hinata as Leah Kazuno
- Minase Inori as the student
- Akane Fujita as the child
- Atsumi Tanezaki as the woman
- Yuiko Tatsumi as the woman
- 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
- Monica Rial as Mito Takami
- Trina Nishimura as Sarah Kazuno
- Amber Lee Connors as Leah Kazuno
Members of Aqours
Since the end of season 1 episode 9, Young DREAMER, all nine members of Aqours had fully assembled. The following is the list of members of Aqours by order of admission.
- Chika Takami
- You Watanabe
- Riko Sakurauchi
- Ruby Kurosawa
- Hanamaru Kunikida
- Yoshiko Tsushima
- Mari Ohara
- Kanan Matsuura
- Dia Kurosawa
Notes & Trivia
- Ruby revealed to Chika that Dia got lost in Tokyo when she was little.
- The child and the unnamed Otonokizaka third year student strikingly resembles Honoka Kosaka and Hanayo Koizumi.
- It is revealed that You own's an Ucchichi pillow.
- This episode marks Riko's first temporal return to Otonokizaka High School since her transfer.