Rabu, 05 Desember 2012

DokiDoki! Pretty Cure

"This Tighter and Tighter Heart is Unstoppable!" 
(胸のキュンキュン止まらないよ!Mune no kyunkyun tomaranai yo!)
    -The line Mana said when after saying the next episode's title in the preview.

DokiDoki! Pretty Cure (ドキドキ! プリキュア Dokidoki! PuriKyua!, lit Heart-Throbbing! Pretty Cure!) or Doki Doki! PreCure is a Japanese anime series and the tenth installment of Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure series (to actually know, she's only the fictional people). Produced by Toei Animation, the series is premiere in early Spring 2013 (possibly in February 3). There will be 4 Cures in same color pattern to Heartcatch one (pink, blue, yellow, purple), and later 5 when Cure Ace debuts (red), making this like a former Smile Pretty Cure likes (March being purple). The real character info has out in Christmas, so take a look in Heroine section!

Mana Aida (nice name, but my brother will mistaken this as AIDA in .hack//G.U.!) is a girl who enjoys helping others. Whilst visiting the Clover Tower during her school's orientation day, she encounters an enemy called the Selfish who attempt to manipulate her heart (it's wrong, actually if you watch the first episode...). Just then, she encounters a fairy named Charles, who gives Mana the power to transform into the legendary Pretty Cure, Cure Heart. As she is soon joined by  Cure Diamond, Cure Rosetta and Cure Sword, a mysterious baby appears, turning each day into a heart-throbbing experience.

Pretty Cures 
(Images in this section except the right one below are from 2chan)

At the end of the opening, Unmorphed (Left) and Transformed (Right), while the center is from Episode 27 onwards.
Please check the Pink (Heart), Purple and Red (Sword and Ace)Blue (Diamond) and Yellow (Rosetta) and  Heroines for info (you'll know each color by bolded color).
Group Phrase:
"Resound! Beat of Love! Heart-Thumping Pretty Cure!"  
(響け愛の鼓動! ドキドキ プリキュア!Hibike ainokodō! Dokidoki Purikyua!)

About Group Pose: The left one is quite awful and gets too close... I'd prefer the trailer to be their group pose.

Mascots and Trump Kingdom
From left to right, top to bottom: Charles, Ai-chan, Rachel, Lance, Davi
From left to right: Lance, Charles, and Rachel
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Left: Mana greets Charles without any shock in Episode 1; Center: Charles (LC) in Rachel's hand to communicate with Alice (Episode 9), Right: Charles in human form (Episode 29).
Charles (シャルル Sharuru)
Seiyuu: Kumiko Nishihara
Mana's rabbit-like fairy partner. The most passionate of all the four mascots, she has a passionate heart and always works hard. She ends her sentences with "~shal (シャル Sharu)". She's the one who provides as a host for Data Carddass Pretty Cure All Stars on 2013 (starting from DokiDoki Pretty Cure Toujou). Her name is the Japanese spelling of the same name, based of King of Hearts in traditional Paris court card name of playing card.

Trivia: Please call this mascot Charles, not Cheryl. Though it's male name, but Charles matches this name perfectly because 'Sharuru' means 'Charles'. Doremi and CureCom name her 'Cheryl', but means Sheriru (シェリル Sheriru) in Japanese.

Left: Rikka playing with Rachel's Ears (Episode 4); Center: Rachel first transform into LC to help Rikka transform.; Right: Rachel in human form (Episode 29)
Rachel (ラケル Rakeru; Or you can call it 'Raquel')
Seiyuu: Yuka Terasaki
Rikka's dog-like fairy partner. She is very reliable to the other fairies, much like her partner. She ends her sentences with "~kell (ケル Keru)". Rachel is taken from the Japanese spelling of the same name, Queen of Diamonds and is also the favorite mistress of King Charles.

Left: Lance being left behind (Episode 3); Right: Lance in human form (Episode 29)
Lance (ランス Ransu)
Seiyuu: Ayaka Ohashi
Alice's hamster-like fairy partner. He is the youngest out of the four mascots, and is a little spoiled. He ends his sentences with "~de lance (でランス de ransu)", and based on Lancelot, the Knave of Clubs.

From left to right: As DB, Lovely Commune (both in Episode 6) and mascot (Episode 7).
Davie (ダヴィ Davu~i, also written as Dabyi (ダビィ))
Seiyuu: Yumi Uchiyama
Makoto's cat-like fairy partner. She is very independent, but she often worries about her partner. She ends her sentences with "~da vi (だビ Da bi)" and has a habit to say Makoto's true feelings, much to her embarassement. Davie can also disguise as Makoto's manager "DB". David, the King of Spades is the name Davie is based from.

Shadowed (left, Episode 6), in Flashback (right, Episode 7)
Princess Marie Ange (マリー・アンジュ王女 Marī Anju Ōjo)
Seiyuu: Unknown
The queen of the Trump Kingdom and Joe Okada's fiancee, who often enjoyed Makoto's performances as Cure Sword. When the Trump Kingdom was attacked by the Jikochu, it took nearly all her power to seal King Jikochu into a deep slumber (fortunately, she didn't sacrifice herself like Royale Queen in Smile Pretty Cure). After sending Charles and the other fairies to earth, she escaped the Trump Kingdom alongside Makoto, but decided to became seperated whilst protecting Makoto from the Jikochu's attack. Her current whereabouts are unknown until Episode 20, where she is frozen by an unbreakable crystal. Towards the end of the series, Aguri starts to be connected to Marie Ange, first in Episode 35, then Episode 39 which she remembers Trump Kingdom before, and later she dreamed of her in Episode 42. 

Her in Flashback (in Episode 7):

Ai-chan (アイちゃん Ai-chan)
Seiyuu: Yuka Imai
A humanoid baby fairy whose born from dinosaur egg at Episode 8, at that time some of the fans have spetaculated that Ai-chan = Marie Ange because of her hair and eye color, but no. She possesses various magical powers, some of which power up the Cures or reveal the Royal Crystal through touching something people gives, and also has her own set of Cure Lovies that are used with the Lovely Commune or other items to look after her, such as milk bottles, or power-up. She often says either "kyuppi~!" (きゅぴ〜 Kyupi~), "ai~!" (アイ〜 Ai~) or "kyuppi rappa~" (きゅぴらっぱ〜! Kyupirappa~!). She previously stays with Joe at the Solitaire antique shop and seems to regard Mana as her mother, but now become Mana's little sister after she casts magic to make her family believe that she's their second child. Ai-chan's motif is cupid and become Cure Ace's partner by providing Love Eyes Palette for Aguri.

In episode 35, Ange reveals that she was sent by Ange to serve as a shield that protects against a Jikochu's influence, which weakens if she is in a bad selfish mood, causing the Jikochu to grow stronger instead. However, in Episode 38 later, she becomes a Jikochuu, later thanks to Cure Heart, she recovered.

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Joe Okada (ジョー 岡田 Jō Okada) / Jonathan Klondike (ジョナサン・クロンダイク Jonasan Kurondaiku)
Seiyuu: Takahiro Sakurai (suprised, he's the one voicing Mega Man X in Japanese version, and before the series started I thought that Sakurai would voicing one of DokiDoki's characters)
A mysterious shopkeeper who gave Mana the Cure Lovies, and it seems that he has the relations between Pretty Cures, but often dumbs about it. His true form (maybe?), Prince Jonathan Klondike, the crown prince of the Trump Kingdom was later revealed in Episode 17 (reminding me a bit about Mega Man X's armors in the series, but which armor? Maybe Blade Armor because of both wielding sword?) and seems to be Ange's fiancee.

Jigochuu / Selfish
From left to right: Pell, Ira, Marmo
Ira (left), Marmo (center) and Pell (right) in Episode 13 shocked when knowing Regina is King Jikochuu's daughter.
The Jikochū (ジコチュー Jikochū, lit. "selfishness") is the antagonist group in the series. Hailing in an unknown kingdom or origin, their goals is to turn every feelings into hatred and selfish desires, reviving their leader, King Jikochuu, and finding Princess Marie Ange. Each of the Jikochu Leaders and Generals represent a sin from Seven Deadly Sins (the meanings of the personality they correspond are on each character section).

In later Episode 23, Leva and Gula are sent after conquering three worlds as a deputy, replacing Ira, Bell and Marmo (whose being ordered) as a weekly villain for 9 episodes. However, after being defeated as their combined form by Lovely Straight Flush, they both killed by Bell for their Egogy (Commie's sub version of Janergy), making a pair of Blood Rings for Ira and Marmo one each.

His debut in Episode 1 (left) and his shock about Cure Rosetta's first appearance in Episode 4 (right)
Ira (イーラ Īra)
Seiyuu: Mayumi Tanaka (the first seiyuu of Kirby at Mario Kirby Masterpiece and Kirby Super Star, before it's replaced by Makiko Ohmoto)
A youth who is often gets agitated when looked down upon. In Jikochuu Base, he is often playing bowling. He gets irritated easily, especially when he is looked down upon. In Episode 32 through 38, Ira wears Blood Ring based on Leva's Egogy. His name is the Latin for Wrath (Extreme anger [chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect]).

Her debut in Episode 1 (left) and reading the magazine featuring Makoto Kenzaki in Episode 5 (right)
Marmo (マーモ Māmo)
Seiyuu: Atsuko Tanaka
Ira's partner, a woman often seen wearing heavy winter clothes. In Jikochuu base, she can drink a water (Ep. 4), or sundae (Ep. 6) and can be very greedy and bossy. In Episode 32, she wears the Blood Ring by Gula's Egogy, which she becomes as glutton as his in Episode 35. Her name is derived from Mammon, the demon representing Greed (Intense and selfish desire for something, esp. wealth, power, or food).

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Beel when he comes to Mana's Restaurant in Episode 6 (left), and his condition in Episode 10 (right).

Beel (ベール Bēru; mistakens as Pell before his debut)
Seiyuu: Kazuhiro Yamaji
The third member of the Jikochu's trio of operatives and Ira's other partner, a man often seen wearing sunglasses and eating lollipop. Despite being lazy, he's very cunning and powerful. His name is derived from Belphegor, the demon representing Sloth (Reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness).

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Her debut in Episode 12 (left) and Peel (or Beel) massaging Regina in Episode 14 (right).
Regina (レジーナ Rejīna)
SeiyuuKumiko Watanabe
A mysterious girl in a black dress who seems to be a second-in-command of the Jikochu Trio and claims to be King Jikochu's daughter (does she reminds you of Go-Buster's Escape? Due for claiming Messiah as 'Papa'.). She has no bat wings behind her ears unlike the other Jikochu members, but I don't think she's Cure Ace due for the previous line 'King Jikochuu's daughter'. Has the beam power that can forcefully remove his or her Psyche from the target despite having no selfish thoughts. 

The red Royal Crystal makes her temporarily evil and wild as long as that Royal Crystal is in control. Even though she make friends with Mana Aida, but she's brainwashed again by King Jikochuu, killing the fact she's Cure Ace because she herself meets Cure Ace at the end of Episode 22, being defeated by Ace Shot, she is hospitalized by King Jikochuu by making her in coma for the time being until Episode 37. The theory of Regina = Marie Ange was also killed because again in Episode 20, Regina meets frozen Marie Ange with Mana beside her. Regina is Latin for Queen, and represents Lust (Very strong sexual desire).

This is the collage about Regina giving the Dark Psyche to the unselfish person. Her phrase for this is "I'll give the nice Jikochuu to you (あなたをステキなジコチューにしてあげる Anata o sutekina jikochū ni shite ageru)"

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All of Jikochuus in Episode 1
Jikochū (ジコチュー, 'selfishness')
Seiyuu: Masami Iwasaki
When Ira and Marmo blacken a person's heart with their darkest desires, they remove the heart and use it to create a Jikochū. Being an embodiment of its human's desires, the Jikochū acts on the impulse of that desire to commit acts of violent to achieve its goal. When a Jikochū is defeated by a purification attack, the purified heart returns to its rightful owner.

King Jikochu (キングジコチュー Kingu Jikochū)
Seiyuu: Hochu Otsuka
The leader of the Jikochu who had invaded the Trump Kingdom and converted many of the residents into his servants, ultimately ending up in a dormant state after being sealed by Princess Marie Ange. Fortunately unlike Pierrot in Smile, he gets a power enough to communicate with their minions. King Jikochu represents Pride, the dealiest sin in Seven Deadly Sins (A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired).

Leva in Makoto's Stage Concert in Yotsuba Dome as he agrees that Mike Jikochuu asks if the audience is selfish today.

Leva (リーヴァ Rīva)
Seiyuu: Nobuo Tobita
Leva appears as a man who has a beard and wears lipstick. He speaks in a very effeminate language and refers to Bel as "Bel-chan". Leva could use his hat as a disc capable to destroy things cut. His name is derived from Leviathan, the demon representing Envy (A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck)After being killed by Bel, his Egogy becomes a Blood Ring for Ira.

Gula shocks Diamond at Episode 24 while Leva is at the top of the building.
Gula (グーラ Gūra)
Seiyuu: Masuo Amada
Gula appears as a huge muscular man with very sharp teeth and he likes to eat. In his debut appearance in episode 23, he uses his teeth to bite through Cure Rosetta's shield, thus breaking it. His name is Latin for Gluttony (An excessively greedy eater). After being killed by Bel, his Egogy becomes a Blood Ring for Marmo.

Sebastian (セバスチャン Sebasuchan)
Seiyuu: Izō Oikawa
The old gentleman who is the chief butler of Yotsuba Zaibatsu. He is very loyal to Alice and can fulfill any of her orders immediately. He knows of the Pretty Cure's secret identity along with Alice and assists the heroines in their fights by providing intel and preventing any leaks of their existence to the public.

Ratings so far
Unknown, better watch the whole series for now.
Å Pros
Since Smile throws many praise and scold for some Pretty Cure fans, there the staff improves it to be the vice versa of Smile:
  1. Quite nice storyline, and the staff didn’t forget anything important provided from the previous.
  2. All previous series might have some ideas reused, but they improved it and take challenge on it, that’s good instead of really reusing it.
  3. COMPLETELY Original Music. Some matches the situation very well.
Ä Cons
  • Cure Heart stole too much spotlight in case of individual finishing attack and catchphrase after transformation, and due for these, some fans like me might be very annoyed or start hating her despite being adorable.
  • Yet again 3D dance in every ending for those who gotten sick and tired for it.

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