Futari wa Pretty Cure


 

       This episode begins with all the girls at school talking about their upcoming summer vacations, Nagisa’s family is going to a luxury hotel on a lake, and Honoka and her grandmother are going to a old inn near a haunted island. When Nagisa and her family arrive at the hotel, Nagisa discovers that it’s not a luxury hotel, it’s very old and run down. After Nagisa’s family checks in they run into Honoka and her grandmother in the hallway, Nagisa is shocked, Ryouta is pleased, and Honoka is suspicious.

       A little while later, Nagisa’s family and Honoka and her grandmother all have lunch together, and they talk about all kinds of stuff and they also talk about the legend of the haunted island near the inn. Later, Honoka and Nagisa find out more about the legend of the island from the inn owner. The legend says that two great warriors both loved a beautiful woman whom aways played a flute, then one day both warriors fought over the woman and killed each other in the process, then the woman died from grief and turned into a tree, and both warriors are enshrine by the tree. The legend also says that at sunset, if the lake is not foggy, you can make a wish.

         After hearing the story, Nagisa and Honoka decide to visit the island, so they ditch Ryouta and tell him that they’ll be back by dinner. They grab a boat ride to the island, but what they don’t know is that the boatman is really Posiony. As the girls are walking to the shrine Posiony activates the dark power over the island, and once the girls reach the shrine both suits of armor come to life with the dark power and begin to attack the girls.

       Meanwhile at the inn, Nagisa’s family and Honoka’s grandmother begins to worry about the girls, Ryouta tells the others that the girls went to the island and should have been back by now. Nagisa’s father heads off to the island to search for the girls, and the battle between the monsters and Pretty Cure heats up. After a while, the monsters start to get the better of Pretty Cure, and it looks like they might get defeated.

      Just as Pretty Cure is about to be finished off, mysterious flute music starts to cause the monsters to freeze up in pain. This break in the action allows the girls to use their dispel evil attack to free the suits of armour from the dark power allowing them to return to their shrines. Shortly after the battle Nagisa’s father finds the girls and he chews out Nagisa for showing a lack of respect to her family for making them worry.

       Once back at the inn the girls apologize for making everyone worry about them, and they also find out that there was a second version of the legend. In the second version, the two warriors died in battle defeating a large enemy force that was trying to kill their lady friend, they died protecting the most important thing to them. Later that day, Nagisa and her father make up and everything is back to normal. Well, That’s all for this episode.

        Well,  this episode was all about family and what is most important in life. Up until this point in the series neither Honoka and Nagisa considered what effect their current activities have or could have on their families. When Nagisa’s father almost stumbled into the battle it made Nagisa realize that her father could have been killed due to Pretty Cure’s battles.

        What really shocked Nagisa was how angry her father was at her for making her family worry about her, I guess that it must have been very easy for her to forget that her family still worries about her especially when you can flatten a large building with a single blow. Nearly every long running anime will have a beach, onsen, or matsuri episode to show a little fanservice for it’s male viewers, hell even Sailor Moon had a few of those episodes, but I guess that Pretty Cure won’t even give it’s male viewers a little dose. So below are a few work-safe fanservice picks, please click to view at full size.

Nice Honoka pics.

Nice Nagisa pics.

Nice pair pics.

 

       This episode begins with the minions of the Dark King getting chewed out about not being able to defeat Pretty Cure and recover the prism stones. Then at cooking class, Honoka and Nagisa discover that the rumors of Pretty Cure existence are running rampant throughout the school, but it doesn’t seem that Nagisa and Honoka are identified as Pretty Cure, and to make matters worse it seems that some girls are masquerading as Pretty Cure.

       Well, it seems that Pretty Cure is quite famous now because the impostors have been putting on performances in the local playground, and Honoka becomes worried that the evil people might attack the fake girls by mistake. Later that day, Honoka and Nagisa run into the impostors and it turns out to be two girls from their school named Kyoko and Natsuko. In the park Nagisa and Honoka talk with the girls about how they started pretending that they are Pretty Cure.

 

      The girls have been putting on shows for the children in the playground and the children seem to be enjoying the performances and Natsuko and Kyoto enjoy doing it. So when Nagisa suggests that they stop pretending, the girls get angry and they tell them that they are not bothering anyone. On their way home Kyoko and Natsuko are intercepted by Posiony in a alley, and she uses the two girls to lure Honoka and Nagisa into a trap.

 

         Posiony uses Kyoko and Natsuko to both attack Pretty Cure and to also keep them distracted by constantly putting the two impostors in danger. Honoka and Nagisa are in a tight spot because they can neither attack the girls or attack Posiony in the current situation. The girls accuse Posiony of being coward and to fight them properly, so she agrees to fight them, and slowly Natsuko and Kyoko begins to snap out of their dazed state.

 

       Nagisa and Honoka drag the two girls outside but soon the monsters begin to surround the girls and Nagisa and Honoka stand in front of the other two girls and take the brunt of the attacks. Soon Natsuko and Kyoko can’t take any more of the battle stress and pass out in fear, then Pretty Cure uses their Marble Screw attack to defeat the monsters. When Natsuko and Kyoko wake up, Nagisa and Honoka ask the girls what happened to them, and Nagisa and Honoka tell the girls that they found them lying unconscious on the ground.

 

       Then Natsuko and Kyoko tells them that they saw the real Pretty Cure and that they will stop pretending to be them. The next day after school, Nagisa and Honoka discover that Natsuko and Kyoko are still pretending to be Pretty Cure at the local play ground, and they both wonder in frustration what they should do. Well, That’s all for this episode.

       Well, overall this was a pretty amusing episode seeing the reactions of Nagisa and Honoka upon learning what other people think of their alter egos. Cure Black is cute and feisty, but seems kind of selfish; Cure White is cute and elegant, but seems to be missing something; well, it was funny watching Mepple making fun of Nagisa about being selfish.

       In magic girl shows it’s a quite common occurrence to have the magic girls’ identities almost exposed and it’s also quite common for acquaintances of the magic girls to be put in danger, remember how Naru in Sailor Moon was constantly attacked and only seemed to figure out that Usagi was Sailor Moon towards the end of the second season.

      Posiony seems to suffer from the same problem that the other bad guys in magic girl series suffer from, while the bad guys maybe evil they are not totally evil, a totally evil person would just wait for the girls to fall asleep then kill them in their beds. But, most of the villains have some honor and will wait for the girls to transform and battle them one on one. If Posiony was truly evil she would have continued to use Kyoto and Natsuko as shields and distractions until Nagisa and Honoka made a mistake then she would have killed them, but she didn’t like being called a coward so she released the other two girls.  

     This episode begins with a great commotion occurring at the junior high school, it seems that a new transfer student has arrived and he is even better than Fuji-pi at soccer. The new transfer student, Irisawa Kiriya has now become the new hot guy on campus, and all of Nagisa’s friends think that it would be wonderful to have him as a boyfriend even if he younger than some of the girls. This conversation leads Nagisa’s mind to wonder what it would be like to have Fuji-pi as her boyfriend, danger Will Robinson, approaching desire overload levels.

        Later during lunch Nagisa visits Honoka in the science lab where she gets a shocking experience when she touches one of Honoka experiments she working on for the upcoming science fair. After school, Kiriya has encounters with both Nagisa and Honoka at different times, Nagisa thinks he’s a nice guy, but Honoka just seems to blow him off. Then we see Posiony making fun out of him for getting blown off by Honoka, it turns out that he is Posiony’s younger brother. Kiriya tells her he is only interested in the girls because they defeated two of their allies.

      The next day at the science fair the project that Honoka, Yuriko, and the rest of the science club had worked so hard on is about to be presented. Nagisa is also attending the fair to support Honoka when Kiriya and Fuji-pi walk up and start talking to Nagisa, poor Nagisa gets all flustered being around Fuji-pi. Kiriya takes off leaving Fuji-pi and Nagisa alone, Nagisa goes to pieces trying to strike up a natural sounding conversation with Fuji-pi, and she even goes into higher overload level when Fuji-pi accidentally touches her.

       As Honoka’s group begins their presentation on lightning, we see Posiony watching them from behind the stage curtain. A few seconds later the electrical current in the building goes crazy and people begin to flee out of the building, and Fuji-pi helps evacuate the building. Honoka tries to get her friend Yuriko and the rest of the science club out of the building but some of them gets locked inside. All the doors to the theatre slam shut, and Fuji-pi tries to gets back inside to help Honoka and Nagisa. Both Nagisa and Honoka seem to think that this event is caused by the dark power again.

       Soon Honoka’s science project transforms into a electrical monster and begins to attack everything, Nagisa hooks up with Honoka and they transform in to Pretty Cure. Two of Nagisa’s friends were also trapped inside along with Yuriko and some other girls, and it seems that some of them might have seen the fight starting to happen. As Pretty Cure is about to attack the science project, Yuriko steps in front of it asking the girls to not damage the project but she is soon injured by the monster. Nagisa saves her at the last minute but she still asks that it not be destroyed. The girls call out Posiony. but she won’t stay and fight, she leaves the girls with the monster.

      The girls have no other choice but to use their main attack against the monster even if it will destroy the project. After the monster is defeated, the girls tell Yuriko that she got shocked and passed out, and then the science fair resumes. Honoka and the science club finished their presentation without any problems, and even though Honoka was the brains of the project they decide to name the project after Yuriko due to her dedication to the club. We never do find out if the project took first place but everyone seems to have had a good time. Well, that’s all for this episode.

       Well, this episode pretty much follows the same formula of the previous episodes with the exception that Posiony is much sneakier about her plots then the other bad guys. We also get to see how Honoka interacts with her fellow science club members, in a previous episode we saw how Nagisa had to deal with a girl crushing on her, and now we see how Honoka has to deal with Yuriko having a kind of infatuation with her.

      Also, we see that Nagisa has still not been able to come to terms with her feelings for Fuji-pi, while she is clearly attracted to him she still can’t help losing her composure around him, oh well. The introduction of Posiony’s younger brother into the school will probably stir the mix up, almost every girl is instantly smitten with him but Honoka just kind of blew him off. It seemed that Kiriya was quite shocked about this, and he seems to very intrigued by Honoka’s reaction or lack of reaction to him, I can almost feel him becoming attracted to her, it’s like the old saying, you always desire what you can’t have.

        The last really interesting thing was that Pretty Cure most likely was actually scene battling the monster by some students. When the battle took place there were at least five other students in the building, Nagisa’s two friends were asleep when the battle started and most likely didn’t see it or at least not much of it, Yuriko probably didn’t see their transformation but she did see the girls in their transformed state, but due to her being knocked out she might not remember everything. But, two other girls saw almost everything that occurred during the battle, I don’t know if they put two and two together, linking Nagisa and Honoka with the magic girls they saw.

     In most magic girl shows, close friends and acquaintances will sometimes actually figure out, or actually see that their friend is a magic girl, but they will almost always only hint at the discovery or just never mention it. It will be really interesting to see how the two girls who saw the battle will react and deal with what they saw.   

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