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.   

 

      Well, this episode begins the day after the aquarium incident with Nagisa’s friends asking her if it was exciting being there, and Nagisa tells them that she was too busy evacuating to pay attention. On her way home from school Nagisa gets Mepple stolen from her by a sweet talking chocolate booth girl, and when Nagisa realizes that Mepple is gone she begins to worry about Honoka and Mipple.

      So, Nagisa goes to Honoka’s house to find her and Honoka’s grandmother tells her that Honoka went to the library, Honoka’s grandmother grows suspicious over Nagisa’s behavior, and Nagisa rushes off to find Honoka. Honoka is sitting on a park near the library when she gets approached by an old lady, her and Honoka start to chit chat. Soon Mipple awakens and Honoka has to step away for a while, Mipple tells Honoka that she can feel that Mepple is near and Honoka tells Mipple to be quite while she talks with the old lady.

 

     Once Honoka gets back to the bench the old lady casts a spell on her, and soon Honoka and the old lady are in a field of flowers with Dr. Breakstone (Honoka’s idol). Dr Breakstone tells Honoka that he can achieve his life’s work if Honoka gives him Mipple, and after a lot of pressure from the old lady and Breakstone, Honoka almost hands over Mipple. Honoka is snapped out of her trance by her grandmother who has arrived on the scene, and her grandmother is immediately suspicious of the other old lady. The old lady transforms into the dark servant called Posiony, and she summons the dark power and makes a nearby crowd of people begin to attack the two.

 

      As Honoka and her grandmother begin to scream Nagisa is drawn to the commotion. Soon the crowd manages to knock Mipple out of Honoka’s hand and she ends up with Honoka’s grandmother. Both Mipple and Honoka’s grandmother are touched with a feeling of nostalgia when they make contact with each other. Posiony demand that she hand over Mipple to her but Honoka’s grandmother refuses, and Posiony attacks her with an energy blast but she is protected by Mipple’s power. Posiony fires a second and more powerful attack at her and again she is protected Mipple, but this time she collapses from the attack.

 

          After her collapse Honoka and Nagisa run to her side where Honoka recovers Mipple from her, then Posiony threatens to kill Mepple if the girls don’t over Mipple. Posiony begins to squeeze Mepple very hard causing him great pain, Nagisa and Honoka don’t know what to do because Posiony has the advantage. But eventually Mepple manages to transforms into his cute form and he scrambles out of Posiony’s grip and runs over to Nagisa. Once back in Nagisa’s possession, the girls transform to do battle with Posiony but they find that she has taken off. The girls now deal with the crowd of zombies by purifying them of the dark power.

 

      After the girls banish the evil from the crowd, Honoka and Nagisa sit on the park bench and enjoy the sunset, and Honoka makes the comment the she’s wishes that everything could stay this way forever. Back at home, Honoka grandmother who told the girls that she didn’t remember anything makes an attack gesture in front of her dog. Well, That’s all for this episode.

      Well, with episode we get the introduction of a new villain who seems more dangerous than the other ones. Posiony is more dangerous because she prefers a more sneaky approach over the direct approach. Also it seems that Honoka’s grandmother was the girl from the painting in the museum a few episodes back, and that she had contact with Mipple a few decades ago. Well, it will be a more interesting series now that we have a more sneaky villain.

     This episode begins with Nagisa’s younger brother Ryouta asking her to take him to the local aquarium this weekend to study for a school project, at first she says no but her mother convinces her to take him since she and Nagisa’s father are both busy this weekend. Also, we see Gekidrago getting a final warning about his failures from the dark lord, he must get the prism stones or else.

      That weekend Nagisa and Ryouta meet Honoka at the local aquarium and they begin to walk around checking everything out, Nagisa looks at all the edible fish as tasty, and Ryouta seems infatuated with Honoka. He makes comments about how much smarter Honoka is, and that all Nagisa thinks about is food.

      Just as the group seems to be enjoying the trip Gekidrago shows up and uses his dark powers to take control of the fish. The fish break though the glass and begin to attack the crew, as the aquarium is evacuated Nagisa, Ryouta, and Honoka are trapped inside the building, and Nagisa hides Ryouta while she and Honoka look for an exit.

       While the girls are looking for an exit they run into Gekidrago outside the aquarium, and when he sees the girls he transforms into his final form and begins to chase the girls. He is so powerful now that even Mipple and Mepple are frightened, but the girls still transform and begin to battle him anyway. Ryouta hears the battle outside and begins to worry about the girls so he goes to look for them, and he stumbles into the battle zone and is injured by Gekidrago before Nagisa can protect him.

       By the time Nagisa gets to Ryouta he is knocked unconscious, Nagisa and Honoka are very angry at Gekidrago for getting a small child injured in their battle, and Nagisa takes on Gekidrago by herself for awhile. After kicking his ass for awhile he gets in a lucky shot and stuns Nagisa. But, Honoka jumps into the fight and she starts kicking Gekidrago’s ass herself, and she finally tosses him to the ground.

      While Gekidrago is on the ground the girls prepare to use the Marble Screw attack, and Gekidrago gets up and gets ready to fire is dark power blast. As both opponents fire their blasts, the energy forces meet in the middle, and soon the it becomes a battle of wills. Nagisa and Honoka muster all their passion and will, soon their power begins to overwhelm Gekidrago, and soon he is defeated and his life energy is dispersed back to the dark zone. After Gekidrago is banished a prism stone appears before the girls, now the girls have regained another stone for the garden of light.

      Later, when Ryouta wakes up Nagisa is angry at him for leaving his hiding place until he tells her that he was worried about her and went to look for her. Soon Ryouta and Nagisa share a tearful embrace because they are both overwhelmed with joy that they are now safe. The next day in seems that Ryouta and Nagisa are back to their same old teasing and bickering selves. Well, that’s all for this episode.

      Well, this was a very energetic and action filled episode, I think that the fight scene between the girls and Gekidrago was very well done. The girls engaged in plenty of physical/hand to hand combat with Gekidrago before it became a battle of magical powers. Both Nagisa and Honoka are starting to discover the link between power and passion, usually a magic girl’s power is linked to their will to protect the things they cherish and love. So, when a innocent like Ryouta is injured the girl’s powers rise to reflect their passion to punish the injustice inflicted on a loved one.

    

     This episode begins with Nagisa hanging out at Honoka’s house where she finds out that tomorrow is Honoka’s birthday, and that Honoka’s parents will be returning to Japan to visit her on her birthday. Nagisa tries to decide what she should buy Honoka for her birthday. The next day Honoka and her grandmother pick her parents up at the airport where they bring her a giant load of gifts.

      Meanwhile at Nagisa’s house, Nagisa tries to scrape together enough money to buy Honoka a gift, but she has no luck with this. While Honoka is walking around town with her parents her dad receives a phone call, and Honoka tells them it’s OK if they make a business stop while in town, So as her parents meet with a client Honoka waits in the front lobby. As Honoka steps into a bathroom to feed Mipple, three armed thieves start to hold up the jewelry store that Honoka is inside.

      Soon the criminals have the shop locked up and everyone tied up when Honoka stumbles upon the robbers. At first Honoka thinks it’s a joke but they really are robbers, and she tries to lecture them on how it’s wrong to steal. Just as she’s almost got them convinced to stop the robbery Gekidrago bursts through the jewelry shop’s doors. Back at Nagisa’s house, Nagisa has borrowed a craft kit from one of her friends and she is hand making a silver charm for Honoka.

     Honoka tells Mipple not to worry because she’ll handle this, Gekidrago demands the prism stones and Honoka tells him that they are right here in the jewelry store if he can find them. As Gekidrago begins to search through the store Honoka decides to try and contact Nagisa. Just then Nagisa is almost finished with her gift for Honoka, a silver charm of Mipple and Mepple, and Mepple makes fun of her gift so she tries again. Then police begin to arrive at the jewelry store, and Honoka tries to phone Nagisa but the line’s been cut, the wood be robbers are about to give up hope but Honoka tells them not to give up. Just as Nagisa is putting the final touches on her gift she sees a television feed and it looks like someone is waving Mipple outside the jewelry store’s window, and Nagisa rushes to the scene.

     Just as Nagisa arrives on the scene the police stop her from entering the building, and Gekidrago has finished searching and is about to attack Honoka but the robbers decide to try to protect her. Nagisa overhears from the police a way into the building that’s too small for an adult, so she go to try the way in. The robbers get knocked unconscious very quickly by Gekidrago and he is about to attack Honoka when Nagisa appears from the ventilation system, and then the two girls transform to battle Gekidrago.

     As soon as they transform they begin to battle Gekidrago, and when they attack him with their Marble Screw attack he begins to repel the attack but the jewels in the store react with the “power of light”  giving it additional power, blasting Gekidrago through the roof of the store. As the cops are wondering what happened, Nagisa gives Honoka her gift, and the cops begin to batter the door open with a dozer.

     When the police enter the building Honoka is about to try and cover for them but the robbers decide to take responsibility for their actions and turn themselves into the police. A while later, Honoka is reunited with her parents, and they apologize to her for never being home and when they do see her they just put her in danger, but Honoka tells them she loves them and it’s the feelings that matter, and that because she has a loving family and friends this was her best birthday. Well, that’s all for this episode.

 

Now for the review, or what I’m calling “the qualities and powers of a magic girl“.

      While anime fans, me included might sometimes fawn over the “hot” otaku show of the day, in reality most of the hot shows of the day can’t hold a candle to the ratings power and longevity that the magic girl genre generates in Japan.

     If one looks at the weekly television charts from Japan, one can see that the old favorites dominate the anime weekly ratings, but after you get past the 6-8 anime series that have been running forever you’ll notice that a magic girl show is almost always in the top ten. While fans scream for a second season of Lucky Star  or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya  shows like these have never achieved more than cult status, while those shows sell a lot of DVDs and other merchandise very seldom do they ever get a second season. But magic girl shows like the meta series Futari wa Pretty Cure  get constantly renewed over and over again for 50-52 episode long seasons, do you ever wonder why?

      The reason is that a good anime from the magic girl genre has qualities and powers that endear large portions of the viewing public to them. As I have said in the past about these types of shows is that their are all about heart, soul, and above all love.

      Honoka’s actions in this episode demonstrates those three qualities of a magic girl in droves, first of all a good magic girls needs heart, the kind of heart that finds goodness even in inside the wounded personalities of jewelry thieves.

      Secondly, Honoka demonstrates the quality of soul, a belief in the inner goodness of people and if you don’t give and you try you best things in the end will turn out alright. A magic girl believes in the better angels of our nature, and that we can control the darkness that lies inside our hearts.

      Lastly, a magic girl always believes in the power of love, to the magic girl love is always stronger than hate and evil. In this genre nothing is ever created from hatred and evil, while love and goodness creates and and binds people to one another, it is the glue that holds everything together while the world falls apart, and in the end evil will always consume and destroy itself while the power of love still burns brightly.

      What the magic girl represents is an idealized version of girlhood/womanhood, once I heard Hayao Miyazaki say in an interview that since women can bring forth life most of his female anime heroes should be the embodiment of love and caring. So to me the magic girl is the perfect version of your sister, mother, girlfriend, or lover with no flaws or very few flaws, she contains all the heart, soul, and love one can ever need.

     This is the reason that these shows are tremendously popular, almost every boy/man would like a wife, daughter, or lover that has these qualities, and In Japan even girls/women would like to be like these magic girls. In a book about anime that I own it has many Japanese females stating that even though these female characters are unrealistic and too perfect they would still like to be like them. So, in the end, the magic girl genre is loved by a large part of society not because of what it is, but because of what it represents, heart, soul, and love. 

 

     This episode begins with Nagisa getting ready for school and Mepple observing that Nagisa is now spending time in the morning making herself look pretty. Mepple asks Nagisa if she’s doing it for a certain guy (Fuji-pi), this leads to them having an argument and Nagisa putting away Mepple without eating. While Nagisa’s in class Mepple tells Nagisa that he’s not feeling good, she tells him to wait till break and she’ll check on him. During break Nagisa starts to check on Mepple but the vice-principal confiscates Mepple thinking that Mepple is a cellphone, soon Honoka and Mipple find out about Mepple being taken, and Mipple tells Nagisa that she needs to get him back soon because he really is ill. 

      Soon Nagisa tries various methods to recover Mepple, but none for them seems to work out for her, and then the girls soon learn about the vice-principle’s manga habit, he only confiscates other items to cover for all the manga he takes to read. So, the girls decide to wait till after school and grab Mepple back after the vice-principal leaves for the night. While the girls are waiting for him to leave, he is attacked by some monsters from the dark zone and Mepple is taken from him. Soon the girls are being chased through the school by the monsters.

      Outside the school the girls manage to use Gekidrago’s stupidity to get Mepple back,  and then the girls transform and quickly defeat Gekidrago. During the battle with Gekidrago, Honoka tells Nagisa that she looks ill, it  seems that Honoka is linked to Mipple and Nagisa is linked to Mepple when they are transformed. After the battle is over Nagisa uses a medical card that Mipple has given her to heal Mepple’s illness, and he seems to have recovered nicely.

     After the fight the girls go inside the school to recover the vice-principal, the girls wake him up and basically let him know that they know he confiscates stuff only to read the students’ manga. So, the girls and the vice-principal come to an understanding that he’ll give Mepple back to Nagisa since Mepple’s container is certainly not a cellphone as long as they keep his manga habit a secret. Well, that’s all for this episode. 

      Interesting episode of Pretty Cure, Nagisa and Honoka seem more natural and comfortable around one another after the argument they had, they no longer just make assumptions about each other and how they think the other feels, and they seem really interested in learning about one another.

    Also, it was funny watching Mepple pointing out to Nagisa that she’s taken a greater interest in her looks, even though she is trying to make herself look prettier she still gets embarrassed and angry when the obvious is pointed out to her.

     Finding out about the physical link between the girls and Mepple and Mipple was also interesting, in typical magic girl shows the magical mascots are usually just advisers and confidants not actually linked to the girls. If this is truly the case, how come Mepple and Mipple never shown any adverse affects to the physical damage the girls have taken in battle with the bad guys?  

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