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Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star
ふたりはプリキュア Splash Star
(Futari wa Purikyua Supurasshu Sutā)
Genre Magical girl
TV anime
Director Toshiaki Komura
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan Animax, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, TV Asahi
Original run 5 February 200628 January 2007
Episodes 49
Anime film
Futari wa Precure Splash★Star Tick Tack Kiki Ippatsu!
Director Atsuji Shimizu
Studio Toei Animation
Released Japan December 9, 2006
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Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star (ふたりはプリキュア Splash★Star Futari wa Purikyua Supurasshu Sutā?), often shortened simply to Pretty Cure Splash Star, PreCure Splash Star, or PuriKyua Supurashu Suta, is a magical girl anime series produced by Toei Animation and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, which has been broadcast across Japan by the anime television network, Animax, TV Asahi and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. It is a continuation of the earlier series Futari wa Pretty Cure and its second series Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart but with a continuity reboot, retaining concepts of the earlier series but with a different set of characters and unrelated plot.

In December 2006, a Splash Star movie was released in Japan under the title Futari wa Precure Splash Star Tick Tack Kiki Ippatsu! (ふたりはプリキュア スプラッシュ☆スター チクタク危機一髪!?, Lit. Pretty Cure Splash Star Tic-Tac Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread!).[1]

Contents

Plot

Saki Hyuuga and Mai Mishou are given the power to transform into Cure Bloom and Cure Egret after they are contacted by Flappy and Choppy, beings from the Land of Fountains who refer to Saki and Mai's world as the Land of Greenery. The villains of this series are the Dark Fall who are searching for the Fountain of Sun, the last of the seven fountains that feed the World Tree - the source of all life for all worlds. The Leader of the Dark Fall has set his aim on this tree, and it is Pretty Cure's job to protect it.

In the Splash Star movie, Sirlion, a warrior from Dark Fall, opens up a gateway to the Land of Clocks using directions from Mai. His plan to dominate the world is to halt the infinite clock and freeze time, cutting off everyone's future. Saki and Mai already have disagreements after Saki overslept and Mai wandered off into a nearby clock store, causing them to miss the sign-up for the karaoke singing contest. After being thrown into an endless maze, Saki and Mai have to work in unison if they want to solve the puzzle.

Characters

Heroes & allies

Saki Hyuuga (日向咲 Hyūga Saki?) / Cure Bloom (キュアブルーム Kyua Burūmu?) / Cure Bright (キュアブライト Kyua Buraito?)
Voiced by: Orie Kimoto
Like Nagisa, Saki is a cheerful athletic girl(Sammi Sunflower in the english fandub). She is a member of Yuunagi Middle School's girls' softball team, and a very good player and like Nagisa she enjoys sweets a lot. Her family runs a bakery. She also has a sister named Minori, who she shares a room with. Saki's name can mean, but does not translate into "blooming in the sun" or a sunflower, and a sunflower is also Cure Bloom's symbol.
As Cure Bloom, Saki introduces herself as, "The Shining Golden Flower, I am Cure Bloom!" while she introduces herself as "The Shiny Crescent Moon, I am Cure Bright!" in her Cure Bright form.
Mai Mishou (美翔舞 Mishō Mai?) / Cure Egret (キュアイーグレット Kyua Īguretto?) / Cure Windy (キュアウィンディ Kyua Windi?)
Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto
Mai is a reserved academic girl however, unlike Honoka, she seems to prefer arts to sciences(May Miracledance in the english fandub). Her father is an astronomer, her mother is an archeologist and her brother, Kazuya, wishes to follow in his footsteps. She and her family live in an observatory.
As Cure Egret, Mai introduces herself as "The Glittering Silvery Wings, I am Cure Egret!" whereas she introduces herself as, "The Gently Cool Breeze, I am Cure Windy!" as Cure Windy.
Flappy (フラッピ Rappi?)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Spirit of the flower, he likes to eat rice and ends his sentences with the word "lapi". He seems to have a crush on Choppy, but she doesn't seem to notice or understand his feelings for her.
Choppy (チョッピ Choppi?)
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
Spirit of birds, she ends her sentences with the word "chopi".
Mupu (ムープ Mūpu?)
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki
Mysterious spirit of the moon appeared in episode 24 and has some connection to Michiru. "Muu" comes from "Moon" (ムーン Mūn?). He ends his sentences with the word "mupu". Kaoru once rescued Mupu and Fupu from the fallen tree.
Fupu (フープ Fūpu?)
Voiced by: Akemi Okamura
Mysterious spirit of the wind appeared in episode 24 with Muupu and has some connection to Kaoru. "Fuu" comes from "風" (usually romanized as "kaze", but can be read as "fuu" and it means the wind[2]). She ends her sentences with the word "pupu". Mupu and Fupu can use the power of the moon and wind to power up Pretty Cure with the Spiral Ring Set.
Princess Filia (フィーリア王女 Fīria Ōjo?)
Voiced by: Taeko Kawata
Queen of the Land of Fountains. She appears when Pretty Cure restores one of the ruined fountains and leave a keyword about what will happen in the future to Pretty Cure before she disappears. Nobody knows where she lives now. In the last episode, Flappy told Pretty Cure that Filia's true identity is the soul of The World Tree.
Kaoru Kiryuu (霧生薫 Kiryū Kaoru?)
Voiced by: Yuka Imai, Akemi Okamura
A mysterious girl who meets Saki and Mai at The Sky Tree in episode 14. She seems cold and rude. Kaoru is always with her sister, Michiru. They are really part of the Dark Fall. Their duty is to guard the Fountain of Sky. They pretend to be exchange students and go to Yuunagi Junior High School in order to gather more information about Pretty Cure. Kaoru has long blue hair and blue eyes. Kaoru and Michiru sacrifice their lives to protect Saki and Mai. However, in episode 42, she and Michiru return to assist Pretty Cure in defeating Gooyan.
Michiru Kiryuu (霧生満 Kiryū Michiru?)
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki
Kaoru's younger sister. She has short red hair and red eyes. They both seem confused and do not know many things about the Land of Greenery at first, but they quickly learn. "霧" means "fog" and "生" means "life, birth". In episode 23, Michiru and Kaoru use their last power to save their precious friends, Saki and Mai, from Akudaikaan and send them back to their world. However, in episode 42, she and Kaoru return to assist Pretty Cure in defeating Gooyan.

Villains

Throughout the whole series, Pretty Cure's enemies are the Dark Fall Villains. It should be noted that in episode 41, Gooyan used the Fairy Carafe to bring the villains (except Michiru and Kaoru) back to life to defeat Pretty Cure.

Karehaan (カレハーン Karehān?)
Voiced by: Isshin Chiba
Karehaan is the first of the Dark Fall to attack Earth; he was sent to capture Flappy and Choppy and force them to tell him where the Fountain of Sun is. When they refused to reply, he began to harm them until Saki and Mai stepped in and transformed for the first time. Karehaan transforms plants into Uzainaa monsters; he appears plant-like himself. His name comes from the word "kareha" which is Japanese for "dead leaves". [3] This holds true since his true form is a dead leaf.[4]
Moerumba (モエルンバ Moerunba?)
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba
Moerumba is the 2nd of the Dark Fall to attack Earth after Karehaan fails. He acts and appears like Latin Americans with colorful clothing and having the intention to dance. He appears interested in attacking Pretty Cure with stronger and more powerful Uzainaa monsters. He calls Pretty Cure "Señorita." His name comes from 2 words, "moeru" (means "burn" in Japanese) [5] and "rumba (a kind of Latin dancing)".
DoroDoron (ドロドロン Dorodoron?)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata
DoroDoron is the 3rd of the Dark Fall to attack Earth after Moerumba fails. He's an arachnic-like creature that travels underground instead of through the air. DoroDoron transforms earth-objects like rocks and cobblestones into Uzainaa monsters. He also takes some commands from 2 suspicious girls (Kiryuu Kaoru and Kiryuu Michiru) that are in the same class as Mai and Saki. His name comes from the word "doro" which means "mud" in Japanese. [6]
Ms. Shitataare (ミズ·シタターレ Mizu Shitatāre?)
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
She is the next Dark Fall after Michiru and Kaoru; dresses in old Chinese fashion. "Mizu" means "water" and "shitataare" comes from the word "shitataru" which means "dripping, dropping".[7] She can turn anything related to water to Uzainaa. It seems she's the one who destroyed both the Fountain of Water and the Fountain of Sky. Saki calls her "Hanamizu-taare" (note: hanamizu means nasal mucus) and she's the one who revealed Michiru and Kaoru are alive and still at Dark Fall.
Kintoleski (キントレスキー Kintoresukī?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi
The last Dark Fall after Ms. Shitataare. His skin is gold in color and he is the strongest of the Dark Fall. He also likes to exercise and work out. His name comes from "kin" which is Japanese for "gold" or "metal", and "kintore" is an abbreviation of "kinniku(muscle) training". Hence, his name can be translated as "(I) like muscle training". [8][9]
Uzainaa (ウザイナー Uzainā?)
Much like the Zakenna before them, Uzainaa are monsters that can be fused with things (different members of the Dark Fall can fuse Uzainaa with things pertaining to different elements for example, Karehaan used wood-related Uzainaa), when defeated, element spirits are released from them who thank Pretty Cure for freeing them. Its name comes from the adjective "uzai", the colloquial word for "annoying."[10]
Akudaikaan (アクダイカーン Akudaikān?)
Voiced by: Takayuki Godai
The evil ruler of Dark Fall, he wants to take over the World Tree, and has managed to capture six of the seven fountains that water it. He has sent out minions to try and find the location of the last of these fountains, the Fountain of the Sun. He appears as a shadow-covered towering robed demon like being with a pair of glowing red eyes which shine out of the cave in which he lives. His name comes from 2 words, "aku (evil)" and "daikan (a local administrator of Tokugawa shogunate)". Aku-daikan (a dishonest administrator) is a kind of typical villain of jidaigeki.
Gooyan (ゴーヤーン Gōyān?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Akudaikaan's aide. Ms. Shitataare calls him "Go-chan". His name comes from the word "gōyā (means a bitter melon in Okinawa)" and also "Echigo-ya (a shop name)". Echigo-ya is thought a synonym for a dishonest merchant as a villain of jidaigeki in Japan. In episode 47, it is revealed that he was the one who created Akudaikaan. After killing him, he transforms into a gigantic monster but is eventually defeated by Pretty Cure's Spiral Heart Splash Star in the final episode.

Other characters

Kenta Hoshino (星野健太 Hoshino Kenta?) Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi A childhood friend of Saki's. He has a crush on Saki. He wants to be a comedian when he grows up.

Manabu Miyasako Voiced by: Miyu Irino He is Kenta's comedy partner, also the class representative of Saki and Mai's class. He is shy and sometimes hesistant doing comedy with Kenta, but ends up doing them anyway

Kayo Andou (安藤加代 Andō Kayo?) Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa She is the class representative of Saki and Mai's class

Hitomi Itou (伊東仁美 Itō Hitomi?) Voiced by: Ryōko Ono Saki's softball teammate

Yuuko Outa (太田優子 Ōta Yūko?) Voiced by: Masako Jō

A catcher on Saki's softball team. She seems to have a crush on Kenta.

Special powers and items

Similar to the preceding series, Saki and Mai must transform into Cure Bloom and Cure Egret in order to use the powers they possess. To do so, they insert Pretty Cure Diamonds into the disc of the Mix Commune, spin it, and thus shouting out "Dual Spiritual Power!" Unlike the preceding series, the girls say something in the midst of their transformation; namely, "Open a flower in the earth!" for Saki and "Flap your wings in the sky!" for Mai. The girls' gloves are revealed when they say these respective speeches.

The girls exhibit attacks that are somewhat similar to the attacks of the original Futari wa Pretty Cure series, all of which requires them to summon the spirits of the earth and sky to attack the enemy. The first of Pretty Cure's attacks is Pretty Cure Twin Streaming Splasher. This attack, performed by Cure Bloom and Cure Egret, is similar to Marble Screw but it uses yellow and blue liquid rather than black and white lightning.

In episode 24, they obtain the Spiral Ring Set when Mupu and Fupu jump into the Splash Commune, a device resembling a mini computer found at the Sky Tree when Saki and Mai returned from The Fountain of Sky. Shaped like a heart, Bloom's spiral ring is a belt and Egret's spiral ring is a bracelet. There are three parts to this item: two blue-colored rings and the main part of the Spiral Ring. Here, they perform Pretty Cure Spiral Twirling Hearts Splasher, again using the same yellow and blue liquid but changes into what resembles a drill blade, surrounding the enemy. It then changes into a circle with a yellow heart attached to it.

Starting from episode 30, Flappy and Choppy change into a new form called a Crystal Commune, which allows Saki and Mai to choose between transforming into Cure Bright/Cure Windy or Cure Bloom/Cure Egret.[11] Here, Pretty Cure Diamonds are not needed anymore. Instead, they spin the top of the commune and its tip will glow in their image colour. When they transform into Cure Bright and Cure Windy, they shout out different speeches in the middle of their transformation, specifically, "Follow the future!" for Saki and "Carry the courage!" for Mai.

As Cure Bright and Cure Windy, their signature attack is Pretty Cure Spiral Shining Stars Splasher, which extends from Spiral Twirling Hearts Splasher. It also requires the use of Spiral Rings, which has become star-shaped in this case. It should be noted that this attack makes use of yellow-green and pink liquid instead of yellow and blue liquid.

The girls' final attack is Pretty Cure Spiral Twirling Shining Hearts Splash Stars, used in tandem with Michiru and Kaoru, who have obtained Bright and Windy's forms respectively.[12]

Besides the aforementioned items, the girls also have a number of items which can be used in their civilian forms. The Fairy Carafe is a storage for the Drops of Miracle[13], the latter of which is a colored small ball that fall from the sky when Pretty Cure have defeated the Uzainaa. The Drop of Miracle, whose color come from the color of each day in one week, is needed to restore the ruined fountains. One ruined fountain will be restored for every seven Drops of Miracle in the Fairy Carafe. Lastly, the Pretty Cure Charm Pencase allow Saki and Mai use the magical pen to write their wish onto the magical paper so their wishes can be granted.

Locations

  • Land of Greenery (緑の郷, Midori no Sato) - Like the Garden of Rainbows, this is a name referring to our world.
  • Land of Fountains (泉の郷, Izumi no Sato) - Flappy and Choppy's World.
  • 7 Fountains (7つの泉, Nanatsu no Izumi) - They are the holy springs that feed World Tree. The Dark Fall wanted to destroy them in order to destroy the World Tree. Only the Fountain of Sun still remains.
    • Fountain of Sun (太陽の泉, Taiyou no Izumi) - The last fountain that remained untouched by the Dark Fall. In order to protect this fountain, Saki and Mai became Pretty Cure.
    • Fountain of Sky (空の泉, Sora no Izumi) - One of the fountain destroyed by Dark Fall. Michiru and Kaoru used to guard this fountain, but now they go to Land of Greenery to spy on Pretty Cure. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 24. One of the Drops of Miracle is obtained from episode 21 and the other six are gotten from Michiru and Kaoru in episode 23.
    • Fountain of Fire (火の泉, Hi no Izumi) - One of the fountain destroyed by Dark Fall and this fountain's spirit was controlled by Moerumba. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 13.
    • Fountain of Water (水の泉, Mizu no Izumi) - One of the fountain destroyed by Dark Fall and this fountain's spirit was controlled by Mizu Shitataare. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 33.
    • Fountain of Trees (木の泉, Ki no Izumi) - One of the fountain destroyed by Dark Fall and this fountain's spirit was controlled by Karehaan. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 7.
    • Fountain of Gold (金の泉, Kin no Izumi) - One of the fountains destroyed by Dark Fall and this fountain's spirit was controlled by Kintoleski. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 41.
    • Fountain of Earth (土の泉, Tsuchi no Izumi) - One of the fountain destroyed by Dark Fall and this fountain's spirit was controlled by Dorodoron. Pretty Cure restored this fountain in episode 20.
The 7 fountains' names come from the name of each day in Japanese except the Fountain of Sky. (although there is relationship between sky and moon)
  • Dark Fall - The main tower stands alone in the water. It has a path from the entrance into the cave at the main tower. Akudaikaan and Goyan live in this cave.
  • The World Tree (世界樹, Sekaiju) - The very huge tree located in the Land of Fountains. It rules all lives in all worlds.
  • The Sky Tree (天空の木, Oozora no Ki) - The big tree situated on the top of mountain. This tree is the door to Land of Fountains.
  • Yuunagi Junior High School - Saki and Mai's school.
  • Seikai High School - Mai's older brother, Kazuya, studies in this school.
  • Panpaka Pan - The bakery shop run by Saki's family.
  • Land of Clocks (時計の郷, Tokei no Sato) (Movie only) - This world houses the Infinite Clock which controls time.

Production and distribution

The series is produced by Toei Animation and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, having been broadcast across Japan by the anime television network, Animax and TV Asahi.

Episode list

List of Pretty Cure Splash Star Episodes

Movie

Pretty Cure Splash Star Tic-Tac Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread! (ふたりはプリキュア スプラッシュ☆スター チクタク危機一髪! Futari wa Precure Splash Star Tick Tack Kiki Ippatsu!?) [14]

Theme Songs

Opening themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
"Makasete Splash Star"
(まかせて★スプラッシュ☆スター★ Makasete Supurasshu Sutā?)
Yuka Uchiyae with Splash Stars All
Ending themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 "'Warau ga Kachi!' de GO!"
(「笑うが勝ち!」でGO! "Warau ga Kachi de Gō!?)
Mayumi Gojo 1-30
2 "Ganbalance de Dance"
(ガンバランスdeダンス Ganbaransu de Dansu?)
Mayumi Gojo with Flappy and Choppy 31-49

References

  1. ^ Futari wa Precure Splash Star Tick Tack Kiki Ippatsu! (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia, retrieved on 2007-09-19
  2. ^ Pronunciation of the Japanese word for "wind"
  3. ^ 枯れ葉 is the kanji form for "kareha"
  4. ^ Episode 7.
  5. ^ Transliterated into kanji, it would be 燃える
  6. ^ 泥 is the kanji form for "doro"
  7. ^ 瀝る, kanji form of "shitataru". Here, 瀝 itself, is normally romanized as "reki."
  8. ^ "Kinniku training", if transliterated into kanji, would be トレーニング Part of his name is derived from the characters highlighted in bold.
  9. ^ The last part of his name can mean "like" in Japanese. (好き)
  10. ^ Entry from Jeffery's J/E Dictionary.
  11. ^ They transform into the latter forms in Episode 32 and movie.
  12. ^ Used only in episode 49 and with the Spiral Rings. Here, Saki and Mai have "downgraded" from their Bright and Windy forms to their Bloom and Egret forms.
  13. ^ Known as kiseki no shizuku (奇跡の雫)
  14. ^ http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/2006_precureSS/

External links

Official
Preceded by
Futari wa Pretty Cure (2 seasons)
Pretty Cure Series
2006-2007
Succeeded by
Yes! PreCure 5







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