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We Have To Transform!? I Can't Believe This! (私たちが変身!?ありえない! "Watashitachi ga Henshin!? Arienai!"?) dubbed "What D' You Mean Transform?" in the Canadian English dub, is the 1st episode of the season Futari wa Pretty Cure, and also the very first episode of the Pretty Cure franchise overall. It introduces the heroines Misumi Nagisa and Yukishiro Honoka to the mascots Mepple and Mipple, and is also the episode where they first gain the power of Pretty Cure.


Nagisa and Honoka are two ordinary junior high school students until Mepple and Mipple come from the Garden of Light.


A girl named Nagisa plays lacrosse with her team, scoring a goal. Inside the school, a girl in a lab coat named Honoka demonstrates an experiment to her classmates. Later that day, Nagisa and the team are walking together, with Honoka passing by, occupied with a book. The two girls don't notice each other, however.

The two main characters of this season.

The next day at Verone Academy, Nagisa arrives at school with her friends Kubota Shiho and Rina. They talk about the recent and frequent occurrence of shooting stars in the area. As they walk into the school's shoe rack entrance, Honoka overhears them and explains that shooting stars are actually drifting meteors attracted by the Earth's gravity. She adds that people used to make wishes on said stars, before heading off to class.

The three are surprised at her knowledge, with Nagisa wondering if she knows everything. Rina explains to Nagisa that Honoka is known as the "Queen of Knowledge," with Shiho adding that she's also popular with the boys. Nagisa then opens her shoe locker, only for love letters, all from girls, to spill out, which embarrasses her.

During class, Nagisa falls asleep but abruptly wakes up after the teacher calls on her to solve a math problem, which she is unable to. Honoka states that the problem can't be solved, not because it is too hard for Nagisa, but because the problem leads to an incorrect answer. She corrects the teacher, embarrassing him. After class, Nagisa thanks Honoka for what she did back then.

Nagisa, Shiho, and Rina arrive at Wakabadai Station and board a train back home. Nagisa's friends discuss nominating her and Honoka as class representatives, as both are popular with the girls and boys respectively. Nagisa objects, but gets distracted when she notices a boy from her school, back at the station.

Nagisa returns home stressed out, and immediately confines herself to her bed. She laments being popular with the girls instead of the boys, only to spot a meteor shower outside. She makes multiple wishes, but then notices a "shooting star" coming towards her. She quickly ducks, but the "star" bounces around her room, before hitting Nagisa in the face. The "star" reveals itself to be some sort of compact with several glowing shards spilled out on the floor.

Meanwhile, Honoka arrives home to hear her dog, Chuutaro, barking. Her grandmother from inside asks if something's wrong with their dog, but Honoka assures her that he is probably alright. Chuutaro leads her to the shed where she finds a glowing package, containing a compact similar to the one Nagisa found.

A visitor arrives in Nagisa's room.

After Nagisa recovers, she carefully prods the compact with her lacrosse stick until it opens, revealing its inhabitant. Terrified, Nagisa backs away, even as the yellow creature tries to make friendly conversation. She is then interrupted by Ryouta, her younger brother, who was sent up by their mom to check on the noise Nagisa was making. Nagisa shows him the strange object, which he mistakes for a cellphone and gets jealous. Ryouta doesn't notice anything strange with the device as he opens it up, claiming that his sister must be half-awake, prompting her to trip him as he leaves her room.

The shards of light from before are revealed to be cards, as Nagisa inspects them. The "cellphone alien" begins moving by himself, and then asks her to take him to "Mipple," the Princess of Hope. Due to his limited mobility, Nagisa carries him, but only in the head of her lacrosse stick. He starts giving directions as they head out, but this quickly confuses Nagisa. He then says to go straight through an enclosed yard, but Nagisa objects, so he begs. Meanwhile, in a crowded part of the city, a man with long white hair opens his mysterious and menacing eyes. As they cut through various properties, the creature explains that his name is Mepple, and he is the chosen hero from the Garden of Light, which Nagisa must protect from the Dotsuku Zone.

Pisard is saved the trouble of finding Mipple.

She is led to an amusement park called "Angel Land" that's closing for the day, with Mepple reassuring Nagisa that Mipple is this way. As they enter the park, Mepple senses something much different than his companion. The long white-haired man from before suddenly appears, now in his true form. He states that he has been searching for Mepple, and introduces himself as Pisard. Nagisa and Mepple try to make a run for it, but Pisard quickly cuts them off. Nagisa trips and accidentally flings Mepple into the air. Pisard catches him and asks where the "stones" are.

Just then, Honoka runs up to Nagisa, also led by a creature in a phone-like compact. Mipple, the pink creature, says they must save Mepple from Pisard, who is overjoyed at being saved the trouble of locating the other. As he approaches Honoka, Nagisa strikes his hand with her lacrosse stick, causing him to let go of Mepple.

Nagisa catches Mepple with her stick, and the girls regroup. Pisard becomes enraged and uses his powers to throw various objects around. Mepple and Mipple instruct the girls to transform using the Queen card, included among the "Pretty Cure cards" that came with the two creatures. The girls swipe the cards onto a slot in the creature's Card Communes, initiating the transformation.

The girls transform into Pretty Cure for the first time.

The girls shout "Dual Aurora Wave!," out of instinct. Pisard watches their transformation happen in real time, cowering away from the large rainbow beam surrounding the girls. They transform into Pretty Cure as Cure Black and Cure White. As Pisard launches a fierce attack, the girls try to figure out how their abilities work, just barely managing to hold him off.

In a desperate move, Pisard calls out for a Zakenna, the "specter of the raging heavens" and "heart of evil that will make [the girls] realize the fear of darkness." The Zakenna possesses a roller coaster, and the girls try to dodge its attacks but are soon cornered. Mepple and Mipple tell the duo to hold hands, summoning "black and white thunder" combined into an attack called Marble Screw. The Zakenna are expelled and broken down into small star-shaped creatures that say "sorry" (ゴメンナー Gomen'nā?) and run away, while Pisard escapes to the skies. The roller coaster turns back to normal.

With the battle over, Mepple and Mipple turn into plush-like creatures and reunite. They explain that the girls have been granted the power of Pretty Cure, and they'll be working together. While Honoka finds this interesting, Nagisa questions why this is happening to her; She screams "I can't believe this!" (ありえない Arienai?).

Major Events

  • Nagisa and Honoka meet Mepple and Mipple for the first time.
  • The Dotsuku Zone is introduced, with Pisard as its first minion.
  • Nagisa and Honoka gain the power of Pretty Cure, transforming into Cure Black and Cure White respectively.
  • Nagisa's mom and brother, and Honoka's grandmother and dog all appear for the first time.
  • Nagisa's friends Kubota Shiho and Rina are introduced, as is a friend of Honoka's in the science club, though not by name.


Pretty Cure



Secondary Characters


  • This marks the beginning of the entire Pretty Cure franchise.
  • A girl resembling the lacrosse team's captain, Yumiko, is shown in the crowd watching the match. She wears a 9 on her uniform, but her bandanna and hair color are different.
  • Nagisa is stated to have been in a different first-year class from Honoka, which was why she didn't know who she was.
  • Shiho mentions that a boy from the kendo club named "Nakajima-kun" had unsuccessfully confessed to Honoka prior, with Rina exclaiming that he was her "type."
  • Nagisa erroneously states that she will "eat Honoka's brewed nail dirt" (爪の垢でも煎じて喰うか Tsume no aka demo senjite kuu ka?), prompting Shiho and Rina to correct her by saying "drink" instead.
    • What she was trying to say was, "drink her brewed nail dirt" (爪の垢を煎じて飲む Tsume no aka o senjite nomu?), which is a Japanese figure of speech similar to "following in one's footsteps."[1]
  • Nagisa, Shiho, Rina, and Honoka are shown to be in the 2nd-year Sakura class.
  • The math problem that Nagisa was to originally solve was "x - 7 = 19 + x."
    • As Honoka stated, this would end up being "0 = 26," which is incorrect. She states that it should be "x - 7 = 19 - x," with the answer being "x = 13." The sum of both problems is equal to "6."
  • The wishes Nagisa makes during the meteor shower are: to have a great boyfriend, to have slim legs, to buy lots of clothes, and to eat a stomach full of chocolate cake.
  • When Pisard summons his Zakenna, he stands on a pirate ship ride called the "Flying Pirate."
  • The end card for this episode, depicting Cure Black vacuuming Mepple, was drawn by Miyamoto Hiroaki, who was an assistant episode director on the show at the time.[2]

Canadian English Dub Edits

  • "Nakajima-kun of the kendo club" becomes "Nathan of the baseball team."
  • Natalie says she needs to "emanate" Hannah, but her friends correct her with "emulate."
  • Natalie receives "fan mail" instead of love letters, and Rina jokes that she's scared the boys away.
  • The 2nd-year Sakura class is edited to be simply room "201."
  • Natalie is said to be in the 8th grade.
  • Shauna and Rina's reasoning for electing both Natalie and Hannah as class presidents is that they're good at sports and school respectively.
  • As Natalie lies on her bed, she laments being the "sporty one" instead of the "smart one."
  • Mrs. Blackstone asks Ryan to tell Natalie that dinner will be late, rather than to check on the noise upstairs.
  • Instead of "slim legs," Natalie wishes for better "marks" (grades).
  • Nagisa is shocked that Mepple speaks Japanese, while the dub, being in English, has Natalie shocked that a "UFO" can talk.
  • When Ryan is tripped by his sister, he cries that she's always picking on him, with Natalie responding that's her job as his big sister.
  • When Nagisa carries Mepple outside, she gets annoyed by his "Mepo-Mepo" way of speaking. The dub has Natalie tell him to make up his "confused little mind" instead.
    • This is because, in the dub, Mepple and Mipple do not add "mepo" or "mipo" to the end of their sentences.


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