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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 official 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.

Summary

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

Synopsis

A girl named Nagisa is playing lacrosse with her school team, where she displays her athletic prowess. Meanwhile, inside the school building, a girl in a lab coat named Honoka is with her science club. She accidentally makes a mess while demonstrating an experiment, but it turns out to be successful in the end.

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.

FwPC01 Nagisa and Honoka pass by

The two main characters of this season.

The next day at Verone Academy, Nagisa arrives at school with her friends 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 then states 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 was called the "Queen of Knowledge," with Shiho adding that she's also really popular with the boys. Nagisa then opens her shoe locker, only for love letters, all from girls, to spill out, embarrassing 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 cannot be solved, not because it is too hard for Nagisa, but because the problem leads to an incorrect answer. She tells the teacher how to fix this, leaving him embarrassed. After class, Nagisa thanks Honoka for saving her.

Nagisa, Shiho, and Rina board a train on their way back home at Wakabadai Station. 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 around sunset. Stressed out, she immediately confines herself to her bedroom, lying down on her bed. She laments being popular with the girls instead of the boys but is quickly cut off by a meteor shower from outside. She steps out onto her balcony as more shooting stars descend, she quickly makes multiple wishes, but then notices a "shooting star" coming towards her. She quickly ducks, but the "star" bounces around her room, only for it to finally hit Nagisa's 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, opening it to find a "compact" just like the one Nagisa found.

FwPC01 - Mepple opens

A visitor arrives in Nagisa's room.

After Nagisa recovers, she carefully prods the tiny compact with her lacrosse stick until it opens, revealing its inhabitant. Terrified, Nagisa orders it to stay away from her, even as it 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 resembles a cellphone, causing him to mistake it for one and get 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 netting of her lacrosse stick. He starts giving directions as they head off in the streets, but this quickly confuses Nagisa. He then says to go straight through a fenced-off yard. to which Nagisa objects, but he begs, so she reluctantly climbs the fence. 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 establishments, 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.

FwPC01 Girls confront Pisard

Pisard is saved the trouble of finding Mipple.

She is led to a closing amusement park called "Angel Land," 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, only for Pisard to snatch him.

Just then, Honoka runs up to Nagisa. She too is holding a cellphone-like compact with a creature inside it. The pink creature is revealed to be Mipple, who led Honoka to the amusement park. Mipple says that they must save Mepple from Pisard, who is overjoyed at being saved the trouble of locating the other creature. As he approaches Honoka, Nagisa strikes his hand with her lacrosse stick, causing him to let go of Mepple.

As Pisard is distracted, Nagisa uses this moment to catch Mepple with her stick, but this only enrages him, and he uses his powers to throw various objects around. Mepple and Mipple instruct Nagisa and Honoka to transform by using the Queen Card, which was included among the Pretty Cure cards that came with the two creatures. They then tell them to swipe the card onto a bottom slot in their "cellphone-like compacts," thus starting the transformation.

Futari wa PreCure transformed stock footage

The girls transform into Pretty Cure for the first time.

The girls shout "Dual Aurora Wave!," out of instinct, rather than by choice. 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. Nagisa is suddenly confused over how she was able to do and say all of that. 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 summons an evil spirit called Zakenna, which takes possession of a roller coaster. The girls try to dodge and deflect its attacks but are eventually cornered. Mepple and Mipple tell the duo to hold hands, summoning black and white lightning combined into an attack called Marble Screw. The Zakenna are expelled and broken down into small starlike creatures, saying "sorry" (ゴメンナー Gomen'nā?), turning the roller coaster back to normal.

With the battle over, Mepple and Mipple gleefully reunite. The couple explains to the girls that the two of them are destined to fight alongside Pretty Cure as the "Emissaries of Light." While Honoka is interested at the thought of fighting for justice, Nagisa is in disbelief and instead 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 Shiho and Rina are introduced, as is a friend of Honoka's in the science club, though not by name.

Characters

Cures

Mascots

Villains

Secondary Characters

Trivia

  • This marks the beginning of the entire Pretty Cure series.
  • During the battle against the Zakenna, Cure Black's outfit is navy colored in certain shots.
  • 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 random boy from the kendo club named "Nakajima-kun" had unsuccessfully confessed to Honoka prior, with Rina exclaiming that said boy 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]
  • It is shown that Nagisa, Shiho, Rina, and Honoka are in the second-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 cute boyfriend, to have slim legs, to be able to buy lots of pretty clothes, and to eat tons of chocolate cake.
  • 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]

Dub Edits

  • Misumi Nagisa and Yukishiro Honoka are renamed Natalie Blackstone and Hannah Whitehouse respectively.
  • "Nakajima-kun of the kendo club" becomes "Nathan of the baseball team."
  • Natalie receives "fan-mail" instead of love letters.
  • 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).
  • Natalie thinks Mepple is a U.F.O.
  • Nagisa tells Ryouta not to tattle. In the dub, Ryan says "How cruel, you're always picking on me." Natalie says "I'm your big sister. That's my job."
  • When Nagisa is carrying Mepple, she says "Mepo-Mepo-You're annoying." (メポメポ うるさいわね Mepo-Mepo Urusaiwane?) to him, imitating the way he talks. In the dub, Natalie instead says "Would you make up your confused little mind?" to him.
    • This is because in the dub, Mepple and Mipple do not add "mepo" or "mipo" to the end of their sentences.

Gallery

Main Page: FwPC01/Image Gallery

References

  1. Sasaki, M. (1993) "The Complete Japanese Expressions Guide."
  2. https://twitter.com/shota_/status/828036177773031424 (source is in Japanese)


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