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Give Me a Break! A City Targeted by Darkness (カンベンして!闇に狙われた街 "Kanbenshite! Yami ni Nerawareta Machi"?), dubbed Cleaning up the City in the edited English dub, is the 2nd episode of the season Futari wa Pretty Cure, and also the 2nd episode of the Pretty Cure franchise overall.

Summary

Nagisa, still in disbelief over what happened the day before, tries getting to know Honoka as the two come to terms with their new responsibilities. Meanwhile, Pisard steals energy from the city.

Synopsis

During class, Nagisa recalls the prior day's eventsFwPC01 while wondering if it was all a dream. As this is going on, an election for class representative is being held which Honoka wins. A bit later, Nagisa is called upon to read a passage from a book, but Mepple disrupts, disproving her dream theory.

Meanwhile, in the Dotsuku Zone, Pisard reports to the Evil King that he found the two that escaped from the Garden of Light, but claims that he experienced some "unexpected interference" before he could find out where they had hidden their Prism Stones. The Evil King reveals that when he gets his hands on all seven Prism Stones, he will become immortal and be able to conquer the entire universe for the Zone.

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Nagisa pulls out the caretaking cards that arrived with Mepple.

Back at Verone, Nagisa is being threatened by Mepple to feed him, saying that if he dies of starvation he will haunt her. She begrudgingly agrees to feed him using one of the caretaking cards on Mepple's Card Commune, summoning a helper called Omp to make rice with miso soup for him. Afterwards, she meets up with Honoka in the lab to find her tinkering with a candy-making experiment. When Mepple makes a fuss again, Nagisa uses another caretaking card to summon a helper called Nelp that puts him to sleep.

Nagisa expresses her grievances about fighting as Pretty Cure and her intention to stop, but Honoka remarks on how interesting it is. Despite knowing it could be dangerous, she wants to keep going along with it. Suddenly, a soccer ball flies through the window and breaks the glass window of the laboratory, angering Nagisa, who steps out into the hall to confront the boy responsible for the damage, only to become instantly smitten the second she sets her sights on the culprit, the boy she saw at Wakabadai Station the other day. His friend calls him "Fuji-P," and they apologize, causing her to become flustered and hand over the ball. She heads back, and Honoka, overlooking the confrontation from the lab, wonders where Nagisa's "threatening attitude" went.

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Mepple and Mipple run from the forces of the Dotsuku Zone.

At home, Nagisa agonizes over her sudden mixed feelings when Mepple interrupts to tell her about his home, the Garden of Light. It had been a happy place until the Dotsuku Zone attacked. Fearing annihilation, the Queen and elders sent Mepple and Mipple to escape to the Garden of Rainbows along with the two remaining Prism Stones. Honoka is told the same story by Mipple. Her grandmother overhears them and asks who Honoka is talking to, as well as if she had been into the storage shed recently. Honoka responds that she was talking to herself, and denies being near the shed.

On top of a building, Pisard notices how much energy there is in the city, and decides to give it all to the Evil King. He purchases a powerful vacuum cleaner and fuses a Zakenna with it to suck all energy out of the city.

Mepple feels a dark force nearby and demands Nagisa to help stop it. She is reluctant at first, but when a newsflash on TV shows that a power outage was occurring across the city, she sees no other option and heads out, where she reunites with Honoka. As they wonder what to do, Nagisa is shocked upon discovering her friends, Shiho and Rina, are trapped in an elevator at the Wakaba City shopping center. The girls rush to the rooftop to find Pisard, who sends his Zakenna-possessed vacuum to attack them, with Mepple telling the girls to transform immediately.

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Cure Black is tied up by the elevator cords.

After the duo transforms, the Zakenna attacks them with large bursts of air blowing the girls back before they can land a hit. It manages to grab and toss them into the same elevator shaft where Rina and Shiho are stuck in. Pisard cuts the cables to send the suspended elevator flying down but the girls quickly tie the severed cables to themselves and bring it to a halt with their bodies The girls jump back up to the rooftop and tells Pisard off for putting them and their friends in danger. He orders the Zakenna to attack them again but a rainbow-colored shield appears to protect the girls as they join hands, giving them the chance to launch their Marble Screw attack. The Zakenna-possessed vacuum is damaged, and Cure Black lands a kick as it turns back to normal. Pisard escapes and overlooks the city returning to normal from afar, on top of a power grid, as he comments on the "power of light" that the girls used.

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A defeated Pisard overlooks the city skyline as it regains power.

The next day, Shiho and Rina tell Nagisa about their near-death experience, noting that someone rescued them as they could hear voices "from above," which prompts Nagisa to cut their conversation short and push the girls to school quickly, claiming they're late.

Meanwhile, authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the power outages from the previous day. The salesman Pisard possessed earlier to give him the vacuum cleaner, is selling the same one used against Pretty Cure, which bares the imprint of Black's shoe from her kick.

Major Events

  • The Dotsuku Zone and its Evil King are introduced, as well as his plans for immortality and universal conquest.
  • The boy on the soccer team that infatuates Nagisa is referred to by his friend as "Fuji-P."
  • The Garden of Light along with Mepple and Mipple's past is revealed.
  • The caretaking cards, specialized for the Card Communes to take care of Mepple and Mipple, are first used in this episode.

Characters

Cures

Mascots

Villains

Secondary Characters

Trivia

  • The Singaporean English title of the episode is Give Us a Break! Darkness Invades the City.[1]
  • During the next episode preview for this episode, at the end of the first episode, Nagisa and Honoka express shock over the "vacuum monster" (掃除機モンスター Sōjiki monster?).
    • Nagisa then mistakenly says "this unbelievably SUCKS!...I think?" (掃除機ありえない...なんて Sōjiki arienai...nante?), a pun of "this is honestly unbelievable!" (正直ありえない Shōjiki arienai?).
      • Nagisa continues to struggle between saying "vacuum cleaner" (掃除機 Sōjiki?) and "honestly" (正直 Shōjiki?).
  • In the previous episode, Shiho and Rina discuss jointly electing Nagisa and Honoka as class representatives, however, in this episode, only Honoka, one person, is elected.
  • The four candidates for the second-year Sakura class election for class representative are: Misumi (Nagisa), Yukishiro (Honoka) who wins, Nishizawa, and Takahashi.
  • When Nagisa reads to the class, she reads an excerpt from "The Grave of Wild Chrysanthemums" (野菊の墓 Nogiku no haka?), a classic piece of Japanese literature.[2]
  • It's revealed by the Evil King that there are seven Prism Stones in total and that the Dotsuku Zone has five already.
  • This is the first time Nagisa uses her special "cobra twist" wrestling move, on Ryouta.
  • An instrumental of "DANZEN! Futari wa Pretty Cure" starts playing after the girls jump back to the rooftop to continue fighting Pisard.
  • As Shiho and Rina talk about being stuck in the elevator, the dark stripes on Nagisa's bow are missing.
  • The unnamed schoolgirl who pulls out the votes for class representative is voiced by Nishino Yoko.

Dub Edits

  • Natalie says "How did I get into this" where Nagisa says "Arienai" for the first time in the episode.
  • The conversation scene with Nagisa and Mepple contains minor changes in its dialogue to better fit an English speaking audience.
    • In Japanese, Mepple demands Nagisa to give him breakfast, whereas in the dub, he says he's dying of starvation and Natalie has to feed him.
    • Nagisa says that she isn't Mepple's wife. Natalie questions if she looks like his servant.
    • Before being harshly shaken, Mepple calls Nagisa "Nagisa-sama," "Nagisa-oneesama," and "Nagisa-hime," while in the dub he calls her "Lady Natalie," "Princess Natalie," and "Queen Natalie."
    • Mepple says he's "glad to be born Japanese" when eating Omp's prepared rice with miso soup, with Nagisa disbelievingly saying "Yeah, right..." In the dub, he says "Bon Appetite", leaving Natalie to say "Oh, brother."

Gallery

Main Page: FwPC02/Image Gallery

References

  1. Kids Central TV listing for Saturday, April 08, 2006.
  2. Clements, J. & Tamamuro M. (2003) "The Dorama Encyclopedia."


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