A Miracle!? The Living Art Museum (ミラクル!?生きている美術館 "Mirakuru!? Ikiteiru Bijutsukan"?), dubbed Mystery At The Museum in the edited English dub, is the 4th episode of the season Futari wa Pretty Cure, and also the 4th episode of Pretty Cure franchise overall.

Summary

During their class trip to the museum, the girls get to know a shy classmate who admires Nagisa.

Synopsis

Nagisa laments that ever since she met Mepple and Mipple, who escaped with the two remaining Prism Stones from the Garden of Light, they've continuously had to fight a terrible guy. As she longs for her normal school life, Ms. Yoshimi calls out to her, still deep in thought.

The 2nd-year Sakura class is taking a bus to the art museum for a field trip that Nagisa and Honoka are in charge of. The Principal and Vice-Principal also tag along, as the former is interested in "observing the arts" with the students.

On the way there, the girls present the travel guide they made for the class, detailing the exhibition of European art they'll visit. Shiho and Rina giggle at the crude drawings Nagisa made while Honoka provided the text. An annoyed Nagisa tells them to be quiet.

Mayu styled her hair similar to Nagisa's.

As the bus stops at a light, a girl raises her hand to recommend a painting in the exhibit by an obscure Italian artist named Mario Piccalini. The girl is revealed to be a member of the school's art club. Rina notices that the girl, named Mayu, has a different hairstyle than usual. Shiho adds that Mayu's hair is very similar to Nagisa's own, embarrassing Mayu as she tried emulating it as an admirer. She worries if she insulted Nagisa, but to the contrary, as Nagisa says her hair looks better on Mayu, and Honoka even calls it cute.

Meanwhile, in the Dotsuku Zone, the Evil King threatens Pisard with death if he does not bring back the Prism Stones. He is ridiculed by his peers, enshrouded in darkness, who call him weak and say that he should give up.

The tour begins at the museum, and right away, Nagisa struggles to handle her classmates. Mepple starts to act up from within her pocket, causing Nagisa to run into another room to get away from the others as Honoka joins her. Once reunited in private, Mepple and Mipple transform into their true forms to embrace each other. The girls scold them, with Nagisa mentioning that they're in a place with fragile objects. She demonstrates by touching a statue, only to accidentally break its finger and then the whole arm off. She hurriedly tries to reattach it but ends up putting it on incorrectly.

The girls look at Piccalini's "Stardust Banquet," which invokes nostalgia for Mipple.

Mipple notices a painting that gives her a nostalgic feeling, as she is depicted coming down to Earth for the first time. The girls ask how this is possible given that the painting is one hundred years old, so Mipple recalls that it's been a long time since she arrived in the Garden of Rainbows. She had been passed around until eventually waking up in the Yukishiro's storage shed. Nagisa is surprised that Mepple waited that long for her, but he notes that he had left one day after she did. Mipple recalls the Elder mentioning that when going to different worlds, the flow of time is also different. This means that a day in the Garden of Light is equal to a century in the Garden of Rainbows.

Suddenly, Mayu walks in on the girls, forcing Mepple and Mipple back into their Card Communes. She notices that the painting they were looking at as Piccalini's "Stardust Banquet," the one she mentioned earlier. She details how one night, Piccalini stared at the night sky amidst a meteor shower. He made a wish on one of the shooting stars, which happened to be Mipple's Card Commune descending onto the Earth, clocking him in the head. After picking up this "shooting star," he discovered a newfound talent in art. Mayu notes that looking at Piccalini's paintings gives her a sense of courage.  

Sometime later, the field trip is wrapping up and the class is preparing to depart when Shiho points out that Mayu isn't with them. Nagisa and Honoka rush back inside to find her, thinking that she probably lost track of time. After the girls leave, Pisard appears outside of the bus, petrifying those inside to stone. He notes that "the two" he's looking for are not on the bus. 

The girls encounter Pisard in the museum.

Mayu stayed behind at the Piccalini exhibit, attempting to sketch out something. The Vice-Principal and Principal are also still inside, having lost track of time, but Pisard suddenly shows up and begins petrifying more people into stone. He mistakes Mayu from the back for Nagisa, given her hairstyle, and attacks her. The girls arrive to find Pisard with Mayu's sketchbook dropped on the floor, asking what he did to her. He summons the power of the Zakenna to bring to life several paintings. The girls dodge the monsters after them and find space to transform into Pretty Cure. 

Once transformed, the girls are swept by a wave of rushing water released from a nearby painting. They try to swim when a giant sea serpent comes after them, but the rushing water moves them into a larger room, where Pisard waits for them. He forms a tornado with the stone people he petrified earlier, telling the girls that if they damage the "statues," it'll also affect the original people inside them. 

Pretty Cure closes their eyes to locate Pisard's "evil heart."

Mepple notes that if they defeat Pisard, the dark power will disappear alongside him. The girls try to fight, but the tornado of stone people gets in their way, causing hesitation. Mipple tells the girls to close their eyes and "feel" out Pisard's "evil heart," which they hone in on with the Marble Screw attack, avoiding all the stone people and targeting Pisard as he tries to escape. The left-behind Zakenna break down, returning the stone people to normal.

The girls wonder where Mayu is, as she hadn't returned alongside the other people. They panic when they see her in the "Stardust Banquet" painting, sitting next to Piccalini while watching the starry sky, only to find her waking up behind them in-person, now noticing that she's no longer inside the painting. Mayu doesn't remember what happened except for the dream she had of stargazing alongside Piccalini. As the girls head back to the bus, it's revealed that the art tool depicted in Piccalini's painting has "Mayu" written on it.

Once the class has left the museum, two men are admiring an "original sculpture" that is revealed to be the very same one that Nagisa attempted to fix earlier.

Major Events

  • Pisard is shown to be with a group of minions in the Dotsuku Zone called the "Dark Five" in external material.[1] He is implied to be the weakest of them all.
  • Mipple reveals that she first arrived in the Garden of Rainbows a century ago, but the time in the Garden of Light between her and Mepple's departures was one day.

Characters

Cures

Mascots

Villains

Secondary Characters

Trivia

  • The Singaporean English title of the episode is A Miracle?! A Living Museum.[2]
  • The European art exhibit includes works by famous real-life artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
    • The painting Honoka points out to the class is Degas' "Dancers at the Bar."[3]
  • When Honoka and Nagisa think about how old Mipple actually is, they both imagine a fantasy sequence. While Honoka is implied to be thinking of relativity, Nagisa imagines herself in traditional Japanese fisherman gear, riding on a turtle down to the bottom of the ocean.
    • This is a reference to the Japanese fairy tale "Urashima Taro," where the titular fisherman is taken to the bottom of the sea, then comes back to land, only to learn that a century has passed since he was underwater for what he thought was a short time.[4]
  • Kiriya is referred to by name in this episode for the first time, though he will not play a major role until laterFwPC13.
  • Two unnamed schoolgirls on the class trip are voiced by Kigawa Eriko and Nishino Yoko.

Dub Edits

  • A sign on the bus is edited to say "Verone Junior High Field Trip" in English.
  • Nagisa blurts out "it's unreasonable" when Ms. Yoshimi interrupts in the middle of her thoughts. The dub has Natalie exclaim she's "sulking" instead.
  • When asked who the artist of a specific painting is, Natalie makes a wild guess and says "his name is Bill."
  • The museum placard for "Stardust Banquet" is edited to be in English.
  • Hannah explicitly talks about time dilation, noting it's relation to the speed of light. Natalie claims to be "out of [her] depth" on the topic, imagining herself riding a turtle to the depths of the ocean.
  • When attacked by the Dark Zone, Natalie makes several remarks airing her grievances about how the field trip turned out.
  • Natalie calls Pijard a "snake" for holding the people hostage, and he claims to "play to win."
  • The art tool in Piccalini's painting is edited to have Maya's name in English.
  • Mario Piccalini is voiced by Will Wood.

Gallery

Main Page: FwPC04/Image Gallery

References


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