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Izayoi Riko (十六夜リコ?), officially spelled as Izayoi Liko, is one of the three main Cures in the series Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure!. She is a thirteen-year-old girl from the Magic World who is rather weak at performing magic.

Riko's alter ego is Cure Magical (キュアマジカル?). Her catchphrase is "All according to my calculations" (計算通りだから Keisandōri Dakara?). Her Pretty Cure partner is Cure Miracle.

Bio

Appearance

Riko has magenta eyes and long, straightened dark purple hair partially worn up in a ponytail with a light pink pom-pom. She has short straightened bangs and forelocks.

Casually she wears a light blue elbow-length top beneath a sleeveless indigo dress with white frills and a red band beneath the chest. The skirt has purple, white, and green flowers printed on it. She also wears black Mary-Janes and pastel indigo tube socks.

For summer, she wears a white blouse with puffy sleeves gathered in a thin indigo cuff. Over top is a light blue pencil skirt with matching colored suspenders. She also wears white socks and purple shoes. During winter, she wears a dark red dress with a cream collar and white sleeves, gray tights, dark gray boots, and a pale purple duffle coat.

In the movie, she wears a pale yellow turtleneck and a blue plaid dress. She also wears grey tights and brown boots with purple straps. For the festival, her hair is in a full ponytail and her dress is purple with three larger bows of different colors running down the front of the skirt. The sleeves are puffy and blue and decorated with red ribbons. She also has a purple choker, white gloves, and purple ankle-length boots.

When older, Riko now has a full, thin ponytail worn over the right shoulder and a white pom-pom. She wears a white frilly long-sleeved blouse and a red bow-tie. The bodice is purple with two gold buttons, and her matching colored skirt is pleated and knee-length. She also wears black tights and purple high-heeled shoes.

As Cure Magical, her hair becomes brighter colored and grows to her waist, while her shorter ponytail is fanned out in two sections and held by a red bow. Her bangs also thicken. She wears a small black witch hat on the left side of her head, with various pearls and star-shaped charms hanging from it. Her dress is purple and sleeveless with a high collar and the skirt on top divided into four sections. The bottom part of the skirt is lighter purple with pale purple frills at the end. On her shoulders is a cream-colored cape that reaches to the middle of her back. Her gloves are opera-length and dull purple with a gold bracelet around each wrist. Her boots are also dull purple with purple toe tips and thin red anklets. She has the bracelets in her other forms.

In Ruby Style, her hair is pulled into twin-tails held by deep red ribbons. Her hat is black with a gold star on it and her earrings are also star-shaped. She wears a black dress with a red choker and off-shoulder sleeves trimmed with white fluff. The front ribbon is crimson with a white stripe ribbon with a ruby in the center. Each side has a long magenta ribbon with a gold star at the center. The skirt is bright red. She also wears deep red and black leg warmers along with deep red shoes with a gold star on top. She wears her gold bracelets from her normal outfit.   

In Sapphire Style, her hair is worn in a ponytail held by a thick cone-like braid on top of the head. Woven into the braid is a light blue ribbon along with gold stars and a braid across her head. Her hat gains two crimson feathers and her earrings become droplets. She wears a dark blue cropped top and choker and a pastel purple to pale pink gradient skirt. Worn over it is an additional blue skirt along with two silver and gold bands around her waist. Over her outfit is a light blue top with a single left sleeve, followed by dark blue coat tails with yellow tassels. The top is held by a sky blue bow adorned by a sapphire gem. She also wears blue sleeves with a gold ring on the middle finger and her normal bracelets, along with a light blue scarf around the arms. She wears dark blue leg warmers with matching sandals.    

In Topaz Style, most of her hair is worn loose but she has a thick braided ring on each side of her head. On the right side of her head is an orange and yellow pudding. Her earrings become topaz diamonds. She wears a yellow dress with puffy sleeves held in orange cuffs and a split skirt resembling dripping caramel sauce with a pale pink ribbon and cream dollops. Underneath it is a puffy yellow skirt with a lilac ruffle on top. On the chest is a burnt orange ribbon decorated by a topaz diamond. On the back of the waist is a golden yellow bow. On the neck is a yellow collar, and on each hand is an orange wristband with a cream dollop ring for the middle finger. Her crimson pumps have a cream dollop on top of the foot and are worn with orange stockings with light yellow fluffy anklets.

In Alexandrite Style, she resembles Dia Style but with various differences. Her hair grows in length while her hat becomes bigger and gains a light turquoise bow with a magenta rose and various charms, ribbons, and feathers. Her dress becomes lighter colored and the collar of her top turns wing-like. The stone at the middle is an alexandrite. There is a single bow on her torso, along with white and gold accents. On her back is a light purple ruffle with a longer white one lining it with pale purple bows at each end. Her boots are brighter in color, one leg with a red ribbon around the ankle while the other has a gold chain. Her gloves are replaced by purple lace sleeves and a light purple ring on both middle fingers. Her cape is now longer and light purple.

Heartful Style resembles her Alexandrite Style. Her hair turns light purple and the bow is replaced by a pair of pale lilac wings and a large purple star, and the pearls turn gold. The top layer of her dress becomes light purple while the rest remains the same. The waist bow becomes wing-like. On her chest is a heart-shaped gem. The ribbons on the tips of the skirt are now a pair of pale pink wings adorned by a pink heart, while her boots are now white with a pink ribbon on the ankle. Her wings are pale lilac.

As Super Cure Magical, her ponytail grows larger and her bow has a gold star on it. She now wears a purple choker. Her skirt gains more tiers a multi-tiered variant of its original design and keeps the trim, while the skirt on top changes into double tipped flaps. On the waist is a winged piece attached to the large red ribbon. On the chest is a lilac star on a red ribbon, and her sleeves grow. She loses her cape, and her gloves shorten. Her boots remain the same but now have a gold cuff with a star at the center. She also has a pair of large pale blue angel wings.


Personality

Riko is a serious thirteen year old girl who attends a school in the magic world. She is great at studying but her magic is weak. She is insecure but hopes to become a respectable witch in the future like her sister. Riko is unsure of what she wants to do when she grows up and often worries about it, but after she lives with Mirai, her life becomes a little less worrisome and more bright.

Relationships

Asahina Mirai - Mirai and Riko meet by chance in the No Magic World, and they soon notice they have the same pendents, making them both curious. After being attacked by Batty, the two girls transform into Pretty Cure to defeat his Yokubaru. After this they travel to the Magic World and Mirai enrolls into the Magic School class that Riko attends. As Pretty Cure partners, they soon build an unseperable bond. This bond grows over the course of the series, with Riko temporarily enrolling in Mirai's school as well. It is also strengthened by them taking responsibility and raising Ha-chan.

In the manga, their relationship has a romantic note, with emphasis on them raising a child together like a lovey-dovey couple.

Liz - Liz is Riko's sister, and a teacher at the Magic School. When they were young, Liz was Riko's role model, but after Liz became a student in Magic School, their relationship became strained due to being separated, and things became even worse when Riko became a student and found out that in spite of imitating her sister, she didn't have the same talent when it came to practical magic. However, Riko still loves her sister and is determined to one day surpass her.

Ha-chan - Riko helped raise Ha-chan as a child and was happy to reunite with her after their battle with Dokurokushe. Riko is also very surprised by Ha-chan's magical ability.

Etymology

Izayoi (十六夜?) means "sixteen-day-old moon". A sixteen-day-old moon has just passed its fullest phase, so it is at this point that its brightness begins to decline.

Riko (リコ?): Riko has no meaning in katakana but in kanji, it has two meanings. It can mean 'jasmine child' with this kanji (莉子) or 'truthful child' with this kanji (理子). It also resembles 利口な (rikou na), which is Japanese for "smart".[1]

Cure Magical: means something that can be produced by or as if it is magic. [1]

History

When Riko's Magic Wand was created, it was blessed by a shooting star. This is why Liz gave her pendant, which was the Linkle Stone Dia, to Riko, because she thought it was a sign that Riko would become an even greater magician than Liz.

Meeting Mirai

Riko is out one night flying on her magic broom while looking for the Linkle Stone Emerald. As she spins out of control, she falls into a tree and grabs onto a branch, boasting to a nearby cat that she meant to do that, but falls again as the branch snaps. The next morning, she is out searching again. Almost falling off her broom, she notices a girl had dropped something. She decides to tell her then slowly floats away again but the girl chases after her and tells her she saw her last night. She introduces herself as Asahina Mirai and asks to be her friend but Riko tells her she is in a hurry and speaks the magic words "Cure Up! Ra-pa-pa!" and takes off on the broom once more as Mirai grabs on and tells her not to leave. Having one more passenger than usual, Riko runs out of energy and the broom loses its magic. As both girls start to fall, Riko's pendant begins to glow and she notices that Mirai has the same one but in pink. They both float in the air for a while as they are both surprised that they have the same pendant but soon fall back down after realizing they are hungry.

Mirai treats the magican to strawberry melon bread to restore her energy and she asks if she can ride her broom. Riko tells her that it's only built for one person but since she helped her with getting something to eat, she decides to show Mirai some magic. She demonstrates it with her magic wand on a cat, trying to make it speak but is only able to make it yap and say "blah, blah" repeatedly. Mirai suggests for Riko to use her magic on Mofurun. She tells Mirai that it's impossible because toys can't talk in the first place. Mirai tells her that her grandmother gave Mofurun to her when she was born so they are like siblings and she wishes she was able to talk to it. After being thanked by Mirai again, Riko decides to finally introduce herself.

Becoming Pretty Cure

Riko decides to part ways with Mirai and keep searching for the Linkle Stone Emerald but Mirai decides to tag along anyway, wondering why both their pendants where shining. They are then approached by a mysterious person named Batty, who is also looking for the Linkle Stone Emerald. Riko asks him what he knows about the Linkle Stones but Mirai drags Riko with her and runs away, saying she feels a dangerous presence from the person. But Batty appears in front of them again, talks about the Linkle Stones and decides to attack the girls. Riko activates her broom and tries to get away with Mirai. Batty still catches up to them and summons a Yokubaru from a nearby truck and flies after them. Mofurun is blown away from Mirai's basket from the wind and Riko catches it but is knocked off her broom by the Yokubaru. Mirai manages to grab her hand in time but falls off the broom while still holding onto it. Batty mocks Riko about not being able to do anything from the start and she begins chanting "Cure Up! Ra-pa-pa! Monster go far away!" Batty laughs at her but Mirai joins in and chants with Riko.

As they grip their hands and chant the magic words one more time, their purple and pink pendants turn to golden ones as Mofurun's appearance changes. By inserting their pendants into Mofurun's bow-tie, the girls then transform into Pretty Cure, Cure Miracle and Cure Magical. They manage to dodge the Yokubaru's attacks and soon defeat it. After they turn back to normal, Mirai looks for Mofurun and finds out he is now living and able to speak. Riko takes Mirai to the station saying she needs to return to her school and tell someone about what happened. She uses a special card to change the train station's appearance so that they will be able to go to the Magic World's Magic School.

Arriving at the Magic School

As both girls are on their way to the Magic World on a magic train pulled by a giant snail named Snailiner, Riko wonders how Mofurun is now able to speak. Mofurun says he just really wanted to talk with Mirai. Riko guesses that it must be connected to them become Pretty Cure. Mirai asks Riko what Pretty Cure are and she tells her that they are the magicians of legend and becomes excited knowing that she will be praised by the professors for become one. Riko then treats Mirai to a frozen orange and decides to show her more of her magic by thawing it out but only manages to do so halfway as Mirai mentions it's still cold and hard, yet tasty. After finally reaching the Magic School, Mirai mentions how Riko's wand is amazing and that she wants one too, but Riko tells her that magic wands are only given to magicians from birth. The Kyoto then appears and scolds Riko for leaving the Magic World and bringing a human with her without permission. Riko quickly tells her that she and Mirai became Pretty Cure but she does not believe her and tells her she will be discussing her punishment with the Kouchou. She tells Riko to wait in the classroom or else she will be expelled. Mirai feels that it's her fault but Riko tells her it's not and admits she is not good at magic and decided to travel to the No Magic World to find the Linkle Stone Emerald to impress her professors. After Mirai revives confidence from Mofurun and her glowing Linkle Stone Dia, she decides to talk to the Kouchou herself and tells Riko to stay in the classroom.

While waiting for Mirai, Riko wonders why she is so eager to help her since they only just met. Worried that she might have gotten lost, Riko disobeys the Kyoto's warnings and goes outside to look for Mirai. She then saves her from Batty by flying into him on her broom and knocks him over, saying she meant to do that. Mirai thanks Riko for saving her and they transform into Pretty Cure again and defeat the Yokubaru with Diamond Eternal. Riko asks Mirai how she got a magic wand as the Kouchou appears and tells her she received it from the Wand Tree. Riko is startled and Mirai only realizes that the man is in fact the Kouchou and tells him that they became Pretty Cure, only to be interrupted by him as he tells them he would like them to attend classes together, which surprises them both.

Magic lessons

Riko and Mirai start magic lessons in episode 4. Their first lesson is to catch a paper butterfly. Riko is paired with Mirai and they start trying to catch it. Riko gets separated from Mirai and looks for her. She finds her in the magic library where Gamettsu attacks them. They defeat him and find a mysterious glowing object. A baby is born from it.

The lessons continue in episode 5 where the class is sent to a frozen region of the Magic World. Their lesson is to boil a kettle with magic. Everyone in the class but Riko passes which frustrates her. Since Mirai passed the lesson, Riko gets in a fight with her. When Mirai goes flying after the Yokubaru attacks her, Riko calls out her name and they transform into their Ruby Style and defeat the Yokubaru. The girls now have possession of the Linkle Stone Aquamarine and Riko becomes better friends with Mirai.

Cure Magical

CureMagcialPose

Cure Magical

"Our Magic! Cure Magical!"
ふたりの魔法!キュアマジカル!
Futari no mahō! Kyua Majikaru!

Cure Magical (キュアマジカル?) is the Pretty Cure alter ego of Riko. Alongside Asahina Mirai, she transforms with the phrase Miracle・Magical・Jewelryle!. This form allows her to use the silver rimmed Stones to perform spells. In this form, she can perform Diamond Eternal alongside Cure Miracle.

Ruby Style

MTPC03 Cure Magical's Ruby Style pose

Ruby Style

Ruby Style (ルビースタイル?) is the form that Riko obtains in episode 3, alongside Mirai. To transform, she must be with Mirai and have Mofurun, her Linkle Stone Ruby and say the phrase Miracle・Magical・Jewelryle!. This form gives Cure Magical increased physical strength. She can perform Ruby Passionale in this form.

Sapphire Style

CureMagicalSapphirePose

Sapphire Style

Sapphire Style (サファイアスタイル?) is the form that Riko obtains in episode 7, alongside Mirai. To transform, she must be with Mirai and have Mofurun, her Linkle Stone Sapphire and say the phrase Miracle・Magical・Jewelryle!. This form gives Cure Magical the ability to fly as well as increased speed. She can perform Sapphire Smartish in this form.

Topaz Style

Cure Magical Toapz Style

Topaz Style

Topaz Style (トパーズスタイル?) is the form that Riko obtains in episode 11, alongside Mirai. To transform, she must be with Mirai and have Mofurun, her Linkle Stone Topaz and say the phrase Miracle・Magical・Jewelryle!. This form gives Cure Magical two yellow orbs that can turn into anything for offence, defence and manoeuvrability. She can perform Topaz Esperanza in this form.


Alexandrite Style

Cure Magical Alexnite Form

Alexandrite Style

Alexandrite Style (アレキサンドライトスタイル?) is the form that Riko obtains in episode 31, alongside Mirai and Kotoha. To transform, she must already be in her Dia Style, Ruby Style, Sapphire Style or Topaz Style and she must be with Mirai and Kotoha. She should have Mofurun, her Linkle Stone Alexandrite and the Rainbow Carriage to perform Extreme Rainbow in this form.


Attacks

  • Diamond Eternal (ダイヤモンド・エターナル?): The first attack that the Cure Magical performs with Cure Miracle. She first performs it in episode 2 and must have her Linkle Stone Dia and Linkle Stick to perform this attack.
  • Ruby Passionale (ルビー・パッショナーレ?): The second attack that the Cure Magical performs with Cure Miracle. She first performs it in episode 3 and must have her Linkle Stone Ruby and Linkle Stick to perform this attack.
  • Sapphire Smartish (サファイア・スマーティッシュ?): The third attack that Cure Magical performs with Cure Miracle. She first performs it in episode 7 and must have her Linkle Stone Sapphire and Linkle Stick to perform this attack.
  • Topaz Esperanza (トパーズ・エスペランサ Topāzu Esuperansa?): The fourth attack that Cure Magical performs with Cure Miracle. She first performs it in episode 11 and must have her Linkle Stone Topaz and Linkle Stick to perform this attack.
  • Linkle Aquamarine (リンクルアクアマリン?): The first solo sub attack that Cure Magical performs for the first time in episode 6. To use it, she must have her Linkle Stick and the Linkle Stone Aquamarine. She summons her Linkle Stick and places the Linkle Stone Aquamarine on the stick and summons a cold breeze that freezes the Yokubaru.
  • Linkle Peridot (リンクルペリドット?): The second solo sub attack that Cure Magical performs for the first time in episode 14. To use it, she must have her Linkle Stick and the Linkle Stone Peridot. She summons her Linkle Stick and places the Linkle Stone Peridot on the stick and summons a storm of clover leaves that can stick to the Yokubaru.
  • Linkle Moonstone (リンクルムーンストーン?): The third solo sub attack that Cure Magical performs for the first time in episode 21. To use it, she must have her Linkle Stick and the Linkle Stone Moonstone. She summons her Linkle Stick and places the Linkle Stone Moonstone on the stick and summons a shield shaped like a full moon. She also uses it as a platform to jump from.
  • Linkle Tanzanite (リンクルタンザナイト?): The fourth solo sub attack that Cure Magical performs for the first time in episode 40. To use it, she must have her Linkle Stick and the Linkle Stone Tanzanite. She summons her Linkle Stick and places the Linkle Stone Tanzanite on the stick and summons a shining light that can not only blind the target but dis-spell any darkness or dimensions in the area.
  • Extreme Rainbow (エクストリームレインボー?) is the first group attack that Cure Magical performs with Cure Miracle and Cure Felice. To perform it, she must be in her Over The Rainbow Style and have the Linkle Stone Alexandrite to insert onto the Mofurun's bow.
  • Heartful Rainbow (ハートフルレインボー?) is the group attack Cure Magical performs with the others for the first and only time in the movie.

Songs

Riko's voice actress, Horie Yui, has participated in several image songs for the character she voices. Many of them include group songs with Takahashi Rie, who voices Asahina Mirai, Hayami Saori, who voices Hanami Kotoha, and Saitou Ayaka, who voices Mofurun. She also performs a song with Niizuma Seiko, the voice actress of Solcière from the Pretty Cure All Stars franchise.

Duets

Trivia

  • Riko's birthday is on November 12, making her zodiac a Scorpio.
  • In the storyboard for episode 49, it was revealed that Riko and Mirai are 19 years old in said episode.
  • Interestingly, Cure Magical's theme color is purple while her eyes are pink, which is Cure Miracle's theme color and vise versa.
  • Riko shares her voice actress with Orihara Tsumugi from Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!: Ningyou no Kuni no Ballerina.
  • Riko shares her name with Furuya Riko, a minor character from Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
  • Riko, along with Mirai, are part of a group of characters who will comprise Japan's "ambassadors of Japanese culture" for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, alongside many other popular anime characters.
  • Her famous running gag is when she accidentally falls onto the ground from above and denying it from ever happening.

Gallery

Main Page: Izayoi Riko/Image Gallery

References

  1. Tuttle Mini Japanese Dictionary, copyright 2013
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