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Kotozume Yukari (琴爪ゆかり Kotozume Yukari?) is one of the six main Cures in the series KiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode who is a second year high school student. She is rather selfish and above everyone else like a cat.

Yukari's alter ego is Cure Macaron (キュアマカロン Kyua Makaron?), the Pretty Cure of beauty and excitement, and she is based on macarons and cats.

Her catchphrases are "How Interesting" (「面白いわ」 "Omoshiroi wa"?) and "Fufufu..." (「フフフ…」 "Fufufu..."?).

Bio

Appearance

Yukari has sharp purple eyes and long, wavy purple hair. She wears a stylish lilac trench coat with a lavender ribbon around the waist, over a purple top and a short gray pencil skirt. Occasionally she would also wear either a light purple and indigo dress or a light purple top with a purple skirt. She also wears thin purple boots, magenta earrings, and sometimes wears a lilac hat with a purple band around it. In the summer, she wears a long, short-sleeved light purple dress with a lilac sash that ties on the left and light purple high heels. In the winter, she wears a light purple cowl-neck sweater dress along with indigo tights and short purple stiletto-heeled boots. She sometimes wears a short lighter purple jacket and purple gloves. In the movie, she wears a loose purple and pink top with a gray knee-length skirt and white boots. At the party, her hair is worn up and she wears a light purple gown with white opera-length gloves and purple high heels.

In the future, she has cut her long hair into a bob.

As a child, her hair was tied into two curved ponytails.

As Cure Macaron, her hair grows slightly longer and thicker, adorned with a large purple macaron on the left with two magenta gems and a lilac ribbon. She wears a short purple dress with a white and lilac purple bodice. The skirt is puffed to resemble a macaron with her Sweets Pact on a purple bow and has dark purple, lilac, and magenta layers with accents. She wears lilac opera gloves and thigh-length stiletto boots with a lavender toe design. On her head are dark purple cat ears and she also has a purple cat tail. Her accessories include a purple choker that ties in the back, a silver anklet with three magenta spheres on the left ankle, and her earrings.

In the movie, she wears a panda costume. As Super Cure Macaron, her outfit for the most part remains the same, but her dress is lighter in color. The sleeves are puffier and also change shape. The top of her dress is white and light purple with the skirt also having light purple, white, and pink layers. Her gloves and boots are also lighter. On the back is a white layer resembling a coat tail and she also has white wings.

In her A La Mode style, her hair becomes longer and lighter. Her cat ears grow and she now wears a light purple fluffy hat, with her macaron now having dark magenta cream and a thick ribbon. Her dress grows and the bodice becomes purple and dark magenta. Her skirt is now composed of two layers resembling the cookies in a macaron and thick frosting petals, each with a large violet sphere near the bottom. Her gloves are wrist-length with a raspberry ribbon, and the choker now just has a bow in the back and a raspberry gem. Her boots are now thigh-high.

Personality

Yukari is a clever and refined lady with a fickle personality, who is prone to tease others to get different reactions out of them, mostly out of being egotistical. She is quite perceptive, being immediately able to tell that something was off with Rio. Spending time with Ichika and the others and being a Cure makes every day an unpredictable experience, and this liveliness is something Yukari seeks. She also takes an interest in macarons after her own first batches fail.

As a child, Yukari kept on trying out new things in order to find anything she would feel passionate about, but she was not able to. Being seen as "perfect" becomes depressingly dreary to her, and nobody wanting to look beyond that "perfection" makes her feel lonely. Since enjoyment cannot be given to her, she realizes that she needs to create enjoyable situations herself. She embraces this and herself in episode 29, and admits she won't be able to erase her inner darkness and sadness, but being with her friends and surrounding herself with a "colourful world" makes her able to deal with it.

Relationships

  • Usami Ichika - Yukari is interested in Ichika's bumbling and is able to enjoy every day more after meeting her. Ichika in turn admires the older high school student greatly and they are on good terms with each other.
  • Kenjou Akira - They go to the same school, and are very popular with the other students. Their personalities initially clash, with Yukari criticizing Akira's selflessness and Akira being at odds with Yukari's fickle nature. After Akira witnesses Yukari's kindness and Yukari recognizes Akira's passion and tenacity, they become very good friends. KKPCALM10 They are often seen spending time with each other afterwards. Akira and Yukari's relationship has developed in a romantic way over time, notably in episodes 25 and 29. Their duet is a love song as well.
  • Three-star Kitty - Yukari is apparently the only person this elusive cat allows to pet him, even going so far as to run up to her and lie down on his back as soon as he sees her.
  • Kotozume Shino - Her grandmother and only known family member.
  • Pekorin - Yukari seems to adore Pekorin and enjoys stroking her gently.

Etymology

Kotozume (琴爪?): Koto (?) means 'harp' [1] while Zume (?) means 'fingernail' [2] or 'claw' which could be a reference to a cat's claw.

Yukari (ゆかり?) means 'affinity'. [3] It can also mean "violet", a nod to her color scheme.

Macaron is a type of French dessert that has cream in the middle and comes in a variety of colors.

History

First Appearances and Transforming into Cure Macaron

Yukari makes a brief cameo appearance in the first episode of the show, when she sees the vision of a macaron in the sky after a kirakiraru eruption at Ichigo Mountain. Her next short appearance is at the end of episode 4, when Ichika accidentally bumps into her as she takes a jump, and she chuckles in response.

Ichika, Himari and Aoi then learn more about Yukari, who is extremely popular among her high school peers and the townspeople and is rumored to be one of the most beautiful girls in the whole school. One day, while Ichika attempts to pet Three-star Kitty, Yukari notices and is successfully able to pet him herself. She then slowly warms up to Ichika. So much so, that the next day, Yukari takes her around town, first to a boutique where she tries on different outfits and then playing a crane game and looking at the different-colored macarons among other things. Ichika notices something is up with Yukari whenever she sees them, so she suggests Yukari stops by the KiraKira Patisserie soon so they can make their own macarons together. Himari and Aoi are shocked to see her at the patisserie as them, along with Ichika, start making the macarons. When they didn't turn out right, Yukari makes a batch herself, but they do not turn out right and didn't taste as well as they want it to. Yukari then briskly makes another batch, and the finished cookies all looked cracked, so she tries to make yet another batch when Ichika suggests decorating it to fix it, and she then does so for one of them, having it resemble a cat. Seeing it makes Yukari smile, but the celebration doesn't last long when Maquillon, a Kirakiraru Thief that would steal the Kirakiraru from macarons, appears and steals more from the ones they already made. The three Cures, wanting to protect them, transform to battle her but have a difficult time doing so. Just then, Yukari, wanting to defend the macarons, stands up to Maquillon. As a result, the cat macaron she held became an Animal Sweet and a Sweets Pact, allowing her to transform into Cure Macaron for the first time. Using her newfound cat-like agility, she is successfully able to defeat Maquillon, turning her back into her normal size and restoring the Kirakiraru she stole from all the macarons. KKPCALM05

Cure Macaron

KKPCALM05 Cure Macaron's pose
"With Beauty and Excitement! Let's・La・Mix It All Up! Cure Macaron! Is Ready To Serve!"
美しさとときめきを!レッツ・ラ・まぜまぜ!キュアマカロン!できあがり!
Utsukushisa to Tokimeki wo! Rettsu・Ra・Mazemaze! Kyua Makaron! Dekiagari!

Cure Macaron (キュアマカロン?) is the Pretty Cure alter ego of Yukari. She transforms using the phrase "Cure La Mode・Decoration!". In this form, she becomes quick and agile and her nails can grow into claws like a cat.

Attacks

  • Kirakira♪Kiraru: The main method of attack used by the Cures, which manifests in the form of magical batter within the Sweets Pact. As Cure Macaron, Yukari has shown she has the ability to:
    • Blow a flurry of purple bubbles at the foe that explode on impact.
    • Attack the foe with powerful slashes of purple energy from her claws.
  • Kirakirakirarun♪Kirakiraru♪: A more powerful version of the original incantation, giving Macaron the ability to summon large circular structures resembling macaron cookies and yo-yo's. She uses them to envelop the foe in a spider-web-like structure that implodes and sends them flying.
  • Three・2・Wonderful A La Mode! (スイー・2・ワンダフルアラモード!?) is the group attack Cure Macaron performs with the other four Cures. To perform it, she must use the Candy Rod.
  • Macaron Julienne (マカロンジュリエンヌ?) is the first sub attack Cure Macaron uses in episode 16. To perform it, she needs the Candy Rod.
  • Animal Go Round! (アニマルゴーランド!?) is the group attack Cure Macaron performs with the other five Cures. To perform it, she must use the Kirakiraru Creamer and her Crystal Animal.
  • Fantastic Animale (ファンタスティックアニマーレ!?) is the group attack Cure Macaron performs with the other five Cures. To perform it, she must she must use the Kirakiraru Creamer and her Crystal Animal and be in her A La Mode Style.

Songs

Yukari's voice actress, Fujita Saki, has participated in several image songs for the character she voices. Many of them include duets with Miyama Karen, who voices Usami Ichika, Fukuhara Haruka, who voices Arisugawa Himari, Muranaka Tomo, who voices Tategami Aoi, Mori Nanako, who voices Kenjou Akira, and Minase Inori, who voices Kirahoshi Ciel.

Duets

Trivia

  • Yukari's birthday is on June 11th, making her Zodiac sign Gemini.
  • Yukari shares her voice actress (Fujita Saki) with Chieri/Past Cure Flora from Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
  • She is very skillful on taming animals and fairies with her gentle strokes as displayed in multiple episodes.

Gallery

Main Page: Kotozume Yukari/Image Gallery

References

  1. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E7%90%B4#Japanese
  2. https://www.evi.com/q/what_does_%22%E7%88%AA%22_mean_in_japanese
  3. http://www.thenamemeaning.com/yukari/
VTEKiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode characters
Cures Usami Ichika/Cure WhipArisugawa Himari/Cure CustardTategami Aoi/Cure GelatoKotozume Yukari/Cure MacaronKenjou Akira/Cure ChocolatKirahoshi Ciel/Cure Parfait
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