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Takizawa Asuka (滝沢あすか?) is one of the five main Cures in Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure.

Asuka's alter ego is Cure Flamingo (キュアフラミンゴ?), and her charm point is her hair.

Bio

Appearance

Asuka has sharp purple eyes and long, rust red hair with her spiked bangs layered towards the side. Casually, she wears a cropped pale blue tank-top beneath a cropped, loose red shirt, along with a choker, short blue pants with black stripes on each side, and blue sandals. She also wears the red Heart Kuru Ring on her left middle finger.

As Cure Flamingo, her hair grows out and becomes bright crimson with turquoise streaks and she gains light pink heart-shaped flecks on her eyes. She wears a feathery pink and blue barrette attached to a gold beak-like triangle. She wears a single gold earring with a feather dangling on her left ear. She wears a white cropped shirt with off-shoulder feathered sleeves and a peach collar lined in white and red. At the center is a gold shell with red ribbon strands. She wears a short white skirt with a shorter ruffled red skirt over it and her Tropical Pact rests on a white bow. On her right are thick light green ruffles. She also gains fishnet stockings with red and white boots, and white finger-less gloves with a red cuff.

In her Excellen-Tropical Style, her hair lengthens and thickens, with two yellow streaks added in. Her barrette turns red with deep crimson tips at the top and light red feathers near the triangle. Her collar now reveals her collarbone and turns white with a red stripe while her top turns red with a short light red wing-like cape. Her skirt lengthens with the white part turning mint green and the ruffle on the right turning white and lengthening as well. The top of the skirt is light red with green pearls around the waist and a light green ruffle at the bottom. She now wears a white and red choker with a red gem hanging from it. Her gloves become white frilly wristbands with red bands around the wrist and she is now barefoot with red leg warmers.

In her Snow Crystal Tropical Style, her outfit contains elements of Cure Moonlight's Super Silhouette form. Her hair grows longer while a small gold tiara with a red heart in the middle appears near her hairpiece. Light purple wings appear on top of her usual sleeves and on the left is a white rose with the dark green Heartcatch insignia on top. A spiky light purple skirt appears over her usual skirt while the green ruffles on the right grow longer. On her chest is a red bow. Her right glove grows to opera-length while her left glove gains a feathery ruffle and bows appear on the wristbands. Her boots have white crisscrossed designs on it with pale red ribbons at the back of the ankle. On her back is a pair of rainbow heart-shaped wings.

Personality

Asuka is an athletic 3rd year middle school student with a strong sense of justice. At first glance, she appears to be cool and unapproachable, especially towards Yuriko. However, she is actually a very reliable big sister type. In fact, she really loves to cook and play cute animal games.

Despite normally being a sisterly figure to her younger friends, Asuka can be extremely reckless and sometimes has a short temper, which make conflicts arise that she usually doesn't intend to cause.

Relationships

  • Laura: Asuka started out not particularly fond of Laura, even stating she didn't become Cure Flamingo for her, but to protect the others. However, as she spent more time with Laura, she grew to appreciate her more.
  • Shiratori Yuriko: Asuka used to be friends with Yuriko since elementary school, and were double partners in the tennis club. However, their friendship ended when they had differing opinions regarding how Asuka dealt with their opponents after she saw them tampering with Yuriko's racket. Nevertheless, Asuka still cares for Yuriko's well-being and does hope to reconcile with her someday. They eventually reconcile with each other after they both honestly express their feelings to each other.
  • Natsuumi Manatsu, Suzumura Sango and Ichinose Minori: Her juniors and friends. Asuka met Manatsu when the latter is threatened by some thugs, and through Manatsu she meets Sango and Minori. At first, Asuka acted distant towards them, but soon accepts them as her friends.

Etymology

Takizawa (滝沢?): Taki (?) means "waterfall" [1], while Zawa (?) means "swamp" [2].

Asuka (あすか?) can be written in numerous ways with different meanings, but Asuka most likely comes from 飛鳥 which means "flying bird" [3].

Cure Flamingo is a large bird with pink feathers, long, thin legs, a long neck, and a beak that curves down [4].

History

Fallout with Yuriko

Asuka used to be friends with Yuriko when they were in elementary school. However, when they were in the tennis club in their first year at middle school, Asuka saw some opponents about to tamper with Yuriko's racket, so she tried to stop them, but ended up gathering unwanted attention. Subsequently, Yuriko and Asuka had an argument about how to deal with the situation, and with nobody supporting Asuka, Asuka lost her trust in believing in her teammates. Ever since this incident, her relationship with Yuriko had been strained. TRPC31

Meeting her Juniors and Becoming Cure Flamingo

One day when Manatsu and Laura are threatened by some thugs, Asuka comes across them and stands up for Manatsu, though she leaves after telling Manatsu her name. The next day, Manatsu, Sango and Laura want to scout her as part of their team, only for them to be rejected by her, as she says she does not believe in teamwork. However, she still helps out Manatsu and Sango when Yuriko is about to reject their club registration, and helps them and Minori clean up the shed.

When realizing that the three girls are potentially endangered, Asuka heads to the recycle center, and finds out that they are fighting Numeri's Yaraneeda. Despite initially being a person who does not like teamwork, Asuka vows to protect them, and becomes Cure Flamingo for the first time.TRPC05

Competition with Yuriko

Asuka and her friends are putting up a banner for the school when the banner accidentally flies away and causes Yuriko and the television crew to fall into the water. Yuriko then tells Asuka and the rest of the Tropical Club that their club will be suspended, so when the host invites them to his quiz show, Asuka accepts Yuriko's challenge in hopes of securing the Tropical Club. During the show, both the Tropical Club and the Council have an intense competition with each other, but Yuriko had the upper hand against Asuka, until both of them press the buzzer. After the Zettai Yaraneeda is defeated, it is revealed that Asuka was faster, meaning she and her friends can still be in the Tropical Club. TRPC24

Graduation Trip and Relationship with Yuriko

Asuka goes on a graduation trip with the rest of her classmates, but on the train she noticees that Laura and Kururun were secretly hiding in her bag. When she sees Numeri on the train as well, Asuka outwits her by pretending she's about to transform, only to leave her behind at a train station. During the trip, Asuka decides to open up to Laura about her past with Yuriko. As Numeri catches up with a Chou Zettai Yaraneeda and drains most of the schoolmates' Motivation Power, Yuriko ends up getting hurt, prompting Asuka to transform into Cure Flamingo. Once she makes sure Yuriko is safe, she decides to fights the Chou Zettai Yaraneeda. Once the fight is over, Yuriko does seem to care a bit more about Asuka, though Asuka now has to worry about Kururun who has been left behind. TRPC31

Choosing a School and Reconciling with Yuriko

As her graduation is nearing, Asuka needs to select her high school choices, but she hasn't been able to make up her mind despite wanting to enroll in Phoenix Academy in the first place, mostly after she quit the tennis club. Her junior friends later take her to check out Phoenix Academy even though she feels nervous about that, when she suddenly notices Yuriko is also there practicing with a tennis coach, and both Yuriko and the coach feel pity that she quit tennis. Asuka wants to deny her dream of enrolling the academy, but Yuriko sees through her and suggests having a match with her.

Due to having quit tennis for a long time, Asuka has trouble keeping up and is having a losing streak. However, she starts to catch up, and both she and Yuriko begin recounting their shared memories as they get competitive with each other. As Yuriko asks why she resumes playing tennis despite initially quitting, Asuka replies that it is because of her new friends that have helped her to regain motivation and retrust others, and here she finally learns that Yuriko wants to play tennis with her again and that her withdrawal for for her sake, to which Asuka replies that she actually wants Yuriko to fight with her together instead. Yuriko later confirms that she has recognized Asuka as Flamingo and does not want her to give up the referral, but Asuka decides to prioritize her friends first and deal with the Yaraneeda. After defeating the Yaraneeda partly thanks to her tennis skills, later on Asuka decides to take a short break from Tropical Club activities to get some study guides, and she thanks Yuriko for helping her make up her mind as she decides to start preparing to play more tennis as preparation for another chance at Phoenix Academy. TRPC38

Epilogue

On the day of the graduation festival, Asuka is upset about Laura's upcoming departure, but soon accepts her choice. After the play and Laura revealing herself to be a mermaid, Laura congratulates Asuka for graduating from Aozora Middle School. Asuka then says farewell to Laura. Due to the effects of the memory erasing machine, she loses her memories that are related to Laura. However, she regains them after the Mermaid Aqua Pot overloads the machine. She graduates from Aozora Middle School the next day.

Sometime later, she is last seen attending Phoenix Academy with Yuriko, who is trying to stop her from arguing with the coach. She is also seen reuniting with Laura again. TRPC46

Cure Flamingo

Cure Flamingo

Fluttering Wings! Cure Flamingo!
はためく翼!キュアフラミンゴ!
Hatameku Tsubasa! Kyua Furamingo!

Cure Flamingo (キュアフラミンゴ?) is Asuka's Pretty Cure alias. In order to transform, she needs her Tropical Pact and Heart Kuru Ring.

Transformation

The transformation starts with Asuka's Tropical Pact appearing. She then holds the pact while removing her Heart Kuru Ring, inserting it into the lock and turning it. The pact opens up, revealing her reflection. Then Asuka takes the brush and flips, shouting "Let's make up! Bling!", touching the center of the pact with it, causing it to glow. She then shouts "Cheeks"! as she presses the brush against her cheeks, giving them a rosy glow. Then she taps the center again and shouts "Eyes!", giving her pink eyeshadow and adding light pink heart-shaped flecks to her eyes. Then she taps the center again and shouts "Lips!" as she applies lipstick. She taps the middle yet again and shouts "Hair!", running her hand through her hair as it turns bright red with turquoise streaks. She taps the middle one more time and shouts "Dress!" as she draws a turquoise diamond with the brush, which splits into seven diamonds. Each of the diamonds strike her body, making parts of her outfit appear. First are her shoes, followed by her gloves, then her top, skirt, hairpiece, and earring. A pouch for her Tropical Pact appears on the left, dropping in. With the transformation complete, Flamingo does a couple of kicks and moves before landing on the ground. She then turns around and introduces herself, doing several quick moves before striking her final pose.

Attacks

Songs

Asuka's voice actor, Seto Asami has participated in several image songs for the character she voices. Many of them include songs with Fairouz Ai, who voices Natsuumi Manatsu, Hanamori Yumiri, who voices Suzumura Sango, Ishikawa Yui, who voices Ichinose Minori, and Hidaka Rina, who voices Laura.

Group Songs

Trivia

  • Asuka's birthday is on October 15th, making her Zodiac sign Libra.
  • Asuka's favorite things to do are exercising and cooking.
  • Asuka shares her name with Kitakaze Asuka from Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
  • Asuka is the first Cure to wear only one earring in her Cure form.
  • Asuka's favorite food is an omelette.
  • An interview from Animage revealed that Asuka's Cure name was going to be either Cure Phoenix or Cure Volcano.
  • She has a habit of using the same pillow for sleeping and is not used to finding a replacement for it whenever she travels.

Gallery

Main Page: Takizawa Asuka/Image Gallery

References

VE Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure characters
Cures Natsuumi Manatsu / Cure SummerSuzumura Sango / Cure CoralIchinose Minori / Cure PapayaTakizawa Asuka / Cure FlamingoLaura / Cure La Mer
Mascots Kururun
Villains Witch of DelaysButlerChongireNumeriEldaYaraneeda
Others Mermaid QueenNatsuumi AoiNatsuumi TaiyoHirabayashi MafuneSuzumura MiyukiSakuragawa SakiShiratori YurikoCure OasisOther Minor Characters
Movie only SharonHowan
VEPretty Cure
Futari wa
(Max Heart)
Cure BlackCure White • (Shiny Luminous)
Splash Star Cure Bloom / Cure BrightCure Egret / Cure Windy • (Cure Bright) • (Cure Windy)
Yes! 5
(GoGo!)
Cure DreamCure RougeCure LemonadeCure MintCure AquaDark Pretty Cure 5 • (Milky Rose)
Fresh! Cure PeachCure BerryCure PineCure Passion
Heartcatch! Cure BlossomCure MarineCure SunshineCure MoonlightCure FlowerDark Pretty CureMirage Pretty CureCure Ange (HPC movie)
Suite♪ Cure MelodyCure RhythmCure BeatCure Muse
Smile! Cure HappyCure SunnyCure PeaceCure MarchCure BeautyBad End Pretty Cure
Doki Doki! Cure HeartCure DiamondCure RosettaCure SwordCure AceCure EmpressCure MagicianCure Priestess
Happiness Charge! Cure LovelyCure PrincessCure HoneyCure FortuneCure TenderCure MirageInternational Pretty Cure Teams
Go! Princess Cure FloraCure MermaidCure TwinkleCure ScarletPast Princess Pretty Cure
Mahou Tsukai! Cure MiracleCure MagicalCure FeliceCure Mofurun
KiraKira☆A La Mode Cure WhipCure CustardCure GelatoCure MacaronCure ChocolatCure ParfaitCure PekorinCure Lumière
HUGtto! Cure YellCure AngeCure ÉtoileCure MacherieCure AmourCure Infini
Star☆Twinkle Cure StarCure MilkyCure SoleilCure SeleneCure Cosmo
Healin' Good Cure GraceCure FontaineCure SparkleCure Earth
Tropical-Rouge! Cure SummerCure CoralCure PapayaCure FlamingoCure La MerCure Oasis
Delicious Party Cure PreciousCure SpicyCure Yum-YumCure Finale
All Stars Cure Echo
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