CONTENT WARNING: MARTIAL ARTS VIOLENCE AND SOME LANGUAGE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
What started as a perfectly normal day for Ryan Lee, Susan Chan, Rica Watson, and Kelly Chiba was not as simple as it would first appear.
In only a matter of minutes, a new transfer student succeeded in catching Ryan and Rica completely by surprise.
What they did not anticipate was that she would be a familiar face--the same one who had challenged Ryan to a martial rhythmic gymnastics match earlier.
Anyway, this is how it happened: Ryan and Rica were in their seats before homeroom began, anticipating the transfer student Eileen had told them about the day before.
Miss Sampson entered the classroom, confident in the announcement she had prepared for the occasion.
"Good morning, young ladies! Apparently, a new student has just transferred into this class. Someone from mainland Asia, to be specific.
"She believes that this school would provide for her an interesting learning experience, and I certainly hope that's the case! Now then, девушка (young lady), please come in and introduce yourself!"
Rica said, "Hey, news flash, limey: she just used a Russian word."
The girl stepped in. Her hair was as black as her school uniform's blazer, and she was quite the beauty, second only to Susan in terms of the most beautiful student at Ichiban.
"Привет! (Hi!) My name… is Kendra Cocolova. I hope to have a good time here at Ichiban High, and also make new friends! That is all."
OP: "Danzen! Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon"
"Ritorno misterioso - Mysterious Return"
Ryan promptly did a double take.
That girl is now a student here!? OK, I totally should've seen it coming, but still, that was just shocking!
As such thoughts as that flew through his head, Miss Sampson said, "Miss Cocolova, feel free to sit next to Miss Lee. That seat's not taken."
Kendra took her seat. Ryan proceeded to talk with his hands.
"WHAT BRINGS YOU BACK TO ICHIBAN?"
Kendra said, "I heard there are several with your strength and wit at this school, so I was wondering if there's someone who'd protect me."
"From some psycho cleanup crew who likes to terminate with extreme prejudice. I may be next. So please… won't you protect me?"
"YOU CAN COUNT ON ME!"
Unknown to Ryan, the cleanup crew was a one-woman cleanup crew that he should be familiar with, having crossed paths with her three times as of late.
Meanwhile, at an Oriental-style house, Fatale, accompanied by a few of her loyal thugs, broke and entered into the residence and jumped the sole resident. She began to whip at him.
"Où est-elle? Je ne demanderai poliment pas prochaine fois: où est Sujet d'essai nombre 45?"
The man, clearly scared out of his wits, stammered, "Mi-Millennium City."
Back at Ichiban High, Ryan and Rica flanked Kendra while leading her to her next class. Said class happened to be one attended by Susan and Kelly.
Rica said, "Susan and Kelly will attend to you now. I'm sure they're just as willing to protect you as Ryan and I are."
Kendra stepped into the classroom. An empty seat next to Susan was present. She took her seat there.
Susan said, "You heard Rica; we'll do everything in our power to ensure the cleanup crew doesn't get you."
Kendra said, "Thanks, Susan."
Susan said, "Any time."
Kelly said, "In any case, we'll have to retrain you starting this Monday, so be prepared. Fair fights require fair tactics, and my friends and I know a hell of a lot of them."
Susan said, "Don't worry, Kendra; we're not like Pai Mei. Pai Mei was highly punitive to his own students by Occidental standards; however, his methods were considered reasonable by the Chinese. And Confucius say that rigorous training is healthy for the soul."
Kelly said, "But we're not as extreme about it as Pai Mei; in fact, our training regimen is nowhere near as harsh as Pai Mei's."
Kendra said, "Thank goodness."
Third period was PE. After the students ran around the track for several minutes, many were impressed by Kendra's high-speed running.
"Did you see the Russian girl?"
"I heard she's very athletic, and I heard right!"
"Such long legs!"
"I wish I had those legs of hers!"
"Her speed and agility, it's amazing!"
Indeed, Kendra didn't disappoint. She was very amazing on the tennis court, just one of several random outdoor PE activities Ichiban had to offer.
The best example of her sheer awesomeness involved her constant returns of Ryan's serves. Even his friends Susan, Rica, and Kelly couldn't keep track of both of them.
Rica remarked, "Boy, do they play a tough game of tennis!"
The game continued for about a minute before the bell rang. Kendra said, "You certainly play a good game of tennis, Ryan."
Ryan proceeded to talk with his hands.
Meanwhile, at a casino somewhere in Millennium City, a blackjack game was taking place. A guy who only appears in this episode was one of the players. He said, "Hit me."
Then Fatale and her goons hit him and threw him onto a roulette wheel. "Une chance. Où peux je trouver-elle?"
The guy, who somehow understood French, said, "Amy… ask Amy."
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly showed up at Kendra's dormitory wearing their martial arts club gi. Rica asked, "Are you ready to begin your training?"
Kendra said, "I'm gonna need what you four are wearing."
The training session lasted about a couple of hours. Susan said, "Normally, the martial arts club doesn't meet for two hours, but this is to give you a kickstart on your training."
Kendra said, "I'm fine with that. So let's start!"
Ryan ran over to Kendra and kicked at her. She was quick to grab his ankle and throw him to the ground. Rica said, "I see you still know some familiar moves, such as the defensive throw. You never did learn to mind your surroundings, though, did you?"
As she said this, Ryan picked himself back up and punched Kendra in the shoulder. She dodged his next punch easily. He then tried to kick her in the gut, but she did a backflip and dodged it.
Rica said, "This is grappling, not gymnastics! Get serious, Kendra! Actually block his punches and kicks!"
Kendra saw the next one coming and grabbed his fist. Rica said, "Very good! Why don't you try with me next?"
Kendra said, "Certainly!"
Rica said, "All right, then, prepare yourself, because I'm just like Ryan--I'm not going to hold back."
Rica then started to punch at Kendra. More than half connected. Kendra did manage to block or dodge some of them, though.
Rica said, "The purpose of the training session is not just to block or dodge; you also need to defeat your enemy! So pretend I'm one of those people out to kill you. Only this would be a scenario where they're trying to mug you, and not kill you."
Rica pounced on Kendra and pulled out a pencil, holding the long, cylindrical side to her throat. "What do you do in a situation like this?"
Kendra stammered, "K-K-K-Kill them?"
"No! Think of something that'll catch them by surprise and really scare them! Something you'd do in a fair fight to catch your opponent off guard. What would you do?"
Kendra tried to think hard. She then grabbed Rica's pencil hand and pushed it away, jumping back up. She then kicked her hard in the gut, followed by a roundhouse kick and a punch in the shoulder. She finished it with a second punch, to the gut.
Rica collapsed and said, "I think you're starting to catch on. Just an hour and three quarters left before today's training session is finished."
Meanwhile, Fatale and her thugs showed up at the public swimming area occupied by a woman named Amy. She asked, "Who are you?"
"Antoinette de Ville's my name, and cleaning up is my game! I have something I'd like you to get off your chest."
With that, one thug put a tommy gun to her chest as Fatale started to garrote her. "Where is Test Subject Number 45? Speak up, darling. I can't hear you!"
After two hours of training, Rica looked at the clock inside the dance studio and said, "I think that's enough for today. Rest up, Kendra; you did very well today."
Susan said, "Now that you mention it, it is getting kind of late. You're going to need this training if whoever's trying to kill you jumps you in the middle of the night and we're not around to stop her."
Kendra said, "Thanks, guys. I guess I really do have potential in a fair fight."
Kelly said, "Now get back to your dormitory and rest up; it's been a long day today. I just hope Eileen doesn't oil the floors again like she did when Ryan and Susan and Rica and I went to our dormitories at the end of the school day today. That oil slick was too much for our traction!"
Rica said, "Don't give her any ideas, Kelly! You know damn well that prankster likes her tricks like a vampire likes sucking blood!"
Susan said, "I'm sure the Yakuza wouldn't mess with anyone under our protection, Kendra. They'd have to get past us first!"
Kelly said, "And we'll kick their arses all the way to Detroit!"
Rica said, "You tell 'em, Kelly!"
Not long after, Fatale and her thugs showed up outside of Ichiban High. She said, "I seem to remember subbing for Cure Fortune's mother, the ballet teacher, here as though it happened just last Wednesday…"
The thug with the tommy gun shot it into the lock. As Fatale threw open the gate, she said, "Drop your weapons, boys. They're not needed past the gate by us or the administration."
Another thug said, "She's got a point, Tom. All schools have a zero-tolerance policy against your piece of shit, so if we're caught with even one of them, and there's a pretty high probability of it here, we'll find ourselves back at this spot, or worse, before we can find Test Subject Number 45."
The thugs carrying weapons laid them outside the gate before following Fatale inside.
Meanwhile, Kendra, who was assigned to Juanita's room, heard some noises. She said, "I'll go check it out, Juanita. You stay put!"
Juanita yelled, "No! What if you get killed?"
Kendra said, "You don't have to worry about that."
With that, she charged out and, as she turned a corner, saw Fatale and her thugs. Fatale said, "Good evening, Test Subject Number 45. We meet again, for the last time!"
Kendra yelled, "Not today, you yellow bitch!"
Fatale asked, "Did I ever give up against Pretty Cure?"
Kendra yelled, "The French gave up against the Germans many years ago! Don't think I haven't read my history textbooks!"
Fatale said, "Get real. I'm not French, I'm an alien!"
Kendra said, "And I'm human."
Fatale said, "I don't give a shit if you're Klingon! I want your head on a silver platter!"
Kendra said, "You'll have to get past my new friends first!"
"Your new friends?"
Almost as if on cue, Ryan and Susan, who had sensed Fatale's presence and transformed into Pretty Cure, appeared behind Fatale and knocked her down.
"The golden warrior, I am Cure Dragon!"
"The silver warrior, I am Cure Fortune!"
"Together we're Pretty Cure!"
"Evil warriors of ill fortune…"
"We shall send you packing!"
Kendra said, "You never learned to mind your surroundings, Mademoiselle Criminelle! Neither you nor your Yakuza thugs, even!"
Cures Dragon and Fortune were fighting the thugs singlehandedly. They had already disabled two of the thirteen and were dealing with a third.
After taking him out, they turned their attention to a fourth thug. Cure Dragon dropped him with a single uppercut kick. "Movement number four: Dragon seeks path."
The thug tried to get up, but Cure Dragon put him back down with a roundhouse kick. "Dragon whips his tail!"
Thug number 5 was defenestrated through an open window, and number 6 was kneed in the crotch by Cure Fortune. Fatale yelled, "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? TAKE THOSE TWO DOWN!"
Number 7 got smart and tried punching Cure Dragon out. He managed to do so by clocking him square in the jaw. As the thug grabbed his crotch and started squeezing on it (he tried hard not to react), he asked, "Any last words before I do some cracking?"
Cure Dragon said, "You'll never learn to mind your surroundings!"
A kick in the back of the head forced the thug to let go, and Cure Dragon kicked him out the open window. He said, "Never mess with the Dragon."
Number 8 was taken on by Kendra, who grabbed him and put his head in the wall, creating a fresh hole. Number 9 was punched across the hallway by Cure Dragon, and Number 10 was also defenestrated when he lunged at Cure Fortune and she dodged.
11 and 12 tried attacking Cure Dragon, but he jumped and did a scissor kick as the camera rotated around him as the motion suddenly freezed. During the motion freeze, Dragon looked visibly annoyed with an expression that screamed "WHY THE HELL ARE YOU USING CINEMATIC CLICHES LIKE THE OLD CAMERA TRACK AROUND FROZEN FIGURES IN MID-AIR TRICK?" and pulled out a remote control. When the camera was aimed directly at him, he pushed Play.
The two thugs collapsed.
Number 13 charged toward Kendra and put a switchblade to her throat. He then flicked it out. Fatale was utterly shocked. "NO! YOU IDIOT! DIDN'T I EXPLICITLY WARN YOU TO LEAVE YOUR WEAPONS BEHIND!?"
Kendra tried to remember a key moment in the training session. In a rush, she grabbed the thug's hand, pushed it away, and jumped back up, much to the thug's surprise. She then kicked his gut, followed it up with a roundhouse kick, and punched him in the shoulder and then the gut. He collapsed immediately.
Very soon, security guards armed with tasers showed up and surrounded everyone. One of them said, "The brilliant magical girl fan circle of Ichiban High, sending two of their own to dress up as kung fu magical girls and help another girl fend off some thugs! As for you…"
Looking toward Fatale and her thugs, the security guard leader snapped his fingers, and the other security guards grabbed them. He then snarled, "Take them to Detroit!"
The thug with the switchblade panicked as he, Fatale, and the other thugs were dragged off. "No! No, not Detroit! No! No, please! Anything but that! No! NO!"
Cure Fortune said, "That was very foolish of you, Kendra. If we hadn't shown up when we did, you'd have been dead meat by now. But you did a good job in remembering your training, and for that we commend you. Come by the martial arts club sometime in the near future, OK? Lisa Osbourne would really like another member for her club."
Kendra said, "Thanks, you two."
She then returned to her dormitory.
Next episode: "Estate - Summer"
- Yuki Tokiwa as Hiroshi Lee/Cure Dragon
- Nana Mizuki as Ran Chan/Cure Fortune
- Mariko Kouda as Kaori Chiba
- Toshiko Fujita as Chimei/Antoinette de Ville
- Ayana Taketatsu as Kendra Cocolova
- Noriko Hidaka as Toshimi Jin
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Rica Watanabe
- Rica Izumi as Tsuruya Kuruwa
- Chinami Nishimura as Ami
- Additional voices:
- Aya Goda
- Miyu Irino
- Shizuka Ito
- Eri Kitamura
- Natsuko Kuwatani
- Ben Miura
- Ryuzaburo Otomo
- Toshihiko Seki
- Junichi Suwabe
- Hiroyuki Yoshino
- Koji Yusa
- Rupert Grint as Ryan Lee/Cure Dragon
- Britt McKillip as Susan Chan/Cure Fortune
- Cyndy Preston as Kelly Chiba
- Diane Michelle as Fatale/Antoinette de Ville
- Colleen O'Shaugnessey as Kendra Cocolova
- Dorothy Elias-Fahn as Minerva Sampson
- Chloe Grace Moretz as Rica Watson
- Wendee Lee as Juanita Cruz
- Jessica Straus as Amy
- Additional voices:
- Leraldo Anzaldua
- Laura Bailey
- Anthony Bowling
- Caitlin Glass
- Bridget Hoffman
- Kalob Martinez
- Thom Mathews
- Carli Mosier
- Doug Stone
- Eric Vale
- Sarah Williams