DokiDoki! Precure is the tenth entry in the Pretty Cure franchise. It was aired between as of February 3, 2013 and January 26, 2014, and stars a four-girl team with a playing card motif.In the magical Trump Kingdom, everyone lived in harmony under the guidance of their ruler Princess Marie-Ange. That was until the day that an evil force known as "Jikochuu"note translated as "Selfish" attacked the kingdom, corrupting the hearts of its people and defeating its sole protector, Cure Sword. Though Marie-Ange managed to escape to Earth, she immediately went missing and her kingdom fell to the evil of Jikochuu.Mana Aida is the busybodyStudent Council President of Oogai Middle School who suffers from a serious case of Chronic Hero Syndrome. When the agents of Jikochuu descend upon Earth, she has a chance encounter with one of the fairies fleeing the Trump Kingdom, and transforms into one of the legendary warriors known as Pretty Cure.As Cure Heart, Mana is soon joined by three others: Rikka Hishikawa (Cure Diamond), her best friend and the put-upon Student Council Secretary; Alice Yotsuba (Cure Rosetta), a corporate heiress and their childhood friend; and Cure Sword, now going under the name "Makoto Kenzaki", whose prosperous idol career masks her pain and regret over her failure to protect her realm.In contrast to the preceding season, DokiDoki! Precure has a Myth Arc that runs throughout the series. As the story progresses, the Cures encounter mysterious shopkeeper Joe Okada, magical baby Ai-chan, amoral villainess Regina, and their enigmaticnew ally, Aguri Madoka (Cure Ace).
Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Episode 19. Regina wages the red Royal Crystal, while the Cures wage the rest of the Crystals. The Royal Crystals are the key to restoring Trump Kingdom. As expected, Team Selfish cheats like there is no tomorrow.
All for Nothing: Episode 46. The King of the Trump Kingdom decides to release Sealed Evil in a Can in order to find a cure for Marie-Ange's illness (which was implied to come from said sealed evil in the first place). The evil turns the King into King Jikochuu, and Marie-Ange divides her own existence to keep herself from becoming a Jikochuu which essentially renders the King's sacrifice meaningless.
And the Adventure Continues: The last scene has the six heroines get called to stop a falling satellite, showing that a Cure's work is never really done.
Animation Bump: Certain battles have these, but Cure Ace's Transformation Sequence stands out as having some of the best animation for a transformation sequence in the franchise to date, having practically a movie quality level to the animation. The episode she finally shows off her skills in, Episode 23, has a somewhat higher animation budget than did most of the previous episodes.
Apocalypse Anarchy: Exploited. When King Jikochuu invaded the Trump Kingdom, everyone went into every-man-for-himself mode, thus greatly increasing the number of invading Selfishes. Bel even lampshades it as part of his Hannibal Lecture.
Background Music Override: Whoa look, a rare non-video game example. During episode 20 as the Cures are setting off to find the Royal Crystals in a remote and dangerous mountain, their Transformation Sequence is overlaid by a particularly solemn background music that has been playing since the previous scene. The result is haunting. Has also been used a few times since then.
Bad-Guy Bar: As the villains HQ. It even has a sleazy Film Noir saxophone musical motiff in its background.
Batman Gambit: Reina attempts one on Alice Yotsuba in episode 13. It doesn't work.
In episode 32, Bel has a shiny pair of BloodRings for Mammo and Ira, and he playfully teases them into putting them on. It works.
Befriending The Enemy: Regina has been successfully redeemed by Cure Heart and the other Pretty Cures by befriending her more than once. The first time immediately after Cure Heart beats her in a fight. Regina has for various reasons turned back to evil several times, only for the show to to start their friendship over and have her turn good again.
Big "WHAT?!": Episode 48 gives us two. One after Mana reveals herself as Cure Heart, resulting in THE ENTIRE TOWN OF OOGAI to shout in shock and another after a Giant Lance comes out of a Rosetta Balloon, much to the surprise of the Cures, Regina, and the mascots.
Bigger Stick: The Selfishes keep bringing new methods to create more powerful Monster of the Week. In turn, Ai-chan keeps granting the Cures new and interesting Loveads to allow them new finishers.
Bittersweet Ending/Earn Your Happy Ending: Proto-Jikochuu is defeated, forcing the Selfish Trio to go back to sleep, and Trump Kingdom is restored, but Marie-Ange can't return to her old self. Fortunately, most of her essence goes into Ai-chan, while Aguri and Regina are allowed to continue their existences. Also, Trump Kingdom and Earth has become permanently connected via dimensional rift, averting the usual But Now I Must Go part of the ending.
But Now I Must Go: Simultaneously subverted and played straight in the ending. A dimensional rift has been opened between both Earth and Trump Kingdom, meaning the Cures and their fairies will never have to part ways. Played straight with the Selfish Trio — without Proto-Jikochuu to sustain their existence, they will be forced to go to sleep again, and the three were last seen acknowledging their fate before disappearing for good.
Episode 16: The Cure Loveads summons small sheeps jumping above a fence, similar to the Jikochuu in Episode 8.
Episode 18: Makoto drinks and holds her ice tea in a similar way like in the ice tea advertisement from Episode 1. There is even the advertisement poster in the background.
Episode 23: Mana scolding a Jikochuu is similar what she did in Episode 1. Cure Heart's backwards salto looks like a mirrored version of Cure Sword's from Episode 1, even the background music is the same. Two new villains, Leeva and Gula, are introduced and summon two Jikochuus, like Ira and Mamo did in Episode 1.
The idol who became a Jikochuu in Episode 5 reappears in Episode 40, where she gives Makoto a Eureka Moment.
Alice's rival Reina from Episode 13 returns in Episode 41.
Aguri's friend from Episode 28, Eru, makes an appearance in Episode 45 telling the Cures that Aguri may have gone missing after she delivered a drawing to Eru.
As mentioned, almost every character that the Cures helped over the course of the series come Back for the Finale.
Mana's friends who were protected by the Cures during the Jikochuu's attack in Episode 32 remember said event in Episode 47. Complete with them recognizing Cure Heart. Even before that, Yashima notices them in Episode 36.
The Badass Boast Mana delivers in Episode 21 is said again in Episode 48.
Just one example is that Regina was successfully forced back into the villain team after having just defected, a stark contrast to previous Dark Magical Girl's in the franchise.
And then it's demonstrated in episode 31 that for the first time in several seasons, Anyone Can Die as far as the villain squad is concerned.
Episode 46 goes even further, having arguably the Darkest Origin story of any character, whether hero or villain, in the series to date, and the true from of the main villain is....Quite Terrifying, to say the least.
Darkest Hour: Episode 31 is the first one. Leva and Gula infect all of Oogai's citizens with their Jikochuu seeds and slowly turn them into Jikochuus. They beat the Cures down and break the Magical Lovely Pad. Even after the happy end, Leva and Gula are killed in a cruel way by Bel.
Episode 46: The Origins of King Jikochuu are revealed and he finally regains his full power, and heads into the human dimension to destroy it like he did with the world the Trump Kingdom is inhabited in.
Dancing Theme: "Kono Sora no Mukou / Beyond The Sky". Beginning with Episode 27, "Love Link".
Demoted to Extra: The Selfish Trio usually get this when other villains are introduced. Even in the new opening, they are replaced by Aguri.
They generally come back when said other villains leave.
Detect Evil: The fairies can detect the existence of Selfishes from quite a distance, allowing the Cures to speedily dispatch the monsters. The fairies lose this ability when they are in human form.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Episode 20. The way Mana ask Regina to resolve things with her father sounds like Mana is trying to propose a marriage to Regina. There are tears and hugs, it's as though the father will veto the 'marriage proposal'.
Downer Beginning: The anime begins with the complete loss of the Trump Kingdom and the total defeat of Cure Sword. Episode 7 later shows in detail what happened, and it's absolutely horrifying, particularly in a kids' show. Then Episode 46 shows that things were even worse than imagined...
Dreadful Musician: Tip: In case Mana expressed a desire to sing, go run to the corner and cover your ears. You'll thank us later.
Expy: Makoto has a number of things in common with Yuri Tsukikage - both are Broken Birds who had their powers at the start of the show and initially play Aloof Ally to the initial trio. They even have similar theme colors, although Moonlight is technically considered a silver Cure.
Eye Catch: Before Episode 7 the outgoing and incoming catches were the same. Episode 7 then changes the incoming catch to a new sequence. Episode 27 changes the outgoing catch entirely, with the incoming one being slightly changed by adding Cure Ace at the end.
Flashback: Episode 7 shows the fall of the Trump Kingdom. Similarly, about half of episode 18 is spent showing the life of Princess Ange, up to the destruction of Trump Kingdom from Jonathan's point of view.
Whole Episode Flashback: Most of episode 46 is devoted to showing the history of King Jikochuu and Princess Marie-Ange.
Fusion Dance: The "Beast" modes of the Selfish Trio, essentially combining themselves with a Jikochuu.
Later, Leva and Gula do this with each other in their final battle.
Genre Savvy: In Episode 39, the Cures seem to fall for Bel's disguise as Joe...but then at the last minute they reveal they saw right through him, and for reasons even the viewers would have trouble noticing.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Episode 8 has Cure Heart and Cure Sword do it to each other when a Jikochuu tries putting them to sleep. Subsequently, Cure Diamond and Cure Rosetta pull each other's cheeks to get themselves awake.
It might fly right over the heads of the kids, but there is just something so wrong about Bel as a giant mobile-phone clamping onto Cure Sword in Episode 11 and setting himself to vibrate mode.Cringe.
Makopi expresses "jealousy" towards Jonathan Klondike for being Princess Marie Ange's fiance.
The interaction between Mana and Regina is dripping with lesbian subtext without actually explicitly revealing their orientation. They keep saying how much they love each others. And the anime is actually toned down compared to the manga adaptation!
And what is it with Squid Jikochuus wrapping their tentacles on poor Sword? It already happened twice!
In the manga version, Regina actually watches Makoto's Snow White performance like a good girl. She's not trying to crash it, mainly because she's having a good time watching it with Mana.
Good All Along: Reina during Episode 41. Despite making troubles all the time for Alice, Reina actually wants to be her friends. Furthermore, she genuinely loves the flowers and takes good care of them. She also helps the other Cures get to outer space to help Rosetta fight Regina.
Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Cure Lavies/Lovies/Loveads don't actually fit the trope as they're not really found; new ones are given out when needed. The Royal Crystals, first appearing in Episode 13, are a straight example.
History Repeats: The Proto-Jikochuu will always be defeated by the Cures. Ten thousand years ago it was defeated by Cure Empress, in the present time it's defeated by Cure Heart. The Proto-Jikochuu even come to this realization by itself.
Human Alien: Episode 7 reveals the Trump Kingdom's population was this - in the fantasy sense, not the science-fiction sense.
Humans Are Flawed: This seems to be the theme of the series, with Alice and Makoto each having to deal with their respective vices (wrath for Alice and pride for Makoto) and the Big Bad himself revealed to be the ruler of Makoto's country and a flawed individual who went crazy one day when his daughter became ill.
Hypocrite: Makopi's royal guards (i.e. her hardcore fans) say that they will protect Makopi's privacy at all cost. To this end, they are following Makopi everywhere to make sure that no one do anything funny to her, and one of them later turns Jikochu after he feels that his intent is "impure". Well young man, which part of being a creepy stalker is "pure"? It's hard to see this episode as anything but a Take That against the wota.
Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 17, Makoto asks Mana not to tell Regina about their search for the princess or the Royal Crystals. Then Makoto blurts out that a statue looks just like the princess.
Innocent Cohabitation: Raquel and Lance are boy fairies, but they share room with Rikka and Alice. This really make you roll your eyes when it's revealed that all fairies can morph into human form.
At the end of the series, Regina lives with Mana.
In the Name of the Moon: See the page quote. This trope is more present in this season than in other Pretty Cure series in that each Cure also has an additional two-line speech post-transformation (usually delegated to Cure Heart alone if multiple Cures are transforming together).
It seems like you've lost your love, oh sad Mr. <Monster of the Week>! I, Cure Heart, will set your heart racing again!
Jerkass: Reina from episode 13, though there's a one-off line before her heart is used by Mamo that she wants friends like Alice does but that's only her last line in the whole episode and it's not revisited afterwards.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: In-universe. Veteran actress Ohtori (the Evil Queen to Makopi's Snow White) seems to be mean at first, but it's mainly due to her dedication to her profession. She doesn't have enough Selfishness, as Regina can attest.
Midseason Upgrade: Episode 11 introduces the Love Heart Arrows (which are actually bows). Notably, only Cure Heart and Cure Sword actually use the Love Heart Arrows like bows in their attacks; Cure Diamond taps hers like a tambourine, while Cure Rosetta draws a circle with the bow to form her barrier.
Episode 15 gives another upgrade to the Love Heart Arrows, allowing the Precure to use their Combination Attack. (They all use the Arrows as bows for this attack.)
And in Episode 31 the Cures get the Magical Lovely Pads, which give them all new attacks.
The villains get one in #32, when Ira and Mamo get the Blood Rings.
In #38 they lose the Blood Rings, but then in #39 Regina gets the Miracle Dragon Glaive.
The Magical Lovely Harp in Episode 40, giving the Cures a new Finishing Move.
Minion Shipping: In episode 27 Leva suggests to Gula that they try using a team attack against the Cures, saying that he's curious about Gula's "wild side". Gula blushes and says he likes Leva's top hat. Later in the episode, they summon a Selfish while in a pose that resembles the Love-Love Tenkyoken.
Ira ships Mamo and Bel when the three of them are sitting in a park filled with couples in Episode 36.
The ordinary Jikochuus come back in Episode 15 thanks to Regina, who can make stronger Jikochuu even if the victim doesn't have any selfish feelings. (Although Regina claims all humans are selfish anyway). Those Jikochuus are even more stronger than the Beast Mode Jikochuus.
The ordinary ones summoned by Leva and Gula are summoned on the same way as the Selfish Trio does, but their Jikochuus seems to be on the same level as Regina's.
Episode 27 introduces a new type of Jikochuu which is summoned by two villains instead by a single one. It's much larger and stronger. They called it a "combined Jikochuu".
Episode 32 introduces another new type of Jikochuu summoned with the Blood Rings.
It's actually rare in the franchise that two Monsters of the Week appear in one episode (not counting the monster crowds and splitting), but two Jikochuus were summoned in Episodes 1, 2 note the second Jikochuu from the first episode appears here as the first one, 4, 9, 23, 25, 27, 34 and 43, respectively. Previous series have had less episodes with double summons. (Some of these episodes even had two monsters at the same time).
Mood Whiplash: The first episode starts with Cure Sword fighting a desperate battle against three Jikochuu. Then she watches as the kingdom falls with her in tears. Cut the upbeat opening theme.
In episode 31, the girls and their families have a heartwarming dinner together in Aida's restaurant, then the scenery changes to Leva and Gula's death. And then the upbeat ending theme starts.
Monumental Damage: The Clover Tower is destroyed by Proto-Jikochuu'sWave Motion Gun. Its future owner Cure Rosetta try to block the wave with her magical shield, but it's to no avail.
Mundane Made Awesome: The games in episode 19 are like this. Precure finishers are used to play football, bowling, and dodge ball.
Myth Arc: It's notable that, there is no single pure Filler episode. Something always happens to continue the plot, even if it's a fairly minor event (such as Makoto transferring to Mana's school in episode 10, or Regina's first appearence in episode 12, or individual Power Ups.) It has its own page.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Episode 46. Congratulations, Trump Kingdom King, you have saved your daughter but condemned all of your nation. And one of your minions made your beloved daughter essentially commit suicide, so it was All for Nothing.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Also in the finale arc. The Big Bad is expecting his invasion to trigger Apocalypse Anarchy just as it had in the Trump Kingdom, preying on humans' natural selfishness. However, his army has created so many monsters from the townspeople's selfish desires, which were subsequently purified by the Precure, that when he invades and expects rioting and backstabbing to occur, the townspeople are instead helping each other!
Still following that pattern, the Lovely Straight Flush is made of the four Aces of each suit and a fifth suitless Ace. Most certainly not a straight flush. Is, however, a five of a kind, which is in fact a higher hand in the variations of poker in which it is possible.
The Selfish Trio are slowly Put on a Bus. First Bel, then Mamo, and finally Ira.
The Bus Came Back: Bel comes back in Episode 31. He is first seen in the prologue when Leva and Gula are ready for their ultimate battle. He then appears at the episode's end and kills them off by absorbing their evil energy. Ira and Mamo come back in the following episode.
Regina is back in Episode 37.
Subverted with Joe in Episode 39. It's just Bel in disguise.
In Episode 44 the true Joe is finally back.
QUALITY: Episode 42 is the more glaring example. Shame, because it's one of the best episodes narrative-wise.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Regina's blue eyes turn red when she gains the red Royal Crystal. And then she becomes really evil.
The Blood Ring Jikochuus have red eyes instead of yellow.
Red Herring: Zigzagged. The show initially indicates either Marie-Ange or Ai-chan to be Cure Ace. It's actually Aguri... except Aguri and Regina are actually incarnations of Marie-Ange's fractured psyche, with Ai-chan as her physical remains.
Red Herring Twist: A blue bird is seen watching the Pretty Cure when they recover a Royal Crystal. Episode 18 quietly reveals the bird belongs to Joe.
Remember the New Guy: Episode 46 introduces the King of the Trump Kingdom, who existence hasn't even been mentioned until then. On the other hand, he turns out to be King Jikochuu... and there were hints that King Jikochuu was the father of Marie-Ange, making this trope Zig-Zagged.
Refusal of the Call: Subverted; Rikka initially refuses to take the Cure Lovies that the mysterious shop owner gives her, but he insists that the Lovies chose her. Ultimately, she accepts the Lovies, and becomes Cure Diamond as a result.
The Republic: Trump Kingdom is converted into Republic of Trump in the ending.
Retired Badass: The fairy Melan. In her own words, she "has lived enough", and it's time for a new age. The old lady can turn into a dragon that the Cures can't defeat!
Revive Kills Zombie: The Cures' finishers can be used to undo the magic of the Selfishes, such as reverting the petrification effect during episode 17.
What's heartbreaking is that Cure Heart is unable to use this function against Brainwashed and Crazy Regina, due to sheer shock she is experiencing.
Cure Ace attacks Regina with her purification attack, but Regina doesn't get better. Instead, she takes a lot of damage. So maybe there was a reason why Cure Heart didn't use her finisher on Regina.
Rich Bitch: Reina Itsutsuboshi from Episodes 13 and 41. She gets better in the latter.
Running Gag: Most of Ira's bowling throws are gutters. Interestingly, he threw only strikes when he was shown playing bowling for the first time.
Joe Okada appears out of nowhere, surprising the Precures. When the girls ask Joe about mysterious or specific things, he suddenly exclaims that he has other things to do and disappears.
School Festival: Mana's school has been preparing one since Episode 29. The actual event happens in Episode 32.
Secret Keeper: Second time ever since Fresh Pretty Cure!. Sebastian, Alice's butler, is the only human who knows about the world of PreCure. That is until in episode 41, Reina gets the chance to find out, and by episode 48, the Cures' family and friends, courtesy of Cure Heart shouting out her true identity out loud for them to hear it.
Show, Don't Tell: There are several character traits that appear since early episodes and not outright stated as their habits, only for the fans to catch on through consistent use of such traits. Things like Mana always twists a small strand of her hair when lying, Rikka's liking for frog-themed items, Alice being a Kaiju fan, and Charle is a Well Done Partner Gal to Mana are always there through subtle animation.
Cure Batman Can Breathe in Space: Magic or not, it stretches suspension of disbelief that Cure Rosetta can go to outer space 1) using a very small shuttle, 2) only protected by her magic dress, 3) bringing a plant in a pot without it being destroyed.
Space Is Air: Her rival Reina then bring the other Cures with her... on a propelled airplane! And all the characters can speak with each others sans magic... as though their voice can go through vacuum!
Don't Give Me That Altitude: Keep in mind that Reina is a perfectly mundane human and her propelled airplane is also perfectly mundane! How is she not freezing to death or being hit by radiation up there?
It doesn't help that Mana has defeated twelve Jikochuus in the first fourteen episodes while Makoto has only three, Rikka has only one and Alice, in light of having no offensive attacks, has zero.
And then, the group finisher move Lovely Straight Flush features Diamond, Rosetta, Sword and Ace giving their powers to Heart. And she's the only one who calls their group attack.
Inverted in Episode 44. Mana isn't even on screen for much of the episode, yet she ends up being the central focus of every character. Even Ira calls Mana by her name instead of "Cure Heart".
Even the staff was said to have the most emotional attachment to Mana/Cure Heart over the other characters.
The final episode has Heart getting a new form from the powers of the team AND the Three Sacred Treasures to defeat Proto Selfish all by herself.
Regina is also this to the Selfish Trio. They haven't appeared as villains of the week since episode 15, aside from episode 19 where they only appear as Regina's fellows. They get better in Episode 20, but Regina is still in the centre. Later on, Regina is Put on a Bus, but the Trio gets replaced again by the new Selfish Duo.
And then the Duo is killed by Bel, bringing the Selfish Trio back in the spotlight. And then Regina comes back.
Stock Footage: Present, but there's an amusing subversion in episode 15. Regina yells "Cut!" during Cure Sword's attack animation, causing her to suddenly stop in shock.
Episode 35 has another subversion. The Cures do their team pose, but then find Cure Sword is missing.
And in Episode 36 Raquel interrupts Cure Diamond's attack.
Story Arc: While every episode so far contributes to the larger Myth Arc (even if only in a minor way), they also break down into smaller arcs.
The first ten episodes can be thought of as an introductory arc. The first four episodes introduce Mana, Rikka, and Alice. Episodes 5 through 7 revolve around Mana's attempts to befriend Makoto. Episodes 8 and 9 introduce Ai-chan, while episode 10 rounds out the arc when Makoto transfers to Mana's school.
Then, the end of episode 22 segues into the next arc with the appearance of Cure Ace. The next few episodes are about her attempts to "help" the other Cures. She joins the team formally in episode 27, and the arc concludes in episode 31 with the arrival of the Midseason Upgrades and the deaths of Arc Villains Leva and Gula.
The next arc (episode 32 - 38) introduces the new Precure attacks and the Blood Rings. It focuses on Ai-chan's growth and her new role in the story.
Episode 39 begins the final arc of the story, focusing on the return of Regina, Aguri's backstory, the return of Joe, and the finding of the last treasure, the Eternal Golden Crown. It culminates in the final battle.
Take That: The Jikochu formed from an adult-male fan of Makopi (conforming to almost every negative stereotype of Idol-fans) could either be read as a less than friendly nudge from the show's Director on how pathetic the Idol Singer fan-community (IE. grown men Lolicon fawning over barely pubescent girls) really is...
Too Dumb to Live: The Rich Bitch Reina tries to make Alice angry, just so that Alice would be disqualified in the Rose Lady Contest, without thinking about the consequences... like her personal health. Inverted though, fortunately for Reina, Alice has been matured enough to not getting angry easily.
The Unmasqued World: By the end of the series, Trump Kingdom and Earth are permanently connected via dimensional rift. Also, the existence of magic in general and Precures in particular become known to the general public, who appoint them to protect the world.
Episode 22: Regina is turned back to the side of evil, and Cure Ace has to save the Cures from being killed by her.
Episode 31: Leva and Gula are killed by Bel who drains their evil energy into his lollipop.
Episode 39: Regina is able to wield the Miracle Dragon Glaive.
Episode 43: Aguri was actually found by her "grandmother" when she Came from the Sky as a baby. She then promptly aged up to the age of nine. Whatever Aguri is, she's not an ordinary human-turned-Magical Girl.
Episode 45: Aguri and Regina are two sides of Marie-Ange, representing her devotion to kingdom and father, respectively.
Episode 46: King Jikochuu is Marie-Ange's father. Marie-Ange split her Psyche into Regina and Aguri, while her body became Ai. Also King Jikochuu finally frees himself and attacks Earth with Regina, who is no longer Brainwashed and Crazy.
Episode 46 contains an inversion. A flashback has Bel asking Marie-Ange why she only sealed King Jikochuu instead of using her powers to kill him. It's a rhetorical question; Bel knows that King Jikochuu is actually Ange's father and mocks her for putting her family before her kingdom.
You Can't Go Home Again: The devastation of the Trump Kingdom have permanently displaced Makoto. Yuri, at the very least, still has a place to call home and a country to defend— Makoto doesn't even have that.
Averted in the finale where the Trump Kingdom is restored and permanently connected to Oogai Town, so she can go to and fro whenever she likes.