Anime / Jewelpet Kira Deco

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Jewelpet Kira Deco is the fourth entry in the Jewelpet anime.

Ruby, Garnet, Sapphie, Labra and Angela lead average lives in Jewel Town. One day, Sapphie discovers a book about their Creation Myth; Jewelina created the Jewelpets because she wanted someone to dance with. It is said that that was a time filled with joy. Unfortunately, one day a meteorite struck the Mirror Ball which shone down on Jewel Land alongside the two moons, and it broke into innumerable shards which scattered all across the world. Jewelina turned to stone out of sheer sorrow, and has remained like that ever since.

Hearing about the story prompts Ruby and her pals to go search for the Mirror Ball's shards, with little success. But that night, a meteorite comes out of a vortex and crashes near. From it, five young humans, called the Kira Deco 5, emerge, and reveal that they too are searching for the shards, called Deco Stones, in order to save the human world from the Eternal Darkness. So the team and the Jewelpets team up and start their quest.

Opposing them are the evil organisation known as Decoranain, whose members include Coal, Ruby's rival Opal and her lackey Io, as well as their mysterious boss, the Dark General.


Tropes:

  • Androcles' Lion: In episode 44, a baby bison that Kiichi takes care of brings him a Deco Stone. Unfortunately, the bad guys get it in the end.
  • Age Lift: In European dubs, the Kira Deco 5 (minus Midori, who stayed 8-9) are in high school instead of middle school for unknown reasons. For this reason, Pink's dream of going to high school changes to going to college.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: Jewel Land's TV moon is mooching off the human world's TV, converted to 3-D for the Jewel Landians' enjoyment. This becomes important as it's the characters' main way of knowing what's happening in the human world.
  • All Just a Dream: The New Year's episode.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: At least in this universe, Jewel Land is part of a continent on the Jewel Planet. Sweetsland is a neighbouring country.
  • Balloon Belly
    • Pink and Ruby get one after eating Blue's cooking.
    • In episode 9, the main cast literally turns into balls after eating magical broad beans.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 15.
  • Big Ball of Violence: In episode 44, Kohaku causes Pink, Midori and four of the mascots to get into one of these, and the ball rolls all the way from Jewel Town until the deserted town where Sapphie and Kiichi are.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Mirror Ball is fully repaired; Jewelina is revived and a new Jewelpet, Rossa, is born. Decoranain is defeated and the Dark General and Coal reform. But the Kira Deco 5 also have to leave for their own world and there isn't much of a chance for them to drop by and visit, meaning it's goodbye for good.
  • Came from the Sky: In a curious inversion from the usual way this plays out, the audience spends the first episode watching the Jewelpets go about their life in Jewel Land; the Kira Deco 5, who're humans, are the weirdos who arrive on a meteor and put the main quest in motion.
  • Camping Episode: Episode 36.
  • Chained Heat: Ruby and Opal accidentaly glue their rears together (how this is possible when Ruby clearly had glue in her hand but not her butt when she crashed into Opal isn't explained) in episode 14. Said glue is stated to have effects lasting for 100 years but they manage to get out of it through a whole bottle of solvent and heaps of sheer determination.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The ladle that Ruby finds but never picks up in episode 1 turns out to be a Deco Stone in the last episode. As well as a slew of random, non-descript objects that show up in other episodes, but the ladle is given more significance.
    • The stone fists that sometimes descend on the characters to punish them for their idiocy are also revealed to be Deco Stones.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 38.
  • City of Adventure: Jewel Town.
  • Cloudcuckooland: Jewel Land. Prepare some brain bleach when watching some episodes.
  • Colony Drop: Jewel Town seems to be in constant danger of being hit by meteors, but the Jewelpets can usually deal with them through magic.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Ruby in the ED sequence, as well as the CGI of the Saitama Ultra Dome.
  • Cooking Duel: Episode 5. Garnet and Opal compete against each other for Blue Knight in three duels. The first one is a subverted literal cooking duel, where both give orders to Blue Knight to prepare something and whomever he obeys wins; turns out he can't cook and simply puts fresh fish in a plate, which makes Garnet the winner since it pleases her. The second one is a duel of clothes making; Opal wins because Garnet sheared Angela's wool and Blue Knight felt sorry for her. The third one is considerably less goofy; a jewel contest where Garnet wins because she stayed up all night to obtain her jewel, therefore proving that she really does care for Blue Knight.
  • Courtroom Episode: Episode 39 is about Angela and Labra being put on trial for being terrible cops after Angela crosses the line by exploding someone's house. Angela is sentenced to a millenium in jail, while Labra gets out of it and goes searching for proof that Angela isn't guilty.
  • Culture Clash: In episode 30, the gang visits Paradise Town, where jewels and what is normally considered beautiful are regarded as worthless and things like toilet paper rolls are thought of as high class objects.
  • Dance Party Ending: How it ends, with Decorina living up to her established party girl personality and throwing a party where everyone takes part.
  • Dancing Theme: The ED, with a CGI Ruby dancing to the music.
  • Death from Above: Played for laughs with the stone fists that descend from orbit.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Mirror Ball that belongs to Jewelina and supposedly gives her her power was broken into many pieces in the backstory, and the goal of the heroes is to repair it.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: In episode 2, Pink suffers the brunt of the police station's security system in this way.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: Episode 40 is an amalgam of various fairy tales, myths and ancient literature, dreamt up by Ruby. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Journey to the West are the major parodies with various others getting one scene. The plot is about how Ruby/Cinderella goes through adventures before being taken to the ball.
  • Fartillery:a few examples all done unintentionally.
    • In episode 42 Coal accidentally farts on both Labra and Opal knocking the latter out.
    • In episode 49 Ruby accidentally farts on Diana knocking her out.
  • Festival Episode: Episode 19.
  • Feud Episode: Episode 17, between Opal and Io when the latter seems to be giving more attention to Coarumi than Opal.
    • In episode 21, Pink and Ruby fight over their embarrassing photographs that were exposed to the public.
  • Five-Man Band: The Kira Deco 5 are a classic one.
    • The Leader: Retsu (hot blooded and heroic in an old-school way)
    • The Lancer: Blue Knight (cool personality which contrasts with Retsu; is also his rival)
    • The Big Guy: Kiichi (fat, slow and sturdy)
    • The Smart Guy: Midori (intelligent but physically inferior)
    • The Chick: Pink (only girl, useless in a fight, but good with magic)
  • Four Is Death: The elite members of Decoranain (Kaiser, Dian, Tour, Kohaku) are four and known as Shitennou/Four Heavenly Kings.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Kira Deco 5. Pink is the realist, Retsu is the optimist, Blue Knight is apathetic, Midori is the cynic and Kiichi is conflicted.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Kira Deco 5 boys - Retsu is sanguine (cheerful and optimistic but unfocused), Midori is choleric (vindictive, hot-headed planner), Blue Knight is melancholic (quiet and aloof from the team) and Kiichi is phlegmatic (friendly, peaceful and relaxed). Pink can be added in as the all-purpose leukine temperament.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Kaiser talks with Ruby and Pink about marriage few days after their first meeting.
  • Fun Size: Jewel Town is built for the Jewelpets' size, which poses a problem for humans.
  • Gilligan Cut: In episode 16, Ruby shouts that no one will sleep tonight in order to guard the Deco Stones. She and the other Jewelpets are all sleeping in futons in the following shot.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: When the Jewelpets get lost at the deserted island in episode 15 and can't find a way to go back, they go insane and become feral. The Kira Deco 5 find them and manage to snap them out of it.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The quest for the Deco Stones, which number hundreds of thousands.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The main cast relaxes around Opal and Io (and unbeknownst to any of these, Coal) during school hours, despite them being allies of the Decoranain.
  • Gratuitous English: Sometimes there's English phrases scribbled on the background as an expression of the characters' thoughts (example: Sapphie is musing on Ruby's oddities, which is expressed by a short sequence where Ruby is screwing around and Sapphie is sweatdropping with a "Why?" hovering near her).
  • Have You Seen My God?: The Jewelpets want to find the Deco Stones to restore their goddess after she abandoned the world and turned to stone from despair.
  • In Medias Res:
    • Episode 22 opens with the Kira Deco 5 already fighting Coal and co. for the Deco Stone of the episode.
    • Episode 30 opens with Pink, Blue Knight, Ruby and Garnet questing in the middle of the desert for the next Stone. There's a brief flashback to the night before when Decorisky informed them of its location.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: In episode 27, the gigantic Jewelpets combine to form one.
  • Interspecies Romance: Garnet x Blue Knight, Charotte x Midori and later Retsu, Nephrite x Ruby.
  • Lighter and Softer: This season is very much sillier and lighter in tone and themes than the seasons preceding it.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Episode 16. Coal creates Pink's ideal world where she's back in the human world, is tall, and has reconciled with her ex. Coal takes on the role of her ex to trick her into giving him the Deco Stones.
  • Love Triangle: A bizarre and complicated case - Opal likes Coal, but also seems to have feelings for Io she doesn't want to admit; Io likes Opal but also likes Coal's crossdressed alter ego Coarumi.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The title is supposed to have a star between Kira and Deco. And there's the exclamation point.
  • Magical Incantation: Kira Deco! Jewel Flash! and Coal Darkness Cloud! Jewel Yamish!
  • Market-Based Title: Called Jewelpet Sparkling Deco in Portugal.
  • Meat-O-Vision: In episode 15, the starving main Jewelpets start allucinating that each of them are meat.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Deco Stones.
  • Noodle People: Pink's ex-boyfriends are all intentionally designed with ridiculous proportions that make them more than double Pink's height, with far too long arms and legs whose knees noticeably jut out when they sit ("1-to-25 head-to-body ratio!"). This may be a parody of CLAMP's art style.
    • In episode 16, Coal creates an illusion of Pink's ideal world, influenced by her boyfriends, and she gets these proportions. Then the rest of the Kira Deco 5 and the pets go in and we get this rather terrifying example.
  • Old, Dark House: The gang visits one in episode 29 in order to find a Deco Stone. It turns out that it's Garnet's Summer villa she had forgotten about, and it has no electricity.
  • Orbital Bombardment: When Ruby decides to summon all the stone fists at once.
  • Pinky Swear: This features heavily in Pink and Ruby's friendship.
    • In the ED, Pink also does this with herself, whatever it's supposed to mean.
  • Police Are Useless: Angela and Labra's police force. They arrest people for the most innocuous things and keep getting in the way of the heroes. They are also incredibly slow and lazy. Sometimes, they get the odd case right, but it doesn't really compensate.
  • Potty Failure: Ruby in episode 21, which gets photographed and is one of the reasons she feuds with Pink.
    • Again in episode 37 with Yuku.
  • Priceless Paperweight: Ruby at first uses the Deco Stones as food condiments.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Sapphie wants to decorate her Jewel Pod with a Philosopher's Stone, and takes an interest in the legend of the Mirror Ball believing that one of the scattered pieces might be it.
  • Robinsonade: Episode 15 has the main Jewelpets falling off the town's bridge and being driven ashore of a Deserted Island.
  • RPG Episode: Episode 47 of Kira Deco.
    • Deep-Immersion Gaming: In the case of Coal and the Dark General, who are sitting at computers. The others get transported into the game flat-out.
  • Sentient Vehicle: The Deco Bus. It needs to lie down to sleep.
  • Ship Tease: Pink has moments with both Retsu and Blue Knight.
  • Take That, Audience!: The Dark General is an otaku and a NEET who has a huge sense of entitlement, essentially one big middle finger to the periphery audience that previous seasons amassed. Of course, such a move also guaranteed that Kira Deco would become the most hated season among that audience.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: There have been two seperate incidents of Ruby and Coal getting ripped as hell and reverting to their normal body shapes in a matter of seconds.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: Used in episode 29, but without actual death occurring.
  • Trapped in Another World: The Kira Deco 5 enter Jewel Land and stay there until the end of the season, not being free to travel between the worlds like in past seasons.
  • True Companions: The Kira Deco 5.
  • Two-Timer Date: Kaiser with Pink and Ruby in episode 33. All part of his plan to get them mad at each other.
  • Unrealistic Black Hole: Episode 51, where the Dark General uses his magic at the Saitama Ultra Arena to create a black hole to suck in all living beings, except for the internet geeks, so that the Earth can become a paradise for them and prosper under their rule.
  • Verbal Tic: All episode titles end with "~deco".
  • Wham Episode: Episode 51. Labra dies and turns back into her charm form. Coal dies trying to take down the Dark General. And lastly the Dark General goes berserk as he's going to destroy everyone on his path.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: There are a few very short scenes interspersed with the Dance Party Ending detailing what happens to the Kira Deco 5, although they're kind of vague. The team has apparently split up. Retsu and Blue Knight are still heroing around, but went solo. Kiichi is seen lazing under a tree, still wearing his sentai costume. Midori is all grown up and attending middle school. And most importantly, there's a full and final scene of Pink fulfilling her dream of taking the Shonan-Shinjuku line to go to school.


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