Anime / Lady Jewelpet

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"Each and every girl can shine."
Lady Diana

Lady Jewelpet is the sixth entry in the Jewelpet anime.

14-year-old Momona is attending the wedding of her beloved cousin. His bride is a mysterious woman named Diana, who, upon meeting Momona, transports her to the frozen vicinity of a palace. Right away, Momona meets the Jewelpet hare Ruby and obtains a Magical Letterpen; all this indicates that she has been chosen to become a member of the Petit Ladies, young girls who study in the Jewel Palace to learn the ways of a Proper Lady in hopes of someday becoming the greatest Lady and queen of Jewel Land, Lady Jewel.

On her first day, she meets her romantic interest, Cayenne, and a remarkably cold but very talented Petit Lady named Lillian who immediately declares Momona her rival. She also quickly finds friends in fellow Petit Ladies Mizuki, a tomboy, and Charon, a shy bookworm.

Tropes include:

  • Accidental Kiss: In episode 1, Momona trips on Ruby's ball and lands on Cayenne, kissing him. Cue a load of squees from the rest of the Petit Ladies (except Lillian). However, everybody, even Momona, is unsure of whether it actually happened or not, as it was just off-screen. Cayenne trolls everyone who asks him about it, but it's revealed in his thoughts in episode 15 that it happened for real.
  • Aerith and Bob: In Jewel Land, humans can have Japanese names like Momona or Mizuki, European ones like Lillian, Diana or Levin, or what-the-hell ones like Soarer, Charon, Boot or Rector.
  • Animated Armor: Two magicked and enlarged suits of armor attack the ball in episode 30.
  • Animation Bump: The sword fight in episode 30, though it's only for a few moments.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In episode 23, Lillian asks Luea, who's been atypically anxious and critical of her for a while, "Just how do you see me?". Luea can't answer. All this makes a lot more sense when it's revealed that Lillian used to be a doll and Luea, to a certain degree, still sees her as an object that she can use for her own self-satisfaction.
  • Arranged Marriage: Any Lady Jewel and King. May or may not be perfectly so.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant curry monster in episode 27, giant straw doll in episode 28.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: When someone graduates into the Royal Palace, they are expected to fight to protect Jewel Land's peace. Even the Ladies, who, as far as we can see, have no formal preparation for combat situations.
  • Ballroom Blitz: There's a ball at the Jewel Palace in episode 30 which gets beset by evil animated suits of armor.
  • Battle Couple: Any Prince/Lady couple, at least after the Lady gets access to the Jewel Arrow.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 5, wherein Momona, Lillian, Cayenne and Romeo get a task to stay together at a beach house.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Momona and Cayenne don't get along very well at first, with Cayenne snarking at her lack of ability and Momona retorting.
  • Bookends: The first episode is kicked off by Diana marrying Alto. The last one has Momona marrying Cayenne. It helps that they're a Generation Xerox of the first couple.
  • Bouquet Toss: Momona marries Cayenne in the last episode, and the bouquet toss is used to decide who will become the next Lady Jewel. Lillian wins.
  • Breather Episode: Episodes 27 and 28 are festive, humorous and even a little action-y; these come after the plot of Ruby feeling guilty about lying to Momona for the entire first half of the season gets resolved.
  • Bridal Carry: Episode 4 is about the Petit Ladies testing their skill at being "princess-carried".
    • It happens individually in other episodes:
      • In episode 6, Momona hurts her knee and Cayenne tries to carry her, but she prefers piggy-back.
      • In episode 7, Charon falls off a staircase and Levin saves her in this way.
      • In episode 16, Charon wants to use the trope in her novel and forces Levin to pick her up and carry her around the library as inspiration.
      • In episode 18, Lillian tests Romeo by staging a fall and he catches her like this.
  • Broken Streak: Lady ended three years of mostly comedic seasons with its more character-driven and serious nature.
  • Camping Episode: Episode 6, which continues the plot from 5, has the aforementioned characters go into the woods to search for a fallen star. Things go wrong when Momona (of course) takes a wrong turn at the river and Cayenne goes after her, and they have to make do for the night.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 38.
  • Combat Commentator: Non-fighting but still competitive variation; the pets do commentary during the Petit Ladies' tests.
  • Combined Energy Attack: The Jewel Arrow. It combines the Jewel Power of all Jewelpets available, and the resulting energy is transfered to the Jewel Pad of a chosen Lady, who forms and shoots the arrow.
  • Dancing Theme: The ED has the Petit Ladies and their Jewelpets dancing to the music, with the music video of the band Fairies playing in the background.
  • Darker and Edgier: Definitely so when compared to the extremely light-weight preceding season. There's plenty of angst to go around, characters with mysterious and dark pasts (namely Lillian and Luea, and not just them), and it has the most violence in the history of Jewelpet (among other things, Romeo stabs himself with a sword, Elena gets an arrow to the stomach, Lillian dies by magic, Rector commits suicide by impalement, etc).
  • Date Peepers: Everyone in the main cast in episode 15, surveying Momona and Cayenne during their date.
    • Momona, Miura and a humanized Iota experience the video of Alto and Diana's date.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Jewelpets get shafted pretty hard in this season. Only Ruby, Garnet, Sapphie, and Luea have major roles, and even they don't get much to do besides commenting on their partners' progress.
  • Derivative Works: A manga adaptation by Mako Morie and a musical in Sanrio Puroland.
  • Elective Monarchy: Lady Jewel and her King are elected from the best Ladies and Princes.
  • Every Device Is a Swiss-Army Knife: Several episodes in, the Jewel Pod is replaced with the Jewel Pad; the only real difference between the two is that the Pad is bigger. As always, its primary purpose is to cast magic.
  • Expy: The Princes are rather blatantly recycled from the boys quartet from the previous season, featuring similar group dynamics and visual presentation. See the character page for who is who.
  • Extranormal Institute: The Jewel Palace and the Royal Palace. Bonus Points that these are both Boarding Schools.
  • Fancy Dinner: Episode 2 is about Momona having to pass a formal dining test. She does mostly well but foregoes the 'eating daintily' part.
  • Fansub: Ai-dle, a group with its roots in 4chan, began with the sole purpose of subbing this anime, because Critter Subs (in charge of past seasons) is notoriously slow.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Episode 25's test. It ends up being mostly about tomboy Mizuki's nervousness about it, but she does fine.
  • Festival Episode: Episodes 21 and 28.
  • Fictional Holiday: Thanks Jewel Palace Day, celebrated in episode 28.
  • Foreshadowing: "Hmph. It's like she's just a doll." - Miura about Lillian in episode 18.
    • In episode 19, there's the scene of Lillian spacing out in a room full of dolls.
    • Episode 23: more of Miura making snide remarks about dolls and Lillian to Luea.
    • Lillian's memory lapses and Luea's visible hesitation when they happen.
  • Formal Full Array of Cutlery: Momona is confused about what cutlery (three sets of forks and knives) she should start with while preparing for the formal dining test.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Momona is sanguine, Lillian is melancholic, Mizuki is choleric, and Charon is phlegmatic. Late addition Elena is leukine.
    • Cayenne is choleric, Romeo is phlegmatic, Soarer is melancholic and Levin is sanguine. Miura becomes the choleric when he shows up, while Cayenne calms down and becomes leukine.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Momona and Soarer; since she's a ditz and he has little patience for things that aren't according to the book, it results in awful interactions in episode 9's test, and after that Ruby seems to actively avoid pairing her up with him when requesting match ups for tests (see episode 23).
    • The main Petit Ladies are all friends but Lillian doesn't talk much or hang out alone with Mizuki and Charon.
  • Friend to All Children: The theme of episode 12 is that a proper Lady is loved by all children.
  • Functional Magic: Device Magic (Jewel Pods, Jewel Pads), as in most seasons.
  • Generation Xerox: When they were Petit Ladies, Diana was like Momona, Boot was like Mizuki, Rector was like both Lillian and Charon, and Claire was like Elena.
  • Gratuitous English: This season's Jewel Land is apparently an English-speaking world; when the characters write letters, they're in English. This doesn't mean it's all perfect English; there's some notorious Engrish in an episode where the characters buy tea and the tea names are misspelled.
    • Petit Ladies are never trying to become the "Top Lady"; they're trying for "Top of Lady".
  • Gray Rain of Depression: It's raining in Luea's recurring flashback to when Diana left her. As a result, Luea doesn't like rain because it reminds her of what happened.
  • Group Picture Ending: The last episode has this.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The Princes use swords as their weapon of choice, while the Ladies have the Jewel Arrow. A lone exception occurs in episode 48, where Elena uses a sword to defeat a Beast.
  • Halloween Episode: Episode 30, aired on October 25, about the Petit Ladies and Princes attending a masquerade ball for Halloween.
  • Haunted House: There's one behind the Jewel Palace that's used for the test in episode 19. Though rumored to be haunted, it's not true at all, and Rector has Romeo and Miura stage the haunting for the test.
  • The Heartless: The Beasts from the Door to Chaos are semi-solid variably shaped manifestations that feed on negative emotions for power.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: This season focuses on the human characters more than any past season.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In episode 28, about a samba party, Luea's prank spell goes haywire and has effects that are all puns on the word 'samba' (example: Garnet gets a sunvisor, or 'sanbaiza' in Japanese).
  • Inside a Computer System: Momona and Miura get trapped in Iota in episode 33. Thankfully, Iota is perfectly capable of getting them out, after they watch the video of Alto and Diana's date.
  • In Their Own Image: The Beasts want to destroy Jewel Land and make a world filled with negative emotions like them.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Ladies always shoot their Jewel Arrows in their large and frilly dresses.
  • Kimodameshi: Episode 19, but only for Mizuki/Soarer and Charon/Levin. Momona and Lillian go in alone.
  • Lady and Knight: Any Lady and Prince pair. Ladies are supposed to be in leadership roles while their Princes protect and support them.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Momona and Cayenne love each other and Lillian initially loves Cayenne. Miura flirts with Momona and Luea but ultimately chooses Lillian. Romeo loves Momona, but since she has her heart set on Cayenne, he later finds affection in Elena.
  • Magical Girl: Downplayed. The girls will change into their ladylike dresses through the pets' magic when they're summoned to hear their tasks, but this doesn't give them magical powers. Later, they do get access to the Jewel Arrow, but it's a very situational and hard-to-use magic, which, again, can't be used without the pets.
  • Magical Girl Queenliness Test: Variation; the Petit Ladies are all competing for the title of Lady Jewel, but only their Mentors are capable of using magic.
  • Magical Incantation: "(Jewelpet) and (Lady), LADY GO!"
  • Magic Staff: The Final Wand. Despite being called 'wand', it's big and bulky enough to seriously harm someone if you swing it around.
  • Masquerade Ball: Episode 30.
  • Mood Whiplash: So you're watching the final arc, which is a slew of SUPER-SERIOUS episodes, filled with reveals, death and angst... So why in the blazing hell are they still doing that ultra-optimistic Jewelpet fortune-telling thing at the end of the episodes and why didn't they replace those peppy soundtracks during the recaps and previews? It ruins the mood, man.
  • Moment Killer: In episode 15, Momona and Cayenne are about to kiss non-accidentaly, when the date peepers fall through the bush and interrupt them.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: "Lady? GO!" 'Lady' sounds like 'ready' to Japanese ears.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Obviously, the Princes are training in this. It's the focus of episode 18.
  • One-Gender School: The Jewel Palace is for Petit Ladies. The Prince Palace is for Princes. However, they often work together.
  • Only One Name: No one seems to have names beyond their given name.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: The theme of episode 10.
    • In episode 24, ace Petit Lady Lillian is the only one who uses this to shield herself from the sun.
  • Parasol Parachute: In episode 1, Lady Jewel gives the new Petit Ladies some magical parasols that fly them to the Jewel Palace.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The dresses that the Petit Ladies wear when they're being briefed are pretty intricate.
  • Place of Power: Want to power up your Jewelpet? Episode 42 shows that to do that, you have to take the pet to a place that is abundant in its respective rock.
  • Police Are Useless: The Jewel Land's police force does not seem to be able to catch on to and deal with Joker. Furthermore, none of the Jewel Land's defence force aside from the Royal Palace cadets were deployed to combat the Beast incursions.
  • Proper Lady: The goal of every Petit Lady is to become one of these (at least in theory; some PL's like Mizuki have their own interpretation of what a real Lady is supposed to be).
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Soon-to-be-couple Momona and Cayenne sharing cakes in episode 2 as part of the table manners test. Everyone watching compares it to a wedding.
  • Running Gag: Luea snarks, Ruby misunderstands, Garnet and Sapphie lampshade. Several times per episode.
  • Shipper on Deck: Every Petit Lady (except Lillian) ships Momona/Cayenne after watching them accidentaly kiss.
  • Ship Sinking: Lillian/Cayenne dies a quick and very early (so early that it's pointless to spoil it) death with the reveal that they're siblings.
  • Ship Tease: There's a lot of instances of Miura flirting with Luea and her blushing.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Momona and Cayenne with a hot-dog in episode 15.
  • Spot of Tea: Episode 13 is about the Petit Ladies learning about Western tea etiquette and blends.
  • Sword Fight: Episode 30, the Princes versus giant suits of armour. Particularly notable as this is a franchise that's not exactly known for featuring weapon violence.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy: Diana was the most talented Petit Lady of her generation and was set to become Lady Jewel. Alto was a fairly mediocre Prince. Since they were in love and Diana could not choose Alto as King due to his lack of qualifications, it led to them running away.
  • Tarot Troubles: Lillian's death is foreshadowed in episode 40 by Granite's fortune-telling, which yields several Death cards, one Tower card and a reversed Lovers card. Granite claims that the Death card means that she has no past or future.
  • There Can Only Be One: Only one Lady may gain the title of Lady Jewel.
  • To Be a Master: Every Petit Lady is aiming to be Top of Lady.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: "An ill wind is blowing."
  • Wham Episode: Episode 35, specifically the end, which shows a flashback of Luea creating Lillian.
    • Episode 43. Lillian finally hears about her true nature. But that's not all! She then dies saving Luea from Joker's attack. Death? IN JEWELPET? It's more likely than you think.
    • Episode 46, with the Cliffhanger reveal at the end that Joker is Rector.
  • Wham Line: Rector's line "I even ended up losing my precious mentor, Larimar" from episode 47; probably the bluntest, most sudden introduction to a new Jewelpet in the history of the franchise.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Episode 51, which is about Momona suddenly waking up in her home after supposedly sacrificing herself and leading a calm life where she never got involved with Ladies or Jewelpets but keeps seeing Ruby around without knowing who she is is reminiscent of episode 50 of Kira Deco where much the same thing happens with Pink and Ruby.
  • Yandere: Luea

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