Fan Fic: Pretty Cure Agents Of Romero
Pretty Cure: Agents of Romero is a fanfic by ryanasaurus0077. It parodies the plot of Highschool of the Dead like Return of the Living Dead parodies Night of the Living Dead (1968).A character sheet can be found here.
Pretty Cure: Agents of Romero has thus far been confirmed to feature examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Rupert Grint repeats a line from his earlier film career, word for word, in the English dub when Daisuke (in Cure form), after Rica calls Ayeka out for taking pride in simulating boners, says, "She really needs to sort out her priorities." Difference is, he says this not about Emma Watson, but to Emma Watson (he was talking about the one she had called out for being a slut).
- The Aristocrats: The narrator of the pilot OVA mentions that the goings-on in the pilot could make for good Aristocrats material.
- Ashes to Crashes: As with Return of the Living Dead, burning the living dead isn't a very good idea; however, like all other rules of a zombie movie, the enforcement of that one varies here, as some time after the Cures find that out the hard way at the funeral parlor owned by Rica's grandfather, Rica herself burns another zombie at a different funeral parlor with little to no ill effects on the atmosphere.
- Atomic F-Bomb: When Yuu's offhand remark about him being a pervert at the end of episode 1 leads Daisuke (in Cure form) to look at what he's wearing, he discovers that he's wearing a VERY girly outfit. He makes the most of this trope.
- Author Appeal: Wholesome Crossdressers and Emma Watson.
- Bifauxnen: Rica Asakura.
- Celebrity Voice Actor
- Crosses the Line Twice: The pilot OVA does this at least a couple of times, with a brief vulgar monologue about how bad Room 4 smells and a maid letting out some perverted thoughts about what's going on in Room 4's bathroom before she's brutally murdered, respectively.
Daiskue: It's like getting an erection on the high-dive, only it's made of lace and glitter and never goes down.
- From episode 2:
Rica: Lace and glitter, huh? I hope I never get such a boner... oh wait, I can't even get a boner; I'm a girl!
Ayeka: But girls like me, at least we can simulate a boner and look good while doing so.
Rica: Shut your trap, slut.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: At the mall, Ichigo basically does what Osborne from Hell of the Living Dead did in the film's most infamous scene (except in Ichigo's case it's to recorded music—specifically, the song "There's No Matter" from Zombi 2. Unlike with Osborne, though, he doesn't get bitten. Megumi, though, takes the time to call him on his foolishness.Megumi: Jesus Christ, Ichigo! Have you ever seen Hell of the Living Dead?
Ichigo: Why, yes, actually! Osborne's my favorite character!
Megumi: Well, then you should know that Osborne exposed himself to the zombies by dropping everything to prance around wearing a tutu and a top hat!
Ichigo: Are you kidding? There are no zombies in the mall.
Megumi: Indeed, there's no sign of the walking dead. But if walking corpses were inside the mall you'd be endangering yourself right now.
- Dance Battler: Ayeka Hayashi and Cure chorgh incorporate ballet into their fighting styles, and Rica Asakura does the same with capoeira. By all rights Cure wa' should be one as well judging from his costume alone; however, his costume looks more like what a heroine from Suite Pretty Cure ♪ would wear than what a ballerina would wear.
- Different in Every Episode: Cure chorgh's "Pretty Cure Dance of Charm", which will always involve some pointe work, including, on several occasions, multiple fouettés en tournant.
- Doujinshi: Takuma once wrote a full-length one about five of the Cures before they even became Cures in the first place; unsurprisingly, he gets too many facts wrong (although Daisuke does admit that it would be nice if his own Cure outfit was closer to how Takuma envisioned it).
- Dragged into Drag: Daisuke in Cure form.
- Fangirl: Rica, as far as Highschool of the Dead and Zombi 2 are concerned, to the point where she has the theme song on her iPod, wears a Zombi 2 T-shirt with her casual outfit, and owns the following VHS copies of the films:
- Highschool of the Dead:
- Wizard Video 1980 Betamax 3D (Highschool of the Dead)
- CIC 1980 Japan Betamax 3D (Gakuen Mokushiroku/Academy Apocalypse)
- Guild Home Video 1980 UK Video 2000 3D (High School Apocalypse)
- Contrast Video/ITT 1981 Germany Video 2000 3D (Entweichen von den Zombies: Sechs der Apokalypse/Escape from the Zombies: Six of the Apocalypse)
- Harmony Vision 1982 Betamax 3D (Highschool of the Dead)
- RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts Video Pty. Ltd. 1984 Australia Betamax 3D (High School Apocalypse)
- Prism Entertainment 1986 V/H/S 3D (Highschool of the Dead)
- VEC 1989 Canada VHS 3D (Highschool of the Living Dead)
- Magnum Entertainment/Image Entertainment 1989 LaserDisc 3D (Highschool of the Dead)
- Starmaker Entertainment 1990 VHS 3D EP (Highschool of the Dead)
- Edde Entertainment 1995 VHS 2D (Zombie 7: High School of the Dead)
- MGM/UA Home Video/Turner Entertainment 1997 VHS 3D subtitled (Disney's Highschool of the Dead)
- Warner Home Video/Turner Entertainment 2000 VHS 3D 2K restoration (Disney's Highschool of the Dead)
- Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse:
- Wizard Video 1981 Betamax 3D (Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- CIC 1981 Japan Betamax 3D (Gakuen Mokushiroku 2/Academy Apocalypse 2)
- Guild Home Video 1981 UK Video 2000 3D (High School Apocalypse 2)
- Contrast Video/ITT 1981 Germany Video 2000 3D (Entweichen von den Zombies 2: Stromausfall am viertem/Escape from the Zombies 2: Blackout on the Fourth Day)
- RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts Video Pty. Ltd. 1984 Australia Betamax 3D (High School Apocalypse 2)
- Prism Entertainment 1986 V/H/S 3D (Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- Video Treasures 1988 VHS 3D LP (Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- VEC 1988 Canada VHS 3D (Highschool of the Living Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- Magnum Entertainment/Image Entertainment 1989 LaserDisc 3D (Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- Edde Entertainment 1995 VHS 2D (Zombie 8: Apocalypse)
- MGM/UA Home Video/Turner Entertainment 1998 VHS 3D subtitled (Disney's Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- Warner Home Video/Turner Entertainment 2001 VHS 3D 2K restoration (Disney's Highschool of the Dead 2: Apocalypse)
- Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction:
- Wizard Video 1981 Betamax 3D (Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- CIC 1981 Japan Betamax 3D (Gakuen Mokushiroku 3/Academy Apocalypse 3)
- Guild Home Video 1981 UK Video 2000 3D (High School Apocalypse 3)
- Contrast Video/ITT 1981 Germany Video 2000 3D (Entweichen von den Zombies 3: Zombies im Kaufhaus/Escape from the Zombies 3: Zombies in the Department Store)
- Paragon Video Productions 1984 V/H/S 3D (Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts Video Pty. Ltd. 1984 Australia Betamax 3D (High School Apocalypse 3)
- Prism Entertainment 1986 VHS 3D (Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- Mntex Home Video 1990 VHS 3D EP (Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- Edde Entertainment 1995 VHS 2D (Zombie 9: Extinction)
- MGM/UA Home Video/Turner Entertainment 1999 VHS 3D subtitled (Disney's Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- Warner Home Video/Turner Entertainment 2002 VHS 3D 2K restoration (Disney's Highschool of the Dead 3: Extinction)
- Zombi 2:
- Wizard Video 1981 Betamax (Zombie)
- VIPCO 1981 UK Video 2000 (Zombie Flesh Eaters)
- Infinity Video Sales 1981 Australia Betamax (Zombie Flesh Eaters)
- Wizard Video 1985 V/H/S (white band) (Zombies 2)
- Wizard Video 1985 VHS (black band) (Zombies 2)
- Magnum Entertainment/Image Entertainment 1989 LaserDisc (Zombie)
- Edde Entertainment 1992 VHS (Zombie 2: The Dead Are Among Us)
- JPV 1994 Austria VHS (Woodoo: Die Schreckensinsel der Zombies/Voodoo: The Frightening Island of the Zombies)
- Anchor Bay Entertainment 1998 VHS (Zombie)
- Roan Group 1998 LaserDisc (Zombie)
- Media Blasters 2004 DVD (Zombi 2)
- Highschool of the Dead:
- Four Is Death: Occurs in the OVA.
- Genius Bonus: The Cures' names are all Klingon numbers going from one to eight.
- Groin Attack: How Rica's teammates finally figure out she's a girl after she makes two unconvincing attempts to reveal her true gender.
- How We Got Here: The OVA does this by parodying the first few scenes of Zombi 3D.
- If You Can Read This: From Nurse Miyazaki's eyechart, "Ryan is a slave driver and a cheap son of a bitch who's got you and me here." In addition to a Lampshaded Shout-Out to Return of the Living Dead, it also doubles as a Take That Me coming from an author frustrated by other Pretty Cure fans who have with great vitriol harped on several of his Curefics.
- I Know Karate: Kasumi in Cure form; while she had no formal ballet training in her civilian identity, her Cure form is practically a prodigy at her age, even an expert. Ayeka agrees to teach her ballet in civilian form after seeing her Cure form's Dance Battler potential. In a straighter example, Rica is adept at capoeira.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Daisuke, Yuu, and Rica studied gymnastics together when they were younger.
- Insistent Terminology: Rica thinks Daisuke is wearing a tutu as Cure wa'. Daisuke explains that he's actually wearing a costume inspired by Suite Pretty Cure ♪.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise: It's a wonder Daisuke never noticed he was dressed as a girl in Cure form throughout the first fight. And then we get this exchange, which finally lets him know exactly what he's wearing:Yuu: Not bad for a pervert.
Daisuke: Excuse me? I don't remember inappropriately touching anyone, let alone you.
Yuu: Oh, really? That may be, but just... look at yourself.
[Daisuke looks at what he's wearing. The horror sets in as he realizes that his costume incorporates, among other things, a leotard, thigh-highs, frills, the color pink, and a five-layer skirt that can easily be mistaken for a tutu due to its design.]
- Jump Scare: After Rica comes Back from the Dead a second time (this time as herself), she grabs Daisuke by the shirtfront, drags him down to her level... and snarls behind clenched teeth, "I thought I told you to KILL me!" The grab-and-pull thing is even accompanied by a Red Herring Scare Chord!
- Large Ham: The criminal resorts to yelling and overacting after he cuts his own hand and drenches the bathroom (and himself) in his own infected blood.
- Magic Dance: Cure chorgh's defensive attack, "Pretty Cure Dance of Charm", which serves to distract "them" and leave them open to have their heads bashed in one way or another.
- Meaningful Titles: "Agents of Romero", anyone?
- Mercy Kill: Daisuke does this to Haruhi in episode 1 after the latter discovers he'd just been infected. Rica also tries to get him to bash her head when she herself gets infected, but Daisuke hesitates and Rica comes back as one of "them". Good thing there was a cure for the zombie infection at hand, and Rica does get cured, but not before biting the scientist that had made the cure. Before Kasumi visits this trope on the poor guy, he orders the protagonists to use the cure on Rica. Daisuke does so... and then no movement from Rica for half a minute. Then, when Daisuke least expects it, an angry Rica grabs him by the shirtfront and pulls him down to snap, "I thought I told you to KILL me!" Daisuke manages to calm her down by assuring her that the important thing is, she's back with them, and this time for real.
- Nice Hat: Rica wears an officer's cap with nearly all of her civilian outfits.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The older teacher with the gray hair and slightly old-looking features resembles James Karen, and the younger teacher with the dirty blonde hair resembles Thom Mathews. Needless to say, Return of the Living Dead jokes abound whenever these guys show up. Appropriately, the author has given them the respective nicknames "Not-James Karen" and "Not-Thom Mathews".
- Opera Gloves: Worn by Rica as Cure wej, surprisingly enough. She doesn't seem to mind, though, as long as she isn't wearing a skirt.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Worn by Ayeka with her school uniform. Daisuke also wears this as a Cure.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The theme from Zombi 2 is a recurring leitmotif.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Rica is more hardcore about this than any other Cure, fanmade or canon; not only has she never once worn a skirt, she even outright states early on that she's the type of girl that will eventually make skirts obsolete. Of course, she merely fulfills the letter of the trope; as for the spirit of the trope, she's as good a chef as Kyoko and collects classical music (she even states in episode 2 that she has CDs of every ballet that Ayeka's recitals have been set to). She also studied gymnastics for a few years with Daisuke and Yuu, wearing a tank top and leggings like the boys of that class (as is her style).
- Reference Overdosed: As can be expected from such a Curefic as this, zombie movies (including George Romero's films, the Italian zombie films, the Return of the Living Dead horror comedy series, and Shaun of the Dead) are referenced left and right in some way, shape, or form.
- Shout-Out: Three Cures (specifically Daisuke, Megumi, and Ayeka) wear costumes inspired by Suite Pretty Cure ♪. Of course, due to the skirt's design it's sometimes mistaken for a tutu, usually at Daisuke's expense.
- The scientists' funeral is a direct reference to the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but moreso to Ma-Ti's funeral from Suburban Knights (complete with the casket bearing the scientists' body rolling slowly into an oven as Daisuke plays "Amazing Grace").
- Apart from Rica's full-scene recitation, she also says a few lines from Zombi 2 as stand-alones, including "Ora lo yacht può partire. Lo dica gli altri." ("The boat can leave now. Tell the crew.")
- Skyward Scream: Daisuke upon realizing what he's wearing as a Cure.
- Those Two Guys: Not-James Karen and Not-Thom Mathews.
- Tights Under Shorts: Worn by Kasumi as Cure chorgh. Rica also sports this while at Nana's house.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rica is a Bifauxnen and Zombi 2 Fangirl who can go Guns Akimbo on your ass if you're a zombie. Kasumi is not really high up on the tomboyishness scale and just happens to prefer slacks, wearing either them or shorts with all her outfits even when studying ballet under Ayeka. Interestingly, both Rica and Kasumi wear jean shorts with their Cure outfits.
- What the Hell, Hero?: "I thought I told you to KILL me!"
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Both Rica as Cure wej and Kasumi as Cure chorgh. The latter is actually a rare cute ballerina example (although she doesn't have any training in civilian form until Ayeka starts teaching her); true to her form, she even pairs this with white tights and purple ballet slippers!
- You Bastard: Parodied when the author leaves this snark for any reader who happens to put the letters together on Nurse Miyazaki's eyechart (which is actually a Shout-Out to Return of the Living Dead): "If You Can Read This, you need to wear glasses."
- Your Mom: Rica pulls one on a zombie in episode 3.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Rica sports Grade A as a Cure.
- Zombie Apocalypse: What did you expect from a work with "Romero" in its name?