Thirteen years after the Battle Lovers saved the planet twice over, Binan High is as lively as ever. Kyotaro Shuzenji, Taishi Manza, Ryouma Kirishima, Ichiro Dougo, and Nanao Wakura spend their days in the irrelevantly-named Earth Defense Club, ditching class, drinking tea, and having an uneventful but lax life. When they decide to hit up their local bath house, however, Ryouma ends up pulling a fully clothed human out of the bath. The man immediately tells the boys about his plight— that he's a prince from the far-off Magical Land of Honyalaland and he needs to prove his worth of ruling their domain— and finishes by asking them for assistance. The boys don't believe a word and leave, but the prince (now an otter) transports them into the path of a monster rampaging around their school to show them he wasn't kidding. Now tasked with fighting it off, the boys are given Happy Braces and are forced to become the prince's Happy Knights, fighting for peace, love, and happiness whether they want to or not. Meanwhile, Binan's new student council - Ata Ibusuki, Taiju Unazuki, and Maasa Shirahone- have just gotten into contact with a fennec fox that wants to rule over the land with fear...
As you might have guessed, Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss! is the sequel to the ever-popular Magical Girl Warrior spoofing Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! franchise. It premiered during the Spring 2018 Anime season, produced by Studio Comet like its predecesor.
Tropes found in this series:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Once again, the Conquest Club.
- Anger Born of Worry: The student who becomes the monster of the week in episode 4 is this towards his father, a famous TV treasure hunter. At first, the Defense Club thinks that he is angry over how his father was hardly ever present for the first years of his life, drove his mother to abandon them by neglecting her, and has constantly forced him to change schools as he travels to dig sites. However, it turns out that he is really worried about how his father is working himself to the point of physical exhaustion and illness for a fake TV show in pursuit of his dream of hitting the mother-load, when both the producers and viewers just see it as cheep entertainment.
- Ambiguously Brown: Prince Karls' and Furanui's human forms.
- Animorphism: Both Prince Karls and Prince Furaunui have this ability.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Nanao is actually quite glad the Happy Knights don't age into proper old men instead of getting wrinkles, because "it would ruin [his] character design".
- By the Power of Grayskull!: Or, in this case, happiness.
- Cain and Abel: Furaunui has nothing but contempt for his brother Karls, thinking the latter doesn't have what it takes to be king. In addition, he wants to rule earth by force and purge it of "human trash", while Karls is fascinated with humans and wants to spread happiness to end their suffering. In a bit of a flip-flop, Furaunni is actually the younger brother.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: The human form of Prince Karls has this look.
- For Happiness: Prince Karls' motivation.
- Frills of Justice: The Happy Knights' costumes.
- Lazy Bum: While Kyotaro is the poster child for this, the whole defense club in this series qualifies, as none of them were the least bit interested in karls or his offer to make them his knights. It actually took Karls forcefully transporting them into the path of monster while they were only wearing towels to get them to make the contract, and they usually only fight so that they can go back to doing nothing.
- Magical Girl Queenliness Test: Karls and Furaunui are using their boys to prove which of them is more fit to run Earth.
- No Fourth Wall: Wouldn't be a Cute High series with one. To put it into perspective, their first fight has the Knights blame Kyotaro not standing with them on, ironically, the animators being lazy.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: When Taishi gets pissed, he has a habit of lapsing into his regular coarse speech before switching back to polite. This especially noticable in the first battle, where he starts lapsing when he oh so desperately wants to fight Cure style against the monster.
- Pun: The Happy Knights (Kishi) have to seal their contract with a kiss (kissu).
- Scary Shiny Glasses: A boy in episode 4 has these for a moment.
- Theme Naming: The Happy Knights have two solid naming schemes unlike their predecesors, going for a stellar theme for the first (Stella, Luna, and Spazio) and a natural theme for the second (Fiore, Neve).