CONTENT WARNING: MARTIAL ARTS VIOLENCE AND SOME LANGUAGE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Previously on Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon...
"What? You come to me, a retired swordsman, to ask for some new steel?"
Nicola said, "Yes. It is urgent."
Muramasa said, "I have not fashioned a new blade for 28 years. What makes you think I'd like to make you some fresh steel now?"
Nicola said, "Your father made a samurai sword for me nearly four decades ago for the same reason."
Muramasa said, "That was then. This is now. I have not made a new samurai sword ever since a former student of mine used my teachings for evil."
Nicola asked, "What was his name?"
Muramasa said, "I cannot tell, since he disgraced me so. All I can say is, he used an alias and was working for a man so depraved even Hell itself will not accept him. A man who abhors the martial arts and wishes for their complete and total obliteration."
Nicola paused. Muramasa asked, "Have you nothing more to say to me, descendant of Hanzo Hattori?"
Nicola finally brought himself to speak. "That's why I came to you, Muramasa-san. We both have the same beef with this vermin. He betrayed my family, too."
Muramasa was moved by Nicola's succinct statement. "I will have the sword ready in a month, then. Expect the finest steel to ever come from the Muramasa clan. For now, you may go."
Nicola said, "Thank you, Muramasa-san."
OP: "Danzen! Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon ~hybrid version~"
"La spada di Muramasa - The Sword of Muramasa"
That was one month ago.
In one day's time, the sword would be finished, and ready for use.
Nicola Terry received the message in his mailbox. It was stored inside the compartment labeled "JAPANESE SCROLLS".
He opened it and read it.
"To Nicola Terry: The sword you have ordered in your quest to defeat the vermin is almost complete. It will be ready by 7PM tomorrow night. You are invited to the presentation of the sword, which will take place around that time at my place. This message will dissolve in ten seconds. Signed, Muramasa."
Nicola lay the scroll on the table and marked the indicated day on the calendar as the scroll rapidly decomposed. When he saw its remains, he said, "The old dissolving parchment trick. This synthetic parchment dissolves within a minute of exposure to oxygen. Sort of gives 'time-sensitive' a whole new meaning."
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly were gathered in the lunchroom eating pizza and watching the news as usual.
"Never mess with a limey," Rica noted. "Why, Ryan made clever use of brawn mixed with heavy use of brains to get the Gringo Killer in the hole!"
Kelly said, "I never thought I'd say this, but Eileen deserves at least some of the credit!"
Rica said, "Yeah, yeah, she used her cunning. Don't tell me her egotism has gotten the better of you, Kelly!"
Kelly said, "Just the facts, ma'am."
As the news ended, Ryan sighed and said, "At the end of the day, nothing newsworthy in Millennium City, except for that bit about an actual musician playing the world's smallest violin just for Lance Armstrong."
Rica gasped. "No shit! Just how small was it?"
Ryan said, "One sixteenth of an inch. The size of the one I'm playing for the lunchlady."
As he rubbed his thumb and index finger together, he continued, "She just said the ovens were making the cafeteria kitchen too hot."
Rica said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Simple as that, really."
She joined in with her own tiny violin gesture. Susan said, "I say, Rica, what on Earth are you doing?"
Rica said, "Being backup to Ryan as he plays the world's saddest song on the world's smallest violin."
Then the announcer said, "Attention: will Ryan Lee, Susan Chan, Kelly Chiba, and Rica Watson please report to Principal Mazda's office?"
Rica said, "Certainly! Any more rampages going on?"
"It would appear as if Muramasa is very close to finishing the samurai sword that Nicola Terry requested."
Rica said, "About time; Oda was pretty rough in fighting Ryan and Susan when we successfully stopped the burglary attempt!"
Ryan said, "I can still feel the sting of being called chicken by his accomplice…"
Principal Mazda asked, "What's wrong, Ryan?"
"Nobody calls me chicken!" Ryan snapped. "That's what the devil's wrong!"
Principal Mazda said, "Get over it, Mr. Lee; overreacting to being called chicken could get someone killed, and it could be you!"
Ryan said, "Just trying to prove to myself that even boys in skirts aren't weaklings."
Principal Mazda said, "And it's good that you're trying to send a message of some sort; Lisa has trained you well. Indeed, I think the same way about the rest of you. Lisa must be one of the most effective leaders of the martial arts club we've ever had."
Susan said, "I didn't join the club for nothing; I joined for similar reasons. Namely, I'm tired of girls being called weaklings simply for wearing skirts or just being feminine!"
Principal Mazda said, "Anyway, the sword is something to behold, so I'm told by a source close to Muramasa. Given the proper care, if Nicola were to encounter a god, the god would be cut, it's been said."
Ryan said, "When we come up against Oda, I just hope the sword lives up to its reputation."
Kelly said, "That'll be the day."
Principal Mazda said, "I'll be coming to the presentation, and Mina and Jubei are closing up early tomorrow so they too can attend. I hear Goemon's also coming along."
Kelly said, "Like true friends. Good for you."
Principal Mazda said, "Thank you, Miss Chiba. All of you, you may go."
Ryan and Susan curtsied, and Rica and Kelly bowed, before they left.
Meanwhile, Muramasa further labored on the sword, hoping to complete it by the next morning.
"Nobunaga Oda, I am very disappointed in you. Why haven't you gone after Muramasa yet?"
Oda said, "Because it would be impolite to ambush a blacksmith in the course of his duty?"
"Yes, I suppose so," Thirteen conceded, "but once it's finished, I want you to kill the recipient of his new sword and claim it as your own! Then we'll be unstoppable!"
Oda said, "By the way… in making this sword, Muramasa has broken a four-decade-old vow to never again make anything that kills."
Thirteen said, "Yeah, those Japanese people sure as hell know how to hold a grudge. I advise you to be careful, because you're the one who pissed him off four decades ago."
Oda said, "The culmination of his final work shall become his undoing, its recipient's demise, and our triumph!"
Thirteen said, "Very good description! You may go."
The next morning, Nicola received another scroll in the mail. He removed it from the "JAPANESE SCROLLS" compartment of his mailbox, opened it, and read it.
"To Nicola Terry: Your sword is ready. See you at 7PM tonight. If you want to, bring some friends along. And please, try to get them to come in Japanese clothes. This message will dissolve in ten seconds. Signed, Muramasa."
As Nicola started writing letters to Mina, Principal Mazda, Jubei, Goemon, Ryan, Susan, Rica, Kelly, and Eileen, the scroll decomposed. "Muramasa, you really like the old dissolving parchment trick, don't you?"
After classes were over for the day, Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly stopped by the shoe lockers to pick up their shoes. Each of them found a letter from Nicola Terry in their locker.
Opening the letters, they found the same text:
"To whom it may concern: You are invited to the presentation of Muramasa's last sword at 7PM tonight. Please wear Japanese clothing to the event. Signed, Muramasa."
Ryan said, "It's almost time. The sword that could destroy Thirteen once and for all. Nicola Terry, we'll be there when Muramasa presents it."
Meanwhile, Eileen found another such letter in her own shoe locker. "Better watch out, ancient pommy-granate; Muramasa's last sword will cut you up good once Nicola Terry crosses your path!"
Eileen was, of course, referring to Nobunaga Oda and how he'd be vulnerable to such a fine sword as that.
Overhearing it, Ryan said, "Yeah, good ol' Eileen Fields, always boastful and cheeky."
Rica said, "Yep, the ABCs of being a trickster by nature."
They went back to their dormitories to get changed for the presentation.
Ryan, Susan, Rica, Kelly, and Eileen wore the same traditional outfits they had worn to the Japanese festival earlier.
Ryan wore a pink silk kimono with red andom bakama, white tights, and sandals.
Susan wore a blue kimono with a silver obi and floral patterns and sandals.
Rica wore a dark red kimono with bright red hakama pants and sandals.
Kelly wore a short green yukata, dark green leggings, and sandals.
Eileen wore a gray kimono with black andon bakama and sandals.
Mina, Principal Mazda, Nicola, Goemon, Jubei, and Muramasa were also dressed for the occasion.
Mina wore a white kimono with red hakama pants and sandals.
Principal Mazda wore a blue kimono with a blue obi and sandals.
Nicola wore a black kimono with black hakama pants and sandals.
Goemon wore a light blue kimono with black hakama pants and sandals.
Jubei wore a black eyepatch (as usual), a black kimono with dark gray hakama pants, and sandals.
Muramasa wore a white kimono with black hakama pants and sandals.
As Muramasa presented the sword to Nicola in the traditional manner, he made the following declaration.
"I've done what I swore an oath to God nearly forty years ago to never do again. I've created something that kills people. And in that purpose, I was a success. I've done this because, philosophically, I'm sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you, with no ego, this is my finest sword. If, on your journey, you should encounter a god, the god will be cut."
As Nicola accepted the sword, he said, "Truly an excellent blade. Muramasa, I am truly grateful."
He and his friends got up, bowed, and left.
They were intercepted by Nobunaga Oda on their way out.
"Nicola Terry!" Oda yelled. "Surrender your sword, and nobody gets hurt!"
"I will never surrender," Nicola said curtly. "Not myself, not my friends, and especially not my sword! I will use it to destroy you!"
Ryan yelled, "Easy, Nicola! He's trying to get you to do something stupid! And don't you dare call him a chicken, because bad things happen when you say that word!"
"What word?" Oda asked. "Chicken?"
Ryan flew into a rage and, misinterpreting the emphasis in Oda's words, yelled, "NOBODY CALLS ME CHICKEN!"
Principal Mazda said, "Uh-oh, Oda called Mr. Lee a chicken. Guess who's going to get their arse kicked next…"
Mina said, "Oda, you know how powerful we are. If you strike Ryan so hard even a single hair falls from his head, mark my words, Emmy and I will come out of retirement to put an end to you and your wicked ways!"
Oda, who had just been punched out by Ryan, snarled, "You don't know jack shit how powerful I've become! I can crush you, and with that sword I shall truly be invincible!"
At this, Ryan, Susan, and Kelly readied their transformers. Principal Mazda said, "Now that's the proper way to handle such a situation as this."
Jubei said, "The way you and Mina would've handled it if you were approximately four decades younger."
"Dual fighting spirit!"
"Bodyguard, come forth!"
"The golden warrior, I am Cure Dragon!"
"The silver warrior, I am Cure Fortune!"
"Together we're Pretty Cure!"
"Evil warriors of ill fortune…"
"We shall send you packing!"
"Protecting my friends, I am Cure Fang! Let those who worship evil's might beware my power! The bodyguard's light!"
Oda said, "So you finally decided to unleash your true nature? Fine by me! PREPARE TO MEET THY DOOM!"
"Funny," Cure Fang said. "We were just about to say the same thing to you."
Cure Dragon said, "You don't threaten a friend of mine and expect to get away with it. You're. Going. DOWN!"
He and Cure Fortune proceeded to charge towards Oda and fight him for the next couple of minutes.
Many punches and kicks were thrown in the process, and several times someone got knocked down, but not out.
Overall, the fight was intense, and it showed no sign of letting up any time soon.
Oda snarled, "You think you can handle me? Well, guess what? You're WEAK!"
Cure Fortune suddenly found her blood boiling. "Weak? Weak!? You dare call me WEAK!?!?!?"
Principal Mazda said, "I was like that when I was her age."
Goemon said, "Bottom line: it's definitely not a good idea to call you or Miss Chan weak."
"If I was weak, WHERE THE HELL WOULD I BE? Certainly not fighting by Ryan's side, nor in the martial arts club at my school! To call me weak is an insult TOO GRIEVOUS TO BEAR! DON'T! CHALLENGE! ME! LIKE! THAT! EVER! AGAIN!"
With full force, Cure Fortune proceeded to knock Oda down. Mina said, "Now that's gotta hurt."
Cure Fang said, "Allow me to quote my favorite actor's own interpretation of Ezekiel 25:17 before we show you who's the boss.
"The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children.
"And I will execute great vengeance upon thee with furious anger, you who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers and sisters; and you will know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I lay my vengeance upon thee!
"PRETTY CURE! LIGHT OF JUSTICE!"
A blinding light knocked Oda down. Nicola yelled, "YOU WANTED TO BE CUT BY MURAMASA'S LAST SWORD NOW, NOBUNAGA ODA? WELL, NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT! YOU'VE SUNK SO LOW THAT TO KILL YOU RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW WOULD BE TOO EASY!"
Cure Fortune said, "Right now, I find it to be too easy to kill him myself. He called me weak, and neither Principal Mazda nor I will stand for it!"
Cure Dragon said, "Either way, he needs to be taught a lesson."
Mina said, "Agreed. For now, Emmy and I won't be coming out of retirement, because we too believe that doing him in now would be too easy."
Jubei said, "Yes. Patience is a virtue. Now's not the time to do Oda in. But he deserves what he'll be getting all the same."
"SILVER THUNDER! We who are different as day and night…"
"Do join together and combine our might!"
"PRETTY CURE METAL PUNCH!"
"Muramasa may have been done with swords after that one, but he instructed his young apprentices to forge special swords for you, Susan, and Kelly in gratitude for defending his finest creation."
Ryan said, "I'll bet it's going to take a while to get them ready."
Newton said, "They'll be ready by Christmas."
Bailey said, "The apprentices will be forging the swords using a special ore from the land of martial arts."
Susan said, "I get it! We're going to receive our power-ups!"
Kelly said, "Yeah, and it's about time. I wonder if we'll get them before Eileen performs her alleged yearly prank on the dormitories?"
Eileen said, "Last year, I wired the speakers to play The Star Wars Holiday Special over the intercom!"
Rica said, "For once, a common taste Eileen and I have--we both like that piece of crap."
Ryan said, "I've been dying to get my hands on one! Do you have one, Eileen?"
Eileen said, "Yes, I do."
Ryan asked, "How much?"
Eileen said, "How about $400? That should be a good deal, right?"
Ryan groaned and said, "You prankster."
ED: "Anataboshi (When I Come to Your Star with My Love)"
Next episode: "Il videogramma raro - The Rare Videogram"
- Yuki Tokiwa as Hiroshi Lee/Cure Dragon
- Nana Mizuki as Ran Chan/Cure Fortune
- Mariko Kouda as Kaori Chiba/Cure Fang
- Daisuke Kishio as Shinhan
- Hisako Kanemoto as Seikou
- Tetsuo Goto as Shiban
- Tomoyuki Dan as Nobunaga Oda
- Mami Koyama as Minako Takada
- Chika Sakamoto as Principal Emi Matsuda
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Rica Watanabe
- Rica Fukami as Ai Fukuda
- J.J. Sonny Chiba as Hanzo Hattori
- Yasuaki Kurata as Jubei Yagyu
- Masashi Ishibashi as Goemon Ishikawa
- Ichiro Nagai as Muramasa
- Rupert Grint as Ryan Lee/Cure Dragon
- Britt McKillip as Susan Chan/Cure Fortune
- Cyndy Preston as Kelly Chiba/Cure Fang
- Mark X. Laskowski as Newton
- Maggie Flecknoe as Bailey
- Matthew Wood as Thirteen
- Tim Roth as Nobunaga Oda
- Edie Mirman as Mina Takada
- Gemma Jones as Principal Emmy Mazda
- Chloe Grace Moretz as Rica Watson
- Hilary Haag as Eileen Fields
- Frank Von Kuegelgen as Nicola Terry
- Gregory Snegoff as Jubei Yagyu
- Richard Cansino as Goemon Ishikawa
- Michael Gambon as Muramasa