CONTENT WARNING: MARTIAL ARTS VIOLENCE AND SOME LANGUAGE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Previously on Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon…
Mina was in the middle of a discussion with Jubei about these events.
"It's a wonder they survived such an electric death trap. What if Thirteen goes for me and Emmy at the garbage dump?"
"Why? What's the danger with a garbage dump, Mina?"
"Incinerators, that's what! They're white hot, and they can burn you if you get too close to them."
"Oh. Forgot about them."
"Anyway, Valentine's Day is coming up. It would be genuinely creepy if Thirteen were to challenge the old and new Cures on that day."
Jubei paused briefly before saying, "Oh. That's when you discovered your new ally, wasn't it?"
"Yes. Name of Helen Masuo. The first Cure Fang."
"Well, let me know if there's anything fishy going on, OK?"
Mina got up and said, "With pleasure."
She left the office.
OP: "Danzen! Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon ~hybrid version~"
"Le veterane contra Tredici - The Veterans vs. Thirteen"
Sure, enough, Ryan got yet another letter of challenge in his shoe locker.
"This is it," he said, "the moment of truth. A showdown between him… and two generations of Pretty Cure."
Rica said, "That'd be you and Susan and Kelly, right?"
"Yes, but we're just the second generation. Mina, Principal Mazda, and Helen are the first generation."
Susan noticed something serious. "Great Caesar's ghost!"
The message ran thus:
Meet me at Fujiyama Private Academy on February 14 at high noon. Directly involve only yourselves and your predecessors. Failure to accept this challenge will result in both Fujiyama Private Academy and Ichiban High School being frozen. As in, sub-zero frozen. Your archnemesis, Thirteen
Kelly asked, "Why do I have a bad feeling about this?"
Susan said, "You're right, Fujiyama Private Academy on February 14 does sound familiar."
Ryan said, "Now that you mention it, February 14 was when Mina and Principal Mazda found your predecessor, Kelly. Name of Helen Masuo."
Rica said, "In any case, limey, I suggest you bring that letter to Principal Mazda, stat! At once! Immediately! Now! Ahora! Sofort!"
Sprouting a sweatdrop, Ryan said, "You seem to have been watching too many Untergang parodies lately."
Rica yelled, "I have not!"
Ryan said, "Admit it, you have. Now you're behaving like Fegelein."
Rica asked, "Who the hell is Fegelein?"
Ryan said, "The master of Antics. I can't believe you're pretending to not be familiar with Untergang parodies when it's exceedingly obvious that you are."
Rica sighed in defeat and said, "I guess you're right. I really am in denial, aren't I?"
Ryan said, "It's OK, we're not going to judge. It seems I'm a fan of those Untergang parodies, too."
Rica said, "Now go send that letter of challenge to Principal Mazda right away!"
Ryan ran off, letter of challenge in his hand.
What surprised him was what he saw when he got to the office. "You… got it?"
"Yes, Mr. Lee."
"That letter of challenge… you got one, didn't you?"
"Like I said, yes."
"What about Mina?"
"I'm pretty sure she has one, but I'll check."
She then checked the surface of her phone. "Remember: security measure."
After verifying that there wasn't a bug on the phone, she dialed the phone number for the Yagyu/Takada Computer Superstore.
"Hi, Emmy. Let me guess: another letter of challenge?"
"Just Pretty Cure?"
"Across two generations."
"Did you get a letter of challenge, too?"
"What does it say?"
"It says, 'Meet me at Fujiyama Private Academy on February 14 at high noon. Directly involve only yourselves and your predecessors. Failure to accept this challenge will result in both Fujiyama Private Academy and Ichiban High School being frozen. As in, sub-zero frozen. Your archnemesis, Thirteen'."
"Same here. Ryan apparently got the same letter minutes ago in his shoe locker. Apparently, the letter of challenge brings up a familiar incident."
"Yes, I know. When we discovered Helen Masuo to be the first Cure Fang."
"I'm going to call her about this letter of challenge. Do not even let Jubei Yagyu know."
"Understood. See you later."
Principal Mazda hung up. "Now to call Helen…"
She then dialed Helen's number.
The phone rang at the ryukyu karate dojo. Helen bowed to her students and said, "Forgive me. A call's coming in, and a more urgent matter apparently awaits me."
She then walked over to the phone and picked it up. "Hi, Emmy!"
"We got challenged by Thirteen."
"Not him again… I thought he was finished!"
"Well, apparently, he didn't think it prudent to attack until Valentine's Day."
"The location? Fujiyama Private Academy, where we gave chocolates to the students there when we were younger. I should know, I have here the letter of challenge from him."
"Heh. I got one in the mail before leaving to teach this class. All this time, I thought it was a prank letter posted by an unruly student of mine. Time to apologize to him…"
"No kidding. You should've called my number first thing after you found that letter of challenge, just as a heads up."
"Crap… sometimes, I feel like an idiot. Only the writer of this story's a greater idiot, of course."
"Ah, well. We all make mistakes."
"I know. See you later."
Principal Mazda hung up. "Looks like they got the message, too. Helen thought it was a prank at first, though."
Ryan said, "It would seem my time in your office is about to come to an end. It's time I continued sparring with my friends."
"You may go."
Ryan curtsied before leaving.
Jubei noticed that Mina felt somewhat perplexed. "Mina? What's wrong?"
"None of your business, Jubei. This time… it's none of your business."
"Are you hiding something?"
"Like I said, it's none of your business. This time, it's just between me… and the rest of Pretty Cure. You probably wouldn't understand."
"Are you hiding something?"
"If you think I'm hiding something, and you want to know about it, I suggest you phone Emmy. Long story."
Jubei picked up the office phone. "Hello?"
"Jubei? Nice to hear your voice!"
"Are you and Mina hiding something from me?"
"I told her not to tell you, because you're not someone who needs to get involved this time around. I just want my school and Fujiyama to remain safe places to get a good education."
"I understand. Have a nice day."
Jubei hung up. "That school you used to go to… do whatever is necessary to protect it. It's very special to you. I'd hate if something were to happen to it."
Mina said, "Understood."
"I understand that this is a trying time for you, so you may go."
Mina bowed and left Jubei's office.
"You sure you want us to wear the old uniforms?"
Principal Mazda said, "Only you and Susan. I've already ordered two of them from the school tailor. She'll have them ready soon… speak of the devil."
Sure enough, the school tailor had shown up. "The uniforms you ordered, ma'am."
Principal Mazda said, "Thank you very much, Miss Yamagata."
As the school tailor left, the principal continued, "I used to wear that very same uniform when I was your age. The uniform underwent several redesigns over the four decades this school's been around. This is the original design."
She opened one of the two cardboard boxes. Inside was a neatly-folded school uniform.
The contents were a white long-sleeved blouse with puffed shoulders, a pink pinafore with petticoats, a pink neck ribbon, a pink hair ribbon (obviously to be tied in a bow), classical pink tights, and black Mary Janes.
"As you can see," Principal Mazda said, "the first principal of Ichiban High School was just crazy about pink and wanted us to look as cute as possible. Yeah, it's as crazy as it sounds. I was more inclined towards blue, anyway."
She opened the other box. The contents were the same, except most of the pink garments were instead colored blue, and the tights were pure white. "In here is an exact replica of my school uniform--the same as the regular uniform, except coloured blue. I hope you'll find everything in order for Valentine's Day."
Ryan said, "The arrangements have been impeccable, Principal, so it seems."
Principal Mazda said, "You may go."
Ryan and Susan curtsied, and Rica and Kelly bowed, before leaving.
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly were gathered together with other Ichiban students preparing for the annual Valentine's Day trip to Fujiyama Private Academy.
Ryan couldn't help but notice how old-fashioned the uniform he and Susan were wearing happened to be; most noticeably, the skirt of the uniform's pinafore reached just below the knee.
Rica wasted no time commenting on it. "You two appear to have travelled in time from 1972!"
Susan said, "Indeed. A consequence of our principal feeling nostalgic."
Kelly said, "I almost feel jealous. Ryan never looked cuter to me!"
Then Principal Mazda herself showed up. "OK, girls, it's time to board the buses to Fujiyama for our annual Valentine's Day celebration! Ryan, Susan, Rica, Kelly, if you'll please come with me…"
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly followed Principal Mazda onto one bus. Once all the students were on the bus, the principal said, "Now, the time right now is 10:14 AM. We should reach Fujiyama in approximately 10 minutes following our departure. If you should see a strange, deformed old man on the premises, do not panic. I promise you, I will see to it that any situation is under control. Thank you."
The buses departed.
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly blended in fine. Rica and Kelly, though, obviously blended in better than Ryan and Susan. All four were keeping an eye out for Thirteen and watching the nearest clock.
When high noon came along, so did Thirteen. As Principal Mazda instructed the Ichiban girls, they remained perfectly calm.
"Great… they didn't even notice me! I'll show them something to be scared of!"
Thirteen removed his hood, making all his physical deformities visible. Still nobody moved. "Will nobody here notice me!?"
Rica had heard Thirteen while in one of the classrooms with Kelly. "That son of a bitch! It's him! Kelly, follow me. Sorry, boys, but Kelly Chiba and I have something important to do right now!"
The two left after bowing.
Hearing Thirteen's voice, Susan said, "Excuse us."
She and Ryan curtsied before leaving the classroom they were in.
The rendezvous point was the gymnasium. Two other women showed up from behind the shadows and joined up with Ryan, Susan, Rica, Kelly, and Principal Mazda. One wore a black waistcoat over a white dress shirt, black slacks, and black shoes. The other wore a white karategi. Rica said, "And here comes the cavalry!"
Mina said, "I have the day off today owing to these circumstances. I told Jubei only that I wouldn't be available today. He didn't ask why; he just wished me luck."
Helen said, "I gave my students advance notice I wouldn't be available on Valentine's Day. I just hope that letter of challenge is as authentic as you guys believe it to be."
Then Thirteen burst through the doors, laughed, and said, "And yes, that letter of challenge is authentic, in case you were wondering!"
Mina recognized him almost at once. "Thirteen…"
Helen said, "He's uglier than I remember…"
Mina said, "Yeah, evil can do that to you."
Thirteen said, "So! Anyone want to go at me?"
Ryan and Susan started fighting him, not once letting their longer skirts get in the way of their ability to kick. Thirteen put up a good fight, and Kelly and Rica soon joined Ryan and Susan. Thirteen was more than a match for even all four of them combined.
Thirteen cackled and said, "You have underestimated me! With great ugliness comes great power!"
Mina said, "Yeah, well, there's one thing you never understood. See, my dad was once a naval officer. He was discharged at the start of the Occupation nearly seven decades ago. When I was young, he often told me that with great power comes great responsibility. Use your power responsibly, and you will go far. You are a disgrace to your own power, Thirteen, and that is why you're going down!"
Ryan, Susan, and Kelly readied their transformers. "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!"
Mina, Principal Mazda, and Helen had transformed almost simultaneously. Mina said, "Now let's go show him who's boss!"
The veterans launched their offensive against Thirteen. After a couple of minutes, they were all nearly overpowered. Cure Fang asked, "Are you all right, Helen?"
Helen said, "Yeah, I'm good. Just not in top shape."
Cure Fang proceeded to heal her. "Get up and heal your partners. I'm going to spread the word… and the word is Ezekiel 25:17.
"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 bright light blinded Thirteen. Cures Dragon and Fortune proceeded to launch their finishing move. "GOLD THUNDER!"
"SILVER THUNDER! We who are different as day and night…"
"Do join together and combine our might!"
"PRETTY CURE METAL PUNCH!"
As Thirteen was destroyed by the combined power of the second generation Pretty Cure Metal Punch and the first generation Pretty Cure Metal Punch, Rica said, "Um, I hate to rain on your parade, but right now I'm getting a bad feeling about this."
Cure Dragon asked, "What about?"
Suddenly, they heard sinister laughter. Cure Dragon muttered, "Not him again…"
A deep voice boomed, "Yes, it is I, Nobunaga Oda! Don't you remember me, Pretty Cure?"
As Oda stepped into the gymnasium, the Cures and Rica were horrified at the features they could make out. Principal Mazda said, "I had a feeling you were back… but I never thought it could be true."
Mina yelled, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!? ANSWER ME, OLD MAN!"
Oda said, "Thirteen was just a pawn. I am the true mastermind."
Helen said, "It can't be…"
Oda continued, "And now I have come back! To wreak! My! VENGEANCE!"
The chilling laughter resounded across Fujiyama Private Academy.
ED: "Anataboshi (When I Come to Your Star with My Love)"
Next episode: "La vendetta di Nobunaga Oda - Nobunaga Oda's Revenge"
- Yuki Tokiwa as Hiroshi Lee/Cure Dragon
- Nana Mizuki as Ran Chan/Cure Fortune
- Mariko Kouda as Kaori Chiba/Cure Fang
- Tetsuo Goto as Shiban
- Tomoyuki Dan as Nobunaga Oda
- Mami Koyama as Minako Takada/Cure Dragon I
- Chika Sakamoto as Principal Emi Matsuda/Cure Fortune I
- Saeko Shimazu as Hiroko Masuo/Cure Fang I
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Rica Watanabe
- Yasuaki Kurata as Jubei Yagyu
- Marina Inoue as Yasuko Yamagata
- Rupert Grint as Ryan Lee/Cure Dragon
- Britt McKillip as Susan Chan/Cure Fortune
- Cyndy Preston as Kelly Chiba/Cure Fang
- Matthew Wood as Thirteen
- Tim Roth as Nobunaga Oda
- Edie Mirman as Mina Takada/Cure Dragon I
- Gemma Jones as Principal Emmy Mazda/Cure Fortune I
- Joan-Carol O'Connell as Helen Masuo/Cure Fang I
- Chloe Grace Moretz as Rica Watson
- Gregory Snegoff as Jubei Yagyu
- Jessica Boone as Trish Yamagata