CONTENT WARNING: MARTIAL ARTS VIOLENCE AND SOME LANGUAGE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Previously on Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon…
Rica proceeded to enter into a straight line step sequence with Ryan. Susan said, "Ryan sure has got the hang of it."
Quent said, "Indeed, he seems to be a quick learner."
Rica said, "You see that? Try going in a straight line at first."
Quent said, "All right."
He and Susan proceeded to move toward the other end of the rink in a straight line. Tad and Kelly followed not too far behind. Susan asked, "Shouldn't there be some variation?"
Rica said, "Right! How about we improvise a little?"
She and Ryan then went back toward the other end, again in a straight line, but this time they included a few rocker turns, counter turns, twizzles, and mohawk turns in the sequence. "Come on, now, don't be shy!"
As Quent and Susan, along with Tad and Kelly, headed toward Rica and Ryan in a straight line, including choctaw turns, twizzles, bracket turns, and rocker turns, among others, in their sequences, Rica looked at her watch and said, "It's getting late. We'll pick back up from here tomorrow."
Tad said, "We'll be sure to be there, Rica."
Quent said, "It's been a pleasure."
Ryan, Susan, Rica, and Kelly watched as Tad and Quent left. Rica said, "What a night this has been. I sure hope they can skate good on Saturday."
Susan said, "I just hope so too. I know they've got some potential."
OP: "Danzen! Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon ~hybrid version~"
"Sei contro sei - Six vs. Six"
Saturday was one day away. The training regiment had become tougher as a direct result.
With some trial and error (and some help from Newton and Bailey), they had somehow managed to move into Level 4 territory.
They had gone beyond simple steps, turns, and lifts and straight into more complicated variations.
As Rica coached Susan, Kelly, Tad, and Quent and guided Ryan, she said, "I want some more effort! Tomorrow's a very big day, and you don't want to miss it for the world!"
Tad said, "I know that!"
He proceeded to go into a death spiral with Kelly. Rica said, "That'll do. Right now, we're going to concentrate on our playbook. You can't go out onto the ice in a competitive state without a decent strategy. It just won't do!"
With that, Rica pulled a book out of Hammerspace. "My brother's a football player. He's the team captain, and he's also an amateur figure skater."
Ryan said, "Huh. That explains a lot."
Rica said, "Yeah, he taught me what he knows."
Ryan said, "And apparently, he knows a lot."
Rica said, "You would be right about that. He and I constructed this playbook for martial figure skating."
Opening the book, she continued, "There's the 2 pair offense, the 1 pair offense, the mohawk offense, the choctaw offense, the bracket offense, the rocker/counter offense, the twizzle offense, the twist offense… hell, we've got quite a few named after actual skating moves!"
Everyone was already dressed in their competition costumes. Ryan was dressed in a pink leotard with short puffed sleeves, pink arm warmers, a pink showgirl skirt, white tights, and skates. Rica wore a bright red Chinese jacket decorated with silver trim, black slacks, and skates.
Susan's outfit was a blue dress consisting of a tank leotard and a miniskirt; she also wore blue arm warmers, white tights, and skates. Quent wore a blue tunic decorated with silver trim, black slacks, and skates.
Kelly, in an effort to be original, was clad in a green biketard, green arm warmers, white tights, and skates. Tad wore a green dress shirt, black slacks, and skates.
Rica said, "Now let's try the 2 pair offense first. Susan, this'll involve you and Quent too. I can't demonstrate the 2 pair offense at the moment, so I'll tell you right now that it looks similar to a 1 pair offense, except it involves two pairs. Ryan and I will now demonstrate the 1 pair offense for illustration."
Tad and Kelly readied themselves for the defense. Rica and Ryan skated toward them and performed a death spiral, with Ryan positioned to strike Tad. The attack connected. Rica said, "As you just now found out, that attack is dangerous! That's why Ryan didn't hit you with the blade of his skates; because he would've cut you if he did."
Susan and Quent readied themselves as Rica and Ryan prepared to go into the mohawk offense. They separated from each other, skated away and behind Susan and Quent, and did a mohawk turn before punching them.
Rica and Ryan next demonstrated the choctaw offense. They preceded their attack with a full-frontal choctaw turn.
I won't bore you with repetitiveness, so I'll describe the rest of the offense maneuvers in the playbook.
The bracket offense involves doing a bracket turn around your opponent before the attack.
The rocker/counter offense involves one person (usually the man) doing a counter turn and the other (usually the lady) doing a rocker turn. In the demonstration, Ryan performed the rocker turn, and Rica performed the counter turn.
The twizzle offense is more dance-like in appearance and also includes a scratch spin and is capped off with a spin with the free leg fully extended outward so as to hit your opponent.
The twist offense involves throwing the lady in the air and her spinning in midair, followed by a solo scratch spin during which the man punches one opponent and the lady kicks the other opponent mid-spin.
After Rica and Ryan demonstrated each offense maneuver and Susan, Quent, Kelly, and Tad worked on them, Rica said, "All right, let's call it a day. Tomorrow's going to be very important, I'm positive of it. Good night!"
With that, they all left the rink.
Saturday arrived. As the hour approached for the match to begin, Eileen, Juanita, Kaitlyn, and others at Ichiban High were making preparations to watch it at the Millennium Icearium.
The students converged outside the entrance once they were ready. Eileen said, "May the odds be ever in favor of those who are Ichiban students."
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOY AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES, WELCOME TO THE MILLENNIUM ICEARIUM CHIAROSCURO MARTIAL FIGURE SKATING THREE-ON-THREE PAIRS MATCH, WHERE LIGHT… FIGHTS DARK!"
The skaters already had their skates on. Rica said, "OK, limey, just follow my lead."
"ON THE DARK SIDE, WE HAVE, FOR OUR FIRST PAIR, HARUHI IKEDA AND MIYUKI SHIMURA!
"THE SECOND PAIR IN THE DARK SIDE IS ANOTHER PAIR OF KIN'IRO HIGH STUDENTS, IKUTO YAMAMOTO AND YASUKO IZUMI!"
Tad said, "Oh, don't tell me…"
"AND LEADING THIS THREE PAIR TEAM IS MILLENNIUM CITY NATIVE RYOTARO MATSUDA AND OUT-OF-TOWNER BERYL D. KONG!"
Each of the men wore a black blazer with silver trim, a black T-shirt, black slacks, and skates; the ladies each wore a black corset and tutu over a white leotard, paired with flesh-colored tights and skates.
In the stands, Eileen was seated next to Wing. She asked, "What do you think of Team Pommy?"
Wing said, "Watch your language, Eileen! That said, they have absolutely zero chance of winning this one, considering our amazing technicolor dream team who hasn't been formally introduced yet."
"ON THE LIGHT SIDE, WE HAVE, FOR OUR FIRST PAIR, KIN'IRO HIGH STUDENT J. THADDEUS LONG AND ICHIBAN HIGH STUDENT KELLY CHIBA!"
Tad and Kelly stepped onto the ice for their introductory routine.
"THE SECOND PAIR IN THE LIGHT SIDE IS ANOTHER KIN'IRO/ICHIBAN HYBRID PAIR, QUENTIN JOHNSON AND SUSAN CHAN!"
Quent and Susan performed their own introductory routine, about as long as that performed by Tad and Kelly.
"AND LEADING THIS THREE PAIR TEAM ARE A PAIR OF STUDENTS FROM ICHIBAN HIGH! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING RICA WATSON AND RYAN LEE!"
Rica and Ryan stepped onto the ice for their own introductory routine, longer than those performed by Tad and Kelly and Quent and Susan combined and set to an abridged version of the Infernal Dance of King Kashchei from Stravinski's The Firebird.
"OBVIOUSLY, ONE OF THEM HAD TO PLAY THE MAN'S PART, AND APPARENTLY, MISS WATSON HAS VOLUNTEERED TO DO SO. MISS LEE WILL BE SKATING AS THE LADY.
"THERE ARE NO RULES IN THIS MATCH EXCEPT WIN AT ANY COST, TO SAY NOTHING OF HOW YOU SHOULD AVOID KILLING ANYONE AT ANY COST! THE WINNER WILL BE THE LAST SIDE TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE PAIR STILL STANDING. NOW, THEN. THE MATCH… WILL BEGIN… NOW."
"ONE TWO THREE GO!"
Rica and Ryan started skating toward Ryotaro and Skate as the bell started ringing. Seeing them coming, Ryotaro and Skate proceeded to charge toward them.
They were immediately sideswiped by a 1 pair offense from Rica and Ryan.
"AND THEY'RE OFF! RICA AND RYAN HAVE GOT OFF TO A GOOD START WITH A 1 PAIR OFFENSE AGAINST RYOTARO AND BERYL! BUT RYOTARO AND BERYL HAVE CAUGHT ON AND DODGED THEIR NEXT GO AT IT!
"MEANWHILE, HARUHI AND MIYUKI HAVE BEEN FOOLED BY THE SAME STRATEGY BY QUENT AND SUSAN! AND YOU KNOW HOW THE OLD SAYING GOES, DON'T YOU? FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME.
"IKUTO AND YASUKO ARE DEALING WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AGAINST TAD AND KELLY! APPARENTLY, ONLY RYOTARO AND BERYL ARE GOOD AT CATCHING ON TO THEIR OPPONENTS' TRICKS!"
Rica and Ryan then attacked Haruhi and Miyuki, and Quent and Susan attacked Ryotaro and Skate, with a 2 pair offense.
"LOOK AT THEM GO! HARUHI AND MIYUKI TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING, AND NEITHER DID RYOTARO AND BERYL! RED PAIR AND BLUE PAIR SWITCHED OPPONENTS IN AN APPARENT 2 PAIR OFFENSE!"
Rica and Ryan obviously didn't see it coming. Ryotaro and Susan dodged their next 1 pair offense and sideswiped Quent and Susan during the next 2 pair offense attempt.
"OH MY GOD! WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT! RICA AND RYAN ARE BECOMING A BIT TOO PREDICTABLE; THEIR 1 PAIR OFFENSE WAS DODGED AGAIN, AND SO THEY'RE TRYING ANOTHER 2 PAIR OFFENSE!
"YIKES! QUENT JUST GOT SIDESWIPED BY BERYL, WHO GOT HIM WITH HER BLADE! HE SEEMS ALL RIGHT, THOUGH. NEEDLESS TO SAY, RICA AND RYAN WILL NEED TO RETHINK THEIR STRATEGY REAL SOON, OR THEY'RE GOING TO BE IN A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE!"
Rica said, "Shit! She's onto us. Let's try the mohawk offense, OK? Good."
Rica and Ryan proceeded to skate past Ryotaro and Skate. Skate asked, "What are they doing? Come on, you punks! Where are you?"
Unknown to her and Ryotaro, they had done a mohawk turn behind their backs and punched them out. She promptly yelled, "HEY! WAS THAT EVEN LEGAL?"
"AH, YES. THE MOHAWK OFFENSE, A CHEAP SHOT INVOLVING THE MOHAWK TURN. AND IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, SO LONG AS IT ISN'T FATAL, IT'S LEGAL!"
Skate cursed under her breath as Rica said, "Yeah, you really need to grow eyes on the back of your heads."
Their next attempt ended with them colliding with their opponents' fists. They had been blocked.
"FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU! FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME, BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN GET PAST ME! THAT SEEMS TO BE THE WATCHWORD OF RYOTARO AND BERYL AS THEY PUNCH OUT RICA AND RYAN DURING ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT THE MOHAWK OFFENSE! WHAT WILL THEY TRY TO GET BY THEM THIS TIME?"
Meanwhile, Ikuto and Yasuko finally caught on to Tad and Kelly's strategy. They dodged a pair of 1 pair offense maneuvers and blocked a third.
"MEANWHILE, TAD AND KELLY ARE FINALLY STARTING TO LOSE THEIR MAGIC AS THEIR 1 PAIR OFFENSE IS DODGED BY IKUTO AND YASUKO, WHO HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN WISE TO THEIR STRATEGY.
"THEY TRY IT A SECOND TIME, THIS TIME MORE AGGRESSIVELY… AND ONCE AGAIN, ALL THEIR FISTS AND FEET STRIKE IS AIR!
"THERE'S GO NUMBER THREE… OUCH! NOW THAT'S GOT TO HURT, I DON'T CARE WHAT PART OF THE CITY YOU'RE FROM!
"WAIT A SECOND… IT LOOKS LIKE KELLY'S TRYING TO TELL TAD SOMETHING… COULD IT BE?
"YES! THEY'RE PROCEEDING WITH A MOHAWK OFFENSE! THEY MANAGE TO GET PAST IKUTO AND YASUKO, AND BEFORE THEY CAN LOOK BACK, THERE'S THE MOHAWK TURN AND POW! RIGHT IN THE KISSER!"
Quent and Susan were trying hard to adjust to the circumstances. They had completed a couple of mohawk offenses against Haruhi and Miyuki and were about to try it a third time.
"RICA AND RYAN MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SO LUCKY, BUT QUENT AND SUSAN SEEM TO HAVE FOOLED HARUHI AND MIYUKI TWICE! SHAME ON THEM!
"THEY TRY TO FOLLOW IT UP WITH A THIRD MOHAWK OFFENSE… OH! THIRD TIME JUST ISN'T THE CHARM FOR THEM, THEY JUST GOT SOCKED!"
Rica said, "This is becoming one hell of a carnage, and it hasn't even been a quarter of an hour yet! We'd better finish them off quickly! How's about a rocker/counter offense?"
Rica and Ryan proceeded to do just that. Ryan launched into a rocker turn, while Rica performed a counter turn. It worked. Neither Ryotaro nor Skate knew who was turning where, and they were hit within seconds.
"A ROCKER/COUNTER OFFENSE FROM RICA AND RYAN JUST CONNECTED! NOT A HAIL MARY PASS, OF COURSE, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THEY'RE SO DESPERATE TO END THIS AS QUICKLY AS THEY SHOULD, GIVEN HOW BRUISED THEY ARE.
"AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIRD TIME REALLY IS A CHARM FOR TAD AND KELLY, AS THEY'VE JUST COMPLETED THEIR THIRD--THAT'S RIGHT, THIRD--CONSECUTIVE MOHAWK OFFENSE AGAINST THOSE SCATTERBRAINS FROM THE DARK SIDE, IKUTO AND YASUKO!
"UH-OH, LOOKS LIKE I'VE PISSED THEM OFF, BECAUSE THIS TIME THEY'RE PREPARED FOR THE ATTACK! BUT TAD AND KELLY, BEING THE CRAFTY FOXES THEY ARE, DON'T SPLIT, BUT RATHER GO RIGHT THROUGH THE GAP OF THEIR ATTEMPTED BLOCK!
"KELLY JUST BLOCKED THE OPPOSITION'S MOHAWK OFFENSE WITH HER LEG! WAY TO COUNTER WHEN THEY CATCH ON!
"THEY'RE GOING TO TRY AGAIN… YEAH, BY THIS POINT THEY'RE GETTING A BIT COCKY.
"WHOA! THEY JUST BOTH GOT DECKED BY IKUTO AND YASUKO, WHO COUNTERED WITH A CHOCTAW OFFENSE!"
Tad and Kelly got up. Kelly said, "You're going to need a better strategy."
"MEANWHILE, QUENT AND SUSAN HAVE MOVED ON TO THE CHOCTAW THEMSELVES AND MANAGED TO BLOCK A MOHAWK OFFENSE FROM HARUHI AND MIYUKI! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!"
Indeed, the crowd was roaring.
"AND TAD AND KELLY PROCEED TO DO A CHOCTAW OFFENSE RIGHT BACK AT THEM! IKUTO AND YASUKO NEVER SAW IT COMING!
"MEANWHILE, RICA AND RYAN ARE STARTING TO LOSE THEIR TOUCH--THEIR LATEST ROCKER/COUNTER OFFENSE WAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFLECTED, AND THEY GOT HIT IN THE PROCESS!"
Tad and Kelly were also losing their magic.
"AND TAD AND KELLY CAN'T SEEM TO GET THEIR CHOCTAW OFFENSE TO WORK JUST AS OFTEN; THEY JUST GOT PLOWED DOWN BY A ROCKER/COUNTER OFFENSE FROM IKUTO AND YASUKO!
"QUENT AND SUSAN ALSO HAVE BEEN FELLED! THEY WERE TRIPPED BY A TWIZZLE OFFENSE FROM HARUHI AND MIYUKI!"
Indeed, Quent and Susan both seemed battered and bruised from their contact with an enemy twizzle offense.
"IS THIS THE END FOR THE LIGHT SIDE? HAS THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM TEAM BEEN KNOCKED DOWN FOR THE COUNT? IS IT A TKO?
"THEY'VE GOT TO PULL IT TOGETHER, OR THEY'LL LOSE! FINGERS CROSSED, THEY WILL BOUNCE BACK!"
Juanita was watching. She said, "I hope Susan can pick herself back up…"
Kaitlyn said, "You can do it, Rica and Ryan… hang in there."
ED: "Anataboshi (When I Come to Your Star with My Love)"
Next episode: "Calciamo in ghiaccio! - Let's Kick Some Ice!"
- Yuki Tokiwa as Hiroshi Lee/Cure Dragon
- Nana Mizuki as Ran Chan/Cure Fortune
- Mariko Kouda as Kaori Chiba/Cure Fang
- Ikue Ohtani as Subera/Beryl D. Kong
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Rica Watanabe
- Rica Fukami as Ai Fukuda
- Rika Izumi as Tsuruya Kuruwa
- Yui Horie as Keiko Oh
- Saeko Chiba as Hanae Hayashi
- Junichi Suwabe as Taro Hoshi
- Aya Goda as Go Ongaku
- Satsuki Yukino as the announcer
- Rupert Grint as Ryan Lee/Cure Dragon
- Britt McKillip as Susan Chan/Cure Fortune
- Cyndy Preston as Kelly Chiba/Cure Fang
- Amanda Brown as Skate/Beryl D. Kong
- Chloe Grace Moretz as Rica Watson
- Hilary Haag as Eileen Fields
- Wendee Lee as Juanita Cruz
- Kate Oxley as Kaitlyn Oh
- Emma K. Lahana as Wing Lynn
- Michael Sinterniklaas as J. Thaddeus Long
- Tara Jayne as Quent Johnson
- Moneca Stori as the announcer