Doki Doki! PreCure ( Japanese: ドキドキ！プリキュア, Hepburn:Dokidoki! Purikyua, literally “Heart-Pounding! Pretty Cure”), is a Japanese anime series produced by Toei Animation as the tenth instalment in Izumi Todo’s Pretty Cure metaseries, featuring the eighth generation of Cures. The series is produced by Hiroaki Shibata, who produced Digimon Data Squad and written by Ryöta Yamaguchi, who wrote the scripts for The Vision of Escaflowne. Character designs were handled by Akira Takahshi, who previously did the designs for Suite PreCure. The series aired on the ANN network between February 3, 2013 and January 26, 2014, replacing Smile PreCure! in its initial time-slot, and was succeeded by HappinessCharge PreCure. An animated film based on the series was released on October 26, 2013. This series’ main topic revolves around love, selflessness and selfishness, with playing cards for the cure’s main motifs. Saban produced an English dub of the series, Glitter Force: Doki-Doki, abridging the original forty-nine episodes into thirty. Despite the Glitter Force trademark having moved to Toei in June 2017, Saban Brands was still credited with production of the English dub. The first fifteen episodes began streaming on Netflix from August 18, 2017. The second season, also consisting of fifteen episodes, was released on November 10, 2017. It is the third installment of the series to receive an English dub, and the second English adaptation under the Glitter Force brand. Hasbro currently owns the rights and names to the program and the brand alongside other Saban Brands entertainment assets as of June 14, 2018.
Plot – Trump Kingdom (トランプ王国, Toranpu Ōkoku, Saban: Splendorius) is a magical world where everyone’s hearts live happily with the guidance of their ruler Princess Marie Ange. However, one day, an evil force known as the Jikochu (Saban: Mercenares) attacks the kingdom. A warrior who served Marie Ange goes to the human world with her pixie partner to find the missing princess, and they bring a trio of young pixies along to find the special girls who can be granted magical powers to help save the kingdom. Sharuru ( Saban: Kippie ), one of the pixies, finds an enthusiastic middle-school girl named Mana ( Saban: Maya ) during a visit to the Clover Tower. When Mana encounters a monster Jikochu ( Saban: Distain ), which is formed from the soured heart of a person, Sharuru gives her the abillity to transform into magical Cure Heart ( Saban: Glitter Heart ) using items called Cure Loveads (キュアラビーズ,Kyua Rabīzu, Saban: Glitter Charms) and a smartphone-like device called a Lovely Commune (ラブリーコミューン, Raburī Komyūn, Saban: Glitter pad). Mana is joined by her friends to form the magical girl Precure team. Characters- DokiDoki Pretty Cure The title characters are a team of girls who become the magical Pretty Cure. They derive their powers by collecting pins known as Glitter Charms which they place in a smartphone- like device called the Magical Lovely Pad. When transforming into their magical from, they shout Pretty Cure, Love Link!(プリキュア ラブリンク!,Purikyua Rabu Rinku!, Saban: Glitter Force Makeover!) and trace out the letters L-O-V-E on their devices. Charmas can be added to enhance their powers. In later episodes, the girls upgrade to use the Love Heart Arrow and the Magical Lovely Pad to execute more powerful purification attacks. They introduce themselves with the phrase: Listen to the heart beat of love! DokiDoki! Pretty Cure! Hibike ai no kodō! DokiDoki! Purikyua! (響け愛の鼓動！ドキドキ！プリキュア, Saban: All together, Glitter Force Doki Doki!)).
Mana Aida (相田 マナ, Aida Mana, Saban: Maya Aida) / Cure Heart (キュアハート, Kyua Hāto, Saban: Glitter Heart) Voiced by : Hitomi Nabatame ( Japanese); Debi Derryberry (English) Mana Aida is the bright and energetic student council president of Sea Shell Bay Middle school (大貝第一中学, Ōgai Daiichi Chūgaku, Ōgai First Public Middle school). she has short dark pink hair and pink eyes. She is always looking to help others, often jumping in without thinking of the consequences. Her family owns a local yoshoku restaurant called Pigtail (ぶたのしっぽ, Buta no Shippo, “The Pig’s Tail”). As Cure Heart, Mana has long bright yellow blond hair styled in a ponytail. Her theme color is pink and her playing card motif is the Heart.
Rikka Hishikawa (菱川 六花, Hishikawa Rikka, Saban: Rachel Woods) / Cure Diamond (キュアダイヤモンド, Kyua Daiyamondo, Saaban: Glitter Diamond) Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki ( Japanese ); Cassandra Lee Morris18] (English) Rikka Hishikawa is Mana’s best friend since moving into her neighborhood ten years ago. She has long blue hair and blue eyes, and wears red glasses. At school, Rikka is the student council secretary, and is ranked among the top ten in the country in performing on the national mock exams. She often tries to keep Mana from going cary. She says she is not athletic and is usually the last to be picked for a sports team. Her father is a photographer who travels a lot so Rikka writes him letters. As Cure Diamond, she partners with the pixie Raquel, her hair transforms into a light blue color with a long ponytail. Her attacks are icy blasts that freeze her opponents. Her theme color is blue and her playing card motif is the Diamond.
Alice Yotsuba (四葉 ありす, Yotsuba Arisu, Saban: Clara Yotsuba) / Cure Rosetta (キュアロゼッタ, Kyua Rozetta, Saban: Glitter Clover) Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami ( Japanese); Melissa Fahn 19] (English) Alice Yotsuba has brown hair styled in buns and brown eyes. She is a friend of Mana and Rikka, having known them from elementary school when she little was little and the two girls would defend her from being picked on by bullies. She comes from a wealthy family which owns Clover Tower and many businesses in town, and she attends the prestigious Private Nanatsubashi Academy. Having learnt martial arts from her grandfather as a child, she came to fear her own strength due to the time in elementary school when she fought off the bullies and then made a vow not to ever fight again. She first learns of the Pretty Cure from the security footage from Clover Tower that recorded Mana transforming. At first, she is willing only to provide a supporting role to the team and not fight because of her vow, but she comes to the realization that it is important to fight to protect those dearest to her. In the beauty contest episode, the girls try to keep Alice from losing her temper, knowing she had a short and furious one when she was younger. As the magical girl Cure Rosetta, her long brown hair gradually lengthens are is tinted in an orange color before being tied into two long, curly ponytails. Her pixie partner is Lance. Going with her desire to protect, her power largely revolves around producing protective barriers. Her theme color is yellow and her playing card is the Club.
Makoto Kenzaki (剣崎 真琴, Kenzaki Makoto, Saban: Mackenzie Mack) / Cure Sword(キュアソード, Kyua Sōdo, Saban: Glitter Spade ) Voiced by: Kanako Miyamoto ( Japanese ); Stephanie Sheh (English) Makoto Kenzaki is the Royal Songstress of Trump Kingdom as well as the last of the previous generation of magical warriors until Mana and the other girls became the Pretty Cure. She has a strong sense of responsibility toward the princess of Trump Kingdom, Marie Ange. When the kingdom is invaded by the Jikochu, leaving Makoto as the last remaining warrior, she and Marie Ange became separated during their escape. Arriving in the human world and becoming determined to find Marie Ange, Makoto takes on a human alias and becomes a pop singer/celebrity/idol in the hopes that her voice will one day reach the princess. Whilst initially reluctant to work with the other girls, Makoto soon opens up to them and reveals her identity to them, accepting their offer to help her find the missing princess, and later enrolling in Mana and Rikka’s school. Her pixie partner is Davi. Having come from another world, she is generally unfamiliar with a lot of the local customs. As Cure Sword, her true Tump Kingdom from, her dark purple hair changes to a lighter purple and grows into a ponytail. Her theme color is purple and her card motif is the Spade.
Aguri Madoka (円 亜久里, Madoka Aguri, Saban: Natalie Miller) / Cure Ace (キュアエース, Kyua Ēsu, Saban: Glitter Ace) Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya ( Japanese ); Erica Lindbeck (English ) Aguri Madoka is a mysterious fourth – grader who first appears in Japanese episode 22 when she protects the heroines from Regina. She is generally levelheaded and wise, often lecturing the other girls and pushing them to become stronger. Despite keeping up a stern demeanor most of the time, she has a fondness for sweet foods. Aguri is also very fond of Ai and treats her like a little sister. Aguri became a Pretty Cure before the events of the series, separated from Ai after being defeated by the Jikochu, and she does not remember anything before encounter with her foster grandmother, Mari. After the Royal Crystals were gathered, Aguri is reunited with Ai and resumes her duties. It is later revealed that Aguri is actually the personified goodness of Marie Ange and believes that she is destined to fight Regina, her biological sister. Her pixie partner is Ai. As Cure Ace, Aguri’s transformation lasts for 5 minutes but in episode 45, when she touches the Eternal Golden Crown, Aguri’s transformation is unlimited- her physical appearance changes into a young adult and her hair turns fiery red. Unlike the other girls, Cure Ace transforms using the Love Eyes Palette (ラブアイズパレット, Rabu Aizu Paretto) provided by Ai, using the transformation phrase”Pretty Cure, Dress Up!” (プリキュア・ドレスアップ！, PuriKyua, Doresu Appu!, Saban: Glitter Force Makeover! ). She uses a unique lipstick/sword-like weapon called the Love Kiss Rouge (ラブキッスルージュ, Rabu Kisu Rūju, Saban: Glitter Sparkle Stick), which allows her to use various powers based on the color lips she puts on and is mainly used for purification. Her theme color is red and her card motif is the Ace card.
Trump Kingdom- Characters from the magical world of Trump Kingdom (トランプ王国, Toranpu Ōkoku, Saban: Splendorius): Splendorius ): Sharurur (シャルル,Saban: Kippie) Voiced by: Kimiko Nishihara ( Japanese ); Tara Sands (English) Sharuru is a pink-colored pixie with rabbit ears who partners with Mana. She is the sole female member of the three triplet pixies, and the most passionate and outgoing. She is named after “Charles”, the King of Hearts in the traditional Paris court card name of playing cards. Raquel (ラケル, Rakeru, Saban: Rory) Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki (Japanese ); Stephanie Sheh (English) Raquel is a blue-colored pixie with floppy ears and resembles a dog. He is one of the triplets along with Sharuru and Lance. He is named after “Rikka”, the Queen of Diamonds. Lance (ランス, Ransu) Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi ( Japanese ); Bryce Papenbrook (English) Lance is a yellow-colored pixie with round ears that resemble a bear. He is the third of the pixie triplets. He is a little spoiled. He is named after “Lancelot”, the Knave of Clubs. Davi (ダビィ, Dabi) Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (Japanese ); Erica Mendez (English) Davi is a purple-colored cat-like pixie who partners with Makoto. Davi is very independent, but she often worries about her partner and often has the habit of voicing out her true feelings, much to her embarrassment. Davi can transform into an adult human, acting in the role of Makoto‘s manager. She is named after “David”, the King of Spades.- Joe Okada (ジョー岡田, Jō Okada, Saban: Johnny/Jonathan Klondike) Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai ( Japanese ); Grant George (English) Joe Okada is salesman who gives Mana her Cure Lovead. He wears a hat and has blond hair. He had a knick-knack booth near the Clover Tower, and then opens a shop in the neighbourhood. Though he initially plays dumb about his knowledge of the magic world, he eventually reveals his true identity as Jonathan Klondike(ジョナサン・クロンダイク, Jonasan Kurondaiku), a royal knight of Trump Kingdom and Marie’s fiancé, who travelled to the human world to search for her following the Jikochu’s attack on the kingdom. In the finale, Jonathan becomes the president after kingdom’s conversion from a monarchy to a republic. – Princess Marie Ange (マリー・アンジュ王女, Marī Anju Ōjo, Saban: Princess Marie Angelica) Voiced by: Yuka Imai ( Japanese); Kate Higgins (English) The princess of the Trump Kingdom, who often enjoyed Makoto’s performances and treated her like a sister. When the Trump Kingdom was attacked by the Jikochu, it took nearly all her power to seal the Jikochu King into a deep slumber. After sending Sharuru and the other fairies to earth, she escaped the Trump Kingdom alongside Cure Sword but got separated from her friend with Bel attempting to turn her into a Jikochu. This forces Marie to split her psyche into Regina and Aguri, who respectively embody her love for her father and their kingdom, with her body transformed into the egg from which Ai emerges. Everyone assumed Marie was frozen until Aguri revealed the truth with Mana attempting to stop her and Regina from killing each other. Ultimately, Marie Ange’s disembodied spirit explains that the process cannot be reversed, but her soul will live on through her splintered selves. – Ai (アイちゃん, Ai-chan, Saban: Dina) Voiced by: Yuka Imai ( Japanese); Kate Higgins (English) A mysterious winged baby that hatched from a large egg Joe found and came in contact with Mana and the others. She has various magic abilities, some of which are used based on her mood with others helping to power up the PreCure.