279th G-View: DokiDoki! PreCure

So I made a historic announcement some time ago and here we are again with another history making moment on the blog. For the first time ever The Yuri Nation presents a PreCure G-View. Let us take a look at the tenth entry in the long running franchise, DokiDoki! PreCure.

DokiDoki! Precure

Genres: Action, Magical Girl, Comedy, Slice of Life, School Life, Magic, (Harem, Yuri)

Number of episodes: 49

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: The Trump Kingdom is a magical world where everyone’s hearts live happily with the guidance of their ruler Princess Marie Ange. However one day, a evil force known as the Jikochuu attacked the Kingdom. But a warrior who served Marie Ange, known as Cure Sword, fended the Jikochuu by herself before being sent the human world with her fairy partner to find the missing princess. The Cure Sword also brought with her three other fairies who are to find three chosen girls to be her allies. One of the fairies, Charles, finds a girl named Mana Aida who is her school’s student council president. Whilst visiting the Clover Tower’s observatory during her school’s orientation day, Mana encounters a Jikochuu who attempts to manipulate her heart but being found by Charles as he gives her the power to become Cure Heart. Joined by Cure Diamond, Cure Rosetta and Cure Sword, the Dokidoki PreCure must fight to protect everyone’s hearts from the Jikochuu.

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Zero-Two image source: http://shadowchild71.deviantart.com/art/Zero-Two-322448755

To sum up the PreCure franchise in a nutshell it goes something like this: Imagine Kirby split into a team of two or more cute girls (The Mass Attack reference was unintentional) and them protecting the world by beating up goofy baddies of the week led by goofy generals until the time comes to face the a super scary big bad in an epic final battle. During that time the girls either do casual stuff or get several character driven episodes revolving around one of them while the main plot is slowly unraveled.

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There are two unintentional DDP references in DD! P. I wonder if wrestling fans can guess what they are?

DD! P has the same premise as what I described above but what makes a PreCure show special are three things that I will get to.

Cure Heart dodging a kick by Marro

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First of all while the main concept is easy to understand when comparing it to Kirby the best way to describe the fight scenes would be “Power Rangers minus Megazord fights”. I am not joking. Many of the PreCure fights in DD! P and other entries contain lots of kung fu and special moves, Power Rangers but with all members being female. The fist episode’s very first scene features Cure Sword (the purple one) gut-punching a giant gorilla then hip throwing a giant squid onto a giant buzzard. Oh yes, while the fights feature the standard. Despite being a rated PG show the Cures sometimes get into battles so intense I am surprised they do not have broken ribs afterward. Like Power Rangers and Kirby, even though DD! P is marketed toward a younger audience it often includes content that soccer moms would normally deem not suitable for children. Nothing too extreme but let us just say goofy monsters are not the only things the Cures get beat up by. Some fights take up the entirety of the second half or even an episode while others take seconds. It depends on the story being told.

The four main cures, their fairies and Ai

The main four from left to right, Mana, Makoto, Alice and Rikka.

Next up are the characters. Sure, 49 episodes will feature “filler” episodes (Thankfully DD! P’s fillers are usually amusing) every now and then but that is to be expected. Anyway the highlights are the character driven and plot progressing episodes, also as expected. Nothing revolutionary but like I always say, it does not have to be in order to be entertaining. Each girl, even Mana, has their own obstacles to overcome either revolving around their own personal lives or around how much they want to enter Mana’s garden. More on that later. The show’s main theme is “Love & Peace vs Selfishness” in many different shapes and forms. The ultimate moral is exactly what one would expect. Still cool though as the other morals are simple yet valuable.

The animation is very colorful as one would expect from a lighthearted mahou shoujo series but since this and other entries in the franchise have arguably shounen quality fight scenes from time to time it is expected that those be well animated as well. They are. The soundtrack is decent with the henshin theme being my favorite. The OP and EDs are not my favorite in the franchise so far but they are still worth listening to.

Before we get to the third aspect of what makes PreCure, DD! P in particular special, let us discuss the show’s cons. These are not dealbreakers for everyone but can deter the viewing experience or curiosity to pick the show up for some. First of all the show is formulaic. Basically most episodes except main plot progression ones have identical pacing:

  • The Cures are doing something casual.
  • The Selfish generals plot a mischievous scheme involving a “monster of the week” or sometimes step-up themselves.
  • The Cures answer the call unless some are in trouble.
  • Henshin sequence (that over time get shortened).
  • Fight sequence (the special move cinematics also get shortened over time).
  • “Love, Love, LOOOOOOOOVE!” or “I/We’ll get you next time Cures!”.
  • The day is saved.
  • Second, while there are some neat surprises once in a while the majority of the show is predictable.

ManaJohn Cena

Third, Mana Aida’s John Cenalike booking. At first I thought it would be a similar situation to Divergence Eve where the focus is all on the main protagonist and her co-stars are treated like plot devices rather than important characters. That is not the case here as everyone gets their time to shine and even though Mana has the best knockout record she is no Mary Sue and gets her butt beat as many times as her teammates/conquests. More on that later. The reason I bring up the John Cena comparison is, as diehard PreCure fans will attest, that Mana gets shoved down viewers’ throats as the stop star of the show while fans will argue her teammates/conquests are more developed and interesting than she is. While I personally disagree and consider Mana a reasonably developed character. I argue that not every single character needs a tragic past or the odds stacked against them to be interesting. Mana is no “Mary Sue” who can do no wrong or never fails, and even if she were I still would not have said she sucked, but some will be bothered by her being booked like the ultimate savior. I do not see her as a shoved in or meaningless main protagonist like Final Fantasy 12’s Vaan is what I am saying. Mana is nowhere near as “perfect” as say Dog Days’ Cinque or Medaka Box’ Medaka. Again this will not annoy everyone but can deter some.

Third, some will say “There are several other mahou shoujo series that deliver similar goods as DD! P does.”  While this is true for DD! P it does enough to make it stand out from other lighthearted mahou shoujo series.

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Mana “The Conqueror” Aida and her conquests.

And now the moment I am sure many yuri Cure fans have been waiting for, the legend of Mana “The Conqueror” Aida. See, even SOME non-yuri fans can see the truth behind this particular entry. It is secretly a yuri harem about how Mana got several girls with varying degrees of desire to not only have the utmost faith in her but also develop a nearly uncontrollable desire to eat her taco. Heck one of them has a character episode dedicated to them learning how to control their love and lust for Mana. Not to mention the YuriCure community’s debate regarding who is The Conqueror’s greatest “conquest”/worthiest bride. This is not even counting most of “the conquered” having lady loves of their own. Obviously The Conqueror has plenty of love to share with all her conquests. Truly a praiseworthy Iono-sama disciple, The Conqueror is.

Brock Lesnar

Mana is essentially a less savage Brock Lesnar of both the Cure-Verse and the Yuri Nation. Mana does not destroy weaker people or throw them off stairs.

She is not a heroine of a galactic scale but her legend is awe inspiring in the Cure-Verse…though keep in mind none of the Cure movies or DX All-Star crossovers are canon. While yuri goggles might be required they need not be set to high AT ALL.

Overall DD! P may be a formulaic magical girl show but it has more than enough to make it stand out, just like the other Cure shows I will be covering in time from now on. It is colorful, the fight scenes range from simple to intense (reaching shounen quality), the girls are likable (even Mana) and the legend is real. Recommended to yuri fans who do not mind formulaic magical girl shows and fans of said shows. It has enough kick to make it worthwhile.

PS: Wow. I think this is the most references I have made in one post, ever. A historic post indeed.

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43 Responses to 279th G-View: DokiDoki! PreCure

  1. cirno9fan says:

    Coward! Avoiding who you think Mana goes best with xD

    I never got the Mana hate. I really liked her as a character. As you said, she was nowhere near “untouchable”. Though, I read from other people that Mana’s “mary sue”ness is ramped up int he movie. And the other characters are turned into weaklings. That doesn’t really matter though. Because in the series proper, they definitely are strong. I don’t get why people complain about how they have support attacks. The whole message of “Love” throughout the show was about “supporting” each other and thinking of others before yourself. Which, to be honest, is a very accurate portrayal of what “love” is, in my opinion.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I’d rather viewers decide for themselves who their pick for the ultimate conquest is.

      It’s no different than when the Red/Lead Ranger uses the finishing move before the Rangers “Zord up” to fight the giant monster of the week. It’s no different than in Tokyo Mew Mew where Ichigo was usually the one landed the KO attack. I don’t get it either. Alongside your explanation of the “Love” theme the show is centered around I don’t see what the problem is. Again the others also have KO moves and they got just as many upgrades as Mana so the hate still makes no sense.

      Alice is the only one whose special moves were mostly defensive but that’s because she’s the tank of the group. She’s perfectly capable in hand to hand.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        You’re still avoiding it! I’m onto you….
        xD

        Everyone has their own opinions, so it shouldn’t hurt to give your personal opinion. I’m just really curious. DM it on Twitter if you want to avoid publicly announcing something.

        Alice was a beast. It was pretty funny to have the completely support type, be the most physically capable of beating someone in a fight xD

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    • OG-Man says:

      Not telling who my pick is for the greatest conquest.

      Loved her fight against Super Marro.

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  2. josefcd904 says:

    I was going to say wow you finished this fast, but then again when I saw it I watched it in basically 2 days.

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  3. Rory says:

    Another thing that makes DokiDoki! unique amongst PreCure is the myth arc that runs throughout – something relevant to the plot happens every episode, be it a minor event or the focus of an episode. Basically, no one episode is pure filler – TV Tropes covers it here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/MythArc/DokiDokiPrecure
    Overall this is my favourite iteration of PreCure, as you already know, but I would have to say that Maho Girls PreCure! is definitely leaving a very strong impression so far.

    Also, Mana x Regina OTP – though I’m not averse to the harem option either.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Still doesn’t mean most people won’t label the “Ai babysitting” episodes as more than that. Despite raising her having significance to the plot they are still “babysitting” episodes.

      It’s the only one I’ve seen to completion so far so I’ll see how it compares to the other entries I choose to pick up besides MGP.

      So you and cirno9fan have told me.

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    • cirno9fan says:

      Welll, TECHNICALLY
      Smile actually runs under this too. Because the MotW IS the plot, the show actually stays plot-relevant the entire time. Even if the majority of the episodes feel filler, there is always a reference to the plot. So, this being “unique” to doki is a bit of a false claim due to Smile being an odd case (that I loved to death~)

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  4. kitsu260 says:

    Finally you meet the legend of the legendary Mana!
    Sure this season break a lot standar of the rest of Precure series
    The things is how call this season ”subtext” when Regina break the ambiguoness with her relationship with Mana, even mostly show with explicity yuri don’t go far as Regina feeling over Mana.
    I was thinking that Regina is probably a ”evolution” of anterior villain who become allies like Setsuna, but that is a history for other review

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    • OG-Man says:

      It was worth watching The Conqueror’s conquests.

      I was referring to someone other than Regina, you know who, but yes Regina is one of the top contenders.

      Ah. Fresh! PreCure eh? She looks interesting. Will check it out sometime after I finish the other two I’m prioritizing.

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  5. neptuniafan says:

    Definitely one of my top 3 favorite Precure series of all time. I do like Mana and like you said, I never think of her as a Mary Sue, plus (this is just my thought though) Mana has her reasons for becoming as great or perfect as she is in the anime, I got it in Alice’s flashback where Mana was bullied for being too nosy, and I think this is where Mana wants to grow even better to prove that she really wants to help people in need. And like you said, there are many points in the anime where Mana almost got killed or even defeated entirely. But no one believed me and go for Megumi in Happiness Charge which I think IS more of a Mary Sue than Mana.

    The ending really makes me want this particular Precure series to have a sequel or even an OVA if possible, but this is Toei’s anime for kids, so I guess this is just wishful thinking. Also, Doki Doki Precure RPG game where?

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    • cirno9fan says:

      It’s up to the fans to continue the story.Once a Precure has had its movie and series, that’s the end of it. Outside cameos in All Stars movies.

      I personally find Haruka of GoPri the most “Mary Sue” character out of the ones I’ve seen to the end (Futari, Smile, Suite, GoPri, Doki) and the ones I’ve seen pretty far (Happiness, Splash, Heartcatch). But that’s another discussion for another time

      I so want a Precure RPG period….

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    • OG-Man says:

      Precisely. Mana’s not a perfect girl nor is her getting the top star build as bad as diehards claim.

      A modern day PreCure RPG, fighting game or Musou like MarkSOON mentioned would be great.

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  6. zuneko says:

    After reading this, I think I will start watching this show, if I have the time. -w-

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  7. MarkS00N says:

    Following 4chan when it was aired (at least when it was streamed, as I don’t follow the thread everyday), the main reason Mana is called a “Mary Sue” (and why it is a stealth harem), is because Mana is involved one way or the other in the conflicts that each Precure face (It is Rikka episode! And it focus on Rikka’s feeling on Mana! It is Alice episode! And it involves a flashback when Alice and Mana first met! etc.), giving illusion that Mana is perfect or can do no wrong…
    And the fact that Mana has played crucial role to help other Precure in their dilema is the reason why I am okay with Mana as harem leader, because it makes sense and serve purpose in the story…

    Though I must say, the final episode actually do make Mana a Mary Sue, because she turns in to Jesus by the end…
    She is killed, get resurrected, in order to erase the “original sin” (technically, Proto-Jikouchu but, because “Proto” is basically “The Original” and “Selfish” is kinda a “Sin”, it is closed enough), and spread the message of love to the entire world…

    While I agree there is a formula for how each episodes will progress, I think if the viewers know that the main audience for Precure is kid, I think they can adjust their expectation and enjoy the subtlety, action, and plot that might past the kid…

    What I think hamper DokiDoki (which make its hater magnify its mistake, such as “Mana is Mary Sue”) is the fact that Regina isn’t made Precure (there is a video where a girl is crying when Regina is brainwashed to attack Mana), and instead introduce Aguri out of nowhere, making a lot of investment on the Regina’s character seems to be thrown away (it will be used in the future episode, but at the moment it was streaming, people don’t know what will happen) and people hesitant to take “filler” episode seriously…
    I still love DokiDoki regardless, it is aired at the same time with Symphogear GX, and makes me have one the best summer ever (and allow me to give Hibiki and Mana as the “MANliest Maho Shoujo ever!” to my friend as selling pitch)…

    Anyway, Mana x Harem for me, Mana x Rikka if I must choose one (Aishiteru FTW!)…

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    • cirno9fan says:

      At first I was salty that Regina wasn’t made a precure, but then Aguri really grew on me, and by the end, I realized why it was necessary. I definitely get reactions like that during it, though.

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      • OG-Man says:

        I was fine with her being another one of Mana’s conquests. Plus she had a very important role in the story so her not becoming a Cure was not tantrum worthy.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        I just was saying I understand people getting upset at first. Anyone who finished the show should be at a point where they understand why it happened. I mean, I would have liked them to cut out a few episodes (because there were definitely a few that really had barely any point of being there, “myth arc” nonsense aside) and get her back sooner, so we could have more Regi time, but ah well. Their reunion wouldn’t have been as strong if Mana wasn’t kept away from her that long.

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    • OG-Man says:

      As expected the reasons for the Mana hate were petty.

      Aguri initially came off as a regular “wise ass” loli at first until the tea ceremony episode. Then I was a-okay with her being on the show. Regina taking a break to recuperate after “that event” didn’t annoy me. PreCure shows always have over 40 episodes so she’d come back sooner or later.

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  8. themarrowbook says:

    Doki Doki is the first Precure series I watched on time, but there are some episodes I missed. Reading your review makes me go through it once more!

    DD!P is special in the franchise for providing us with so many yuri shippings. I think it is unusual for the main cure to have multiple pairings considered OTP by fans.
    My pick for Mana’s greatest would be Rikka, as I like Cure Diamond and her interacting with Mana, like childhood-friends-developped-lovers should be.
    I am also curious about your personal favorite pairing in DD!P.

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  9. John Hayabusa says:

    Doki Doki is the most yuritastic Precure in the history. And Mana is one lucky yuri pimp!

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  11. My ultimate impression of the magical girl genre as a whole is that it was heavily inspired by Super Sentai/Kamen Rider/Power Rangers. Since I never grew up with any of them myself, delving into the toku industry and its essential library is definitely going to be an undertaking for a media consumer like me but alas, I’m willing to rise to that challenge if only to see the inspirations behind my favorite works of fiction.

    That being said, my friends seem extremely 50/50 on Dokidoki. Some love it for the same reasons you did, some detest it. Some think Toei is trying too hard to directly copy certain Sentai formulae, and some just enjoy Mana’s harem. I certainly don’t think I hate it, but I also wonder what category I’ll fall into.

    By God though, it certainly seems like its the fucking GAYEST of the series, from my vantage point. If anything, I’ll watch it for Regina because GODDAMN, that girl is not only FINE, she also has a raging lady boner for Mana and I frigging love it. XD

    So yeah, as far as I see it, we’ll see about this one. I’ve got a few others I plan to watch over it first, and I’m gonna try and find out if my friends agree with you or not on this one.

    Keep up the great work, bro!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Best of luck understanding this world you plan on exploring.

      You have your own view on things so take what your pals said and see for yourself.

      It is the most yurirific.

      Do as you wish.

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  12. Reblogged this on haveyouexperiencedshitsurakuen and commented:

    My ultimate impression of the magical girl genre as a whole is that it was heavily inspired by Super Sentai/Kamen Rider/Power Rangers. Since I never grew up with any of them myself, delving into the toku industry and its essential library is definitely going to be an undertaking for a media consumer like me but alas, I’m willing to rise to that challenge if only to see the inspirations behind my favorite works of fiction.

    That being said, my friends seem extremely 50/50 on Dokidoki. Some love it for the same reasons you did, some detest it. Some think Toei is trying too hard to directly copy certain Sentai formulae, and some just enjoy Mana’s harem. I certainly don’t think I hate it, but I also wonder what category I’ll fall into.

    By God though, it certainly seems like its the fucking GAYEST of the series, from my vantage point. If anything, I’ll watch it for Regina because GODDAMN, that girl is not only FINE, she also has a raging lady boner for Mana and I frigging love it. XD

    So yeah, as far as I see it, we’ll see about this one. I’ve got a few others I plan to watch over it first, and I’m gonna try and find out if my friends agree with you or not on this one.

    Keep up the great work, bro!

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  14. I always prefer to see Magical Girls teams as a Group Marriage.

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  16. Liddo-kun says:

    This is my most favorite precure series. Have watched them all and this is the best in terms of yuri. It’s the only one that looks like the main girl has a harem ending. Best moment when Mana and Regina are in the lava pit, and Regina says she loves her. Also Makoto always being in search of the princess has some yuri vibes as well.

    And lastly… just a personal prefrence… Cure Diamond is one of the most beautiful precure I’ve ever seen.

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  19. Christian Appel says:

    I watched it and – especially due to their love confessions to each other and everyone knows – even Bel – that they love each other – it is VERY clear that Mana x Regina are girlfriends/ an official couple at the end and it is not a yuri harem to me.

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