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 installment 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 Ryōta Yamaguchi, who wrote the scripts for The Vision of Escaflowne. Character designs were handled by Akira Takahashi, 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 timeslot, 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.
|Doki Doki! PreCure|
Key visual of the series featuring the five main Cures. In clockwise order: Cure Ace, Cure Sword, Cure Rosetta, Cure Diamond, and Cure Heart in the center.
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Go Koga|
|Produced by||Hiroaki Shibata|
|Written by||Ryōta Yamaguchi|
|Music by||Hiroshi Takaki (JP)|
Noam Kaniel (Noam) (US)
|Original network||ANN (ABC)|
|Original run||February 3, 2013 – January 26, 2014|
|Episodes||49 (Japanese version)|
30 (International version)
|Written by||Izumi Todo|
|Illustrated by||Futago Kamikita|
|Original run||March 2013 – February 2014|
|DokiDoki! PreCure: Narikiri Life!|
|Developer||Namco Bandai Games|
|Publisher||Namco Bandai Games|
|Released||August 1, 2013|
|DokiDoki! PreCure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope Tied to the Future!|
|Directed by||Naoyuki Itō|
|Written by||Ryōta Yamaguchi|
|Released||October 26, 2013|
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.
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 ability 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.
The characters names and terminology are presented from the assumed Japanese translations. The Saban version is as shown in the Netflix English dub as alternative names.
DokiDoki Pretty CureEdit
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 form, 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. Charms 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, Saban: Glitter Diamond)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese); Cassandra Lee Morris (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 crazy. 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 (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 was little and the two girls would defend her from being picked on by bullies.Ep. 3 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 and 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 Trump Kingdom form, 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 of lips she puts on and is mainly used for purification. Her theme color is red and her card motif is the Ace card.
Characters from the magical world of Trump Kingdom (トランプ王国, Toranpu Ōkoku, Saban: Splendorius):
- Sharuru (シャルル, Saban: Kippie)
- Voiced by: Kumiko 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, Dabī)
- 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 a 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,ep. 1 and then opens a shop in the neighborhood.ep. 2 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 the 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. She also has her own set of Cure Loveads that are used with the Lovely Commune to look after her, such as milk bottles.
- After Aguri's appearance, Ai is revealed to be her partner, having helped her gain the ability to transform into Cure Ace using the Love Eyes Palette before the story begins. Prior to the story, Aguri was defeated by the Jikochu King, which led to Ai being reverted to an egg and becoming separated from her. She is later reunited with Aguri after the Royal Crystals are gathered. She initially lives with Joe, but later uses her magic to convince Mana's family that she is her sister and stays at her house. While Ai explains she was sent by Marie to serve as a shield that weakens a Jikochu's influence, causing the opposite effect when in a bad mood, she is revealed to created from Marie's body after she splintered her psyche. Ai's motif is based on the cupid.
The Jikochu (ジコチュー, lit. "selfishnesses", Saban: Mercenares) are the main antagonists of the series. Desired by an ancient darkness possessing the King of Trump Kingdom, their goal is to turn all feelings into hatred and selfish desires into "Janergy" (ジャネジー, Janejī) to revive their leader the Jikochu King and create more of their kind. Each of the Leaders and Generals represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- King Jikochu (キングジコチュー, lit. King Selfish, Saban: King Mercenare)
- Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
- The main antagonist of the series, He is the leader of the Jikochu, he would later be revealed to be Marie Ange's father: King Trump (キング トランプ, Kingū Toranpu, Saban: King of Splendorious). Treasuring his daughter, King Trump's resolve to cure Marie Ange resulting in him being possessed by the Proto Jikochu and compelled by the entity into siring an army of Jikochu from his subjects before his daughter sealed him in stone. But the Jikochu Agents work to revive King Jikochu by getting the energy from people's psyches, eventually reviving him to invade Earth.ep. 46 It was revealed that King Trump King still exists with King Jikochu, with Marie Ange's incarnation extracting him before the Precure destroy King Jikochu with only a fragment containing the Proto Jikochu remaining. In the aftermath, King Trump retires with Joe Okada made the president of the Trump Kingdom. King Jikochu represents the sin of Pride.
- Proto Jikochu (プロトジコチュー, lit. Proto Selfish, Saban: Proto Mercenare)
- Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)
- The Proto Jikochu was an evil entity sealed within the Golden Crown by three legendary Precure ten millennia years prior. But the seal was accidentally broken by King Trump when he uses its power to cure his daughter Marie Ange, with the Proto Jikochu possessing the king who is converted into his host - King Jikochu. When King Jikochu was destroyed, the Proto Jikochu takes Bel as his new body before being destroyed for good by Cure Heart Pantheon Mode. The Proto Jikochu represents the original sin.
- Regina Madoka (レジーナ, Madoka Rejīna, Saban: Regina Miller)
- Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
- Regina is a mischievous, spoiled and demanding blonde-haired girl who serves as the Jikochu Trio's second-in-command while claiming to be King Jikochu's daughter. She is actually a personification of Marie Ange's inner darkness, embodying her original incarnation's desire to protect her father, with the ability to create Jikochu from selfless people. She also possessed for a brief time a red Royal Crystal that changed her personality into a more cruel and violent one with red eyes. But after befriending Mana and the other girls, Regina begins to reconsider her group's actions. Infuriated by her "betrayal," her father brainwashes her back into the fold completely, with a different outfit. After receiving wounds from Cure Ace, Regina was put to sleep to rejuvenate her. In episode 38, Regina awakens, and returns to lead the Jikochu Trio. In episode 39, she takes the Miracle Dragon Glaive after her feelings reached her father which turned the glaive light into the power of darkness. During the final battle, Regina's origins are revealed as she eventually remembers her friendship with Mana and the other Cures. She decides to switch sides and allies with the Pretty Cure to save King Trump and stop King Jikochu. At the end of the series, Regina turns over a new leaf and becomes an ally to the Pretty Cure, and starts attending Mana's school. While Regina is Latin for Queen, she represents the sin of Lust.
The Jikochu Agents were previously composed of seven members, each an embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins. As revealed in episode 46, the members Jikochu Agents Lust (ルスト, Rusuto) and Goma (ゴーマ, Gōma, Pride) were destroyed by Makoto's comrades during the Jikochu' attack on the Trump Kingdom.
- Ira (イーラ, Īra)
- Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka (Japanese); Benjamin Diskin (English)
- Ira is a teenager that make up the Mercenare Trio (ジコチュートリオ, Jikochū Torio). He has short bluish-white hair, yellow eyes, and black bat wings behind his ears. He has a short temper. In episode 26, he fell in love with Rikka after being treated by her when he is struck by lightning. In the finale, he and Marmo surrendered as they fled after the defeat of Proto Jikochu. His name is Latin for Wrath.
- Marmo (マーモ, Māmo)
- Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
- Marmo is a bossy woman who wears an asymmetrical outfit: half of it is a sleeveless dress, and the other half is made of heavy winter clothes. She has long bluish-white hair, yellow eyes, and also has bat wings behind her ears. She can also consume the dark hearts that would have been formed into Jikochu, and transform into a powerful monster. In the finale, she and Ira surrendered as they fled after the defeat of Proto Jikochu. Her name is derived from Marmon, the demon representing Greed.
- Master Bel (ベール, Shujin Bēru)
- Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)
- The secondary antagonist of the series (and later the final antagonist of episode 49), Master Bel is the leader of the Jikochu Trio that faces the Pretty Cure early in the series. He is a bearded man who wears sunglasses. After killing off Leva and Gula for their Janergy, Master Bel fashions Blood Rings to force Ira and Marmo into serving him. But Master Bel later loses the Blood Rings when they are destroyed by the Pretty Cure while deposed by Regina's return. In the finale, though he intended to gain a new power by eating a surviving fragment of King Jikochu, Master Bel ends up becoming a vessel for the Proto Jikochu and is purified back into his true form, a rat with bat wings, upon the monster's death. His name is derived from Belphegor, the demon representing Sloth.
- Leva (リーヴァ, Rīva)
- Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
- Leva appears as a deputy of the Jikochu. He is a bearded man who wears makeup and a top hat. He speaks in a very effeminate language and refers to Bel with the suffix "-chan". In episode 31, after being defeated by the Lovely Straight Flush in their combined form, Leva is killed alongside Gula by Bel for his Janergy. His name is derived from Leviathan, the demon representing Envy.
- Gula (グーラ, Gūra)
- Voiced by: Masuo Amada (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English)
- Gula appears as a deputy of the Jikochu. A hulking and muscular man with very sharp teeth who likes to eat everything, able to bite through anything like Cure Rosetta's shield. In episode 31, after being defeated by the Lovely Straight Flush in their combined form, Gula is killed alongside Leva by Bel for his Janergy.
- Jikochu (ジコチュー, lit. "selfishes", Saban: Distains)
- The lesser Jikochu are monsters generated out of the selfish thoughts a person's heart, speaking in their voice with varying forms. These Jikochu are created when a Jikochu general would influences a targeted person to dwell on those thoughts, causing them to faint and release a blacken heart with bat wings known as a Psyche (プシュケー, Pushukē) which form the core of a Jikochu. The PreCure use their attacks to defeat the Jikochu, purifying the Psyche into a heart with angel wings as it enters to its owner.
Other recurring charactersEdit
- Sebastian (セバスチャン, Sebasuchan)
- Izo Oikawa (Japanese); Kirk Thornton (English)
- Sebastian is the chief butler who looks after Alice. He is an old gentleman with a big white moustache.GF ep. 1 He knows of the girls' secret identities as magical girls, and assists them by providing intel and containing any leaks of their existence to the public.
- Kentaro Aida (相田健太郎, Aida Kentarō)
- Nobuaki Kanemitsu (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
- Mana's father who runs the Pigtail Restaurant as a chef.
- Ayumi Aida (相田あゆみ, Aida Ayumi)
- Harumi Ueda (Japanese); Laura Post (English)
- Mana's mother who runs the Pigtail Restaurant and handles the orders.
- Sokichi Bando (坂東宗吉, Bandō Sōkichi)
- Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi (Japanese); Kyle Hebert (English)
- Mana's grandfather who often argues with Kentaro over who the better cook is.
- Reina Itsutsuboshi (五星麗奈, Itsutsuboshi Reina, Saban: Nellie Knotty)
- Voiced by: Hyo-sei (Japanese); Laura Post (English)
- A vain girl with blond hair and red eyes. She comes from a wealthy family and has known Alice since elementary school as a rival. She is supported by three minions, Nachi Rabia & Zuicho (Saban: Naomi Julia & Hillary)
- Mr. Kido (城戸先生, Kido-sensei, Saban: Mr. Kittredge)
- Voiced by: Issei Maeda (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English)
The headroom teacher of Oogai First Middle School. He seems to trust Mana a lot seeing as she is so reliable. He has long gray hair and maroon eyes.
- Marsh (マシュー, Mashuu)
- Voiced by: Shōsuke Tanihara
- The secondary antagonist in the film. The man carrying the flute. He proclaimed himself as "the king of the world of memories" and somehow developed hatred towards Mana. He also detest humans who throw old things away for new and desired to trap everyone into their past for eternity. It is later revealed that he's actually Mallow, Mana's beloved dog who died in a car accident.
- Mannequin Carmine (マネキンカーマイン, Manekinkāmain)
- Voiced by: Mayumi Asano
- A woman based on the harlequin created from mannequins. She is one of Marsh's servant.
- Silver Clock (シルバークロック, Shirubākurokku)
- Voiced by: Minoru Inaba
- A clock like creature created from the grandfather clock. He is one of Marsh's servant.
- Purple Buggy (パープルバギー, Pāpurubagī)
- Voiced by: Hisao Egawa
- A skeleton biker like creature created from the engine and bike. He is one of Marsh's servant.
- Bebel (べベル, Beberu)
- Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama
- A mysterious fairy who helped the fairies to save Mana and everyone and stop Marsh. Her true identity is unknown to everyone but in the end, she's actually Mana's late grandmother, Isuzu Bando.
- Clarinet (クラリネット, Kurarinetto)
- Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda
- The main antagonist of the film that is the demon resembles Clarinet and the mastermind behind the schemes. At first, it's the clarinet that Marsh carrying. After Marsh unable to destroy Mana, Clarinet took the lead and attempt to destroy the future. It is later defeated by Cure Heart in her Engage Mode.
The series aired on ABC and other ANN stations between February 3, 2013 and January 26, 2014. Marvelous AQL began releasing the series on DVD from May 29, 2013 and on Blu-ray Disc from September 27, 2013.
Saban produced an English dub of the series, titled Glitter Force: Doki Doki. The English dub abridged the original forty-nine episodes into thirty. The first season was released on Netflix on August 18, 2017, comprising 15 episodes and covering multiple languages. Doki Doki is the second series to be released under the Glitter Force brand following Toei's acquisition of the trademark from Saban Brands. However, Saban Brands was still credited with the production of the English dub.
The DokiDoki Pretty Cures made their theatrical debut in the Pretty Cure All Stars film, Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2: Friends of the Heart (プリキュアオールスターズ New Stage 2 こころのともだち, PuriKyua Ōru Sutāzu Nyū Sutēji Tsū: Kokoro no Tomodachi), which was released in Japanese theatres on March 16, 2013, with an official soundtrack released on March 13, 2013. A film based on the series, titled DokiDoki! Precure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope Tied to the Future (映画 ドキドキ!プリキュア マナ結婚!!? 未来につなぐ希望のドレス, Eiga DokiDoki! Purikyua: Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibō no Doresu), was released on October 26, 2013 as well as the official soundtrack on October 23, 2013.
The series uses three pieces of theme music, one opening theme and two ending themes. The opening theme is "Happy Go Lucky! DokiDoki! Precure" (Happy Go Lucky！ドキドキ！プリキュア, Happy Go Lucky! DokiDoki! Purikyua) by Tomoyo Kurosawa. The ending theme for the first 26 episodes is "Kono Sora no Mukō" (この空の向こう, "Beyond the Sky") whilst the ending theme for the remaining 23 episodes is "Love Link" (ラブリンク, Rabu Rinku), both performed by Hitomi Yoshida. The opening theme is composed by Chiho Kiyooka, the ending themes by Dr.Usui and the background music by Hiroshi Takaki. A character song album featuring songs performed by Kanako Miyamoto (as Cure Sword), titled "Songbird", was released by Marvelous AQL on May 29, 2013, alongside the original soundtrack's first volume, Pretty Cure Sound Love Link.
The first vocal soundtrack titled DokiDoki! PreCure Vocal Album 1 ~Jump up, GIRLS!~ (ドキドキ！プリキュア ボーカルアルバム1 ~Jump up, GIRLS!~, Dokidoki! PuriKyua Bōkaru arubamu 1 ~Jump up, GIRLS!~) was released on July 17, 2013. The second vocal album for the series entitled ~100% PRECURE DAYS☆~ was released on November 6, 2013. Then on November 20, the second original soundtrack for the series was released under the title Pretty Cure Sound Arrow. On January 15, 2014, the vocal best album for the series was released.
For Glitter Force: Doki Doki, Noam Kaniel (Noam) (known for X-Men, Code Lyoko, W.I.T.C.H., Fantastic Four, Power Rangers, Digimon Fusion, & Miraculous Ladybug) composed the "Glitter Force: Doki Doki Theme Song" and it was performed by the Asian girl group Blush, who previously performed the Glitter Force theme song.
Merchandise of the anime were also issued during the series's initial run including bags, watches, raincoats, etc. Several toys featuring the Cure's transformation devices and weapons were also released by Bandai during the series' airing.
The characters in the series appear in the dancing video game, PreCure All Stars: Everyone Gather Let's Dance! (プリキュアオールスターズ ぜんいんしゅうごう☆レッツダンス！, Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Zen'in Shūgō Rettsu Dansu!), which was released for the Wii in Japan on March 28, 2013. A game based on the series, Dokidoki! PreCure Narikiri Life! (ドキドキ!プリキュア なりきりライフ!, Dokidoki! Purikyua Narikiri Raifu!), was released by Bandai for Nintendo 3DS on August 1, 2013.
Let's Talk Anime panned the English adaption of Doki Doki, criticizing the dub for skipping 19 episodes, the episode merges leading to numerous plot holes, the complete removal of Aguri's characterization, and the name changes.
- ^ "Ep." is shortened form for episode and refers to an episode number of the collected Doki Doki PreCure anime.
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