Flip Flappers

Flip Flappers (フリップフラッパーズ, Furippu Furappāzu) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Infinite and announced on March 25, 2016, at the AnimeJapan convention. The series is animated by Studio 3Hz and aired between October and December 2016.[4][5]

Flip Flappers
Flip Flappers logo.svg
Flip Flappers logo
フリップフラッパーズ
(Furippu Furappāzu)
GenreComedy,[1] magical girl[2]
Created byPure Illusionist
Anime television series
Directed byKiyotaka Oshiyama
Produced byTakayuki Nagatani
Written byYuniko Ayana
Music byTO-MAS
StudioStudio 3Hz
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, AT-X, BS Fuji, Sun TV
English network{{English anime network Anime Network|SEA=Animax Asia[3]}},
Original run October 6, 2016 December 29, 2016
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

PlotEdit

Cocona is a seemingly ordinary middle school student living a normal life with her grandmother. As she ponders over what future career she should take up, she meets an energetic yet eccentric girl named Papika, who immediately takes an interest in Cocona. Without hesitation, she drags her into an organization called Flip Flap.

This organization specializes in retrieving mysterious, amorphous fragments which are said to grant wishes from various alternate dimensions known as Pure Illusion. After completing their first mission, Cocona and Papika are immediately sent to another world in Pure Illusion. As a dangerous creature stalks them, they use their shards to transform into magical girls, Cocona into Pure Blade and Papika into Pure Barrier.

However, as they try to defeat the creature standing before them, three other magical girls from a rival organization barge in and slay the creature, later taking out an amorphous fragment left in its body. Realizing the potential rivalry between them and the rival organization and creatures living in Pure Illusion, Cocona and Papika must learn to work together and synchronize their feelings so that they can transform more effectively.

CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

Cocona (ココナ, Kokona) / Pure Blade (ピュアブレード, Pyua Burēdo)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi[6] (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[7]
An ordinary school girl in the second year of middle school who finds herself going on bizarre adventures after meeting Papika. She has an amorphous fragment embedded in her left thigh. She is the daughter of Mimi and Salt.
Papika (パピカ) / Pure Barrier (ピュアバリアー, Pyua Bariā)
Voiced by: M.A.O[6] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)[7]
An energetic and eccentric girl from the FlipFlap organization who becomes Cocona's partner. After recovering most of the amorphous fragments, she remembers that she was once known as Papikana and was partnered with Mimi.
Yayaka (ヤヤカ)
Voiced by: Ayaka Ohashi[6] (Japanese); Patricia Duran (English)[7]
Cocona's childhood friend, who works for the rival organization Asclepius alongside Toto and Yuyu, often battling them for the amorphous fragments they are seeking. She desires to be close with Cocona and despises Papika for getting in her way. In episode 10 it is revealed that she became friends with Cocona solely for the sake of Asclepius' work. However, she does develop a sweet spot for Cocona, hindering her from collecting amorphous fragments which resulted in her termination from Asclepius. As of episode 11, she officially gains an amorphous fragment for flip flapping.

FlipFlapEdit

Salt (ソルト, Soruto)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda,[6] Kōhei Amasaki (young) (Japanese); David Wald[7] (English)
The head of the FlipFlap organization, who is intent on seeking out the amorphous fragments for some unknown reason. He is revealed to be an old acquaintance of Papika and Mimi, and is Cocona's father.
Hidaka (ヒダカ)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima[6] (Japanese); David Matranga (English)[7]
A scientist at FlipFlap organization.
Sayuri (サユリ)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[6] (Japanese); Chelsea McCurdy (English)[7]
A scientist at FlipFlap organization.
TT-392
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[6] (Japanese); Jay Hickman (English)[7]
A robot that follows Papika everywhere, nicknamed "Bu-chan" (ブーちゃん).

AsclepiusEdit

Toto (トト)
Voiced by: Sayaka Inoue[6] (Japanese); Philip Hays (English)[7]
An elementary school student and Yuyu's twin brother, who works alongside Yayaka. He, along with his younger sister, are very distant from others to the point where they would abandon a team member for the sake of an amorphous fragment. However, it is shown that they care deeply for each other towards the end of the series when Toto sustains a head injury.
Yuyu (ユユ)
Voiced by: Airi Toshino[6] (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)[7]
An elementary school student and Toto's twin sister, who works alongside Yayaka. She wears a cast on her left arm when they are not in Pure Illusion.
Nyunyu (ニュニュ)
Voiced by: Marika Kōno (Japanese); Emily Neves[7] (English)
The third amorphous child who replaces Yayaka. She is very lively and gets along well with TT-392.

Other charactersEdit

Uexküll (ユクスキュル, Yukusukyuru)
Voiced by: Michiyo Murase,[6] Rikiya Koyama (Pure Illusion version) (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski[7] (English)
Cocona's pet rabbit. Named after the scientist.
Iroha Irodori (彩 いろは, Irodori Iroha)
Voiced by: Saori Onishi[6] (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)[7]
An upperclassman in the Art Club at Cocona's school. While usually spending a lot of time painting in the art room by herself, her personality changes after Cocona and Papika alter things within her Pure Illusion world.
Cocona's grandmother (ココナのおばあちゃん, Kokona no Obaa-chan)
Voiced by: Tamie Kubota[6] (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)[7]
Cocona's grandmother who has looked after her since her parents died. This turns out to be a ruse, however, as she is actually a robot part of Asclepius.
Mimi (ミミ)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[6] (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)[7]
A mysterious girl who was Papika's previous partner. She is revealed to be Cocona's mother, who possesses Cocona after all the amorphous fragments are gathered. Mimi is shown to have lived her life in the Asclepius factory, as an experiment, due to her ability to go to Pure Illusion. Her love and protective nature of her daughter cause her to lose sanity and disrupt the balance between Pure Illusion and reality. In order to protect Cocona from being taken away, she develops another personality by giving into her power. However, this new personality becomes the main antagonist.

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

The series by Studio 3Hz aired in Japan between October 6, 2016, and December 29, 2016, and ran for 13 episodes. The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks[8] and was simulcast by Hulu, Crunchyroll, and the Anime Network.[9] The opening theme is "Serendipity" by ZAQ, while the ending theme is "Flip Flap Flip Flap" by To-Mas feat. Chima. The anime was released across six Blu-ray & DVD volumes.[10] MVM Films released the series in the United Kingdom.[11]

Episode listEdit

No. Title[a] Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pure Input"
Transcription: "Pyua Inputto" (Japanese: ピュアインプット)
Kiyotaka OshiyamaYuniko AyanaOctober 6, 2016 (2016-10-06)
Cocona, an ordinary schoolgirl who lives with her grandmother and uncertain about her future career, meets a peculiar girl named Papika. Along with a robot named TT-392, the two girls fall into a tunnel and wind up in a snow-laden world known as Pure Illusion. Just as Papika informs Cocona that she is searching for a treasure somewhere in Pure Illusion, the girls suddenly come up against giant snow-covered beasts, with Cocona losing her glasses in the process. As Papika falls into an ocean while trying to get the glasses back, Cocona suddenly awakens a power inside of her and rescues Papika. Afterwards, the two manage to return to the real world, with Cocona now in possession of a blue amorphous fragment, before the two girls are suddenly captured.
2"Pure Converter"
Transcription: "Pyua Konbāta" (Japanese: ピュアコンバータ)
Noriyuki NomataYuniko AyanaOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
Having managed to escape from whoever captured her, Papika, who is unable to go through the tunnel again without Cocona, transfers into her school, much to the annoyance of Yayaka, Cocona's childhood friend. On top of dealing with Papika, Cocona also has to deal with her pet rabbit, Uexküll, coming to school with her. Upon following Uexküll after he gets sucked up by a strange device under a statue, Cocona and Papika end up in yet another Pure Illusion, where they happen to grow rabbit ears and tails and start to develop a desire to nibble things. While retrieving another amorphous fragment, Papika inadvertently activates a giant device with Cocona and an anthropomorphic Uexküll, known as the Green Knight, caged inside of it. Just as Cocona and the Green Knight are about to be dipped in lava, Papika awakens her own power and rescues them, helping them escape back to the real world. Afterwards, Papika takes Cocona to her organization called FlipFlap, where the leader, Salt, sends them to another Pure Illusion.
3"Pure XLR"
Transcription: "Pyua Ekusu-eru-āru" (Japanese: ピュアXLR)
Ikehata HiroshiYuniko AyanaOctober 20, 2016 (2016-10-20)
Papika ends up in a desert wasteland separated from Cocona, where she is rescued by some villagers who are under tyranny by an evil gang. As Papika stands up to the gang members, she is confronted by the gang's leader, who is revealed to be Cocona under the control of a mask. After Papika gets knocked out after freeing Cocona from the mask's control, a young villager reveals herself to be the evil villain Welwitschia, who put the mask on Cocona. However, Papika manages to regain her strength after eating a sweet potato and rescues Cocona. Then, Cocona and Papika use their amorphous fragments to transform themselves into magical girls named Pure Blade and Pure Barrier, combining their powers to defeat Welwitschia after she transforms into a monstrous form. Just as Welwitschia launches a surprise attack, she is destroyed by the arrival of Yayaka who, along with her two cohorts Toto and Yuyu, escapes with the amorphous fragment that Welwitschia left behind.
4"Pure Equalization"
Transcription: "Pyua Ikoraizēshon" (Japanese: ピュアイコライゼーション)
Masayuki SakoiAyumi SekineOctober 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)
Stating that their transformations are dependent on them syncing together their impedance levels, otherwise known as feelings, Hidaka, a scientist at FlipFlap, suggests that Cocona and Papika should spend some time living together. The next day at school, the girls come across Yayaka, who briefly hints that her organization called Asclepius, ruled by the High Priest, is allegedly gathering the amorphous fragments for the sake of world conquest. After school, the girls begin their mutual living lifestyle, staying at the tunnel from earlier which Papika had decorated. The next day, the girls visit a deserted island for some food, only to wind up becoming stranded after Papika's hoverboard gets washed away. While making the most of the situation, Cocona explains how she always wanted to meet her parents, who died around the time of her birth. With their feelings synced by the experience, Cocona and Papika set off together towards another Pure Illusion.
5"Pure Echo"
Transcription: "Pyua Ekō" (Japanese: ピュアエコー)
Ryōhei TakeshitaYuniko AyanaNovember 3, 2016 (2016-11-03)
Cocona and Papika arrive in Pure Illusion, this time set in a gloomy version of their school, where they briefly spot Yayaka before she disappears somewhere. The girls soon come across some spooky looking schoolgirls, who dress them up in their uniform and have them join in their school activities. As the girls find themselves doing the same activities everyday while getting oddly close with each other, Yayaka informs Cocona that they are stuck in a constant loop. Realizing that they must escape before the clock strikes only eleven times at midnight and time loops again, Cocona and Papika discover a hidden exit and follow Yayaka's group to a suspicious clock tower. Cocona and Yayaka get ensnared by numerous mysterious limbs, but Papika manages to transform and save them, allowing Cocona to transform, stop the loop and retrieve an amorphous fragment before Yayaka helps them escape to the real world.
6"Pure Play"
Transcription: "Pyua Purei" (Japanese: ピュアプレイ)
Ikehata HiroshiYuniko AyanaNovember 10, 2016 (2016-11-10)
Cocona and Papika end up going through a strange gate, following another encounter with Yayaka in a Pure Illusion. During this time, they enter an alternate world, in which they are both parts of a girl named Iro. As Cocona experiences being an Iro beloved by her grandmother named Yuki, Papika experiences being an Iro who is abused by her parents, the two of which would occasionally switch places. As the two look more into this world, Iro falls into despair after Yuki loses her memories of her due to having Alzheimer's disease, leading the two Iros to realize they are one and the same. Finding hope in a bottle of nail polish left behind by Yuki, Iro is able to get Yuki to recognize her. Realizing that Iro was actually their upperclassman from the Art Club, Iroha Irodori, the girls find her wearing the nail polish that Yuki gave her.
7"Pure Component"
Transcription: "Pyua Konpōnento" (Japanese: ピュアコンポーネント)
Hitomi EzoeKiyotaka OshiyamaNovember 17, 2016 (2016-11-17)
Cocona and Papika notice that Iroha has been acting differently, throwing away all of her old paintings and spending more time with others, which Hidaka suspects is a ripple effect caused by what they did while in the gate. As Cocona becomes hesitant about going to Pure Illusion again out of fear of changing reality further, she ends up in a Pure Illusion identical to her own world, where she encounters several versions of Papika, each with different personalities ranging from a little sister to a promiscuous lady. Despite spending time with the various Papikas, Cocona ultimately decides that she prefers the original Papika, who manages to find Cocona before she is sucked into a black hole. After returning with Cocona to the real world, Papika's amorphous fragment glows, showing her a vision of a woman named Mimi.
8"Pure Breaker"
Transcription: "Pyua Burēka" (Japanese: ピュアブレーカ)
Shun EnokidoNaoki HayashiNovember 24, 2016 (2016-11-24)
While at the school swimming pool, Cocona and Papika end up in another Pure Illusion resembling a futuristic city. After being saved from mutant birds by Yayaka's group, the girls come across a short scientist named OO-303, who they nickname "Pops" (or "Mister"), before a giant humanoid robot containing an amorphous fragment appears. As OO-303 states his determination to protect his city, he gives Cocona and Papika some battle vehicles, which combine into a giant robot known as PapinaKing. When even this does not seem to be enough, Yayaka reluctantly steps in with her own robot, Yapico Boy, which combines with PapinaKing to become Great Pacoya, giving them the strength to defeat the monster. After returning with the amorphous fragment, which Yayaka relinquishes to the confusion of Toto and Yuyu, Cocona is taken aback when Papika suddenly calls her "Mimi".
9"Pure Mute"
Transcription: "Pyua Myūto" (Japanese: ピュアミュート)
Katsuhiko KitadaNaoki HayashiDecember 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)
Threatened with being replaced in Asclepius, Yayaka is given one more chance to steal all of Cocona and Papika's amorphous fragments. Meanwhile, Cocona has a falling out with Papika, as Papika keeps presumably confusing Cocona for someone else. As this feud carries over into the next Pure Illusion, resembling a white area, Cocona gets caught in a defense trap designed as a locked room alongside Toto and Yuyu, who declare a ceasefire until they can find a way to escape. Observing Papika and Yayaka fighting outside, Cocona, whose wavering emotions start to effect the trap, recalls how she first became friends with Yayaka in a hospital during childhood. As Yayaka attacks Papika when the latter tries to rescue Cococa, it is Cocona who manages to break free from the trap, only to be thrust into a confrontation against Yayaka. However, Yayaka manages to beat Cocona, yet unable to bring herself to remove the amorphous fragment in Cocona's thigh, leading Toto and Yuyu to turn against her. As Yayaka is brought back to FlipFlap for medical attention, Papika starts asking about Mimi, who she reveals to be her old partner.
10"Pure Jitter"
Transcription: "Pyua Jittā" (Japanese: ピュアジッター)
Emi YamashitaNaoki HayashiDecember 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)
Papika has regained her memories, but is hesitant to tell Cocona about Mimi. Later, Yayaka explains to Cocona that the power to rule over Pure Illusion will be granted to whoever gathers all of the amorphous fragments. Just then, the FlipFlap base comes under attack by Toto and Yuyu, who state that Yayaka only befriended Cocona to keep an eye on the amorphous fragment in her thigh. As Yayaka holds off Toto and Yuyu long enough for Cocona to escape with Papika, Cocona stops Papika to tell her about Mimi, who had been showing up in her dreams. Long ago, when she was known as Papikana, Papika was brought to a mysterious organization, where she befriended Mimi and met a young Salt. As Salt got permission for Papika to show Mimi a lake for the first time, the girls ended up becoming partners who could travel to Pure Illusion. Believing that she is being treated as a substitute for Mimi, Cocona runs off back home, only to discover that her grandmother is actually an Asclepius robot. Before Cocona can be captured, the amorphous fragments suddenly gather towards her, leading Cocona to become possessed by Mimi, revealed to be her mother.
11"Pure Storage"
Transcription: "Pyua Sutorēji" (Japanese: ピュアストレージ)
Keisuke ShinoharaNaoki HayashiDecember 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)
Mimi, having taken control of Cocona's body, uses her ability to manipulate nature to overthrow the High Priest and take over Asclepius, deciding that Pure Illusion is a world for Cocona alone. Meanwhile, Yayaka arrives to protect Hidaka and Sayuri from the third amorphous child, Nyunyu. As Salt confronts Mimi, he recalls how his father learned of how Pure Illusion could affect the real world following an experiment that drove him crazy. After Mimi gave birth to Cocona, who is also revealed to be Salt's daughter, their organization attempted to separate them during an escape attempt. Just then, another personality sprung up inside of Mimi, taking control of her and unleashing tentacle powers. Before she could escape with Cocona, she was thwarted by Papika, leading Mimi to become the amorphous fragments. Back in the present, Papika appears before this "Mimi", who subdues Salt and escapes with Cocona's body. Meanwhile, Cocona finds herself in Pure Illusion, set in a canoe down a river, where Mimi tries to sway her to stay forever. As Pure Illusion starts to affect the real world, Salt gives an amorphous fragment to Yayaka, who encourages Papika to come with her to Pure Illusion to save Cocona.
12"Pure Howling"
Transcription: "Pyua Hauringu" (Japanese: ピュアハウリング)
  • Yasushi Muroya
  • Yoshimichi Kameda
Naoki HayashiDecember 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)
Feeling a sense of familiarity of where they have arrived, Papika leads Yayaka to where Cocona is, only to be confronted by Mimi, who forces them to go through all the Pure Illusion worlds they faced before. As Yayaka struggles against fighting Welwitschia, Yayaka uses her desire to be friends with Cocona with an amorphous fragment in order to perform her own transformation. Meanwhile, as Hidaka stays behind to remotely give TT-392 an upgrade, Salt, Sayuri and Nyunyu head for the Asceplius base, where Yuyu is treating Toto's injuries. Mimi sends the giant humanoid robot to fight Yayaka while using her own powers to rewrite Papika's memories. However, Cocona is encouraged by her true mother to make her own decisions, helping Papika to remember that what Mimi truly wished for was for Cocona to have her own freedom. Managing to reunite and obtain a new transformation, Cocona and Papika prepare to fight against Mimi.
13"Pure Audio"
Transcription: "Pyua Ōdio" (Japanese: ピュアオーディオ)
Kiyotaka OshiyamaNaoki HayashiDecember 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)
It is revealed that at the time of Mimi's disappearance, Papika had reverted to a younger age and became friends with a young Cocona. Using their new transformations, Cocona and Papika go up against the dark Mimi, who sends regenerating monsters after them. Just then, Salt uses his father's equipment to enter Pure Illusion, where he reunites with the real Mimi. Determined to destroy everything and start anew, the dark Mimi undergoes her own transformation to unleash her full power, but is stopped by Cocona and Papika after they realize their love for each other. As Pure Illusion starts to close up, Papika sends Cocona back with Yayaka, then decides to stay and help Mimi. Afterwards, Cocona is shocked to learn that there is apparently no way to get back to Pure Illusion, only to find she is actually still in a Pure Illusion after deciding to go and save Papika herself. Reuniting once again at the tunnel, Cocona and Papika return home together.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FLIP FLAPPERS". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Original Magical Girl Anime FLIP FLAPPERS". Anime News Network. September 30, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Animax Asia to Simulcast Flip Flappers, Poco's Udon World". Anime News Network. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Flip Flappers TV Anime Teased With Countdown Site". Anime News Network. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "Studio 3Hz's Flip Flappers October TV Anime Revealed". Anime News Network. March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Flip Flappers TV Anime Reveals Additional Cast in 2nd Promo Video". Anime News Network. August 8, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Flip Flappers English Dub Cast, Preview Clip Revealed". Anime News Network. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Flip Flappers Anime". Anime News Network. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Anime Network Online to Stream Matoi the Sacred Slayer, Flip Flappers, ClassicaLoid, Girlish Number Anime". Anime News Network. October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Blu-ray&DVD".
  11. ^ "MVM Release Announcements". Anime News Network. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.

External linksEdit