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1- "Mahou tsukai ni nachatta" ("I can do magic")

(魔法使いになっちゃった)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0124:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 01

Airdate: October 02, 1992

A very cute girl, with long blonde hair and a red ribbon, is having fun flying on a broom, among the clouds high in the night sky. When she emerges from the clouds, a large city far below her comes to view. The girl says that the view from here is great, and she can't see that from the Land of Magic. Then she asks her broom, named Chappy, to fly down closer. Her broom retorts that it's no game and she, the Princess, should go back soon or her father the King will be very mad at her. But the girl says that she has two days to find her look-a-like. Soon they head down toward the city, and fly among the tall skyscrapers.

In a building that wasn't so tall, some people are still at work, taking shots for a movie. As they start shooting a scene, the director, a dark haired man wearing glasses, spots something flying outside, and as he turns back, is face to face with the blonde Princess on her broom, who was carelessly flying too close to the buildings and has come into view. She dashes away at full speed.

Screaming with surprise, the director rushes at a phone to give a call home. At home, his wife, with middle-long brown hair tied with a pink ribbon, is working on her computer and asks Aiko (one of her daughters) to answer. But she remembers she hasn't come back home yet, so goes to answer the phone herself. She manages to pick up the phone before her young daughter Yumeko does. At the other end of the line, her husband, still very excited, yells that he has just seen a girl flying outside, and it was Himeko without a doubt. To prove to him that he must have dreamt it, his wife calls Himeko. Then he hears his daughter rush down the stairs.. behind his wife. But says he thought that was Himeko for real. His wife says he must have gotten mixed up with the scenario of his movie, and hangs up. Himeko, who really looks like the Princess' twin but with short hair, is very surprised about her father's call.

The next day at school, the blonde Princess and her broom Chappy are hiding in a tree, looking carefully at the students on the playground. Then they happily spot Himeko, playing baseball and running after the ball to catch it. But as she catches it, looking backwards, she bumps into the fence and falls right into a puddle. But she hasn't dropped the ball, so her team congratulates her. Chappy complains that the Princess' look-alike is such a tomboy.

When the lesson is over, Himeko goes to class 1-A to get Manami, one of her friends, a red-haired girl with two ponytails, so they can go back home together, since Himeko's club has no meeting that day. Manami calls her Hime-chan and wonders why she's so dirty. As they go down the stairs, along with another friend of theirs, a taller girl wearing round glasses that Manami calls Icchan, Hime-chan tells them what happened during the baseball game.

Soon they hear the sound of roller skates getting closer at full speed. A boy with short brown hair is visibly trying to run away from a very mad teacher who calls him Kobayashi and is chasing him for skating in the hallway. When Kobayashi gets cornered in front of a closed door, he throws his school bag at a very surprised Hime-chan, takes a run at the teacher, and impressively jumps over him. Then he picks up his school bag and heads for the playground, with the teacher still after him, who swears he'll pay for it the next day.

Manami says that this boy was the very cool Kobayashi Daichi. Icchan teases her for finding just every boy very cool, but Manami retorts that it's true: Kobayashi is very good at sports and really good-looking. But Hime-chan says he's not her type as she prefers much quieter and intellectual boys.

"Just like Hasekura-senpai then?" Manami adds, startling Hime-chan. She wonders out loud if Hasekura-senpai, a member of Hime-chan's theater club, is Hime-chan's secret love. As Hime-chan retorts that he's not, Hasekura-senpai, a tall guy with short light brown hair, comes into view and asks her what she was saying about him, making her blush and look down. Then he realizes how dirty she is, and says she isn't changing a bit.

Hime-chan then spots a memo he's holding, to get ready for the coming exams sessions. She pats her trousers' pockets, inside which there is an amulet for passing exams, and wishes Hasekura-senpai good luck. As he leaves, she takes the amulet and wants to give it to him, but can't do it and cheers him up out loud instead. Icchan remarks that Hime-chan can't be in love with him, because if she was, she couldn't have said that much.

From where they are hiding, the blonde Princess says that the ribbon would nicely fit her.

At home, lying on her bed in her pajamas, Hime-chan remembers what Manami said about her being in love with Hasekura-senpai. She says to herself that the next day is his birthday. She bought the amulet three months ago to give it to him and wish him good luck for his exams, but was too shy to do it. Talking to her stuffed animal, a small and cute lion called Pokota, she complains she can't even say "I love you" to him.

Then her older sister Aiko, very cute and calm girl with long dark hair, knocks at the door and comes in. She brings some clothes she has just ironed for her. Staring at her, Hime-chan says that Aiko is the perfect image of a girl. "You are good at cooking and housework, very feminine, and so beautiful. If I were a boy, I would definitely want to marry you." Aiko, with a smile, says Hime-chan should go to bed instead of talking nonsense.

Lying back on her bed, Hime-chan thinks to herself that if she were like Aiko, she would be courageous enough [to give Hasekura the present she bought for him]. As she holds Pokota, she realizes he seems mad at her for being in such low spirits. Soon she gets up with a resolute look, yells, "Yes! That's my way! I won't give up! I'll give him my present tomorrow!" and makes a funny/silly jump in the air, yelling out, "Ike ike go go jump!!" startling everyone in the house.

The next day, bringing Pokota with her in her purse, she heads toward Hasekura's house with a resolute look. She is now standing in front of Hasekura's house, wondering what she should do. She takes a deep breath and almost puts her finger on the door bell, but can't press it. To cheer herself up, she takes Pokota and uses his paw to press the button.. but she can't, and leaves.

Flying in mid air on her broom Chappy, the blonde Princess has been watching Hime-chan. Chappy still doesn't understand why Hime-chan couldn't give the amulet, but the Princess tells Chappy that one day she will understand too.

Hime-chan, walking in the streets, enjoys the fresh air and passes in front of the broken fence around a very old, deserted house, and decides to sneak in. But when she pops out of the bushes, she runs into.. Kobayashi Daichi.

Spotting her, Daichi asks Hime-chan what she's doing here. She replies she's crawling on the grass, but that doesn't make him laugh. Then Hime-chan asks him if he's the owner of the old house. Daichi asks her why she thinks somebody is living here, and pushes her back out onto the street, saying there was a no trespassing sign that she should have read. But Hime-chan doesn't notice that the amulet has dropped out of her pocket while she was crawling on the grass.

When Hime-chan complains that Daichi has ignored this sign too, calling him by his family name, Daichi is surprised and asks her why she knows his name. He obviously doesn't remember that he threw his school bag to her the day before. She says, "We are in the same school!" and Daichi replied, "Oh! You are a GIRL!!".

Hime-chan becomes VERY furious and gives him her powerful Himeko kick right on his face [VERY funny !], while yelling at him for not having noticed that she was a girl. Then she spots, Hasekura-senpai behind Daichi, who is looking at her, and might even have seen her kicking Daichi (her typical boyish behavior she is afraid to show him).

Hime-chan becomes bright red, so while she is speaking to Hasekura, Daichi comes by and whispers, "Why has your face turned red?" She doesn't reply but kicks him again from behind. While he was leaving, Hasekura tells Hime-chan to try to stop acting too much like a tomboy. It makes her laugh, but to herself that's the worst.

At home, when Yumeko asks Aiko why Hime-chan skips dinner, Aiko replies that she said her head hurts. Their mother says not to worry about her though, because she'll eat even more the next day. In her room, looking at the night sky out of the window, Hime-chan can hear them quarreling over her dinner (Mother and Yumeko fighting for croquettes).

Hime-chan sadly remembers the past events: Kobayashi thinking she was a boy, Hasekura seeing her kicking Kobayashi, and more, she has lost the amulet somewhere. She says to herself, with her eyes closed, that she would die to become, or even be able to transform into, a very cute girl. At the same time, flying in the night sky, the blonde Princess is looking at her, smiling.

Then just when thinking such a thing could never happen, Hime-chan opens her eyes and sees the Princess in front of her. Hime-chan thinks that it was a kind of mirror she's looking at, but when she realizes her reflected image has long hair and wears a red ribbon, the Princess introduces herself as Erika, and asks very politely to Hime-chan to let her in. Hime-chan is about to yell out with fear, but Princess Erika shushes her, saying she's not a thief.

Hime-chan, yet a bit surprised, asks her in a rough voice if she is in the habit of entering people's rooms through the window, but Erika replies that there is nothing to be angry about because she has come to tell Hime-chan something very important.

Erika says she is the Princess from the Land of Magic. Hime-chan obviously doesn't believe her at all, and gets up to call her mother. But then she spots Erika's broom Chappy flying around her, so she sits down quietly. Erika continues to tell her story. In the Land of Magic, everybody's duty (such as her father the King) is to prepare/invent magical items. In fact, Chappy herself was invented by Erika's great-great-great-grandfather, and Erika has invented the ribbon she is now holding out to Hime-chan. She adds that it could transform Hime-chan into any other living person on Earth. Hime-chan, as expected, doesn't believe a word of what she said, and Chappy gets mad, yelling that it's the truth.

Erika would give the ribbon to Hime-chan for one year, in return for the permission to let her observe Hime-chan for her training. Hime-chan retorts with an angry look that she is NOT a guinea pig. Erika replies that she can't help it because she had to find her copy on Earth to make the experiment with.

Then Chappy angrily says to Hime-chan that if she uses this ribbon to do something stupid and if the examiners come to hear it, Erika won't be able to pass the exam. Hime-chan then gets up and said she wouldn't do that.

Hime-chan also says that she's not suited for this task. But Erika kindly replies that she is very suitable for it, and begs her to accept the ribbon, saying that turning into other people is really great. Then Hime-chan wonders if she could even turn into her older sister Aiko. Erika says that she could.

Erika gives her a bracelet that she should use the ribbon in combination with. Then to be able to transform, Hime-chan should stand in front of a mirror, or any reflecting surface. After that, Hime-chan had to do the following in order.

  • open the magical bracelet
  • put her left arm with the bracelet on her forehead
  • put her right arm to form a cross with her left arm before her face
  • say the magic words while opening her arms

But Hime-chan is somewhat scared to do so, until she hears a voice from behind saying, "Cheer up! Do it!"

She turns back and sees, much to her surprise, that her stuffed animal Pokota can now talk. Erika adds that another side effect of the ribbon is to bring one of its owner's belongings to life. In Hime-chan's case, it is Pokota. Now, taking Pokota in her hands, Hime-chan is convinced it was no joke and she can really transform into Aiko.

She looks back at her reflection in the mirror and says the magical words, parareru parareru Aiko-oneechan ni nare. In no time she gets transformed into Aiko, and can't believe it. But Erika isn't finished with her yet. She tells her that the transformation lasts only one hour, and to turn back to her own self she has to do the same magical gestures. Also while she is transformed, the bracelet and ribbon turn themselves into a pendant which will start beeping three minutes before time runs out.

She also advises Hime-chan to take great care of herself when using the ribbon, but Aiko/Hime-chan isn't listening to her any more. Hime-chan is looking for some earrings to show off. With a deep sigh, Erika sits on Hime-chan's bed and starts worrying about her. But Pokota tells her that it was Hime-chan's first transformation ever so Erika shouldn't worry about her strange typical Japanese girl behavior. He also says that from now on he will look after her. Erika feels a bit relieved then.

Finally, Hime-chan/Aiko jumps up and yells out, "That's GREAT!!"


2- "Shock!! Sempai no kokuhaku" ("Shock! Sempai's confession")

(ショック!先輩の告白)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0224:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 02

Airdate: October 09, 1992

In the morning, Hime-chan's mother shouts at Hime-chan to wake up, or she'll be late at school once again. Hime-chan gets up and grabs Pokota to wish him a good morning. But Pokota doesn't reply, and she isn't wearing the ribbon, so she wonders if all of this was just a dream after all. Then her younger sister Yumeko sneaks in, saying Mother is mad at her, and spots a cute ribbon on Hime-chan's desk. Hime-chan rushes and grabs the ribbon before her sister, and throws her out, saying she will get dressed and go very soon. Yumeko sticks her tongue out at Hime-chan for being so harsh with her.

Hime-chan, realizing that it was not a dream, quickly puts on the bracelet and the ribbon, and Pokota starts talking immediately. He scolds her for not remembering that she must wear the ribbon for him to be able to talk. But she hugs him hard, with tears of joy, because she was thinking she couldn't speak to him any more.. Just then Mother slams the door open with anger.

Mother freezes as Hime-chan turns back with tears in her eyes. She quickly recovers and tells her mother that she was rehearsing a role for her theater club with her stuffed animal. Mother wonders out loud what kind of play that might be to have such an ugly thing for partner. Noticing that Pokota got angry, Hime-chan hides him behind her and laughs with embarrassment.

In the entrance hall, Hime-chan's father is cleaning his shoes when his oldest daughter Aiko comes by and leaves to school. He tells her to take care of herself, while thinking to himself that having a cute daughter like her is nice indeed. But then Hime-chan shows up, late as expected, still munching a toast, and bumps into the door with surprise when Father shouts her name. He is very surprised to see that Hime-chan now wears a ribbon. That makes her more feminine, and Father has tears of joy in his eyes. But he wipes them out with the duster he was using to clean his shoes, and his face gets all black. That makes Hime-chan laugh, then she leaves.

At the traffic lights, she spots Hasekura-senpai in the bus passing by. She is really worried because his birthday is today and she has lost the amulet that she had gotten for him. With a resolute look, she dashes after the bus, as we see her sister Aiko getting into the bus. Hime-chan wishes she could take the bus with her sister, because that way she would be with Hasekura-senpai.

Note: Aiko and Himeko aren't studying at the same school. Hime-chan's is very close to her home, so she doesn't take the bus.

In the bus, Hasekura is busy reading the memo for his coming exams, but he glances at Aiko. Realizing she's being looked at, Aiko glances at him, but both of them quickly turn away, blushing with embarrassment. They glance at each other again, but then Hasekura has to leave the bus at the Kazetachi-chuu-mae (literally in front of Kazetachi junior high) bus stop, Aiko glancing at his back one last time.

Since she arrives at the school gate late, Hime-chan spots Gori-sensei (the teacher who was after Daichi in the first episode) on guard. But she has an idea to get rid of him, and uses a car mirror to turn herself into the principal. Then she confidently walks to the gate and Gori-sensei lets her in, even bowing at her with respect. But at the very last instant he tells her he thinks he has already seen her go in. Hime-chan/principal scolds him, saying she is the only principal out there.

At home, Pokota is still worried about Hime-chan, thinking she could get into trouble if she uses the ribbon for fun.

In her crystal ball, Erika and Chappy are looking at Hime-chan/principal, Chappy wondering if it's ok to use the ribbon for such things. But then Hime-chan spots the real principal coming downstairs, so she rushes to the men's restroom and hides inside.

After that she stands in front of a mirror to turn back to her own self. She makes the correct gestures and says, "Rerurapa rerurapa moto no sugata ni na--re," but it doesn't work at all. Doing it three times makes no better. Hime-chan starts panicing.

Seeing this, Chappy laughs at her for not realizing she is making a big mistake in the way she says the magical words backwards, but Erika says that it's not funny, because she must transform back within one hour and the real principal is somewhere too. Therefore Erika decides to go and help her, but her protector Len stops her, reminding her that once the magical item has been given to the person, Erika is not allowed to meet her again for a year.

Erika says she understands but if they do nothing Hime-chan will be stuck in the principal's body for the rest of her life, and begs him to let her go. Len says he can't, but there is nothing to worry about as Hime-chan still has 20 minutes to transform back. Besides she is not helpless on Earth, as a friend of her will come to rescue her, Pokota!

In the men's restroom, Hime-chan is thinking that Erika told her the wrong magic words. But then Pokota, out of breath, sneaks in, carrying a large roll of paper on his back. Hime-chan/principal, in tears, cries out that no matter how many times she says rerurapa, nothing happens.

Then Pokota tells her that the reverse of parareru isn't rerurapa but rurerapa. He tells Hime-chan to transform back soon because the bell for the break is ringing and some people might come over. This time the magic words work fine, and Hime-chan, with a quick glance, sneaks out of the restroom. But she is spotted by Daichi, who was coming there.

Daichi says, "As I thought you're a boy after all." Hime-chan yells at him for saying stupid things, and says that she couldn't be mistaken for a boy, and that she is wearing a ribbon. Daichi then asks, "Then why did you come out of the men's restroom?" Hime-chan replies, "I.. made a mistake.." Daichi sarcastically adds, "Peeping into men's restrooms is not good, you know." This makes Hime-chan VERY mad. As she runs away, he calls her hentai, but says, "That was a joke!" catching her off guard and making her slip on the floor [VERY funny].

Erika feels relieved that Hime-chan could transform back, but Chappy thinks that if she gets mixed up right from the first day like this, she can't imagine how the rest of the year will be.

Pokota has taken Hime-chan to a quiet place to show her the roll of paper he got for her from Erika. When Hime-chan unrolls it, at first nothing can be read, but then the characters appear and she reads them.

Mahou no ribbon - go ka jou no chuuigaki (5 written warnings about the magical ribbon)

1- ribbon wo tsukete iru toki dake henshin dekiru. (you can only transform when you wear the ribbon)

2- Ningenkai ni sonzai suru hito ni shika henshin dekinai. (you can only transform into people living on Earth, that is, people that exist for real)

3- Henshin dekiru no ha ichijikan dake de aru. (you can only transform for one hour)

4- Henshin shite iru aida mo sono honnin ha sonzai suru. (while you are transformed, the real person is still around)

5- Henshin shite iru aida pendant hazusu koto ha dekinai. (while you are transformed, you cannot take the pendant off)

Therefore Pokota tells her to take great care of what she does from now on, and advises her to keep the roll in her school bag to keep it in mind. Hime-chan remarks out loud that Pokota has become very smart recently, and that she didn't know he had such a strong character until he could speak [for obvious reasons ^_^]. Pokota replies it's his duty to back her up since she's so disorganized. Also he says he knows her very well because he had been by her since she was born. Pokota has witnessed so many things that happened to her (such as the day she came back home with her clothes all torn because she had quarreled with some boys, etc..). But then the bells rings the end of the break time, so Hime-chan rushes to her classroom. Pokota shouts for her to learn the warnings by heart, and goes back home, wondering if she'll be all right.

Walking to the theater club's meeting room, Hime-chan thinks to herself that even if she has no present to give Hasekura-senpai, she should at least wish him a happy birthday. But as she goes in, she spots 3 girls giving birthday presents to him. So Hime-chan leaves, deciding to give him a present by all means. She decides that she will go to a nearby shrine to buy another amulet.

At the shrine, she throws 100 yen as an offering to Gods, asking them to let her give the amulet to him at least. She wonders why she's the only one who doesn't have the guts to give Hasekura a birthday present, unlike the other girls. As she leaves, a very young girl, taken to the shrine by her grandfather and spotting Hime-chan, tells him, "Wa! Look grandpa! I'd like to have a cute ribbon like hers!"

Hearing this, a good idea crosses Hime-chan's mind. She heads for the ladies' restroom and turns herself into her sister Aiko. As Hime-chan/Aiko leaves, she says, "Thanks miss!" to the young girl who gave her the idea, and who waves at her in return. (Grandpa asked, "Do you know that girl?" and the young girl replied, "I don't!")

Walking in the streets, Hime-chan feels much better now, thanks to her sister's body's strength. Everybody (boys and girls) stares at her with envy, saying she is very cute. She even spots some nice dresses in a shop window, but leaves as the sales woman comes to ask her if she'd like to try some on.

Now Hime-chan/Aiko is at Hasekura's school gate, waiting for him, but a pushy guy comes to bother her. Hime-chan can't get rid of him, but then Hasekura unexpectedly shows up, saying he's sorry for having made her wait, and takes her hand and leaves. Hime-chan/Aiko is so stunned that he took her sister's hand this naturally that she doesn't say a word. She blushes and gently follows him, her heart beating very fast.

After a while, they arrive at the nearby park, Hasekura saying the pushy guy should be far enough now. Realizing he still has her hand in his, Hime-chan/Aiko shyly takes hers back, thanking him nevertheless for what he did, with a cheerful voice. Hasekura says that's nothing, besides he doesn't like those kind of guys at all. Hime-chan/Aiko replies, in the Hime-chan's tomboy-ish style, that she'll beat the tar out of him next time. Hasekura is very surprised to hear her speaking that way, so Hime-chan realizes she has given in to her natural self and laughs more girl-ish-ly with embarrassment, saying that's what she'd like to do. She still can't believe she is talking that casually to Hasekura, and remembers she must give him the amulet this time.

But then Hasekura starts speaking to her, "By the way, I never thought I could meet you this easily. Day after day, I've kept.. kept thinking only about you, and then I run into you. That suddenly, being so lucky.." Hime-chan/Aiko can do nothing but star at him, obviously not believing what he is trying to say. Then he continues, "I've always.. loved you."

She opens her eyes wide and is really stunned now, and then her pendant starts beeping, telling her it's time to transform back. She dashes away, saying she has an urgent business, and heads toward the restrooms. Hasekura watches her run away, with a sad look.

Back at home, Aiko (the real one) and Yumeko are getting ready for dinner and welcome Hime-chan back, but she, on the verge of tears, seeing her older sister's happy face, doesn't feel good at all and says she'll skip it. She goes directly to her room, and sits on the floor. She sadly tells Pokota, "I've found out that Hasekura has someone in mind.. my older sister Aiko. As I thought, boys only like feminine girls [not tomboys like me].. No way they can notice non-exceptional girls like me. I wish I had a ribbon that could change people's hearts," and starts dropping tears.

To cheer her up, Pokota nicely replies, "You know for how long we have been together. I've witnessed you saying your very first words, managing to say my name, going on an excursion at the kindergarten with me, and the day you confessed me your love for Hasekura-senpai. I know that you *are*, more than any other girl, very feminine indeed. Since the beginning, I've been your best confidant." As Hime-chan gets up Pokota continues, "For 13 years, I wanted hard to talk to you but couldn't stand not being able to."

Hearing this, Hime-chan gets her smile back, and replies, "I also wanted to talk to you so much!" Pokota adds, patting her hand, "Let's be even better friends!" Then they do the ike ike go go jump.

Erika writes on her diary that the ribbon might end up putting people into trouble like this, but she is sure that, being together, Himeko and Pokota will overcome all the difficulties.


3- "Akogare no senpai ni henshin" ("The unfaithfulness of sempai's desires")

(あこがれの先輩に変身)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0324:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 03

Airdate: October 16, 1992

The next day, Hime-chan heads to the theater club and goes in. Her friends notice that she is wearing a ribbon, and tease her for finally looking like a girl. She gets on her high horse at once but Hasekura tells her from behind that this ribbon suits her very well. Hime-chan thanks him for his kindness, and then picks up the amulet that she must give him that day by all means, but can't, being too shy.

Then the meeting starts. They have to elect the person who will play the main role of their coming play Yuuzuru, a sad love story. But everyone notices that Hasekura is lost in his thoughts. Hime-chan realizes that Hasekura must be thinking that he confessed his love to her sister Aiko for real the day before! Also it must have been a shock to him to see Aiko running away. She swears to herself that she must do something. As expected, Hasekura is elected for the main role.

At home, while Pokota is reading some manga, Hime-chan keeps looking at the amulet she couldn't give to Hasekura. She wonders though where her sister has met him before, since they don't go to the same school. [It is obvious that Hime-chan doesn't know that they ride on the same bus every morning and evening.] Soon she gets up and leaves to see Aiko.

Hime-chan knocks on her sister's door and goes in. She then asks Aiko if she knows a certain Hasekura-san. Aiko replies that she doesn't.. catching Hime-chan off guard. Hime-chan thinks to herself that she might only know his face, not his name. Since Hime-chan didn't have a picture of him, she grabs a sheet of paper and a pen and manages to draw Hasekura's portrait. Despite her efforts, the Hasekura she draws looks VERY ugly, and her sister keeps saying she doesn't recognize him (Hime-chan, looking at her sketch, says she doesn't either) [^_^].

The next day at school, Hime-chan is busy sweeping out the playground, thinking she's stupid for not having been able to tell Aiko the truth. Then Daichi pours a bucket of water out of the window just one floor above Hime-chan, not noticing there was somebody underneath. She gets soaked through, and madly yells at Daichi, who realizes he has watered the shounen (young boy) he met the day before. But she has an idea and heads for Daichi's classroom.

She slams the door open and yells at Daichi, saying she will forgive him for what he just did because there is something she wants him to do. But then Daichi's friends start wolf-whistling them, so Daichi takes her to his hide-out.

At the top of the stairs, there is a forbidden place, with a large sign saying, "If you keep going a bit farther, monsters are waiting for you there. Everyone, be nice, keep OUT!"

There, Hime-chan asks Daichi to do nanpa (try to pick up a girl).

The next day, dressed up like a playboy (wearing dark glasses, a hat and a flashy costume), Daichi is waiting for Hime-chan, who is late because she had to wait for Pokota to take a nap. Realizing she said a word too much (luckily Daichi doesn't know who Pokota is), she promptly asks Daichi to follow her to the nearby park, when she has told her sister Aiko to wait for her to go shopping.

Daichi remarks that Hime-chan's sister is very cute and does NOT look like her at all [^_^], but still wonders why he should bother her. Hime-chan replies, "There's nothing to worry about! Just wait ten minutes and then you go. I'll be hiding nearby. Just stop when you'll see somebody coming." Then she runs away.

Now all she has to do is to transform herself into Hasekura-senpai, hoping Pokota won't wake up because last night, when she told him about her plans to reconcile Aiko and Hasekura, Pokota scolded her for wanting to use the ribbon to do such nasty things. [Pokota is now sleeping on Hime-chan's bed, with a "Hime-chan no ribbon" manga for blanket. ^_^] But Hime-chan says she has no choice, and goes to the ladies restroom. She has always wanted to turn into Hasekura-senpai but when the time now comes to do it for real, she is a little scared. But she eventually does it.

Hime-chan's heart is beating very fast, realizing she is now Hasekura for real. But then she is spotted by other girls who force her to run away from the ladies restroom.

Sitting alone on her bench, Aiko is wondering what Hime-chan was doing, when Daichi comes by and does what Hime-chan asked him to do, try to pick up Aiko. Aiko, noticing the pushy guy, shyly looks down, blushing a bit. Hime-chan, looking from the bushes nearby, notes that Daichi is doing very well. She then tries to imagine what Aiko's reaction will be. She might turn down his confession, saying she doesn't like him (making Hime-chan happy), or might say she has always loved him too (making Hime-chan VERY sad). Hime-chan gathers her courage and heads toward them.

Hime-chan/Hasekura suddenly appears in front of them, yelling at Daichi to leave Aiko alone. But Daichi, instead of retreating as Hime-chan had asked him to, starts bothering him too. Hime-chan gets all mixed up, and starts talking like a girl (using atashi for I). Trying to save face, she starts talking about the nice weather, as Aiko and Daichi look at him thinking he must be very dumb.

All Hime-chan can do now is to walk toward Aiko and yell out, "I love you!" with all her might. Aiko is shocked and blushes even more. But when Hime-chan manages to ask her what she thinks in turn, Hasekura's younger sister Emi [middle-long dark hair tied up in a ponytail with a red ribbon, VERY cute] calls for him and asks him to go back home with her. Hime-chan realizes in fear that she didn't know Hasekura had a sister, and firmly tells her to go back home by herself. But Emi starts crying right away, so Hime-chan is forced to give in. She even promises Emi that she will buy her a manga. Emi, with a big smile, now pulls away a very worried Hime-chan.

Aiko and Daichi, who were left standing, look at Hime-chan and Emi, wondering what this was all about. Then Daichi leaves. He wonders why that ribon no shounen (the young boy with the ribbon) had asked him to do that, and where she has gone. Then he spots Hime-chan/Hasekura and Emi walking in front of him.

Emi stops at a nearby bookstore, and reminds her older brother to buy her the Ribon manga [the monthly magazine in which Hime-chan no Ribbon is being published]. As Daichi looks at them, he spots the real Hasekura walking nearby. Daichi is in shock, noticing there are two perfect look-a-likes out there.

Looking at them from the Land of Magic, Erika is panicing, shouting at Hime-chan in her crystal ball to run away or she will be discovered.

At Hasekura's house, his mother welcomes them, saying she has just baked some cake. But Hime-chan/Hasekura says, "Pass!" and heads for Hasekura's bedroom. She manages to find the right door, and goes in. She wonders to herself why the girl her senpai loves is not her.. when her pendant starts beeping. Hime-chan quickly opens the closet, and transforms herself in front of the mirror.

She then wants to leave through the window, but she can't because some people are having a chat in the street below. Suddenly she hears the real Hasekura coming back home, and being welcomed by his mother, who was wondering why he had left home again for a few minutes. Hasekura then heads for his bedroom. Hime-chan is now in full panic mode, wondering what she should do.

Erika is looking over her, panicing as well.

Pokota wakes up, maybe thanks to his instinct.

Then Hasekura opens the door.. to see that his sister Emi is standing in front of his closet mirror. He wonders what she is doing here, and when she wants to hurry and leave, Hasekura senses that she is behaving strangely. So he puts his forehead on hers, thinking she might have fever. Hime-chan/Emi can't believe she is standing head to head with him, and closes her eyes with happiness. Hasekura finds her forehead to be kind of warm, and advises her to ask her mother for some medicine. She nods and runs away, out of the house.

A few seconds later the real Emi notices that somebody is closing the front door, and heads to her brother's room. She goes in, and asks him who has just left. Hasekura says, "But wasn't I just talking to you? By the way, have you got the medicine from Mom?" But Emi replies that he should be the one to take medicine. [for saying such nonsense] Hasekura doesn't understand.

Back at home, Hime-chan jumps onto her bed, and Pokota scolds her for having left while he was sleeping. Then Aiko comes in, and asks her why she did not come to the park that day. Hime-chan apologizes to both of them, still remembering, blushing, about the time when she had her (as Emi) forehead against Hasekura's. Pokota wonders what strange thing might have happened.

Erika writes in her diary that, after all, using the ribbon for such careless things has made her like Hime-chan even more.


4- "Hime-chan kouchou ni naru!" ("Hime-chan becomes the principal!")

(姫ちゃん校長になる!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0424:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 04

Airdate: October 23, 1992

Hime-chan, lying on her bed, remembers when Hasekura-senpai put his forehead against hers [she was transformed into Emi at that time, in episode 3].

The next day at school, Hime-chan walks by herself, lost in her thoughts. Then to Manami's and Icchan's surprise, she even bumps into the wall in front of her. Her friends rush to her and can only note the fact that Hime-chan is really behaving strangely.

"As the rumor says," says Icchan, "Might it be because you were thinking about Kobayashi-kun? Yesterday nobody knew where you ran away with him and.." This stuns Hime-chan, and she quickly denies it.

As Manami tells her she and Icchan will cheer up her love, Hime-chan keeps saying that's NOT what they think. Then she spots Hasekura-senpai sitting alone under a tree, revising his text for the coming play. When he says hello to them, Hime-chan can't prevent from blushing, remembering the previous day's scene [her forehead against his] again.

Daichi, who was running, stops at once when realizing that the boy Hime-chan is speaking to is the strange guy he met the day before [at the park with Aiko] and also in the street, when Hime-chan had found Daichi's hideout [episode 1].

Daichi then comes to Hime-chan, scolding her for having left him yesterday. Manami starts giggling at once, saying the rumor about their date was true. Daichi says that Hime-chan's friends seem as weird as her. Hime-chan, not willing to quarrel again, thanks him, in an over-cheerful voice, for what he did yesterday [she even calls him 'Kobayashi Daichi-sama' ^_^]. Daichi asks her who that guy was, and if he has a twin. Manami giggles again, saying that Daichi seems pretty jealous of Hasekura. Hime-chan replies that Hasekura doesn't have a twin. Then Daichi is forced to run away, as one of his friends came looking for him.

During the next class, Daichi asks to his best friend Tetsu what he would think about having met two look-a-likes at the same time and the same place. Tetsu replies that 1) either he was very tired at that time and made a mistake, or 2) they were twins, or 3) there was somebody around who turned himself/herself into one of them. Daichi thinks over these three possibilities. He wasn't tired enough to mistake one for the other, nor were they twins (Hime-chan has said no), so the only possibility left was the transforming person. In fact, he has drawn a sketch on his notebook featuring Hime-chan (who had 'vanished') transforming herself, and two Hasekura ('look-a-likes'). But he shakes his head, shouting that magicians do not exist.

On her way back home by bus, Aiko thinks over and over again about what Hasekura [in fact, that was Hime-chan] told her yesterday, "I love you! Do you?" As the bus stops at the Kazetachi-chuu-mae stop, she spots Hasekura coming on the bus, but she shyly turns her head away.

During dinner, everybody is enjoying their dish except for Aiko, who quickly leaves without having eaten much. As Mother remarks that her daughter really looks broken-hearted, Hime-chan realizes that it might be the case indeed. She wondered if Aiko might she be feeling troubled because of Hasekura.

Later Hime-chan tells Pokota that Aiko should have nothing to worry about regarding Hasekura-senpai. But Pokota reminds her that Hime-chan knows him very well, but Aiko does not. He said, "What would she think about a guy who she had never talked to before going up to her and confessing his love to her, the way you did yesterday."

Hime-chan then thinks Aiko must be worried because Hasekura isn't her type! She would be worried as well if a guy she doesn't like would confess his love to her. With a bright smile [since Hasekura might be hers after all ^_^], she leaves to take a bath. Pokota is now worried because he thinks Hime-chan has got it all wrong.

In her room, Aiko is trying to read a book but cannot concentrate on it.

In his room, Hasekura, who should be doing his homework, is only able to draw some cute sketches of Aiko on his notebook.

In the bath, Hime-chan and Pokota are looking at the soap bubbles, dreaming.

The next day at school, everybody is setting up the stage. Then a boy, while installing some lights, falls off a ladder which falls right onto Hasekura just below it. Hasekura hurt his leg badly, so he is quickly taken to the nurse's office.

That night at home, Hime-chan sadly tells Pokota that Hasekura-senpai sprained his ankle and won't be able to play his role. So the play will be canceled, despite all the efforts Hasekura went through.

Seeing everything in her crystal sphere, Erika says that if she could go to the Earth, it would be very easy for her to fix Hasekura's leg. But Chappy says that if Erika makes use of her magic, there might be some unexpected side-effects (panic).

The next day at school, all of the students are lining up on the playground, waiting for the principal's speech. But since he has caught a cold, another teacher was going to take his place. Hime-chan then has a great idea. She heads for the restroom and she turns herself into the principal. She goes to the teachers' office to tell them that he has decided to postpone the performance of the theater club until the following week, to give Hasekura enough time to recover.

Looking at Hime-chan, Erika says she understands her feelings, but she thinks that Hime-chan has been using the ribbon quite much these days and that wasn't good.

At home, Pokota scolds Hime-chan for having done such a stupid thing. He yells that playing with people the way she did wasn't the solution, and it probably would not please Hasekura either. Hime-chan now understands she has made a mistake, and leaves to call one of the teachers to tell him to ignore what he told them earlier. Pokota congratulates her for this, and advises her to go and ask the principal in person for a little delay.

The next day at school, Hasekura is walking now with a crutch when he notices many students have gathered around the principal's office. Inside, Hime-chan is doing her best to beg the principal to postpone the play by a week, saying everyone has worked so much especially Hasekura.

At the end, Hasekura comes in and thanks Hime-chan for what she is trying to do but says that it's useless. But then the principal, moved by their determination, grants them one week to get everything ready. The other clubs will perform their respective shows as planned, but the theater club's performance will be delayed by one week. Hime-chan is moved by Hasekura's thanks.

At home, Hime-chan and Pokota are so happy that they do the ike ike go go jump. But Aiko comes in to tell her to be quiet since mother is working. Hime-chan runs into her sister's arms, overwhelmed with joy, and begs her to come to her school to see their play. Aiko promises she will.

One week later, the play eventually takes place, and it is a great hit. Aiko has come to see it, and looks very happy to be there. When the play ends, somebody asks for some help with the fruit juices, so Hime-chan goes to bring back some. Pokota comes and congratulates her. Then when Aiko comes to congratulate her too, Hasekura unexpectedly runs into them.

Feeling embarrassed, Aiko and Hasekura stare at each other for a while. Then Hasekura turns around and is about to leave. But Aiko, with all her might, yells, "No! Please wait!!" and blushes. Looking down, Aiko asks him, "Why are you avoiding me these days? You're behaving coldly towards me in the bus. When you told me you loved me, I was so happy.. Please answer me!" Hasekura, in turn says, "But isn't it you who is avoiding me? Okay, never mind, let's do it again. Please go out with me." Then Aiko, blushing even more, with tears in her eyes, replies, "Yes."

In the hideout at the top of the stairs, Hime-chan says it was good to finally realize what their story was like: meeting everyday in the bus, without knowing each other's name, nor even talking to each other.

Pokota says he feels sorry for Hime-chan [after all, Hasekura is in love with Aiko] but she replies there's nothing to worry about, as she has so many great memories. Then, thinking about Hasekura, her unrequited love, she can't refrain from crying her eyes out, soon followed by Pokota who can't make her stop crying.

A moment later, Daichi comes to the hideout too to read a manga peacefully, but spots Hime-chan and her stuffed animal [he doesn't know Pokota's name yet] and tells her she's such a kid for bringing it to school. But when he realizes that Hime-chan is sleeping, he is moved by her very cute sleeping face and decides to leave as silently as possible.

Daichi almost slips backwards, but then runs into Gori-sensei. Spotting the manga Daichi is holding (bringing a manga to school is forbidden), Gori wonders what he was doing upstairs. Remembering that Hime-chan is sleeping there, Daichi now tries to make as much noise as possible to wake her up. Finally Hime-chan wakes up and slowly walks downstairs, but is spotted by Gori. Realizing they are both in big trouble, Daichi dashes at Hime-chan, takes her hand and runs away with her.

They manage to get to the playground, still followed by Gori-sensei. Then they arrive in front of the school fence and start to climb over it. Hime-chan is very good at it and confidently jumps over the fence, but her ribbon gets caught in a branch in the tree and gets torn apart.

Erika is shocked to see her precious ribbon damaged because of Hime-chan's carelessness.


5- "Buttobi shoujou Hikaru toujou" ("The powerful girl Hikaru appears")

(ぶっとび少女ひかる登場)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0524:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 05

Airdate: October 30, 1992

Hime-chan and Kobayashi-kun were running away from the teacher. They climbed over a fence. Although Hime-chan was a girl, she was very good at things like that. But Hime-chan's magic ribbon got caught on a tree branch and got torn apart. When Hime-chan landed on the ground, she tried to talk to Pokota, her little stuffed lion. But the magic didn't work any more. Kobayashi-kun thought it was strange that Hime-chan was trying to make the stuffed animal talk.

At home Hime-chan tried to sew the ribbon back together. Since she had never paid much attention to sewing class in school, she was not very good. But she managed to get it done. When she tried to use the magic to turn into her older sister, nothing happened. "Parallel parallel, Aiko onee-chan ni nare!"

When Hime-chan-chan looked out the window, she saw Aiko and Hasekura together. Aiko said, "Good-bye. See you tomorrow on the bus."

Hime-chan asked Pokota what she should do. Then she called out for Erika. Yumeko, Hime-chan little sister who had come into her room, asked who Erika was. She thought it was Hime-chan's girl friend. Hime-chan got mad and yelled out, "Why do I have to go out with a girl!" When Hime-chan pushed Yumeko out of her room, Yumeko told her that it was time for dinner.

During dinner everyone was quiet. Hime-chan's father was disappointed. Hime-chan's mother was busy with her work. Aiko was thinking about Hasekura. Hime-chan was worried about the ribbon. When the father asked Yumeko to take a bath with him, she called him a pervert. Father thought that he should have had at least on son.

The next day at school, Manami rushed up to Hime-chan. She said that there was big trouble. In the class room, someone had written stuff on the chalk board. It said that Kobayashi-kun and Hime-chan were going out. There was a part that even said, "Is Kobayashi a homo?"

Then a strange girl came asking for Hime-chan. The girl was Hibino Hikaru, number 1 member of the Daichi Kobayashi fan club. Hime-chan said that she wasn't in the fan club. Hikaru said that she was the prettiest girl in the school, and that she was going to marry Daichi in the future when he becomes a doctor, like her father. Hikaru got upset at Hime-chan. But Hime-chan said that she didn't care about Daichi, and that all of this talk was giving her problems. After they argued some more, Hime-chan said that they should ask Daichi.

They found out from Daichi's friend that he was absent. The friend said that Daichi sometimes took days off although he wasn't sick.

Later Hime-chan was walking home from school and passed by a park. There were some little kids playing baseball. The ball got by them and rolled to Hime-chan. Then the kids yelled out, "Onii-chan please throw me the ball." Hime-chan looked around, but there was no older boy there. Then she got very mad and shouted out, "Is there a boy that wears skirts!" Hime-chan threw a blazing fastball back at the little boy.

When Hime-chan got home there was a letter from Erika. A cloud of smoke came out from the envelope, and Erika's image appeared. Erika said, "Listen carefully. Nobody had done that before. (break a magic item) Everyone was surprised. You look very sad. It's ok. It will return to normal in about a week. But it depends on how badly it was torn. So please be careful. Please be careful. Please be careful." Hime-chan was very happy. Then Yumeko came into her room and asked if Hime-chan had made up with her Erika.

The next morning, Hime-chan was very happy and ate a lot. Hime-chan's father said that he didn't understand girls.

On the way to school Daichi went up to Hime-chan. Daichi called Hime-chan "shounen" (young boy). He said that he didn't know her name. Hime-chan told him her name. Daichi laughed. Then he said that it was a nice name, and walked with Hime-chan. Hime-chan asked Daichi to not walk with her. Then they ran in to Hikaru. Hikaru asked Daichi if he was going out with Hime-chan. Daichi just said, "Hmm. I wonder." Then he went off to school. Hikaru told Hime-chan that she was her enemy.

At school Hime-chan told Daichi to go tell Hikaru that they weren't going out. But Daichi said that if he denied it now, they might think it is real. He said that Hime-chan shouldn't worry about it.

The rumor spread. Later Hime-chan's friend asked Hime-chan if she had kissed Daichi. Hime-chan got very mad.

At home Hime-chan was very upset. Then she found out that the ribbon was fixed. Hime-chan decided to turn into Daichi and tell Hikaru the truth. Hime-chan wrote a letter to get Hikaru to meet her at 6:00 AM the next day.

At 6:00 AM the next day, Hime-chan turned into Daichi with her magic ribbon. Hikaru was waiting for Daichi, thinking that Daichi liked her.

When Daichi (actually was Hime-chan transformed as Daichi) met Hikaru, Hikaru asked, "What's the important thing that you wanted to talk to me about?" Daichi said, "I'm not going out with Nonohara." Hikaru quickly said that she hadn't believed it in the first place. She then asked why he told her in private. When Daichi was trying to come up with a reason, Hikaru hugged Daichi. Hikaru thought that Daichi liked her. Hikaru asked, "How do you feel about me?" Hime-chan couldn't stand being hugged by Hikaru. Then Hime-chan used the lines that she had remembered. "I'm a dangerous man. If you fall in love with me, you will get hurt. Please find someone else."

Then Daichi went off. Hikaru thought that Daichi was very cool, because of those words.

Later Hime-chan tried to return to herself. But the magic didn't work because the ribbon hadn't fully recovered.


6- "Battari! Daichi to Daichi" ("Unexpected! Daichi & Daichi")

(バッタリ!大地と大地)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0624:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 06

Airdate: November 06, 1992

After meeting Hikaru, Hime-chan was in the form of Daichi. But since the magic ribbon hadn't fully recovered yet, she could not return to her normal self. School was about to begin, and a lot of the students started arriving in school. So Hime-chan tried to escape from school.

Then one of the teachers (Gori) spotted Hime-chan (in the form of Daichi) and put his arms around him, saying he was happy to see Daichi in school so early. But Hime-chan felt sick of this teacher, so she pushed him down and ran away.

When school started, Hime-chan's teacher took roll. But Hime-chan was absent, although her bag was there at her desk.

Hime-chan went home. Since she couldn't go in from the front door, she tried to climb up a tree to go into her room through the window. Hime-chan was happy that her tomboy skills were useful. But Yumeko came out of the front door, spotted the stranger (Daichi) trying to climb into the house, and thought it was a thief. Yumeko yelled out and Hime-chan fell down out of the tree. Then Hime-chan's mother came out. Hime-chan ran away.

Hime-chan went to the park, and she saw someone eating. Hime-chan was very hungry, and her stomach started grumbling. Then she thought about what the school lunch was supposed to be. That day was curry rice, her favorite. Hime-chan went to drink some water. Then some truant officer came and asked what he (Daichi) was doing. Hime-chan just ran away.

During school, one of his friends went up to Daichi and told him that a girl was waiting for him. When Daichi went out, he discovered that it was Hikaru. After Hikaru told him about meeting in the morning, Daichi became suspicious and asked, "What did I say to you this morning? Just tell me!" Then Hikaru repeated the line that Hime-chan (as Daichi) said. Daichi was shocked. When Daichi asked why they had met in the morning, Hikaru showed him the letter that Hime-chan had written. Daichi noticed that it wasn't his writing.

Daichi thought that there was another Daichi somewhere. So Daichi left school early to investigate.

Hime-chan went to the library to kill time. She was very hungry and wanted curry rice. She just kept drinking water.

Daichi called Hime-chan's house. But Hime-chan's mother answered the phone and said that Hime-chan wasn't home. Daichi suspected Hime-chan.

It was time for the library to close, and Hime-chan had to leave. She tried "rurerapa rurerapa.." again to return to her normal self. But it was no good. Hime-chan had tried about 100 times already.

Erika was worried. Since she made the original ribbon herself, she didn't have any confidence that the ribbon would get fixed.

Some of Hime-chan's friends went to Hime-chan's house. Aiko met them. They told Hime-chan's mother that Hime-chan wasn't at school all day.

Hime-chan just wanted to find some place to sleep. She couldn't go home, and she couldn't also go to her friends' house. So she decided to go to the empty house that Daichi usually went to (Daichi's hideout).

Daichi had been looking for the other Daichi. But he couldn't find him. So he decided to return to his hideout.

Hime-chan found Daichi's hideout. When she was looking for a way inside, Hime-chan ran into Daichi. Hime-chan tried to escape right away. But Daichi caught her and said, "Wait! Who are you? Hime-chan thought about it and said, "I'm Kobayashi Daichi." Then they argued for a while about who the real Daichi was.

Finally Hime-chan pointed behind Daichi and said, "Look! There's another Kobayashi Daichi." Then Hime-chan ran away when Daichi turned and looked in the other direction.

Hime-chan ran to a park. She saw some of her friends (Manami and Icchan) looking for Hime-chan. Manami was very worried about Hime-chan, and started crying. Hime-chan started crying too.

Erika was watching. She didn't know what to do.

Hime-chan fell asleep on a park bench. She woke up at 11:30. When she went to the toilet, she caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror. Hime-chan had returned to her normal self. The ribbon had finally recovered. Hime-chan said, "This is the first time I felt this happy about my self."

Then Hime-chan ran home. When she got home, her mother slapped her in the face. She was very upset because Hime-chan had been gone all day without notifying her. She said that she was about to call the police. She thought that Hime-chan had been kidnapped. Then Hime-chan's mother went back to work. Aiko also scolded Hime-chan.

When Hime-chan went up to her room, Pokota was waiting for her. Pokota jumped up into Hime-chan's arms. Pokota cried.

Daichi wondered if Hime-chan was a magician.

In the kitchen, Hime-chan ate many cup ramens since she had not eaten anything all day. Before sleeping, Hime-chan told Pokota, "I've decided that I'm not going to use my transformation power too much."


7- "Himitsu ga barechau?!" ("The secret's revealed?!")

(秘密がバレちゃう?!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0724:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 07

Airdate: November 13, 1992

It's PE class, and Daichi is playing basketball while the Daichi Fan Club cheers him on. [The guy he talks to after taking his first shot sure sounds like Ranma-kun.] Manami comments on how cool he is. Himeko wonders what Daichi must think, after meeting himself (actually it was Himeko transformed into Daichi) the day before. Himeko's head starts hurting, so she stops thinking about it.

Daichi steals the ball and goes to make a shot just as Gori-sensei walks in, angry about the way Daichi (Himeko) treated him the previous morning. Daichi has no idea what Gori is talking about, but is a bit suspicious of Himeko, and stares at her while Gori yells at him. Daichi makes up a story about how he was looking for a monster that transforms into other people. While he tells Gori about the monster, he glances sidelong at Himeko, and notices her shocked reaction. Gori gets quite scared by the story, and Daichi yells "Look behind you!", as if the monster were coming for Gori.

Himeko tells Manami and Icchan "let's leave", even though their turn to play is next. Himeko starts to stumble off, but then her vision goes blurry, and she passes out, collapsing to the floor of the gym. She turns out to have a big fever, and is sent home.

At home, Himeko's mother takes her temperature (38.7 Celsius). Her mother isn't too surprised at this, after Himeko stayed out 'til all hours of the night the day before, with no coat. She leaves Himeko to rest.

After Himeko's mother leaves, Himeko tells Pokota about the story Daichi told to Gori (about the transforming monster). She wonders if he suspects her. Himeko and Pokota wonder what will happen if they're found out -- would they be hounded mercilessly by reporters?

Suddenly the doorbell rings, and Himeko hides under the covers, worried that it's a reporter coming for her. Her mother yells that a friend is here to visit Himeko. Himeko relaxes, expecting it to be Manami or Icchan, but it turns out to be Daichi!

Himeko's mother leaves Daichi and Himeko alone together with some cookies and tea. Himeko wonders why Daichi has come, and asks him about it. He says he's just there to see how she's doing, and asks whether she had expected him to have some OTHER reason for coming...? She blames her confusion on the fever, and Daichi points out that it was very cold out the night before -- if someone were outside all night, they probably WOULD have caught a cold....

While Himeko nervously tries to think of a response, Daichi grabs for Pokota (who is doing his best not to move) and makes comments like "You really like this stuffed animal", "What an interesting face", and "This cat". (Pokota's supposed to be a lion, and he's very touchy about being called a cat.) Himeko tries to get Pokota back from Daichi, but he starts playing catch with it. On his second toss, Himeko leaps out of her bed to try and catch Pokota, and lands on Daichi (and Pokota lands head-first on the floor). Daichi and Himeko stare at each other for a few moments (Himeko is in her pajamas), then turn away from each other, embarrassed.

Himeko tells Daichi to go home. On his way out, he asks her "Why did you transform into me yesterday?" When she claims not to know what he's talking about, he says that it's OK if she doesn't want to talk about it, and leaves. Pokota leaps to Himeko and complains about Daichi's behavior. Himeko is amused that Pokota seems jealous of she and Daichi. The two of them begin to worry more seriously about being discovered, and perhaps taken to be experimented on by scientists who want to know their secrets.

Himeko hides under the covers again.

Erika is watching from the Land of Magic, and is worried because Daichi seems to have found out about Himeko's secret. She asks Ren what would happen if someone really did find out. Ren tells her that the ribbon would be taken away, and that all memory of the ribbon, its effects, and the Land of Magic would be wiped from the human world. Erika is shocked.

Pokota and Himeko are in the bath together. Pokota advises her to find a weakness in Daichi so they can use it to keep him quiet about the ribbon. After a moment, she decides this is a good idea.

Out in the hall, Mom overhears Himeko talking in the bathroom, and is surprised that Himeko still takes her stuffed animal into the tub with her. She goes into the living room with Dad, and sets a glass on the table in front of him. He asks her about Himeko's fever, and she tells him that Himeko will probably be fine after a good night's rest. She fills the glass with beer, and as he grabs blindly for it, she picks it up and drinks it herself. (It wasn't for him in the first place.)

Himeko and Pokota are back in her room, looking over a map. They find Daichi's apartment complex on it, and notice that it's near a park. Himeko thinks the park would be a good place to spy on Daichi from. They decide to go there in the morning. They do the "Ike Ike Go Go JUMP!" cheer, annoying Mom and Dad downstairs. Dad yells out "Quiet down!", and Himeko and Pokota go to sleep.

The next morning, Dad is out in the front yard. The girls all come out, on their way to different places. Aiko is going to a concert with some friends. Yumeko says she's got a "date" with some other kids her age, and Himeko claims to be going to Icchan's for a while. (She's lying.) The girls all leave. Mom says she's going to be busy. Dad's disappointed that everyone already has plans when he has a day off, so Mom promises that she'll try and get her work done quickly so she and Dad can drink some beer together.

In the park, Himeko and Pokota see a little boy leaving Daichi's apartment. Himeko wants to pump him for information about Daichi, but Pokota disagrees with her, figuring that a kid that young is probably taught not to talk to strangers. Himeko agrees, and then gets an idea. She heads for the bathroom, and "Parallel Parallel, imooto no Yumeko ni naaaare!", she turns into her little sister Yumeko. Pokota thinks this will make it easier to talk to the boy.

Himeko runs out (as Yumeko) to play in the sandbox with the boy, but is stopped by another (obnoxious) boy who doesn't want anyone else to play with them. The rest of the kids overrule him, and Yumeko is invited to play with them. The boy introduces himself as Shintaro. Himeko accidentally introduces herself as Himeko, then corrects herself. Himeko thinks Shintaro is a nice kid, unlike Daichi.

After she plays in the sandbox for a bit, Pokota reminds her that she's supposed to be getting information from Shintaro. Himeko asks Shintaro if he has a brother, and he says "yes". When she asks Shintaro what sort of person his brother is, Shintaro says that he's "kind". The other kids point out that Daichi is always being mean to him, and making him cry, but Shintaro insists that Daichi is really kind, and points out that Daichi will play "airplane" with him. (Grab him by his hands and swing him around in circles while making airplane engine noises.)

Suddenly, Daichi shows up on his bicycle, telling Shintaro that it's time to go home. Shintaro tries to get him to play "airplane", and Daichi refuses, but he gives in when Shintaro says "just once....". Daichi ends up playing "airplane" with all the kids in the sandbox, including Himeko.

Himeko leaves, and transforms back (off-screen). She and Pokota sit on a swing while she thinks about this new side of Daichi that she's just seen. Himeko wonders if anything will really happen if her secret is found out. Pokota says they'd probably go to sleep one night, and wake up the next day with the ribbon missing and their memories of it (and each other) erased. They'd just be a normal girl and stuffed animal again. Himeko hugs Pokota and they cry together about how they'll be friends forever.


8- "Yuukaihan ni naaare!" ("Transform into the kidnappers!")

(誘拐犯になぁーれ!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0824:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 08

Airdate: November 20, 1992

Hime-chan was sneaking around the park where Daichi's younger brother Shintaro was playing. She was trying to get some more information about Daichi because Daichi was very suspicious about Hime-chan. The ball that the little kids were playing with rolled close to Hime-chan. Hime-chan went out to Shintaro. But Daichi appeared. Daichi picked up the ball and gave it to Shintaro. Daichi asked Hime-chan what she wanted with his little brother. He asked if she was trying to get some information out of him. Daichi said, "I don't have any weakness."

Then Shintaro started crying as some guy grabbed him and pulled him into a car. Inside the car, Shintaro tried to attack the guy, but the guy hit Shintaro and knocked him out. Daichi and Hime-chan went to the car, but the car got away. They were standing in the middle of the street. Then a speeding truck came by and stopped just before them. The truck driver yelled at them, but Daichi told him that his little brother had just been kidnapped. The truck driver told Diachi to get in to go after the kidnapper. Hime-chan also wanted to go. Daichi told her that it was dangerous, but Hime-chan insisted that she go. Since they didn't want to waste time, Hime-chan went along.

The truck followed the car onto the highway. But they lost the kidnapper's car. The truck driver drove very fast, but the white car was nowhere. Then Hime-chan spotted the white car drive past the truck. The truck driver followed the car. When he went off of the highway into the woods, the kidnapper recognized Daichi and Hime-chan in the truck. The truck followed the car and they came to a house.

When Daichi, Hime-chan, and the truck driver got out and went to the house, the kidnapper came out holding Shintaro with a gun. The kidnapper pointed the gun at Shintaro and demanded 50,000,000 yen. He thought that the truck driver was the father of Shintaro. Daichi tried to say that he wasn't the father, but the truck driver stopped him. The truck driver said that he didn't have that kind of money and he needed more time. The kidnapper said that he would give until noon the next day to get the money.

When Daichi, Hime-chan, and the truck driver were leaving, the kidnapper fired a bullet at the ground near them and told them no to contact the police.

Erika wanted to go to the human world to help out Hime-chan. But her broom was uncertain. The broom reminded her that she shouldn't go. But Erika said that she would take all responsibility. Then the guy came and took the broom away. Erika pleaded, but the guy said that magicians couldn't go to human world. Erika cried and said that she didn't want to do this training any more.

Then Daichi turned around and told the kidnapper that the truck driver was not the real father. He said that his parents were both police. While he was talking Daichi got closer and closer to the kidnapper. Then he got close enough to the kidnapper. Daichi kicked the gun out of his hand. Daichi went to try to get the gun that had dropped to the ground. But the kidnapper had another gun and fired at Daichi. The kidnapper told Daichi to give him the gun. The truck driver fainted.

Hime-chan went to Daichi, so Daichi and Hime-chan were standing very close together. The kidnapper told them to come before he counted 10. The kidnapper started counting. In a low voice, Hime-chan told Daichi that she would transform into Shintaro. She asked Daichi to save Shintaro while she distracted the kidnapper. The kidnapper counted to 10. Then Hime-chan sent Pokota at the kidnapper. Pokota attacked the kidnapper and Hime-chan ran around to the side of the house. Hime-chan used the window as a mirror and transformed herself into Shintaro. Then Hime-chan called out to the kidnapper, and ran away. When the kidnapper went after Hime-chan (thinking it was Shintaro), Daichi went in and grabbed his brother. Daichi woke up the truck driver and told him to take care of Shintaro.

Hime-chan fell down and the kidnapper caught her. The kidnapper tied up Hime-chan in the house. But Pokota came and untied her. Pokota also brought a mirror. When the kidnapper wasn't looking, Hime-chan returned to her normal self. The kidnapper was shocked when he saw Hime-chan. He wanted to find Shintaro. The kidnapper grabbed Hime-chan and asked about Shintaro.

Daichi was sneaking around outside of the house. He grabbed a log and jumped in through the window. When the kidnapper turned to Daichi, Hime-chan transformed herself into the kidnapper. The kidnapper was shocked to see himself. He fired his gun. The bullet just missed Hime-chan. Daichi grabbed the log and hit the kidnapper over the head.

Later at the police station, Daichi's father yelled at Daichi for not contacting him right away. He hit Daichi. Then Daichi's father asked, "How did you catch the kidnapper?" Daichi said, "I'm not telling you."

Later Daichi and Hime-chan walked home. Hime-chan asked, "You were shocked. Weren't you?" Daichi said, "Yeah." Hime-chan said, "You can tell everyone." Daichi said, "I don't want to tell anyone." Hime-chan was surprised and asked, "Then why you were trying to find out about me?" Daichi said, "I was just curious. I wanted to know why somebody was trying to be me. Don't worry, I wont tell." Hime-chan said, "But don't you think it's weird?" Daichi replied, "No. I think it's great. But I want to find out more. Come to our secret hideout tomorrow."


9- "Pinch! Kioku ga kesareru" ("In a pinch! The erased memory")

(ピンチ!記憶が消される)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 0924:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 09

Airdate: November 27, 1992

Getting off the bus that brought him back home, Hime-chan's father, wondering how his beloved daughters are doing, spots a large crowd gathered around his house. TV cameras and many reporters have come to interview Hime-chan [since she rescued Daichi's brother Shintaro in the previous episode]. As Mother tries to break them up, Father struggles through and asks what this is all about. When Mother tells him that a member of the family has been kidnapped, Father worries about Yumeko, then Aiko. But Mother says that it was Himeko. Then Father wonders why she got kidnapped, and thinks that maybe she had been mistaken for a boy. Hearing this, Hime-chan gets very upset. Mother tells him that Hime-chan wasn't kidnapped but that she was the one that saved the kidnapped child. Soon the reporters take a family picture of Father, Mother and Hime-chan, making the "V" sign.

The next morning, Hime-chan and Pokota wake up, noticing that nothing seems to have changed and that they can still speak to each other [even though their secret has been disclosed to Daichi], and do the ike ike go go jump.

At breakfast, Hime-chan is very happy to see her picture in the newspapers, but Mother yells that there is nothing to be happy of. She and Father were very worried about her, and Father even got sick when he heard the whole story from the policemen. Aiko later tells Hime-chan that the other reason why Mother is upset is because her upper body has been cut in the picture in the newspaper, so that only Hime-chan can be seen.

When Hime-chan enters her classroom, her classmates gather around her and congratulate her for what she did the previous day. They all saw her in the newspapers, and ask her to tell them what happened. She makes up a story in which she got rid of the kidnapper by actually overpowering him. When Daichi, passing by, hears her story, he can't refrain from smiling at Hime-chan, who notices him and blushes, as she was showing off a bit too much.

Then her friends ask Hime-chan why Daichi was with her. They say that they must have been on a date. Hime-chan immediately denies it and says that they met by accident. Then Hikaru strikes in, saying that of course it must be an accident because Daichi's heart is already in love with somebody. She was about to tell them who that somebody is, but then everybody rushes outside, not caring much about her. The only girl left is.. Hime-chan, so Hikaru grabs her by her shirt and confesses that she is the person Daichi loves, recalling the time when he took her in his arms. Hime-chan says to herself that at that time she was Daichi [episode 5].

Sitting at his desk, Daichi recalls when he saw Hime-chan transforming into Shintaro, but says to himself "don't worry" since Hime-chan will tell him more about it soon. He then spots Hikaru, staring at him, who blinks at him and even sends him a kiss. He shivers and hides himself under his English book. Then his friend Tetsu asks him if he is going out with Hime-chan. Daichi replies, "What the heck?"

After school, Hime-chan puts her shoes on and rushes back home. She is relieved to see that Pokota can still speak.

But in the Land of Magic, Erika is on the verge of tears. "It's not over, Hime-chan! Since the secret of the magical items has been disclosed, that's the end of it. Soon your memories will be erased, and you will forget about all of us." Then Chappy tries to cheer her up, saying that nothing has been decided yet, and that Erika can always beg a favor from her father the King. But Erika complains that her father is very obstinate and won't give in that easily. Remembering Hime-chan's smiling face, she cries out, "I love you so much, Hime-chan! But soon we will part.."

Meanwhile at the House of Commons of the Land of Magic, everybody is having a discussion about what had happened, and about Daichi's promise not to say anything to anybody else. But the King must take the final decision, and he says that the memories of people involved should be erased, and the magical items taken back.

Later, Hime-chan meets Daichi in front of his hideout, the old house, making her promise not to tell anyone about it. Then they go in. The house is very old and dirty, but it doesn't look that bad inside because Daichi had cleaned it up a bit. Hime-chan wants to go upstairs, but Daichi takes her to the living room, where there were a few armchairs and a large couch. Hime-chan spots a map pinned on the wall, with many city names hand-written on it. Daichi tells her that those are the places where he went on vacation, all by himself on his bike, stunning Hime-chan. Since he couldn't go too far away, he went to many places by bike, and even skipped school to do this. Hime-chan asks him for more details, but Daichi reminds her that she has come to tell him her story, not for him to tell her his.

Soon Hime-chan starts, and introduces Pokota to Daichi. Daichi is so surprised to hear Pokota speaking that he drops the coffee spoon. Then he remembers that Hime-chan really asked Pokota to scratch the kidnapper's face, so after all Pokota was alive. Daichi is impressed to see that Hime-chan not only turns into anybody she wants but can also make stuffed dolls speak. But then he greets Pokota the male cat. Pokota replies angrily that he's not a cat but a lion, which makes Daichi burst out laughing. Pokota complains to Hime-chan that he hates that boy.

Soon Daichi apologizes and tells Hime-chan he will listen to her. When she tells him about the Land of Magic and the ribbon, Daichi doesn't laugh at her but takes this very seriously. He is surprised that some people can do real magic after all. Hime-chan is happily surprised to see that Daichi trusts her. Then he asks her if it's okay for her to tell him about that. Hime-chan tells him that she was told that her memories would be erased if she ever does that, but since nothing has happened yet and Erika cannot get in touch with her that easily, she doesn't know for sure.

Daichi says she should have thought about this in the first place, but, with a smile adds that it doesn't mind that much after all. It should be time to worry about something only when that thing happens. Besides, he will not disclose her secret to anyone else, and it will be just their secret.

With dreamy eyes, Hime-chan realizes that she finds Daichi very strange. Sometimes he is very harsh with her. But when he is very serious, he becomes very kind with her, and seems to be somebody one can rely on. He also makes so many different faces (he is now scratching Pokota's back, laughing).

In the Land of Magic, as the decision will be enforced in just 30 minutes, Len shows up and begs to the King to give more time for Hime-chan. Then as the King says they have to erase Hime-chan's memories by all means, a speaking bird comes flying and tells something to the King. Much to everyone's surprise, the King finally agrees to overlook Hime-chan's mistake for this time only. But he says that if the secret comes to another Earthling's ears, then Hime-chan's memories will be erased without fail.

Chappy then quickly flies back to Erika to tell her the good news. Erika still cannot believe her father has let himself be swayed by Len.

Back on Earth, Daichi asks Hime-chan if she wants some more coffee, but she says it's already time to go back home. But before they leave, Daichi would like to see her transform once more. Noticing that Pokota is sleeping on Daichi's lap while he caresses him, Hime-chan thinks to herself that Daichi is a very nice, trustworthy person, so she makes up her mind and turns herself into Daichi. Daichi is very surprised to see how handsome he, himself looks. Then Hime-chan turns back to her own self.

As they were about to leave, Hime-chan notices an amulet, HER amulet, pinned onto the wall by the entrance door. This is the amulet she had bought for Hasekura, and had lost in the bushes around the house. Daichi says he found it on the grass outside, and wonders out loud, kidding her, if that was a present for her unrequited love. As he gets ready to dodge her kicks, he realized that she is almost crying now. Then she yells, "You IDIOT!!" slams the door open and runs away. Seeing Pokota's angry face, Daichi thinks he might have said a word too much.

Back in her room, Pokota complains that Daichi is a guy with no delicacy at all, but Hime-chan is lost in her thoughts. She thinks that she had never expected to get the amulet back, and it reminds her that she has not written anything in her diary since that day (Sept 30, according to the diary). Then she tries to remember Hasekura's smiling face, but soon it's Daichi's that pops out in her mind, startling her.

In the Land of Magic, Erika is still wondering why her father granted more time to Hime-chan. She has a very bad presentiment about all of this.


10- "Nikuman yori mo kimi ga suki!" ("I like you more than nikuman")

(肉まんよりも君が好き!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1024:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 10

Airdate: December 04, 1992

Hime-chan was taking a test. But instead of the test, Hime-chan was thinking about what had happened between her and Daichi the day before. Daichi found a good luck charm. Hime-chan said that it was hers. Daichi guessed that Hime-chan was going to give it to someone she liked, and laughed about it. This made Hime-chan very upset. During the test, Hime-chan stood up and yelled out, "I can't forgive it!"

After the test was over, Hime-chan ran into Daichi. They made faces at each other and Hime-chan left. Daichi was planning on apologizing to Hime-chan, but he didn't get the chance. Then Hikaru came and asked Daichi out. Daichi just ignored Hikaru and left.

On the way home, some of Hime-chan's friends asked if she had a fight with Daichi. Hime-chan tried to say that she was not going out with him. Hime-chan then swung her bag around. The bag hit some boy in the face. When Hime-chan apologized, they all found out that the boy was pretty handsome.

Hikaru was walking home alone. She was talking to herself about Daichi. Then a strange boy (the same one that Hime-chan hit in the face), came up to her and said that he would make it so she can go out with Daichi. The boy's name was Arisaka Sei. He told Hikaru to go the park at 6PM on Sunday. Before Hikaru could find out how this boy knew about her and Daichi, the boy disappeared.

Later Daichi called Hime-chan from a public phone. But Hime-chan wasn't home yet, so Yumeko answered. Then Daichi spotted the strange boy watching him. When Daichi hung up, the boy was gone.

The next day Hime-chan was late so she ran to her classroom. She arrived just before the teacher. The teacher introduced a new transfer student. It was Arisaka Sei. Sei introduced himself and said that he was one year older than everyone because he had missed a lot of school due to being sick a lot.

Later a lot of girls gathered around Sei. Manami also came to take a look. She said that he was very cool. Then a boy came and asked Hime-chan to play soccer with them because they were one person short. Hime-chan quickly went to play with them.

One of Hikaru's friends came to tell Hikaru that some girls were going to leave the Daichi fan club. Hikaru got very mad. Then another girl told her that more were going to leave to join the Sei fan club. Hikaru went to face Sei. When Sei spotted Hikaru, Sei went up to her and whispered to her about the promise. The other girls got upset at Hikaru. Hikaru said that she had met Sei a little before he had come to this school.

Daichi walked by the classroom. Daichi didn't care if some girls left his fan club. He didn't care about Sei either. Then Sei spotted Daichi and went out to shake hands with him. Daichi noticed that Sei's hand was very cold, like there was no blood flowing in it.

Erika said that she thought that she had seen Sei somewhere before.

On Sunday Daichi went to Hime-chan's house. But he just waited outside on his bicycle. Then Hime-chan's father came up to him and asked what he was doing. Daichi left right away. Hime-chan's father thought it was one of Aiko's friends, because Hime-chan wouldn't be interested in boys. Then Yumeko came out and said that it must be the guy that called Hime-chan the day before. Hime-chan's father couldn't believe it.

Daichi went to a riverbed. He was just lying down by himself. Then Sei appeared and spotted Daichi. Sei used some magic on a dog and made the dog steal Daichi's hat. Daichi chased the dog on his bicycle. The dog went to the park, and left Daichi's hat on a bench. Daichi got his hat and sat down. Then Hikaru appeared. Daichi noticed that Hikaru had some makeup on. Daichi was just going to leave, but Hikaru hugged Daichi. Daichi just threw off Hikaru's arms. Daichi said that he was just going to go home, but Hikaru started crying. So Daichi said that he would take her home.

Later that night Daichi called Hime-chan again. Yumeko answered the phone again. Hime-chan was in the bath. Hime-chan's father quickly took the phone. Then Daichi said that he would talk to Hime-chan at school the next day.

After school the next day, Hime-chan got a bagful of nikuman. She ate it with Manami and Icchan. When Sei spotted Hime-chan, he went to them. Hime-chan asked if Sei wanted a nikuman, but Sei said that he didn't want one. He said that he just wanted to talk. Hime-chan just ate another nikuman, and Sei said, "I think I'm going to like you." Hime-chan was shocked. She just had the nikuman in her mouth and talked. Manami told Hime-chan to take the nikuman out of her mouth. Then Hime-chan said, "We just met. What do you like about me? I'm not very feminine." Then one of the boys said, "You should say you're a boy." Hime-chan got upset and stood up to attack the boy. But she stopped. Sei said, "I like that part of you. Just being feminine isn't everything. You're bright, healthly, cheerful, friendly. Everything about you is great. You should have more confidence in yourself."

At home Hime-chan told Pokota about Sei. Pokota said that Sei was much better than Daichi. Hime-chan was still uncertain because it was the first time that a boy said that he liked her.

The next day the rumor spread around very fast. Hikaru congratulated Hime-chan. Hikaru also told Hime-chan what she had hugged Daichi, in a park on Sunday. Hime-chan couldn't believe it and got upset.

Hime-chan went up to the staircase leading up to the roof. Hime-chan saw Daichi lying there. Hime-chan yelled at Daichi. Daichi told Hime-chan not to come up any more. Then Hime-chan said, "Ok. I won't come up any more!" and started to run off. But Daichi caught Hime-chan's arm. Daichi apologized. He apologized about making fun or her before with the lucky charm. But Hime-chan got upset about Daichi going out with Hikaru. Daichi tried to explain, but Hime-chan just ran off.

That night Sei used some magic to put Pokota in a trance. Pokota then went over to Daichi's apartment. Daichi thought that something had happened to Hime-chan. But when Daichi opened the window, Pokota jumped and attacked Daichi.

Erika finally remembered about Sei. She said that she used to play with him when they were little. She wondered why Sei was approaching Hime-chan.


11- "Ribbon ga abunai!" ("Ribbon in danger!")

(リボンがあぶない!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1124:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 11

Airdate: December 11, 1992

In the middle of the night, Pokota went to Daichi's place. Daichi let him in, and Pokota attacked Daichi. Pokota also said, "Leave Himeko alone!" in a very mean voice. Then Daichi's father came home very drunk and very loud. So Sei told Pokota to go home.

The next day on the way to school, Daichi was thinking about the recent events. Hikaru was waiting for Daichi. She saw him coming and popped out to talk to him. Daichi then asked Hikaru why she had been waiting for him in the park on Sunday. Hikaru said that Sei told her to wait for him there. Hikaru thought that Sei and Daichi were friends.

Hime-chan spotted Daichi and Hikaru talking. When she stopped, Sei came up to her. Sei said it looked like Daichi and Hikaru were going out. Hime-chan said that it didn't matter to her. Then Sei got behind her and tried to touch her ribbon. Hime-chan quickly protected her ribbon. Sei said that the ribbon was cute, and it matched her nicely.

Hikaru then came and said that Hime-chan and Sei looked like a nice pair. But Hime-chan ran away to her class.

During gym class Daichi was thinking. He started to suspect Sei. Sei was weak, so he always sat out the gym class. Daichi remembered what had happened on Sunday, and he thought that Sei had some way of controlling the animals; the dog, the fish, and Pokota.

After school, Daichi was waiting for Hime-chan. He said, "Please come to the house. Bring Pokota. There's something important I want to talk to you about."

Erika saw Sei. She said that it was Sei Array. She wondered what he was up to.

At the house Daichi asked Pokota if he remembered about last night. When Daichi told them what happened, Hime-chan and Pokota both yelled at Daichi. Daichi then yelled at them for not listening to his story. He said Sei must be from the land of magic. But Hime-chan said that Sei was nice. They started to argue. Then Daichi said that Hime-chan was being jealous. Hime-chan slapped Daichi. They argued some more and Hime-chan left.

Sei's black magic cat had spied on Daichi and Hime-chan. Then a magic bird came with a message for Sei. Sei had to return within three days.

Later at home, Hime-chan told Pokota that she was considering going out with Sei. Pokota said that she shouldn't go out just because Daichi said those bad things. But Hime-chan said that she really liked him. Then Hime-chan got a phone call from Sei. Sei asked Hime-chan out to an amusement park. Hime-chan said ok. Hime-chan's father was getting worried about his daughter. But Hime-chan's mother came and said that it was only natural for her to have a couple boy friends.

The next day Hime-chan wore a skirt. She was uncertain about her self because she usually didn't wear skirts. Pokota said Hime-chan can wear a skirt that was even more cute, with flowers or something. But Hime-chan said that she didn't have anything like that.

Hime-chan and Sei played together at the amusement park. Hime-chan was having a lot of fun.

When Hime-chan bought some food for the birds, the birds had all disappeared. Hime-chan was disappointed. Then Sei made the birds appear. The birds landed on Sei's body. Hime-chan thought that it was magic. Then one bird flew at Hime-chan and tried to take her ribbon. Hime-chan ducked, but she knew that the bird was after her ribbon. She started to wonder what was going on.

Sei gave Hime-chan a present. It was a ribbon. Sei said that he wanted to see Hime-chan wear it right away. Sei went around and was going to take off Hime-chan's red (magic) ribbon. But Hime-chan turned around right away.

Hime-chan said, "If I take this off, Pokota.." She stopped herself as she knew she couldn't tell anyone else about her magic ribbon. Sei said, "Oh, your stuffed animal." Then Hime-chan realized that she had never told Sei about Pokota. She wondered how Sei knew about pokota.

Erika realized that Sei was after the magic ribbon.

Hime-chan started to wonder about Sei. Then Hime-chan said that she just remembered that she had something to do. So she left.

Hime-chan snuck around to the mirror house. She used the mirror to turn into Yumeko, her younger sister. Then Hime-chan (as Yumeko) followed Sei when he left the amusement park.

Erika became worried. She wanted Hime-chan to turn back.


12- "Suki da tte itta no ni" ("You said you loved me")

(好きだっていったのに)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1224:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 12

Airdate: December 18, 1992

Hime-chan was following Sei home from the amusement park as Yumeko. Daichi came riding along on his bicycle and spotted Yumeko. Daichi went up to her. Hime-chan was shocked and tried to act like Yumeko. But since Sei was getting away, Hime-chan quickly said "bye" and ran after Sei. Daichi followed Yumeko for a little while and spotted her trying to follow Sei. Daichi guessed that it was Hime-chan transformed as Yumeko. Then Daichi remembered the fight he had with Hime-chan, and said to himself that he was not going to help out.

Hime-chan went into the yard of Sei's house. She tried to peek in through the window. But Sei came and caught her. Hime-chan tried to act like a little girl who was just curious about Sei's wonderful house. Then Sei invited Yumeko inside. But Sei suspected something. [or he knew it was Hime-chan]

Back at Hime-chan's house, Pokota was sleeping because of Sei's trance.

Hime-chan sat down on the sofa and looked around the room. When Sei brought some cookies and milk, Hime-chan kept acting like Yumeko and asked Sei some questions to try to find out more about him. Hime-chan asked about Sei's parents. She even asked if Sei had a girl friend. Hime-chan couldn't think of anything else to ask. Then she said that she wanted to play hide and seek in the large house. But Sei said that Yumeko looked like someone he knew, Nonohara Himeko. Hime-chan said that she was Himeko's younger sister Yumeko.

Then Hime-chan's pendant started beeping. This meant that time was running out. Hime-chan had to return to her normal self, or she would stay as Yumeko forever. Sei wanted to look at the pendant, but Hime-chan rushed to the bathroom. Since Yumeko's body was too small to reach the mirror, Hime-chan climbed up to use the mirror. Then she transformed back into herself. Hime-chan was relieved that she had made it in time. Then she heard Sei say, "Is that how you transform back?" Hime-chan was shocked. Then Sei asked Hime-chan to transform into another person. Hime-chan asked Sei if he was really from the land of magic. Sei said that he was, and that his real name was Sei Array, and Erika's fiancee.

Erika was watching and was shocked. Then Erika's father popped in and said that it was true. He said that Sei was a son of a powerful family, and it would be good for the families. Erika said that she hardly knew Sei. Then Erika asked if this had something to do with Hime-chan's ribbon. Erika's father said that he heard Sei went to the human world to try to get the ribbon. Then Erika said that she didn't want to marry Sei because he kept using a lot of dirty tricks to try to get the ribbon.

Hime-chan was shocked about Sei being Erika's fiancee. But Sei said that he didn't like it. He said that he didn't care about doing what he was told in the boring land of magic.

Hime-chan asked, "When you said that you liked me.." Sei replied, "Of course, I said that so I can try to get your ribbon. I was going to return to the land of magic as soon as I got the ribbon."

Then Hime-chan got mad and started to leave. But Sei stopped her with his magic. Sei said that he can use his magic to control animals. But his magic only worked for 10 minutes on humans. Hime-chan was frozen and couldn't move. She couldn't even speak.

Sei said, "I didn't want to use this. Nobody will come to rescue you." Then Daichi came into the room. Daichi attacked Sei and knocked him down. Daichi said that he had heard everything. But Sei used his magic to call all of the dogs in the neighborhood. The dogs ran into the house and surrounded Daichi. Sei said that Daichi had better stay still.

Sei went to Hime-chan and took off her ribbon. Sei said, "Bye." and started to leave. But the magic finally wore off and Hime-chan was able to move. Hime-chan then jumped and kicked Sei with her "Himeko Kick!" Since Sei was a weakling, Sei got knocked out. Hime-chan wondered why Sei got kicked so easily. Daichi said that Hime-chan was too strong. Then Hime-chan got her ribbon back, and waited for Sei to recover.

When Sei recovered, he was surprised that Hime-chan and Daichi were waiting for him. Hime-chan said that she was worried because her kick landed squarely at him. Then Sei's magic bird came and told him that he had to return immediately. Sei gave up and said that he had lost a bowl of ramen and a gyouza. Sei explained and said that he was after Hime-chan's ribbon because he had made a bet with his cousin. Daichi laughed, but Hime-chan got very upset that it was all a game.

Erika and her father were watching. Erika's father got upset when he discovered the real reason why Sei was after the ribbon. He said that he had to think over the marriage arrangement.

Before Sei left, Hime-chan asked what had happened to Pokota. Sei remembered that he had put him to sleep, and undid his magic. Then Sei left. After he vanished, the house disappeared too.

It started to snow and Hime-chan and Daichi sat down on a park bench. Hime-chan asked Daichi to hit her. But Daichi said that he didn't want to. When Hime-chan insisted, Daichi pretended to hit her. But Daichi gave Hime-chan a key. It was a key to their secret hideout. Daichi said that he didn't like to hit girls. So Hime-chan grabbed Daichi's hand and pulled it to force him to hit her face. Hime-chan said that it hurt. Daichi got upset.

Then Hime-chan apologized to Daichi. Hime-chan also thanked Daichi. Hime-chan kept apologizing and thanking Daichi as they walked in the snow. Hime-chan was thinking that Daichi was a really nice guy.

Erika was happy that the ribbon was all right. She also said to herself that she would never marry Sei Array.


13- "SMAP ga yatte kita" ("The arrival of SMAP")

(SMAPがやって来た)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1324:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 13

Airdate: December 25, 1992

When the school day ends, Hime-chan meets Manami (whose exam didn't go very well) and Icchan and wants to go out to eat treats somewhere. But they have to go to their respective clubs to get ready for the Christmas event coming in a few days. As Icchan wonders if Hime-chan's theater club might be busy for it right now, Hime-chan remembers she must go too and dashes away.

When Hime-chan enters the meeting room, all smiling, she is surprised to see that there are only three people waiting there. The captain tells her that the other six members of the club have left, partly because Hasekura-senpai left the club because of his exams. Hime-chan tries to cheer them up (doing the ike ike go go jump) but they can't do much with only four people.

On their way back home, all four spot Hasekura waiting for the bus to come, but when he asks them how the theater club is doing, Hime-chan can't tell him how bad it actually is.

Later at home, taking a bath with Pokota, Hime-chan tells him that this year they have planned to do a French can-can for their event. But since there are only four of them left, there was no way they can do it now. Pokota suggests to consult with Daichi about it, as he might have a good idea.

The next day at school, the soccer team is practicing, and when the ball goes rolling to the side, the players ask Hime-chan to send the ball back. But Hime-chan sends a powerful kick and scores, much to everybody's surprise. Very proud of her kick, she now heads for the tennis club where Daichi is playing a game and wins, cheered up by most of the girls of the school.

When the game ends, Hime-chan asks him if he has a good idea for the upcoming event. She even asks him cheerfully if he'd like to join them. Daichi replies, "Oh! You want me to be with you that much?" Hime-chan gets very mad and bright red at once, but thinks she might force herself a bit and finally nods with a bright smile. But then Daichi says that he's not interested, making her slip on the ground. He suggests to her that having a party with idols [idol singers, that is] singing might not be a bad idea after all. Hime-chan thinks that's a pretty stupid and unworkable idea.

Then Hikaru comes in, saying that she has heard about the theater club's mishap and that she won't join them no matter how many times Hime-chan begs her to, because she already belongs to Daichi's fan club. Hime-chan, very upset, tells her to do what she pleases, and leaves, soon followed by Daichi.

On her way back home, Hime-chan sees, on TV in a shop window, the SMAP [seven idol singers] team singing Egao no Genki on stage [that is the anime's own OP theme!], and thinks to herself it would be nice to bring them to the Christmas event.

Back home, Hime-chan complains to Pokota that they have not found any good play to perform at the Christmas event which will take place in just two days. She thinks to herself that, more than for themselves, they must do their best for Hasekura's sake. Then she remembers Daichi's silly idea, to have a party with some idol singers, and looking at the SMAP poster she has in her room, a very good idea comes to her mind. But it was what Pokota was afraid of.. she intends to turn herself successively into each of the SMAP members and then they'll be able to hold a party!

In the Land of Magic, Erika yells that it's NOT a good idea at all.

Then Arisaka Sei's crow Kantarou appears in mid air and tells them the message he got from Sei [actually, Sei used the crow as a tape recorder ^_^]. Sei tells Hime-chan and Pokota about what the King had decided when Hime-chan told Daichi about the magical items [episode 9]. Until now, Hime-chan didn't know that the King had almost decided to have her memories erased and get the items back, until Sei decided to come on Earth and look over them. But if the secret is disclosed to another person, the King will enforce the sentence, and this time without fail. So Sei suggests Hime-chan to pay attention to what she does with the ribbon from now on. Then the crow vanishes. Hime-chan thinks that if she had been told that earlier, she would not have used the ribbon any more.

Chappy feels relieved that Hime-chan eventually heard the true story from Sei, but Erika is afraid that even this won't stop Hime-chan.

For the next few nights, Hime-chan practices her role for the play that they agreed to perform at the Christmas event.

Then the day of the Christmas event comes. They are many many sketches from the various clubs, including a chorale performed by Manami's club and a rock concert performed by Icchan's club, with Icchan playing bass guitar. Then Hime-chan's turn comes. The play they perform is a "school days story" which wasn't that exciting. So the audience gets bored right away and shouts at them to stop.

Hime-chan gets upset at once, and yells at them to shut up. But soon they hear Daichi snoring in the crowd. Hime-chan gets even madder and shouts into the mike, "Kobayashi Daichi! Wake up!!" So he does, wondering if it's already over, making everybody laugh.

Next thing Hime-chan tells everyone in the mike is that the big party is about to start soon, since she will bring SMAP on stage. She hurries to the dressing room, turns herself into Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, and goes back on stage. Her performance wreaks havoc among the audience. She tells them that the entire SMAP team will show up and has come here to support the theater club. Then, one after the other, Hime-chan turns herself into the remaining six SMAP singers.

At the end, Daichi realizes that they are actually an only one person, Hime-chan. But the girls in the audience would like to see all seven SMAP boys on stage at the same time, and Hime-chan can't do that. Then Hikaru goes on stage, followed by other girls, and they all chase Kusanagi Tsuyoshi into the streets.

A photographer, who just got scolded by his boss over the phone, also spots Tsuyoshi-kun and joins the girls.

Out of breath, Hime-chan/Tsuyoshi hides himself in the bushes of the nearby park, but Hikaru has followed him. Just then Hime-chan's pendant starts beeping, and even worse, the photographer takes a picture of both of them.

In the Land of Magic, Erika yells in despair.


14- "Buttobi Hikaru no meisuiri" ("Powerful Hikaru's great guess")

(ぶっとびひかるの名推理)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1424:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 14

Airdate: January 08, 1993

The photographer is very proud of the scoop shot he has just taken, and is about to interview Hikaru, but Tsuyoshi yells she has nothing to do with SMAP at all. Then, realizing the pendant is beeping louder, Hime-chan/Tsuyoshi is about to rush at the nearby restrooms but Hikaru holds him back.

Luckily, Daichi arrives and starts quarreling with Hikaru over whose fan club she belongs to and what she was doing with Tsuyoshi. Hikaru is overwhelmed with joy, realizing that Daichi is jealous. Daichi, for a diversion, starts quarreling with Tsuyoshi as well and takes him away. Later he scolds Hime-chan for not being careful about the one hour limit.

But as they run in the streets, the girls recognize Tsuyoshi and chase them, followed by the photographer. Daichi asks Hime-chan to hide her face under her coat, and then realizing they have no way to escape, rush into the first shop they find: a lingerie shop. In the changing rooms, Hime-chan is able to turn back to her own self. In the meantime, Daichi realizes where he is [^_^].

Outside, the photographer recognizes Daichi [who is now with Hime-chan] and asks him where Kusanagi Tsuyoshi has gone. Remembering he took pictures of them, Daichi opens his camera, spoiling the film.

Later at school, Gori-sensei is scolding the theater club for raising hell at the Christmas party. But the Principal says that Hime-chan did everything for the sake of her theater club. Besides HE is a big fan of SMAP too. But Gori says he won't allow anything like this to happen again in the future.

Then when Hime-chan leaves the office, Daichi is there waiting for her, with an angry look on his face. He scolds her again for getting into inextricable situations due to her careless use of the ribbon. Then both of them spot the photographer they met earlier, waiting for students by the gate. Daichi tells Hime-chan to take great care of herself because he has seen her too.

In the Land of Magic, Erika yells in despair that Hime-chan should be much more careful or her memories will get erased.

At home, Hikaru stares at her reflection in a mirror, saying she's such a cute person indeed. She then imagines herself as a big star, while many photographers come to take lots of pictures of her. But she recalls that Kusanagi Tsuyoshi called her by her family name.. and wonders why he knew her name.

At home, Pokota scolds her too. That's too much for Hime-chan, who already had been scolded by Gori and Daichi earlier, so she tells him to shut up. But Pokota reminds her not to forget ANY of the "transformation clauses" in the future or she will get into deep trouble sooner or later. Then they do the "ike ike go go jump".

At the place where the photographer works, his boss kicks him out for having promised to bring a big scoop but getting nothing instead. He has to find the scoop of the century or he'll be fired.

At home, Hime-chan receives a call from Daichi. Her father isn't very happy at that, asking her who Daichi is, but Mother pushes him away. Daichi was jogging in the streets when he noticed that the photographer was still around, asking people if anybody knew SMAP and Hime-chan. Therefore Daichi advises her to take great care of herself.

Just when she hangs up, she realizes that the photographer has found her house and is now bothering her parents about SMAP.

Later at school, the photographer is hiding, waiting for either Daichi or Hime-chan to come. But Daichi goes to school hiding himself among some girls, who were members of his fan club. They were very happy when he thanks them. The girls tell Daichi that Hikaru has taken a day off that day.

Later, from inside the school building, Daichi and Hime-chan spot the photographer, still lurking around. They wonder how they could make him give up.

At home, Hikaru is getting bored of watching TV, so she goes to the nearby bookstore to check for the picture of her and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi that the photographer took the day before. But there's no such thing in any magazine, so she gets mad, thinking he was a fake. But then the photographer shows up, asking her what connection there is between Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Daichi, since he found nothing. Hikaru thinks they might just be in love with her.

Later, Hikaru thinks to herself that the Tsuyoshi she has met wasn't quite like the one she has seen on TV. Besides how could he look over her day after day since he's not living there? Then she recalled the beeping pendant..

Back at school, Hikaru goes straight to Hime-chan's classroom, and takes her outside. On the play ground she yells at her, "I have eventually found out what happened. That was NOT the real Kusanagi Tsuyoshi on stage at the Christmas event, right?" Just when Hime-chan fears that she might have discovered her secret, Hikaru continues, "Of course that was Tsuyoshi's look-a-like, right? Since they look a lot like each other, it fooled everyone, but not me." Hime-chan feels very relieved, and even more when Hikaru asks Hime-chan for a date with the other Tsuyoshi, begging her not to tell Daichi about it.

At their hideout at the top the stairs, Daichi laughs a lot, and says that it would be a good idea for Hime-chan to turn into Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. So she does. Then Daichi, with a marker pen, draws a mole on Hime-chan's forehead.

Then both of them leave to meet the photographer, showing him the mole that proves he is not the real Kusanagi. Daichi adds that the band who came to the Christmas event was SOAP, not SMAP. Then the photographer goes away, believing he had been fooled by the Kusanagi twins.

On the way home from school, Hime-chan apologizes to Daichi for the careless things she did, and thanks him for his help. But then she tells him what Arisaka-kun reported to her [episode 13], and he yells at her for not having told him that earlier. Seeing that Daichi is very mad at her, she follows him, apologizing again. Then he turns back and says, with a resolute look, "Whatever you want to do from now on, consult with me first, ok?"

In the Land of Magic, Erika is blushing a bit, thinking that Daichi is really somebody Hime-chan can rely on. She even starts to feel a bit jealous of her.


15- "Pokota Yuki yama kara SOS" ("Pokota's SOS from a snowy mountain")

(ポコ太雪山からSOS)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1524:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 15

Airdate: January 15, 1993

Hime-chan and her classmates were going on a school ski trip. Hime-chan was very happy. She went to the store and bought a lot of candies. She told Pokota that she was going to be in the same room as Manami and Icchan, and that she was going to talk with them all night. Pokota said that he was a little sad. Then Hime-chan felt saddened too. Since Pokota had been a stuffed animal, he had never gone anywhere. Pokota said that he would be all right at home by himself. But Hime-chan said that she would take Pokota. Pokota didn't think it was a good idea. But Hime-chan said that she would put Pokota in the back pack and everything would be all right.

The next day, Hime-chan went to school. She saw Daichi already sitting in the bus. Daichi said the seats were already assigned, and that Hime-chan was going to be next to Daichi. Hime-chan was upset that she wouldn't be with Manami or Icchan.

Then Hime-chan saw Arisaka Sei surrounded by a lot of girls. Hime-chan was surprised and asked him why he was there. Arisaka said he had fallen in love with Hime-chan because of her "kick". Daichi guessed that Arisaka had been chased out by his father.

On the bus, Hikaru sat next to Daichi and told Hime-chan to change seats with her. So Hime-chan ended up sitting next to Arisaka, right behind Daichi and Hikaru. Arisaka got car sick on the way to the mountains.

When Hime-chan was going to go ski, she let Pokota out of her backpack. She told him to do what he wanted to do until she got home. Then Hime-chan went skiing. Manami and Icchan were just beginners. But Hime-chan was very good. Daichi was very good too. They skied together and were about to race. Then Hikaru came and got mad at Hime-chan for skiing too close to Daichi. But Hikaru wasn't very good and she wiped out. Hikaru had to get rescued by a handsome rescue squad person. Arisaka was just watching because he was too weak to ski.

Later Hime-chan ate dinner, but she snuck some food into her shirt. Hikaru was at another table and spotted Hime-chan. Hime-chan left before her friends and went back to the room. She got pokota from the backpack, but he was asleep. Then Hikaru came into the room. Hime-chan was surprised. She tried to hide Pokota. When Hikaru asked to see it, Hime-chan dropped Pokota on the floor. Hikaru saw pokota sleeping (snoring) on the floor. She was shocked. Then pokota woke up and started talking. Hikaru was shocked again. Hime-chan grabbed pokota. But Hikaru had already seen it. Hikaru wanted to see Pokota more closely. They started fighting. But Manami and Icchan came into the room. Hikaru was going to tell them about Pokota, but she decided to keep it to herself. Then Hikaru left.

In the middle of the night, Pokota told Hime-chan to take off the ribbon. He said that it was too risky. He also said that she should let Hikaru check it out for herself. So Hime-chan agreed.

The next day, Hime-chan took off her ribbon. Hikaru didn't go skiing because she said that she wasn't feeling too good. Hikaru went up to Hime-chan and asked to see Pokota. Hime-chan told Hikaru that Pokota was in her backpack. Hime-chan told Hikaru to be careful, and then went off to ski. Hikaru was a little surprised that Hime-chan would let her see the stuffed animal.

Hikaru tried to make Pokota talk or move. But Pokota didn't budge.

Daichi noticed that Hime-chan didn't have her ribbon. Daichi asked about it, but Hime-chan said that it was nothing. Daichi knew right away that Hime-chan was trying to hide something. So Hime-chan told Daichi. He scolded her, but Hime-chan said that it would be all right because Pokota was really just a stuffed animal now. Hime-chan said that she wanted to let Pokota travel because he had never gone anywhere before.

Hikaru got tired of trying to make Pokota move, and decided to go skiing by herself. Hikaru put Pokota in her pocket and headed for the back woods. There was a sign saying "danger", but Hikaru didn't notice it. Hikaru was happy that there were no people around her. She had confidence in herself and went deeper into the mountains.

During lunch, the snow became heavier and the teacher said that it was getting dangerous outside.

The wind picked up and Hikaru decided that she had better go back. But Hikaru fell down a cliff. Pokota fell out of Hikaru's pocket and got caught on a branch on the side of the cliff. Hikaru got knocked out at the bottom.

Hime-chan felt that she heard Pokota call out for her. Hime-chan went out to go down to the lodge. Daichi went after Hime-chan.

When they got to the lodge, they found out from Arisaka that Hikaru had gone out by herself. They had Arisaka call the rescue squad. But Hime-chan said that she couldn't wait. Hime-chan transformed into a rescue squad person and went out with Daichi to look for Hikaru. The snow and wind became worse.

Pokota became alive when Hime-chan put on her ribbon. Pokota spotted Hikaru down on the ground below him. He knew that he would give himself away, but he tried to wake Hikaru up. Pokota struggled and tore himself loose from the branch, causing a big tear in his back. Pokota's back hurt, but he went to Hikaru and tried to shake her awake. But Hikaru didn't move.

Hime-chan and Daichi were looking all over the Hikaru. Then Pokota heard their voices. Pokota called out for help and hid in Hikaru's pocket. Hime-chan and Daichi spotted Hikaru and went down to her. Pokota was very happy that it was Hime-chan.

Hime-chan and Daichi carried Hikaru to a small cave. Hime-chan's pendant started beeping, so she returned to herself. Daichi went out to get the real rescue squad. He told Hime-chan to stay in the cave. Hime-chan obeyed. Pokota said that his back hurt, and asked Hime-chan to take off her ribbon. Hime-chan did so and put Pokota in her pocket. Then she hugged Hikaru and waited for help.

Later Hime-chan woke up in a bed. Manami and Icchan were by her side. Hime-chan asked for Daichi. The teacher said that Daichi was fine. Then Hime-chan asked for Hikaru. Hikaru was in a bed next to her. Hikaru said that she might not have survived if they had not come for her. She thanked Hime-chan and quickly hid her head under the covers.

Later Hime-chan was with Daichi. Hime-chan thanked Daichi, and talked very kindly. Daichi then said that he liked Hime-chan better when she was very "genki". [genki = healthy, lively, active]


16- "Hikaru ha nan demo omitoushi" ("Hikaru's insight")

(ひかるは何でもお見通し)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1624:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 16

Aidate: January 22, 1993

Hime-chan got home from the ski trip. Her mother greeted her, but she said that she was very busy. Hime-chan asked for Aiko, but Yumeko told her that she was gone for a week on a tennis camp.

Hime-chan needed someone to sew pokota. Hime-chan went to her mother and tested her on a rag. Hime-chan found out that her mother was worse than herself in sewing. Then Hime-chan thought that Daichi might be good at something like this. Just then Yumeko came and said that Hime-chan had a phone call from Daichi.

Daichi was calling from a pay phone. He was somewhere riding a SL train. He told Hime-chan not to call his home because he told his parents that he was still at the ski trip. When Hime-chan asked about school, Daichi said that he had already told some of his friends to cover for him. Then Daichi added, "Use your transformation when something happens." Daichi said that he would be gone for a couple days.

Since Hime-chan didn't look pleased when she hung up, Yumeko asked if Hime-chan got rejected. Hime-chan told Yumeko not to listen in on her phone conversations.

The next day at school Hime-chan saw that Daichi was gone. One of his friends answered when the teacher called out Daichi's name. Hime-chan wasn't sure if this would work out.

During break, Hikaru went to Hime-chan who was with Manami and Icchan. Hikaru wanted to confirm with Hime-chan that she had already thanked her for saving her life. Hime-chan and Hikaru were about to argue, but Daichi's friend came and told Hime-chan that he needed her help. He said that the teacher found out that Daichi was gone. When Hime-chan said that it didn't concern her, the boy said that Daichi had told him to contact Hime-chan when some trouble occurred. Hikaru wondered why Daichi had mentioned Hime-chan. But Hime-chan still said that she had nothing to do with it.

Hime-chan ran to Daichi's hideout at the top of the stairs. Hime-chan was going to use the mirror there to transform into Daichi. Hikaru saw Hime-chan and followed her. Hikaru was at the stairs, just below Hime-chan. Just as Hime-chan transformed, a bee went into Hikaru's face. When Hikaru looked up, she saw Daichi. Daichi ran down past Hikaru. Hikaru was surprised. Hikaru went up to look for Hime-chan, but she couldn't find her. Hikaru began to suspect something.

Pokota came to life and started hurting. He didn't want Hime-chan to put on the ribbon yet. Then Hime-chan's father a voice in Hime-chan's room and went in. He didn't find anyone, but he picked up Pokota.

Hime-chan went as Daichi to the teacher. The teacher made Daichi run 10 laps around the school.

Hikaru went to one of her friends who was in the broadcasting club. Hikaru asked her to make a fake announcement.

Hikaru saw Daichi running around the school, and stopped him. She gave Daichi a towel and asked him to use it. Then Hikaru grabbed Daichi and sprayed some perfume on him. Daichi tried to get away, but Hikaru spotted the pendant that Daichi was wearing.

Then the girl made an announcement. The announcement called out for Hime-chan. Daichi and Hikaru heard it. Hikaru asked Daichi about it, but Hime-chan (as Daichi) said that it didn't concern him.

Later Hime-chan transformed back into herself and went to the broadcast booth. The girl said that she had been practicing and had forgotten that the switch was on. Then the girl smelled the perfume on Hime-chan.

Later Hikaru went to the girl and asked about the perfume that Hime-chan had. It matched that one that Hikaru sprayed on Daichi. Hikaru knew that Hime-chan must have some power to transform.

Hime-chan ran home and found out that Pokota's tear had been fixed. After Hime-chan put the ribbon back on, Pokota told Hime-chan that it was her father who had fixed him.

When Hime-chan was talking to her father, Yumeko picked up a phone call. She said it was from Kobayashi. Hime-chan hurried to the phone. Her father asked Yumeko if it was a boy. Yumeko said that it wasn't. Hime-chan's father was relieved.

Hime-chan picked up the phone and started scolding Daichi. She said that she had to run around the school because of him. Then Hikaru asked Hime-chan to explain. Hime-chan was shocked. It wasn't Daichi on the other end. It was Hikaru. When Hime-chan asked what she wanted, Hikaru said that she just wanted to make certain that Hime-chan was at home.

Later Hikaru went over to Daichi's. She rang the door bell, but no one answered. Then a little boy with a toy gun came up to Hikaru. It was Shintaro. Shintaro told Hikaru that his brother Daichi had just left after coming back from school. After Hikaru left, Hime-chan transformed back from Shintaro.

Hikaru was with her friends at a coffee shop. Hikaru was thinking, and she yelled at her friends who were talking very loudly. Then one of her friends showed Hikaru a picture of Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (of SMAP) who had come over to the school during the school festival. Hikaru looked at the picture and noticed the pendant. It was the same as the one Daichi was wearing. Hikaru began piecing it all together.

Hime-chan was at her desk thinking about the situation. Hime-chan's father went up to Hime-chan's room, and asked her to come for some okonomiyaki. But Hime-chan said that she didn't want it. Hime-chan's father was shocked. When he asked again, Hime-chan yelled that she didn't want it.

Both Hime-chan's mother and father were surprised that Hime-chan would refuse okonomiyaki. Yumeko said that she wanted Hime-chan's piece.

Just when Hime-chan's father was going to go asked Hime-chan again, Hikaru came over. When he went up to Hime-chan's room, Hime-chan yelled at him again [very meanly]. Then Hime-chan's father said that Hikaru had come. Hime-chan was shocked. When Hime-chan went down to see Hikaru, Hime-chan's father was going to ask Hikaru in for some okonomiyaki. But then Hikaru tried to thank him for helping get SMAP to come to their school. Hime-chan hurried and went outside with Hikaru. Hime-chan's father thought that Hime-chan hated him.

Hime-chan and Hikaru went out to a park. Then Hikaru took out a mirror. Hikaru said, "Show me how to transform." Hime-chan pretended that she didn't know anything and said, "What are you talking about." Hikaru said, "I know everything. Just do as I say. Open your bracelet. Turn into Daichi. Just do as I say. Hurry and say, 'parasol parasol Daichi ni nare'."

Hime-chan was very worried, but became relieved when she heard "parasol" instead of "parallel". Then Hime-chan said the words as Hikaru wanted. Since Hime-chan didn't transform, Hikaru was shocked.

Then Daichi came by. Daichi laughed at them for believing in magic and transformations. Daichi told Hikaru about the events of the day (towel and perfume). So Hikaru gave up and left.

Pokota had given Daichi the information just after Hime-chan had left with Hikaru. Hime-chan was still upset at Daichi. Then Daichi brought out some treats for Hime-chan. Hime-chan was still upset. But after eating, Hime-chan became very happy.

Erika was still worried because she knew Hikaru was very determined.


17- "Ee! Henshin ga modoranai" ("What! I can't change back")

(エッ!変身がもどらない)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1724:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 17

Airdate: January 29, 1993

Hikaru was at a hamburger store wondering why Hime-chan didn't transform. She was with some of the other girls of the Daichi fan club. One of the other girls had a science fiction book. The title was "parallel world", and when Hikaru saw it, she realized what the magic word for Hime-chan's transformation was.

Hime-chan and Pokota were laughing about the incident. Then Hime-chan just remembered that Sunday (1/31) was her 13th birthday. Pokota asked what Hime-chan was going to do. Hime-chan said that probably everyone had forgotten about it. Then Hime-chan's mother came and asked her how many people were going to come over to her birthday party. Hime-chan was very happy that her mother had remembered her birthday.

Shinoyama (the cameraman for a trashy magazine) was getting yelled at by his boss. Then he got a phone call from Hikaru. He got mad at Hikaru for causing him so much trouble with the SMAP incident. [episode 13, 14] Then Hikaru said that she had some great news. Hikaru said that there was a witch in town. Shinoyama was going to hang up, but Hikaru said that she would call some other magazine. Then he let Hikaru explain. After he heard the explanation, Shinoyama said that Hime-chan might be suspicious. So he said that they should trap Hime-chan.

Hime-chan called Manami, Icchan, and Arisaka to her birthday party. She was also going to call Daichi, but her mother came and asked her to go shopping for her. So Hime-chan decided to talk to Daichi in person.

Daichi told Hime-chan that he couldn't go. He had to play soccer that day. He also had to join the victory celebration party at night. Then Hime-chan and Daichi argued again, and Hime-chan left.

When Hime-chan got home, Hikaru was waiting for her. Hikaru said, "parallel parallel." Hime-chan was shocked. Then Hikaru also said that they would go meet the cameraman the next day.

When Hime-chan told Pokota, he became very sad because he wouldn't be able to talk to Hime-chan any more.

Hime-chan stayed up all night thinking about a way to get out of it. But she couldn't think of anything to do. Then her father came and asked her if she could change the party from 5 PM to 6 PM, because he had some work to do. Hime-chan said that it was ok. Then Hime-chan got an idea.

Hime-chan transformed into Hikaru, and called Shinoyama. Hime-chan said that something had come up, so she (Hikaru) wanted to meet him a 3 PM. But Shinoyama was with the real Hikaru, and they were very happy that Hime-chan fell for the trap.

At 2:30 PM, Hime-chan left for the park. Erika wanted to warn Hime-chan that it was a trap. She asked her broom to take her, but the broom refused, saying that they would get in a lot of trouble.

At the park, Hime-chan transformed into Hikaru. Shinoyama was waiting. Hikaru was in the bushes. It was just one minute before 3. Then they saw Hime-chan (as Hikaru) running toward them. When Hime-chan got in front of Shinoyama, Hikaru jumped out from the bushes and grabbed Hime-chan. Hikaru told Shinoyama to hurry up and take a picture. Hime-chan thought that it was all over.

Just as Shinoyama was taking the picture, time stopped. Hime-chan looked around in surprise. Erika had come to stop the time. Hime-chan was very happy to see Erika. But them Hime-chan's pendant started beeping. Since Erika had stopped time, the pendant was acting strangely. Erika went to put another girl in Hime-chan's place. Hime-chan went to change back to herself. But the bathroom door wouldn't open. Erika thought that it was because time was stopped. Then Erika tried to start the time again. But it didn't work. Erika kept trying and trying, but her magic didn't work. Hime-chan's pendant started beeping faster and faster. Then the sound stopped.

Erika's father's voice came from the sky. "For breaking the rule I have taken away your power. You must stay on earth as a human for one month." Erika cried and pleaded to her father to turn Hime-chan back to herself. But her father said that he couldn't do anything about it. Hime-chan had to stay as Hikaru for the rest of her life.

Then time started again. Shinoyama and Hikaru were shocked to find a total stranger with them. Hime-chan and Erika ran to Daichi's hideout. Erika was very sad. But Hime-chan said that it was better for this to happen than having her memory erased. Then she would not remember anything about being able to talk to Pokota.

Then Hime-chan remembered about her birthday party. She said that her parents and everyone else would start to worry. She said that she wouldn't be able to fool everyone forever. Then Erika grabbed a pair of scissors and cut her long hair. Hime-chan was shocked. But Erika said that she would go to the party and become Hime-chan. Erika told Hime-chan that she would bring back food and clothes.

The birthday party began.

Hime-chan was alone and very worried.


18- "Kimi ni ha egao ga ni-atteru" ("I prefer your smiling face")

(君には笑顔がにあってる)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1824:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 18

Airdate: February 05, 1993

At Hime-chan's birthday party, Sei was singing [the OP song]. Pokota snuck into and saw that Hime-chan had returned and was pretty cheerful. Then Pokota noticed that Hime-chan didn't have her ribbon.

Someone came to the door, and Erika went to answer it. It was Daichi. When Daichi saw Hime-chan's dress, he was surprised. Then Pokota said told him that it wasn't Hime-chan, but Erika. Erika explained the situation to Daichi and Pokota.

After the party Daichi and Pokota went to Daichi's hideout. Pokota tried to comfort Hime-chan. When Hime-chan faced Daichi she wanted to cry, but she held back. Daichi told Hime-chan that it was ok to cry. Then Erika came with some food and clothes for Hime-chan. Erika said that her grandfather, the strongest person in the land of magic, might be able to help Hime-chan. Hime-chan wasn't sure, but Erika and Daichi said that is was probably possible. Then Hime-chan became happy again. Since Erika had brought one piece of cake, they celebrated Hime-chan's birthday. Daichi gave Hime-chan a key chain. Then everyone did the "ike ike go go jump!" Daichi thought it was pretty silly.

The next day at school, Sei went to Erika and thanked her for the party. Sei thought that it was Hime-chan. But when Daichi told him that it was Erika, Sei was shocked and fell over.

Then Hikaru came with Shinoyama. Hikaru told Daichi that Hime-chan was a witch. Then Daichi said, "Oh you knew too. Hime-chan likes to play [act like] a witch, saying parallel parallel. It's so childish." Daichi also pretended like Hime-chan was just teasing Hikaru the previous day. When Hikaru asked about the pendant that Daichi and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi had in common, Daichi said that he was just a fan and bought the same one. Then Hikaru ran off. Shinoyama got mad.

Sei's bird came and got Sei. Sei went to Erika's father. Erika's father told hime that even Erika's grandfather could not change Hime-chan back to her normal body. The only way was..

Later Sei told Daichi that that only way Hime-chan could return to her normal body was if she died. Sei said that he couldn't tell Hime-chan. He asked Daichi to tell her. Daichi couldn't believe it.

After school Daichi and Erika told Hime-chan about what had happened with Hikaru and Shinoyama. Hime-chan laughed. Then Hime-chan said that she wanted to go outside. She was pretty bored staying in the house. Then Daichi said that they would all go out to an amusement park on Sunday. Hime-chan became very happy.

On Sunday, Hime-chan, Erika, and Daichi snuck out to go to the amusement park. But they ran into Sei. Sei had used his cat to listen into their conversation. Then Sei said that it was lucky that Hime-chan had turned into Hikaru instead of an old man. Daichi got upset at Sei. Then Sei figured out that Daichi hadn't told Hime-chan yet.

They all went to the amusement park, and had fun on the rides.

Daichi was thinking that he couldn't tell Hime-chan the truth.

Then it started to rain. Daichi, Sei, and Erika were waiting for Hime-chan. Hime-chan was with Pokota, and she said that she didn't want to go back because she would have to stay in the house again.

Sei said that he would go find Hime-chan. He told Daichi that he would tell her the truth. But Daichi tried to stop Sei. They started fighting. Then Daichi ran off to look for Hime-chan.

Erika knew that Sei was holding something back. Erika told him to tell her.

Daichi found Hime-chan. Hime-chan was feeling pretty sad.

After Sei told Erika, Erika tried to run to Hime-chan. Sei was chasing her. Erika spotted Hime-chan and Daichi on the other side of the street.

Erika ran across the street. A speeding truck was headed right for Erika and tried to stop. Hime-chan saw Erika in the street. Hime-chan ran to her and pushed Erika out of the way. But the truck hit Hime-chan!

Daichi ran to Hime-chan. Pokota went to Hime-chan and said that Hime-chan wasn't breathing! Daichi couldn't believe it. Erika was crying. Then Hime-chan began transforming back to her normal body. Daichi cried out.

Then Erika's father appeared. He told Erika to stop crying. He said that he couldn't make Hime-chan transform back to herself, but that he could make Hime-chan come back to life. But it would man shortening Erika's life. Erika said, "I don't care about myself. Just make Himeko alive." Pokota asked Erika if it was all right. Erika said that since the magicians lived 1000 or 2000 years, it was ok. Then Erika's father used his magic to revive Hime-chan.

Hime-chan got up and didn't know what had happened. Daichi told her that she had died, but was revived by Erika's father. He also said that she had returned to her normal self. When Hime-chan asked for a mirror, Erika pointed to herself and said, "The mirror is here."

Erika's father thanked Hime-chan for saving Erika's life. Then Erika and her father left.


19- "Chocolate ga ippai" ("Lots of chocolate")

(チョコレートがいっぱい)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 1924:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 19

Airdate: February 12, 1993

Two days before Valentine's Day Gori (the teacher) made and announcement that no chocolate was allowed in school. Everyone was very disappointed.

After school that day Manami asked Hime-chan and Icchan to go shopping for chocolates with her. But Icchan said that she had nobody to give it to. Hime-chan said that it wasn't allowed in school. But Manami said that she wasn't going to follow it. Manami pushed Hime-chan and Icchan to the candy store.

The store was very crowded with girls buying chocolates. Manami bought a lot chocolates. She picked one out to give to Hime-chan, saying that she liked Hime-chan more than anyone else in the world. She also picked one out to give to Icchan. Manami told Hime-chan and Icchan to buy some chocolates too. Hime-chan looked around and saw a lot of other girls buying lots of chocolates. So she decided to buy some herself.

Erika saw all of this commotion in her crystal ball. She asked about Valentine's Day, but Chappy (the broom) didn't know what it was either. Then Erika called for Len. Len explained that it was a day for girls to give chocolates to boys and to declare their love.

When Hime-chan got home, Pokota was surprised that Hime-chan had bought the chocolates even when she had nobody to give them to. Hime-chan had bought three. She said that she would give one to her father, and one to Pokota. Pokota became very happy. He said that he would give one to Hime-chan on White Day. But Hime-chan was thinking about who to give the other one. She wondered if she should give it to Daichi. Then Pokota asked if Hime-chan liked Daichi. Hime-chan quickly blushed and said that she didn't.

Hikaru was at home making a large chocolate for Daichi.

In school on Valentine's Day, Hime-chan was worried. She still didn't know who she was going to give the chocolate to. During lunch break, she overheard a lot of other girls saying that they would give the chocolate to Daichi. Then Hime-chan decided that she would give her chocolate to Daichi too. When Hime-chan arrived at Daichi's classroom, she ran into Hikaru. Hikaru asked her what she was doing there. Hikaru told Hime-chan that she had made a super large on for Daichi, and that the size determines the feeling involved. But when Hikaru went inside the classroom, she found out that Daichi was gone. She and the other girls went to look for Daichi.

Daichi and his friend Tetsu were up in a tree outside. Tetsu was saying that Daichi was lucky for getting a lot of chocolate. He said other people didn't get any. But Daichi wasn't happy. Daichi said that since it was a gift, he couldn't give it away. The previous year, Daichi had eaten all of the chocolate that he had received himself, and he got some cavities because of it.

Then Daichi jumped down out of the tree. But he saw Hime-chan below and just dodged in time to avoid her. Hime-chan and Daichi both fell down, and Hime-chan's chocolate went flying.

Hime-chan said, "Why do you have to fall out from the sky?" Daichi said, "What are you doing here?" Hime-chan said, "I didn't come looking for you." Then Hime-chan noticed that she had lost her chocolate and started looking around. Hime-chan thought to herself, "I found Daichi, but lost the chocolate." Daichi found the chocolate near the tree. Daichi picked it up and said, "Hey boy. It looks like you are looking for something. Is this it?" Hime-chan thought to herself, "Before I noticed it, I had given the chocolate to Daichi. But I wonder if this counts." Hime-chan said, "Yeah, that's what I was looking for. Actually that is.." Daichi interrupted her and said, "You received it right? This is chocolate? It's great being popular with the girls. Although you have a ribbon, the ones who know really know. Ha, ha." Hime-chan got mad and said, "What are you saying! It's not that!" Then Hime-chan stuck out her tongue and ran away.

Hime-chan got back to the shoe box as the bell rang. Hime-chan was determined not to give the chocolate to Daichi. Then Sei came. Sei said that Valentine's Day was a great day, made especially for them. Hime-chan just walked away, thinking that she wasn't going to give it to Sei either.

During the afternoon class, Hime-chan said to herself that she would just go home and eat the chocolate herself.

After school, Daichi rode roller skates through school to escape from all of the girls trying to give him chocolate. Then Gori caught him and told him that roller skates were forbidden in school. But all of the girls ran to them. When Gori spotted the chocolates and told them that it wasn't allowed in school, Daichi escaped. Then all of the girls gave their smaller chocolates to Gori and went after Daichi. Gori was very happy to get the chocolates. It was the first time in 49 years.

Icchan met Hime-chan and Manami after school. Icchan said that Hime-chan and Manami both looked pretty sad. They Daichi skated by them, followed by a lot of girls. Hime-chan was determined not to give the chocolate to Daichi.

Icchan, Manami, and Hime-chan were walking by the soccer field, where the soccer team was practicing. Hime-chan asked if Manami had given all of her chocolates. Icchan said that Manami probably didn't give her "real" one yet. Then Hime-chan asked who it was. Manami started crying. [fake crying, but VERY cute]

Icchan said, "Don't trick us by crying."

Hime-chan said, "Manami, don't worry. I won't ask any more."

Icchan said, "I know who it is. Judging by the direction Manami was looking.."

Manami said, "No, it's not the soccer team."

Hime-chan said, "Soccer team?"

Manami said, "It's not. It's not Tachibana-senpai." Manami paused and said, "I had a chance, but I couldn't."

Hime-chan said, "I understand that feeling."

Icchan told Manami to give it to him now, but Manami said that she didn't want to go in the middle of soccer practice. Hime-chan came up with an idea. She asked Manami for the chocolate. Then Hime-chan ran off, saying she would give the chocolate to Tachibana.

Hime-chan went to the toilet and transformed into Daichi. Hime-chan guessed that Daichi would know Tachibana.

When Tachibana was taking a break, Hime-chan [as Daichi] went to see Tachibana. Tachibana thought Daichi had finally decided to join the soccer team. Hime-chan began to worry. But Hime-chan was determined to give Tachibana Manami's chocolate. So Hime-chan handed the chocolate to Tachibana. Tachibana was very shocked. He didn't know Daichi liked to give chocolates to guys. But Hime-chan quickly said that the chocolate was from Daichi's classmate Mori Manami. Manami was watching and felt very happy.

When Hime-chan [still as Daichi] was walking away, Manami went up to her. Manami thanked Daichi for giving the chocolate to Tachibana. Then Manami gave Hime-chan the chocolate that she had bought for Daichi. Manami felt very happy for being able to touch Daichi, and left with Icchan. They wondered where Hime-chan had gone to.

When Hime-chan tried to run back to transform back to herself, the group of girls spotted her [as Daichi]. Hime-chan got surrounded by a lot of girls who gave her chocolates, thinking that it was Daichi.

When Hime-chan got home, Pokota told her that the chocolate wasn't hers, but Daichi's. So Pokota told Hime-chan to bring it to Daichi. Hime-chan agreed. Hime-chan put all of the chocolates in a bag. Then she stared at hers. Pokota said that she would go with Hime-chan. When Pokota went to get Hime-chan's pochette, Hime-chan grabbed her chocolate and put it in the bag too.

Daichi wasn't at home. Hikaru and the other girls were still waiting for him to give him their chocolates.

Hime-chan thought Daichi would be at the secret hideout. Hime-chan went and found Daichi, who was trying to get warm by the fire. Hime-chan emptied the bag of chocolates on the table. Daichi said, "Are you trying to open a candy store? Oh, this is the chocolate that you received."

Hime-chan got very mad, but she tried to control herself. "This is for you." Then Hime-chan told Daichi that she had transformed herself into him. Daichi said, "If I eat all of these, I'll get cavities."

Then Daichi picked up one chocolate. It was Hime-chan's. Hime-chan and Pokota noticed too. Daichi remembered that it was the one that Hime-chan was holding earlier. Daichi asked, "Is is one for me too?"

Hime-chan said, "From me."

Daichi said, "I have to eat at least one. It's Valentine's Day." Then Daichi took one of Hime-chan's chocolates and ate it. Daichi offered one to Hime-chan too. Daichi and Hime-chan sat down by the fire and ate the chocolates together.

Hime-chan thought, "It's very good. It's probably the best chocolate that I have ever had."


20- "Idol wa taihen da" ("The idol is trouble")

(アイドルはたいへんだあ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2024:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 20

Airdate: February 19, 1993

The evening at Hime-chan's house. Aiko [Nonohara family's elder daughter] is cooking a stew, and it smells so good that Yumeko and Himeko gather around her. Yumeko says that Aiko's stew is always the best.

Then Hanako (their mother) comes by, yawning. She has tried hard to find an idea for the novel she must write for tomorrow but can't find any and goes nuts. Just then Hime-chan's father comes back home with a big smile on his face: he has been hired to make a film with Hoshino Mayuri [sounds like a typical SM name #_#], the famous idol singer. His daughters congratulate him, and more, his wife seems to have at last found the inspiration she was missing to write her novel.

Himeko and Yumeko would really like to meet Mayuri in person and go to the movie studios, but their father says that people not belonging to the movie staff aren't allowed there. Himeko and Yumeko are a bit disappointed, so they ask him to at least get an autograph from Mayuri.

Next day, Hime-chan tells Icchan and Manami that she will get an autograph from the famous star Hoshino Mayuri and all 3 look very happy of that. Manami asks Hime-chan to let her see it once she gets it.

In the evening, when Hime-chan welcomes her father home and asks whether he got the autograph or not, he replies "no, not yet" with a very sad voice as if something had happened at the studios. Hime-chan tells Pokota that she will find a way to sneak in tomorrow.

The next day, several fans have gathered in front of the studios to try to get in, but the person on guard at the front gate is unyielding. Hime-chan is waiting for an opportunity which comes quickly as a man visibly from the studios' staff (Hime-chan guesses so because the guard knows him) comes out. She takes her chance, and even though she doesn't know how he is, transforms into him using a nearby car's rear view mirror. "He" is then let it without any problem.

Once inside, Pokota remarks that they still don't know who that guy was, but Hime-chan (as the guy) says it doesn't matter [uh oh..]. Soon "he" is called on from behind.. and is face to face with Hoshino Mayuri herself! Hime-chan is so surprised that she starts to behave as if she had never met Mayuri before, ie saying "waah! that's Hoshino Mayuri the famous idol! I can't believe it's her! At last I can meet her in person !" etc.. Although Mayuri wonders what's happening to "him", being her manager, she is mad at "him", because he hasn't brought her the coffee she had asked. So Hime-chan wants to get some at a nearby vending machine, but Mayuri reminds "him" that she had asked him to go out and get some elsewhere because she doesn't like that kind of can coffee at all.

When Hime-chan starts thinking that Mayuri is such an unkind person after all, she spots Mayuri's real manager rushing at her in her back, holding the can coffee she wanted. Mayuri's manager, Mori-san, calls her and when she turns back, Mayuri realizes that she had been speaking to a second Mori-san just a few seconds ago. But when she turns back again to 'Mori-san the first' (Hime-chan), "he" is nowhere to be seen. Hime-chan is actually hiding behind a tree now. Mori-san gives Mayuri the coffee (she doesn't thank him at all, rather scolds him) and tells her that it's time for the shooting and she'd better hurry.

Now transforming back in the women restroom, Hime-chan and Pokota observe that Hoshino Mayuri isn't the kind of sweet person they had seen on TV. Hime-chan doesn't want her autograph any more now. As they come out, Hime-chan runs into her father, very surprised to see her here. Then the producer of the movie, a fat unpleasant I-give-the-money-and-I-know-it guy, and his pushy assistant, the producer's "boot licker", come by and meet Hime-chan. They say it's fine for her to be here after all, and that makes her very happy.

Later when the shooting starts, Mayuri doesn't look very pleased to play her role and even says that she has forgotten the words she has to say, being busy with so many things such as interviews, etc.. She speaks disdainfully to everybody in the studio. Then her manager, Mori-san, comes by and tells her that she has just "Aa.. shiawase" ("Aa.. I'm so happy") to say. But she says it so disdainfully that Hime-chan's father] gets really disappointed. The producer says it doesn't matter, after all she said the words.

Hime-chan doesn't like Mayuri's behavior at all and observes aloud, although to herself, that she's such a "wagamama" (selfish) person.. But Mayuri has heard, gets mad, and leaves the studio at once. Now the producer blames Hime-chan's father, saying he's responsible for that, and warns him that he will be fired if Mayuri doesn't come tomorrow for the next shooting.

When Mori-san comes to Mayuri's place to see her, she's still angry and doesn't want to come back to the studios. Mori-san becomes angry in turn, says she's too stubborn and warns her that he will come to take her tomorrow. He leaves and slams the door shut.

Hime-chan apologizes to her father and decides to go and meet Mayuri to apologize to her too. On her way to Mayuri's place, she meets Mori-san, who takes her to a nearby coffee shop. Hime-chan tells him how badly she wants to apologize to Mayuri for what she said, so that she would come back, but Mori-san says she doesn't have to apologize at all, and tells Hime-chan the "story" of the making of this movie. Hoshino Mayuri had started her career as a jpop singer first, but soon wanted to make a movie. She wanted to do that will all her heart, and was considering this project very seriously. However, the producer has hired her for the movie just because she was an idol, not as an actress, in order to make the movie sell well. So she hates him for that, and thinks the director (Hime-chan's father) is just the same. Mori-san thinks that it will be hard to make Mayuri act the next day because she's very stubborn.

Back to Hime-chan's house. Everybody is around the table, eating dinner. Hime-chan's father says how delicious the "daikon miso shiru" (radish miso soup) Aiko has prepared is. Then the phone rings, and Hime-chan gets up to reply. It's a call from Mori-san. He tells Hime-chan that he hasn't found Mayuri yet, but will keep looking for her. He won't tell anything to the producer but asks Hime-chan to inform her father. Later in her room, Hime-chan decides not to tell her father either, despite Pokota's advice.

The next scene is to be played outdoors, in a park. The movie staff, including Hime-chan's father and the producer, is there and ready but Mayuri is still not there. Actually she is there but hiding behind a tree, disguised, and plans to let them wait until the very last second to make them realize how important her role is. Hime-chan comes by, and doesn't see Mayuri either. She is very worried about her father. They keep waiting until 10 o'clock and the producer, very unhappy, is about to fire Hime-chan's father when Mayuri eventually shows up: it's actually Hime-chan who just transformed herself into Mayuri.

When she sees her "copy", the real Mayuri is in shock. She thinks that they have hired somebody who looks like her to complete the movie. But there's something wrong with the Mayuri-copy: she's unusually kind, cheerful, and polite with everyone. Hime-chan's father thinks that she's not the real Mayuri, and asks her out loud who she is. The producer and everybody else don't understand why he asks "Mayuri" that. Hime-chan's father says that she's not Mayuri because he can't find the "playing spirit" that he had sensed in her before. The real Mayuri, hearing that, is overjoyed and now thinks the director is a nice guy. So she shows up, and apologizes in a very cheerful voice to Hime-chan's father.

Everybody is shocked to see 2 Mayuri at the same time, so Hime-chan tries to slip away, but is spotted by the producer who asks her in turn who she is. Pokota makes a diversion by yelling "hey! there's another Mayuri over here!!" [Hime-chan used the same trick during the '2-Daichi' episode :) ], so that Hime-chan can run away and turn back to her own self. Now Mayuri is very kind with everybody, and the movie can go on. The story doesn't tell if Hime-chan got her autograph or not..


21- "Yume ni mukatte hashire!" ("Run for your dream")

(夢に向って走れ!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2124:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 21

Airdate: February 26, 1993

Hime-chan and Pokota are peacefully walking in the streets when they hear Daichi's voice from behind. After rollerskates, he now enjoys practicing skateboarding, as he was hanging on to a truck. As Hime-chan scolds him for doing dangerous things, the truck has an accident, and the horse that the truck was carrying runs away. Daichi quickly jumps onto his skateboard and runs after the horse.

Daichi actually goes faster than the horse (they are going downhill), so he soon jumps onto the horse's back, and manages to control him. Hime-chan is impressed by Daichi's performance. But the horse fools Daichi and lashes out, sending him flying. As the horse is about to trample on him, Hime-chan tries to protect Daichi with her own body. But luckily the horse stops just in time, as his master eventually arrives.

The horse's master, a cute brown haired-girl, kindly scolds the horse she calls Dream-gou. Hearing this name, Daichi quickly wakes up. He and the girl stare at each other for a while, and finally recognize each other. She is Sayuri, who has come to Tokyo to attend a horsemanship university.

Pokota pointing out that they are singled out, and Hime-chan coughs. Then she is soon introduced to Sayuri. They shake hands, and Sayuri asks her if she's Daichi's girl friend, making her blush. But Daichi quickly retorts that they are just friends (Hime-chan isn't very pleased at what Daichi replied).

Sayuri tells them she has brought Dream-gou with her to pass the university entrance exam riding him. When time comes to bring the horse back to the truck, Sayuri asks for Daichi's help. When Daichi asks her if they can come over to see Dream-gou, Sayuri says it's all right any time. She asks Hime-chan to come along too. But Hime-chan doesn't look very happy.

Later, Hime-chan, still a bit worried, asks Daichi why he knows Sayuki. He tells Hime-chan that he met her in August of last year in Hokkaidou, when he went there by bike during summer holidays. He had run short of money, and was waiting for the bus in the rain, when Sayuri came by and took him home. He had dinner with Sayuri and her parents, and then worked at her ranch for a while, helping Sayuri to take care of the horses. He learned how to ride a horse because to her.

Dream-gou was born at her ranch, and Sayuri was like his mother since the horse's mother died soon after she gave birth to him. But Dream-gou was found to be too dangerous and got taken away when Sayuri was very young. He thinks Sayuri has chosen to go to the horsemanship university to take care of horses. When Daichi asks Hime-chan if she wants to go with him to see Dream-gou, Hime-chan shyly says, "No, thanks," so Daichi leaves on his skateboard, leaving a sad Hime-chan behind.

At night, Hime-chan can't sleep, thinking again and again about Daichi and Sayuri being too close friends for her taste. She remembers what Daichi had said, "Whenever I see her, it's like I can't help supporting her."

Pokota startles her, saying that she's thinking about Daichi and Sayuri again. When Hime-chan says that she wasn't, Pokota says he can read it on her face. But he adds that there is nothing for Hime-chan to worry about because Sayuri is more like a big sister to Daichi. They decide to go and see Dream-gou the next day and do the "ike ike go go jump".

The next day, Hime-chan hears from Daichi's friend Tetsu that Daichi isn't at school because something had happened to him at the ranch the previous day (he hurt his head). Actually she doesn't let Tetsu finish his sentence and quickly rushes to the Kazetachi hospital.

At the hospital, she finds Daichi and two other men, waiting in the corridor. It wasn't Daichi but Sayuki who got hurt. They don't know yet how badly Sayuri has been hurt, but she will have to rest for an entire month. The two people who came to the hospital with Daichi say that nobody can mount Dream-gou now that Sayuri is out, and that she won't be able to make her dream come true after all, which was to ride Dream-gou for the test the following week.

Then Daichi has an idea. He takes Hime-chan to a quiet place and asks her to take Sayuri's place by transforming into her, because Daichi knows how hard Sayuri tried to break Dream-gou in. Before when Dream-gou hurt his leg and didn't want to lie down, Sayuri almost broke her own ankle, kicking it with a log, to show the horse that she was hurt the same way he was. But even then Dream-gou didn't listen to her. Hearing her story, Hime-chan agrees to do it.

The next day, Hime-chan (as Sayuri) is introduced to Sayuri's team mates as Nonohara Himeko, Sayuri's look-a-like, so that she might be able to fool Dream-gou. But when they go to meet Dream-gou and Hime-chan calls the horse by his name, Dream-gou isn't taken in and refuses to move.

Hime-chan doesn't give up, and asks to be left alone with Dream-gou, and tries hard to make friends with him, with no success for now. But she swears she'll stay there until she succeeds.

The next day, Hime-chan is waken up early in the morning (she has slept at the ranch with Pokota), turns into Sayuri, and goes to prepare Dream-gou's breakfast. But the horse, by a mere kick of his snout, spoils it. Later, when Hime-chan cleans his litter, he keeps spoiling what she just did. But Hime-chan doesn't give up.

When another horseman tries to ride on Dream-gou, he gets kicked away. People say it's useless, and that they'd better give up. But Hime-chan/Sayuri says she will try. Daichi begs her not to go that far, but Hime-chan replies that when she transforms into somebody, she also gets the person's skills, so it should not be a problem to her.

Soon she tries to mount Dream-gou, but he kicks her away. She doesn't want anybody to help her, and keeps trying and trying, for hours. But at the end, while she's lying on the ground, all worn out, the horse comes and licks her face gently. Hime-chan has won! She can mount him, do the fence course, and even passes the university test later.

When Hime-chan and Daichi go to the hospital to tell Sayuri the good news, she sheds tears of joy.

On their way back home, Daichi thanks Hime-chan. It's because she did it with all her might that she eventually succeeded. In turn, Hime-chan thanks him for having introduced her to the world of the horses and to nice people.

In the Land of Magic, Erika, smiling, adds, "I understand how you feel, Hime-chan. You've now come to like Daichi even more".


22- "Go go obaachan" ("Go go Granny")

(GOGO おばあちゃん)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2224:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 22

Airdate: March 05, 1993

Hime-chan had plenty of free tickets for Hoshino Mayuri's new movie, directed by Hime-chan's father, so she was going to treat Manami and Icchan to the movies on Sunday [Hoshino Mayuri and the making of the movie can be found in episode 20]. Daichi, skating in the corridor, dashes and steals one of the tickets from Hime-chan, and as he reads it, says he'd like to see the movie too. So Hime-chan, although still mad at him for his bad manners, invites him on Sunday too. But then Daichi must run away, as Gori-sensei came after him.

At home, Hime-chan's father is striding along in his own living room, being worried about his new movie. Aiko and Yumeko look at him, wondering what's going on. Mother says he always behaves like that when another of his movies is being run.

In her room Hime-chan gets ready to go, but Pokota says that he'd like to see the movie too. He says that it won't be a problem with Manami and Icchan being around, as he will stay still until he gets into the theater. So Hime-chan takes him with her.

In front of the theater, Manami and Icchan greet Hime-chan, but Daichi wasn't there yet.

At home, Daichi puts his shoes on, shuts the door behind, and goes downstairs, when he runs into his grandfather. He tells Daichi that there is a gate ball game (croquet) today (Daichi thought it was next Sunday), and he wants Daichi to bring a large case to the field. Daichi isn't happy but cannot refuse to help them.

At the theater, it's already 2:30 PM (they were supposed to meet at 2 PM). Hime-chan is very mad at Daichi for not coming, but they must go in as the movie is about to start. [The movie's title is "Hoshi no romance", and that might be a pun, as the heroine is HOSHINO Mayuri.]

Daichi rides on his bike as fast as he can, and gets to the Kazetachi park as Grandpa and Grandma arrive. They took a taxi, so Daichi is a bit mad at them for not having brought the packet with them. Then Daichi intends to leave, but other players show up, saying they can't play on such waterlogged field. They couldn't find anyone to help clean it, so all four of then turn towards Daichi..

Hime-chan and Pokota are watching the movie, but Hime-chan can't calm down, so she leaves to go and get Daichi.

Daichi is actually busy cleaning the field, and when he's finished, a very angry Hime-chan shows up. Shintaro has told her where Daichi is, and she yells at him for having forgotten his promise.

As they start to argue, Grandpa asks Daichi to draw the line straight on the playground for them. The other old ladies on the playground all say that Daichi is very helpful to them, unlike their own grandchildren who aren't that obliging.

Then one of them, Rie, sadly tells her teammates that her back is too painful and that she can't play. Rie leaves to go back home. Her friends say that without her they can't play gate ball at all. So Hime-chan makes up her mind and turns herself into Rie. Her friends are happily surprised to see her back, and in very good shape after all. Hime-chan/Rie cheers them up and even makes them do the "ike ike".

Before the game starts, Grandpa tells the players that they'll have a snack break first. Grandma asks a very worried Daichi to help serve canned iced uuron-cha [Chinese tea] and tai-yaki cakes to everyone. But one of the ladies says she doesn't like such tea, and prefers nihon-cha [Japanese tea]. Daichi being busy talking to her, Hime-chan/Rie picks up two tai-yaki and brings one to a very happy Pokota.

Then the last old lady complains that there's no tai-yaki left for her [of course, Hime-chan took 2 of them]. She accuses Grandpa of singling her out, and is about to leave, so Daichi confesses and says that he had eaten two of them. Daichi also proposes to get some more, along with some nihon-cha, juice etc..

In the Land of Magic, Erika and Chappy complain that Hime-chan is sometimes so careless, but luckily Daichi is always here to help her.

Then the old people have a bit of training. Daichi brings the items he has just bought for the players, and then wants to leave. But Grandpa and the other players beg him to be their referee.

Hime-chan/Rie hits the ball too hard, surprising everyone. She thinks to herself that it's the very first time she had ever played gate ball. So Daichi comes to her and teaches her how to grip the stick. Then she tries once more, and makes a perfect hit. So the other players want Daichi to help them too.

Then the game starts for real, with the men wearing odd numbers and the women even numbers. The first male player goes through the first gate, but not the second. So now it's Hime-chan/Rie's turn to play. Her first hit is nice, but she misses the second gate. The third player, Grandpa, misses the first gate, so he's "out" and tries to "bribe" Daichi to stay in play.

In the meantime, the movie ends, and Manami and Icchan leave the theater, wondering where Hime-chan might have gone.

On the playground, the score is at stake, and Hime-chan/Rie is the only female player left. With all her might, she hits it well and hits the goal pole. Her team wins, but Grandpa says that to him the ball didn't hit the pole. As the two teams start to argue, Daichi yells out that HE is the referee, and since he saw the ball hit the pole, the women's team has won the game.

Soon after all the players have left, Hime-chan shows up and congratulates Daichi. She hands him a canned drink. Daichi apologizes to her for not having gone to the movies with her, but she says that it's fine. Then Pokota tells them to hurry so that they can make it in time for the last showing.

At home, Hime-chan's father receives a happy call, about his movie's great success.

Meanwhile Hime-chan and Daichi are enjoying the movie, with Hime-chan very happy to be with him.

In the Land of Magic, Erika thinks to herself that Hime-chan has found a new way to help people by using her ribbon.


23- "Hatsukoi ni sayounara" ("Goodbye to my first love")

(初恋にさようなら)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2324:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 23

Airdate: March 12, 1993

Aiko went to Hime-chan's room. Aiko had tried on some new clothes and wanted Hime-chan to look at it. But Hime-chan wasn't there, and Aiko discovered that Hime-chan's room was a messed. So Aiko started cleaning up the room. Aiko picked up everything from the floor and then started to clean up Hime-chan's desk.

When Aiko put the books together neatly, a good luck charm fell out. Aiko opened the notebook from which it had fallen out, and found out that it was Hime-chan's diary, the Hasekura-senpai notebook. Aiko started reading it. It had lots of stories of Hime-chan's experiences with Hasekura. Aiko said that she didn't know that Hime-chan loved Hasekura so much.

Hime-chan came back from ice skating. Hime-chan was complaining that Daichi wasn't nice to her when he was teaching her skating. Hime-chan said that Pokota made fun of her too, as Hime-chan kept falling. Then Hime-chan saw Aiko, who had just come out of Hime-chan's room. Aiko was feeling very dejected. Hime-chan asked Aiko if she was looking for her. Aiko said that she wanted Hime-chan to see if her new dress fit her. Hime-chan said that Aiko looked good in anything. Then Aiko hurried away.

When Hime-chan went into her room, she was shocked. Aiko had cleaned up the room so neatly. Pokota said that he noticed something was wrong with Aiko. But Hime-chan said that there couldn't be anything bothering her.

Aiko was in her own room thinking. "Why didn't I notice. Hime-chan was always talking about Hasekura-kun. I was only thinking about myself."

Aiko got a call from Hasekura. Hime-chan answered the phone. Hime-chan called out for Aiko, but Aiko didn't answer. Hime-chan hung up and went upstairs. Aiko was there. Hime-chan said, "Aiko, you were here. Why didn't you come to the phone?" "I'm sorry. I was thinking about something." Then Hime-chan told Aiko that Hasekura had his high school entrance exam that day. Hasekura was applying for the very famous and hard to get in Shouyou High School. Hime-chan told Aiko to call Hasekura. Aiko said that she would call later. Hime-chan knew that something was wrong because Aiko would usually call right away.

One day on the way to school, Daichi said that he hated this period. Hime-chan said that she liked spring. Then Daichi pointed to some students walking around with their heads down. He said that he can tell right away how they did on the high school entrance exams. Then Hime-chan remembered that it was the day that they announced the results of the Shouyou High School entrance exam. Daichi asked who Hime-chan knew that was going to try for such a good school. Hime-chan said that it was Hasekura. Then Daichi remembered that Hasekura was the one that Hime-chan couldn't give the good luck charm to. Daichi joked and said that he might not make it because of that. Then Hime-chan got mad and kicked Daichi in the face. "There are things that you shouldn't say!"

During class Hime-chan was worried about Hasekura.

After school, Hime-chan went to the drama club. Everyone was feeling very dejected. Hime-chan wondered what was going on. Then she spotted Hasekura. Hime-chan thought that Hasekura had been rejected by Shouyou. But it wasn't that. It was just that the drama club had only four students left.

Just as they were going to leave after the meeting, Hasekura stopped Hime-chan so he could ask her about Aiko. He asked if Hime-chan knew something about Aiko. Hasekura said that things were not going well from about one month ago. But Hime-chan didn't know anything.

Hime-chan was walking home wondering what was going on with Aiko. Then Hime-chan spotted Aiko walking with a strange guy. She yelled out and asked what Aiko was doing. But the guy and Aiko went off. Hime-chan yelled and said that Hasekura had been accepted by Shouyou High School. "Don't you have to congratulate him? He was worried about you." But Aiko said, "I don't care any more. About Hasekura-kun." Hime-chan was shocked and yelled out, "Aiko!" But Aiko and the guy just kept walking away.

Hime-chan got home and quickly changed. She got ready to leave and called Hasekura. She told him to go to the park right away. Hime-chan then grabbed Pokota and ran out. Pokota had no idea what was going on.

Hime-chan was running down the street. Daichi was skateboarding. Hime-chan jumped at Daichi. "Daichi, move!" Hime-chan then jumped on Daichi's skateboard and skated away. Daichi said that Hime-chan was better than him. Then Daichi went after Hime-chan.

Daichi found Hime-chan hiding in the bushes. Daichi got mad at Hime-chan. Hime-chan quickly pulled Daichi down. Hime-chan was spying on Aiko and the strange guy, who were sitting on a park bench. Hime-chan was very upset. Pokota asked if Hime-chan had asked Aiko what was going on. But Hime-chan wasn't listening to Pokota or Daichi. Then Hime-chan saw an older woman walk by. Hime-chan took out her mirror and said, "Parallel parallel, change into the woman who just walked by!"

Hime-chan got out of the bushes and walked up to Aiko and the guy. Hime-chan tried to pretend that she was the guy's fiancee. The guy quickly got up and argued with her.

Then Hasekura came and said, "What's is this? Please explain." The guy said, "There's nothing to explain."

Aiko said, "Please leave Hasekura-kun. I can't go out with you any more. I've decided to go out with Oka-san."

Hasekura said, "Aiko, are you saying the truth? Look at my eyes and say that." Aiko looked at Hasekura and quickly turned away. Hasekura said, "As I thought.. There must be some reason."

Aiko then said, "Leave me alone. I don't care what happens to me any more!" Then Hasekura slapped Aiko in the face. Aiko started crying and said, "I don't have confidence in myself. One month ago, I accidently read Hime-chan's diary. I found out that Hime-chan liked you. If I had known it.. Also you always talked about the cheerful and cute Hime-chan. That's why I thought you liked Hime-chan. I didn't know what to do. I lost confidence in myself. I'm sorry."

Hasekura said, "Why didn't you talk to me earlier? I like Hime-chan. But that's in the same way you like Hime-chan. The only one I love from my heart is you."

Hime-chan (still as the older woman) said, "Big sister.." But quickly stopped herself. Then she tried to explain that she was Hime-chan's friend's older sister. She also said that Hime-chan has someone else that she likes now, so they didn't have to worry about her. Then Hime-chan left.

Hasekura and Aiko held each other.

Hime-chan returned to her normal self and went back to Pokota and Daichi, who were still watching Aiko and Hasekura. Hime-chan said, "That's enough for kids," and covered Pokota and Daichi's eyes.

On the way home, Pokota asked, "Hime-chan, back there you said that there was a boy you liked. Who is it?"

Hime-chan said, "I just made it up."

Daichi said, "Oh, that's no fun."

Hime-chan yelled, "Did you think it was you!" Then Daichi went off.

Later, it was the graduation day for Hime-chan's junior high. Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan were watching the graduating students come out. Manami was disappointed that Hasekura was going to graduate. Then Hime-chan yelled out, "Congratulations on your graduation, big brother!"

That night Hime-chan ripped up her old diary. Hime-chan went to the window and threw it out. Hime-chan said, "Good-bye my first love. Thanks for the memories."


24- "Mahou no kuni he youkoso" ("Welcome to the land of magic")

(魔法の国へようこそ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2424:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 24

Airdate: March 19, 1993

"Good-bye my first love. Thanks for the memories," Hime-chan said as she tore up her diary and threw the shreds out the window. Then Hime-chan saw Erika on her broom.

Erika told Hime-chan that she was going to have a birthday party. She had gotten the approval to allow Hime-chan to come. Hime-chan was very happy. Then Hime-chan said that her parents would get worried. But Erika took out a magic pallet. She said that by looking at the mirror inside and saying the magic words, Hime-chan can make a copy of herself. Then Hime-chan tried it out by saying, "Tinker tink, tinkle tinkle, futari ni nare!" It split Hime-chan into two people. Pokota was shocked as he saw two Hime-chan's. Erika said that they can let the copy stay home while the real Hime-chan went with her.

Erika and Hime-chan rode Erika's broom and flew up into the air. While they were flying, Hime-chan was looking around and saw Daichi's house. Hime-chan kept moving around a lot and fell off of the broom. Erika hurried and caught Hime-chan.

They flew higher and higher. Erika said that the "door" to the land of magic was very bright, and told Hime-chan to close her eyes. Then they flew through the door into the land of magic.

Erika took Hime-chan to see her father. The king said, "Thank you for coming such a long distance." Hime-chan tried to speak very politely, but she totally screwed it up. Hime-chan thought that the king was upset. But Erika said that her father's face was always like that. The king thanked Hime-chan for saving Erika the other day. He said that it was the first time ever that a human came to the land of magic. There was much opposition, but Erika pleaded to everyone and made it happen.

Erika's mother said that it was almost time for the party. She used her magic to give Hime-chan a party dress. Hime-chan was very happy to get the beautiful dress, and Pokota told Hime-chan not to stand with her legs spread apart so much. Then the queen gave Pokota a bow tie too.

The birthday party began. There was a lot of good food. Hime-chan was by the table and became surprised when she saw her mother. But it actually wasn't her mother. Pokota reminded her that in the land of magic, there were people with faces similar to those on earth. Then Hime-chan looked around and saw the faces of her father, Manami, Icchan, and Gori-sensei. She was having fun and started looking around for more. Then Pokota spotted a little pink cat and became red. When the cat ran away, Hime-chan told Pokota to go after her.

Then Sei came up to Hime-chan. Sei said that Hime-chan was beautiful in the party dress. Sei said that he wanted to introduce his cousin Camille, the one with whom he had made the bet the originally send him to earth. Hime-chan was shocked to find out that Camille had Daichi's face. She noticed that the voice was also the same. Camille kept trying to pick up Hime-chan by using his magic and popping up flowers. But Sei said that Hime-chan was hers, and called out the name Robelia. Then Robelia appeared. She had Hikaru's face. When Camille went up to Robelia and started flirting with her, Hime-chan got upset and kicked him. Camille got knocked down and complained. Then Hime-chan ran away.

Hime-chan wondered where Pokota was.

Pokota was chasing the pink cat in the garden. Pokota finally found her and discovered that her name was Pink.

Sei and Camille went out to the garden. Camille was still complaining about Hime-chan, saying that she was too wild. Then Camille spotted Pokota with Pink. Camille then used his magic on Pokota as a joke. Pokota was talking to Pink. Then Pokota said, "You're so ugly. I have never seen anyone as ugly as you." Pink was shocked. Pokota was shocked too. He couldn't figure out what was going on. The words just came out of his mouth. Pokota continued and said, "I don't want to talk to you. Go away." Pink started crying and ran away.

Hime-chan found Pokota crying. Then Camille and Sei tried to run away. But Hime-chan caught them. They told her that Camille had used his magic ball to make Pokota say the opposite of what he was thinking. Then Sei's magic bird came and told them that Pink was headed toward the evil forest. Pokota immediately ran after Pink.

Hime-chan, Camille, and Sei followed Pokota and they call saw Pink running into the evil forest. The plants came alive and attacked everyone. Pokota and Hime-chan made it inside the cave as the door closed behind them. Pokota and Hime-chan went inside deeper. Then Pokota found Pink's red ribbon. He said, "I'm going in. I have to save Pink. Hime-chan, wait here." Then Pokota started climbing inside. Hime-chan said that she was going to go too.

Camille and Sei ran back to the king. They told him the story. The king said that there was a war long time ago and the enemy was trapped inside the evil forest.

Pokota and Hime-chan came to a room which was a very hot tower. There was a set of stairs going around the tower. Pokota spotted Pink way above them. Pokota called out and went after Pink. But Pink just kept running away. Pokota yelled out and told her about the magic that made him say the opposite of what he was thinking. But Pink said that she didn't want to listen to Pokota. Then Pink fell and got caught by a bubble. The bubble carried her higher and higher up the tower.

The king said that the enemy that they had fought against was themselves. It was the untrusting feelings that they had in their hearts.

Pokota called out that he would save Pink. Then the ground began to shake. Pokota was about to fall. Pink saw and said that she would believe in Pokota. Then the bubble around her broke and Pink started falling. Pokota jumped off of the ledge and caught Pink. They were both falling toward the hot water below. Then there was a flash of light.

When Hime-chan, Pokota, and Pink woke up, they were all on the ground. They were saved.

The king said that since Pink had lost her trust in Pokota, that created the tower in the evil forest. But since Pink finally regained her trust in Pokota, everything turned out well.

Erika's mother said that Hime-chan had a very good mascot. But Hime-chan said that Pokota was more than a mascot. He was a friend.

Erika said that the party was going to last one week. But Hime-chan said that she couldn't stay that long. Then the king brought a treasure chest full of gifts. But Hime-chan said that she didn't want any of it. She said that she wanted the magic pallet that Erika had. Erika asked why. Hime-chan said that it was so her copy can be at home when she transformed. This way her parents wouldn't worry about her.

Erika also gave Hime-chan a magic diary and pen. She said that it would show the words that Erika wrote. Also the words that Hime-chan wrote would show up in Erika's diary. So they would be able to communicate. Hime-chan was very happy.

Then Hime-chan and Pokota rode the magic broom back.


25- "Sore yuke boku no muteki papa" ("Let's go my unrivaled Papa")

(それゆけボクの無敵パパ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2524:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 25

Airdate: March 26, 1993

Hime-chan woke up to her alarm clock. It was very cold, so Pokota said that they should do the "ike ike". They started to do it together. But Hime-chan suddenly stopped. Hime-chan went to look at the palette on her desk. She said, "It wasn't a dream," and felt very happy. Hime-chan opened the palette and was going to try it. But Pokota told her to stop. He said that she might get in trouble, like the time she couldn't transform back with the ribbon. So Hime-chan closed it.

Hime-chan asked Pokota if he had some instructions. Pokota said that he didn't. Then Hime-chan said, "Ok. Let's just try it." Pokota got upset at Hime-chan and told her, "No!". Then the diary that Erika had given Hime-chan started moving around. It opened and some words began to appear on the paper.

Erika wrote, "When you want to make a copy of yourself, make sure you are wearing your ribbon. When you are transformed into someone else, you can't make a copy of yourself. The magic words to make a copy are, Tinker tink, tinkle tinkle, futari ni nare. Then to return to yourself, Thinker think, thinkle thinkle, hitori ni nare. There is no time limit on this transformation. To make a difference between the real one and the copy, the copy will only have one half the strength, knowledge, and character of the original. So be careful!"

Hime-chan didn't understand what Erika meant about "half". So she wrote a question in the diary. But Erika just answered, "You'll find out when you try it."

So Hime-chan tried it and made a copy of herself. Hime-chan talked to the copy. The copy answered in a very feminine way. [very funny!] Hime-chan was surprised. She talked more to her copy, but the copy kept acting like a girl. So Hime-chan said, "The face and body is just like me, but she's nothing like me!" Then Pokota thought about it and said, "She must have only half of your boyish character. What about strength?" Pokota suggested that Hime-copy try the "ike ike" with him. They did it, but Hime-copy said (very lightly), "ju--mp." [VERY funny!] Hime-chan was very disappointed. Hime-chan said that her copy was no good. Hime-copy just kept apologizing.

Then Hime-chan's mother called out and asked her to go shopping. Hime-chan asked her to send Aiko. But mother said that Aiko was on a date with Hasekura. Yumeko added that since Hime-chan didn't have anyone to go out with, she should go shopping. Then Hime-copy said that she would go. Hime-chan thought it was a good idea. But she told her copy not to use the polite words too much. Then Hime-copy went downstairs.

Hime-chan was still a little worried. So Pokota said that he would go with Hime-copy. Then Hime-chan found out that she could use her palette to see what the copy was doing. So Hime-chan and Pokota watched.

After shopping Hime-copy walked out of the store. But Daichi came on his bike and almost ran her over. Hime-copy went back into the store. When Hime-copy came out and noticed Daichi, she said, "Oh, it's Daichi-kun," in a very nice, feminine way. Daichi was surprised. Daichi felt Hime-copy's forehead to see if she had a temperature. But Hime-copy was fine. Then Hime-copy shyed away and said, "Oh, Daichi's hand. I'm so embarrassed." Daichi was shocked. Hime-chan was watching on her palette and became mad. She said it was the same as Hibino Hikaru. Pokota was enjoying it and told Hime-chan to calm down.

Hime-copy kept talking and said that she was surprised because Daichi had touched her so suddenly. Hime-chan said that it looked like Hime-copy liked Daichi. Pokota said that it was because Hime-copy had only one half of Hime-chan's bad characteristic where she couldn't be honest with her feelings. Hime-chan said that she didn't like it and rushed out to return to normal.

Daichi went to a vending machine to buy a can of coffee. While Daichi was buying the coffee, Hime-chan said the magic words to return to one. After Daichi bought the coffee, he said that he had something to discuss with Hime-chan. Then Hime-chan asked (in her normal genki voice), "What?" Daichi noticed that Hime-chan's personality had returned to normal, and he also noticed Pokota on Hime-chan's shoulder. Then Daichi said, "Actually, it's Shintaro." Hime-chan and Pokota immediately cut him off and asked if he got kidnapped again. Then Daichi yelled at them and told them to listen to his story. Daichi also said that he was happy that Hime-chan had returned to normal.

After drinking the coffee, Daichi told Hime-chan and Pokota that Shintaro began telling lies about one week ago. Hime-chan couldn't believe it. Daichi said that it was their father's fault. In nursery school, Shintaro told his friends that his father was a policeman. Everyone wanted to see him. Shintaro said that his father would come to the parent's day. But instead of his father, Daichi came. Daichi told Shintaro that father was busy with his work. Shintaro was very disappointed. The other kids started calling Shintaro a liar. Shintaro wanted to fight, but Daichi stopped him. Shintaro was very sad because his father had broken the promise. Since then Shintaro started telling lies.

Then Hime-chan and Daichi heard some kids' voices. It was Shintaro and his friends. The other kids called Shintaro a liar. Shintaro got mad and said that "Fire Cop" will come and get them. Then Shintaro said that his father was actually Fire Cop. Then the kids started arguing. Hime-chan and Daichi were shocked at Shintaro's lie. Daichi was going to Shintaro, but Hime-chan asked Daichi to leave it up to her.

Hime-chan went to the kids and told them to stop picking on Shintaro. Shintaro didn't know who Hime-chan was. Hime-chan realized that she had never met Shintaro in her normal form. [Hime-chan met Shintaro before when she was in the form of Yumeko.] Hime-chan said that she was Yumeko's sister and also Daichi's friend. Shintaro asked if she was Daichi's girl friend, and Hime-chan said, "Something like that."

Then Hime-chan told the kids that Shintaro's father was really Fire Cop. They didn't believe her. But Hime-chan told them to come the next day at 3 PM to the park near Shintaro's house. She said that if Fire Cop didn't appear, she would walk around the neighborhood on her hands. One kid said that since Hime-chan wore a skirt, her panties would be visible. Hime-chan then got angry and said that she wouldn't have to because Fire Cop would really appear.

After the kids ran off, Shintaro asked Hime-chan why she said what she said. Hime-chan said that she would do something about Fire Cop, so she asked Shintaro to promise never to lie again. Shintaro agreed.

After Shintaro ran home, Daichi appeared. Daichi and Pokota were worried about Hime-chan's promise. Daichi asked how she was going to do it. Hime-chan said that she had her magic ribbon.

Hime-chan and Daichi went to Daichi's secret hideout (house). Hime-chan opened up her palette and made Daichi hold it for her. Hime-chan used the mirror in the palette to transform. "Parallel, parallel, police robot Fire Cop ni nare!" But Hime-chan didn't transform. She wondered why. Then Pokota yelled at Hime-chan. "Of course you can't transform! Did you forget the rule? You can only transform into someone who exists. Fire Cop is a character in a TV drama, so you can't transform into him."

Hime-chan laughed it off. When Daichi asked if Hime-chan had another plan, Hime-chan said that she didn't have any. Hime-chan began to worry about going around the neighborhood on her hands wearing a skirt.

Then Daichi said that there was a way. Hime-chan and Daichi went to the TV studio (where Hime-chan's father worked), and borrowed the Fire Cop costume. Hime-chan and Daichi then went to Daichi's father and tried to talk hime into doing it. Hime-chan said that it was for Shintaro. Daichi's father didn't want to do it, but he saw Shintaro peeking into the room and finally agreed.

The next day Daichi rushed to Hime-chan's house on his bike. His father had called at the last minute and said that he couldn't make it because something suddenly came up.

At Hime-chan's house, Hime-chan's mother got into the taxi and left. She told Hime-chan to take care of Yumeko. Then Daichi arrived. Hime-chan told Yumeko to go into the house. Daichi needed Hime-chan's help but he saw that Hime-chan had to stay home. Then Hime-chan said that it was ok, and told Daichi to go ahead. Hime-chan made a copy of herself and made the copy stay home and take care of Yumeko. Then Hime-chan transformed into Daichi's father.

At 3 PM, the kids gathered at the park. Hime-chan (as Daichi's father) dressed up in the Fire Cop costume and appeared. The kids were very happy. But one kid was suspicious. So Fire Cop flipped up the mask. They all recognized Shintaro's father. Then the boy asked Fire Cop to do his disappearing trick. Shintaro was getting worried about his father. "Because I said such a lie, my father is in this much trouble."

At Hime-chan's house the phone rang. Yumeko answered it. It was for Hime-chan, and Yumeko called out for her. Hime-copy answered Yumeko. Then something started to happen.

Hime-chan started to vanish (from the park). She flew back to her home and merged together with the copy.

The kids thought that Fire Cop did the disappearing trick and were very happy. Then Shintaro's father appeared in regular clothes. All of the kids were very happy. Daichi didn't know what had happened. Pokota didn't know either, but thought that Erika might have helped out.

In her room, Hime-chan saw the diary flapping around. Hime-chan opened it and read the note from Erika. "I forgot the most important thing. when you are split up and one of you answers to someone calling you, you will merge back into one." Hime-chan was upset that Erika had forgotten something so important. But Erika asked her to forgive her because everything worked out well.

Later Shintaro told Daichi and his father that he would never lie again.


26- "Ki ni naru kanojo ha tenkousei" ("The magnetic female transfer student")

(気になる彼女は転校生)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2624:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 26

Airdate: April 02, 1993

It was the start of the new school year. Yumeko was in her new kindergarten outfit. Hime-chan and Aiko said that Yumeko was very cute. Then Hime-chan noticed that it was going to be Aiko's first day in high school. She said that Aiko looked cool. Aiko commented that Hime-chan was up very early. Hime-chan said that since it was the new year, she would wake up early and try hard in school. But mother knew that it would only last a few days.

On the way to school (Hime-chan was going to be a second year junior high school student), Hime-chan saw a policeman and said "Hi" to him.

Later Hime-chan heard a girl scream out. Some guys in sunglasses were trying to grab a girl. Hime-chan thought that the girl was getting kidnapped. So she transformed into the policeman that she had met. Hime-chan ran toward the scene and threw her Himeko kick into the guys. Then Hime-chan and the girl ran away. When the girl was safe and walked away, Hime-chan thought that she was a very cute girl.

When Hime-chan got to school Manami and Icchan were waiting for her. Manami said that they were in different classes again. Manami and Icchan were in class D and Hime-chan was in class C. Manami also said that Hime-chan's class was very "amazing". Hime-chan asked Manami about it, but Icchan told her to go look at the board herself.

Hime-chan went inside the school and looked at the class list. She saw that she was in the same class as Daichi. Then Hikaru happily shouted out that she was in the same class as Daichi. They overheard each other. Hikaru got mad and accused Hime-chan of asking the teacher to be in the same class so she can get in the way of Daichi and herself. Hime-chan couldn't believe that Hikaru could think of something so stupid. Then Hikaru noticed that Sei was also in the same class. Hikaru became happy and said that there were two good couples in the class.

Meanwhile Daichi was running to school because he had overslept. Daichi saw Sei running in front of him (pretty slowly). Daichi ran next to Sei and started teasing him. Sei got angry at Daichi. Sei always sat out gym class because of a weak body. But Daichi guessed that Sei wasn't really sick, just very bad a sports. Sei got red and Daichi ran off.

Daichi ran into the class late. Gori threw an eraser at Daichi, but Daichi caught it. Tetsu whistled. Daichi was happy that he was in the same class as his friend. Then Daichi looked around and noticed that Hime-chan and Hikaru were also in the same class. Gori told Daichi that he would be very strict toward Daichi this year. Then Sei arrived. Gori just let Sei in and told him to take care of himself. Daichi was upset at the unfair treatment.

Then Gori introduced a transfer student, Hijiri Yuka. It was the cute girl that Hime-chan had saved earlier. Yuka had lived in that neighborhood until she was 6 years old, and just moved back. Then Gori heard Daichi snoring. Gori got mad, yelled at Daichi, and threw an eraser at him. But Daichi got up and caught the eraser. The other students all clapped. Then Yuka recognized Daichi and called him "Dai-chan". Yuka said that she had lived next door to Daichi. Then Daichi finally recognized Yuka and called her Yuka.

Since Yuka knew Daichi, Gori let her sit next to him. Hime-chan was surprised that Daichi called Yuka by her first name. Hikaru got upset. Daichi told Yuka to quit calling him Dai-chan. Yuka said that she always wanted to meet Daichi again.

Erika was watching and said that Yuka was very cute. But Chappy pointed out that she might become Hime-chan's rival.

After school Sei went up to Hime-chan and tried to ask her out. But Daichi came and teased Sei (about that morning). So Sei ran out after Daichi. Then Manami and Icchan came to Hime-chan's class.

Manami spotted Yuka and went to introduce herself. Yuka was surrounded by a lot of classmates. They all found out that Yuka had been scouted and was going to appear on TV later. When Manami asked Yuka if she can go visit the studios, Yuka said that she would talk to her manager. Manami was very happy that Yuka was such a nice person.

Then Hikaru came and told Yuka that she was the president of the Daichi fan club. She also showed all of the Daichi "goods" that she had. But Yuka said, "So what?" and showed everyone a picture of Daichi and herself sleeping together when they were 3 years old. The other students gathered around to look at the picture. Hikaru got totally ignored.

One of the drama club members came calling for Hime-chan. Hime-chan had totally forgotten that there was a drama club meeting that day. So Hime-chan told Manami and Icchan that she couldn't go home together. Hime-chan ran off after the girl to go to the meeting.

When Hime-chan was going down the stairs, Hime-chan thought, "But I'm still a little worried about Hijiri-san." So Hime-chan went to the bathroom and made a copy of herself. Hime-chan told the copy to go to the classroom, while she went to the meeting herself.

When Hime-copy went back to the classroom, Yuka was talking about Daichi. She said that when she was moving away, Daichi told her that he would marry Yuka. The other girls said that it was very nice. But a couple of the guys said that Daichi was already going out with Hime-chan. They pointed to Hime-chan. Then they made up stories like Daichi and Hime-chan vanishing together, kissing, etc.

Manami got very mad. "Hime-chan, they're saying those things about you. Aren't you going to get mad? You're very calm today. Do your kick! Hime-chan kick!" But Hime-copy was just very embarrassed. She said (in a very soft feminine voice), "I can't do that."

Hime-chan ran to the drama club meeting. When she opened the door, she saw everyone clapping for her. The captain of the drama club said that Hime-chan had been chosen for the lead role in the next play. Hime-chan was worried because she had no experience in major roles. But the captain said that she had confidence in Hime-chan, especially since the play was going to be Peter Pan. Hime-chan was very happy. Then the captain called out her name and Hime-chan answered. Then Hime-copy and Hime-chan merged back into one, but luckily nobody noticed.

Hime-chan ran home. She was feeling very happy.

At home Hime-chan told Pokota about what happened that day. Hime-chan said that she was looking forward to the new school year. "Ike ike go go jump!"

Hime-chan wrote to Erika in the diary. Hime-chan said that she would try very hard. Erika wrote, "Himeko, congratulations on the lead role of Peter Pan. But I'm a little worried about the new transfer student Hijiri Yuka."


27- "Daichi no hatsukoi monogatari!?" ("The story of Daichi's first love!?")

(大地の初恋物語!?)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2724:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 27

Airdate: April 09, 1993

At school, Hijiri Yuka was going around calling Daichi "Dai-chan". Daichi got upset. Yuka also told Sei about when Daichi was little, such as Daichi couldn't eat carrots and Daichi had to sleep holding a blanket. Sei went around teasing Daichi about it.

Daichi went down the hall and Yuka was chasing after him. Hime-chan, Icchan, and Manami were also in the hall. They were congratulating Hime-chan for getting the lead role of Peter Pan. Daichi overheard and became worried for Hime-chan, because he knew it was her first big role. Yuka saw Daichi and became jealous.

Then Gori came running down the hall. Gori had seen the TV crew and started panicing. Yuka said that the TV crew hand come to interview her for a program that went around to the hometowns of various stars. Gori was upset that he hadn't been notified earlier. But Yuka asked Gori to appear on the TV show with her.

Hime-chan, Icchan, Manami, and some other girls surrounded Yuka. They said it was great. Then Hikaru came and said that Yuka was just beginning to become a star. [she was just an egg] Icchan commented that some people couldn't even reach the beginning. [not even an egg] Yuka asked Daichi to appear on the TV program too, but Daichi was walking away saying, "I'm not interested in that kind of thing."

The TV interview started in the classroom at school. Gori couldn't wait and popped in front of the camera. But the reporter told him that his turn would be later. Hime-chan was watching and thought, "She's from a totally different world."

Yuka kept talking about Dai-chan. Icchan told Hime-chan that Yuka would take Daichi away from her. Then the cameras were going to go to Yuka's home, near Daichi's home. Yuka said that Dai-chan was the most important person to her.

Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan were leaving so they can go along and watch more of the interview. But the drama club captain caught Hime-chan and told her that they had the script for the Peter Pan play. So Hime-chan went to the drama club meeting. During the meeting Hime-chan was worried about what Yuka had said. "I have a lot of memories with Dai-chan." Hime-chan wondered what kind of memories those were.

Then before the drama club was going to start reading the script, Hime-chan escaped to the toilet. Hime-chan took out her palette and made a copy of herself. Hime-chan told the copy to go to the drama club meeting in her place.

During the drams club meeting, Hime-copy read the script, in a very feminine manner, totally unlike the normal Hime-chan. Everyone was surprised. The drama club captain told her that Peter Pan was supposed to be more boyish. Then Hime-copy said (in a very girlish way), "Maybe I don't have any talent." Everyone was shocked at the way Hime-chan talked.

Yuka and the reported started talking in front of the apartment building. Manami was getting very excited and nervous. Icchan told her that she didn't have to get nervous. Then Hime-chan arrived.

Yuka said, "I went to the bath every day with Dai-chan." Hime-chan and Manami were shocked. But Icchan calmly said that she even went in when she was a child.

Daichi was trying to sneak away. Yuka spotted him. But Daichi kept going on his bicycle. Then Yuka stepped toward Daichi and fainted. Daichi quickly got off of the bike and ran to her. Daichi held Yuka. Then Yuka popped open her eyes. Yuka said that she had always tricked Daichi like that. Daichi got mad and walked back to his bike. Yuka said that she had played with Daichi every day in the park, and also that that was where she had her first kiss with Daichi. Hime-chan was very shocked. Manami was shocked too. But Icchan calmly said that they were just kids. Then Yuka said, "Dai-chan, please kiss me again." Daichi was surprised. Yuka continued, "When I was moving away, you ran after the truck and said that you would kiss me again when I came back." Daichi yelled at Yuka and said that he didn't know what she was talking about. Hime-chan was worried about Daichi.

Yuka waited for Daichi's kiss. The reporter told Daichi to cooperate with Yuka. Daichi faced Yuka and stood there.

Then Shintaro came running and shouted, "No." He said that Daichi's only girl friend was Hime-chan. Then Yuka ran away.

In the drama club meeting things weren't going well. Hime-copy asked the captain if they could do Snow White or Cinderella instead of Peter Pan. The captain got upset and said that they couldn't change it now.

[This was very funny! Hime-copy's language and the way she talked was very feminine.]

Then Hikaru came and asked for Hime-chan.

Hime-chan realized that her copy was still at school. Hime-chan took out her palette to see what was going on. She saw Hikaru talking to her copy, and Hime-chan got worried.

Hikaru said that she wasn't worried that much because Daichi was hers. But she didn't like the way Yuka stuck so close to Daichi. So Hikaru wanted to join with Hikaru to separate those two. Hikaru asked Hime-chan to do her "ike ike". Then Hime-copy did a very soft, feminine "ike ike go go jump" [VERY funny] Hikaru was shocked at Hime-chan. Then Hikaru called Hime-chan by name. Hime-copy answered. So the magic wore off and both Hime-chan's combined. Hime-chan replied to Hikaru as herself and said that she didn't want to join Hikaru because she was too busy. Then Hime-chan did her normal "ike ike go go jump!" and left.

Later at school, Yuka talked to Hime-chan. Yuka said that she liked Daichi ever since she was little. She asked Hime-chan to help her out. But Hime-chan said that she couldn't. Yuka said, "Ok, I won't ask any more. But I won't give up."

The next day at the drama club meeting, the captain was very happy that Hime-chan returned to normal. Then Yuka came and said that she wanted to join the drama club. She also said that she wanted to do the part of Peter Pan. The captain said that they had already decided on the roles, but Yuka insisted that they choose them again because they haven't really started practicing yet. Everyone decided to vote on it. So the captain said that they would vote after Hime-chan and Yuka played the parts one week later.

That night at home, Hime-chan was very nervous. "Pokota, what should I do? I can't beat a star." Pokota said, "Hime-chan, you won't know what happens until you do it. It's not like you to give up from the beginning." Then Hime-chan got psyched up. Pokota and Hime-chan started practicing the lines. During dinner, Hime-chan rushed and ate very quickly. [The family (Aiko, Yumeko, and mother) wondered what was going on.] Then Hime-chan practiced late into the night.

Even on the way to school, Hime-chan kept looking at the script. Even when she was taking a bath, Hime-chan read the script. [Pokota was swimming in the bath.] Even in her sleep, Hime-chan was thinking about being Peter Pan.

It was the day of the audition. Hime-chan went first and played Peter Pan. Everyone liked Hime-chan, and clapped for her. Then Yuka started. Everyone was surprised at how good she was. Hime-chan was sitting down and watching Yuka too. Hime-chan realized that Yuka was very good.

Yuka ended up winning the vote 7 to 5. The captain tried to console Hime-chan. But Hime-chan left the drama club room and went to sit down under a cherry blossom tree by herself. The wind blew and the flowers started flying around.

Daichi was sitting by himself in his hideout staircase. Then he heard someone come, and thought it was Hime-chan. But it was Yuka. Then Hime-chan came and saw Daichi with Yuka. Hime-chan became sad and ran away. Daichi quickly got up and went after her.

Daichi said, "Wait!" and grabbed Hime-chan.

Hime-chan said, "Let me go!"

Daichi said, "Why are you running away?"

Hime-chan thought to herself, "My important place. My important things are slipping away from me." Hime-chan said to Daichi, "It doesn't matter to you what I do! Why don't you just talk with Hijiri-san!" Then Daichi and Hime-chan kept arguing. Hime-chan turned around and said, "Leave me alone. It's got nothing to do with you." Then Daichi got mad and ran away. Hime-chan said, "Stupid Daichi. I hate you." Yuka ran after Daichi. Hime-chan started crying.

At home, Pokota told Hime-chan not to worry about it because there would be another chance at a lead role later. But Hime-chan cried. The magic diary was open and a tear fell on one of the pages. Erika saw the tear, and another tear appeared on the diary.


28- "Jingi-naki Hime-chan!" ("Hime-chan's justice!")

(仁義なき姫ちゃん!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2824:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 28

Airdate: April 16, 1993

Hime-chan said, "Until now, there's never been a time when I hated myself." Hime-chan recalled the events that made her feel so sad. (about Yuka, Daichi at school) "I know it's not Daichi's fault in my mind. But my body can't keep up." Then Hime-chan made up her mind. "I have to apologize to Daichi!" Hime-chan got her spirits up. "Ike ike go go jump!"

The next day at school, Hime-chan couldn't bring herself to apologize to Daichi. During class, they were trying to decide what to do for the "freshman party". One boy said that he wanted to see a concert done by Yuka. But Hikaru objected right away. She said that they should do something that was more suitable for junior high. But Hikaru couldn't think of anything else. Then the class leader asked Hime-chan for her ideas. Hime-chan said that they should open a takoyaki shop. Everyone laughed when Hime-chan went through the motions of eating a takoyaki. Sei agreed with Hime-chan's idea, but Hikaru objected.

After the class took a vote, Hime-chan's idea "takoyaki house" won.

After school at the shoe boxes, Daichi overheard some students talking about Yuka. The girls didn't like Yuka for stealing Hime-chan's role of Peter Pan. But the boys liked Yuka and said that it was all right for cute girls to do anything.

Daichi was leaving. Yuka ran up to him. Daichi was angry at Yuka for stealing Hime-chan's role. Yuka was sad that Daichi was angry at her, especially when it concerned Hime-chan. Then Yuka fainted, this time for real.

Daichi carried Yuka home. (Yuka was staying at her aunt's house.) The doctor checked her, but Yuka was just tired from overwork. Yuka's aunt asked Daichi about how Yuka was doing in school. She said that after Yuka moved, she never made any new friends. So before starting her TV work, Yuka wanted to come back to this town. So Yuka's aunt was very worried about Yuka.

For the school play, Hime-chan took the role of just one kid on the island. Hime-chan accepted it and just tried her best.

Even when she was helping with the preparations for the freshman party, Hime-chan was very cheerful and trying her best.

When Yuka came to help out with the party preparations, some other girls said that she didn't have to help because she was probably too busy. Then Daichi scolded them and told them not to decide things for Yuka. Yuka was very happy that Daichi tried to protect her. Hikaru got mad that Daichi protected Yuka. Daichi also told Yuka to speak up and tell everyone how she feels. Hime-chan felt that Daichi had a very strong tie with Yuka as a childhood friend.

On the morning of the freshman party, Hime-chan was not very cheerful. After Hime-chan left for school, Pokota also left to take a peek at the party. But Pokota saw Yuka getting kidnapped on the street. Pokota rushed to tell Hime-chan.

At school, the drama club captain was looking for Yuka. Hime-chan said that she would go look for her. Pokota found Hime-chan and told her about Yuka. Hime-chan told Daichi. Pokota said that he heard the name Ohgawara. Ohgawara was a well known gangster in the next town. Daichi told Hime-chan not to come, but Hime-chan insisted. So they went together to Ohgawara's place on Daichi's bike.

When they got to the house, they spotted a man in dark glasses standing in front of the gate. He got a call from one of the other people inside the house. Hime-chan and Daichi found out that Ohgawara was still not there. So Hime-chan transformed into Ohgawara.

Hime-chan walked up to the guard and told him to bring Yuka outside. But while she was waiting, the car with the real Ohgawara inside came to the gate.

Ohgawara and his men went up to the gate. Hime-chan turned around. They were shocked to see another Ohgawara. Ohgawara and Hime-chan started arguing about who was the real one. Then the guard came out with Yuka. Daichi and Pokota ran up to them, and Daichi helped Yuka escape. When Ohgawara told his men to go after Daichi and Yuka, Hime-chan tripped them. Ohgawara accused Hime-chan of being the fake one. Then Ohgawara and Hime-chan went inside the house.

Daichi and Yuka got away. When they got far enough away, Daichi got a small mirror from Yuka. Then after telling Yuka to stay where she was, Daichi ran back to the Ohgawara house.

Hime-chan knew that they would figure out that she was the fake one. So Hime-chan tried running away. But Hime-chan and Pokota fell down into a basement cell through a trap door. Ohgawara said that he would take care of the fake one later.

Hime-chan was unconscious. So Pokota ran out and found Daichi in the yard. Daichi also got spotted by the guards. Daichi gave Pokota the mirror and told him to tell Hime-chan to transform into Yuka. Then Daichi got caught.

When Ohgawara questioned Daichi about Yuka, Daichi said that Yuka was in the basement cell.

Meanwhile Pokota tried to wake up Hime-chan.

Ohgawara went down to check out Daichi's story. Ohgawara saw Yuka in the cell and was shocked. He quickly let Yuka out.

They all went up to a large room. Hime-chan (still in the form of Yuka) asked what Ohgawara wanted with her. Then Ohgawara pulled out a picture of Yuka and said that he was a big fan of hers. Hime-chan and Daichi were shocked. Hime-chan thought, "Henna ojisan.." [weird old man]

Ohgawara wanted to go out with Yuka. But Hime-chan said no and left.

Daichi and Hime-chan went to where Yuka was waiting. Daichi told Yuka that Hime-chan had come to rescue her although he tried to stop her. There was not much time left before the Peter Pan play. So Hime-chan rode Daichi's bike with Yuka sitting behind her. Hime-chan pedaled hard and they made it back to the school in time. But there were only three minutes before the play was going to begin. Then Yuka fainted.

The curtain opened. Hime-chan was on the stage playing Peter Pan.

After the play ended, everyone congratulated Hime-chan. The play went over very well.

Daichi went to the nurse's office. Yuka was in the bed. Daichi asked, "You pretended to faint, right?"

"Yes"

Daichi said, "As I thought.."

Yuka said, "I didn't join the drama club to do Peter Pan. Hime-chan is such a nice person. I did something so bad, but she still came to help me and pedaled the bike until she ran out of energy."

Daichi said, "She's that kind of person."

Yuka said, "When I moved I couldn't make any new friends. So I thought I could come back here to my old self. But Hime-chan was in the place where I wanted to be. She's so cheerful, popular, and friends with you. So I got upset and did that. I even lied about the kiss to try to get you back." Yuka started crying.

Then Hime-chan (who had been standing at the door), dropped the can of juice that she was holding. Daichi and Yuka spotted Hime-chan. Daichi said that he was going to leave. When he was on his way out, Hime-chan apologized to Daichi. Daichi nodded.

When Hime-chan went into the room, Yuka apologized to Hime-chan. Then Hime-chan then shook the can of juice and asked if Yuka wanted some. Hime-chan opened the can, and it sprayed all over Hime-chan. It was cider instead of juice.

Yuka and Hime-chan laughed. Then Yuka invited Hime-chan to her concert.


29- "Kokoro wo tsunagu toui yakusoku" ("Hearts tied by a distant promise")

(心をつなぐ遠い約束)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 2924:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 29

Airdate: April 23, 1993

Hime-chan and Pokota are watching TV in the living room, eating potato chips, drinking juice, and laughing together. Pokota likes watching TV, and Hime-chan says it's Sunday so they can do that together without being disturbed [ie there is nobody around to see Pokota speaking]. Then on TV, the announcer introduces Hijiri Yuka, Hime-chan's classmate. Hime-chan says that Yuka is very cute, but Pokota says to Hime-chan that she shouldn't worry because she is very cute too.

As she thanks Pokota, they hear a noise from behind, and Hime-chan's father comes in. Hime-chan and Pokota are startled, and Pokota quickly returns to his "stuffed animal" stance. Hime-chan was expecting her father to come back in the evening, but his work was over so he came back sooner. Then he asks what Hime-chan is doing there. She quickly gets up [she was sitting on the sofa] to prevent her father from coming closer [and notice Pokota] and says she is just watching TV, but he has already spotted the two glasses on the table [a "drop" is falling on the back of Pokota's head].

Hime-chan is very embarrassed, but her father takes Pokota and says that she was probably "playing house" with her stuffed animal. Hime-chan is even more embarrassed, but jumps at the chance and quickly nods. Her father says, laughing, that even though she gets older, she's still playing like a kid [and he gives Pokota a kiss on the cheek].

Then he notices Yuka on TV. He says she is very lucky, she is going to become a star because Shirosawa-san, a very famous producer, is looking for a heroine for his next movie and will probably choose Yuka.

On Monday morning on their way to school, Hime-chan tells Manami and Icchan what her father said. Icchan points out that Shirosawa-san might make his movie abroad. Manami then says that she didn't like Yuka because she took Peter Pan's role from Hime-chan, but after all she is kinda nice. Icchan teases her for changing her mind all the time.

When Hime-chan enters her classroom, her classmates are gathering around Yuka. They have seen that possible heroins for Shirosawa's next movie have their pictures printed in newspapers and Yuka's picture is the largest. But Yuka says that the audition isn't over yet. Then Hibino Hikaru strikes in and says that she will support Yuka with all her heart and will take care of Daichi when Yuka will go abroad. Hime-chan doesn't like Hikaru's attitude.

Then one of her classmates notices that it's written in the newspaper that Yuka's birthday is tomorrow. Everybody congratulates her. Daichi comes by and asks everybody why they congratulate Yuka. Before anybody answers, he remembers that her birthday is tomorrow. Yuka is so happy that Daichi had remembered her birthday, and his classmates keep teasing him. He says that it is normal for friends from childhood to remember their birth dates. Hikaru isn't very pleased at that and yells at Hime-chan, who retorts that she has nothing to do with that [although she doesn't look very pleased either that Daichi and Yuka are so close].

At lunch time, Daichi and Tetsu hurry downstairs to get yakisoba-pan [sandwich with noodles fried in soja sauce] before they are all gone, then Yuka comes by and thanks again Daichi for having remembered that her birthday is tomorrow. But she is a bit sad when she notices that it's all that he could remember: he seems to have forgotten a very important promise. But she gives him until tomorrow to remember, and leaves Daichi wondering what it was all about.

In her crystal ball, Erika has watched the scene and wonders what that promise could be too. But Chappi is rather interested in the yakisoba-pan.

Hime-chan, passing in front of the principal's room, hears him saying that he is very sad that "somebody" will leave the school in just one week. As she wonders who that might be, Yuka opens the door and is face to face with Hime-chan. Both are startled, and Hime-chan can't believe that the principal was talking about Yuka.

While they are walking back home side by side, Yuka talks to Hime-chan:

Yuka: I have kept that secret from the beginning. I have been thinking that just moving to this junior high school would be so nice. Now that I'm about to play an active part in the entertainment world, I have to be transferred to a junior high school which provides a special course, the producer said. But before, I wanted to come to this school, even for a short time only. Himeko: Is that so..

Then she tells Hime-chan about a place she wants to show her.

As they sit on a see-saw in the nearby park, Yuka tells Hime-chan that she is very afraid of her future: movie, recordings, TV drama.. She might not be able to see much of this city any more. So Hime-chan cheers her up, since her father has told her that Shirosawa-san was a nice producer. Then she wants to teach Yuka a way to feel happy again, rises her right arm, and does the "ike ike go go jump". Yuka looks bewildered, and Hime-chan is embarrassed, thinking Yuka found that stupid, but soon Yuka smiles at her, saying that Hime-chan is doing her best for other people just as if it was for herself.

Then they get up and walk around in the park. Hime-chan shows Yuka a very tall tree that she likes a lot. Gazing vacantly at the tree, Yuka says that she likes this tree a lot too. When she was very young, she and the other kids used to say that if you climb atop this tree, your voice can reach the sky and gods can hear you. Hime-chan has climbed up that tree many times, but although Yuka wanted it very badly, she hadn't been able to. With a sad look, she sees ghosts of young Yuka and young Daichi, climbing up the tree.

Back at home, Hime-chan tells Pokota about Yuka's fears. She would probably feel like her [ie running away] if she had to cope with such big responsibilities. Since there's just one week left, she promises to support Yuka the best she can.

Back at home, Yuka's aunt tells Yuka that the chief and the manager of the production team have come to meet her. They tell her that Shirosawa-san has decided all of a sudden that tomorrow would be nice for the audition, instead of in one week. Yuka is now scared even more, and stays awake all night, looking at a picture of her and Daichi, when they were kids. She murmurs "Dai-chan, please help me.. Dai-chan.." and a tear drops onto the picture.

Next morning, Hime-chan runs because she is late, and is rejoined by Daichi who is running too. They find Gori-sensei at the entrance gate. He, the chief and the manager of the production team, and Yuka's aunt were all waiting for Daichi. Yuka's aunt tells Daichi that Yuka had run away early in the morning, and all she found was a message:

"I'll be at the place where Dai-chan and I made the promise. - Yuka"

Daichi reads the message, but still can't remember what this promise was. Since the audition will start at 11 o'clock, they all split to look for Yuka. Daichi and Hime-chan want to go too, but Gori holds them back, saying that they have a lesson to attend. Hime-chan has an idea and tells Gori that she wants to go to the restrooms. Daichi wants to go too, but Gori holds him back.

In the restroom, Hime-chan uses her palette to make a copy of herself, and asks Hime-copy to attend the lesson instead of her, so she can try to find the place where Yuka was hiding. On his way to the classroom, Hime-copy wonders [in a feminine voice] what the lesson will be about today, and thinks it will be fun.

Outside, Hime-chan is running in the streets, trying to find where Yuka is, and suddenly remembers what Yuka has told her yesterday about the park being a very nice place.

In the park, Yuka is resting on the tree, waiting for Daichi. But she thinks he might have not remembered since they had made the promise a long long time ago. But she smiles again when she hears footsteps nearby, and turns back. But she saw that it wasn't Daichi, but Hime-chan. Hime-chan is glad to have found Yuka. Yuka apologizes to her.

At school, Hime-chan's classmates are playing volleyball. Hime-copy doesn't really play and complains to herself that today's lesson was gym class. As the other team throws a powerful smash, Hibino Hikaru [in the same team as Hime-chan] tries to wake her up but when Hime-copy sees the ball coming at her at full speed, she chickens out and retreats behind Hikaru. Hikaru scolds her for acting stupidly and Hime-copy replies [in a very feminine voice] that she hasn't done that on purpose. Hikaru now REALLY worries about Hime-chan.

On the play field, the boys team is training on a vaulting horse. Daichi is still trying hard to remember what the promise was, and when his turn comes [he hasn't heard his teacher calling him], he suddenly remembers and rushes away.

At the park, Hime-chan asks Yuka if she can tell her what the promise was about. Yuka says that's OK, and tells her: it was to climb atop that tree. Daichi and she had made that promise just before her 7th birthday, when she was about to move to another city. She was afraid of moving to another place, with no friends there, so Daichi had met Yuka under that tree and told her:

Young Daichi: It'll be all right, Yuka. Don't worry. If you climb to the top that tree, you can ask the gods to fulfill your wish: "please let me have a lot of friends there".

Young Yuka: Ask the gods?

Young Daichi: Yes! Since your birthday comes soon, it's ok for you to climb to the top the tree on that day. The gods will fulfill your wish as a present for your birthday.

Young Yuka: (a bit sad) But I can't climb..

Young Daichi: Don't worry! We will climb together!

Young Yuka: (now with a big smile) Really?

Young Daichi: Sure!

But the day of moving came sooner than her father expected, and Yuka had to leave the city before her birthday. From inside the car, leaning over the door, Yuka spoke to Daichi:

Young Yuka: (very sad) Dai-chan..

Young Daichi: Any time is ok! When you will come back, we will climb together to the top the tree for your birthday.

Young Yuka: (now from far away) You promise me, Daichan?

Young Daichi: (shouting) Yes! I promise!

Yuka feels the same today as when she left the town on that day. At that time she was afraid of moving to another city, but now she is afraid of the entertainment world she will have to face. So she thinks that if she could climb atop the tree, she might feel relieved and get some strength back.

With a determined look, Hime-chan gets up [she probably wants to transform into Daichi and take his place] and tells Yuka that she will meet Daichi and make him remember, but Yuka stops her and asks her if she would like to climb atop the tree with her. Now she wants to be with Hime-chan. She would like to become as full of energy as her. Hime-chan agrees, so they start to climb.

Soon Daichi arrives at the park, and stops as he hears their voices coming from the top of the tree. They have climbed halfway up, and are already very tired, laugh together [they have said "I'm tired" at the same time] and decide to stop there. They have a very nice view of the city, and Yuka swears that whatever her future might turn to be, she will never forget that view.

Then Hime-chan spots Daichi, looking at them from the ground. They are both very happy that Daichi has remembered the promise and has come there. Yuka has tears in eyes. Daichi asks them if they have already asked the gods to fulfill their wish. They say they have almost forgotten, so soon they shout to the sky :

Himeko: Gods, please let Yuka be strong enough to face the entertainment world, and protect her! Yuka: Gods, please give me the same strength as Hime-chan, and thank you very much for having made me meet her!

Yuka says it was the best thing ever to have come back to this city then have met Hime-chan. Now Hime-chan calls Yuka "Yuka" [instead of "Hijiri-san", a sign that they have become very good friends] and they both start to do the "ike ike go go". But since they were up in the tree, Hime-chan finds the "jump" to be too dangerous, so they clap their hands and say "fight" to each other instead. Then they laugh aloud.

Daichi remembers that it's time for Yuka to go to the audition. In front of Yuka's aunt's house, Yuka's aunt, the chief and the manager of the production team are all worried about Yuka, and hope she will make it in time. Just before she goes to meet them, Yuka and Hime-chan swear that they will write postcards to each other. When Daichi shouts "Do your best!" to Yuka, Hime-chan says it will be all right, because she has climbed atop the tree and has already become friends.

In the Land of Magic, Erika agrees with Hime-chan, and as she closes her notebook, says she will support Yuka with all her heart too.


30- "Pokota! Ai no tame ni hashire" ("Pokota! Run for your love")

(ポコ太!愛のために走れ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3021:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 30

Airdate: April 30, 1993

In the Land of Magic, Camille is preparing some strange chemical beverage. Laughing, he swears that, thanks to it, Roberia will lose her head over him.

Pokota is having a bad dream, Pink-chan telling him she cannot see him again, when Hime-chan wakes him up. She tells him, smiling, making him blush, that she didn't know he loved Pink that much. But Pokota thinks that dream was a premonition, and asks Hime-chan to get in touch with Erika and ask her. She replies that since Erika is with Pink, she must be all right. Pokota isn't relieved though.

Teleporting in a tree, Camille intends to pour the contents of his vial onto Roberia when she will pass by, then to wake her up with a kiss, just like Sleeping Beauty. In fact, she's coming, preceeded by Pink. As Pink passes under the branch where Camille is sitting, a spider scares him, making him fall down from the tree and drop the vial right onto Pink.

He hurries to Erika's place and gets scolded by her. She orders him to wake up Pink, but Camille shyly replies that his medicine was intended to work in the same way as Sleeping Beauty (so only a kiss from Pink's lover would wake her up). Thankfully Erika and Chappy know whom she is in love with, Pokota. But Camille adds that Pink must be kissed within 12 hours or she will sleep forever. Instead of enraging her father the King by going on Earth herself, Erika sends Sei's crow Kantaro, with Pink in a basket hung around his neck.

However, while Kantaro was flying, Pink accidentally falls out of the basket, unknown to Kantaro.

A few kilometers below, Pink falls right onto the head of an old man who owns a toy shop. He finds the doll so cute that he puts it in his shop window.

A few kilometers above, Kantaro, feeling that the basket is much lighter than before, realizes that Pink is nowhere to be seen. Erika decides to drop a note to Pokota, stuck at home while Hime-chan is on her way to school. Pokota reads Erika's message then hurries to tell Hime-chan.

Daichi, almost sleeping during the morning class, spots Pokota, waving at him from behind the window. So he throws a chunk of his eraser at Hime-chan, who spots Pokota. Then Hime-chan begs Gori-sensei to let her leave the classroom to go to the restroom.

Outside, once Pokota has told her what was going on, she makes a copy of herself, and sends Hime-copy back to the classroom, while she will look for Pink with Pokota. Daichi is about to leave too but Gori doesn't let him go. Then Hime-copy returns to the classroom.

Getting in touch with Kantaro, the three of them decide to look for Pink in the neighborhood. Pokota spots a dog who was holding a doll in his mouth, but it wasn't Pink. As Pokota is about to lose heart, they spot Pink in the old man's shop window. Hime-chan rushes inside and begs him to give the doll back to her, saying it "fell" down.

"Fell down? From where??" he replies, suspicious. "Was it from the plane you were in?" "Yes! That's it!!" Hime-chan replies vehemently. But she gets kicked out of the store, so she decides to buy Pink. However Pink was being sold for 5000 yen, and Hime-chan only had 200 yen in her purse.

Rushing back home, Hime-chan begs her father to lend her 5000 yen. He wonders what she's doing there (instead of being at school), but gives the money to her nevertheless. So she hurries back to the shop.

The lesson in class was English now, and when the teacher asks Hime-copy to keep reading, she replies, "Yes!" by mistake, breaking the spell, making herself vanish and bringing Hime-chan back to the classroom. Realizing where she is, she begs her teacher to let her go to the restroom. "Again?!" Hikaru points out, and says, "She's such a child," making everybody laugh.

In the restroom, Hime-chan scolds Hime-copy for having answered, "Yes!" and leaves.

Back at the shop, she discovers that Pink has already been sold to a little girl. She yells at the shopkeeper to give her more details, but she gets kicked out, the man shouting his shop is _not_ a police station.

At school, Hime-copy is asking Gori-sensei to let her leave the school and have some rest, when Gori's daughter, Shigemi, sneaks in, bringing her father the cute pink cat doll she just got. Hime-copy is startled when she recognizes Pink, but when she asks Shigemi to give it back to her, the girl shyly retreats behind her father, who scolds Hime-copy for bothering her. "Master, this is a matter of life and death. Please give me this doll or terrible things will happen!" she begs. But Shigemi dashes away, followed by Hime-copy.

Daichi, on his way back home, sees Shigemi and Hime-copy passing by. Remembering Pokota had come to talk to her, he thinks that it might be serious, so he decides to follow her. On the corner of the street, Hime-chan and Hime-copy, both at a run, bump head first into each other. Hime-copy tells Hime-chan that Shigemi has got Pink, and they "mix back" into one body before Daichi arrives. Then she asks him to help her and runs away. Daichi notices that Hime-chan is now running much faster than before.

[Note: At that time Daichi doesn't know about Hime-chan's "twin" power. She will tell him much later in the episode #35.]

It was about 5 o'clock. Hime-chan, Pokota, and Daichi arrive in front of Gori's apartment, where Hime-chan decides to transform herself into Gori and get Pink back by herself before the "real" Gori gets back home. So Hime-chan transforms, and when she goes into Gori's apartment, she realizes that he has many children who all have the same face features [that is, his] and welcome him back. Then he asks Shigemi to lend him her doll just for one day, and she happily hands it to him, saying that she trusts her dad because he never told a single lie before. Then Gori's other sons ask him to help them with their homework, and soon get chased after by Gori's oldest daughter.

Hime-chan realizes what a nice father Gori must be, and gives Pink back to Shigemi, thinking to herself she has no heart to steal it from her that way. Then she leaves, sadly.

Sitting on a bench nearby, Hime-chan apologizes to Pokota, but then they spot Shigemi's brothers playing with Pink on the balcony. The boys then accidentally drop it onto the back of a truck, which soon moves off. As Shigemi's brothers try to comfort her, Pokota, Hime-chan, and Daichi run after the truck.

Pokota knows a shortcut to intercept the truck, and stands in the middle of the street to make it stop. The driver brakes, making Pink fall down on the pavement, but then she is grabbed on the fly by a stray dog. Another stronger dog shows up and is about to beat the tar out of Pokota, when Daichi reminds him that he is a lion thus should not give up. Pokota stands up and roars with all his might, scaring the dogs away.

Back at Hime-chan's home, the time limit is approaching and Pokota, having been badly hurt, has fainted. But Hime-chan's tears wake him up. So he gently kissed Pink, breaking the spell.

In the Land of Magic, Erika and Camille are so relieved that they happily "shake hands". Daichi, while leaving, tells Hime-chan he was surprised to see how strong the power of love could be.

"Then if your love was in danger," Hime-chan asks with a smile, "Would you fight and rescue her the same way?" "Hmm.. maybe.." Daichi replies, embarrassed.

The next day, Pink and Pokota, parting, swear to each other that they will meet each other soon and again.


31- "Haha no hi ni cookie wo" ("The Mother's Day cookies...")

(母の日にクッキーを)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3124:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 31

Airdate: May 07, 1993

Passing by a florist shop, Manami spots a bouquet of red carnations, and tells Hime-chan and Icchan she loves them so much. It reminds Hime-chan that next Sunday [May 9] is Mother's Day.

At home, Aiko, Yumeko, and Hime-chan are talking to each other about what they will give Mother next Sunday. Aiko says that a present doesn't have to be expensive, but it should come from your heart instead of your wallet.

Meanwhile their mother is typing on her computer, but she is very tired and gets mixed up in her story.

Aiko then suggests to her sisters to make a present of their own. She'll try to bake some cakes, so Hime-chan will try to have some cookies ready too. Then Mother sneaks in, pulling a very tired face, begging for some super-strong coffee. When she sees her three daughters side by side, she wonders what they are doing there. Then she hurries back to her work, as the deadline gets closer. The three girls swear to each other not to say a word to Mother until Sunday. Reading a manga in Hime-chan's room, Pokota says that it's going to be fun.

Next day at school, Hime-chan, while having her lunch, remembers how bad she is at cooking (the cooking lesson about baking cakes didn't go well for her) and wonders if she'll be able to make some good cookies. Just then, Hibino Hikaru brings a basket full of cookies she made herself, that smell very good. Her classmates want to have some, but Hikaru says there's only one person on Earth whom she'll give these cookies, that she cooked with all her heart. Of course, Daichi, hearing that, is startled, and tries to escape, but the way out is blocked by the other female members of his Fan Club. Then Arisaka Sei comes by and wickedly advises him to accept them.

Seeing there's no escape, Daichi eventually picks up one of Hikaru's cookies, and he finds it very good, much to Hikaru's happiness and Hime-chan's anger. Then Sei advises her to make some of her own too, as he'll eat all of her love cookies. As Hime-chan gets up with anger, Hikaru comes to her and proposes her to have some, adding that Hime-chan's cooking will never get close to her cookies that Daichi liked so much. Hime-chan must admit they taste good.

After school, Manami hides herself behind a tree to frighten Hime-chan, but her joke falls flat as Hime-chan, lost in her thoughts, dashes away, swearing she'll make the best cookies ever made.

At home, Father, Aiko, and Yumeko rush to the kitchen as they hear a big noise coming from there. It was Hime-chan, trying to make the cookies. Father feels so relieved to see that Hime-chan finally behaves like a girl, but soon yells out who these cookies are for: Does she have a boy friend? So Aiko tells him that these are for Mother's Day. Hime-chan is very confident, since she bought the best baking flour, but Aiko sadly tells Hime-chan that she has bought the wrong flour, the one for tempura, and it won't make a good cookie.

In the meantime, Mother is trying to work despite all the noise her three daughters make in the kitchen. But she can't, and punches her keyboard with anger, switching off the computer by accident.

Hime-chan eventually makes a bunch of cookies. Father, Yumeko, and Aiko pick up one each. Father's cookie is too soft and starts to cast, Aiko says hers looks like a raccoon, and Yumeko's like a monster. Hime-chan is a little upset since she tried to draw Pokota's face on all of them. Then they each taste it.. but they don't taste good at ALL (Yumeko is on the verge of tears). Aiko suggests that Hime-chan might have made a mistake with the baking powder proportions.

Next day is Mother's day, and Aiko is busy baking her own cake. She reminds Yumeko to go and get some carnations. Pokota has just tried one of Hime-chan's cookies and complains that they are NOT edible. Hime-chan sadly admits she cannot cook anything good, so she'll go to the new cookie store that just opened nearby and will buy some for her mother, pretending she cooked them herself. As Pokota complains that these won't be hand-made, Hime-chan replies that delicious cookies would make a better present to her mother than hers.

At the cookie store, Hime-chan looks at all the delicious cookies on sale and wonders which ones she should get for her mother. Pokota, still thinking that's not a present as it was meant to be [hand-made], spots Hikaru, still lost in her thoughts (thinking about what Daichi told her about her cookies), and warns Hime-chan so they hide themselves. But when Hikaru's friends from the Daichi Fan Club come in, Hikaru has to confess that her cookies came from here, and apologizes to them. Since Hikaru has contravened the Fan Club's rules (ie cheating), she must treat her two friends.

Hime-chan is mad at Hikaru for pretending the cookies she bought were hers, but Pokota is mad at Hime-chan because she was about to do the same. Hime-chan realizes that she's wrong and must cook her own cookies.

In the Land of Magic, Chappy doesn't understand why Hime-chan has come all the way up to the cookie store and chose not to buy any. Erika just says that's the way Hime-chan is.

Back at home, Hime-chan finds Yumeko and Aiko decorating the house. The cake Aiko made is a strawberry mousse cake, topped with real strawberries and a message okaasan arigatou [thank you, Mother]. But Aiko since hadn't cooked in a long while, she burnt her hand in the oven. Hime-chan is surprised because she had thought Aiko was good at anything she tries, and nothing ever went wrong with her. Yumeko then shows her the flower necklace that she has just made.

Since her two sisters have made their own presents, Hime-chan can do nothing but try hard to cook hers again, but she begs her sisters not to look over while she is cooking. Later, all alone in the kitchen with Pokota, she makes a copy of herself with the palette so that she'll be able to cook twice as fast.

In fact, Hime-copy is so good at cooking that Hime-chan even considers leaving everything to her, but Pokota doesn't like that idea. Later, Father sneaks in to see how everything is going, and is surprised to see the two Hime-chan working together. But with a mere eye-blink, the second Hime-chan he *thinks* he had just seen disappears.

Then the cookies are ready to eat! Hime-chan manages to gulp one down even though it is VERY hot, then hands one to Hime-copy who splits it in half with Pokota. They all find the cookies very good. Then Hime-chan makes her copy vanish, and goes to give some to Father, Aiko and Yumeko, who also find them tasty.

They have some time left since Mother is still working, so Hime-chan leaves and heads for the old house, bringing some of the cookies she just cooked. Inside, Daichi is sleeping on the sofa, but Pokota, leaving the bag of cookies on the table and closing the door behind, wakes him up. Daichi soon spots the bag, and tries one of the cookies, that he finds delicious [the cookies are in the shape of Pokota, so he knows who these are from].

Back home, Aiko tells Hime-chan that Mother is finished with her work but fell asleep right away. So Aiko, Hime-chan and Yumeko enter their mother's room silently and leave their presents on the desk by her with a short note: "Okaasan arigatou. Me ga sametara tabete kudasai. Aiko. Himeko. Yumeko." [Thank you Mommy. Please eat them when you wake up.]

But closing the door behind wakes her up so she tries one of Hime-chan's cookies and finds it good. Then Father steps in, carrying a bottle [wine? sake?] with two glasses. But Mother sticks out her ramen bowl to let him fill it up..

In the Land of Magic, Erika says she will give some home-made cookies to Hime-chan too when they'll meet again.


32- "Hikaru! Daichi to shougeki kiss" ("Hikaru! Daichi & the shocking kiss")

(ひかる!大地と衝撃キス)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3224:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 32

Airdate: May 14, 1993

Hikaru was at home bored. There was nothing she wanted to watch on TV. Then Hikaru found a book on card fortune telling. So she started trying some. She tried the one on love fortune telling. She placed three cards down. The one on the left was herself. The card was a queen of hearts. The one on the right was her partner. The card was a jack of spades. Hikaru said that those cards were Daichi and herself. The important one was the one in the middle. The card turned out to be a joker. Hikaru imagined Hime-chan as the joker getting between Daichi and herself, and got very mad. Hikaru tried the fortune telling again, but got the same result. Hikaru was very upset.

Hime-chan, Icchan, and Manami were walking to school in the rain. Manami was feeling very happy. Icchan guessed that it must be something like a good fortune in the newspaper. Manami wondered why Icchan had guessed correctly.

When Hime-chan got to class, Hikaru was doing some of her card fortune telling. Hime-chan and Sei laughed about it. So Hikaru got mad and said that she would do a fortune to predict what will happen. Hikaru pulled out a 5 of spades and a joker. Hikaru said that the 5 of spades was Gori, and that the joker was something that would cause problems.

Then Gori came into the room, and everyone went to their seats. Gori said that he had something that would make everyone happy. It was a pop test. Everyone in the class was shocked. Hikaru wondered why she had guessed right with her fortune, even though she had just made it up. She wondered if she had some special talent.

Later Sei was saying that it was just lucky. Then Hikaru went up to him and said that she would tell his fortune. Hikaru pulled out and ace of hearts and an ace of clubs. Sei said that he must be very lucky. But Hikaru said that it wasn't. She said that an ace is one, and that two aces is one-one. [wanwan is a baby's way of saying dog] So Hikaru said that Sei would run into trouble with dogs.

On the way home, Hime-chan, Daichi, and Sei were laughing at Hikaru's prediction, especially since Sei was a magician who can control animals. Then at the school gate a cute little dog came and pissed on Sei's leg. Hime-chan said that Hikaru's prediction had come true. But Sei didn't believe it. Then a truck came by and splashed Sei. Hime-chan noticed that the truck belonged to Inuyama moving company. [inu is dog]

The next day at school, Sei went up to Hikaru and told her that he had had a bad day with dogs. Sei had even stepped in dog shit.

When Hime-chan and Daichi arrived, Hikaru said that she had done their fortunes. She said that Hime-chan and Daichi were not meant for each other. They were like oil and water. Hikaru also said that Daichi and her were kiss within a week. Then Daichi said that it was stupid and didn't believe it. Hikaru also said that Sei and Hime-chan would kiss within a week. Hime-chan was shocked, but Sei was very happy and went to brush his teeth.

Hime-chan was at a bookstore, looking in the section of the fortune telling books. Icchan came and spotted her. Then Manami came. Manami had heard about Hime-chan's fortunes that Hikaru had told. Hime-chan said that it was fake anyways. Then Manami picked up a book that had lots of information on how to break up bad fortunes. Manami was very knowledgeable about these things and told Hime-chan that she should read it. But Hime-chan said that she was going home.

The next morning Hime-chan was dressed for going to school. But she used her palette and made a copy of herself. Hime-chan sent the copy to school in place of herself. Hime-copy wasn't sure of it, but Hime-chan said that she was going to be watching on the screen, and would help out if Hime-copy got in trouble.

After Hime-copy left, Pokota said that he was against this idea. He said that even if Sei and Hime-copy kissed, it would be Hime-chan.

At school Hime-copy saw Sei brushing his teeth. Hime-copy said (in a very polite way) that she liked people with clean teeth. Then Sei became happy that Hime-chan had finally accepted him. Sei went to Hime-copy and backed her up against a wall. Hime-chan was watching all of this in her palette and got upset. Hime-chan asked why Hime-copy didn't just hit Sei and run away. Pokota said that Hime-copy couldn't do something like that. So Hime-chan asked Pokota to call her name. When Hime-chan answered, Hime-copy vanished and merged back into Hime-chan. Since Sei had his eyes closed to kiss Hime-chan he didn't notice, and smashed his face into the wall.

Hime-chan zoomed past Daichi as she ran to school. Hime-chan had a mask over her mouth.

During lunch Hime-chan at with Manami and Icchan. Manami said that it was too bad that Hime-chan and Daichi weren't meant for each other. But Hime-chan said that it didn't concern her. Icchan said that Hime-chan's face was redder than her red sausage. Then Manami told Hime-chan some ways to prevent bad fortunes from coming true. One way was to tie a red ribbon around something that the person you like had given you. But the best method was to write a heart mark on your eraser and give it to the person you like.

During class Hime-chan stared at her eraser and Daichi. But she didn't do anything.

After school Sei asked Hime-chan to walk home together. But Hime-chan said that she didn't want to because she had a cold and didn't want to give it to him.

That night, Hime-chan remembered the words that Manami had said to her. Hime-chan opened her drawer and pulled out a red ribbon.

The next day, Hikaru was going to do more fortune telling. But Daichi said that he didn't believe in that fake fortune telling. The other girls got upset at Daichi and told him to apologize to Hikaru. Daichi said that he would if Hikaru's fortune would come true. So Hikaru tried to predict what would happen that day. She pulled out the same 5 of spades and the joker. So she said that there would be another pop test in the class. But instead of Gori, another teacher came in and said that Gori wouldn't come in until the afternoon. Hikaru was very upset that her prediction didn't come true.

At home Pokota laughed about it. But Hime-chan was still worried.

Hime-chan and Yumeko were walking down the street. Hime-chan said that Yumeko's hat was on crooked. Hime-chan was going to fix it, but Yumeko said that she can fix it herself. Then the wind blew and Yumeko's hat went flying.

Hime-chan saw Sei walking ahead of her and called out for him. She asked him to catch Yumeko's hat. Sei rushed to try to get the hat and fell down. But he got it, and Yumeko ran to Sei and got her hat back. Then Yumeko kissed Sei to thank him. Hime-chan was surprised, but realized that Hikaru's prediction had come true. A Nonohara did kiss Sei. Sei was very disappointed.

At school Hime-chan and Sei told Hikaru about Yumeko kissing Sei. Hikaru said that it must be some mistake. Then some other girls came and said that it was Hikaru's predictions that were all wrong. The girls got mad at Hikaru for her wrong predictions about them. But Hikaru said that it wasn't so. Then Hikaru became very determined to make her fortune come true.

When Daichi came into the room, Hikaru went after him. Hikaru said that she would make her fortune come true and chased after Daichi. They ran outside into the school yard. All of the other students looked out the window and cheered for Hikaru. But Hikaru tripped and fell down. Then one of the boys said that Hikaru had kissed the ground. Since the ground was also called "daichi", they said that her prediction had come true and laughed.


33- "Okiraku Camille ni dai-meiwaku" ("Happy Kamilu, big trouble")

(お気楽カミルに大迷惑)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3324:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 33

Airdate: May 21, 1993

Sei was running (very slowly) to school. He wished that he had some magic so he can just teleport to school. Then Hime-chan ran by Sei. Sei tripped and fell down when trying to go after Hime-chan. Then Kantaro (Sei's bird) came and laughed at Sei. Kantaro had come because Camille had asked him to check up on Sei. Kantaro said that Sei's popularity had gone down in the land of magic, even with young girls. But Sei said that he had Hime-chan.

At school, Sei was standing in the hall. Hime-chan came out of the classroom, and Sei thought that she was going to see him. But Hime-chan called out for Daichi. Hime-chan had gotten an 80 on her test and was feeling very happy. When Daichi said that he had a favor to ask, Hime-chan said ok. Daichi asked Hime-chan to cover for him in the afternoon classes. Then he ran off. Hime-chan got a little upset.

Then Manami came and said that Hime-chan and Daichi were bound by a red string. Sei quickly said that he didn't think so, and added that they always fought. But Icchan said that when a couple is very close, they fight a lot. Then Manami said that nobody could get in the way of Hime-chan and Daichi.

Hime-chan made a copy of herself. Then she transformed into Daichi. So Hime-copy and Hime-chan went to the afternoon classes as Hime-chan and Daichi.

After school, Camille appeared and met Sei. (Sei had called him.) Sei wanted to make a bet with Camille. He challenged Camille to go out with 5 girls within 2 days. They were going to bet a ramen-rice with gyoza. Camille laughed because it was too easy. Then Sei told him to change from his flashy clothes to normal school clothes. After Camille changed, Sei even unbuttoned his shirt so that he looked exactly like Daichi.

On the way home, Hime-chan was with Icchan and Manami. Icchan asked if Hime-chan had played soccer again, because Hime-chan's clothes were dirty. Hime-chan said that she did, and that it was a sign of her healthiness. Then at the school gate, Hikaru told Hime-chan that she lacked femininity, and that she couldn't possibly become as graceful as herself.

Then Camille came and hugged Hikaru. Everyone was shocked, because they thought it was Daichi. But when Camille said Robelia (instead of Hikaru), Hime-chan knew that it was Camille. Hime-chan wondered why Camille had come to the human world. Then Hime-chan forcefully pulled Camille away from Hikaru.

After they got away, Hime-chan asked Camille what he was doing. But Camille just grabbed Hime-chan's hand and asked her to go out with him. Hime-chan was caught off guard for a moment, but she recovered and swung at Camille. Camille disappeared just in time to avoid getting hit.

All of the students were gathered around the gate talking about what had just happened. Daichi came along and saw the crowd. Manami and Icchan spotted Daichi. Then Tetsu grabbed Daichi and pulled him away.

When they were alone, Tetsu asked Daichi if he was going to go out with Hikaru. Daichi had no idea what Tetsu was talking about. But after Tetsu explained, Daichi thought that Hime-chan must have done something while transformed as himself.

Meanwhile when Aiko got off of the bus, Camille went up to her and took her hands. He said, "It's like an angel coming from the heavens. I want to go out with you." Aiko was shocked and ran away.

Then Shintaro came and asked Camille to play dodgeball with him. Camille had no idea who this little boy was. But since Shintaro was being pushy Camille hit him in the head. Then Shintaro started crying and Camille ran away.

Hime-chan and Pokota were wondering what Camille was up to. They heard Aiko run to her room. Hime-chan went to Aiko's room. Aiko looked very embarrassed. Aiko told Hime-chan about what Camille had done to her. Hime-chan got mad and became determined to catch Camille.

Manami and Icchan were standing outside of a dessert shop, but they didn't have enough money to go in. Then Camille came and asked them on a date. Manami was very embarrassed (and happy). But Icchan said that it wouldn't be nice to Hime-chan. Then Camille put his arms around both of them and tried to go into the store. But Gori came and yelled at Camille (thinking that it was Daichi). Camille called Gori a strange old man, and ran away.

The next day when Daichi was leaving for school, Shintaro was looking at Daichi strangely. When Daichi said that Shintaro was acting a little strange, Shintaro yelled back that it was Daichi who was strange.

At school, Hikaru went up to Daichi and said that she would never forget what had happened the previous day. Manami and Icchan came and told Hikaru that Daichi had asked had asked them out on a date. Hikaru was surprised. Then Gori came and yelled at Daichi. When Sei saw all of the trouble that Daichi was getting into, he became happy that Daichi's popularity would fall.

Later during lunch break, Daichi pulled Hime-chan and talked to her. Daichi asked why she did all of the other things the previous day transformed as him.

Hime-chan said, "That wasn't me."

Daichi said, "Who else besides you can do that?"

Hime-chan tried to explain about Camille. But Hikaru came with some lunch for Daichi and interrupted them. Then Daichi ran away after yelling at Hime-chan. Hime-chan got mad at Daichi for not listening to her.

Then Sei came to Hime-chan and said that Daichi was a bad one. Camille also appeared. He told Sei that he just needed 2 more girls to get the ramen. Sei started to worry. Hime-chan got upset and made Sei explain what was going on. After hearing about the bet, Hime-chan got mad. She told Sei and Camille to take the responsibility for it. Then Kantaro came and told Camille that he was in big trouble in the land of magic.

After Camille disappeared, Hime-chan told Sei to explain everything to everyone. Sei asked Hime-chan to help. Hime-chan didn't have any other choice, so she transformed into Daichi.

Sei and Hime-chan went to Hikaru. Sei explained that it was Camille who had hugged her, but Hikaru didn't believe him. Then in the distance they saw Gori chasing Daichi. So Hikaru finally believed it.

Next Sei and Hime-chan went to Manami and Icchan and treated them to desserts. Manami and Icchan were very happy, and Hime-chan said that Sei would pay for everything.

Later Sei and Hime-chan went to explain everything to Aiko and Shintaro. After explaining to Shintaro, Sei swung him around like an airplane. But Sei's back gave out on him, and Sei went with Shintaro to his house.

Then someone who looked like Daichi appeared. Hime-chan thought it was Daichi, but it was Camille. He said that he had been forgiven by the king. Then Daichi came and got upset at Camille. When Hime-chan pointed out which one was Camille [there were 3 Daichi's standing there], Daichi tried to grab him. But Kantaro came and told Camille that the king was mad at him for escaping. Then Camille returned to the land of magic.

Later Daichi and Hime-chan were walking home.

Hime-chan said, "Daichi, I don't want to cover for you any more. Also before you get mad, please listen to my story."

Daichi said, "I'm sorry."

Hime-chan was surprised, and blushed a little. She said that she would forgive him. Then Daichi offered Hime-chan some food and they walked home together.


34- "Makeru na! Hanjuku sensei" ("Don't give up! The soft-boiled teacher")

(負けるな!半熟先生)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3424:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 34

Airdate: May 28, 1993

In the kitchen, Aiko was washing dishes. Hime-chan and Yumeko were also there, just watching. Aiko was telling them that Yamashita Hatsune was going to come over to their house. Hatsune had lived near them before, and she was coming back because she was going to teach at Kazetachi Junior High for her training as a teacher. Hime-chan had remembered a little bit about Hatsu-oneechan, but Yumeko was too small to remember. Then mother came into the kitchen and asked Aiko for some coffee. Hime-chan and Yumeko wanted Hatsune to stay in their rooms, but mother said that she didn't want Hatsune to be bothered with kids at home. Then the doorbell ran and Hatsune arrived.

That night Aiko, Hime-chan, and Yumeko went to Hatsune and talked. Hatsune said that she was going to teach class C. Hime-chan was very happy that it was her class. Hatsune was also happy that it was Hime-chan's class. But Aiko warned her that there were a lot of trouble makers in Himeko's class. Then Hatsune said that it was better to be a healthy (wild) girl instead of being too quiet. She wanted to be a teacher who could really enjoy school life with her students. Then mother called out to the girls and told them to go to sleep.

Hime-chan returned to her room. She was feeling happy. Then Pokota came and said that Hatsune was a slightly different type from Aiko.

The next morning, Hime-chan and Hatsune walked to school together. Hatsune was very nervous, so Hime-chan taught her the "ike ike go go jump!" Then when Hime-chan spotted Manami and Icchan, she ran off to meet her friends.

During the homeroom, Gori introduced Yamashita Hatsune to the class. She was going to teach the class for one week. The students liked her. When they asked her to write her name, Hatsune started writing in the air. Then Hime-chan pointed out that she should write on the chalkboard. The boys in the class all said that she was cute. Hikaru got angry at the boys. Then Gori left to let Hatsune handle the homeroom by herself.

Hatsune didn't know what to do. Then Daichi raised his hand and asked her a question. "What are your three sizes?" Hatsune asked for Daichi's name. Then she said that she had gotten a little fat recently and was too scared to measure. So she didn't know.

Then Sei asked if Hatsune had a boy friend. Hatsune said that she didn't. Then the other boys said that they wanted to be it.

Hatsune said that she didn't know much, but she was going to try hard to have fun with everyone. She wanted the students to think of her as an older sister. Hikaru got upset at this remark.

After that class, Hatsune went to the teacher's office. She told Gori that she was tired. Gori was disappointed that Hatsune had gotten tired so quickly.

During break, Hime-chan was with Manami and Icchan. Manami said that Hime-chan was lucky that she had a cute student teacher. Then Hime-chan told them that Hatsune was even staying over at her house. Manami and Icchan were very envious of Hime-chan and said that their teacher wasn't very good. They said that he tried too hard and was too excited about making the students lively. Then he walked by them. He was a tough looking man.

Then Hatsune and some female students came. Hatsune asked Hime-chan and her friends if they wanted to play volleyball. Manami was very happy and they went outside.

While they were playing, one of the girls noticed Hatsune's perfume. Hikaru quickly said that it was Cannel. She even said that she had some herself, that she had gotten from her mother.

Later during class, Hatsune was teaching geography. She said that Japan had a lot of rain. Then she remembered that it was forecasted for rain, and asked the class if they had brought umbrellas. The students were surprised, and Daichi said that he didn't have one. Then Hatsune said that he should go in the umbrella of his girl friend. But Daichi said that he didn't have one. Hikaru was upset, and Hime-chan was surprised. The other students all said out loud that they wanted to go home with Hatsune. Hikaru got mad and said, "Please continue the lecture! Or did you come to pick up the boys?"

Hatsune apologized and continued teaching.

Later Hatsune was in the restroom by herself. She was disappointed that things weren't going too well. She tried Hime-chan's "Ike ike go go jump" to try to cheer herself up. Then she heard Gori chasing Daichi down the hall. Hatsune said that Gori hadn't changed, and psyched herself up.

Hikaru was with the other girls of the class. Hikaru was very mad at Hatsune. Then she said that she had a great plan.

During class the next several days, Hime-chan noticed that the other girls were acting strangely. They kept talking to themselves during class and didn't pay attention to Hatsune.

During afternoon class one day, Hikaru said that she couldn't hear Hatsune. Then Hatsune repeated the statement. Then when she picked on one of the girls to answer a question, the girl said that she didn't know. Even when Hatsune gave hints (by pointing out where to look in the textbook), the girl still said that she didn't know. When Hatsune asked another girl, she said that she didn't know either. Then Hikaru commented out loud that they couldn't learn anything because a certain teacher was very bad.

Then Daichi yelled out the answer and also said that the girls in the class were sleeping during class. So Hatsune said that she would change the schedule and they would all go outside. She said that they would clean up the school grounds.

When they got outside, Hikaru and the other girls complained. After a while Hatsune went to look for the girls. She found Hime-chan picking the weeds by herself. Hatsune got angry and went up to the classroom, where Hikaru and the other girls were gathered. Hikaru said that they didn't want to clean up.

Hatsune said, "You may not like the way I teach, but there are a lot of important things that you can't learn in a text book."

Hikaru said, "You tried to pick up my Daichi. Don't try to be a great teacher."

Hatsune said, "Yeah, Daichi is nice. If I was ten years younger, I probably would have liked him."

Hikaru was shocked. "Is what was a teacher says!"

Hatsune said, "If you like Daichi, you should fight for him against anybody!"

Hikaru almost started crying. "I hate you!"

Hatsune said, "I hate selfish students like you too!" Everyone got very surprised. Then Hatsune said that she would leave.

Hatsune ran away with tears in her eyes. Hime-chan ran after her. At the shoeboxes, Hatsune said, "As everyone says, maybe I'm not cut out to be a teacher." Then Hatsune ran off.

Hime-chan was determined to do something about it, and transformed into Hatsune. Hime-chan went back to the classroom. Gori met her at the door and encouraged her.

Hime-chan went into the classroom and the students were surprised. Hikaru asked what was up. Hime-chan put her hands on the podium and apologized. But she leaned too hard on the podium and fell forward. When Daichi went to help her, Hime-chan said, "Thanks, Daichi." Daichi knew right away that it was Hime-chan transformed as Hatsune. Then Hime-chan asked Hikaru to let her teach. Hikaru saw that Hatsune had a lot of guts, and said ok.

When Hime-chan got home, she saw that Hatsune was drunk and crying. Mother had give her some beer because she looked very depressed. Hime-chan saw that Hatsune had totally lost her confidence.

Later when Hatsune was sleeping in the bed, Hime-chan transformed into Gori and went to cheer her up.

The next day on the way to school, Hatsune told Hime-chan that she was all right.

It was the last day for Hatsune. She apologized to the class for not doing a good job. She also said that they weren't going to hold regular classes. Hatsune also announced that she was going to quit being a teacher. She said that she wanted them to listen to her final wish.

Hatsune and the class went outside. Hatsune said that ten years ago, she was a student of Gori, and wanted to be a teacher because of him. The students couldn't believe it. But she said that she was no good, because she gave up after only ten days.

Ten years ago Gori had taken his class outside. So it was her dream to take her students there too. So her dream had come true. Hime-chan asked Hatsune if she was really going to quit. Hatsune said that she already had. So Hatsune said that there was only one thing left to do. She started yelling, "Bakayarou! [stupid!]"

Then Gori came running after them. Hatsune told her students to escape. They all ran away and Gori went after them.

Hatsune got a bouquet of flowers from the students. When everyone was wishing her well, Hikaru said out loud, "You don't have to quit." Hikaru said that Hatsune could be a teacher. All of the other students agreed too.

Then the class did an "Ike ike go go jump!"

Erika was watching on her crystal ball. She said that she wanted to be a teacher too. When Chappy said that Len would get upset, Erika said, "Naritai, naritai! [I want to! I want to!]"


35- "Meiken pochi ni goyoujin" ("Be careful with the puppy Pochi")

(迷犬ポチにご用心!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3524:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 35

Airdate: June 04, 1993

After school, Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan were walking home. Hime-chan was saying that Daichi cut the afternoon classes again and Takada Tetsu had to cover for him.

The girls ran into Daichi, who was on his bicycle. Hime-chan told Daichi that Gori was very mad, and that Daichi should think more about Tetsu. Then Daichi said that Hime-chan seemed overly worried about Tetsu. He also said that he would tell Tetsu if she liked him. Then Hime-chan got upset and Daichi left.

After Daichi left, Hime-chan spotted a little dog on the street. She picked it up and said that she wanted to take it back home.

Hime-chan took the dog home. Yumeko liked it and played with it. Hime-chan asked if she could keep it. Her father said that it probably belonged to someone because it had a collar. Then Hime-chan said that the dog must have been thrown away. But Aiko said that someone might be looking for it. But Hime-chan didn't want to go put it back out into the streets and insisted that it was a thrown away dog.

Hime-chan's mother came into the room. She was very tired because it was almost the deadline for her work. Then she spotted the dog and screamed. Hime-chan asked her mother if she can keep the dog, but mother said no. When Hime-chan picked up to dog and put it closer to mother, she backed off and hid behind father's chair.

Hime-chan said that she would take care of the dog, but Aiko said that they had to go to school and mother would end up taking care of the dog. But Hime-chan didn't want to throw the dog away. Then father said that he would take care of the dog because he didn't have any work for a while. He also said that his next movie would have a dog in it. Mother reluctantly agreed.

Then they tried to decide on a name. They looked at the dog's collar, but it only said __chi, because it was worn out. Then Yumeko said, "Pochi." Hime-chan said that it was a stupid name, but father said that it had been decided a long time ago that dogs were Pochi. Yumeko was happy and wanted to hold the dog.

Later Hime-chan took Pochi to her room. Pokota said that he wasn't sure about it. When Pochi tried to smell Pokota, Pokota growled at him. Then Pochi jumped back and lied still on the floor. Pokota and Hime-chan thought that something had happened to Pochi. But Pochi got up, and they discovered that Pochi had been playing dead. Pochi then bit Pokota.

Mother came in after hearing the noise in Hime-chan's room. She was still scared of the dog. Hime-chan wanted mother to hold the dog, but mother just touched the dog and went off.

That night Pochi slept in Hime-chan's bed. Hime-chan said, "I wish the owner doesn't appear forever." Pokota then scolded Hime-chan and told her that she had to return the dog if the owner appeared. Hime-chan said that she understood.

The next morning when Hime-chan was leaving for school, father asked if she would let one of his producers keep the dog if they couldn't. Hime-chan wasn't ready for it and was shocked. Pochi wanted to go out with Hime-chan, but she told him to stay.

Then father got a phone call, and he had to go to work.

On the way to school, Hime-chan, Icchan, and Manami overheard Hikaru yelling out, "Daichi, where are you Daichi? Don't leave me alone. Daichi." The three girls were shocked.

At home, Pochi was in mother's work room, and she had to watch over it because nobody else was home. Mother was working on her word processor, but she was very sleepy and fell asleep. Then Pochi jumped up onto her desk and stepped all over the keyboard. Pochi also ran around and pulled out the plug to the word processor.

Pokota came into the room and saw Pochi eating mother's papers. Pokota tried to stop Pochi, but Pochi started chasing Pokota around the room. Then mother woke up because of the noise. She saw that her word processor was turned off and cried out. When she saw the dog running around, mother fell off of her chair. Then Pokota ran off to find Hime-chan.

At Daichi's hideout at the top of the stairs, Hime-chan told Daichi about Hikaru. Hikaru was looking for Daichi, and was even absent from school. Hime-chan asked Daichi what he had done to her. Daichi said that he didn't know. Hime-chan also said that Hikaru looked very sad.

Pokota arrived at school and told Hime-chan about what was going on at home. Hime-chan made a copy of herself and sent her copy home.

Hime-copy ran home and told mother that there was someone at school who would take care of the dog. Mother noticed that there was something different about Himeko. But Hime-copy said (in her very polite way) that she was the same as always. Mother still thought something was wrong with Himeko, but she went back to do her work.

Hikaru was still looking for Daichi, her dog. Hikaru went to a kindergarten and asked the little boys if they had seen her dog. But they said that they hadn't. Then Yumeko came to the crowd and looked at the picture that Hikaru was showing. Yumeko recognized the dog and said that it was Pochi. Hikaru saw Yumeko's name tag and realized that it was Hime-chan's sister. Yumeko then said that Pochi could play dead very well. Hikaru said that it was the same as her Daichi. Hikaru then asked Yumeko when they had started keeping the dog. Yumeko said that it was from the previous day, and that Hime-chan had found the dog on the street. Hikaru realized that it was her dog and got very mad.

Hikaru stormed into the classroom and walked up to Hime-chan.

Hikaru said, "Nonohara-san, please return Daichi!" Daichi was shocked.

Hime-chan asked, "What are you talking about?"

Hikaru said, "Don't pretend." When Gori said that they were in the middle of school, Hikaru yelled at him to shut up. Hikaru then continued, "Nonohara-san, I know you took Daichi." When the other classmates commented about a love triangle, Hikaru yelled at them to stay out of it. Hikaru asked Hime-chan, "So Nonohara-san?"

Hime-chan said, "Wait. I didn't do anything like that."

Hikaru said, "Don't lie. I heard from your little sister. He's very good at playing dead. That's the proof."

Hime-chan turned to Daichi and asked, "Are you good at playing dead?" Daichi asked, "What!?"

Hikaru said, "You're going to pretend." Then Hikaru took out the picture of her dog. Hime-chan saw it and called it Pochi, but Hikaru said that it was her dog, Daichi. Then Hime-chan recalled the worn out dog collar with the "chi" ending.

Hikaru said that her mother had taken Daichi when she went shopping. But the dog had disappeared when she returned to her car. Hikaru accused Hime-chan of stealing Daichi from her mother's car. Hime-chan said that it wasn't so. Then Hime-chan ran out of the classroom. Hikaru ran after her. Then Daichi also ran out after them.

Hime-chan was running and said to herself, "I can't believe it! That Pochi's owner is Hibino-san." Daichi caught up to Hime-chan and helped her escape. Hikaru couldn't find Hime-chan and cried in the street.

Daichi took Hime-chan to his hideout (the old house). Daichi asked, "Why did you run away? Now it looks like you stole the dog." Hime-chan said that she didn't and started crying.

Then when they went to the other room, Hime-copy greeted them. Daichi was shocked. Hime-chan told him that it was another one of her magic powers. Daichi told her that she should have talked to him earlier about these things.

Daichi asked Hime-chan what she was going to do with the dog. Hime-copy said that she would return the dog. But Hime-chan said that she would do it herself, because it was her responsibility.

Hime-chan went out to return the dog, and played with Pochi in the street. Then they heard Hikaru's voice calling out for Daichi. Pochi left Hime-chan and ran off.

At the old house, Pokota was getting restless. Hime-copy got up and said that she would go look for Hime-chan. Then Daichi called out to stop her. Hime-copy answered, and Hime-chan magically returned to the old house from the street. Daichi was surprised, and Pokota explained about Hime-chan's magic.

Daichi (the dog) barked and ran to Hikaru. It jumped into the river, and Hikaru also went into the river to hug Daichi.


36- "Hasekura-senpai! Seishun no tabidachi" ("Hasekura-sempai! Youthful travels")

(支倉先輩!青春の旅立ち)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3621:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 36

Airdate: June 11, 1993

Father made curry for the family. Hime-chan and the others all said it was great. But Aiko quietly finished eating and left the table early. She said that she had a headache. Father wondered if Aiko had caught a cold, but Yumeko said that it was a problem with love. Hime-chan said that Aiko was going out with Hasekura, so there couldn't be anything wrong. But Yumeko pointed out that she hadn't gone out on a date for a long time. Father wondered if Aiko had a fight with Hasekura. (Father had a big grin on his face.) Hime-chan couldn't believe it.

Meanwhile Aiko was in her room and stared at the picture on her desk of Hasekura and herself. Then she turned the picture face down.

At school Hime-chan told Manami and Icchan about Aiko. Then Manami said that she had heard a rumor that Hasekura was going out with another girl, an older, blonde, pretty girl. Manami said that someone had seen them on a date. Hime-chan couldn't believe it.

Later Hime-chan and Pokota went to spy on Hasekura. Although they both didn't believe it, there was definitely something wrong with Aiko. They followed Hasekura as he left his house. They followed him to a coffee shop. Hime-chan looked through the window and was shocked at what she saw. Hasekura was sitting with a blonde haired girl. Hime-chan said, "I can't forgive him! How terrible! He had oneechan, and.."

Hime-chan stormed inside and went over to Hasekura's table. Hime-chan asked what he was doing, and Hasekura calmly introduced the girl as his English teacher. Hasekura explained further that his school had an exchange student program and the exam was coming up on Sunday. He had a chance to go to America for a half year, and it had always been his dream to go study abroad.

While walking home, Hime-chan and Pokota were talking about Hasekura going abroad for a half year. Pokota said that he understood, because it was Hasekura's dream. But Hime-chan said that he shouldn't leave Aiko.

When Hime-chan got hoe, she saw Aiko sitting in the living room reading a book about America. Hime-chan went over to Aiko and told her that she heard Hasekura was going. Aiko was surprised that Hime-chan had found out so quickly. Hime-chan told Aiko to tell Hasekura not to go. But Aiko said that she wasn't sad. Hime-chan insisted, saying that Aiko wasn't feeling very cheerful recently. But Aiko left the room saying that she had to study.

Then father came by. He said he accidently overheard. Hime-chan said that Aiko probably didn't want Hasekura to go, but since she was so calm, she couldn't say anything. But father said that it would be good for Hime-chan to hear about the past between father and mother.

Father started to tell his story. Mother was going to go on a trip around the world for one year. Father didn't want to be away from mother that long. But mother said that she would go. The day mother was going to leave, it was raining heavily. Father drove in his car to the airport to try to stop mother. (Hime-chan commented that father was so cool, just like a movie.) But father got caught by the police for speeding, and he didn't even have his license. (Hime-chan said that it was very uncool, and that she shouldn't have listened so seriously in the first place.) Then Hime-chan left, although Father said that the good part was coming up.

Hime-chan went to her room. She said to Pokota, "I want to do something for oneechan. If it was me.. If Daichi was going far away.." Hime-chan said that she was going to meet Hasekura the next day, and tell him not to go. Pokota wasn't too sure of this idea, but Hime-chan said that this was something that only girls understood.

Erika was watching and wasn't sure if Hime-chan was going to make the right move.

The next day after school Hime-chan rushed out of the classroom, and went to Hasekura's school. Daichi sensed that Hime-chan was up to something again and went after her.

When Hime-chan was waiting by Hasekura's school gate, Daichi called out for her. He asked what she was doing. Hime-chan was going to say that she was doing something for Aiko, but then Hasekura's bus left. Hime-chan blamed Daichi for missing Hasekura.

At the hideout, Hime-chan told Daichi the story. Then Daichi said that she shouldn't do it. But Hime-chan said that Aiko was feeling very depressed. Daichi said that this was Hasekura's dream. Then Daichi also said, "I even have a dream of going around and riding all of the SL in the world. At that time, I'll go no matter who stops me."

Hime-chan asked, "Even your mother and father?"

Daichi replied, "Of course."

Hime-chan asked, "Even Tetsu?"

Daichi replied, "Of course."

Hime-chan asked, "Even me?"

"What?" Daichi hesitated, then said, "Of course. Even if you say that you're going somewhere, I wouldn't stop you. The cause of trouble will be gone, so it'll be easier for me." Hime-chan got very upset and yelled, "Baka!" Then Hime-chan threw a pillow at Daichi and ran off. Hime-chan was feeling very mad at Daichi as she ran home.

When Hime-chan got home, she told Pokota that she was going to transform into Aiko the next day. She was going to meet Hasekura and tell him not to go. Pokota said that she shouldn't. But Hime-chan said Hasekura was different from Daichi, and thought he would not go if Aiko stopped him.

Erika was watching. She was worried and wanted Hime-chan to reconsider.

The next day, Pokota tried to stop Hime-chan. Hime-chan said that Pokota didn't have to go along if he didn't want to.

As Hime-chan was leaving, Aiko asked her where she was going. Hime-chan said that she was going to the bookstore, and Aiko said that she would go too. Then Hime-chan spotter her father, and said that she wanted to listen to the continuation of father's story. Father became very happy. So Hime-chan asked Aiko to go by herself.

Hime-chan went back to her room and made a copy of herself. Pokota was upset at Hime-chan. Hime-chan told her copy to stay and listen to her father's story. Then Hime-chan climbed out the window.

Outside, Hime-chan turned herself into Aiko and called Hasekura.

Hime-chan's father was surprised when Hime-copy came and asked to hear the end of the story. But he continued his story. After getting caught by the police, he wasn't in time to stop mother. He was very upset at himself and mother. But a couple days later, he got a letter from mother. It was a letter that she had written on the first day. She thanked him for letting her go. Father noticed how lively mother was in the letter. He realized how important the trip was to her. Then he got letters everyday from mother. Father also wrote replies everyday. But since mother was going all over, he couldn't send them. At the end of the year he had a pile of 360 letters. On the day mother was going to return, father took all of the letters to the airport (driving carefully) and proposed to mother. Because he got caught, father found out more about each other and how important they were to each other.

Hime-copy knew that Aiko wasn't trying to stop Hasekura because his dream was very important to her. Hime-copy thanked father and went off. Father was very happy that Himeko understood, but he was also a little uneasy about Himeko's feminine behavior.

Hime-copy told Pokota to call her name, so she can call Hime-chan back. But Pokota said that they couldn't do that because then there wouldn't be anyone to meet Hasekura in the park, and Hasekura would start worrying. So Hime-copy said that she would go after Hime-chan.

Pokota and Hime-copy ran to the park. But Hime-copy was running very slow, so Pokota asked her to go faster. But Hime-copy was already running at full speed.

Just when Hime-copy and Pokota reached the park, they saw Hime-chan as Aiko. But they also saw Hasekura walking toward Aiko from the other side of the fountain. Then Pokota called out Hime-chan's name. Hime-chan turned around and answered. Hime-copy merged back into Hime-chan with a flash of light. (Hime-chan was still in Aiko's body after merging, but all of Hime-copy's knowledge went to Hime-chan.)

Hasekura came and asked what Aiko wanted. Hime-chan said that she just wanted to wish him well, and also to do a good luck charm. Hime-chan and Hasekura both did an "Ike ike go go jump!" Hime-chan (as Aiko) said, "Ganbatte.." Hasekura said, "Ok, I will."

Later Hime-chan was walking with Daichi. She told him that Hasekura had passed the exam. Aiko was a little sad, but felt happy for Hasekura. They also promised to write each other everyday.

Then Daichi said, "I was joking."

Hime-chan said, "Huh?"

Daichi said, "When I said it would be great if you went away."

Hime-chan blushed. Daichi blushed a little.

Daichi said, "Because things would get out of rhythm if someone as loud and obnoxious as you disappeared."

"Don't just think about yourself. Think of other people's dreams. That kind of relationship is important." Erika said that it would be nice if Hime-chan and Daichi could become like that one day.


37- "Kakurega ga nakunaru hi.." ("The day the hideout disappeared")

(隠れ家がなくなる日…)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3721:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 37

Airdate: June 18, 1993

It was a nice Sunday morning. When Hime-chan woke up and looked out the window, she saw Aiko hanging the laundry outside. Aiko told Hime-chan that she should clean her room once in a while. Hime-chan said that she would.

Hime-chan opened her closet which was full of boxes. Since Hime-chan and Pokota couldn't keep them from falling out, the boxes came down on top of them. Then Hime-chan spotted an old toy car.

[flashback: When Hime-chan was little, she put Pokota on it and let it go crashing into a wall.]

When Hime-chan asked if Pokota remembered, Pokota said that since Hime-chan was very violent, he didn't have that many "good" memories of it. Hime-chan then found more old toys, and Pokota warned her not to play around.

Hime-chan gathered a lot of old stuff (unwanted stuff) in a bag. Pokota asked if Hime-chan was going to throw them away. Hime-chan hesitated, then came up with an idea.

Hime-chan showed Yumeko her old toys (Hime-chan called it her treasures). But Yumeko said that it was junk and that she would go throw it away for her. Hime-chan quickly grabbed the bag back. Yumeko told Hime-chan that Aiko was saying that it was important to have the courage to throw things away.

Hime-chan was very disappointed. Pokota told her that one's treasures looked like junk to others. Hime-chan then thought that she can go store her stuff in Daichi's hideout.

Hime-chan and Pokota went to Daichi's hideout. Hime-chan put her old toys all over the room. Then they hears some voices outside. Hime-chan and Pokota snuck around outside to see what was happening.

Hime-chan saw Gori and a couple other men by the gate.

Hime-chan called Daichi and told him that Gori was at the hideout.

Gori and the two men were making measurements outside of the house. Gori was going to go inside, but one of the men said that there were rumors of ghosts around. Then Gori cautiously went to the front door. Just as he was going to open the door, Daichi came and asked what he was doing. Gori was shocked and thought it was a ghost.

Gori quickly recovered and faced Daichi and Hime-chan. Daichi and Hime-chan discovered that it wasn't Gori-sensei. It was Gori's younger brother. Daichi and Hime-chan asked what he was doing, but Gori just chased them away, saying it was his work. Daichi didn't want to leave, but Hime-chan persuaded him to leave.

Hime-chan and Daichi hung around and overheard Gori saying that it would only take about three days to finish it all. (They were going to tear down the old house.) Hime-chan and Daichi were shocked.

Hime-chan quickly used the mirror in her palette to transform into Gori-sensei. Then Hime-chan ran out into the street in front of Gori's younger brother's car. Gori's brother stopped the car and was going to yell at the person, but Hime-chan (as Gori) got him to take her into the car.

Hime-chan got Gori's brother to go to a fancy dessert store. Gori was feeling uneasy about the atmosphere (lots of young school girls around). Hime-chan asked Gori about the house, and asked him not to tear it down. But Gori's brother said that he couldn't do anything about it. He told Hime-chan to talk to the real estate agent, Kazetachi Real Estate. Then Hime-chan's ribbon started beeping, so Hime-chan ran into the toilet and returned to her normal body.

Hime-chan left the store and went back to Daichi. Then they called the real estate agent from a pay phone. The manager wasn't in, but Hime-chan and Daichi both talked and tried to persuade them not to break the house. But the guy on the phone hung up on them.

Hime-chan and Daichi went to the house. Daichi said that it was finally good bye, and started taking down his things.

Hime-chan said, "Daichi, are you going to give up?"

Daichi said, "What do you want me to do? This isn't ours anyways."

Hime-chan said, "But you're giving up without trying anything. I didn't know you were like that. Baka!" Then Hime-chan ran off.

At home, Hime-chan was feeling depressed. She was still upset at Daichi. Pokota suggested that they try something by themselves. They came up with idea to turn the house into a haunted house.

The next day, Hime-chan and Pokota snuck into the house. They thought that nobody had come yet. But it was very dark inside the house. Then they heard a laughing voice. Then a face (lit up by a light from below) appeared. Hime-chan and Pokota were very scared and started screaming out. Then Daichi came out and went to Hime-chan.

At school, Gori took role and found out that both Hime-chan and Daichi were absent. Hikaru stood up and said that it was strange for both of them to be absent together. But Gori told her to sit down.

At the house, Daichi put dry ice all over the floor to make it look more like a haunted house. Hime-chan thought to herself that she had been wrong about Daichi.

Hime-chan showed Daichi the wig that she borrowed from the drama club. Daichi told her to perform well, and Hime-chan said that she would. Then they heard the noise of trucks outside. Daichi and Hime-chan started to put their plan into action.

When Gori's brother went into the house, he saw the white smoke near the floor, and became scared. Then Hime-chan (with the white wig and wearing a white sheet around her) came out onto the stairs and said in a ghost-like voice, "This is my house. Please don't break my house." Gori was shocked.

Then Hime-chan made a copy of herself, and Gori saw two "ghosts". Both Hime-chans talked. "Please don't break my house." Then Gori tried to escape. The two other workers broke into the house to try to save Gori. Then they all saw the "ghosts", and became scared. Hime-copy walked down the stairs closer to the workers. Then Pokota called out Hime-chan's name. When Hime-chan answered, Hime-copy disappeared right in front of the workers.

Everything had gone well, and the workers were ready to leave. But then Daichi slipped and fell, dragging Hime-chan down the stairs with him. Daichi and Hime-chan collapsed in front of Gori.

So Gori was going to go ahead and tear down the house. Just as Gori was going to start, it started thundering and raining. So Gori stopped to get out of the rain.

Hime-chan and Daichi were sad. "When the rain stops, it will be good bye."

Later Hime-chan and Daichi returned to school. Gori (their teacher) yelled at them. Then Gori got a phone call from his younger brother. Gori said that the owner decided not to tear down the house. Daichi and Hime-chan were very happy and ran out of the teacher's office, while apologizing.

Daichi and Hime-chan went back to the house. Daichi said, "Today it looks like a great castle." Hime-chan said, "A castle with our memories." Then Daichi started laughing, saying that it doesn't fit Hime-chan to say such things.

Erika and Chappy were watching. Chappy said that Hime-chan didn't notice that it was Erika who had helped them out with the rain. Erika told Chappy to keep it a secret.


38- "Itazura yousei Dai-soudou!" ("Mischievous fairies causing big trouble!!")

(いたずら妖精 大騒動!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3821:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 38

Airdate: June 25, 1993

Camille and Robelia were with each other. Camille wanted to get closer to Robelia, but Robelia said that Camille had a lot of other girl friends. But Camille said that it was all a misunderstanding. He said that he only had Robelia. Just then a lot of other girls came calling out Camille's name. Camille quickly grabbed Robelia and teleported to a quiet place.

Camille and Robelia went to an abandoned room in the castle. Robelia was very scared. But Camille thought it was fun and wanted to look around. Robelia spotted something flashing. Camille went to it, and found out that it was a jar. Robelia said that Camille shouldn't touch it, but Camille said that it was all right. Then Camille opened the jar. Then two big eared, fluffy animals popped out. They said that they were Masshi and Hosshi, and that they had been trapped inside the jar. They immediately flew off, and Camille realized that he did something bad.

Masshi and Hosshi went flying to the human world.

The next morning, Hime-chan was rushing as she was almost late for school. Aiko had already left, and Yumeko was watching TV, as it wasn't time for her school bus yet. Hime-chan went to watch TV with Yumeko. They saw Kurasawa Jun, a handsome soccer star. Yumeko said that he was cool, and Hime-chan said that she was a fan of him. Then mother came and told Hime-chan that she was late. Hime-chan ran off.

Masshi and Hosshi were flying above Kazetachi. They saw Hime-chan running to school. Hosshi thought it was Erika, but Masshi said that it was a human who looked like Erika. Then Hosshi remembered and said that Erika was more graceful. They decided to follow Hime-chan.

Gori was standing at the school gate. The morning bell started ringing. If the students didn't get in my the end of the bell, they would be late.

Hikaru ran and made it in time. Then Gori saw Daichi roller skating. Gori yelled and wanted to catch him, but Daichi jumped over Gori's head (with a mid-air flip) and landed inside the school grounds before the bell stopped. Gori yelled at Daichi, but then he saw Hime-chan running toward the gate.

Gori thought that he had Hime-chan for sure. But Hosshi and Masshi used their magic to stop time. Then they also moved Hime-chan's body past Gori into the school grounds while time was stopped. When they activated time, both Gori and Hime-chan thought something was strange. But Hime-chan was safe, so she was happy. Then Sei came to the gate. Gori told him that he was late.

During class, Gori pulled out a pop test. All of the students were upset and struggled as the problems were too hard. But Masshi and Hosshi were inside the classroom. They said it was easy, and used their magic to print the correct answers on everyone's tests. Hime-chan noticed that her test had all of the problems completed, and said that she had finished. Gori was shocked. He looked at Hime-chan's test and saw that she had a perfect score. Then all of the other students said that they had finished too. Everyone got perfect scores, and Gori couldn't believe it.

Erika and Chappy were watching through the crystal ball. They thought it was magic or something. Then Len, Camille, and Robelia appeared. Len explained that Masshi and Hosshi had been accidently released.

After school, Hime-chan was thinking that things were very strange. Then Manami and Icchan came to Hime-chan's room. Manami told Hime-chan that Kurasawa Jun was going to come to their school that day. Jun was a former member of the soccer team at their junior high. Hime-chan said that she would go watch him for sure. Then they all left.

Hikaru had overheard the conversation. Hikaru said that Hime-chan was bad for going after Jun, and that she would only go after Daichi. But then she said that Jun was special, and headed out toward the soccer field too.

In the soccer field, Jun was practicing with the soccer team. Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan arrived and they all thought Jun was cool. Then the ball rolled over toward them. Jun called out and asked them to kick the ball to them. Manami told Hime-chan to kick it, and Hime-chan got ready to kick the ball. Then Hikaru ran up and kicked the ball. But she slipped and fell down as she kicked. She kicked the ball very lightly, and the ball went into the air. But some magic made the ball go very fast, and it flew by everyone toward the goal keeper. The goal keeper tried to stop the ball, but it vanished right in front of him. Then the ball reappeared behind him, in the goal.

Masshi and Hosshi appeared by the bench. It had been their magic.

Everyone was shocked by Hikaru's kick. Jun went to Hikaru and asked to see the kick once more. Hikaru was very happy and turned red. She said that she would do it as many times as Jun wanted.

Daichi spotted Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan and went to them. Manami explained (very excitedly and very cute) to Daichi what had happened. Then Hime-chan pointed out that Hikaru was going to kick again. (This time Jun was playing goal keeper.) Masshi and Hosshi decided to use their magic again. Hikaru kicked the ball into the air, and the magic made the ball go fast and disappear. Then Jun went to Hikaru and asked her to join his professional soccer team. Hikaru was very happy. Hime-chan was very surprised.

When Hime-chan got home, she told Pokota about what had happened at school. Pokota couldn't believe it. When Hime-chan mentioned that she got a perfect score on the test, Pokota (very forcefully) said that something was very wrong. Then Hime-chan's diary started moving. It was a message from Erika.

Erika explained about Masshi and Hosshi, the twin fairies who were very mischievous. Masshi and Hosshi couldn't be seen by humans. Even those in the land of magic couldn't see them most of the time. Erika said that they still didn't know what to do, and that she was going to contact Hime-chan later.

The next day at school many students gathered around Hikaru. Hikaru was bragging and saying that soccer was just one of her many talents. The official try out was set for Sunday. Hikaru said that she would carry the national team to the top of the world, and become famous. Then two other girls (Etoh and ??) came and asked about the Daichi fan club. Hikaru said that nothing had changed. Even if she becomes the center of the world, she would still love Daichi.

Then Hikaru stood up and pointed at Hime-chan. Hime-chan was speechless. But Hime-chan was concerned about what would happen later. Hime-chan was also impatient as she couldn't communicate with Erika until she got home. So Hime-chan decided to discuss it with Sei.

When Hime-chan met Sei outside, Sei said that everything would be all right. He said that he still liked Hime-chan, no matter how famous Hikaru became. When Sei put his hand on Hime-chan's shoulder, Hime-chan pinched Sei, and realized that Sei didn't know anything.

When Hime-chan got home, Erika used her mother's magic to send their voices to Hime-chan. Erika's mother (the queen) said that they had to catch the fairies before they got discovered by humans, otherwise it would cause a lot of commotion. The queen asked Hime-chan to catch the fairies, and gave her some new magic powers.

Hime-chan put the feather pen and palette on her desk. Then the queen sent some magic power to Hime-chan's items. She said that the pen would point to where Masshi and Hosshi were, and the palette would catch the fairies with its magic light. Then the pen started flying around by itself. Pokota rode on it and was having fun, but when the pen stopped Pokota fell off.

The queen asked Hime-chan to catch Masshi and Hosshi with her new powers. Hime-chan said that she was very clumsy, and wasn't sure that she could do it. But the queen said that Hime-chan could do it if she tried with all of her might. Erika asked Hime-chan to try it too. Pokota said that he would help out. Then Hime-chan agreed.


39- "Hotcake ha amai wana" ("Trap of the sweet hotcakes")

(ホットケーキは甘い罠)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 3921:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 39

Airdate: July 02, 1993

Masshi and Hosshi (the two fairies who escaped from the land of magic) were playing around in the human world. Hime-chan was given some new magic to catch them.

In the morning, Pokota tried to wake up Hime-chan. Hime-chan said that she was sleepy. But Pokota told her that it was important. The feather pen was making a noise and moving around. Hime-chan got up and ran out after the pen.

They went down stairs and the pen pointed toward the dining room. Hime-chan told it to wait and went into the dining room. Aiko, Yumeko, and mother were there. Mother put the plates of food out on the table for Aiko and Yumeko. Yumeko took a drink from her cup. When she looked at her plate, the fried eggs were gone. She accused Aiko of taking the eggs. Hime-chan saw it and knew that it must have been the fairies.

Then someone rang the door bell. Hime-chan went to answer it. It was Camille, wearing his fancy land of magic outfit. Everyone else was peeking around the wall to see who it was. Aiko saw Camille and said it was Daichi. Hime-chan just laughed and pushed Camille outside.

Camille said that he came to help find the fairies. But since everyone else was still watching them, Camille said that he would go to school. Hime-chan told everyone that Camille was a friend in the drama club, who was wearing his costume and that there was early morning practice that day.

At school Hime-chan was wondering where Camille was. She was feeling very uncertain about it. Then Hime-chan spotted Camille. Camille was in a normal school uniform (looking just like Daichi) trying to get phone numbers from a lot of girls.

Hime-chan pulled Camille away and talked to him. "Since you look just like Daichi, don't wander around here."

Camille said, "Should I go wandering around in the city?" Hime-chan said, "No."

Camille said, "Then should I go to the school where your very nice sister goes to?" Hime-chan said, "No!"

Hime-chan was going to pull Camille away, but Hikaru came by. Camille saw Hikaru and called her, "Little kitty." Hikaru asked where Hime-chan was going to take Daichi. Then Hikaru dreamed about herself being a great soccer star. She was going to call herself "Kitty Hibino". Since Hikaru was in her own world, Hikaru and Camille snuck away.

At the hideout at the top of the stairs, Hime-chan asked what Camille was up to. Camille said that it was his fault that the fairies got away, so he came to help. Camille brought some special potion with him. Then since the school bell rang, Hime-chan told Camille that she would talk to him after school, and told him to go to Sei's place until then. Then Camille vanished.

During class while Gori was lecturing, the eraser floated around behind him. The students were surprised. When Gori was going to scold the students, the eraser fell on top of his head. Hime-chan knew that the fairies must be around. But she also knew that she couldn't use her magic items at that time.

After school, Hime-chan, Daichi, and Camille went over to Sei's place. Daichi asked why he had to get involved too. Hime-chan said to herself that Daichi was very dependable at times like this. Then Camille took out a scroll with Masshi and Hosshi's picture and data. Hime-chan said that they were very cute. It was written that they can do magic with time, such as stopping and speeding it. So Daichi understood what made Hikaru's kick so strong.

Camille took out his special formula. It was an essence that the fairies loved. The data said that the fairies loved hot cakes, so Camille suggested that they make hot cakes and put a lot of the essence inside. They can trap the fairies that way, and they all agreed to this plan.

Hime-chan was cooking the hot cakes. Pokota commented that Hime-chan had become good in cooking. Then Camille put a lot of the essence inside. Pokota went to smell it, and he said that it smelled awful. Then they all smelled it too. Camille said that it was a bad smell, but the fairies loved it.

While Masshi and Hosshi were flying around, they smelled the essence. They immediately flew down to the house and spotted the hot cakes. When the fairies got close, Hime-chan's feather pen started responding. The pen flew off and sprayed ink into the fairies' faces. When the fairies tried to fly away, the pen blocked its way. Then Hime-chan opened her palette and started using her magic to catch the fairies. But the fairies stopped time just before they were going to get caught. Then they took the hot cake and left.

When time started again, Hime-chan and the others discovered that the fairies had escaped. Then Daichi spotted them flying outside. Hime-chan went to the window and used her palette again. But the fairies stopped time again to escape.

They were disappointed and knew that the fairies would cause more trouble if they couldn't catch them soon. Then Daichi thought that the fairies might appear on Sunday at Hikaru's soccer test. So they were determined to catch them at that time.

At night Hikaru went out to practice her kick. She kicked the soccer ball against the tree, but it didn't disappear. Hikaru was shocked. Hikaru tried again, but her "magical shot" didn't appear. Hikaru wondered why. Then Daichi came and said that it was an illusion. He explained that the angle of the sun and Jun made it look like the ball had disappeared. Hikaru began to worry. But Daichi said that he had an idea.

On Sunday when it was time for Hikaru to show off her shot, the fairies appeared and smelled the essence.

The previous night Daichi had told Hikaru that the only way she can get her kick back was to spray a lot of his medicine on the ball. Then it will reflect the light to make it look like it disappeared.

Hikaru went to kick the ball. When she kicked the ball into the air, the ball vanished. The fairies had spotted the ball and had taken it. Then Hime-chan let out her feather pen. The pen started flying off and Hime-chan and the others followed it.

When they got around the school building, they spotted the soccer ball floating in the air. The ball tried to escape, but the pen blocked its way. Then Hime-chan used her palette to capture the fairies. The fairies got caught inside the palette and pen.

Then they heard Erika's voice. Erika thanked Hime-chan for catching the fairies. As punishment, Erika's mother said that the fairies had to help out Hime-chan for a while. Erika said that Hime-chan would be able to use some more magic. "With the palette you'll be able to stop time, go back, or go a little into the future. The feather pen can be Pokota's toy [to ride around on]."

At the soccer field, since the ball had disappeared, everyone thought that Hikaru had the "magical shot". Jun asked Hikaru to join the soccer team. But Hikaru refused and said that she only wanted to be the president of the Daichi fan club.

At home Pokota was playing with the feather pen. (flying around) He said that it was like a helicopter. Hime-chan was looking at her palette. The red part was to stop time. The pink one was to reverse time. The orange one was to move a couple minutes into the future. The peach one was to release the magic. Erika had told Hime-chan that the ribbon would tell her the magic words to use.

Then Hime-chan tried out her new magic on Pokota, who was flying in the room. "Kuurudo I Furiizu!" [the last word is probably "freeze"] Then time stopped.


40- "Hachamecha yuujou dai-sakusen" ("Big plans for a confused friendship")

(ハチャメチャ友情大作戦)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4021:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 40

Airdate: July 09, 1993

At night, Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan are in pajamas and are lying on Hime-chan's bed talking about boys. Icchan complains about Manami having many boys in mind, but Manami says there's nothing she can do since she cannot make up her mind about any of them. Then Icchan and Manami tease Hime-chan about Daichi, who retorts that she and he are just friends.

Then it's Icchan's turn to be questioned. "Who do you like the best?" Icchan said, "Hime-chan and Manami!" since they are her best friends. Then they swear to each other that they'll remain friends forever, whatever might happen in the future.

The next morning on the playground, Daichi is playing soccer, but steps onto the ball and falls head first. Then the other players all fall on top of him. His friend Tetsu jumps at the chance, takes the ball and runs at full speed to the other goal. From afar, Hime-chan, Manami, and Icchan are looking at him, wondering when he joined the soccer team. Then from behind, Hikaru shouts at them that she knows. Her Daichi has come to help his friends of the soccer team for the upcoming game the following week.

Hikaru also thinks it's so great to be able to rely on boys' friendship, so Icchan and Manami get mad and tell her their girls' friendship is as good. But Hikaru doesn't believe them, as her mother told her, only a boys' friendship is strong enough and girls' friendship is an illusion since all they believe in is love.

Then with a wicked smile, Manami wonders out loud if that's because Hikaru has no friend among girls. Hikaru angrily turns back, so Manami retreats behind Icchan. When Hikaru leaves, Icchan, Manami, and Hime-chan swear to themselves to "openly attack Hikaru" if she ever bothers any of them again.

Later during the chemistry class, Hime-chan is pouring the contents of a vial into a large glass, when the teacher asks Daichi, who is sleeping on his desk, to answer a certain question about today's lesson. Since Daichi is awaken up suddenly, he can't really tell what was going on. Hime-chan wants to help him, but Hikaru quickly takes over, telling Daichi which page of their book they are working on. Later Hikaru criticizes Hime-chan for being of no help to Daichi [exactly: her friendship is of no use to him].

As Hikaru congratulates Daichi for having answered correctly, Hime-chan sadly says to herself that it's true that recently she did nothing great. Hikaru helps Daichi much more, and last time it was Icchan who cheered up Manami and her [when they were on her bed talking about friendship].

When the lesson is over, Icchan and Manami come to meet Hime-chan. But Hime-chan is busy cleaning her classroom, together with Hikaru. Then Icchan and Manami decide to help Hime-chan and carry the desk they are cleaning, saying they are friends thus must help each other. But Hikaru jumps at the chance and says that since Hime-chan is being helped, she can leave it to them and help Daichi instead.

Daichi is playing soccer again, and Hikaru and the entire Daichi Fan Club watch and cheer for him. When Hime-chan tries to do the same, Hikaru scolds her. Manami couldn't stand Hikaru's manners any more and pulls them away. Then Hikaru and the other girls shout again, "Daichi! Do your best!"

In the Land of Magic, looking over Daichi, Chappy wonders if it's friendship or love that is involved in this case. Erika thinks, hopes, that it is friendship.

Later while rummaging in her schoolbag, Hime-chan realizes that she has forgotten her English textbook. So she leaves, followed by Hikaru who wonders where she might be going. Hime-chan goes to the Manami's and Icchan's 2-D classroom but they can't help her since they don't have their English lesson today. Then they notice Hikaru spying on them, so with a resolute look, Icchan and Manami decide to go and look for an English textbook for Hime-chan. But they can't find any, so Icchan rushes back home to bring hers back.

The lesson begins, and Hime-chan is very worried about her friends. So she yells, "Teacher! I have to go to the toilet!" and leaves. Hime-chan turns herself into Icchan, and goes to the 2-D classroom to take her place. But she realizes that Manami hasn't come back either. At this time, Manami is talking to her mother on the phone, asking her to bring her book to school.

Hime-chan then goes to the restrooms again and transforms into Manami. But she goes to the wrong classroom (hers: 2-C) and realizes her mistake only after having opened the door. Hikaru teases her and soon Hime-chan/Manami returns to Manami's real classroom (2-D). But now the teacher asks her where Icchan has gone to!

Meanwhile Icchan is coming back from home, carrying her book with her, while Manami gets her schoolbook from her mother at the school entrance.

In the 2-D classroom, Hime-chan is very worried, and when she hears Manami and Icchan approaching, she yells out that she has to go to the toilet again, and leaves. Then Icchan and Manami open Hime-chan's classroom's door at the same time, each of them bringing her their own book. Hime-chan shows up, coming back from the restrooms, thanks them both for their efforts, but thinks that friendship might be a bit tiring too.

Later Hime-chan, Manami and Icchan are going back home, saying that they are a bit more tired than usual but such friendship is surely great. They decide to go to the swimming pool together the next Sunday. But Hikaru waits for them by the entrance gate, to tell them that she still doesn't find their girls' friendship worth anything.

Then Daichi and Tetsu come by, and ask Hime-chan and her friends to come watch their match next Sunday. But Hime-chan says she can't, because she'll go to the pool with her friends. So Hikaru yells out she will prepare Daichi's lunch then.

Daichi says to Hime-chan, "No problem, come next time," and leaves with Tetsu. But in spite of Hime-chan's big smile, Manami realizes that Hime-chan wasn't happy. Hime-chan laughes if off, but inside she wants to go see Daichi.

At home that night, Hime-chan confesses to Pokota that she has now come to be confused about friendship. Icchan and Manami are her best friends, that's for sure, but there's something else she can't really define.

Then the flying pen starts flashing and beeping, and goes flying to Hime-chan to draw something on the doll she's making: a big smiling face. So she and Pokota decide to write a letter to Erika now.

It was raining the next day, and Daichi hopes that it will be sunny for their soccer match. While he speaks with Tetsu, Hikaru is making a doll for him and ties it to the window [the doll is a "teru teru bouzu", a talisman for good weather]. Hime-chan had made one of her own the night before for Daichi too, but she puts hers back in her school bag. Then Hikaru asks Daichi to show her his uniform so that she can wash it for the next day's game. Hime-chan can't hold it any longer and quickly leaves, taking her bag with her. Daichi, then Icchan and Manami, seem worried about her.

Hime-chan was in her and Daichi's hideout at the top of the stairs, lost in her thoughts, when Daichi arrives and asks what's up with her these days. He adds that since he will play soccer until about 3 PM, she can come to the game if she finishes early. But Hime-chan replies that she doesn't know. So Daichi says once more that Hime-chan is acting really strangely, and that makes Hime-chan very mad and she leaves.

Luckily it is very warm and sunny on the day of the soccer game. Hime-chan meets Icchan and Manami and tells them that she got a very nice swimsuit from her older sister. But Icchan and Manami tell Hime-chan that they won't go to the swimming pool. They were going to take Hime-chan to the soccer game.

They spot Hikaru ahead, riding her bike, and see her falling. When she gets up she goes frantic because she has spoiled Daichi's soccer shirt that it took her all night to clean and dry. Hime-chan tells her not to worry, but says that she'd better give it to Daichi because the game will start pretty soon.

So all four of them head for the stadium, on foot (Hikaru has left her bike behind), and have to climb over a fence. Hikaru is the last to climb over, and when she does, Daichi's shirt gets caught and gets torn apart.

All four of them go crazy, wondering what they can do to fix it. When Icchan yells that they are running short of time, Hime-chan remembers that she has her palette. So she uses it to go back in time, just to when Hikaru jumped down from the fence. Then Hime-chan tells her to throw Daichi's shirt to her before she jumps. Now it's safe!

The soccer game had already begun, and Daichi hears the four girls coming. Hime-chan hands the shirt back to Hikaru to let her give it to Daichi. Hikaru, with tears in eyes, thanks them and gives the shirt to Daichi, who quickly puts it on, enters the field, and brilliantly scores a goal. Hikaru happily says that girls' friendship turns to be great after all.

The next day on the way to school, Manami, Icchan, and Hime-chan spot Hikaru ahead of them and wish her a good day. But Hikaru turns back and, with a contemptuous look, tells them that although they had helped her the day before, she found that her love for Daichi was far more important than anything else, such as friendship. As she leaves, laughing, Hime-chan remarks that Hikaru seems to have understood nothing, and the three girls swear again to themselves that they'll be friends forever.

In the Land of Magic, Erika says that she should investigate friendship and love and difficult themes further. Then she decides to reply to Hime-chan's letter.


41- "Chiisa na koibito-tachi" ("The little lovers")

(小さな恋人たち)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4121:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 41

Airdate: July 16, 1993

At a nearby theater, a knight uses his magical sword to defeat the evil monster and rescue the princess. This was a play named "Maou no ken" (Satan's sword) and Yumeko's entire kindergarten applauded the performance.

As the play ends, the teacher takes the group of little kids outside the theater, and the next group (from another school) gets ready to go in. But one of the little boys, Shintaro [Daichi's younger brother], calls Yumeko. He comes to her but she shyly says she doesn't know him, even though they have played together in the past. [Note: Shintaro DID play with Yumeko in episode 7 but that was Hime-chan transformed into Yumeko, so the little girl obviously doesn't know him.]

Shintaro is a bit sad that Yumeko has forgotten that they had made a tunnel in the sand together, but Yumeko angrily says she didn't forget, and turns back. The other kids tease Shintaro for having been dumped by her.

Later at home, Yumeko and Hime-chan are eating a strawberry mousse cake, and Himeko asks Yumeko how the play was. Yumeko says that it was great, and also that she ran into a strange boy, Shintaro, that she was sure she hadn't met before. Himeko realizes that she was Yumeko at that time, and confesses to Pokota, later in her bedroom, that she told nothing about that to Daichi so far. Both of them wonder what to do.

Yumeko, in her night gown, is being chased by the monster that was in the play she saw, and she's about to be caught when she falls into a pond.. and wakes up. It was just a dream, but she has wet her bed. Mother enters her room to wake her up and sees what she has done. She is surprised because Yumeko doesn't do that very often. But she promises her to keep this a secret.

When it was time to leave for school, Hime-chan meets Aiko and Yumeko in the entrance hall. But Yumeko doesn't look very happy, so Hime-chan asks her if she is still worried about Shintaro. Yumeko makes a puzzled face to her.

Later, at their hideout at school, Daichi tells Hime-chan that Yumeko's cold reaction shocked Shintaro. Since both of them seem to worry about each other, Hime-chan suggests to make them meet again. Daichi thinks that it's a great idea. The meeting is set to be held at Kazetachi park.

Back at home, Hime-chan heads for the refrigerator to have some juice and offers some to Yumeko, who sharply retorts that she doesn't want any juice. Since Yumeko still looks worried about something, ever more than in the morning, Hime-chan teases her once more. Then she asks her to go with her to the park the next day, and adds that Shintaro will be there too. "Shintaro-kun? That strange kid?" Yumeko replies. Hime-chan tells her that he's not strange, so Yumeko agrees to go with her.

Pokota looks forward to go to the park with them the next day, and expects the weather to be nice.

The next day at the park, Hime-chan and Yumeko are waiting for Daichi and Shintaro to come. Hime-chan tells Yumeko that it's going to be great and fun, but Yumeko retorts that she, Hime-chan, looked forward to it. Hime-chan, a bit worried, remembers what Pokota told her last night: Shintaro and Yumeko, Daichi and Hime-chan, it will be a double date!

Then they see Daichi and Shintaro coming. Daichi asks her why she is making such a strange face [she was thinking about what Pokota said ^_^], and in turn she greets Shintaro and asks him why he doesn't look happy. Hime-chan introduces Shintaro to Yumeko and tries to cheer them up, but with little success.

A little later, while Shintaro and Yumeko are playing in the playground, Hime-chan and Daichi are sitting on a bench. While nobody was looking at them, Hime-chan takes Pokota out of her purse. Daichi, noticing something, asks Pokota if Hime-chan is hiding something from him. Since Pokota replies evasively, Daichi now know she is, so Hime-chan tells him what happened that day.

In the meantime, on the playground, Shintaro and Yumeko aren't playing but are just sitting by each other on the wooden poles. They admit to each other that they are a bit worried (but about what?).

When Hime-chan is finished with her story, Daichi realizes what happened that day and is about to scold her for not having told him earlier. But Hime-chan takes out of her bag the cookies she made and gives him some. Daichi says that Hime-chan uses her cooking handy when she gets into trouble, and, smiling, takes a cookie.

Then they spot Shintaro and Yumeko, remaining too quiet on the playground, not talking to each other. So Hime-chan, to 'break the ice', brings them some orange juice that both of them stubbornly refuse. Hime-chan is puzzled, but leaves the juice there. Actually, Yumeko would really like to drink hers, when Shintaro remarks that he'd like to but if he does, he'll wet his bed again. Realizing they both did that last night, they laugh in unison.

Hime-chan is still worried about them, but Daichi says they'll be getting along well with each other very soon. Then Shintaro and Yumeko bring the juice back to their brother and sister, running hand in hand and laughing. Daichi and Hime-chan wonder what happened to them all of a sudden.

Shintaro and Yumeko are playing on the swing and really having fun. But Hime-chan still wonders why they have quickly become this close. After a bit of teasing from Pokota and Daichi, she can't hold it any longer and gets up to ask them directly.

On her way she passes Yumeko heading for the restroom, so Shintaro is left alone on the see-saw for a while. So Hime-chan jumps at the chance and transforms into Yumeko.

Shintaro is surprised to see Yumeko back in such a short time, and even more so when she asks him why he became happy so quickly. He replies, "Because you are, too. Because you and I did the same thing."

Hime-chan/Yumeko doesn't understand a word of this, and soon Shintaro gets up to go to the restroom too. So Hime-chan transforms into Shintaro, to welcome the real Yumeko who is coming back from the restroom.

Then Hime-chan/Shintaro asks Yumeko the same questions. Yumeko replies, blushing a bit, that it's her and Shintaro's secret that she won't tell. But Pokota spots the real Shintaro coming back, so he makes a lot of noise to draw Hime-chan's attention, who in turns tries to divert Yumeko's attention in order to escape just in time.

Later, Shintaro and Yumeko find the truck that carried the dolls for the previous day's play [there were no real actors, just dolls], so they decide to have a look inside. First Yumeko is scared by the giant Devil doll, but Shintaro says that there's nothing to be afraid of, so they sneak in. Fortunately, the flying pen is looking over them and follows them inside.

But then the two drivers of the truck come back, lock the back doors, start the engine and drive away.

After a while, Daichi and Hime-chan are a bit worried because they can't see the kids any more. So they decide to look for them.

Meanwhile, the truck stops farther so Shintaro and Yumeko can open the back doors and leave. Yumeko is scared because she's lost, but she has faith in Shintaro, who takes her hand and starts walking.

Daichi and Hime-chan can't find the kids, however the flying pen flies to them and writes on Hime-chan's palm, "I have found them." So they follow the pen who takes them where the kids are.

On their way, hand in hand, the kids meet a stray dog who makes Yumeko retreat shyly behind Shintaro. So he faces the dog bravely, who just sniffs him up and leaves. Yumeko is impressed by Shintaro's courage.

On a bridge a bit farther, the two children look at the beautiful sunset, then smile at each other and resume walking.

But Yumeko claims she's too tired to walk, so Shintaro cheers her up, saying that his brother will soon come to bring them back home. Then, spotting a very tall tree, he has an idea. If he climbs to the top of that tree, he might be able to see where his apartment is, since it's a very tall building. Soon he starts to climb the tree, while Yumeko yells at him to be careful.

Daichi and Hime-chan are brought there by the flying pen just in time to witness Shintaro slipping on a large branch. He was hanging on by just his hands, but he cannot hold the branch any longer and falls. So Hime-chan uses her palette to freeze time and catch Shintaro in her arms.

Daichi wonders what had just happened, but Hime-chan evasively says she did something. Yumeko was so scared that she bursts into tears and takes shelter into Hime-chan's arms.

Back at home, Yumeko, resting in her bed, thanks Hime-chan for the good day she had and confesses that she had wet her bed the previous night. Shintaro had also wet his bed, and when they told each other they became happy again [that was the reason why she was worried the day before, it wasn't because of Shintaro]. Hime-chan tells her not to worry, as she herself had wet her bed until third grade. Hime-chan says that it will be a secret between them.

Then she wishes Yumeko a good night, closes the door behind her, and runs into her mother who has heard everything. Mother thanks Hime-chan for talking casually about that with Yumeko. She adds that Hime-chan did that until third grade, but she kept doing it here and there for another year. Hime-chan, not so happy to hear that, makes her mother promise to keep it a secret. It makes them laugh, as Yumeko, smiling, falls asleep.


42- "Camp de UFO" ("UFO camp")

(キャンプでUFO!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4221:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 42

Airdate: July 23, 1993

In the middle of the night, Pokota is after the flying pen because it just wrote some funny graffiti onto Pokota's face. Their noise wakes up Hime-chan who laughs when she sees Pokota's face. When she wants to make them stop teasing each other, she falls off her bed, waking up her parents in turn.

Later Hime-chan and Pokota cannot sleep because of the warmth of the night (it's summer), so they go to the window and open it, and spot a strange light moving quickly in the sky.

The next day at school, Icchan is sleepy, as she didn't sleep much the previous night because she also saw the UFO.

Then Daichi and Tetsu come by and invite the three girls to go camping where they'll see plenty of shooting stars far from the city lights. They beg Gori-sensei, who also saw the UFO and used to belong to a UFO club at school, to escort them. He also tells them not to forget their holiday homework.

At home, Hime-chan gets her backpack ready to go camping. The flying pen wants to come along but it is out of question. Hime-chan puts her shoes on and is about to leave, when her father comes to talk to her. Since Hime-chan had told him nothing (her mother knows though but has left without telling Father), he doesn't allow Hime-chan to go unless he talks to Gori-sensei.

So Hime-chan makes a copy of herself, goes back to her room, and leaves through the window, while Hime-copy stays home. A moment later, Gori-sensei (who is Hime-chan turned into Gori-sensei) rings the door bell. Since Father can speak to him about the camp, he feels relieved, and lets Hime-chan go.

At the camp site, Gori, Daichi and Tetsu set up all the tents. Icchan installs the telescope while Manami and Hime-chan peel some potatoes for dinner. Then Arisaka Sei shows up, as he followed them since he wanted to go camping with them too.

Icchan and Hime-chan aren't very good at peeling potatoes, so Gori wants to show them, but he frantically chops the potatoes into pieces that are too small. Manami, watching his slaughter, decides to handle this herself.

Sei couldn't bring any dry wood to burn (they were all too heavy for him), so Tetsu goes to bring some.

The dinner Manami cooked (curry rice) turns out to be delicious. Tetsu and Gori congratulate her, while Daichi makes a funny face at Hime-chan, since she's notorious for not being a good cook. Gori says not to worry, as all she has to do is to marry a man that cooks. Icchan asks, "Like you?" making everybody laugh.

Hime-chan wonders if the UFO will show up, and suddenly spots the light of the UFO, flashing in the sky. Icchan then Manami look in the telescope to see if it really is a UFO or not, but they can't see much. Gori goes crazy, looking for a camera, and Hime-chan thinks that he is just like Hikaru.

While Sei sleeps, the others are still looking at the UFO, which comes closer and closer. But they find out from its noise, that it is a mere plane, and not an UFO. Daichi, Tetsu, and Gori were standing on a rock. But Daichi slips and falls, causing everyone to fall down. When Manami comes to see if Tetsu is injured, they smile at each other.

They are very disappointed, especially Daichi who sternly says that there are plenty of things that might be mistaken for an UFO (such as clouds, shooting stars..), so he wonders if UFOs even exist. Icchan upholds that it was a real UFO she saw last night.

Realizing that Gori is scared and staring at something in the sky, they look back at the sky and see the light Hime-chan and Icchan had spotted the night before, moving very fast. They all get up with excitement (except Sei who's still sleeping) and turn on the radio in case the UFO might transmit something.

The UFO is flying down to the forest, so they all decide to leave and follow it. Gori even wakes up Sei, shaking his sleeping bag. But they are a bit puzzled because the UFO seems very small, and vanishes in the nearby bushes. Manami spots two lights in the bushes, and follows the lights with Icchan and Tetsu, but they turn to be the eyes of a black cat who, cries out and scares them to death.

Meanwhile, Hime-chan and Daichi are left together, soon rejoined by Gori and Sei, who brings a butterfly net. When they finally see the UFO leaving the bushes, Daichi grabs the net, runs after it and jumps to catch it, but the UFO dodges "as if it was alive". Pokota (hiding himself in Hime-chan's chest pocket until now) remarks. They keep chasing him, but Gori and Sei slip on the ground, so Hime-chan and Daichi are the only two left.

Daichi keeps trying to catch the UFO, but then Hime-chan and Pokota recognize the UFO. It is her flying pen that went away from her room because she had left the window slightly open behind her. If the others discover what the UFO really is, they'll be into deep trouble, so Hime-chan, now walking on a narrow ledge, asks Pokota to go and get the pen before the others come. But since the others are already in sight, Hime-chan is forced to freeze time, as Daichi finally catches both Pokota and the pen in his net.

Hime-chan goes and takes Pokota and the pen out of the net. But when time returns to normal, Daichi loses his balance and falls down the ledge into some bushes, taking Hime-chan with him. Realizing there's nothing in his net, Hime-chan tells Daichi what really happened and apologizes to him.

The others think Daichi really caught the UFO, and beg him to show it to them, but Daichi says he didn't catch it and that it might not have been an UFO after all. Icchan is still convinced she had seen an UFO. So is Daichi, now.

In the Land of Magic, Erika and Chappy complain about the careless attitude of the flying pen, and wonder if UFOs really exist.


43- "Pool de dokkiri!" ("Sunrise at the pool")

(プールでドッキリ!)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4321:35

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 43

Airdate: July 30, 1993

Manami takes Hime-chan and Icchan to a swimsuit store. They go in and each of them quickly picks up the swimsuit they like. When it comes to Hime-chan, she hears a male voice, Daichi's, from behind, teasing her; he calls her "shounen" (boy) and tells her that it's not a place to buy swimsuits for boys.

Later, with their purchase in their arms, the three girls come to the lottery stand. The first prize is a trip to Hawaii and Hime-chan badly wants to win. They have been given a few tickets, corresponding to the price of their purchase, and each ticket gives you a chance to turn the drum and get a color ball [white balls win nothing]. Hime-chan tries first but loses, followed by Manami and Icchan, with no better success.

Then Daichi shows them two spare tickets he had, and tries: he gets a red ball, that's a win! But it wasn't to Hawaii. It was a trip to an amusement park called "Kazetachi Waterland" [the red ball wins the third prize]. Hime-chan suggests to Daichi that they go there the next day, but Daichi keeps teasing her, saying that he isn't in the mood to see "shounen" in swimsuits. When Manami and Icchan tell him that it'll be fun to be like their bodyguard, he says he can't help but accepts.

Then Arisaka-kun pops out from nowhere and scares Hime-chan. He is wearing a diver's mask, a rubber ring, a Hawaiian T-shirt, and wants to go with Hime-chan to the park the next day too. So he has bought many things and got many tickets for the lottery. But gets nothing but white balls. Daichi then teases him, saying that if he wanted to go there so badly, it would have been cheaper to purchase the entrance tickets. The three girls laugh at him.

At Hime-chan's home, Hime-chan, Yumeko, and her parents are eating a curry-rice that their father has prepared. Although it's a bit too hot for Yumeko, she forces herself to eat like an adult. Then Father shows them some entrance tickets he got for the amusement park where he plans to take his family the next day. But his wife apologizes for not being able to go, because she has yet to write a synopsis in detail. So, since Aiko is at a training camp, there will be only three of them. Since everybody is feeling so happy, Hime-chan can't tell them she has already made a promise for that day.

Later in her room, Hime-chan tells Pokota that she is confronted with a dilemma: she wants to go with her friends to the Waterland (superbig swimming pools) but her father looked so happy to go with them.. She spots her palette, and decides it might be helpful to use her copy.

The next day, Hime-chan splits herself and sends Hime-copy with her father and Yumeko to the amusement park. Pokota is still a bit worried because the pool is just next to the park. Before Hime-copy leaves, Hime-chan reminds to herself and Hime-copy not to forget to never reply "Hai!" [yes] to any question, or they will merge back. Then Hime-chan and Pokota do the "Ike ike go go jump!" and rush to meet their friends.

At the pool side, Hime-chan, Manami and Icchan are strutting about their swimsuits as if they were at a fashion show, making Daichi yawning with boredom. Then Arisaka comes by, wearing the same garb he had on the day before (but now with flippers too). The life saver immediately rushes to him, saying that it's forbidden to wear such things. But Daichi says it's ok because Arisaka doesn't know how to swim, and pushes him into the pool.

All five climb atop the water slide and enjoy it a lot, except Arisaka who screams for help because he's too scared to let go. He even calls Daichi "Daichi-sama". Nearby however, Hime-copy, Yumeko, and father arrive at the park. Fortunately, Hime-copy spots Hime-chan near the water slide, and quickly takes them in the other direction.

Now Hime-chan and her friends have left the pool and, much to her dismay, Manami suggests to go to the amusement park. Despite Hime-chan's efforts, Manami persuades them all to go.

Inside the park, Hime-copy, Yumeko, and father are having a ride on the merry-go-round. Father is very happy to have come and see that Himeko doesn't behave like a tomboy any more. Then the others get to the merry-go-round too but luckily Icchan, Manami, Daichi, and Arisaka turn their heads towards Hime-chan just when Hime-copy and Yumeko show up. Hime-chan jumps at the chance and takes them all to the jet coaster instead.

While riding in the front car of the jet coaster, Hime-chan spots her father on the ground, scolding Yumeko for being irresolute [ie "I want to go!!", and two seconds later "Yaa! I don't want, I'm too scared!"]. So she leans forward over the guard rail to hide herself. Later on the ground, Arisaka [who wasn't with them] asks her why she didn't put her hands up as promised. Hime-chan isn't in good shape, but Arisaka and Manami cheer her up and take her to the bumper cars.

On the bumper car track, everybody has fun. But then Hime-chan bumps into father's and Yumeko's car from the front, followed by Hime-copy bumping into them from the rear. So Hime-chan quickly leaves her car, and they have noticed nothing, except Daichi who now guesses that she is playing with fire again, and runs after her. She tells him she will go back home first, to avoid another "unexpected" encounter with Hime-copy, and asks Daichi to tell the others that she had to leave.

Hime-copy, Yumeko, and father are now resting on a bench. Father leaves them to buy some soft ice creams, but near the stand he spots Hime-chan, out of breath, refreshing herself at the fountain. When he calls for her, Hime-chan thoughtlessly replies "Hai!" to her father. So Hime-copy, who was sitting on the bench with Yumeko, merges back into her. Yumeko, who was sleeping, notices nothing, but cries when she wakes up and sees her sister gone.

Then Daichi and the others come by and spot Hime-chan. They wonder what she is doing there because Daichi had told them that she had gone back home. But father treats them all to dinner, under the fireworks.

Daichi makes Hime-chan promise she will be more careful in the future with her powers. Hime-chan, seeing how happy her father is, apologizes to herself for having "tricked" him that way; next time, she won't.

At home, writing in her diary, Hime-chan tells Erika it would be nice to go the amusement park in the Magical Land, which makes Erika smile..


44- "Hikaru no korinai natsuyasumi" ("Hikaru's "doesn't get it" summer vacation")

(ひかるの懲りない夏休み)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4421:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 44

Airdate: August 06, 1993

Wearing track suits Daichi, Hime-chan, Icchan, and Manami run into a very strange man who is hiding himself behind dark glasses, scarf, and trench coat. But Icchan recognizes him as Gori-sensei immediately, startling everyone. Gori looks like he is trying to "avoid" Hikaru by all means. When Daichi tells him that Hikaru has gone to her country house instead of coming with them, Gori looks relieved and tells his family, his wife and six children [who all look like him :)], that it's safe to come out.

Earlier Gori had met Hikaru, who was very sad, sitting all alone on a bench in the park. She dislikes summer holidays because everybody goes to the countryside, leaving her alone. Then she started to yell at Gori, asking him if he was planning to go to countryside too. She said it can't be, because he wouldn't allow her to feel lonely even more.. Gori was embarrassed because of course this was what he had planned to do. So he and his family had to hide from Hikaru now, and had gotten up very early that morning to avoid her.

But when Gori asks them what they are doing here, Hime-chan becomes mad at him for having told them to train hard to improve their endurance during holidays. Soon Gori's own family looks at him angrily, so Gori's wife decides to invite them all to their country house. Then Arisaka comes by and asks if he can join them too. Gori "summons" Daichi to take them there.

Later on the train, Hime-chan, Arisaka, Manami, and Icchan play cards while Daichi and Pokota eat potato chips. Daichi would have preferred going on a trip alone.

After the train, they take the bus. At the bus station, an old man has come to give them a ride in his cart to Gori's country house. But later they find a red car unexpectedly blocking their way. It was Hikaru's car! Since Hikaru wasn't too far away, she sees Daichi and jumps at the chance to take a ride with them.

When they get to Gori's family house, which looks very old (typical), they are welcomed by Gori-sensei himself.. and his mother, who once more looks exactly like him. Hikaru is a bit mad at Gori though, because he had told her that he wouldn't go to his country house. But that's not a problem to her any more because she can hang around "her" Daichi.

Then Hime-chan asks Gori where his family is. He says there is a river nearby where everybody has gone to swim. Since they have fortunately brought their swimsuits, they decide to join them. Hime-chan has even brought Pokota's [she takes Pokota's swimsuit from the small case shown during the ads..] but Pokota says he won't swim today. While the others have fun, Arisaka (who is afraid of water) and Hikaru (who has forgotten her swimsuit) stay on the bank of the river. Hikaru is green with envy when she sees Hime-chan having fun with Daichi. She can't stand it any more and leaves.

Hikaru seems to have found a plan to attract Daichi's attention. But Pokota has spotted her and wonders what she's up to. Hikaru takes her shoes off and goes into the river. Then she starts screaming for help, being unable to swim. Daichi rushes to rescue her, and brings her back. Everybody gathers around Hikaru, worrying about her, but Pokota comes by, flying on his magic pen, and tells Daichi what exactly has happened. As Hikaru, eyes closed, thinks to herself that it's good to let them worry a bit more, Daichi holds in front of her a big green worm. It makes Hikaru wake up and run away at once.

Then Gori-sensei comes to take them all to the corn field. Grandmother Gori tells them they can pick as many corn ears as they think they can eat. Daichi and Hime-chan try to compete but of course Daichi is hungrier and wins.

At night, Grandmother Gori suggests them to play "kimodameshi" outside in the dark. She knows a very good place where to play.

["Kimodameshi" is a children's game, to evaluate how much a person is brave, and usually takes place in summer because it is said that you feel very cool when you see the ghosts of Okiku-san and Oiwa-san. See Maison Ikkoku episode 29 to be convinced. Explanation by courtesy of Tatsuo Miyachi]

Then Hikaru takes her pocket phone and gives a call to her mother. She tells her that they will play "kimodameshi" and asks her to bring Matsuda-san and Wakisaka-san to play the ghosts.

Outside, Hikaru has gathered everyone in order to gather them by groups of two. Each of them holds one end of a rope, and his or her partner will be the person at the other end of the rope. Manami ends up with Arisaka, Icchan with Gori-sensei, Hime-chan with Grandma Gori, and.. Daichi with Hikaru.

Then the game starts. Hime-chan looks a bit sad to see Daichi going with Hikaru, so Pokota suggests that he would go first to check what they have to do.

On their way to the goal, Daichi and Hikaru are face to face with Okiku-san the "cat girl" ghost, played by Matsuda-san. Hikaru jumps at the chance to cling even more to Daichi, but he isn't scared at all, and pushes them both away.

Flying on his magic pen, Pokota can see and hear everyone and spots the second ghost, the vampire played by Wakisaka-san, talking to somebody on the phone with a rope in one hand. Pokota figures out that it's another one of Hikaru's plots in order to be "alone" with Daichi, and rushes to tell Hime-chan. He meets Hime-chan, who is walking with Grandma Gori. In the bushes, Hime-chan makes a copy of herself and tells Hime-copy to go back with Grandma Gori, while she will go help Daichi.

Daichi eventually reaches a small shrine and starts to pray, with Hikaru on his side, when the vampire appears behind them. It was about to jump at Daichi, but Pokota and Hime-chan are just in time, and she opens her palette to freeze time. She then moves Daichi aside and puts a fox statue at his place. When she unfreezes time, the vampire and Hikaru both jump on the statue to tie it up. But they soon realize their mistake when Daichi shows up and asks what they are doing. Then they run away.

Hime-chan and Pokota are the first to reach the goal, a very old and peaceful shrine in the forest. They quench their thirst at the shrine's source, and Hime-chan speaks sadly about Daichi, how much she wanted to be with him. Then they spot lots of fireflies flying around them. But they are quickly surprised by Manami's scream, who has eventually come with the rest of the group and has seen a second Hime-chan in front of them (the first one is Hime-copy who has come with Grandma Gori).

Hime-chan quickly retreats behind the shrine, while Pokota rushes at Hime-copy and asks her to say "Hai!". Soon Hime-chan vanishes in front of them and melts back with Hime-copy, so they think it was an illusion. Daichi has understood what has happened and winks at Hime-chan.

One goal of the "kimodameshi" was the shrine, but that wasn't the only one. From there you can see a beautiful sky, full of stars. They all end up looking at the stars.


45- "Hatsukoi Memoire" ("Memory of a first love")

(初恋メモワール)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4521:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 45

Airdate: August 13, 1993

The phone is ringing at Hime-chan's house, so she hurries but falls down the stairs. It is Hasekura-senpai. He wants to talk to Aiko but she has gone out. After hanging up, Hime-chan remembers that Hasekura is going to leave that Sunday.

Back in her room, Hime-chan looks at the sky out of the window, lost in her thoughts. Pokota comes by and says that both Aiko and Hime-chan must feel sad because of Hasekura's departure. Hime-chan blushes a bit and says that's not it, but there are so many things that have happened between them..

[flashback]

At school, the previous year when Hime-chan belonged to the same drama club as Hasekura, Manami and Icchan were teasing her for loving him. But she yelled at them so much that when Hasekura overheard them, he asked her what was wrong with him. Hime-chan, blushing, said she didn't say anything about him. Then to hide her embarrassment, she cheered him up for his coming exam. In fact, she hadn't the courage to give him the lucky charm she had brought for him.

[end of flashback]

Hime-chan says that at that time she didn't know anything about Hasekura's feelings for Aiko, and Pokota was of no help because she hadn't gotten the ribbon yet.

[flashback]

On the following Sunday, Hime-chan decided to give Hasekura the lucky charm, and went to his house. Since she didn't have the courage to ring the doorbell herself, she tried to use Pokota's paw. But she still couldn't do it. So she decided to take a walk around to build up her courage. Then she noticed the old abandoned house, and decided to sneak in. But she came across Daichi in the yard, who quickly took her back into the street. Hime-chan called him "Kobayashi-kun", so Daichi wondered why she knew his name. Then Hime-chan told him that she was in the same school. Daichi finally realized that Hime-chan was not a boy, and got kicked in the face by a very mad Hime-chan. [VERY funny] But while she was still yelling at him, she noticed Hasekura, and blushed, thinking he had seen her kicking Daichi like a tomboy. Daichi made a nasty remark, asking her why her face had become all red, and got kicked once more by Hime-chan. Hasekura left, telling her with a smile to stop acting too much like a tomboy. Hime-chan laughed with embarrassment.

[end of flashback]

Pokota, with a smile, says he still can't tell whether it was Daichi's fault or not, that Hime-chan wasn't able to give Hasekura the lucky charm.

[flashback]

The next day, Hime-chan rushed to take the same bus as Hasekura, but missed it. It was Hasekura's birthday, so she had to give it to him by all means. She didn't know yet that Aiko and he were getting on well with each other though.

When she arrived at school, she went to Hasekura's classroom but couldn't give him in front of the other girls. Instead, she went to a nearby shrine to pray and build up her courage. Then she ran into a little girl who told her father that she wanted a ribbon as cute as Hime-chan's. So she got an idea.

She turned herself into her older sister Aiko and decided to wait for Hasekura to give him her present. Just when a pushy skirt chaser came by, Hasekura came to save "Aiko" and left with her by pulling her hand. Hime-chan couldn't believe that he had taken her hand "like that", so easily. A little farther, Hasekura confessed his love for her. Hime-chan, as Aiko, was stunned beyond words. Then her pendant started to beep, so she had to run away.

[end of flashbacks]

Hime-chan thinks that at that time she might have thrown Hasekura-senpai into confusion, due to her/Aiko's strange behavior.

[flashback]

Then at the drama club, Hime-chan's friends noticed that Hasekura wasn't behaving as usual. She realized that he really thought that he had confessed his love to Aiko, not to herself.

[end of flashback]

Pokota then remembers the way she managed to let Aiko know Hasekura's true feelings, with the help of Daichi.

[flashback]

After several attempts (she was very shy, thinking about doing that) she eventually managed to transform into Hasekura-senpai, but had to run away when two girls came into the ladies restroom and yelled out.

In the park, Aiko was waiting for Hasekura to come, when Daichi, wearing dark glasses like a skirt chaser he was supposed to play, came to bother Aiko. When Hime-chan as Hasekura came to pull them apart, Daichi started to attack him, unaware that "he" was Hime-chan. She however jumped awkwardly at the chance and, blushing, managed to tell Aiko he loved her, who blushed in turn.

But "he" unexpectedly ran into Hasekura's real younger sister Emi, who wanted to go back home with him. But Hime-chan wasn't done yet, so "he" scolded Emi and she started to cry. Of course that was a bad thing to do in front of Aiko, so he apologized but had to leave them and go back with Emi.

At Hasekura's house, Hime-chan wandered about before eventually finding where Hasekura's room was (she had never been there). Then her pendant started to blink, so she turned back into her own self and planned to escape through the window. But there were people in the street so she couldn't. Then she heard the real Hasekura coming in and transformed into Emi in a hurry. Hasekura was a bit surprised to find his sister in his room, and thought that she was acting strangely. He thought that she might be sick, so he put his forehead against hers to see if she had fever. Hime-chan was that way with him, the closest she had ever been to him, and was feeling very good.

[end of flashback]

Pokota with a smile says that Hime-chan probably didn't want to move, making Hime-chan blushing a bit (again). Then they both notice that there is now a red sunset outside, and still no sign of Aiko. They go to the window, to see that Aiko and Hasekura are talking to each other in the street. They make a promise to meet again next Sunday.

As Aiko comes in, Pokota asks Hime-chan whether she will go meet Hasekura on Sunday too.


46- "Hasekura-senpai... sayonara" ("Hasekura sempai...goodbye")

(支倉先輩…さようなら)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4621:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 46

Airdate: August 20, 1993

It was Saturday night, just one day before Hasekura-senpai was leaving for America. Hime-chan, in her pajamas, is looking out of her window to the night sky, thinking. Pokota comes by, and tells her with a little voice that she might still be in love with Hasekura.

Hime-chan, blushing, can't refrain from denying it. Before she was, but it was her who had finally brought Aiko and Hasekura together.

[flashback]

Just before the play of their drama club started, a step ladder fell by accident onto Hasekura's right leg, forcing everyone to cancel the performance at the very last minute. Hime-chan felt very desperate for him, who wanted to play so badly, and she decided to defend his cause to the school principal, with all her heart. Then she got an unexpected success as he granted them a delay of one week. Back at home, she and Pokota made the "yuri yuri go go ju--mp", and made Aiko swear to come to the performance one week after.

As expected, the performance turned to be a great success, and when Aiko came to congratulate her sister Hime-chan, she ran into Hasekura on the playground. They stared at each other, and he was about to leave, but she yelled, "Please wait! Why do you try to avoid me these days? Even on the bus.. when you told me you loved me, I felt so happy.." Then he looked back and said, "But isn't it you who is avoiding me? Let's do something.. Try again. Please stay with me again." Aiko replied with a smile, "Yes.." Of course, everything had happened in front of Hime-chan and Pokota.

A few minutes later at her secret place at the top the stairs, Hime-can was thinking about Aiko and Hasekura, standing side by side in the bus every morning, without even knowing their names. Then, remembering Hasekura-senpai, she cried her eyes out, and Pokota who couldn't make her stop despite all his efforts, cried with her.

[end of flashbacks]

Both Pokota and Hime-chan have come to admit openly that she was, at that time, deeply in love with Hasekura. Then Father calls her for dinner. There is a smell of curry [curry-rice] in the air. Her father's cooking is really great, but Aiko doesn't feel like eating that night, and leaves the table.

When dinner is over, Hime-chan brings back to her room some curry for Pokota, thinking about her sister, being so sad. Pokota and Hime-chan say at the same time "that sure IS a big problem".. which makes them remember another similar event that had happened to made Aiko sad.

[flashback from episode 23]

One day, when Hime-chan came back from school with Pokota on her shoulder, they both saw Aiko, resting on Hime-chan's room's door with a very sad look on her face. Aiko, embarrassed, told them that she had come in to show her new clothes to Hime-chan, so Hime-chan wondered out loud with a smile that Aiko had a date with Hasekura. But Pokota had noticed that Aiko looked strange. Hime-chan said that there was nothing which could make her sister feel sad, and sent her bag flying onto her desk, without noticing that there was her love diary of Hasekura among the books opened on it.

Back in her room, Aiko, on her bed, was thinking to herself, "Why? Why have I never realized that? She is always talking about Hasekura-kun.."

Later Hasekura took Hime-chan aside to ask her if there was something wrong with Aiko she might have heard. Hime-chan remembered how strange Aiko had acted that day, when she had left her room hastily.

Soon afterwards, Hime-chan was still worrying about Aiko, and ran into her in the park. Aiko was on a date with another boy. Hime-chan immediately started to yell at her, and argued with the boy, but Aiko told her that it was over with Hasekura. Hime-chan couldn't believe it, and swore angrily that she would NOT let her do that.

Later, Hime-chan, Daichi, and Pokota, were spying on Aiko and her "new" boy friend. As he was telling her sweet things, Hime-chan was burning up with more and more anger. Then she spotted a tall girl with long brown hair passing by, and decided to transform into this girl to spread discord.

Using all the possible coarse language and "you told me you loved me" tricks she knew [VERY funny], Hime-chan, as the brown haired girl, was about to succeed when Hasekura came out, and had a face to face talk with Aiko, ignoring the other boy. "What is that all about? Don't I deserve some explanation?".

She replied while looking down, "There is nothing to explain.. Please leave me, Hasekura-kun, I can't be with you any more. I have decided to stay with Oka-san." Then forcing her to look back, Hasekura said, "Is it that true? Please look into my eyes!" But Aiko couldn't, so he understood, "I see.. there is something.." Then she yelled on the verge of tears, "Leave me alone! There's nothing wrong with me!". Then Hasekura slapped her.

Aiko, crying, confessed to Hasekura that she couldn't help. One month ago, she had found and read Hime-chan's diary of Hasekura. She had understood how much Hime-chan was in love with him, and thought that Hasekura liked cheerful, lively girls like Hime-chan, and had decided to give up on Hasekura. But he replied that sure he liked Hime-chan, but in the same way Aiko liked her. He said that the only one in his heart was Aiko, and hoped she would understood. From now on, smiling at each other, they swore not to hide anything to each other, and were about to kiss, when Hime-chan, back to her own self, put her hand on Pokota's and Daichi's eyes, saying, "The show is over. That's not for kids!".

Back to her room, Hime-chan tore her diary up, and threw it away through her window like snow.

[end of flashback]

Then Pokota asks Hime-chan if she'll meet Hasekura at the airport the next day, and she says she doesn't think so.

The next day (at Narita airport), Aiko and Hasekura stare at each other, and say that they are not sad, because they know that they will meet again, one day. Then Hasekura takes Aiko's hands in his, making her smile.

Opening her window, Hime-chan, with Pokota on her shoulder, is enjoying the fresh morning air.


47- "Daichi no inai natsuyasumi" ("Summer vacation without Daichi")

(大地のいない夏休み)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4721:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 47

Airdate: August 27, 1993

The weather is wonderful outside.. but Hime-chan is just sleeping at her desk, "on" her homework. Her mother comes in and tells her that she is leaving with her husband to hand in her manuscript, and that she will be back in the evening. Then as Hime-chan starts to sleep again, Aiko and Yumeko come in and ask her if she wants to go to the swimming pool with them. But Hime-chan just wants to stay home and sleep. A few seconds later, Pokota comes in through the window, wakes her up, and tells her he has left the magical pen somewhere he can't remember. Pokota says that he will go and look for it, and leaves. As soon as he leaves, Hime-chan goes back to sleep.

All of a sudden, she wakes up and starts to apologize to Gori-sensei for sleeping on her desk, but Gori-sensei is nowhere to be seen. She really is at home. She complains though because he has given all his students too much homework to do during the holidays. Then she has a good idea.

She tries to give a call to her friend Manami, but instead she hears a "very feminine" recorded message of both Manami and her mother [VERY funny]. She leaves a message for Manami though, then tries Icchan's number. But Icchan is away from home until the next day. Hime-chan then decides to go to Daichi's apartment, but Shintaro tells her that he has gone on holidays by bike, and he doesn't know where.

Resting on the sofa of their secret house, Hime-chan complains about being all alone during the summer holidays. She spots on the table one of Daichi's caps that he had left there. Then just for fun, she decides to transform herself into Daichi to try it on. But when she sees "his" image reflected on the window, she feels alone and sad again. Then "she" spots Pokota outside, flying on the magical pen, and runs after him into the streets, but loses him.

[from now on, all appearances of Daichi will be "performed" by Hime-chan (the real Daichi never shows up during this episode)]

Then a boy who was riding a bike, stops in front of him and shouts, "Run away or you will be arrested!!" to Daichi. Daichi follows him and runs, although he doesn't know the boy (Hime-chan doesn't but the real Daichi might).

Later, they are both resting on a bench, and the boy tells Daichi that it was a practical joke, just like the jokes Daichi used to play on him. Hime-chan still wonders who that boy might be. The boy looks very disappointed when he realizes that Daichi seems to have forgotten an important promise.

Then the boy says he doesn't mind, and calls out a girl who comes running and says hello to Daichi by hugging him hard. Hime-chan is more and more puzzled, as she doesn't know this girl either. The boy then reminds Daichi that when each of them would have found a girl friend, they would introduce her to each other. While they talk, they introduce themselves as Hiroshi and Masako.

Then Masako asks Daichi about him.. and says that if he has nobody in mind, she would take that place, just to tease Hiroshi. Hime-chan wants to know more about these friends of Daichi, so when Masako injures her finger, she asks them to come to her house (since there is supposed to be nobody at home that today, she will be able to sneak in as Daichi).

But when they get to her place, Hiroshi spots the name "Nonohara" written on the entrance gate, instead of "Kobayashi". Daichi explains that's it's a friend's house, and this friend had asked him to take care of the house while everybody was away.

Inside, Daichi puts a plaster onto Masako's injured finger. Then Hiroshi tells him about their promise: a one week trip around Japan by bike, with their respective girl friends (therefore 4 people). Since they have heard nothing from Daichi in a long while, he and Masako have come to see how things are going on for him.

Then Hiroshi remembers the Nonohara family names that were written on the nameplate: Hanako, Aiko, Yumeko.. and Himeko. When he says that name, Hiroshi remembers something that Daichi had told him about Himeko: she is his boyish classmate! This makes Hiroshi and Masako laugh, and Hime-chan fall head first onto the table, shocked, grumbling at Daichi. Hiroshi adds that this must be the house of this ferocious girl [the entire scene is very funny]. When Daichi tries to deny the fact that Hime-chan is his girl friend, Masako says that there's nothing to be ashamed of. After all, he can very well like a tomboy like Hime-chan, although this is quite unusual.

Hiroshi and Masako said that they would like to meet Hime-chan, but Daichi says she won't come back home that day. At the same time, the door bell rings. When Daichi opens the door, he is face to face with Hime-chan's father, who is VERY surprised to see him here. Hime-chan is so surprised too that she can't hold back a "father!" which makes her father even more stunned. He says he doesn't remember being Daichi's father. When Daichi introduces himself, Hime-chan's father asks him where Himeko has gone. So Daichi hurries to Hime-chan's room and transforms himself back to Hime-chan.

In her room, Hime-chan makes a copy of herself, using her palette, then transforms herself again into Daichi. When they leave her room, they meet her father who tells Hime-chan not to leave her friend alone in the house any more. (Hime-chan, as Daichi, had first told him that Hime-chan had left the house so he was taking care of the house.) Hime-copy answers "yes, otou-sama" with her very polite, feminine voice.. which makes her father fall down the stairs with surprise.

Down the stairs, Hime-chan's father has hurt his back, so Daichi and Hime-copy rush at him and start to apologize (Hime-copy even starts to cry) but her father says that's nothing. Then Masako and Hiroshi come by, since they heard the loud noise coming from the stairs. Hime-chan's father looks relieved to hear that they are his daughter's friends: he was thinking Daichi was alone with her.

Later in the living room, Hime-copy is serving some tea, still speaking in a very polite voice. Masako and Hiroshi can't believe she is the same ("tomboy, brutal") person Daichi was talking about.

Then Hime-copy notices that one of Hiroshi's studs is about to come unstitched on his jacket, and offers her services. But Masako says she will handle that; Hiroshi wonders aloud if she can do that, making her angry. Masako starts to sew the stud on, but soon pricks herself with the needle. Then Hiroshi starts to criticize her for being so stubborn, and says that Hime-copy is much nicer.

But Masako doesn't like his nasty comments. She gets up, mad at him, and says she isn't his girl friend any more. She calls him a liar (for not loving her). Soon they start to argue with each other. Daichi doesn't know what to do to stop them. Then Masako says she is leaving, and Hiroshi says he doesn't give a damn. So Masako leaves for real.

Daichi wants to take her back, but Hiroshi tells him to leave her alone, so Daichi yells at him for acting so stupidly with her [at that time, Hime-chan is superimposed over Daichi].. and realizes that she, Hime-chan, and Daichi usually speak the same way to each other. Then Daichi decides to find Masako and bring her back.

Outside, he finds Masako, waiting for "somebody". She says that Hiroshi had asked her to come with him ONLY, and that was HIS idea to talk about "being with him". Inside, Hime-copy is trying to sound out Hiroshi's feelings for Masako, and he is about to say he loves her.

Outside, Masako becomes angry when Daichi asks her whether she likes Hiroshi or not. As she decides to leave, Daichi yells at her for not telling the truth, not telling their true feelings to each other, making her stop. At this time, Hime-chan is superimposed over Daichi, and says to herself, "That's it.. Isn't it, Daichi?.."

When Hiroshi comes out to see Masako, she suddenly hugs Daichi, saying she loves him for real, and that was the only reason for why she had followed Hiroshi there. Then the pendant starts to ring.

Hiroshi, seeing Masako in Daichi's arms, says he hadn't realized that, and leaves on his bike. Soon Masako follows him, with a worried look. Hime-copy says that there is something she and Hime-chan should do for them.

So Hime-chan turns back into herself, and uses her palette to reverse time, to just the moment before Masako hugged Daichi. So she hugs Daichi "again", but Daichi (Hime-chan has to remember that she belongs to the theater club, so she can "play" this scene) confesses to her, "That's no joke! I already have Nonohara."

Masako smiles and says she has won, as she had hugged him on purpose to make him say that. Then in turn, Hiroshi tells the truth to her, that he loves her and wants her to become his girl friend for real. Daichi then puts their hands together, and they smile at each other.

Then they leave, promising to each other that they will go on this bike trip during the next summer holidays (Daichi had insisted on making it next year, worried about the real Daichi coming back soon..).

When Hime-chan's mother comes back home [Hime-copy has disappeared and Hime-chan is now back to her own self], her mother gives her a postcard she just received.. from Daichi. He has written her that he will be back soon, and relies on her to do Gori-sensei's homework. When she remembers what she had made Daichi "say" ("I have Nonohara.") in front of Masako and Hiroshi, she blushes a bit.. but thinks that for doing homework, it's ok to be with him. But she is too tired to do anything today, and goes to sleep again on her desk.

At the end, Pokota comes back home on the flying pen, but can't wake her up. He wonders if she has finished her homework.

In the Magical Land, Erika, who has followed everything in her crystal ball and is closing her diary, says that Hime-chan has to bear up under love because it's worth it, and wishes her good luck.


48- "Nerawareta okaasan" ("Mom's the target")

(狙われたおかあさん)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4821:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 48

Airdate: September 03, 1993

A big reception is held in honor of Hime-chan's mother, Hanako, because her new mystery novel has been selling well: over 1 million copies sold so far. But Hime-chan can't help complaining out loud about the long and boring speech when there are so many delicious dishes to eat at the buffet. At last the speech is over [the announcer has heard her comments..], so Hime-chan rushes to the buffet, and brings back to Aiko, Yumeko, and her father many plates full of sushi, beef, caviar.. She gets ready for a second course but Aiko tells her that they should finish the first plate.

Hanako's editor comes to congratulate her husband too, who introduces his three daughters to him. Then Himeko, who once more comes back from the buffet with hands full of cakes for Yumeko, spots a fat guy with dark glasses staring at her mother strangely from afar. The editor gives a message for her mother that he got from somebody in the audience. The message says, "Hurry to hit the end mark. Otherwise you'll be in the grip of death". It scares them all but the editor doesn't remember whom he got it from.

Himeko notices that the strange guy has left, and wonders if he is the author of this message. Then her mother comes and pats her on the shoulder, scaring her. Himeko gives the message to her mother, who reads it but finds it rather funny and "stimulating". Then she leaves to go to the restroom.

In the corridor, she passes by a tall swarthy man wearing a white robe (just like somebody from Arabian countries). Soon Yumeko opens the door to follow her mother, but she slips on the carpet, and the man lends her a helping hand. Then Hanako notices that the chandelier above their heads is going to fall down from the ceiling. So she rushes to her daughter to take her in her arms and protect her. The chandelier crashes near them, without hurting anyone though.

The other people, hearing the noise, leave the reception room to see what has happened. Hanako thanks the Arabian man for having helped Yumeko. Then Himeko spots, among the people, the guy with dark glasses, and as he turns back to leave, she decides to run after him.

At the same time, the Arabian man felt that he was being observed from behind, so he quickly turns back only to see a dark shadow hiding behind a column.

Hime-chan rushes outside but the guy with glasses is nowhere to be seen.

In the taxi on their way back home, Hime-chan tells her family about the strange man she saw staring at her mother, who looks very worried now. She tells them that some people have died in Japanese hotels that way, killed by falling chandeliers.

Erika is watching Hime-chan with her crystal ball, and worries about her too.

At home, Pokota wonders why they are so late, then notices a clang at the entrance door. But no light has been switched on, so Pokota goes down the stairs, to find the guy with dark glasses doing something on Hanako's computer. Pokota gathers his courage and jumps at him to bite him. Then they hear the Nonohara family coming back. Hanako notices that the door is not locked as it should have been, since she did it and Aiko saw her locking it.

They go in and switch on the lights. The thief now panics and opens a window to run away. Hime-chan is the first one to enter the room where Pokota stands and tells her what just happened. When he tells her that the guy was wearing dark glasses, she is sure that it was the same guy who was at the reception.

A few minutes later, the police has come to their house. The inspector on duty is Daichi's father. While the policemen inspect the floppy disks the thief had left behind, Hime-chan and her parents tell Daichi's father the whole story of the chandelier and the message. Then Aiko answers to a telephone call from the hotel where the reception was held. She tells everyone that they discovered that the chandelier had been sabotaged.

In the Land of Magic, Erika, and Chappy tell the King and the Queen the whole story, and says that Hime-chan and her family are in danger. The King understands but says there is nothing they can do from there. Then the Queen remembers one magical item that might be of use in this case, the Secret Heart Baton. Erika and Chappy wonder what it might be.

Back on earth, Daichi's father leaves the house, leaving some policemen around the house on guard. Hime-chan's father tells her to go to sleep because she must go to school the next day. Pokota notices that Hime-chan is very worried about the whole incident. Then Kantaro the crow appears, carrying a present from Erika for Hime-chan. She opens it, and finds inside a letter and a red box.

Hime-chan opens the letter, which is a 3-dimensional message. A picture of Erika takes shape, and starts to speak to Hime-chan. Erika's picture says that in the Land of Magic they are all worried about what happened to her, so they have decided to give her another magical item. The Secret Heart Baton can make people, animals, or objects bigger or smaller at will. The magical formula are printed on the last page of the manual inside the baton's box.

The magic words are "Grande graaji ookiku nare!" to make things bigger, "Pikkori pikkora chiisaku nare!" to make things smaller, and "Jiiragu denragu moto no ookisa ni nare!" and "Rakoppi rikoppi moto no ookisa ni nare!" to revert to normal size.

She has to aim the baton at the item she wants to make bigger/smaller, then press the button on the baton and say the words. Hime-chan quickly tries it out on Pokota. Pokota becomes about 10 times bigger, and now it's Hime-chan who looks like Pokota's stuffed doll. Hime-chan and Pokota speak too loud, so Aiko hears them and tells Hime-chan to go to bed instead of playing with her stuffed animal.

The next morning, Hime-chan is leaving to go to school, and runs into Daichi who has heard the story from his father and come to her house. They walk side by side in the streets, talking about what happened the day before. Then the driver's door of a parked car slams open and the guy with dark glasses gets out of it. He kicks Daichi aside and tries to kidnap Hime-chan, but Daichi throws metal cans at his head. Hime-chan gets away from the man, but he jumps in his car to go after her.

The guy eventually corners Hime-chan in front of a public works gate. Hime-chan uses the baton to make herself smaller and hides. The guy can't believe she has vanished, but he must run away because Daichi arrives behind him. Daichi can hear Hime-chan calling him but she is nowhere to be seen, until he looks down. In shock, he sees Hime-chan using the baton to revert to normal size. He thinks this magical baton is great. Hime-chan notices that Daichi has injured himself, so she takes him back home.

The Arabian man gives a call to the chief editor of a local newspaper from a public phone. He introduces himself as the Radjah Ashin, and tells the editor that a coup d'etat has just occurred in his country. Part of his government has violated the laws of his country and put his country under their control. He tells the editor that he has a lot of information about these people, such as their names. The mass media of his country are already held by them, so he wants to make an announcement to the newspapers of Japan. But as he talks, a black car gets closer and closer to the public phone, and when he is about to tell the editor where he is calling from, he is shot from the car. The shots blast the phone box's windows, and the Radjah has to run away.

The editor has heard the shots, and remembering what the Radjah said about the coup d'etat, gives a call to Hime-chan's mother, who asks him to call her if he gets in touch with the Radjah again. Hanako tells her husband, Hime-chan, and Daichi that this time the events seem to have something to do with her book Kokkyou no kanata ni (Beyond the frontier), even if she doesn't know how far exactly. [It has become obvious at this point that Hanako's book tells the story of a similar coup d'etat.]

The next phone call brings them much worse news. Yumeko has disappeared from the kindergarten.


49- "Heart takuto de ooabare" ("Heart baton run amok")

(ハートタクトで大あばれ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 4921:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 49

Airdate: September 10, 1993

Just after Hanako [Hime-chan's mother] has got the phone call saying that Yumeko has disappeared from the kindergarten, Daichi's father goes there and asks Yumeko's teacher and classmates what they have seen. The kids tell him that the guy who has been seen with Yumeko was wearing dark glasses.

At home, Hime-chan says it was the same guy she had seen looking at her mother during the reception.

Then her mother says that Yumeko will be probably killed. Everyone is in shock, but she replies that in the novel she wrote, Kokkyou no Kanata ni, the hero's child is kidnapped by the coup d'etat team and is killed. Daichi's father retorts that it's only a story in a book. Hanako, however, says that they have recently got in touch with somebody who had some information about a coup d'etat in a country and was about to give them to the press.

As she talks, the camera follows the Radjah at the Shinjuku station, followed himself by three men wearing dark glasses and black suits. They all take a train.

Hanako adds, in tears, that something has happened so that their correspondent has unexpectedly run off and since then they have no way to contact him again.. exactly the same way the story is told in her novel.

Daichi's father thinks that the criminals might have found the link between the recent events and the book, so that they think that Hanako, the writer, holds the information too. Then the phone rings.

Hanako is supposed to stay on the line as long as she can, in order to give the police enough time to trace the kidnapper, so she takes a deep breath and picks up the phone.

The guy on the other end calls her Nonohara-sensei. He tells her he has kidnapped Yumeko, and if she wants to see her daughter alive, she must give him next week's part of her novel. Hanako says that it's impractical, because the novel will end in about three weeks, and she has already given this last three week part to her editor on the previous day, just before the reception began.

The guy looks surprised to hear that the end of the novel has already been written. Then he says he will exchange Yumeko for the floppy with the end of the story written on it.

In his car, Yumeko is sitting on the left front seat, and sees a girl eating an ice (soft) cream outside. So she asks the kidnapper for some too. At the Nonohara's home, everyone can hear Yumeko's voice and the kidnapper talking unexpectedly nicely to her. Then he tells Hanako that she has to come, alone, at eleven on the dot to the public phone near the south exit of the station with the floppy disk, and not to say a word to the police. Then he hung up.

The phone call hasn't lasted long enough for him to be discovered. There is just half an hour left before they would have to meet. Since her mother must go there alone, Hime-chan goes to her room and reduces herself to the size of Pokota, using the heart baton. Then they both take a ride on the flying magical pen, and follow Hime-chan's mother.

Just before Hanako leaves, Daichi's father gives her a brooch, with a mike hidden in it, and an earphone to let the police contact her if needed.

In the train that the Radjah has taken, the three 'spying' guys still look for him. But he hides himself among a group of kids who thought it was a game.

Hanako is now by the public phone, waiting for the call. It's one to eleven, and Hime-chan and Pokota fly just above the clock. In the street, some policemen, in plain clothes, look at her too.

Then the phone rings and Hanako picks it up. The kidnapper tells her to take the subway ticket hidden behind the public phone, and hurry to take the train that was just arriving in the station. She complains she has no time to do so, but the guy tells her to take it if she really wants to see Yumeko again.

So she rushes at the train and gets into it just before the doors shut. But her husband and Daichi's father, who were just behind her, arrive too late. So Hime-chan, following Pokota's advice, follows the train, flying above it.

In the train, Hanako hears Daichi's father [thanks to the earphone he gave her] asking her if she sees the kidnapper somewhere. She replies there's nobody who looks like one. But he was actually pretending to be reading a newspaper, and has heard Hanako talking to the police in her brooch. Soon he comes and aims a gun, hidden under his newspaper, in her back. He snatches the brooch from her coat, then steps on it. Then he does the same with her earphone.

In the police car, a voice on the radio tells Daichi's father that they have lost contact with Hanako.

Hanako immediately asks about Yumeko, but the guy tells her not to speak out loud. They will leave the train at the next station, and go meet her.

Hime-chan and Pokota were still flying above the train when they see Hanako and the kidnapper getting off. She recognizes the guy as the one she saw at the reception and wants to help her mother, but Pokota has spotted the gun in her back so he stops Hime-chan.

In the meantime, the train that the Radjah has taken has stopped in the same station, and by coincidence Hanako and the kidnapper walk on the platform just in front of his window. He then remembers and recognizes the woman as the one he had met at the reception. But he is spotted by the three guys who were after him, and must get off quickly. When he was running away, he bumps into Hanako, and her purse bursts open.

Both the floppy the Radjah was holding in his hand [which contains secret information about the coup d'etat team] and the floppy Hanako was carrying in her purse [which contains the last three chapters of her novel] fall on the floor and get mixed up. During the few seconds, the Radjah and Hanako stare at each other and recognize each other. Then the Radjah grasps the first floppy he finds and continues running.

At the same time, the kidnapper tries to take the remaining floppy, but Hanako is quicker and tells him he will get the floppy if and only if her daughter is in good health.

Unfortunately for the Radjah, he is soon caught by the three guys who point a gun at him. They force him to give them the floppy. But it's not the floppy they were expecting. On the floppy sticker was written Kokkyou no Kanata ni. They realize that Hanako has taken the wrong floppy.

Meanwhile the kidnapper has driven Hanako to a disused factory nearby. Hime-chan and Pokota keep following them until they stop in front of the factory. Then they turn themselves back to their original sizes, and spy on them.

Inside, Hanako holds her daughter Yumeko in her arms, saying that it has been a frightening experience for her. But Yumeko replies that she wasn't scared at all because the kidnapper [whom she kindly calls oniichan, making him blush a bit] has been very nice to her. Then the kidnapper asks Hanako for the floppy.

Hime-chan tells Pokota that she was going to call the police.

The kidnapper then switches his computer on and inserts the floppy in the drive. [long note for computer-addicts out there: at power up, his computer plays the short melody that all Macintosh computer play, but his design makes it look like a PC. :] But as the contents of the disk are displayed, he realizes that the text is written in Arabic! He takes this for a joke, and even if Hanako says it's not her floppy, he takes out his gun and points it at her and Yumeko, ready to fire at them. Then a gun shot resonates in the building!

But it was not shot from the kidnapper's gun, but from a gun belonging to one of the three guys who have followed them. The Radjah tells the kidnapper to drop his gun because these guys are very dangerous. But the kidnapper retorts that it's a mere toy, a water gun, and makes a demonstration to Hanako.

The three guys then keep reading the Radjah's floppy on the kidnapper's computer, and drop Hanako's floppy on the floor. The kidnapper wants to grab it, but the guy with the gun fires at the floppy. When she realizes that her mother is in great danger, now in the guy's line of fire, Hime-chan breaks a window to distract their attention, and runs away with Pokota. So two of the three guys immediately run after her, quickly corner her in a dead end.

Hime-chan doesn't know what to do, but Pokota has a good idea. He jumps at them, while Hime-chan takes her magical baton and aims it at Pokota to make him bigger. A large Pokota (now the size of an elephant) falls onto the two men, and sits on them.

In the building, the third guy (with the guns) keeps a close eye on the kidnapper, the Radjah, Hanako and Yumeko. The kidnapper yells at them because he doesn't understand what was going on. Hanako is very surprised because she thought that he was with them.

The third guy makes them shut up, and then spots something flying outside. Pokota, riding the magical pen, pops out in front of him, scaring him. So the guy takes out his gun and fires at Pokota. Hime-chan quickly opens her palette and freezes time. She snatches the gun from the guy and throws it away, while Pokota ties his legs with a rope. Then she unfreezes time.

The guy realizes that he has dropped his gun and wants to get it back. But his legs are tied up, so he collapses head first on the floor. The policemen arrive just in time and beat the tar out of him. Hime-chan's father is very happy to have found them, and hugs his wife and daughter.

The policemen take the three guys away. The last two, who were stuck under Pokota, complain in Arabic (the Radjah translates to Hanako) that they have been attacked by a very big cat. Pokota, hearing that, gets mad and yells at them that he isn't a cat but a lion.

Nearby, Daichi's father scolds the kidnapper for having kidnapped Yumeko, and asks him why he did that. Shyly the kidnapper confesses that he is a big fan of Nonohara-sensei, and badly wanted to know the end of her novel. Hearing that, Hime-chan's father gets very mad at him. His wife asks him to calm down, thus the kidnapper jumps at the chance, and asks her for an autograph. They all shout at him to stop fooling around [very funny ;)].

Back at the Nonohara's home, Daichi finds the mysterious otaku story very funny. Yumeko also says so, because the kidnapper bought her a doll and some ice cream. But her father scolds her for not thinking about her parents' anxiety when she got kidnapped.

Hanako feels very tired, and when the phone rings, asks Aiko to answer it instead, secretly hoping that this time it's not a stupid call. In fact, it was her editor who begs her to hurry and write the next chapter of her novel. That makes everybody laugh.

In the Land of Magic, Erika, looking at them laughing in her crystal ball, thinks that the heart baton was very helpful, and would really like to read Hanako's novel too.


50- "Small Hime-chan daishippai" ("Small Hime-chan's huge mistake")

(スモール姫ちゃん大失敗)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5021:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 50

Airdate: September 17, 1993

At night, Hime-chan has a nice dream: she is flying on the magical pen (she has become even smaller than Pokota) over a large field of flowers. But she falls off it.. and is now face to face with a very tall Hibino Hikaru (not taller than usual, but compared to Hime-chan she looks like a giant) who picks up Hime-chan by her ribbon and starts to play with her just like a puppet. She is moving so much in her bed that Pokota has to wake her up.

Then she feels relieved to see that the magical heart-shaped baton (that Erika gave her in the previous episode) is still there in its box. She puts it back on her desk and, seeing the puppet she has made for the next day's theater play, starts to play with it [the puppet really looks like a small Hime-chan]. Pokota tells her to go back to bed in order to be in great shape for the play.

Next day at school, Hime-chan is leaving her classroom when Manami and Icchan, who have come to cheer her up before the play starts, call her from behind. When Hime-chan was turning back, she bumps into Hikaru and the box containing her magical baton falls out of her pocket onto the floor, and the baton pops out. Hikaru grasps the box and wonders what it might be, but Hime-chan takes it back right away. However, the baton is still on the floor, and Hikaru spots it.

At the theater, the backgrounds, lighting, sound, etc are being made ready for the play. Hime-chan is practicing manipulating her puppet over the background.

-- This is the kind of puppet you manipulate with both hands, holding a pair of handles with many wires bound to the puppet itself.

But when she goes down from the scaffolding, she slips on the ladder and lets the puppet go; it falls onto the floor, breaking its two legs and arms. In the dressing room, Hime-chan is very worried about her broken puppet; of course she hasn't told anyone about it. At the very last minute, she has a good idea, and grabs the box that contains the magical baton. But the box is empty. At the same time, Hikaru comes in to bring the baton back to her. Hikaru wonders whether it is another magical stick or not, and as a joke she says, "tinkle tinkle chiisaku nare!", scaring Hime-chan to death. But she says it can't be, and gives it back to Hime-chan.

Then in front of Pokota, she makes a copy of herself with the palette, and Hime-copy aims the baton at Hime-chan to make her very small, to the same size as the broken puppet. The very small Hime-chan then puts the puppet's clothes on, and they all do the ike-ike-go-go.

On stage, the princess Diamond Lily has fallen asleep, and the puppet, who is a magical angel (which was the real Hime-chan manipulated by Hime-copy), takes the prince to her to wake her up [it sounds like a remix of Peter Pan, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.. for those who *love* such Walt Disney wonders :)]. Then the evil witch comes out, and freezes both the prince and the princess.

Among the audience, Hime-chan has spotted Hikaru with opera glasses, watching her carefully. She wonders if Hikaru is suspecting her.

The play ends "as expected": using her magical powers, the angel defeats the witch, unfreezing the lovers. The audience applauds the drama club for the performance. But since Hikaru keeps watching her, Hime-chan has to stay still in Hime-copy's hands. However, as the curtain is pulled down, Hime-chan makes a big mistake. She replies "Hai!" to her classmate who asks her to bow at the audience.. so in the darkness, Hime-copy suddenly vanishes, dropping Hime-chan onto the floor.

Hime-chan now tries to avoid being trampled on by the other people's feet. But then she is spotted by her classmate, so she lies on the floor, trying to stay still. Her classmate wonders why Hime-chan has left her puppet there, and takes it back to the dressing room. In the hands of her classmate, Hime-chan is panic-stricken.

Hime-chan's classmate brings Hime-chan to the dressing room. Everybody wonders where Hime-chan might have gone after the curtain call. Then Pokota shows up and talks to Hime-chan, but she cannot transform back in this crowded room. So Pokota gives Hime-chan (who has the magical baton) a ride on his back, and takes her to a good place he knows.

On the playground, Daichi's soccer team wonders where he has gone. He has chosen to go to a quiet place to have a little practice with a friend of his. As a matter of fact, Pokota's "good place" is the tree under which Daichi and his friend are playing soccer. Pokota and Hime-chan are in this tree and about to transform her back, when Daichi kicks a powerful kick at his friend, who deflects the ball right into the tree, and the magical baton that Pokota was holding.

The baton drops onto the grass near Daichi, but he doesn't notice it. But Hikaru, who was just passing by, does. She takes it, wondering why she always runs into it, and goes to meet Daichi under the tree. While she smalltalks to him as usual Daichi spots the baton in her hands. Then he looks around for Hime-chan, thinking she might be in danger. He sees her in the tree with Pokota.

Thinking about Hime-chan, Daichi scolds Hikaru for looking for him only to tell him such stupid things. Since she is about to cry, Daichi is forced to tell her that he should have gone to see the theater play with her (now Hime-chan has an angry look). Then Hikaru tells him about Hime-chan's baton and the puppet she was manipulating during the play. She thinks there is something very strange about them.. scaring Daichi and Hime-chan to death. But Hikaru just thinks that was something like a "cheer up lucky charm" for Hime-chan, who couldn't play without it.

Then Manami and Icchan come by and ask Daichi if he knows where Hime-chan is. Hikaru gives the baton to Manami, telling her to give it back to Hime-chan. When she turns around, Daichi has disappeared. When Hikaru has left, he sneaks out and runs after Manami to get the baton, so he can give it to Hime-chan himself. Manami is overwhelmed with joy since Daichi has talked to her [very funny].

Hime-chan is now having a ride on Pokota's back to find Daichi as soon as possible. But on his way Pokota bumps into a small rock, sending Hime-chan flying. She unfortunately falls into a drain aperture through the broken railings, which was too narrow for Pokota's paws. Daichi then arrives and tries to lift up the railings, but he hears that the nearby pool is going to be drained for cleaning. So Hime-chan will drown! Daichi asks Pokota to use the magical baton to make him as small as Hime-chan, and uses a rope to rescue Hime-chan just before the water submerges them.

Once in a safe place, Pokota turns Hime-chan and Daichi back to their usual size. Then Daichi asks Hime-chan for immediate explanations about what has happened to her.

In the land of magic, Chappy says Hime-chan has been too careless. With a smile, Erika says that Hime-chan should better take care of the way she makes use of the magical baton from now on.


51- "Ribbon no yakusoku" ("A ribbon's promise")

(リボンの約束)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5121:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 51

Airdate: September 24, 1993

Hime-chan and Pokota are looking at the crescent moon in the night sky. They both remember how they met Erika, exactly one year ago, on such a night. Hime-chan had closed her eyes, and when she opened them, Erika was there in front of her.. a very cute girl with long blond hair and a red ribbon, flying on a broom, whose picture now forms by the moon in the sky.

[flashback to episode 1]

Hime-chan was thinking to herself, with her eyes closed, that she would die to become, or even be able to transform into, a very cute girl. Then just when she was thinking that such a thing could never happen, she opened her eyes and saw Erika in front of her. Erika introduced herself, and asked very politely to Hime-chan to let her in.

Hime-chan, yet a bit surprised, asked her in a rough voice if she was in the habit of entering people's rooms through the window. But Erika replied that there was nothing to be angry about. She had come to tell Hime-chan something very important.

Erika said she was the princess from the Land of Magic, where people (such as her father the King) know how to prepare/invent magical items. In fact, Erika had invented the ribbon she was now holding out to Hime-chan. She added that it could transform her into any other living person. Hime-chan, as expected, didn't believe a word of what she said, and Chappy got mad, yelling out that it was the truth.

Erika would give the ribbon to Hime-chan for one year, in return for the permission to let her observe Hime-chan for her training. Hime-chan retorted with an angry look that she wasn't a guinea pig. Erika replied that she couldn't help it, and that she had to find her copy on earth to do the experiment with.

Then Chappy angrily said to Hime-chan that if she uses this ribbon to do something stupid and if the examiners hear about it, Erika won't be able to pass the exam. Hime-chan then got up and said she wouldn't do it, and that she was not made for the job.

Erika kindly replied that she was very suitable for it, and begged her to accept the ribbon, saying that turning into other people was really great. Hime-chan wondered if she could even turn into her older sister Aiko. Erika said that she could.

To be able to transform, Hime-chan should stand in front of a mirror, or any reflecting surface. Then, she had to 1) open the magical watch, 2) put her left arm with the watch on her forehead, 3) put her right arm to form a cross with her left arm before her face, and 4) say the magic words while opening her arms. But Hime-chan was somewhat scared to do so, until she heard a voice from behind saying, "Cheer up! Do it!"

Hime-chan turned around and saw, much to her surprise, that her stuffed animal Pokota could now talk. Erika added that another side-effect of the ribbon was to bring one of its owner's belongings to life. In Hime-chan's case, it was Pokota. Now, taking Pokota in her hands, Hime-chan was convinced that it was no joke, and that she could really transform into Aiko.

She looked back at her reflection in the mirror and did what we have already seen her do a thousand times since then. In no time she had turned into Aiko, and couldn't believe it. But Erika wasn't finished with her yet. She told her that the transformation lasts only one hour, and to turn back to her own self she has to do the same magical gestures. Erika also said that while Hime-chan is transformed, the watch turns itself into a pendant which will start beeping three minutes before the time is over.

Erika also advised Hime-chan to take great care of herself when using the ribbon. But Aiko/Hime-chan wasn't listening to her any more, as she was looking for some earrings to show off. Erika sat on Hime-chan's bed, worrying about her. But Pokota told her that it was Hime-chan's first transformation ever, so Erika shouldn't worry about her strange typical Japanese girl behavior. He also said that he would look after her. Then Erika felt a little bit better.

[flashback to episode 2]

The next day, Hime-chan went to school late and Gori-sensei was unexpectedly on guard at the school entrance. So she transformed herself into the principal. Gori-sensei let him in, but at the very last minute he said that he thought he had already seen him go in. Hime-chan scolded him, saying that he was the only principal.

At home, Pokota was still worried about Hime-chan, thinking she could get into trouble when using the ribbon.

At school, Hime-chan went to the men's bathroom to find a mirror and turn back into herself. But when she was trying to say the magic words backwards, Hime-chan got mixed up and said rerurapa instead of rurerapa. Then she started to panic when she saw it didn't work. Pokota then arrived just in time to tell her the right words, so she could turn back into herself just before the lesson started.

[end of flashback]

Pokota says that since then, he has never stopped looking after Hime-chan. Pokota asked, "What was the biggest pinch that you got into with the magic ribbon?" Then they both try to remember what their worst mishap had been.

[flashback to episode 17: cut'n pasted from what Hitoshi wrote ^_^]

When Hime-chan got home, Hikaru was waiting for her. Hikaru said, "Parallel parallel," and Hime-chan was shocked.

When Hime-chan told Pokota, he became very sad because he wouldn't be able to talk to Hime-chan any more.

Hime-chan transformed into Hikaru, and called Shinoyama. Hime-chan said that something had come up, so she (Hikaru) wanted to meet him at 3 PM. But Shinoyama was with the real Hikaru, and they were very happy that Hime-chan fell for the trap.

At the park, Shinoyama was waiting for Hime-chan. Hikaru was in the bushes. It was just one minute before 3. Then they saw Hime-chan (as Hikaru) running toward them. When Hime-chan got in front of Shinoyama, Hikaru jumped out from the bushes and grabbed Hime-chan. Hikaru told Shinoyama to hurry up and take a picture. Hime-chan thought that it was all over.

Just as Shinoyama was taking the picture, time stopped. Hime-chan looked around in surprise. Erika had come to stop the time. Hime-chan was very happy to see Erika. But them Hime-chan's pendant started beeping. Since Erika had stopped time, the pendant was acting strangely. Hime-chan went to change back to herself, but the bathroom door wouldn't open. Erika thought that it was because time was stopped. Then Erika tried to start the time again, but it didn't work. Erika kept trying and trying, but her magic didn't work. Hime-chan's pendant started beeping faster and faster. Then the sound stopped.

Erika's father's voice came from the sky. "For breaking the rule I have taken away your power. You must stay on earth as a human for one month." Erika cried and pleaded to her father to turn Hime-chan back to herself. But her father said that he couldn't do anything about it, and that Hime-chan had to stay as Hikaru for the rest of her life.

[flashback to episode 18, after Hime-chan's birthday party]

After the party Daichi and Pokota went to Daichi's hideout. Pokota tried to comfort Hime-chan. When Hime-chan faced Daichi she wanted to cry, but she held back. Daichi told Hime-chan that it was ok to cry. Then Erika came with some food and clothes for Hime-chan. Erika said that her grandfather, the strongest person in the land of magic, might be able to help Hime-chan.

Later Sei told Daichi that the only way Hime-chan could return to her normal body was if she died. Sei said that he couldn't tell Hime-chan, and asked Daichi to tell her. Daichi couldn't believe it.

A few days after, Daichi, Sei, Erika and Hime-chan/Hikaru all went to the amusement park, and had fun on the rides. Daichi was thinking that he couldn't tell Hime-chan the truth.

Then it started to rain. Daichi, Sei, and Erika were waiting for Hime-chan. Hime-chan was with Pokota, and she said that she didn't want to go back because she would have to stay in the house again. Then Daichi ran off to look for Hime-chan, and found her. She was feeling pretty sad. After Sei told Erika the truth, Erika tried to run to Hime-chan. She spotted Hime-chan and Daichi on the other side of the street.

Erika ran across the street, and a speeding truck was headed right for Erika and tried to stop. Hime-chan saw Erika in the street. Hime-chan ran to her and pushed Erika out of the way. But the truck hit Hime-chan. Daichi ran to Hime-chan. Pokota went to Hime-chan and said that Hime-chan wasn't breathing! Daichi couldn't believe it. Erika was crying. Then Hime-chan began transforming back to her normal body. Daichi cried out.

Then Erika's father appeared, and told Erika to stop crying. He said that he couldn't make Hime-chan transform back to herself, but that he could make Hime-chan come back to life. But it would mean shortening Erika's life. Erika said, "I don't care about myself. Just make Himeko alive." Pokota asked Erika if it was all right. Erika said that since the magicians lived 1000 or 2000 years, it was ok. Then Erika's father used his magic to revive Hime-chan.

Hime-chan got up and didn't know what had happened. Daichi told her that she had died, but was revived by Erika's father. He also said that she had returned to her normal self. When Hime-chan asked for a mirror, Erika pointed to herself and said, "The mirror is here."

Erika's father thanked Hime-chan for saving Erika's life. Then Erika and her father left.

[end of flashback]

Thinking about it, Pokota comes to the conclusion that it had been a real mess, making Hime-chan laugh.

Then Hime-chan remembers that Erika's training period was to last only one year. Hime-chan said, "Erika's promise. The test period for the magic items were one year." Pokota said, "After one year you have to give them back, and I will return to a normal stuffed animal. Hime-chan! I don't want to got back."

Then Hime-chan and Pokota hug each other.

At the same time, Erika's diary starts moving on Hime-chan's desk, and bursts open. Hime-chan and Pokota are shocked when they start reading the message from Erika, "Since giving the magic items to Himeko, it's already been one year. Soon the grading of the magic items will begin. The grading method is.."


52- "Pokota to owakare?" ("Farewell Pokota?")

(ポコ太とお別れ?)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5221:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 52

Airdate: October 01, 1993

[last few minutes of the previous episode]

Hime-chan remembers that Erika's training period was to last only one year, at the end of which Pokota will become a normal stuffed animal. Then Hime-chan and Pokota hug each other, crying out that they don't want Pokota to become normal.

At the same time, Erika's diary starts moving on Hime-chan's desk, and bursts open. Hime-chan and Pokota are shocked when they start reading the message from Erika, "Since giving the magic items to Himeko, it's already been one year. Soon the grading of the magic items will begin. The grading method is.."

[this is where the previous episode ended]

Then Erika resumes writing. She writes that a selection committee in the Land of Magic will carefully examine how Hime-chan managed to use the magical items she had been given. Then they will give their opinion to her father the King, and he will decide whether Erika passes the exam or not. Hime-chan might also be required to come to the Land of Magic to make a report. Lastly, Erika writes that she will visit her tomorrow morning. Reading that, Hime-chan and Pokota hug each other hard again.

Pokota says that whatever happens to him tomorrow, he wants to hear more of their memories hidden in Hime-chan's heart. The Pokota remembers another funny thing that happened to them at the ski resort.

[flashback to episode 15]

After skiing Hime-chan ate dinner, but she snuck some food into her shirt for Pokota. Hikaru was at another table and spotted Hime-chan. Hime-chan left before her friends and went back to the room. She got Pokota from the backpack, but he was asleep. Then Hikaru came into the room. Hime-chan was surprised, and tried to hide Pokota. When Hikaru asked to see it, Hime-chan dropped Pokota on the floor. Hikaru saw Pokota sleeping (snoring) on the floor, and was shocked. Then Pokota woke up and started talking. Hikaru was shocked again. Hime-chan quickly grabbed Pokota, but Hikaru had already seen it. Hikaru wanted to see Pokota more closely, and they started fighting. But Manami and Icchan came into the room. Hikaru was going to tell them about Pokota, but she decided to keep it to herself, and left.

Then Hikaru dreamt she had become famous for having found the only speaking stuffed animal of its kind.

In the middle of the night, Pokota told Hime-chan to take off the ribbon. He said that it was too risky. He also said that she should let Hikaru check it out for herself. So Hime-chan agreed.

The next day, Hime-chan took off her ribbon. Hikaru didn't go skiing because she said that she wasn't feeling too good. Hikaru went up to Hime-chan and asked to see Pokota. Hime-chan told Hikaru that Pokota was in her backpack. Hime-chan told Hikaru to be careful, and then went off to ski. Hikaru was a little surprised that Hime-chan would let her see the stuffed animal so easily.

Hikaru tried to make Pokota talk or move. But Pokota didn't budge. Hikaru got tired of trying to make Pokota move, and decided to go skiing by herself. Hikaru put Pokota in her pocket and headed for the back woods. There was a sign saying danger, but Hikaru didn't notice it. Hikaru was happy that there were no people around her. She had confidence in herself and went deeper into the mountains.

The wind picked up and Hikaru decided that she had better go back. But then Hikaru fell down a cliff. Pokota fell out of Hikaru's pocket and got caught on a branch on the side of the cliff. Hikaru got knocked out at the bottom.

Hime-chan was skiing and felt that she heard Pokota call out for her. Hime-chan went out to go down to the lodge. Daichi went after Hime-chan. Hime-chan transformed into a rescue squad person and went out with Daichi to look for Hikaru. The snow and wind became worse.

Pokota became alive when Hime-chan put on her ribbon. Pokota spotted Hikaru down on the ground below him. He knew that he would give himself away, but he tried to wake Hikaru up. Pokota struggled and tore himself loose from the branch, causing a big tear in his back. Pokota's back hurt, but he went to Hikaru and tried to shake her awake. But Hikaru didn't move.

Hime-chan and Daichi were looking all over the Hikaru. Then Pokota heard their voices. Pokota called out for help and hid in Hikaru's pocket. Hime-chan and Daichi spotted Hikaru and went down to her. Pokota was very happy that it was Hime-chan.

[end of flashback]

Then Pokota remembers the beautiful fire storm (people skiing at night while holding torches). He says there's no such stuffed animal like him who has ever been to a ski resort, nor one who has a girl friend (thinking about Pink-chan).

Pokota now wonders how Pink-chan is doing. He and Hime-chan now remember Erika's birthday party that they had been taken to in the Land of Magic.

[flashback to episode 24]

Erika and Hime-chan rode Erika's broom and flew up into the air. They flew through the door into the land of magic, and Erika took Hime-chan to see her father. The king said, "Thank you for coming such a long distance." Hime-chan tried to speak very politely, but she totally screwed it up. Hime-chan thought that the king was upset. But Erika said that her father's face was always like that. The king thanked Hime-chan for saving Erika the other day. He said that it was the first time ever that a human came to the land of magic. There was much opposition, but Erika pleaded to everyone and made it happen.

Erika's mother said that it was almost time for the party. She used her magic to give Hime-chan a party dress. Hime-chan was very happy to get the beautiful dress, and Pokota told Hime-chan not to stand with her legs spread apart so much. Then the queen gave Pokota a bow tie too.

The birthday party began. There was a lot of good food. Hime-chan was by the table and became surprised when she saw her mother. But it actually wasn't her mother. Pokota reminded her that in the land of magic, there were people with faces similar to those on earth. Then Pokota spotted a little pink cat and became red. When the cat ran away, Hime-chan told Pokota to go after her.

Pokota was chasing the pink cat in the garden. Pokota finally found her and discovered that her name was Pink. Camille spotted Pokota with Pink, and then used his magic on Pokota as a joke. Pokota was talking to Pink. Then Pokota said, "You're so ugly. I have never seen anyone as ugly as you." Pink was shocked. Pokota was shocked too. He couldn't figure out what was going on. The words just came out of his mouth. Pokota continued and said, "I don't want to talk to you. Go away." Pink started crying and ran away.

Hime-chan found Pokota crying. Then Camille and Sei tried to run away, but Hime-chan caught them. They told her that Camille had used his magic ball to make Pokota say the opposite of what he was thinking. Then Sei's crow came and told them that Pink was heading toward the evil forest. Pokota immediately ran after Pink.

Hime-chan, Camille, and Sei followed Pokota and they saw Pink running into the evil forest. The plants came alive and attacked everyone. Pokota and Hime-chan made it inside the cave as the door closed behind them. Pokota and Hime-chan went inside deeper. Then Pokota found Pink's red ribbon. He said, "I'm going in. I have to save Pink. Hime-chan, wait here." Then Pokota started climbing inside. Hime-chan said that she was going to go too.

Camille and Sei ran back to the king, and told him the story. The king said that there was a war long time ago and the enemy was trapped inside the evil forest.

Pokota and Hime-chan came to a room which was a very high tower. There was a set of stairs going around the tower. Pokota spotted Pink way above them. Pokota called out and went after Pink. But Pink just kept running away. Pokota yelled out and told her about the magic that made him say the opposite of what he was thinking. But Pink said that she didn't want to listen to Pokota. Then Pink fell and got caught by a bubble. The bubble carried her higher and higher up the tower.

The king said that the enemy that they had fought against was themselves. It was the untrusting feelings they had in their hearts.

Pokota called out that he would save Pink. Then the ground began to shake, and Pokota was about to fall. Pink saw this and said that she would believe in Pokota. Then the bubble around her broke and Pink started falling. Pokota jumped off of the ledge and caught Pink. They were both falling toward the hot water below. Then there was a flash of light.

When Hime-chan, Pokota, and Pink woke up, they were all on the ground. They had been saved. The king said that since Pink had lost her trust in Pokota, that created the tower in the evil forest. But since Pink finally regained her trust in Pokota, everything turned out well.

Erika's mother said that Hime-chan had a very good mascot. But Hime-chan said that Pokota was more than a mascot. He was a friend.

[end of flashback]

Then the morning comes and finds Hime-chan and Pokota sleeping on Hime-chan's bed. They are both awaken by Erika's voice, calling for Himeko. Erika is now standing up in Hime-chan's room, and tells them she has come to take them to the Land of Magic. They have a ride on Chappy high in the blue sky.

Erika's father tells Erika and Hime-chan that Erika's training period has come to the end, but will be extended by half a year, since one year was found to be too short to pass the exam. So nothing will change for Hime-chan for the time being. She won't have to give the magical items back, nor will Pokota stop speaking. Being very happy, Erika hugs Hime-chan and then her father.

Back on earth, Hime-chan and Hime-copy say bye-bye to Erika, and cheer her up for her exam. Pokota adds that because of Hime-chan it might end up to be another half-year extension. Erika says that it's only half a year, but she is very happy. Hime-chan and Pokota are very happy too. Then when Erika leaves on her flying broom Chappy, Hime-chan, Hime-copy and Erika do the ike ike go go jump.


53- "Love Story ha tsurai yo" ("Love stories are hard")

(ラブストーリーはつらいヨ)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5321:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 53

Airdate: October 08, 1993

Hime-chan arrives late at the theater club meeting and apologizes for having almost forgotten about it. Then the other members ask her if she has a good idea about a new play. They have already chosen and written some on the blackboard (such as MacBeth, Hamlet..) but are not very satisfied. They think Hime-chan might have a better idea.

Then Hime-chan suggests that they write their own play, with their own music. That way it will entirely be their own work. Although that was quite new for them, they are all very enthusiastic about it, and Hime-chan is chosen to write the play because the upperclassmen will be very busy with the exams. Also since Hime-chan's father is a movie director and her mother is a writer, they think Hime-chan will be very good at it. Hime-chan thinks to herself that if she tries she'll be able to do it, but isn't very convinced.

At home, Hime-chan uses her palette to make a copy of herself. Pokota asks her what she will do this time, and Hime-chan tells him about the play she has to write. So with Hime-copy and her both trying to write the play, they will find twice as many ideas. Then they grab a pen and a note pad. Hime-chan would like to write a sad love-story, like Romeo and Juliet, and even thinks of the name Kazetachi no Romeo. When Pokota asks them what comes next, they must admit they don't have the slightest idea (they only have found the title so far).

In the dinning room, Aiko is knitting, while Yumeko is reading a book and father is reading a newspaper. Then Yumeko gets up, takes the bottle of beer, and fills up her father's glass. Father wonders what mother was doing, and Aiko says that she is getting close to the deadline (of her new novel). Then Yumeko happily says that Hime-chan is busy writing a play.

But in their room, the Himeko twins can't make the play progress at all. Then Hime-chan has an idea. She will make Pokota and herself smaller so they can ride on the magical pen to sneak into mother's room. Then they can peek over her shoulder while she was working.

They fly to the first floor and stay in mid air just behind mother. But she is really captivated by her story, and thinking it's too soft, gets excited very suddenly. Then while turning back, she shouts one of her character's lines. This scares Hime-chan and Pokota to death and they quickly fly away out of mother's sight, back to their room. Back to their normal size, they say they must only rely on themselves to write the play.

The next day at school, Hime-chan has submitted her play to all the theater club's members, but they are not very enthusiastic. The story itself is quite interesting, but the characters' personalities are strange, especially the way the male characters speak (too soft). So they decide to help Hime-chan to rewrite it, but she says she would like to try again by herself.

Looking on from the Land of Magic, Erika says that it must be very difficult to write a play. Chappy wonders if Hime-chan will be able to do it, but Erika says that whatever the obstacles have been, Hime-chan has always managed to get through. So she is sure she will succeed, and wishes her good luck.

During Gori-sensei's lesson, Hime-chan thinks that Daichi might help her to write the male characters' sentences in a more manly way. So she asks him when the lesson is over. But Daichi teases her, saying that she understands a man's ways of thinking better then a woman's, because she was a tomboy. Then he leaves, laughing.

On the playground, Daichi starts playing basketball with his friends. So that she would be able to spy on them, Hime-chan makes herself smaller and hides behind Daichi's roller skates.

While the boys play, Hime-chan carefully studies them, until the ball rolls towards her. She is forced to hide in the pocket of Daichi's jacket.

When the game ends, Daichi comes to change his shoes. Then one of his friends asks him how things are going between him and Hime-chan. Since Daichi doesn't answer, the boy adds that Hime-chan is the kind of genki girl he likes, and wonders whether he should tell her or not. Daichi calmly replies, "Do as you please." Hime-chan was expecting him to say something different. Then Daichi puts his jacket on, and goes back home, with Hime-chan still stuck in his pocket.

Much to her surprise, Hime-chan realizes that Daichi is back to his apartment, and hears Shintaro asking him to play video games with him. So Daichi leaves his jacket in his bedroom, and Hime-chan jumps at the chance to get out of his pocket. But when the video game is over, Daichi suggests to play soccer outside, and asks Shintaro to go to his room to get the ball. Hime-chan hurries to find a place to hide, and climbs on a book. But Shintaro unexpectedly comes in and she is forced to let her legs hang over the top of the book.

Shintaro spots her and grabs her, so Hime-chan freezes and acts like a doll. He shows her to Daichi, saying that it must be his mascot. Shintaro also says that she looks like Yumeko's older sister. Daichi is shocked to see Hime-chan [Shintaro even thinks that it's a girlish behavior to have a doll :) ], so he asks Shintaro to go outside first. After Shintaro leaves, Daichi puts Hime-chan on his bed. Then after Daichi leaves, Hime-chan turns herself back to normal size.

Outside, Shintaro and Daichi are playing soccer, but Daichi worries about Hime-chan. So he stops playing and quickly goes back for a few minutes. He finds Hime-chan who immediately starts to yell at him for having said such unkind things earlier ("Do as you please"). Daichi says that what men sometimes say doesn't always reflect their true feelings, which surprised Hime-chan. Then he leaves to resume playing with his brother.

Hime-chan is back home just to see her father leaving to go to a reception. But before leaving, he gives Hime-chan some advice. He says that he has seen and enjoyed many scenarios for TV and movies. But the best ones were the ones where the writer has affection in his heart for his characters. Father says that getting absorbed in your work and knowing all of your characters extensively will surely make your plays more interesting.

Back in her room, Hime-chan resumes writing her play. Thanks to her father, she now understands what a writer must feel. Her story will be about a violent, unrefined, rebellious boy but with a warm heart inside. Hime-chan then remembers Daichi's words, that boys don't always show their true feelings. After a while Pokota falls asleep, but she keeps writing. She has found her inspiration.

The next day at the theater club, everyone reads and enjoys her play. This time, she has written a happy ending. The story is also about a tomboy, and one of the club members says that it's Hime-chan for sure, making everybody laugh. They all agree on this play for their next performance.

Back at home after school, Hime-chan lets Pokota read her play. Pokota asks her why she finally chose to write a happy ending as it was supposed to be a sad love-story. But Hime-chan says that it's a secret. To herself, she thinks of her main characters, the rebellious boy and the tomboy. She imagines in the night sky a picture of her and Daichi, back to back, looking sideways at each other.

Then she writes a few words to Erika in her diary. Erika replies that she congratulates her, and would also, like her, like to study boys' characters for such as situation. Then, thinking about Hime-chan and Daichi, she says that the ending could be nothing but a happy ending.


54- "Manami no kendo icchokusen" ("Minami fights for kendo")

(愛美の剣道一直線)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5421:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 54

Airdate: October 15, 1993

Three boys from the kendo club are having a chat in the locker room, about the tournament that was going to take place the next week. Then a fourth one comes in and scolds them for thinking about taking a rest instead of training. They were resting because Tetsu wasn't there. Then they all smell something good (cream stew) cooking nearby.

At the cooking club, Manami and her friends are busy cooking something, and Manami wanted to let somebody taste her cooking. Just then the four boys pop up at the window, just in time. Manami lets them in and they all enjoy her cooking. Manami cheers them up for the upcoming tournament, and one of them says that thanks to such delicious dishes, they will win without fail.

The next day, Hime-chan and Manami are having a rest under a tree when Icchan comes by with some bad news. It seems that there is only one person among the kendo team members, still in good health. The others are sick, and Icchan wonders if they all ate something bad the previous day. Manami is shocked, thinking it was the fault of her cooking, and rushes to the kendo club.

The only remaining boy, Tetsu, is training, when he spots Manami staring at him with tears in her eyes. She apologizes for the previous day, being convinced that it was all her fault. But Tetsu says that they don't know yet the reason why the other members are sick. Icchan and Hime-chan are spying on Manami, and now understand how she feels. Anyway Tetsu says he'd better give up on the upcoming tournament, because he was all alone.

Then Hime-chan shows up and scolds him for considering giving up. She says there is plenty of time left until the tournament begins to find four more members, so it shouldn't be difficult. But Icchan says that their other friends are already very busy with their own clubs.

Tetsu goes to ask Daichi, and some other people, but they are all too busy to take part of the kendo tournament. Manami, being very sorry, starts to cry. But with a resolute look, she grabs one of the kendo swords, saying she will do it. Then Hime-chan does the same. But Icchan says their stances are not good, so she grabs a sword and shows them. Tetsu is impressed, and Hime-chan says that it's not very different from the archery club that Icchan is a member of. But there is still one members missing to form a team of five.

Tetsu goes to ask Daichi one more time. Then Manami, Hime-chan, and Icchan come to show Tetsu their kendo outfits. Hime-chan says hers fits her very well, but Manami's is too loose (too large for her). So Hime-chan and Icchan tease her, laughing, saying they can see her breasts. Daichi is really surprised to hear that they have all joined the kendo club.

Then Tetsu starts to train them, but they don't pay much attention to what he says. Moreover Hime-chan and Icchan have to leave to go to their respective clubs (theater and archery). There is only Manami left, and she asks Tetsu to teach her with all his might. Tetsu shows her how to hold the wooden sword, with the right hand on top of the handle, and the sword straight up in front of her face. Then she tries to make a move with her sword, but she wasn't holding it firmly enough and sends it flying, where it smashes into the wall.

After school, Hime-chan is back home and Pokota is very surprised to hear that she has joined the kendo club. He then tries to play kendo against the flying pen, using one of Hime-chan's pencils as a sword. But the flying pen is too fast and Pokota slips. He now remembers that Hime-chan has a performance with the theater club coming soon, and wonders if she can manage to train for both at the same time. She says her time schedule is set up very tight, but it's ok. Then the flying pen comes by and hits Pokota on the head, just as if it were the final winning hit in a real kendo match.

After a few days, Daichi (now playing against Tetsu) and the others have become quite good at kendo. Manami says, giggling, that Takada-kun (Tetsu) is very kakko ii.

Then Tetsu hands out the order in which they will fight. He will fight first, then Kamikura (Icchan), Mori (Manami), Daichi, and Hime-chan last. Hime-chan says that it's because she is the one Tetsu expects the most from, but Tetsu says it's only because she has to play with the theater club first and needs more time to get ready.

The day of both Hime-chan's play and the kendo tournament comes.

Hime-chan is in the dressing room, wearing a wig with long dark hair. She just looks like her older sister Aiko, with a red ribbon in her hair though [that way she is even cuter than Aiko herself :) ]. Pokota pops out of her school bag and asks her if she remembers her lines well enough. But all Hime-chan can recite is a strange mix of theater and kendo words. Then somebody calls her as it was her turn to come on stage.

On their way to the gymnasium, Icchan asks Manami if she will be all right. "Of course!" she replies. "It can only be all right! Why are you asking?". But Manami's voice doesn't sound good to Icchan.

On stage, a very good Aiko-look-alike Hime-chan is applauded by everybody. But the kendo match is about to start, so she has no time to go for another "curtain call". She uses her palette and sends Hime-copy on stage instead.

In the gymnasium, the match has just started and Tetsu wins easily. Then it was Icchan's turn. But she only stands still, with her sword raised. So her opponent wins easily. Manami was next. Tetsu cheers her up and she smiles, but she can hardly get up because her legs are paralyzed with fear.

When the referee gives the go signal, Manami yells out, "I can't do it!" [if I can say so, in a typical Japanese-girlish way :) ], and is about to chicken out when her opponent makes a move.

Tetsu shouts, "Don't run away!" so she gathers her wits and attacks with all her might. But her movements are not well coordinated and her opponent is a little puzzled to counter her blows. It also makes the audience laugh, but Tetsu yells at them to shut up. Despite her efforts, Manami loses the match, but is applauded by everybody in the gymnasium.

Time is running, and Hime-chan is still not there. Then Daichi gets up to fight and wins. But he is very worried about Hime-chan.

Meanwhile Hime-chan is on the way to the gymnasium. To speed things up, she makes Pokota and herself smaller and ride on the magical pen. But they get chased by a crow. Trying to get rid of it, Hime-chan crashes into a nearby tree.

In the gymnasium, the referee asks where the last member is. Since Hime-chan isn't there, he gives her 5 more minutes to arrive. The 5 minutes pass, and Hime-chan still didn't arrive. So the referee is about to put an end to the match and say that the other team is the winner. Then Hime-chan appears at the entrance door, out of breath.

As soon as Hime-chan got ready, she fights against her opponent and does very well. But she slips on the floor and her opponent quickly hits her on the head. Hime-chan loses, and the other team wins by a score of 3 to 2.

On the way back to school, Tetsu thanks them all for their participation. Manami is sad because they did not win when the regular kendo members would have won. But Tetsu says that winning isn't the main thing. They have played with all their heart, and that's the most important thing. It's the same with the other team members who fell ill because they ate something bad. No matter what happened to them, they enjoyed what they ate, in their hearts.

Then a member of the cooking club comes and calls for Manami. Manami isn't in the mood for cooking any more, but her friend says that they found out that it wasn't Manami's cooking that had caused the kendo team to get sick. That makes Manami smile.

In the Land of Magic, Erika says that she has a good presentiment about Manami and Tetsu.

At the cooking club, Manami is slicing a cucumber, and smiling.


55- "Himeko no dotabata ren'ai kouza" ("Himeko's noisy love lecture")

(姫子のドタバタ恋愛講座)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5521:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 55

Airdate: October 22, 1993

While waiting for Hime-chan and Icchan to rejoin her, Manami is watching the soccer club and the tennis club practicing. Icchan teases her for cheering for everyone. Then the kendo team runs by, but Manami retreats shyly (blushing a bit) behind Icchan. The first four guys [those who ate Manami's cooking in the previous episode 54, and got sick] call out to her, asking her to cook another delicious meal for them. Then Tetsu, the captain of the club, pushes them away to resume the training. Hime-chan has noticed Manami's embarrassment and teases her, saying Tetsu is a really nice boy. Manami shyly nods and blushes at the same time.

Then Hime-chan, Manami and Icchan sit down on the grass, and Manami tells them about how she feels whenever she sees Takada-kun [Tetsu]: heart beating faster, feeling dizzy, etc.. Icchan says Manami should be taken to a hospital, but Hime-chan yells that's not it: Manami is in love. It makes Manami blush even more. She doesn't know what to do, since it's her first love. Both Hime-chan and Manami shake hands with joy. Icchan remarks out loud that BOTH of them should be taken to the hospital.

That night at home, instead of doing her homework Hime-chan daydreams about what they said at school about Manami. Icchan said that if Manami loves Tetsu that much, she could confess to him. But Hime-chan said such things aren't that easy to do. Whenever Manami looks at him, she probably can't say a word and her heart beats faster. Manami nodded and agreed.

Seeing her daydreaming and seeing her dreamy face, Pokota said that Hime-chan must be thinking about Hasekura-senpai again. Pokota's joke catches her off guard and she falls off of her chair [VERY funny]. Hime-chan then swears that she'll do her best to put Tetsu and Manami in each other's arms.

The next day at school at their secret place, Hime-chan asks Daichi what kind of girl Tetsu likes. But Daichi says that Tetsu never talks much about that. But he thinks that Manami is a good choice. Besides, she's much more onna-rashii (girl-ish) than some other person he knows. That makes Hime-chan mad. Then she asks Daichi about Tetsu's hobby and birth date, but he says that when you want to know something, you have to ask by yourself: it should be Manami's job to ask Tetsu personally. Hime-chan says there are things that aren't possible for a girl's heart. Daichi then leaves, saying he can't see why. Hime-chan thinks to herself that Daichi doesn't seem to understand girls' feelings.

When school is over, Tetsu and Daichi walk down the stairs when Manami accidentally bumps into Tetsu. She immediately turns bright red. Tetsu looks happy to see her, but just says good bye to her and leaves, followed by Daichi who has noticed Manami's embarrassment. Manami has only been able to murmur "good bye" when Tetsu was gone. Soon Hime-chan and Icchan rejoin her, and Hime-chan notices her face is bright red. Manami confesses to them that she has just met the two boys but could say nothing to Tetsu except "good bye". Hime-chan understands how Manami feels, but feels that Manami should do something. Then Hime-chan finds an idea, and tells Manami to leave it to her.

At home, Hime-chan looks for Tetsu's address in her notebook, and then transforms into Daichi. Then she goes to Tetsu's house. As Daichi, she asks Tetsu to go with him to the library the following Sunday. They'll meet at 11 AM at the foreign books section of the Kazetachi library.

Back at home, Hime-chan gives a call to Manami to ask her to meet Icchan and her at the same time and place. Manami, very happily, tells Hime-chan that she will cook a very delicious lunch for all three of them. Hime-chan feels very happy about what she has set up.

On Sunday in front of the library, Hime-chan turns herself into the woman she saw leaving the library a few seconds ago, and goes in. She wonders what happened to Manami and Tetsu, who were late. But then Manami rushes in, soon followed by Tetsu. Manami spots Tetsu behind her, blushes at once, and retreats behind a book shelf. Tetsu, in the meantime, looks for the foreign books section, which incidentally is on the other side of the shelf where Manami is standing. To herself, panicing, Manami complains that she doesn't want Tetsu to see her in that condition (i.e. not being dressed nicely, her hair not looking lovely), and hopes that Hime-chan and Icchan come soon.

Hime-chan wonders what Manami is doing, and decides to make a move. Pretending to be browsing the book shelves, she (still in the woman's body) gets closer to Manami and accidentally pushes Manami in the aile. Tetsu spots her. They say hello to each other, and tell each other their respective reasons why they are here that day. While talking, they both look down and blush a bit. Hime-chan, spying on them, is proud of Manami because she has at last been able to talk to Tetsu. But after a while, they remain politely silent, still looking down, wondering what else to say.

It was 11:30 and none of their friends has come yet. Tetsu and Manami wonder why they are so late, then soon realize that they had been given the same rendez-vous at the same place at the same time. Now both of them wonder what's going on. Then Tetsu's stomach starts rumbling.

It makes Manami remember that she has brought a lunch for three. Hime-chan thinks that it was a great chance for her to let Tetsu taste her cooking. But when she realizes that Manami won't make the first move, Hime-chan goes to the restroom, turns back into her own self, and goes back to the library. In the book basket where Pokota is waiting, Hime-chan grabs the flying pen and the magical heart baton. She makes herself smaller, then flies all around the library to spy on Manami and Tetsu.

Hime-chan spots Manami's pen box, and makes it fall on the floor and burst open. Manami's and Tetsu's hands meet when they both go to pick it up, but nothing else happens. Hime-chan is disappointed, but Manami eventually asks Tetsu if he wants to have some of the lunch that she had prepared.

Hime-chan feels proud of Manami, but the woman [whom Hime-chan had turned into before] comes back in the library and starts pushing the basket with Pokota inside. He calls Hime-chan to rescue him. On her flying pen, she distracts the woman's attention but she accidentally lets the basket go. It bumps into Manami, making her drop her lunch box on the floor. But the lunch box remains closed. Tetsu and Manami pick up the box at the same time, but Manami says they can't eat such spoiled food. Tetsu disagrees, and as they pull on each side, the box falls again on the floor. But this time the lunch box bursts open. Then Manami starts crying and rushes outside.

The next day at school, Manami scolds Hime-chan and Icchan for not having come to the library. With tears in eyes, Manami says she has felt the most embarrassment of her entire life. Hime-chan replies that she shouldn't care about having been embarrassed in front of him. Manami then realizes that Hime-chan was probably there, for having said him, and cries even more. She yells that Hime-chan was cruel, for she was there, did nothing to help her, and probably laughed. Icchan and Hime-chan can't say any words to comfort her.

Hime-chan was thinking about it at the secret place at the top of the stairs, when Daichi comes by. He says it seems that Hime-chan as well as Manami has been hurt by what happened. He adds that Tetsu isn't that particular about such things, and leaves.

Back at home, Pokota tries to cheer her up because, despite what happened, she has tried her best for her friends. He said that she should apologize once more to Manami the next day.

The next day on her way to school, Hime-chan spots Manami and Icchan and wants to apologize to Manami. But Manami stops her saying that she has forgotten all about it, and is happy again. Icchan says that's because Manami has remembered that Tetsu isn't the only boy Manami has in mind. But this doesn't convince Hime-chan, and she thinks that Manami might be straining herself too much to look happy.

Later during a break time, Manami talks to Icchan about a member of the volleyball team, Kawazaki-kun, that she finds very cool. Hime-chan wants to join them, but she doesn't feel like it yet, and holds back. Icchan can't believe that Manami can like so many boys. Then she spots Tetsu walking towards them. Manami retreats behind Icchan at once, asking her what she should do. Icchan replies that she should just be herself. Hime-chan pops out and backs her up, saying that being natural is the way she likes Manami to behave, and summons Manami to gather her wits. Manami blushes but nods, and turns back to face Tetsu.

Tetsu comes to her to apologize for what happened the day before, and brings her the lunch box she had left behind. Tetsu says it was too bad he couldn't have tasted Manami's cooking, so she decides to cook another lunch for him. They both smile at each other now, and decide to meet on the following Sunday.

Later Manami was behaving as usual, i.e. being happy, talking about many things to Icchan and Hime-chan at the same time with a bright and cheerful voice. Manami was talking only about Tetsu. She even says that she can now share secrets with him, and might even consider telling him embarrassing ones. That makes her feel like koibito doushi (lovers).

In the Land of Magic, Erika says that's what Hime-chan and Daichi will become too, koibito doushi. Because they now share important secrets: Daichi knows all about Hime-chan's magical powers, and Hime-chan knows Daichi's secret house. Chappy says that they still quarrel, but Erika says that is the way real friends behave on the Earth!


56- "Omoide playback" ("Memory playback")

(思い出プレイバック)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5621:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 56

Airdate: October 29, 1993

Hime-chan is lying on the sofa at the secret place [the deserted house], remembering what has recently happened between her friends Manami and Tetsu. It seems that thanks to the past events [see episodes 54/55], they have become koibito-doushi (boy friend and girl friend) and are a perfect match. It is just like her and Daichi, who share the same secret: her magical powers, the key of this house..

Then she recalls the past events she had with Daichi.

  • Daichi saved her when she was about to be shot at by Shintaro's kidnapper [cf episode 8].
  • Daichi left her in the cavern while he went out to get the rescue squad [cf episode 15].
  • When she, as Hikaru, was crying on his chest, he put his hand in her hair [cf episode 18].
  • She and Daichi fought to take a ride together on his bike and rescue Yuka [cf episode 28].

She asks to herself what Daichi really thinks about her.

Looking out of the window, she realizes that she and Daichi met for the first time at this place, in the bushes, when she was still after Hasekura-senpai.

[flashback to episode 1: Hime-chan didn't have the red ribbon yet]

Hime-chan was standing in front of Hasekura's house, wondering what she should do. She took a deep breath and almost put her finger on the door bell, but couldn't press it. To cheer herself up, she took Pokota and used his paw to press the button.. but couldn't, so left.

While walking around in the streets, Hime-chan passed in front of a broken fence around a very old, deserted house, and decided to sneak in. But when she popped out of the bushes, she ran into Daichi. Daichi quickly brought her back to the street, saying there was a sign No trespassing that she should have read. When she complained that he had ignored this sign too, calling him by his family name, Daichi was surprised and asked her why she knew his name.

Hime-chan said, "We are in the same school!"

Then Daichi replied, "Oh! You're a GIRL!!". Hime-chan became furious and gave him her famous Himeko kick right on his face [VERY funny!], yelling at him for not having noticed she was a girl. Then she spotted, behind Daichi, Hasekura-senpai, who was looking at her, and might even have seen her kicking Daichi (her typical boyish behavior she was afraid to show him).

She became bright red, so while she was speaking to Hasekura, Daichi came by and whispered to her about her face turning red. She didn't reply but kicked him again from behind. When Hasekura was leaving, he told Hime-chan to try to stop acting too much like a tomboy. It made her laugh, but to herself that was the worst.

[end of flashback]

Then she remembers something that happened soon after.

[flashback again, but now she wears her ribbon]

Hime-chan was sweeping the playground when Daichi threw a bucket of water out of the window, which fell right onto Hime-chan. She started to yell at him for being so careless, and Daichi realized she was the same shounen (young boy) he had run into before. Then Hime-chan went up to the classroom 1-A to make him apologize.

In another day (?), Hime-chan was sneaking out of the men's restroom, when Daichi spotted her. He said, "That's what I thought. You're a boy after all." [funny!] She yelled at him (once again) for talking nonsense. "How could I be a boy, wearing such clothes and even a ribbon?"

But Daichi replied that he saw her leaving the men's restroom, and even if she said it was a mistake, he thought she might be a pervert, for sneaking into men's restrooms like that. Then Daichi called her hentai, but he quickly said that it was a joke, making Hime-chan slip on the floor. But Pokota said to Hime-chan that it was all her fault, for not being careful enough when she left the men's restroom [where she had transformed back to herself].

[end of flashback]

Hime-chan thinks to herself that Daichi is such a nuisance, but then remembers that her ribbon got torn soon afterwards.

[flashback to the end of episode 4 then episode 5]

Daichi ran up the stairs, so he can read a manga he brought at his secret place at the top of the school staircase. But he found Hime-chan there. He started to tease her for being such a kid to carry her stuffed animal, but he noticed that she was sleeping. He was moved by her cute sleeping face, and decided to leave quietly to let her sleep. But on the way down, he ran into Gori-sensei, who got very mad at him for having brought a manga to school.

Then Gori wondered what else Daichi was hiding upstairs, so he tried to go up the stairs. But Daichi tried to hold him back, saying that he didn't have anything else upstairs. Then the noise woke up Hime-chan and Pokota. She went down the stairs and ran into Gori, who was very surprised. Then Daichi rushed at Hime-chan, grabbed her hand, and pulled her to run away from Gori.

As they reached the edge of the playground, they came to a fence and had to climb over it. As she was jumping over the fence, Hime-chan got her ribbon caught in a branch and tore the ribbon. When she landed on the ground, she tried to talk to Pokota, but the magic didn't work any more. Daichi thought it was strange that Hime-chan was trying to make the stuffed animal talk.

[end of flashback]

Remembering this, Hime-chan is playing with the world map key ring that Daichi gave her for her birthday.

[flashback]

The next day at school, Manami rushed up to Hime-chan, and said that there was big trouble. In the classroom, someone had written stuff on the chalk board. It said that Kobayashi-kun and Hime-chan were going out. There was a part that even said, "Is Kobayashi a homo!?" [since Hime-chan rather looks like a boy than a girl] [VERY funny!].

Then Hibino Hikaru, numero uno member of the Kobayashi Daichi fan club, came asking for Hime-chan. Hime-chan said that she wasn't in the fan club. Hikaru said that she wouldn't take her because Hime-chan was such a tomboy, not cute, not feminine, violent, etc. She also added that she was the prettiest girl in the school. They got mad at each other, and Hime-chan yelled out that she didn't care about Daichi, and that all of this talk was giving her problems. After they argued some more, Hime-chan said that they should ask Daichi.

They found out from Daichi's friend Tetsu that Daichi was absent. Tetsu said that Daichi sometimes took days off although he wasn't sick.

Since then, the rumor spread quickly. Manami even asked Hime-chan if she had kissed Daichi. Then Hime-chan got very mad.

At home Hime-chan was very upset, saying that it was the fault of that bakayarou [stupid] Daichi. Then she discovered that the ribbon had become fixed. Hime-chan decided to turn into Daichi and tell Hikaru the truth. She wrote a letter to get Hikaru to meet her at 6:00 AM the next day.

The next day, when Daichi (actually was Hime-chan transformed as Daichi) met Hikaru, Hikaru asked, "What's the important thing that you wanted to talk to me about?" Daichi said, "I'm not going out with Nonohara."

Hikaru quickly said that she hadn't believed it in the first place, and asked why he told her in private. When Daichi was trying to come up with a reason, Hikaru hugged Daichi. She thought that Daichi liked her and asked, "How do you feel about me?"

Hime-chan/Daichi couldn't stand being hugged by Hikaru, thus she used the lines she had memorized. "I'm a dangerous man. If you fall in love with me, you will get hurt. Please find someone else." Then Daichi went off. Hikaru, with heart-shaped eyes, thought that Daichi was very cool, because of those words.

Later Hime-chan tried to return to herself. But the magic didn't work because the ribbon hadn't fully recovered.

[end of flashback]

Hime-chan thinks it was a really big problem. Then as she plays with the key ring, throwing it in the air, she misses it and it falls into a hole in the floor. So she decides to use the heart baton to make herself small enough to slip into the hole. She uses one of her shoelaces to climb down, but soon we hear her scream with fear.


57- "Chotto dake koi no yokan" ("A little premonition of love")

(ちょっとだけ恋の予感)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5721:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 57

Airdate: November 05, 1993

As Hime-chan plays with her world globe key holder, throwing it in the air, she misses it and it falls into a hole in the floor. So she decides to use the heart baton to make herself small enough to slip into the hole. She uses one of her shoelaces to climb down, but soon we hear her scream with fear.

She is screaming because she has fallen right onto a cobweb, and the spider [gigantic compared to Hime-chan] is getting closer. She hurries to tie the lace around the key and climbs up. Then she transforms back to her normal size and gets the key back.

[flashback to episode 6, continued from episode 5]

After meeting Hikaru, Hime-chan was in the form of Daichi. But since the magic ribbon hadn't fully recovered yet, she could not return to her normal self. School was about to begin, and a lot of the students started arriving in school. So Hime-chan tried to escape from school.

Hime-chan went to the park. When she was feeling very hungry, Hime-chan went to drink some water. Then some truant officer came and asked what he (Daichi) was doing. Hime-chan just ran away.

During school, one of his friends went up to Daichi and told him that a girl was waiting for him. When Daichi went out, he discovered that it was Hikaru. After Hikaru told him about meeting in the morning, Daichi became suspicious and asked, "What did I say to you this morning? Just tell me!" Then Hikaru repeated the line that Hime-chan (as Daichi) said. Daichi was shocked. When Daichi asked why they had met in the morning, Hikaru showed him the letter that Hime-chan had written. Daichi noticed that it wasn't his writing.

Daichi thought that there was another Daichi somewhere, so he left school early to investigate.

Night came, and Hime-chan still couldn't turn back into her own self. She now just wanted to find some place to sleep. She couldn't go home, and she couldn't also go to her friends' house. So she decided to go to the empty house that Daichi usually went to (Daichi's hideout).

Daichi had been looking for the other Daichi. But he couldn't find him. So he decided to return to his hideout.

Hime-chan found Daichi's hideout. When she was looking for a way inside, Hime-chan ran into Daichi! Hime-chan tried to escape right away, but Daichi caught her and said, "Wait! Who are you ?" Hime-chan thought about it and said, "I'm Kobayashi Daichi." Then they argued for a while about who the real Daichi was.

[end of flashback]

Looking at the key holder, Hime-chan then remembers what Daichi did after he eventually found out what had happened.

[flashback to episode 12, right after Sei went back home]

It started to snow and Hime-chan and Daichi sat down on a park bench. Hime-chan asked Daichi to hit her, and she insisted so much that Daichi pretended to hit her. But Daichi gave Hime-chan a key. It was a key to their secret hideout.

[end of flashback]

Grabbing the key holder, Hime-chan remembers whom she got it from, and when.

[flashback to episode 18]

Hime-chan was stuck into Hikaru's body because she hadn't been able to turn back into her own self in time, and was hiding at Daichi's hideout. When Erika and Daichi came to see her, Daichi gave her a key chain, with a small world globe.

[end of flashback]

Hime-chan says to herself that Daichi is surely nice. Then Valentine Day came..

[flashback to episode 19]

After school, Daichi rode roller skates through school to escape from all of the girls trying to give him chocolate. Then Gori caught him and told him that roller skates were forbidden in school. But all of the girls ran to them, and when Gori spotted the chocolates and told them that it wasn't allowed in school, Daichi escaped.

Icchan met Hime-chan and Manami after school. Then Daichi skated by them, followed by a lot of girls. Hime-chan was determined not to give the chocolate to Daichi.

[end of flashback]

Later at their hideout..

[flashback to episode 19]

Hime-chan went there and found Daichi. Then she emptied the bag of chocolates on the table. Daichi said, "Are you trying to open a candy store? Oh, this is the chocolate that you received." Hime-chan got very mad, but she tried to control herself. "This is for you." Then Hime-chan told Daichi that she had transformed herself into him.

Daichi said, "If I eat all of these, I'll get cavities." Then he picked up one chocolate. It was Hime-chan's. Hime-chan and Pokota noticed too. Daichi remembered that it was the one that Hime-chan was holding earlier. Then Daichi asked, "Is is one for me too?" Hime-chan said, "From me." Daichi said, "I have to eat at least one. It's Valentine's Day." Then Daichi took one of Hime-chan's chocolates and ate it. Daichi offered one to Hime-chan too. Daichi and Hime-chan sat down by the fire and ate the chocolates together.

Hime-chan thought, "It's very good. It's probably the best chocolate that I have ever had."

[end of flashback]

Then when Yuka came out..

[flashback to episode 26]

Gori introduced a transfer student, Hijiri Yuka. She was the cute girl that Hime-chan had saved earlier. Yuka had lived in that neighborhood until she was 6 years old, and just moved back. Then Gori heard Daichi snoring. Gori got mad, yelled at Daichi, and threw an eraser at him. But Daichi got up and caught the eraser. The other students all clapped. Then Yuka recognized Daichi and called him "Dai-chan". Yuka said that she had lived next door to Daichi. Then Daichi finally recognized Yuka and called her "Yuka".

Since Yuka knew Daichi, Gori let her sit next to him. Hime-chan was surprised that Daichi called Yuka by her first name. Hikaru got upset. Daichi told Yuka to quit calling him Dai-chan. Yuka said that she always wanted to meet Daichi again.

[end of flashback]

[flashback to episode 27]

Yuka was being interviewed in front of Daichi's apartment building. Yuka said, "I went to the bath every day with Dai-chan." Hime-chan and Manami were shocked. But Icchan calmly said that she even went in when she was a child.

Daichi was trying to sneak away but Yuka spotted him. But Daichi kept going on his bicycle. Then Yuka stepped toward Daichi and fainted. Daichi quickly got off of the bike and ran to her. Daichi held Yuka. Then Yuka popped open her eyes. Yuka said that she had always tricked Daichi like that. Daichi got mad and walked back to his bike. Yuka said that she had played with Daichi every day in the park, and also that that was where she had her first kiss with Daichi.

Hime-chan was very shocked. Manami was shocked too. But Icchan calmly said that they were just kids. Then Yuka said, "Dai-chan, please kiss me again." Daichi was surprised. Yuka continued, "When I was moving away, you ran after the truck and said that you would kiss me again when I came back." Daichi yelled at Yuka and said that he didn't know what she was talking about. Hime-chan was worried about Daichi.

Yuka waited for Daichi's kiss. The reporter told Daichi to cooperate with Yuka. Daichi faced Yuka and stood there. Then Shintaro came running and shouted, "No." He said that Daichi's only girl friend was Hime-chan. Then Yuka ran away.

The next day, Yuka had been chosen for Peter Pan's role instead of Hime-chan. Daichi was sitting by himself in his hideout staircase. Then he heard someone come, and thought it was Hime-chan. But it was Yuka. Then Hime-chan came and saw Daichi with Yuka. Hime-chan became sad and ran away. Daichi quickly got up and went after her. Daichi said, "Wait!" and grabbed Hime-chan. Hime-chan said, "Let me go!" Daichi said, "Why are you running away?" Hime-chan thought to herself, "My important place. My important things are slipping away from me." Hime-chan said to Daichi, "It doesn't matter to you what I do! Why don't you just talk with Hijiri-san!" Then Daichi and Hime-chan kept arguing. Hime-chan turned around and said, "Leave me alone. It's got nothing to do with you." Then Daichi got mad and ran away. Hime-chan said, "Stupid Daichi, I hate you." Yuka ran after Daichi, then Hime-chan started crying.

[end of flashback]

[flashback to episode 29]

Hime-chan, passing in front of the principal's room, heard him saying that he was very sad that "somebody" will leave the school in just one week. As she wondered who that might be, Yuka opened the door and ran into Hime-chan. Both were startled, and Hime-chan couldn't believe that the principal was talking about Yuka.

At the park, sitting on a bench, Hime-chan asked Yuka if she could tell her what the promise was about. Yuka said that was ok, and told her that it was to climb to the top of the big tree just in front of them.

Daichi and she had made that promise just before her 7th birthday, when she was about to move to another city. She was afraid of moving to another place, with no friends there, so Daichi had met Yuka under that tree and told her to climb to the top of the tree. From there, the gods would listen to her wish [making lots of friends] and fulfill it as a birthday present. Since she couldn't climb by herself, Daichi promised to climb together.

But the moving day came sooner than her father expected, and Yuka had to leave the city before her birthday. From inside the car, Yuka, leaning over the door, heard Daichi promising that he would climb the tree with her when she returned.

Yuka was feeling just like before, when she left the town on that day. At that time she was afraid of moving to another city, but now she was afraid of the entertainment world she will have to face. So she thought that if she could climb to the top of the tree, she might feel relieved and get some strength back.

With a determined look, Hime-chan got up [she probably wanted to transform into Daichi and take his place] and told Yuka that she would meet Daichi and make him remember. But Yuka stopped her and asked her if she would like to climb the tree with her. Now she wanted to be with Hime-chan. She would like to become as full of energy as her. Hime-chan agreed, so they started to climb together.

Soon Daichi arrived at the park, and stopped as he heard their voices coming from the top of the tree. They had climbed halfway up, and were already very tired. They laughed together [they had said "I'm tired" at the same time] and decided to stop there. They had a very nice view of the city, and Yuka swore that whatever her future might turn to be, she would never forget that view.

Then Hime-chan spotted Daichi, looking at them from the ground. They were both very happy that Daichi had remembered the promise, and had come. Yuka had tears in eyes. Daichi asked them if they had already asked the gods to fulfill their wish. They said they had almost forgotten, so they quickly shouted their respective wishes to the sky.

Yuka said it the best thing about coming back to this city was to have met Hime-chan. Now Hime-chan called Yuka Yuka [instead of Hijiri-san, a sign that they had become very good friends].

[end of flashback]

Hime-chan then says to herself that Daichi hasn't become her boy friend yet, but he has become very important to her. She gripped the key holder even harder, and did the ike ike go go jump! with a very big smile.


58- "Watashi wo mirai ni tsurete tte" ("Take me to my future")

(私を未来に連れてって)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5821:36

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 58

Airdate: November 12, 1993

Icchan and Manami are waiting for Hime-chan in front of the 2-C classroom, but Manami is giggling and blushing because she's also expecting to meet Takada Tetsu. Hime-chan and Tetsu eventually come out the classroom at the same time, so Manami, blushing even more, asks Tetsu if they could go back together. Hime-chan cheers her up and Manami leaves her friends, smiling.

While leaving the school, Hime-chan asks Icchan about her future. Icchan would like to travel a lot, then possibly meet a prince and end up marrying him and being a princess. She then asks Hime-chan in turn, but no answer comes to Hime-chan's mind, except an image of Daichi, thus she kicks herself.

Then Daichi calls out for Hime-chan, since he was playing soccer and the ball rolled away from him in her direction. Icchan jumps at the chance and leaves, saying she'd better think about building her own future with him, making Hime-chan blush.

She keeps staring at the ball blindly, until Daichi yells, "Hey, hurry up, shounen!". This makes Hime-chan kick the ball as strong as she can, hitting Daichi in the stomach.

Very upset, Hime-chan leaves, but runs into Arisaka Sei, who tells her he has heard everything about her future, and would like her to build it with him. She pushes him away, but Sei quickly takes her hand, saying that they will build a very bright future if they stay together. But Sei can't continue much because Hime-chan lands her Himeko kick into his face. On his fours, Sei says that was Hime-chan's own proof of love to him. That makes her even more upset.

Later, all alone in the park, Hime-chan is still questioning herself about her future, when Sei comes by. He says that it's not possible to foresee one's future in the human world, but, in the Land of Magic.. He hasn't tried himself to do so, but knows that it's possible.

Then Sei's crow Kantarou comes by, bringing the time-traveling clock. Sei will go back to the Land of Magic soon, but before then he would really like to know what his future will be. Since Hime-chan would also like to know her own, he lends the clock to her for one day. Hime-chan is very happy and runs back home, holding the clock, before Sei can put his arm around her shoulders.

At home, Hime-chan and Pokota are very enthusiastic about the clock, and want to try it right away. But Aiko knocks on the door to ask for the dictionary Hime-chan borrowed from her. Soon Yumeko follows, as she was looking for her crayons, but Hime-chan quickly pushes her out of her room.

Pokota, wondering how the clock works, pats it. Suddenly the clock's bells, two eyes and a mouth pop out and the clock starts to speak. Hime-chan says she would like to go three years forward in the future, and the clock asks her to wind itself up. Then with a burst of light, Hime-chan and the clock vanish in mid air before Pokota's eyes.

When Hime-chan pops out of the time spiral, she accidentally lets the clock go, and falls into nearby bushes. She then hears her younger sister Yumeko talking to some kids in the street. Hime-chan notices that Yumeko has grown old, and has become a grade school student, thus she has really stepped three years forward in time. But she also notices that Shintaro isn't with her, as Yumeko stops briefly and takes a quick but sad glance at the building nearby.

Then she goes mad because she has lost the clock. Luckily, it got caught in the tree right above her head. To avoid losing it again, Hime-chan puts the clock's chain around her neck.

Now Hime-chan realizes that her sister Yumeko was staring sadly at the mansion where Shintaro used to live. She thinks that Yumeko might have quarreled with him.

Hime-chan wonders what might have happened between her and Daichi during these three years. All she has to do to find out would be to meet her own self and hear everything from her. So she rushes to her school.

Hiding herself behind a tree in the Kazetachi High School playground, Hime-chan spots Manami and Icchan, wearing more "mature" uniforms, leaving the school together. She'd really die to see herself in such clothing, but the older Hime-chan never shows up. She thinks she might be staying at the theater club, and plans to go and meet her there, but instead bumps into Hibino Hikaru.

Hime-chan runs away to dodge Hikaru's questions, but Hikaru chases her. Now since Hikaru is three years older, she runs as fast as Hime-chan. Hime-chan thinks that there is only one way to get rid of Hikaru, by stopping time with her palette. But she realizes in fear that she has left it on her desk, three years ago.

Then she uses the well-known trick, yelling, "Hey! Look! Isn't that a UFO there?" pointing her finger at the sky. As expected, Hikaru is taken in, and it gives Hime-chan enough time to use the heart baton to make herself smaller and hide herself behind a leaf.

Then Hime-chan thinks there should be an easier way to meet her older self.. by going home. She climbs the tree and sneaks into her room, thanks to the window that was left open. But Hime-chan's room is a real mess, stuff stacked just everywhere. Then she spots a note on her desk lamp. On Tuesday, 12 November 1996 (exactly 3 years in the future) at 4 PM, she's got some appointment at the park.

Then she hears her sister Aiko knocking at the door, about to come in. Hime-chan tells her not to come in, and rushes outside through the window to see what is supposed to happen at 4 PM at the park, since today is November 12.

Aiko, surprised to hear no sound, comes into Hime-chan's room. A very cute and pretty older Aiko shows up. She has got her hair cut rather short, with a hair lock waving on the left side of her forehead. She has small ear rings, and is wearing a white shirt with a purple/blue scarf tied around her shoulders just like a sailor suit [VERY cute ^_^;]. Noticing the window left open, Aiko says that Hime-chan must have left through the window, as usual, so that after many years she is still behaving like a tomboy.

Hiding in the garden, Hime-chan has seen her older sister, and really finds her very cute. She thinks that Aiko has changed to her best, but considering the mess in her own room, it might mean that she, Hime-chan, might have not changed that much and might still look like a tomboy. She would rather like to go back to her own present time, but says she must meet her own self by all means before leaving.

At the park, Hime-chan is really looking forward to meeting her own self, but is a bit scared though. She hopes Sei went back to the Land of Magic, then thinks that she might have done well with Daichi, and blushes. The clock makes her stop daydreaming as 4 PM rings. Then a few seconds later, Daichi pats her shoulder from behind.

Daichi has grown taller, and stands now one head above Hime-chan. Daichi pats her on her head, saying she was kind of cute after all when she was a junior high student. He also adds that many things have happened to them since then, but Hime-chan barely listens to him, and just keeps staring at her older adult Daichi, blushing a bit, her heart beating.

After she introduces him to the talking clock, Hime-chan hears her own voice from behind, apologizing for being late. She slowly turns back, and her older self hugs her with joy. Hime-chan can't say a word, she can't believe it's her. Hime-chan, in three years, has grown a bit taller (by about half a head), has long hair and a cute girlish face, and wears the same outfit that she saw Icchan and Manami wearing earlier.

Hime-chan, overwhelmed with joy, asks older Hime-chan lots of questions, about getting on well with somebody, to which older Hime-chan replies, "No comment." Both she and older Daichi tell Hime-chan that unveiling what her future would be would make it lose all of its spice. They say life is worth living only when you DON'T know what's going to happen. Older Hime-chan adds that she, when she made the time trip three years ago, didn't want to know either [urk, such intricate temporal paradoxes.. reminds me of KOR :)]

Hime-chan is a bit disappointed though, but soon the clock rings the time limit. It's time to go back to the present time. With a last look at older Daichi and Hime-chan, she winds up the clock and goes backward in time.

At home, Pokota is very tired for having been waiting for Hime-chan for a long time. Hime-chan tells him she won't say a word about her future, for the same reasons older Daichi and Hime-chan told her.

In the Land of Magic, Chappy asks Erika whether she'd like to see her future too, when her diary pops open as Hime-chan starts to write. Hime-chan says that her future is a matter of her own, and she'll build her own one, with all her might. Also she can't forget to put a memo note on her desk lamp, nor to keep her hair short, so that her future will be as she saw it.


59- "Sayonara ga ippai" ("Many goodbyes")

(さよならがいっぱい)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 5921:37

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 59

Airdate: November 19, 1993

When school begins, Gori-sensei has bad news to tell everyone. Arisaka Sei has to change to another school unexpectedly. Sei thanks all of his classmates for the nice time he has had there.

When the lesson is over, Sei comes to Hime-chan to tell her that he will go back to the Land of Magic for real. He's been forgiven, so Hime-chan says that's great. But Hikaru has caught the word disinherited and asks Sei how this happened. Hime-chan has to find an excuse, and Sei, very happy that Hime-chan has backed him up, takes Hime-chan's hands in his with joy. Hikaru, seeing that, says that Hime-chan can stay with Sei as long as she wants. That way, Daichi will be all hers. Then Sei murmurs to Hime-chan that he'd like to be all alone with her to bid farewell. Daichi retorts from afar that just saying bye bye would be nice enough.

At Sei's house, Sei, Daichi, and Hime-chan have some drinks and cookies for the last time together. Sei complains about Daichi being here between Hime-chan and him, but Hime-chan says that's a meeting gathering the only people on earth who know about the Land of Magic. Then Sei repeats that he'll keep loving her forever, and even proposes her to come with him to the Land of Magic. Hime-chan, startled, looks sideways to Daichi, to see what he'll say, but Daichi wonders out loud that it might be another of Sei and Camille's stupid betting over ramen. Sei, surprised, asks him how come he has guessed right, so Hime-chan knocks his face with a powerful Himeko Kick.

When the night comes, they say good bye to each other, then Sei, his crow Kantaro, and his black cat vanish, soon followed by Sei's house. Now only the old wasted ground remains at its place. Hime-chan says that somehow she feels sad that Sei has gone back home. Then she sneezes so Daichi gives her his scarf. Daichi also remarks, sternly, that if people keep parting away like Sei did, they might even disappear from their memories. When Daichi leaves, Pokota and Hime-chan say that Daichi didn't behave as usual that day.

In the Land of Magic, Erika just realizes that the hentai Sei Array should be back there by now. Then Ren comes by and tells her that her father the King would like to see her.

Back at home, Hime-chan's mother Hanako and older sister Aiko rush at her with worried faces. Hime-chan's younger sister Yumeko has left behind a message saying that she has run away from home with Shintaro [Daichi's younger brother]. Aiko asks Hime-chan if she is aware of something, but the only thing she has noticed is that Yumeko wasn't in a good mood for the last few days. (A few days ago, Hime-chan was about to leave home to go to school, but in the entrance hall she met Yumeko, who was looking sad. But Yumeko told her there was nothing wrong.) So Hime-chan rushes outside to look for them, soon followed by Aiko.

As they are running in the streets, they almost bump into Daichi, riding his bike and looking for his brother. Shintaro has left a similar message behind. But when Hime-chan asks Daichi if he might know why they did that, Daichi dodges and doesn't answer. They decide to split up: Daichi will go to the nearby park, Aiko to the station, and Hime-chan in the neighborhood.

Pokota suggests to Hime-chan to ask for Himeko-chan [Hime-copy]'s help. She uses her palette and makes Hime-copy appear.

All four of them keep looking for quite a while, but they can't find them.

When Daichi, Hime-chan, and Hime-copy meet in front of Daichi's building, Hime-chan asks Daichi if he remembers a place where Shintaro used to go when, for example, they quarreled or his father scolded him. Daichi says yes, in the large pipes at the park. But then they hear somebody sneezing from inside the small climbing hill in the playground. Daichi removes the cover that Yumeko and Shintaro had put over the entrance, and finds them asleep inside, side by side.

Since they are about to wake up, Hime-chan makes her copy disappear. Soon Shintaro and Yumeko, seeing them, start crying and apologizing at the same time to their respective older brother and sister. When Hime-chan asks Yumeko why she did such thing, Yumeko starts to say, "But Shin-chan's father will.." But she is quickly interrupted by Shin-chan, who has probably made her swear to tell nothing. Hime-chan has heard what Yumeko was trying to say and asks Daichi if anything is wrong with their father. Daichi dodges again and brings Shintaro back home, saying their families are certainly longing to see them back in good health.

Hime-chan thinks to herself for the second time of the day that Daichi really behaves strangely.

In the Land of Magic, the King has called out for his daughter Erika to tell her that her training period, about the magical ribbon, comes to an end, and that she has successfully passed the exam. Ren and Chappy congratulate her. The King adds that she has yet to write a full report, at which time it will be all over. But Erika also worries about Hime-chan, as does her mother the Queen, who has a sad look on her face too.

Back on earth, the Nonohara family is having breakfast, and Hime-chan is about to ask Yumeko about the previous day's runaway, but Aiko makes the first move. Yumeko says she cannot tell them, and with tears in her eyes, says she has made a promise to Shintaro. Her mother comes by, and says that's ok not to tell, as long as Yumeko doesn't run away again as she promised to her mother.

The day's lesson is about the French revolution [ureshii ^_^], and Hime-chan notices that despite Sei's departure nothing seems to have changed. Then Gori-sensei spots Daichi not listening to his lecture and asks him a tricky question, in order to entrap him, about who was in power at that time. But much to his dismay, Daichi gives the correct answer [which was Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette]. Hime-chan has noticed Daichi's sad look though, and thinks there IS something strange with him.

When the school finished, Hime-chan remembers what happened the previous day, about Yumeko saying "But Shin-chan's father will..", and Daichi's sad look that day. Then she sees a traffic policeman booking somebody, and remembers that Daichi's father is a policeman himself. So all she has to do is to go to the police station and get some information there.

The policeman on guard at the entrance door doesn't seem easy to handle, so Hime-chan decides to transform herself into the police woman she just met before, and goes in. But Hime-chan is very worried, as if she gets detected she'll end up in jail. When one of her coworkers comes to ask her if anything special happened while she was on patrol, she shyly asks him where Kobayashi's office is.

When she gets in front of his office door, she doesn't know what to do. Soon she spots the ladies restroom, and jumps at the chance to turn back into her normal self. Then she uses the heart baton to make herself smaller. She sneaks in, and hides behind Kobayashi's desk. She hears him saying to one of his colleagues that he has kept thinking about it all night and has eventually made up his mind. His friend replies that they will all feel sad when Kobayashi will have left, startling Hime-chan. Kobayashi replies that sometimes it's part of a policeman's duty to have to move to another place.

Instantly, Daichi's image forms into Hime-chan's mind. She can only think about him, leaving her. Sadly looking down, shocked, she leaves the office without even trying to hide herself. Outside, she hides her face in her hands, crying, asking to herself why Daichi didn't tell her.

At his hideout, Daichi is busy packing his stuff, looking at the door as if he expects Hime-chan to enter. Then she slams the door open, out of breath, with a very worried face.

Daichi said, "Nonohara.."

Himeko, clenching her fists, asked, "Why.. why didn't you tell me??"

Daichi, looking down, said, "Is that so.. now you know.."

Himeko with a much sadder look said, "So.. that's for real?"

Daichi said, "I like this place, Kazetachi, a lot, and don't want to move. Until now I didn't really know what would happen, that's why I didn't tell you anything. But Father has made his decision, and even Shintaro has understood."

A surprised Himeko asked, "So that's why he ran away yesterday?"

Daichi said, "Yes, and I'm sorry that Yumeko got involved in this."

Himeko said, "Then.."

A surprised Daichi said, "Hmm?"

Himeko, looking right into his eyes, said, "Then why didn't you tell me?"

Daichi said, "But I already explained to you why!"

Himeko yelled, "That's a poor excuse!!" Then Himeko was on the verge of tears. She said, "You only worried about yourself. How painful.. Such.. Such a..!"

Then Hime-chan slaps his face, and Daichi keeps looking sideways, embarrassed, until she leaves.

While running away, Himeko said, "Why didn't you tell me? Daichi you idiot!" Then when he was in the streets, she said to herself, "Idiot! Idiot!" Himeko had tears coming out of her eyes, and said, "Forever.. forever.. I thought we would stay together forever.. Idiot!"

Back at home, Hime-chan is about to confess to Pokota when her diary bursts open. Erika writes to Hime-chan that she has successfully passed her exam, but soon it will come to an end, and she and Hime-chan will have to part.

Hime-chan and Pokota can't believe what they read, but Pokota reminds her that was part of the agreement to return the ribbon. Then Pokota will become a normal stuffed animal, and Hime-chan will have all her memories of the Land of Magic erased. They hug each other, crying and yelling that they don't want to forget each other.

At night, Hime-chan can't sleep. She can only think that soon all of her best friends will part: first Erika, then Pokota.. and even Daichi.


60- "Daichi ga daisuki" ("I love Daichi!")

(大地が大好き)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 6021:38

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 60

Airdate: November 26, 1993

At school, the upper crust of Daichi's Fan Club is surrounding Daichi's best friend Tetsu to ask him if the rumor is true. In fact, yes, Daichi will be moving on Sunday (in just 2 days) to Kirigaoka. According to their map, from Kazetachi it would take at least 2 hours by train with many connections, and even more by bus since there's no direct one. Hikaru says they won't give up though, their love will be strong enough.

On the playground, Daichi plays a tennis match, while Hime-chan keeps gazing blindly at him from behind the fence. Then Manami and Icchan come by, and Manami asks Hime-chan if it's ok with her to let Daichi go. Hime-chan replies there's nothing she can do, besides that it's his father who's moving, and more, Daichi isn't that young not to be able to keep up with this moving. Manami seems satisfied with her reply, but Icchan, who has noticed that Hime-chan was forcing herself to smile, takes Manami away, saying they are her friends and should let her alone a bit.

As they leave, Hime-chan resumes gazing at Daichi, "Daichi.. Daichi.. I don't want you to leave.. I'd really like to tell you not to leave me.. but.." Daichi wins the game, and spotting Hime-chan, makes the V sign to her. Hime-chan has a brief smile. But then it starts raining, and they both keep staring at each other under the rain.

In the Land of Magic, Erika's report is now finished, and Ren has taken her to give it to her father the King. But before handing her report to him, Erika wants to know what will happen to Hime-chan's magical items, and to Hime-chan herself. The King replies that of course these items will be returned, and Hime-chan's memories of the Land of Magic will be erased. She won't even remember of Erika. Erika, while crying, says that if that's true, she won't give the report to him. She doesn't want to give Hime-chan up just because of it.

At home, Pokota can't cheer her up, and Hime-chan asks if he feels sad too. "Of course", he replies, then Aiko knocks at the door and comes in, bringing some watermelon to her. But Aiko sees that her sister is in a bad mood. As she's about to leave, Hime-chan asks her a question, catching her off guard.

Himeko said, "Aren't you sad because of not being able to meet Hasekura? Of course you're sad, aren't you?"

Aiko replied, "Of course I am, but being separated, there's one thing I have understood for the first time. It cured me of gazing at him, and I've realized how important he has become to me."

Himeko, rising to her feet, said, "But then, if for whatever reason you can't meet him again?" Aiko said, "Well.. many days have passed since then, I've felt sad and lonely.. But I don't mourn over him anyway you know. Having met him, studying with him, going on a date with him, and just being with him have given me such unforgettable happy memories."

As she speaks, we can see Pokota dropping tears, and Hime-chan remembering her and Daichi, her, Pokota and Erika, being together.

Himeko said, "But then if you can't?.."

Aiko said, "Even if, it doesn't matter nor even scare me. I'm happy just because I have met him."

Then, slightly making fun of Hime-chan's way of speaking, Aiko leaves. She's relieved to see that Hime-chan is smiling a bit now. Pokota says that what Aiko said was true. Then while holding Pokota, Hime-chan says that he, Daichi, and Erika have become very important to her. Whatever happened between them was just great. When Pokota will become a normal stuffed animal again, he swears he'll look over Hime-chan as he did before, and in turn asks her to talk to him some time to time too. But he also asks her to confess her true feelings to Daichi, or his mind won't be at peace. Hime-chan thinks, "That's right. I have to confess him. That I love him so much."

The next day is Daichi's last day at school. When the lesson is over, Hime-chan gathers her wits and intends to go and talk to Daichi. But Tetsu takes him away to play a game of basketball before she can do anything.

As she is about to follow them, Hikaru and two friends pop out from behind, scolding her for taking over what should be Daichi's Fan Club's last task, supporting Daichi as long as he's still there. Hikaru's friends ask Hikaru what this last is supposed to mean, and she replies that since Daichi will change to another school, the Fan Club will break up. But SHE will follow him.

Hikaru keeps teasing Hime-chan, telling her not to interfere, after all it's her, Hikaru, who got along with Daichi, not Hime-chan. But Hime-chan seems to be at last honest to herself, and instead of taking umbrage at what Hikaru says, turns back to face her with a big smile and says, "What if I got along with him?? I have an announcement to make!" The three girls are astounded.

With a resolute look, Hime-chan rushes to meet Daichi on the playground. But once she's ready to talk to him, she can only blush and mutter a pitiful excuse (she has forgotten to give his scarf back to him) [see previous episode 59]. Then she runs away, saying to herself, "Idiot! Why didn't I tell him? I love him so much though!"

But when the game resumes, it's now Tetsu who teases Daichi, "Don't you think she is the kind of girl who runs away just because she can't tell you something.."

The next day is Sunday, Daichi's moving day. Yumeko leaves to meet Shintarou but Hime-chan is still sleeping. So Pokota wakes her up. Considering how late she is, she makes herself and Pokota smaller and they both take a ride on the flying pen.

On the playground in front of Daichi's mansion, Shintarou and Yumeko swear to each other to write many letters and have a Christmas party together. Daichi was loading a large truck with several boxes, and worried because Hime-chan is nowhere to be seen.

In fact, she and Pokota are hiding being the slide not too far away from Daichi. Hime-chan can't make up her mind to go and meet him, and would rather go back home. But Pokota says she has sworn to do so, and can't back down now. He cheers her up, so with a little smile she decides to go, but she hears the truck, now loaded, leaving.

The only five people remaining there are Daichi's father and mother, who aim at their own car to follow the truck, followed by Shintarou and Yumeko. Only Daichi stays still, because Hime-chan has eventually come into sight.

Hime-chan doesn't know what to tell, and clumsily hands Daichi's scarf back to him. But he says that would be nice if she could keep it. His answer makes both of them blush a bit [probably the first time Daichi is blushing in front of Hime-chan]. Then they start speaking at the same time, and look down with embarrassment.

Daichi's father sounds his car horn and Shintarou calls for his brother to come. Finally, Daichi looks at Hime-chan into her eyes, and tells her, "Your ribbon fits you really well. Bye bye.." and rushes to the car. Hime-chan is so surprised that she can't say a word as the car leaves.

Yumeko yells, "Bye bye!" to Shintarou who was looking at her out of the rear window. Daichi eventually does this too, and spots Hime-chan's tears. When the car stops at a stop sign to make a right turn, Hime-chan suddenly runs after it and yells, "Daichi! Daichi, I.. LOVE YOU!!!", but Daichi is already too far away to hear what she has said. Hime-chan stays still in the middle of the road, crying silently, as the wind blows and takes her tears away.

Back at home, Hime-chan complains that she hasn't been able to confess her love to Daichi after all, but Pokota is sure that one way or another he has heard or understood her feelings. Then in a burst of light, Erika and Chappy appear before their eyes.

Erika and Hime-chan are very happy to meet again, but Hime-chan thinks she has come to take the magical items and her memories away, since her exam has ended. Chappy says that was so, until the King made another decision. In agreement with his wife the Queen, he has agreed not to erase Hime-chan's memories and let her meet Erika again. Ren, Erika, and Chappy were very happy.

Therefore Hime-chan will have to return the magical items and won't be able to use magic any more, but Pokota will also keep living and speaking. Then Erika sets free the two espers Masshi and Hosshi from the palette and the pen where they had been entrapped [see episode 39].

Erika has one last thing to ask Hime-chan. She would like to do the ike ike with her! So all four of them do the ike ike go go, yuri yuri go go, jump!.

The next day at school, Hime-chan is still sad because of Daichi's departure, but that year with him has been very enjoyable, and it seems to her that she can still hear his lively voice. Looking at Daichi's now vacant desk, she says to herself with a smile, "I will meet you again Daichi, right?" Then Gori-sensei, who was taking roll, calls out his name and sadly remembers that he has moved to another school.. But all of a sudden he hears Daichi yelling out, "Present!" and rushing in the classroom, much to everybody's surprise. Daichi says that he has made a 40 minutes ride by bike to be here on time, instead of taking bus and train, and will keep doing this everyday for training. Even Gori-sensei is moved by Daichi's efforts to stay among them.

Daichi goes back to his own desk, and smiles at Hime-chan who's looking at him with a big smile. "Nonohara, you see, I'm back. Because I like this place, Kazetachi, so much.. and because you're here.."

Later Hime-chan writes to Erika, "Erika, are you doing fine? After all, Daichi is back. It's like a normal school year has started again."

[shots of Daichi skating inside the school building, waving at Hime-chan, scolded by Gori-sensei, cheered by Hikaru and the Daichi Fan Club]

"I have not confessed again my true feelings to Daichi yet.."

[shots of Daichi and Hime-chan, Pokota on her shoulder, going back home and eating nikuman side by side]

[then quarreling]

"But one day.. without fail, one day I'll tell him.."

[then Hime-chan, all smiling, running after him]

"That I love him.. That I love you so much!"

[close-up on her very happy face]

"Daichi!!"


61- "Mahou no kuni ha daisoudou" ("Lots of confusion in the Land of Magic")

(魔法の国は大騒動)
Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 6121:08

Hime-chan no Ribbon - Episode 61

Airdate: December 03, 1993

Hime-chan's mother Hanako calls out for Hime-chan because she has got a letter today. Mother thinks that it's kinda strange though, since there's no sender address on the back of it. But Hime-chan has already guessed who this letter comes from.. Erika!

Back in her room, Hime-chan opens the letter, from which some smoke appears, and Erika's image forms in the smoke. Erika tells them that she has very good news. Her father the King will hold a celebration party because Erika passed her magical exam with success, and she would really like to invite Pokota, Hime-chan, and Daichi to this party. Hime-chan is overwhelmed with joy, and says they are up to anything Erika asks to meet her again. A rendez-vous is set for the next night at 5 PM inside the Kazetachi School gymnasium, where a taxi will come to take them. Pokota reminds Hime-chan not to forget to tell her parents about the party though, so she goes to tell them right away.

Her parents wonder who Erika is though. Hime-chan replies, "Don't you remember? She was at my birthday party!"

(of course, this is a good joke, because Erika was actually playing Hime-chan's role, while Hime-chan was stuck into Hikaru's body) [see episodes 17 and 18].

When her father asks her with whom she will go, she replies, while blushing a bit, "Daichi will come with me." Then her mother says that's ok.

Then Hime-chan gives a phone call to Daichi. He is very enthusiastic as well. But Yumeko comes by and says she'd like to go with her big sister too. Hime-chan is forced to say no, but Aiko takes Yumeko in her arms, saying that if Yumeko remains as good as gold, she will take her and Shintaro to the amusement park tomorrow (while Hime-chan and Daichi will go to the birthday party). Hime-chan tells this to Daichi who in turns tells this to his younger brother Shintaro who becomes very happy.

The next day, Hime-chan is the first one to get to the gymnasium. She is wearing a nice pink dress with a white collar, and Pokota has put on a bow tie too. Pokota is very happy because he'll meet Pink-chan again.

Daichi is on his way, but riding a bike when one's wearing a suit doesn't make it easier.

A car stops at the traffic lights, carrying Hikaru to her father's party. But she spots Daichi riding his bike into the Kazetachi playground going toward the gymnasium, and she wonders what he is doing there on a Sunday night. Therefore she decides to follow him, and tells the car driver to wait for her.

In the gymnasium, Hime-chan hears Daichi coming. They tease each other for a while for wearing such unusual clothing (Hime-chan got hers from the theater club while Daichi got his from his father). But from the door, Hikaru is spying on them, wondering why they have come there together. "Of course that can't be a date!?"

Then in a burst of light, a beautiful coach drawn by winged white horses appears. Sei is the coachman. He's very happy to meet Hime-chan again, but falls head first when he tries to jump down the coach.

Seeing Sei wearing a strange costume too, Hikaru wonders if it's a dream and pinches herself, but she isn't dreaming. Hime-chan and Daichi get into the coach, and Sei whips the horses to leave. So Hikaru rushes at the coach and grabs on its back, before it takes off and vanishes in mid air. She had closed her eyes for the takeoff but when she opens them again, she realizes they are flying in the night sky above the city. Being scared to death, she faints.

Soon they land on the Land of Magic, and Ren welcomes them. Unknown to them, Hikaru wakes up all of a sudden and wonders where she is. She decides to find out by herself.

In turn, Erika thanks Hime-chan and Daichi for coming. Erika is wearing a beautiful white dress with a pink neckline [the perfect opposite to Hime-chan's dress]. Daichi teases Hime-chan for being Erika's perfect copy but the difference is that Erika is a distinguished person. Then the King asks Erika to open party.

Soon the guests start to dance, and Pokota leaves to look for Pink-chan. Erika asks Hime-chan if it's ok to borrow Daichi for a dance. Then while they are dancing, Hime-chan goes for the buffet but bumps into Camille, who wants to take her for a dance. But Sei pulls him back, saying that Hime-chan is his and Camille has Robelia already (who caught a cold and couldn't come). By the time Sei wants to invite Hime-chan for a dance, she has left.

There are many delicious dishes at the buffet. Hime-chan picks up a giant red lobster and manages to gulp it down, but she chokes when a feminine yet well-known voice calls her from behind. It is Icchan's copy, all giggling. Then Manami's copy comes by too, apologizing for Icchan's copy's behavior in a very polite voice. [in fact, Icchan's copy behaves like the real Manami on Earth, and vice versa]

Still dancing, Erika congratulates Daichi on his dancing. Hikaru, hidden behind a pillar, spies on them. She thinks, "Even though Daichi's partner looks like Hime-chan, that couldn't be her." Then from behind, Camille hugs her, obviously mistaking her for Robelia. When Camille introduces himself, Hikaru, realizing everybody has a double here, introduces herself too, and tells him it's ok to call her Robelia from now on. Camille is shocked to see that somebody else from Earth has come there, and knows that the King would become very mad if he found out. Thus Camille decides to treat Hikaru as Robelia, and takes her for a dance.

Pokota eventually spots Pink-chan in the crowd, and they start dancing too.

When the dance is over, Ren says that the time has come for the prayers ceremony. Hikaru asks Camille what this is about. He tells her that there is a fountain where to return the magical items, and this fountain has the power to grant you any wish you ask it. Camille thinks he has said too much to her, but thinks it's ok since her memories will be erased soon after.

Everybody gathers in front of the fountain, and Ren holds the ribbon to Erika to let her return it to the fountain. It's Erika's own ribbon she had made, and the second one Hime-chan is wearing has no magical powers any more.

In the crowd, Daichi has spotted Camille and Hikaru by his side, but Hime-chan says that's not Hikaru but Robelia. She also adds that she is Hikaru's perfect copy in appearance, but not in character.

Then Erika, holding the ribbon, goes down the stairs to the fountain. Hikaru asks Camille if it's when you return the magical item that you get your wish granted. Camille says yes, thus Hikaru rushes at Erika, steals the ribbon from her hands, and throws it into the fountain. Everybody is in shock. Then as the ribbon is swallowed by the fountain, Hikaru yells out her wish, "I'd like to marry Daichi!"

Erika yells, "What are you doing, Robelia!?" but Hikaru replies she's not Robelia but Hibino Hikaru. They don't have time to do anything else because the fountain rises high and spreads itself over the audience, to fulfill Hikaru's wish. The only people not spread over by the fountain are Hikaru, Daichi, Pokota, and Hime-chan.

After a while, Erika turns back to Hikaru and says, "Congratulations, Hikaru, for marrying Daichi!" The other people congratulate Hikaru too, and the King even says it's time to set up the wedding ceremony. It's as if all the people of the Land of Magic had been contaminated by the side-effects of Hikaru's wish.

Hime-chan and Daichi can't believe their eyes, and Sei comes to congratulate Daichi too (and adds that he'd better leave Hime-chan to him!). Soon Daichi and Hikaru are taken away to get ready for the wedding.

To return things back to normal, Hime-chan rushes at the fountain to make a second wish, but there's no water any more. Hime-chan doesn't know what else to try, and starts crying, when a strange old man comes by and asks her what has happened during the prayers ceremony (he couldn't make it in time).

Chappy arrives and introduces him to Hime-chan and Pokota. He's the Great Magician of the Land of Magic, and Erika's grandfather. Then Hime-chan tells them what happened. The Great Magician asks her if she'd like to cancel Hikaru's wish, she says, "Of course I do!" Then she asks him in turn if he knows a way to do this. The Great Magician says that if you have two more magical items to return to the fountain, then you'll be able to have another wish granted [Hime-chan still has the heart baton]. The Great Magician teleports them where the second item, a jar, is.

They appear in a very strange, dark place. The small jar is put on a rocky overhang, standing over a very deep crevasse. Hime-chan and Pokota are scared to go there so they cheer up each other and have a run for the jar. As they grab it and hold it to the Great Magician, they see that a large rock is falling down just above the Great Magician. So Hime-chan uses the heart baton to shrink the rock. The Great Magician is safe, but Hime-chan has dropped the jar, and now it's broken and spilled.

Hime-chan thinks that there is no way out now. But the Great Magician said that he will try to reverse the spell because she was nice enough to consider his safety over anything else. But he asks Hime-chan to tell him her true feelings about what happened. Pokota says she should trust the Great Magician, so she tells him that Hikaru is going to marry Daichi and she doesn't want this to happen because she loves Daichi. Smiling, the Great Magician then manages to break the spell.

In a burst of light, he teleports Hime-chan, Pokota, Daichi, and Hikaru back to the Earth, just before the wedding ceremony starts.

Daichi is the first one to wake up, and says they returned just in time, but wonders what Hime-chan did to do so, making her blush. [because she had to confess her true love to the Great Magician.. at LAST she did it, but not to Daichi though] Then Sei appears, and tells them that the Great Magician has successfully broken the spell before the wedding could take place. He also says that Hikaru will wake up and think all of this was just a dream.

Hime-chan has also something to ask him: to bring the ribbon and the heart baton back to Erika. Quickly putting the ribbon on his head, Sei tries to turn himself into Hime-chan, but in vain, since he hasn't the bracelet [VERY funny]. Then Sei hands out a letter from Pink-chan to Pokota, and vanishes.

At the end, Daichi asks Hime-chan if it's ok to continue the party, that is, to dance with her. While Hikaru is still asleep, he takes her hand and they start dancing, smiling to each other.


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