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Akanbe eyecatch

Akanbe featured in an eyecatch on episode 8

Akanbes (アカンベェ Akanbe?) (known as Buffoons in Glitter Force) are the main monsters of Smile Pretty Cure!. To summon an Akanbe, a series villian shouts out "Come out, Akanbe!". Akanbes can only emit cries of "Akanbe", "Aka" or "Beh", as well as "Super" or "Hyper" if they are of the appropriate type. Some Akanbes can speak in a more complex manner if appropriate to the situation, such as the Workbook Akanbe which would ask its questions aloud. They are voiced by voice actor Sasaki Hiroo (佐々木 啓夫?).

Akanbe literally means the action of "pulling one's eyelid down and sticking out one's tongue".

Appearance

Although each Akanbe is unique in design, they possess some similarities in their appearance. Most are distorted versions of their possessed object, and possess a clown's eyes, hands, and legs.

The earliest form of Akanbe are created from Red Noses, which contain a Cure Decor piece, and Pierrot's power. A unique feature of this Akanbe type is a long tongue sticking out of its large red mouth. The eyes are heavily lidded, with a single vertical red stripe running through each eye. The Red Nose Akanbe can be defeated by the Cures' individual purification attacks.

Somtimes, the second eyecatch, which normally shows Candy, shows an Akanbe instead, scaring the girls in the process. This also happens on episodes 10 ( it is rumored that one TV Asahi station showed it on episode 9), 17, 28, 33 and 39, due to those episodes' themes (the villians venturing to the human world to seek food to Pierrot covering the world in a Bad End). It is well worth noting that the commercial that aired before said eyecatch was for Tanoshi Yoochen magazine on all episodes featuring it, except for episodes 39 and 47, which, on episode 39 featured two SunStar products-Color Wonder and Secret Jewelry Box, and on episode 47, it aired after an ad for a Seiban backpack.

In episode 12, a second type of Akanbe are created from Blue Noses. As the Blue Noses do not contain Cure Decor pieces, it makes them resistant to the Cures' individual purification attacks. They lack the long tongue which Red Nose Akanbe have, and have sharp teeth instead. Their eyes are half open, and surrounded by a spiked design. They also have a frilled collar around their necks. The Blue Nose Akanbe can be defeated with group attack Rainbow Healing.

In episode 23, a new type of Akanbe with a Yellow Nose was revealed. This type of Akanbe is characterized by smiling eyes and mouth. They are the same as the earliest Akanbe except Joker is the one summoning them.

In episode 24, another new Akanbe is introduced made of two noses, when used it creates a Super Akanbe twice as strong as the others. This Akanbe is defeated by the group attack Rainbow Burst, this Akanbe is characterized with sharp looking eyes, three red streaks on one eye and three blue streaks on the other; the mouth has a full set of vampire looking teeth. They are known as Super Buffoons in Glitter Force.

Green nosed Akanbe appeared in episode 29, only appearing in the games the Cures are sucked into and has various purposes:

  • Whack-a-Mole: Game timer and moles
  • Go-kart: Starting Signal
  • Bowling: Bowling Pins
  • Baseball: Scoreboard
  • Swimming: Whistle and Shark

In Episode 31, a new type of Akanbe appears, Hyper Akanbe, which are created from coating Red Noses in pure darkness. It has a Black Nose, violet lips, and its tongue is outside of it's mouth. Unlike other types of Akanbe, these swallow their creator upon formation, causing them to serve as a pilot for the Akanbe. Each Hyper Akanbe gains a sigil on its forehead in the shape of its creator, as well as special characteristics:

  • Wolfrun: The Akanbe gains his wolf ears and tail.
  • Akaoni: The Akanbe gains two red horns and sharp teeth.
  • Majorina: The Akanbe gains her hood and its nose changes shape to match hers.
  • Joker: The Akanbe gains his closed eyes.

The pilot of a Hyper Akanbe gains a marking across their eyes while within the Akanbe, and suffers from debilitating side effects afterwards. They are known as Twilight Buffoons in Glitter Force.

Abilities and Powers

Akanbe's abilities have not yet been fully revealed, but each Akanbe's powers depends on their possessed object. For example, many Akanbe monsters can fire high-speed missiles of their possessed objects, while the mirror Akanbe can reflect itself to create multiple images to create confusion.

They have been shown to be able to jump to great heights, as well as engage in hand-to-hand combat. Akanbe can also use their long tongue in combat.

It was shown in episode 10 that an Akanbe's strength is directly related to its creator. In this episode, after Wolfrun feasted on okonomiyaki and regained his energy, the Akanbe he created grew larger and stronger as well.

When an Akanbe is defeated, the Red Nose explodes to free the Cure Decor piece trapped within. The piece will be kept inside the Decor Décor.

In episode 12, Joker gives the Bad End Kingdom commanders an upgraded version, the Blue Nose, which creates Akanbe monsters that, while weaker than the ones with red noses, cannot be defeated with the Cures' individual purification attacks. This is because the individual purification attacks aim to purify the Cure Decor piece within the Nose, and since the Blue Nose does not contain any Cure Decor piece, the attacks have no effect on the Akanbe.

In episode 24, when the Super Akanbe is deafeated two Cure Decor are released, revealing that there are more than 16 Cure Decor.

In episode 32 it is shown that a Hyper Akanbe can be created from any other kind of Akanbe by swiping Bad End paint on its nose.

List of Akanbe

Episode
Appearance
Image Possessing Summoned by Interesting details Defeated with

SmPC01

Akanbe 01 House Wolfrun Jester shoes Happy Shower

SmPC02

Akanbe 02 Volleyball Wolfrun Elbow pads and knee pads Sunny Fire

SmPC03

Akanbe 03 Yayoi's Poster Akaoni A clown posing as a janitor Peace Thunder

SmPC04

Akanbe04 Soccer Goalpost Akaoni Wings of a bat or a pterodactyl: a cross between a net and striped arms March Shoot

SmPC05

Gfxg Mirror Prop Majorina A pink bow on the side of the head Beauty Blizzard

SmPC06

Akanbe06 Empty Drink Can Majorina Just the simple word "drink" on the front Happy Shower

SmPC07

Akanbe07 Tree Wolfrun Small branches used for hands Happy Shower

SmPC08

Akanbe08 Playground Rocking Horse Majorina Does not have arms like the first 7 Happy Shower

SmPC09

Akanbe.ep.9 Tennis Court Roller Akaoni Possibly the head of a jester Peace Thunder

SmPC10

Akanbe.ep10 Okonomiyaki Sauce Pot Wolfrun Simply carries a sauce brush Sunny Fire

SmPC11

Akanbe11 Dandelion Flower Majorina Possibly gets small when summoned March Shoot

SmPC12

Akanbe12 Gachapon Machine Wolfrun Somewhat like a ballot box with a frilled tutu Rainbow Healing

SmPC13

Akanbe.ep13 Miyuki's Omikuji Fortune Akaoni Rainbow Healing

SmPC14

Akanbe.ep14 Tsuutenkaku Majorina Rainbow Healing

SmPC15

Akanbe 15 Carnation Wolfrun Happy Shower

SmPC16

Akanbe.ep16 Math Workbook Akaoni Beauty Blizzard

SmPC17

Akanbe17 FUJIWARA Billboard X 2 Majorina Sunny Fire

Rainbow Healing

SmPC18

Akan.ep18 Wicker Basket Akaoni Rainbow Healing

SmPC19

Akanbe19 Fox Origami Wolfrun Peace Thunder

SmPC20

Akanbe 20 Jack-in-the-box Majorina Rainbow Healing

SmPC21

Akanbe21 Bamboo Tree Akaoni Happy Shower
Sunny Fire
Peace Thunder
March Shoot
Beauty Blizzard

SmPC23

Akanbe23 Rocks Joker Happy Shower

SmPC24

24 Gingerbread House Wolfrun Rainbow Burst

SmPC25

Akanbe25 Kakigōri Akaoni Rainbow Burst

SmPC26

Akanbe.ep26 Festival Prizes Majorina Rainbow Burst

SmPC27

Akanbe.ep27 Incense Holder Wolfrun Rainbow Burst

SmPC28

Akan.ep28 School Building Majorina Rainbow Burst

SmPC28

SmPc28.mini.akan
Ghosts Majorina -

SmPC29

Akan.ep29 Ferris Wheel Majorina Rainbow Burst

SmPC29

Green Nose Akanbes Majorina -

SmPC30

Akanbe.ep30 Piranha Akaoni Rainbow Burst

SmPC31

Akanbe.ep31 Backhoe Wolfrun Happy Shower

(Royal Clock)

SmPC32

Roller Coaster Joker Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC33

Akanbe.ep33 Video Camera Akaoni Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC34

Akan.ep34 Electric Guitar Majorina Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC35

Robot Action Figures

Wolfrun
Akaoni

Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC36

Akan.36 Key Pendant Wolfrun Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC37

Akanbe 37 Ballot Box Wolfrun Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC38

Akanbe38 Acorn Majorina Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC39

Akan.ep39 Miyuki's Glass Slipper Wolfrun Happy Shower

SmPC40

Akanbe 40 Volleyball Wolfrun Sunny Fire Burning

Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC41

Akanbe 41 Yayoi's Manga Akaoni Peace Thunder Hurricane

Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC42

Akanbe42 Majorina's Apple Majorina March Shoot Impact

Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC43

Joker's Mirror Joker Beauty Blizzard Arrow

Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC44

Akan.ep44 Building Wolfrun

Happy Shower Shining
Royal Rainbow Burst

SmPC47

Pierrot Shadow Monsters Pierrot Shadows Pierrot

Fire Shoot

Thunder Blizzard

Trivia

  • Due to the plot, some later Akanbes mirror the earlier ones:
  • The first Super Akanbe mirrors the first Akanbe as a house-like Akanbe and summoned by Wolfrun.
  • The Hyper Akanbe from episode 44 mirrors the first Akanbe as a house-like Akanbe, summoned by Wolfrun and as Cure Happy's enemy. While the normal Akanbe is Cure Happy's first enemy, the Hyper Akanbe is the enemy, when she got her upgraded attack Happy Shower Shining.
  • The Hyper Akanbe from episode 40 mirrors the Akanbe from episode 2 as a volleyball-like Akanbe and summoned by Wolfrun. While the normal Akanbe is Cure Sunny's first enemy, the Hyper Akanbe is the enemy, when she got her upgraded attack Sunny Fire Burning.
  • The Akanbe are the first monster to have named upgraded forms. However, the monsters Nakisakebe and Sorewatase are not upgraded forms of Nakewameke.
  • The Math Workbook one is more talkative than the others.
    • But the Super Akanbe/Super Buffoons talk more than the others.

Gallery

VTESmile Pretty Cure! characters
Cures Hoshizora Miyuki/Cure HappyHino Akane/Cure SunnyKise Yayoi/Cure PeaceMidorikawa Nao/Cure MarchAoki Reika/Cure Beauty
Mascots CandyPop
Villains PierrotJokerWolfrunAkaoniMajorinaBad End Pretty CureAkanbe
Others Royale QueenHoshizora HiroshiHoshizora IkuyoHoshizora TaeHino DaigoHino MasakoHino GenkiKise YuuichiKise ChiharuMidorikawa GenjiMidorikawa TomokoMidorikawa SiblingsAoki SoutarouAoki ShizukoAoki JunnosukeSasaki NamieNanairogaoka Class 2-2Council President IrieTerada RunaFujiwaraBrian TaylorThe Policeman
Movie only Demon KingNicoMomotaroCinderellaOne-Inch BoySun WukongUrashima TaroCow KingBlue DemonGreen Demon

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