The Magical Princess Holy-Up (I like to refer to her as Cha Cha's altered ego) was the heroine that Cha Cha could turn into in the first 50 or so episodes of the show. In the very first episode, we see Seravi giving Cha Cha a chest with three mystical objects: The Princess Medallion (worn by Cha Cha around her neck), The Braclet (later worn by Riiya on his right wrist) and The Ring (later worn by Shiine on his right hand) The reason why Seravi gave his pupil these objects is that Cha Cha was going to start school soon and would spend a lot more time away from him. Seravi knew how important Cha Cha was to the land and how much Daimarou wanted her dead. As a means of defending herself, Seravi told Cha Cha that she would meet two friends who would always be true to her (Riiya and Shiine) and that by combining the powers of Love (Cha Cha), Courage (Riiya) and Hope (Shiine), Cha Cha could change into the Magcial Princess Holy-Up. As the Magcial Princess, Cha Cha would be able to shoot the Magical Celine Arrow (sometimes referred to as the Beauty Celine Arrow) and defeat powerful enemies.
The Magical Celine Arrow defeated a slew of enemies.....until Access showed up.
Access (later discovered to be Shiine's father) was under the command of Daimarou who had captured Shiine's mother and held her captive. His orders were to find and eliminate Cha Cha. In his first appearance, we see Access simply catching and dissolving the Magical Celine Arrow. Naturally, Cha Cha was surprised. Seravi told her to find the legendry Phoenix Sword but its location was unknown even to Seravi. Cha Cha searched and eventually found the Phoenix (which was in the form of a fat, pink bird that Cha Cha named Chiiky)
Upon discovering that Chiiky held the power of the Phoenix, Cha Cha could call upon the Phoenix by shooting the Magical Celine Arrow into the sky. The Phoenix would come and change into a short, pink (but powerful!) sword at Cha Cha's hand. The Phoenix Sword could be used as a normal sword or used to deliver a powerful blast to the enemy. Cha Cha however had never used a sword before so she sought help from Suzu, her ninja friend. It was Suzu's grandfather who trained Cha Cha how to use a sword. Access came around to carry out his orders, despite discovering that his son Shiine was Cha Cha's friend. Cha Cha beat him with a phoenix sword blast.
The Magical Celine Arrow and Phoenix Sword in hand, Cha Cha sets off to find Daimoarou's castle and rescue her parents. However, in the desert, she comes across, a big volcano named Argyl who proved too powerful for her. Seravi saved her but he blamed himself for not taking care of Cha Cha like he was supposed to. So in the following episode, he tells Cha Cha and company about the third Weapon of Magic ("Fried Rice!" yells Riiya) No, it was the legendry Band Shield.
So off goes Cha Cha to find a blacksmith who could mold the Band Shield. They found him (I don't think he has a name. They just called him 'blacksmith') and begged him to mold them a Band Shield. He hesitated because he was afraid. Hogan, a spy working for Daimarou, told the blacksmith to make the Band Shield but instead of giving it to Cha Cha, he told the blacksmith to give it to him. Hogan then befriended Cha Cha but turned on her when the blacksmith had completed what Hogan thought was the Band Shield. Hogan grabbed it and Cha Cha Holy-Up'ed to get it back. Well, after a brief interlude where we see Hogan falling in love with the Magcial Princess, they start to fight. Cha Cha believed it was the real Band Shield and began losing, until the blacksmith told her it was a phoney. OK, so Cha Cha beats Hogan (who probably goes off to find another line of work in wrestling or acting) But where is the real Band Shield? The blacksmith said they needed to find some special materials before he could mold the real thing. See what happens when you buy things that aren't original?
In the second part of the story, Cha Cha, Riiya, Shiine and the blacksmith go off to search for the something that they needed to make the Band Shield (I think it was Sands of the Angels of Love or something. I've forgotten) Along the way, they meet a traveller named Geraldo who plays a trumpet. He was returning to his home town when he found it in shambles because of another of Daimoarou's underlings (Can't remember his name) who also turned his childhood sweetheart, Bonita, into stone. Seeing his home town had nothing more to offer him, he played his trumpet one last time before offering it to Cha Cha, saying it was made from Sands of the Angels of Love (or something like that) So the trumpet was made of the same material needed to make the Band Shield. No problem! They simply melted it down and let the blacksmith do his thing. Now we see the real Band Shield in it's winged, pink glory. As The Magical Princess Holy-Up, Cha Cha wore the Band Shield on her left wrist and commands it to 'Build Up' to protect her against enemy attacks. Didn't work with Daimarou though.
We only see Cha Cha use these once. They apparently came with the Band Shield though I didn't see her actually getting them. Did I miss something? Anyway, the Earrings help Cha Cha sense danger when she cannot see it.
Maybe the producers of the show were feeling bored but they decided to do away with our Magical Princess. After rescuing her parents, Cha Cha Holy-Up'ed a few more times in a few more episodes. Then they introduced the last major enemies of the anime, Sophia and her brother Buckes.
This was a two parter. The first part of the story, we see that Access had to run an errand for the king, Cha Cha's father. When Daimarou first beseiged the castle when Cha Cha was a mere babe, he had commanded the Sacred Bird (aka the King's Royal Seal) to fly far away so that Daimarou would not be able to play it. The King's Royal Seal was actually a harp that would radiate the heart of the person that was playing it. If a person with a good heart played it, peace would reign. If an evil person played it, destruction would ensue. Access accepted this task as a chance to redeem himself for working for Daimarou. Sopiah and Buckes found the Sacred Bird before Access but they did not know how it worked. After defeating Access, they tried to force him to reveal the secrets of the Sacred Bird. Access refused so they tortured the poor guy. Shiine, sensing his father was in danger, quickly came to his aid with Cha Cha and Riiya. OK, you know how the story goes. Cha Cha Holy-Up's and beat the bad guy, right? Almost. She only managed to beat Buckes. Thinking that the danger had passed, Access revealed the secret of the Sacred Bird to Cha Cha, Riiya and Shiine. The bird could be used to open the gate to the Netherworld. Sophia overheard them, grabbed the Sacred Bird and flew off with it, intending to revive our old pal Daimarou (did I just use the word 'pal' with Daimarou?)
So ends part one.
We all get a clue about the outcome of the following episode when we hear Cha Cha tearfully saying 'Goodbye Magical Princess' at the title screen, without her usual laughter.
In the second part, we see Cha Cha, Riiya and Shiine going after Sophia. Access was injured in the last episode so he didn't tag along. Unfortunately for Sophia, she had no idea where the gate to the Netherworld was so she enlisted the help of former Dimarou flunkies Sorges, Izu and Yuda all of whom did the searching while Sophia lay in the shade. But she had to get off her butt and do some work when her three slaves ran off on seeing Cha Cha and her friends. Cha Cha Holy-Up'ed and fought Sophia. In the fight, the gate to the Netherworld is accidentally found and opened (by Cha Cha!) All sorts of ugly stuff comes out. Cha Cha defeats Sophia and by now, Teacher Seravi and Dorothy have arrived. What did Seravi say? Cha Cha, Riiya and Shiine had to give up their mystical items to close the gate. The trio were distressed by such news, worried about what would happen if they came across another enemy like Daimarou. Riiya tried to use a huge boulder to cover the gate up but it didn't work. Cha Cha made a nice little speech about if they kept Love, Courage and Hope within them, they'd be able to defeat all enemies. So Cha Cha said a solemn 'Good bye Magical Princess. We can do it on our own now.' and they tearfully gave up their items. With flashes of light, the gate is sealed.
And that was the last appearance of The Magical Princess.
On a brighter note, Cha Cha is offered three things in replacement of her Princess Medallion: A magic Brooch that can hold anything, a Communications Compact that she could use to keep in touch with her family where ever she was and the Crescent Aurora Bracelet which forms a Magic Boomerang that brings her things when she is in trouble. She couldn't decide so she was given all of them.
After the final apperance of Princess Holy-Up, the story becomes less serious and more humerous. No major enemy stepped up to take the place of Daimarou. The show just goes on for a while longer until the series ends with Seravi's and Dorothy's wedding.
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