東 永次 Higashi Eiji
|Birthplace||Hyōjunji, Kanto, Japan|
|Eye Color||Purple (civilian)
|Hair Color||Dark magenta (civilian)
|Family||Hinata Higashi (younger sister)|
|Alter Ego||Cure Epoch|
Eiji is a strong-willed tomboy who likes to punch first and ask questions later. Like her little sister, Hinata, she admires the Pretty Cure that appear on TV, and secretly wished she could be one. However, once Nano turns her into Cure Epoch, she realizes that being a magical girl is tougher than it looks. She is like the heroines of the past in some regards; she is clumsy and loves food. Eiji is unafraid of marching to the beat of her own drum, much to the chagrin of her teammate Mizuki Toride. She has a very rough and masculine way of speaking, even when transformed into Cure Epoch. Epoch believes actions speak louder than words, and thus does not usually make speeches during the middle of the battle. Initially, she does not like transforming into Epoch, as he sees it as stupid and girly, but she eventually gets used to it. She has a sense of duty as a Precure, however embarrassing it may be, and will keep fighting until the Mugen Daimao is defeated.
Eiji is a tall and lean young girl. She has big purple eyes and shaggy, shoulder-length dark magenta hair that she keeps in a ponytail. Her typical casual clothing is a blood-red short-sleeve shirt with a brown safari jacket and denim shorts. She wears black sneakers with white socks as well.
As Cure Epoch, her hair and eyes brighten to pink. Her hair is held up in a ponytail with a barrette that looks like Cure Beat's with a circle in place of a heart. Her bow is pink, with a lighter-shaded frill underneath and a clock-like brooch. Her top is cut like a curtain down the middle, starting at her bow and ending at her belt. It closely resembles the back of Blossom and Marine's uniforms, but instead of bare skin, she has a grey undershirt. Her overshirt is plain pink. Her sleeves look like the Smile Precure, with magenta feathers instead of white. Her gloves resemble Cure Lovely's, except they're grey with pink trim. She has her PreDoll Scanner on a blue belt. She has a hot pink choker, and magenta piercings on her ear lobes. Her skirt is pointy and rose-pink with a grey underlayer, with grey shorts underneath and a back ribbon with square tips. She wears boots that resemble Cure Blossom's, but grey instead of white, and with a bow instead of a flower.
Cure Epoch Edit
時を 守って! キュアイーポック！
Toki wo mamotte! Kyua Eppoku!
Cure Epoch is Eiji's Cure alter ego. Using her PreDoll Scanner and Cure Dolls, she can transform into any of the past leader Cures, as well as use their attacks. She does have some individual purification attacks of her own-most notably, Epoch Slash. She covers her hand in pink energy and slashes at the enemy. Eventually, she also gets Epoch Black Thunder (a combination of Cure Black's power and her own) and Epoch Legend Slash (an upgraded version of Epoch Slash using her Legend Staff). As Eternal Cure Epoch, her ultimate attack is Epoch Slash Eternal (a much larger and more powerful version). With Jubilee, she can preform Duel Legend Assault. Along with Fortnight and Jubilee, she can use Prism Triad. When all three are in their Legacy forms, they can preform Rainbow Legacy Solution (A version of Rainbow Jewel Solution using their Legend Staffs).
Higashi (東): Means "east", which is the direction the sun rises.
Eiji (永次): Eiji has several meanings, depending on the kanji used. In this case, they suggest "eternity" or "next", which makes sense considering the time theme of the series. Even though Eiji is typically a boy's name, her parents gave her this name because they could see that she had an 'eternal spark' in her eyes.
Cure Epoch: An epoch is a period of history, especially one considered of value. It is also a unit of geological time.
- Initially, Eiji was going to be a boy, which would have made her the first transgender cure.
- She is voiced by Mitsuki Saiga, who is known for voicing gender-ambiguous females; she voices Garnet in the Japanese dub of Steven Universe, as well as Hibiki Shikiyoin in Season 2 of Pripara.
- She shares her last name with canon Cure Higashi Setsuna.