Hanasaki Tsubomi (花咲 つぼみ?) is one of the four main Cures in Heartcatch Pretty Cure!, and she's also the group leader. She is a second-year transfer student at Myoudou Academy and is in the same class as Erika.
Tsubomi has maroon eyes and long, curled hair originally worn into a low ponytail with her bangs evenly spread to frame her face. She changed the style into a pair of pigtails held by yellow flower-shaped scrunchies. She originally had glasses that she only wears on occasion now.
Her casual outfit was designed by Erika, consisting of a light pink mini-dress with fuchsia lining and sleeves to accent the ribbon design on the chest, a white long sleeved top, denim knee-length pants, and fuchsia flats. For summer, she wears a light pink top with a heart and bow detail and light blue shorts. In the movie she wears a pale pink ruffled dress with a heart at the middle and a grey top to match her stockings, a denim jacket, and beige cowboy boots.
As Cure Blossom, Tsubomi's eyes and hair become bright pink and her hair grows longer, worn up in a ponytail with a hot pink ribbon adorned by a white and pink flower. She gains a hot pink choker and pink flower earrings. Her white mini-dress has bell flower sleeves and hot pink lining, a band of light pink going down each side of the chest to accent the petals of her skirt. On each hip is a pale pink flower, and on the chest is a hot pink ribbon with a silver and cyan heart brooch in the center. Her wrist accessories accent her skirt, and she gains white below the knee boots with light and hot pink detail and a flower on the side of the foot.
As Super Cure Blossom, her eyes are lighter, along with her curlier, longer hair. Everything pink on her is now pearl pink and pale pink. Her ribbons are altered in shape, with a heart ornament on her head ribbon to match her earrings. Her skirt is longer and has gained a pair of tails, while her boots reach the thigh with a small flower on the top to match her opera gloves. She gains rainbow wings made of light in a heart shape.
As Rainbow Cure Blossom, her outfit becomes lighter while her wrist pieces and skirt grow in length. She gains glowing wings.
Tsubomi is a shy and timid introvert who usually keeps to herself, hesitant to speak openly unless approached first. She often worries over small things and is easily worked up, especially when scared or trying to handle more energetic people like Erika. She strongly wants to shed this aspect of herself and over the series manages to become more easygoing and willing to speak her mind thanks to Erika's friendship and encouragement, until she became confident enough to accept her negative qualities.
Tsubomi is a kind girl as well, and would never say anything to hurt anyone or make them feel as though she depended on them if it could make them unhappy. She loves flowers and dreams of becoming a botanist to spread flowers and make people happy.
Due to her relationship and frequent visits with her grandmother, she has picked up her old-fashioned speech pattern.
Kurumi Erika: At the beginning, Tsubomi was unable to handle Erika's energetic and forward personality, and often finds herself speechless before her. However, after she gets to know about Erika's problems while fighting a Desertrian, Tsubomi gives Erika another chance. While still feeling awkward, Tsubomi looks up to Erika for her strong personality and great athletic abilities, to the point that she, as Cure Blossom, feels that she is holding Marine back. As time goes on, she and Erika have become best friends, and Erika is usually the one Tsubomi confides in or invites to do activities.
Chypre: Tsubomi's mascot partner takes a big sister role to her. Chypre initially considered her weak, but after getting Erika's Heart Flower back, she put her full trust in her. They seem to get along great and care for each other.
Hanasaki Kaoruko: Tsubomi loves her grandmother very much, and has adapted several of her traits. In the past, Tsubomi used to visit Kaoruko all the time. Kaoruko is also the first person Tsubomi goes to when she is feeling unsure, particularly when it is about Pretty Cure.
Coupe: She has shown a crush on the "mysterious hot guy", and was heartbroken when she found out he was actually Coupe taking the form of her deceased grandfather.
Myoudouin Itsuki: Tsubomi fell for Itsuki at first sight until discovering she was actually another girl, leaving her heartbroken. However, she strongly supports Itsuki's attempts to embrace a feminine side and is shown to still admire her. She convinced Itsuki to join the fashion club. Itsuki comforts Tsubomi whenever she feels afraid, and they quickly form a close friendship.
Hanasaki (花咲?): Hana (花) is "flower" while saki (咲) is "bloom". Together, Hanasaki stands for "blooming flower".
Tsubomi (つぼみ?): Tsubomi stands for "flower bud", another reference to her love of flowers and flower-based powers, and also may refer to Tsubomi's inexperience and eventual growth as a Cure.
Her name means, "blooming flower bud."
Blossom is short for Cherry Blossom and it is a name she gave herself, after laying eyes upon a blossoming tree.HPC01
Ever since she was small, Tsubomi has had to be taken care of by her grandmother, Hanasaki Kaoruko while her parents, both with each of their important jobs, went on business trips and could be gone for weeks at a time. At first, Tsubomi did not mind, and had fun being with Kaoruko, even learning a lot of Japanese literature and old phrases.HPC07 However, as time went by, Tsubomi became more and more lonely, though she did not tell her parents, as she knew how important their work was.
Presumed to have happened the same year the present story line begins, she watched a bird give food to her children while they cried to make her come back. Seeing herself in a similar situation as the little birds, Tsubomi started to cry. Coincidentally, her mother forgot a notebook, and together with her husband and Tsubomi's grandmother, they find Tsubomi crying. She admitted her loneliness to them, and not wanting to split her family apart, her parents quit their respective jobs to open a flower shop together, moving to Kibougahana, the city where Kaoruko lives, to be closer to Kaoruko as well.HPC09
The story starts with Tsubomi waking up from a dream about Cure Moonlight as they arrive in their new town, where they are going to live with Tsubomi's grandmother. The next day, Tsubomi prepares herself for her first day at the new school, hoping to change her shy personality, but despite her prayer to a four-leaf clover, it starts becoming embarrassing, partly because of Kurumi Erika, who kept teasing her. After school, Erika forces her to change her hair-style and wear a different sweater, though Tsubomi constantly tells her to let her be. When she is alone, she has a new dream about Cure Moonlight. After waking up, she takes a walk and encounters the fairies from the Great Tree of Hearts, who tell her to help them hide so that their enemy will not find them. After watching Sasorina take Erika's Heart Seeds instead, and realizing the pain Erika is actually going through, Tsubomi summons the courage she needs and transforms into Cure Blossom.HPC01
However, as she is unable to control the power of being a Pretty Cure, Blossom is easily defeated. She is then saved by a mysterious man who transports her to her grandmother's botanical garden, where she reverts back to Tsubomi. It is revealed that Kaoruko used to be the famous Cure Flower when she was young, and that Erika's Heart Flower will soon be lost if not retrieved sooner. Tsubomi decides to once again fight the Desertrian to save Erika. Although she had problems with fighting and the powers of the Desertrian seem to increase, she gains almost complete control when witnessing wild flowers being destroyed by the Desertrian's giant hammer, and is in the end able to purify the monster and chase Sasorina away. When Erika later wakes up, Tsubomi makes a deal with her; if Erika can make the abandoned doll pretty, she will join the fashion club as well as the gardening club, which makes Erika extremely happy.HPC02
Fighting as Cure Blossom
Although accepting her powers and role as Pretty Cure, Tsubomi is still having some trouble using all of Blossom's abilities, but quickly recovers when Erika successfully transforms into Cure Marine.HPC03 However, as Blossom watches how well Marine is doing, she loses confidence in her abilities as Blossom, and begins thinking that she is being a burden to Erika. Because of this, she seeks comfort from Coupe and her grandmother, and eventually is able to cooperate with Marine when they fight against Kumojaki.HPC04
Trial of the Super Silhouette
Blossom, along with Marine and Sunshine, goes to the Pretty Cure Palace to take the ultimate test: obtaining their final transformation known as Super Silhouette. Blossom has to face her past self, who quickly gets the upper hand of her. Taken off guard, Blossom is shaken and bewildered over what is happening. Her past self tells her she can never change, that she is incapable of change. This causes Blossom to be filled with fear. Frightful of what she is hearing, Blossom runs only to realize she has changed and that she still needs a small part of her to be her shy inverted self because that is who she is. Blossom passes the test and the Pretty Cure Palace creates a statue of Blossom in recognition. She then joins her friends in battle against the Desert Devil and they access their new Super Silhouette powers.
Return of Dune
During Christmas, Dune returns to the earth and is after the power Cure Flower sealed away after their battle. In a valiant effort to protect her grandmother, Tsubomi fought Dune and was the last of the four Cures to fall to his powers. Dune takes Kaoruko to his fortress with Tsubomi blacking out just as he leaves. She awakens in the botanical garden which has been protected by Coupe, who was hiding the girls while they recover. When the girls go outside, they are met with the shock of seeing their world as a desert. Tsubomi runs home followed by Erika only to reach their homes to see that they have also fallen to the power of the Desert Devils. Losing all faith, she hugs Chypre asking what she can do now. The four girls reunite and all are feeling defeated, until Erika's sister Momoka rushes out of nowhere relieved to see her sister is alive. The girls then notice others arriving, all of who had been saved by the Cures which included Itsuki's brother, Satsuki. After being reminded of how much faith her friends have in Pretty Cure, Tsubomi declares that they will not give up. A Desert Devil arrives and the girls tell everyone to get into the botanical gardens. They transform and defeat the Desert Devil using Heartcatch Orchestra. Coupe points to the sky, indicating to the girls he knows where Kaoruko is, and puts Marine on his back to let them know he is going with them. Just as the girls are about to leave to rescue Kaoruko, their friends come out of the botanical garden to wish them luck.
The Final Battle
The Cures and their mascots arrive at Dune's fortress and begin fighting the Snackeys. Blossom manages to fight her way to her grandmother and with the help of Coupe, she releases her from Dune's shackles. Before she leaves to rejoin Moonlight, her grandmother begs her not to allow Sabaku and Moonlight to fight. She joins Moonlight, ready to fight Dark Pretty Cure with her, but is asked by Moonlight not to interfere as she has to be the one to beat Dark Cure. As the two fight, Sabaku starts to shoot dark energy at Moonlight so Blossom flies towards him in an attempt to stop him, only to be shot down by him. After telling him how much she changed, and that she will protect her world and everyone's hearts, she goes for the attack again. As she dives over him Chypre detaches from Blossom and lands on his face, giving Blossom the chance to take a shot against him. When Sabaku sees Moonlight ready to make the final move against Dark Cure, he lunges in the path of the attack taking the hit, which causes his mask to break. Blossom witnesses an extremely shocked Moonlight after Sabaku is revealed to be her father, and as Dark Cure is ready to make a finishing blow against her, Blossom stands in the path of the attack and deflects it with her hands. Tired from protecting Moonlight, she rests while Moonlight and Dark Cure have their final battle. She witnesses Dark Cure being defeated and Moonlight running to her father wrapping her arms around him. She also hears how Sabaku pit blood sisters against each other as he created Dark Cure out of a piece of Yuri, making Dark Cure Yuri's younger sister, and sees Dark Cure fade in her father's arms.
Dune arrives and begins to battle Sabaku. Moonlight joins the fight protecting her father from a barrage of energy shots from Dune. Blossom joins the fight only for Dune to create a dark energy bomb which explodes breaking the Cures' transformations and leaving all three on the ground. As Dune prepares to use the same move, Sabaku runs to the dark energy and uses himself to shield his daughter and Tsubomi from the explosion. Yuri runs to her father as the energy explodes leaving only tatters of her father's clothes. Enraged by Dune's actions, Yuri prepares to engage him in battle but Tsubomi grabs her arm begging her not to fight with anger and hatred. Yuri tells Tsubomi she despises Dune for destroying Cologne and her father. Tsubomi reminds Yuri that the Yuri she looks up to would never fight out of anger and would not be willing to do what she is about to do. She then gives Yuri the remains of her Pretty Cure Seed that Dark Cure possessed, helping Yuri to remember that Pretty Cures fight with love. The two transform and begin to battle Dune, just managing to keep the battle equal between them until Dune shoots dark energy at them which explodes on impact. As the dust settled, Marine and Sunshine are revealed to have saved them from the attack and Blossom is glad to see them safe. They join Moonlight and Blossom in fighting Dune. The Cures use their Forte Wave attacks against Dune, followed by Marine and Sunshine combining to use Floral Power Fortissimo and Moonlight and Blossom combining to do the same. All four hit Dune at the same time and then they call forth the Heartcatch Mirage and use Heartcatch Orchestra to defeat Dune.
However, Dune was able to overcome the group attack, breaking free from it. Dune becomes filled with seething rage and unleashes his true final form, growing to the extent that his size went beyond the earth's. The Cures, along with Kaoruko and Coupe, evacuate in a small barrier that carries them away from the crumbling fortress. Dune punches the earth, causing the land to shake tremendously, as the remaining survivors near the botanical garden struggle to stay upright. The Cures resolve to confront Dune, this time, with their love, seeing Dune boiling with wrath and hatred. They fly up to him, swiftly avoiding Dune's thrusts and punches before being overwhelmed by his lasers. The dust and smoke dissipate, but the Cures are actually unaffected by the attack. Blossom begins to express the groups' sympathy for Dune and pauses, before Moonlight and the rest stood up for her. The Cures and the three fairies combine their powers, and an egg-like barrier surrounds them, growing layer by layer, until it matches the size of Dune. The egg hatches to reveal a gigantic Cure, who introduces herself as Infinity Silhouette, a combination of the Pretty Cure's and fairies' powers. Dune tries to attack Infinity Silhouette, but is interrupted by a huge invisible barrier, making her invulnerable to any of Dune's attacks. Infinity Silhouette then performs Straight Punch, filling Dune's heart with the love that they had delivered from their hearts, before Dune fades away with a smile on his face.
After her life as Cure Blossom had ended, Tsubomi started learning English to fulfill her goal of being accepted into NASA to try and overcome her fear of heights.
Daichi ni saku ichirin no hana, Kyua Burossamu!
Cure Blossom (キュアブロッサム?) is Tsubomi's Pretty Cure alter ego. Unlike the former Pretty Cure-duos in the franchise, Tsubomi does not need to be together with her partner, Cure Marine, to transform. Tsubomi transforms by saying "Pretty Cure! Open My Heart!".
Although she is at first unable to control the enormous strength and power Pretty Cure possesses, Tsubomi later declares that she will learn to control it to help Erika. After witnessing the Desertrian destroying some flowers, Blossom's rage allows her to fully control her powers, and with the guidance of Chypre and Coffret, can use the attack Pink Forte Wave and, together with Marine, she can use Floral Power Fortissimo.HPC02 During the final battle against Dune, Blossom performs Floral Power Fortissimo with Moonlight. When facing the new and stronger Desertrian, Blossom, Marine, and Sunshine can perform Shining Fortissimo.HPC31
Cure Rainbow Blossom
Cure Rainbow Blossom (キュアレインボーブロッサム?) is an upgrade Blossom gains along with everyone else in movie Pretty Cure All Stars DX 2: Kibou no Hikari - Rainbow Jewel o Mamore!. Together, the group of seventeen girls form the group Cure Rainbow.
Super Cure Blossom
Sekai ni kagayaku ichimen no hana! Hātokyacchi Purikyua! Sūpā Shiruetto!
Super Cure Blossom (スーパーキュアブロッサム?) is the Super Silhouette upgrade Blossom receives after passing the trial in the Pretty Cure Palace. This form is obtained via the Heartcatch Mirage and the Super Pretty Cure Seed. In this form, she can use the group finisher, Heartcatch Orchestra.
First, Tsubomi's Heart Perfume appears. Chypre creates a Heart Seed for her and she shouts, "Pretty Cure! Open My Heart!" She puts it to her Heart Perfume and she sprays perfume on the top part of her body, creating her top and skirt. Then pink light creates her shoes. She sprays her perfume many times to her hands, and it creates her gloves. Her hair color changes from red to pink and she creates her hair ornaments and earrings with her perfume. She puts her perfume to her skirt and it changes into a little pink and white colored waist bag. Cure Blossom jumps down and recites her introductory speech.
- Pink Forte Wave (ピンク・フォルテウェイブ?): is her finishing attack that requires the Blossom Tact. She first used it in episode 2
- Floral Power Fortissimo (フローラルパワーフォルテッモ?): is her finishing attack with Marine that requires their Flower Tacts. She also performed it with Moonlight in episode 48.
- Shining Fortissimo (シャイニングフォルティシモ?): is a group attack with Marine and Sunshine they first used in episode 31. It requires her and Marine's Flower Tacts and Sunshine's Shiny Tambourine.
- Heartcatch Orchestra (ハートキャッチオーケストラ?): is a group attack with Marine, Sunshine and Moonlight they first used in episode 38. To perform it, they have to be in their Super Silhouette forms and need the Heartcatch Mirage and their respective weapons.
Other then purification attacks, Cure Blossom can use some individual sub attacks on her own for fighting use:Cure Blossom Sub Attacks
Tsubomi's voice actress, Mizuki Nana, has provided her voice in image songs about Tsubomi. Many of them include group songs with Mizusawa Fumie, who voices Kurumi Erika, Kuwashima Houko, who voices Myoudouin Itsuki, and Hisakawa Aya, who voices Tsukikage Yuri.
- Heart Flowers (Along with Mizusawa Fumie, and Kuwashima Houko)
- Heart Seeds (Along with Mizusawa Fumie, Kuwashima Houko, and Hisakawa Aya)
- Pretty Cure・Memory (NewStage3 Version) (Along with Honna Yoko, Kimoto Orie, Sanpei Yuko, Oki Kanae, Koshimizu Ami, Fukuen Misato, Nabatame Hitomi, and Nakajima Megumi)
- Shantia ~Land of Happiness~ Ending Ver. (Along with Fairouz Ai, Hanamori Yumiri, Ishikawa Yui, Seto Asami, Hidaka Rina, Mizusawa Fumie, Kuwashima Houko, and Hisakawa Aya)
- Tsubomi is the only Heartcatch! Cure to not have a confirmed Heart Flower.
- She is also the only one of the hair-styled Cures who was shown with down hair in her Cure form.
- In the Pretty Cure All Stars Suite Flower Card Collection, Tsubomi is represented by the cherry blossom, which symbolizes gentleness and a beautiful heart in the Language of Flowers.
- For the Pretty Cure All Stars DX3 Movie character polls held by Toei Animation, Blossom appeared in the following rankings:
- 5th in "Favorite Pretty Cure"
- 4th in "The Pretty Cure you want to team up with most"
- 5th in "The Pretty Cure you want to be most"
- 4th in "The Pretty Cure you want to bake with most"
- Though in poster form, Tsubomi appears (along with Erika, Chypre and Coffret) in the final episode of the Kamen Rider Den-O spin off Imagin Anime, "You Will Find The U*tra Planet", when Momotaros complains about the Heartcatch Pretty Cure! poster in front of the Toei Animation studios.
- Tsubomi appeared as Cure Blossom to give the 10th anniversary congratulatory message at the beginning of episode 10 in Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!.
- In the French dub, she is called "Flora" who is the goddess of Flowers and Spring in the Roman mythology.
- She is afraid of heights, as seen in episodes 2 and 24.
- Main Page: Hanasaki Tsubomi/Image Gallery