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Heartcatch Pretty Cure! (ハートキャッチプリキュア! Hātokyacchi Purikyua!?) is the seventh anime series of the Pretty Cure franchise. Directed by Nagamine Tatsuya and produced by Toei Animation, the series premiered on February 7th, 2010, succeeding Fresh Pretty Cure! on its timeslot. The series theme is flowers and their true definitions of Hanakotoba (花言葉 "flower language"?) (e.g. the Forget-me-nots represents true love).

The series is famous for its unique character design by Umakoshi Yoshihiko and is one of the most successful Pretty Cure series, regarding merchandise and viewership.

Media

Heartcatch Pretty Cure! episodes
Heartcatch Pretty Cure!: Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!? (Movie)
Heartcatch Pretty Cure! Manga (Kamikita Futago)
Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure: Yuki no Princess to Kiseki no Yubiwa! (Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure movie, featuring the cast of Heartcatch.)

Synopsis

English title from Toei Animation's US website

During the car trip to her new home, the introverted flower lover Hanasaki Tsubomi has a strange and mysterious dream, where the legendary warrior known as Cure Moonlight is defeated at the base of the "Great Tree of Hearts". Because of this, all the beautiful plants are destroyed, and two fairies from the Tree of Hearts take off.

It soon turns out to be real, and the fairies appear next to her. They want her to become the legendary warrior Pretty Cure and collect Heart Seeds in order to prevent the Great Tree of Hearts, the source of all human hearts, from dying. But Tsubomi, unsure of herself, thinks she is unable to do so and refuses. However, an enemy attacks her classmate Kurumi Erika and takes away her Heart Flower. To save Erika's heart, Tsubomi summons the courage she needs and transforms into the Pretty Cure warrior, Cure Blossom.

Characters

Pretty Cure

  • Hanasaki Tsubomi (花咲つぼみ?)
    Tsubomi is a second year junior high school student who just moved to Kibougahana City. She lives in a flower shop in which her parents run and her grandmother owns a botanical garden. Tsubomi loves flowers so much that she insists on joning the Gardening Club but instead joins the Fashion Club after getting to know Erika. Despite her complex with her withdrawn nature, she strives to change herself when transferring schools. Strangely, Tsubomi is good at proverbs and four-character idioms since she was raised by her grandmother when she was young while her parents were busy with work. Her catchphrase is "I can't stand it anymore!" (「私、堪忍袋の緒が切れました!」?). Together with Chypre, Tsubomi can transform into Cure Blossom (キュアブロッサム?).
  • Kurumi Erika (来海えりか?)
    Erika is a second year junior high school student who loves fashion. Her father is a proffessional cameraman and her mother is the owner of the fashion shop called "Fairy Drop" in which Erika lives. Erika is a cheerful and positive girl who immediately says what she thinks, which can be a fly in the ointment. She has a complex with her beautiful and stylish older sister. Her catchphrase is "Even someone like me, with a heart wider than the ocean, is at her limit!" (「海より広いあたしの心も、ここらが我慢の限界よ!」?). Together with Coffret, Erika can transform into Cure Marine (キュアマリン?).
  • Myoudouin Itsuki (明堂院いつき?)
    Itsuki is a second year junior high school student and everyone's longing student council president. Itsuki is also the granddaughter of the president of the school. She practicing everyday in order to follow the footsteps of the Myoudouin style on behalf of her sick older brother, so Itsuki is dressed like a boy at school but in fact, likes cute things. After meeting Tsubomi and Erika, she learns to be honest to what she likes. Her catchphrase is "I will heal the darkness in your heart with my light!" (「その心の闇、私の光で照らしてみせる! 」?). Together with Potpourri, Itsuki can transform into Cure Sunshine (キュアサンシャイン?).
  • Tsukikage Yuri (月影ゆり?)
    Yuri is a smart and good-looking second year high school student who has a calm personality. Her cold behavior towards Tsubomi and the others begin to change gradually once she interacts with them. Her catchphrase is "I'll keep fighting, for everyone's heart!" (「私は戦う, みんなの心のために!」?). Yuri was unable to tansform into a Pretty Cure again due to her sadness upon the loss of Cologne, her fairy partner. But, with the help of Cure Blossom, Cure Marine, Cure Sunshine, Cologne, and the Heart Tree, she overcomes her trauma and transforms back into Cure Moonlight (キュアムーンライト?).

Mascots

  • Chypre (シプレ?)
    Chypre is Tsubomi's fairy partner who came to look for the Pretty Cures to save the Tree of Hearts. To Tsubomi, Chypre acts a lot like an older sister to her and she ends her sentences with ~desuu (「~ですぅ」?).
  • Coffret (コフレ?)
    Coffret is Erika's fairy partner who joined Chypre in the search of the Pretty Cures. He acts more of a younger brother to Erika, having a playful personality as well as being cheeky and spoiled. He ends his sentences with ~desu (「~です」?).
  • Master Coupe (コッペ様?)
    A superior fairy who is greatly admired by other fairies such as Chypre and Coffret, who lives in the botanical garden that Tsubomi's grandmother cares for. He does not talk but is always watching over Tsubomi and Erika. In the past, he was the Kaoruko's partner when she was Cure Flower. He has the ability to transform into Mysterious Guy.
  • Potpourri (ポプリ?)
    Potpourri is Itsuki's fairy partner born from the Tree of Hearts. Since she is still a baby, she acts selfishly and can be a bother to Chypre and Coffret. Potpourri also posseses incredible protecting powers and ends her sentences with ~deshu (「~でしゅ」?)
  • Cologne (コロン?)
    Cologne was Yuri's fairy partner who died during the battle against the Desert Apostle while trying to protect her. He is still watching over Yuri from the Tree of Hearts.

Desert Apostles

  • Desertrian (デザトリアン Dezatorian?): Desertrians are the monsters used by the Desert Apostles, created by fusing an object with the wilting Heart Flower of a person.
  • Kumojaki (クモジャキー Kumojakī?): The apparent leader of the three managers of the Desert Apostles. He trains a lot and is sometimes shown wielding a sword.
  • Sasorina (サソリーナ Sasorīna?): The only female of the three managers of the Desert Apostles. She is a direct person and battles Pretty Cure with the fullest of her feelings. She can attack with her hair, like a scorpion tail.
  • Cobraja (コブラージャ Koburāja?): The third member of the three managers of the Desert Apostles. He is a strong narcissist who thinks he is the most beautiful man in the universe. He always tries to look as beautiful as possible, even in battle.
  • Snackey (スナッキー Sunakkī?): The underlings of the Desert Apostles, who are always hard-working. Cobraja seems to make the most use of them, having them assist him with things such as lighting and photography for impromptu photo shoots during his missions. In episode 39, the leader of the Snackeys, Boss Snackey, appears.
  • Desert Devil: The Desert Devil is a powerhouse in Dune's army. He sends the Desert Devil to a thriving planet full of life, allowing it to turn the planet into an endless lifeless desert.
  • Dark Cure (ダークプリキュア Dāku Purikyua?): A mysterious woman who has powers very much like those of Pretty Cure, including her own Tact. It is unknown if she is a real Pretty Cure or if she was merely created by Professor Sabaku to resemble and act like one. She has complete heterochromia, her left eye is light blue while her right eye, which she usually keeps closed, is yellow.
  • Professor Sabaku (サバーク博士 Sabāku-hakase?): The acting main villain in the series. He is very mysterious, constantly keeping his face hidden beneath a mask. He usually has Dark Cure by his side.
  • Dune (デューン Dyūn?): The actual leader of the Desert Apostles, who has been in deep sleep after he was defeated by Cure Flower.HPC20

Myoudou Academy Fashion Club

Kurumi Erika takes it upon herself to restart the Fashion Club, becoming its president. Along with Hanasaki Tsubomi and Myoudouin Itsuki, she eventually recruits the following people into the club:

  • Sawai Naomi (沢井なおみ Sawai Naomi?)
  • Sakuma Toshiko (佐久間としこ Sakuma Toshiko?)
  • Kuroda Rumiko (黒田るみこ Kuroda Rumiko?)
  • Shiku Nanami (志久ななみ Shiku Nanami?): Acting mother for her household, in the absence of her late mother. She joins the fashion club after Erika and Tsubomi (with the help of Nanami's little sister, Shiku Rumi) convince her that she needs to have her own life, too.

Light Music Club

Others

  • Hanasaki Kaoruko (花咲薫子 Hanasaki Kaoruko?): Tsubomi's grandmother, who Tsubomi often used to visit and stay with in the past. She used to be Pretty Cure in her youth, her Cure alias being Cure Flower (キュアフラワー Kyua Furawā?).
  • Kurumi Momoka (来海ももか Kurumi Momoka?): Erika's 17-year-old sister. She is a charisma model for a fashion magazine and the source of Erika's complex, as she thinks Momoka is much more beautiful and mature than her. Her best friend/classmate is Yuri.
  • Myoudouin Satsuki (明堂院さつき Myōdōin Satsuki?): Itsuki's older brother. He is sickly and hence Itsuki has to carry on their family tradition.
  • Myoudouin Gentarou (明堂院厳太郎 Myōdōin Gentarō?): Itsuki's grandfather, he's the principal of Myoudou Academy and the leader of the town's local dojo.
  • Myoudouin Tsubaki (明堂院つばき Myōdōin Tsubaki?): Itsuki's mother, she's the actual daughter of the principal Myoudouin Gentarou.
  • Tsurusaki (鶴崎先生 Tsurusaki-sensei?): Tsubomi and Erika's homeroom teacher in Myōdō Academy, strict but reliable. She is afraid of ghosts, which she thinks is holding her back from her teaching.

Items

  • Heart Perfumes (ココロパフューム Kokoro Pafyūmu?) - Perfume bottles used to transform. Cure Sunshine has a Heart Perfume which is actually called the Shiny Perfume.
  • Flower Tacts (フラワータクト Furawā Takuto?) - Wand like items used as weapons. The different types of Flower Tacts are named after their users; the Blossom Tact for Cure Blossom, the Marine Tact for Cure Marine, the Moon Tact for Cure Moonlight and the Dark Tact for Dark Cure. Cure Sunshine has an attack device called the Shiny Tambourine, but it is unknown if this is a Flower Tact.
  • Heart Pot (ココロポット Kokoro Potto?) - The item that the Heart Seeds are stored in. Later in episode 33, the lid of the Heart Pot is used by Yuri to transform into Cure Moonlight.
  • Heart Seeds (こころの種 Kokoro no Tane?, Seed of Heart) - They are born from cleansing people's Heart Flowers. They are stored in the Heart Pot. Some can be used for power-ups and calming the mind.
  • Heartcatch Mirage (ハートキャッチミラージュ Hātokyacchi Mirāju?) - Is a jewelry box-like item that was used by all predecessors of Pretty Cures. It is extremely powerful and gives the Pretty Cures a boost of power, the ability to transport directly to the Tree of Hearts, show one's Heart Flowers and part of the Cure's Super Silhouette transformation. It resides in the Pretty Cure Palace, in which the Pretty Cure who ask for it will have to face the Pretty Cure before them.
  • Shiny Tambourine (シャイニータンバリン Shainī Tanbarin?) - Is Cure Sunshine's main weapon. Different from the Flower Tact, its design is similar to a tambourine shaped like a sunflower. Allows her to use Gold Forte Burst and Shining Fortissimo along with Cure Blossom and Cure Marine.

Locations

  • Myoudou Academy's Junior High School (私立明堂学園 Shiritsu Myōdō Gakuen?) is the school that Tsubomi, Erika, Itsuki, and Yuri attend.
  • Kibougahana (希望ヶ花 Kibōgahana?) is the town that Heartcatch Pretty Cure! is set in.
  • Flower Shop Hanasaki (フラワーショップ花咲 Furawā Shoppu Hanasaki?) is Tsubomi, her parents and grandmother's flower shop and house.
  • Fairy Drop (フェアリードロップ Fearī Doroppu?) is a two-story fashion store that sells accessories on the first floor and clothes on the second floor. The shop is run by Erika's parents and is connected to the Kurumi household, with Erika's room on the second floor. Clothing bought from Fairy Drop usually has the store's ribbon logo on it. It's located right next door to Flower Shop Hanasaki.
  • Myoudouin Kobudo (明堂院流古武道 Myōdōin Kobudo?) is the martial arts studio home of the Myoudouin family, including daughter Itsuki.
  • Desert Apostles (砂漠の使徒 Sabaku no Shito?) is the Desert Apostles base that consists of Kumojacky, Cobraja, Sasorina, Sabaku, Dark Pretty Cure, Baron Salamander (movie exclusive) and the leader Dune.

International Dubs and Broadcasts

Albanian

Cantonese

A Cantonese dub was released by TVB on January 8, 2013 and ending on July 2, 2013 that aired every Tuesday and Wednesday at 17:20.

French

TOEI Europe originally launched a plan of dubbing the Heartcatch movie into French to check if the company should distribute the franchise in France. The movie dub was screened in a TOEI's screening event in 2011. The movie was never released

Greek

Greece made a dub for Heartcatch Pretty Cure in 2020 for broadcast on Smile TV with the dub being made by the channel itself. The dub had the first opening and ending dubbed into Greek with Greek subtitles and the songs were sung by Vasilliki Kafkoula. The dub started airing on September 7, 2020 airing everyday at 21:30 before moving to 16:00 and then 19:30 and stopped in episode 24 on October 8, 2020 due to issues with Erika's voice actress announcing her pregnancy in late August of 2020. It's likely unknown if the dub will continue or not.

Italian

Korean

Serbian

The Serbian dub aired in 2013 on HappyTV being made by the television broadcaster. The dub aired at 10:40am listed on the block: "Happy Kids". The dub stopped in episode 27. A shortened opening was made for the dub. It was only aired twice before HappyTV found out it was made illegally and blacklisted it.

Taiwanese Mandarin

In Taiwan, YOYO TV was again the broadcaster of the dub that aired in Taiwan between May 25, 2012 and May 4, 2013 airing every Friday at 17:30 but lately moved to Saturdays at 17:00 in November 10, 2012 and finally at 15:00 local time from March 23, 2013 onwards.

Thai

In Thai the anime was aired by MCOT TV in Thailand starting from August 21, 2016 airing every weekend. The dub unexpectedly had to stop on October 15th, 2016 because of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The dub returned on November 13, 2016 and ended on March 11, 2017.

Trivia

  • The song HEART GOES ON by Ikeda Aya and Kudou Mayu is one of the main insert themes for Heartcatch Pretty Cure!.
  • Heartcatch Pretty Cure! is the first season to have sub-attacks (not including basic attacks, such as double punches and kicks like in Fresh Pretty Cure!).
  • All main Cures in Heartcatch Pretty Cure! sing their respective character songs as insert songs:
  • Heartcatch! is the first Pretty Cure series that received an afureko (after recording). Mizuki Nana (voice actress of Hanasaki Tsubomi) was a guest in Shin Domoto Kyodai.
  • Heartcatch! had its opening theme performed in the 61st NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen. The performers were Maeda Atsuko, Ooshima Yuuko, Itano Tomomi (ex-AKB48 members) and Mizuki Nana (Hanasaki Tsubomi's voice actor)
  • A Heartcatch Pretty Cure! poster appears in the final episode of Imagin Anime, a spin-off of the Tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Den-O. Momotaros complains about the poster's size and him being left out of the poster.
  • In the "All Pretty Cure Big Poll", Heartcatch Pretty Cure! is ranked 2nd in "Favorite Series Productions".
  • Starting from this season's finale, there will be an ending card that thanks viewers for completing the season.

Merchandise

Main Page: Heartcatch Pretty Cure! Merchandise

Alternative titles

  • South Korea: 하트캐치 프리큐어! (lit. Heartcatch Pretty Cure?)
  • Taiwan/Hong Kong: 光之美少女! (lit. Heartcatch Pretty Cure!?), and 抓心 (lit. Heartcatch?)
  • China: 光之美少女:甜蜜天使! (Pretty Cure: Sweet Angel!?)
  • Thailand: มหัศจรรย์สาวน้อย พริตตี้เคียว ปี 7 (lit. Miracle Girl Pretty Cure Season 7?)

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