A number of japanese magazine center around or regularly publish Pretty Cure related content. This is a list of those magazines.
- Read further: List of Pretty Cure Manga (Kamikita Futago)
Nakayoshi is a monthly shoujo manga magazine that also serializes Pretty Cure manga by the Kamikita Twins. For each anime series, a new manga adaption starts at the same time. Some chapters have also been published in the now cancelled sister magazine Nakayoshi Lovely.
The magazine has been running over 60 years and its target demographic is girls of age 8–14, older than Pretty Cure anime's demographic of girls aged 4-9. Well-known works published in Nakayoshi include Cardcaptor Sakura and Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon.
Animage is a monthly anime magazine. It is the longest running and oldest animation magazine and releases on the 10th of each month. It regularly features Pretty Cure pictures and setting design, staff interviews, behind-the-scenes trivia and goods (usually clear files and posters).
Some magazines have a Pretty Cure cover. Since Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!, Animage publishes "special edition" magazines that only feature Pretty Cure content and compile articles from various issues throughout the year alongside new ones. These also focus on the movies and are comparable to the Official Complete Books releases.
The internet website Animage Plus also publishes anime screenshots and information for upcoming episodes.
Pretty Cure Animage Special Editions
Like Animage, it publishes interviews, also going into the creation and animation aspects to Pretty Cure. Issues with Pretty Cure covers have a focus on the respective season that year. They also published a Pretty Cure All Stars book due to the 15th anniversary of Pretty Cure.
Febri issues with Pretty Cure covers
CGWORLD is a computer graphics and animation magazine launched on June 29, 1998 and published monthly by Born Digital Co. Ltd. (Works Corporation until January 1, 2015). The official magazine name is CGWORLD + digital video.
It often includes articles on computer graphics of Pretty Cure endings, action stock and recently movies, and interviews with directors and other staff who where involved in CG animation and production.
CGWORLD vol. 166 - Yay! Yay! Yay! ending animation from Smile Pretty Cure! with cover by Miyamoto Hiroshi
CGWORLD vol. 179 - Beyond the Sky ending animation from Doki Doki! Pretty Cure
CGWORLD vol. 189 - Pretty Cure・Memory animation from Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!
CGWORLD vol. 200 - Pretty Cure All Stars: Haru no Carnival♪ ending dance From Here And Now
CGWORLD vol. 207 - Pretty Cure and Refi's Wonder Night! and Dreams are the Path to the Future ending animation from Go! Princess Pretty Cure
CGWORLD vol. 212 - CURE UP↑RA♡PA☆PA! ending animation from Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure!
CGWORLD vol. 225 - Pretty Cure Dream Stars!
CGWORLD vol. 229 - Interview with Miyamoto Hiroshi, director of Pretty Cure Dream Stars!
CGWORLD vol. 239 - HUGtto! Future✩Dreamer ending animation from HUGtto! Pretty Cure
CGWORLD vol. 244 - HUGtto! Pretty Cure♡Futari wa Pretty Cure: All Stars Memories (Article)
Anime CG scene 2019 - 448 page compilation book of 2018 issues, cover illustration by Miyamoto Hiroshi
CGWORLD vol. 261 - Miracle tto♥Link Ring! ending animation from Healin' Good♥Pretty Cure
CGWORLD issues with Pretty Cure covers
Tanoshii Youchien / Otomodachi / Tanoyo Himegumi
Tanoshii Youchien (たのしい幼稚園?) ("Fun Kindergarten) is a colorful children's anime magazine, aimed at preschoolers, and published by Kodansha. It contains material from popular children's series, including Pretty Cure, Digimon, Super Sentai, Tom and Jerry, Pokémon, Disney Princess, Hello Kitty and many more. It features tutorial pages for crafts, puzzles and advertisements.
Books are on sale in supermarkets and kiosks. Every magazine comes with presents such as trading cards, stickers, collectible figures, key-chains, toys and coupons, Pretty Cure Paper Dolls, magnets, and many other examples.
They also have off-model anime style comics that roughly describe the upcoming episodes. Minor characters or enemies that weren't introduced yet often have different colors or outfits for unknown reasons.
It has a sister magazine called Otomodachi (おともだち?) with similar content. Both magazines have featured Pretty Cure All Stars chibi style comics by Nia Rei (にあ・れい) and Hiro Kaneko (ひろ・かねこ). Those comics were later sometimes published in mooks (sturdier magazine books). The magazine comes out at the end of the month. Even if a comic came out at the end of October/start of November, the storyline of the comics often fits December instead, as japanese anime magazines are more conscious about the date when a magazine stops being sold than the date when it comes out.
Since HUGtto! Pretty Cure the chibi style comics have been discontinued, but the magazines still feature illustrations by the two, and educational mooks with games and illustrations have been published instead.
Other sister magazines are Tanoyo Himegumi (たの幼ひめぐみ?) and Otomodachi Pink (おともだちピンク?) with similar content. Himegumi is aimed at primary schoolers instead of preschoolers, with often a more delicate and pretty extra toy.
- Interview with Ueno Ken - Animage's Pretty Cure issue (2016)
- Interview with Ayumi Hasegawa - Febri vol. 43