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Cure Black and Cure White, the main characters of Futari wa Pretty Cure, on a logo celebrating the series' 15th anniversary.

Pretty Cure, also known as the Pretty Cure Series (プリキュアシリーズ?) is the name of a magical girl anime and multimedia franchise, created by Tōdō Izumi[1] and produced by Toei Animation, the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation and Asatsu-DK.

History

The franchise started with Futari wa Pretty Cure, a magical girl anime series from 2004. It aired on Sunday mornings on the TV channel TV Asahi, alongside popular tokusatsu franchises Super Sentai and Kamen Rider.

Futari wa Pretty Cure featured many refreshing aspects to the magical girl genre, such as physical fights and hand-to-hand combat scenes, a magical girl duo and being sensible towards the young audience, with no overt violence or sexual themes. It was also merchandise driven, depicting toys on sale as transformation / power-up items and having the main characters search for collectables.

The series was so successful that a sequel was produced a year after, called Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart. Since then, every year a new Pretty Cure season is aired on TV Asahi's Sunday morning blocks, though they do not follow the same continuity as Futari wa Pretty Cure and Max Heart.

A group of magical girls that are both warriors and protectors, the Pretty Cures, fight against evil forces and are accompanied by fairies, the magical mascot characters. The group usually starts with two to three Cures, with new Cures joining about half-way through the season. Sometimes, the Cures are supported by magical warriors that do not carry the "Cure" title. A series has about 48 to 50 episodes, and a movie with the respective season's characters that comes out in fall each year.

The franchise spawned movies, CD releases, books, comics, games, stage character shows, toys and a crossover franchise, Pretty Cure All Stars.

Pretty Cure TV Series

No. Title Broadcast Image Summary
1 Futari wa Pretty Cure February 1, 2004

- January 30, 2005

Futari.Vol1.jpg Two middle schoolers, Misumi Nagisa and Yukishiro Honoka, attain magic power after coming in contact with fairies Mepple and Mipple.

Despite their differences, they become close friends and inseparable partners; Together, they are Pretty Cure!

2 Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart February 6, 2005

- January 29, 2006

Max.heart1.jpg A sequel to the first series. Nagisa and Honoka transform again into Cure Black and Cure White when the world is threatened by evil.

They gain support and a friend in Kujou Hikari, a girl from another world who can transform into "Shiny Luminous" with fairy Pollun.

3 Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star February 5, 2006

- January 28, 2007

FwPCSS DVD Volume 01.jpg New continuity, similar design, with environmental themes.

Hyuuga Saki and Mishou Mai become Cure Bloom and Cure Egret to fight against the evil poisoning the Land of Fountains. Two enemies, Michiru and Kaoru, become friendly with the Cures over the course of the series.

4 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 February 4, 2007

- January 27, 2008

Yes Pretty Cure 5 DVD Volume 1.jpg After Splash Star was unpopular, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 has a new concept, five girls, with different theme colors, similar to Super Sentai. Has a stronger romance focus.

Yumehara Nozomi and her friends are up against an evil company, Nightmare, and become Cures to save Palmier Kingdom. They receive help from Coco and Natts, fairies who can transform into young men.

5 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! February 3, 2008

- January 25, 2009

YPC5GG DVD V1.jpg A direct sequel to the previous work, and the 5thanniversary series. Nozomi and the others are granted more power to protect the Cure Rose Garden from shady art museum Eternal.

New characters are Syrup, a mailboy fairy with amnesia and Milky Rose, a mysterious magic warrior who draws her power from the blue rose.

6 Fresh Pretty Cure! February 1, 2009

- January 31, 2010

Freshvol2.jpg With a new producer, Fresh has a modern "pop" feel. The Cures have older looking designs, the outro uses CG dancing. It introduced the concept of mid-season Cures, a villain reforming and becoming a main character, the Cures taking care of a baby fairy and power-up form changes.

Love, Miki, and Inori form a dance group called "Clover" but they are also Pretty Cures, protecting the people from the evil machinations of Labyrinth.

7 Heartcatch Pretty Cure! February 7, 2010

- January 30, 2011

Heartcatch Pretty Cure DVD Vol.1.jpg After legendary warrior Cure Moonlight's defeat, shy flower lover Tsubomi and her classmate Erika become Cure Blossom and Cure Marine to stop the Desert Apostles from taking people's heart flowers and turning the earth into a desert.

The popular series is notable for the radically different art style, developed by character designer Umakoshi Yoshihiko.

8 Suite Pretty Cure♪ February 6, 2011

- January 29, 2012

Suite Pretty Cure DVD Vol 1.jpg Sporty Hibiki and popular Kanade are childhood best friends who, despite their major differences, share a great love of music. After encountering the fairy Hummy, they soon turn into Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm to help recover the scattered musical notes and prevent Mephisto and his minions from completing the Melody of Sorrow.

The series has a music theme and at first brought back the original Pretty Cure concept of a duo that has to transform together, with more Cures joining later in the series.

9 Smile Pretty Cure! February 5, 2012

- January 27, 2013

Smpc dvd1.jpg The subordinates of the Bad End Kingdom have come to Earth to collect Bad Energy to revive their master, Pierrot, and bring the "Worst Ending" to the universe. Thanks to the fairy Candy, Miyuki, Akane, Yayoi, Nao, and Reika gain the power to become Pretty Cure to collect the Cure Decor and revive Märchenland's Royal Queen.

The series' motif is fairy tales and is one of the very few series in the franchise where there is no mid-season Cure joining the team.

10 Doki Doki! Pretty Cure February 3, 2013

- January 26, 2014

Doki.Vol.01.PNG Mana, Rikka, and Alice are given the power to transform into Pretty Cure and, along with former Trump Kingdom inhabitant turned popular idol Makoto, must defend their town and the universe from the evil Jikochuu monsters who destroyed Makoto's old home.

The series had a card suit motif while it themes were emotions and selflessness. It also marked the landmark 10th season of the franchise.

11 Happiness Charge Pretty Cure! February 2, 2014

- January 25, 2015

HpCP! 01.jpg After suffering another defeat, Hime, also known as Cure Princess, goes to find a partner, and finds one in the energetic Megumi, who soon becomes Cure Lovely. Together they fight against the forces of the Phantom Empire to protect the Earth and save Hime's kingdom.

The series' themes are romance, fashion, dancing, and mirrors, and also brought an interesting aspect where there are various other Pretty Cure teams all around the world and are known to the public. It also commemorated the franchise's 10th anniversary and introduced the "baton pass" at the end of the series.

12 Go! Princess Pretty Cure February 1, 2015

- January 31, 2016

GPPC DVD Vol 1.jpg Haruka has recently arrived at the prestigious Noble Academy and soon learns that she is one of the legendary Pretty Cure. Together with student council president Minami and popular model Kirara, they aim to protect everyone's dreams and hope from Dys Dark.

The series' themes are princesses, dreams, and personal goals. The series is unique as it takes place at a boarding school as opposed to a regular one. It has also started the tradition of showing the Cures in the future at the end of it.

13 Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure! February 7, 2016

- January 29, 2017

MTPC DVD 1.jpg One day at the park, curious Mirai encounters a young witch named Riko and the two soon become the legendary witches Pretty Cure to search for the powerful Linkle Stones and stop the Dark Magicians' assault, all the while attending the mysterious Magic School.

The series' themes include magic, witches, gemstones, and holding hands. It is notable for having the Cures gain multiple forms with different powers, the main mascot helping them transform as opposed to a device, and the incoming lead Cure making a cameo appearance in the finale.

14 KiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode February 5, 2017

- January 28, 2018

KiraPreVol1.jpg After encountering the fairy Pekorin, aspiring patissier Ichika gains the power the transform into Cure Whip, who is soon joined by four other Cures to help stop the servants of Noir from stealing the Kirakiraru, the energy source of all sweets.

The series' themes are sweets, animals, and creativity, and has the Cures managing a patisserie. The series is the first to break away from the usual "Monster of the Week" format.

15 HUGtto! Pretty Cure February 4, 2018

- January 27, 2019

HUGttoPreVol1.jpg.jpg Hana, Saaya, and Homare become Pretty Cure to protect the mysterious baby Hugtan and take on the fearsome Criasu Corporation, who plan on freezing time to prevent everyone's futures from happening.

The series' themes are destiny, futures, heroism, parenting, and jobs. It also commemorated the franchise's 15th anniversary, with all of the Cures up until that point appearing at some points of the series.

16 Star☆Twinkle Pretty Cure February 3, 2019

- January 26, 2020

Star☆TwinklePreVol1.jpg Imaginative Hikaru, alien Lala, bright Elena, and graceful Madoka all become Pretty Cure to help stop the invasion of the Notraiders and restore the Star Princesses and the balance of the universe. Together they travel through space along with young fairy Fuwa and another alien, Prunce.

The series' themes are space, astrology, and imagination. It is also the first franchise where the Cures sing and dance during the transformation sequence. The end of each episode featured three lucky horoscopes.

17 Healin' Good♥Pretty Cure February 2, 2020

- February 21, 2021

HealinGoodPreVol1.jpg Using the power of the Healing Animals, Nodoka, Chiyu, and Hinata become Pretty Cure to protect the Earth from the infection-spreading Byogens and take care of the young puppy Latte.

The series' themes include health, nature, and animals. The series features the Cures' transformation devices doubling as their weapons. It also went on a hiatus starting on April 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually returning on June 28th.

18 Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure February 28, 2021

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Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure poster.jpg The series' themes are mermaids and club activities.

Episode Lists

Main Series Staff

Title Director Series
Composition
Character Design Art
Director
Music Composer Producer
Futari wa Pretty Cure Nishio Daisuke Kawasaki Ryo Inagami Akira Yuki Shinzo Satō Naoki Washio Takashi
Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart Nishio Daisuke Kawasaki Ryo Inagami Akira Yuki Shinzo Satō Naoki Washio Takashi
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star Komura Toshiaki Nagatsu Seiko
(1-13)

Narita Yoshimi (14-49)

Inagami Akira Yuki Shinzo Satō Naoki Washio Takashi
Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Komura Toshiaki Narita Yoshimi Kawamura Toshie Yuki Shinzo Satō Naoki Washio Takashi
Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! Komura Toshiaki Narita Yoshimi Kawamura Toshie Yuki Shinzo Satō Naoki Washio Takashi
Fresh Pretty Cure! Shimizu Junji
(1-15)

Zako Akifumi
(16-50)

Maekawa Atsushi Kagawa Hisashi Yuki Shinzo Takanashi Yasuharu Umezawa Atsutoshi
Heartcatch Pretty Cure! Nagamine Tatsuya Yamada Takashi Umakoshi Yoshihiko Masuda Ryuutaro Takanashi Yasuharu Umezawa Atsutoshi
Suite Pretty Cure♪ Sakai Munehisa Ohno Toshiya Takahashi Akira Masuda Ryuutaro Takanashi Yasuharu Umezawa Atsutoshi
Smile Pretty Cure! Ōtsuka Takashi Yonemura Shoji Kawamura Toshie Masuda Ryuutaro Takanashi Yasuharu Umezawa Atsutoshi
Doki Doki! Pretty Cure Koga Gou Yamaguchi Ryota Takahashi Akira Masuda Ryuutaro Takaki Hiroshi Shibata Hiroaki
Happiness Charge Pretty Cure! Nagamine Tatsuya Narita Yoshimi Sato Masayuki Masuda Ryuutaro Takaki Hiroshi Shibata Hiroaki
Go! Princess Pretty Cure Tanaka Yuta Tanaka Jin Nakatani Yukiko Masuda Ryuutaro Takaki Hiroshi Shibata Hiroaki &

Kaminoki Yu

Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure! Mitsuka Masato Murayama Isao Miyamoto Emiko Masuda Ryuutaro Takaki Hiroshi Naitō Keisuke
KiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode Kaizawa Yukio & Kureta Kohei Tanaka Jin Ino Marie Hayashi Yūki Kaminoki Yu
HUGtto! Pretty Cure Zako Akifumi & Sato Junichi Tsubota Fumi Kawamura Toshie Nishida Nagisa Hayashi Yūki Naitō Keisuke
Star☆Twinkle Pretty Cure Miyamoto Hiroaki Murayama Isao Takahashi Akira Iida Rie & Masuda Ryuutaro Hayashi Yūki & Tachibana Asami Yanagawa Akari
Healin' Good♥Pretty Cure Ikeda Yoko Komura Junko Yamaoka Naoto Nishida Nagisa Terada Shiho Yasumi Kaori
Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure Tsuchida Yutaka Yokotani Masahiro Nakatani Yukiko Imai Miki Terada Shiho Murase Aki

Movies

Main Series Movies

All Stars Movies

Main Article: Pretty Cure All Stars

Fiction

Transformation Sequences

Music

Main Article: Pretty Cure music releases

Merchandise

Pretty Cure All Stars Merchandise
Pretty Cure Sales in ¥ (Rounded up)
Series Sales
Futari wa Pretty Cure [2]
10,100,000,000
Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart[3]
12,300,000,000
Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star[4]
6,000,000,000
Yes! Pretty Cure 5[5]
10,500,000,000
Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo![6]
10,500,000,000
Fresh Pretty Cure! [7]
11,900,000,000
Heartcatch Pretty Cure![8]
12,500,000,000
Suite Pretty Cure♪[9]
10,700,000,000
Smile Pretty Cure![10]
10,600,000,000
Doki Doki! Pretty Cure[11]
9,800,000,000
Happiness Charge Pretty Cure![12]
6,500,000,000
Go! Princess Pretty Cure[13]
6,600,000,000
Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure![14]
7,500,000,000
KiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode[15]
8,100,000,000
HUGtto! Pretty Cure[16]
10,100,000,000
Star☆Twinkle Pretty Cure[17]
8,300,000,000

Other

Comics

Main Article: List of Pretty Cure Manga (Kamikita Futago)

The Pretty Cure manga by Kamikita Futago (上北ふたご Kamikita Futago?)/ the Kamikita Twins are manga adaptions of various Pretty Cure seasons.

The Kamikita Twins are twin sisters, manga creators and character designers that were first commissioned in 2004 to create two manga adaptions for Futari wa Pretty Cure. Since then, they've made manga for every single season and some of the movies.

Video Games

Main Article: Video Games

Magazines

Main Article: Magazines

Books

Notes and References

  1. A collective pen name used by Toei Animation producers. The name comes from "Toei Doga Oizumi Studio"
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20140201184330/http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/ir/presentation/pdf_bandai/05_keisu.pdf
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20110918011736/http://www.bandainamco.co.jp:80/ir/result/pdf/20060511_3.pdf
  4. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8273?entry_id=5717
  5. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8279?entry_id=5718
  6. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8284?entry_id=5719
  7. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8288?entry_id=5720
  8. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8292?entry_id=5721
  9. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8296?entry_id=5722
  10. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8300?entry_id=5723
  11. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8304?entry_id=5724
  12. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8308?entry_id=5725
  13. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8316?entry_id=5727
  14. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8320?entry_id=5728
  15. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/8781?entry_id=5729
  16. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/press/9310?entry_id=6529
  17. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/press/9310?entry_id=6529
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