Pretty Cure

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A promotional image for Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3: Eien no Tomodachi, featuring all known Cures as of 2014's HappinessCharge PreCure!

Pretty Cure or PreCure (プリキュア Purikyua?) is a Japanese magical girl anime metaseries created by Izumi Todo and produced by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation and Toei Animation. Beginning in 2004 with Futari wa Pretty Cure, the franchise has seen many anime series, spanning over 450 episodes to date, as well as spawning movies, manga and video games. Its most recent iteration, HappinessCharge PreCure!, began airing in 2014 as part of TV Asahi's Sunday morning children's television block, following Super Hero Time.

Overview[edit]

Each of the series focuses on a group of girls, most commonly Japanese schoolgirls in their second year of middle school, who are granted special items that allow them to transform into legendary warriors known as the Pretty Cure (or Precure). With the assistance of creatures known as fairies, the Pretty Cure use their magical powers and enhanced strength to fight against evil forces and organizations who create monsters to bring misery to the Earth and further their plans. As these series progress and stronger enemies appear, the Cures gain new magical items, new abilities, and sometimes new allies to help them in their fight against evil.

Pretty Cure series[edit]

There are currently eleven anime television series in the franchise, two of which are direct sequels to their previous series. Each series has received a manga adaptation illustrated by Futago Kamikita, which is published in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine alongside the anime. To date, only the first series, Futari wa Pretty Cure, has received an English-language version.

  • Futari wa Pretty Cure (ふたりはプリキュア Futari wa Purikyua?, lit. "We are Pretty Cure") / Pretty Cure (2004-2005)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart (ふたりはプリキュア マックスハート Futari wa Purikyua Makkusu Hāto?) (2005-2006)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star (ふたりはプリキュア スプラッシュ☆スター Futari wa Purikyua Supurasshu Sutā?) (2006-2007)
  • Yes! PreCure 5 (Yes!プリキュア5 Iesu! Purikyua Faibu?) (2007-2008)
  • Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo! (Yes!プリキュア5GoGo! Iesu! Purikyua Faibu GōGō!?) (2008-2009)
  • Fresh Pretty Cure! (フレッシュプリキュア! Furesshu Purikyua!?) (2009-2010)
  • HeartCatch PreCure! (ハートキャッチプリキュア! HātoKyatchi Purikyua!?) (2010-2011)
  • Suite PreCure (スイートプリキュア♪ Suīto PuriKyua?) (2011-2012)
  • Smile PreCure! (スマイルプリキュア! Sumairu PuriKyua!?) (2012-2013)
  • Dokidoki! PreCure (ドキドキ! プリキュア Dokidoki! PuriKyua?, lit. "Heart-Pounding! PreCure") (2013-2014)[1][2]
  • HappinessCharge PreCure! (ハピネスチャージプリキュア! Hapinesu Chāji Purikyua!?) (2014-present)[3]

Films[edit]

Each Pretty Cure series spans one movie per season as a side story, except for the original series Pretty Cure, which had no movie, the second series Pretty Cure Max Heart, which had two movies and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 which has two movies within it's two seasons; Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go!. In addition a number of Pretty Cure All Stars movies have been released, with crossover characters from all the series to date.

So far, fourteen movies have been produced, with nine based on the individual series and five Pretty Cure All Stars movies. Pretty Cure All Stars DX celebrates the series's fifth anniversary and Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2 marks the tenth year of the series.

TV-to-movie[edit]

  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart the Movie (映画 ふたりはプリキュア マックスハート Eiga Futari wa Purikyua Makkusu Hāto?) (2005)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart the Movie 2: Friends of the Snow-Laden Sky (映画 ふたりはプリキュア Max Heart 2 雪空のともだち Eiga Futari wa Purikyua Makkusu Hāto 2: Yukizora no Tomodachi?) (2005)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star: Tick-Tock Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread! (映画 ふたりはプリキュア スプラッシュ☆スター チクタク危機一髪! Eiga Futari wa Purikyua Supurashu Sutā Tiku Taku Kiki Ippatsu!?) (2006)
  • Yes! Precure 5 the Movie: Great Miraculous Adventure in the Mirror Kingdom! (映画 Yes!プリキュア5 鏡の国のミラクル大冒険! Eiga Iesu! Purikyua Faibu: Kagami no Kuni no Mirakuru Daibōken!?) (2007)
  • Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! the Movie: Happy Birthday in the Sweets Kingdom (映画 Yes! プリキュア5 Go Go! お菓子の国のハッピーバースディ♪ Eiga Iesu! Purikyua Faibu GōGō! Okashi no Kuni no Happī Bāsudi♪?) (2008)
  • Fresh Pretty Cure! the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!? (映画 フレッシュプリキュア! おもちゃの国は秘密がいっぱい!? Eiga Furesshu Purikyua! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!??) (2009)
  • HeartCatch PreCure! the Movie: Fashion Show in the Flower Capital... Really?! (映画 ハートキャッチプリキュア!花の都でファッションショー···ですか!? Eiga HātoKyatchi Purikyua! Hana no Miyako de Fasshon Shō...Desu ka!??) (2010)
  • Suite PreCure the Movie: Take it back! The Miraculous Melody that Connects Hearts (映画 スイートプリキュア♪ とりもどせ! 心がつなぐ奇跡のメロディ♪ Eiga Suīto Purikyua♪: Torimodose! Kokoro ga Tsunagu Kiseki no Merodi!?) (2011)
  • Smile Precure! the Movie: Big Mismatch in a Picture Book! (映画 スマイルプリキュア! 絵本の中はみんなチグハグ! Eiga Sumairu Purikyua!: Ehon no Naka wa Minna Chiguhagu!?) (2012)
  • Dokidoki! Precure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope that Connects to the Future (映画 ドキドキ!プリキュア マナ結婚!!?未来につなぐ希望のドレス Eiga Dokidoki! Purikyua: Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibō no Doresu?) (2013)[4]

All Stars[edit]

  • Pretty Cure All Stars DX: Everyone's Friends - the Collection of Miracles! (映画 プリキュアオールスターズDX みんなともだちっ☆奇跡の全員大集合! Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Dirakkusu: Minna Tomodachi— Kiseki no Zenin Daishūgō!?) (2009)
  • Pretty Cure All Stars DX2: Light of Hope - Protect the Rainbow Jewel! (映画 プリキュアオールスターズDX2 希望の光☆レインボージュエルを守れ! Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Dirakkusu Tsu: Kibou no Hikari Reinbō Jueru wo Mamore!?) (2010)
  • Pretty Cure All Stars DX3: Deliver the Future! The Rainbow-Colored Flower That Connects the World! (映画 プリキュアオールスターズDX3 未来に届け!世界をつなぐ☆虹色の花 Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Dirakkusu Surī: Mirai ni Todoke! Sekai wo Tsunagu Niji-Iro no Hana!?) (2011)
  • Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage: Friends of the Future (映画 プリキュアオールスターズNewStage みらいのともだち Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Nyū Sutēji: Mirai no Tomodachi?) (2012)
  • Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2: Friends of the Heart (映画 プリキュアオールスターズ New Stage 2 こころのともだち Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Nyū Sutēji Tsū: Kokoro no Tomodachi?) (2013)
  • Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3: Forever Friends (映画 プリキュアオールスターズ New Stage 3 永遠のともだち Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu Nyū Sutēji Surī: Eien no Tomodachi?) (2014)

Video games[edit]

Several video games have been produced by Bandai for video game systems and educational consoles, as well as ongoing Data Carddass arcade machines.

Video games
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: Arienai! Yume no Sono wa Daimeikyu (ふたりはプリキュア ありえな~い!夢の園は大迷宮?) (2004, Game Boy Advance)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: Max Heart - Maji? Maji!? Fight de IN Janai (ふたりはプリキュアマックスハート マジ?マジ?!ファイト de INじゃない?) (2005, Game Boy Advance)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: Max Heart – Danzen! DS de Precure - Chikara wo Awasete Dai Battle (ふたりはプリキュアマックスハート DANZEN!DSでプリキュア力をあわせて大バトル!!?) (2005, Nintendo DS)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star: Panpaka game deji kojo! (ふたりはプリキュア Splash Star パンパカゲームでぜっこうちょう!?) (2006, Nintendo DS)
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 ( Yes!プリキュア5?) (2007, Nintendo DS)
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go: Zenin Shu Go! Dream Festival (Yes!プリキュア5GoGo! 全員しゅーGo!ドリームフェスティバル?) (2008, Nintendo DS)
  • Fresh Pretty Cure: Asobi Collection (フレッシュプリキュア!あそびコレクション?) (2009, Nintendo DS)
  • HeartCatch PreCure! Oshare Collection (ハートキャッチプリキュア!おしゃれコレクション?) (2010, Nintendo DS)
  • Koe de Asobou! HeartCatch PreCure! (こえであそぼう!ハートキャッチプリキュア!?) (2010, Nintendo DS)
  • Suite PreCure♪: Melody Collection (スイートプリキュア♪ メロディコレクション?) (2011, Nintendo DS)
  • Smile PreCure! Let's Go! Märchen World (スマイルプリキュア! レッツゴー!メルヘンワールド?) (2012, Nintendo 3DS)
  • PreCure All Stars: Zenin Shūgō☆Let's Dance (プリキュアオールスターズ ぜんいんしゅうごう☆レッツダンス!?) (2013, Wii)
  • Dokidoki! PreCure: Narikiri Life! (ドキドキ!プリキュア なりきりライフ!?) (2013, Nintendo 3DS)
  • HappinessCharge Precure! Kawarun Collection (ハピネスチャージプリキュア! カワルン☆コレクション?) (2014, Nintendo 3DS)
Arcade
  • PreCure All Stars Data Carddass series (プリキュアデータカードダスシリーズ?) (2007~Ongoing)
Educational titles
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure (ふたりはプリキュア?) (2004, Sega Pico)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: Max Heart (ふたりはプリキュアMaxheart?) (2005, Beena)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star (ふたりはプリキュアスプラッシュスター?) (2006, Beena)
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go: Love Love Hiragana Lesson (Yes!プリキュア5GoGo!lovelove☆ひらがなレッスン?) (2008, Beena)
  • Isshoni Henshin Fresh Pretty Cure (いっしょにへんしん♥フレッシュプリキュア!?) (2009, Beena)
  • Oshare ni Henshin HeartCatch PreCure! (おしゃれにへんしん ハートキャッチプリキュア!?) (2010, Beena)
  • Suite PreCure♪: Happy Oshare Harmony☆ (スイートプリキュア♪ハッピーおしゃれハーモニー☆?) (2011, Beena)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dokidoki! Precure Trademark Filed in Japan". 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Dokidoki! Precure Revealed as New Precure With Logo - News". Anime News Network. 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Happiness Charge Precure! Trademark Filed". 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ "映画ドキドキ!プリキュア マナ結婚!!?未来につなぐ希望のドレス". 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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