Fresh Pretty Cure!

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Fresh PreCure!
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Cover of 8th DVD volume featuring (from left to right): Cure Passion, Chiffon and Tart (top), Cure Pine, Cure Peach and Cure Berry
フレッシュプリキュア!
(Furesshu PuriKyua!)
Genre Magical girl, Comedy-Drama
Anime television series
Directed by Junji Shimizu (All Episodes)
Akifumi Zako (Episodes 16-50)
Written by Atsushi Maekawa
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Toei Animation
Original network TV Asahi
Original run February 1, 2009 January 31, 2010
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Izumi Todo
Illustrated by Futago Kamikita
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Original run March 2009February 2010
Volumes 12
Anime film
Fresh PreCure the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!?
Directed by Junji Shimizu
Written by Atsushi Maekawa
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Toei Animation
Released October 31, 2009
Game
Fresh PreCure! Asobi Collection
Developer Bandai
Publisher Bandai
Genre Minigame
Platform Nintendo DS
Released October 29, 2009
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Fresh PreCure! (フレッシュプリキュア!, Furesshu PuriKyua!) or Fresh Pretty Cure!, is a Japanese anime series and the sixth in the Pretty Cure metaseries by Izumi Todo. Produced by Toei Animation, the series was directed by Junji Shimizu (who also directed Jigoku Sensei Nube The Movie) and written by Atsushi Maekawa (writer for Bakugan Battle Brawlers and Jewelpet). Character designs were created by Hisashi Kagawa, who previously designed the characters in the anime Saikano, Bomberman Jetters and Phantom Thief Jeanne. The series aired on TV Asahi's ANN network between February 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010, replacing Yes! PreCure 5 Go Go! in its initial time slot, and was succeeded by HeartCatch PreCure!. This is the first Pretty Cure series to extend the target-audience demographic beyond young girls, as well as the first to introduce CG-animated end credits focused on dance routines.

The series' main themes involve traditional playing-card suits, fruits and clovers, symbols that are associated with the cures, magical devices and attacks used by the series characters.

Story[edit]

Love Momozono is a 14-year-old student at Yotsuba Junior High School who at her own expense, one day, visits a show by the well-known Trinity dance company and decides to become a dancer. At the show subordinates of the Labyrinth Kingdom are also present to collect the unhappiness of the audience. Love receives the power to change into Cure Peach and fights them. Soon afterwards, she is joined by her friends Miki (Cure Berry) and Inori (Cure Pine) & later onwards, Setsuna Higashi (Cure Passion) to begin her life as a protector of all worlds (and to compete in the dance contest).

Characters[edit]

Fresh Pretty Cures[edit]

Love Momozono (桃園 ラブ, Momozono Rabu) / Cure Peach (キュアピーチ, Kyua Pīchi)
Voiced by: Kanae Oki[1]
Love is a 14-year-old hapless matchmaker. Love is a fan of the Trinity dance company, and is being taught to dance by Miyuki (the leader of Trinity, grateful for Love's saving her in the first episode). Love forms Clover (a dance group) with childhood friends Miki and Inori. Love has messy, shoulder-length blond hair which she wears in two tight ponytails. As Cure Peach her hair becomes knee-length, platinum-blond twintails. Peach's colors are pink and white, her symbol is the heart, and her fruit motif is that of peach.
Miki Aono (蒼乃 美希, Aono Miki) / Cure Berry (キュアベリー, Kyua Berī)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura[1]
Miki is a 14-year-old schoolgirl at Torigoe Academy for exceptionally talented performers. She is good at sports, has fashion sense, tries to be modest about her appearance and wants to be a fashion model. Her house is also a beauty salon, where she lives with her mother. Miki joins Love's dance group to maintain her weight. She has long, silky, lavender-colored hair that falls to her waist. As Cure Berry, her hair becomes lighter and she has a side ponytail. Berry's theme colors are blue and purple, her symbol is the spade, and her fruit motif is that of blueberry.
Inori Yamabuki (山吹 祈里, Yamabuki Inori) / Cure Pine (キュアパイン, Kyua Pain)
Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa[1]
Inori is a 14-year-old student at White Clover Academy, an animal lover who wants to be a veterinarian. Love sometimes calls her "Bukkī", a diminutive of her family name. Although Inori appears calm and quiet, she suffers from low self-esteem. To improve herself, she joins Love's dance group. Inori sometimes lacks common sense, and follows whatever situation in which she finds herself. Her hair is golden orange, brightening to blond when she is in Cure Pine form. Pine's colors are yellow and orange, her symbol is the diamond, and her fruit motif is that of pineapple. She introduces herself by saying "The yellow heart is the symbol of prayers! Freshly-harvested, Cure Pine!" (イエローハートは祈りの印! とれたてフレッシュ! キュアパイン Ierō Hāto wa Inori no Shirushi! Toretate Furesshu, Kyua Pain!).
Eas (イース Īsu) / Setsuna Higashi (東 せつな, Higashi Setsuna) / Cure Passion (キュアパッション, Kyua Passhon)
Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu[1]
Eas begins as a cold, isolated teenage soldier loyal only to Moebius. After spending time with the girls as Moebius' spy, she begins to wonder what would make her happy and slowly opens up to them. After a battle with Cure Peach in which she finally discovered happiness, Eas dies as a result of reaching the end of a predetermined lifespan; however, she is saved by the Akarun and Chiffon and reborn as Cure Passion. She lives with the Momozono family, joins the dance group and attends Yotsuba Junior High School with Love. She has dark purple hair as Setsuna, bluish-white hair as Eas and long, light-pink hair as Cure Passion. Passion's color is red, her symbol is also the heart; in one of the video games, her symbol is the clover, and her fruit motif is that of passion fruit.

Mascots[edit]

Tart (タルト, Taruto)
Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno[1]
A ferret-like fairy, Tart is Chiffon's caretaker who has trouble caring for her. He is anxious but kind, with a Kansai dialect. Tart brings Chiffon to the human world from the Kingdom of Sweets in his search for the Pretty Cures. He worries and grumbles, but is moved by a good story and enjoys Kaoru's donuts. Tart is a prince in the Sweets Kingdom, who went to the human world and is engaged to Azukina.
Chiffon (シフォン, Shifon) / Infinity (インフィニティ, Infiniti)
Voiced by: Satomi Kōrogi[1]
A baby fairy from the Sweets Kingdom, Chiffon enjoys practical jokes. She uses "espers power" (ESP—magic with a green aura) to give people troubles or joy. Love and the others (including Tart) care for her. A mark on her forehead is a light with a number of abilities, including giving the Pretty Cures power to transform.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The anime series was directed by Junji Shimizu and Akifumi Zako, and aired in Japan on ABC and other ANN stations between February 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010. It has four pieces of theme music: two opening and two ending themes. The opening theme for episodes the first 25 episodes is "Let's! Fresh Pretty Cure" (Let's!フレッシュプリキュア, Rettsu! Furesshu Purikyua) by Mizuki Moie, and the ending theme is "You make me happy!" by Momoko Hayashi. For episodes 26–50 the opening theme is "Let's! Fresh Pretty Cure! ~Hybrid Version~" (Let's!フレッシュプリキュア~Hybrid.ver~, Rettsu! Furesshu Purikyua ~Hybrid.ver~) by Mizuki Moie and Momoko Hayashi, and the ending theme is "H@ppy Together" by Momoko Hayashi.

The anime will later re-air on TV Asahi's cable channel, TeleAsa Channel 1,[2] on April 2018.

Films[edit]

A film, based on the series, entitled Movie Fresh Pretty Cure! 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!?) premiered in Japan October 31, 2009.[3] The heroines also appeared in Pretty Cure All Stars films, beginning with Pretty Cure All Stars DX: Everyone's Friends☆the Collection of Miracles! (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!, PuriKyua Ōru Sutāzu Dirakkusu: Minna Tomodachi☆Kiseki no Zenin Daishūgō) released March 14, 2009.

Video games[edit]

A video game based on the series, titled Fresh Pretty Cure! Asobi Collection (フレッシュプリキュア!あそびコレクション, Furesshu Purikyua! Asobi Korekushon), was released by Bandai for the Nintendo DS on October 29, 2009.

Reception[edit]

Despite being a shift on the franchise's formula, the series was a success back in 2009-2010 season, which saved the Pretty Cure franchise from its cancellation. Series headwritter Atsushi Maekawa stated on the Precure Thanksgiving Screening Event vol. 2 in Japan. He stated that "Fresh was a new experimental work, and it was my first time participating in the series, so it was a case of trial and error over and over again. If Fresh had failed, the series would've ended there. If it was a success, it would've continued forever ... that was the high hurdle."[4]

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