Hugtto! PreCure

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Hugtto! PreCure
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Cover of the first Tankōbon volume of the manga adaptation, showing the five main Cures. From left to right: Cure Macherie, Cure Ange, Cure Yell, Cure Amour and Cure Etoile.
HUGっと!プリキュア
(Hagutto! Purikyua)
GenreMagical girl
Anime television series
Directed byJunichi Sato
Akifumi Zako
Produced byKazusa Umeda
Fumi Yazaki
Keisuke Naito
Written byFumi Tsubota
Music byYuki Hayashi
StudioToei Animation
Original networkANN (ABC, TV Asahi)
Original run February 4, 2018 January 27, 2019
Episodes49 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byIzumi Todo
Illustrated byFutago Kamikita
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōjo
ImprintWide KC
MagazineNakayoshi
Original runFebruary 2, 2018December 28, 2018
Volumes2
Anime film
Hugtto! Pretty Cure♡Futari wa Pretty Cure: All Stars Memories
Directed byHiroshi Miyamoto
Written byJunko Kamura
Music byYuki Hayashi
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedOctober 27, 2018
Runtime73 Minutes
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Hugtto! PreCure (HUGっと!プリキュア, Hagutto! Purikyua, lit. "With a Hug! Pretty Cure") is a Japanese magical girl anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is the fifteenth incarnation in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure franchise released to celebrate its 15th anniversary.[1] It is directed by Junichi Sato and Akifumi Zako and written by Fumi Tsubota. It began airing on ANN on February 4, 2018, succeeding Kirakira PreCure a la Mode in its initial timeslot. It was then succeeded by Star Twinkle PreCure on February 3, 2019. The series' main theme is destiny and future.[1]

Summary[edit]

13-year old Hana Nono, a girl who aspires to be seen as mature, begins Middle School when she encountered a strange baby named Hug-tan and a Hamster-like fairy named Harryham Harry who had appeared out of the sky. But amidst the encounter, Hana learned from them that they were pursued by the Criasu Corporation, an evil conglomeration from the future who wants Hugtan's Mirai Crystal (ミライクリスタル, Mirai Kuristaru) and alter the present to suit their needs. Hana's desire to protect Hug-tan causes her to gain her own Mirai Crystal which transforms her into the Pretty Cure of High Spirits, Cure Yell. Together with Saaya Yakushiji and Homare Kagayaki, their group later joined by Emiru Aisaki and Crias android Ruru Amour, they form the Hugtto PreCure team in hope to protect everyone's future.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Hana Nono (野乃 はな, Nono Hana) / Cure Yell (キュアエール, Kyua Ēru)
Voiced by: Rie Hikisaka[2]
A transfer student who is willing to give anything a try, but often makes mistakes. She hopes to be seen as mature, but her energetic nature usually makes her come off as childish. Her Cure form uses a pink cheerleader motif and is known as the Pretty Cure of High Spirits. In the year 2030, Hana becomes the boss of a boutique corporation and has a newborn daughter named Hagumi who is Hugtan's past-self.
Saaya Yakushiji (薬師寺 さあや, Yakushiji Saaya) / Cure Ange (キュアアンジュ, Kyua Anju)
Voiced by: Rina Hon'izumi[2]
The class representative of Hana's class whose mother is a famous actress. Her Cure form uses a blue angel and nurse motif. She is known as the Pretty Cure of Wisdom. In the year 2030, she becomes a doctor, and help Hana to give a birth after she got a call.
Homare Kagayaki (輝木 ほまれ, Kagayaki Homare) / Cure Etoile (キュアエトワール, Kyua Etowāru)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura[2]
A girl in Hana's class who was once a figure skater, but quit after failing to complete a jump. Her Cure form uses a yellow flight attendant motif. She is known as the Pretty Cure of Strength. In the year 2030, she won a figure skate tournament, and came to aid Hana after she is contacted by Saaya.
Emiru Aisaki (愛崎 えみる, Aisaki Emiru) / Cure Macherie (キュアマシェリ, Kyua Masheri)
Voiced by: Nao Tamura[3]
A girl who display a strong liking to Hana. She adores the Cures and once cosplayed as one, it was also revealed that she is sometimes is a troublemaker. She ends her sentences with "~nanodesu." She later discovered the Cures identities, and she also befriended Ruru. She wanted to become a Precure together with Ruru, the two managing to accomplish this when the last remaining PreHeart split to allow Emiru to transform into Cure Macherie together with Ruru as Cure Amour. Her Cure form uses a red Lolita motif. She is known as the Pretty Cure of Love & Singing. In the year 2030, she becomes a singer and commissioned Ruru's creation to be reunited with her.
Ruru Amour (ルールー・アムール, Rūrū Amūru) / Cure Amour (キュアアムール, Kyua Amūru)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[4]
Originally a part-time worker in the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office built by Dr. Traum, modeled after the scientist's daughter and designated RUR-9500, Ruru is a quiet and reserve gynoid who is initially devoted to Ristle while using flying saucers as weapons. Ruru infiltrates Hana's house while altering Sumire's memory to spy on the Cures, later stealing Homare's PreHeart on Papple's order to prevent the girl from helping her team. But Ruru returns the item to Homare after a change of heart, resulting in her being deactivated by Papple and taken away to be reprogramed and upgraded to be more combat-oriented with her memories erased. But while confronting the Cures, Ruru regained her memories and reconciled with them while quitting the Criasu Corporation. Later, after getting along with her new friends, she realized she wants to become a Precure together with Emiru, causing the last remaining PreHeart to split in two so she can transform into Cure Amour along with Emiru as Cure Macherie. Like Cure Macherie, her Cure form uses a violet Lolita motif. She is known as the Pretty Cure of Love & Dance. In the year 2030, Ruru's creation is commissioned by an adult Emiru.
Hagumi Nono (野乃 はぐみ, Nono Hagumi) / Hugtan (はぐたん, Hagu-tan) / Cure Tomorrow (キュアトゥモロー, Kyua Tumorō)
Voiced by: Konomi Tada[2]
A mysterious baby who possesses a white Mirai Crystal, later revealed to be a Pretty Cure from the future named Cure Tomorrow, before ending up in her younger current state after using the crystal's power to escape to 2018 following her timeline ending up conquered by the Criasu Corporation. Being sensitive to the tomorrow-creating energy called Tomorrow Powerer, Hugtan can use it to purify Oshimaida at the cost of exhausting herself into a deep sleep. While slowly maturing, Hugtan is said to need the power of all eight Mirai Crystals to fully restore herself. In the series epilogue, Hugtan is revealed to be Hana's newborn daughter Hagumi who was born in 2030.
Harriham Harry (ハリハム・ハリー, Harihamu Harī)
Voiced by: Junko Noda (fairy form) and Jun Fukushima (human form)[2][5]
A hamster-like fairy who once work for the Criasu Corporation, having been tricked on the false pretenses alongside Ristle and Bishin that they would receive a cure for his ailing friends. But Harry is released from the Criasu Corporation's influence by Cure Tomorrow as he escaped with her to 2018, becoming Hug-Tan's caretaker and mentor to the Pretty Cure they assumed. He speaks in Kansai dialect and can transform into a self-proclaimed "handsome" human form. He opens a salon known as "Beauty Harry" (ビューティーハリー, Byūtī Harī) that serves as the group's secret base. Harry's past is soon revealed when confronted by Bishin who removed his necklace to force him into returning to the Criasu Corporation. But Cure Etoile manages to restore Harry from his monster form as he remains adamant in fighting Criasu with the Cures.

Criasu Corporation[edit]

The Criasu Corporation (クライアス社, Kuraiasu Sha, Criasu Co., Ltd.) [6] are the main antagonists of the series who originate from the distant future, their goal being to obtain the Mirai Crystals as part of their CEO's scheme to freeze time. The name "Criasu" (クライアス, Kuraiasu) comes from Kurai Asu (暗い明日) which can translate as "Dark Tomorrow". The employees of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu Branch Office (あざばぶ支社, Azababu Shisha) have the powers to attract energies from people by using Negative Wave, allowing them to create monsters called Oshimaidas (オシマイダー, Oshimaidā) which can be enhanced into Mou-Oshimaida (猛オシマイダー, Mōoshimaidā, Fierce Oshimaidā).

George Kurai (ジョージ・クライ, Jōji Kurai)
Voiced by: Junpei Morita[7]
The president of the Criasu Corporation and the main antagonist of the series, a wicked demon who wants the Mirai Crystals to take Earth's future away by freezing all time in one moment of eternal joy, claiming that the people from his time are becoming consumed by the darkness in their hearts. Kurai assumes human form to investigate the Pretty Cures in the present before revealing himself. While appearing kind-hearted and sophisticated, Kurai is actually a delusional and manipulative figure willing to achieve his goals at any cost while developing an obsession for Hana. He eventually begins his endgame by freezing time and turning his own headquarter into a giant monster to capture Hug-tan, assuming his true form to battle Cure Yell before the people of Hakugumi helped her purify Kurai before having a final moment with Hana and departed into unknown location. In the year 2030, his present counterpart is shown running and bringing flowers to Hana at the hospital, but his face is not shown.
Listle (リストル, Risutoru)
Voiced by: Shin'ichirō Miki[8]
The secretary of the Criasu Corporation, he is a squirrel-like fairy who assume the form of a strict man wearing blue clothes and a dark gray cape. Like Harriham Harry, he was tricked into working for the Criasu Corporation after being falsely promised a cure for their friends. Cry later alters Listle's memories to have no recollection of Harry, sending him to fight the Cures one final time before being purified.
Daigan (ダイガン)
Voiced by: Masanori Machida[9]
A level-headed glass-wearing man who is head of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office, defeated by Dr. Traum before he could attack the Cures and later revealed to be purified.
Papple (パップル, Pappuru)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ōhara[10]
The beautiful and charming section chief of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office, wearing a furry jacket and holding a fan. While originally Cry's lover, she fell in despair after learning he is cheating on her with Gelos and transformed herself into an Oshimaida to confront the Cures for the final time before being purified. She has now opened her own talent agency with Charaleet.
Charaleet (チャラリート, Chararīto)
Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai[11]
Chief clerk of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office, he is a wisecracking youth wearing a sleeveless shirt. Given a final chance to prove himself, he was forcefully turned into Oshimaida and confront the Cures before they defeated him. Following his purification, Charaleet left Criasu and has become an internet celebrity before opening a talent agency with Papple.
Gelos (ジェロス, Jerosu)
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida[12]
Executive then promoted to general manager of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office, a delightful woman in a red and black dress with yellow coat who sometimes speak english. After losing her minions, her appearance has altered into wild look and has a very cruel personality. She use the time-freezing device to absorb Prickly Powerer and become an Oshimaida to maintain her beauty before she confronts the Cures one final time before allowing herself to be purified.
Dr. Traum (ドクター・トラウム, Dokutā Toraumu)
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi[13]
Counselor of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office, an elderly man who is actually Ruru Amour's creator as he intended her to take the place of his daughter who disappeared by unknown fate. While developing inventions for use against the Cures, Traum possesses the ability to empower Oshimaida into Mou-Oshimaida. He later designs a time-manipulating mecha to freeze time on Earth and turned himself into a Oshimaida to confront Pretty Cure All Stars before being defeated by Hugtto! Cures, his defeat playing a role in him turning on the Criasu Corporation while making amends with Ruru. In the year 2030, his present counterpart created Ruru at Emiru's request.
Bishin (ビシン)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai[14]
Customer specialist of the Criasu Corporation's Azababu branch office and Hariham Harry's partner, a hamster-like fairy assuming the form of a ferocious boy who was tricked into working for the Criasu Corporation under false pretenses and imprisoned within the company due to his dangerous powers. But Listle releases him to defeat the Precure, Bishin considering them an obstacle in winning back Harry while seeing Cure Etoile as the only thing keeping him from bringing his former colleage back to Criasu. During his final battle, Bishin turns himself into Mou-Oshimaida to confront the Cures during the final battle before being purified.
Jinjin (ジンジン) and Takumi (タクミ)
Voiced by: Yoshio Kojima and Louis Yamada LIII[15]
Gelos' personal bodyguards who stole their mistress's time-freezing device, which accidentally fused them into an Oshimaida that the Cures defeated. After being purified, Jinjin work as a food booth and Takumi work as a construction worker as they later play a role in reaching Gelos while she assumed her Mou-Oshimaida form.

Film only characters[edit]

Clover (クローバー, Kurōbā)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[16]
A mysterious boy who met Hana when she was young, influenced by Usobakka to hate the girl after she failed to keep her promise to him. While Hana was able to persuade Clover to come back with her, he ultimately sacrificed himself to enable the other Cures to transform and defeat Usobakka with Clover's spirit making peace with the demon before fading away.
Usobākka (ウソバーッカ) / Dark Onibi (闇の鬼火, Yami no Onibi)
Voiced by: Kazuki Kitamura[17]
The main antagonist in PreCure Super Stars!, he is deceitful and manipulative demon who influenced Clover to hate Hana for not keeping her promise to the boy. He seal all the Cures except Hana, Ichika and Mirai into his body to be petrified. While Hana persuade Clover so they can find a way to escape, Ichika and Mirai fend Usobakka off before they and the rest of their team escape from his body. The Cures were prove too much for him and with the power from Clover and Miracle Lights, they use Clover Formation to defeat him with Clover's ghost making peace with him.
Miden (ミデン, Miden)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano[18]
The main antagonist of the film.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The series was first revealed through a trademark posting filed in September 2017.[19] The series was officially announced on November 28, 2017[20] and began airing on All-Nippon News Network stations in Japan including ABC and TV Asahi from February 4, 2018, replacing Kirakira PreCure a la Mode in its timeslot.[21] The opening theme is called "We can!! Hugtto! Precure" (We can!! HUGっと! プリキュア, We can!! HUGtto! Purikyua) by Kanako Miyamoto. The first ending theme is called "Hugtto! Future✩Dreamer" (HUGっと! 未来☆ドリーマー, HUGtto! Mirai✩Dorīma) performed by Rie Hikisaka, Rina Hon'izumi, and Yui Ogura, while the second ending theme is called "Hugtto! Yell For You" (HUGっと! YELL FOR YOU, HUGtto! YELL FOR YOU) performed by Rie Hikisaka, Rina Hon'izumi, Yui Ogura, Nao Tamura, and Yukari Tamura. The background music in this series is composed by Yuki Hayashi, who previously composed the music for Kirakira PreCure a la Mode. The first official soundtrack for the series was released on April 25, 2018 with the title PreCure Sound For You!!, while the second one was released on December 26, 2018 with the title PreCure Cheerful Sound!!.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Futago Kamikita was serialized in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine between February 2 and December 28, 2018.[22][23]

Film[edit]

The characters of the series appeared alongside characters from Kirakira PreCure a la Mode and Maho Girls PreCure! in the crossover film, Pretty Cure Super Stars!, which was released in Japan on March 17, 2018. In addition, a film to honor 15 years of the franchise, titled Hugtto! Pretty Cure♡Futari wa Pretty Cure: All Stars Memories was released on October 27, 2018. The film will feature characters from Hugtto! PreCure teaming up with the original Pretty Cures from Futari wa Pretty Cure, who appeared in episodes 21, 22, 36, and 37.[24]

Video game[edit]

A video game titled Nari Kids Park: Hugtto! PreCure, was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on November 21, 2018.[25]

Reception[edit]

Episode 19 of the series was critically praised by fans for showing a positive message regarding that children can become who they want to be, whenever their gender and regarding gender stereotyping in anime.[26][27][28][29][30] The crossover film topped Japanese Box Office records in its first release in theaters.[31] It earned more than 9.18 Million Dollars in total ticket sales,[32][33][34][35][36] and currently owns the Guinness World Record for "Most Magical Warriors in an Anime Film", with a total of 55 lead characters.[37][38][39][40]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kirakira PreCure a la Mode
Pretty Cure
2018-2019
Succeeded by
Star☆Twinkle PreCure