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Pretty Cure
A promotional image for Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3: Eternal Friends, featuring Cures from 2004's Futari wa Pretty Cure up to 2014's HappinessCharge PreCure!.
Created by Izumi Todo
Toei Animation
Original work Futari wa Pretty Cure
Films and television
Film(s) List of Pretty Cure films, Pretty Cure All Stars
Television series See below
Theatrical presentations
Play(s) Precure Kids
Musical(s) See below
Video game(s) See below
Toys S.H. Figuarts

Pretty Cure, PreCure, PC 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, Asatsu-DK and Toei Animation. Each series revolves around a group of magical girls known as Pretty Cures who battle against evil forces. Starting in February 2004 with Futari wa Pretty Cure, the franchise has seen many anime series, spanning over 600 episodes to date, as well as spawning movies, manga, toys, and video games. Its most recent iteration, Kirakira PreCure a la Mode, began airing in February 2017 as part of TV Asahi's Sunday morning children's television block, following Super Hero Time. To date, two of the series have received English-language dubs.


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 fourteen 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, two of the series, Futari wa Pretty Cure and Smile PreCure!, have received adapted English-language dubbed releases under the names Pretty Cure and Glitter Force respectively. Plus, three songs released in English are titled, "You Make Me Happy" (vocals by OR Yoonji) and "Happy Together" (vocals by Ananda Jacobs) from Fresh and "Tomorrow Song" from Heartcatch (vocals by Gloria Gaynor).

  1. Futari wa Pretty Cure / Pretty Cure (2004–2005)
  2. Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart (2005–2006)
  3. Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star (2006–2007)
  4. Yes! PreCure 5 (2007–2008)
  5. Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo! (2008–2009)
  6. Fresh Pretty Cure! (2009–2010)
  7. HeartCatch PreCure! (2010–2011)
  8. Suite PreCure (2011–2012)
  9. Smile PreCure! / Glitter Force (2012–2013)
  10. DokiDoki! PreCure (2013–2014)[1][2]
  11. HappinessCharge PreCure! (2014–2015)
  12. Go! Princess PreCure (2015–2016)[3][4]
  13. Maho Girls PreCure! (2016–2017)[5]
  14. Kirakira PreCure a la Mode (2017–present)[6]


Beginning with Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, each television series has received a theatrical animated film based on the series, with Max Heart receiving two films. Starting in March 2009, Pretty Cure All Stars films have been released each year, which crosses over characters from all the series to date. To date, there are currently thirteen TV-based films and eight All Stars films.


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)[7]
  11. HappinessCharge PreCure! the Movie: The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls (映画 ハピネスチャージプリキュア!人形の国のバレリーナ?, Eiga HapinesuChāji Purikyua! Ningyō no Kuni no Barerīna) (2014)[8]
  12. Go! Princess Precure the Movie: Go! Go!! Splendid Triple Feature!!! (映画 Go!プリンセスプリキュア Go! Go!! 豪華3本立て!!!?, Eiga Gō! Purinsesu Purikyua: Gō! Gō!! Gōka San-bon Date!!!) (2015)
  13. Maho Girls PreCure! the Movie: The Miraculous Transformation! Cure Mofurun! (映画 魔法つかいプリキュア! 奇跡の変身!キュアモフルン!?, Eiga Mahōtsukai Purikyua!: Kiseki no Henshin! Kyua Mofurun!) (2016)

Crossover films[edit]

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. Pretty Cure All Stars: Spring Carnival♪ (映画 プリキュアオールスターズ 春のカーニバル♪?, Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu: Haru no Kānibaru♪) (2015)
  8. Pretty Cure All Stars: Singing with Everyone♪ Miraculous Magic! (映画 プリキュアオールスターズ みんなで歌う♪奇跡の魔法!?, Eiga Purikyua Ōru Sutāzu: Minna de Utau♪ Kiseki no Mahō!) (2016)
  9. Pretty Cure Dream Stars! (映画 プリキュアドリームスターズ!?, Eiga Purikyua Dorīmu Sutāzu!) (2017) [9]


Musicals are on stages since around the time Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart began airing on February 2005, and they are very popular. They don't usually have special names like the movies or games, and they are performed in theatres, or live stages. The main idea is that the singers (or sometimes just some random people) dress into Cures (they have their clothes on, while they have a large head on too, so no one can actually see their faces) and they perform their character songs or/and they perform short stories. These musicals are often made for children between the age of 5-9, and they sold merchandise on these musicals too. The musicals are often 2 or 3 hours long, depending the series and/or the songs'/stories' length.

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 En wa Daimeikyu (ふたりはプリキュア ありえな~い!夢の園は大迷宮?, Pretty Cure: Unbelievable! The Dream Garden is a Labryinth) (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?, Pretty Cure Max Heart! : Really? Really!? A Fight is Okay, Isn't It?) (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!!?, Pretty Cure Max Heart: - Absolutely! Pretty Cure on DS - The Great Battle Where Power Gathers) (2005, Nintendo DS)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star: Panpaka Game de Zekkōchō! (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!?, Pretty Cure Splash Star - In Top Condition for the PanPaka Game!) (2006, Nintendo DS)
  • Yes! PreCure 5 (Yes!プリキュア5?) (2007, Nintendo DS)
  • Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!: 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?, Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!: All Assembled!) (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?, Fresh Pretty Cure: Play Collection) (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?, HeartCatch PreCure! Fashion Collection) (2010, Nintendo DS)
  • Koe de Asobō! HeartCatch PreCure! (こえであそぼう!ハートキャッチプリキュア!?, Let's Play With Voices! HeartCatch PreCure!) (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!?, PreCure All Stars: All Together☆Let's Dance!) (2013, Wii)
  • DokiDoki! PreCure: Narikiri Life! (ドキドキ!プリキュア なりきりライフ!?, DokiDoki! Precure: Impersonator Life!) (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?, HappinessCharge PreCure! Sparking Collection) (2014, Nintendo 3DS)
  • Go! Princess PreCure: Sugar Ōkoku to Rokunin no Princess (Go!プリンセスプリキュア シュガー王国と6人のプリンセス?, Go! Princess PreCure: The Sugar Kingdom and the 6 Princesses) (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
  • 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Max Heart?) (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)

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