|Created by||Izumi Todo|
|Original work||Futari wa Pretty Cure|
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||List of Pretty Cure films, Pretty Cure All Stars|
|Television series||See below|
|Video game(s)||See below|
|Toy(s)||S.H. Figuarts, dolls, bracelets|
Pretty Cure (プリキュアシリーズ, Purikyua Shirīzu, lit. "Pretty Cure Series"), also known as PreCure (プリキュア, Purikyua) and PC, is a Japanese magical girl anime franchise created by Izumi Todo and Bandai and produced by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Asatsu-DK, Toei Animation and Bandai. 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 800 episodes to date, as well as spawning movies, manga, toys, and video games. Its most recent iteration, Delicious Party Pretty Cure, began airing in February 2022 as part of TV Asahi's Sunday morning children's television block. As of January 2022, three series have received English adaptations.
Each series focuses on a group of teenage girls who are granted special items that allow them to transform into legendary warriors known as the Pretty Cure. With the assistance of creatures known as fairies, the Pretty Cure use their magical powers and enhanced strength to fight against evil forces who create monsters to bring misery to the Earth. As the series progresses and stronger enemies appear, the Cures gain new magical items, new abilities, and sometimes new allies to help them in their fight against evil.
There are currently nineteen anime television series in the franchise, two of which are direct sequels to their previous series. To date, three of the series have received English adaptations. Futari wa Pretty Cure was dubbed into English by Ocean Productions and aired in Canada under the name Pretty Cure. Smile PreCure! and DokiDoki! PreCure were adapted by Saban Brands and released on Netflix under the names Glitter Force and Glitter Force Doki Doki, respectively. The series, Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode, Healin' Good Pretty Cure and Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure, began streaming in Crunchyroll on their respective territories. Each series has received a manga adaptation illustrated by Futago Kamikita, which is published in Kodansha's Nakayoshi shoujo magazine alongside the anime.
As of 2020, Toei Animation Inc. owns the international rights to the franchise while both the dubs of Smile and DokiDoki alongside the Glitter Force brand is currently owned by Hasbro and eOne.
Episode 13 of Healin' Good Pretty Cure was originally scheduled to air on April 26, 2020, but was postponed until June 28, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the series re-airing select episodes during that time.
|1||Futari wa Pretty Cure||1st||2004–2005||49||Daisuke Nishio|
|2||Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart||2005–2006||47|
|3||Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star||2nd||2006–2007||49||Toshiaki Komura|
|4||Yes! PreCure 5||3rd||2007–2008||49|
|5||Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!||2008–2009||48|
|6||Fresh Pretty Cure!||4th||2009–2010||50||Junji Shimizu, Akifumi Zako|
|7||HeartCatch PreCure!||5th||2010–2011||49||Tatsuya Nagamine|
|8||Suite PreCure||6th||2011–2012||48||Munehisa Sakai|
|9||Smile PreCure!||7th||2012–2013||48||Takashi Otsuka|
|10||DokiDoki! PreCure||8th||2013–2014||49||Go Koga|||
|11||HappinessCharge PreCure!||9th||2014–2015||49||Tatsuya Nagamine|
|12||Go! Princess PreCure||10th||2015–2016||50||Yuta Tanaka|||
|13||Witchy PreCure!||11th||2016–2017||50||Masato Mitsuka|||
|14||Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode||12th||2017–2018||49||Kohei Kureta, Yukio Kaizawa|||
|15||Hug! Pretty Cure||13th||2018–2019||49||Junichi Sato, Akifumi Zako|||
|16||Star Twinkle PreCure||14th||2019–2020||49||Hiroaki Miyamoto|||
|17||Healin' Good Pretty Cure||15th||2020–2021||45||Yoko Ikeda|||
|18||Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure||16th||2021–2022||46||Yutaka Tsuchida|
|19||Delicious Party Pretty Cure||17th||2022–2023||TBA||Fukasawa Toshinori|
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, crossover films featuring characters from multiple series have been released annually, with 12 crossover films released to date. The eleventh crossover film, Hugtto! PreCure Futari wa Pretty Cure: All Stars Memories, has been awarded the Guinness World Records title for "Most Magical Warriors in an Anime Film", with a total number of 55 Cures with speaking roles.
Live stage shows since Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart began in February 2005. They don't usually have special names like the movies or games, and they are performed in theatres, or live stages. These musicals are often made for children between the age of 5–9.
- Console 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 Park 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! Dream Festival) (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 Tsunagaru Puzzlun (プリキュアつながるぱずるん, PreCure Connecting Puzzlun) (2017-2020, iOS, Android)
- Nari Kids Park: Hugtto! PreCure (なりキッズパーク HUGっと！プリキュア) (2018, Nintendo Switch)
- Arcade game
- PreCure All Stars Data Carddass series (プリキュアデータカードダスシリーズ) (2007–2017)
- 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)
A live-action series, Koe Girl! (声ガール！, Koe Gāru!), aired in Japan between April and June 2018, celebrating the franchise's 15th anniversary. The series follows a group of aspiring voice actresses and stars Haruka Fukuhara, who voiced Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard in Kirakira PreCure a la Mode.
The combination of transmedia text products, including anime series, films, live performances, theme stores, and toys, has been analyzed as a "system of consumption, knowledge and action [that] creates a lifestyle-text, a set of fictional media works that are synonymous with the lifestyle practices they promote."
The Pretty Cure films are the seventh highest-grossing anime film franchise. Bandai Namco's net income from Pretty Cure video game sales was ¥3.6 billion ($45.12 million) from April 2008 to March 2012, ¥1 billion ($13 million) from April 2012 to March 2013, ¥700 million ($7.17 million) from April 2013 to March 2014, and ¥800 million ($7.8 million) from April 2014 to December 2020, adding up to ¥6.1 billion ($73.1 million) net sales revenue for Bandai Namco.
Pretty Cure has had numerous licensed merchandise sold in Japan. By 2010, it became Japan's fifth highest-grossing franchise annually.
|Year||Japan licensed merchandise sales||Note||Ref|
|2006||¥6 billion||Bandai toys only|||
|2011||¥10.3 billion||Bandai Namco toys only|||
|2005–2013||¥431.86 billion+ ($5.271 billion+)|
|2020||¥6.9 billion||Bandai Namco toys only|||
|2014–2020||¥288.87 billion+ ($2.802 billion+)|||
|2005–2020||¥720.73 billion+ ($8.074 billion+)|
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