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. 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, Maho Tsukai Pretty Cure!, began airing in February 2016 as part of TV Asahi's Sunday morning children's television block, following Fabulous Secret Hero Time. To date, three of to all of Pretty Cure 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 Cures (aka Precures). With the assistance of creatures known as fairies, the Pretty Cures 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
There are currently fifteen 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, three of the series, have received adapted English-language dubbed releases under the names respectively.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure (2004–2005)
- Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart (2005–2006)
- Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star (2006–2007)
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 (2007–2008)
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! (2008–2009)
- Fresh Pretty Cure (2009–2010)
- HeartCatch Pretty Cure (2010–2011)
- Suite Pretty Cure (2011–2012)
- Smile Pretty Cure (2012–2013)
- Doki Doki! Pretty Cure (2013–2014)
- Happiness Charge Pretty Cure (2014–2015)
- Go! Princess Pretty Cure (2015–2016)
- Maho Tsukai Pretty Cure (2016–2017)
- KiraKira Pretty Cure A La Mode (2017–2018)
- HUGtto! Pretty Cure (2018-2019)
- Star Twinkle Pretty Cure (2019-2020)
Plus 3 songs have been officially released in English. From Fresh Pretty Cure are You Make Me Happy (vocals by OR Yoonji) and Happy Together (vocals by Ananda Jacobs). And from Heartcatch is Tomorrow Song (vocals by Gloria Gaynor).
Beginning with Futari wa Pretty Cure, each television series has received a theatrical animated film based on the series, with Max Heart and Splash Star receiving three 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 fourteen TV-based films and eight All Stars films.
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