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->''"The beautiful souls of Pretty Cure-"''
->''"-shall crush your evil heart!"''

The first series in what would become the ''PrettyCure'' franchise, ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' ("The Two of Us Are Pretty Cure") is a AnimeFirst {{Magical Girl}} show done with a modern, self-aware approach to an old genre.

Nagisa Misumi and Honoka Yukishiro are two eighth-grade girls who normally would have never become anything more than passing acquaintances. Nagisa is an [[{{Tomboy}} energetic jock]] and ace of the lacrosse team, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer loved by all the girls]] but secretly wishing for a male admirer straight from a romance novel. Honoka is the star pupil and class president, incredibly popular with all the guys but not too fussed about acting upon it.

That was until the day Nagisa made a wish on a shooting star and [[CrashIntoHello (violently) came into contact]] with Mepple, a fairy on the run from the sinister agents of the Dusk Zone. Fleeing from the Dusk Zone's monsters, Nagisa runs into Honoka, who happens to have Mepple's partner (and lover) Mipple. To defend themselves, Nagisa and Honoka use the fairies' power to transform together into Cure Black and Cure White: the Emissaries Of Light, Pretty Cure.

After an initial awkward phase with involuntary [[InTheNameOfTheMoon catchphrases]] and their new SuperStrength, Nagisa and Honoka learn about the [[MineralMacGuffin seven Prism Stones]] that protect the Garden of Light, Mepple and Mipple's homeworld. Dusk Zone has already captured five of the Prism Stones, and seek to consume both the Garden of Light and Earth once they have all seven. Mepple and Mipple have the remaining two, but [[GottaCatchEmAll need all seven]] to repair the damage done to the Garden of Light. Thus, the stage is set for the conflict between Pretty Cure and Dusk Zone.

''PrettyCure'' was aimed at both [[{{Shoujo}} young girls]] and [[{{Seinen}} young male adults]], and the amount of PostModernism awareness of the MagicalGirl genre and {{Parental Bonus}}es shows it. Nagisa in particular is flabbergasted by the silly clichés of the genre, reciting [[InTheNameOfTheMoon a prolonged post-transformation catchphrase]] and then [[DoubleTake blurting out]], "Wait, what am I ''saying''?!"

''Pretty Cure'' bucks the formula in other ways. The girls are [[ActionGirl very physical when fighting]]: leaping, punching and kicking their foes and reserving magical attacks for the [[FinishingMove final blow]]. Both girls possess [[LightningBruiser super-strength and agility]], making them far more formidable in hand-to-hand combat than the usual magical girl. It's worth noting at this point that the director of ''Pretty Cure'' was Daisuke Nishio, whose resume also includes ''[[{{Dragonball}} Dragonball Z]]''.

All their magical abilities [[WonderTwinPowers come from teamwork]]: they have no solo attacks and cannot even transform into their Pretty Cure forms unless they do so in unison. The show focuses heavily on the [[ThePowerOfFriendship developing friendship]] between Nagisa and Honoka, even throwing in some blatant [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship yuri subtext]] for the older audience. From an animation standpoint, the show seemed to have an aversion to StockFootage: if Nagisa and Honoka were in different clothes when they transformed, a new transformation sequence would be animated. All of this makes for one of the more unique MagicalGirl shows to come along in a long time.

The show proved so popular that a direct sequel, '''''Futari wa Pretty Cure [=MaX=] Heart''''', followed immediately afterwards. Following the finale of ''Futari wa'', the Queen of Light is forced to shatter her own essence and scatter the pieces to Earth. Nagisa and Honoka are recruited once more by the Garden of Light, given [[FrillyUpgrade upgraded powers]] and tasked with [[GottaCatchEmAll finding the twelve "Heartiels"]] that make up the Queen's heart. Aiding them is a MysteriousWaif called Hikari who transforms into [[SixthRanger Third Ranger]] Shiny Luminous, and avoids [[SoLastSeason the usual problem with new members]] by acting as more of a SupportPartyMember to Black and White. Opposing them are the remnants of the Dusk Zone, who are seeking a way to revive the Dark King.

FourKidsEntertainment originally had the US license (in the same package deal rumored to also give them ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''Anime/MagicalDoReMi''), but they dropped the license before they did anything with it for unknown reasons (possibly due to the failures of ''[=DoReMi=]'' and ''[[Manga/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]]''). Creator/{{YTV}} then signed a deal with Toei to air the show in Canada in 2009 where the English dub (produced by Toei/YTV and OceanStudios) debuted. Additionally, it has aired in this form in Australia and New Zealand on Cartoon Network; and in the UK on [=PopGirl=]. And if you live in America, you can legally watch the subtitled version from Toei [[http://www.funimation.com/pretty-cure/episodes right here]], right now.

Compare to ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' and its successor, ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}''.

Amusing tidbit--in interviews, Creator/EiichiroOda mentioned his daughter enjoys this show over [[Manga/OnePiece his own work]].

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!!This program provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Cure Black and Cure White regularly kick monster butt on a weekly basis.
* AllYourColorsCombined: A mixed example. The Marble Screw plays it straight as can be. But some of the later attacks (namely Rainbow Storm and Rainbow Healing) somehow make rainbows out of adding black and white.
* AlternateContinuity: The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' universe started with this series, but aside from the ''[[Anime/PrettyCureAllStars All Stars]]'' movies they take place in different continuities.
* AlternateRealityGame: Garden of Dreams, which even [[SomewhatCure spawned a comic]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English opening is different from the Japanese version, although the dub does use some of the original songs.
* AndroclesLion: In episode 6 of the first season, a bear cub rescued by Nagisa stands between the girls and its demon-possessed mother long enough for them to figure out a plan.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: As always, this trope is used to, basically, ensure that no matter what the heroines do, the evil (namely, the Evil King) is guaranteed to return to wreak more havoc.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Honoka at one point appears to do this to a Zakenna's gigantic sword... but there was also a tree holding it in place.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Honoka and Nagisa of are fated to become MagicalGirls, according to their mascots.
* BerserkButton:
** Nagisa's friends and her brother serve as her buttons: harm them, and your life is forfeit, as Gekidrago learned the hard way in episode 11.
** Later, in episode 42, when Honoka/Cure White is in serious danger, Nagisa/Cure Black (after initially panicking and crying) [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fights the bad guys on her own and shows of a LOT of power]], especially considering she and Cure White are supposed to get their powers from teamwork. LesYay? [[SarcasmMode Noooooooooo, of COURSE not...]]
* BigBad: The Dark King is the ruler of the Dusk Zone, and all the villains do their evil deeds for him.
* BigEater: Nagisa can scarf down lots of food in little time, sometimes taking Honoka's when she doesn't want it.
* BigFancyHouse: Honoka's home is a traditional Japanese dwelling with a garden and walled yard, but is also located in the middle of a city; upon just seeing the gate Nagisa realizes that she's way out of her economic stratum.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: The Butler Zakenna have this dynamic. The big one is an idiot who often makes more of a mess than what he cleans while the little one tries to keep him and Hikaru under control.
* BrandX: Honoka has applied "PRE-Q BAN" brand adhesive bandages to at least two different people's minor wounds.
* CallingYourAttacks: Black and White always call out their attacks in the StockFootage before using them. Shiny Luminous follows in their footsteps with her attacks.
* {{Cameo}}: [[HelloProject Saki Shimizu from Berryz Kobo and Mari Yaguchi]] make a brief cameo in the second movie, but this might have been because Berryz Kobo did the film's ending theme and Yaguchi's song appears as a b-side on the single.
* CatchPhrase: Nagisa is fond of shouting "I can't believe this!" (''Arienai!'') It's even in the theme song. You can even make a DrinkingGame out of it too.
* ClarkKenting
* ConspicuousCG: The Queen of Light, the beginning of the {{Transformation Sequence}}s, and Mepple's first appearance.
* ConvergingStreamWeapon: The "Pretty Cure Marble Screw" attack.
* CrossCastRole: Done twice by Nagisa and once by Honoka, each for a school play.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Nagisa in at least two episodes.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* CulturalTranslation: Notably with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takoyaki takoyaki]] becoming doughnuts...covered in "cheese" and herbs.
* DancingTheme: The ending theme.
* DemonicInvaders
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Evil King [[spoiler:loses ''three'' times to the girls]].
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: The first season.]]
* DownToTheLastPlay: Each season has about 3-4 Lacrosse matches, ''all'' of which are won by Nagisa at the last second.
* DoWrongRight: Episode 11 has an instance where Nagisa's dad catches her using a grappling move on her brother. Instead of scolding her for tormenting her AnnoyingYoungerSibling, he corrects her technique and goes on his way.
* TheDragon: Ilkbo in the first arc.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Kenta Hoshino]] makes a brief cameo during one episode of ''Max Heart''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The earlier episodes have the two demonstrating abilities like producing a barrier and the Rainbow Therapy that they never use again in the later episodes.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EveryCarIsAPinto: When she was pissed in episode 42, Cure Black's BattleAura was the bolt in the differential necessary to destroy an entire subway car, making this one Every ''Subway'' Car Is A Pinto.
* EvilMinions
* EvilCounterpart: In one episode, two of the heroines' classmates- who loved {{Pretty Cure}} so much that they were cosplaying as them and putting on amateur stage shows for little kids- were {{Brainwashed}} to become evil counterparts. However, far from being equals their {{Brainwashed}} state made them sluggish and gave them no other superpowers save for SuperStrength. The main obstacle came from [[MadeofPlasticine Black and White trying not to accidentally cripple them]].
* EvolvingCredits: The ending changes partway through to showcase the new QuirkyMinibossSquad and Pollun.
* EvolvingMusic: The opening theme of ''[=MaX=] Heart'' is a remix of the original theme.
* {{Expy}}: Their AlternateContinuity successors are expies of them, and they themselves are expies of the LightNovel/DirtyPair.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* FaceDoodling: In episode 16, this is how Cure Black solves the problem of telling a brainwashed classmate apart from the Zakennas that have taken on said classmate's appearance.
* FightingYourFriend: The second movie has this happening between Cure Black and Cure White. It only took some {{Brainwashed And Crazy}} magic to make it happen.
* {{Foil}}:
** TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Nagisa and Honoka, especially on the surface.
** LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Nagisa and Honoka, particularly when Nagisa isn't actively competing or having to deal with an AnnoyingYoungerSibling.
* FrillsOfJustice:
** [[http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/6462/render19.gif Cure Black]] her BareYourMidriff caused quite a stir amoung MoralGuardians as a result [[http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/879/maxheartmovie1cureblack.jpg it is covered up in Season 2]]. She is the only one in the entire 8 seasons to not get EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs.
*** In the first movie her outfit gets a golden color, and her earrings and other small hearts on her clothes become diamonds.
*** In the second movie [[http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/8136/6e97171829d760full.jpg Her outfit]] takes on a Feather Motif. In PrettyCureAllStars DX 2 her Cure Rainbow Black form resembles this but without the FeatherMotif.
** [[http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/2838/8545853.jpg Cure White]] She only gets a minor FrillyUpgrade for season 2 same golden upgrade for movie 1 and [[http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/7333/a38b9a732fbbd0full.jpg movie 2 upgrade]] Cure Rainbow White in PrettyCureAllStars DX 2 uses the same outfit but with [[PowerGivesYouWings Wings]]
** [[http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/6039/8545934.jpg Shiny Luminous]][[http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/6646/310cea1a0fb580full.jpg]] While not an Official Cure her outfits are certainly treated as such and follow the same upgrade line as Cure White.
* FrillyUpgrade: Just look at their outfits in the first season, then their outfits at ''Max Heart''.
* GoldenSuperMode: The Golden Power from the first movie comes with gold clothes and diamond jewelry.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Well, before they start raining hell on their opponents.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Used differently than in most series as ''Pretty Cure'' makes no real effort to collect the Heartiels [[spoiler: near the end of the series it's revealed they never intended to revive The Queen and are in fact offended by the idea that they would be willing to sacrifice anyone]].
* GratuitousEnglish
* HeelFaceTurn: Done twice, first by [[spoiler:Kiriya]] and later, in part, by [[spoiler:King Haaku, whose ''life'' makes the turn and splits from him]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nagisa and Honoka.
* HumanShield: Pissard does this in episode 5 with the petrified museum goers. Forcing the Cures to hold back or risk causing LiterallyShatteredLives.
* IgnoredEnemy: In episode 8. Nagisa and Honoka are bickering while casually dodging Gekidrago's attacks, and when he demands they stop ignoring him, they shout "Be quiet! We're having a very important conversation here!" and [[ATwinkleInTheSky blast him into orbit]].
* ImmediateSequel: ''[=MaX=] Heart'' picks up where the original left off.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Mildly subverted at times.
** [[LampshadeHanging The first time they do this, Nagisa responds by asking what the heck she is saying.]]
-->'''Cure Black''': Say ''what''!?
* IntertwinedFingers: The girls hold hands like this whenever they perform the Marble Screw.
* InvisibleToNormals: Subverted most of the time.
** Whenever Mipple, Mepple or Pollun decide to pop out because they want to have fun along with Nagisa and Honoka, the girls have to cover up and pretend that they made whatever noise the mascots made.
* IHaveTheHighGround
* JapaneseStockPhrases: You can make a DrinkingGame out of it: Take a shot every time you hear someone say "Even if you say that..." and not finish the sentence, and you'll need a new liver in short order. (Take a shot every time it's clear ''what the speaker means,'' and... you'll die of thirst. There's such a thing as an overly literal translation, after all.) The series is also fond of ThisIsUnforgivable before fight scenes, and "Don't say unnecessary things!" when someone has said... pretty much anything the other person doesn't like.
* LampshadeHanging: So much of it going around due to Nagisa that it deserved having it as its own trope.
* LonelyRichKid: Honoka
* LoveLetter: Nagisa and her female admirers.
** Nagisa decides to deliver one to her own crush, but eventually doesn't go through with it.
* LovelyAngels: Look at this picture, now look at [[LightNovel/DirtyPair this one]]. Note, jock and brain, note hair colors.
* MagicalGirl
** MagicalGirlWarrior: A lot more action based than the typical MagicalGirl show.
* MagicRealism: Hints of it; for instance, the art gallery episode
* {{Malaproper}}: Nagisa, especially in the next episode previews where Honoka has to constantly correct her.
* MetaGuy
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Pretty Cure Rainbow Bracelets.
* MiniDressOfPower
* ModestyShorts: Nagisa wears them both in her lacrosse uniform and as Cure Black.
** [[FridgeLogic But why would a lacrosse uniform include a skirt in the first place?]]
*** The lacrosse uniforms in MuvLuv include them as well; must be a Japanese thing.
* MonsterOfTheAesop
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MotorMouth: Shiho, who punctuates her verbal barrages with a stutter-like triple repeat of the occasional word.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal
* NeverSayDie: "Returning to the darkness"; Mipple and Mepple assure Honoka that they haven't ''really'' killed their enemies, but later on, the villains treat it as punishment and Kiriya once mentions it in a context that sounds like committing honourable suicide.
** This becomes a plot point later on when [[spoiler:Kiriya manages to communicate with the girls through a rift in the darkness.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Mipple and Mepple
* OddCouple: Honoka is a tidy, feminine intellectual from a rich family; Nagisa is a rough-and-tumble middle-class tomboy.
* OffModel Episode 11 of Max Heart is infamous for its fight scene.
* {{Ojou}}
* PillarOfLight
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Whenever Nagisa and Honoka goes on a trip, they are conveniently together by coincidence and or by intention.
* PostEpisodeTrailer
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Very important in the series, as the Cures' attacks are powered by their friendship.Even when they're arguing/yelling at each other, they can still manage to dodge all the enemy's attacks -- in perfect sync -- and pull together long enough to defeat it.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: The vice-principal, whose EstablishingCharacterMoment is to change opinions immediately based on what the principal says. Even the principal calls him out on saying whatever he thinks the principal wants to hear.
* PummelDuel: [[spoiler: Baldez vs.]] Cure Black and Cure White at the same time at their last fight.
* PuppyDogEyes
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* RedOniBlueOni: Nagisa and Honoka respectively.
* RepeatCut
* ResetButton: Not explicit, but there are a few cases, when all damage from immensely destructive battles disappears, and normals don't remember anything afterwards.
* RopeBridge
* SchoolPlay: With added LesYay, as the leads portray ''RomeoAndJuliet''.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Implied with Nagisa's admirers.
* ShipTease: Possibly with the aforementioned SchoolPlay episode.
* [[{{Shojo}} Shoujo]]
* {{Shorttank}}: Nagisa
* ShoutOut: ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' and other ''MagicalGirl'' references, both straight and satirical.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: KenichiOno plays Jaaku King and Baldez. [[spoiler:The GrandFinale reveals that Baldez is the heir of Jaaku King's power. Baldez ''is'' Jaaku King.]]
* SixthRanger: Hikari's a ''Third'' Ranger.
* SliceOfLife: When they're not fighting, this is basically what most of the episodes consists of.
* SlowMotionPassBy: Nagisa and Honoka in the intro.
* SnotBubble: Mepple does this, sometimes with added drool.
* SoLastSeason: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] Once the Seeds of Evil show up, Pretty Cure seem to be helpless against them without the Pretty Cure Rainbow Bracelets. However, the regular old Marble Screw still works just fine against Zakenna, and eventually they can win against the Seeds without the bracelets as well.
** For that matter, the Marble Screw was already pretty much useless against Ilkubo several episodes before the Bracelets were introduced, forcing Pretty Cure to rely on luck and tactics to survive against him.
** Then when ''[=MaX=] Heart'' comes along, they use an upgraded version of Marble Screw, but that too is eventually outclassed by Extreme Luminario . . . and then Marble Screw is upgraded ''again''.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: '''Nagisa'''. She's tolerable in the first season, but in ''[=MaX=] Heart'', she gets more episodes than Hikari and Honoka ''combined'' and then some. The first NonSerialMovie is nothing but Nagisa doing cool things while Honoka and Hikari are barely more than {{Living Prop}}s. Averted in the second movie, however. Worse, [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Saki]] and [[SuitePrecure Hibiki]] are both [[{{Expy}} expies]] of her and both do this too. But the good thing is, at least they're not [[CreatorsPet creator's pets]] like [[DokiDokiPrecure Mana.]]
* StockFootage: There's the usual stock footage (transformation, attacks), and some surprise ones, like Nagisa's lacrosse goal.
* SuperCellReception: Played with. The protective forms that Mipple and Mepple have to take on during their stay on earth resemble girly cellphones, resulting in everyone assuming that Nagisa and Honoka already had cells and didn't need new ones. However, Mipple and Mepple only look like cellphones, and can't be used to communicate.
* TheSweatDrop
* TeamSpirit
* TeenGenius: Honoka.
* ThemeTuneCameo: For some reason the Verone Choir Club chooses the ending song to sing in a choir competition in episode 45.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Honoka says something to that effect ''every single week''.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Part of the scenery at Honoka's house.
* TitleDrop: Borderline example, and the dub every instance of Pretty Cure being uttered counts since the title is shortened to simply "Pretty Cure". The girls' InTheNameOfTheMoon speech finishes with the exclamation of "Together We are Pretty Cure!", making this a OnceAnEpisode occurrence.
* TomboyishName
* TooDumbToLive: After about the tenth time weird things start happening around them and they don't ''immediately'' transform, but instead decide to investigate in their normal unpowered state, you start to wonder what is wrong with them. You have superpowers, girls. If everyone around suddenly gets turned to stone, you should probably USE THEM! Even ''Mepple'' starts calling them out on it by midpoint. They don't listen.
* TransformationSequence
* VerbalTic: Employed by the mascots.
* VisibleSigh
* WaveMotionGun: Their signature attack, "Pretty Cure Marble Screw" (or [[DubNameChange "Pretty Cure Marble Twister"]]), greatly resembles one.
* WeaselMascot: Mepple.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Zakenna butlers live through both seasons and are never shown being killed, yet their fate at the end of ''Max Heart'' is left unaddressed. They are last seen at the mansion.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: See NeverSayDie, above.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Mostly, used by Nagisa to punish her AnnoyingYoungerSibling.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Subverted. The infamous "[[http://www.lurkmore.com/w/images/6/66/1189463749040.jpg You should be able to solve this]]" screencap (the equation resolves to 0=26) is taken from seconds before Honoka points out that the equation can't be solved--it's the in-universe math teacher who made a mistake, not the writers.
* YearInsideHourOutside: Though they left a day apart in their world, over a century passed between Mipple's arrival on Earth and Mepple's.
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