Anime: Fresh Pretty Cure!
aka: Fresh Precure
"The pink heart is the emblem of love! Freshly picked, Cure Peach!"
"The blue heart is the emblem of hope! Freshly gathered, Cure Berry!"
"The yellow heart is the emblem of faith! Freshly harvested, Cure Pine!"
"The scarlet heart is the proof of happiness! Freshly ripened, Cure Passion!"
The sixth entry in the Pretty Cure
franchise. The title comes from the heroines' fresh fruit Edible Theme Naming
is a ridiculously-positive and empathetic
girl who loves dancing. While attending a concert by her idols Trinity, she is caught in an attack by the evil forces of Labyrinth, who seek to conquer The Multiverse
by finding a MacGuffin
called "Infinity". Love's desire to protect her idols and the happiness of those around her transform her into Cure Peach, one of the Legendary Warriors known as Pretty Cure.
She soon forms a Power Trio
with her childhood friends: Miki Aono, an Insufferable Genius
and fashion model who transforms into Cure Berry; and Inori Yamabuki, a kind-hearted animal lover who becomes Cure Pine. Together with Weasel Mascot
Tart and baby puffball thing Chiffon, they must track down Infinity and protect the world from Labyrinth's machinations.Fresh
was an attempt to refresh (no pun intended) the Pretty Cure
franchise after the successful but derivative Yes! Pretty Cure 5
. It lowered the number of main characters to a manageable three, allowing for more development per character, and increased the amount of action and drama. The show later introduces a Story Arc
focused on Labyrinth agent Eas, who attempts to infiltrate Love's group
and steal her Transformation Trinket
, only for the story to deconstruct Becoming the Mask
in the most painful way possible
, culminating in the birth of the fourth Pretty Cure
, Cure Passion.
Fresh Pretty Cure provides examples of:
- Alternate Continuity: To the other series.
- Animation Bump: Episode 12, despite being a comedic filler episode, is animated surprisingly well.
- Battle in the Rain: Peach's last fight with Eas.
- Becoming the Mask: Horrifically de-constructed. Eas' new feelings of friendship towards Love cause her nothing but confusion and pain as Love systematically disproves her entire world view.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Love and Daisuke (even if Love's more genki than most tsunderes around), almost reminiscent of Momoko and Yousuke.
- Big Damn Heroes: Episode 42
- Episode 48: Just when it seems as if Pretty Cure is about to be defeated once and for all by The Dragon, Westar and Soular, who had supposedly died two episodes prior, swoop in to defend the girls. The general populace of Labyrinth may be considered Big Damn Heroes as well, since they are the ones who gave Pretty Cure the power to actually get back up and fight.
- Book Ends: Episode 23 has Love's attempts to get Setsuna to join rejected.
- Bluff The Imposter: Love pulls this in episode 40.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Episode 27 is entirely dedicated to this, including a guest appearance from the very real comedy duo Audrey.
- And earlier on, someone mentioned that at one point in episode 1, Love looked like a combination of Boke and Tsukkomi: "She says and does stupid things and then ALSO does the punch lines to herself".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kaoru-chan, Tarte, and Chiffon during the introduction to the movie. In the credits, the cast gives instructions to the audience.
- Bruce Lee Clone: In the movie, Love ends up facing an action figure who sports a yellow jumpsuit, weilds nunchaku and yells out Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the series, Labyrinth is now a safe and friendly enough environment for Setsuna, Hayato, and Shun to return, and return they do. Of course, there's no reason why they can't come back and visit. Which Setsuna always does whenever it's time for the customary team up movie. And if New Stage 2 is to be trusted, Setsuna still makes occasional visits to do dance training routine.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Change! Pretty Cure! Beat Up!"
- Calling Your Attacks: Not just the actual attacks, but also Double Pretty Cure Punch, Double Pretty Cure Kick, Triple Pretty Cure Punch, and so on and so forth.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Nakisakebe card works this way
- Catch Phrase: Love's "Let's obtain happiness!"note , Miki's "I am perfect!"note , Inori's "I believe!"note , and Setsuna's "I will do my best!"note . Also, Peach, Berry and Pine's personal attack will always begin with "Bad things, bad things, go away!"
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Most of them aren't said phrase to phrase, but has variations like "I'll do my best (not) to X!", "We'll get our happiness!", "That's perfect!", "I believe that X..." etc...
- Catch Phrase Interruptus: At one point, Westar interrupts that.
Peach: Bad things, bad things—
Westar: WILL NOT GO AWAY! *Nakewameke smacked Peach mid-sentence*
- Kaoru-chan, the doughnut store owner, has a signature laugh "Guha!" which became his Catch Phrase. Played for Laughs during the "Freaky Friday" Flip when the Precures think he's okay when he laughed like that, not noticing that it's actually a bullfrog that got switched with Kaoru-chan, making the same sound.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In the final episode, Miki and Inori switch their catch phrases, while Setsuna and Love do the same for their own.
- Chest Insignia: The colorful four-leaf clover
- Combined Energy Attack: While not precisely an attack, the Cure Angel transformations are essentially caused by this. The Cures' ultimate attacks, Loving True Heart and Loving True Heart Fresh, are straight examples of this trope.
- A villainous example occurs in the movie, which allows the villain to assume his One-Winged Angel form.
- Colossus Climb: Cure Peach does this during the movie.
- Cue the Sun: Cure Passion's first appearance.
- Dancing Theme: This was the series that kick-started the trend of including 3D dancing themes for the Closing Credits in all subsequent Pretty Cure series.
- Darker and Edgier: The series can get rather dark and frightening at certain points, or as dark and frightening as a show for little girls is allowed to be. The events of the mid-season arc, the implications of Labyrinth in general, and pretty much everything Northa does come to mind.
- Debut Queue: The introduction of the Cures. It's averted during the power-up spree; not only does Inori get her Mid-Season Upgrade before Miki, but the upgrades do not occur in sequential episodes.
- Disney Death: Setsuna is resurrected as Cure Passion, and later in the series, Westar and Soular prove that you can, in fact, survive being sucked into a black hole. Guess the only one of the four cardinal directions villains whose death is going to be permanent is Northa's.
- Dramatic Thunder: Happens during an impassioned speech by Daisuke in episode 15...which promptly causes him to faint due to his Fear of Thunder.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Cure Angel upgrades.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Soba Seller.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Takeshi's dog, Lucky, recognizes Setsuna easily in episode 25, but doesn't attack her.
- Evil Knockoff: Cure Passion has to deal with a shadow in the shape of her former self, Eas, in episode 25.
- Evolving Credits: Cure Passion is added to the opening during the latter half of the series. Also, Northa's face is initially framed in shadow until she appears in the show proper.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl
- Eye Catch: Notable in that Chiffon's different costumes seen in one of the eyecatches actually appear in the series proper.They're seen at the begnning of episode 18, with the same music as the eyecatch. It turns out to be part of Miki's Midseason Upgrade...and Chiffon's bear costume actually plays a role in the story of the episode.
- Face of a Thug: A variation. A very stern looking elderly woman runs a candy store in Clover Town. We see her give out quite a bit of free candy.
- Fanservice: Episode 2 gives us a brief Shower Scene with Miki. Probably the only one we got in the whole series.
- Five-Bad Band: Labyrinth
- Foreshadowing: In Episode 15, Setsuna has to choose between either a red bowling ball or a black one. She picks the black one, but later on she becomes the red Pretty Cure.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Inori and Tarte switch bodies in episode 10.
- Frilly Upgrade: Cure Peach gets these after transforming into Cure Angel in the movie... and eventually, the rest of the Cures get them as well, after accessing their own Cure Angel upgrades during the penultimate episode.
- Funny Background Event: In episode 14 one happens when Westar runs into a pole.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Done by Cure Berry to Cure Peach in The Movie.
- Good Hurts Evil: The villains cannot touch the Transformation Trinkets for this reason. The Clover Box is the same.
- Gratuitous English
- Heel Face Mind Screw: Mercifully averted, as the girls arrive just in time to save their comrade Setsuna from being brainwashed back into Labyrinth in episode 42.
- Heel-Face Turn: Setsuna/Eas became Cure Passion, the Fourth Ranger to the girls, in episode 23. Then Westar and Soular, having recovered from being sucked into a black hole two episodes earlier, help the Cures in their fight againt Northa in episode 48.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Setsuna/Eas, sole female member of the antagonists, becomes Cure Passion and joins the protagonists. The sole evil female position, though, was filled by the decidedly more evil Northa.
- Hotter and Sexier: Mildly. As this is the first Precure series that attempts to broaden the audience range, the art style for this season gave the female characters more visible breasts. There isn't that much of a difference, though, and for the most part, the female characters are still conservatively dressed.
- Idol Singer: More like Idol Dancer.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A rare villainous version: Westar tries one of these on Setsuna shortly after her Heel-Face Turn. Unfortunately for him, as he's not a hero it didn't work.
- Informed Ability: Played with. In the 'specialty'-assigning episode, whereas we get stuffs like Peach specializing in punching, Berry specializing in kicking, Pine specializing in stamina, Passion specializing in speed/dodge, kind of make sense at first. However, each Cures have been known to use all four traits sparingly. The reveal of that specialty-assignment also end up causing a Crippling Overspecialization and caused the Cures to fare badly, until Miyuki tinkers things up to make them realize that the Aesop is the usual 'teamwork' and synchronizing their hearts with those specialization which granted them Lucky Clover Grand Finale. And yet in said attack, none of the 'specializations' mentioned shine on.
- In the Name of the Moon: See the page quote. There's also this parody in episode 49.
The sweets heart is the emblem of deliciousness! Freshly made! We're the Doughnut Brothers!
- I Surrender, Suckers: Setsuna pulls a heroic version of this, pretending to accept Moebius' forgiveness so she can have a shot at destroying the Fuko gauge.
- Kamehame Hadoken: What it looks like when the Cures continue shooting finishing moves, as seen on episode 7.
- Karmic Transformation: Much to her dismay, Inori ended up being placed in Tarte's body in episode 10 due to her fear of ferrets.
- Last Minute Hookup: Averted with Love and Daisuke, but it looks good for them.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Cure Passion's identity was spoiled left and right by merchandising at least a month before she actually appeared on-screen.
- Let's You and Him Fight: In episode 43 the Cures have hallucinations that cause them to fight each other. (None of them actually realize they're fighting each other though.)
- Licked by the Dog: Setsuna in episode 25, ironically enough by the same dog she kicked back in episode 3, just to show that this dog is NOT ashamed of her.
- Living MacGuffin: Chiffon was Infinity all along.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The world of memories, created by the Camera Nakewameke. An inversion, a world where everything is full of despair, is created from Northa's Fuko Energy fog.
- Magical Girl
- Magic Skirt: Both forms; thank the petticoats in Cure forms!
- Meaningful Name
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Cure Sticks for Peach, Berry, and Pine. Later, the Cures get another upgrade that let's them do their Combination Attack Finishing Move.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Double subverted. Eas receives a letter declaring that she's fired and that her allotted lifespan is going to run out. Instead of running to Love for help, she becomes more determined to defeat Love before these "strange feelings" of friendship and self-worth that the Cures give her take over, so that her bosses will change their minds about her having become useless. However, Eas gives up in her fight against Peach, her bosses kills her anyway, and Akarun (the red key sprite) brings her back to life as a Cure. Disgusted with her previous actions, she eventually joins the side of good.
- Monster of the Week: Nakewameke, which abandon the more or less freeform look of previous MOTWs in favor of a more natural-looking appearance, while still being will-the-Precure-please-get-giant-robots-already big. It gains a powered up version called Nakisakebe in episodes 19 through 22, before being replaced by Northa's Sorewatase monsters late in the series.
- The Movie: The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets?!
- Non-Serial Movie: Technically, the movie falls under this trope. It was released after episode 38 aired. However, in a case of Early-Bird Cameo, Usapyon makes a brief appearance in episode 26 and the Toy Kingdom appears in episode 35. The Toy Kingdom is later seen again in episodes 45 and 50, and and the Cure Angel transformation appears in episode 48 as the Eleventh Hour Superpower. As such, the movie can be considered canon.
- Musical Spoiler: More like very subtle Musical Foreshadowing. If you listen carefully to Labyrinth's Theme, you should notice some very strange ambient noise which seems out of place, but it's revealed in the Grand Finale that the noise is Beeping Computers which refer to the fact that Moebius is really a well-meaning AI with a few screws loose.
- Mythology Gag: Many throughout the series. For instance:
- Nightmare Face: Employed by Setsuna, herself a Face for several episodes at the time, and Love, of all people, in episode 30 simultaneously.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Chiffon and Tarte. In the final arc Tarte's fiance Azukina joins the group.
- One-Gender School: Inori's school, Christian Private White Clover Academy... but it's rarely seen.
- Parents in Distress: Love's mother gets switched with a mirror enemy in one story and it's up to Love (her real daughter) and Setsuna (her surrogate daughter) to rescue her.
- Please Wake Up: Peach's reaction to Eas' Disney Death.
- Portmanteau Series Nickname: In-series - "H@ppy Together", the seconding Dancing Theme, has them spelling it out: P•R•E•C•U•R•E.
- Power Gives You Wings: Cure Angel in the movie... and all four Cure Angels in the series.
- The Power of Love: Guess which one of the girls has this power.
- Pummel Duel: Cure Peach and Northa briefly have one of these.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Although unlike other Pretty Cure examples, it starts to disband after Cure Passion's appearance.
- Rampage from a Nail: The Tyrannosaurus rex chasing after Cure Pine in the movie because a glass or sorts got stuck on its leg.
- Redemption Equals Death: Reversed—Death Equals Redemption, leading to Redemption Earns Life.
- Initially played straight with Westar and Soular, who are seemingly pulled into a black hole for deletion after saving Berry and Passion from the same fate. And then they get better two episodes later.
- Red Herring: (Get it?) The girls (and Tarte) at first think Miyuki is Cure Passion, but they're wrong...
- Secret Keeper: Several, in a first for the franchise. As the series progresses, the number of people who know the identities of the Cures, their companions, and their mission even increases.
- Series Franchise
- Ship Tease: Miki hugging Inori in one of the previews
- Shout-Out: Episode 12 is full of these. Just look at the wigs. There's even a Sazh wig!
- Includes a old girl with Cure White hair and a dog with strange horns horns.
- Compare Westar and Soular's explanation about their comeback with the prologue of Kamen Rider Black RX. Cue Kamen Rider jokes about those two spread within the fandom.
- Angel Peach's and Angel Berry's pose may seem familiar...
- Peach and Eas' fight in episode 23 looks like something out of Dragon Ball Z.
- Sixth Ranger: More like "Fourth Ranger". Anyway, Setsuna fills this slot starting in episode 23.
- Solomon Divorce: Miki and Kazuki's parents.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Early on the movie, happy music plays as Love and friends had their fun time in Love's house, and occasionally switching into children losing their toys and crying... all while the same happy music plays.
- Spanner in the Works: Klein didn't count on Akarun reviving Setsuna as Cure Passion, and he certainly didn't expect her to be a Cure. Hell, not even Setsuna herself was aware that she was Cure Passion until redemption earned her back her life.
- Special Guest: Episode 27 features a town festival featuring the manzai duo Audrey. The pair are sponsoring the manzai contest that the girls accidentally enter, and later use their Boke and Tsukkomi Routine to actually help the Cures defeat the Nakewameke.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Westar or Wester? Soular or Souler? Northa or Norza? Tart or Tarte? Despite there being trading cards that show some of those names, the fandom still can't seem to come to consensus about which spelling is correct for any of them.
- Story Arc:
- Episodes 19 - 26: The Setsuna/Eas subplot becomes the focus of these episodes, climaxing in Eas's transformation into Cure Passion in episode 23 and her joining the Cures in episode 24. The arc is then capped off with two Setsuna centric episodes.
- Episodes 34 - 37: The Reveal of Infinity, the introductions of the Clover Box and Northa, and the Pretty Cure's new Mid-Season Upgrade are all part of this single story arc.
- Episodes 42 - 50: The finale.
- Taking You with Me: Moebius rages at the fact that he cannot control the Cures and decides to blow himself up with them inside. Luckily, they're bailed out by Chiffon just in time.
- The Day The Music Lied: Episode 36, complete with Record Needle Scratch.
- Theme Tune Cameo: The second ending music is used repeatedly during the series, and the first ending music is the song the Trinity group dances to in the first episode.
- Theme Naming: Jumping on the previous season's bandwagon, not only the mascots are named after food, but the Cures are as well. Four of the villains are named for directions (Northa, Eas, Soular, and Westar), and two of them are name for orientations - Moebius and Klein are taken from "Moebius strip" and "Klein bottle"
- "They Still Belong to Us" Lecture: Attempted several times after Eas' Heel-Face Turn. Westar invokes this because he is genuinely hurt by Setsuna's defection and wants his comrade to return. Later on, Northa uses it purely as part of a Moral Event Horizon-crossing More Than Mind Control gambit.
- Those Two Guys: Yuki and Kento. Their third friend, Daisuke, is a bit more important than the other two.
- Three Plus One
- Title Theme Tune
- Transformation Sequence
- Transformation Trinket
- True Companions
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: You would think, that enormous Monsters of the Week (that cannot be Invisible to Normals due to their very purpose) and Pretty Cures beating crap out of each other in the middle of the town would draw some serious attention from the world.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: We know they're in Japan, but where the heck can we find Clover Town Street?
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Inori, who loves animals, except ferrets, and Tarte just happened to be a ferret. She gets over it as part of the plot of episode 10.
- Daisuke's afraid of thunder, as revealed in episode 16.
- Miki is afraid of anything made of octopus, shown in episode 33.
- "YEAH!" Shot
- You Are Number Six: The citizens of Labyrinth are all numbered; although they don't use those numbers as names, Eas is addressed by hers in her letter.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Miki, more like bluish-purple. Also, her brother Kazuki, and villains Wester and Soular when transformed. Setsuna, in every form, can also count, although in civilian form it could be considered as stylized black.
- You Have Failed Me
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
- Zettai Ryouiki: Eas, who combines it with hot pants, and Cure Berry