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->''"Oh light of spirits! Oh glimmer of life!"''
->''"Guide our two hearts towards hope!"''

The third series in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise.

Mai Mishou, a calm and sweet-hearted artist, is returning to her hometown after several years away. She goes to the large tree she used to visit as a child and runs into Saki Hyuuga, an outgoing softball player. Just as they both remember that [[ChildhoodFriends they once met each other as children]] in this precise spot, two fairies called Flappy and Choppy come out of nowhere and attach themselves to the girls.

The fairies are fleeing from the forces of Dark Fall, an otherworldly group seeking to capture the [[CosmicKeystone seven World Fountains]] that feed the WorldTree. The last World Fountain is located somewhere on Earth, and Dark Fall will stop at nothing to find it. To defend themselves from the monsters of Dark Fall, Saki and Mai agree to use the fairies' power and transform into Cure Bloom and Cure Egret: the Legendary Warriors, Pretty Cure.

''Splash☆Star'' starts as a near-{{Expy}} of the [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure original series]], as Toei clearly wanted to continue the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise but were concerned about how fans would receive a series that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks did not include Nagisa and Honoka]]. Complaints from MoralGuardians had also caused many of the {{Seinen}} elements synonymous with ''Pretty Cure'' to be toned down: instead of the [[GoodOldFisticuffs hard-hitting fisticuffs]] of [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Black and White]], Bloom and Egret primarily used [[SphereOfPower non-contact magical attacks]], flinging [[HandBlast bolts of energy]] around and [[{{Flight}} flying all over the place]].

However, after time the show finds its feet and develops its own identity. Mai and Saki grow to distinguish their personalities from their predecessors and lookalikes. Bloom and Egret develop unique fighting styles, with Bloom focusing on [[MightyGlacier ground attacks and brute strength]], while Egret specialises in [[FragileSpeedster agile aerial attacks]]. The show later adds two {{Dark Magical Girl}}s as {{Foil}}s, and a MidSeasonUpgrade that gives a SuperMode to Bloom and Egret, upgrading them to Cure Bright and Cure Windy respectively.

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!!This anime provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Saki manages to misremember Ms. Shitataare's name almost every time.
* AlternateContinuity: The first one.
* AndYouWereThere: Moop and Fuup.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Mai gets like this around some works of art.
* BattleAura: Noticeable in the flashes of light, absent in earlier seasons, that appear whenever the Cures land from high heights or are thrown against solid objects. Could possibly be a DontTryThisAtHome measure.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Gooyan.]]
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Kenta ostensibly forms a Manzai duo with class representative Miyasako, but it's more of an outlet for his own [[HurricaneOfPuns pun-based humor.]]
* BossRush: [[spoiler:Gooyan brings back the five defeated minions in the 40s episodes. All are dispatched with more ease than before.]]
** DualBoss: [[spoiler:They attack in pairs.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Saki's younger sister, Minori.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull
* ClarkKenting: Inverted in that some of the ''villains'' adopt various disguises and aren't recognized until they reveal themselves. Meanwhile, the villains discover the Cures' true identities without much effort at all.
* ComplexityAddiction: [[spoiler:Gooyan could have won instantly by just blowing the worlds up in random order, instead of bothering with creating Akudaikahn, creating the Dark Fall, and sending minions.]]
* ContinuityNod: Many. The show is actually very good at referencing past events and episodes.
* DancingTheme: "Ganbalance de Dance"
* DarkerAndEdgier: Is it ever....
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:Michiru and Kaoru, who continue using their powers as warriors of the Dark Fall, even after their HeelFaceTurn.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Michiru and Kaoru.
* DemotedToExtra (Michiru and Kaoru. Despite being the first {{Dark Magical Girl}} duo in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise and [[spoiler:fighting alongside Bloom and Egret in their ''own'' Pretty Cure forms in the final battle]], they are BroughtDownToNormal in the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movies and regulated to waving Miracle Lights with the rest of the background characters.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Michiru and Kaoru.]]
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[spoiler:When Gooyan blows up the Earth.]]
* ElementalPowers: The five minions, aside from Michiru and Kaoru, have powers based on the five elements of Eastern tradition. The Uzainaa that they summon are also based on these elements. This provides foreshadowing, seeing as that Kaoru is [[BlowYouAway wind]] and Michiru is [[{{Lunacy}} the moon]], neither fitting in with the theme.
** Karehaan - [[GreenThumb plants/trees/wood]]
** Moerumba - [[PlayingWithFire fire]]
** Dorodoron - [[DishingOutDirt earth]]
** Ms. Shitataare - [[MakingASplash water]]
** Kintolesky: [[ExtraOreDinary gold/metal]]
** Every single member of Dark Fall has [[CastingAShadow darkness]], referred to as "[[PowerOfTheVoid the power of destruction]]", as well.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Michiru and Kaoru inherit their own Cure Bright and Cure Windy form.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Kaoru, at first. Michiru is friendlier from the beginning, but even she has her moments.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The goal of the entagonists is to create an eternal world of ruin.
* EvolvingCredits: The opening changes to include Cure Bright and Cure Windy, as well as Moop and Fuup.
* {{Expy}}: To the point where the Italian dub of the show marketed it as a ''sequel'' to ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', starring the "older" forms of Nagisa and Honoka!
* FeudEpisode: Actually occurs in the NonSerialMovie.
* FinalBossPreview: The confrontation with Akudaikaan in episode 23. Akudaikaan {{No Sell}}s the Cures' attacks, claims that [[IAmNotLeftHanded he's not even showing half his power]] and beats the Cures while never getting up from his throne. [[spoiler: While the Cures did fight him again, it turns out Akudaikaan wasn't the final villain...]]
* FrillsOfJustice
* GratuitousSpanish: Moerumba.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Michiru and Kaoru]], again.
* HeroicRROD: You can make a drinking game from how many times our heroes collapse from exhaustion and strain in this particular series. And in the finale, given the [[NatureSpirit exact source of power]] the side of good is fighting with, even ''the entire planet'' collapses trying to get at the BigBad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:The sea]] is the Fountain of the Sun all along. Several battles are fought near or on it, [[{{Irony}} while the information of the Fountain's location is violently protected from and interrogated on]].
* IHaveTheHighGround: Ms. Shitataare and Kintolesky do this before several battles. Michiru and Kaoru enjoy sitting on a rock that extends out of the ocean.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon
* IslandBase: Gooyan has one of these, even shaped like himself. He mistakenly believes it to be secret. Lampshaded by Ms. Shitataare: "I mean, the architecture alone is a dead giveaway."
* {{Joshikousei}}
* {{Jossed}}: The popular fan theory that Michiru and Kaoru "inherit" the forms of Cure Bright and Cure Windy beyond the series finale is nixed by the second All-Stars DX movie, where Saki and Mai get a combination of both their Egret/Windy and Bloom/Bright forms, respectively. On the other hand, the Crossover Compilation has outright defied TV canon on a number of major points, and [[TheyJustDidntCare Toei doesn't care about the twins]], so of course they wouldn't let them fight -- meaning that, in a purely-TV-canon world, they could still keep their powers.
** WordOfGod states that the reason that they are not Cures is that since they were not ordinary girls that their target audience can identify with, so this puts their status as redeemed villains on the likes of Bunbee. They never have their newfound life expanded on like with Cure Passion, so it is unlikely that they would ever be considered offical Cures.
* KamehameHadoken: Michiru and Kaoru fight with concentrated balls of the power of destruction pulled from their own bodies. Once they charge them up enough, the result is one of these.
* KickTheDog: Pretty much ''every'' villain in this show, with the only exception of Kintolesky, does that at least once.
* LaughablyEvil: The whole QuirkyMinibossSquad, Karehaan being the sole exception.
* LuckyTranslation: Doubles as BlindIdiotTranslation. The Italian dub managed [[{{Woolseyism}} to keep the Japanese opening by creatively changing the lyrics]], which is a good thing - except that some of the new lyrics basically amount to [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "super-special-awesome!"]]
* MagicalGirl
* MeaningfulName: Pretty Cure and the Kiryuu sisters all have names relating to their Cure personas. All these relations are expressed in sequence near the end of episode 48.
** ThemeNaming: "Flower, bird, wind, moon" is a Japanese idiom that refers to experiencing the beauties of nature and using it to learn about one's self.
* MegaNeko: Korone, Saki's lazy and overlarge cat who actually has an important role later on. He's not bigger than normal cats by any orders of magnitude, though.
* MidseasonUpgrade: The Spiral Rings, and later the transformations into Cure Bright and Cure Windy.
* MinionShipping: Kintolesky and Shitataare.
* MoralityPet: Minori to Kaoru.
* NatureSpirit: The Cures draw their power from the various spirits.
* {{New Transfer Student}}s: Kaoru and Michiru.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The final episode of ''Max Heart'' for the Italian dub gave the impression they were [[DolledUpInstallment dubbing this series as a sequel to the previous]]. Luckily, it wasn't the case.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Poor Princess Filia. The first time she uses the Fairy Carafe [[spoiler: Gooyan steals it while it still has the power of the Fountains, and the second time she uses it Gooyan knocks it into the water...which reveals that the oceans of Earth are the [[McGuffin Fountain of the Sun]]]].
* NonSerialMovie: Subtitled ''Tick-Tock Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread!'' While the events of the movie are never referenced in the show itself, nothing in it really contradicts canon.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The ManBehindTheMan is [[spoiler:Gooyan, the fat slacker minion that even the other villains make fun of. He also destroys the world.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: Lord Akudaikahn. [[spoiler:Also, Gooyan wants to destroy the universe... because lifeforms are too noisy and irritate him.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: [[spoiler:Dorodoron, of all people, is on the brink of victory over Pretty Cure...]] until Michiru and Kaoru invoke this trope and intervene. Or at least, that's the excuse they give themselves.
* TheOtherDarrin: Kaoru's voice actor is replaced halfway through the show.
* PummelDuel: [[spoiler:Gooyan]] gets into two of them, once during his fight with Cure Bloom/Bright and Cure Bright/Windy, and another when fighting [[spoiler:Michiru and Kaoru]].
* PungeonMaster: Kenta Hoshino.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad
* SadisticChoice
** A subtle one; against Michiru and Kaoru, the battle is fought near the Sky Tree. Kaoru aims a blast to Cure Egret when she stands in front of the tree, which is a bad thing as Egret's shield is used more as evasion maneuver. You can see Egret's eyes flicker to her back before she decides to take the blast. Bloom ends up disengaging from Michiru and taking the attack with her own shield.
** Tired of the Cures always denying him of his honorable fight, Kintolesky threatens to take the battle to the town. The Cures who no longer have the option of SheatheYourSword against him finally gives him his fight, and by proxy his death.
** The final battle's decision is basically boiled down to destroying Dark Fall and watching Michiru and Kaoru expire along with it, or letting Dark Fall destroy the world. Our heroines are hoping the spirits' power is enough to get them through this like before. [[spoiler:The BigBad ends up destroying the world anyway and the Kiryuu sisters are dying ''twice'' because of HeroicRROD from protecting Saki and Mai, and will permanently end that way if not for the fact they're right about the spirits.]]
* SaveBothWorlds: The goal of the Cures.
* ScrewDestiny: The Cures believe that you can fight fate and change it, unlike Michiru and Kaoru, who believed that YouCantFightFate.
* ShoutOut:
** During one of Flappi's failed attempts at confessing his feelings to Choppi, Moop offers the advice, [[VideoGame/StarFox64 "Never give up! Trust your instincts!"]] (This might be a case of a SpiceUpTheSubtitles, though).
** "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA!]]"
** Maybe it's a bit of a stretch, but doesn't Karehaan look a bit like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]]?
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Michiru and Kaoru. Also Kintolesky, if you count the second ending video.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Saki, though mostly later on. Not as bad as [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa]], the girl she's an {{expy}} of, but it's there.
* StoryArc: The show mostly follows the format of "villain sends MonsterOfTheWeek after the Cures, Cures defeat all of the villain's monsters, Cures defeat villain, next villain appears, repeat", but there are two arcs of importance.
** Episode 14-23 introduces and develops the Kiryuu sisters, culminating in the mid-season finale. (This is despite Dorodoron being the designated villain for most of the arc.) Episode 24 acts as an epilogue, introducing the first MidseasonUpgrade.
** Episodes 41-49 are the finale to the series.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Gooyan]] channels the spirit of [[VideoGame/StarFox Andross]] in delivering a "taking you with me" line before his defeat. Not effective at all.
* TeamSpirit
* ThemeTuneCameo: In the NonSerialMovie, the song that plays for Saki and Mai in the karaoke contest is the show's second credits theme - which is later played in full for the movie's credits.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Minori Hyuuga.
* ThisIsUnforgivable
* TitleDrop: "Precure Spiral Star Splash" and "Precure Spiral Heart Splash Star".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Saki and Mai.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Kenta's feelings for Saki are implied to go beyond friendship at a few points, but she only has eyes for Mai's brother, Kazuya. [[spoiler:In the end of the series, she still hasn't noticed Kenta, and he seems to turn his affection to one of her teammates on the softball team (who was quite clearly crushing on him throughout the series).]]
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:Why Akudaikahn doesn't outright destroy Michiru and Kaoru when they have their HeelFaceTurn]]? Gooyan claims that he doesn't know why and suspects there's must be some kind of plan for that, but then the final arc comes and it left unanswered with how everyone hold no punches in final battle.
* VerbalTic: As usual for Pretty Cure series, the mascot characters add some variant of their names. One of Saki and Mai's friends, Hitomi, injects "maji" (really/seriously) into most of her sentences, although the subs don't necessarily represent this. (Sorry.)
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Like you wouldn't believe...
* VillainsOutShopping: All of the minions engage in some form of this. However, Kintolesky takes it UpToEleven by repeatedly buying bread at Saki's family's store, giving Saki drawing advice, giving Kazuya Mishou kicking lessons, and stopping by the SchoolFestival.
* WonderTwinPowers: Like [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa and Honoka]] before them Saki and Mai can't transform if they are not together, and their finisher attacks also require them to be together. Near the end of the series Michiru and Kaoru can use their full power only when together.
* WorldTree: The seven fountains protect a version of the World Tree in the mythological sense. Meanwhile, in town, the Sky Tree is a World Tree more in the sense of this trope, and is the location for many key events.
* WorthyOpponent: Kintolesky views the Cures as this.
* YouCantFightFate: Michiru and Kaoru believed so.
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