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Anime: HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
aka: Heartcatch Precure

"The Flower that spreads throughout the land, Cure Blossom!"
"The Flower that flutters by the ocean winds, Cure Marine!"
"The Flower that bathes in the sunlight, Cure Sunshine!"
"The Flower that glistens in the light of the moon, Cure Moonlight!"

The seventh entry in the Pretty Cure series, and the first since Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash☆Star to use a pair of Cures as the main characters.

When Innocent Flower Girl Tsubomi Hanasaki and her parents move to a new town, Tsubomi has her heart set on starting with a clean slate and changing her quiet personality to become more outgoing. Fashion-loving Genki Girl Erika Kurumi immediately attaches herself to her, and no matter how hard Tsubomi tries she just can't pry her off.

Meanwhile, Tsubomi is having a strange dream where she witnesses the last stand of a mysterious woman in white called Cure Moonlight against the sinister Dark Pretty Cure. With the last of her strength, Cure Moonlight implores two fairies- Chypre and Coffret- to search for her successor.

It turns out that Tsubomi is a perfect candidate to take up the Pretty Cure power as Cure Blossom... perfect in every area except actual competence, giving her the title of The Weakest Pretty Cure Ever. However, driven by her desire to change and protect those around her, Tsubomi slowly begins to improve herself.

Soon Erika gets into the act as Cure Marine, and together they fight against the Desert Apostles, who seek to turn the world into a desert by killing the Tree of Hearts. To speed the process along, the Apostles can steal the Heart Flowers of those going through a rough patch and turn them into Desertrians, berserker monsters who are the embodiment of that person's frustrations and insecurities. Fortunately, it's nothing that a bit of punch-based therapy can't handle.

Later on, Bifauxnen Student Council President Itsuki Myoudouin joins as Third Ranger Cure Sunshine to form a Power Trio. Then there's Yuri Tsukikage, the former Cure Moonlight who has yet to recover from her traumatic defeat at the hands of Dark Pretty Cure.


This anime provides examples of:

  • Hair Decorations: Tsubomi has her yellow flower-shaped scrunchies, and her little sister has a bow that looks like Chypre's.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dark Precure, who else?
  • Evolving Credits: The opening incorporates Cure Sunshine and then Cure Moonlight as they join the active Pretty Cure roster.
  • Expy:
    • Sayaka in episode 3 is into soccer, and looks a lot like Rin from Yes! Pretty Cure 5. Lampshaded in episode 21 when Potpourri is scouting for the third Pretty Cure, and tells her there have been soccer-playing Cures before.
    • Prior to the show's premiere, some people thought Tsubomi and Erika resembled Fine and Rein, mainly because of the theme colors.
    • Hiroto from episode 15 looks like a young Kenshin, though the crossed scar is on the opposite cheek.
    • Way too many people compare Erika's older sister Momoka to Miki, right down to her being a fashion model.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Itsuki in the final episode. She's finally wearing the girls' uniform too!
  • Eyepatch of Power/Supernatural Gold Eyes: Dark Pretty Cure's right eye. Most of the time she fights with it closed, but her power increases dramatically whenever she opens it. As of Ep. 42, both of her eyes are gold, yet her brief appearance there seems to suggest that all three tropes still apply.
  • Face of a Thug: Ban-kun from Episode 18. He's got a Death Glare that scares off even the baddest of delinquents but he's actually a pretty nice guy.
  • Faceless Masses: In the opening, some formless, keyhole-shaped people chase Erika and Tsubomi. Itsuki, Kanae, Nanami and a background student are the only ones with definite shapes, but the last two become formless in the next shot.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: The Movie with Tsubomi and Olivier, Beauty and The Beast style.
  • Fake Boobs: Chypre & Coffret hide in Tsubomi's shirt to escape Sasorina in Episode One.
  • Fan Fic Magnet: Tsubomi's little sister Futaba from the finale. Quite a handful of fanfic writers and fanartist have spent some time thinking of what she would be like as a Cure.
  • Fashion Show: The co-highlight of Episode 36.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Dark Pretty Cure has both the one winged fallen angel appearance as well as heterochromia, until Ep. 42, anyway.
    • To a lesser extent, Cure Moonlight as well, with the full length glove on just her right arm, and the off-center placement of her accessories.
  • The Fashionista: Erika, very much so, though she's rubbed off on both Tsubomi and Itsuki.
  • First Name Basis: Episode 25 kicks off with Erika excitedly doing this with Itsuki.
  • Fleeting Demographic: Young Girls.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Tsubomi means "flower bud", and Erika is probably named after the flower erica. Additionally, Itsuki's name means "flowering tree", foreshadowing the fact that she eventually became Cure Sunshine, and Yuri (Cure Moonlight)'s name means "lily".
    • Additionally, we have the mothers: Tsubomi's mom Mizuki (the "ki" part probably meaning "tree"), Erika's mom Sakura, Itsuki's mom Tsubaki ("camellia"), and Yuri's mom Haruna (the "haru" part meaning "spring"). And finally, Granny Kaoruko's name is formed with the kanji for "fragrance" and "child".
  • Flower Motifs: Pretty much what the entire series is based around.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Marine Dynamite has Damage Discrimination, only blasting the hell out of the enemy.
  • From Bad to Worse: Even Heartcatch Mirage isn't enough to stop Dune. He turns into an enormous giant man in outer space and then starts pummeling the Earth with his bare hands.
  • Funny Background Event: Not really "background", as there was nobody in the foreground when it happened, but at one point during the first episode, a background student was shown arriving at school after getting late.
  • Fusion Dance: Infinity Silhouette.
  • Gaia's Lament: Dune's main goal. He succeeds in episode 45 by wilting the Heart Tree himself.
  • Gay Paree: The setting of The Movie. It's the first time a Pretty Cure movie, not counting the two All-Stars movies, takes place on Earth instead of in some fantastical land.
  • Genki Girl: Erika, PERIOD.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tsubomi after her makeover.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: One of the first things that Erika does to Tsubomi as part of her "makeover". Though Tsubomi still wears them from time to time afterwards.
  • Gospel Revival Number: The second ED, "Tomorrow Song ~Ashita no Uta~".
  • Gratuitous English
  • Gratuitous French: Present at various points in The Movie, due to it taking place in Paris.
  • Gratuitous Italian: In the names of the Cures' Finishing Moves: forte and fortissimo
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Tsubomi, Erika and Itsuki are all doe-eyed to signal their status as heroines. On the other hand, Yuri's eyes start out narrow, but become larger once she regains her ability to transform into Cure Moonlight and starts bonding with the other Cures.
  • Go Out with a Smile: A Pretty Cure's Finishing Move causes those who get hit by it to enter a state of complete bliss; if the target is a Desertrian or one of the Desert Apostles, this is accompanied by fading away and returning to human form. Also, pretty much everyone who dies in this series goes through this.
  • Graceful Loser: Both Kumojacky and Cobraja in episode 46.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Well, the Sunacky in Castle Planet are sand-brained.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Itsuki; it's the reason she has to dress as a boy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Cologne flew in front of an attack from Professor Sabaku to save Cure Moonlight, costing him his life.
    • And Sabaku himself protects Yuri and Tsubomi from one of Dune's attacks in episode 48, killing him in the process.
  • Heroic Second Wind: For Cure Moonlight after Tsubomi's speech in Episode 48, with a Theme Music Power-Up.
  • Hey, Wait!: The infiltration scene in Episode 47.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kumojaki and Erika. Also subverted with Kenji, who appeared to be this because of his fluffy hair, but turned out to be a rather nice guy.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Cure Blossom's first battle. It only counts for her, due to Cure Marine being Genre Savvy and Cure Sunshine being a skilled martial artist.
  • I Am Your Opponent: Kumojacky loves this trope. Every Desert Messenger and Precure at least likes it.
  • Image Song: And yes, Toei didn't let the singing talent of three of their leads go unused. The Cures actually get three songs each instead of the normal one or two.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Kumojaki's power-up attacks with the Dark Bracelet are pretty out there.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Cobraja throws exploding photos, a la a certain Cajun.
  • Invisible Backup Band: Considering there's an actual band playing in Episodes 36, it doesn't seem likely that this would come into play if not for the violin playing in the music when none of the band members have one.
  • Killed Off for Real: Alas, poor Mr. Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure...
  • Kung-Shui: Cure Marine versus Cobraja's fight causes massive damage to space platforms.
  • Large Ham: Kumojaki, Cobraja, and Erika.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Itsuki Myoudouin is a girl (and Cure Sunshine), Yuri Tsukikage is Cure Moonlight. Notably the trailers didn't even bother hiding their transformations.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In episode 7, the gap between Tsubomi fawning over Itsuki and lamenting that Itsuki is really a girl is about 3 minutes. Her lamentation was...
    My first love... ended in three minutes...
  • Legacy Character: Other Pretty Cure series had hinted at this, but Heartcatch is the first to actually show it, with Tsubomi's grandmother being a former Precure. The very last shot of the series hints that a little girl bearing a striking resemblance to Tsubomi (or at least from what we've seen of her) has become a Cure herself.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Tsubomi's "I've had enough!" Also, Kumojacky and Cobraja begin taking their battles with the Pretty Cures much, much more seriously after Sasorina is purified, seeking to avenge her death.
  • Love at First Sight: According to Episode 9, Tsubomi's parents met that way.
  • Love Confession: Yuri gets one in episode 42...by a childhood friend at least 5 years younger than she is.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Cure Sunshine invokes this with her Shiny Tambourine.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: First, Kaoruko mentions never having to deal with anyone like Professor Sabaku during her tenure. Then, she mentions Yuri's father disappeared some years ago while looking for the Heart Tree. Then we find out that Dark Pretty Cure and Cure Moonlight are apparently two halves of the same whole. Sure enough, he is revealed as Yuri's father in episode 47 after his Cool Mask is sliced in two.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Pretty Cure Gold Forte Burst
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Dark Pretty Cure.
  • Magic Dance: Cure Sunshine dances to power up her Gold Forte Burst, for some unexplained reason.
  • Magical Girl
  • Magic Skirt: The normal uniforms are this. The skirts are less so while in Cure form, but they are wearing Modesty Shorts underneath.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: Tsubomi's grandmother wears one in her flashback episode.
  • Meaningful Name: Just about everybody.
  • Meganekko: Tsubomi and Yuri.
  • Megaton Punch: Infinity Silhouette's attack.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Probably the most egregious example in the franchise. The Heart Pot is a piggy bank, the Heartcatch Mirage is a jewelry box, the Shiny Tambourine lights up when spun a few times, and the Tacts have a dial that the Cures have to spin frantically to complete their spells, turning otherwise cool-looking Finishing Moves into complete Narm.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: More like three fourths through, but Super Silhouette.
  • Missing Mom: Nanami (who also happens to be the star of the Mother's Day episode)'s mother has passed away.
  • Mundane Utility: Erika tries to use the powers of the Marine Tact to clean her room and give herself a massage in episode 39. Coffret is not amused.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Kaoruko Hanasaki, Tsubomi's grandmother, not only won a prominent karate tournament when younger, but was also a former Pretty Cure. Cure Flower makes a triumphant reappearance in episode 44.
  • New Transfer Student: Tsubomi.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Dune.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Nearly everyone who are shown fighting, but especially Cure Marine in episode 46.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: The drama club in episode 16 is doing a play where an extra is playing The Ojou and tries this laugh but gets yelled at that its not grand enough.
  • Nobody Poops: Subverted with Chypre and Coffret, who poop out the Heart Seeds much like Pao-chan. The Brain Bleach is right there. This is probably why the sequence was cleaned up in later episodes.
    • And then there's episode 28 where they take out an army of Monsters Of The Week...let that sink in for a few seconds.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The fairies.
  • Not so Above It All: Itsuki loves cute things, but she can't say so because she wants to be a great martial artist like her brother once was. To compensate, Tsubomi offers to have her join the fashion club.
  • Odd Friendship: Tsubomi is a Shrinking Violet while Erika is way too much of a Genki Girl.
  • Ominous Floating Castle: Wakuseijo/The Planet Castle.
  • On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase: "We'll catch everyone's hearts!" uttered by Tsubomi and Erika.
  • One-Winged Angel: The final form of Dune in episode 49, an enormous giant man in outer space.
  • Opaque Lenses: Tsubomi when wearing her glasses.
    • Yuri gets these in Episode 34 when the girls ask her to take part in the fashion show and Erika starts taking her measurements just by looking.
  • Pajama Clad Hero: Episode 7 had Tsubomi race to help Erika rescue Itsuki while still in her PJs. She doesn't realize this until Itsuki questions why she's in school in her PJs.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Chypre and Coffret.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Nanami's mother.
  • Pokémon Speak: Averted, unlike other Pretty Cure Monster of the Week, the Desertrians in fact uses the same voice to shout the frustrations of the Victim of the Week loudly. And considering that each episodes have different victims...
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: The Cures all have their hair turn a lighter color during the Transformation Sequence.
  • Power Fist: The maiden that appears when the Super Silhouette Precures use the Heart Catch Orchestra uses this to the fullest.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Itsuki gets some luxurious locks when she transforms into Cure Sunshine.
  • The Power of Friendship: Cure Marine preaches about it to Kumojacky in episode 46, who thinks that being strong is everything.
  • The Power of Love: The power of Infinite Pretty Cure is literally Infinite Love, which she/they use to stop Dune's earth-shaking rampage.
  • Pre Explosion Buildup: Erika's Marine Dynamite.
  • Prehensile Hair: Sasorina
  • Punched Across the Room: Well, Kumojacky punches Cure Marine across the space platform and through several stone pillars in episode 46. That's some Saint Seiya-level battle there.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "THIS! IS! TSUBOMI!"
  • Puni Plush: Compared to previous seasons, at least. A lot of fans will be reminded of Ojamajo Doremi and Casshern Sins, both of which had the same character designer.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Desert Apostles trio.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and then Pummel Duel: Cure Marine versus Kumojacky in episode 46.
  • Razor Wind: Kumojacky's standard attacks, which Cure Marine counters with Marine Shooter.
  • Real Is Brown: Like in Yes! Pretty Cure 5, most of Tsubomi and Erika's classmates have brownish hair, the only exceptions being Sayaka Uejima and episode 15's Hiroto, both having very bright red hair.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Ban-kun is a very scary looking guy with a bad reputation... who also loves drawing weepy shojo manga of Cure Blossom and Cure Marine.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In episode 46, Cure Marine delivers one to Kumojacky while Cure Sunshine delivers one to Cobraja.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Mr. Tsukikage.
  • Retired Badass: Kaoruko Hanasaki, AKA Cure Flower, who has fought and defeated Dune in the past. Kumojacky and Cobraja never knew what hit 'em when they temporarily forced her out of retirement in episode 44.
    • Coupe, her fairy partner also qualifies.
  • The Reveal: Why do the Desert Apostles run with their tails between their legs whenever they're in danger of being purified? It's because they're made from Heart Flowers themselves, making them functionally humanoid Desertians and subject to the same conditions.
    • Episode 47 also counts, with regards to Professor Sabaku's identity.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critters: The Cure partners, especially Potpourri.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: It wouldn't be Pretty Cure without it.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Dune in episode 48, following a dramatic scene.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Downplayed with 3 of the cures here. They have ribbons that criss-cross their backs.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The student council members (sans Itsuki) have them all the time.
  • School Play: In Episode 16, the fashion club is charged of making costumes for the school play the drama club is holding.
  • Secret Test of Character: Episodes 37 and 38.
  • Shōjo (Demographic)
  • Shoulder Angels: In Episode 28, Erika has these, arguing over whether to do her summer homework.
  • Shout-Out: In Episode 5, Tsubomi (Nana Mizuki) adds rapeseed (Nanohana) to the flower arrangement.
    • The red/magenta heart seeds are essentially Magical Girl Trans-Am.
    • Floral Power Fortissimo is basically a very girly Giga Drill Breaker - projectiles are thrown to hold the enemy in place, complete with a colorful background (just like the galaxy background), then the girls charge at the enemy as the finishing blow, piercing through its "heart". Then, it floats for a second, while the girls strike a pose, at which point it explodes in a mushroom cloud.
    • Kumojacky looks a lot like Captain Harlock. See Wrong Genre Savvy below.
    • Yuri is the best in her class, always being the first at every test. Ami Mizuno, anyone?
    • The Sunacky can only speak high-pitched "eeee!" sounds like Shocker soldiers from Kamen Rider.
    • Cure Sunshine caused a lot of comparisons with a certain other child of the sun... For example.
    • "Heartcatch Precure!: The Movie" was set in Paris and Mount Saint Michael in France, obiviously.
  • Shrinking Violet: Tsubomi and Naomi.
  • Skirt over Slacks: The biking shorts variation, but this time they are really short.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Happens Once per Episode, with the heroines delivering the Shut Up, Hannibal! moments to the villains, who criticizes the thoughts of the Victims of The Week.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Averted with Erika; to make up for that, we have Tsubomi, who is a Shy Red Haired Girl.
  • Sixth Ranger: Cure Sunshine, whose appearance, powers, and identity — Itsuki — were revealed through leaked merchandising scans. Cure Moonlight became a Fourth Ranger in Episode 33. And then Cure Flower appears as the Zeroth Ranger in episode 44.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Coffret is pretty easy to figure out, but Chypre had to be vindicated by a trading card after dozens of spellings. Cobraja/Cobrager/Kobraj and Kumojaki/Kumojacky continue to be debated by fans.
  • Spirit Advisor: The power of the Heart Tree managed to revive Cologne's spirit and he gave Yuri a pep talk to convince her to take up the mantle of Cure Moonlight again.
  • Spoiler Opening: The second opening, ending, and eyecatches all feature Cure Moonlight very prominently, indicating her return in episode 33.
  • Storming the Castle Planet: Episode 45 kicks of an entire arc of it. Man, those Snackies can fly.
  • Story Breaker Power/ Game Breaker: Infinity Silhouette. A planet sized Precure, who's so powerful the main big bad, who also had grown to the size of the planet, can't even hit her. His punches literally bounce off her like they are nothing, and she literally defeats him with one punch. It's never seen again, not even in the All stars crossover movies that air after the series Infinity Silouette appears in ended, probably because of this trope.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Dune. "My hatred will never disappear!" is his response after he is only barely scratched with Heartcatch Mirage. And then he turns gigantic and starts pummeling the Earth. If he wore black, he would probably outdo Kuja.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Cure Sunshine, of course.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: The girls finally got theirs when searching for the Heart Tree.
  • Super Mode: Super Silhouette.
  • Taking the Bullet: Erika takes the bullet for Tsubomi in Episode 6.
    • Cologne took one for Cure Moonlight, resulting in his death.
  • Talk to the Fist: Cure Marine to Kumojacky in episode 46. Also doubles as Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Tempting Fate: Erika's "Don't worry, if powerful enemies appear, we will smack 'em down!". Naturally enough, the very next scene has the Pretty Cures tasting a sample of Dune's real power. And then Dune reveals just what kind of monster he is...he probably wouldn't be very out of place in Halo.
  • Theme Naming: Along with the floral example above, all of the Desert Messengers have desert-themed, and for the Three Generals, poisonous animals-themed names: Sasorina (a play on the Japanese word for scorpion, "sasori"), Cobraja (bonus points for "ja" being a Japanese homonym for "snake"), Kumojaki (a play on the Japanese word for spider, "kumo" and his Verbal Tic), Sabaku (from the Japanese words for "desert" and "evil") and Dune (a rare English example, referring to a sand dune).
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The opening and 2nd ending themes are played by a cassette recorder in Episode 41. It's actually even possible, since Aya Ikeda and Mayu Kudou exist in-universe, too.
  • This Means War!: Desertrians destroy flowers. Cure Blossom proceeds to lay a massive smackdown on it.
  • Threshold Guardians: Kaoruko and that hot guy...er, Coupe-sama acted as proctors for the Pretty Cures' test to receive the Heartcatch Mirage.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: Getting Heartcatch Mirage, and then getting the Heartcatch Orchestra later on.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Initially averted, with Tsubomi and Erika both being girly girls. Then Itsuki joins and is tomboy enough for both of them, increasingly evident girliness aside.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The preview for episode 23 has a shot of Cure Sunshine's identity, while the preview and title of Episode 44 clearly indicate Cure Flower's reappearance.
  • Transformation Sequence: This time the modesty is kept by long, flowy dresses made of light rather than the usual sparkly bodies.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Kokoro and Shiny Perfumes, the Heart Pot and the Heartcatch Mirage.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Yuri. Before the series even begins, she loses her beloved fairy partner after he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save her life and suffers a crippling loss to Dark Pretty Cure. Then comes the final arc, where she is hit by a machine-gun volley of traumatic revelations and events: Sabaku is her Disappeared Dad; Dark Pretty Cure is her genetic younger sister created by her Brainwashed father specifically to kill Yuri; Dark Pretty Cure (her younger sister) dies at Yuri's hands; her father leaves Yuri to comfort the Evil Knockoff in her dying moments; and her father is murdered in front of Yuri by the Big Bad. And she still manages to hold it together enough to Save The World with nothing more than grit and The Power of Friendship. You would think that the series would give Yuri come kind of compensation or reward for all the losses she's suffered, but no.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Not only do the Desert Generals, whose recoveries are explained, manage to recover, returning to being normal humans after being purified, but Erika implies that even the Sunackies survived... somehow. Mr. Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure however, aren't so fortunate...
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Tsubomi develops a crush on Itsuki at first sight and is despondent when she learns that "he" is a girl during episode 7. (Granted, she still fawns over her now and again.) Humorously, Cobraja is pretty shocked that Itsuki is female as well.
  • Verbal Tic: Coffret and Chypre end their sentences with "~desu".
    • Potpourri slurs this into "deshu," presumably on account of being a newborn.
    • Kumojaki speaks with a Tosa-dialect, which results in his use of "-jaki" and "-ze yo" to punctuate his statements.
  • Victim of the Week: A departure from previous continuities. Someone with an emotional problem is vulnerable to having their Heart Flower stolen, so expect to see a lot of these.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cobraja in episode 46, after he realizes what kind of despicable (read:unbeautiful) monster he is. But he refuses to stop as he reckons it's too late to go back.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In Episode 18, the girls are helping a friend write a manga, so they go to a bookstore for supplies. At one point, Kumojacky's distinctive long red hair and White Mage longcoat cross the foreground holding some presumably extremely manly manga.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Episode 39 reveals that this is the basic dynamic between Erika and Coffret. Coffret might not have known it yet, though.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In Episode 18, Tsubomi and Erika discover that one of their classmates has been drawing doujinshi of Blossom and Marine. However it's much lighter on Flanderization than most instances of this trope, and the girls even volunteer to help him ink it.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Itsuki.
  • Word Salad Title
  • The Worf Effect: Subverted. The girls (especially Cure Sunshine) were shown to be able to hold their own against the Desert Apostles in the past, but once Cure Moonlight showed up, they were easily beaten up. Admittedly, the Apostles were stronger thanks to the Dark Bracelets, and by the end of the episode, the three of them were nearly able to cleanse them, but only after Cure Moonlight softened them up quite a bit.
    • Played straight with Potpourri's Deflector Shields. We first see him protect the Heart Tree from Dark Pretty Cure. In nearly every subsequent appearance, they break instantly to display how powerful the enemy's attack is.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Cure Marine breaks Kumojacky's sword in episode 46 as part of her Heroic Second Wind. And then the fight devolves into a Pummel Duel.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Let's face it, if Kumojacky were in a Giant Mecha series, he'd be the good guy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All of the heroines have hair colors that match their Pretty Cure color theme. Erika's case is literal, since she actually does have blue hair.
  • Your Heart Flower is Mine: Type One. This is how the Monster of the Week shows up, but the Heart Flowers must have already begun to wilt themselves before the villains can invoke this. The body itself takes the form of some kind of transparent colorful crystal ball thing; and if the victim's Heart Flower wilts completely while the Monster of the Week has it, then that person essentially dies because he/she is in that form forever and his/her Heart Flower cannot be retaken, thus transitioning to a Type Two and making the Grand Heart Tree wilt more.

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alternative title(s): Heartcatch Precure; Heartcatch Pretty Cure
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