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
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:
- Alas, Poor Villain: Dark Precure. She spends most of the series as a stoic character who seems to exist only to dog Yuri and provide a strong opponent for the Cures. Then episode 47 reveals that she just wants to cement her place as Sabaaku's real daughter, having been made to replace Yuri. Then episode 48 gives us her death scene proper, where Sabaaku comforts his now-badly injured "other daughter" and refers to her as Yuri's sister. The vulnerability coming from the heretofore borderline-emotionless Dark as she is embraced by Sabaaku and fades away makes it even more saddening.
- All Your Colors Combined: Gold Forte Burst + Floral Power Fortissimo = SHINING FORTISSIMO!!!
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Yuri is tall, dark haired and has a very standoffish personality due to her past. Her alter ego Cure Moonlight brightened the color, but still a little 'darker' than the other Cures.
- Alternate Continuity: To every season that came before it.
- Anatomy of the Soul: Heart Flowers
- Apocalypse How: Class X, Planetary Annihilation. Dune has destroyed a green forest planet to fuel his desert power. Didn't expect that in a kid's anime, huh?
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cure Blossom in Episode 2.
- Art-Style Dissonance: Despite the cutesy and kiddy art, the show deals with some pretty heavy topics. Though the fact that kids actually deal with this and the show pretty much tells them that you can't always bury your feelings.
- Ass Kicks You: Beautifully executed by Cure Blossom in episode six. Why she calls it a "punch" is a mystery.
- Blossom seems to be fond of this, actually. And in episode 30, both she and Marine do it in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Done again with her whole body in a later episode ("Blossom Body Punch"). She seems to think that any offensive thrust not performed via legs or magic is a "punch"...
- Attack Reflector: Cure Sunshine's Sunflower Aegis and Cure Moonlight's Moonlight Reflection.
- Babies Ever After: A weird variation where the main characters themselves aren't the parents. After the final battle, we skip ahead at least a few months and learn that Tsubomi's little sister Futaba has been born.
- Badass Cape: The mascots can transform into flight capes, allowing their partners to fly. Cure Moonlight can have this wihtout a mascot.
- Bare Your Midriff: Cure Sunshine and Sasorina.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: And apparently the Cures and fairies are too.
- Beam Spam: Kumojacky's choice gambit while using his Dark Bracelet.
- Beehive Barrier: Potpourri and Cure Sunshine have the power to create them.
- Beware My Stinger Ponytail: Sasorina
- Bifauxnen: Itsuki Myoudoin had quite a few viewers — and Tsubomi — convinced that she was a very cute boy...until Episode Seven. Commence both in-universe Unsettling Gender-Reveal.
- Bishie Sparkle: Happens in Episode 7 with Itsuki. Unsurprisingly enough, there are peonies in the background.
- Blood Knight: Kumojacky. Deconstructed in episode 46.
- Bokukko: Itsuki. She switches to watashi as Cure Sunshine.
- Boom Stick: The Flower Tacts.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Cobraja makes a whole herd of Desertrians from the kids who haven't done their homework. Once his army is defeated, he threatens the viewers who haven't done their homework before leaving.
- Breather (Half-)Episode: The first half of episode 47. Between the defeat of Kumojacky and Cobraja and the battle versus Dark Pretty Cure and Prof. Sabaku, we see how hilarious Sunacky can be.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: This time, it's "Pretty Cure, Open My Heart!" Shugo Chara! anyone?
- Cain and Abel: Yuri Tsukikage and Dark Pretty Cure. It ended relatively well, with Mr. Tsukikage acknowledging that both of them are his daughters and that Dark Pretty Cure is indeed Yuri's little sister. But not before Cure Moonlight dealt lethal damage to Dark Pretty Cure...
- The Cameo: Aya Ikeda and Mayu Kudou (singers for Heartcatch's Anime Theme Song and Ending Themes respectively) make an appearance in episode 36 as members of the school's light music club.
- Camera Fiend: Kanae Tada.
- Care Bear Stare: Any attack with "forte" in it, if Cure Marine and Sasorina's reactions to getting hit by them are any indication
- Catch Phrase: Tsubomi, Erika and Itsuki all have "limit phrases" used when battling against Desertrians. On the other hand, a straighter example of this would be Nanami's "A smile is the best!"
- Cherry Blossoms: Cure Blossom's signature flower.
- Combat Stilettos
- Comically Missing the Point: Tsubomi just got an Unsettling Gender-Reveal about Itsuki being a girl! So, how shall Erika comfort her? "Thank goodness the Fashion Club can continue!"
- Continuity Nod: At the end of The Movie, the fairies are shown waving the light sticks first used in the All Stars DX2 movie.
- Crap Saccharine World: For all the bright, vivid colors and cutesy outfits, the series is mostly spent with the public at large being blissfully unaware that The End of the World as We Know It is barely being held at bay by three inexperienced teenagers and one experienced, but broken teenager. Also see Darker and Edgier below.
- Cross Over: The openings of Episodes 5-8 showed all the franchise's characters together in a teaser for the second Bat Family Crossover movie.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Coupe-sama!
- Cue the Sun: When Itsuki transforms for the first time.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: When Dune actually appears in person, he totally thrashed the Precures, Cure Flower included.
- Cuteness Proximity: Itsuki.
- Cutesy Name Town/Premiseville: Kibogahana ("Flower of Hope").
- Dancing Theme: The 3D CGI from Fresh makes a return, and is more complex than last time. An entire mosh pit was rendered for the first ending.
- Darker and Edgier: After 49 episodes, some of which contains Parental Abandonment and its consequences, a dead fairy partner which then gets Deader Than Dead, ultra-violent sibling rivalry, people forced into comas and made into mentally-unbalanced soldiers for alien forces, and several on-screen character deaths including a main character's long-lost father, which was sort-of betraying her, it's safe to say that this is the darkest iteration of Pretty Cure since Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. Suite Pretty Cure ♪ nearly kept the pattern going, but was forced to get Lighter and Softer due to the Sendai tsunami.
- However, all those GRIMDARK-ness only made the theme of hope shine brighter.
- Dead Partner: Yuri's fairy partner Cologne was killed while battling Dark Pretty Cure and Professor Sabaku, which is the reason why she flipped out on Itsuki for not taking better care of Potpourri.
- Deflector Shields: Potpourri and Cure Sunshine can summon these.
- Despair Event Horizon: Episode 45. Thankfully, there were a few survivors.
- Disappeared Dad: Yuri's dad has been missing for some time. But she found him when she met with Professor Sabaku after she defeated Dark Pretty Cure.
- Disappears into Light: Cologne in episode 34, Dark Pretty Cure in episode 48.
- Dressing as the Enemy: In episode 47. And it works!
- Easily Forgiven: The movie villain, Baron Salamander gets forgiven for all the shit he pulled, including turning his foster son into a mindless monster to reclaim his former power (never mind standard villain stuff, like immediately using said power to try burning France to cinders... which failed). While Dune in the main series gets similar forgiveness in the end, he gets to be purified to the point of becoming an essentially different entity (even if he survives), while Salamander doesn't. However, Salamander had his power source destroyed so his only way is to restart his life like a normal human instead of repeating his shits, with Olivier by his side. On the bright side, he does have a chance to change his viewpoint of "The world rejects me! I'm all alone in this world!" thanks to still having Olivier.
- Elemental Hair
- Elemental Powers
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Infinity Silhouette.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Episode 45. Dune kills the Heart Tree, turning the entire world into a desert.
- Enemy Without: Episode 37 had each of the girls fighting their own version of one.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Girls think Itsuki is pretty. Many of them continue thinking this way even long after they find out she's a girl.