Anime / Kira Kira Precure A La Mode

"Let's・La・Mix It All Up!"

Kirakira☆PreCure A La Mode is the fourteenth entry and twelfth seperate continuity in the Pretty Cure franchise. It began airing on February 5, 2017.

Ichika Usami's mother is coming home from abroad. To celebrate, Ichika decides to make a shortcake to give to her mom. Along the way, however, she bumps into a plump fairy named Pekolin, who is very hungry. The shortcake made by Ichika is filled with her heart, and a strange energy (known as "Kirakiraru" energy) lodged inside the sweet spills out, which Pekolin happily eats. Unfortunately, a bad fairy known as a Henteko appears not long after. Like Pekolin, they also eat this "Kirakiraru" energy, and seem to be looking for it. After the Henteko finds the energy in the cake, it takes it immediately, making it all black. This leads to Ichika transforming into a Legendary Patissier Pretty Cure, "Cure Whip", to protect the cake that she made with love, along with other sweets containing this strange energy.

Kirakira☆PreCure A La Mode contains examples of:

  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Each episode ends with a cooking segment where viewers are taught how to make the dessert shown in that day's episode. For example, here's the one for the strawberry shortcake from the first episode. Accordingly, the recipes are published on the show's official website.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Each of the Cures are based off of different animals. Rabbit for Cure Whip, Squirrel for Cure Custard, Lion for Cure Gelato, Cat for Cure Macaron, and Dog for Cure Chocolat. They even fight like the animals they are based on.
    • Cure Whip, based on a rabbit, has good hearing and powerful back legs, which rabbits are known for.
    • Cure Custard, based on a squirrel, can run extremely fast.
    • Cure Gelato, based off a lion, has one very lethal sonic roar which can knock out enemies hard. (Not surprising, considering Aoi is a rock star and in Real Life a lion's roar is loud enough that it can be heard up to 5 miles away.)
    • Cure Macaron, based off a cat, has cat-like nimbleness and fights in a manner akin to She-Fu. She can also shoot her nails as projectiles.
    • Cure Chocolat, based off a dog, has a strong sense of smell.
  • Art Shift: The Eye Catches.
  • Ballet Episode: The fourth episode centers on the Cures being invited to a ballet performance and trying to make some good delicacies for the leading lady in their gratitude.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The KIRAKIRA Patisserie's main cafe area is a huge circular room with a tall ceiling that's easily over four stories tall. This is in contrast to the modest, mini dollhouse-like exterior that wouldn't even be able to contain the generously-sized kitchen that the Cures work in.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Cure A La Mode Decoration!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: So far, Averted. They never called out their finishers.
  • Crash-Into Hello: While trying to battle Gummy, Pekorin slams into Ichika's face while she's trying to bake a cake in the first episode.
  • Different in Every Episode: The Eye Catch changes each episode, cycling through a few different ones.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ichika drops in in the final episode of Maho Girls Precure, both to feed the reunited Cures and to give them a hand with a Monster of the Week.
  • Edible Theme Naming: In this series, the Cures are named after different kinds of sweets.
  • Food Porn: Being a sweets-themed Pretty Cure series, extra care is given to make the sweets look delicious.
  • Gratuitous French: The "A La Mode" in the title and transformation phrase; it literally means "in fashion", but in other countries (particularly the US), it means "served with ice cream", which is fitting for a series focused on sweets. Two of the Cures' names (Macaron and Chocolat) are also French words.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the previous two Precures, this one forgoes the high- stakes Epic Fantasy feel and focuses more on Slice of Life with cooking desserts and fairy thieves who steal their Kirakira.
  • Little Bit Beastly: In Cure form, the girls get an additional pair of animal ears, grow tails and their shoes have animal feet features on the tip.
  • Local Hangout: The KIRAKIRA Patisserie, a cafe where all of the Cures work.
  • Meaningful Name: The Cures' first names relate to their theme color and their last names to their theme animal, with varying degrees of looseness.
    • Ichika Usami: Ichika can be taken to mean "strawberry flower", and when written in Hirigana, Usami is a portmanteau of "Usagimimi" meaning rabbit's ears.
    • Himari Arisugawa: Himari can be taken to mean "sunflower", Arisugawa contains "risu" which on its own, means squirrel.
    • Tategami Aoi: Aoi means "blue", Tategami as a word on its own can be taken to mean (lion's) mane, though it uses different kanji.
    • Yukari Kotozume: Yukari is an archaic form of "violet", the "zume" in Kotozume means nail or claw, referring to a cat's claw.
    • Akira Kenjou: Akira means "daybreak" and "bright", Kenjou has no obvious reference to a dog, but when combined with her first name, 'Akira-ken' may be a pun on 'Akita-ken', the Japanese breed of the Akita dog.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Shout-Out:
    • The entire series seems to pay homage to Tokyo Mew Mew. However, based on an early look at weaponry, the series also looks like a tribute to Ojamajo Doremi. The sweet shop idea might also be inspired by Doremi's third season, Motto.
    • Cure Gelato's deafening roar isn't a first in a magical girl anime, thanks to Sailor Moon's sonic cry.
  • Stealth Pun: The first ending says "Three-Two-One" as Cure Chocolat is shown on screen. The "Three-Two" part is actually pronounced "Suii-tsuu" (aka, Sweets) and "Wan" (One) is the sound a dog makes. Cure Chocolat's based on a dog...
    • Another in episode 8. It's shown that the collected kirakiraru can be remade into dreams, which makes them sweet dreams.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Sweets Pact, which will only work if Animal Sweets are inserted, is what allows the girls to transform into Pretty Cure.