Anime / Maho Girls Precure

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With the magic words "Cure Up♥Rapapa!", two worlds will now be connected!

Maho Girls Precure (Mahoutsukai Pretty Cure; "Magician Pretty Cure", known as Witchy Pretty Cure on the Toei Animation US webpage), is the thirteenth entry in the Pretty Cure franchise. It is the eleventh separate continuity in the series and began airing in February 2016.

One day, junior-high student Mirai Asahina spots a mysterious girl flying through the sky on a broom and discovers there is an entire world of magic and wonder existing parallel to Earth. The stranger, a novice witch named Riko, has crossed over to this world in search of the "Linkle Stone Emerald", and the two girls realise they somehow possess identical pendants.

When they are suddenly attacked by a minion of the Dark Sorceror Dokurokuse, their pendants shine with a blessed light and grant them incredible magical power. Now Mirai and Riko must study and fight together as both magicians and warriors: the Maho Girls Pretty Cure, Cure Miracle and Cure Magical! Mid-way through the series, they are joined by new Cure, Cure Felice.

The show marks the return to some earlier Precure conventions, such as the Wonder Twin Powers and the Light Feminine and Dark Feminine color contrast.


Maho Girls Precure contains examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: The Magic World inhabitants' names come from a large range of cultures, with European names like Gustav, Hook, and Francois alongside Japanese names like Riko, Kei, and Jun. This may be justified partly, as the magic alphabet that is seen throughout the series has been used to write English and Japanese sentences.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: The girls' school uniform for the Magic Academy has cat-eared hoods.
  • Animation Bump: The fights against Dokurokushe in episodes 20 and 21 are clearly where the budget went off to. The Felice fight scene in episode 22 also shows some fluid animation.
  • Anime Hair: Cure Magical's strange hairstyle manages to combine a Sci-Fi Bob Haircut in the front, Rapunzel Hair in the back, and has wing-like protrusions held together by a bow. And to top it all off, she still manages to have two very specific cow-licks in the front.
  • Arc Symbol: A pentagram with hearts around the star is consistently seen throughout the series. Whether it has any meaning remains to be seen, but leave it to Pretty Cure to make a Pagan symbol really cute-looking.
  • Ballet Episode: Downplayed with episode 30, which features a segment where Jun forces Mirai and Riko into Odette costumes for her own art project.
  • But Now I Must Go: Both played straight and then subverted in the same episode. After Deusmast is defeated and the Magic and No Magic worlds are separated, Mirai, Riko, and Haa-chan say their goodbyes. One Time Skip and half an episode later, everyone is back together again.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Cure Up Rapapa! <Name of Jewel>! Miracle, Magical, Jewelryle!"
  • Call Back:
    • The Eye Catch in Season 1 had Mirai and Riko take beads from a jar and make a necklace that's put on Mofurun's head. In episode 24, the jar and the necklace appear in the show for the first time, albeit in a flashback to when Mirai was a little girl. It reappears again in episode 29...in what might have been a dream.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In episode 32, Kotoha learns a soccer skill that is used on the episode's soccer-themed monster.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 46. Also a Breather Episode, as it occurs after the defeat of a major villain and before the final Story Arc of the series.
  • Colossus Climb: The Cures climb up a cloud monster in episode 12.
  • Commuting on a Bus: One would expect the various Magical Land residents to disappear when the plot returns to the normal world. They all find ways of showing up though. It's averted late in the series when the trip between the Mundane and Magical worlds gets shorter; the Cures are able to pop into the Magical World for afternoon classes.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Episode 32 features several nods to the time Haa-chan scampered around in Mirai's school because it has Haa-chan returning as a student.
    • Episode 39 has Mirai's grandmother meet the headmaster again. Kotoha also dresses as a space alien reminiscent of that form as Haa-chan.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Cures' Linkle Sticks get this every now and then.
  • Cooking Show: It turns out that Riko's mother stars in one in the Mundane World, much to Riko's surprise.
  • Costume Porn: Cure Magical's diamond outfit could easily win for most elaborate Pretty Cure outfit complete with at least three layers of cloth, an off-the-shoulder cape, gold-trimming and ribbons galore, and a witch-hat hair ornament with a hanging pink-pom.
  • Cute Witch: The overall theme of these Cures this time around. They still fit the trope even when not transformed, since Riko is a girl from a magical world who goes to a magic school and Mirai soon joins her for remedial classes.
  • Cypher Language: Episode 4 introduces the Magic Font, which seems to be something like the witch runes of Madoka Magica. However, the font is really just stylized English letters.
  • The Day the Music Lied: In episode 20, the Cures prepare their finisher, only for the villain to interrupt the sequence by casting a spell.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the final episode, the Cures meet, then actually get help from Ichika Usami/Cure Whip from the soon-to-be-debuted new season, Kira Kira Precure A La Mode. (Cure Whip gets to properly introduce herself to Cure Miracle after the end credits.)
  • Either/Or Title: The logo has both "Mahoutsukai Precure" and "Maho Girls Precure". In series, Cure Miracle and Magical are referred to officially as Mahoutsukai Precure.
  • Election Day Episode: Liko runs for Student Council President in episode 35. While she runs the better campaign, she ultimately decides that the other candidate is more qualified and concedes before the vote.
  • Evolving Credits: A minor one; starting in episode 27 the title sequence displays the Donyokubarl symbol instead of the standard version.
  • Eye of Newt: Episode 37 explains that frozen tangerines are created when the sigh of an ice dragon. Turns out they literally bring the unfrozen fruit to an ice dragon.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The world that Riko lives where magic exists, and the world that Mirai lives in where magic doesn't exist are named "Magic World" and "No Magic World" respectively.
  • Family Theme Naming: Mirai has one with her mother. One possible, very common reading of "Mirai" is "future", and her mother's name, Kyouko, is written with the kanji for "Today's child".
    • In addition, Mirai, which starts the same as Miracle, shares another theme with her dad, Daikichi, which can be translated as "great luck".
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Cure forms follow this to some degree.
    • Diamond appears to be a general Jack-of-All-Stats form.
    • Ruby is the Fighter form, with Super Strength. What's been shown of it usually has both Cures holding back a Yokubaaru by sheer willpower.
    • Sapphire is the Thief form, possessing Flight without a broom and noticeably more speed.
    • Topaz is the Mage form. The Cures get yellow balls of light that they can form into weapons, barriers, platforms, etc.
  • Flying Broomstick: Riko uses one in her first appearance, and later on Mirai learns to use one as well. There's even a broomstick in the anime's logo, which is, of course, part of the whole Cute Witch theme.
  • Foreshadowing: In episode 39, Mofurun wants to be a Pretty Cure for Halloween which foreshadows the events of the Non-Serial Movie.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Cures are turned into little kids in episode 44. The Transformation Sequence breaks them out of it.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Episode 29 has the characters re-enact a very bizarre version of Cinderella.
  • Gotta Catch Them All:
    • The ultimate goal of the first half of the show is to collect the Emerald Linkle Stone, which can only appear when the other 11 Linkle Stones are collected and gathered. As such, Mirai and Riko have to get all of the Linkle Stones and the Emerald before the villains do.
    • The second half features a variation. The Cures enounter strange spirits that have a connection to the Linkle Stones. The spirits disappear into a spell circle when the Cures display some kind of emotion or virtue...but the Cures are unaware of most of this.
  • Ironic Echo: Throughout his Story Arc, Chikurun is afraid of the Fairy Queen, who he describes as "scary". Chikurun also a tendency to poke Mofurun in the face and threaten to sting her when he's annoyed. When the Cures finally get to the Fairy Village, Chikurun is confronted by the Fairy Queen...who pokes him in the face and threatens to sting him for running off.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: In episode 44, the Magic Crystal talks about how the Cures have grown so much. Cue them appearing as little kids.
  • It's Always Spring: In contrast to the cycling seasons of the No-Magic World, Riko explains that certain areas of the Magic World are always in a certain season, from the Magic World's academy being in an eternal, likely magically-enforced springtime to the ice island in Episode 5 being in an endless winter.
  • Halloween Episode: A trilogy, in fact. Episode 37 has characters prepare for the Magic World's "Pumpkin Festival", which is the plot of the next episode. Episode 38 then has an actual Halloween festival in the Mundane World.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Fairy Village, which even people in the Magic World have never gone to.
  • Immediate Sequel: Episode 43 takes place immediately after episode 42, with the Cures entering the fairy village.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Topaz Style in comparison with the other three Styles Mirai and Riko use. It doesn't grant them enhanced strength or the ability to fly, but instead grants them magic orbs that can change into whichever shape the Cures desire, from offensive weapons to defensive shields. And add in the fact that the Topaz finisher is essentially a Railgun with the Monster of the Week serving as the bullet... well, make fun of Topaz Style at your own risk.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Mirai is the Light to Riko's Dark. Mirai wears brighter-colored clothing and has white highlights in her Cure outfit while Riko wears darker-colored clothing and has black highlights.
  • Living Toys: Or living stuffed bear. Mofurun is the first mascot in the Pretty Cure franchise to not be a fairy, instead being Mirai's beloved childhood teddy bear who comes to life after she becomes a Cure.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Mirai cries when her pancakes get eaten. But when she finds out that Chikurun ate them, she enchants the curtains to trap him.
  • Magic Versus Science: While the No Magic World lacks magic, the Magic World equally lacks technology. Mirai is always excited to look at levitating objects and scissors cutting ribbons by themselves while Riko marvels at how motorcycles are as fast as pegasi and how a blender can mix fruits together to create juice.
  • Magical Girl: It goes without saying that this applies to the whole Pretty Cure franchise, but this series is notable for putting more emphasis on the "magical" part.
  • Magical Incantation: The people of Magic World say "Cure Up Rapapa!" before casting their spells.
  • Magical Land: Riko's homeland, where Mirai goes to attend the Magic Academy, is a realm filled with things that wouldn't exist normally, such as snail trains, talking animals, and floating buildings. Also, it's developed a bit more than the magical lands of other Pretty Cure series.
  • The Magic Comes Back: In the final episode, Mirai's desire to meet Liko, Haa-chan and the others from Magic World allows her to return to that world years later. After spending the day reunited, they decide to reunite the Magic and No-Magic Worlds once more through bonds... in this case, though strawberry melonpan.
  • Magnetic Weapons: Invoked by the Topaz finisher; the Cures create two giant copies of their wands, set them horizontally on the ground, and then charge energy through them when the monster approaches. The monster then gets blown away so hard that it causes the earth to crack and shoot fire.
  • The Masquerade: Early on it's explained that there are rules against showing magic to Muggles. Episode 11 explains that if it happens, magicians risk confiscation of their wands and can be prohibited from using magic. Episode 16 later reveals that there are plenty of Magic World natives that moved to the Non-Magic World. Interestingly there doesn't seem to be some sort of No-Magic World Magical Society - or if there is one Mirai and Riko don't know about it.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The Magic World, or at least the Magic Shopping District, has this kind of setup, with many of its inhabitants dressed as if from the middle-ages and with the city's design subtly based off this trope.
  • Mega Twintails: The Ruby Style gives both Cures this.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Linkle Stones, which the Cures use to transform and cast spells. The villains are specifically after the Linkle Stone Emerald.
  • Multiform Balance: Though Splash Star was the first to introduce alternate forms that the Cures can turn into, not only do Cure Magical and Cure Miracle have more accessible forms, each one comes with its own abilities.
  • Mundane Utility: Some of the magic shown in series goes into this territory, be it unfreezing mandarin oranges encased in ice or opening large gates.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The cat statue in the town the girls visit in Episode 3 is said to protect the "Passion Flame", which references Cure Rouge's title, "the red flame of passion".
    • The Sapphire Style manages to reference three blue Cures at the same time. The jewel's title, "Aoki Chisei/Blue Wisdom/Intelligence", refers to both Cure Aqua (whose title is "the blue spring of intelligence") and Cure Beauty (whose last name is Aoki). The outfit for the Sapphire transformation resembles Cure Mermaid's, and, coincidentally, the episode where the jewel is found takes place in a mermaid village.
    • Two life-sized mascots that bear a striking resemblance to Mepple and Mipple appear briefly on television with the idol who Riko recognizes in Episode 38.
  • No Longer with Us: When the Cures ask the Fairy Queen for information, she says that she doesn't know anything, but thinks her predecessor or her predecessor's predecessor would have known. The tone of the scene suggests they are dead but then the Legend Queen promptly pops up.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: W Word in this case. Riko is referred to as a Magic User rather than a witch. And even though the outfits are reminiscent of witches, no one ever calls them by that.
  • Nice Hat: The Cures wear mini witch hats, and they also wear much larger witch hats in their Alexandrite style. Every student at the Magic Academy has a normal-size witch hat, and the headmaster also has a unique one.
  • Off Model: Has some very noticeable moments of this sprinkled throughout most of the episodes. Compare the students in the foreground to Mirai and Riko in the background in this imagein episode 6. Most likely because Ken Ueno who was animation director for this episode has a tendency to have mostly on model drawings and less off model drawings.
  • Older Alter Ego: Compared to past Cures, Cure Miracle, Cure Magical, and Cure Felice are noticeably older physically than their respective civilian identities. It's not to the extremes of Cure Ace, but it's still there.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: Mirai finishes off each episode (except the final two episodes) by saying at the end of each next episode preview, "Cure Up Rapapa! May today be a great day too!"
    • For the Episode 50 preview, the sign-off is changed to reflect the next and final episode's title: "Cure Up Rapapa! May tomorrow be a great day too!"
    • Finally, at the end of Episode 50, Cure Miracle says along with special guest Cure Whip, "Cure Up Rapapa! May today and tomorrow be great days filled with smiles!"
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Episode 29 has the characters re-enact a Fractured Fairy Tale version of Cinderella. At the end, the characters wake up to find they were dreaming the whole thing...but then they see the carriage from the dream has turned into a magic item in the real world, and the book of Cinderella they were reading has changed to incorporate the dream's version.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They're ice dragons. They're friendly, and their sighs are used to make frozen clementines.
  • Our Mages Are Different: People of the magic world gain their ability to cast spells from wand trees, which materialize wands for newborns and for certain chosen ones, such as Mirai.
  • Out-Gambitted: The villains in this series just can't keep up with the Cures as new Linkle Stones just drop in their laps, often times without the villains knowing. Sparda steals the Diamond Linkle Stone so they can't transform? They get Ruby and take on a different form. Sparda attacks with a water-type Yokubaal? Magical uses the Aquamarine she obtained in the previous episode, which freezes the Yokubaal in its tracks. Gamettsu has a plan in place regardless of what form they take? The Cures unleash two new Linkle Stones in his face. The Cures get no new powers, and are losing most of the battle? They just throw out their finisher and win anyways. And then it's taken to ridiculous lengths in episode 21, where the Cures use their standard finisher, Diamond Eternal, to destroy the Big Bad of the arc (who, mind you, not only swallowed the Emerald Linkle Stone but also drained all of the magic in the Magic World) with the help of Haa-chan.
  • Perspective Flip: Apparently, the fairy godmother (or rather, the magician) is the protagonist of Cinderella in the magic world, and Tinkerbell is the main character of the magic world's Peter Pan!
  • Portent of Doom: In the second half of the series there is a recurring issue of Magic World plants not getting enough sunlight, despite the fact that the seasons don't change in the Magic World. Heavily implied to to be the Big Bad's influence.
  • Recurring Character: Everyone introduced in the first few episodes will make more than one reappearance down the line. Even characters you'd expect to be one-shots, such as the mermaids and the pegasi.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The first Pretty Cure season since the Max Heart duology to introduce the Mineral MacGuffin elements, and the first since Suite Pretty Cure ♪ to have two girls who have to transform together (which is how it was in the first three Precure seasons.)
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Mirai and Riko are more or less forced into this sort of relationship as early as episode 4 by the headmaster, who suggests that they take the remedial classes together and share the same score sheet. This becomes finalized by the end of episode 9, when Riko realizes she wants to be with Mirai when she has to head back to the No Magic World.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Kana (one of Mirai and Riko classmates) witnesses something magical happening (such as girls flying on brooms or a message appearing on the sky) she will comment on it, though no one believes her. Every time Mirai tries to convince Kana otherwise with little success.
  • Secret Identity:
    • This is normal for Pretty Cure, but a special mention has to be made for the secret identities carrying over to the Magic World. This is because Riko is embarrassed to let people know that one of the legendary magicians is an Inept Mage. Also, the villains know who the Cures' identities are, as usual.
    • When in the No-Magic world, they're told by vice principal to not allow anyone to see them perform magic.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Maho Girls shares a lot of motive resemblance with Kamen Rider Wizard. Notably that the keyword for each form is called "Styles", with both parties having four base forms, Mineral MacGuffin as Transformation Trinket and power up artifacts, and both are the first ones to use the "M" word (as in Magic) in their respective franchises.
    • Another Kamen Rider reference are the minions Batty and Sparda who are based on a bat and spider respectively. Spiders and bats are a common recurring Kaijin type that the Riders usually fight first and Sparda and Batty are the first minions the Maho Girls fight against.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Episode 9 has one of the most unusual variations of this trope: Two broomsticks, ridden by Riko and Mirai together vs Kyouko, charge at each other. Instead of swords, the magicians use wands casting harmless magic. When the charge finishes we get the trope's standard Beat, followed by the reveal that one character was hit.
  • So Last Season:
    • Episode 22 introduces Yokubals made from Dokurokushe's bones. These give Cure Miracle and Magical a hard time, though Cure Felice can beat them easily. In fact, Miracle and Magical's finishers are demoted to deflecting the Yokubals' attacks, allowing Felice to perform her own finisher. This is then dropped after the Cures get their new finisher. Magical and Miracle are the able to fight new monsters without using a new form.
    • Ends up happening to Spada when she reappears in episode 43. She's defeated with barely a fight, but Orba promptly brings her back.
  • Special Guest: Idol singer Mayu Watanabe appears as herself in episode 38. The episode shows she's actually a Magical World native, which might make this a bizarre version of Beethoven Was an Alien Spy.
  • Spinoff Sendoff: Invoked for the third straight time since Cure Lovely passed the baton to Cure Flora, but for this transition to Kira Kira Precure A La Mode, it got even more Sentai-influenced. During Episode 50, an epilogue episode set in the time skip that occured after the final battle with Deusmast, the girls come up to a patissierie called the Kira Kira Patisserie. There they meet Ichika Usami, one of the bakers there, and got served up Mofurun-style sweets. Later, as they were battling out their final Monster of the Week, a reincarnation of Dokurokushe merged with a lollipop that was stealing all the sweets in the world, Cures Miracle, Magical and Felice got help from a mysterious bunny-themed heroine, but she disappeared as they defeated Dokurokushe. After the end credits, Cure Whip was properly able to introduce herself to Cure Miracle.
  • Story Arc:
    • The first nine episodes deal with Mirai's introduction to the Magic World and her first magical exams. The arc ends with Mirai and Riko passing the exams and then going back to the Unmagic World.
    • The next arc has the Cures adjusting to their new lives in the Unmagic World while finding the rest of the Linkle Stones. This ends at episode 15, where the villains learn about the Linkle Smart Tome.
    • Episodes 17-21 have the Cures fighting the generals for the last time, eventually culminating in a battle against Dokurokushe and the appearance of the Linkle Stone Emerald.
    • Episode 22 begins an arc centering around Cure Felice. Yamoh also becomes the primary antagonist, having been revived by a new villain named Labut. The arc comes to an end in Episode 26 with the Cures defeating Yamoh.
    • Episodes 27-31 involve the Cures returning to the Magic World for the rest of their summer vacation. Mirai and Riko's classmates Jun, Emily, and Kei gain more focus and Labut becomes the primary villain while also hinting at some more antagonists to come. Episode 29 gives the Cures the Rainbow Carriage item which they use in Episode 31 in conjunction with the new Alexandrite Linkle Stone to defeat Labut.
    • Episode 36 begins an arc where the bee fairy Chikurun spies on the Pretty Cures for Orba. The arc then goes through a Halloween Episode trilogy in episodes 37-39. Episode 40 then leads to Cures returning to the Magic World for a sleepover in episode 41, which leads to the end of the arc in episodes 42 and 43. But episode 41 also features Orba getting Kushi's tome, which leads to the return of a villain in episodes 43, 44, and 45, which finally ends this arc.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Ruby Style Transformation Sequence is so laden with this you would think it was directed by Michael Bay.
  • Swiss Army Hero: This is the first season since Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star to have different forms for the Cures that aren't Super Modes or used only for special attacks. Each style has its own Transformation Sequence, Transformation Trinket, and finisher.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Riko and Mirai run to this conflict often. Riko is the book smart Technician, having studied magic her whole life, but her practical knowledge is lacking. Likewise, Mirai is the Performer, as she is completely new to magic but shows great natural talent based on only determination and gut feelings.
  • The Magic Goes Away: It turns out that the Mundane and Magical Worlds were once the same world, but were separated in a horrible cataclysm.
  • The Reveal: Episode 43 is basically dedicated to this. The "Rapapa" in "Cure up, Rapapa" turns out to be the name of a god-like being that protected the Earth in ancient times.
  • Time Dissonance: The Cures have a surprised reaction when the Fairy Queen says her 3,000 years in her position were not that long.
  • Time Skip: One occurs in Episode 49 after Deusmast is defeated and the worlds are restored. Mirai is now a college student and is living life normally with her friends in the No Magic World.
  • Transformation Sequence: The Cures have one for each different style. Notably, this is the first Pretty Cure series in which the mascot character actively participates throughout the majority of the transformation, since Mofurun activates the Linkle Stones and Mirai and Riko have to hold hands with her as well as each other to transform.
  • Transformation Trinket: Each style gets one.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: The first finisher used, Diamond Eternal, sends enemies off into space trapped in a giant diamond, ending in this and exploding to return the cursed items back to where they came from.
  • Santa Claus: The Christmas Episode reveals that the Magical World's inhabitants all play Santa on Christmas, and give gifts in both the Magical and Mundane Worlds. (In the Mundane World, they just knock on the door, tell the parents they have gifts for the children, and sneak the presents into their beds.) However, there is a Santa that lives in Finland.
  • Unexpected Character: Who expected Ichika Usami/Cure Whip to show up in the final episode?
  • We Will Meet Again: "Get'em next time" is a magic spell used by the villains to teleport out when they lose.
  • Wingdinglish: The strange symbols used by the Magic World inhabitants to write with is actually a stylized English alphabet if you look closely enough. They spell out sentences that are either in Japanese romaji, English, or some combination of both. For example, in episode 4, the book that the Headmaster opens has sentences written in Japanese romaji with Ruby spelled in English (eg. "Rinkuru suton Ruby desu." (This is the Ruby Linklestone), but in a following scene with Professor Isaac, "I will give the supplementary lessons. Total 6 times. If you fail the test even once, you stay in the same class for another year." is written on the board in the same font.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Much like Cure Black and Cure White, Mirai and Riko transform by holding hands and saying the transformation phrase in unison.
  • World Tree: It turns out the wand tree in the Magic World actually formed the entire world after it was separated from Earth.

Alternative Title(s): Mahou Girls Precure, Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure

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