Anime: Yes! Pretty Cure 5
"The great power of hope! Cure Dream!"
"The red flame of passion! Cure Rouge!"
"The effervescence scent of lemon! Cure Lemonade!"
"The tranquility of the green earth! Cure Mint!"
"The blue spring of intelligence! Cure Aqua!"
"The power of hope and the lights of the future!"
"Five hearts flap their wings to magnificence!"
The fourth entry in the Pretty Cure
franchise. The title comes from the fact that this time, there are five
Cures instead of two.
Nozomi Yumehara is a energetic
girl who is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
. She meets a hot guy
in a chance encounter, follows him into the library, and before she knows it her belief in the importance of following your dreams has turned her into a Magical Girl
with a sidekick who looks like a yellow plush tanuki
. Within a few episodes, she's assembled a complete team
- Cure Dream, Pretty Cure of Hope. Nozomi herself, who stays positive and cheerful, even though she's generally a screwup and well aware of it.
- Cure Rouge, Pretty Cure of Passion. Rin Natsuki, Nozomi's childhood friend, known for her athletic prowess and biting sarcasm. Easily frightened, but the idea of losing Nozomi is scarier than any monster. (Not to be confused with a Cure Passion from a different series.)
- Cure Lemonade, Pretty Cure of Bursting or Bubbliness or Effervescence or something. Urara Kasugano, an up-and-coming child actress and Idol Singer. Has trouble making friends due to her busy schedule.
- Cure Mint, Pretty Cure of Tranquility. Komachi Akimoto, an aspiring writer who's getting discouraged by a lack of positive feedback. She's extremely nice and rarely gets angry, and believe us, that's very fortunate. Absolutely not Minto Aizawa or Retasu Midorikawa.
- Cure Aqua, Pretty Cure of Intelligence. Karen Minazuki, ridiculously wealthy Student Council President. Responsible, kind-hearted, and independent... in all the wrong ways, as she quickly discovers.
With the help of extradimensional tanuki duo Coco and Nuts, their goal is to collect fifty-five creatures
called Pinkies in order to complete the "Dream Collet"
, enabling it to grant a single wish and restore Coco and Nuts' destroyed homeworld. Though you would be forgiven for forgetting about this subplot, since Pinky-collecting is usually treated as an aside when nothing else is going on. The majority of screentime is given to the Pretty Cures' fight against the Nightmare Group, an evil corporation
who wish to steal the Dream Collet for their Big Bad
queen, the mask-wearing
Despariah. Later, the Pretty Cure get another ally in the form of Milk, a rabbit-earred mascot creature who gives them their Mid-Season Upgrade
.Yes! produced more than a few waves in the Western fandom
when it discarded many of the synonymous Pretty Cure
tropes in favour of a more traditional formula. Despite this, the character development is good, the action is solid and it still retains some of the fistfighting combat
and Post Modernism
that makes Pretty Cure
stand out in the Magical Girl
genre. It also started the trend of having every transformation phrase
and special attack
include the phrase "Pretty Cure"
(where previously it was confined to the Finishing Move
proved popular enough to get a direct sequel called Yes! Precure 5 GO!GO!
. After upgrading their powers
, the Pretty Cure 5 team is recruited to protect the mysterious Cure Rose Garden from Eternal, an evil museum that steals and stockpiles priceless treasures from across the universe. To do this, the Pretty Cure have to track down the four missing rulers
of the kingdoms that neighbour the Kingdom of Palmier, as they hold the four keys
that unlock the path to the Cure Rose Garden.
Along with new mascot creature Syrup, an orange flying penguin mailman
, the Pretty Cure get a Sixth Ranger
This program provides examples of:
- Aloof Ally: Milky Rose initially is elusive about her identity, not revealing anything about herself to the main characters.
- Alternate Continuity: To the other series.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Rin's younger siblings, the twins Yu and Ai, can be an annoyance to her when she's trying to get something done or look after the shop, but Rin still loves them.
- Archer Archetype: Karen with her attack "Pretty Cure Sapphire Arrow." Befittingly, she's also the most analytical member of the group, being the Cure of Intelligence.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Nozomi. Although it's never outright stated, she displays a lot of the symptoms of ADHD.
- In episode 11, Nozomi gets an 18 on a math test. She studies with Coco and company and manages to raise that up to a 35 by the end of the episode. In the same episode, Nozomi manages to finish reading a book for the first time in her life.
- Character Development eventually lets Nozomi grow out of this trope, though, although still a ditz.
- Audible Gleam: This is Pretty Cure. You won't get five minutes into an episode without sparkles.
- Bait-and-Switch Credits: While they're mostly accurate, the first opening briefly features Karen showcasing her musical talent the violin. In the series proper, the only instrument she's known to play is piano.
- Bare Your Midriff: Cure Dream in Yes! shows off her midriff. This disappears in her new costume when Go Go comes around.
- Barrier Warrior: Komachi/Mint's primary attack is creating a barrier to ward off attacks, though she occasionally manages offensive tricks with it. Her Emerald Saucer in Go Go is more offensive, but is used as a shield sometimes.
- Batman in My Basement: Nozomi struggles to hide Coco in her house before he moves out to the Nuts House.
- Battle in the Rain: Episode 10 of Go Go. And the girls actually do slip on the wet ground a few times.
- Beta Couple: Nuts/Komachi, with Coco/Nozomi as the Alpha. In addition, both Syrup/Urara and Karen/Kurumi could count as the Gamma Couple.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The very first sign that the really nice Komachi needs to be watched out for was when she suddenly slammed the table and scolded the crowd that pestered Karen for her Student Council President permissions. When Hadenya pushed her too far, she not only effortlessly block her attacks like a total Badass, but shows that for a Barrier Warrior, she's also capable of unleashing untold destruction with that barrier.
- Big Eater: If you're not Komachi, raise your hand.
- Big Fancy House: Holy crap, Karen! And that's not even including her private island, or private mountain resort, or just countless of other smaller houses...
- Bishōnen: Coco/Kouji, Nuts/Natsu and Syrup/Shirou, to hilarious extents on Nuts' part. Mukadia, disguised as Momoi Kyousuke, also counts.
- Bittersweet Ending: The first series. Although Nightmare is defeated and Coco now has the means to restore the Palmier Kingdom, he and the rest of the Palmier Kingdom citizens have to separate with Nozomi and friends, and to reach the Palmier Kingdom, the Precures give up their ability to become Precures and resume their life as normal girls. Not to worry, the second season's preview is right after the ending credits, so we know things will be less bitter soon.
- In Go Go, it was a lot more SWEET with some minor bitterness: Eternal is destroyed, but Flora dies as well. She is, however, reborn in seed form, leaving it to the care of the Cures. Furthermore, the Cure Rose Garden becomes a free-to-visit and the Cures not only are able to resume walking forward to their dreams, they can visit the Palmier kingdom anytime unlike the first season.
- Book Ends: The series proper begins with Nozomi running around a corner and crashing into Coco, who catches her. Go Go ends with Nozomi running to deliver a letter to Coco via Syrup, only to run around the same corner and into Coco himself, who again catches her in his arms.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Nozomi and Rin respectively, with Nozomi being a chirpy, optimistic idiot and realist Rin providing a more normal point of view.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Coco in the Go Go movie is brainwashed by Mushiban and forced to fight Cure Dream.
- But Not Too Foreign: Urara, half-Japanese and half-French.
- Butt Monkey: Coco suffers this through most of the first season; Go Go! lightens up on his load a bit but does so by delegating the role to poor Syrup instead.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Pretty Cure, Metamorphose!"
- Calling Your Attacks: Every attack is prefaced by shouting "Pretty Cure *Attack of Choice*". Since Milky Rose isn't a Cure, she calls out her name in front of her attack.
- Cassandra Truth: "No, no! This is no wristwatch!"
- Catch Phrase: Nozomi's "It's decided!"/"Kettei!"
- Chair Reveal: A lot of the villains do this.
- Character Development: This is pretty prevalent in this series, by the end of the series, the girls have come out to be different than how they were introduced. For example, Nozomi is less scatterbrained and more focused in her dream that she found out, being a teacher. Rin is more open to her more feminine hobbies (like accessory making) while still going with her tomboyish activities (like soccer). Karen becomes less self-dependant and lonely, accepting help and also works her way to be a doctor.
- Chekhov's Gun: In episode 32 of Go Go, Precure and Milky Rose get shrunk, and there's a scene where Nozomi rushes to a piece of candy on the ground. She later uses it to get the ants away from the group.
- Cherry Blossoms: Used to add more of a dramatic, mysterious feeling to Syrup's first scene in GoGo. And to make him look more of a Bishōnen.
- Chest Insignia: Stylized butterflies.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Crepe is convinced that Coco made one of these to her. Although it turns out that it was a cross-cultural misunderstanding, she won't take no for an answer.
- Hot for Student: Coco's human guise, Kouji, is a teacher... why this relationship doesn't really Squick anyone is a mystery for the ages.
- Idiot Hero: Nozomi has consistently terrible grades and has a difficult time figuring out the obvious. For example, she had to be told Milky Rose's true identity even after she transformed right in front of her.
- Idol Singer: Urara wants to be an actress, but she ends up debuting as a singer to some hesitation. She later decides she enjoys it.
- Image Song: Lots; Urara sings hers in-universe.
- Improbable Weapon User: Lemonade's castanets.
- In a Single Bound: The Cures can all jump super high, which shocks Dream when she first transforms.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Coco lived in Nozomi's bedroom at first. He decided to leave after Nozomi's mother walked in and caught him- in Bishōnen form- on hands and knees, hunched over her daughter's sleeping body. Only to wake her up, I assure you.
- Interspecies Romance: Coco and Nozomi, Komachi and Nuts, possibly Karen and Milk, and Urara and Syrup.
- In the Name of the Moon: Individually and together.
- Invisible to Normals: Subverted early on, later used straight.
- Jousting Lance: Episode 34 has Karin joust with Hadenya while on horseback using lance of water.
- Jumped at the Call: Nozomi, before she even knew there was a Call to Adventure to jump at.
- Kamehame Hadoken: The offensive version of Mint Shield.
- Kiai: In the Italian dub, Cure Dream's attacks fall under this. She growls, which makes sense considering the Super Sentai series the first season was paired with.
- Lady of War: Karen.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Syrup.
- Laser Blade: Played straight by Cure Aqua's sword in the movie, even leading to some fantastic Blade Locks with Dark Aqua's very own Laser Blade. Subverted as the Cure Fleurets are never used for direct combat.
- Late for School: And Karen would have none of that, as Nozomi found out.
- The Leader: Nozomi is chosen as one as she was the one who gathers them. However, in Go!Go!, Nozomi claimed that she's not one, and they probably don't need one, when Bunbee offered himself to be the Precure leader.
- Lethal Chef: Though they got better during episode 21 of ''GoGo''.
- Lighter and Softer: This is supposed to be where the franchise takes a lighter-hearted turn as opposed to the dark themes of the previous seasons, especially Splash Star. However, it is not without some utterly despicable villains like Kawarino or Eternal's Director.
- Limited Social Circle: The girls are rarely, if ever shown interacting with other friends they might have, and they do everything with only each other. Rin has some friends due to her club activities, but that's about it.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Karen.
- Lucky Charms Title: The song lyrics.
- Magical Girl: All the Pretty Cure and Milky Rose are imbued with power that they have to transform to use.
- Magical Girl Warrior: They use their power to punch, kick, throw, shoot, and blow up monsters and villains on a weekly basis.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Dark Lemonade has a singing attack.
- Meganekko: Mika.
- Merchandise-Driven: Toys such as the Pinky Catch are on display all the time, and the Cures themselves have dolls and the like made of them.
- Metamorphosis: But it has nothing to do with "Metamorphose!"
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Pretty Cure Symphony Set, Cure Fleurets and Milky Mirror.
- Minion Shipping: Bunbee sure seems more concerned about Arachnea than the rest of the Quirky Miniboss Squad...
- He also sheds tears when his Eternal superior Scorp (a guy) is killed.
- Mirror Match: In The Movie.
- Missing Mom: Urara.
- Modesty Shorts: All five of them!
- Monster of the Aesop: In Pretty Cure tradition, the monsters can get pretty weird in order to match the theme of the episode.
- Monster of the Week: Kowainaa and later on, Hoshinaa.
- Monstrosity Equals Weakness
- Morph Weapon: Aqua Ribbon.
- Mouse World: Episode 32 of Go Go, where Mucardia shrinks the girls.
- The Movie: Two of them, one for each season.
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: The show is nominally marketed primarily towards young girls, but it has a sizable older fanbase as well, both male and female.
- Mundane Utility: Early on, Nozomi wanted to use the Dream Collet to... get her homework done.
- Mythology Gag: "Nagisa is in high school now."
- Near Villain Victory: The Precure 5 has several moments where they're nearly, completely beaten.
- In the first season, Kawarino managed to put Despair Mask to all the Cures and rendered them despairing and immobile... Until Coco leapt through and first snapped Nozomi out, followed with her snapping the rest.
- In the second season, there are two occasions:
- Mucardia managed to trap Nozomi, Rin, Urara and Komachi in his rigged game of Five de Chance, and then cornered Karen into a game she really sucks at: Coin Toss. But then he went impatient and grabbed Karen's arm and renders the guess he could've done right into wrong, thus freeing the others.
- Anacondy petrified all the main Cures and turned them into Eternal collections as the Eternal Director makes his flight to Cure Rose Garden (oh and he just killed Anacondy afterwards). Even with Milky Rose, she won't be enough to single-handedly beat the Director and she doesn't know Eternal base's interior to find where the Cures are taken. But suddenly, Bunbee comes in and nonchalantly showed the way just before he called it quit for real, so Milky Rose and the other mascots reach the Cures, give them a pep talk that restore them from petrification so they can catch up and deliver righteous beatdown to the Director.
- Never Found the Body: Bunbee.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Aqua's sword.
- New Transfer Student: Urara, Kurumi.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: The first movie the girls have to try it in their Pimped-Out Dress at Princess Land.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Coco, Nuts and Syrup.
- No Ontological Inertia: Significant to the early plot!
- Oba-san: Karen's not really this, but it is the source of her Fan Nickname. Although Rin ribs on this a bit during the first movie, when Karen tries to act like a princess (which, by the way, means lots of Noblewoman's Laugh), Rin said that she looks more like a queen than a princess.
- Odd Couple: Both Nozomi/Rin and Karen/Komachi.
- Odd Friendship: ...you know what? Everyone.
- Oddly Named Sequel
- Official Couple: Coco and Nozomi.
- Ojou: Karen and Komachi.
- Ominous Opera Cape
- The One Guy: Well, three total.
- One-Winged Angel: When a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad assumes one of these forms, then their Final Death is not far away.
- Parental Abandonment: Karen's parents are explicitly absent, while Komachi's parents are mysteriously never seen.
- Personality Powers: Quite explicitly so; for example, Rin (fire) and Karen (water) get an episode devoted to how they do not get along.
- Pimped-Out Dress: The girls◊ get one for their trip to Princess Land in the first movie.
- Polly Wants a Microphone: Syrup in mascot and transportation form.
- Post-Episode Trailer: That always spoils.
- Power Gives You Wings: Butterfly wings, and in the case of Shining Dream, fluffy white angel wings.
- The Power of Friendship: Used straight and subverted.
- Pretty Butterflies: The Cures have butterflies in their uniforms and attacks.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Milk; Bunbee and Mika in GoGo!
- Prophetic Names
- Pummel Duel: Bloody and Cure Dream have a brief one.
- Punny Name: "But from now on, call me... Masukomi-ka!"
- Quirky Miniboss Squad
- Real Men Wear Pink: A guy in episode 41 of Go Go wears a lot of accessories, including girly ones. He does this because they're gifts from his little sister.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Coco when he has been Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: And Rin went for the blue... and promptly tossed it away and picked red instead.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played straight with Cure Rouge and Cure Aqua, but inverted with Nuts (wears red more, is quieter) and Coco (wears blue more, is outgoing).
- Redemption Equals Death: Dark Dream.
- Refusal of the Call: Rin; Karen after initially failing to transform.
- Repeat Cut: Just... watch this.
- Runaway Bride: Komachi wants to become one someday... seriously. She said it'd be good in the viewpoint of storytelling.
- School Festival: Episode 36 of the first season (it's a sports one).
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: If the yuri fanboys have anything to say about Karen; after the Karen/Komachi ship was sunk by canon, Toei Ship Teased them with Karen/Kurumi.
- School Newspaper News Hound: Mika.
- Sentai: This is the first Precure to adapt a Five-Man Band style similar to Super Sentai or Power Rangers.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Nuts.
- Series Franchise
- Shaggy Dog Story: The entire Dream Collet plotline. Though Tropes Are Not Bad, because this trope becomes a point on how Coco is able to rally the Palmier Kingdom to break away from the Nightmare Mask and rebuild the Kingdom again even when the Dream Collet ran out of use by Desperaia.
- Ship Tease: Lots, mostly involving Karen or Nozomi.
- Shout-Out: The pirate ship monster appears to have a tricorner hat and rope "dreadlocks".
- Season 1 episode 43 gives us this exchange:
- Show Within a Show: Urara appeared on several, one of them being, apparently, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star.
- Shy Finger Twiddling: Nozomi breaks into this in episode one after getting yelled at by Rin for not staying in one school club and for her Dojikko ways.
- Sick Episode: Episode 15 (Nozomi's mother) and episode 34 (Milk) of the original season.
- Episode 39 (Montblanc) of Go Go.
- Sixth Ranger: Kurumi/Milky Rose.
- Slasher Smile: The reflection of the Mask of Despair in Rin's and Urara's eyes.
- So Last Season
- Something about a Rose: The major motif of Go Go, with Milky Rose representing the blue rose and Precure representing the red rose. This is all in accordance with the prophecy of the Cure Rose Garden.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Ruining many a cliffhanger.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Who knows what a bavarois is? Certainly not anyone who calls her Babaroa.
- Spikes of Villainy: The Dark Cures.
- Spoiler Opening: Mild, but manages to ruin a cliffhanger.
- Stock Footage
- Stripperiffic: First season only, there's Dream's Bare Your Midriff outfit, then take account that both Mint and Aqua's shoulders are nearly uncovered (and there's a lot of shots featuring their bare shoulders too). Like Dream, the two covered up in Go!Go!
- Student Council President: Karen.
- Surprise Santa Encounter: Episode 44 of GoGo. Santa Claus is attacked by Mucardia who steals his sleigh and Santa falls on earth while losing his cloak and hat and catching a cold. Syrup and Urara find him in a park where he collapses, so they bring him to Natts House. They later bring his sleigh back after they purified it as a Hoshina, and Santa goes back to work. While everyone else figures out he's the real Santa when he's about to go, Nozomi and Urara take it longer.
- Talkative Loon: Not so much of a 'Loon', but Queen Bavarois. Once she talks, she just won't shut up. She could easily pass as a less powerful long lost sister of Excalibur.
- Team Shot
- Team Spirit: The whole point of the series.
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Theme Naming: All the mascots are named after food; all the Cures besides Dream are named after words for their respective colour that also happen to be things - Rouge, Lemonade, Mint, Aqua.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Nozomi tries to sing a snippet of the OP in episode 33 before Rin cuts her off.
- There Is Only One Bed: To a ridiculous extreme.
- Title Drop: In a piece of stock footage, but treated very dramatically the first time.
- Title Theme Tune
- Trailers Always Spoil: Sometimes in odd ways.
- Transformation Sequence
- Transformation Trinket
- Trap Door: The Nightmare Group's (specifically Bunbee's division) preferred method for punishing the failures of the Quirky Miniboss Squad.
- True Companions
- True Love's Kiss: In the Go Go movie, from Nozomi to Coco.
- Two-Teacher School
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Komachi and her sister Madoka look so alike that anyone who doesn't know Madoka immediately mistakes her for Komachi, which is played for humor as Komachi and Madoka are a Sibling Yin-Yang. (Incidentally, they also share a voice actress.)
- Verbal Tic: The mascots, as in every Pretty Cure series, use some variation on their names; also, Rin ends some of her sentences with "nano" and Nozomi with "mon".
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Walk on Water: When the path to the Cure Rose Garden opens, it situates itself on the lake in front of Nuts House and allows the characters to walk on the water.
- We Can Rule Together
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: They're supposed to be in the Minato ward of Tokyo, but you couldn't tell by looking — they instead seem to be in some twisted Euro-Japan that highly confused viewers as to where they actually were.
- Word Salad Title: Was somebody questioning whether they were Pretty Cure 5?
- Worst News Judgment Ever: I'm looking at you, Mika, and your obsession with Nuts.
- "YEAH!" Shot: Might be better called a Yes! Shot.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All five of 'em plus Kurumi, Flora and some bad guys.
- You Have Failed Me: Subverted.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the first movie, when Dark Dream makes a Heroic Sacrifice, Shadow says that she had outlived her usefulness and he was probably going to kill her anyway. Later, Mukadia suffered this at the very end of 5GoGo!.