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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 though dimwitted 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:

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).

Yes! 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.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 46 from the first season and episode 44 from Go Go.
  • Clark Kenting: Aside from changing their hairstyles, the Cures look pretty much the same as they do in civilian form, yet no one guesses their identities, not even Mika, who gets up close to them several times.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Milk towards Coco, which explains most of her animosity toward Nozomi; once Crepe appears, the three of them succumb to a jealous war over the poor guy. Syrup, on the other hand, is fought over by Nozomi, Kurumi and Urara. And then there's Anacondy...
  • Club President: Mika is the Club President for the school newspaper, and only member by default, since her obsessive personality drove everyone else out.
  • Combined Energy Attack: in the form of a magic kamikaze mecha-butterfly in the first season, and the form of a giant man-eating rose in the second season.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Nozomi's initial proposed uses for the Dream Collet.
  • Comic Book Time: Used to avoid the question of why Precure (and everyone else) seem to have been held back a year in school in Go Go.
  • Conspicuous CG: Transformation Sequences.
  • Continuity Nod: In episode 40, Nozomi doesn't figure out that Otaka-san is the Chief Director until Rin says it. She and Urara have a Big "WHAT?!" reaction. This happens again in episode 44 of GoGo with Santa Claus.
  • Cool Mask: Pretty much the whole point of the Nightmare Group.
  • Dancing Theme: Both versions of Ganbalance de Dance.
  • Dark Magical Girl: The first movie features the Dark Pretty Cure, dark copies of the original Cures.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rin, Nuts.
  • Debut Queue: Introduction of the Cures.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Despariah, Dark Dream. Seems to be an exclusive power of Nozomi's: the other Cures just kill their enemies. However, as seen in the first movie, even Nozomi has her limits. Enemy subordinates, though? Tough luck... unless you're Bunbee.
  • Demonic Invaders: Nightmare may disguise itself as a corporation, but part of its purpose is to plunge Earth into despair.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Nozomi, Rin, and Karen all try to find out their dreams over the course of the series. Nozomi in particular was searching for her purpose right before becoming a Cure.
  • Diet Episode: In one episode, Coco goes on a diet because he got fat (although you never really see the difference in his human form) from eating too many cream puffs.
  • Disappeared Dad: Not in-universe (except for Taro Minazuki), but all five characters' fathers seem to have a lot of trouble getting screentime. Only Urara's and Nozomi's ever appeared, and even then their combined total appearances are in the single digits.
  • The Dragon: Kawarino, who has his own Dragon in Bunbee.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Everybody in the Palmier Kingdom is named after sweet food.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Dark Dream.
  • Elemental Hair: It's pretty easy to figure out which character has which elemental power just from looking at them.
  • Elemental Powers: In order: Heart, Fire, Light, Earth, Water, and Rose Petals.
  • The End of the World as We Know It:
    • Desparaiah wants to bring despair to the entire world, like she already did to the Palmier Kingdom.
    • The Director of Eternal isn't directly trying to destroy Earth, but when he starts blowing up the Cure Rose Garden, Earth starts being erased.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Crepe is their only real princess, but they do nod to the phenomenon in the first movie with the Princess Land theme park.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Coco after he has undergone the Brainwashed and Crazy trope.
  • Evil Inc.: Both Nightmare and Eternal are corporation-like organizations devoted to some shady goal. Much talk about promotions and submitting reports goes around.
  • Evil Minions: The workers for the aforementioned evil organizations.
  • Evil Twin: In The Movie in the form of the Dark Pretty Cure. Each of them fights their original counterpart.
  • Evolving Credits: Most notably, the addition of Milk and Pretty Cure Five Explode.
  • Expressive Hair: Nozomi.
  • Expy: To varying extents.
    • Late in the series, Bunbee's new employee, Shiri, looks a lot like Kawarino.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: A given since it's a Magical Girl show.
  • Festival Episode: Episode 28 of the first season and episode 27 of Go Go, both Summer festivals.
  • First Kiss: Nozomi won't shut up about how she envisions hers. It's heavily implied to happen exactly as she envisioned, though we don't get to see it.
  • First Name Basis: Rin and Karen.
  • Fleeting Demographic: Young girls.
  • Flight of Romance: Syrup takes Urara flying in episode 40 of Go Go.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: The Director of Eternal and Flora. He's not actually interested in her, but Anacondy suspects he is, and he acts rather stalker-ish and obsessive towards Flora.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Among five people. Nozomi and Urara are sanguine, Rin is choleric, Komachi is phlegmatic, and Karen is melancholic.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Milk fractured Cinderella in the first season: casting Nozomi as a super clumsy Cinderella, Urara as an equally clumsy Good Witch, Rin, Karen and Komachi as the Definitely-Not-Wicked Stepsisters and Stepmother... and every of the cast got Medium Awareness that they're in a Cinderella story. It was only done midway before the midnight ball done, but Rin and Karen still complain on how they're cast as the 'villains'.
  • Frilly Upgrade: Wings Of Justice; later, Jackets, and later, Even Bigger Wings of Justice.
  • Gag Sub: Yadokan and Isogin have almost the exact same lines, some fansubbers still translate them in completely different ways.
  • Genki Girl: Nozomi is always bubbling with energy. If she doesn't have anything to do, she immediately goes looking for something to do.
  • Genre Savvy: Kurumi has studied in depth what it means to be a secret heroine.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Played straight by Urara in both forms, and Nozomi in civillian form. Cure Dream's hair seems more like a bizarre take on odango, with rings replacing the usual buns.
  • Good Bad Translation: Karen's attack catchphrase can be translated as, "The rock-crushing power of a young girl's heavy flow." For obvious reasons the fansubbers went with something different, but the literal version survived long enough to undergo Memetic Mutation.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Nozomi has Innocent/Ignorant Pigtails.
  • Gratuitous English: right there in the title. Also notice that the team says "Yes!" rather than "Hai!" when they are about to do something flashy.
    Nozomi: "L"
    Rin: "O"
    Komachi: "V"
    Karen: "E"
    Everyone in Unison: Love! Love! U-ra-ra!
  • Gratuitous French: The school's Meaningful Name, L'Ecole des Cinq Lumieres, literally translates to "The School of the Five Lights". This has no direct relationship with the five lights that protected the Palmier Kingdom, but it is where those five lights found the protagonists so they can become Pretty Cures.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Nozomi is hard to awake, especially when she's dreaming about food.
  • Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: Komachi's romance novel.
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Nearly every fight has one or two Cures holding their shoulders regardless of where they were hit.

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