Fan Fic: Pretty Cure Entwined Hearts

Pretty Cure Entwined Hearts is a Pretty Cure fanseries by TwinklingCupcake, putting emphasis on The Power of Love and having a mild "Shakespeare" theme.

Kokoro is a vibrant, happy place where all the universe's love is guarded and nurtured by the royal family. On Prince Ti's tenth birthday, however, the kingdom is attacked by Shitsuren, a quartet bent on removing love and replacing it with heartbreak. Ti and his caretaker, Coffee, manage to escape - aided by Cure Ariel. As she points them towards earth, she gives them three Cure Signets so they can find more Pretty Cure and get help.

Cure Ariel is defeated and captured, while Ti and Coffee arrive in a small Japanese town. Eventually they locate three teenagers and form a small team:

  • Hiromi Satou/Cure Capulet: A book-loving Shrinking Violet with a strong sense of justice.
  • Misaki "Aki" Oshiro/Cure Montague: A beautiful girl who would be a "school princess" if it weren't for her goofy side.
  • Miho Sakura/Cure Portia: A school drop-out who's trying to become a manga-writer.
  • Otome Aimiya/Cure Ariel: A Cure from Kokoro, who was captured in the attack by Shitsuren.

Other characters include:
  • Prince Ti: The young prince of Kokoro, and one of the Mentor Mascots.
  • Coffee: Ti's Cool Big Sis and primary guardian since he had to flee Kokoro and leave behind his parents.

It can be read here.

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Episode 19 - You are not obligated to forgive someone who was horrible to you.
  • Battle Couple: Hiromi and Aki, who are dating.
  • Beach Episode: Episode 17
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Aki is Beauty, Hiromi is Brains, Miho is Brawn.
    • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Applies to both civilian and Cure forms. Hiromi has dishwater-blonde hair that turns golden as Cure Capulet, Aki has black hair that turns blue-black as Cure Montague, and Miho has cherry-red hair that turns a light orange as Cure Portia. Otome is technically a redhead too, with cerise hair as a civilian, and magenta as a Cure.
  • Big Fancy House: Aki lives in one of these, complete with serving staff.
  • Birthday Episode: Episode 8 sees Aki celebrating her 15th birthday.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lady
  • Book Dumb: Miho and, to a lesser extent, Aki
  • Breather Episode: Episodes 17 and 28
  • But Not Too Foreign: Antoinette is half-Japanese, half-French.
  • Catchphrase: Aki's "This is far enough!"
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Cure Ariel spends a lot of time depowered and held captive by Shitsuren. Finding and freeing her is part of Pretty Cure's agenda.
  • Coming-Out Story/Gayngst: Mostly averted. No one bats an eye at anyone's sexualities, and a flashback to Aki revealing her gender identity is met with a simple “Oh, okay, then you're a girl.” The only trouble comes from a random character misgendering Aki, but it's clearly accidental and not meant to be malicious. Said student even corrects himself in a later episode.
  • Expy: One commentor said that Cure Capulet looks a lot like Princess Peach.
  • Festival Episode: Several festivals are shown throughout the story; both on Earth and Kokoro.
  • Four Is Death: Shitsuren.
  • The Four Loves: The Power of Love isn't strictly romantic love; all four of these appear at some point or another.
  • Friend to All Children: Otome is shown to be this.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Shylock and Tamora both; Shylock is struck by Break's attack just before he can step through the mirror portal and join the Cures on Earth, Tamora attempts to leave Heartbreak Manor and go to Earth but succumbs to poison before she can reach the door.
    • Subverted in Tamora's case, however, as the next episode revealed she was still alive, but just barely.
  • Hidden Depths: Antoinette at first appears to be a stock Alpha Bitch, but is quickly shown to be a Friend to All Living Things with a heart of gold.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Miho dealt with this after she left school.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Hiromi has four older sisters. Who are quadruplets.
  • Meaningful Name: Word of God says everyone has this.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Hiromi's best friend, Mirai, has this.
  • Name's the Same: Aki shares her birth name (Akihiko) and her surname with a character from Pretty Cure Spirit Explosion.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: “Let love heal your heart!”
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; there are two characters named Emi.
  • Perky Female Minion: Tamora
  • Pet the Dog: Tamora approaching a despairing Mrs Matoko and giving back her teddy bear, believing its loss to be the main source of her anguish. Keep in mind that Tamora wanted to harvest heartbreak and despair, yet she still goes to prevent it later.
  • The Power of Love
  • Power Trio: Initially
  • Red Herring: There is brief suggestion that perhaps Noa, a girl from school who went missing pre-series, is Cure Ariel, and certain events leading to her disappearance do point to this. Except she's not; Cure Ariel is in fact Otome Aimiya, a girl from Kokoro, not Earth.
    • Minor example in episode 19. Antoinette acts a bit suspiciously in response to Hiromi's bullying; watching her reactions, staring at her in class, telling a classmate to keep an eye on her, and switching cleaning duty with another classmate to be closer to Hiromi. But it turns out she's not behind it - someone else is, and Antoinette was looking out for Hiromi because she'd seen this before in another school.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Shylock is killed in sending Cure Ariel to Earth.
  • Schedule Slip: The fic was updated on a weekly basis, but then problems arose in the author's personal life, and it went on hiatus.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hiromi
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Cure Ariel and Shylock
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: Episode 19; Hiromi suffers graffiti on her desk, frogs in her locker, and has her homework, lunch, and schoolbooks hidden.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Cure Signets
  • Transgender: Aki is a male to female transgender. Her chosen name is Misaki.
    • The author has been praised for her portrayal of Aki, and the author herself wanted to portray a transgender person without any angst or drama.
    TwinklingCupcake: When I wrote this, I didn't want to put in any drama, or bullying, or depression regarding Aki's situation. Aki is transgender, but it's NOT a big deal. It's just part of who she is. She isn't transgender for the sake of angst or drama, she just IS. Because trans people? They exist. They simply exist. They aren't vehicles of angst or drama or tragedy, they just ARE. And I thought it would be great to have a transgender character who was simply transgender. Not a transgirl who was depressed or bullied or an outcast, not a transgirl whose entire characterization revolve around her being trans, but just a character who happened to be transgender...Media needs more trans characters who are simply characters, people who are not defined by their being trans.
  • Transformation Sequence: Aki and Hiromi share theirs, which includes:
  • Two-Teacher School: The only teacher seen is Mrs Matoko.
  • Verbal Tic: Ti ends his sentences with "-datchu."
  • Villain Teleportation
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 4
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Not just the heroes; almost everyone has an unusual hair color.