Rhythmic Pretty Cure is a Curefic by Ryanasaurus0077 with a rhythmic gymnastics thematic. It premiered on March 7, 2014, and episodes will be posted on Wikidot and can be read here. Finalized versions will be posted at a later date.A character sheet can be found here; see here for an episode-by-episode recap.
Art Evolution: Word of God is that the two episodes posted as of writing are rough drafts and will be gradually fine-tuned into what the theoretical viewers of the program actually saw, thus in a sense undergoing this.
Ballet Episode: The episode where Saeko receives her magical item centers on her performance as the prima ballerina in a production of Swan Lake.
Banana Peel: Few and far in between, but when one shows up, even Saeko and Itsuko had better watch their step! Tsumugi even refers to the peel as "the world's most ubiquitous equal-opportunity slapstick comedian" after getting tripped up by one.
Emma Watson once dressed up as The Little Mermaid when she was five. Guess which of the Cures is dressed as a mermaid in one of the summer episodes?
The play-by-play announcers at DCBL games are examples on both sides of the Pacific; in the Japanese version, they're voiced by Iron Chef color commentators Kenji Fukui and Yukio Hattori, whereas the English dub has them respectively voiced by Triple Play Baseball's color commentators, Jim Hughson and Buck Martinez.
Code Name: In a meta example, various developmental aspects of this series have their own. For example, the rough drafts are called "Texts", and the final drafts, once ready, will be called "Animations".
Custom Uniform: Played straight with the rhythmic gymnastics side of Altair Private Academy; the only thing all the uniforms have in common are classical pink (theatrical pink for exhibitions and competitions) tights and pink ballerina shoes. Generally averted with the general education side and American football side uniforms.
Dance Battler: Given the stylistic origins of rhythmic gymnastics, this is pretty much a given.
Depending on the Writer: Various things will vary between episodes depending on who's the episode director and/or screenwriter.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Eric Napier, the Cures' rhythmic gymnastics coach and a retired drill sergeant. It helps that his English voice actor happens to be R. Lee Ermey.
Elevator School: When he was younger, Hitomi went to a public school that encompassed grade school and junior high school. It's interesting to note that his first year in grade school happened to be his first year in Dream City; he was actually born in none other than Azabu-Juuban (sound familiar?).
Gratuitous English: Here and there throughout the series. For example, Hitomi gets a moment at the end of episode 1.
Hitomi: Happy birthday, Lisa.
Gratuitous French: The French club does a School Play of its own for the school festival, with Tsumugi, Saeko, and Yukari in the respective roles of a certain Power Trio from England, only with technology instead of magic, and translated entirely in French. (It should be noted that it's a new direct French translation from the English original, both the book and the movie, and yes, some bits had to go to keep with the new technology thematic.)
Homage: Altair's baseball squad is basically one to the Detroit Tigers. Team name? Check. Similar color scheme? Check. Rivalry with a team based loosely on the Cleveland Indians? Check. Road uniforms with a color not on their home uniforms? Check. No batting practice jerseys for spring training? Check. The "Eat 'Em Up" chant being used by the part-time cheerleading squad during games against the Vega Eagles, the Bellatrix Simians, and the Alnilam Rams? Check.
Laser-Guided Karma: After plunking Yukari during the sixth inning of the Tigers at Astros spring training game, Tony Gottfried is benched during the seventh inning, partially for fear of a reprisal by the Tigers. This proves to be a wise decision, as Daniel Howard yells for her to charge the mound and give the pitcher a piece of her mind (which she doesn't, thankfully) and even the normally calm shortstop Roger Dayton vocally expresses his desire for Eric Patterson, their own pitcher, to plunk Tony the next time they meet.
773-2873. Guess what that means in telephone lingo.
Once again, "Ganbalance de Dance" is remixed, and this time, as with Happiness Charge Pretty Cure, all five Cures each assume specific poses at the start of the ending video, and all five Cures assume the same respective poses together at the end.
Cure Clubs' Passion Pirouette finisher bears some resemblance to Cure Fortune's Starlight Ascension finisher.
As with Futari wa Pretty Cure and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! (second ending in the case of the latter), all the Cures are dressed as cheerleaders in the ending video. In Tsumugi's case, she's wearing her own cheerleader costume from the series proper.
Narrative Profanity Filter: "Tsumugi swore loudly." This is also employed in other manners; for example, immediately after Tsumugi trips in the hall in one episode courtesy of a stray Banana Peel:
Saeko knew what was coming next, so she hastily covered her ears before Tsumugi opened her mouth—and a good thing, too.
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The karate uniforms at Hitomi and Tsumugi's karate class, and also the ballet uniforms at the dance academy Saeko goes to on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Hiroyuki goes to on Tuesdays and Fridays; also, as far as interests go, Hitomi is a fan of Super Sentai, and Tsumugi is a fan of Pretty Cure and other Magical Girl anime.
Playboy Bunny: In episode 8, Hitomi, Tsumugi, and Saeko all wear this costume; however, whereas Hitomi's and Saeko's outfits are of the more traditional variety, Tsumugi instead goes for a button-up corset and red shorts with an attached cottontail.
Plot Hole: As a rule, any that appears will be explained within a few episodes.
Product Placement: When the five Rhythm Phones appear in Dream City, with Ribbon herself landing in the center of the city, the lights connect with each other and Ribbon, forming the Chrysler Pentastar. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is one of the hypothetical sponsors of this series. Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, and Jeep automobiles also appear throughout the series, with a Chrysler Voyager appearing as the Ichinose family car.
Rule of Seven/Rule of Three: 7 appears three times in the henshin number (not consecutively, of course). There's also seven digits in the number.
For the latter, every performance of a Signature Attack by any of the Cures will always incorporate three tiptoe turns performed in succession.
Schedule Slip: Intentional. With the sole exception of episode 1, each episode (in its sandbox/rough draft incarnation, of course) will be posted at least one week after it was theoretically broadcast.
During the School Festival, the Cures end up performing in the Altair theatre club's production of "The Dancing Princesses", in which Itsuko portrays the 7th daughter of German-born Finnish industrialist J.W. Münster, Saeko portrays the 12th daughter of the same industrialist, Tsumugi portrays the wandering soldier (who in this Setting Update is a Vietnam veteran who had lost his entire platoon in a mortar strike by the Charlies), and Hitomi and Ana portray two of Münster's maids.
Stealth Pun: Two of the five students in the Cures' rhythmic gymnastics class who are confirmed to have prior ballet training are named Yasu Osaka and Hikari Fukuda. This is meant to invoke a certain blue-blooded Cure who would be perfect as a ballerina if she was up for it.
Stock Footage: In some episodes, when Cure Clubs tells the Monster of the Week, "I'll punish you!", the animation is basically a redraw of a certain Trope Naming sequence from a certain famous Magical Girl anime; though the costume design is decidedly different here, the character design is only slightly so considering who Tsumugi/Cure Clubs resembles, and the only difference in the animation is that her mouth doesn't move until it gets to the part where she says, "I'll punish you!"
Super Not-Drowning Skills: Pretty Cure can stay underwater for prolonged periods of time without any danger of drowning because, well, you know. This proves useful to Saeko in her introductory episode and to Tsumugi and, well, the rest of the Cures in one of the summer episodes. It does make some other things difficult for them, though.
Tsumugi Nikaido, being the most tomboyish main character in addition to one of the tougher girls in her rhythmic gymnastics class (not to mention a karateka), wears a tank top and jean shorts with her RG clothes.
Another sporty girl in the same class, minor character Masako Yukihiro (a wingback for her school's association football squad), wears a tank biketard.
Subverted with cheerleader Chiyo Natsuki and swimmer Akiko Kitamura, both also minor characters and in the same RG class. They do wear tank clothes (an actual tank top in Chiyo's case), but they're both more feminine types.
Tsumugi is the second-best chef out of all the Cures, and Saeko's cooking is simply passable.
Izumi and Yukari are also examples, with Izumi being energetic and aggressive and Yukari being sweet and demure. Their general hobbies also show this, with Izumi being into karate and action figures and Yukari being into fashion and ice skating. Ironically, Izumi is a bookworm in the Literature Club, and Yukari is the only girl on the Altair Tigers baseball squad, for which she's the second baseman (though she spends the first few spring training games as the shortstop).
Tsumugi's other apparatus specialty is the ribbon, she tends to carry a purse when she's going around town, and she's also a decent cook, though not at Itsuko's level. Plus, her Signature Attack is called "Pretty Cure Passion Pirouette" and is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, with baton twirling thrown in for good measure.
Inverted with Yasu Osaka, who is clearly a Girly Girl with a Tomboyish Streak; she's more feminine than her counterpart, Hikari, but as a rhythmic gymnast she uses two apparati designed for men's RG (the double rings, which is also the first apparatus in which she specializes, and the stick), and in fact the only apparatus she uses that's reserved for traditional RG is the ribbon; also, during her ballet classes, she's in the same group as the boys and has performed men's solos during her class's concerts.
Ultimate Authority Mayor: A benevolent example. Since his initial election several years before the start of the story, the mayor of Dream City has proven to be somewhat eccentric, even organizing an anime convention on Golden Week that corresponds with the sub-holidays that take place during Golden Week (said sub-holidays actually have convention events dedicated to them). However, as Hitomi puts it:
Wholesome Crossdresser: Izumi wears the boys' uniform at Altair, and Hitomi tends to crossdress as well, usually either with his school/RG uniform, as a Pretty Cure, or whenever he feels like it. Tsumugi, Hikari, Anzu, and Masako have also worn the Altair boys' uniform on occasion, most notably for Picture Day in episode 10.
Would Hit a Girl: Astros pitcher Tony Gottfried plunks Yukari during the 6th inning, which earns him a visit from his manager (granted, managers tend to visit the mound whenever a beanball gets thrown, but this time the manager, who is fielding a female shortstop of his own, was extremely irate and threatened to swap him if he tried to add insult to injury by trying to pick her off).