Fan Fic: Rhythmic Pretty Cure

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.

This Curefic contains examples of:

  • Aggressive Negotiations: Done as a Brick Joke. In episode 3, Hitomi and Tsumugi's homeroom classmate (and Hitomi's baseball teammate) Haruhi Honda boasts about how his grandfather will easily convince United Auto Workers to drop their support of the chicken tax so his company could import their Acty microvan and not be forced to price it out of range. Several episodes later, during picture day, it's revealed that the negotiations went anything but smoothly, as an exhausted Haruhi quickly notes.
    Haruhi: Gramps was right about one thing: the negotiations were short.
    Tsumugi: You don't sound too happy about it.
    Haruhi: Why do you think? Gramps had his name dragged through the mud by those yellow bastards! They said they couldn't trust anyone who didn't pay their taxes even if they were the only automakers left!
    Tsumugi: God, one dishonest auditor can do that to you?
    Haruhi: Don't you go talking about my granddaddy's financial sins, too!
    Tsumugi: In any case, it sucks that the Eagleland auto industry is run by a bunch of racist wanks.
  • Anything But That!: Basilisk the Sculptor clearly does not like the idea of Cottonmouth the Terrible reassigning her to Cleveland.
  • 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.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Not played for shock value, but It Makes Sense in Context. When Tsumugi is practicing her ribbon routine to the temple dance music from Verdi's Aida in episode 1, it's mentioned what the music is to the ribbon routines of some of the other students.
    The other students were practicing their own routines, wearing their own wireless headphones and practicing to different pieces of music. Saeko was doing hers to Adam's Giselle. Ana's was to Morricone's Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. Itsuko's was to Williams's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sakura Hisakawa practiced to Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. And Hitomi was practicing to Ortolani's Cannibal Holocaust.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • 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".
  • Cool Crown: The Cures all wear fairly pimped-out princess-style tiaras.
  • Cosplay:
  • Creative Sterility: Averted in episode 3 and lampshaded by Basilisk, who expresses mock amazement at Rattlesnake being a fashion designer in her spare time and thus being able to create stuff.
    Basilisk: Well, I'm certainly glad one of us can actually create something!
  • 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 (and even then a few have their own variations on that). 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.
  • 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?).
  • Everybody Owns A Ford: Or, in this case, a Chrysler or one of its siblings, including Voyagers, Aspens, Challengers, New Yorkers, Quattroporti, Prowlers, and the like.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Everyone on Pretty Cure, given the nature of rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Expy: Izumi and Yukari to Yasu Fukuda and Hitomi Ueno, two prototypical Pretty Cures who are also a tomboyish bookworm and a sporty girly girl, respectively (though the former has since evolved considerably, and the latter also evolved into the comparatively more tomboyish Izumi Hamasaki).
  • Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: The Cures do one in episode 6 with various cosplays from Sailor Moon, Corrector Yui, Supergirl, Shugo Chara!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Super Mario Bros., Urusei Yatsura, Princess Tutu, Sherlock Holmes (specifically, the Basil Rathbone incarnation), and Pokémon.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Itsuko is considerably better at cooking than is Tsumugi (who is herself no slouch).
  • Femme Fatale: The Nightmare Beauties.
  • Frills of Justice
  • Funetik Aksent: Generally averted with foreign accents, with few exceptions. For example, when Tsumugi says "Canberra", it's always written as "Canb'ra".
  • Gender-Blender Name: Hitomi.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Averted with the Cures themselves; however, this does get played straight by the cheerleaders for the Deneb Astros.
  • 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.)
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Averted with the baseball scenes, as the author generally plays any of the Triple Play Baseball video games when plotting such scenes.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: In episode 4, the word "die" is used in the baseball sense.
    Within seconds, both Hitomi and Roger died on the ensuing double play.
  • 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. Home field bearing more than a passing resemblance to the late, great Tigers Stadium? Check. "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.
  • Idol Singer: Ana Yotsuya.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: With Sailor Moon Crystal, for a two-part episode set during a field trip to Azabu-Juuban, which happens to be not just Hitomi's birthplace but also Sailor Moon's stomping grounds. The seiyuu for that series reprise their roles here in the Japanese version, resulting in Acting for Two in some cases, e.g. with Kotono Mitsuishi (Bunny in PGSMC, Ribbon in RPC), Hisako Kanemoto (Amy in PGSMC, Yasu in RPC), Ami Koshimizu (Makoto in PGSMC, Mika in RPC), and Shizuka Ito (Minako in PGSMC, Hikari in RPC). In a flashback taking place during another episode, it's revealed that Queen Selene, the ruler of the Realm of the Sun and the Moon, knew Queen Serenity and was friends with her.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: One of Saeko's classmates happened across her Rhythm Console completely by accident. It was just lying around, and it wouldn't work when she tried turning it on. She gave it to Saeko, hoping she could make some sense of it. This time, it turned on... but that's as far as Saeko managed to go at first. Anyone familiar with the Rhythm Consoles, though, would know that she'd just stumbled across one and discovered she was a Pretty Cure without even realizing it.
  • Jerk Jock: A trio of them in episode 4, all from the American football side.
  • Konami Code: This time around, it has plot relevance, as the Cures activate their powers using this code. However, it's never referred to by name, only by the buttons in the combo.
  • 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.
  • Leotard of Power: Worn by four of the five Cures.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Itsuko and Ana.
  • Megane: Hitomi, again.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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.
    • Some characters, including Tsumugi and Ribbon, have been known to go "Happuppu~!" from time to time.
    • Cure Sphere's reaction to her electric purifying power awakening is similar to that of Cure Peace.
    • Remember the Imagine Spot where Hibiki appeared in a School Play of Romeo and Juliet as a tree? The same thing really did happen to Tsumugi during her junior high school days.
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Russell Willis is an homage to the great William Ross of Frontier Enterprises, which is itself homaged in the form of Ford Studio in one episode where the Cures (save for Itsuko) get jobs dubbing the Science Fantasy Magical Girl series Delta Dynamos in English.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: With the exception of Tsumugi and Saeko (both of who speak Nagoya-ben), nobody in the Japanese version speaks with a Kansai Regional Accent even though the series is hinted to be set in Kyoto Prefecture.
  • Nouveau Riche: Tsumugi's mother and Saeko's birth father are both sympathetic examples. The former had a rich relative who had left her a huge inheritance, and the latter is a self-made man who runs an overseas corporation and philanthropic organization and happens to have in-laws in the aristocracy.
  • 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, well, anything in the Magical Girl genre. Also, Ribbon has pink fur, and Ring has blue fur.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Cleveland, which is often used to threaten the Nightmare Beauties into staying in line.
  • 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 Console 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.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: A bunch of the fic's critics have been known to take issue with four of the five Cures being affluent (it doesn't help that canon Pretty Cure seasons have more middle-class girls than rich kids among the Cures' ranks in any given season). In point of fact, there happens to be an earlier magical girl series where the girls are all affluent, and it's actually a real magical girl anime. And that's not the only thing about that series from which the author draws his influence for this one, either.
  • Running Gag: Ana expressing annoyance at the prefacing of proverbs with "As Confucius say".
  • School Play:
    • 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.
    • The French club also does one called "Le lion et le serpent, épisode II : Le chambre des secrets", which gets a Setting Update and a complete overhaul from fantasy to science fiction and yet is no less true to the original text. Guess what it adapts.
  • Screen Shake: Expect the screen to shake violently, cartoon-style, whenever someone gets slammed into a wall. This will always be accompanied by the appropriate sound effects.
  • Serious Business: Played with. Beanballs aren't usually that big a deal in the DCBL (at least, not usually), but you draw first blood from a female batter... let's just say their opposing pitcher will let you have it the next time the two of you meet. Signals, though, are treated as this all the time.
  • Setting Update: As produced by the Altair theatre club, "The Dancing Princesses" is set during the Vietnam War.
  • She-Fu: Most of the Cures specialize in this, including The One Guy, and even Cure Clubs, who generally prefers Good Old Fisticuffs, resorts to this sometimes.
  • Shown Their Work: Yes, Pretty Cure can indeed get pretty heavy with the metal (as demonstrated on tracks from Heartcatch Pretty Cure, Suite Pretty Cure ♪, and Smile Pretty Cure!), never mind that this time the metal is also present in the opening for this series, which takes the metal Up to Eleven by violating all speed limits known to man.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: A few characters, both male and female, get tripped up by the world's most ubiquitous equal-opportunity slapstick comedian.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "Yatta! Rhythmic Pretty Cure". Sure, there's still some of the trademarks of a Pretty Cure theme, but it sounds very dark and has a thrash metal feel, which really doesn't match the lyrical tone.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show Within a Show: Delta Dynamos, one of Tsumugi's favorite Magical Girl programs, for which she later dubs a member of the eponymous squad in English.
  • Taken for Granite: Expect this to happen whenever Basilisk the Sculptor summons a Monster of the Week. Not even Pretty Cure is invulnerable, if episode 5 is anything to go by.
  • Tank-Top Tomboy:
    • 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.
  • The Team:
  • Theme Naming: All the Cures have numbers in their last names, and the villains are all named after snakes.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Another minor Running Gag.
  • Those Two Girls:
    • Hitomi and Tsumugi's homeroom classmates, Izumi Suzuki and Yukari Ichijo.
    • Saeko's ballet classmates, Hikari Fukuda and Yasu Osaka.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Worn by Tsumugi.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Tsumugi and Saeko. This gets played with a bit, since:
      • Tsumugi has Rapunzel Hair (especially as a Pretty Cure) tied in Girlish Pigtails, and Saeko has Boyish Short Hair;
      • Tsumugi is the second-best chef out of all the Cures, and Saeko's cooking is simply passable; and
      • You'd expect Tsumugi to have the sportier and rougher finisher and Saeko to have the flashier and more graceful finisher, but if Passion Pirouette and Rolling Thunder tell you anything, it's the other way around.
    • 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).
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak:
    • 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.
  • True Blue Femininity: Itsuko.
  • 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:
    Hitomi: He's a nice guy. He's just somewhat off his rocker when it comes to running the town. However, he is truly a competent leader.
  • Where The Hell Is Dream City?: It's hinted to be somewhere in Kyoto Prefecture, but the only clue so far is the seven-digit phone numbers.
  • Whole Plot Reference: One of the summer episodes will be this to the Pokémon episode "Hanada Gym! Underwater Battle"; a key difference is that the production will be given a Setting Update to The '80s.
  • 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).
  • Worst Aid: During Class G's ballet lesson in episode 5, Hitomi's hip starts bothering him, having been struck by a beanball in the previous episode, and Tsumugi does a karate chop to relieve the injury. Lampshaded by Coach Nashton immediately afterwards.
  • You Go Girl: The Altair Baseball League, unlike most baseball leagues, is open to both boys and girls, and every team has at least one female player. The cheerleaders are also required to participate in spring training with the other players later on, in case any of the teams should run out of players.