We'll defend at all hours... ...to ensure a peaceful era!
Before the character designs for Fresh Pretty Cure! were released, an anonymous Image Board patron posted fake designs for two Cures, their civilian forms, and a single mascot. When the design sheet was proven to be a hoax, a few people began creating fanworks featuring the characters, knowing only their appearances and Cure names and inventing the rest. Futari wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon by Jisu (username friendshipbeam, although it was skittlestemple when she began writing), one of the first of many LiveJournal OC fics in the Pretty Cure fandom, is the Anglosphere's answer to this phenomenon.As night falls on the ambitiously-named town of Kazahana City, a number of objects land all across the town from the sky and a clock tower that isn't supposed to make sound at night rings twelve times. The next day, energetic misfit Kawada Asa and intimidating classmate Nakayama Yoko find items that resemble dated cell phones and meet a little fluffy orange thing called Starry. He comes from the Garden of Days, a world that's protected an item called the Moon Dial to keep time and space intact. The Moon Dial once belonged to the Etherium, a white void that would expand and absorb other worlds, until twenty-five years ago, when it was taken from them and given to the Garden of Days.Now, the Etherium wants it back. In desperation, the Garden's leader broke the Dial, scattered the resulting Moon Pieces in Kazahana City to buy time and sent Starry to go find two people to become Pretty Cure. Asa and Yoko take up the challenge (although Asa would much rather be a Toku hero) and go to find the Moon Pieces, opposing the Etherium at every turn.This series is complete. Available on the Precure fan community here and on ff.net here. The version on LJ has the Comment Corners.A character sheet can be found here.
Elsewhere Fic: The fic is Crossover Compilation-compliant, meaning that all canon Pretty Cure series take place in the same world as it does. Furthermore, the fanseries community has expressed interest in doing their own All-Stars special, meaning that it's an Elsewhere Fic of many of the other fanseries, too.
Anti-Villain: Mekuramast, going more "Anti" and less "Villain" as the series goes on. Two-thirds of the way in, he attains Reverse Form and leaves the Etherium, but as of this writing he hasn't joined up with the Cures.
Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Most of the Etherium costumes are this, being palette swaps of things the agents used to wear before they joined. However, Tachimany's costumes are all over the place because, well, Split Personality, Devance's costume changed because he grew older and now identifies with the Land of Legends as his home, and Millusion wears the Clair Academy school uniform.
A World Half Full: One of the main concepts is that the world is full of people who don't understand each other, and sometimes you do need to get out of your situation, but somebody has to change it, and the world is still good and still deserves to exist.
Back-to-Back Badasses: Sunday and Night against the copies in episode 13, and Sunday/Night back to back with Dawn/Dusk in episode 22.
Barrier Warrior: Kainatrol does this in the finale, when the Moon Dial is powering her up.
Bash Brothers: Sunday and Night spend the series learning to work well together, but basically everyone ends up in one of these combinations at one point, many putting the two main Cures to shame.
Binbeat and Mireyes' battle styles complement each other, with Binbeat using area effects from the back and Mireyes moving around in the front as a melee fighter, since she's the only one who can reliably dodge all of his attacks and lead their opponents into them.
Cure Dawn and Cure Dusk demonstrate what it means to be best friends and partners for most of your lives.
Invoked and failed: Mekuramast's powers complement Kainatrol's, which Eiender notices, but they can't stand each other.
Batman Gambit (Dawn/Kirei comes up with a big one to save Mia and buy the Cures time by playing to Kainatrol's revenge complex. She gives Kainatrol a fake Moon Piece, knowing full well that she could figure it out at any time but trusting that she won't take the time to. By letting Kainatrol use her mind control on her and direct her to attack the Cures, and arranging for Ami to be there, Kirei pings Kainatrol's sadism because she knows she'll be forced to fight Ami instead — which gives Asa and Yoko more time.)
Battle Couple: Asa and Yoko by the end. Kirei and Tomokazu might be this, but Kirei already has a partner with whom she fights, and her spouse is more of their Third Ranger.
Unholy Matrimony: Suiyacross and Hitosalesque, or at least it appears that way from what we've seen of them.
Be Yourself: This seems to be a recurring theme in the story. Asa is actually initially made fun of and shunned for being herself, while Yoko is both feared for hiding herself and fears being scorned like Asa is over her hobbies.
Berserk Button: Yoko does not like destruction of property. Later on, though, there are a few instances where she even ignores it because Asa's hurt and that's more important.
Mireyes may not like jokes about her age, but there are two other things you just don't do: threaten Binbeat or call Mireyes a witch.
Beta Couple: Takashi and Seira play this role to an extent.
Birthday Episode: The first bonus chapter has the five main girls preparing for Asa's birthday the next day, so it's really more of a Pre-Birthday Episode, though it does end on the day proper.
Bloodier and Gorier: Mostly averted, unlike other fanseries. However, Asa does bleed, bruise, and break bones in the confrontation with Tachimany, and that's with her powers giving her near-invulnerability. (She gets healed right away, though.)
Used straight in episode 16, when Ami-sensei needs to get down the mountain because there's no cell reception and she can't just call home. She admits that there is better technology these days but that, as a teacher, she doesn't get paid enough to justify buying a better phone. Subverted later on when you realize that that was an excuse.
Cerebus Retcon: Binbeat complains a lot that Mireyes reminds him of his sister. Then you learned what happened to him and said sister, Andante, and that he left her behind and, Ambiguous Innocence or not, regrets it on some level. A late-series flashback shows that he met Mireyes when he tried to go back for Andante and couldn't find her because it had been such a long time. Finally, it turns out that Mireyes really is Andante. (Not so much a retcon — that was always meant to be the case — but with the same effect.)
Chekhov's Boomerang: A big one. To examine all the parts: 1) Early in the series, Asa and Yoko have to work together on a science project, mixing Yoko's secret love for working on cars with Asa's obsession with DaiFighter. Though they eventually simplify the project to talking about how an engine works, they have enough material to at least figure out how a real-life version of the DaiVan would operate. You think this is just a device to get the characters to work together, and it's served its purpose in episode 10. 2) Kirei's broken-down van shows up early in episode 16, and later in the episode, Yoko fixes it up. 3) Ami-sensei is shown to be a Ditzy Genius when she sets traps for the Panty Thief in episode 3. She later builds the Communicator to Mars, which comes into Asa and Yoko's possession in episode 14. All these are dealt with, right? Leading up to the Grand Finale, the Elder has to guard the Garden of Days, leaving the Cures and their friends with only scant information about world-hopping magic from the Mentor Mascots and a powerup item called the Eclipse Transformer that they don't even know how to use. Asa's knowledge of DaiFighter, Yoko's familiarity with Kirei's van, Ami-sensei's implausible genius that has already figured out ways to connect worlds, and the notes from the science project culminate in the group using the Eclipse Transformer to customize the van into the DaiVan.
Chekhov's Gunman: Read over the older chapters and note any reference to Mia's mother.
Christmas Rushed: Episode 21 was on a Christmas Eve deadline because that was the fic's third-year anniversary. However, it's still the fourth-longest chapter, and it was accompanied by a few extras like the ff.net release.
Circus Brat: Deconstructed regarding Thera and Kore, who weren't raised in a lax environment or allowed to be themselves, but were boxed in by expectations as much as everybody else in this series.
Circus of Fear: Their base isn't a circus, but the Etherium agents are all given roles that would belong in an old-timey travelling show: a magician, an animal tamer, a fortune teller, an organ player, and an actor (yes, that's what Tachimany are supposed to be). Earlier members include a dancer, a potion seller, and a knife thrower, and late and temporary addition Millusion is a hypnotist. Some of them actually belonged to a circus in their original worlds, although it was a perfectly normal one.
Class Trip: The Garden of Rings arc starts this way.
Climbing Climax: Small example with a bell tower. (The series isn't quite over by then.)
Clock Tower: There's one in the middle of town. Asa and Yoko get their transformation phones and their first Moon Piece there, and it's often visited or seen afterward. There's also Clair Academy's bell tower.
Cloudcuckoolander: Not entirely true of Asa, but her classmates think it of her. Ami-sensei seems this way too, despite her sensible moments here and there, but she can and will be serious even when she's going on about justice.
Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Hoshi sees herself as this. She eventually learns to leave Asa be and recognize that there's nothing wrong with her.
Combined Energy Attack: What the Elder and the mascots used in a last-ditch attempt to break and scatter the Moon Dial.
Combo Platter Powers: Kainatrol has mind control as a primary power and shielding as a second; Binbeat has musical explosions [primary] and flying [secondary]; Mireyes has clairvoyance [primary] and some form of telekinetic blast [secondary]; and all the villains have Villain Teleportation.
Coming-Out Story: After one too many close calls, Yoko wonders if she should tell Asa how she feels instead of just keeping her mouth shut. Seeking advice, she ends up coming out to Kirei in episode 23, nearly or actually freaking out the whole time and definitely not being "Ice Queen Nakayama". Kirei is fine with it and offers some advice, on top of promising to do what she can to help should Yoko's parents find out. In the epilogue, Yoko relates that they have found out and weren't happy, and she's now moved in with Ami-sensei, but her parents are getting better about it. Meanwhile, Asa's mother seems to figure it out and approves, so there's less of a problem there.
Commlinks: The Etherium has them; the commlinks are gold metal rings that they speak into and are only used when the communicating agents are out in the field.
Cynicism Catalyst: Kore, his assistant, fulfills this role for Mekuramast/Kairos, since losing her was the reason that he gave up on his world and caved to Kainatrol's demands. At the same time, though, the hope that he might be able to undo everything, no matter how slim that hope is, keeps him going.
Dance Battler: Hitosalesque, though she's dead before the story begins. She's revived in episode 23.
Defying The Censors: Haruka and Seira suggest that the Rose Class do this in the bonus episode, when their comedy crossdressing Maid Cafe gets shut down because parents complained.
Dénouement Episode: The epilogue was initially supposed to be posted separately, but episode 24 was too long and some had to go with it. The ff.net release is supposed to have it the right way.
Despair Event Horizon: Chapter 16 opens with Mekuramast's, chapter 17 with Kainatrol's, and chapter 23 with Mireyes'. It fits, since everyone in the Etherium renounced their world after they lost faith in it.
Disproportionate Retribution: Thera/Kainatrol got pushed a little too far, and from her perspective, Kore going after their dream without her is certainly betrayal, but did the world really need to end for it?
Ditzy Genius: Ami-sensei, who doles out cloud-headed speeches about justice and how her class will be the class that changes the world for the better, but has a house full of complicated mechanical devices she made herself. Even her ridiculous tirades occasionally have deep insight about friendship and trust — this is a Magical Girl series.
Driven to Villainy: Every member of the Etherium was driven to join because they felt that their world wasn't worth living in anymore. Emiru wasn't quite at the point of wanting the world gone, but she did want revenge, and Mekuramast was forced into it, but admits that, even if it had been possible for him to save the Garden of Rings at that point, he felt that being without Kore made it pointless.
Eccentric Mentor: Ami, Ami, Ami. Strangely enough, her weirdness put her below any suspicion of being Cure Dusk — in-story, anyway — until the reveal. Even Asa didn't see it, and she's usually far too genre-savvy to overlook these things, plus she has no room to talk about strangeness besides.
Environmental Symbolism: Scenes that emphasize the idea of "having no hope" tend to take place in the Etherium, and as the story goes on and the situation gets worse in there, for lack of anything else to erase, the detailed carvings and white walls fade away and the Etherium starts erasing itself. Sapphire Park, a poorly-maintained place that intimidates Yoko, symbolizes the difficulty of her and Asa's early relationship. The story also begins in fall and moves through into spring — the town's even called Kazahana City.
Establishing Character Moment: Asa staying up late writing Self-Insert Fic, Takashi antagonizing Yoko, Binbeat playing the organ by randomly slamming on the keys and singing that he's awesome while in front of a pile of stolen panties...
Expy: Even though no character design has been released for Devance, someone suggested the author draw him to look like Clint Eastwood (specifically, from The Sixties) and imagines his English dubber, Steve Kramer, speaking in an Eastwood-esque voice as Devance.
Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Every episode but the ending and epilogue. Some examples are "The World is Changing! The Vicious Whisper, Millusion!", "Moonlit Confessions! The End of the Vanishing Act!", and "The Enemy is a Panty Thief? Won't This Raise the Rating?".
Failure Knight: Mekuramast, who keeps fighting for the Etherium but undermines them, especially Kainatrol, to try and make up for his failure to save his world and Kainatrol's sister.
Fan Flattering: The bonus letter on the fic's third anniversary basically says "You guys read this thing? I like you."
The Chick: Mia (Thanks to her love of shopping, Yukari fills this role too before Mia joins.)
Follow in My Footsteps: Thera's and Kore's father, the ringmaster, had this going on, making sure that his daughters continued to perform in the Chronos Show whether they wanted to or not. While, by the time we see them, Kore is worn down and resigned to her fate, Thera is quite bitter.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Emiru, but she ends up turning good. Averted with Yukari, though she only wears hers half the time. Interestingly, the author herself wears glasses.
Freak Out: Emiru has one just before she becomes Millusion, because she doesn't know what to do now that her friends are leaving her.
Gang Of Bullies: There was one at the dojo in Fubuki Town when Asa and Hoshi were children, and episode 18 opens with Binbeat [then Allegro] and his sister being picked on by another gang of bullies in the past.
Generic Doomsday Villain: Played with with the Boss/Lord Eiender. He gets less and less development or hints of personality as time goes on — you don't even hear his actual name until halfway through the story, and later he even stops using personal pronouns for himself except on rare occasions — and his presence began to fade out at the same rate. It was all part of his plan to diminish his presence slowly and then finally vanish from reality whatsoever; turns out he wants everythingRet Gone, and that includes himself.
Genius Ditz: Yukari is a milder version — she's just a lot smarter than you'd expect her to be, all things considered.
Wrong Genre Savvy: She immediately thinks she's in a Toku series, and is disappointed to learn the truth.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Dusk slaps Dawn in the flashback at the beginning of episode 21, after Dawn says that Dusk can't possibly understand how she feels about having the person she loves turn out to be evil, because Ami is asexual/aromantic. She then goes on to explain that she has a plan and they do have a chance of winning if Dawn will just calm down.
Girl Posse: Emiru has one, which takes up most of the Lily Class at the beginning of the story, but a few have defected since.
Gollum Made Me Do It: The reason that Tachimany's thirteenth form/persona doesn't get out much is that the other twelve are aware of what they'll do.
Good Colours Evil Colours: Inverted with the white Etherium and black Reverse Form, plus the black that Cure Night wears. Most of the other colours are kept in their camps, though, particularly Kainatrol's blood red.
Good Is Not Nice: Emiru still acts like the Alpha Bitch and isn't above messing with a few people's heads or just-so-coincidentally getting her hands on their private information, even after she stops outright antagonizing the main characters.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Not quite, but around episode ten, the author realized that too many of the normal characters had black or brown hair, and promptly went back to retcon Emiru's brown hair to green. Still didn't help matters, but at least there's Mia and the purple-haired background girl.
Hair Contrast Duo: Asa's eye-catching blue versus Yoko's pale grey; Mekuramast's light blue versus Kainatrol's dark red.
Important Haircut: Thera might have been about to harm herself with the scissors on her vanity, but when she's interrupted by Tachimany, she begins to cut her hair like she had been planning to do it the whole time. Oh, and she cuts it to an angled, chin-length cut, making it clear that this twin is the one who would become Kainatrol.
Power Dyes Your Hair: While Sunday and Night keep their hair colours, Kirei goes from red to pink when she becomes Cure Dawn.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Asa's and Devance/Mr. Dawn's blue, Yoko's grey, Mia's and Dawn's red, Emiru's green, and most of the Etherium's colours. They also have a purple-haired minor classmate named Fujisawa Suzu.
He's Back: Both Mekuramast and Emiru after periods of no pagetime.
Healing Potion: Mekuramast leaves one for a battered Sunday and Night to drink in episode 21. Suiyacross used to make them.
Heel-Face Turn: Throughout the first half of the story, characters aligned with Alpha Bitch Emiru begin to break away from their assigned roles and befriend Asa and Yoko. Ogata Mia, the first to do so, becomes part of the main friend group. Later, Emiru herself pulls a stronger one, being not only a social obstacle by that point but an Etherium member.
Asa: There is nothing wrong with writing yourself as a great hero as long as you don't post it anywhere for people to mock.
Heroic BSOD: Asa has one in episode 2 when Mia gives her a fear-fuelled "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Yoko has a more understated one later, in episode 8, after Hoshi reams her out about how she's treated Asa.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Asa and Yoko both stand on the edges of the Lily Class, and they start to become happier when they get more friends — Asa thinks to herself that she doesn't even know what popular is, let alone normal, and can't tell the difference between them when she finally gets good attention. I Just Want to Have Friends is even the reason Emiru blackmails and intimidates her classmates: she doesn't think they'd like her if she didn't keep them in line.
Immortal Life Is Cheap: Tachimany can only be killed if all their bodies die at once, which is obviously harder in the forms where they have lots of bodies. However, Mireyes ends up killing thirteen of them in the self-defence attack that kills her too.
Imposter Forgot One Detail: Millusion's main weakness. When you have to pay attention to every detail, all the time, of the illusion you're trying to keep up...
Knowledge Broker: The reason Emiru has so much power over her classmates. Even after they start to stand up to her, she's got dirt on just about every one of them.
Last Name Basis: Hoshi calls everyone but Asa and Ami-sensei by their last names without suffixes.
Last Villain Stand: Kainatrol wiped all her own followers out, leaving her as the only body on Asa's and Yoko's hands, but her actions in the end are this.
Late Arrival Spoiler: Try going around the fanseries community — or even the main fandom community — without being spoiled for Emiru becoming Millusion in episode 12 or Dawn being one of the previous Cures as revealed in episode 15.
Light Is Not Good: The Etherium is symbolized by the colour white and blinding light. On the other hand, Asa's speech reflects light, and the Mysterious Watcher went by "Dawn". A distinction is made between cool white for the Etherium and warm white for the power of light [if you've ever been to the lightbulb section of a home improvement store, there is a difference].
Little Stowaway: Binbeat ran away from home and stowed away on a circus train that was really a front for the Etherium. Yeah, they did things differently before Eiender had a change of heart and went from Dimension Lord to Shadow Dictator.
Magic Meteor: Starry comes down to the Land of Legends looking to all the world like a falling star. Blink and you'll miss it, but Yoko notices Sunbi and Moonla appearing the same way in episode 16.
Magic Music/Musical Assassin: The pipe organ Binbeat teleports around with him is actually an Instrument of Murder. This is first mentioned in episode three, but it's only in episode eleven that we actually get to see his music do any damage. It makes little explosions around the battlefield. There's also Andante's Song, which is implied [well, stated, but stated by Binbeat] to be supernatural on its own and not tied to any particular person's powers.
Mama Bear: Don't even think of hurting Ogata Mia when Kirei (or, for that matter, Tomokazu) is around to see it.
Man in White/Woman in White: Etherium uniforms, though all the members have their own secondary colours as part of their outfits, usually the same colour as their hair (though Tachimany's hair is white no matter what form they're in, Binbeat's is blond, and we can't really see Mireyes' hair).
Mask Power: Just about everyone in the Etherium wears an eye mask. Mireyes manages to skirt this rule by completely covering her eyes with a veil anyway.
Meaningful Name: Every Etherium member's name alludes to their abilities, "Asa" and "Yoko" refer to "morning" and "night", and Hidoinaa means "It's awful!". Omemi Emiru's name has the kanji for "eyes" and "beauty" in it, and, if you take it strictly by pronunciation, it also sounds like "omemie", meaning 'audience with a superior', 'debut' or 'trial service', and "miru", meaning 'to see'.
Minor Insult Meltdown: In episode 15, Hoshi has finally had enough of keeping secrets and tolerating changes that she doesn't like, and screams at the other girls in the lunchroom before running off to hide in the sports equipment shed. The sad thing is that what she wanted all along was for Asa to act like a normal person, and in finally letting this out, she is making a scene in public and drawing attention to herself.
Name's the Same: Small fandom, smaller OC fic community, therefore... everyone mixes up Blue Moon's Nakayama Yoko with Shining's Akiyama Youko. To make things more confusing, Youko's more like Asa than anything.
Never Be a Hero: Defied. Once Hoshi gets over not wanting Asa to be Pretty Cure, she starts pulling herself into the action. When she's met with the very same objection she gave her superpowered friend (with more justification, since Hoshi doesn't have powers), she refuses to back down and actually becomes useful at times, both because she can fight and because Pretty Cure Unison Second is powered by friendship.
Hoshi: I know Asa and Nakayama have the power to take these things down and I don't, but if they need help, I'm not gonna just sit there! It's called being a friend!
Never Heard That One Before: No, the author had not heard of any other attempts by anyone else to adapt the fake design sheet to a story until after she started it. That goes double for Bouken! Precure Days.
New Transfer Student: Asa and Yoko are still relatively new to the school, though both have started to put down roots and make themselves known by the time the story starts.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the past, Cure Dawn and Cure Dusk made Eiender realize that his vision of erasing everyone didn't include himself. They meant to convince him to value all life and stop the Etherium's mission. Thanks to Kainatrol's manipulations, he instead decided to let himself be erased when he felt that everything else would go after him. Congratulations, ladies: instead of a fading Shadow Dictator, now you have to deal with a Not-So-Harmless Villain user of Hypnotic Eyes who doesn't just want everyone gone — she wants everyone but herself gone, painfully.
No Accounting for Taste: Directly referenced by the title of episode 11, but considering that the episode has a few Pet the Dog moments for Takashi, this sentiment is taken from Yoko's mind and doesn't appear to be true for his relationship with Seira.
Not Brainwashed: Emiru/Millusion, complete with Asa accusing Kainatrol of brainwashing her.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: The author had reminded the readers both in and out of the story that Kainatrol was the weakest fighter in the Etherium, her talents best suited for other things. She always ran away from fights, and the one time that she actually took an attack from the Cures, her expression and speedy retreat said it all. Then she led a campaign to get three unclaimed Moon Pieces and three from the Cures in one go, succeeded, kidnapped and nearly erased the Cures (and we don't even know yet how they survived), killed the Boss after talking him into wanting to die, and has taken full control of the Moon Dial to power herself up. Geez, she was never a very nice person, but still.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Ami-sensei, to some extent; she really is that, uh... intensely emotional, but she only pretends to fall for flimsy excuses because she's secretly aware of the Cures' identities.
Oddly-Named Second Half: Episodes fourteen to twenty-four go by the name Futari wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon -solar eclipse-.
Oh Crap: Yoko at the end of episode eleven, when her secret hobby is in danger... then again when her secret identity is in danger instead. Kainatrol also does this when her shield's about to break during her first fight witht he Cures, and again when she finally dies.
One True Sequence: Followed at first, but only because neither group has magical Moon Piece-detecting powers and, therefore, the Etherium starts going where they think the Cures will be and vice versa. Due to the cut number of episodes, later in the series, the Etherium starts getting some Moon Pieces without opposition to replace episodes where they fought the Cures for them.
Origins Episode: Though the plot moves on as the episodes go, there are episodes centered around the backstory of various characters and how they affect the present.
Orwellian Retcon: The earlier chapters have been fixed up and changed a few things, among them Emiru's hair colour, the number of Moon Pieces and the name of Asa's apartment complex.
Palette Swap: The Etherium villains' uniforms are palette swaps of outfits they wore before they joined, at least in the cases of Mekuramast (as first seen in episode 13) and Millusion (as first seen in episode 12). The new outfits are white with accents and accessories in the character's signature tone — light blue for Mekuramast, dark red for Kainatrol, etc.
Paint It Black: Reverse Form plays with this; since the Etherium members wear white, it marks an evil character turning good instead of the other way around.
Panty Thief: The town is hit with a mass panty thieving in episode 3. The culprit? Binbeat, who did it just because he was bored.
Pastimes Prove Personality: Hoshi, the passionate martial artist; to a lesser extent, Yukari with her shopping. Yoko doesn't fit the stereotype of a mechanic, and keeps her hobby secret for this very reason.
Personality Powers: Everyone from the Etherium has an ability related to their inner self. For example, Mekuramast accuses Kainatrol — who doesn't deny it — of having manifested mind control powers because of her manipulative nature, and Millusion creates false worlds where she controls everything, in fitting with the way she operates in her daily life.
Perspective Flip: A brief one in episode 22. Mia gets the flashback this episode, and it retells the moment where she gave Asa a Heroic BSOD in episode 2, now that Mia is a lot more sympathetic.
Phenotype Stereotype: Played with. Seira is blonde, and everyone treats her like a foreigner, but she's actually Japanese and only spent a few years out of the country.
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Dawn wears a lot of pink, and Cure Dawn had pink hair. Her husband has blue hair and tends to wear a lot of blue. Sunday and Night's uniforms make them a Pink Girl Blue Girl pairing, though Asa being the one with blue hair throws it off a bit.
Pink Means Feminine: While proto-Sunday was probably intended to be seen as "the pink Cure" with her outfit (Mahiru from Bouken certainly is), Asa is treated as the orange Cure as Sunday, and the pink girl is Mia, who isn't even a Cure. There is a pink Cure: Cure Dawn. Maybe pink is In the Blood...?
Blue Moon has no merchandise, though, and probably never will, hence the less toyetic decisions (not just the lack of pink on the leads, but also things like having important male and adult characters).
Playground Song: That's twice now that Asa has broken out into a rousing rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall". Also, much of the inspiration behind Binbeat's character.
Plot Parallel: Asa keeps trying to draw them between DaiFighter and her real life, but eventually, they actually do start to show themselves — particularly with Mekuramast, whom Asa starts to compare to GoldFighter.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Binbeat isn't solely responsible for Kainatrol's death, but his "Did not." in episode 24, right when he frees everyone by distracting Kainatrol and allowing Millusion to cast, counts here.
Promotion to Parent: After their mother disappeared and their father went looking for her, Allegro and Andante were left to fend for themselves. Andante, despite being the younger sibling, was the more responsible one and the only one who did the chores around the house. Given that Allegro is Binbeat, this isn't much of a surprise.
Psychologist Teacher: Ami-sensei gives Hoshi, Yukari, and Mia advice on how to understand their friends when they find out that Asa and Yoko are Pretty Cure.
Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Played with. While Yukari doesn't have her glasses on all the time, that's because she wears contacts. Emiru's glasses turn into Millusion's eye mask.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Episodes 11, 12, and 23 were all posted on actual blue moons, and episode 24 and the Ending & Epilogue post both went up on the date of a solar eclipse.
Immortality Begins at Twenty: Mekuramast and Kainatrol fit this, but Binbeat's a kid, Mireyes is old and Tachimany's age is all over the place.
Never Grew Up: Binbeat, although he could if he left the Etherium for a long enough period of time.)
Recurring Location: Both parks (Sapphire Park and Kazahana City Park), plus the clock tower in the middle of the town (and occasionally other clock towers).
Red Baron (Each person in the Etherium has a title along with their name. From what we see of two inductions, you get the title when you get the powers and the name. Each title refers to the characters' power and/or their role in the Circus of Fear team theme.
The Master Magician, Mekuramast
The Feared Tamer, Kainatrol
The Youthful Musician, Binbeat
The Mystical Seer, Mireyes
The Shifting Multitudes, Tachimany
The Vicious Whisper, Millusion
The Ruler of Time, Eiender
The Flawless Marksman, Devance
The Curing Poison, Suiyacross
The Lost Dancer, Hitosalesque
Never mind the Etherium, "Dawn" is a Red Baron name too. Nobody's said her real name, and her enemies all recognize her as soon as she appears and refer to her as Dawn.
Then again, that's because she's Cure Dawn.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Asa's Red, Yoko's Blue. Hoshi and Yukari also fit, but at the same time subvert the reader's expectations: while Hoshi's athletic, brash and has Wild Hair, she's more of a Blue since she worries about people's reaction to the unconventional and non-traditional, whereas prim-lookingmeganekko Yukari is actually an outgoing, willful Red.
Ret Gone: What happened to every world the Etherium got its hands on back when they had the Moon Dial. Or did it? It turns out that there's something left of them, even if that "something" is just impressions of old memories played over and over.
Schizo Tech: The story's set in the present day, but Ami-sensei carries around a portable cassette player. Then again, it isAmi-sensei. Except that Kirei has one too, and they're actually their transformation items.
School Festival: The series spends a lot of time working up to Clair Academy's annual cultural festival, which finally begins in episode 20. Having been instructed not to go for the cliche haunted houses and maid cafes, the Lily Class is putting on... a tribute display to Pretty Cure.
School Uniforms are the New Black: Asa; justified since she's poor and it's more economical not to change out of her uniform and dirty more clothes after getting out of class. Other characters often wonder why she only wears casual clothes on Sunday.
Screening The Call: Hoshi would have done this to Asa had she had any idea what was going on at the time. When she does find out, she worries that she should have done something to stop her, and it isn't long before she snaps at Asa for becoming a Cure.
Seasonal Baggage: The story begins in fall and is, as of this writing, in spring. A lot of mention is made to falling leaves, spring winds, or nobody out walking because it's the middle of winter. Subverted in the case of snow; it's too warm for snow in Kazahana City, and the one time it appears is caused by a Hidoinaa.
Seasonal Motif: Kazahana City and the surrounding area — especially with the names of the three founding families from Gessou Village. There's also the fact that the series starts in fall and moves towards spring.
Secret Keeper: About halfway through the series, Hoshi, Yukari and Mia discover the girls' secret. The reformed(?) Emiru now also counts. Oh, and now Asa's mom, Chikane.
Secret Legacy: Twisted. The kid who finds out her parents were one of the heroes' predecessors and one of their former enemies isn't one of the new heroes; it's a Secret Keeper who herself lives a normal life.
Self-Duplication: Etherium denizen Tachimany. They can't be killed unless you kill all their bodies at once.
Sensei-chan: Ami-sensei shows traits of this; she's stuck in a rut with her job, she's very energetic, and the main characters like her. She's not everyone's best friend, though, and most of the class thinks she's crazy, but that's par for the course in Blue Moon.
Series Goal: Get the Moon Dial back from the Etherium and complete it by gathering the Moon Pieces.
Shadow Dictator: Eiender. He doesn't even use his own name — for a long time, he's just called "the Boss". In the past, he was more of a straightforward Evil Overlord.
Sharp-Dressed Man: Mekuramast. The adult version of Devance, too (the younger version was a nineteenth-century Emo Kid).
Ship Tease: Yoko snapping Asa out of her Heroic BSOD in episode two, the two of them falling in a tangle on the ground in episode eleven, half their character development in general.
Shopping Montage: Brings Asa and Yoko closer together, as they realize that they both dislike being dragged along on one of Yukari's shopping trips. Poor girl.
Shoutout: Not as prevalent as otherfanseries we could mention, but a lot of the character names are shoutouts, and there are some in the text, too.
Sour Supporter: Hoshi. Her character development has her slowly learn to let Asa be who she is and try to suppress her own secondhand embarrassment.
So What Do We Do Now?: Peace is hard to adjust to in the end, but it's noted that the Cures and company are still fighting the odd unrelated villain and it's taking years to restore all the erased worlds.
Stern Teacher: The girls' history teacher is like this. Ami-sensei can be hard on her students, but more out of general weirdness, and she goes easy on them just as often.
Steven Ulysses Perhero: Asa = morning, Yoko = night child. Both Asa and Kirei have legally changed their names, and their previous last names fit their themes: Kinou = today, Akatoki = dawn.
Stillborn Serial: Actually subverted! The story stood dead with one chapter for four months, but the author picked it back up again after scheduling constraints and lack of interest compelled her to drop her other Pretty Cure fandom project, the Weekly Dub Reports.
Still Got It: Dawn, Dusk, and Devance snap right back to fighting after 25 years. Dusk is especially very much a retired magical girl.
Storming the Castle: Right after the festival incident, Team Precure decide to take the fight to the Etherium.
Story Breaker Teamup: This is one of the more lighthearted fanseries — well, closest to the canon's level of "lightheartedness", anyway, so while there are still creepy and dark elements, nobody's eating people or shooting them in the head or sending off Cluster F Bombs. This causes some oddness in crossover fics with the other fanseries. Another example of this is that, since other fanseries only give spotlight to characters with powers, crossover fics remove Hoshi, Yukari, and Mia and shoehorn in Millusion in their place.
Takahashi Couple: Asa/Yoko, at times. Even in the beginning of the story, when the former is absolutely terrified of the latter, when she's more at ease, they usually start bickering about what being a hero actually means.
Musical Theme Naming: Everyone from the Land of Tracks: Allegro, Andante, and Coda are named, and even Binbeat fits the theme.
Named After Somebody Famous: Many classmates' names come from influential characters, writers, artists or actors in the magical girl genre.
Stellar Name: Starry, of course; the other mascots are also named after categories of celestial objects.
Temporal Theme Naming: Many locations in the town have names relating to time: Seiki Shopping District, Morning Garden Apartments, etc.
The Show Must Go On: In episode 19, all the fighting takes place offstage so that Asa and Yoko can't see and the group can go on with their performance. Yukari suspects Tachimany of having nobler reasons than just wanting to get Dawn, Dusk and Devance alone... and hey, they are actors.
Think of the Censors: Done by an episode title, no less: "The Enemy is a Panty Thief? Won't This Raise the Rating?"
Third Line, Some Waiting: After the Garden of Rings arc, Emiru and Mekuramast are neglected for two episodes, despite at least one of them having no reason not to be around and doing things. Mekuramast shows up again at the very end of episode 20, though.
Those Two Girls: Subverted. Hoshi and Yukari look like they're going to be this, but they never get phased out of the story; instead, they become main characters, despite lacking powers.
Time Travel Episode: The Garden of Rings arc initially appears to be kicking one of these off, though Asa and Yoko are actually entering recreations of past events.
Transformation Sequence: Vaguely described and outright stated to be only a state of mind; that is, the process really happens in less than a second.
Transformation Trinket: The transformation phones, which, unlike canon phone-like devices, aren't the transformed bodies of the mascots; instead, they're separate objects like the later series' Transformation Trinkets.
Transparent Closet: Takashi has been reasonably aware of Yoko's sexual orientation since they were seven.
Verbal Tic: Starry's "susu", Sunbi's "sasa" and Moonla's "muu", like most Precure mascots.
Villain Override: Kainatrol pulls this on Tachimany when they start to see through her plan.
Violently Protective Girlfriend: Even if they're just being Ship Teased right now, Asa and Yoko trade off being this for each other late in the series, Asa with her hero complex and Yoko with her sense of responsibility for the less grounded-in-reality.
Night shut her eyes and lowered her head. "Asa..."
"Let her go."
Some of the Tachimany-bodies turned around; all of them at least widened their eyes and stood up. Cure Sunday pulled herself to her feet, knees bent and trying to stay up, holding one arm, and glaring at the sword-wielding soldiers.
Night opened her eyes. "Asa?"
"I said..." She clenched one fist and charged at the group with a punch. "Do it now!"
The hit connected. One Tachimany went flying into two of the others.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The girls' social lives are just as important to the plot as saving the world, and at times, they get intertwined — sometimes more deeply than just picking up victims of the week from their class.
Was Actually Friendly: Yoko herself — she just needed to get out more and be more honest with herself before she could show it.
Weather Control Machine: One of the class science projects is a weather replication machine that makes it snow inside a glass tank. When Binbeat gets a hold of it and turns it into a Hidoinaa, it acts as a Weather Control Machine and covers the town in snow.
Wham Episode: Episode 12, if the comments are any indication. Dawn having a Moon Piece and Seira standing up to Emiru were small surprises. Emiru becoming Millusion, not so much.
Wham Line: Episode 20 has two in short succession: the reveal that Ami is Cure Dusk and the return of Mekuramast.
What Could Have Been: The series was originally slated to be split into two twenty-six episode installments entitled Blue Moon and Pink Sun. Instead, the former became the series title, the second half was called Futari wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon -solar eclipse-, and the story is slated to encompass about twenty-four episodes instead, having experienced a reduction in Filler. Also, Mia was supposed to be a Victim of the Week, not a major character.
Whip It Good: Kainatrol carries a riding crop, and Mekuramast has used his string of scarves as a whip.
White Void Room: The Etherium. The core room at least starts out as a solid white room with ornately carved walls and only a blank void outside of it, but as the story goes on, walls start to fade in and out of existence, solid pieces of the room fade away enough for people to walk through, and the place gets closer and closer to a state of nothingness. There's a reason for this.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Mia is traumatized by Kainatrol in episode 2; in episodes 7 and 20, guess who shows up again and terrifies her out of her mind.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: (Every member of the Etherium. Binbeat's somewhat borderline, as he didn't know what he was getting into at first, he still doesn't completely comprehend the consequences, and he never actually destroyed his own world because the Etherium was driven back by Andante; however, he, like the others, still felt betrayed by his world and he has at least contributed to the destruction of others.)
Word of God: Some plot hints have been leaked in discussion, along with the Boss' name (Eiender, if you're wondering), some notes about Kazahana City, all the things that Could Have Been...
In the comments of the last episode, when a reader comments about Yoko's parents being upset and Yoko moving out of the house after she comes out to them, the author responds, "They'll get over it eventually."
Word of Gay: At first, though it becomes quite clear in-story later.
The Wrong Right Thing: In episode 11, Takashi decides to protect Yoko's secret, this being her hobby of working on cars. The thing is, this leads directly to exposing her even more secret nature as a Cure, which in turn leads to some other things...
You Are Not Alone: The characters gain friends and allies throughout the story, and even when they feel like they're still alone in the end, someone will always come and remind them that they're not.
You Remind Me of X: Other characters telling Binbeat what to do tend to remind him of his sister, Andante.
Zettai Ryouiki: Though the concept sheet shows Asa and Yoko with knee-high socks, and other characters are either described or shown in art posts with grade C as well, thigh-highs appear to be an accepted uniform alternative — Mia wears them with her uniform in one art post, sporting a grade A Zettai Ryouiki.