Written by cure_shabon at Livejournal, it's one of the first fictional Alternate Continuities for the Pretty Cure franchise, and practically (if not actually) the oldest and longest. It's said to be "aspects of old Pretty Cure series gathered together to form a new one", but still has a fairly large fanbase.The story goes like this: Many years ago, a great evil struck the Scent Kingdom, a kingdom in an alternate dimension populated by small talking animals. Their last hope was a team of five Extraordinarily Empowered Girls known as Pretty Cure, who easily managed to destroy this great evil and bring peace back to the kingdom.However, several years later, the organization of Karlix appears, in plans to obtain the Angelic Dandelion and Take Over the World. After Karlix causes havoc in the Scent Kingdom, the current prince and princess are sent to Earth, more specifically to the small town of Oriyama, where they are charged of managing a perfume shop and finding the next generation of Pretty Cure. Within a few chapters or so, they have assembled a complete team:
Hanae Mitsukawa (Cure Tangerine): The Smart Gal, 14 years old. A graceful and demure Meganekko who is training to become a ballerina.
Ikuko Torino (Cure Cardamomo): The Big Gal, 16 years old. The oldest member of the team, and the heiress to a toy store chain. Becomes Hanae's seme, and is quite well-endowed.
Lavvie and Lotus: Double as Team Pets and The Mentors. Scent Kingdom's prince and princess themselves, two skunks who are brother and sister. Lavvie is happy-go-lucky, while Lotus is slightly more down-to-earth.
Later on, two additional characters are introduced to the main cast:
Annoying Younger Sibling (Kiyo, Ikuko's little brother, and Taisuke, Ayameko's cousin from episode 9 (although he would be more of an Annoying Younger Cousin). It doesn't help that in the same episode the two form an unstoppable duo and team up with Caitlin, the younger sister of a minor character.)
Ashley/Leather Ashes uses "Kage Mutate!", which gets "Watashi wo Akiraka ni!" attached onto the beginning in episode 41, to transform into Beserker Ashes.
Colour Coded Characters (The author likes being original and standing out from the rest, so instead of the usual Sentai color combination (Red+ Blue+ Green+ Yellow+ Some Other Color), she brings us Pink+ Yellow+ Purple+ Orange+ Green. However, red and blue do show up in the girls' school uniforms.)
The dance lessons scene midway through episode 28 has the four girls participating wearing their respective theme colors.
Cooldown Hug (From Cure Rosa to Berseker Ashes in episode 41.)
Crossdresser (Ayameko gets the part of one of the male villains of Futari wa Hearty Pure, Pisshurd, in episode 28.)
Pittan pulls this off in the second eyecatch and is rewarded by a Paper Fan of Doom from Ayameko.
Darker and Edgier (While not overt, this trope is definitely in effect in places during the second half, especially whenever Ashley's involved.)
Dark Magical Girl (Ashley McFly A.K.A Leather Ashes. Also the Cures' Ylang-Ylang mirror images in episode 7.)
Development Hell (Some episodes are claimed to "take forever" to be finished by the author. In fact, some episodes are even delayed. Luckily, the author doesn't take hiatuses as long as the one where Shining Pretty Cure recently got itself out of.)
The Ditz (At the beginning, Chiara was one of these in training.)
Early-Bird Cameo (Suggested for the closing credits of episode 50, the scene in question in which Kaori Furuya, who will have a major role in episode 47 of Pretty Cure Heavy Metal, appears as a member of Oriyama High's dance club with Hanae.)
Embarrassing First Name (In episode 37, Santa Claus is a seemingly young boy who prefers to go by the name of Nicola.)
Four Temperament Ensemble: A rare five-temperament example. Chloe is melancholic (but she's not a perfectionist at any extent), Chiara is sanguine, Ayameko is choleric, Hanae is supine and Ikuko is phlegmatic (although not to the point of being lazy).
Furo Scene (For Ikuko, at the beginning of episode 35.)
Heel-Face Turn (Lapinyuu is fired from Karlix for sporting Pretty Cure paraphernalia in Raflesina's presence and desires to join the Cures but is rejected, though by chance she winds up in her first acting job immediately afterward—as Third Ranger to Hearty Pure, Glowy Radiant.)
She's not the only one, though; Ashley will have one too, in episode 49—and she'll nearly pay for it with her life. However, she survives.
One of two Halloween costumes suggested for Ayameko was the costume worn by Marlon Brando in The Wild One (the other was a San Francisco Giants uniform), but which one she'll wear will be decided if and when the Halloween picture is put up. Better late than never...
Hey, It's That Guy! / What the Hell, Casting Agency? (Invoked: the author is glad Imagine Casting has a page for this series and recognized Edward Cullen and Troy Bolton as being the Ichiyou brothers... but thought that Rupert Grint as Cure Rosa was pretty lame and didn't recognize half the rest! The author of Shining Pretty Cure has posted her own cast listing that keeps most of the original choices and cast Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Cure Rosa. The original poster has found agreement on most of the choices except for Hanae's mother from an unknown user who wishes to remain anonymous to TV Tropes.)
High Heel-Face Turn (The only two denizens of Karlix that converted to the good side here were female: Lapinyuu and Ashley.)
Humanity Ensues (Pittan is able to transform into his human form whenever he squawks.)
Idol Singer (Aurora-sensei, the girls' teacher, was one of these when she was younger. Also, Hyosuke Holic.)
Ladies and Germs (When the author is introducing episode 35: "Ladies, gentlemen, and Ryanasaurus...", referring, of course, to the author of Pretty Cure Heavy Metal, which is set in the same universe.)
Punny Name (Ikuko's surname means "of the bird", and her theme color is green. What's so punny about it? The chain of toy stores her parents own is called "Green Bird's Toy Heaven". Plus, there's a whole theme of humming birds going on, so...)
Ship Tease (In episode 18, it's implied that Lavvie is worried about Chiara, spawning a rather crafty dialogue exchange between him and his sister.)
Lavvie: We have to finish this quick, Lotus! Otherwise Chia-chan won't be able to fight with the others!
Lotus: You like her, don'tcha, desu?
Lavvie: * blushes* Of course not, nee-chan! It's just that I'm worried about her and the others!
Show Within A Fanfic (Again, Futari wa Hearty Pure, a surprising case where both varieties appear in the same time: the Cures (and also most people at their school) are big fans of the show, and Lapinyuu becomes part of the cast, playing a Shiny Luminous parody.)
The two shows that helped Chloe and Chiara's father Theodore become a trampoline fetishist, Bounce and Thud, also count.
For instance, there is a BLATANT Shout-Out to the Brazillian edition of American Idol in episodes 31 and 34, particularly to a contestant known as Marcos Paulo. He ended up being eliminated during the Top 6 (such thing did happen to his fanfic counterpart Hyosuke Holic during his second appearance) and never popped up at media again since then, but the author still swoons over him.
And then there's Ayameko nicknaming her guitar "Blue Moon" in episode 45, which also mentions "Second Spin" (Night and Sunday's finishing move) and includes a Ship Tease moment reminiscent of Asa falling onto Yoko in episode 10.
Chloe: Whoa! I look like I took one heck of a sunburn. (twirls about) I mean, I'm cherry-red even when I— (covers mouth in shock) Xi. I was about to rhyme.
Superpowered Evil Side (More like Superpowered Eviler Side; Ashley gains a new transformation into Berserker Ashes in episode 41. It doesn't last, though.)
Surprise Santa Encounter (In episode 37, Ikuko finds an unconscious white-haired boy next to her Christmas tree. Guess who that is?)
Sweet Polly Oliver (Sasaki, when she was in the basketball team masquerading as her brother.)
Theme Naming (A motif of scents stretches itself through the Cures and the mascots (Lavvie is short for lavender, and Pittan's name is supposed to be derivated from the Brazillian name of the Eugenia uniflora). Heck, even Raflesina and the monsters fall under this!)
3-D Movie (Suggested for The Movie, though scrapped as the movie slowly changed its plot. Failed attempts to get the author to reconsider may force the author of Pretty Cure Heavy Metal to do two 3D movies instead of just one to make up for the turn of events.)
Transformation Sequence (Subverted; the space normally used for describing the transformation are filled with random comments by the Lemony Narrator, usually about "sparkly stuff". In episode 12, there is a little quote by the narrator during that part which reasons that.)
First, it's repetitive and boring if you read the series everyday; second, it's a matter of letting you guys imagine how they would be like; and third, I don't have the time to do it.
Transformation Trinket (The CureBottles, their replacement pendants in episode 17, and Leather Ashes' Leather Fan.)
Twelfth Night Adventure (Sasaki. However, unlike most others, it didn't end well, as she got kicked off the team after her secret is revealed, and the team's luck had the floor drop from under it, as it lost a lot of games and eventually gave up and dissolved.)
Two-Teacher School (Averted; Oriyama Junior High has a set of different classes, with one teacher for each class, plus a school nurse and a PE teacher.)
Underboobs (Ikuko as "Cure Wintergreen" in episode 11.)
Verbal Tic (Lotus tends to finish her sentences in "desu". Also, in episode 18, puppy Chiara adopts the suffix "-da wan" to the end of her phrases, and Tsubo-kun (the Karlix denizens' butler) adds "-iran".)
Where the Hell Is Springfield? (The fanfic takes place in the fictional town of Oriyama, which neighbours the equally fictional town of Tsukimiya. Add another equally fictional town, Isuten, and you have the Tri-Cities. Now, about where they're located, the author is still unsure.)
Xtreme Kool Letterz ("Karlix" is actually just "garlic" (or even the plural "garlics") with this invoked. Granted the whole scent thematic, it's not surprising.)
Yamato Nadeshiko (Sasaki strived to be one of these at first, but gave up when she had to cut her hair and replace her brother at the school's basketball team.)
Zettai Ryouiki (Cures Vanilla and Jasmine, as well as Leather Ashes. Vanilla is probably the most attractive of them.)