Fanfic: Starshine Pretty Cure

All living things possess an Inner Star.

And they all come from one place.

Via Lactea—the kingdom beyond the stars—to be specific. The source of all light in the universe, the place that all hope is born from. Governed by King Altair and Queen Vega, life fostered peacefully under their rule—but after a time, they began to fear for the safety of their kingdom. If they were attacked, who would protect them? Keeping this in mind, the two created the Pretty Cure, selecting the 12 brightest stars to guard the star system. The 12 Pretty Cure settled on the place known as Earth, feeling it needed the most protection.

And for a time, all was well.

Except then it wasn't.

35 years ago, Ophiuchus attacked. Wiping out 11 of the Pretty Cure, only Cure Leo and Usami, one of the mascots, survived—and only because they were forced to flee. In the present day, Cure Leo—Hirui Hidama—has done her best to distance herself from the tragedy, having married and moved away. Having lost her ability to transform due to her guilt, Hirui lives a normal life.

But Ophiuchus is rising again. And what happens when it's Hirui's daughter who must rise up and become a Pretty Cure?

Starshine! Pretty ✰ Cure is a Pretty Cure fanseries created by riynashay, centering around the western zodiac, stars, and constellations. It can be read on Livejournal, Dreamwidth or Fanfiction.Net and though it used to update on Wednesdays, it's currently being released at the speed of free time.

Pretty Cure:

  • Mei Hidama (Cure Aries): The main character. The oldest of three siblings, Mei is kind-hearted and friendly—but can snap if pushed too far. As Cure Aries, Mei controls the power of fire.
  • Ushio Hoshizora (Cure Pisces): Mei's best friend. Ushio wears her emotions on her sleeve and is extremely protective of those close to her. As Cure Pisces, she controls the power of water.
  • Sumire Mabataki (Cure Virgo): A shy rich girl who becomes one of Mei and Ushio's friends. Becomes a Pretty Cure when their friendship restores her faith in the world. As Cure Virgo, she controls the power of earth.
  • Ibuki Kousei (Cure Libra): A transfer student halfway through the series. Her One of the Boys nature directly contrasts her manner of dressing as prettily as she can. As Cure Libra, she controls the power of wind.
  • Hirui Hidama (Cure Leo): The only Cure of the previous generation alive. The guilt of her teammates' demise haunts her—though she regains her abilities when she comes to terms with it. As Cure Leo, she controls the power of fire.

Allies:

  • Usami: The orphaned Mentor Mascot. A rather cute, cheerful blue teddy bear. He has mild light-based powers, focused on shielding.

The Serpens:

  • Ophiuchus: The Big Bad, a Creepy Child with equally creepy eyes. Too wounded to leave The Void, the members of the Serpens do her dirty work - at least at first. But things take a turn for the unexpected when Ophiuchus quits her position as Big Bad. From then on out, she goes by her real name, Naori Hoshino and is essentially adopted by the Tachibana family.
  • Rasalhague: The Kirk of the trio and the Nice Guy. Considers Ophiuchus a little sister. Revealed to be a piece of Ophiuchus herself.
  • Cebalrai: The Spock of the trio and the seemingly Emotionless Girl. Serves Ophiuchus without question. Also revealed to be a piece of Ophiuchus herself.
  • Marfik: The McCoy of the trio and the Bratty Half-Pint. Will do whatever Ophiuchus asks, but seems to have feelings that run a little deeper. Revealed to be a piece of Ophiuchus herself.
  • Omega: The REAL Big Bad, whoever Omega used to be, it's definitely not human anymore. After Ophiuchus escapes, Omega enslaves the rest of the Serpens...


This fanseries contains examples of:

  • Alternate Universe
  • Ascended Fanon
  • Asexuality: Ushio.
  • Beta Couple: Momoe and Kiyomi.
  • Birthday Episode: Episode 8, which revolves around Sumire's birthday.
  • Break the Cutie: Naori. Usami. Hirui.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 7, the shopping episode, and episode 15, the sleepover episode.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Pretty Cure! Wish Upon A Star!"
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Arata towards Mei and vice versa. Ibuki towards Sumire and vice versa. On the non romantic side of things, Naori spends several episodes wrestling with telling everyone the truth about her.
  • Childhood Friends: Mei and Arata, even though Arata wishes there was more to it.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Starshine Miracle Wish
  • Coming-Out Story: Averted! Sumire reveals she likes girls during episode 7 and is met with nothing but support. Ibuki is good naturedly teased about her crush on Sumire by her brothers, but is definitely supported by her family on the matter.
    • Gayngst: Also averted.
  • Custom Uniform: Each Cure outfit is subconsciously created by the girls, transforming them into something they'd WANT to wear.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Naori, in spades. Hirui and Usami as well.
    • Darkest Hour: All three of these characters have hit this.
  • Elemental Powers: Playing with Fire for Aries and Leo, Making a Splash for Pisces, Green Thumb for Virgo, Blow You Away for Libra and Light 'em Up for Ophiuchus.
    • Color-Coded Elements: The 12 Cures are divided up into four elements, just like the actual zodiac signs. While each element has a set color (fire = red, water = blue, earth = gold, wind = purple), the individual Cure colors can differ while still staying in the same color type. Hence why Aries is red, but Leo is orange. Ophiuchus breaks this slightly - although she uses white like proper light types would, her accent color is green, because of her ties to the Serpens.
    • Personality Powers: Yes and no. Sumire is a rather kind and gentle person, befitting of her nature based powers, and Ibuki flits from thing to thing to resemble her air powers—but Mei is far too even-tempered to "fit" the fire-type personality and the same can be said for Ushio, who is far too Hot-Blooded to fit the water-personality.
  • Elevator School: Etoile Academy.
  • Excited Show Title!: AND Lucky Charms Title.
  • Eye Catch: The eyecatches evolve as well - the fanseries starts off with an Aries and Pisces eyecatch, changes to Scorpio and Leo during episode 4, changes again once Virgo joins the team, and changes once more once Libra joins the team as well. There are also special eyecatches during episode 4 and 14.
  • Festival Episode: Episode 5.
  • Four Is Death: Episodes 4 and 14 revolve around death in some aspect.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Omega.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: But only...
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mei.
  • Hime Cut: Chie.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Naori. Having regained her memories and expelled the dark energy keeping her captive, she declares she wants to start over and atone. It doesn't help that she was essentially Forced Into Evil. She's hoping for the same with the rest of the Serpens.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The previous Pretty Cure sacrificed their lives to enable Naori's freedom sometime in the future.
  • Improbable Age: Naori falls under this - logically, she should be the same age as Hirui, but hasn't grown a day past 10. This is because of being turned into a puppet by Omega, it caused her to stop aging. Usami falls under this as well, but considering how long he's been around, it's likely he just ages really slowly.
  • Meaningful Name: One of the author's favorite things.
  • Myth Arc: Every episode moves the plot forward bit by bit. Even the breather episodes.
  • Name's the Same: Usami has no relation to Cure Topaz, even if they have been drawn together.
  • No Fourth Wall: The next episode previews. Mei even wails in the first episode that this isn't how Precure works.
  • Posthumous Character: Proxima, the holder of the Ophiuchus star before Naori got ahold of it.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Twiceover, in fact, and they're tied together. Proxima's death is what forces the Ophiuchus star to earth - and opening death sequence to Starshine is the result of that.
  • On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase: "Don't forget to make a wish next time too!"
    • Replaced by "I don't think wishes will help..." for more serious episodes.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Justified. 35 years later and Ophiuchus still hasn't recovered from the zodiac Cures' last gambit. Then again, it was less inability to recover as much as it was being forced into staying dormant. She gets better.
  • Recurring Location: Tachibana Teahouse.
  • Schedule Slip: A year long one, nearly to the date. There has yet to be a return to the "updates on Wednesdays" status, though the author's trying...
  • Secret Keeper: Kaiyou, Ushio's sister, is the first, though later Arata, Chie, and the Marine Life club join in on that.
  • Shrinking Violet: Sumire, fittingly enough.
  • Shout-Out
    • Mei references Lilpri and The Wizard of Oz in episode 1.
    • Mei lists off a cellphone, a handheld computer and a pendant as other henshin items in episode 3.
    • Episode 4 references Futari wa Pretty Cure with the "emissaries of light" line.
    • Episode 9 has Ibuki mentioning Brightown and the fact she was initially trying to get into Atama Academy. Also, the person Ibuki is texting is Fumie.
    • Episode 10 includes a nod to Sparkle Precure, with Naori, Miyo and Kouta all watching "Sparkling Cutie Pre", complete with a reference to a "Princess" Emerald and a "Princess" Obsidian.
    • Episode 12 has a flashback with Ibuki and Fumie as kids.
  • Throw It In: Scorpio, as mentioned above, but a much more relevant example is Naori - she was never planned to Face-Heel so soon - her return to the side of good was slated for the end of the fic. As the author was writing episode 6, they realized the story had taken a sharp turn - and decided to ride it out.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Star Capsule, an enlarged glass bead bottle with glowing lights inside.
  • Villain Teleportation
  • What Could Have Been: Before Starshine focused just on the Western Zodiac, the initial plans for the story involved the Eastern Zodiac vs the Western Zodiac.
    • Naori originally did not exist as a character, and her initial appearance to the Cures (as a villain) wasn't supposed to happen until the mid-arc.
    • A character named Isao was supposed to document the team as they emerged and an episode was supposed to be devoted to the girls protecting their identities.
    • Mei initially quit as a Precure after her mother found out about the team. She quits for several episodes, only rejoining after Sumire's awakening.
    • There was supposed to be an episode after Mei's rejoining where Ushio falls sick because she had to pick up the slack and Sumire and Mei take care of her.
    • The episode about Ibuki being targeted by Cebalrai was actually supposed to be about Ushio struggling with the fact she might have to move away if her parents divorce.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: Episode 6, though it focuses more on Ushio's fears after the Cure Leo reveal.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episodes 4 and 14 respectively.
  • You Have Failed Me: Averted! Ophiuchus doesn't really seem to mind that the trio fails her, she's only happy that they tried. At least until she actually realizes what they're doing. Omega plays this a little more straight.