Trivia / Pretty Cure

  • The series have generally been theorized to be alternate continuities; the Bat Family Crossover says otherwise, but the movies tend to really mess up the canon.
  • There are actually three different versions of the first Bat Family Crossover, all of which contradict one another and the series themselves. The short film, the movie and the DS game each have the teams meeting for the first time under different circumstances; only the movie and their sequels include Fresh and all the seasons after it; only the DS game takes place while the series are all running, while the others take place after they are over; and the short film just makes no sense whatsoever.
  • Apparently, as of late 2015, Pretty Cure tops a Famitsu poll about which anime franchise fans wanted to become a Musou-style game. If it happens, then it will become the first majorly female-dominated cast Musou game.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The series has earned Toei Animation excesses of 10 billion yen annually, with the only exception being 2006, and 2014.
  • Channel Hop: In Italy, the series (original Japanese versions) went from Rai 2 to Netflix as the North American version, Glitter Force after skipping Suite.
  • Fan Nickname: "Sheep skirt", for the petticoats worn by Cure Lemonade (first costume) and the Fresh, Suite, and Princess Cures, coined by a LiveJournal entry reviewing the Cure costumes up to the first half of Suite.
  • Franchise Killer: The series has been reinvented no less than three times due to low points:
    • First, Splash Star proved that the "Dirty Pair clone" style was getting stale and set the stage for initial teams of more than two Cures. The only seasons since Splash Star to start off with a duo are Suite and Mahou Tsukai (HaCha doesn't count, since Megumi and Hime both became Cures separately from each other and can operate independently). It's also been suggested that this is why Splash Star is also the first season to not get a "second season" like its predecessor and immediate successor did.
    • Go Go turned the "second season" into a foreign concept to the franchise, faring worse than its immediate predecessor.
    • HaCha led to a total revamp of the franchise with GoPri, suffering the same fate as DokiDoki—a second half slump and general fan opinion turning against it (DokiDoki for its Stranger Behind the Mask moment with Cure Ace, and HaCha for its Romantic Plot Tumor). To add insult to injury, that was the exact same fate HaCha was meant to avert. It also caused a shakeup in the PC managerial department before GoPri made it to its own halfway point.
  • Follow the Leader: Bandai has often made certain elements in each year's Pretty Cure series similar to other franchises that are popular amongst girls at the time of their broadcast in Japan:
    • To attract fans of Bandai's own Aikatsu! franchise, Happiness Charge Pretty Cure not only used cards that contained clothing inside as the collectible item, but included two songs the Cures sing to purify their enemies.note 
    • When Bandai found out that Frozen and Sofia the First were selling more merchandise than Pretty Cure was in 2014, they made a princess-themed Pretty Cure series, Go! Princess Pretty Cure, to try to win back fans.note 
    • Kira Kira Precure A La Mode had elements of the show that were similar to ones found in PriPara, the biggest property in Japan amongst girls in 2016. There are insert songs sung by the characters Once per Episode, segments at the end combining live action and animation note , main characters with similar hairstyles note  and a mascot who is an adult.
  • No Export for You: Partially Averted. The English dub of Futari wa Pretty Cure only aired in Canada and the UK. On December 15, 2015, Saban Brands released Smile Pretty Cure! as Glitter Force on Netflix, airing in all countries save for those in Asia, with DokiDoki! Precure following in August as Glitter Force Doki Doki.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: Since HeartCatch, the name "Pretty Cure" was officially presented in it's often shortened form, "PreCure."
  • Talking to Himself: Several examples:
  • What Could Have Been: After the success of the first season and Max Heart in Spain, it was planned to turn the franchise into a commercial juggernaut like Digimon or Pokémon, importing all the seasons (except Splash Star) onwards. Then something happened and the plan broke up just before buying Yes! 5.


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