YMMV / Pretty Cure

YMMV tropes appearing throughout the entire Pretty Cure franchise.


  • Americans Hate Tingle: Pretty Cure isn't exactly hated internationally but it's not half as popular of a magical girl franchise as it is in Japan. In Japan it is a Cash Cow Franchise and one of the most iconic magical girl series out there. Outside of Japan it has its niche amongst magical girl fans but is seen by mainstream anime fans as "just another magical girl anime". The series suffers from Girl Show Ghetto as well as No Export for You, thus English speakers are more likely to have seen Tokyo Mew Mew or Sailor Moon than most Pretty Cure series. There are exceptions though. For example, Italy loves the franchise.
  • Archive Panic: The show runs now already for more than ten years with more than ten seasons, and airs continuously an episode per week. If you plan to watch all of it, see to it that you have a lot of spare time.
  • Complete Monster: See here
  • Contested Sequel: Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star is strictly divided between those who can get past (or avoid if they haven't watch the first season) how this season felt like a weaker copy of Futari wa Pretty Cure and those who cannot (some of whom actually find it superior to it's predecessor). See also Dork Age for more.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: See here.
  • Cult Classic:
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Male love interests to the Cures are regarded rather poorly by some shippers who pair the Cures with their fellow teammates. Some examples are Daisuke and Fujipi.
    • Seemingly averted with Blue and Seiji.
  • Dork Age: Everyone's got their seasons that they can't stand. From the romance of Happiness Charge to the plot of Doki Doki to the filler of Smile, every single season is decried as the franchise's Dork Age by somebody. That said, there is a perception that the series dropped in quality after Heartcatch (which was a Tough Act to Follow), and it only really got better with Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mika and Miyo Masuko, to the point where fans have come up with theories about them, not to mention fanMasukos.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the franchise is obviously huge back in it's native Japan, the franchise quite possibly rivaled Lupin III in most popular anime franchises ever in Italy (especially Yes! Pretty Cure 5, in contrast to other parts of the world, which see it as a Contested Sequel), where even RAI (Italy's State Broadcaster, and notorious for screwing over many animated series for live-action, which makes this especially notable), offered to partner with Toei's Europe division for dubbing all future seasons of Pretty Cure into Italian and help with sales. Unfortunately, after Saban Brands bought the worldwide rights to the Franchise, RAI was unable to pick up the Italian rights past Heartcatch.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted in that despite occasional cutesiness and girliness, the shows make sure to balance things out with more serious stuff that sets the Pretty Cure series apart from other girl shows. The Periphery Demographic consisting of older guys certainly helps.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The franchise has gotten flak for reusing story elements.
  • It Will Never Catch On: At least for the English-speaking fandom, many fans since the Heartcatch boom seem to lose their collective minds whenever Bandai brings out their sales reports and X series doesn't have high numbers, despite being part of Bandai's top 10 toy sales and TOEI's number 2 franchise. In fact, it also seems like a meme for fans to freak out during the summer because of this! A lot of this has to do with the fact that the fans hold Heartcatch as the standard as to how a series should be, especially in sales and there has been a notable dip after that series. Other more level-headed fans will point out that they're still big sellers and that they're looking at the numbers the entirely wrong way.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Most Precure series are quite well liked among bi/lesbian anime fans.
  • Old Guard Versus New Blood: The lines are particularly drawn along Heartcatch (the season associated with the Newbie Boom) and Futari wa (with many older fans adoring Nagisa for the same selfishness and whining that the new fans find so grating they won't touch either of her seasons).
  • Periphery Demographic: Adult males, at least in the beginning. Given that there was a "marketing" paper that listed the "main target" as 4-to-12-year-old girls and 16-to-35-year-old men, no doubt they are now one of the main demographic.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Many a fan consider the various seasons' attempts at romance to be rather clumsy and certainly extremely disproportional to the screen-time spent on them. That almost none of them were resolved and mostly just Left Hanging by the end of the series probably doesn't help. And of course, Yuri fans dislike them for other obvious reasons. The biggest offender is probably Happiness Charge Pretty Cure, where the romance plot took over the second half of the season...to it's detriment, according to many fans.
  • The Scrappy:
    • From Doki Doki, Aguri/Cure Ace is immensely disliked, and is a reason for the said show's low TV ratings, due to to how she was introduced, her bratty Drill Sargent Nature, and the fact that she ends up replacing Makoto as the expositor for most of the remaining Myth Arc. Made worse by the fact that she tried to kill an amnesiac and powerless Ira. Turns out it was a test, but fans still hate her for it.
      • Explanation on how she's introduced. A new Cure is always a previously established character, and with that is sometimes either royalty or a girl who made a Heel–Face Turn. Aguri is despised for breaking that tradition and replacing a fan favorite. It looked like it was making Regina the new Cure. It is sadly thrown out when King Jikochu makes her evil again. Then Cure Ace shows up and easily defeats Regina, who is Put on a Bus for nearly the entire second half of Doki Doki. In the same episode it's quickly revealed that Ace is an Elementary School girl named Aguri, a new character who appears out of nowhere. Who then proceeds to do nothing but tell off the girls for several episodes.
    • Considering other Cures, Shiny Luminous is disliked among a group of fans for "not being a Cure" and/or having a flat personality and not fighting.
    • Cure Echo from the All-Stars movies is disliked for taking away focus from the other cures for the majority of the movie and doing even less than Shiny Luminous. It's made worse by the fact that she doesn't even become a Cure until the final 10 minutes of New Stage 1, and doesn't even fight, all she does is give Fuu-chan a cooldown hug then de-transforms.
    • Fairies have these as well. Futari wa had Porun, who is hated for his whiny and bratty personality and for only contributing by giving the Cures the items needed for their ultimate finisher, Rainbow Storm. He gets better in Max Heart when he becomes Shiny Luminous's partner, but the same season also introduces Lulun, who's even worse than him.
    • Milk from Yes Precure 5 is the most hated fairy in the franchise. She's a gigantic hypocrite who deliberately makes things difficult for the Cures and constantly insults Nozomi. Not helping is that she's needed for their ultimate finisher and ends up gaining a human form and becoming Milky Rose in Go Go!. Though people agreed that she's a lot more tolerable as Milky Rose.
    • Replacement Scrappy: The most common complaint about Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. In just about every Precure poll, Saki and Mai rank amongst the lowest. They got better though, thanks to Divergent Character Evolution.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • HeartCatch Pretty Cure! is one of the most popular seasons in the franchise.
    • Go! Princess Pretty Cure is currently seen as being the first season since Heartcatch to escape said season's shadow in terms of critical reception and merchandising.

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