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YMMV: Yes! Pretty Cure 5
Anti-Climax Boss: Desparaiah. Kawarino poses a lot more threat and stake than her, really. She attempts to break just Cure Dream, and when that backfires, she started freaking out and one befriending by Nozomi later, she pulls a Heel-Face Turn. And that's just half the final episode.
Base Breaker: Some fans who feel the franchise went downhill often blame this series in particular, due to what some percieve as a higher level of Merchandise-Driven items found throughout the series, as well as making a somewhat more traditional magical girl show with a core team of 5. It's not quite as much as one of these as a coupleother series though, as it still has tons of fans to make up for it. But on the other hand.....
Contested Sequel: The season after the first, Yes Pretty Cure 5 Go Go, while still having some fans, is met with a bit more criticism on the whole, with many feeling it was a needless sequel with not enough connections to the original season, as well as being even more Merchandise-Driven then the first season, and is often seen as a form of Seasonal Rot for this continuity. This affected Real Life sales as well. Go Go tanked compared to the original series in terms of merchandise sales and TV ratings so badly, Toei has never made a sequel season to any continuity of the franchise since then. In a way, Fresh Pretty Cure! was made because Toei noticed how people felt tired of the core team of 5, and wanted to refresh the series afterwards. This was also because the staff behind this series was getting tired of being with the series for 5 years straight and new blood was needed, and had Fresh Pretty Cure! failed financially, the franchise would have had its plug pulled then and there.
Kawarino may only be The Dragon to Despariah, but he ends up being much worse than her. He enjoys manipulating people and crushing their dreamsjust because he can. The Nightmare organization may never have been a nice place, but Bloody, Kawarino's former superior, notes that Nightmare at least had teamwork before he took charge. He claims to be working for Despariah's immortality, but this seems to be just an excuse to spread despair. He mind rapes the Pretty Cure with his despair masks to turn them into Nightmare's slaves. Then he starts giving his minions the black mask, which gives them a power-up at the cost of their minds. When Hadenya and Bloody refuse to wear it, he shoves it on them anyway. He blasts Bunbee off a building when he tries to leave Nightmare. It's revealed that he was the one who tricked Nuts into opening the gates to the Palmier Kingdom, meaning he was responsible for its destruction and all its citizens becoming brainwashed employees of Nightmare. In the end, when Despariah contemplates a Heel-Face Turn, Kawarino is shocked and outraged at her before Bloody comes back to kill him.
Yes Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! features the Director of Eternal, who's goal is to collect treasures and valuables from all the worlds and keep everything of value for himself only. His collection includes various living creatures frozen in stasis, precious objects stolen from people, and anything else he finds valuable. In particular, he wishes to acquire Flora from the Cure Rose Garden for her beauty. To him, anything that holds no value must be destroyed, including humanity, friendship, love, and life itself. When he goes to Earth he levels the Pretty Cure's school because he sees it as worthless. He kills two loyal minions, one of whom loves him, when he sees no more use for them (he does have a legitimate justification on the one that loved him, because she just sabotaged his attempts to get into Cure Rose Garden, but trust us, the sentence after will render such justification null). Upon arriving at the Cure Rose Garden, he starts to turn it into a wasteland, which severely damages Earth, the Palmier Kingdom, and the other kingdoms in the process. Flora tried to help him see the infinite possibilities of life with a flower seed (which got sabotaged by that betrayed subordinate), but turns out one of the chief reasons why he came to the Garden was just to say that the flower seed given is worthless and continues his rampage until defeated.
Turning Urara's memento of her deceased mom into a Kowaina? Die, Girinma, DIE!
Director of Eternal, please listen to Flora, about that seed she gave you it's about so you can learn a thing or two about the value of life—did you just call it worthless!? Have a horrible death, buddy!
Shadow, did you just kill off your Dragon who's gaining her humanity and then call her useless and dying like a dirty traitor? Oh that does it, you are so fucking going down.
Hey, Kawarino, did you just send the Precures into utter despair with your Despair Mask? Okay, creepy, but I guess we could forgive that for standard villainy... Whoa, did you just SHOVE that black mask to Hadenya, forcefully transforming her? Wow, she's a bitch but maybe that's a bit too much, at least Girinma, Arachnea and Gamao had to do it on their own will... Wait, did you just backstab your former superior Bloody just because he 'served his purpose' of seeing the Dream Collet completed and send him to the depths of Hell!? Oh fuck YOU, Kawarino! Hope your death will be painful— *Bloody ends up dragging him to Hell near the end of the series* — THANK YOU!
Nightmare Fuel: Kawarino's Despair Mask just look plain creepy and haunting. Not to mention every non-named Nightmare members are wearing one, and at one point, all Cures end up wearing one, to the point that Nozomi in Go!Go! used that event as 'something she doesn't want to happen again'... Well, they ain't called "Nightmare" for nothing.
And when Nozomi broke that off thanks to Coco, she dove in to her friends' mind... and found her friends first acting normal, but later revealed to have Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Pretty chilling.
Periphery Demographic: Adult males. Then again, 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, this is an arguable subversion.
Die for Our Ship: Coco and Nuts, just for being male, and before Nuts had an implied relationship with anyone; also, Crepe, once she was announced to be betrothed to Coco and thus get in the way of both the canon ship and the yaoi fangirls' favourite ship.
Viewer Gender Confusion: Shadow from The Movie is a Villainous Crossdresser, but no one's quite sure what he's crossdressing as. From a brief overview of the fandom, the women tend to believe he's a man, and the men tend to believe he's a woman. To wit, the voice behind Shadow is Romi Park, he/she/whatever acts and dresses flamboyantly and even kisses the Dream Collet, but has well-toned muscles on his/her/whatever's bare midriff and no boobs whatsoever. Confused yet?
What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Seriously, WHO thought it a good idea to cast Takeshi Kusao, of all people, as a cute little fluffy animal fairy when it's painfully clear that he absolutely CANNOT do a cute fairy voice to save his life?! What drugs were those casting directors on when they cast him and Miyu Irino as fairies when their voices are just too annoying to listen to?