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Left to right: Cure Spicy, Pam-Pam, Cure Precious, Kome-Kome, Cure Yum-Yum and Mem-Mem In the back: Black Pepper Not pictured: Cure Finale

"Rice brings smiles ♡ Everyone gather! Let's eat!!"
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Delicious Party♡Pretty Cure is the 19th installment of the Pretty Cure franchise and the 17th continuity. It is preceded by Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure.

The CooKingdom is the origin place of all cuisines from all around the world. However, thanks to a theft incident involving the sinister Bundoru Gang, a group of elusive phantom thieves, the Recipe-bon of the kingdom is gone. Now, three fairies of the CooKingdom must venture to Earth and meet three girls in order to reclaim the Recipe-bon from those phantom thieves. When they cross paths with Yui Nagomi in the town of Oishina City, they grant the little easy-going, vegetable-loving girl the power to become a Pretty Cure to combat the bandits, with Kokone Fuwa, Ran Hanamichi, and Amane Kasainote  later joining their cause.

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Western fans can watch this on Crunchyroll.


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  • Animation Bump: Episode 12 fittingly gets this treatment due to it involving the Cures' struggle with freeing Amane from the Bundoru Gang's brainwashing.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In episode 18, during the fight against the Motto Ubauzo, Rosemary is presented as going to deal a big blow to the monster complete with yelling, but when it looks like the hit’s going to land, the next shot is revealed to be:
  • Baseball Episode: While it isn't the sole focus of it, episode 34 features a game of baseball played by the main cast.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Gentlu, as Amane, springs a pop quiz on the entire school, and makes sure that the Cures are the only ones who get a more difficult version so that they'd fail and be forced to stay after school to study, leaving her to freely wreak havoc later. Unfortunately for her, Kokone is still smart enough to pass, so when the Monster of the Week attacks, she's available to hold down the line until Yui and Ran finish up and join her.
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    • Ran intentionally posts a picture of a restaurant as Chururin in episode 12 to lure out Gentlu for a confrontation. The latter falls for it hook, line and sinker and the Cures are successfully able to get the jump on her.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Cure Precious, Cure Spicy and Cure Yum-Yum fit this to a degree.
    • Cure Spicy being the brains, being the one with the highest grades and the only one to pass Amane's surprise test, also being more tactical during combat.
    • Cure Precious being the brawn, being the more athletic one in the class and part of the soccer team and tends to fight more head on during combat.
    • Cure Yum-Yum being the beauty, serving as the Cute Clumsy Girl of the team, while seemingly having trouble with her grades as Cure Precious.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Black Pepper saves the Cures from potential defeat by making a rock formation fall onto the Ubauzo, giving them an opening to attack in his debut episode, though he’s not directly shown until the next episode.
    • Cure Spicy gets a, well, big one in episode 18 saving Yum-Yum from what’s probably the most powerful attack from an Ubauzo yet, tricking the viewers with a Gory Discretion Shot until she’s revealed to be safe.
  • Bisexual Love Triangle: Yui arguably has this going on with Takumi and Kokone, due to having Ship Tease moments with the both of them in the first few episodes (albeit, skewed slightly towards Kokone more than Takumi).
    • It becomes a love square when Yui decides to befriend Amane Kasai, with Amane believing in Yui's world view, and even, as Gentlu, apologizing for harming the Recipippis.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase:
    • In Episode 9, Kokone says "Deliciousmile!", which shocks Rosemary. Ran also says this in Episode 16.
    • In Episode 10, Amane Kasai says "Food Brings Smiles!", which shocks Gentlu... partially since her Secret Identity is Amane Kasai!
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • This is the first Pretty Cure anime in which the second Cure is not introduced in the first, second or third episode. Rather she's introduced in the fourth. Similarly, for the first time ever, the third Cure is introduced in Episode 7.
    • This is the first season where the fairy mascot is explicitly the henshin item in most cases, rather than using an item they interact with.note 
    • This is also the first series to give the antagonist characters the same merchandise options as the Cures, in the form of Gentlu having a plush announced on the 1st of April 2022,note  and Secretoru and Narcistoru in August of the same year.
    • The initial upgraded finisher, the Heart Juicy Mixer, isn't just a group finisher, but it's an upgraded attack that any Cure can use individually. All three of them have access to it, with Precious first using it in Episode 10. The proper group finisher ends up appearing in Episode 12, after all three have done a standalone attack with the Heart Juicy Mixer.
    • The first series where a male character, that is neither a mascot or a shape-shifter, is a main character.
      • Even more than that, this is also the first series to have a male additional member.note 
    • First series where a villainous group doesn't have rotating generals and whichever general is in their disposal is whoever attacks the Cures since Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star.
    • Even if it was only a Breather Episode, this is the first series where the antagonist of an episode is a human and not a member of the villanous group.
  • Breather Episode: In Episode 31 no member of the Bundoru Gang appears and as such no Ubauzo is fought. Rather the villain of the episode is an actual human and Yui transforms only because she was kidnapped, while the other three transform to carry Princess Maira at the speech site.
  • Bridal Carry: Noticeably happens frequently in this season. Cure Precious carries Kokone this way in episode 3. She again does it with Amane Kasai in Episode 12... who then does it to her in Episode 19 and Princess Maira in Episode 31.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Rosemary loses almost all of his powers in the first episode. Doeasn't mean he can't lead the girls and even occasionally join them in the fight. He even manages to pull out two Big Damn Heroes moments.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Precure Delicious Standby! Party Go!"
  • The Cameo: At the end of episode 29, as the gang is returning from the CooKingdom, the girls are shown images of their predecessors, the Star☆Twinkle, Healin' Good and Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure teams, in action.
  • Camping Episode: Episode 25 has the group go out camping where the BBQ Food Recipepe is discovered.
  • Children Are Special: Recipepes can only be seen by children (for example, Yui saw a rice ball based one when she was younger). Once they grow up, they'll forget about seeing them. The only people other than little kids who can see them either come from the CooKingdom... or are potential Pretty Cure themselves.
  • Coat Cape: The uniforms worn at CooKingdom are coats that are usually worn open that appear to look like capes.
  • Crossover: My Very Own Kid's Lunch, a theatrical short released alongside The Movie, features the lead Cures from Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure, Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure, and Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure.
  • Dancing Theme: Not to the extent of Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure, but Yui, Kokone, and Ran briefly dance at one point during the opening theme.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Both Komekome and Kokone really dislike Green Peppers. The rest of the team help them both to overcome this at the end.
  • Dramatic Irony: Episode 7 involves Yui and Kokone assuming Ran is Gentlu in disguise since all of Ran's photos match the Recippins who have been captured. And even worse, Ran accidentally makes her restaurant a target of the Bundoru gang when she talks to Amane Kasai — who was Gentlu in disguise.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Just like all seasons before it from Maho Tsukai, Yui Nagomi (Cure Precious) is seen in Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure's final episode...except it's during its Stinger. The baton pass however, plays as normal.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The agents from the CooKingdom have the names of herbs and spices like Rosemary, Fennel, Black Pepper (Takumi Shimada) and Cinnamon (his father, Monpei)
  • Evolving Credits: The opening adds a bit as newer characters are introduced.
    • From Episode 9, Narcistoru (who was shrouded in shadows beforehand) is fully shown with the villains.
    • From Episode 13, Gentlu is removed as she is freed from the brainwashing and Narcistoru takes her place as the focal point for the villains.
    • Episode 17's opening has some subtle lighting changes along with adding some Recippis to a scene featuring the Cures eating.
    • In a rare ending credits example, episode 18 adds Cure Finale to the first ending theme.
    • From Episode 19 onwards, Amane has been added in the opening after she became a Pretty Cure.
    • From Episode 20, Cinnamon is revealed to be the shadowy figure shown alongside Rosemary and Fennel.
    • From Episode 30 in the Crunchyroll version, Narcistoru is removed from the opening due to being defeated and arrested, with Secretoru taking his place and Spiritoru being added to the scene. Japanese viewers had to wait till the following week's episode to see this new change since their opening's version still showcased scenes from the movie which had then recently released in theaters.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In episode 18 after encountering Narcistoru for the second time in one day Amane comes out and is revealed to have not lost her memory due to the mysterious stone. If you look closely at her in the back of the shot of the people getting affected that happens shortly before this, you’ll notice her glowing purple and turning to look at them in worry. It’s made easier when there’s a direct shot of her after this one with her not blurred.
  • Food Porn: Being a season based off food, there's a lot of food featured throughout the show, with many scenes of people immensely enjoying eating it.
  • Foreshadowing: Amane Kasai is capable of seeing Recippis, as seen in Episode 10. In Episode 12, it's shown she could see them since she was a child, and drew the Parfait Recippi as part of a business card for Fruit Parlor Kasai. It turns out, in Episode 17, said Parfait was her childhood best friend.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: The Ubauzou of the first episode is a gigantic evil frying pan with boxing gloves, and returns in Episode 10 as the first upgraded Ubauzou.
  • Halloween Episode: In Episode 33, the Cures throw a Halloween party, which gets crashed by Secretoru.
  • Have We Met?: In Episode 2, when Rosemary meets Takumi for the first time, he inquires this to him due to recognizing him from somewhere. Takumi rather suspiciously brushes him off, despite the fact that he himself had this reaction when he saw him for the first time one episode prior.
    • Gentlu manages to subvert it completely, with the Cures only realising the connection when she detransforms right in front of them in Episode 11.
  • History Repeats: Takumi's parents met just like Yui met Rosemary: with Monpei and Rosemary famished on a bench and An and Yui feeding them.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In episode 12, Precious' fight with Amane/Gentlu, following The Reveal related to her brainwashing ordeal, plays out as this.
  • Intra-Franchise Crossover: The fashion store Kokone frequents? Pretty Holic.
    • The Kasai family store, Fruit Parlor Kasai, is also used as an in-universe franchisee for a new line, Pretty Holic Sweets, introduced this season, with the image of Cure Precious/Finale replaced by a generic image.
  • Meaningful Name: Oishina City is based on the Japanese word "Oishii" which means "Delicious".
  • Mythology Gag: Two in episode 31:
    • The room seen at the beginning Princess Maira stays in looks a lot like the hotel room the Healin' Good cures stay at in their season's movie.
    • The dress that Kokone wears in Pam-Pam's fantasy is a recolored version of Rikka's Premium Dress card from the defunct mobile game Pretty Cure Connection Puzzlun.
  • Narrator: The series has a narrator introducing the viewers to Oishina City. She even states in the first episode that she's keeping her identity a secret for now. Interestingly enough, Rosemary and the PreCures actually hear her speaking in Episode 12.
  • Pokémon Speak: The Recipepes are only capable of saying their names, and Kome-Kome, as a toddler, is only able to say a couple of syllables of her own. When Kome Kome grows up, she starts with a typical child's vocabulary, slowly learning more and more complex sentences, which she often ends with '-kome'.
  • Power-Up Food: During the first three Cure's transformation sequences, their corresponding fairy makes a snack out of energy, and they truly start transforming after eating it. Cure Finale makes the snack out of her henshin device.
  • Prince and Pauper: In episode 31, Yui meets a princess named Maira who looks exactly like her, and they trade places for the day.
  • Promotion to Parent: The only adults found at the Kasai house are Amane's two older brothers, with it being implied that they run both the house and Fruit Parlor Kasai without anyone else in sight.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: As per franchise tradition, the first few episodes reuse pieces of background music from the prior season.
  • Running Gag: Cure Precious ending up suffering in silly ways from the Ubauzo's attacks or getting caught by them when she goes in to attack them.
  • Scooby Stack: In episode 14, Yui, Kokone, Ran, Komekome and Rosemary do this behind a bush while spying on a girl named Tomoe confessing her love to Takumi.
  • Ship Tease: Yui is involved with this with at least three different characters.
    • She has this with Takumi in the first episode. When their parents suggest that they go out to each lunch together, Takumi noticeably blushes. Naturally, Yui doesn't appear to take notice.
    • From episode 3 onwards, she has tons of these moments with Kokone, from carrying her to her house to the latter putting lipstick on her in Episode 5.
    • From Episode 10, she begins to exhibit this with Amane Kasai, her belief in bringing happiness through food visibly allowing Amane to get through to Gentlu, and Gentlu herself to begin to question her superiors, and Yui and Amane are fast and easy friends when she returns in Episode 17. Also, In Episode 12, she catches Amane in a Princess Carry... and just over half a dozen episodes later, Cure Finale catches her in one.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Takumi's alter ego, Black Pepper, looks like Tuxedo Mask in white instead of black.
    • "CureSta" (the website that Ran usually posts and both Kokone and Amane frequent) is a nod to the franchise's Instagram account.
    • Yui saying, “My grandma always used to say this,” throughout the series might remind some viewers of one of Toei's other transforming heroes, especially in episodes where she makes a familiar pointing-to-the-sky gesture while saying it.
    • The Delicious Field is similar in concept to the arenas in Digimon Ghost Game in that they're enclosed areas where the protagonists can fight the Monster of the Week without worrying about collateral damage or otherwise getting civilians involved.
    • The CooKing and CooQueen resemble the King and Queen of Fenarsia and Menarsia from both versions of Magical Princess Minky Momo.
    • Black Pepper uses a Rider Kick in episode 22.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • The Parfait Recipepe is one. Amane is seen, in flashbacks, with the recipepe floating near to her, with the unusual fact that she's not eating one in any of them. In Episode 17, it's revealed that it's been watching her since she was a toddler, and the following episode reveals Amane and the Parfait effectively created Cure Finale.
    • Monpei, Takumi's father becomes one in Episode 13. His Delicioustone activated when Takumi saw it and he reveals that he's actually from the CooKingdom as a warrior. This revelation gives Takumi both the power and reason to become Black Pepper.
  • Special Guest: Kumamoto Prefecture's mascot Kumamon appears for the second time in the franchise in Episode 32 after its initial appearance in the Maho Girls season's movie among other real life bear mascots.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In Episode 2, Cure Precious decides to try and punch a bomb being sent at her. While her Cure form is highly durable, she still hurts her hand with the explosion, and Rosemary asks what she was thinking doing that.
    • During the same battle, it's made clear that as an ordinary teenage girl who very recently got superpowers, Cure Precious has no combat experience and can't strategize beyond just charging in.
    • Ran's posting of pictures of the food she eats, many of them being foods that Gentlu steals the recipepes from, often from right in front of her, causes the Cures to investigate her as being Gentlu, and the girl herself to use it for her own plans.
    • When Ran starts doing take-out reviews, Gentlu's 'source' dries up rapidly, forcing her to make increasingly reckless decisions on how to continue helping the Bundoru Gang, even with her powers malfunctioning, and Gentlu goes straight for a Honey Trap out of desperation.
    • Amane attempts to quit being the Student Council President in Episode 17. The vice president is unable to understand why, since Amane can't use the real reason, namely that her position was hugely compromised by Gentlu's abuse, and even the Cures question her reasoning. By Episode 19, even Amane had to admit she, really, had no excuse at all not to continue in the role.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: Featured in an eyecatch, with Yui pointing out to her friends how the clouds remind her of Recipepes.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The king and queen of CooKingdom are this respectively.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Every episode has a title card for each character, giving their name and role, just in case if you forgot somehow. As of Episode 3, it's calmed down a little, especially Yui, as she introduces herself at the beginning of each episode anyway.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 12 has Amane Kasai finally free of the brainwashing that made her Gentlu.
    • Episode 13 reveals that Takumi's father is from the CooKingdom and that Takumi decides to become a hero, Black Pepper, to protect the PreCures.
  • Wham Line: See examples here.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Episode 8: Gentlu appears in an alleyway and transforms into Amane Kasai.
    • Episode 9: The Ubauzo is about to attack Spicy and Yum-Yum when Gentlu gets a headache and tells it to stop, covering one of her eyes. When she goes to remove her hand the color of her eye is blue and not red.
    • Episode 11: When Gentlu is attacked by Ran with the Heart Juicy Mixer, she returns to being Amane Kasai mid-battle, and, a few moments later, a dark mist falls away from her and her eyes turn completely blue.
    • Episode 12: Takumi entered the Delicious Field and in his hand is a box that has the CooKingdom emblem on it.
    • Episode 18: A flashback with Amane and the Parfait Recipepe has the two of them make a Pinky Swear to bring happiness to others. Afterwords we cut to the room in the CooKingdom where the Energy Fairies are sleeping, and the Hoke-Hoke Heart has just formed.
    • Secretoru gives Narcistoru a peculiar looking orb at the end of Episode 24. In the following episode, Narcistoru uses it to make Spiritoru. When Mari sees it, he finds out that it's a Delicioustone, making him question where they would've gotten it from.
    • Episode 28: After Narcistoru is defeated and captured by the Cures, it cuts back to Secretoru saying that Narcistoru was just a pawn and she has what she needed as a Delicioustone is shown in her hand.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Several characters have one or both of their parents of traveling away from home.
    • Yui's and Takumi's respective fathers are on a fishing expedition together.
    • Both of Kokone's parents are often traveling for business and are rarely at home.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • Most of the early advertising focused on Kome-Kome, even to the exclusion of Cure Precious herself. By the time of the series proper, the focus was on the Cures only, as per series tradition.
    • Black Pepper/Takumi also had quite a prominent role in advertising and even the introduction, leading people to believe he was going to play a really huge role early on. Come the anime proper, Takumi was only really featured in a few scenes and his Black Pepper identity came 13 episodes, long after Gentlu was dispatched and Narcistoru (who was previously hidden until Episode 9) entered the fray.
    • The Pretty Holic Sweets line only uses either Cure Precious or Cure Finale on its branding, and the former was only due to some products releasing before the latter was announced.
  • You Have Failed Me: After Spiritoru fails to capture any Recipepes and defeat the Cures during his time as the new general, Narcistoru (his own creator) shows him what happens when you come back empty-handed one too many times.

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