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"Change, Pretty Cure! Beat Up!"
Fresh Pretty Cure

Fresh Pretty Cure! is the sixth entry in the Pretty Cure franchise. The title comes from the heroines' fresh fruit Edible Theme Naming.

Love Momozono is a ridiculously positive and empathetic girl who loves dancing. While attending a concert by her idols Trinity, she is caught in an attack by the evil forces of Labyrinth, who seek to conquer The Multiverse by finding a MacGuffin called "Infinity". Love's desire to protect her idols and the happiness of those around her transform her into Cure Peach, one of the Legendary Warriors known as Pretty Cure.

She soon forms a trio with her childhood friends: Miki Aono, an Insufferable Genius and fashion model who transforms into Cure Berry; and Inori Yamabuki, a kind-hearted animal lover who becomes Cure Pine. Together with Weasel Mascot Tart and baby puffball thing Chiffon, they must track down Infinity and protect the world from Labyrinth's machinations.

Fresh was an attempt to refresh (no pun intended) the Pretty Cure franchise after the successful but derivative Yes! Pretty Cure 5. It lowered the number of main characters to a manageable three, allowing for more development per character, and increased the amount of action and drama. The show later introduces a Story Arc focused on Labyrinth agent Eas, who attempts to infiltrate Love's group and steal her Transformation Trinket, only for the story to deconstruct Becoming the Mask in the most painful way possible, culminating in the birth of the fourth Pretty Cure, Cure Passion.

A novel sequel takes place a year after the events of the anime, where Love is having a hard time deciding a future of her own as high school entrance exams are drawing near. Clower Town is suddenly attacked by a mysterious black-caped man who uses a new type of monster called Fushiawase, resulting in the Cures, now joined by two former villains, stepping up again to fight the new threat.

This installment is preceded by Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! and followed by HeartCatch Pretty Cure!.

Fresh Pretty Cure provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: After her first battle as Cure Peach in episode 1, Love murmurs that her complete change of personality as a Cure was almost like someone was possessing her. This is never addressed again even once during the rest of the season.
  • Actor Allusion: In the Italian dub, Cure Pine's voice actress, Benedetta Ponticelli, does the Italian voice of Fluttershy (and Applejack too). Both Fluttershy and Inori are shy, kind, soft-spoken, and love animals. They also have yellow color schemes.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: What caused Westor's scheme in episode 12 to fail is that everyone found the wigs his Fushiawase forces them to wear to be rather hilarious or they actually didn't look that bad in the case of Miki and Inori. This is especially not helped by the fact he gave everyone wigs, which prevents it from being embarrassing if only a single or a few got them.
  • Alternate Continuity: To the other series.
  • Animation Bump: Episode 12, despite being a comedic filler episode, is animated surprisingly well.
  • Artistic Age: Due to the art style, the characters look older compared to those of other series, but it's explicitly stated that the Cures are still 14 years old. Setsuna included.
  • Badass Normal: Kaoru turns out to be a secret agent. He even helped the Cures defeat a Nakewameke once.
  • Baseball Episode: Episode 31 has the Precure challenge a Nakewameke made from an automatic pitching machine to a match.
  • Battle in the Rain: Peach's last fight with Eas.
  • Becoming the Mask: Horrifically de-constructed. Eas' new feelings of friendship towards Love cause her nothing but confusion and pain as Love systematically disproves her entire world view.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Love and Daisuke (even if Love's more genki than most tsunderes around), almost reminiscent of Momoko and Yousuke.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Peach in episode 28 when she finally awakes after the camera Nakewameke immobilized her for most of the episode.
    • Peach, Berry, and Pine in episode 42 after Setsuna's I Surrender, Suckers plan goes haywire.
    • Episode 48: Just when it seems as if Pretty Cure is about to be defeated once and for all by The Dragon, Westar and Soular, who had supposedly died two episodes prior, swoop in to defend the girls. The general populace of Labyrinth may be considered Big Damn Heroes as well, since they are the ones who gave Pretty Cure the power to actually get back up, fight, and unlock their 11th-Hour Superpower.
  • Big Eater: Westar. Best exemplified in episode 33, where he munched down boxes of takoyaki in seconds. Him being very hungry at that moment probably didn't help.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Love pulls this in episode 40.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine:
    • Episode 27 is entirely dedicated to this, including a guest appearance from the very real comedy duo Audrey.
    • And earlier on, at one point in episode 1, Love looked like a combination of Boke and Tsukkomi: "She says and does stupid things and then ALSO does the punch lines to herself".
  • Book Ends: Episode 23 has Love's attempts to get Setsuna to join rejected.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In the final episode, Miki and Inori switch their catch phrases, while Setsuna and Love do the same for their own.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Kaoru-chan, Tarte, and Chiffon during the introduction to the movie. In the credits, the cast gives instructions to the audience.
  • Brick Joke: Westar and his "quest" to search a beach area in episode 26.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: In the movie, Love ends up facing an action figure who sports a yellow jumpsuit, weilds nunchaku and yells out Funny Bruce Lee Noises.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the series, Labyrinth is now a safe and friendly enough environment for Setsuna, Hayato, and Shun to return, and return they do. Of course, there's no reason why they can't come back and visit. Which Setsuna always does whenever it's time for the customary team-up movie. And if New Stage 2 is to be trusted, Setsuna still makes occasional visits to do dance training routine.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Change! Pretty Cure! Beat Up!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: Not just the actual attacks, but also Double Pretty Cure Punch, Double Pretty Cure Kick, Triple Pretty Cure Punch, and so on and so forth.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The Nakisakebe card works this way.
  • Catch Phrase Interruptus: At one point, Westar interrupts that.
    Peach: Bad things, bad things—
    Westar: WILL NOT GO AWAY! *Nakewameke smacked Peach mid-sentence*
  • Character Catchphrase:
    • Love's "Let's obtain happiness!"note , Miki's "I am perfect!"note , Inori's "I believe!"note , and Setsuna's "I will do my best!"note . Also, Peach, Berry and Pine's personal attack will always begin with "Bad things, bad things, go away!"
    • Kaoru-chan, the doughnut store owner, has a signature laugh "Guha!" which became his catchphrase. Played for Laughs during the "Freaky Friday" Flip when the Precures think he's okay when he laughed like that, not noticing that it's actually a bullfrog that got switched with Kaoru-chan, making the same sound.
  • Chest Insignia: The colorful Four-Leaf Clover.
  • Colossus Climb: Cure Peach does this during the movie.
  • Combined Energy Attack: While not precisely an attack, the Cure Angel transformations are essentially caused by this. The Cures' ultimate attacks, Loving True Heart and Loving True Heart Fresh, are straight examples of this trope.
    • A villainous example occurs in the movie, which allows the villain to assume his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Continuity Nod: We have a few callbacks to previous seasons in the form of wigs in episode 12: a younger Love tried on a Cure Rouge wig, an old lady is seen donning a Cure White wig, and there is a kid shaking Westar’s leg in a Cure Dream wig.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: In episode 40, Ayumi got impersonated by a Sorewatase (courtesy of Northa) and gets locked inside a Mirror World whilst the fake Ayumi infiltrates the Momozono household. Problem is, it's clear Northa didn't do the research and thus, Sorewatase!Ayumi made a lot of mistakes, as listed below:
    • For starters, it knew Chiffon's name and importance to the heroes. Ayumi knew Chiffon is in the house, but she didn't know it's a Living MacGuffin (let alone the fact it has a name) since the girls explained to her early on that Chiffon is just a stuffed doll.
    • It didn't force Love and Setsuna to eat carrots and pepper, their respective hated foods.
    • It had Northa's markings on her body. Worse, Sorewatase!Ayumi didn't try to speak to Northa in secrecy. When Setsuna spots Sorewatase!Ayumi speaking to Northa, this gives Setsuna the clue that this Ayumi is not the real Ayumi.
    • It called Setsuna by her real name, while normally Ayumi would call Setsuna as "Sets-chan". Love, who had been completely oblivious up until this point, finally gets suspicious.
    • It didn't know that there were different bracelets made for Love and Setsuna. Love puts the one intended for Setsuna on her hands to test Sorewatase!Ayumi, and when Sorewatase!Ayumi says the bracelet's colors fits Love, Love finally realizes that this Ayumi is fake.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Moebius attempting to kill Westar and Soular alongside Miki and Setsuna causes their respective Heel Realizations, leading to them becoming the Cures' Eleventh Hour Rangers after recovering from their Disney Deaths.
  • Cue the Sun: Cure Passion's first appearance.
  • Dancing Theme: This was the series that kick-started the trend of including 3D dancing themes for the Closing Credits in all subsequent Pretty Cure series.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series can get rather dark and frightening at certain points, or as dark and frightening as a show for little girls is allowed to be. The events of the mid-season arc, the implications of Labyrinth in general, and pretty much everything Northa does come to mind.
  • The Day the Music Lied: Episode 36, complete with Record Needle Scratch.
  • Debut Queue: The introduction of the Cures. It's averted during the power-up spree; not only does Inori get her Mid-Season Upgrade before Miki, but the upgrades do not occur in sequential episodes.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: The first ending music is the song the Trinity group dances to in the first episode.
  • Disney Death: Setsuna is resurrected as Cure Passion, and later in the series, Westar and Soular prove that you can, in fact, survive being sucked into a black hole. Guess the only one of the four cardinal directions villains whose death is going to be permanent is Northa's.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Happens during an impassioned speech by Daisuke in episode 15...which promptly causes him to faint due to his Fear of Thunder.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The Cure Angel upgrades.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Soba Seller.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Takeshi's dog, Lucky, recognizes Setsuna easily in episode 25 but doesn't attack her, realizing that Setsuna is no longer the Eas that attacked him in episode 3.
  • Evil Knockoff: Cure Passion has to deal with a shadow in the shape of her former self, Eas, in episode 25. Northa also creates one for Ayumi in episode 40.
  • Evolving Credits: Cure Passion is added to the opening during the latter half of the series. Also, Northa's face is initially framed in shadow until she appears in the show proper. The OP song also received an update in episode 26, which makes Fresh the first out of three series in the franchise to have a second opening song (Suite and Mahou Tsukai were the other).
  • Eye Catch: Notable in that Chiffon's different costumes seen in one of the eyecatches actually appear in the series proper. They're seen at the begnning of episode 18, with the same music as the eyecatch. It turns out to be part of Miki's Midseason Upgrade...and Chiffon's bear costume actually plays a role in the story of the episode.
  • Face of a Thug: A variation. A very stern looking elderly woman runs a candy store in Clover Town. We see her give out quite a bit of free candy.
  • Face Your Fears: Buki (with her fear of ferrets) and Miki (with her fear of octopuses) had to endure this in episode 10 and 33 respectively.
  • Fanservice: In addition to the more visible breasts, Episode 2 gives us a brief Shower Scene with Miki. Probably the only one we got in the whole franchise.
  • Foreshadowing: In Episode 15, Setsuna has to choose between either a red bowling ball or a black one. She picks the black one, but later on she becomes the red Pretty Cure.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Inori and Tarte switch bodies in episode 10.
  • Frilly Upgrade: Cure Peach gets these after transforming into Cure Angel in the movie... and eventually, the rest of the Cures get them as well, after accessing their own Cure Angel upgrades during the penultimate episode.
  • Funny Background Event: In episode 14 one happens when Westar runs into a pole.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Done by Cure Berry to Cure Peach in The Movie.
  • The Ghost: While Miki and Kazuki's father is still alive albeit divorced from their mother, he never appears in the series himself with the implication that he is too busy with work.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Westar and Soular's redeemed outfits had a white-and-cyan color scheme as opposed to the black-and-gray/teal scheme that they had before.
  • Good Hurts Evil: The villains cannot touch the Transformation Trinkets for this reason. The Clover Box is the same.
  • Gratuitous English
  • Heel-Face Mind Screw: Mercifully averted, as the girls arrive just in time to save Setsuna from being brainwashed back into Labyrinth in episode 42.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Setsuna/Eas became Cure Passion, the Fourth Ranger to the girls, in episode 23; the first villain to become a Cure herself. Then Westar and Soular, having recovered from being sucked into a black hole two episodes earlier, help the Cures in their fight againt Northa in episode 48.
  • Heroic RRoD: Love, Miki, and Buki ends up overworking themselves through their commitments with school, their dance practices, being Precures, and personal life matters such as Buki's animal hospital business and Miki's modelling jobs. Eas noticed this, and in episode 20 she secretly devised a plan to overwork the Cures massively to the point of reaching this trope. It worked: The Cures barely beat the Nakisakebe and then fainted not long after they detransformed at the end of episode, forcing them to be hospitalized. Eventually, they were able to balance it out better.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Setsuna/Eas, sole female member of the antagonists, becomes Cure Passion and joins the protagonists. The sole evil female position, though, was filled by the decidedly more evil Northa.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Mildly. As this is the first Precure series that attempts to broaden the audience range, the art style for this season gave the female characters more visible breasts. There isn't that much of a difference, though, and for the most part, the female characters are still conservatively dressed. There's also the fact that this is pretty much the only Precure show to ever have a Shower Scene (featuring Miki, in episode 2), though they don't go really much into detail for it. Along with villainess with a more revealing outfit than other villainesses (Eas)... which is short-lived, pulled a High-Heel–Face Turn and spends the rest of the series with a conservative outfit.
  • Idol Singer: More like Idol Dancer.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A rare villainous version: Westar tries one of these on Setsuna shortly after her Heel–Face Turn. Unfortunately for him, as he's not a hero it didn't work. Soular tries the same thing the next episode, also to no appeal.
  • Informed Ability: Played with. In the 'specialty'-assigning episode, where we get stuff like Peach specializing in punching, Berry specializing in kicking, Pine specializing in stamina, and Passion specializing in speed/dodge, kind of makes sense at first. However, each Cures has been known to use all four traits sparingly. The reveal of that specialty assignment also ends up causing a Crippling Overspecialization and causes the Cures to fare badly until Miyuki tinkers things up to make them realize that the lesson is the usual 'teamwork' and synchronizing their hearts with those specialization which granted them Lucky Clover Grand Finale. And yet in said attack, none of the 'specializations' mentioned shine on.
  • In the Name of the Moon: See the page quote. There's also this parody in episode 49.
    The sweets heart is the emblem of deliciousness! Freshly made! We're the Doughnut Brothers!
  • Invisible to Normals: Ayumi is unable to see the Elder when he gets brought to the Momozono family's house in episode 35.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Setsuna pulls a heroic version of this, pretending to accept Moebius' forgiveness so she can have a shot at destroying the Fuko gauge. It didn't go as well as she had planned.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: What it looks like when the Cures continue shooting finishing moves, as seen on episode 7.
  • Karmic Transformation: Much to her dismay, Inori ended up being placed in Tarte's body in episode 10 due to her fear of ferrets.
  • Kick the Dog: Eas does this Episode 3 by transforming a dog (Lucky) into a Monster of the Day. She would have a hard time thinking about what she did there when she (as the reformed Setsuna) had to face Lucky again in episode 25.
  • Last-Minute Hookup: Averted with Love and Daisuke due to the former deciding to keep her answer vague.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Cure Passion's identity was spoiled left and right by merchandising at least a month before she actually appeared on-screen.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Due to Audience Participation, Love seems to address the viewers during a key scene in the movie. Later, Kaoru-chan makes a comment that's seemingly addressed to the audience.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In episode 43 the Cures have hallucinations that cause them to fight each other. (None of them actually realize they're fighting each other though.)
  • Licked by the Dog: Setsuna in episode 25, ironically enough by the same dog she kicked back in episode 3, just to show that this dog is NOT ashamed of her.
  • Living MacGuffin: Chiffon was Infinity all along.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The world of memories, created by the Camera Nakewameke. An inversion, a world where everything is full of despair, is created from Northa's Fuko Energy fog.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Most of the catchphrase aren't said phrase to phrase, but have variations like "I'll do my best (not) to X!", "We'll get our happiness!", "That's perfect!", "I believe that X..." etc...
  • Magical Girl Warrior: As per usual in the franchise, the Cures fight with both physical and magical attacks against the Monster of the Week.
  • Magic Skirt: Both forms; thank the petticoats in Cure forms!
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The first kanji in Love's surname 桃 suits her pink color motif, and her forename Love suits her being the Precure of Love.
    • Two kanji in Miki's name, 蒼 and 希, suit respectively her blue color motif and her being the Precure of Hope.
    • Inori's surname Yamabuki is the Japanese word for Japanese Kerria, whose yellow color is the same as her Cure form.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The Cure Sticks for Peach, Berry, and Pine. Later, the Cures get another upgrade that let's them do their Combination Attack Finishing Move.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • Double subverted. Eas receives a letter declaring that she's fired and that her allotted lifespan is going to run out. Instead of running to Love for help, she becomes more determined to defeat Love before these "strange feelings" of friendship and self-worth that the Cures give her take over, so that her bosses will change their minds about her having become useless. However, Eas gives up in her fight against Peach, her bosses kills her anyway, and Akarun (the red key sprite) brings her back to life as a Cure. Disgusted with her previous actions, she eventually joins the side of good.
    • A straight example happens with Westar and Soular, who join Pretty Cure when Moebius decides they have outlived their usefulness despite their loyalty to him throughout the season with their only business against Moebius being finding out the truth who and what their boss truly is.
  • Monster of the Week: Nakewameke, which abandon the more or less freeform look of previous MOTWs in favor of a more natural-looking appearance, while still being will-the-Precure-please-get-giant-robots-already big. It gains a powered up version called Nakisakebe in episodes 19 through 22, before being replaced by Northa's Sorewatase monsters late in the series. At the end of the series a good Monster of the Week appears, which is called a Hohoemina.
  • The Movie: The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets?!
  • Musical Spoiler: More like very subtle Musical Foreshadowing. If you listen carefully to Labyrinth's Theme, you should notice some very strange ambient noise which seems out of place, but it's revealed in the Grand Finale that the noise is Beeping Computers which refer to the fact that Moebius is really a well-meaning AI with a few screws loose.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Miyuki in episode 21 after she discovered her students were Precures. Earlier in the episode when the girls got hospitalized due to their Heroic RRoD in the previous episode, she scolds the girls that unless they make themselves healthy again, they can't be expected to participate in the dance contest. The girls transforming in front of her made her realize that they have been trying their best and giving their all, both as dancers under her training and as Precures.
    • Setsuna in episode 25 when she had to face Lucky again, realizing that she (as Eas) had turned Lucky into a Nakewameke in episode 3.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its' own page.
  • Nightmare Face: Employed by Setsuna, herself a Face for several episodes at the time, and Love, of all people, in episode 30 simultaneously after they discovered Tarte ate all of their ice cream.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Chiffon and Tarte. In the final arc Tarte's fiance Azukina joins the group.
  • Non-Serial Movie: Technically, the movie falls under this trope. It was released after episode 38 aired. However, in a case of Early-Bird Cameo, Usapyon makes a brief appearance in episode 26 and the Toy Kingdom appears in episode 35. The Toy Kingdom is later seen again in episodes 45 and 50, and and the Cure Angel transformation appears in episode 48 as the 11th-Hour Superpower. As such, the movie can be considered canon.
  • Not Me This Time: In The Movie, all toys in Clover Town disappear with Cures naturally thinking that Labyrinth is behind it, only for Tarte to tell them that Labyrinth is not the culprit due to the Clover Box not giving any reaction.
  • Odd Name Out: Love/Peach, both in human form (her name is the only English-worded name) and in Cure form (unlike the others, her Cure name is not a shortened name of a fruit type).
  • One-Gender School: Inori's school, Christian Private White Clover Academy... but it's rarely seen.
  • Parents in Distress: Love's mother gets switched with a mirror enemy in one story and it's up to Love (her real daughter) and Setsuna (her surrogate daughter) to rescue her.
  • Please Wake Up: Peach's reaction to Eas' Disney Death. Also with the other Cures, Tarte, and Chiffon in episode 28 after the camera Nakewameke immobilized Peach into a deep slumber to her past.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Cure Angel in the movie... and all four Cure Angels in the series.
  • The Power of Friendship: As usual with the franchise. Also serves as a major driving point for Setsuna's character arc.
  • The Power of Love: Guess which one of the girls has this power.
  • Pummel Duel: Cure Peach and Northa briefly have one of these.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Although unlike other Pretty Cure examples, it starts to disband after Cure Passion's appearance.
  • Rampage from a Nail: The Tyrannosaurus rex chasing after Cure Pine in the movie because a glass or sorts got stuck on its leg.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Happens to the initial three agents of Labyrint;. Eas or rather Setsuna defects in episode 23 after undergoing Becoming the Mask when infiltrating the Cures as their friend with her being resurrected into Cure Passion once her lifespan runs out. Westar and Soular perform a Heroic Sacrifice in episode 46 after their boss decided that they outlived their usefulness and tries to get them cured along with Cure Passion and Cure Berry, but two episodes later it was revealed that Chiffon saved the duo and gave them new powers to help the Cures.
  • Red Herring: Due to Akarun (the red key) being near her, the girls (and Tarte) at first think Miyuki is going to be the fourth Cure, but they're wrong... since Akarun was actually trying to get near Eas, the actual chosen one, but was unable to bond with her due to her evil aura until episode 23 in which it resurrected her into Pure Passion.
  • Secret-Keeper: Several, in a first for the franchise. The number of people who know the identities of the Cures, their companions, and their mission kept increasing as the series progresses, eventually culminating in episode 45 where the Cures decides to reveal their identities to their loved ones before going away to do their final battle against Labyrinth.
  • Series Franchise
  • Ship Tease: Miki hugging Inori in one of the previews.
  • Shōjo Demographic
  • Shout-Out:
    • Episode 12 is full of these. Just look at the wigs. There's even a Sazh wig! It also includes a old girl with Cure White hair and a dog with strange horns.
    • Compare Westar and Soular's explanation about their comeback with the prologue of Kamen Rider BLACK RX. Cue Kamen Rider jokes about those two spread within the fandom.
    • Angel Peach's and Angel Berry's pose may seem familiar...
    • Peach and Eas' fight in episode 23 looks like something out of Dragon Ball Z.
    • Name another Miki who has blue as her theme color and the spade from playing cards as her symbol; Shugo Chara! may come to mind.
    • Take Love's surname, transfer it to Miki, and you pretty much got the civilian name of Goggle Pink.
    • More like a dub shout-out, since in the original it's not as similar, but in Episode 8, Love will shout 'Tornado Fire' at one point. But in the Italian dub, with a bit of translation magic, it becomes 'Fire Tornado'.
  • Sixth Ranger: More like "Fourth Ranger". Anyway, Setsuna fills this slot starting in episode 23. Unlike Shiny Luminous or Milky Rose, Setsuna is the first non-Earth-based girl to take up the "Cure" moniker.note 
  • Solomon Divorce: Miki and Kazuki's parents are divorced with Miki living with their mother and Kazuki living with their father, but there isn't much drama around it since Kazuki can see his sister and mother whenever he wants and there is no indication that Miki has bad blood with her father especially since it's implied that the divorce happened years before the series began.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Early on the movie, happy music plays as Love and friends had their fun time in Love's house, and occasionally switching into children losing their toys and crying... all while the same happy music plays.
  • Spanner in the Works: Klein didn't count on Akarun reviving Setsuna as Cure Passion, and he certainly didn't expect her to be a Cure. Hell, not even Setsuna herself was aware that she was Cure Passion until redemption earned her back her life.
  • Special Guest: Episode 27 features a town festival featuring the manzai duo Audrey. The pair are sponsoring the manzai contest that the girls accidentally enter, and later use their Boke and Tsukkomi Routine to actually help the Cures defeat the Nakewameke.
  • Story Arc:
    • Episodes 19 - 26: The Setsuna/Eas subplot becomes the focus of these episodes, climaxing in Eas's transformation into Cure Passion in episode 23 and her joining the Cures in episode 24. The arc is then capped off with two Setsuna centric episodes.
    • Episodes 34 - 37: The Reveal of Infinity, the introductions of the Clover Box and Northa, and the Pretty Cure's new Mid-Season Upgrade are all part of this single story arc.
    • Episodes 42 - 50: The finale.
  • Taking You with Me: Moebius rages at the fact that he cannot control the Cures and decides to blow himself up with them inside. Luckily, they're bailed out by Chiffon just in time.
  • Teleportation: Akarun, Passion's Pickrun, and Chiffon has the powers of teleportation.
  • Theme Naming: Jumping on the previous season's bandwagon, not only the mascots are named after food, but the Cures are as well (they were named after fruit types). The Labyrinth also gets this treatment: Four are named after directions (Northa, Eas, Soular, and Westar), and two are named after orientations - Moebius and Klein are taken from "Moebius strip" and "Klein bottle"
  • "They Still Belong to Us" Lecture: Attempted several times after Eas' Heel–Face Turn. Westar invokes this because he is genuinely hurt by Setsuna's defection and wants his comrade to return. Later on, Northa uses it purely as part of a Moral Event Horizon-crossing More than Mind Control gambit.
  • Those Two Guys: Yuki and Kento. Their third friend, Daisuke, is a bit more important than the other two.
  • Three Plus Two: Or Three Plus One in this case with their initially being three Cures with the team realizing they must be fourth due to their four-leaved clover symbol. This causes a ten-episode arc starting with the Cures trying to figure out who the fourth Cure is and ending with Eas as Setsuna becoming Cure Passion. Episode 48 then changes this into Four Plus Two with Westar and Soular joining the Cures in the fight against Moebius after they were betrayed by Moebius and saved by Chiffon.
  • Title Theme Tune
  • Toilet Humor: In episode 13, it is revealed that why Chiffon was sick in the episode was that she was constipated. Love and Miki find this hilarious, but Inori doesn't.
  • Tragic Abandoned Toy: The antagonist of the film, Toymajin, is a teddy bear who was abandoned by his owner. After he moved to the Land of Toys, he began having feelings of sorrow and, after making a suit of armor out of discarded toys, became a dictator.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Justified case, as shown when Love transforms to Peach in real-time in episode 38. The transformation takes around a second and is shown as a brief flash of light that transforms Love into Peach.
  • Transformation Sequence: All Precures have Stock Footage featuring their transformation into Cure form, which starts with a headshot and then showcase their glowing bodies on which the Cure outfit magically appears step by step.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Linkrun, a cell phone-like device. Love, Miki, and Buki's are created when their respective Pickruns enter their regular cell phones for the first time, while Setsuna's are created on their own.
  • True Companions: All Cures are this especially since the initial three are childhood friends with them accepting Setsuna, who was formerly their enemy Eas, into their group once she becomes the fourth Cure.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Eas reveals herself as Setsuna and smashes the clover trinket as she reveals to Cure Peach that she only wants to defeat Precure... completely ignoring the fact that the latter had just recently saved her from the Nakisakebe vines. She gets better.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: You would think, that enormous Monsters of the Week (that cannot be Invisible to Normals due to their very purpose) and Pretty Cures beating the crap out of each other in the middle of the town would draw some serious attention from the world.
  • Vengeful Abandoned Toy: The antagonist of The Movie is Toymajin, a robot who has taken control of the Kingdom of Toys. His true form is a teddy bear that was abandoned by its owner, and the Cures help him find a new owner upon his defeat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The girls revealing their identities to their friends and family in the concern that their final confrontation with Infinity might take them awhile leads to them being frustrated and hurt that they were hiding this secret. Their mothers, in particular, try to keep them from leaving, but really only succeed in staying back until there was no real time left.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: We know they're in Japan, but where the heck can we find Clover Town Street?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Inori, who loves animals, except ferrets, and Tarte just happened to be a ferret. She gets over it as part of the plot of episode 10.
    • Daisuke's afraid of thunder, as revealed in episode 16.
    • Miki is afraid of anything made of octopus, shown in episode 33.
  • Xanatos Gambit: For Labyrinth's long-term plans, it did not matter whether or not the Monster of the Week was defeated by the Cures so long as they managed to gather Fuko Energy to fill up the gauge to reveal Infinity's location.
  • "YEAH!" Shot
  • You Are Number 6: The citizens of Labyrinth are all numbered; although they don't use those numbers as names, Eas is addressed by hers in her letter.
  • You Have Failed Me: Eas in episode 23, and later both Soular and Westar in episode 46.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Again, Eas in episode 23 and Soular and Westar in episode 46.

Alternative Title(s): Fresh Precure


Love and Daisuke

Perfectly reasonable reaction to a sudden skeleton.

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