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From top to bottom, clockwise: Cure Etoile, Cure Ange, Harry, Cure Yell and Hugtan.

"You can do anything! You can become anything! Embrace the sparkling future!"
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Hugtto! PreCure is the fifteenth entry in the Pretty Cure franchise, commemorating the franchise’s 15th anniversary. It is the thirteenth separate continuity in the series and began airing in February of 2018.

Hana Nono is a second-year middle school student who aims to become a stylish, mature big-sister-like figure. When she realises she is late for her first day of school, she cuts her bangs in a hurry, causing her hair to look like a mess!

However, there’s a nice turn of events when she meets Hugtan and her guardian, Harry, who had fallen from the sky. But suddenly, the Dark Tomorrow Company appears in hopes of stealing Hugtan's Mirai Crystal, so they create a scary monster to attack them!

With her strong desire to protect Hugtan, a new Mirai Crystal appears and transforms Hana into the Pretty Cure of High Spirits, Cure Yell. The Mirai Crystals are a crystalized form of Tomorrow Power, the magical power overflowing this world that creates a shining future for everyone. If it’s stolen, everyone’s future will disappear, including Hugtan’s future.

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Hugtto! PreCure contains examples of:

  • Animation Bump: During important episodes but notably, Homare-focused episodes feature more detailed fight scenes compared to when the other characters are given focus.
  • April Fools' Day: Two April Fools jokes for 2018.
  • Bad Future: Where Hugtan, Harry, and the Dark Tomorrow Company are actually from: A future of the current world where the Company freezes all futures.
  • Badass in Distress: In Episode 36, Dr. Traum is able to freeze time, paralyzing a number of Pretty Cure teams, including the rest of Nozomi's team, the Happiness Charge team, the Princess team and Splash Star team, leaving only Nozomi, Love, Kira Kira, Mahou Girls, Hugtto and Max Heart teams left. They manage to unfreeze time leading to all the cures finishing Traum off in the next episode.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!invoked: Saaya "quotes" a statement from Mother Teresa in episode 2, but the phrase was one commonly misattributed to her.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Cure Yell (the Pretty Cure of High Spirits), Cure Ange (the Pretty Cure of Wisdom), and Cure Étoile (the Pretty Cure of Power), respectively.
  • Bland-Name Product: Episode 2 shows Saaya using a search engine called Hugoooooo!, an obvious play on Yahoo!
    • And then Hana mentions Curestagram in Episode 5.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 12, in which the girls throw a pajama party to relax after the events of the previous two episodes.
    • Episode 15, which focuses on Ruru and Emiru rather than the main trio, is much more comedy-driven compared to all the episodes before it.
    • Episode 24 was supposed to be this as it was a day at the pool, but Hana is still recovering from the shock of learning who the Kurai Company president is and his motives.
    • Episode 28 plays this straight, focusing on Mogumogu's (Homare's pet dog) puppy love towards Saki (who is a cat)
  • The Cameo: Episode 37 not only crams in every Pretty Cure active, but we also get brief appearances by Michiru and Kaoru, Cure Flower, Cure Candy, Cure Echo, Regina and many others near the end.
  • Central Theme: Fate and future.
  • Comic-Book Time: Oddly invoked in the second crossover episode as the Kira Kira and Mahou Girls teams are still adults when they show up, yet every other team are still in their lower teens.
  • Crossover:
    • Not only will the team show up in this year's PreCure All-Stars installment, PreCure Super Stars!, but their fall movie is replaced with a special Milestone Celebration movie pairing the team up with the original duo and everyone else after them entitled HUGtto! PreCure ♥ Futari wa PreCure: All-Stars Memories.
    • For April Fools' Day, Toei announced a fake crossover team up between Cure Yell and Son Goku, specifically as they appear in Pretty Cure Super Stars! and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movies.
    • Hugtan summons Cure Black and Cure White in Episode 21 and sends them back at the end of the next episode.
    • Episode 36 and 37 will not only bring back Cure Black and Cure White, but also reintroduce Shiny Luminous, Cure Dream, Cure Peach and the Kira Kira and Mahou Girls teams! Then 37 takes it a step further by teaming up EVERY PRETTY CURE AT THE TIME!
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Harry reveals he and Hugtan are from the far future, Hana and Saaya are more concerned about whether humans evolve/regress into mice.
  • Continuity Snarl: A sad side effect of the two-part crossover episodes 36 and 37, which reveals that all of the Cures co-exists in one timeline, rather than the generally accepted logic that each season takes place in their own pocket timeline. This brings up questioning as to why none of the past teams even bother to help the current team, as well as how come they never noticed the Dark Tomorrow Company's ambitions until now. Of course, it could be debated that all series happen in the same moment (bar Kirakira and Maho Girls which are stated to have already happened, and Max Heart which come from another reality).
  • Continuity Nod: Especially prevalent in the two-part crossover episodes 36 and 37, In effect, the movies are part of Hugtto's canon. The Hugtto, Kirakira, and Mahou Girls teams split up in search of other cures and end up meeting Love from Fresh Pretty Cure! and Nozomi from Yes! Pretty Cure 5. Mirai and Riko recognize Love right away as they had previously met in one of the movies. Parts of the Hugtto group and the Kirakira group bump into Nozomi and don't recognize her, as they've never actually met before. Ruru and Emiru also don't know the Maho Girls and Kirakira teams since they hadn't joined at the time of the last All Stars movie.
  • Darker and Edgier: While it doesn't seem overt in the current story, Harry's reveal of what happened to him and Hugtan as a result of the Dark Tomorrow Company's schemes and machinations definitely counts as this, compared to the state of the fairy worlds from the last two installments. The state of his homeworld is eerily identical to the Bad Future of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, in which time itself has been essentially lost to everyone and the entire world is nothing more than a stone husk. Made even worse when it's revealed that they don't come from a different world. They come from the future of the current world.
    • Homare’s initial inability to become a Cure is essentially a darker variation of Karen’s storyline in Yes! Pretty Cure 5. Whereas Karen's inability was based on her not understanding how to work with others as a Student Council President, Homare's is the result of her remembering the time she severely injured herself during a figure skating competition. Unlike Karen, who initially didn't even want to be a Cure, Homare wants to be one, but her traumatic memories prevent her from jumping high enough to grab her Transformation Trinket in Episode 4.
    • In Episode 10, Hana loses the ability to transform as a result of doubting herself after being criticized for her cheering ways beforehand in Episode 8. Then, just as she's about to be killed by the Monster of the Week, Hugtan uses a new power to purify it.... at the cost of falling into a coma. A baby going comatose. In a kid's show. She does wake up in Episode 11, but still...
    • Episode 16 was normal and even a bit lighthearted for the most part until the very last minute, where Ruru, presumably because the Big Bad caught on to her slowly turning good, is struck by a powerful beam of red light. As the smoke clears, you see her heavily damaged with holes all over her clothes and sparks crackling from her body. They even show her robotic vision glitching as she shuts down and drops to her knees, rendering her essentially lifeless. Papple even effortlessly pushes her body to the ground, which is a bit disturbing. The episode ends with the two leaving and the Cures, along with Hugtan, crying out her name in vain. What makes this even more upsetting is that Ruru was starting to feel actual emotions and empathy up until that point.
    • Episode 22 still had an over all lighthearted feel... up until it cuts to Pappuru. She was threatened by her superiors to be put in the same dark room Charalit was in, found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her, and even if the outcome was different (she transformed herself into an Oshimaida using her own Toge-Power), Pappuru might as damn well be Driven to Suicide. Suicide. In a kid's show. Truth in Television, unfortunately, as such a Trauma Conga Line, especially in Japan, could lead anyone to suicide.
    • Episode 24 was meant to be a winding down episode from Episode 23. Cut to Hana, in the middle of swimming, randomly having dark visions of George Kurai, a man she had grown to trust and admire over the course of the show, and how he intends to freeze the world, and nearly succeeded, which causes her to have a panic attack and is implied to be lingering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result, as when Gelos calls forth another Oshimaeda, she has the same visions, which causes her to panic even more. While there are cases of previous protagonists having a hard time, they were shown to be able to get over it really quickly. This is not the case with Hana.
    • Even the Fairy Companion isn't safe from this trope with episode 25. In previous series, the reason for why certain Fairies could become Human was due to magic. The reason Harry can become human? After countless inhuman experiments done by Kriasu Corp, he was forcefully turned into a Kaijin attack dog. only thanks to a mysterious young woman not only saving him, but putting a Power Limiter on him, specifically the golden chain attached to his neck, he was able to turn into a human instead.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 15 focuses entirely on Emiru and Ruru, with a few cameo appearances from the main trio.
  • Debut Queue: Averted with Cure Étoile, who doesn't join the group in Episode 3; she has to wait until Episode 5.
  • Delayed Reaction: It takes a few seconds for the girls to realize Hugtan has just said Homare's name in episode 15, then a few more to process this until she calls for "Homae" again.
  • Deus ex Machina: This is essentially how Cure Amour and Cure MaCherie came to be in Episode 20. With Cure Yell being put on the ropes against Pappuru's Monster of the Week, Ruru and Emiru are constantly pleading for a miracle so that they can both become Pretty Cures together... only for the golden spirit seen in the intro show up (with no dialogue or buildup whatsoever), split the one remaining PreHeart into two identical copies and leave, giving them both the ability to transform and save the day.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Rie Hikisaka, Rina Hon'izumi, and Yui Ogura, the voices of Cure Yell, Cure Ange, and Cure Étoile, respectively, join together to sing the ending song. The second ending brings in Cures Amour and Ma'Cherie's.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The over all imagery of Pappuru climbing to the top of the building, along with hallucinations of her boyfriend giving chase to stop her, and the fact that she triggered her transformation by "stabbing" herself can make one think that she was about to commit suicide.
  • Dramedy: For every character's personal Running Gag like Harry's "I am not a mouse!", Hana's "Big Shock!" note , or anytime Ruru's being The Comically Serious; each of them has also been the centerpiece of a major Wham Episode whose effects on the narrative have largely permeated throughout the series or otherwise have shown darker and deeper implications.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Much like Cure Whip appearing in Maho Girls before her, Cure Yell makes an appearance in KiraKira's final episode. Hugtan also appears with her.
  • End of an Age: The last PreCure installment to be fully aired during the Heisei period, with the succeeding show will transition from the last days of Heisei up to the next era of Japanese calendar.
  • Evil, Inc.: The villains model their headquarters into a corporation-like organization named the Dark Tomorrow Company.
  • Evolving Credits: A few episodes after Ruru and Emiru become Cures, the opening updates some of its scenes to include them. The villain lineup is also overhauled to account for some Heel Face Turns.
  • Flower Motifs: The beginning of the opening has Hugtan surrounded by one flower type for each Cure.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Bishin's version of the Negative Wave has them covering the screen in darkness and then ripping it apart to look straight at the viewers.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: After last year had to take a break from it, this season marks the return of the hand-to-hand combat and violent fight scenes that Pretty Cure is famous for. Cure Yell's cameo in the last episode of KiraKira showcased this.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The goal of the Cures is to collect the Mirai Crystals before the villains do.
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending: When Ruru makes herself part of Hana's family in episode 13, she and Hana turn in at the end and end up sharing the same bed.
    • This happens again at the end of episode 34, this time involving Hana and Kotori.
  • Gratuitous French: Cure Ange, Étoile, Macherie and Amour's names, meaning "angel", "star", "my dear", and "love" respectively.
  • Homage: One episode feels like a love letter to Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, given the magical skating focus, Étoile doing what basically amounts to a Prism Jump, and the antagonist of the week acting as a sendup of the male rivals.
  • Interspecies Romance: Mogumogu, a dog, ends up falling in love a cat called Lily. Despite Ruru pointing out the biological impossibility, the gang still tried to help him get close to her.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: With much of the original villains defeated, a new villain lineup is created mid-way through the series. This hits hard for Daigan who doesn't get much of a chance to do anything, to make way for Dr. Traum.
  • Monster of the Week: The Oshimaida, beings created from the negative energies of other people, are the main enemies for this season.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Hugtan crashes into Hana in their first encounter, a common first episode event for the lead Cure in many of the Pretty Cure series.
    • The titles for several episodes have references to past Pretty Cure seasons.
      • Episode 9's title includes "Let's・La・Hiking!", rather similar to Ichika's Catch-Phrase "Let's・La・Cooking!"
      • Episode 10's title starts with Nagisa's Catch-Phrase, "Unbelievable!"note 
      • Episode 11: There is mention of a Melody Sword.
      • Episodes 12, 13, and 14 outright use the words DokiDoki, Fresh, and Smile in their titles, respectively.
      • Episode 24's title includes "What A Splash!".
      • Episode 36's title uses "Daishuugo" note , which was used in the first three Pretty Cure All Stars theme songs.
    • Harry uses another one of Ichika's catch-phrases, "I just had a bright idea", in Episode 12, complete with the appropriate imagery and hand gesture.
    • Episode 19 has Ruru and Emiru directly saying "Futari wa Pretty Cure!" Turns out they need to be together to transform into real Cures, similar to how Nagisa and Honoka needed to be together to transform into Cures Black and White.
    • Emiru expressing her frustrations to Ruru in episode 22 may have reminded fans of Nagisa and Honoka's fight in episode 8 of Futari wa Pretty Cure if the girls themselves weren't there to directly reference the event.
    • When Love and Ruru show off their dance moves in episode 36, Ruru is dancing The Robot like in the beginning of Fresh's second ending H@ppy Together (which is playing in that scene).
    • The nearly two and a half minute fight featuring all of the Cures battling Dr. Traum in episode 37 arranges the Cures in such a manner that ones with similar attacks or abilities work together. These include all barrier Cures blocking an attack, Pine, Peace, and Custard running away in fear, pairs of Cures with multiple forms attacking in sequence, Star-themed Cures, etc.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, as one of the things the girls need to do is change Hugtan's diapers, as well as the diapers of the babies at the daycare.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: At the school the Cures attend, the only real pieces of the dress code that are consistent among all of the students are a red tie with a white "X" on it, and a silver badge on one side of their collar. There's otherwise a large variety in the jackets, skirts, etc. that the students wear.
  • Off-Model: At the end of episode 22, you see two Rurus on the same screen.
  • Parental Bonus: Ripe with this, what with the references and outright jabs at Japan's corporate culture.
    • The Dark Tomorrow Company being a literal 'black company' (in real life: a company that overworks its workers, with no overtime pay, or benefits, and/or other grueling conditions) will cause some shudders of remembrance to anyone who has been a corporate drone in Japan.
    • Baddies complaining they will have to file incident reports for losing a fight, having to file a purchase order and get it approved by a superior to materialize a monster, a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad ranting about one of them not respecting the principle of "hourensou" (Report/Communication/Discussion) and concealing his messes.
    • Monsters of the week uttering "Yamesasetemoraimasu" (basically "I'm turning in my resignation") with a relieved expression will also fill parents with glee, this being the one line someone who has worked a shitty job WANTS to say to their boss (if it isn't Take This Job and Shove It).
    • A darker, more specific example comes from Episode 22. Papple discovers Jelos in the bed where her "lover", George, usually is. Its all but outright implied that, after Papples multiple failures to get Toge power, with Jelos taking over her position in the company, that George had no use for her and moved on to Jelos instead. Basically, Papple ended up being a victim of cuckold. In a Kids Show.
  • Real Place Background: The gang visits Saaya’s mother at the Ohei Company studios. The entrance where the gang go into is a recreation of the entrance of the actual Toei Company studios.
  • Reality Ensues: Episode 28 shows why running in heels is not a good idea, as Papple constantly falls over in pain.
  • Retail Riot: In episde 15, Ruru was sent to the store that was having a sale on eggs for the first 20 customers. But she had to outrun a bunch of frantic women in order to get to them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ruru's designated serial number, R.U.R. 9500, is a reference to R.U.R., the play that first introduced the word "robot". Furthermore, Ruru's giant robot form looks like it wouldn't be too out of place in the Gundam series.
    • In episode 30, Hugtan is briefly shown doing the well known Marilyn Monroe pose from The Seven Year Itch in Hollywood.
  • Sixth Ranger: As per usual, but an interesting take is used here since it introduced two new Pretty Cures at the same time.
  • Something Completely Different: Episode 15 focuses more on developing a friendship between Ruru and Emiru as opposed to focusing on Hana's group. Though previous episodes had comedic moments, this episodes seems to have a funny moment, gag facial expression, etc. every other scene.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Emiru and Ruru, from Episodes 18 to 22, was solely focused almost entirely on them, with the main trio playing second fiddle to their Character Development until episode 23, with Saya and Homare even missing out on some of the action.
  • Those Two Guys: Two girls in the Cures' class, Junna and Aki, are always seen together and provide exposition for Hana.
  • Three Plus Two: The Team starts with the Power Trio of Hana, Saaya, and Homare. After Episode 20, Ruru and Emiru join them, expanding the group to a Five-Man Band.
  • Time Stands Still: The Dark Tomorrow Company plans to destroy the future by stopping time in the present, thus preventing the future from ever coming to pass.
  • Transformation Trinket: As per usual, but with a twist: only four Transformation Trinkets are available initially. The fifth one is created via the Deus ex Machina explained above due to Emiru and Ruru's strong desire to become Precures together.
  • The Voiceless: Only a handful of the Cures actually get to speak when all 50+ of them appear on screen to fight Dr. Traum. This can be especially jarring when they're often paired such that a Cure with a speaking voice seems to be talking for the ones who don't.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 10, possibly the earliest one in the franchise's history. Hana loses the abiity to transform due to having low confidence in herself, and the Monster of the Week takes advantage of this by nearly killing Hana and Harry. Hugtan then shows off a new purification power she never showed before, only for her to exert herself so bad that she goes comatose, with the episode ending Hana and her friends cry out in desperation to try and wake her up. Holy shit.
    • Episode 11 shows what happens when you fail at the Dark Tomorrow Corporation: Charaleet is forcefully turned into a new kind of Oshimaida and is in immense pain as a result. If it weren't for Hana realizing that he was in pain, she almost would have killed him with the Melody Sword.
    • Episode 21: Hugtan summons Cure Black and Cure White, the first time major seasons of Precure have crossed over with each other outside of the All Star movies and the OVA.
    • Episode 25: Harry was experimented on during his time in the Dark Tomorrow Corporation, and his chain necklace is actually a Power Limiter to keep his monstrous form in check. A close look at Harry's flashback reveals the younger fairies under his care may have been similarly experimented on and joined the company fully (explaining why Bicine treats Harry like a close friend and doesn't accept his rejection), which is confirmed in episode 32.
    • Episode 40: The events in the Bad Future that led up to the beginning of the story are shown in full, with reveals for Hugtan's true form and the goddess that split Ruru and Emiru's Future Pacts.

Alternative Title(s): Hugtto Precure

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