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The main characters. Going clockwise: Cure Soleil, Cure Selene, Fuwa, Cure Star, Prunce and Cure Milky.
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Star☆Twinkle PreCure is the sixteenth entry in the Pretty Cure series, and the first entry in Naruhito's Era. It is the fourteenth separate continuity and began airing in February 2019.

Second-year middle school student Hikaru Hoshina loves to stargaze and is fascinated by the constellations and space. One night when drawing a picture of the nighttime sky, her drawing morphs into a fairy named Fuwa, who falls on top of her.

The following day, Hikaru encounters Fuwa once more while enjoying the outdoors. Just then, a rocket falls from the sky, carrying a girl named Lala Hagoromo and another fairy, Prunce, both of whom are extraterrestrials. Suddenly, alien invaders known as the Notraiders appear before them and go after Fuwa, however Hikaru vows to protect her. She gains the power to become the Pretty Cure, Cure Star, and save Fuwa.

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Hikaru soon learns about the 12 Constellation Princesses who lived in the Star Palace located in the Starry Sky Region until the Notraiders attacked them, thus turning them into the Star Color Pens that scattered across the universe. Now Hikaru and the rest of the legendary Pretty Cure, consisting of Lala as Cure Milky, the popular Elena Amamiya as Cure Soleil, and Student Council President Madoka Kaguya as Cure Selene, must travel through space to collect the Star Color Pens and save the universe from darkness.

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Star☆Twinkle PreCure contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Cure Star singing to morph is very fitting for a character whose seiyu is from an idol group (Dempagumi.inc).
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: According to Lala and Prunce, planets that have not discovered space travel are not allowed to know about aliens, on pain of being banned from space travel for 100 years.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played with. The fairies, Fuwa and Prunce, speak Japanese right off the bat. Lala can't until Fuwa magically grants her the ability, and even then she can only fully understand human language when it's Hikaru speaking for the first few episodes. In addition, when the villains arrive, Kappard is shown to be wearing a sort of translation collar that immediately picks up "Earth language".
    • Episode 7 suggests the Star Color Pendants may also provide instant translation powers, as everyone's able to speak with the aliens on planet Kennel right off the bat.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Every episode ends with a constellation fortune-telling skit.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Even untransformed, as Hikaru ends up getting sucked out of the ship in the first episode and is perfectly fine! Though it's implied to be an ability given to her by Fuwa, as Kappard knows that as a human she would have died.
  • Big "NO!": Literal example with the Nottorei's, as they have a large "NO" printed vertically on their helmets.
  • Book-Ends: The first episode begins and ends with a shooting star, although the second one is actually Lala's rocket burning up.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Color Charge!"
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Hikaru: "Glitterific~☆" jp 
    • Elena: "Ciao" jp  and "Sounds nice!" jp 
    • Madoka: "Good day" jp 
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Fuwa meets Hikaru.
  • Crossover: As standard for the franchise, the team will be front and center for the latest installment of the Pretty Cure All Stars franchise, Pretty Cure Miracle Universe, which uses this series' space theme to explore the origins of the Miracle Lights.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hikaru drops in in the final episode of Hugtto! Pretty Cure, helping Cure Yell rescue Hugtan and reclaim a MacGuffin which now bears Hugtan's face.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening sequence:
    • Episode 2 reveals Kappard as a villain and Tenjo in episode 4.
    • Episode 5 is an ad for Precure Miracle Universe.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Episode 1 ends with Lala's rocket falling back to Earth after receiving substantial damage and crashing into the mountains with Hikaru, Lala, Fuwa, and Prunce still inside the rocket. The fact that this is only the first episode makes it obvious that the four of them will survive.
    • Episode 3's title and synopsis imply that the Precure are going to disband. Given that we only have half the team thus far, viewers probably weren't that surprised when Hikaru and Lala resolved their argument.
  • Frictionless Reentry: Averted in episode 1. Lala's rocket takes enough damage during the space battle to fall back to Earth, and it looks like a fireball while doing so. Elena and Madoka (who were watching this from their homes) assume it to be a shooting star.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The girls have to collect the Star Color Pens to free the princesses trapped inside of them.
  • Human Aliens: Lala's an alien whose species looks completely human aside from having pointed ears and nearly-transparent antennae. The Constellation Princesses also look largely human, aside from a few of them having horns and various animal parts.
  • Little Stowaway: Hikaru sneaks into Lala's rocket in Episode 1 after Lala and Prunce takes Fuwa to their ship to escape from the incoming Notraiders.
  • Magic Music: Each of the girls sing when they transform into their Pretty Cure form. While it's not unusual in this franchise to hear background singers during the Transformation Sequence, this is the first time the Cures themselves sing while transforming.
  • Masquerade: The government, (or at least the Japanese government), are aware about the existence of aliens and Madoka's father is part of a faction dedicated to finding any aliens among Earth without the public ever finding out.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Elena has six younger siblings, who she often has to look after while their parents are busy.
  • Meaningful Name: To fit this season's space motif, we have a new set of meaningful names:
    • Hikaru Hoshina's name can be read out to mean "star light".
    • Lala's family name "Hagoromo" roughly means "feathered robe"; in Japanese Buddhist folklore, these robes are worn by Tennin.
    • Elena Amamiya's surname Amamiya (天宮) means "heaven palace" and her forename means "bright one"
    • Madoka Kaguya's surname Kaguya alludes to the protagonist of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The third kanji in her surname 矢 also alludes to her archery powers. Her forename if written in kanji 円 means either "circle" (alluding to the moon being round) or "yen" (alluding to her family's status)
    • Fuwa's name comes from the fluffy onomatopoeia.
    • City of Adventure Mihoshi (観星) means "see the stars"
    • Ryoutaro Sorami's surname (空見) means "sky sight" and the first kanji in her forename 遼 means "distant" or "far", alluding to how distant space is.
    • The first kanji in Hikaru's grandmother Youko's forename is the second kanji in the Japanese word for sun (太).
    • The first kanji in Hikaru's mother Terumi's forename, 輝, means shine.
  • Magic Versus Science: Played to a Logical Extreme given that this is about Magical Girls fighting against an Alien Invasion primarily using hi-tech weaponry.
  • Million-to-One Chance: Lala's ship describes Hikaru's and Lala's odds of becoming Cures as a 0.000000012% chance (Approximately 1 in 83 million).
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: Science in Genre Only. The "science" is only there so far to allow the Cures and the antagonists to joyride and fight each other across the universe. The index for Space Does Not Work That Way might as well be a checklist for the liberties this show takes.
  • Mooks: Nottorei, humanoids who wore a gray space suit with the word "NO" printed vertically on their helmet (or "NOT" when you look at their collar/tie thing), serves as this. They are the first mooks in the franchise since Happiness Charge Pretty Cure's Choiarks.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Odango: Cure Star has these in her Cure form, but the buns are at the bottom of her hair.
  • One Steve Limit: Two franchise-wide aversions:
  • Pointy Ears: Anyone who's a humanoid alien in this series sports these, likely to indicate their status as aliens.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Elena and Madoka are a grade above Hikaru at school, so at first she refers to them both with the "senpai" honorific. This trope is discussed towards the end of Episode 5 after Madoka becomes a Cure; Elena tells Hikaru not to call her "senpai" anymore since they're now working as a team, which Hikaru is unsure about, and Madoka points out that since Hikaru and Lala have been Cures for longer than her and Elena, technically they're the senpai.
  • Science Fantasy: This is a Magical Girl show whose theme is outer space, and one of the magical girls is a Human Alien. Many of the villains are also based on various Youkai despite being aliens, in a similar vein to Urusei Yatsura.
  • Significant Sketchbook: Hikaru's sketchbook summons the fairy Fuwa and later transforms into the Twinkle Book.
  • Stellar Name: The Cures take their names from things related to the sky and outer space.
  • The Stars Are Going Out: What apparently will happen to all the stars in the universe if the Star Color Pens are not collected in time and is what the girls have to prevent from happening.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Star Color Pendant.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: How Lala is introduced. After landing on Earth, she stumbled out of her ship dazed due to motion sickness before covering her mouth and doubles off to the side to vomit off-screen. According to Prunce, Lala suffers from motion sickness pretty often.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cure Star's is pink, Lala's is turquoise, and Selene's is purple.
  • Youkai: The leaders of the Notraider Mooks are each themed after a different one; thus far, we have Kappard (a kappa), Tenjo (a tengu), Aiwarn (a hitotsume-kozo), Garuoga (an ogre/oni), and Bakenyan (a bakeneko).
    • It would seem that this also applies to other aliens and not just to the Notraiders, as the girls travel to a planet full of jinmenken-like aliens in Episode 7.
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