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The main characters. Going clockwise: Cure Milky, Cure Selene, Fuwa, Cure Soleil, Prunce, Cure Cosmo and Cure Star.
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Star☆Twinkle PreCure is the sixteenth entry in the Pretty Cure series, and the first entry to air during the Reiwa 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, Student Council President Madoka Kaguya as Cure Selene, and the elusive Yuni as Cure Cosmo, 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:

  • An Aesop: "Even very different people can become friends."
  • Actor Allusion: The Cures singing to morph is very fitting for character as the seiyus (except for Milky) are singers. Cure Star's seiyu is from an idol group (Dempagumi.inc).
  • Alcohol Hic: A G-Rated Drug variant occurs in episode 23. When Fuwa eats one of Yuni's snacks, her face becomes flushed and she starts hiccuping. AI explains the snack's main ingredient is an alien version of matatabi, making this a fantastic case of High on Catnip.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Zigzagged here. We have alien overlords, Fantastic Racist people, cunning cats... and then we have Star Princesses, Human Aliens who become Cures, and a squid and his baby.
  • Aliens Love Human Food: Played With at least twice.
    • Inverted in episode 2 where Lala gives a Cosmo Gummy to Hikaru. The latter agrees that they are delicious specifically for how sweet and squishy they apparently are. In return, Hikaru gives an umeboshi rice ball to Lala who (while initially nervous) plays the trope completely straight despite the eventual and intense sour shock to her.
    • Exaggerated in episode 15. Star Donuts from the local shopping district the girls live near are apparently so delicious that a famous alien food critic deemed them to be worth 1 billion yen each.
    • In #31 Toppa says that he loves the onigiri when he eats it.
  • 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.
  • All Just a Dream: The first half of the final episode where a suddenly regenerated Fuwa along with Lala and Yuni return to Earth to hunt for a lost Nottorei mask with Hikaru and the others turns out to have been a dream had by a grown up Hikaru.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Every episode ends with a constellation fortune-telling skit.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In episode 27 in their mermaid forms.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Played with and thinly justified as an ability held by specific characters, such as the Cures (because of Fuwa's power) and Kappard (who's a "space amphibian").
  • Big "NO!": Literal example with the Nottorei's, as they have a large "NO" printed vertically on their helmets.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending of Episode 48- though Ophiuchus is well and truly defeated, the Cures sacrifice their powers to resurrect Fuwa, and Yuni and Lala part ways with Hikaru, Elena, and Madoka.
  • 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!"
  • Catchphrase:
    • Hikaru: "Glitterific~☆" jp 
    • Elena: "Ciao" jp  and "Sounds nice!" jp 
    • Madoka: "Good day" jp 
  • Crash-Into Hello: How Fuwa meets Hikaru.
  • Cosmic Motifs: The series has a space theme. The main Pretty Cures are Cure Star, Cure Milky (after the Milky Way), Cure Soleil, and Cure Selene (after the sun and moon). Their goal is to save the 12 Star Princesses (based around the Western Zodiac) from being captured by the alien Notraiders.
  • 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.
  • Darkest Hour: As is tradition at this point, this happens in Episode 46. The 13th Star Princess captures the others and kidnaps Fuwa, even after her minions are fully purified.
  • Distant Finale: The second half of the final episode is this, taking place an unspecified amount of time after the end to episode 48, showing how the main cast has changed and what they're currently up to.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: It is revealed in episode 14 that Elena's parents, an interracial couple, are viewed as weird by her brother Touma's friend for singing and dancing in public.
  • 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.
  • Easily Forgiven: Darknest/Ophiucus.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Don Octo gives Yuni the ring after she reveals who it originally belongs to.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening sequence:
    • Episode 2 reveals Kappard as a villain and Tenjo in episode 4.
    • Episodes 5-10 are ads for Precure Miracle Universe.
    • By Episode 11, all of the villains are revealed, including Aiwarn and Bakenyan.
    • Episode 26 introduces a new OP
      • Yuni appears between Madoka and the fairies, chases the ship before the logo appears, appears when the Cures meet at the ship.
      • The Blue Cat scene is replaced with Cure Cosmo's attack.
      • The villain scene is updated with gas Darknest replaced with body Darknest, and Aiwarn now wears a hoodie.
    • Starting with episode 31, the start of the ending shows Fuwa transforming into her Winged Unicorn form.
  • Fade to White: The series ends with one, with the screen fading to white as Hikaru sees a now fully restored Fuwa appear from a warp off-screen in the final episode.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The inhabitants of Rainbow were ostracized by other aliens because of their ability to change their appearances.
    • That her father doesn't have a good opinion on aliens is why Madoka had to be convinced by Hikaru and friends to keep Fuwa as a secret from him.
    • Saboro suffered from this due to his inability to speak vocal language.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Almost every cure has this on their respective outfit. Cure Star and Cure Milky only have one Stocking, Cure Soleil's skirt and design are very asymmetrical and Cure Cosmo's rainbow skirt adds asymmetry to her outfit.
    • Cure Selene's cure form is the only outfit to be perfectly symmetrical. This is fitting for her being the perfectionist in the team.
  • Fictional Currency: The alien currency Shiens. Lala comments that one shien is one yen.
  • Filler: Episode 12, also doubling as a Breather Episode.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Cure Cosmo tells Garuoga "Just because you couldn't protect your planet, that doesn't excuse relying on Darknest's power and taking from others!"
  • 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.
  • From Bad to Worse: As if losing two pens wasn't bad enough, Episode 10 ends with Madoka's father and his men seeing the rocket come back to Earth.
  • 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.
  • Impersonation Gambit: In #36, the Cures, Fuwa, Prunce, and Blue Cat disguise as a mafia clan to infiltrate the mafia summit.
  • I Want Them Alive: Garuoga says that he did not hit the ship's vital parts so that he can capture Fuwa alive.
  • King of Beasts: One of the mobsters seen in the #36 cold open is a lion.
  • 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. Also Yanyan in ep 26.
  • 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. See them here.
  • 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:
    • Fuwa meets Hikaru the way mascots in this franchise often meet the lead Cures — by literally dropping on her head.
    • At the end of the first ED, the Cures draw stars in the air that are reminiscent of the ones the Kirakira Cures did in their second ED.
      • Also, one of the villains corrupts the Star Color Pen that is on the Leo Star Princess, who is a blue, lion-themed character. Elisio brainwashing Cure Gelato, anyone?
      • Flare's words "I'm fired up!" in the ending is reminiscent of Cure Gelato.
      • #33: The Twinkle Book gives the pegasus-shaped Fuwa a parfait.
      • #38 has similar elements to Kirakira #26, down to the ending with heartwarming music.
    • Madoka's Catchphrase is "goukigenyo".
    • Just like Nagisa, Hikaru does not hesitate to question the fact that she did an In the Name of the Moon speech the first time after she transforms.
    • The Cold Open shot of Madoka aiming her arrow looks a lot like Reika in the Smile Pretty Cure! OP.
    • Sakurako says "desu wa" after saying "janjan" together with Fleetfoot, similar to the way Kirarin says "kira" after saying "itadakimasu" with Ichika, Himari, and Aoi. In addition, Sakurako's physical appearance and personality are similar to that of Reika Tamaki, another character who acted as a rival to one of the protagonists in a Toei Magical Girl series that aired in the same timeslot as Pretty Cure.
  • 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:
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Episode 12 features a film director called P. P. Abraham.
  • Not So Different: The permanent grudge Aiwarn and Yuni have for each other are for the same reason. They each took something important from each other (Aiwarn took Yuni's home and Yuni cost Aiwarn her spot in the Notraiders)
    • Episode 29 shows this between Lala and Madoka as both of them have the same conflict about hiding their cure identities from their families.
    • Episode 42 focuses on how alike Elena and Madoka are which helps them to be able to understand and help each other during their worst situations.
    • Both girls also reveal their identities to their families by doing a group transformation right in front of them.
    • Episode 43 shows this between Elena and Tenjo as they both felt like outsiders in their childhoods for different reasons. Elena even mentions that it is thanks to Tenjo she was able to remember what made her happier and more confident and she wants to do the same for her.
  • Not What I Signed on For: The Notraiders joined Darknest to subjugate the universe. When Darknest reveals herself the Ophiuchus Princess and her plans are to go Soiled City on a Hill on the existing universe, they're shocked and try to attack her. Unfortunately, she is quicker.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Hikaru's absent father is first mentioned in episode 18, where Hikaru says he works overseas and can only see his family once a year. There's a photo of Hikaru with her parents in her room, but the father's face is hidden by glare.
  • Pointy Ears: Anyone who's a humanoid alien in this series sports these, likely to indicate their status as aliens.
  • Reality Ensues: Lala is Book Dumb to the point of being amazed by Earthlings being able to do double digit calculations and various jobs by themselves despite also being The Spock of the group. Having your entire race have over reliance on AI to do everything doesn't really give any incentive to study and learn things themselves.
    • In episode 27, two bouts of this occur: Prunce and the rocket are yanked by the rip tide current, who is realistically depicted as not caring how heavy the things, and the flow just stops realistically abruptly when the rocket gets stuck in the bubble hole.
    • Episode 28: Elena and Madoka are chanting to keep Flare-san's fire going but get tired later after. Chanting a mantra will not keep you from being tired, especially if you're handling a giant pump.
    • #30: Aiwarn exploits the concept of the Terminally Dependent Society that is Saman by corrupting their Mother AI and causing it to go crazy, and it works. With the exception of Lala (who's spent time on a planet that isn't as high-tech), Samanians rely on hoverboards too much to a point they cannot run.
    • #31: Toppa clains that a trip from Earth to Starscape would take ten years with their warp drives. Faster-Than-Light Travel is shown not to be immune to this trope, and it's lucky that Fuwa's warp powers help cut down the trip to mere seconds.
    • #32: Cure Cosmo tells Garuoga "Just because you couldn't protect your planet, that doesn't excuse relying on Darknest's power and taking from others!" Cure Cosmo lost her own planet too to the Notraiders, and she suffered PTS the second after he revealed that he lost his own planet. Yeah, like she'd ever tolerate that being abused to gain an unfair advantage.
    • #33: Fuwa tries to help Hikaru with homework. Yeah, she can't do that. She doesn't have fingers or thumbs unlike the Cures, so all she does is stomp pawprints on them.
    • #34: When the Cures met an alien who can't speak, Elena is given the job to accompany him because, her mother being a translator, she is the one with the best experience with forelgn language, even more so than aliens Lala and Yuni.
    • #35: Hikaru claiming she'll take in aliens from other schools is something that will make you look like an alien, as a fellow alien will point out to her.
    • #36: While Blue Cat is easily evasive solo, it is still possible for her to be slower if she has another person with her.
      • Even after Don Octo gave Blue Cat the ring after that sob story she gave him, Mary Ann is still not convinced Blue Cat is not evil and still chases after her. The only reason the Cures get off her tail is because Mary Ann's ship goes too fast and crashes on the moon.
    • #38:
      • A brief one in which the blind fortuneteller is facing the wrong way during his introduction.
      • When the Cures ask if Ayewan, whose heart supposedly became fuzzy from the battle, should come to Earth, she tells them off and leaves. You don't become willing to go to the good side just because your heart was touched so deeply.
  • Recurring Riff: The soundtrack makes extensive use of an immediately recognizable eight-note melody.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • #25: Hikaru's yukata hair are odango that makes her look like a teenage Doremi Harukaze.
    • #37: The Cures are forced to do a Super Sentai gimmick to stop people from finding out that aliens exist.
  • Significant Sketchbook: Hikaru's sketchbook summons the fairy Fuwa and later transforms into the Twinkle Book.
  • Space Opera: Look at the Brian Aldiss poem on the trope page - it pretty much checks every single line.
  • 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.
  • Soiled City on a Hill: Darkness's ultimate goal. She has deemed the current universe she created with the other Star Princesses to be flawed because it is full of lifeforms that misuse the power of imagination they were granted. She plans to use Fuwa in a ritual that will create a black hole large enough to swallow the universe, then start from scratch.
  • Subbing for Santa: Apparently in this season, Santa Claus is actually an alien from a race called Santanians. When the one coming to Earth crash lands and his delivery helper robot breaks down because of it, it's up to the PreCure to deliver the gifts he brought.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The Cures come to this conclusion in Episode 21. While the Notraiders have done terrible things in service to Darknest, they still don't deserve to have their imaginations stripped away to become mindless fighting machines anymore than decent victims do.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: The people of Planet Saman have their job decided by AI based on personality and strengths. Of course, Aiwarn exploits this flaw by corrupting Mother AI and guess what happens.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Star Color Pendant.
  • Trojan Horse: The Cures go through the spaceport by hiding in a box.
  • 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.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 10 shows the Cures actually losing, with the Notraiders getting their hands on two of the Star Princess Pens.
    • Episode 19: Blue Cat was actually Bakenyan in disguise, and she manages to swipe all the pens the Cures have obtained so far.
  • Wham Line: See examples here.
  • Wham Shot: The ending of episode 29 has hooded Aiwarn snickering at Lala and friends being branded for imprisonment.
    • The end of episode 31 shows Fuwa transforming into a Winged Unicorn.
    • Episode 32 has the Cures seeing Darknest.
    • Ep 38 has this in two places at one: the fortuneteller revealing his face and minutes later, Ayewan see him unhood himself and say "Bakenyan".
  • 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 8.
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