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Clockwise, starting from top: Cure Papaya, Cure Flamingo, Laura, Kururun, Cure Summer and Cure Coral
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Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure is the 18th installment of the Pretty Cure franchise and the 16th continuity.

Manatsu Natsuumi is an impulsive first-year student who moves from Minamino Island to Aozora City. Things turn upside down when she meets Laura, a mermaid who is trying to protect the Grand Ocean (home of mermaids) from the menace of the Witch of Procrastination (who is planning to capture Laura). Manatsu becomes Cure Summer, and must now put an end to the nightmarish menace of the Witch, accompanied by Sango Suzumura as Cure Coral, Minori Ichinose as Cure Papaya and Asuka Takizawa as Cure Flamingo.

On February 28, 2021, it became the first Pretty Cure to be released in late winter.

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Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure contains examples of:

  • All Just a Dream:
  • Animal Motif: Cure Papaya has a Monkey Motif and Cure Flamingo naturally has flamingos.
  • Animation Bump: Episode 29 gets a huge one with "camera angles", smooth action sequences and major model consistency, especially since this is an episode where the Cures get their new finisher.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Episode 31, viewers are led to believe that Manatsu, Sango and Minori are following Asuka's train because they want to stay with her during her school trip. In reality, they just want to give her a pillow that was dropped from her bag and the only one who wanted to actually follow Asuka becasue of the trip was Laura. At the end of the episode, they leave Asuka and return home.
    • Also, earlier Asuka seems about to confront Numerii at a station, but instead of fighting, she hops on the train right before departing, leaving a dumbfounded Numerii behind.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Cure Summer, Cure Flamingo and Cure La Mer.
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  • Beware the Silly Ones: Manatsu is this in spades. Both as a civilian and as a Cure.
  • Bond One-Liner: After utilizing her finisher, each Cure shouts "Victory!" before the Yarane-da explodes.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: For this series, it's "Pretty Cure! Tropical Change!"
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: This trope is used by Manatsu and her friends as an excuse to leave the classroom to stop a Yaraneda in episode 25.
  • The Cameo: In episode 33, one of the video thumbnails on ToRobu features Himari Arisugawa.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: During Episode 16, the ice cream that Manatsu, Sango, Minori, Asuka, and Laura are eating are colored based on their colors as Cures, with Manatsu's being a pink/blue/white mix and Laura's being a pink/blue mix. This also serves as Foreshadowing to Laura's transformation to Cure La Mer.
  • Combat Stilettos: As per Precure Tradition. However, Minori averts this at first wearing proper shoes as Cure Papaya, then the whole team does in their Excellent Tropical Style where they are all barefoot.
  • Crossover: The Movie will also feature the cast of HeartCatch Pretty Cure!.
  • Dancing Theme: While the ending theme is this as per Pretty Cure tradition, the opening theme also shows the girls, their friends, and even the villains dancing at various points.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Instrumental versions of the show's opening and first ending theme are heard playing over the school's loudspeakers in episode 13.
  • Different in Every Episode: After gathering the team together, each episode Manatsu has a different pre-battle phrase (usually related to the theme of the episode) before they announce their team name.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Episode 33's opening is sung by the voice cast of the Cures.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Played with. The Cures all become Magical Barefooters when they change to their Excellent Tropical Style.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Cure Summer makes a cameo on the last episode of Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: The Cures in this series have heart-shaped highlights in their civilian form, which is further expressed in Cure form where the "heart" in their eyes takes on a different color from the rest of their pupil.
  • Evolving Credits: From Episode 19 onward, backing vocals are added to the opening, with Laura in her Cure form showing up starting in episode 31.
  • Feud Episode:
    • Episode 2 involves Manatsu and Laura getting into an argument over the latter's mission to find other potential Cures clashing with Manatsu's school life. They make up by the end of the episode after Manatsu feels guilty about lashing out at Laura.
    • Episode 20 involves the Tropical Club's quarrelling for the first time and almost falling apart after a Premium Tropical Melon Bread that Manatsu wins goes missing and they all accuse each other of stealing it.
  • Fingerless Gloves: All the girls have this in their Cure forms. This is averted with Cure La Mer however.
  • Foot Focus:
    • The Land Beat Dynamic has a close-up shot of the Pretty Cure's feet (presumably Summer's) after the elephant gets summoned.
    • The Marine Beat Dynamic instead focuses on La Mer's feet as they're flapping after the whale gets summoned.
  • Foreshadowing: In episode 36, it's rather suspicious that the Gran Ocean is suddenly in a full and recovered state, but there are a few signs that things aren't as what they seem.
    • Everyone's motivation seems to have gotten back with no explanation whatsoever. The last time Laura had spoken with the Queen, they were still slowly recovering.
    • When Manatsu acts informal around the Queen, the others call her out on being disrespectful. The Queen herself doesn't seem to mind at all, not even making a comment about it.
    • The Queen doesn't really act affectionate towards Kururun. Kururun tries to go towards the Queen's hand and notices that something is off. When they meet the real queen later, the she immediately pets Kururun upon seeing them.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Episode 37 reveals that Manatsu and Laura had actually met for the first time when they were children, although Laura kept her identity as a mermaid from Manatsu. After Laura's memories of these events were erased as per mermaid law, Manatsu, while initially saddened by Laura suddenly disappearing, eventually moved on with her life and forgot about their first meeting.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Minori and Laura swap bodies in episode 15 after Minori gets sucked into the pot.
    • One Anthology story in Episode 33 take this to egregious levels where all five girls, Kururun, Chongire and the accompanying Chou Zettai Yaraneeda all swap bodies when the monster lands on top of all of them.
  • Halloween Episode: Episode 35 shows the girls joining their school's Halloween festival. This specific episode deserves a special mention as it aired exactly on October 31, the day Halloween is traditionally celebrated.
  • Hammerspace Hideaway: The Aqua Pot is a small tablet-like object that Laura and Kururun live in, and which Manatsu carries around. It isn't limited to just them either as they're also able to bring in other objects to store.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog:
    • In episode 25, Manatsu says she needs to use the toilet when a Yaraneda is attacking the school, and Sango and Laura agree. This was used as an excuse for the girls to go outside of the school to transform into Pretty Cure.
    • In episode 31, Asuka uses the excuse that she needs the toilet to deal with Laura, who snuck in her bag via the Mermaid Aqua Pot.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In episode 6, while the group is putting together a monthly schedule for club activities, Manatsu suggests dedicating Sunday mornings to Pretty Cure, referencing how the franchise has always aired new episodes on Sunday mornings.
  • Loophole Abuse: When the Tropical Club gets their Aqua Pot confiscated by the Disciplinary Committee who deem it a banned item, Minori points out a school rule that states that items approved by a club advisor (in this case, Manatsu and Sango's homeroom teacher) can be brought to school, allowing them to reclaim it.
  • Meaningful Name: See this page's dedicated section for examples.
  • Motif: The series has a tropical theme, including coral, papaya, and flamingo. It also has a makeup theme.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its own page.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The preview for Episode 7 is initially presented as the Cures gaining their Group Finisher, something that's a general tradition around the Episode 10-11 mark as a response to the villains starting to play tougher. This came out as a surprise due to the fact this was Elda's first episode to attack. However, the actual scene was an Imagine Spot by Laura assuming Kururun brought a "power-up item" and the actual item ended up being sweets from the Grand Ocean Palace.
  • New Transfer Student:
    • Manatsu starts the series moving to Aozora City.
    • Laura joins the school in episode 18.
  • Not Me This Time: In episode 12, after learning that the school's Disciplinary Committee has been singling out the Tropical Club alone in their suspicions about the mermaid rumors, Asuka goes to confront Yuriko about this, only for her to reveal that she has nothing to do with the committee's investigation.
  • Once an Episode: Manatsu gives a slightly different In the Name of the Moon speech every episode. Including, of all things, a Shout-Out to Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.
  • One-Gender Race: In the first three episodes we're shown the Mermaid Kingdom, and the mermaids are all female.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The costumes of the Cures have elements from mermaids and sailors.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: There are instances where the show reuses BGM from Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure.
  • School Club Front: The main group sets up the Tropical Club at their school, which Manatsu describes as a club that does what's important right now. It's nearly rejected by the student council president for having a vague goal. Apart from being a front to allow them to discuss their activities as Pretty Cures, the members bounce around between different activities and also use their club room as a place to hang out.
  • Scooby Stack: The Cures do one near the end of episode 14.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Asuka's introduction scene is nearly identical to Makoto Kino's.
    • The game that Asuka plays in Episode 6 is a reference to Animal Crossing.
    • An Imagine Spot in Episode 7 has the girls imagine a power up item in the form of a large cannon, a lot like the older Team Bazookas from Super Sentai.
    • The Zenzen Yaraneeda's attack on Cure Papaya and Cure Flamingo in Episode 11 is a possible reference to Wipeout (2008)
    • A WonderSwan can be seen among the items confiscated by the Disciplinary Committee in episode 12.
    • Both the book and Disney movie of The Little Mermaid are referenced as a buildup to Laura becoming human.
    • Episode 18's Zenzen Yaraneeda is a serpent that can coil itself up in a very similar manner to the kaiju Nurse from Ultraseven.
    • Episode 29 shows Manatsu breaking free from a monster...while doing a pose reminiscent of the moment when an Ultraman enlarges.
    • Episode 34's Chou Zettai Yaraneeda is a direct reference to the titular mecha of Mazinger Z, using its various attacks such as Breast Fire, Photon Beam, Rocket Punch, along with utilizing its Jet Scrander.
  • Student Council President: Yuriko Shiratori, who first appears in Episode 5.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Laura's first day at a human school doesn't go well for her. She might have extensive knowledge on anything related to the ocean (which photosynthesis is applied to), but she has no idea on surface elements such as mountain ranges or human culture. Additionally, since she's not used to her legs, she easily suffers the Seiza Squirm compared to everyone else. This also bites her when she tries to swim as a human, as her skills at swimming as a mermaid doesn't translate too well to human limb movements, and she flunks her Swim Club test flailing in the water.
    • In Episode 25, after Elda fails to gather motivation, Numeri tells her that she'll give a good word for her. The following episode, Butler doesn't buy any of that and tells her to make up for her slack.
    • In episode 31, during the flashback, Asuka spots competitors from a rival school preparing to sabotage her partner Yuriko's tennis racket. She immediately confronts them and pins both to the lockers in order to stop them. No one else witnessed the attempted tampering, but plenty of people saw Asuka using violence to stop them. Even though she is telling the truth, Asuka lacks proof of the attempted sabotage, and a violent response remains a very negative image. The rival school threatened to go public with it unless Asuka and Yuriko withdraws from the competition, which leaves them in between a rock and a hard place.
  • Theme Naming: Several of the names in this season include something related to water or the ocean, fitting with the season's tropical/ocean motif. See this page's dedicated section for examples.
  • Town Girls: Asuka is the butch, Laura and Sango are the femme and Manatsu and Minori are the neither.
  • Underwater City: Grand Ocean is a vast city made of coral and stone. It is populated with anthropomorphic sea life and mermaids and thus can only exist under the sea.
  • Unscaled Merfolk: The Witch of Procrastination's minions are all different non-fish sea creatures (seahorse, hermit crab, sea slug, shrimp) with humanoid forms, with the Witch herself looking like an eel with a build like Ursula from Disney's adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's mermaid story.
  • Voices Are Mental: The "Freaky Friday" Flip between Laura and Minori in episode 15 switches their voices.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: In contrast to episode 15, episode 33’s "Freaky Friday" Flip fiasco has everyone using the voices of the bodies they inhabit, leading to Sango and Chongire talking like each other, the Yaraneda speaking with Laura’s voice, etc.
  • Wham Episode: Even though the season is relatively lighthearted and less serious than the preceding one, there are still a couple of episodes that really take a dramatic turn and raise the stakes hard.
    • Episode 10 follows a common tradition in Precure series in where the villains start stepping it up and introduces the Zenzen Yaraneeda which can tank the normal finishing attacks. Additionally it shows that not even the heroes are safe from getting their motivation sapped, which Manatsu learned the hard way.
    • Episode 29 raises those stakes again by introducing a more powerful Yaraneeda variant and Butler finally getting his fins dirty and personally leading an assault. It also introduces the Legendary Pretty Cure and the Land Beat Dynamic finisher.
    • Episode 36 is definitely a huge step up compared to the rest of the series. First of all, the villains manage to introduce an even more powerful Yaraneeda variant and almost obliterate the Pretty Cure. Secondly, Butler manages to steal the Marine Ring right in front of them as their sincerity revealed its location. Thirdly, a memory sucking machine is shown to be in the palace, with the villains admitting that it was there before they raided it.
    • The following episode is also a huge one in terms of the memory sucking machine in the previous episode. It's revealed that by law of the Gran Ocean, all mermaids who see or interact with humans are forced to get their memories sucked by said machine and have their memories stored in a shell. Additionally, Laura herself was subject to this when she was younger, revealing that she herself met Manatsu long ago (although Manatsu was unaware she was a mermaid) and that Laura and the Queen herself would be forced to the same memory wipe once the whole conflict is over.
  • Wham Shot: After the Sixth Ranger debuts in episode 17, the girls de-transform and realize Laura doesn't have a mermaid tail anymore, but human legs.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Cure Summer's is blue, pink and yellow, Cure Coral's is purple, Cure Papaya's is orange, Cure Flamingo's is red and sky blue, and Cure La Mer's is bright pink and light blue.

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