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"The great power of hope! Cure Dream!"
"The red flame of passion! Cure Rouge!"
"The effervescent scent of lemon! Cure Lemonade!"
"The tranquility of the green earth! Cure Mint!"
"The blue spring of intelligence! Cure Aqua!"
"The blue rose is the proof of secrets! Milky Rose!"
"The power of hope and the lights of the future!"
"Five hearts flap their wings to magnificence!"
"Yes! Pretty Cure 5!"

Yes! Pretty Cure 5 is the fourth entry in the Pretty Cure franchise. The title comes from the fact that this time, there are five Cures instead of two.

Nozomi Yumehara is an energetic though dimwitted girl who is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life. She meets a hot guy in a chance encounter, follows him into the library, and before she knows it her belief in the importance of following your dreams has turned her into a Magical Girl with a sidekick who looks like a yellow plush tanuki. Within a few episodes, she's assembled a complete team:

With the help of extradimensional tanuki duo Coco and Nuts, their goal is to collect fifty-five creatures called Pinkies in order to complete the "Dream Collet", enabling it to grant a single wish and restore Coco and Nuts' destroyed homeworld. Though you would be forgiven for forgetting about this subplot, since Pinky-collecting is usually treated as an aside when nothing else is going on. The majority of screentime is given to the Pretty Cures' fight against the Nightmare Group, an evil corporation who wish to steal the Dream Collet for their Big Bad queen, the mask-wearing Despariah. Later, the Pretty Cure get another ally in the form of Milk, a rabbit-earred mascot creature who gives them their Mid-Season Upgrade.

Yes! produced more than a few waves in the Western fandom when it discarded many of the synonymous Pretty Cure tropes in favour of a more traditional formula. Despite this, the character development is good, the action is solid and it still retains some of the fistfighting combat and Postmodernism that makes Pretty Cure stand out in the Magical Girl genre. It also started the trend of having every transformation phrase and special attack include the phrase "Pretty Cure" (where previously it was confined to the Finishing Move).

Yes! proved popular enough to get a direct sequel called Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!. After upgrading their powers, the Pretty Cure 5 team is recruited to protect the mysterious Cure Rose Garden from Eternal, an evil museum that steals and stockpiles priceless treasures from across the universe. To do this, the Pretty Cure have to track down the four missing rulers of the kingdoms that neighbour the Kingdom of Palmier, as they hold the four keys that unlock the path to the Cure Rose Garden.

GoGo! had a Non-Serial Movie in the form of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! The Movie: Happy Birthday in the Land of Sweets. It was followed by the next installment, Fresh Pretty Cure!, in 2009.

Along with new mascot creature Syrup, an orange flying penguin mailman, the Pretty Cure get a Sixth Ranger:

On March 14, 2023, an adult-focused sequel was announced, under the name of Power of Hope ~PreCure Full Bloom~ (Kibou no Chikara ~Otona Pretty Cure '23~, lit. Power of Hope ~Adult Pretty Cure '23~). The series started airing on October 7, 2023 for NHK Educational.

This program provides examples of:

  • Aloof Ally: Milky Rose initially is elusive about her identity, not revealing anything about herself to the main characters.
  • Aloof Archer: Karen with her attack "Pretty Cure Sapphire Arrow." Befittingly, she's also the most analytical member of the group, being the Cure of Intelligence.
  • Alternate Continuity: To the other series.
  • Ambiguous Situation: As it's shown that it's not enough to simply call the Kowaina to summon them, it leads to ambiguousness how Gamao is able to obtain Kowaina Masks even after he run away from Nightmare.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Rin's younger siblings, the twins Yu and Ai, can be an annoyance to her when she's trying to get something done or look after the shop, but Rin still loves them.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Nozomi. Although it's never outright stated, she displays a lot of the symptoms of ADHD.
    • In episode 11, Nozomi gets an 18 on a math test. She studies with Coco and company and manages to raise that up to a 35 by the end of the episode. In the same episode, Nozomi manages to finish reading a book for the first time in her life.
    • Character Development eventually lets Nozomi grow out of this trope, though, although still a ditz.
  • Audible Gleam: This is Pretty Cure. You won't get five minutes into an episode without sparkles.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: While they're mostly accurate, the first opening briefly features Karen showcasing her musical talent the violin. In the series proper, the only instrument she's known to play is piano.
  • Barrier Warrior: Komachi/Mint's primary attack is creating a barrier to ward off attacks, though she occasionally manages offensive tricks with it. Her Emerald Saucer in Go Go is more offensive, but is used as a shield sometimes.
  • Batman in My Basement: Nozomi struggles to hide Coco in her house before he moves out to the Nuts House.
  • Battle in the Rain: Episode 10 of Go Go. And the girls actually do slip on the wet ground a few times.
  • Beta Couple: Nuts/Komachi, with Coco/Nozomi as the Alpha. In addition, both Syrup/Urara and Karen/Kurumi could count as the Gamma Couple.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The very first sign that the really nice Komachi needs to be watched out for was when she suddenly slammed the table and scolded the crowd that pestered Karen for her Student Council President permissions. When Hadenya pushed her too far, she not only effortlessly block her attacks like a total badass, but shows that for a Barrier Warrior, she's also capable of unleashing untold destruction with that barrier.
  • Big Damn Kiss: The first kiss of the two in the franchise’s whole animated canon is dedicated to Nozomi breaking Coco out of his villainous brainwashing in the GoGo movie.
  • Big Eater: If you're not Komachi, raise your hand.
  • Big Fancy House: Holy crap, Karen! And that's not even including her private island, or private mountain resort, or just countless of other smaller houses...
  • Bittersweet Ending: The first series. Although Nightmare is defeated and Coco now has the means to restore the Palmier Kingdom, he and the rest of the Palmier Kingdom citizens have to separate with Nozomi and friends, and to reach the Palmier Kingdom, the Precures give up their ability to become Precures and resume their life as normal girls. Not to worry, the second season's preview is right after the ending credits, so we know things will be less bitter soon.
    • In Go Go, it was a lot more SWEET with some minor bitterness: Eternal is destroyed, but Flora dies as well. She is, however, reborn in seed form, leaving it to the care of the Cures. Furthermore, the Cure Rose Garden becomes a free-to-visit and the Cures not only are able to resume walking forward to their dreams, they can visit the Palmier kingdom anytime unlike the first season.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Nozomi and Rin respectively, with Nozomi being a chirpy, optimistic idiot and realist Rin providing a more normal point of view.
  • Book Ends: The series proper begins with Nozomi running around a corner and crashing into Coco, who catches her. Go Go ends with Nozomi running to deliver a letter to Coco via Syrup, only to run around the same corner and into Coco himself, who again catches her in his arms.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: GoGo!'s final episode ending had the whole team shout "Kettei!" together with Nozomi.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Coco in the Go Go movie is brainwashed by Mushiban and forced to fight Cure Dream.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Urara, half-Japanese and half-French.
  • Butt-Monkey: Coco suffers this through most of the first season; Go Go! lightens up on his load a bit but does so by delegating the role to poor Syrup instead.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Pretty Cure, Metamorphose!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: Every attack is prefaced by shouting "Pretty Cure *Attack of Choice*". Since Milky Rose isn't a Cure, she calls out her name in front of her attack.
  • Cassandra Truth: "No, no! This is no wristwatch!"
  • Chair Reveal: A lot of the villains do this.
  • Character Catchphrase: Nozomi's "It's decided!"/"Kettei!"
  • Character Development: This is pretty prevalent in this series, by the end of the series, the girls have come out to be different than how they were introduced. For example, Nozomi is less scatterbrained and more focused in her dream that she found out, being a teacher. Rin is more open to her more feminine hobbies (like accessory making) while still going with her tomboyish activities (like soccer). Karen becomes less self-dependant and lonely, accepting help and also works her way to be a doctor.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In episode 32 of Go Go, Precure and Milky Rose get shrunk, and there's a scene where Nozomi rushes to a piece of candy on the ground. She later uses it to get the ants away from the group.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Used to add more of a dramatic, mysterious feeling to Syrup's first scene in GoGo. And to make him look more of a Bishōnen.
  • Chest Insignia: Stylized butterflies.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Crepe is convinced that Coco made one of these to her. Although it turns out that it was a cross-cultural misunderstanding, she won't take no for an answer.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 46 from the first season and episode 44 from Go Go.
  • Clark Kenting: Aside from changing their hairstyles, the Cures look pretty much the same as they do in civilian form, yet no one guesses their identities, not even Mika, who gets up close to them several times.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Milk towards Coco, which explains most of her animosity toward Nozomi; once Crepe appears, the three of them succumb to a jealous war over the poor guy. Syrup, on the other hand, is fought over by Nozomi, Kurumi and Urara. And then there's Anacondy...
  • Club President: Mika is the Club President for the school newspaper, and only member by default, since her obsessive personality drove everyone else out.
  • Combined Energy Attack: in the form of a magic kamikaze mecha-butterfly in the first season, and the form of a giant man-eating rose in the second season.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Nozomi's initial proposed uses for the Dream Collet.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Episode 9, Mika posts an article that says what Nozomi, Rin and Urara ate during break. Rin is enraged by this but once she reads about Nozomi's lunch (curry and donuts), said girl replies offended that she also ate a melon bread. Urara too, instead of being angry, is happy to see how cute she looked in the photo.
  • Comic-Book Time: Used to avoid the question of why Precure (and everyone else) seem to have been held back a year in school in Go Go.
  • Continuity Nod: In episode 40, Nozomi doesn't figure out that Otaka-san is the Chief Director until Rin says it. She and Urara have a Big "WHAT?!" reaction. This happens again in episode 44 of GoGo with Santa Claus.
    • Also in episode 14 of GoGo with Milky Rose.
  • Cool Mask: Pretty much the whole point of the Nightmare Group.
  • Dancing Theme: Both versions of Ganbalance de Dance.
  • Dark Magical Girl: The first movie features the Dark Pretty Cure, dark copies of the original Cures.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rin, Nuts.
  • Debut Queue: Introduction of the Cures.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Despariah, Dark Dream. Seems to be an exclusive power of Nozomi's: the other Cures just kill their enemies. However, as seen in the first movie, even Nozomi has her limits. Enemy subordinates, though? Tough luck... unless you're Bunbee.
  • Dem Bones: Rin gets frightened by a skeleton a few times in episode 27. That episode's Kowainaa is even a giant skeleton.
  • Demonic Invaders: Nightmare may disguise itself as a corporation, but part of its purpose is to plunge Earth into despair.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Nozomi, Rin, and Karen all try to find out their dreams over the course of the series. Nozomi in particular was searching for her purpose right before becoming a Cure.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Nozomi tries to sing a snippet of the OP in episode 33 before Rin cuts her off.
  • Diet Episode: In one episode, Coco goes on a diet because he got fat (although you never really see the difference in his human form) from eating too many cream puffs.
  • Disappeared Dad: Not in-universe (except for Taro Minazuki), but all five characters' fathers seem to have a lot of trouble getting screentime. Only Urara's and Nozomi's ever appeared, and even then their combined total appearances are in the single digits.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happened concerning the school reporter. Whenever it's possible the girls were caught on camera, Mr. Natts would show up and she'd focus more on him than the girls in terms of article importance.
  • The Dragon: Kawarino, who has his own Dragon in Bunbee.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Everybody in the Palmier Kingdom is named after sweet food.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Dark Dream.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: It's pretty easy to figure out which character has which elemental power just from looking at them.
  • Elemental Powers: In order: Heart, Fire, Light, Earth, Water, and Rose Petals.
  • The End of the World as We Know It:
    • Desparaiah wants to bring despair to the entire world, like she already did to the Palmier Kingdom.
    • The Director of Eternal isn't directly trying to destroy Earth, but when he starts blowing up the Cure Rose Garden, Earth starts being erased.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Coco after he has undergone the Brainwashed and Crazy trope.
  • Evil, Inc.: Both Nightmare and Eternal are corporation-like organizations devoted to some shady goal. Much talk about promotions and submitting reports goes around.
  • Evil Minions: The workers for the aforementioned evil organizations.
  • Evil Twin: In The Movie in the form of the Dark Pretty Cure. Each of them fights their original counterpart.
  • Evolving Credits: Most notably, the addition of Milk and Pretty Cure Five Explode.
  • Expressive Hair: Nozomi.
  • Festival Episode: Episode 28 of the first season and episode 27 of Go Go, both Summer festivals.
  • First Kiss: Nozomi won't shut up about how she envisions hers. It's heavily implied to happen exactly as she envisioned, though we don't get to see it.
  • First-Name Basis: Rin and Karen.
  • Fleeting Demographic: Young girls.
  • Flight of Romance: Syrup takes Urara flying in episode 40 of Go Go.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: The Director of Eternal and Flora. He's not actually interested in her, but Anacondy suspects he is, and he acts rather stalker-ish and obsessive towards Flora.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Among five people. Nozomi and Urara are sanguine, Rin is choleric, Komachi is phlegmatic, and Karen is melancholic.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Milk fractured Cinderella in the first season: casting Nozomi as a super clumsy Cinderella, Urara as an equally clumsy Good Witch, Rin, Karen and Komachi as the Definitely-Not-Wicked Stepsisters and Stepmother... and every of the cast got Medium Awareness that they're in a Cinderella story. It was only done midway before the midnight ball done, but Rin and Karen still complain on how they're cast as the 'villains'. invoked
  • Frilly Upgrade: Wings Of Justice; later, Jackets, and later, Even Bigger Wings of Justice.
  • Gag Sub: Yadokan and Isogin have almost the exact same lines, some fansubbers still translate them in completely different ways.
  • Genki Girl: Nozomi is always bubbling with energy. If she doesn't have anything to do, she immediately goes looking for something to do.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Played straight by Urara in both forms, and Nozomi in civillian form. Cure Dream's hair seems more like a bizarre take on odango, with rings replacing the usual buns.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Nozomi has Innocent/Ignorant Pigtails.
  • Gratuitous English: right there in the title. Also notice that the team says "Yes!" rather than "Hai!" when they are about to do something flashy.
    Nozomi: "L"
    Rin: "O"
    Komachi: "V"
    Karen: "E"
    Everyone in Unison: Love! Love! U-ra-ra!
  • Gratuitous French: The school's Meaningful Name, L'Ecole des Cinq Lumieres, literally translates to "The School of the Five Lights". This has no direct relationship with the five lights that protected the Palmier Kingdom, but it is where those five lights found the protagonists so they can become Pretty Cures.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Nozomi is hard to awake, especially when she's dreaming about food.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Komachi's romance novel.
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Nearly every fight has one or two Cures holding their shoulders regardless of where they were hit.
  • Hot for Student: Coco's human guise, Kouji, is a teacher... why this relationship doesn't really Squick anyone is a mystery for the ages.
  • Idiot Hero: Nozomi has consistently terrible grades and has a difficult time figuring out the obvious. For example, she had to be told Milky Rose's true identity even after she transformed right in front of her.
  • Idol Singer: Urara wants to be an actress, but she ends up debuting as a singer to some hesitation. She later decides she enjoys it.
  • Image Song: Lots; Urara sings hers in-universe.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Lemonade's castanets.
  • In a Single Bound: The Cures can all jump super high, which shocks Dream when she first transforms.
  • Incoming Ham: Mika.
  • Interspecies Romance: Coco and Nozomi, Komachi and Nuts, possibly Karen and Milk, and Urara and Syrup. Mika also have an unrequited crush on Nuts.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Individually and together.
  • Invisible to Normals: Subverted early on, later used straight.
  • Jousting Lance: Episode 34 has Karin joust with Hadenya while on horseback using lance of water.
  • Jumped at the Call: Nozomi, before she even knew there was a Call to Adventure to jump at.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: The offensive version of Mint Shield.
  • Kiai: In the Italian dub, Cure Dream's attacks fall under this. She growls, which makes sense considering the Super Sentai series the first season was paired with.
  • Lady of War: Karen.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Syrup.
  • Laser Blade: Played straight by Cure Aqua's sword in the movie, even leading to some fantastic Blade Locks with Dark Aqua's very own Laser Blade. Subverted as the Cure Fleurets are never used for direct combat.
  • Late for School: And Karen would have none of that, as Nozomi found out.
  • The Leader: Nozomi is chosen as one as she was the one who gathers them. However, in GoGo!, Nozomi claimed that she's not one, and they probably don't need one, when Bunbee offered himself to be the Precure leader.
  • Lethal Chef: Though they got better during episode 21 of ''GoGo''.
  • Lighter and Softer: This is supposed to be where the franchise takes a lighter-hearted turn as opposed to the dark themes of the previous seasons, especially Splash Star. However, it is not without some utterly despicable villains like Kawarino or Eternal's Director.
  • Limited Social Circle: The girls are rarely, if ever shown interacting with other friends they might have, and they do everything with only each other. Rin has some friends due to her club activities, but that's about it.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Karen.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The song lyrics.
  • Magical Girl: All the Pretty Cure and Milky Rose are imbued with power that they have to transform to use.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: They use their power to punch, kick, throw, shoot, and blow up monsters and villains on a weekly basis.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Toys such as the Pinky Catch are on display all the time, and the Cures themselves have dolls and the like made of them.
  • Metamorphosis: But it has nothing to do with "Metamorphose!"
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Pretty Cure Symphony Set, Cure Fleurets and Milky Mirror.
  • Minion Shipping: Bunbee sure seems more concerned about Arachnea than the rest of the Quirky Miniboss Squad...
    • He also sheds tears when his Eternal superior Scorp (a guy) is killed.
  • Mirror Match: In the first movie between the team and their respective dark counterparts.
  • Missing Mom: Urara's mother died when she was still young, leaving Urara with very little memories of her, which is the subject of episode 19.
  • Modesty Shorts: Worn as part of the team uniforms.
  • Monster of the Aesop: In Pretty Cure tradition, the monsters can get pretty weird in order to match the theme of the episode.
  • Monster of the Week: Kowainaa and later on, Hoshinaa.
  • Monstrosity Equals Weakness
  • Morph Weapon: Aqua Ribbon.
  • Mouse World: Episode 32 of Go Go, where Mucardia shrinks the girls.
  • The Movie: Three of them, one for each season, with the third one set to be a Crossover with the cast of Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: The show is nominally marketed primarily towards young girls, but it has a sizable older fanbase as well, both male and female.
  • Mundane Utility: Early on, Nozomi wanted to use the Dream Collet to... get her homework done.
  • Musical Assassin: Dark Lemonade has a singing attack.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its' own page.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The Precure 5 has several moments where they're nearly, completely beaten.
    • In the first season, Kawarino managed to put Despair Masks on all the Cures and sent them over the Despair Event Horizon... Until Coco leaps through and snaps Nozomi out of it, followed by her freeing the rest.
    • In the second season, there are two occasions:
      • Mucardia managed to trap Nozomi, Rin, Urara and Komachi in his rigged game of Five de Chance, and then cornered Karen into a game she really sucks at: Coin Toss. But then he gets impatient and grabs Karen's arm, rendering the guess he could've called correctly wrong, thus freeing the others.
      • Anacondy petrified all of the main Cures and turned them into Eternal collections as the Eternal Director makes his flight to the Cure Rose Garden (oh and he kills Anacondy afterwards). Even with Milky Rose, she wouldn’t be enough to single-handedly beat the Director and she doesn't know Eternal base's interior well enough to find out where the Cures are taken. But suddenly, Bunbee comes in and nonchalantly shows her the way just before he calls it quits for real, so Milky Rose and the other mascots reach the Cures, give them a pep talk that restores them from petrification, so they can catch up and deliver a righteous beatdown to the Director.
  • Self-Applied Nickname: Supporting character Mika Masuko, who's a reporter for Cinq Lumieres' school newspaper, insists on being referred to as "Masukomi-ka", a play on the Japanese abbreviation for "mass communication". Nobody ever calls her that, though.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The entire Dream Collet plotline. Though Tropes Are Not Bad, because this trope becomes a point on how Coco is able to rally the Palmier Kingdom to break away from the Nightmare Mask and rebuild the Kingdom again even when the Dream Collet ran out of use by Desperaia.
  • Ship Tease: Lots, mostly involving Karen or Nozomi.
  • Significant Name Shift: After fighting for a whole episode, Rin and Karen use each others' first names as an indication of having developed respect for each other.
  • Something about a Rose: The major motif of Go Go, with Milky Rose representing the blue rose and Precure representing the red rose. This is all in accordance with the prophecy of the Cure Rose Garden.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Ruining many a cliffhanger.
  • Spell My Name With An S: Who knows what a bavarois is? Certainly not anyone who calls her Babaroa.
  • Student Council President: Karen.
  • Surprise Santa Encounter: Episode 44 of GoGo. Santa Claus is attacked by Mucardia who steals his sleigh and Santa falls on earth while losing his cloak and hat and catching a cold. Syrup and Urara find him in a park where he collapses, so they bring him to Natts House. They later bring his sleigh back after they purified it as a Hoshina, and Santa goes back to work. While everyone else figures out he's the real Santa when he's about to go, Nozomi and Urara take it longer.
  • Talkative Loon: Not so much of a 'Loon', but Queen Bavarois. Once she talks, she just won't shut up. She could easily pass as a less powerful long lost sister of Excalibur.
  • Theme Naming: All the mascots are named after food; all the Cures besides Dream are named after words for their respective colour that also happen to be things - Rouge, Lemonade, Mint, Aqua.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Komachi and her sister Madoka look so alike that anyone who doesn't know Madoka immediately mistakes her for Komachi, which is played for humor as Komachi and Madoka are a Sibling Yin-Yang. (Incidentally, they also share a voice actress.)
  • Verbal Tic: The mascots, as in every Pretty Cure series, use some variation on their names; also, Rin ends some of her sentences with "nano" and Nozomi with "mon".

Alternative Title(s): Yes Precure 5, Yes Pretty Cure 5 Go Go


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