Rhythmic Pretty Cure is a Curefic by Ryanasaurus0077 with a rhythmic gymnastics thematic. It premiered on March 7, 2014, and episodes will be posted on Wikidot and can be read here. Finalized versions will be posted at a later date.
A feature-length (if you will) crossover with Sailor Moon Crystal, about the Rhythmic Cures going on a field trip to Azabu Juuban and fighting alongside the Sailor Soldiers, is in the works, tentatively titled Rhythmic Pretty Cure vs. Sailor Moon Crystal.
This Curefic contains examples of:
- Aggressive Negotiations: Done as a Brick Joke. In episode 3, Hitomi and Tsumugi's homeroom classmate (and Hitomi's baseball teammate) Haruhi Honda boasts about how his grandfather will easily convince United Auto Workers to drop their support of the chicken tax so his company could import their Acty microvan and not be forced to price it out of range. Several episodes later, during picture day, it's revealed that the negotiations went anything but smoothly, as an exhausted Haruhi quickly notes.Haruhi: Gramps was right about one thing: the negotiations were short.
Tsumugi: You don't sound too happy about it.
Haruhi: Why do you think? Gramps had his name dragged through the mud by those yellow bastards! They said they couldn't trust anyone who didn't pay their taxes even if they were the only automakers left!
Tsumugi: God, one dishonest auditor can do that to you?
Haruhi: Don't you go talking about my granddaddy's financial sins, too!
Tsumugi: In any case, it sucks that the Eagleland auto industry is run by a bunch of racist wanks.
- Anything but That!: Basilisk the Sculptor clearly does not like the idea of Cottonmouth the Terrible reassigning her to Cleveland.
- Art Evolution: Word of God is that the two episodes posted as of writing are rough drafts and will be gradually fine-tuned into what the theoretical viewers of the program actually saw, thus in a sense undergoing this.
- Ballet Episode: Given that rhythmic gymnastics draws influence from ballet, there's bound to be a few examples, whether or not any of the Cures are directly involved.
- Banana Peel: Few and far in between, but when one shows up, even Saeko and Itsuko had better watch their step! Tsumugi even refers to the peel as "the world's most ubiquitous equal-opportunity slapstick comedian" after getting tripped up by one.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Not played for shock value, but It Makes Sense in Context. When Tsumugi is practicing her ribbon routine to the temple dance music from Verdi's Aida in episode 1, it's mentioned what the music is to the ribbon routines of some of the other students.The other students were practicing their own routines, wearing their own wireless headphones and practicing to different pieces of music. Saeko was doing hers to Adam's Giselle. Ana's was to Morricone's Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. Itsuko's was to Williams's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sakura Hisakawa practiced to Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. And Hitomi was practicing to Ortolani's Cannibal Holocaust.
- Code Name: In a meta example, various developmental aspects of this series have their own. For example, the rough drafts are called "Texts", and the final drafts, once ready, will be called "Animations".
- Cool Crown: The Cures all wear fairly pimped-out princess-style tiaras.
- Episode 11 has Pretty Cure do this for an anime convention that spans Golden Week. The costumes are as follows:
- Later, in the Halloween Episode, they do this again, this time in different costumes:
- Creative Sterility: Averted in episode 3 and lampshaded by Basilisk, who expresses mock amazement at Rattlesnake being a fashion designer in her spare time and thus being able to create stuff.Basilisk: Well, I'm certainly glad one of us can actually create something!
- Custom Uniform: Played straight with the rhythmic gymnastics side of Altair Private Academy; the only thing all the uniforms have in common are classical pink (theatrical pink for exhibitions and competitions) tights and pink ballerina shoes (and even then a few have their own variations on that). Generally averted with the general education side and American football side uniforms.
- Dance Battler: Given the stylistic origins of rhythmic gymnastics, this is pretty much a given.
- Depending on the Writer: Simulated by the writer to evoke the effect of an anime series with episodes written and directed by different people.
- Elevator School: When he was younger, Hitomi went to a public school that encompassed grade school and junior high school. It's interesting to note that his first year in grade school happened to be his first year in Dream City; he was actually born in none other than Azabu-Juuban (sound familiar?).
- Everybody Owns a Ford: Or, in this case, a Chrysler or one of its siblings, including Voyagers, Aspens, Challengers, New Yorkers, Quattroporti, Prowlers, and the like.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Everyone on Pretty Cure, given the nature of rhythmic gymnastics.
- Expy: Izumi and Yukari to Yasu Fukuda and Hitomi Ueno, two prototypical Pretty Cures who are also a tomboyish bookworm and a sporty girly girl, respectively (though the former has since evolved considerably, and the latter also evolved into the comparatively more tomboyish Izumi Hamasaki).
- Fashion-Shop Fashion Show: The Cures do one in episode 6 with various cosplays from Sailor Moon, Corrector Yui, Supergirl, Shugo Chara!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Super Mario Bros., Urusei Yatsura, Princess Tutu, Sherlock Holmes (specifically, the Basil Rathbone incarnation), and Pokémon.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Itsuko is considerably better at cooking than is Tsumugi (who is herself no slouch).
- Femme Fatale: The Nightmare Beauties.
- Frills of Justice
- Funetik Aksent: Generally averted with foreign accents, with few exceptions. For example, when Tsumugi says "Canberra", it's always written as "Canb'ra".
- Gender-Blender Name: Hitomi.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Averted with the Cures themselves; however, this does get played straight by the cheerleaders for the Deneb Astros.
- Gratuitous English: Here and there throughout the series. For example, Hitomi gets a moment at the end of episode 1.Hitomi: Happy birthday, Lisa.
- Gratuitous French: The French club does a School Play of its own for the school festival, with Tsumugi, Saeko, and Yukari in the respective roles of a certain Power Trio from England, only with technology instead of magic, and translated entirely in French. (It should be noted that it's a new direct French translation from the English original, both the book and the movie, and yes, some bits had to go to keep with the new technology thematic.)
- Gretzky Has the Ball: Averted with the baseball scenes, as the author generally plays any of the Triple Play Baseball video games when plotting such scenes.
- Homage: Altair's baseball squad is basically one to the Detroit Tigers. Team name? Check. Similar color scheme? Check. Rivalry with a team based loosely on the Cleveland Indians? Check. Road uniforms with a color not on their home uniforms? Check. No batting practice jerseys for spring training? Check. Home field bearing more than a passing resemblance to the late, great Tigers Stadium? Check. "Eat 'Em Up" chant being used by the part-time cheerleading squad during games against the Vega Eagles, the Bellatrix Simians, and the Alnilam Rams? Check.
- Idol Singer: Ana Yotsuya.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: With Sailor Moon Crystal, for a two-part episode set during a field trip to Azabu-Juuban, which happens to be not just Hitomi's birthplace but also Sailor Moon's stomping grounds. Several of the author's chosen hypothetical Japanese voice actors for the fic have roles in Crystal, resulting in some imaginary cases of Acting for Two - for instance, Kotono Mitsuishi (Usagi in PGSMC, Ribbon in RPC), Hisako Kanemoto (Ami in PGSMC, Yasu in RPC), Ami Koshimizu (Makoto in PGSMC, Mika in RPC), and Shizuka Ito (Minako in PGSMC, Hikari in RPC). In a flashback taking place during another episode, it's revealed that Queen Selene, the ruler of the Realm of the Sun and the Moon, knew Queen Serenity and was friends with her.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: One of Saeko's classmates happened across her Rhythm Console completely by accident. It was just lying around, and it wouldn't work when she tried turning it on. She gave it to Saeko, hoping she could make some sense of it. This time, it turned on... but that's as far as Saeko managed to go at first. Anyone familiar with the Rhythm Consoles, though, would know that she'd just stumbled across one and discovered she was a Pretty Cure without even realizing it.
- Jerk Jock: A trio of them in episode 4, all from the American football side.
- Konami Code: This time around, it has plot relevance, as the Cures activate their powers using this code. However, it's never referred to by name, only by the buttons in the combo.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After plunking Yukari during the sixth inning of the Tigers at Astros spring training game, Tony Gottfried is benched during the seventh inning, partially for fear of a reprisal by the Tigers. This proves to be a wise decision, as Daniel Howard yells for her to charge the mound and give the pitcher a piece of her mind (which she doesn't, thankfully) and even the normally calm shortstop Roger Dayton vocally expresses his desire for Eric Patterson, their own pitcher, to plunk Tony the next time they meet.
- Leotard of Power: Worn by four of the five Cures.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Itsuko and Ana.
- Megane: Hitomi, again.
- Mood Whiplash: This is a generally lighthearted series, but episode 10 has a surprising amount of content dealing with the topic of racism, among them the assertion that Americans are the most racist people on Earth, moreso than even the Japanese, who in real life are rather known for their xenophobia (something that gets pointed out in-series when Tsumugi mentions that when it comes to racism, the Japanese are second only to the Americans).
- Mythology Gag:
- For the fic's imagined ending theme, "Ganbalance de Dance" is once again remixed. The ending credits sequence is described with all five Cures each assuming specific poses at the start of the ending and assuming the same respective poses together at the end, in reference to Happiness Charge Pretty Cure.
- Cure Clubs' Passion Pirouette finisher bears some resemblance to Cure Fortune's Starlight Ascension finisher.
- As with Futari wa Pretty Cure and the second ending of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! all the Cures are described as being dressed as cheerleaders in the hypothetical ending credits sequence. In Tsumugi's case, she's wearing her own cheerleader costume from the series proper.
- Some characters, including Tsumugi and Ribbon, have been known to go "Happuppu~!" from time to time.
- Cure Sphere's reaction to her electric purifying power awakening is similar to that of Cure Peace.
- Remember the Imagine Spot where Hibiki appeared in a School Play of Romeo and Juliet as a tree? The same thing really did happen to Tsumugi during her junior high school days.
- Narrative Profanity Filter:
- "Tsumugi swore loudly." This is also employed in other manners; for example, immediately after Tsumugi trips in the hall in one episode courtesy of a stray Banana Peel:Saeko knew what was coming next, so she hastily covered her ears before Tsumugi opened her mouth—and a good thing, too.
- In episode 10, the school bell drowns out Tsumugi as she complains about being called an anti-white N-word compound by an American student.Tsumugi: Does she ever kiss her mum with that mouth of hers?
Hitomi: What did she call you?
Tsumugi: Only the worst thing you can call someone with my skin color in the English language!
Hitomi: The H-word?
Tsumugi: Worse than that!
Hitomi: [shocked] The R-word!?
Tsumugi: No, much worse! She called me a trailer—!
[the school bell rings]
Tsumugi: Crikey, we're going to be late! Let's go, mate!
- "Tsumugi swore loudly." This is also employed in other manners; for example, immediately after Tsumugi trips in the hall in one episode courtesy of a stray Banana Peel:
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Russell Willis is an homage to the great William Ross of Frontier Enterprises, which is itself homaged in the form of Ford Studio in one episode where the Cures (save for Itsuko) get jobs dubbing the Science Fantasy Magical Girl series Delta Dynamos in English.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: With the exception of Tsumugi and Saeko (both of who speak Nagoya-ben), nobody in the Japanese version speaks with a Kansai Regional Accent even though the series is hinted to be set in Kyoto Prefecture.
- Nouveau Riche: Tsumugi's mother and Saeko's birth father are both sympathetic examples. The former had a rich relative who had left her a huge inheritance, and the latter is a self-made man who runs an overseas corporation and philanthropic organization and happens to have in-laws in the aristocracy.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The karate uniforms at Hitomi and Tsumugi's karate class, and also the ballet uniforms at the dance academy Saeko goes to on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Hiroyuki goes to on Tuesdays and Fridays; also, as far as interests go, Hitomi is a fan of Super Sentai, and Tsumugi is a fan of, well, anything in the Magical Girl genre. Also, Ribbon has pink fur, and Ring has blue fur.
- Place Worse Than Death: Cleveland, which is often used to threaten the Nightmare Beauties into staying in line.
- Product Placement: When the five Rhythm Console appear in Dream City, with Ribbon herself landing in the center of the city, the lights connect with each other and Ribbon, forming the Chrysler Pentastar. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is one of the hypothetical sponsors of this series. Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, and Jeep automobiles also appear throughout the series, with a Chrysler Voyager appearing as the Ichinose family car.
- Reused Character Design: Some characters resemble those from franchises of which the author is a fan (for example, Tsumugi and Ana both resemble Sailor Soldiers to some degree, and Ribbon bears a slight resemblance to Sharuru, with her human form slightly resembling Chibiusa).
- Running Gag: Ana expressing annoyance at the prefacing of proverbs with "As Confucius say".
- School Play:
- During the School Festival, the Cures end up performing in the Altair theatre club's production of "The Dancing Princesses", in which Itsuko portrays the 7th daughter of German-born Finnish industrialist J.W. Münster, Saeko portrays the 12th daughter of the same industrialist, Tsumugi portrays the wandering soldier (who in this Setting Update is a Vietnam veteran who had lost his entire platoon in a mortar strike by the Charlies), and Hitomi and Ana portray two of Münster's maids.
- The French club also does one called "Le lion et le serpent, épisode II : Le chambre des secrets", which gets a Setting Update and a complete overhaul from fantasy to science fiction and yet is no less true to the original text. Guess what it adapts.
- Serious Business: Played with. Beanballs aren't usually that big a deal in the DCBL (at least, not usually), but you draw first blood from a female batter... let's just say their opposing pitcher will let you have it the next time the two of you meet. Signals, though, are treated as this all the time.
- Setting Update: As produced by the Altair theatre club, "The Dancing Princesses" is set during the Vietnam War.
- She-Fu: Most of the Cures specialize in this, including The One Guy, and even Cure Clubs, who generally prefers Good Old Fisticuffs, resorts to this sometimes.
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- Show Within a Show: Delta Dynamos, one of Tsumugi's favorite Magical Girl programs, for which she later dubs a member of the eponymous squad in English.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: A few characters, both male and female, get tripped up by the world's most ubiquitous equal-opportunity slapstick comedian.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: "Yatta! Rhythmic Pretty Cure," the fic's imagined opening theme. It's described as maintaining some of the trademarks of a Pretty Cure theme, but sounding very dark and having a thrash metal feel which really doesn't match the lyrical tone.
- Stealth Pun: Two of the five students in the Cures' rhythmic gymnastics class who are confirmed to have prior ballet training are named Yasu Osaka and Hikari Fukuda. This is meant to invoke a certain blue-blooded Cure who would be perfect as a ballerina if she was up for it.
- Stock Footage: Homaged. In some episodes, when Cure Clubs tells the Monster of the Week, "I'll punish you!," she mimics the stock footage gestures made by a certain famous magical girl in a certain Trope Naming sequence.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Pretty Cure can stay underwater for prolonged periods of time without any danger of drowning because, well, you know.
- Taken for Granite: Expect this to happen whenever Basilisk the Sculptor summons a Monster of the Week. Not even Pretty Cure is invulnerable, if episode 5 is anything to go by.
- Tank-Top Tomboy:
- Tsumugi Nikaido, being the most tomboyish main character in addition to one of the tougher girls in her rhythmic gymnastics class (not to mention a karateka), wears a tank top and jean shorts with her RG clothes.
- Another sporty girl in the same class, minor character Masako Yukihiro (a wingback for her school's association football squad), wears a tank biketard.
- Subverted with cheerleader Chiyo Natsuki and swimmer Akiko Kitamura, both also minor characters and in the same RG class. They do wear tank clothes (an actual tank top in Chiyo's case), but they're both more feminine types.
- Theme Naming: All the Cures have numbers in their last names, and the villains are all named after snakes.
- This Is the Part Where...: Another minor Running Gag.
- Those Two Girls:
- Hitomi and Tsumugi's homeroom classmates, Izumi Suzuki and Yukari Ichijo.
- Saeko's ballet classmates, Hikari Fukuda and Yasu Osaka.
- Tights Under Shorts: Worn by Tsumugi.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Tsumugi and Saeko. This gets played with a bit, since:
- Tsumugi has Rapunzel Hair (especially as a Pretty Cure) tied in Girlish Pigtails, and Saeko has Boyish Short Hair;
- Tsumugi is the second-best chef out of all the Cures, and Saeko's cooking is simply passable; and
- You'd expect Tsumugi to have the sportier and rougher finisher and Saeko to have the flashier and more graceful finisher, but if Passion Pirouette and Rolling Thunder tell you anything, it's the other way around.
- Izumi and Yukari are also examples, with Izumi being energetic and aggressive and Yukari being sweet and demure. Their general hobbies also show this, with Izumi being into karate and action figures and Yukari being into fashion and ice skating. Ironically, Izumi is a bookworm in the Literature Club, and Yukari is the only girl on the Altair Tigers baseball squad, for which she's the second baseman (though she spends the first few spring training games as the shortstop).
- Tsumugi and Saeko. This gets played with a bit, since:
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak:
- Tsumugi's other apparatus specialty is the ribbon, she tends to carry a purse when she's going around town, and she's also a decent cook, though not at Itsuko's level. Plus, her Signature Attack is called "Pretty Cure Passion Pirouette" and is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, with baton twirling thrown in for good measure.
- Inverted with Yasu Osaka, who is clearly a Girly Girl with a Tomboyish Streak; she's more feminine than her counterpart, Hikari, but as a rhythmic gymnast she uses two apparati designed for men's RG (the double rings, which is also the first apparatus in which she specializes, and the stick), and in fact the only apparatus she uses that's reserved for traditional RG is the ribbon; also, during her ballet classes, she's in the same group as the boys and has performed men's solos during her class's concerts.
- True Blue Femininity: Itsuko.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: A benevolent example. Since his initial election several years before the start of the story, the mayor of Dream City has proven to be somewhat eccentric, even organizing an anime convention on Golden Week that corresponds with the sub-holidays that take place during Golden Week (said sub-holidays actually have convention events dedicated to them). However, as Hitomi puts it:Hitomi: He's a nice guy. He's just somewhat off his rocker when it comes to running the town. However, he is truly a competent leader.
- Whole Plot Reference: One of the summer episodes will be this to the Pokémon episode "Hanada Gym! Underwater Battle"; a key difference is that the production will be given a Setting Update to The '80s.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Izumi wears the boys' uniform at Altair, and Hitomi tends to crossdress as well, usually either with his school/RG uniform, as a Pretty Cure, or whenever he feels like it. Tsumugi, Hikari, Anzu, and Masako have also worn the Altair boys' uniform on occasion, most notably for Picture Day in episode 10.
- Would Hit a Girl: Astros pitcher Tony Gottfried plunks Yukari during the 6th inning, which earns him a visit from his manager (granted, managers tend to visit the mound whenever a beanball gets thrown, but this time the manager, who is fielding a female shortstop of his own, was extremely irate and threatened to swap him if he tried to add insult to injury by trying to pick her off).
- Worst Aid: During Class G's ballet lesson in episode 5, Hitomi's hip starts bothering him, having been struck by a beanball in the previous episode, and Tsumugi does a karate chop to relieve the injury. Lampshaded by Coach Nashton immediately afterwards.
- You Go, Girl!: The Altair Baseball League, unlike most baseball leagues, is open to both boys and girls, and every team has at least one female player. The cheerleaders are also required to participate in spring training with the other players later on, in case any of the teams should run out of players.