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General trivia

  • The series have generally been theorized to be alternate continuities; the Bat Family Crossover as well as Hugtto! Pretty Cure say otherwise, but these tend to really mess up the canon.
  • There are actually three different versions of the first Bat Family Crossover, all of which contradict one another and the series themselves. The short film, the movie and the DS game each have the teams meeting for the first time under different circumstances; only the movie and their sequels include Fresh and all the seasons after it; only the DS game takes place while the series are all running, while the others take place after they are over; and the short film just makes no sense whatsoever.
  • Apparently, as of late 2015, Pretty Cure tops a Famitsu poll about which anime franchise fans wanted to become a Musou-style game. If it happens, then it will become the first majorly female-dominated cast Musou game.

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  • Cash Cow Franchise: The series has earned Toei Animation excesses of 10 billion yen annually, with the only exceptions being 2006 and 2014.
  • Channel Hop: In Italy, the series (original Japanese versions) went from Rai 2 to Netflix as the North American version, Glitter Force after skipping Suite.
  • Dueling Works: Being a Long Runner, there have been many rival shows that have affected Pretty Cure throughout its run:
    • Futari wa Pretty Cure had rivals in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, two other magical girl series. However, with Pretty Cure being the newer show, it would soon beat both of them in ratings and merchandise sales.
    • Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star had competition from the arcade game Oshare Majo Love and Berry, as well as the Tamagotchi franchise. Both of these competitors won over Splash Star since Love and Berry was considered the popular new trend by many Japanese children in Pretty Cure's target demographic, while Tamagotchi had the advantage of celebrating it's tenth anniversary and launching the new online site e-Tamago in 2006, which was capable of linking to the toys. Later on, Heart Catch Pretty Cure and Suite Pretty Cure ♪ would face competition from the anime adaptation of the toyline, which got similar ratings to those shows and would occasionally beat Pretty Cure in ratings. However, in that case, it was Pretty Cure that would eventurally reign victorious with its higher toy sales and ratings during that period.
    • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! had competition from, of all things, the 2007 adaptation of GeGeGe no Kitarō, as well as from Kirarin Revolution and Shugo Chara!. All three shows beat Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! in television ratings, but the toys for that incarnation still sold pretty well.
    • From Fresh Pretty Cure! until Go! Princess Pretty Cure, the Jewelpet anime was considered as a rival to Pretty Cure, as both were Magical Girl shows involving cute critters. Pretty Cure always tended to perform better than Jewelpet, which only appeared in the top 10 anime rankings during breaks like New Year's. Jewelpet would eventurally get cancelled following Magical Change as a result of poor merchandise sales and ratings.
    • From Doki Doki Pretty Cure to Mahoutsukai Pretty Cure, Aikatsu! was seen as a major rival for the Pretty Cure franchise, as both were Merchandise-Driven shows made by Bandai aimed at young girls. Aikatsu! won during this time period in merchandise sales, but Pretty Cure won ratings-wise, as while Aikatsu! appeared in the top 10 anime shows during its boom in popularity, much like what happened with Tamagotchi!, the show's ratings never seemed to beat those of Pretty Cure.
    • The era from Happiness Charge Pretty Cure to Mahoutsukai Pretty Cure saw four rivals that beat the Pretty Cure franchise in both ratings and toy sales. Of these, two of them (Frozen and Sofia the First) were Disney properties, one of them (Yo Kai Watch) was another Merchandise-Driven show by Bandai centered around collectibles like Pretty Cure was and the final new rival, PriPara, was a then-new girls' property that was a big craze.
    • In 2017, Takara Tomy created their own Magical Girl series, Girls x Heroine!, that aired on the same exact day as Pretty Cure at the exact same time the show would usually end. So far, every installment in this franchise has beaten Pretty Cure in merchandise sales, with the exception of Magic x Warrior Magi Majo Pures!, which actually had worse toy sales than those of that year's Pretty Cure series, Hugtto! Pretty Cure. However, Pretty Cure still has better ratings than Girls x Heroine does.
  • Fan Nickname: Own page here.
  • Franchise Killer: The series has been reinvented no less than three times due to low points:
    • First, Splash Star proved that the "Dirty Pair clone" style was getting stale and set the stage for initial teams of more than two Cures. The only seasons since Splash Star to start off with a duo are Suite and Mahou Tsukai (HaCha doesn't count, since Megumi and Hime both became Cures separately from each other and can operate independently). It's also been suggested that this is why Splash Star is also the first season to not get a "second season" like its predecessor and immediate successor did.
    • Go Go turned the "second season" into a foreign concept to the franchise, having worse ratings than its immediate predecessor despite the toys selling well.
    • HaCha led to a total revamp of the franchise with GoPri (including the demise of cookie-cutter outfits), suffering the same fate as DokiDoki—a second half slump and general fan opinion turning against it (DokiDoki for its Stranger Behind the Mask moment with Cure Ace, and HaCha for its Romantic Plot Tumor). To add insult to injury, that was the exact same fate HaCha was meant to avoid. It also caused a shakeup in the PC managerial department before GoPri made it to its own halfway point.
  • Follow the Leader: Bandai has often made certain elements in each year's Pretty Cure series similar to other franchises that are popular amongst girls at the time of their broadcast in Japan:
    • To attract fans of Bandai's own Aikatsu! franchise, Happiness Charge Pretty Cure not only used cards that contained clothing inside as the collectible item, but included two songs the Cures sing to purify their enemies.note 
    • When Bandai found out that Frozen (2013) and Sofia the First were selling more merchandise than Pretty Cure was in 2014, they made a princess-themed Pretty Cure series, Go! Princess Pretty Cure, to try to win back fans.note 
    • Kirakira★PreCure a la Mode had elements of the show that were similar to ones found in PriPara, the biggest property in Japan amongst girls in 2016. There are insert songs sung by the characters Once per Episode, segments at the end combining live action and animation note , main characters with similar hairstyles note  and a mascot who is an adult.
  • No Export for You:
    • 4Kids reportedly had a similar problem with Futari wa Pretty Cure to ADV Films' attempt at releasing Mermaid Melody. Considering this company and their dub jobs with Tokyo Mew Mew and Ojamajo Doremi, the fandom was thankful. This seemed to be the last that we would hear of an English-licensed Precure, until Toei did release the first season in North America... but direct download is the only way to get it.
    • Canada's YTV managed to grab the license to Pretty Cure and broadcast it in 2009. The Japanese version was also streamed on Funimation's website (only in America) and Crunchyroll, but even so, most fans do wished for the YTV dub to make it south of the 49th parallel. Though it's highly unlikely.
      • The subtitled version that's on Funimation's site actually was aired on commissioned for a local television station in Hawaii along with the first season of Shugo Chara! in the late 2000's. Hence the reason for why it looks like an old VHS Tape.
    • The true reason is that it falls on the fact that it's a Magical Girl show, and executives are very queasy about shows aimed at girls. The naked transformations MIGHT be a bit too much for American sensibilities, though. 4Kids licensed the show but gave it back to Toei because they couldn't get a TV deal (in spite of already owning a SatAM block all to themselves).
    • It's also region locked to America, making this a double NEFY for anyone who dares to darken Toei's doors with British money. This also applies to Fist of the North Star, Slam Dunk and Digimon Adventure 02 though, the sub quality is such that it might be a non-issue. (However, the Fist of the North Star movie was released in America, and so was its new video game).
    • The gods must have heard you, the Pretty Cure dub was briefly available in the UK on cable satellite channel Pop Girl! And its actually one of the highest rated shows the channel has! But still no word on America airing the show.
    • In full effect with the sequel, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, which has not been dubbed at all. Effectively making the English dub of the show end in a Downer Ending.
    • Saban has now licensed the series, according to an Italian fan. They've localized Smile Pretty Cure! under the name Glitter Force, and dubbed forty episodes, in a similar situation to the first season of Sailor Moon's original dub. The show can be seen on Netflix. Same for Doki Doki Pretty Cure as Glitter Force Doki Doki, also on Netflix (but not before Saban returned the rights back to Toei Animation for some reason).
    • In respect to Indo-European languages (even the long-popular Italian), this is now in full effect for Suite, Happiness Charge, and all other subsequent seasons.
    • Beginning with Hugtto! Pretty Cure, Toei periodically posted select episodes of the current season to their YouTube channel that were generally available worldwide. However, when they posted all ther movies up until Pretty Cure Super Stars!, everything after Pretty Cure All-Stars DX was made available only in Japan.
    • On June 23rd, 2020, Crunchyroll announced that they will start simulcasting the series beginning with Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure starting from the 13th episode, similar to what happened when they licensed another magical girl anime, Shugo Chara!.
    • As of August 24, 2020, the subbed release of Kirakira★PreCure a la Mode has joined the global Crunchyroll catalog in its entirety.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: Since HeartCatch, the name "Pretty Cure" was officially presented in its often shortened form, "PreCure."
  • Talking to Himself: Several examples:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After the success of the first season and Max Heart in Spain, it was planned to turn the franchise into a commercial juggernaut like Digimon or Pokémon, importing all the seasons (except Splash Star) onwards. Then something happened and the plan broke up just before buying Yes! 5.
    • Footage also exists on YouTube of pitches for Splash Star and Yes! 5 being dubbed.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Pretty Cure Wiki.
  • You Sound Familiar: Given that such a Cash Cow Franchise as Pretty Cure ought to have a huge amount of characters as a whole, the examples have their own page.


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