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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 "Shiawase Gohan Ai No Uta" and "Innocent Purification"
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 Ironically, Bandai did release merchandise of both Frozen and Sofia the First in Japan.
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 PriPara's ending themes, except "Mune Kyun Love Song", "Rainbow Melody" and "Growin' Jewel", have live action clips in them, while Pretty Cure uses live action cooking segments that the characters commentate on., main characters with similar hairstyles note with Cure Whip having similar hair to Laala, Cure Macaron having similar hair to Sophie and Aroma and Cure Chocolat having similar hair to Hibiki and a mascot who is an adult.
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 YTVmanaged 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).
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.
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.