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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Is Episode 8 about Haruka learning about hard work (to a Family-Unfriendly Aesop extent mentioned below)? Or is it about Kirara having to trust Haruka in her capabilities?
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Back when the designs and the main story of the series were revealed in late 2014, many people wrote Go! Princess off for its over-the top Cure designs, perceived generic and cheesy premise, and the overly ridiculous dream that the main character had. As the show went on, it became progressively better-recepted by audience, and by its end, it is considered one of the best seasons that came out since Heartcatch Pretty Cure and is the first season to escape said season's shadow in terms of critical reception.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The ending credits are absolutely beautiful.
    • The transformation theme, 'Princess Engage'.
    • Cure Flora and Towa's violin duet in Episode 22. For the first time, we hear that Twilight's creepy Leitmotif is a counterpoint to Kanata's violin theme, "Memories of Kanata"… and suddenly it's not creepy at all. The duet version is on the second OST as "Kanata and Towa's Melody".
    • The music tracks that accompany the girls' combo finishers, "Eclat Espoir" and "Grand Printemps", are grandiose and bombastic yet elegant and movingly beautiful, just like the attacks themselves.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Towa/Twilight a.k.a. Cure Scarlet is this to an extent, as opinions about her tend to be split in the fandom. For starters, there are people who see her as an interesting character with likable personality who is considered a legitimate woobie due to her backstory, while others think her as a bland character with no notable quirks. Whether she is really necessary in the series is also up for debate as well, and some fans had lambasted her for taking over the focus of the show after her debut (although this gradually died down as the show went on to the end). Opinions tend to be split about her Cure design— while some find it gorgeous, others find it over-the-top and trying too hard. Then there is the whole comparison with her predecessors Setsuna/Eas and Eren/Siren.
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  • Cult Classic: After many attempts to surpass the Tough Act to Follow HeartCatch, in comes Go! Princess, a Surprisingly Improved Sequel whose run also involved Hiroaki Shibata getting "promoted" to the Super Sentai division to Win Back the Crowd.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Yui Nanase is quite popular, with a lot of fan art expressing a desire to see her become an 11th-Hour Ranger by the series end.
    • For being introduced mid season and not being given much personality, the fans love Stop and Freeze just as much as the others with their unique designs, intimidating moments when they DO show up and their occasional moments of cuteness, such as their voices. Their outrageous poses don’t deter from this either.
    • In a meta-sense, Go! Princess might as well be revered by fans as "the second coming of HeartCatch" for its story execution, characterization for both sides, and fixing most of the issues that plagued in the previous four installments.
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    • Among the characters that show up to be the focus of an episode, Akehoshi Karin is easily this, what with her very sympathetic story and goals, and a cute design to boot. Her showing up in two episodes helps at showing off her personality a bit more than other similar characters too.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Episode 8; If you have both regular duties to attend and a dream to chase, overwork yourself and try to do both, even if it weighs down on your health. And, if your friends offer to help you, reject them, because this is something that you have to do by yourself. Made all the more jarring when episode 9 delivers exactly the opposite message.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This Pretty Cure season and its movie Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Triple Splendid Feature has a surprising number of fans in the West.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Inverted with Close. Many people assumed that he was Killed Off for Real in #13 until he returned a few arcs later, in #31. It doesn't help that it also happens in-universe either; the cures assumed that he was gone for good after finishing him off the first time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • As mentioned on that season's YMMV page, HappinessCharge featured a character named Cure Princess. Now we have an entire season dedicated to them.
    • There were many fanmade Cure Mermaids before GoPuriPuri was announced, much like Doki gave us canon Heart and Diamond Cures, which had also been common before.
    • Princess Twilight's seiyuu is Miyuki Sawashiro, who also voiced Princess Twilight Sparkle.
    • Episode 37 has Kirara playing a witch in a stage play of Cinderella. One day later, the title for the next season was announced to be "Mahou Tsukai Precure!" ("Magic User Precure").
    • Kirara won't be the only Cure going to Paris post-series - the Heartcatch Pretty Cure post-series novel revealed that Itsuki/Cure Sunshine was heading there for study.
      • The fact that Paris is mentioned at all is this, considering that the Heartcatch Cures have previously went there before. Add in the fact that Kirara is going to model there, and one would have the right to wonder if she will have an opportunity to work with Fairy Drop.
    • Haruka, whose greatest dream is to become a princess, is voiced by Yu Shimamura, who provided the voice for Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and would later reprise the role for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    • What was one card Yu-Gi-Oh! had released for the OCG way back in 2001? Cure Mermaid.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Haruka Haruno. What's notable is that she's paired up favorably with both people of the same gender (Yui, Minami, Kirara, and Towa) and people of the opposite gender (Kanata, Close, and Yuki), whereas Pretty Cure is usually known for its abundance of Les Yay.
  • Les Yay: This show didn't waste its time in this department.
    • In episode 1, Yui gives Haruka a simple tour around the school. When they reach the Party Hall, Haruka imagines herself to be romantically dancing with a Princely Young Man only for her to realize "he" was actually Yui. Yui's awkwardly hilarious expression just seals the deal.
    • Episode #5: Haruka gives Kirara a hug to celebrate her passing the audition. Haruka and Minami then call each other by their first names for the first time, resulting in a Luminescent Blush from both ends, and the episode ends with all three girls holding hands.
    • Episode #9: Haruka comforts Minami when the latter is too scared to fight as a result of her fear of ghosts by holding her hand; the two then proceed to fight the Zetsuborg with their hands still connected. However, the crowning moment has to be at the end of the episode where Minami asks Haruka to dance with her...which they do. In front of the entire school. Even before that, Minami declines a young man's request, stating: "I've already decided who I want to have my first dance with", before she takes Haruka's hand. Their dance is also framed in such way that it wouldn't be out of place in a lesbian romance story. And then there's Haruka's declaration of being Minami's "knight".
    • Episode 13: Twilight gets very close to Haruka when teaching her how to play the violin, embracing her from behind and guiding Haruka's hands with her own.
    • Episode 23: Whenever Haruka takes Towa's hands throughout the episode. And then when she hugs her when she is losing ground to Lock.
    • Episode 24: Kirara initiates Friendly Tickle Torture on Towa to make her smile. This is followed by Towa and Kirara smiling and gazing into each others eyes for a long moment, which only ends when Aroma interrupts them to warn them of the Zetsuborg attack. The two of them are also roommates as of this episode.
    • Episode 32: The episode plays like something out of a traditional yuri genre with Minami's so-called fiancee trying to keep Haruka away from her and Minami defending her friend in retaliation. Her fiancee even envisions Haruka as a devil trying to take away his angelic Minami! In the end, the only thing he really did was to further strengthen the relationship Minami and Haruka had with one another.
    • Episode 43: Haruka accidentally trips and falls on top of Yui. What happened afterwards wasn't shown, but the implications were enough to make the shippers go wild.
  • Memetic Mutation: See this page for examples.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Close crosses it by turning the Noble Academy house of dreams into a Zetsuborg.
    • Dyspear's moment comes when she's revealed to have not just brainwashed Princess Towa into becoming Twilight but also attempted to murder her by using the Black Perfume to drain her life energy.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel:
    • Many fans consider this season to be a MASSIVE step up over both Doki Doki and Happiness Charge.
    • This also seems to be true in the overall TV ratings as well: where the previous two seasons started off strong, but gradually left the top 10 in the animation charts after a while, the current season has managed to stay in the top 10 for almost every week so far, something that hasn't happened since Smile Pretty Cure! was airing.
    • Merchandising has also apparently improved, with reports of a 46% increase in overall merchandise sales compared to the previous season. Hiroaki Shibata leaving in the middle of the season to work on the Tokusatsu division at Toei with the franchise's original producer taking over may have something to do with this, as Shibata's previous seasons are among the most divisive amongst the fans, with the lowest TV and merchandise ratings in the franchise to date.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A few people feel that, by the time Stop and Freeze come by, they take away the screentime that could be used to develop the other Dys Dark generals. Likewise, the two suddenly disappearing in the final episode with no real send-off or even a last mention can also be seen as an issue.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • While the CGI in the ending themes is generally excellent, the characters' faces in the second ending can edge into this territory, especially with their mouths appearing off-center at times. Also Cure Flora's closeup at 0:59 in the first ending, so much.
    • Lock's One-Winged Angel form runs into this territory for those who didn't find it to be Nightmare Fuel. It looks cartoonishly weird rather than menacing, especially when compared to Close and his One-Winged Angel form.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The first episode has some very nice animation, especially in the Monster of the Week fight.
    • The first ED CGI is absolutely gorgeous. Well, except for the Uncanny Valley at 0:59…
    • The second ED CGI cranks it Up to Eleven, with a varying solo verse themed after each Cure.
    • Cure Scarlet's transformation, first fight scene, and first usage of Phoenix Blaze are all spectacular.
    • This season in general in largely agreed to be the best Pretty Cure has ever looked. Whereas previous seasons tend to have animation quality fluctuate wildly between episodes, Go! Princess has largely kept stable with bouts of fluid movement and dynamic camera work punctuating most of the fights.
      • Episode 30 in particular is being being seen as the best animated in episode in the franchise date, which is saying quite a lot.
      • Episode 39, if you can believe, has scenes that are done EVEN BETTER then episode 30. This speaks for itself.
      • Episode 50. The final fight with Close. That is all.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Ironically, despite the previous two seasons being attempts at this, it was actually this season that's seen as the one that succeeded in doing this according to both the eastern and western fandoms.
  • The Woobie:
    • Towa, who was manipulated by her feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness, lured away from her brother and her home, kidnapped, brainwashed, and raised by the Big Bad as her daughter for who knows how many years. As a result, she hurt countless innocent people and was indirectly responsible for the downfall of her kingdom. Then Dyspear further manipulated her into using the Black Perfume to fight the Precure, knowing full well that it would kill her. When she finally returns to normal, she loses both her brother and the only remaining door to the Hope Kingdom. Now she's stuck in a foreign environment with no idea what to do and has to live with the guilt of everything she did as Twilight. Someone give this girl a hug! Fortunately, she does graduate to Iron Woobie status upon claiming her powers as Cure Scarlett and she has been welcomed warmly by both her fellow Cures and Noble Academy.
    • Kuroro/Lock, who is was initially a painfully shy Shrinking Violet too shy to even say his own name. He just wants to go back to the Hope Kingdom. It doesn't help that he was brainwashed sometime before that or shortly afterwards to become Lock and help in the downfall of Hope Kingdom. Once the girls return him to normal, he doesn't remember anything about being Lock, making it all the more painful. Luckily, he gets over his depression thanks to Miss Siamour and the Precures.


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