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YMMV / HeartCatch Pretty Cure!

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  • Anvilicious: Episode 28. Remember, kids, if you don't do your summer homework, you'll get turned into a Desertrian! Oh, and The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.
  • Award Snub: Heartcatch Precure! The Movie: Fashion Show in the City of Flowers?! was nominated for the Kidscreen Award along side Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest For Zhu and Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes, the latter of which won. (Want to watch the winning movie? Well, good luck with that!) No word, though, if it did better against Zhu Zhu Pets.
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  • Ear Worm: Every single piece of music, but most importantly the theme song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The fandom seems to have quite a fixation on certain supporting characters, particularly Sayaka and Kenji. The latter gets quite a bit of fanart of his imagined alter-ego from episode 21, Cure Fire. There's also a lot of fanart of his mom.
    • Heartcatch is this among Pretty Cure in general, to the point of Tough Act to Follow. There's is a perception that the franchise entered a Dork Age after Heartcatch that only ended after Go! Princess Pretty Cure.
    • Usually, main characters are either Base Breaking Characters or outright scrappies. Tsubomi is NEITHER, mostly because she's the first shy and introverted main character in a Pretty Cure series. Her moe design, Character Development and having a popular seiyuu voicing her definitely helps.
    • Heartcatch can be said to be the Precure with the most solid, well loved main squad ever. Itsuki has always been a solid all-rounder, but Erika usually gets praised as the funniest Precure ever, while Yuri gets praised as one of the strongest Precures in history of Precure. Meaning that this team really is a group of Darkhorses.
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  • Even Better Sequel: To Fresh.
  • Evil Is Sexy: What some fans think of the Desert Apostles, judging by fanart. Kumojaki got a lot of love from the Bara Genre crowd.
  • Foe Yay: Dark Precure has an unhealthy twith Cure Moonlight. Justified, it's something akin to sibling rivalry. Not that this will stop any shippers...
  • Fountain of Memes: Erika with her many hilarious face reactions, probably the biggest example in the series.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • "Heartcatch Precure!: The Movie" was apparently popular enough in France that it was simple dubbed into French, and has a surprising number of Fans in the West, which brings the question why no Movie Theater/TV Station wants to air that anime film.
    • The show in general has quite a few Western fans for just being a great show.
  • Growing the Beard: The series really began to take off after episode 8, which provided great character development.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • With his fluffy hair, Kenji Ban could be easily mistaken for a shounen anime character. Two years later, Yoshihiko Umakoshi, character designer for Heartcatch, went on to work on an actual shonen anime.
    • Unintentionally speaking, Cure Blossom and Cure Marine, inclusing Coffret and Chypre respectively reminds some fans of Robotboy and Robotgirl from Robotboy.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • There is fanwork pairing up Tsubomi with every other Cure in the series, a number of supporting characters and a couple of villains. A few fans even joked that the series was actually all about her building a harem.
    • Itsuki, arguably, given how popular she is with the ladies.
  • Les Yay:
    • Tsubomi gets some in with Erika sometimes, and she still seems to have a crush on Itsuki. To say nothing of Yuri and Momoka...
    • Naomi Victim of the Week in Episodes 25-26, is pretty clearly crushing hard on Itsuki.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dune crosses this when he kills the Heart Tree, causing a worldwide near-apocalypse.
  • Narm: Dune's Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum in episode 49. "My hatred will never disappear!"
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Desert Devils.
    • Try watching episode 41 when you are in the supposed target age range. Because you are mean in class, your kindergarten teacher turns into a huge dinosaur with mean claws.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Keiko Ban, who so far only appeared in a single scene from episode 18 but has an oddly disproportional quantity of fanart.
    • Semi-averted. Keiko made a return cameo in episode 36.
  • Squick:
    • The Heart Seeds needed to save the Heart Tree — the fairies poop them out. Um, ew. This leads to rather humorous Oh, Crap! (no pun intended) moment in episode 28 when they realize what was about to happen after saving so many Heart Flowers at one time. Thankfully, after a while the Heart Seed sequence gets cleaned up just a little, though you still know they're pooping.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Professor Sabaaku/Tsukikage's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Yuri's meeting up with Cologne, her deceased fairy partner. Made sadder by the episode making it seem like he would be revived. Instead only his spirit appears before her.
    • As noted elsewhere, Dark Precure's death is also quite saddening. Many viewers are reported to have broke down in tears during this scene.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This season is so popular that the ones that followed have come across as inferior. Until Go! Princess Pretty Cure came along, the ratings for the previous four seasons after Heartcatch had a rather significant drop. It doesn't help that this series has some of the highest ratings in the franchise's history, right after (if not up there) with the original series.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: Yuri's transformation sequence would have been much more badass and surprising if it wasn't the only damn thing shown in the next episode preview.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It's not uncommon for people to mistake Itsuki for a very cute boy upon first watching the series. If Tsubomi is any indication...
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Heartcatch is regarded as one of the darkest Pretty Cure installations due to date, as many of its character episodes bring up serious topics. And that's not even getting into the whole predicament and suffering Yuri experienced throughout the series, as she has two people closest to her dying. And no, they didn't come back to life after that.


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