Fresh Pretty Cure!

Fresh Pretty Cure! (フレッシュプリキュア!, Furesshu PuriKyua!) or Fresh PreCure!, is a Japanese anime series and the sixth in the Pretty Cure metaseries by Izumi Todo, featuring the fourth generation of Cures. Produced by Toei Animation, the series was directed by Junji Shimizu (Jigoku Sensei Nube The Movie) and written by Atsushi Maekawa (Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Jewelpet). Character designs were created by Hisashi Kagawa (Saikano, Bomberman Jetters, Phantom Thief Jeanne). The series aired on TV Asahi's ANN network between February 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010, replacing Yes! PreCure 5 Go Go! in its initial time slot, and was succeeded by HeartCatch PreCure!.

Fresh Pretty Cure!
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Cover of 8th DVD volume featuring (from left to right): Cure Passion, Chiffon and Tart (top), Cure Pine, Cure Peach and Cure Berry
フレッシュプリキュア!
(Furesshu PuriKyua!)
GenreMagical girl[1]
Anime television series
Directed byJunji Shimizu (all episodes)
Akifumi Zako (assistant director; episodes 16-50)
Written byAtsushi Maekawa
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
StudioToei Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run February 1, 2009 January 31, 2010
Episodes50 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byIzumi Todo
Illustrated byFutago Kamikita
Published byKodansha
MagazineNakayoshi
DemographicShōjo
Original runMarch 2009February 2010
Volumes12
Anime film
Fresh PreCure the Movie: The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!?
Directed byJunji Shimizu
Written byAtsushi Maekawa
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedOctober 31, 2009
Game
Fresh PreCure! Asobi Collection
DeveloperBandai
PublisherBandai
GenreMinigame
PlatformNintendo DS
ReleasedOctober 29, 2009
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Fresh Pretty Cure marks the franchise's first ever expansion outside its target-audience demographic of young girls, as well as the first to introduce CG-animated end credits focused on dance routines. The series' main topics involve traditional playing-card suits, fruits and clovers, symbols that are associated with the Cures, magical devices and attacks used by the series characters.

StoryEdit

Love Momozono is a 14-year-old student at Yotsuba Junior High School who at her own expense, one day, visits a show by the well-known Trinity dance company and decides to become a dancer. A series of events unfolds, leading her to begin her life as a protector of all worlds (and to compete in the dance contest).

CharactersEdit

Fresh Pretty CureEdit

Love Momozono (桃園 ラブ, Momozono Rabu) / Cure Peach (キュアピーチ, Kyua Pīchi)
Voiced by: Kanae Oki[2]
A 14-year-old hapless matchmaker who is a fan of the Trinity dance company and is being taught to dance by Miyuki (the leader of Trinity, grateful for Love's saving her in the first episode). Love forms Clover (a dance group) with childhood friends Miki and Inori, and later, Setsuna. Love has messy, shoulder-length blond hair which she wears in two tight ponytails. As Cure Peach, her hair becomes knee-length, crimped blond twintails. Peach's colors are pink and white, her symbol is the heart, and her fruit motif is the peach. She introduces herself by saying "The pink heart is the symbol of love! Freshly-picked, Cure Peach!" (ピンクのハートは愛ある印。もぎたてフレッシュ、キュアピーチ! Pinku no hāto wa ai aru shirushi. Mogitate Furesshu, Kyua Pīchi!)
Miki Aono (蒼乃 美希, Aono Miki) / Cure Berry (キュアベリー, Kyua Berī)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura[2]
A 14-year-old schoolgirl at Torigoe Academy for exceptionally talented performers. She is good at sports, has fashion sense, tries to be modest about her appearance and wants to be a fashion model. Her house is also a beauty salon, where she lives with her mother. Miki joins Love's dance group to maintain her weight. She has long, silky, lavender-colored hair that falls to her waist. As Cure Berry, her hair becomes lighter and she has a curly side ponytail. Berry's theme colors are blue and purple, her symbol is the spade, and her fruit motif is the blueberry. She introduces herself by saying "The blue heart is the symbol of hope! Freshly-gathered, Cure Berry!" (ブルーのハートは希望の印。つみたてフレッシュ、キュアベリー! Burū no hāto wa kibō no shirushi. Tsumitate furesshu, Kyua Berī!)
Inori Yamabuki (山吹 祈里, Yamabuki Inori) / Cure Pine (キュアパイン, Kyua Pain)
Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa[2]
A 14-year-old student at White Clover Academy, an animal lover who wants to be a veterinarian. Love sometimes calls her "Buki", a diminutive of her family name. Although Inori appears calm and quiet, she suffers from low self-esteem. To improve herself, she joins Love's dance group. Inori sometimes lacks common sense and follows whatever situation in which she finds herself. Her hair is golden orange, brightening to golden blond when she is in Cure Pine form. Pine's colors are yellow and orange, her symbol is the diamond, and her fruit motif is the pineapple. She introduces herself by saying "The yellow heart is the symbol of prayers! Freshly-harvested, Cure Pine!" (イエローハートは祈りの印! とれたてフレッシュ, キュアパイン! Ierō Hāto wa Inori no Shirushi! Toretate Furesshu, Kyua Pain!)
Eas (イース Īsu) / Setsuna Higashi (東 せつな, Higashi Setsuna) / Cure Passion (キュアパッション, Kyua Passhon)
Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu[2]
Eas begins as a cold, isolated teenage soldier loyal only to Moebius. After spending time with the girls as Moebius' spy, she begins to wonder what would make her happy and slowly opens up to them. After a battle with Cure Peach in which she finally discovered happiness, Eas dies as a result of reaching the end of a predetermined lifespan; however, she is saved by the Akarun and Chiffon and reborn as Cure Passion. She lives with the Momozono family, joins the dance group and attends Yotsuba Junior High School with Love. She has dark purple hair as Setsuna, bluish-white hair as Eas and long, fluffy light-pink hair as Cure Passion. Her colors are red and black, her symbols are hearts and clovers, and her fruit motif is the passion fruit. She introduces herself by saying "The scarlet heart is the proof of happiness! Freshly-ripened, Cure Passion!" (真っ赤なハートは幸せの証!熟れたてフレッシュ、キュアパッション! Makka na hāto wa shiawase no akashi! Uretate furesshu, Kyua Passhon!)

Sweets KingdomEdit

The Sweets Kingdom (王国スウィーツ, Suwītsu Ōkoku) is a parallel world from where this season's fairies originate.

Tart (タルト, Taruto)
Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno[2]
A ferret-like fairy, Tart is Chiffon's caretaker who has trouble caring for her. He is anxious but kind, with a Kansai dialect. Tart brings Chiffon to the human world from the Kingdom of Sweets in his search for the Pretty Cures. He worries and grumbles, but is moved by a good story and enjoys Kaoru's donuts. Tart is a prince in the Sweets Kingdom, who went to the human world and is engaged to Azukina.
Chiffon (シフォン, Shifon) / Infinity (インフィニティ, Infiniti)
Voiced by: Satomi Kōrogi[2]
A baby fairy from the Sweets Kingdom, Chiffon enjoys practical jokes. She uses "espers power" (ESP—magic with a green aura) to give people troubles or joy. Love and the others (including Tart) care for her. A mark on her forehead is a light with a number of abilities, including giving the Pretty Cures power to transform.
Azukina (アズキーナ, Azukīna)
Voiced by: Mayu Isshiki[3]
A tall, squirrel-like fairy and Tart's fiancée, from a kingdom near the Kingdom of Sweets. To unite these kingdoms, a marriage was arranged between her and Tart (crown prince of the Kingdom of Sweets). They have a close relationship, and are attracted to each other. When Tart goes to the human world with Chiffon to search for the Pretty Cures, Azukina worries and is relieved when he returns for a short visit with the Pretty Cures.
Tiramisu (ティラミス)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata[3]
The chōrō of the Kingdom of Sweets who found and raised Chiffon.

LabyrinthEdit

The series' villains are known collectively as denizens of Labyrinth (ラビリンス, Rabirinsu). Their names are derived from the cardinal points of the compass. The episodic monsters (voiced by Shintarou Nakano[3]) are Nakewameke (ナケワメーケ, Nakewamēke), Nakisakebe (ナキサケーベ, Nakisakēbe), and Sorewatase (ソレワターセ, Sorewatāse), the last one a radar for finding Infinity.

Moebius (メビウス, Mebiusu)
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura[3]
A demon who is the leader of Labyrinth. He wishes to rule all worlds, considering his subjects mindless pawns. In episode 49, it is revealed that Moebius is a robot; the real Moebius is a supercomputer that hypnotized its creators (the people of Labyrinth).
Westar (ウエスター, Uesutā) / Hayato Nishi (西 隼人, Nishi Hayato)
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto[3]
A superficially attractive man who becomes comic relief later in the series. He seems to have romantic feelings for Eas, and is the most affected by her betrayal of Moebius. Westar's theme color is yellow. He and Soular die fighting Cure Berry and Cure Passion when they are sucked into a black hole. Soular and Westar are later brought back to life by Chiffon to help the Pretty Cures.
Soular (サウラー, Saurā) / Shun Minami (南 瞬, Minami Shun)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[3]
A calm and reserved man who plans his attacks before going on a mission, and his theme color is sea-green.
Northa (ノーザ, Nōza) / Nayuta Kita (北 那由他, Kita Nayuta)
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe[3]
The highest-ranking member of Labyrinth, who is summoned by Moebius to retrieve Infinity after he deems Westar and Soular useless. She is later revealed to have been created by Moebius from the DNA of a plant.
Klein (クライン, Kurain)
Voiced by: Kouji Hiwatari[3]
An elder-looking man who is an aide of Moebius and monitors the people of Labyrinth. He is later revealed to have been created by Moebius from the DNA of a lizard.

Cures' familiesEdit

Keitarō Momozono (桃園 圭太郎, Momozono Keitarō)
Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase[3]
Love's father who is a sales manager for a wig company.
Ayumi Momozono (桃園 あゆみ, Momozono Ayumi)
Voiced by: Kyōko Hikami[3]
Love's mother who works part time at a supermarket. Like her daughter, she is a picky eater who hates spinach. She sees Setsuna, after the latter's defection, as a second daughter after she begins living with them.
Genkichi Momozono (桃園源吉, Momozono Genkichi)
Voiced by: Mugihito[3]
A tatami craftsman who was Love's grandfather and died before the events of the season.
Remi Aono (蒼乃 レミ, Aono Remi)
Voiced by: Sakiko Uran[3]
A former model and salon owner who is Miki and Kazumi's divorced mother. His husband, Katsuhiko Ichijō (一条 克彦, Ichijō Katsuhiko), is a music producer who has a significant role in the novel adaptation.
Kazuki Ichijo (一条 和希, Ichijō Kazuki)
Voiced by: Kenn[3]
Miki's 13-year-old younger brother who lives with his father after their parents' divorce. Miki often persuades him to go out with her, disguised as her boyfriend to keep other boys away. He has had low blood pressure since birth, and dreams of being a doctor.
Tadashi Yamabuki (山吹 正, Yamabuki Tadashi)
Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura[3]
Inori's father who owns a veterinarian clinic. Bold and generous, he is patient with animals and a great influence on Inori.
Naoko Yamabuki (山吹 尚子, Yamabuki Naoko)
Voiced by: Michiko Neya[3]
Inori's mother who is an assistant at her husband's clinic.

Clover Town StreetEdit

Clover Town Street (クローバータウンストリート, Kurōbā Taun Sutorīto) is a shopping street where the three major Cures live.

Miyuki (ミユキ, Miyuki)
Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka[3]
The leader of the Trinity (トリニティ, Toriniti) dance trio, who is Love's group-dance coach (whom she rescued, and admires).
Kaoru (カオルちゃん, Kaoru-chan)
Voiced by: Ken Maeda[2]
A donut salesman who, when Love and friends are upset, he encourages them. Although his full name is Kaoru Tachibana (橘 薰, Tachibana Kaoru)), he has a mysterious past with multiple careers.
Daisuke Chinen (知念 大輔, Chinen Daisuke)
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki[3]
A brash, stubborn baseball player who is Miyuki's brother. He is a classmate and close friend of Love; although they often quarrel, he secretly helps her.
Yūki Sawa (沢 裕喜, Sawa Yūki)
Voiced by: Shinsuke Ueda[3]
A classmate of Love who is attracted to Miki, though the latter has no interest in dating.
Kento Mikoshiba (御子柴 健人, Mikoshiba Kento)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga[3]
A classmate of Love who is the heir to the Mikoshiba Zaibatsu. Tall, gentle, bespectacled and timid, he seems to like Inori.
Reika (レイカ) and Nana (ナナ)
Voiced by: Saori Seto (Reika) and Mayu Isshiki (Nana)[3]
The other two members of Miyuki's Trinity group.

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

The anime series was directed by Junji Shimizu and Akifumi Zako, and aired in Japan on ABC and other ANN stations between February 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010. It has four pieces of theme music: two opening and two ending themes. The opening theme for episodes the first 25 episodes is "Let's! Fresh Pretty Cure" (Let's!フレッシュプリキュア, Rettsu! Furesshu Purikyua) by Mizuki Moie, and the ending theme is "You make me happy!" by Momoko Hayashi. For episodes 26–50 the opening theme is "Let's! Fresh Pretty Cure! ~Hybrid Version~" (Let's!フレッシュプリキュア~Hybrid.ver~, Rettsu! Furesshu Purikyua ~Hybrid.ver~) by Mizuki Moie and Momoko Hayashi, and the ending theme is "H@ppy Together" by Momoko Hayashi.

The anime later reaired on TV Asahi's cable channel, TeleAsa Channel 1,[4] in April 2018.

FilmsEdit

A film, based on the series, entitled Movie Fresh Pretty Cure! The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!? (映画フレッシュプリキュア! おもちゃの国は秘密がいっぱい!?, Eiga Furesshu Purikyua! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!?) premiered in Japan October 31, 2009.[5] The heroines also appeared in Pretty Cure All Stars films, beginning with Pretty Cure All Stars DX: Everyone's Friends☆the Collection of Miracles! (プリキュアオールスターズDX みんなともだちっ☆奇跡の全員大集合!, PuriKyua Ōru Sutāzu Dirakkusu: Minna Tomodachi☆Kiseki no Zenin Daishūgō) released March 14, 2009.

Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the series, titled Fresh Pretty Cure! Asobi Collection (フレッシュプリキュア!あそびコレクション, Furesshu Purikyua! Asobi Korekushon), was released by Bandai for the Nintendo DS on October 29, 2009.

ReceptionEdit

Despite being a shift on the franchise's formula, the series was a success back in the 2009, which saved the franchise from its cancellation. Series headwritter Atsushi Maekawa stated on the Pretty Cure Thanksgiving Screening Event vol. 2 in Japan that "Fresh was a new experimental work, and it was my first time participating in the series, so it was a case of trial and error over and over again. If Fresh had failed, the series would've ended there. If it was a success, it would've continued forever... that was the high hurdle."[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Loo, Egan. "Fresh Precure TV Anime Series Confirmed for Spring". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "スタッフ・キャスト フレッシュプリキュア!". Toei Animation. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Profile at GamePLAZA-HARUKA
  4. ^ "ch1 - フレッシュプリキュア". TeleAsa Channel 1. TV Asahi Corporation.
  5. ^ darkhorse_logg (1 July 2009). "Movie of "Fresh Pretty Cure!" to come out on October 31st". GIGAZINE (in Japanese and English). Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Fresh Precure Head Writer: If The Show Had Failed, the Franchise Would Have Ended". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-04-12.

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