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Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode (Japanese: キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード, Hepburn: Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Mōdo, lit. "Glittering Pretty Cure à la Mode"), stylized as "Kirakira☆PreCure a la Mode" and shortened as PreAla (プリアラ, PuriAra)[note 1] is a 2017 Japanese magical girl anime series produced by Toei Animation and the fourteenth installment in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure metaseries, featuring the twelfth generation of Cures. It is directed by Kohei Kureta and Yukio Kaizawa. Jin Tanaka wrote the script, and Marie Ino designed the characters. The cake and sweets designs were handled by pâtissière Junko Fukuda.[1] The series began airing on all All-Nippon News Network stations in Japan on February 5, 2017, succeeding Witchy PreCure! in its initial timeslot.[2] It was then succeeded by Hugtto! PreCure on February 4, 2018. The series' main topic is happiness, while desserts and animals serve as the motif.

Kirakira ☆ Pretty Cure a la Mode
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Cover of the final Blu-ray volume, featuring the six Cures. In clockwise order: Cure Chocolat, Cure Macaron, Cure Custard, Cure Whip, Cure Parfait and Cure Gelato in the center.
キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード
(Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Mōdo)
GenreMagical girl
Anime television series
Directed byKohei Kureta
Yukio Kaizawa
Produced byAkira Tanaka
Risa Endō
Yu Kaminoki
Written byJin Tanaka
Music byYuki Hayashi
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Toei Animation Inc. (Licensing)
Crunchyroll (Streaming)
Original networkANN (ABC, TV Asahi)
Original run February 5, 2017 January 28, 2018
Episodes49 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byIzumi Todo
Illustrated byFutago Kamikita
Published byKodansha
ImprintWide KC
MagazineNakayoshi
DemographicShōjo
Original runMarch 2017December 2017
Volumes2
Anime film
Kirakira PreCure a la Mode the Movie: Crisply! The Memory of Mille-feuille!
Petit☆Dream Stars! Let's・la・Cookin'? Showtime!
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedOctober 28, 2017
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Toei Animation Inc. licensed the series outside Japan for European Territories, with Crunchyroll streaming the series starting in 2020[3]. It is the third series (excluding Smile PreCure! and DokiDoki! PreCure) to be released under the "Pretty Cure" name since Futari wa Pretty Cure.

PlotEdit

Ichika Usami is a second year middle school student who loves sweets and wishes to work in a patisserie, but struggles to make anything good. One day, she encounters a fairy named Pekorin, who is able to detect "kirakiraru", an element residing in sweets that represent the feelings put into them. However, evil fairies start to steal the kirakiraru for themselves, leaving the sweets black and lifeless. Determined to protect the sweets, Ichika gains the power of the Legendary Patisserie and transforms into the Pretty Cure, Cure Whip, to protect the kirakiraru. Joined by five other Pretty Cures, Ichika opens up the mobile sweet shop, Kirakira Patisserie, and spends her days making sweets while fighting against those who seek to steal kirakiraru and bring misfortune to the world.[4]

ProductionEdit

The series was first registered by Toei at the Japanese Copyright Office on October 25, 2016.[5] A month after registration, Toei opened a teaser site for the series with the catchphrase "Create, Taste and Battle!".[6][7] On December 26, 2016, Toei updated the official website with main characters and staff, alongside the two theme songs and the official release date, also marking as the third series in the franchise to utilize a 5-piece group. It was also confirmed that the main characters were all running a sweets shop[8] and although it will still feature battle scenes like its predecessor, Kira Kira will have a different style of fight scenes called Colorful Pop Battles in order to fit with the series's theme.

In an interview with the team behind the series, they expressed a lot of concepts being used and adapted in the series. The producers stated that the 5-piece team concept was used after 10 years in order to differentiate it from the previous series, Maho Girls PreCure! which uses the "Buddy Concept". The motif of the series was decided also by the producers due to the choices are being taken. Producer Yu Kaminoki said that "Running a Sweets Shop/bakery is one of many girls have dreamed of when they grow up, and that is a good theme for the next series. However deciding on how fighting elements would fit in a Dessert-themed series is hard and is not compatible with Pretty Cure or any fighting girls series" and also stated "using Animals as a secondary morif could help balance the first motif of the series and is possible with imagination, to actually make the series work than just using Sweets as the series's motif". Also, the producer said that "Animal mofif would extend to the main character, Ichika, who decorates and creates desserts with an animal motif due to her huge imagination."[9]

While discussing the staff, the producer said that Kohei Kureta and Yukio Kaizawa were chosen to direct the series, as a way to lessen the burden in production due to coming up with newer concepts. Yukio Kaizawa was also chosen due to his work with Cure Flora and the Mischievous Mirror short film and that he said that he wanted to incorporate new ideas into the series as director. Kaizawa also stated that it was his first time to direct a series in Toei's Sunday morning lineup since joining the staff and that directing alongside Kohei Kureta would be a challenge. Kureta was grateful that he can work with him. Despite working together, both directors will direct the series in different episodes and both will have responsibility for how the series will turn out.[9]

For the characters, the staff made each of their personalities unique in order to match the animal motif of the series. The most unique one to stand out is Akira, in which the producers based her overall role to the "Otokoyaku (男役, "Male Role") actresses of Takarazuka Revue, a theatrical group owned by Hankyu Corporation. Nanako Mori said that her experience with the group in the past is the inspiration for her role in the anime and that playing a big sister in the series is a first.[10]

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

The anime began airing on All-Nippon News Network stations in Japan, including ABC and TV Asahi, on February 5, 2017, replacing the previous series, Maho Girls PreCure!, in its initial timeslot.[11] The opening theme is "SHINE!! Kirakira ☆ PreCure a la Mode" (SHINE!!キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード, SHINE!! Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Mōdo) by Yuri Komagata, while the ending theme for the first 22 episodes is "Let's La Cooking☆Showtime" (レッツ・ラ・クッキン☆ショータイム, Rettsu Ra Kukkin ☆ Shōtaimu) by Kanako Miyamoto.[12][13] For the other 27 episodes, a second ending theme is used called "Shubidubi☆Sweets Time" (シュビドゥビ☆スイーツタイム, Shubidubi ☆ Suītsu Taimu) by Miyamoto. The music of the series is composed by Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Haikyū!!, Gundam Build Fighters). The first single of the series was released on March 1, 2017 along with the first official soundtrack on May 31, 2017 titled Precure Sound Decoration!!. A second official soundtrack for the series was released on November 29, 2017 with the title Precure Sound Go Round!!. A vocal best album titled Suite☆Etude☆A La Mode was released on January 24, 2018, which featured songs from the anime and its movie. Crunchyroll will stream the series in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2020.[14]

FilmsEdit

The characters of the series appeared alongside characters from Go! Princess PreCure and Maho Girls PreCure! in the crossover film, Pretty Cure Dream Stars!, which was released in Japan on March 18, 2017.[15] A film based on the series, titled KiraKira☆PreCure à la Mode: Crisply! The Memory of Mille-feuille! (映画 キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード パリッと!想い出のミルフィーユ!, Eiga Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Mōdo: Paritto! Omoide no Mirufīyu!), including a fully CG animated short titled Petit☆Dream Stars! Let's・la・Cookin'? Showtime! (Petit☆ドリームスターズ!レッツ・ラ・クッキン?ショータイム!, Puchi ☆ Dorīmu Sutāzu! Rettsu Ra Kukkin? Shōtaimu!) was released on October 28, 2017.

MangaEdit

The manga adaptation of the anime was serialized in the March 2017 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine, written and illustrated by Futago Kamikita and ended serialization on December 29, 2017.[16] The first tankōbon was released on August 10, 2017,[17] with the second released on March 13, 2018.

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 August 10, 2017ISBN 978-4-06-337866-5N/A
2 March 13, 2018ISBN 978-4-06-511046-1N/A

ReceptionEdit

In their "7 Great Gay and Lesbian Relationships In Anime" opinion feature[18], Crunchyroll included the relation between Cure Macaron and Cure Chocolat, and compared it to the romantic[19][20] relationship of Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus. However, the voice actress for Cure Macaron had said in an interview that, since it is a show aimed at little girls, she had been told by the staff that the feelings of the characters were not "love". Nonetheless, she expressed that there is room for different interpretations of relationships and love.[21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Shortened term Toei used in official Twitter posts of the anime

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "東映アニメーション公式 on Twitter".
  2. ^ "「キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード」17年2月5日放送開始 テーマは「スイーツ」と「アニマル」".
  3. ^ "Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode Will Stream to the U.K." Anime News Network. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "ストーリー&キーワード - キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード-東映アニメーション:" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "'Kirakira Precure a la Mode' Trademark Filed". Anime News Network.
  6. ^ "Toei Confirms Kirakira Precure a la Mode TV Anime for 2017".
  7. ^ "プリキュア:第14弾「キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード」が17年春スタート つくって!たべて!たたかって!".
  8. ^ "TVアニメ『キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード』は2月5日(日)放送開始。キービジュアル・キャラクター設定なども解禁". moca.
  9. ^ a b "肉弾戦を封印することで描けるプリキュアらしさがある! 『キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード』神木優プロデューサー&暮田公平SD&貝澤幸男SDインタビュー" (in Japanese). Animate. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード - ニュース". toei-anim.co.jp. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kirakira Precure a la Mode Anime Reveals February 5 Debut, Theme Songs, New Visuals". Anime News Network. December 26, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "新プリキュアはパティシエ!スイーツ×アニマル変身「キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード」".
  13. ^ Corporation, Mynavi. "プリキュア最新作! 『キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード』、来年2月より放送".
  14. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-30/kirakira-precure-a-la-mode-will-stream-to-the-u.k/.161251
  15. ^ "Precure Dream Stars! Film Announces Guest Cast, Story". animenewsnetwork.com. January 12, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Kirakira Precure a la Mode Manga Ends in December". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  17. ^ 東映アニメーションオンラインショップ. "☆書影解禁☆【キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード】ブック♪「プリキュアコレクション1特装版/通常版」ご予約受付中!東映アニメオリジナル特典の詳細はもう暫くお待ち下さいね". @toeianime_shop (in Japanese). Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "7 Great Gay and Lesbian Relationships In Anime". Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  19. ^ "An interview with Naoko Takeuchi". Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "Naoko Takeuchi. The creator of BISHOUJO SENSHI SAILORMOON speaks at the 1998 San Diego International Comics Convention". Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  21. ^ "「『プリアラ』らしさが常に出ているライブになるはず」琴爪ゆかり&キュアマカロン役・藤田咲さんインタビュー - 『キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモードLIVE2017』リレーインタビュー第4回" (in Japanese). Animate. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Witchy PreCure!
Pretty Cure
2017-2018
Succeeded by
Hugtto! PreCure