Okay, I will review Heartcatch Pretty Cure (ハートキャッチプリキュア！Hātokyachi Purikyua!; also known as Heartcatch PreCure!) that starts in February 7 2010 and ended in January 30 2011. This is the second favorite series after Suite. The series has two main themes. One is fashion, which is referenced to Tsubomi joining the fashion club. And second is flowers, which are prominent in the naming of numerous characters and items, as well as in the main storyline. Additionally, most episodes contain at least one reference to the language of flowers.
Pretty Cures (except Cure Flower)
Erika Kurumi (来海えりか Kurumi Erika) / Cure Marine (キュアマリン Kyua Marin)
Seiyuu: Fumie Mizusawa
Family: Ryuunosuke Kurumi (father), Sakura Kurumi (mother), Momoka Kurumi (older sister)
Erika is 13 years old and Tsubomi's classmate and neighbor and daughter of the owner of the fashion shop "Fairy Drop". In addition, she is the president of the Fashion Club. She loves fashion and designing her own clothing. She has a jealous complex towards her beautiful and fashionable older sister, who is a Charisma Model despite still being in high school. She is an energetic girl and bluntly says what she is thinking, although she also begins to change after meeting Tsubomi. She makes Tsubomi join the Fashion Club after all old members signed off. After she is informed the qualification of Pretty Cure, she agrees to help in the fight of Tsubomi.
As Cure Marine, her theme color is blue and her flower symbol is the Cyclamen. She has powers related to the ocean and can use auxiliary attacks such as Marine Shoot and Marine Dynamite in addition to her finishing attack. Her catchphrase is "My heart, wider than the sea, has had enough, so this is the last straw!" (海より広いあたし の心も、ここらが我慢の限界よ! Umi yori hiroi atashi no kokoro mo, kokora ga gaman no genkai yo!). She introduces herself as "The flower fluttering in the ocean winds, Cure Marine!" (海風に揺れる一輪の花、キュアマリン! Umikaze ni yureru ichirin no hana, Kyua Marin!)
Itsuki Myoudouin (明堂院いつき, Myōdōin Itsuki) / Cure Sunshine (キュアサンシャイン, Kyua Sanshain)
Seiyuu: Houko Kuwashima
Family: Tsubaki Myoudoin (mother), Satsuki Myoudoin (older brother), Gentarou Myoudoin (grandfather)
Itsuki is in the second year, the student council president and the grandchild of the current principal of Myōdō Academy. Itsuki appears to be a gentle, handsome, and athletic boy with a princely demeanor who attracts many subordinates and fans. At the beginning, Tsubomi developed a temporary admiration for Itsuki until discovering her female gender. She crossdresses due to her having to substitute as the heir of the school and dojo in place of her ailing older brother. However, she maintains a great love for cute, girl things and is convinced to join the fashion club. In the events of Episode 22, she picked up Potpourri and thinks it's cute. She later becomes Cure Sunshine to rescue Tsubomi and Erika from danger with Potpourri while saving her brother's Heart Flower.
As Cure Sunshine, her theme color is Yellow/Gold and her flower symbol is the Sunflower. Her powers are related to the sun and can use auxiliary attacks such as Sunflower Aegis and Sunshine Flash, in addition to her finishing attack. Her catchphrase is "I will heal the darkness in your heart with my light!" (その心の闇、私の光で照らしてみせる!). She introduces herself as "The flower bathing in the sunlight, Cure Sunshine!" (陽の光浴びる一輪の花、キュアサンシャイン!, Hi no hikari ni abiru ichirin no hana, Kyua Sanshain!)
Yuri Tsukikage (月影ゆり, Tsukikage Yuri) / Cure Moonlight (キュアムーンライト, Kyua Mūnraito)
Seiyuu: Aya Hisakawa
Family: Sabaku/ Prof. Tsukikage (father), Haruna Tsukikage (mother), Dark Pretty Cure (younger sister)
Yuri is 17 years old and Momoka's friend, also in the second year of Myōdō Academy's high school branch. She shares class notes with Momoka when the latter cannot attend classes because of her job, also she heads the list of successful candidates in the grade. Her father went missing during the investigation of the "Heart Tree" in France. At the beginning of the story, she was defeated during the fight against Dark Pretty Cure, rendering her Pretty Cure Seed broken and the Heart Tree once withering. Owing to that her fairy died, she can't transform since her only Pretty Cure Seed broke. Scarred by this, she isn't willing to help new Pretty Cures. But later the Heart Tree and the Heart Pot recover her Pretty Cure seed and allocate her status of Pretty Cure again.
As Cure Moonlight, her theme color is wisteria/Silver and her flower symbol is the Rose. Cure Moonlight has powers related to the moon and can use auxiliary attacks in addition to her finishing attack. Her catchphrase is "I'll keep fighting, for everyone's heart!" (全ての心が満ちるまで、私は戦い続ける!). She introduces herself as "The flower glistening in the light of the moon, Cure Moonlight!" (月光に冴える一輪の花、キュアムーンライト!, Gekkou ni saeru ichirin no hana, Kyua Mūnraito!)
Rather than other fairies in previous series of Pretty Cure, the fairies were born in the Heart Tree in order. Each one could apartly find each own partner of Pretty Cure. Unlike previous mascots who end their sentences with a word typically referring to their own name, the fairies all end their sentences with "desu".
Chypre (シプレ, Shipure)
Seiyuu: Taeko Kawata
A fairy who protects the Heart Tree. In order to save it from danger, she has come to look for Pretty Cure, the legendary warriors chosen by the Heart Tree. She gives Tsubomi the Pretty Cure Seed in order to activate the Heart Perfume, allowing her to change into Cure Blossom. She often disguises herself as a stuffed animal. She has the power to give birth to Heart Seeds. It is said that if you collect them, a miracle will happen. Chypre tends to be calmer than her fellow mascot, Coffret. She often behaves as if she is Tsubomi's big sister.
Coffret (コフレ, Kofure)
Seiyuu: Motoko Kumai
Cologne (コロン, Koron)
Seiyuu: Akira Ishida
Appearing in episode 33, Cologne was Yuri's partner fairy before sacrificing himself to protect Yuri. He had nursed Chypre and Coffret since their birth, behaving calmly as their elder brother. Now his spirit exists in the Heart Tree and keeps watching them. He is also colored differently from other fairies with purple-white instead of cyan-white like Chypre and Coffret.
Coupé (コッペ, Koppe)
Seiyuu: Ken'yū Horiuchi
A giant fairy that stays in the Botanical Garden that Tsubomi's grandmother cares for. He doesn't talk, but he's always watching over Tsubomi and Erika. He is a legendary fairy that is said to have supported the legendary Pretty Cure, Cure Flower, in the past. The younger fairies admired him. He actually has the ability to transform into human, usually as Kaoruko's husband, Sora Hanasaki . He saved Pretty Cures in several times though they don't know who the mysterious guy was. It reveals until he guards the Heartcatch Mirage to test Pretty Cures and is defeated to leak his identity.
The Desert Apostles (砂漠の使徒) are the Main Antagonists of the series. They are a notorious group whose aims were to collect wilted Heart Flowers from their victims and take over the world by turning it into a giant desert. They're also responsible for the withering of the Great Tree of Hearts. It's revealed in Episode 20 that the Desert Apostles were serving Dune and taking orders from him.
Dune (デューン, Dyūn)
Seiyuu: Hikaru Midorikawa
Dune is the actual leader of the Desert Apostles, who has been in deep sleep after he was defeated by Cure Flower. He is first shown as a shadow on a video screen, talking to Sabaku about the new fairy that has been born and in flashbacks and in several episodes, but his true form and appearance is revealed during episode 37. Dune arrived at Earth after regaining his strength and sent a Desert Seed down to Earth which quickly turned into a Desert Devil. His true intentions is to destroy the Tree of Hearts. Dune is fully defeated in Episode 49 using the Infinity Silhouette.
Professor Sabark (サバーク博士, Sabāku-hakase)
Seiyuu: Taiten Kusunoki
Professor Sabark is the acting leader of the Desert Apostles, who wishes to kill the Tree of Hearts. He is usually seen sitting on a chair on a high level in the Desert Apostles' base, always having his right-hand Dark Pretty Cure by his side. He is never seen without his mask. His personality has not been shown properly, however, he wishes to finish off the newest generation of Pretty Cure in order to take down the Tree of Hearts. In Episode 47, it's revealed that he is Yuri's missing father. He is killed by Dune in episode 48.
Dark Pretty Cure (ダークプリキュア, Dāku Purikyua)
Seiyuu: Minami Takayama
Dark Pretty Cure is beside Sabark whenever a Desert Apostle has audience with him, acting as his second-in-command. In the beginning of the story, she fought against Cure Moonlight in front of the Heart Tree and won her half broken Pretty Cure Seed. She has an overwhelming strength of battle that can beat Cure Blossom and Cure Marine easily and strip them of Pretty Cure mode. Despite this, she has a deep conscious of competition against Cure Moonlight, who is her best rival. She seems to have a special relation to Cure Moonlight, once she said that she is her. In episode 48, it is revealed that Sabark (Yuri's father) created Dark Pretty Cure from the Heart Tree's data and Yuri; which means that Yuri and her are sisters. She dies in Sabark's arms and vanishes.
Sasorina (サソリーナ, Sasorina)
Seiyuu: Urara Takano
Sasorina is one of the Cadets of Sabark, and the first to appear before the heroines. She speaks with a foreign accent and can use her hair as a scorpion tail with poison. Most of the time, Sasolina has a calm aura around her, and always carries a smirk unless panicking or provoked. When provoked, she loses her calm personality and gets angry. Sasolina looks down on weak people, but will acknowledge strong foes. Her name is deprived from sasori, meaning 'scorpion'. In the events of Episode 25, her personality somehow changed after she got hit by Cure Sunshine's Gold Forte Burst. She was fully purified in Episode 40, revealing her Heart Flower (Katakuri) and true self.
Kumojacky (クモジャキー, Kumojaki)
Seiyuu: Eiji Takemoto
Kumojacky is one of the Cadets of Sabark. Although evil, Kumojacky believes in fair fights, and would never fight enemies that are too weak. Kumojacky has shown to have a constant passionate personality wherever he goes. He likes to see other people's pain, and has no problem using this to his liking. Full of himself, he claims that not even one hundred Cures can defeat him. Despite this, he is mannered, and always introduces himself to someone he is going to use or fight with. However, he never hesitates to tell people their weaknesses, and even encourage them into becoming stronger. He is purified by Cure Marine in Episode 46, revealing his Heart Flower (Achillea).
Cobraja (コブラージャ, Cobrāja)
Seiyuu: Hirofumi Nojima
Cobrajar is one of the Cadets of Sabark. He is very narcissistic, always thinking he is the most beautiful man in the universe. He often makes Snackey take pictures of him posing or make people give him attention. In front of Pretty Cures, he has the power of battle though he wouldn't let his face hurt and thinks to be admired by Pretty Cures at first. He can also throw lethal autographs to attack others. He is purified by Cure Sunshine in Episode 46, revealing his Heart Flower (Japanese rose).
Seiyuu: Keiji Fujiwara
Baron Salamander is a lost member of the Desert Apostles and originally, the right hand man of Dune before Professor Sabark took his place. He is mentioned once by Dune in Episode 48, as the one who give Yuri's father a mask that Sabark is wearing, allowing him to take control of his mind to serve Dune. In the movie, he is the main villain who awakened after 400 years after being defeated by Cure Angie. He is then defeated by the Pretty Cures in the castle of Mont Saint Michel in France.
Snackey (スナッキー, Sunaki)
The Snackeys are a numerous group of servants in the Desert Apostles. Unlike the three other members, the Snackeys act more like their servants, fulfilling all their orders and requests. They cannot talk properly, and instead only uses the word "Ki" when talking. They can be seen in all kinds of different shapes.
Desertrian (デザトリアン Dezatorian)
Seiyuu: Tomoko Kaneda
The monsters of the week, which are formed by fusing stolen wilted Heart Flowers with objects. Unlike monsters in the previous Pretty Cure series, these speak the worries of the person's Heart Flower which caused it to wilt. The stronger the person's fear or worry, the more wilted Heart Flowers they'll have, and the stronger the Desertian will be. Later in the series, the Cadets of Sabark gain Dark Bracelets, allowing them to take direct control of a Desertrian if its motives waver, making them more powerful in the process.
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