Fresh Pretty Cure! (フレッシュプリキュア!, Furesshu PuriKyua!; also known as Fresh PreCure!, but the English official spelling is Fresh Pretty Cure) is a Japanese anime series and the sixth Pretty Cure installment by Izumi Todo. This is my third favorite series after Heartcatch and Suite. Produced by Toei Animation and Satelight, the series premiered on February 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010 on TV Asahi, replacing Yes! PreCure 5 Go Go! on its time slot. The series's main themes is both Card Suits: which are prominent to the symbols of the main cures and also Fruits and Clovers: which are prominent to the names of the main cures and the magical devices and attacks they use.
Love Momozono is a 14-year-old student at Yotsuba Junior Highschool that tends to care more for others than for herself. One day she visits a show of the famous dance unit "Trinity" and decides to become a dancer, too. On the same event, subordinates of the Labyrinth Kingdom show up who want to collect the unhappiness of the audience. Love gets the power to change into Cure Peach and fights them. Soon after, she is joined by her good friends Miki (Cure Berry), Inori (Cure Pine) and later in the series Setsuna (Cure Passion).
(See Pink, Blue, Yellow and Red Heroine for details about Pretty Cures in this series, I don't want to explain it more about Cure Peach, Cure Berry, Cure Pine, and Cure Passion)
Tart (タルト Taruto)
Seiyuu: Taiki Matsuno (same seiyuu as Wisdom in Futari wa Pretty Cure and Max Heart)
A ferret-like fairy (but prefers for a call 'cute fairy' than that), he is Chiffon's caretaker, but always has trouble taking care of her. He is always anxious but kind, and has a Kansai dialect. He takes Chiffon to the human world from the Kingdom of Sweets, on his search for the Pretty Cures. He is prone to worrying and often grumbles, but becomes weak to a good story and will become over emotional. He also loves Kaoru's donuts. Tart is the prince of 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)
Seiyuu: Satomi Kōrogi
A baby fairy from the Kingdom of Sweets, she likes to make practical jokes with others. Chiffon often use espers power (ESP), which involves her using magic with a green aura, to make people have troubles and laugh. Love and the others, including Tart, take care of her. The mark on her forehead gives a light that has many different abilities, including giving the power for the Pretty Cures to transform and give them power ups. Chiffon acted like a normal baby at first, but the girls' Pickruns have different effects on her (Pirun: She started eating human foods, Kirun: She began to speak, Blun: She tried on different clothes, Akarun: Strengthened her current powers). Her true identity is "Infinity", the limitless memory and a god-like entity, and can only say "I am Infinity. The unlimited memory (わが名はインフィニティ、無限のメモリーなり
Waga na wa infiniti, mugen no memorīnari)".
Waga na wa infiniti, mugen no memorīnari)".
Azukina (アズキーナ Azukīna)
Seiyuu: Mayu Isshiki
A tall squirrel-like fairy and Tarte's fiancée, Azukina is royal from a kingdom close to the Kingdom of Sweets. In order to unite these kingdoms, she was arranged to marry Tarte, the crown prince of the Kingdom of Sweets. Since then, they have had a close relationship, and grown attracted to each other. When Tarte goes to the human world with Chiffon to search for the Pretty Cures, she worries deeply, and is relieved when he comes back for a short visit with the founded Pretty Cures. Azukina and Tarte both care deeply for each other and will do everything to protect the other.
The villains in this series are known collectively as denizens of "Labyinth" (ラビリンス Rabirinsu). Their names come from the cardinal directions.
Westar (ウエスター, Wesutā) / Hayato Nishi (西 隼人, Nishi Hayato)
Seiyuu: Yasunori Matsumoto
At first sight, he might seem like a heartthrob, but in truth, he's a dumb muscle who becomes some sort of comic relief later in the series. Westar seems to have feelings for Eas, and is the most effected by her betrayal. His theme color is yellow.
He along with Soular dies fighting Cure Berry and Cure Passion. In episode 46, he and Soular were sucked into a blackhole which leads them to death. In episode 48, Souler and him were brought back to life by Chiffon to help the Pretty Cures and since they don't work for Moebius anymore, their clothes have changed to white.
Soular (サウラー, Saurā) / Shun Minami (南 瞬, Minami Shun)
Seiyuu: Kenichi Suzumura
He is calm and reserved, and resembles Mucardia from the previous series, Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo. He often plans out his attacks before going on a mission, always knowing beforehand what to do. His theme color is sea-green.
In episode 48, Westar and him were brought back to life by Chiffon to help the Pretty Cures and were given the ability to summon Hohoemina. These are like Nakewameke, but have a white diamond power source and work for the forces of good.
Northa (ノーザ, Nōza) / Nayuta Kita (北 那由他, Kita Nayuta)
Seiyuu: Misa Watanabe
The highest ranking member of Labyrinth and the most evil. After Moebius deems Wester and Souler to be useless, he calls upon Northa to retrieve Infinity. She first appears in episode 36, although her face was vaguely shown in the new opening sequence from episode 26. In episode 49 it is revealed that she was created by Moebius using the DNA of a plant.
|One of two Nakewameke in Episode 34|
Nakewameke (ナケワメーケ, Nakewamēke)
These creatures play the role of the monsters-of-the-day, similar to the Zakenna, Uzaina, Kowaina and Hoshiina in the preceding series. Their name can mean "cry and shout" unlike Most magical girl anime, most of the choice of monsters in this season are Robots.
|Nakisakebe in Episode 19|
Nakisakebe (ナキサケーベ, Nakisakēbe)
These creatures replace the Nakewameke's role as monsters-of-the-day and they first appear in Episode 19 until Episode 22. These are created by upgrades to the Labyrinth members' cards and said card resembles a Tetrahedral Net with eyes. Their name can mean "cry loudly". Use of the Nakisakebe cards causes pain and anger to the user.
|Sorewatase in Episode 36|
Sorewatase (ソレワターセ, Sorewatāse)
The newest creatures that replace the Nakewameke and Nakisakebe, they first appear in Episode 36. These serve as a radar for finding Infinity and only Northa can use them fully. Their name means "give me that".
Moebius (メビウス, Mebiusu)
Seiyuu: Tomomichi Nishimura
This demon is the leader of Labyrinth who wishes to rule all worlds, thinking of all his subjects to be only mindless pawns. He grants the members of Labyrinth their items. In episode 49 it is revealed that the Moebius we have seen throughout the series is just a robot. The real Moebius is a supercomupter that hypnotised it's creators i.e. the people of Labyrinth.
Cline (クライン, Kurain)
Seiyuu: Kouji Hiwatari
So far, this middle-aged man has only appeared in episodes 9, 22, 23, 35, 36, 42, 46 and 47. He appears to be one of the elite members of Labyrinth. His theme colors are shades of yellow and indigo. In episode 49 it is revealed that he was created by Moebius using the DNA of a Lizard.