Pretty Cure (franchise)

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Pretty Cure, also known as the Pretty Cure Series (プリキュアシリーズ) is the name of a magical girl anime and multimedia franchise, created by Izumi Todo and produced by Toei Animation.

History

The franchise started with Futari wa Pretty Cure, a magical girl anime series from 2004. It aired on Sunday mornings on the TV channel TV Asahi, alongside popular Tokusatsu franchises Super Sentai and Kamen Rider.

Futari wa Pretty Cure featured many refreshing aspects to the magical girl genre, such as physical fights and hand-to-hand combat scenes, a magical girl duo and being sensible towards the young audience, with no overt violence or sexual themes. It was also merchandise driven, depicting toys on sale as transformation / power-up items and having the main characters search for collectables.

The series was so successful that a sequel was produced a year after, called Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart. Since then, every year a new Pretty Cure season is aired on TV Asahi's Sunday morning blocks, though they do not follow the same continuity as Futari wa Pretty Cure and Max Heart.

A group of magical girls that are both warriors and protectors, the Pretty Cure, fight against evil forces and are accompanied by fairies, the magical mascot characters. The group usually starts with two to three Cures, with new Cures joining about half-way through the season. Sometimes, the Cures are supported by magical warriors that do not carry the "Cure" title. A series has about 48 to 50 episodes, and a movie with the respective season's characters that comes out in fall each year.

The franchise spawned movies, CD releases, books, comics, games, stage character shows, toys and a crossover franchise, Pretty Cure All Stars.

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