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Smile Pretty Cure!
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Katakana スマイルプリキュア!
Romaji Sumairu Purikyua!
Director Otsuka Takashi
Series Composition Yonemura Shoji
Character Design Kawamura Toshie
Music Takanashi Yasuharu
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi (Japan)
Bang Bang (Albania)
Anione (South Korea)
YOYO TV (Taiwan)
MCOT TV (Thailand)
HTV2 (Vietnam)
Netflix (Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish Dub)
Smile TV (Greece)
FOX (Finland)
PoP (Italy)
Gulli GIrl (Russia)
Run February 5, 2012 - January 27, 2013
December 18, 2015 - August 26, 2016 (English Dub)
Episodes 48
40 (English Dub)
Opening Let's go! Smile Pretty Cure!
Glitter Force (English dub)
Ending Yay! Yay! Yay!
Full Bloom*Smile!
Glitter Force:
Wake Up, Shake Up
What We Need
Run (All Together)
All Stars
Believe In You
Yeah
You Can't Stop Me
Every Woman
Lucky Girl
Glitter Force (remix)

Smile Pretty Cure! (スマイルプリキュア!, Sumairu Purikyua!) is the ninth anime series of the Pretty Cure franchise. Directed by Otsuka Takashi and produced by Toei Animation, the series premiered on TV Asahi on February 5, 2012, replacing Suite Pretty Cure in its timeslot. The signature motif is based on fairy tales.

This series has been dubbed into English by the company Saban Brands as Glitter Force. The first 20 episodes were available on Netflix on December 18, 2015, in every region except Asia. The other 20 episodes were available on August 26, 2016.

The series' theme is fairy tales.

Plot

Far away in the universe exists a place called Märchenland, where characters from fairy tales live. Near the corner of Märchenland exists a world called Bad End Kingdom, where the antagonists of all fairy tales gathered. In order to show everyone the "Worst Ending", the people of Bad End Kingdom traveled to Earth to collect Bad Energy. If the villains succeed, all of the worlds in the universe will suffer from the "Worst Ending".

In order to prevent the "Worst Ending", the 5 Legendary Warriors - Pretty Cure - need to collect Cure Decor: the power of happiness of Märchenland's Queen. The Cure Decor, however, has been stolen and hidden away. Set to the task of finding Pretty Cure, Candy the fairy follows the 5 Beams of Light to Earth, where she meets a flustered Miyuki Hoshizora, a transfer student on her first day of school, and already running late...

Episodes

For a list of episodes, see Smile Pretty Cure! episodes

Movie

Characters

Pretty Cure

Fairies

Villains

Character Voice actor
CureHappy Main.jpg Miyuki Hoshizora / Cure Happy
(JP) 星空 みゆき (Hoshizora Miyuki)
(EN) Emily
(JP) Fukuen Misato
(EN) Laura Bailey
A fourteen-year-old girl with an interest in picture books and fairy tales, who transferred to Nanairogaoka Middle School. Like many of the lead Cures before her, Miyuki is cheery and optimistic, but also something of a klutz. Her catchphrase is "Ultra Happy!" She transforms into Cure Happy (Glitter Lucky in the dub) and uses the power of light.
CureSunny Main.jpg Akane Hino / Cure Sunny
(JP) 日野 あかね (Hino Akane)
(EN) Kelsey
(JP) Tano Asami
(EN) Colleen Villard
A girl from Osaka whose parents run an okonomiyaki shop and is a member of the school's volleyball team. Akane may be a jokester, but when she has a goal set, she is very passionate about achieving it. She transforms into Cure Sunny (Glitter Sunny in the dub) and uses the power of fire.
CurePeace Main.jpg Yayoi Kise / Cure Peace
(JP) 黄瀬 やよい (Kise Yayoi)
(EN) Lily
(JP) Kanemoto Hisako
(EN) Alex Cazares
A girl who is in the Homemaking Club and aspires to be a mangaka. Though timid, shy about her work, and a crybaby, Yayoi is very loyal, diligent, and headstrong when pushed. She transforms into Cure Peace (Glitter Peace in the dub) and uses the power of lightning and thunder.
CureMarch Main.jpg Nao Midorikawa / Cure March
(JP) 緑川 なお (Midorikawa Nao)
(EN) April
(JP) Inoue Marina
(EN) Danielle Judovits
A tomboyish girl from a family with many younger siblings who is a member of the school's soccer team. Nao is straightforward and reliable with a strong sense of justice, though she does get frustrated when things do not go according to plan. She transforms into Cure March (Glitter Spring in the dub) who uses the power of wind.
CureBeauty Main.jpg Reika Aoki / Cure Beauty
(JP) 青木 れいか (Aoki Reika)
(EN) Chloe
(JP) Nishimura Chinami
(EN) Kate Higgins
The student council vice president and a member of the Art Club, often writing poems and tanka. Reika is generally elegant and kind-hearted but has a frightening temper once her patience reaches her limit. Her father is a painter whilst her mother practices aikido and her elder brother practices judo. She transforms into Cure Beauty (Glitter Breeze in the dub) and uses the power of snow and ice.

Allies

Character Voice actor
(JP)

Villains

Character Voice actor
(JP)

Supporting Characters

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Locations

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Differences Between Smile Pretty Cure! and Glitter Force / Adaptations To English Audiences

  • The names of the Cures are "Americanized" and the villains' names are changed as well.
  • The Akanbes are renamed "Buffoons".
  • All of the music in the dub is re-scored.
  • Only 40 episodes are dubbed in English, with 8 episodes omitted. This is due to Glitter Force originally being intended to air on Nickelodeon, where each season of a show must have exactly 20 episodes.
  • Märchenland has been renamed Jubiland and Nanairogaoka is referred to by the English translation of its name, Rainbow Hills.
  • The transformation phrased is changed to "Glitter Force Makeover!"
    • Unlike in Smile Pretty Cure!, they also talk during the transformation.
  • Fairies have been renamed 'Pixies' in the dub.
  • The Bad End Kingdom has been renamed the Shadow Realm.
  • The Magical Library is now called the Library of Legends.
  • The Bad End Pretty Cure is now called the Glitter Shadow Force.
  • Many scenes of the show, including parts of the opening, the transformations, and attack sequences, are darkened heavily. This is to reduce the risk of viewers suffering epileptic seizures or developing eye problems from the bright and flashing colors.
  • Various signs, letters, or anything featuring Japanese text is either replaced with English sentences and phrases or completely removed.
  • Scenes without speech in the original now have speech to replace the silence.
  • The ending alternates every four episodes. While the first two contained footage from the Japanese endings, the other eight are new with different CGI models.

Trivia

  • Smile Pretty Cure!, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and HUGtto! Pretty Cure all share the same character designer. A book about Kawamura Toshie's design work at Toei Animation was brought out under the name Kawamura Toshie Toei Animation PreCure Works. The book features artwork from the three shows.
    • In the magazine Animage's 7th issue of 2012, an interview with one of the producers revealed that all the Cures were initially designed to have long flowing hairstyles.
      • Quote: "However, letting all the Cures have long hairstyles seemed to take away their personality differences, so we did quite a bit of thinking to rectify that. (...) Both final hairstyles and Cure theme colors were determined not by looking at each girl alone, but everyone as a group. We needed to see them together before we settled on their final design, in order to achieve a good total balance."
    • This is the first season to have varying eye catches every episode. In this case, it's a picture of a different Cure in every episode (or in some cases, an Akanbe).
    • Smile! has an onomatopoeia in every member's introductory speech (Happy: "kirakira" - Sunny: "sansan" - Peace: "pikapika" - March: "rinrin" - Beauty: "shinshin")
  • This is the first season to have the Cures turn into fairies, which took place in episode 24. Futari wa Pretty Cure, however, did have a sequence where Nagisa transformed into a fairy in her mind.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! is one of the few seasons to have received a novel adaptation. The novel was released on October 4, 2016, for 670 yen, and takes place 10 years after the last episode.
  • Smile! is the fourth season to lack a sixth-ranger Pretty Cure, following Futari wa Pretty Cure, Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, and Yes! Pretty Cure 5.
  • This series was made with a much more light-hearted tone than previous installments as a response to the magnitude 9.1 earthquake in Japan that had occurred the year prior. Also being the one of the two seasons in the franchise to get 48 episodes after Suite Pretty Cure.
  • Smile! would be the final season to have Umezawa Atsutoshi as a producer before being replaced by Shibata Hiroaki as a producer starting with Doki Doki! Pretty Cure.
  • In the "All Pretty Cure Big Poll", Smile Pretty Cure! is ranked 5th in "Favorite Series Productions".

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