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Smile Pretty Cure!

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Smile Pretty Cure!
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The five lights that guide us to the future! Sparkle! Smile PreCure!
Genre: Magical girl
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: February 5, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Network(s): TV Asahi
Created by: Shōji Yonemura
Distributed by: Toei Animation
Starring: Misato Fukuen
Asami Tano
Hisako Kanemoto
Marina Inoue
Chinami Nishimura
Ikue Ōtani
Daisuke Sakaguchi
Sumi Shimamoto
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 48
Previous show: Suite PreCure
Next show: Doki Doki! Pretty Cure


Smile Pretty Cure! (Japanese: スマイルプリキュア!, Hepburn: Sumairu PuriKyua!) is a 2012 Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation and the ninth installment in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure metaseries, featuring the seventh generation of Cures.

Plot

Somewhere 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 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, a transfer student on her first day of school, and already running late...

Why It Will Make You Smile and Lead Everything to the Best Ending

  1. The whole concept for the show is amazing considering that it was made in response to the Japan tsunami in 2011 and to comfort children (and people in general) who were affected by the event. That makes the themes in this show of never giving up hope all the more meaningful.
  2. Very likable characters with unique personalities
    • Miyuki Hoshizora/Cure Happy, the happy-go-lucky optimist.
    • Akane Hino/Cure Sunny
    • Yayoi Kise/Cure Peace
    • Nao Midorikawa/Cure March
    • Reika Aoki/Cure Beauty, the elegant and kind-hearted one but has anger management issues once her patience lowers.
    • Candy, the cutest little baby sheep-like fairy in Märchenland, especially when she turns into a little human blonde girl as a princess.
    • Pop, the bravest little lion-like fairy and he is Candy's big brother.
  3. Wonderful and amazing CGI animated transformations, considering it also had 2D as well, rendering it a hybrid.
  4. The opening and the CGI ending songs are catchy to listen to. They're cute and cheery J-Pop songs (a trend with Pretty Cure seasons).
  5. There are emotional moments in many episodes, the most prominent examples are episodes 43 and 48, where the Cures and Candy are having an emotional meltdown because Reika will be going to England if they don't want to leave her alone.
    • Another example is that the Cures having a downright emotional breakdown upon the realization that Candy and Pop will be leaving to Märchenland if they use the miracle jewel to defeat Pierrot. Also, the Cures wanted to go home with the two fairies instead of leaving them to Märchenland.
  6. Overall, the show in it of itself has a very cute and entertaining tone for adults to enjoy.
  7. Its morals are keep smiling and don't give up hope and to keep moving forward when faced with a struggle.
  8. Some of the funniest moments like the Akanbe getting hit by every X every time Reika/Cure Beauty got the question right in episode 16.
  9. In spite of the series' overall cheery and happy tone, it still proves that it won't hesitate to also touch upon serious topics.
    • For example, episodes 19 and 42 tackled like the death of a parent where Yayoi lost her father, an event that she learns more about after being assigned a project about finding out the meaning of her name or the reunion of the children where Nao misses her baby siblings.
  10. The animation improves so much and the colors are all vibrant.
  11. The voice acting is passable for the most part.
    • The Korean dub was pretty-well received.
  12. It's considered to be the best Pretty Cure series so far.

Bad Qualities

  1. The crying and screaming baby faces of the girls and the mascots can look very scary for everyone, which can scare fans when looking at the character designs of the girls and the mascots.
  2. The crying and screaming voices in episodes 43 and 48 can be way too emotional for everyone, as the characters were actually sobbing and yelling, mainly due to the poor voice acting. It doesn't help that their crying and screaming voices sounded come off as toddlers throwing temper tantrums rather than legit genuine crying and screaming.
  3. The characters' crying and screaming voices dragged on for a very long time, to the point that it gets incredibly depressing.
  4. While the voice acting is passable, for the most part, it can be way too weird and it went way too far, especially in the original Japanese version.
  5. The girls (Miyuki, Akane, Yayoi, Nao and Reika) and the mascots (Candy and Pop) had the worst and most annoying voice acting of all the characters, mainly due to the broken, whiny, noisy, and over-the-top dialogue, because they sound way too much like Puni Puni ☆ Poemy, Eiken, Mezzo DSA, Elfen Lied, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan, Higurashi When They Cry, Boku no Pico, Naria Girls, The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D and Forest Fairy Five, which is very inappropriate.
  6. It spawned the infamous English dub called Glitter Force due to Saban not being faithful to the source material and going against nearly everything that it stood for. Learn more how bad this overly-westernised English dub really is.

Reception

Smile Pretty Cure! was well-received, placing regularly in Japan's weekly top ten anime shows broadcast.

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