Smile PreCure! (スマイルプリキュア! Sumairu PuriKyua!), or Smile Pretty Cure!, is a Japanese anime series and the ninth installment in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure series. Produced by Toei Animation, the series is written by Shōji Yonemura, who is best known as the head writer of Glass Fleet and Kamen Rider Kabuto. The character designs were done by Toshie Kawamura, who previously worked on the character designs for Yes! PreCure 5. The series aired on TV Asahi's ANN network between February 5, 2012 and January 27, 2013, replacing Suite PreCure♪ in its initial timeslot, and is succeeded by Dokidoki! PreCure. A film was released in Japanese theatres on October 27, 2012. The series' main motif is fairy tales.
Glitter Force, known in Japan as Smile PreCure! (Japanese: スマイルプリキュア! Hepburn: Sumairu PuriKyua!?, lit. "Smile Pretty Cure!"), is a 2012 Japanese television anime series by Toei Animation and the ninth installment in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure franchise. The series is written by Shōji Yonemura, who is best known as the head writer of Glass Fleet and Kamen Rider Kabuto. The character designs were done by Toshie Kawamura, who previously worked on the character designs for Yes! PreCure 5. The series aired on All-Nippon News Network (ANN)'s TV Asahi network between February 5, 2012 and January 27, 2013, replacing Suite PreCure♪ in its initial timeslot, and is succeeded by Dokidoki! PreCure. A film was released in Japanese theaters on October 27, 2012. The series' main motif is fairy tales. The series was adapted into English by Saban Brands and was released as a Netflix exclusive outside of Asia and in multiple languages on December 18, 2015. It is the second series in the franchise to receive an English-dubbed adaptation following the original Pretty Cure series.Main characters The titular characters are a team of magical girls. They derive their powers by collecting various items known as Glitter Charms (キュアデコル Kyua Dekoru?, Cure Decors) which they place in a compact case called the Glitter Pact (スマイルパクト Sumairu Pakuto?, Smile Pact). When transforming into their magical girl form, they apply the compact powder to themselves and shout "Glitter Force Makeover!" (プリキュア、スマイルチャージ！ PuriKyua, Sumairu Chāji!?, "Pretty Cure, Smile Charge!"), and then recite their group catchphrase: "Time to blaze our way to a happy ending! Shining bright! Here comes the Glitter Force!" (５つの光が導く未来！輝け！スマイルプリキュア！ Itsutsu no hikari ga michibiku mirai! Kagayake! Sumairu PuriKyua!?, "Our five lights will guide us to the future! Sparkle! Smile Pretty Cure!").[a] Later in the series, as they collect more charms, they attain upgraded transformations such as Tiara Mode[c] and Princess Form (プリンセスフォーム Purinsesu Fōmu?).
Emily / Miyuki Hoshizora (星空 みゆき Hoshizora Miyuki?) aka Glitter Lucky / Cure Happy (キュアハッピー Kyua Happī?) Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese); Laura Bailey Emily, a transfer student to Rainbow Hills Middle School (Nanairogaoka Public Middle School in the Japanese version),[e] has an interest in books, especially fairy tales. She is cheerful and optimistic, but also something of a klutz. As Glitter Lucky, her dark magenta hair becomes lighter in shade and her pigtails grow longer. Her theme color is pink, and her finishing move is the Sparkle Storm, an explosive ball of pink light.[e][f] When asked about what boy she likes in the Kyoto trip episode, she admits she likes Peter Pan.[g] Her transformation catchphrase is "A fabulous shimmer! A glow in your heart! I'm Glitter Lucky", which in Japan is "Twinkling, shining, light of the future! Cure Happy!" (キラキラ輝く未来の光！キュアハッピー！ Kirakira kagayaku mirai no hikari! Kyua Happī!?).
Kelsey / Akane Hino (日野 あかね Hino Akane?) aka Glitter Sunny / Cure Sunny (キュアサニー Kyua Sanī?) Voiced by: Asami Tano (Japanese); Colleen O'Shaughnessey A classmate and star member of the school's volleyball team. She is from Osaka and speaks with a Kansai dialect in the Japanese version. Her family runs an okonomiyaki restaurant.[h] She may be a jokester, but when she has a goal set, she can be very passionate about achieving it. As Glitter Sunny, her dark red hair brightens to orange and grows longer before tying into a bun, and her theme color is orange. Her finishing move is the Fire Spike which she creates a ball of fire and spikes it. Her transformation catchphrase is "When you mess with me, you're playing with fire! I'm Glitter Sunny!", which in Japan is "The brilliant sun, hot-blooded power! Cure Sunny!" (太陽サンサン熱血パワー！キュアサニー！ Taiyō sansan nekketsu pawā! Kyua Sanī!?).
Lily / Yayoi Kise (黄瀬 やよい Kise Yayoi?) aka Glitter Peace / Cure Peace (キュアピース Kyua Pīsu?) Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese); Alex Cazares A classmate who enjoys drawing and painting action hero characters. Though timid on the outside, shy about her work and sometimes prone to crying, she is "loyal, diligent, and headstrong when it comes to things and people she cares about". She is a big fan of superheroes and becomes really excited when something hero-like is brought up.[h] As Glitter Peace, her blonde hair brightens and is tied into a wide ponytail, and her theme color is yellow. Her element and finishing move is Sparkle Lightning.
Her transformation catchphrase is "Puppies and kittens! The power of love! I'm Glitter Peace!", which in Japan is "Sparkling, glittering, rock-paper-scissors♪ Cure Peace!" (ピカピカぴかりんじゃんけんポン♪ キュアピース！ Pikapika pikarin jankenpon♪ Kyua Pīsu!?).[h] During her transformation, she chooses a different rock-paper-scissors outcome.
April / Nao Midorikawa (緑川 なお Midorikawa Nao?) aka Glitter Spring / Cure March (キュアマーチ Kyua Māchi?) Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese); Danielle Judovits April is Emily's classmate and captain of the school's soccer team. She is straightforward and reliable with a strong sense of justice, though she gets very frustrated when things don't go her way. She is the oldest of six siblings, taking on a motherly role in her family.[i] Despite her general confidence, she does have her phobias such as with bugs.[j] In her magical girl form, her theme color is green and she can manipulate wind in this form and gains super speed. Her finishing move is the Sparkle Shot where she kicks a magic ball.
Her transformation catchphrase is "A force as strong as life itself! I'm Glitter Spring!", which in Japan is "Intense courage, a straight-up bout! Cure March!" (勇気リンリン直球勝負！キュアマーチ！ Yūki rinrin chokkyū shōbū! Kyua Māchi!?).
Chloe / Reika Aoki (青木 れいか Aoki Reika?) aka Glitter Breeze / Cure Beauty (キュアビューティ Kyua Byūti?) Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (Japanese); Kate Higgins Introduced as the student council vice president and a member of the school's archery club. She is serious, elegant and kind-hearted,[e] but has a frightening temper once her patience reaches its limit. As Glitter Breeze, her dark blue hair becomes a lighter blue and grows longer and is pulled back by the tiara she wears; her theme color is blue. Her attacks are ice-based and her finishing move is Sparkle Blizzard.[k] She later becomes student council president.
Her transformation catchphrase is "Cool and swift as the winter wind! I'm Glitter Breeze!", which in Japan is "Snowing, falling and gathering, a noble heart! Cure Beauty!" (しんしんと降りつもる清き心！キュアビューティ！ Shinshin to furitsumoru kiyoki kokoro! Kyua Byūti!?). Candy (キャンディ Kyandi?) Voiced by: Ikue Ōtani (Japanese); Debi Derryberry A mascot character with light pink fur and long curly fluffy yellow ears with pink bows.[e][f] She was sent by the queen to recruit the Glitter Force and search for the Glitter Charms. She is quite fashionable and likes to doll herself up by styling her ears like hair.[a][l] She summons the Tiara Charms that enable the girls to perform a combined attack to defeat the upgraded blue-nosed Buffoons.[c] In the final episodes, she is assigned to be the new ruler of Jubiland, as she is granted the Miracle Jewel and assumes a new form, Royale Candy (ロイヤルキャンディ Roiyaru Kyandi?).