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Pretty Cure is the weakest of the Big 3
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The Big 3 being, of course, Pretty Cure, Pretty Rhythm, and Aikatsu. Pretty Cure doesn't make much sense and the villains are nonthreatening. PR has better characters because they are developed and get character arcs. Aikatsu just has better looking characters, songs, and performances. Pretty Cure is a jack of all those, but master of none.
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Do recall that all three of these haven't been licensed in English (outside of S1 of Pretty Cure /pretty-cure).. so chances are that it'll be unusual for a single person on this forum to have seen all three equally.

Pretty Cure, specifically, is very often "hit or miss." Each season has a different art style, different director, and seem to have their own understanding on Pretty Cure in general. You can think of Pretty Cure as a show that constantly has a new parody or rip-off of its-self every year. Some are rather great and are can (at times) be ingenious in the way they subvert or have fun with the stereotypical Magical Girl genre (Heartcatch & Smile are good examples.)

But some of them are hardly fun and have a central theme that isn't very interesting (Suite might as well be Aoi Hana in Tamagotchi's universe.)

The original season (the one anyone can watch here /pretty-cure) isn't exactly the best the series has to offer (and Splash Star is more fun.) But, at least it's better than Suite and Fresh.

And David Bowie is the first villain we see...
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What?
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That series won't die will it?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

That series won't die will it?


It "won't die" because it's very popular. The three shows mentioned get better television ratings than almost all other animes. That's why they're known as the "big 3"
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l didn't know that crunchy even had the first season up... they should add more
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I've watched Futari, Fresh, Smile, Heartcatch, Doki, and Suite. I haven't seen the other two though.
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From a quality standpoint, you could easily say that Pretty Cure is the weakest. However, among the three it's easily the most marketable. It's the Power Rangers of Mahou Shoujo. Each year a brand new Pretty Cure with new everything; characters, accessories, cute fluffy sidekicks. That means a mass of new products that are certain to sell. Plus, with having a different animation and director, it keeps itself fresh to its general audience.

The other two offer more consistency in story and developed characters, which is good for once that base audience starts getting older and acquires better critical thinking skills. That's as I figure anyway.
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Believe it or not, PreCure is mostly a marketing show (like Tamagotchi, Jewelpet, My Melody, Yu-Gi-Oh, most Gundam series after the first couple) and each new season features an array of McDonald's toys etc. (which is why Smile had so many Decor Decor for the characters to collect.) But, unlike most shows in that regard, it can be surprisingly good.

Listen to all the kids shout in joy before the horrible live action stage show XD! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy1RlkL5Zy8#t=56


leetshoe wrote:

l didn't know that crunchy even had the first season up... they should add more


Somebody should. There's plenty of it and it could use more exposure in the west.

Somebody needs to revive Ojamajo Do-Re-mi & CardCaptor Sakura as well. It's difficult to get the officially licensed DVDs.
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Not to mention that the only exposure I've had to Cardcaptor Sakura on television was the 4Kids edit that removed 10 episodes and edited several scenes because Sakura likes a guy that was in high school and they wanted to skip to the point that the boy cardcaptor showed up -.-
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I remember them airing one of these shows every morning on one of the Japanese channels when I was in Tokyo in August. It came on right before a Japanese dub of the tv show Bewitched.
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I've never heard of any of these being considered "the big 3" or whatever, but yeah. Pretty Cure sucks a big one. I had fond memories of watching the first seasons dub on TV a while back so I thought I'd try to watch the later seasons, but I just couldn't. They're unoriginal and boring and I really don't how they make enough profit to fund more and more seasons of it.
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i don`t watch those 3 because it`s for kids (especially aimed at younger girls)
Posted 3/11/14 , edited 3/11/14
I could never get into Pretty Cure.

My magical girl tastes are limited to Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Tutu, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The manga for the former two (especially Sailor Moon - wow!) are good too.
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SoldierSangria wrote:

I could never get into Pretty Cure.

My magical girl tastes are limited to Sailor Moon (and the manga is just super), Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Tutu, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.


you didn't like Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA I thought it was one of the best

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I thought it was outrageously stupid. And it reminded me (for the fact that it was a spin off) of Pretty Sammy.
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