"Pierrot revived! Pretty Cure in a desperate situation!!" (ピエーロ復活!プリキュア絶体絶命!! Piēro fukkatsu! Purikyua zettai zetsumei!!?) is the 23rd episode of Smile Pretty Cure!, and also the 412th episode of the Pretty Cure franchise overall. In this episode, the girls and Pop battle the Bad End Kingdom villains to save Candy and stop Pierrot's revival. The English title is "Into the Shadow Realm!".


The Cures depart for Bad End Kingdom and are confronted by the stronger Bad End Trio. Overwhelmed, the Cures keep faith in each other and overcome the hardships set before them.



The Bad End trio

The girls traveled to Bad End Kingdom with the help of Pop, who transformed into a large bird. They land nearby the castle where Wolfrun, Akaoni, and Majorina were waiting for them. As they point out where Candy is being kept, the girls transform into their Cure selves and select Happy to rescue Candy while they stay back and hold off the commanders.


Younger Majorina

Happy moved forward as Sunny took on Wolfrun, Peace against Akaoni, and March verses Majorina. Joker tried to stop Happy, but Beauty and Pop battled him instead. The four villains began to chant the Bad End spell, making them stronger, as well as aging down Majorina. The Cures struggle to fight against their enemies as Happy makes her way towards Candy.


Cure Happy defeated

As Happy ran towards Candy, the ground became steep and she almost fell into a pit of lava. Luckily, she was running so fast that she was able to leap through the air. However, she didn't jump far enough and had to use Happy Shower to get to the end.

After getting back onto solid ground, she spots the Decor Décor, which turned into a yellow nose Akanbe and smashed Happy to the ground.

As this goes on, the others are also losing and fall to the ground. Badly injured, they appear to be defeated. But with their willpower, they prove to be so strong that they gain a sudden adrenaline charge and they fight harder than before.

Cure Peace shocks Akaoni

With this new rush of power, the Cures gave all they had and defeat the generals.

Happy rescuses Candy and quickly they grab the Decor Décor and escape. Happy and Candy were reunited with the rest of the Cures, but when they place the last Cure Decor piece in the box nothing happens.

Suddenly, Pierrot rose from the lava and prepares to fire a Bad End Cannon. Happy told Pop and Candy to escape and they tried to use Rainbow Healing on Pierrot. However, they were overwhelmed by Pierrot's power.


The Cures summon pegasus

As they fell, the Decor Décor shines brightly on them and they heard the Royale Queen's voice. They were then given their new powers: Princess Form and the Princess Candles.

With these, they are able to quickly defeat Pierrot. However, a piece of Pierrot managed to escape. With the fight finished, the Cures stood together happily, reunited with Candy and Pop.

Major Events

  • The Cures gain Princess Form and their Princess Candles for the first time.
  • The yellow-nose Akanbe is shown for the first time.
  • Wolfurun, Akaoni, and Majorina show their ultimate forms for the first time.
  • The Cures perform Rainbow Burst for the first time.
  • Pierrot is revived, but defeated by the Smile! Cures.


  • This is the first episode where the Smile! Cures can be seen in their Princess Forms, without counting end cards and next episode previews.
  • Some of this episode's special powerup forms are used in the Smile! Pretty Cure opening.
  • This episode is a lot like episode 26 of Futari wa Pretty Cure. Both episodes take place roughly halfway through their respective series. Both episodes feature the heroines traveling from the "good" magical world (Garden of Light, Märchenland) to the "bad" one (Dotsuku Zone, Bad End Kingdom) to recover something that was taken from them (the Prism Stones, Candy and the Cure Decor), suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the main villain (Evil King, Pierrot), then making a comeback with never-before-seen power (the Queen's power, Princess Form) and winning a decisive victory, apparently ending with the main villain and his underlings wiped out and the series plot resolved. In both cases, the next episode will reveal that things aren't quite as over as they appeared to be.
  • Like the previous episode, Cure Happy used her attack twice, even though the attack is only supposed to be able to be used once per transformation.






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