|Smile Pretty Cure!|
|Original Run||February 5, 2012 - January 27, 2013|
|Predecessor||Suite Pretty Cure♪|
|Successor||Doki Doki! Pretty Cure|
|Opening Song||Let's go! Smile Pretty Cure!|
|Ending Song||Yay! Yay! Yay!|
Smile Pretty Cure! (スマイルプリキュア！ Sumairu PuriKyua!?) is a Japanese anime series and the ninth Pretty Cure installment by Izumi Todo. Produced by Toei Animation, the series is written by Shōji Yonemura, who is best known as the series writer of several Heisei Kamen Rider series, including Kabuto, the second half of Decade, and OOO. It began airing on TV Asahi on February 5, 2012, replacing Suite Pretty Cure♪ in its initial timeslot. The final episode aired on January 27, 2013. The Cures' signature motif is based on fairy tales, while the true motif is happiness.
Smile Pretty Cure! was first announced in Mainichi Shinbun's Mantan Web in November 2011 after Toei officially revealed the new copyright name for the ninth series. Later that month the official logo was revealed by TV Asahi. Also, the official pamphlet included in the December issue of Nakayoshi reveals the character designs of the 5 main Cures alongside their fairy mascot, Candy. The ninth Pretty Cure Series is announced to premiere on 5 February, 2012, thus setting up Suite Pretty Cure♪ to have a grand total of 48 episodes.
During the screening of movie Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi in theatres, it was revealed that a Smile Pretty Cure! movie, Ehon no Naka wa Minna Chiguhagu! will be released in October 2012.
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...
A fourteen year old girl with an interest in books and fairy tales who transfers 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 and uses the power of holy light.
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 can be very passionate about achieving it. She transforms into Cure Sunny and uses the power of fire.
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 and uses the power of lightning.
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 does not go according to plan. She transforms into Cure March who uses the power of wind.
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 practises judo. She transforms into Cure Beauty and uses the power of water and ice.
Candy is the mascot of the group. She was sent to Earth to collect the Cure Decor to save Märchenland.
Pop is a lion-like fairy and the second fairy mascot in Smile Pretty Cure!. He is the big brother of Candy and came to earth to pass the Cures the Decor Décor to collect the Cure Decor pieces in.
- Pierrot (ピエーロ Piēro?) is a sinful emperor of Bad End Kingdom, who invaded Märchenland to steal the Cure Decor and bring about the "Worst Ending".
- Joker (ジョーカー Jōkā?) At Pierrot's service, he is the leader of Wolfrun, Majorina and Akaoni.
- Wolfrun (ウルフルン Urufurun?) is a wolf-like monster whose mission is to chase Candy before she finds Pretty Cures. He is based on wolf villains from Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
- Majorina (マジョリーナ Majorīna?) One of Pierrot's subordinates, she is a little witch that reminds one of Snow White's stepmother
- Akaoni (アカオーニ Akaōni?) At Pierrot's service, he is a red demon that reminds one of oni from Japanese fairytales such as Momotaro.
- Akanbe (アカンベー Akanbē?) are monsters summoned by the villians of the series to battle the Pretty Cure. They are created by fusing an ordinary object with a Red Nose containing Pierrot's power, turning the Cure Decor's energy to Bad Energy.
Smile Pact - The Cures' transformation device. If Cure Decor are inserted to the Smile Pact, it produces items.
Cure Decor - The source of happiness of Royal Queen; special tokens that can be used either to revive Royal Queen of Märchenland or bring about the Worst Ending.
Princess Candle - The Cure's main weapon, first used in Episode 23. Using alongside the powers of the Super Princess Cure Decors, the Cures can undergo their secondary forms called Princess Form to execute their most powerful group attack, Rainbow Burst.
Royal Clock - The Cure's called to Princess Form to execute their most powerful group attack, Royal Rainbow Burst. They also need their Princess Candles to perform it. It can also turn Hyper Akanbe to Normal, Red nosed Akanbe.
- Märchenland (メルヘンランド Meruhenrando?) is a fairy tale kingdom where all fairy tale characters live. The Queen has been sealed before the story begins. Märchen is German for "fairytales".
- Nanairogaoka Middle School (七色ヶ丘中学校 Nanairogaoka Chūgakkō?) is the school that the Cures attend. Nanairo means "rainbow" in Japanese.
- Bad End Kingdom (バッドエンド王国 Baddo Endo Ōkoku?) is the home place of the antagonists of the series, whose residents invaded Märchenland and traveled to Earth in an attempt to give it the "Worst Ending" by collecting Bad Energy.
- Magical Library (ふしぎ図書館 Fushigi Toshokan?) is a magical location in Smile Pretty Cure!. It is the place where all fairytales from the different worlds are stored. It seems to be located in an alternate dimension, separate from the human world and Märchenland, and can only be accessed through the Book Door Code. The girls' secret base is also located here.
- Nanairogaoka (七色ヶ丘 Nanairogaoka?) is the home town of Hoshizora Miyuki, Hino Akane, Kise Yayoi, Midorikawa Nao and Aoki Reika.
- Fairytale Land is the place where Nico, a character from Smile Pretty Cure!: Ehon no Naka wa Minna Chiguhagu!, lives.
- The theme of Smile! is fairy tales, and there are many details throughout the series that reference this.
- Smile! is the second installment to have design similarities with a previous season (Yes! Pretty Cure 5).
- Smile! is the first Pretty Cure season to have more than one athletic Cure. Akane is in the volleyball team, Nao is in the girls' soccer team, and Reika is in the archery team.
- Smile! is the third season to have a Cure whose theme color is purely green.
- Smile! is third season in which the Cures do not have heart-shaped hair accessories. Instead, the Cures wear jeweled tiaras and wing-shaped hair accessories.
- Smile! is the fourth season in a row in which the Cures wear a choker around their necks.
- Smile! is the third season to utilize a cosmetic item as a transformation device.
- Smile! is the second season to have five main Cures that were announced from the very beginning.
- Smile! is the second season in which the Cures' basic finishers include their Cure names.
- In the June issue of magazine Animage, 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."
- Smile! is the third season to have its starting roster unchanged from beginning to end.
- Smile Pretty Cure is the third team to have to fight against Dark Cure versions of themselves.
- Smile Pretty Cure is the first season to have varying eyecatches every episode.
- In the aired episodes, Nao or Reika or both of them often appear around 8:40am .
- Smile Pretty Cure is the fourth season where all the Cures are all the same age (14).
- Smile Pretty Cure is similar to Yes! Pretty Cure 5, both series has 5 Cures, the mascots can transform into humans, their powers are very similar, the Cures have the same color (Dream / Happy - Rouge / Sunny - Lemonade / Peace - Mint /March - Aqua / Beauty).
- Also, they share some similarities.
- Smile Pretty Cure is the first season where the Cures becoming fairies as seen in Episode 24.
- Smile! is the last season to be lettereboxed in analog feed on Japanese television shortly until the other three prefecture ended it's analog (Despite Suite Pretty Cure was the last season to do so, which it have caused by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and it made it's delay on other three prefectures.)
- Smile! is the first season to have onomatopoeia on every member's introductory speech (Happy: "kirakira" - Sunny: "sansan" - Peace: "pikapika" - March: "rinrin" - Beauty: "shinshin")
Please refer to the main page Smile Pretty Cure! Merchandise for more information.