|Made By||Toei Animation, J.C. Staff|
|# of Eps/Volumes||49 Eps, 1 Movie|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
Girls with magical powers fight monsters and teach hapless bystanders life lessons.
Hanasaki Tsubomi is a shy girl who loves flowers. After her family moves to a new town to open a flower shop, she vows to change and become more outgoing. She quickly becomes friends with the energetic captain of the fashion club, Kurumi Erika, whose family happens to own the clothing shop nextdoor. One day she dreams of a huge flowering tree, under attack by a mysterious masked-man and a woman in black. When the tree is damaged in the attack, two fairies are dispatched to seek out the legendary warrior, Pretty Cure.
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The polar opposite:
Heartcatch is probably the closest anything's ever come to being a Super Robot Show for girls. The slightly exaggerated character designs and bright visuals give the show a colorful and upbeat tone. The characters are a little cliché(Shy glasses-girl, pushy genki-girl, self-conscious tomboy), but they’re believable and their interactions seem genuine. They also exhibit a fair amount of growth throughout the story. The story itself is well… standard magical girl fare. The plot is simple, linear and advances at a snail’s pace. The villains are mostly incompetent and the mascot characters are pretty annoying. The transformation sequences and attack animations are bright, flashy and completely awesome. The clear standout of its franchise, Heartcatch is rather well-constructed, executed, and fun for what is essentially a series of 20-minute commercials for girls' toys.