KiraKira☆Pretty Cure A La Mode (Japanese: キラキラ☆プリキュアアラモード, Hepburn: Kirakira ☆ Purikyua Ara Mōdo, lit. "Glittering Pretty Cure à la Mode") is a 2017 Japanese magical girl anime series produced by Toei Animation and the fourteenth installment in Izumi Todo's Pretty Cure metaseries, featuring the twelfth generation of Cures.
A young girl who loves sweets gains the power of the Legendary Patisserie and becomes a hero called Cure Whip in order to protect sweets from evil fairies.
Why It Rocks
- The concept of teenage girls being infused with animals, love, candy, and sweet-related magic to fight dark forces is an interesting one for a magical girl series. Sure most of them have already been done before in other magical girl shows like Tokyo Mew Mew (animals) and Sailor Moon (love), but very rarely have these concepts been done together.
- Wonderfully and amazing CGI animated transformations. The CGI, as with the other Pretty Cure seasons' openings/endings, is great.
- The opening and the CGI ending songs are amazing. The CGI (as already mentioned in the previous point) itself is top-notch and the songs are catchy with cute voices singing them.
- Lovable and cute characters for the main cast.
- Ichika Usami/Cure Whip (pink) is, as with nearly every other pink-themed Pretty Cure protagonist, is a very cheerful and happy-go-lucky girl. She's the leader of the cures and a total sweetheart (pun intended).
- Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard (yellow) is a shy but smart girl. She knows a lot about sweets and desserts, especially pudding (the food that, unironically, becomes her main theme once she becomes a cure).
- Aoi Tategami/Cure Gelato (blue) is an upbeat and abrasive girl. She's very passionate with everything she does and serves as the foil to Akira (both being the tomboyish members of the group, but Gelato having a more aggressive personality than the more pacifistic Chocolat).
- Yukari Kotozume/Cure Macaron (purple) is a fickle and sarcastic girl, often teasing or provoking others to get the reactions out of them. In spite of this, she still has a good heart and a particularly close friendship with Akira.
- Akira Kenjou/Cure Chocolat (red) is a gentle and caring young woman. Her appearance and voice has her easily being mistaken for a male by many who first meet her, as shown with Ichika herself. She's very close friends with Yukari.
- Ciel Kirahoshi/Cure Parfait (rainbow/turquoise) is a sweet and lively girl. Graceful and generous, she loves nothing more than to make people happy through her confections (in a similar vain to Ichika, but with Parfait being the more practical and down-to-Earth one).
- Pekorin/Cure Pekorin (pale pink/pale yellow) is a cutest little baby puppy-like fairy who has long aspired to meet the legendary pâtissiers Pretty Cure.
- Adorable sweet dynamic between the five colorful Cures. They all have good chemistry with one another that makes other events in the series that involves them working together as a team all the more believable.
- It's very cute and entertaining overall. With the characters, plot, theme, even the animation itself works in this aspect's favor.
- Very appealing art style. As to be expected from Pretty Cure.
- It gained a feature film called KiraKira☆PreCure à la Mode: Crisply! The Memory of Mille-feuille!, which is released two years after the release of Kirakira Pretty Cure a la Mode. Like many other of the Pretty Cure movies, it was pretty good and served as a nice conclusion for the season before the next one started up.
- This show got a crossover series called Kirakira Pretty Cure A La Mode and Hugtto! Pretty Cure, which is a not so very well executed crossover.
- The series itself feels like it took too much influence from Tokyo Mew Mew, which can make it feel somewhat uninspired at times.
- Erisio's redemption was pretty rushed.