The Precure Pretty Store in Tokyo has a new batch of idol-style merchandise around the theme of “summer festival.” For it, each of the girls are wearing special outfits and have been separated into different groups around a common theme.
While that’s not unusual in itself, what I find fascinating is that the groups for the most part are not along traditional lines, like “show origin” or “color.” In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any real consistency from one theme to the next. Even so, I think it provides a new perspective on shared values between individual characters, so I’ve decided to lay out the categories below.
Pro Celebrities: Kasugano Urara, Amanogawa Kirara
Otherworld Singers: Kenzaki Makoto, Kurokawa Eren
Fantastic Dreamers: Haruno Haruka, Yumehara Nozomi, Asahina Mirai
Athletes: Misumi Nagisa, Hyuuga Saki, Natsuki Rin, Hino Akane, Midorikawa Nao
Wildly Expressive: Kurumi Erika, Shirayuki Hime
Bookish Glasses Girls: Yukishiro Honoka, Hanasaki Tsubomi, Tsukikage Yuri, Shirabe Ako
Fairies-turned-Precure: Hanami Kotoha, Mimino Kurumi
Creators: Mishou Mai, Akimoto Komachi, Hoshizora Miyuki, Kise Yayoi
Martial Artists: Myoudouin Itsuki, Aoki Reika, Yotsuba Alice, Hikawa Iona
Musicians: Minazuki Karen, Houjou Hibiki
Secret Hard Workers: Aono Miki, Izayoi Liko
Chefs: Kujou Hikari, Minamimo Kaede, Madoka Aguri, Oomori Yuko, Usami Ichika
Aspiring Doctors: Yamabuki Inori, Hishikawa Rikka, Kaidou Minami
White-Haired (Former) Villains: Eas (Higashi Setsuna), Twilight (Akagi Towa)
Princes: Coco, Natts, Masame Oji, Kanata
Villains Disguised as Schoolboys: Kiriya, Luntaro (Wolflun), Kurosu (Close), Rio (Julio)
Young Mascot Fairy Boys: Syrup, Pop, Rakeru, Rance, Aroma
(The One Exception) Kira Kira Precure a la Mode: Kenjou Akira, Tategami Aoi, Kirahoshi Ciel, Usami Ichika, Arisugawa Himari, Kotozume Yukari
So what do you think of these categories? Do you like thinking of Precures along these lines? The one category that still perplexes me a bit is “Secret Hard Workers,” because Liko and Miki have very little in common. Is there something else they have in common that I’m missing?
And where would the a la Mode girls fit if they had to be divided into them? Would they all go into “chefs,” or would that only work for some of them? For example, would Aoi fit better in “Musicians?”