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According to its official website, the Canadian TV network YTV will air the North American television premiere of Pretty Cure on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 a.m. The show will also repeat on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
The story centers on two schoolgirls with dissimilar interests who are bought together by two magical creatures from the Garden of Light. The creatures transform the girls into Cure Black and Cure White — the two halves of the Pretty Cure magical girl team.
The American production company 4Kids Entertainment had licensed the first Pretty Cure series in 2006, but it did not release its version in the United States. Toei has since relicensed the series for digital distribution on IGN's Direct2Drive service in July and later on the Crunchyroll video-sharing website in October.
Since the original Futari wa Pretty Cure television series aired in Japan in 2004-2005, a sixth film and a sixth television series has been announced for 2009. The fifth film, Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! Okashi no Kuni no Happy Birthday, debuted at #2 at the Japanese box office in November. It has since earned the equivalent of over US$7 million in five weeks.
YTV's website confirms that the main characters Nagisa and Honoka will be named Natalie and Hannah in the English-dubbed version.
Source: Zannen Canada
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