PreCure Goes Full Circle with Original Duo in Hugtto! Precure Episode
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
An upcoming episode Hugtto! Precure will return to the magical girl franchise's roots on July 1. The duo that started it all, Cure Black and Cure White, are appearing in the series' 22nd episode. The episode marks the characters' first appearance in a successive PreCure television series in 15 years.
Cure Black and Cure White were shown at the end of Hugtto! Precure's 21st episode that aired on June 24. The following episode on July 1 will feature more of the characters as they pass on some advice to the current magical team.
Cure Black voice actress Youko Honna commented on the upcoming cameo, stating that the PreCure franchise was her starting point.
"The series motivates me and pushes me to try hard day after day. PreCure is irreplacable," Honna said. "I might be looking forward to the episode the most. I'm happy many people can enjoy the series for generations and I hope it continues to expand out into the future."
Cure White voice actress Yukana was surprised that the original Pretty Cure girls would appear in the latest series, since it's never been done before.
"I'm looking forward to how it develops," she said. "PreCure is still so important. This year, another new story is born. I'd be happy if viewers enjoy it."
The episode is likely a tie-in for the newly announced PreCure crossover film Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories. The new film's theme is "memories," and will it will feature 55 Precures. The film will open on October 27 in Japan.
Hugtto! Precure premiered on February 4. The original Futari wa Precure series ran from 2004 to 2005.
Futari wa Precure is streaming with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Tubi TV. Saban Brands localized two other Precure series — Smile Precure! and Dokidoki! Precure — under the titles Glitter Force and Glitter Force Doki Doki and released them on Netflix.
Source: Anime! Anime! (仲瀬 コウタロウ)