Toei Posts 'Baton Passing' Video Ahead of Kirakira Precure a la Mode Premiere

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
14th Precure series premieres in Japan on February 5

Toei Animation posted a "A Message for Passing the Baton from Cure Miracle to Cure Whip" video on Saturday.

The video features Mirai Asahina, the main character of Mahō Tsukai Precure! (Maho Girls Precure!) whose alter ego is Cure Miracle. Cure Miracle thanks everyone for supporting her over the past year, and added that the support made her very happy. Suddenly, Cure Whip, who is the main character for the upcoming Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode anime, falls on her and introduces herself. Cure Miracle then speaks her magic words, "Cure-Up Rapapa!," and both Precures say together that they hope everyone's day today and tomorrow will be a good day full of smiles.

Toei had posted a similar video in January 2015 for passing the baton from HappinessCharge PreCure!'s Cure Lovely to Go! Princess Precure's Cure Flora, and again in January 2016 for passing the baton from Cure Flora to Cure Miracle.

The final episode of Maho Girls Precure! aired on Sunday in Japan. Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode is the 14th and newest Precure (Pretty Cure) television anime series, and it will premiere on February 5 at 8:30 a.m. on the ABC and TV Asahi channels and their affiliates.

The show stars:

Karen Miyama as Cure Whip/Ichika Usami, who has a rabbit motif and enjoys shortcake

Haruka Fukuhara as Cure Custard/Himari Arisugawa, who has a squirrel motif and enjoys pudding

Tomo Muranaka as Cure Gelato/Aoi Tategami, who has a lion motif and enjoys ice cream

Saki Fujita as Cure Macaron/Yukari Kotozume, who has a cat motif and enjoys macarons

Nanako Mori as Cure Chocolat/Akira Kenjō, who has a dog motif and enjoys chocolate

Mika Kanai as Pekorin, a plump fairy who loves sweets

The show's theme is a crossover of colorful sweets with cool and cute animals. The main characters run a sweets shop, and must face off against evil fairies to protect their beloved sweets.

Akira Tanaka, Risa Endō, and Yu Kaminoki (Go! Princess Precure, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal) are producing the series. Kōhei Kureta (One Piece Film Z assistant director) and Yukio Kaizawa (Digimon Frontier, Jigoku Sensei Nube director) are the series directors, and Jin Tanaka (Go! Princess Precure, Anne-Happy) is handling the series composition. Yuuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Death Parade) is composing the music, and Marie Ino (Death Note, Heartcatch Precure! key animator) is designing the characters. Cake designer and café owner Junko Fukuda is serving as the "sweets supervisor" for the series.

Yuri Komagata (Mangirl!) is performing the anime's opening theme song titled "SHINE!! Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode," and Kanako Miyamoto (Yes! Precure 5) is performing the ending theme song titled "Let's La Cooking ☆ Showtime."

Additionally, Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine will launch the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode manga series in its March issue, which ships on February 3. Manga artist duo Futago Kamikita (Pretty Cure, Dokidoki! Precure) is drawing the series based on an original concept by Izumi Todo (the collective pseudonym for Toei Animation's staff).

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