Originally inspired by the Find Your ‘Gateway Gundam’ post from We Remember Love, What is Your Starter PreCure? is a feature that I’ve added to this website, constructed with the sole intent of suggesting a starter precure for newcomers to the PreCure fandom. As it stands, there are currently 8 separate continuities spanning 10 years, even more movies, including a crossover movie series that features every single Pretty Cure to date. With the introduction of Doki Doki! PreCure and its initial popularity, I’m getting quite a few questions asking about where to start.
Series length consideration aside, I wouldn’t start with the movies, as they are merely hour-long episodes that fit within the framework of its associated television series, (save for the crossover movies, Pretty Cure All-Stars, which are an animal on its own). The crossover movies are an interesting possibility, as it can serve as a smorgasbord of the characters that are available, but again, I personally wouldn’t recommend any of them, simply due to the ridiculously large cast size.
Certainly, the dilemma faced by trying to get into the PreCure franchise isn’t as daunting as the Gundam franchise as mentioned earlier, since there is a whole lot less history, and less titles across different presentation formats available for consumption. That said, PreCure is indeed grand enough to warrant a questionnaire like this, but with it comes a few caveats.
Firstly, this is merely a questionnaire based on a short series of questions that aim to separate shows from each other based on particular characteristics. By no means is this indicative of the overall quality or potential for enjoyment for a particular show, since certain characteristics can align with someone’s tastes, but can still fail to execute those characteristics.
Secondly, unlike WRL’s quiz, that subjectively ruled out shows that didn’t stand up proper as a gateway gundam, I tried to include every single PreCure series to date. I personally feel that there is a PreCure series for everyone, and with every addition to the franchise, there is even more design space that is explored that can appeal to even more people. This is why it is necessary for me to update this list to include completed series as they are added throughout the years (of course, this assumes that PreCure and Cure Blogger live to see those particular years).
Thirdly, the quiz can essentially come down to an arbitrary suggestion. If I had to choose personally, I would suggest Heartcatch simply because it’s the most well-received show in the franchise, and is most likely to be well-received by newcomers to the fandom. However, there isn’t any fun in that, and the quiz itself can provide interesting results, even for people who have already watched every single series.
Alright! That pretty much covers the thought processes behind this particular questionnaire. Many thanks to Ghostlightning and mecafetish for coming up with the concept, as it has not only led me to find my own gateway gundam, but it also helped me conceptualize its PreCure analog. Click here to begin!
Feedback would be greatly appreciated here. If you’re a newbie to Pretty Cure, I would like to know which show you ended up with. If you’re well-read in the franchise, please let me know if there are any tweaks or bugs in the quiz that I can look at.