Smile PreCure is the seventh separate series in the PreCure franchise, and is the only show other than Yes! Pretty Cure 5 to feature an ensemble cast of five PreCure. As the (as of this post’s publishing) most recently completed show, Smile sets itself apart from its peers as a contemporary piece, littered with self-referential humor and enough genre-awareness to entertain most audiences. The large cast is well-balanced and is fleshed out over the course of the series’ run. Adhering strongly to the monster-of-the-week formula, Smile takes on a further pattern of character spotlight cycles, in which a group of five episodes each feature a single girl from the cast in some sort of way. They form the strongest episodes of the series, and are the most memorable.
Despite not having much involvement with relatively complex PreCure plot tropes like heel-face-turns or aloof allies with tragic backstories, Smile is highly effective in its straightforwardness, and is one of the most competent series in fleshing out its diverse cast of characters. There is definitely a favourite Smile PreCure girl for most people who watch it, and it highly depends on taste. Is the adorably shy Yayoi Kise/Cure Peace your kind of thing, or the sporty, hot-blooded Akane Hino/Cure Sunny? It’s quite difficult for some to pick a favourite, since all of the characters are wonderfully explored. With Smile PreCure, you will definitely be full of Smiles by the end.