Finding the Right Precure Series For You

The long-running Precure franchise has been a staple of Japanese children’s programming since 2004. It’s less well-known in the West due to its lack of quality English releases, but this sparkly magical girl show is well worth seeking out. Along with its adorable costumes and cutesy themes, the Precure series stands out from the pack because of its heartfelt character moments and its surprisingly hardcore fight scenes.

So you want to check the franchise out; but there’s a problem. Even though you can jump in at any point (since each series stars separate characters in different universes), how are you supposed to know where to start? Well, join us today as we run through some of the best Precure series to get you started on the sparkly path to Cure fandom!

The Sparkly World of Precure (Pretty Cure)~!

From classics like Sally the Witch all the way to deconstructions like Madoka Magica and Mahou Shoujo Ore, it’s clear that the magical girl genre has been a beloved part of the anime world for a very long time. But strangely enough, the Western world has had very little exposure to one of the most prominent magical girl franchises of the past few decades – Pretty Cure.

Today, we’re going to take a short look at a hidden gem of anime, often overlooked because of its young demographic. But trust us – there’s more to it than just cute costumes and toys. We’re entering the sparkly world of Pretty Cure~!

[Honey's Crush Wednesday] 5 Ryo Asuka Highlights – Devilman: Crybaby (Mary Lee Loves Devilman: Part 6)

Despite being only 16 years old, Ryo has somehow managed to become both a college professor in the United States as well as the host of his own TV news network. He lives in a massive penthouse apartment, complete with lavish furnishings and even a pool (which, considering property costs in Japan, is doubly impressive). He also seems to have unlimited resources at his disposal and even has access to highly illegal goods like machine guns and experimental drugs. Just who is Ryo, and how did he make himself into Japanese marshmallow Batman?

[Honey's Crush Wednesday] 5 Akira Fudo Highlights – Devilman: Crybaby (Mary Lee Loves Devilman: Part 5)

Even before he fuses with Amon, Akira is still quite the cutie. His bright smile, cheerful attitude, and boundless empathy all make us want to cuddle him like the little puppy dog he is. His penchant for crying whenever he sees someone suffering gets him weird looks from his classmates, but he isn’t bullied like in the original manga and earlier adaptations. He’s not weak at all – just a precious cinnamon roll.

The Many Forms of Devilman (Mary Lee Loves Devilman: Part 4)

The original Devilman manga by Go Nagai was published in 1972, meaning that it’s over 45 years old at this point. And even though it didn’t get a full anime adaptation until Devilman: Crybaby in 2018, it’s had more than its fair share of sequels, spinoffs, and crossovers in the intervening years. And amazingly, most of them were written and illustrated by Nagai himself – from the 1970s all the way through to the 2010s!

Today, we’ll be looking at the most interesting and bizarre parts of the Devilman universe. You want knights? Futuristic battle armor? A time travel story where Akira and Ryo accidentally start Hitler down his path of evil? We’ve got all of that and much, much more.

Devilman is More Important Now than Ever Before (Mary Lee Loves Devilman: Part 3)

The original Devilman manga by Go Nagai had a lot to say about the state of Japan as well as the larger world in the 1970s. Its unflinching portrayal of the darkest parts of human nature helped solidify its status as a classic manga that still holds up (for the most part) to this day. The 2018 anime adaptation Devilman: Crybaby updates the setting to the present time and modernizes the social commentary along with it.

What’s so surprising about Crybaby is that it manages to be even more relevant and important to its contemporary audience than the original manga was over four decades ago. Let’s take a closer look at how the changes to Nagai’s legendary story struck a chord with the people of today.