Precure light novels

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    A bunch of the Precure series have accompanying light novels now, many of which are sequels or prequels and not primarily about the original anime series. It's probably a bit of a niche market in the English-speaking world since the Precure anime doesn't really get localized much, but of the 3 series that have had English localizations (the original Pretty Cure, Smile Precure, and Doki Doki Precure), 2 of them have novels (Pretty Cure and Smile Precure).

    Unfortunately, one of those was the YTV dub of the original Pretty Cure which subsequently disappeared off the face of the planet after they broadcast it only in Canada, so outside of the fansub devotees, likely nobody knows about it.

    The other is Smile Precure, which has been on Netflix for the last few years under the title of Glitter Force, which might give it enough notoriety to actually make it worth it. The Smile Precure novel is a sequel, set 10 years after the events of the anime (so the girls are all adults).

    The one I really want to see translated (which probably has no hope of ever having a market) is the Heartcatch Precure novel. It tells the adventures of Cure Moonlight prior to the events depicted in the anime, and also has a lot of backstory that the anime didn't have.

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    JNC Heart jr ?

    Maybe it can be a thing

  • @caramelwithoutthesalt said in Precure light novels:

    Even if we somehow acquire these, aren’t these written for small children? Precure’s intended demographic are young girls after all.

    I only have a Smile Precure novel to go on, but it's closer to a typical middle-school-reading-level light novel than other children's literature (the sort of stuff that would be published by imprints like Tsubasa or Aoi Tori, whose target audiences span the elementary school grades).

    It generally avoids more complex words, but at the same time it also doesn't appear to use furigana for any of the 1000 elementary school kanji (the same as most seinen manga and light novels). It's also longer and uses a smaller font and fewer pictures than are typical of children's literature.

    The impression I get is that they're kind of meant for BigFriends, but they try to maintain a sense of simplicity and childishness as a reflection of the source material. But that's just a guess.

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    Precure has been around for 17 years, and most of the novels are based on older series, so they're targeted at teenagers or young adults who watched that series when they were little. The exception is the one for Go Princess Precure, which was still only a couple years old when the related novel came out, and that one is in larger type with lots of furigana and easier words.

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