Don’t Expect Pretty Cure: Max Heart on YTV
Today YTV aired a five episode marathon of Toei’s 49 episode Pretty Cure anime series. This marathon ended up concluding the first season of the mega hit series (in Japan). However, when the series aired in Japan, directly after the end credits layed a preview for the sequel series, Pretty Cure: Max Heart, that aired on Japanese TV the week following the first season’s conclusion. YTV’s broadcast of episode 49, “Fight for the Future”, didn’t include this preview. Instead, after the end credits, and brief pause on a black screen occured, before the Toei logo displayed, and the next program aired.
Given the history that the show has had on the channel (for those who don’t know, the show was often tossed around the schedule, and put on a few rather long hiatuses), I can’t say that there is much hope of Pretty Cure: Max Heart airing on the channel.
We can’t say YTV didn’t try. While the schedule shifting probably hurt the show more than it helped, they clearly were looking to aid the show gain an audience. Heck, it’s one of the few anime series YTV produced ads for in this modern era (the only others being for Beyblade: Metal Fusion, and the ever green Pokemon). The way it ended too was not pretty (pun not intended). After a two month long hiatus the series returned in a five episode marathon, that one can’t help but see as a way to burn off the remaining episode order, and provide closure to the series viewers (of which that final episode comes through in spades). It sadly seems no matter what, Natalie and Hannah just weren’t able to capture the success of Serena and her Sailor Scouts.
For those who like to remain optimistic, maybe Toei removed that preview themselves knowing well ahead of time that Max Heart wasn’t going to air the following week? Heck, maybe YTV didn’t put a “Season Finale” or “Series Finale” tag on the above ad because they will announce Max Heart in their upcomming fall upfronts? I’d say don’t hold your breath on that.
Source: I watched the show, bro.