"I have reached my limit!"
- Tsubomi Hanasaki
Tsubomi Hanasaki is the leader of the Cures in Heartcatch Pretty Cure!. She lives in a flower shop called Hanasaki Flower Shop with her parents and grandmother. Her Pretty Cure alter ego is Cure Blossom.
Tsubomi is voiced by Nana Mizuki in Japanese, and by Joy Saltarelli in Italian.
In her normal form, Tsubomi has long curly dark red hair that reaches down past her waist. Her bangs are parted down the left side, and the ends curl inwards to frame her face. At the beginning of the series, her hair is worn in a single low ponytail, and she is never seen without her glasses. After Erika's makeover, Tsubomi wears her hair in low twintails secured with yellow flower-shaped hairties, and only wears her glasses when in class or studying.
Tsubomi's casualwear consists of a long-sleeved two-toned pink top with the number '7' on the back, light blue three-quarter skinny jeans and pink flats. She is also sometimes seen in a two-toned pink dress with long white sleeves, blue-green tights and dark pink low-heeled shoes. In school, she wears the standard issue uniform for girls.
Cure Blossom has bright pink hair, styled in a high ponytail secured with a hot pink bow with a small flower on the middle. Her eyes also become a brighter shade of pink. Her outfit is mainly light pink and white, with dark pink lining, and greatly resembles Marine's, with a few small differences. The bow at her chest is large, and her top is two-toned pink/white with shelled sleeves. Her arm protectors are double-layered, with a extra pink layer under the white. Her boots are knee-length, with light pink toe tips, a dark pink sole, and small light pink flowers at the heels.
As Super Cure Blossom, her entire outfit changes to a lighter shade of pink. Her hair is visibly longer, and the bow in her hair has gained a decorative metal piece of the Heartcatch! logo. The bow at her chest becomes larger as well, and the petals of her skirt are longer and sharper-looking, with two extra long coattail-like petals at the back. Her arm protectors extend up past her elbow and becomes full-fingered gloves. Her boots also extend up to mid-thigh length, with larger flowers at the heels.
As Cure Rainbow Blossom, her outfits retains most of the elements from her original outfit. Her hair becomes a lighter shade of pink. The sleeves of her top gain additional feathery layers, and the number of pink petals on her skirt increases as well, with 3 extra long petals at the back. She also has a small pair of golden wings on her back.
Tsubomi is a really shy and introverted girl and admits that she does not handle energetic people like Erika very well, but she loves flowers very much, and dreams of being a botanist. Because of her relationship and frequent visits with her grandmother, she has picked up her old-fashioned speech pattern.
Tsubomi has stated that she plans to change her personality now that she has started in a new school. Although still insecure, she is starting to speak out her mind and preferences. Together with the courage of Erika, Tsubomi is slowly but steadily changing to a more confident person.
Other then purification attacks, Cure Blossom can use some individual sub attacks on her own for fighting use:
- Blossom Butt Punch - Cure Blossom kicks herself into the air backwards to hit the enemy with her butt. She can only use this when influenced with the red Heart Seeds for speed-up. However, she seems to be capable of using it independent now, though without naming the attack.
- Blossom Shower - Blossom draws a circle of pink flowers before her and shoots them at the enemy.
- Blossom Flower Storm - Blossom circles around herself, summoning numerous pink flower petals around her to create a tornado out of them.
- Pretty Cure Double Shoot - Blossom and Marine's first non-purification duo attack. The Cures create energy balls of their respective theme colors and shoot them at the enemy.
- Pretty Cure Big Explosion - Blossom and Marine hold hands tightly and, with comical faces, create a giant explosion.
- Blossom Impact - Blossom concentrates all her powers into her palm and strikes at the enemy; pink light will then shine, and the enemy is knocked away.
- Blossom Double Impact - Blossom concentrates all her power into her palms and strikes at the enemy; pink light will then shine from both hands, and the enemy is knocked away. It is considered a double-version of Blossom Impact.
- Blossom Screw Punch - Blossom collects her power energy into her fist and shoots it out, the energy forming like a canon at the enemy.
- Pretty Cure Impact - All three Cures use their power to knock the enemy away.
- Pretty Cure Christmas Impact - Blossom and Marine form a heart shape with their arms and shoot out a laser.
- Pink Forte Wave - The finishing attack that Blossom uses to purify a Desertrian. See main article Pink Forte Wave for more.
- Tsubomi & Olivier's Possible Romantic Relationship in Heartcatch Precure movie could be a loose reference to Belle & Beast (Adam) from the Disney movie,Beauty & The Beast.
- Tsubomi is the third Pretty Cure Pretty with the elderly person in the family after Honoka Yukishiro and Urara Kasugano.
- Tsubomi is so far the only lead Cure to wear glasses.
- Cure Blossom along with Cure Marine are the only two Cures who transform together, but don't need each other to turn into Pretty Cure, as they can transform separately.
- The name Blossom may represent the earth, while Marine represents the ocean. If that is the case, then it would follow the tradition of the duo Pretty Cure being opposites.
- Tsubomi is the second Pretty Cure whose parents own a flower shop.
- Tsubomi is the fifth Pretty Cure to be excellent in academics.
- Tsubomi is also the first Pretty Cure in the franchise to have a heritage to the *Pretty Cure legacy, as her grandmother, Kaoruko, was Cure Flower 50 years ago.
- Tsubomi is the only Heartcatch Cure to not have a confirmed Heart Flower. Although her Heart Flower appears as a cherry blossom on a magazine scan, the same scan features a scene of the Cures, in their transformation dresses, relaxing inside Coupé in the style of a Japanese hot spring, a scene that never appeared in the show proper.
- For the Pretty Cure All Stars DX3 Movie character polls held by Toei Animation, Blossom appeared in the following rankings:
- 5th in "Favorite Pretty Cure"
- 4th in "The Pretty Cure you want to team up with most"
- 5th in "The Pretty Cure you want to be most"
- 4th in "The Pretty Cure you want to bake with most"
- In the Pretty Cure All Stars Suite Flower Card Collection, Tsubomi is represented by the sakura or cherry blossom, which symbolizes gentleness and a beautiful heart in the Language of Flowers.
- Cure Blossom is currently the only Cure to be seen with her hair down in Cure form, as in Heartcatch Pretty Cure!: Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!?.
- She is the first lead Cure who her name starts with "T".
- She is the first lead Cure to have long hair in civilian form and cure form.
- Though in poster form, Tsubomi appears (along with Erika, Chypre and Coffret) in the final episode of the Kamen Rider Den-O spin off Imagin Anime, "You Will Find The U*tra Planet", when Momotaros complains about the Heartcatch Pretty Cure! poster in front of the Toei Animation studios.
- Tsubomi appeared as Cure Blossom to give the 10th anniversary congratulatory message at the beginning of episode 10 of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!