Pretty Cure, known in Japan as Futari wa Pretty Cure (ふたりはプリキュア, Futari wa Purikyua?, Lit. We are Pretty Cure), is a Japanese magical girl anime series, part of the Pretty Cure metaseries produced by Toei Animation and broadcast across Japan by Animax, TV Asahi and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. The series is watched mostly by elementary and secondary students in Japan; it is also broadcast around the world. The original Pretty Cure series, directed by Daisuke Nishio (known for Dragon Ball Z and Air Master), premiered on TV Asahi February 1, 2004. The series is continued in Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart (ふたりはプリキュア Max Heart, Futari wa PuriKyua Makkusu Hāto?, Lit. We are Pretty Cure Max Heart), or simply Max Heart, which premiered on February 6, 2005.