Because Bad Ends suck.
|Just when you thought first impressions were over, a new challenger has appeared! Smile PreCure is here~! I’ve been way more excited for this than I should be, so I figured I would bring some mahou shojou to Metanorn. Plus it’s a group of 5 again! The last Precure I’ve seen was Yes!, so I wonder how this will compare to that.|
Smile PreCure combines not just one, not two, but FOUR classic mahou shoujo cliches with the heroine, Miyuki (who is your typical ditsy, but cheerful and optimistic character), being a transfer student and late on her first day. While running to school (no toast in the mouth unfortunately), a flying book comes out of the sky and from out of it come some… thing that’s probably supposed to be cute, but fails miserably. The whatever it is introduces herself as a fairy named Candy, but she runs off like someone with ADHD seeing something shiny after Miyuki gets distracted, so Miyuki figures that it was all a dream. Yes, because people normally fall asleep in the middle of the street.
Miyuki finally gets to school, but is extremely nervous and stumbles through her introduction to the class. Luckily for her though, a genki girl named Akane takes the opportunity to say how lame Miyuki’s introduction was. Akane then decides to introduce the other main characters of the series: the reliable banchou-like Nao, the cool beauty Reika and the crybabyYayoi (all of them easy to spot by the way that none of them wear the school uniform properly. That, and the oddly coloured hair). Nobody else in the class gets an introduction because they don’t matter. Anyways, everyone accepts this interruption like it was no big deal and Miyuki is less nervous, so she introduces herself again. This time, adding in the fact that she has an obsession with story books. She gets the stereotypical main character seat in the back of the class by the window.
In class, Miyuki sees Candy from outside the window and thinking that seeing fairies is no big deal, decides to announce it to the rest of the class. Akane doesn’t see it though and so Miyuki goes running off to find Candy after class. She winds up in the library, where she finds a glowing book. Despite the likelihood of it being radioactive or something, Miyuki picks it up without much thought. Other books start glowing and after shoving books aside in a certain order, the entire shelf starts glowing and she’s sucked inside some glowing technicolor vortex. Inside, she finds some place filled with books and she puts the flying book she found earlier onto the shelf. Afterwards, she sees Candy running about the streets yelling something about a bad wolf.
Miyuki pushes the books aside again in a magical order and is transported to the street where Candy is. There, some flying wolf opens a book saying that he’s going to send the world to a bad end and he uses the book to make the moon come out in order to summon his evil master or something. The next thing you know, people are OTL ing all along the street saying that they give up. Candy starts telling the wolf off and then Miyuki joins in saying that everyone should work towards a happy end. Just before she’s attacked for preaching, Miyuki starts glowing. Conveniently for her and Candy, she’s actually a PreCure and a defender against bad ends. Miyuki transforms into Cure Happy while the bad guy patiently waits until the transformation sequence is over before attacking.
Using fairy tale logic, Miyuki hides behind a brick wall since the bad wolf in the 3 Pigs couldn’t destroy the brick house. However, Wolfrun has the ability to use Pokemon and summons an Akanbe (the name of the monsters of the week in this series) house to attack. After running around uselessly for a bit, Candy says that Miyuki should use Happy Shower, some magical ability that PreCure have. However, the advice is pretty vague and Miyuki can’t do it. It’s not until she puts her feelings into the makeup compact that’s hanging on her waist, can Miyuki use her vague magic girl powers and purify the evil house. For her efforts, Miyuki receives some sort of …strawberry …badge …thing. Wolfrun decides to give up for the day and leaves.
The mahou shoujo Kamehameha
You can’t go wrong with fabulous bad guys like these. Just look at that caveman oni and spandex clad wolf.
IT’S A FOOLPROOF PLAN!
You KNOW things have gone awry when there are houses chasing you.
COME AT ME, BRO!
Best set up for PreCure yet. Though I haven’t seen Fresh through Suite yet, so I’m not really the best judge. Plus I can’t take the original Futari wa PreCure seriously anymore because the crappy English dub that came out here gave the characters the most retarded localized names ever. “Misumi Nagisa” somehow became “Natalie Blackstone” and “Yukishiro Honoka” became “Hannah Whitehouse”. At least they tried to make them kind of sound similar, but I’m not a big fan of dubs changing things because they don’t think children can handle foreign names. It’s like changing Harry Potter to “Satou Hiroshi” or something ridiculously common like that because the people in charge of localization don’t think that the Japanese youth can handle some katakana. Dear lord, this is turning into a rant. I’ll stop here.
ANYWAYS, back to my first point, I like the set up for this version of PreCure. I’m not entirely sure what Miyuki was doing with the magical glowing bookshelf at all, but I like the idea of fairy tales and bad ends as a whole. While this is pretty similar to Yes since there are 5 of them (though hell, all of the PreCure seasons are pretty similar), the storyline actually manages to be somewhat unique. The animation is also a HUGE step up from Yes. When did that happen? Suddenly my desire to watch Fresh through Suite increased. I would still like this even without the clean animation, but it certainly helps. The ending song that was 99% CG didn’t make my eyes bleed either. Success! While the songs for both the OP and ED aren’t really anything special, I’m just happy that the visuals are nice to look at.
As for characters,I love them all (minus Candy, but I don’t like mascots in general). For once, the overly genki character doesn’t piss me off and Miyuki is just adorable. She’s actually a pretty funny heroine from some of the reactions she has. Also, the facial expressions are hilarious. Though if I had to choose favourites, Cure Sunny/Yayoi (the yellow one) and Cure Beauty/Reika (the blue one) look like they’ll be mine. …Cure March/Nao is voiced by Inoue Marina, so she might make it on to the list as well. Though like I said before, I like ALL of the characters so far. But lol, does their hair ever get ridiculous in the mahou shoujo version of themselves.
Yes, it’s stereotypical mahou shoujo. It’s going to be cheesy as hell and everything will be done so it can be marketed. I seriously doubt that we’ll be getting any Madoka-esque plot twists or any extremely deep and contemplative thought in the plot line. Plus this is supposed to be aimed at young children (lol yeah I’m not going to comment any more about that. I’m watching this and I’m almost 19), ignoring the other, more questionable anime airing for the Japanese youth to view, this is supposed to be kid friendly anime. However, for the PreCure universe this is fantastic and I’m going to be enjoying this anime immensely.
So, umm, now that I’m done ranting, am I the only one here who gives a crap about this? Lol, I feel so alone. Let me know what you think!
Preview: Cure Sunny is up next. Gosh, I wonder who her real identity is.
IT’S NOT MAHOU SHOUJO WITHOUT EXPLOSIONS!