So colorful, it hurts.
|Well, I promised a mid-series review and here it is! …Yeah, I’m still here after 14 episodes of Precure. I’m nowhere near tired of this yet. Even if it is aimed at children half my age, it’s still waaaaay more fun then it should be~.|
So the whole story behind the Precure thing is because Marchenland was attacked by the evil Pierrot and the queen of Marchenland had to sacrifice herself to seal the evil away since the evil side stole the Cure Decor (which is the source of the Queen’s power). …Yeah, apparently the Cure Decor have more functions then just creating giant fruit or becoming interior decor. So on the evil side, they’re collecting bad energy to revive Queen Beryl Pierrot and on the good side, it’s Cure Decor. Now the Precure were ahead of the bad guys for a bit since they have less to collect, but ever since the bad guys have switched to the blue nosed Akanbe, which aren’t created from Cure Decor, there have been no Decor to collect. The blue nosed ones are immune to regular Precure attacks. To defeat these new monsters, the Precure have a power up that involves tiaras and rainbows. Bitches love tiaras.
So, uh, it’s been a while and all of the Precure of this series have been introduced now, as well as other characters. So we still have the energetic heroine, Miyuki and the obligatory mascot, Candy. Miyuki hasn’t had that deep of character development yet (…not that I expect her to go through any), but we’ve learned a bit about Candy. While she’s a crybaby, she tries her best at everything and really is trying to help the Precure. …Which admittedly, makes her slightly less annoying. Only slightly though. … She also transformed into a Precure in an episode, (but in reality that was actually Miyuki, so I don’t think it counts).
On to the new Precure, there’s Cure Sunny (the mahou shoujo with explosions), Cure Peace (mahou shoujo Pikachu), Cure March (that one mahou shoujo voiced by Inoue Marina) and Cure Beauty (okay, you’ve got me. I can’t think of anything to call her). Each of the Precure have had at least one character-oriented episode to themselves thus far. …Minus Reika/Cure Beauty. Now I don’t think they’ll have any crazy character development for any of the other Precure either, but we have learned a bit about each of them. For instance, Akane/Sunny’s family named their shop after her (while her poor, neglected little brother gets nothing xD). Also, Nao/March is afraid of bugs. Though other besides the small character perks , the team is your stereotypical group of cheerful middle schoolers in mahou shoujo anime. There’s also been the introduction of Candy’s older brother, Pop. Since Candy has the attention span of a toddler around shiny things that make noise, he was the one to tell the Precure about this series’ backstory.
Now for the bad guy’s side. These guys come from a place called the Bad End Kingdom and their appearances range from old to weird. So to name them we have Wolfrun, Akaoni, Majorina and Joker (I bet you can’t guess which one is which). Now I’m sure you can tell from the names that a LOT of time and effort was put into coming up with them and the people behind this should get awards for their creativity. At this point too, I think we can safely assume that all of them are fairly stupid (minus maybe Joker. His fabulousness knows no end). The Precure aren’t exactly the brightest around either, but they’re at least a couple steps above them. Pierrot might be more of a threat, but I guess we’ll find out more about that in 8 or so episodes assuming that they keep up their bad energy collecting rate. Now, these characters are pretty stereotypical bad guys as well (they’re all selfish, etc.) and while they all have a few individual perks, nothing really makes any of them stand out. However, Joker seems to have a different agenda then the rest of them. He was the one who came up with the blue noses and he has yet to fight the Precure. Will he be important? Most likely. Will the Precure still be able to kick his ass (give or take a few power ups)? Duh.
So far, this season of Precure has followed the real life dorama/ bad guy of the week pretty consistently. It doesn’t matter where either of the sides go, they just happen to bump into each other. It’s pretty damn convenient that the bad guys just happen to attack Kyoto when the Precure are there. They could have easily gone to the usual city, had a bad energy spree and revived their master already (I will never understand the level of dedication these mahou shoujo baddies have for their fallen/ sealed/ mildly incapacitated leader). Hell, if the bad guys just kept up their hit and run strategy for an entire day all over the city, even with the Precure there, they could have their bad energy in no time. Though on that hand, I don’t think any of them are smart enough to plan that far ahead and Joker looks like his interests lie elsewhere. … As much as I’d love to see something outrageously new and innovative in this series, this hit and run MotW formula has gotten Precure 9 seasons already, so I guess the people in charge of this are scared to change it up too drastically.
That being said though, this formula isn’t boring me at all. Sure there’s little to no character development and problems are only contained within the individual episode with little to no continuity, but it’s nice not having a character angst for weeks on end. Sure the real life problems seem a little superficial sometimes, but at least they’re 100% solved by the end. There’s something satisfying in that. Also, they have the weekly reminder in that bad energy collecting clock thing that the storyline IS moving forward. Even if it looks like nothing is going on now, at least it looks like Pierrot will come back in 8 or so episodes from now. I can’t really talk since I’ve only seen the really old Precure stuff, but this series seems to be using a lot of gimmicks and comedy for it’s episodes. I mean, we’ve had a body swapping episode AND a shrinking episode already. It’s magical dorama as opposed to something realistic like having internal conflicts between the team. Also, it’s cute how some of the events of the episode correspond with the air dates. There was an April Fool’s Day episode on April 1st and next week it looks like they’re having a Mother’s Day episode. Do all of the Precure series do that? In any case, it’s a nice touch.
The animation also is REALLY nice as well when compared to the last season of this I saw (Yes! Precure 5: the season that is apparently notorious for lacklustre animation). The colours in this are SO FREAKING BRIGHT and it’s even worse now that I watch this on a Mac. It’s great. Sure, there are still some spots that are really obvious bad animation (the characters’ fingers look like they could cut through paper) and I’m probably going to go blind before this season is over, but the atmosphere to this show is great.
So yeah, it’s still extremely traditional, but Smile Precure still manages to stay interesting. The character interaction has been great for both team Precure and team Bad End. Hell, even between the good and bad characters there’s been some great interaction. …Though some might be a little too great. I’ve seen a ton of Miyuki and Wolfrun shipping and even after 14 weeks, I’m still not sold on the idea of those two as a couple (why internet? Why would you do that???). But yeah, fan craze aside, this is a great addition to the Precure franchise and I’m still excited to watch this week after week.
Okay, I’m done scarring you guys for life. See you again in a few episodes!