Smile Precure 09: USOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Ahh April Fool’s. I even wrote my own post for that. Yayoi got the brilliant idea to tell Miyuki that she’s transferring soon, but Miyuki ran off before she could say it was a joke. Honestly, I don’t know who I blame more for this mess. The whole group catches wind of the lie, and everyone tries to comfort Yayoi – who was too quiet and shy to be able to tell them to stop talking and explain that it was a lie.Soon the entire class knew about it and threw her a congratulatory goodbye party, complete with a board of signatures. Welp. Really got out of hand there. Yayoi runs out and has the usual battle with the Red Oni, who “tricks” them by telling the Akanbe to do one attack and have it do the other.Really? Girls? You’re gonna listen to what he says and act based on that? And calling him out on a “dirty trick”? It’s a battle, use misinformation to your advantage! Hell, Cure Beat outright trolled the bad guys! Ellen’s awesome <3 *cough* Ahem. Where was I? Oh right, Red Oni let the Cures discuss the lie for several minutes. Then yawns and whines about it instead of attacking when they were distracted. DUMBEST VILLAIN! EVER! INCLUDING ALL THAT CRAP GUILTY SHOE CHURNS OUT! Peace becomes determined and takes care of the Akanbe herself (YAY SOMEONE WHO’S NOT MIYUKI GETS THE SPOTLIGHT THIS TIME) while the other 4 Cures stand by looking dumb. Neither Beauty’s intelligence nor March’s speed kicked in to make any difference. Of course everyone makes up and is Ul~tu~ra Happy!

The lesson that Peace said is to not tell lies that hurt other people, but personally I say just don’t tell any lies (unless you’re skipping class/homework, but you didn’t read that here). My April Fool’s post outright says that it’s a joke post at the bottom, though apparently people didn’t scroll down to read it. And believe it or not I actually had many points I made by writing that post, some explicit and some unwritten.

The writing for the latter half of this episode didn’t sit well with me again. The parts leading up to the battle were good, and I can easily believe someone like Yayoi being unable to tell the truth after being swept up in the momentum of the other four. The battle, however, was stupid. As previously mentioned, the Cures are crappy tacticians for falling for the misinformation, the Red Oni let them talk out the lie, and everyone becomes useless to give Yayoi a chance to shine.

Otherwise, it was pretty enjoyable (I feel like I say this every week, I don’t know why but I just really like watching Smile even when it has stupid moments) and Yayoi’s cuteness throughout the episode really made my day shine.

Smile Precure 08: Beware of Rings

The Freaky Friday Flip episode! A pair of rings swap Miyuki and Candy’s minds into each other’s bodies, and hilarity ensues. One can only question the logic of trying to have Candy pass as Miyuki at school instead of just returning home. Candy makes an absolute fool of Miyuki in every class, utterly destroying her reputation, failing her tests and giving her a bunch of extra homework to do. It was funny at first, then it just made me cringe (I have a fear of embarrassing situations).

Her friends have to keep looking out for CanMiyuki, and were exhausted by the end of the day. It is then revealed that the creator of the rings was OBAAAAAAA-CHAAAAAAAN and that the red oni accidentally dropped them on earth. 

Candy couldn’t transform in Miyuki’s body, and the 4 other Cures were taken out of the battle by being turned into sushi rolls. This leaves Miyuki in Candy’s body to go against the Akanbe, fighting with Candy’s ears.

Oh and Akane does a spectacular sushi roll attack on OBAAAAAAAAAA-CHAAAAAAAN.

Everything works out fine, they steal the potion to dispel magic (why would oba-chan tell them how to dispel it in the first place?) and return to their bodies.

It’s a pretty straightforward comedy episode, with a little bit about understanding how hard Candy is trying hard for Miyuki that I didn’t really like. Just because there were good intentions doesn’t mean any mess ups should be completely forgiven. But it’s Precure, everything’ll just be happy happy.

The small high mobility Akanbe and Cure Candy remind me of a Gundam game I saw people playing a loooong time ago, where the only thing I remember about it was that the Acguy was extremely overpowered since it was so small and fast that no one else can hit it. Oh come on, it’s me, of course I’m gonna see similarities to Gundam without even trying.

I’m not sure how long I’m gonna keep blogging Smile Precure, I keep putting off actually watching the ep because episodic blogging feels like a chore and really takes away a chunk of my enjoyment. Maybe I should switch back to only writing about anime when there’s something specific I want to talk about. Also, as with this episode sometimes I don’t have much to talk about. On the other hand, sticking to blogging each episode is a way to make sure that I’m writing regularly instead of throwing a random post in once a month or something.

Smile Precure 01: Ultra HAPPY!

The hyped up latest series in the Pretty Cure franchise is finally here! Smile Precure is fairy-tale-themed, bright, bubbly and tastes like the rainbow. Like its name, it puts a Smile on my face! If you heard a lot about the Precure franchise (I certainly talk about it a lot) and never got the chance to get into it, now would be a good time to follow a series!

Smile follows the ‘leader’ Hoshizora Miyuki, who carries on the Precure Leader tradition of being hit in the face by the mascot within the first few minutes.

We’re introduced to the main cast pretty quickly, as they’re all coincidentally in the same class and seem to already be close friends with the exception of Miyuki who just transferred. The characters all look very likeable to me, even Akane (orange haired one) who’s the tomboyish type that I usually don’t like. Yayoi, the yellow one, is a crybaby and looks very cute and adorable. Like Ako/Cure Muse, she just makes you want to pick her up and take her home. Then there’s Nao (green), who has a ponytail LIKE A BOSS. She looks pretty cool and confident, and will probably be my second favorite character. Not really a fan of her hairstyle as Cure March though.

Of course, my favorite is the ojou-sama Aoki Reika, Cure Beauty!

Beautiful, graceful, elegant ojou-sama that doesn’t seem to be a brat, there’s no way that I won’t like her! From the OP she also has an ice sword, which is very cool and I FINALLY get to see a Precure with a sword (supposedly there’s one in Yes Precure 5, but due to production quality I’m moving very slowly in watching that series).

Unfortunately we only see Miyuki transform into Cure Happy, and won’t see the others transform until later episodes (seems like Cure Beauty won’t debut till the 5th episode or later T^T). As usual there’s a group of bad guys that want to make people sad for one reason or another to collect Bad Energy, and drive the world towards a Bad End (I guess the Pierrot guy saw his waifu in his favorite VN die too many times and wants everyone else to suffer too). They turn normal everyday objects into monsters-of-the-week, which in Smile are called Akanbe.

The transformation item is called the Smile Pact, and has buttons with colors that correspond to the current 5 known Precure. There’s also a purple and red button, which could possibly mean an addition of 2 newer cures later as is the trend in recent series. Yes Precure 5! Go Go had 6 Cures, so 7 doesn’t seem that far-fetched. It would start to get crowded and give individual characters less airtime though, and would really be a mess with the already-crowded Precure All Stars movies that bring in all the Cures from all the series. Similar to Heartcatch and their perfumes, the Cure transformation involves Miyuki using a blush brush powder applier ish thingy (as you can guess, I don’t use makeup) to ‘apply’ her costume to various parts of her body. She also uses it to apply actual blush to her face, a process that made Honya really excited on twitter.

Well it is pretty adorable ^^

I really miss hearing Suite’s awesome transformation soundtrack Let’s Play! Precure Modulation! though. Really, nothing can ever replace that song. Ah right I still need to open and rip the Suite OST2 cd I imported.

Again we get a really cute CG dancing sequence for the ED! It’s even better that it has 5 very brightly colored Cures, especially with the addition of another green cure – Yes Precure 5 didn’t have a CG dance sequence (and its ED sucked).

The aesthetics of Smile really remind me of Heartcatch, with the bright bubbly colors and character design. The colors are very bold, and have a slight 3d/cg effect to them from the shadow and lighting contrasts especially in their hair. It’s something you don’t see in Suite but is there in Heartcatch, at least from my memory of it. And there’s the aforementioned ‘application’ of the costume in the transformation sequence. The mascot Candy looks a lot like Potpourri from Heartcatch too (that is to say, very cute!).

Next episode we’ll see the appearance of Cure Sunny. I’m looking forward to it!

What about you, what do you think of Smile so far? If you haven’t watched it yet, are you planning on getting into the franchise? Let me know in the comments!