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!