Monday, June 18, 2018

Hugtto Precure Ep 20 Top 6 Moments: On Stage!! The Precures of Love!!!

Horray! Horray! This is my review of Hugtto Precure Ep 20 and how do you make two Preheart out of one Preheart?

No 6: Hana caught a fever!

As the girls learn from Harry that it is impossible to get another Preheart since it was created from the future, Hana did the only thing she could was to pray for a miracle especially that night, she started praying over the starry sky which resulted her in getting a bad fever the next day.

Not only did Hana wished for another Preheart, she also prayed for Homare's comeback skating contest and Saya's CM audition. Hana spend the whole day in bed with Hamster Harry and Hug-Tan taking care of her...

No 5: George meet Hug-Tan!

Before Hana caught a fever, Harry and Homare went to Hugman Centre to get some necessities. George retrieve Hug-Tan's toy and pat on Hug-Tan's head which for a moment, Hug-Tan became quiet and looked at George with a strange look.

George even spoke an odd line:""Be good to your brother and sister." From the way Harry and Hug-Tan looked at George, it is certain that George has a mysterious connection which we hope to see it in the future.

Furthermore, did anyone notice that when Kurai was furious with Papple's failures, Ristle was looking at Kurai in his monitor and keying something. Maybe Kurai might not be what everyone think he is...

No 4: Masato making up with Emiru and Henri.

Masato entered Emiru's room when she is playing with her guitar. She was about to be defensive when suddenly Masato gave her two live concert tickets and Masato accepted her to play the guitar. He later make peace with Henri over his previous comments and he too forgive him.

Emiru went to inform Ruru about her brother and Ruru was happy for her. The two girls also became more closer together with even Emiru promise to protect Ruru but Ruru still has hesitation.

No 3: Emiru and Ruru's Pep Talk.

Homare brought Emiru onto the skating rink and she encouraged Emiru to believe in herself and a miracle might happened for the two girls. Saya also did the same thing for Ruru as she proclaimed herself as Ruru's rival and encouraged Ruru to be true to her feelings.

I like the music that was played during these moments and how Homare and Saya who once were at their weakest was able to convey their feelings to the two girls and to never give up for a miracle.

No 2: When One become Two!

Papple was up to her old tricks and turned a band into an Oshimaida to wreck havoc during the live concert, Cure Yell despite just recovered from a fever, battled the Oshimaida alone as she does not want to ruin Homare and Saya's chances to do what they like most.

Ruru and Emiru started cheering for Cure Yell when suddenly their hearts created a Mirai Crystal with Hug-Tan's help. The Preheart was presented to them and Emiru want Ruru to have it but she refused and want Emiru to have it instead.

For a moment, I thought this was creepy...

The two girls could not bear the other to suffer when suddenly a Mysterious Lady in Gold appeared in front of them and create another Preheart from the original.

No 1: On Stage! Cure Macherie and Cure Amour!!

Now waiting for the whole team to do a team pose..

Futari Wa Precure! Cure Black and Cure White will be very Proud!

With two Preheart in hand, the two girls transformed into Cure Macherie and Cure Amour! The two new Cures took down the Oshimaida with ease and finished off with their special attack-Heart Circle and Heart Dance! (They even ended their finisher by saying Futari wa Precure!)

As Homare came in first place and Saya got the starring role, the two new Cures fed Hug-Tan with Asupower and Cure Yell welcome them into the team...not before Cure Yell realise that she has not recover fully from her fever...

What I think of this episode? I watched the two new Cures' transformation more than ten times and they are lovely as well. Did anyone think of Heartcatch Precure Transformation music when Cure Macherie and Cure Amour transform? Because I did and I tried to sync with that particular scene with Heartcatch BGM and guess what, it worked! (Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself!)

This episode is totally focusing on Ruru and Emiru's conflicts and resolutions. On one hand, Emiru and Masato finally make up with him accepting Emiru's love of guitar and apologizing to Henri. With only one Preheart, the two girls tried very hard not to hurt the other even to the point when both of them were granted their Mirai Crystals, both girls refuse to accept the Preheart if only one of them can become a Precure.

Which led to one of the more unexpected moment in this episode-The appearance of the Golden Lady in the opening! Somehow she appeared as a ghostly form and create another Preheart out of the sole Preheart. But who is she? Hug-Tan was even happy to see this Golden Lady! A possible connection?

Especially when George appeared in front of Harry, Homare and Hug-Tan. George does gave a strange vibe which even Hug-Tan could felt from his palms. As for his line-Be good to your brother and sister could have a double meaning which to me, the plot thicken!

There are two little grips about this episode. First was after introducing Jeros last week, she was nowhere to be found this week and it was Papple again to be the villain for the episode. So what's the point of introducing a new general when she only appeared in one episode and disappear in the next? Jeros should have been introduced perharps after Papple's complete defeat to replace their forces.

The othe grip was how simple it was for Emiru and Ruru to get their Mirai Crystals. Hana got hers because she risked her life to protect Hug-Tan, Homare overcame her trauma to get hers. Compared to Setsuna who died and revived as Cure Passion, Towa who overcame her guilt to become Cure Scarlet, Saya, Emiru and Ruru got it easy to get their Mirai Crystals.

Sure, the problem of having only one Preheart still resonate between the two girls and it was resolved by the power of friendship (Lazy writing!) but couldn't Toei make a better scenario so that the payoff will be more satisfying for Emiru and Ruru.

Other than that, Cure Macherie and Cure Amour overall design and presentation was spot on. (Maybe an S.H. Figuarts line up? But Precure are the worst series to collect for S.H. Figuarts as most of them are exclusive and expensive like hell!) Maybe their finisher was a bit simple but thanks to spoliers, the two girls are getting an upgrade pretty soon.

Overall, a new status quo as Cure Macherie and Cure Amour joined the Hugtto Team! But we are just getting started since Emiru become full on obsessed to become a great Precure! Meanwhile, Ruru is trying to play the guitar!? Until then, see you in  the next post!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hugtto Precure Ep 19 Top 4 Moments: On to the Runaway!

Horray! Horray! This is my review of Hugtto Precure Ep 19 and Henri invited the girls for a fashion show!

No 4: Let's walk the Fashion Runaway!

Henri approached the girls and want Ruru and Emiru to participate the Fashion Runaway which Emiru was worried that she might mess up (She think she will roll out of the stage and end up in Paris which Ruru explained it is impossible) and Ruru took the role for Emiru's sake.

Later the girls and Henri meet with Fashion Designer, Yoshimi Rita and she suggested having a hero theme for the fashion show after being inspired by the Precures in action.

Of course, the girls get to work using their artists outfit from the Mirai pad and even Hug-tan joined in to add "colors" to the decoration.

No 3: The Girls vs Masato.

During the episode, Emiru's brother, Masato who is also a student in the same school as the girls mocked Henri who was wearing differently in his school uniform. Of course, Henri took it cool and ignore his taunting.

Later Masato learn that Emiru is entering the fashion show and tried to take her away claiming that only girls shouldn't be heroes but Hana step in and claimed that anyone can be a hero no matter what gender they are. Even Henri who wore a dress appeared and claimed that anyone is free to do whatever they want to and should not be restricted.

This of course pissed Masato off and was turned by the new general, Jeros into an Oshimaida. As the Oshimaida was wrecking the place and holding Henri hostage, he spotted Masato as the host and felt his pain which somehow create an opening for the girls to defeat it. In the end, Masato felt different after seeing Henri onstage...

No 2: The new General, Jeros!

When Papple was complaing to the mystery man (which is probably George), he send a note using a homing pigeon which when Jeros later turned Masato into an Oshimaida, a flock of pigeons appeared followed by slendermen (What!?) and cool looking butlers. (Double what!?)

No 1: One Little Problem...

Yes, this is a homage to Futari Wa Precure!

Emiru and Ruru decided to take their steps to become Precures and told the girls their goal however Harry break out the news that there is only one Preheart device and there are two of them! Everyone looked at each other puzzled although Hug-tan was "encouraging" Emiru and Ruru to be "together..."

This episode is more of a set-up for the next few episodes since it is really about Emiru and Ruru taking their first steps to becoming Precures and the introduction of Jeros. Henri stole the show since he was able to counter Masato's insults and yes, Masato is a still a jerk especially about his remarks on Herni's uniform and how only males should be heroes. But Masato also mentioned about him and Emiru's grandfather which might be the reason for his upbringing. Who know, maybe we will get an episode to find out about the grandfather in the future.

Jeros was voiced by Kaida Yuko who is best known as Ryomou in Ikkitousen, Tsukyo from Gintama and Marida from Gundam Unicorn. Furthermore, she is used to playing sexy female fatale like Sawashiro Miyuki so it was perfect for her to voice Jeros. Although her outfit and appearance reminds me of a particular Snake Princess from another Toei show.

But Jeros' debut was kinda of rushed in this episode unlike how previous seasons, the new general tend to appear in front of the other generals before making his/her move. Although I am suspecting that George was the one who summoned her using the homing pigeon and even Ruru was unable to find any data about Jeros which could mean that Jeros might be a secret elite for Criasu.

Anyway, the more pressing problem is how will Emiru and Ruru become Precures if there is only one Preheart device? Will it be the end of their dreams? Or like what Hug-Tan saying "Together" could led to a clue? As the next episode title preview-we are getting not one but two new Cures at the same time! Until then, see you in the next post!