No 6: Nono Hana, 13 years old and a bad hair day!
|She remind me of a particular Chunibyo character who like BL..|
It is the first day for 13 years old Nono Hana as she tried to cut her bangs to make her more mature or in her words-more adult-like however it backfired and she messed up her bangs. After being teased by her young sister, Kotori and a delicious omelet rice made by her mother, Sumire, Hana rushed to school.
Hana tried to stop a baseball from hitting an old lady when time freeze and a baby's cries could be heard. (Insert your Dio Brando's the World Joke here) Hana got hit in the forehead but still offered to help the old lady with her belongings.
No 5: Meet Yakushiji Saya and Kagayaki Homare!
When Hana arrived late in class, she make a funny impression but was reprimanded by the teacher. Both Saya and later Homare find Hana very amusing. Later Hana heard the same baby cries again and went to the rooftop where the other two girls were.
Being the Class representative, Saya showed Hana around while Homare just laze around on the bench. To me, Saya is like Reika from Smile Precure with her gentle and kind demeanour and Homare is like the "bad" girl of the three as she acted indifferent when a teacher reprimanded her for being late.
Although the question is their school has a relaxed dress code as the students are allowed to wear a jacket or a hoddie to school. Based on their profile, Saya is a former child actress and Homare is a former ice skater but they seem to have drop out of it. We will know the reasons behind it in future episodes.
No 4: Meet the Cryasse Corporation-the villain group of the season!
When I first saw the backdrop of the villain group, I know many fans will remember a similar group from Yes Precure 5. The various generals whim and bickle of finding the "Future Crystal" and their boss(which he don't have a name yet) is probably one of the most angry boss ever as he ordered his generals to find the Future Crystal.
Anyway, the way they are organized, look like they are on a hierarchy scale with the 2nd in command, Restore asking for a volunteer to find the Future Crystal in which one of the them, a Kansai speaking Charalit offered to find it.
At least, the generals has more flare unlike last season and yes, I am aware that one of the general, Lulu is voiced by one of my favourite female Seiyuu, Miss Gothic, Tamura Yukari (Although she did not speak in this episode) and she is rumored to be the fourth Precure member.
We also have Ohara Sayaka returning again after Go Princess and voicing a sexy general, Papple while Restore is voiced by one of my favourite Male Seiyuu, Miki Shin-ichiro and I always enjoy watching him voicing villains especially total socialpath.
No 3: Look out! Incoming Baby!
That night, Hana saw something heading towards her at home and it is a cute baby which Hana named her Hug-tan and a talking Hamster, Harry. Although Hana fed Hug-tan with some milk, Harry felt she is not "worthy" and took off with Hug-tan.
No 2: The monster of the week, Oshimaida!
Charalit found a male student who is complaining of his teacher and drain his "Asu power" (Future Energy) which affected the whole school and created a monster, Oshimaida. Oddly enough, Hana and Saya are not affected by the energy drain and Hana saw the Oshimaida attacking Hug-tan and Harry.
No 1: Cure Yell's debut battle!
|The Poms Poms are not just for show!|
Cure Yell was able to adapt quickly with her new power and did a judo throw on the Oshimaida! She then used her special attack- Heart for you on the Oshimaida and purify it. Her attack is definitely a call back to various Precures who used a heart motif like Cure Happy and Cure Lovely.
After Charalit retreated, a magic spoon appeared and Hana's future crystal was placed on it. Somehow Hug-tan required Asu Power in order to grow up and Harry think there is still hope for the future...
So after Maho Tsukai has failed potential, Kira Kira threw all physical attacks, did the first episode of Huggto Precure blow me away? Yes and No. Yes is because I really like all three girls, with Hana being lively like Miyuki, Saya is like an insecure Rikka and Homare is probably the unique one as she has a interesting vibe. Although...since they are all 13 years old, Homare looked more like a high school student than a middle school student. (What did she eat to grow so big?)
Even the villains are fun to watch in their first appearance as they complained like a typical day in the office. If the villains base is in the city, wouldn't anyone notice that it is a front for an evil organization who want to ruin everybody's future? Their master or boss seemed like a person with anger management issues as he is hell bent in finding the Future Crystal or perhaps Hug-tan which is the macguffin of the series.
Cure Yell's debut battle was short and simple which I felt it is too fast. Cure Yell just judo throw the Oshimaida to the ground and ended with her special attack. Which I hope this is not the case for the rest of the season. Hug-tan and Harry remind me of Chirron and Tart which there is nothing wrong with Hug-tan adorable as ever while Harry has a sharp tongue and threw the responsibility to Hana the first time they meet.
Overall, an all right episode with some potential and hopefully this season can make amends to all the issues from the last two seasons. Next week, Saya found out Hana is a Precure and she too joined the fight as Cure Ange! Until then, see you next post!