Sunday, February 26, 2023

Hirogaru Sky Precure Ep 4 Review: The Cure of Kindness! Cure Prism arrived!

Hi, Everyone! This is my review of Episode 4 of Hirogaru Sky Precure and the debut of Cure Prism!

Before that, my thoughts of Episode 3 were Grandma Yoyo actually revealed herself as a former citizen of the Sky Kingdom and she actually has a way to communicate with the Kingdom with a magic mirror. When the connection got through, the King and Queen were rejoyced to see their daughter Eru again and the parents recognized Yoyo as a famous scholar of the Sky Kingdom. Although we knew that Yoyo is someone connected to the Sky Kingdom, I felt that her reveal is too early and it ruined the speculations about her but I guess Toei want to keep the plot moving instead of dangling it like a carrot.

In today's episode, Sora and Mashiro went for a jog in the morning and Mashiro wondered if she can be more like Sora in terms of strength. Sora replied to be herself instead. We are also introduced to Hijiri Ageha who is a childhood friend of Mashiro. She now came back to Sorashindo city to work as a nursery teacher and is going for an interview at the nursery training center. 

So Yoyo is having tea with a bird...hmmm

Sora nearly revealed everything about herself to Ageha but was quickly stopped by Mashiro. While Ageha went for her interview, Sora and Mashiro were waiting for her outside and Mashiro also ponders on what she wanted to be when she grow up. But Kabaton disguised as a small pig lured Sora into a trap and stole her Mirage pen from her.

Kabaton then turned a mushroom into a Ranborg and captured Sora. Ageha saw the commotion and instructed Mashiro and Eru to follow her to the rooftop. The Ranborg created a smaller clone of itself and started to chase the two girls. 

On the rooftop, Mashiro's feelings of wanting to save Sora awakens the Mirage pen within her. But Kabaton taunts her that she does not deserve it since she is a "side character." (A fourth wall joke?) But Ageha reminds her that her kindness is her strength and Sora's words of being herself gave her the courage to hold the Mirage Pen. Eru then send the Prism Tone to Mashiro and she transformed into Cure Prism!

This is a homage to Cure Black and White Jumping off the wall.

Just give her a few more battles and Cure Prism will start mastering the Ora Ora Punches in no more time.

Earth, Give me your energy to create the Spirit Bomb!

Cure Prism was also surprised at her new strength but quickly adapt and knocked the smaller Ranborg into Kabaton. Sora's Mirage Pen fell off Kabaton and she managed to break free and transformed into Cure Sky. Cure Prism took on the smaller Ranborg while Cure Sky purified the main Ranborg. Cure Prism also showed off her attack- Prism Shoot and purified the Smaller Ranborg.

After the battle, Sora blamed herself for putting Mashiro in danger but Mashiro told her not to look down on herself as she is her precious friend. Ageha and Eru arrived and Ageha started questioning them about what is really going on...

Cure Prism ended the closing credits.

We have our 2nd cure of the series, Cure Prism, and Kakuma Ai's performance didn't disappoint me as Mashiro. If Sora represents Courage then Mashiro represents Kindness but don't treat Mashiro's kindness as a weakness as the girl can kick and punch really hard. The only thing disappointing is that her Prism Shoot is basically a large energy ball but it is been a while since we have had cool physical fights in Precure. (even though it was short) 

Ageha's debut is all right since she represents the working girl but still enjoys trends and being with Mashiro and Sora makes her the elder sister in the team. Being the oldest also makes her giving advice to Mashiro in this episode more sense instead of having a peer give advice. However, we have yet to see the extent of Ageha's character so let it be for now.

Kabaton's plan is actually a smart one but also it only worked for a naive character like Sora. Mashiro was the one with common sense to know something was amiss. However, Kabaton's plan worked in taking away Sora's Mirage pen and it will have succeeded if it wasn't for Mashiro becoming Cure Prism in this episode.

Overall, a great debut for Cure Prism and the introduction of Ageha. But in the next episode, Sora still does not want to endanger Mashiro and went to battle the latest Ranborg alone. Sora will probably learn a lesson on the power of friendship and teamwork since more hands equal more strength. Until then, stay safe, and see you in the next post!

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Hirogaru Sky Precure Ep 2 Review: My Enigma Grandmother!

Hi, Everyone! This is my short review of Episode 2 of Hirogaru Sky Precure which led to more questions! 

The short version is Mashiro brought Sora and Eru to her Grandmother Yoyo's home and oddly enough, Grandma Yoyo was not taken aback by Sora and Eru's appearance. She even instructed Mashiro on making milk for Eru and allow the two new friends to stay.

Why couldn't we have such reactions at Delicious Party? 

Sora later explained to Mashiro that she wants to be a hero because she was saved by a real heroine when she got lost in the forbidden forest as a child. Even though Kabaton appeared again and used a vending machine as a Ranborg monster, Cure Sky purified the Ranborg with ease. 

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Grandma is spying on you...hehe...

Mashiro also bought a Pretty Holic notebook for Sora to write her dreams which she accepted. While all this is going on, Grandma Yoyo was watching both of them through a magic mirror on her table and said the girls' story was about to begin...

One thing for certain, Yoyo is alive and well and even gave words of tranquility to Mashiro and Sora. I also suspected she is expecting them to come to Earth all this while. This definitely makes up for Yui's dead grandmother and the unnecessary narration in the previous season. I won't be surprised that Yoyo is actually the one who saved young Sora in the flashback. 

This makes things more interesting, especially since we might have a senior character who is aware of what is really going on and probably knew who is behind Eru's kidnapping. Similar to Tsubomi/Cure Blossom's grandmother is a former Precure in HeartCatch Precure, hopefully, Yoyo is able to aid the girls in the near future. 

Overall, an interesting 2nd episode, and Mashiro will become Cure Prism in the 4th episode. So next week's episode will still be the status quo unless something happened. Until then, take care, and see you in the next post!

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Hirogaru Sky Precure Ep 1 Review: It's Hero Time!

Hi, Everyone! This is my review of the first episode of Hirogaru Sky Precure and my thoughts on the episode. Can Hirogaru Sky be able to make it or break it this year since Delicious Party Precure was so bad that the final transformation for Team Delicious Party is to light up candles?! I immediately flipped my keyboard after that! (Don't worry, my keyboard is okay!)

Our story begins with Sora Harewataru arriving at the Skyland Kingdom where the King and Queen are celebrating the infant Princess Eru's birthday. But a Piglike monster named Kabaton abducted Eru which led Sora to confront him.

Kabaton used a strong fart (A Fart Joke?!) to confuse Sora and he took Eru into a portal. Sora follow suit and managed to save Eru after Kabaton hit himself onto a floating rock. But Sora and Eru instead entered another portal and were high above Sorashindo City on Earth.

At the same time, Nijigaoka Mashiro was doing an errand for her grandmother when she found Sora's diary, and subsequently, Sora and Eru landed safely on the ground thanks to Eru's magic. But before Sora could ask Mashiro where are they, Kabaton followed them and created a Ranborg monster out of a tractor. 

Sora told Mashiro to take Eru away from Kabaton and tried to hold off the Ranborg. Of course, Sora was tossed around and Kabaton caught up with Mashiro and Eru. Sora with her injuries was limping forward when her diary fell in front of Kabaton. He mocked Sora for having naive hero dreams and tore off her diary. 

Love the captions of her name in the background..

But Sora didn't give in to his taunts and stood up high as she believed in doing the right thing. Her feelings somehow created her transformation item, the Sky Mirage and Eru created the Sky Tone for her to transform into Cure Sky.

Let's do this! Girl to Monster!

Cure Sky is Channelling Domon's Shining Finger Chant...

Cure Sky was amazed by her new strength and easily took down the Ranborg with a few moves. She then finished off the Ranborg with her special attack-Hero Girl Sky Punch. After Kabaton retreat, Sora transformed back and saw Mashiro and Eru welcoming her back...

A homage to Futari Precure Wa 1st Opening...

I think there will be two more generals beside Kabaton

So we have our first Blue Cure as a leader who has dreams of becoming a hero and we still don't know the reason why Kabaton kidnapped Eru which she is definitely holding some secret powers that are similar to Hug-Chan or the previous mascot characters which act as a McGuffin of the series. From the opening, we can see Sora looked up to a female character who probably saved her as a child which will probably appear later in the series as either A) a real hero like All-Might but went MIA before the beginning of the series, B) one of the generals or main villains or C) a big jerk who then ruined Sora's dream. (Never meet your heroes)

Mashiro was all right since it is Kakuma Ai voicing her and I can still hear a bit of Rabbrin in her. I am playing the mobile game Nikke: Goddess of Victory (The banner on my blog) and Kakuma voiced a character named Laplace who is also a self-proclaimed hero who wears a cool mask and carried a huge plasma cannon.

Eru is adorable, especially with her giggling and drinking her milk bottle in the opening. To be honest, I don't wish Eru to be a Precure as she might have the mindset of a young child like how Cure Felicity was. But those who want Eru to be a Precure, more power to you if that happened. 

I also noticed that the opening is probably Version 1 since there are some openings where characters are supposed to be standing and we have yet to see Cure Wing and Cure Butterfly's civilian forms. Yes, I am aware that Cure Wing is the first Male Precure to be part of the team and not a sixth ranger and he is voiced by Murase Ayumu who voiced Imura-Kun and Don Murasame of Donbrothers. Cure Butterfly is voiced by Nanase Ayaka who voiced Reiko in Super Club. 

Overall, this 1st episode is all right with Cure Sky's maiden battle and how Sora is the fish out of the water on Earth with Mashiro acting as her guide. As always, I will do the reviews if the episodes are of interest to me. So until then, take care, and see you in the next post!