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Old December 28th, 2018, 12:14 PM #1
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GrumpyBookworm's Precure Review Thread: Futari Wa Precure MAX HEART!

Hello all! I've decided to open a review thread to take a look at the Chinese Tokusatsu series because I couldn't think of anywhere else it would fit. I plan on starting with Armor Hero and just going from there. I definitely want to tackle Battle Strike Team as well. Once I run out of those, I'll find something else.

A little background: When I was in fourth grade, my school offered Chinese as a class. I took it from fourth grade until my senior year of high school. That being said, I was absolutely terrible at the language. I did love the culture though. Needless to say when I heard about Chinese Toku, I was intrigued.

Planned Watchlist (At the Moment & Not in any Order)
Armor Hero & Armor Hero XT
Battle Strike Team
W.I.T.C.H
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go
Power Rangers
Sentai
and whatever else I can think of

With all that being said, let's get into this

Armor Hero Episode 1

- Off the bat, I'm not a fan of the theme song. I'm not one for rap music

-There's a character named Tommy? ABANDON SHIP!!!

-The suits look bomb AF

-Alright the theme got better, the dub singer isn't the best though

-Interesting that it's a team rather than a single person with a few helpers like Rider

-Don't send Wang to check the stern! He's gonna die!

-Peace out Girl Scout

-Buddy system people!

-The suit design for the monsters isn't that bad for their first go at this

-Well that was a pretty standard first scene for any show

-Which of these guys is which again?

-So the attack is a magic copy machine?

-Oh great it's over! Thank god this whole thing was a dream

-"Well then looks like it's showtime!" Sorry bud you need another catchphrase. A team cooler than you already called dibs

-Just when I thought the dubbing was ok,

-Jimmy what are you thinking? We don't do hard hitting journalism!! We only do trashy celebrity gossip. Now go make some clickbait headlines!

-"Brad and Angelina".....well....this is dated

-Who cares about superheroes anyways! Celebrities are where it's at

-Do people really bring signs to a piano competition? That's a bit much!

-Too many fans? What a problem!

-Eric's hot. Not much else to say here.

-What happens if he doesn't use stealth? Is the hospital corrupt? Wait why does it have a firewall?

-This guy looks like James Davies.

-The Happy Restaurant. If you want to go to the sad restaurant, you need to go across town

-Of course you feel happy! We don't let you feel any other emotion

-Did you give Theresa the option to not help you?

-Evil Shadow Realm. We see the wicked henchmen to our big bad and his name is...John? Really? That's the most evil name we could think of?

-Destroy the light armors! But ignore those masked riders in Japan. We don't care about them.

-So there's reincarnation involved here?

-What's the main villain's name?

-Of course you'll deal with it John, we don't have any other help around here to destroy the world.

-But what if you really have to use the bathroom before going to the lab?

-Twirly, twirly, twirly to the mountains!

-Wait so is this guy our main character?

-Be the clouds! Be the fake holographic clouds!

-Wait this guy is piano guy!

-Saving the world is his second hobby! Try to understand his selfish needs Sam!

- It is a pretty nice bathroom

-Food porn yesssss

-Ah so this is a two part premiere

Final Thoughts: I think this had the potential to be a good first episode, and to an extent it was but I think they threw too much at us too fast. First off, I'm still not quite sure which character is the lead. Is it Eric the piano guy? Is it Jimmy the reporter? I'm pretty sure it's Eric but I would have liked to know for sure. I know that it's a first episode and they can't throw out everything, but I would have liked a bit more information about the conflict.

I do think the setup for a good show is here. I do like that they're taking their time introducing the characters. Something that I don't think Japan has done in their Toku shows in a while. I like the fantasy elements as well as the spy elements that we saw in Sam's bit. Also the fact that the show has multiple female characters instead of just the token girl is a nice change. Granted I only know two of their names but I do know a bit about each. Overall I think this was an ok first episode. Definitely think there's grounds to improve upon.

Final Verdict: 7/10

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No Armor Hero Lava?

And has Captor started yet or is that next year?
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No Armor Hero Lava?

And has Captor started yet or is that next year?
From my research, Lava is the third series. This one I'm watching is the first series. Captor was 2015-16. The reason these two aren't on my lists is because I haven't found subs or dubs yet. When I get around to those, I'll look for them.
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The reason these two aren't on my lists is because I haven't found subs or dubs yet.
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were watching this stuff because you actually understand Chinese.
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Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were watching this stuff because you actually understand Chinese.
Oh no. When I get to the ones that aren't dubbed, I might start picking out the little words and phrases that I do know. I wasn't exactly the best in the class lol.

Watched another episode today and had some thoughts.

Armor Hero Episode 2

- Yeah the rapping still isnít growing on me. The theme definitely gets better near the end. Itís not offensively bad like the Overdrive theme, itís just sort ofÖnot bad. Once it reaches the second bit with the singing itís a lot better.

-There is no way you can carry all those books on a moped. You gotta learn.

- Donít touch the green slime! Are you stupid?

-The slime low-key looks like some sort of green milkshake or smoothie if Iím being honest

- Here we go! Letís see the transformation.

- He morphs with a bracelet Tamagotchi?

- Wait now I like the morpher. Itís unique. I wish Sentai did like necklaces to hold the coins for the morphers. Thatíd be fun.

- I like the explanation for how it works. We donít get that a lot.

-But what happens if something blocks the morpher satellite? Does it ever stall? Is he unable to morph on a cloudy day? I HAVE QUESTIONS!!!

-This morphing sequence is very complicated

-Ok first suit impressions. I like it! Minus the helmet, it almost gives me a psycho ranger vibe with the way the chest is designed. I donít love the visor on the helmet but oh well.

-You canít have the luck catchphrase either. Thereís another guy in red who laid claim to that.

-Wait Sam knows this guy? Iím confused again.

- Jimmy donít get too close.

-Itís nice to see actual physical combat again. I canít quite describe how Iím feeling but thereís something nice about a lack of CGI or weapons or anything. Just good old hand to hand combat. Not that Japanese Toku doesnít have this, but I canít describe the feeling

- Never mind. The weapons are here.

- Itís weird that thereís a lack of ADR. It makes the fighting almost inhuman in a way. The only voices that do appear sound like theyíre coming from the tech. Unless itís modifying Ericís voice? If thatís whatís happening, Iím giving them a cookie.

-Love the monster captured in a trading card. Thatís great.

-He already saw you. Why would you hide?

-So confident that we didnít even hear him speak while fighting

-The war will probably reach his climax in 40 or so episodes. Slow your roll buddy oh boy.

- God this voice actor makes the head villain sound like an emo thirteen year old boy. ďGO AWAY MOM ! IíM TRYING TO DESTROY THE LIGHT ARMORS!Ē

-Ah so the trading card aesthetic is the monsterís base form? I think?

-Two monsters right off the bat? We must be getting another of the five heroes.

-Yup. Samís going to be next.

-Liz totally has a thing for Sam. Calling it now.

-Ok the last thing this show needs is another main character.

-Man this guyís just having a bad day today isnít he?

-Why is he so important?

-Jimmy! Write another clickbait headline about the Kardashians or something, not saving peopleís lives.

-I donít blame you. German Shepards scare me too.

- Ken you are a waste of space.

- Interesting that the monsters donít talk.

- Ken is not a character that I find pleasant. His old-fashioned ways seem like a quirk that will get annoying real freaking fast.

- Ah so Ken and Sam are cousins. That sounds like a real piece of work on Samís part.

- Jimmy seems like a character that can be cut easily.

- With so much talk of Dragon Man, Eric hasnít been in this episode quite a bit.

-The same thing they always want, to take over the human race and destroy the Earth.

- Ken is the Dummy in Distress.

- Love Ericís fashion though.

Final Thoughts: I'm mixed on this episode. On one hand, I really enjoyed the short fight between Dragon Man and ...... blue monster? I thought the choreography was pretty good and like I said in my running thoughts, I really liked the lack of effects in the combat. That being said, the fight was way too short. I would have wanted to see a bit more. I also thought the transformation was needlessly overcomplicated. He needs to unleash his tamagatochi then put the crystal in, then wait for the satellite to broadcast it to the thing orbiting earth, than for said thing to broadcast it back down to him, then for the spirit dragon thing to power him up so he can morph. It was too overcomplicated for me.

With regards to the plot of the episode, I did enjoy getting to know a bit more about Sam. This show's biggest problem is that it has too many characters too fast. I barely was able to tell the difference between Eric, Sam, and Jimmy. Now we have Ken as a main now? Speaking of, I hated Ken. His entire schtick in the episode was to be clumsy and have the monsters catch him. Sure his old-fashioned history love sets him apart from Sam, but like I said it makes him a Dummy in Distress. I did think that the plot to get the monster pictures from Jimmy was clever. I think that if Jimmy isn't going to become a hero, he should maybe be in less scenes than Eric? Aside from his first fight and a couple of blink and you'll miss 'em scenes, her was barely in this episode. He was talked about but he wasn't really there. I'm also not quite pleased that the episode format seems to be one two minute fight at the beginning and then we just have plot for the rest before we have a cliffhanger for the next fight in the next episode. It could be better

Final Verdict: 6/10

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As much as I wanted to pursue the Chinese Toku, it didn't hold my interest. Originally I wasn't going to review these but then decided against it. I like thinking about these shows so these are my two main watches at the moment. Hope whoever reads these besides me won't mind!

My thoughts on Dekaranger so far: Just so you arenít going in blind as to how I feel about this show, I think itís pretty good. I love the format and the lack of a main villain, itís a format that I love and I want to implement into my own PR stories at some point. The characters are enjoyable and dynamic. Each oneís had a great focus episode, though Jasmine could use some more In my opinion, and they all work well as focus and supporting in any given scenario. Boss and Swan arenít my favorites, I think I prefer Kat and Commander Cruger more because of their edge, but theyíre perfectly fine.

I think my favorite episodes out of the eighteen episodes that Iíve seen is the DekaBase Robo saga. I liked how high the stakes felt and how well it flowed in general. Other standouts are anything with Umeko as the lead focus, because sheís hilarious. I particularly liked the episode with Amy and how determined she was to raise the child. Iíll give the show credit for one more thing. Itís ending theme is so good that I watch it every time. I canít say that for any other Sentai.

So yeah, I like it so far. Is v good XD. Onto the episode.

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Dekaranger Episode 19: Fake Blue

Youíd think they would send a pair of officers to escort prisoners so this sort of thing doesnít happen.

Episode 19 centers on Hoji and an Alienizer switching bodies so the monster can get ahold of DekaBase Robo. Itís an interesting concept, but I found the episode to be quite predictable. In these sorts of episodes, Iím always sort of waiting for the big reveal to happen and the team to recognize that their comrade isnít their comrade. But when we did get to that part, I found it to be quite satisfying. I also like that we saw Hojiís softer side at the end and that he didnít care what happens to his body, he just wants the world to be safe. I thought this was a good outing for Hoji as a character, but these sort of episodes just tend to be annoying for me.

Though on a side note, does Umeko not have a private bathroom in her quarters to use? I just find it odd that her bath is located in a random hallway. Sure thereís a sign, but still.

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My thoughts on Futari Wa Precure thus far: This oneís interesting because I can give my thoughts on the first arc as a whole. I thought it was pretty good, a bit run of the mill for your average Magical Girl series but the first arc was solid and completed what it sent out to do. Nagisa and Honoka are a great pair and work off each other beautifully. While Nagisa was my favorite at the start, I am starting to appreciate Honoka more because of her compassion and how she handled the Kiriya situation. Nagisa is great in her antics and I love her dynamic with Mepple, but I canít help but feel sheís just sort of the standard Magical Girl Series Lead. Her tomboy nature does set her apart, but it doesnít change too much. That being said, I love them both.

Mepple is probably my favorite character out of everyone if Iím being honest. I donít even know why, but I just love how selfish and full of himself he is. But I do love how he does care for Nagisa deep down, his relationship with Mipple is cute too. I donít really have any strong feelings about Mipple. Sheís there. Itís too bad we havenít gotten a look at her dynamic with Honoka. Iíd like to see it.

The plot and the Dusk Zone was fairly standard. I did like the elevation in power levels with each of the five generals. I think my favorite was Poisony in just how deadly and smart she was with her plans. I wasnít a huge fan of the final battle, it was a bit of a letdown if Iím honest, but I did appreciate how the girls felt a bit empty once they had to return to their normal lives. It was a nice touch.

The first twenty-six episodes told a complete story and I enjoyed it for the most part. There were no episodes that I hated, which is a good thing. Iím ready to see how the story progresses from here!

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Futari wa Pretty Cure: Ep. 27: A New Darkness Closes In! Save the Lost Pollun!

You know if you really want to get muscles, maybe steroids arenít the way to go.

This episode centers on finding the annoying brat Pollun as he has got himself lost in the city, meanwhile another threat is brewing for the Cures to face. And so it seems that what everyone was telling me is true, the second half is a downturn from the previous episodes. While the fairies hadnít annoyed me up to now, I find Mepple and Mipple entertaining, Pollun certainly broke that streak within the first minute. You know I wouldnít be mad if Pollun were to mysteriously sink to the bottom of the Pacific and never return. Iím sure the Queen would understand right? Nagisa and Honoka are basically babysitters in this episode which sucks. I know the gap between defeating the Dark King and this new threat is basically non-existent, but I would have liked to see one of them, itíd no doubt be Nagisa, perhaps a bit reluctant to return to Cure Life. Maybe itíll happen next season who knows. Seriously though, can we get rid of Pollun? Iím with Mepple in bullying the little brat.

Speaking of the new villains, I canít say much. I do like the idea of the seeds being planted and growing the new generals? I think? I would have liked a bit more explanation as to what this new/old threat is. MuscleBob had a somewhat confusing opening (Birthing him from a plant changed an entire companyís memories?) that could have been done better. I do like his design though, even if itís on the more generic side.

Iím going to keep going, but Iím a bit disappointed. Children ruin everything XD!

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Dekaranger Episode 20: Running Hero

Man itís a shame that Mepple went on such a downward spiral after Mipple dumped him.

Episode 20 focuses on Evil Mepple who is a criminal who has planted a bomb somewhere in the city, and itís up to the Dekaranger, particularly Ban, to track it down and stop Evil Mepple. Ban up until this point has been fine, I didnít hate him but I didnít love him, but I think this episode was his strongest outing. For one, it gives a good reason for him to be the shrieking anime protagonist and why heís uniquely suited for this mission as opposed to the other Dekaranger. Banís determination andÖunlimited energy would make him a perfect fit to run around the city solving this puzzle. I canít speak for other Sentai with a shrieking Red, but I think this episode shows that Banís one of the better ones.

Of course the other Dekaranger showcase why theyíre good support with their own talents with them being the ones to track down and disarm the bomb. Once the Dekaranger were able to join Ban, I was able to predict the mystery from there. I called that he was in the phone long before Ban did. I thought that the clues being numbers in half was excellent and I never would have been able to figure it out. Props to them for stumping me. I, for one, found this episode to be fun. It wasnít quite as predictable as the last one. I could call a few trope-y moments that one usually sees in media, but other than that I had a fun time. Thought I couldnít unsee Mepple as the main villain. I guess the scary thing is that I donít doubt that this is something Mepple would do if he were evil.

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Futari wa Precure Episode 28: Regine Appears! We've Had Enough of This Already!

You gotta love that Nagisa knows whatís important in life! Parfaits and Procrastination!

Turns out I was too quick to call out the previous episode for not going into the Cureís feelings about the never ending battle with the Dusk Zone. I actually thought this was well done and served that despite all theyíve accomplished, the fate of two worlds are on a couple of childrenís shoulders. Thatís something that would make anyone depressed. I also like how we got more about Grandma and how she could relate to the girlsí issues especially when you realize she was growing up in a post-WWII Japan. It was a tender scene that was definitely the highlight of the episode. I also like how it portrayed Nagisa and Honoka in how real people would most likely at some point. I donít have enough nice things to say about this portion of the episode.

The same cannot be said for The Devil Child. I have never hated a character more. Frankly Iím with Mepple in that you need to bully the heck out of the little brat because he deserves it. The fact that he throws a fit over the fact that he got tagged in a game of TAG shows just how immature he is. That opening sequence with the fairies was utterly painful to get through. It could have been cut and the story wouldnít have lost anything. In case I havenít made it clear, Iím not a fan of Pollun.

The other main event to happen in this episode was the debut of Regine, another member of the new Generals for this second half. It wasÖ.Ok? I like that we have foot soldiers now. Thatís a nice touch, but other than that I found all of her scenes to be confusing and boring. Compared to the Dark Five, I find her design to be a bit boring. A black bodysuit with one color eyes and wild eyesÖwow? The Dark Five each had their own distinct look to match their personality, these guys just seem boring at the moment. Plus what was with the volcano? I didnít understand that. Though I did find it funny that the Cures screamed at her hairstyle. I would scream at someone who had just gotten the worst perm ever too.

If nothing else, I could watch Mepple being mean to Pollun all day. That never gets old.
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Children do ruin everything. But then again this is just the beginning of the nightmare of Pollun.

And...I really sort of wish we got more with Honoka's granny and the past, especially with the sad bit we get here but...all we get is one more time in Max Heart and even then it's basically a rerun.
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Children do ruin everything. But then again this is just the beginning of the nightmare of Pollun.

And...I really sort of wish we got more with Honoka's granny and the past, especially with the sad bit we get here but...all we get is one more time in Max Heart and even then it's basically a rerun.
He's just.....a new level of unbearable. Like Mepple and Mipple have a charm to them because of the dynamic with each other and their Cure partners. It's going to be a long nightmare.

While I quite like that the Granny doesn't tell the girls she knows their the Cures, I agree more moments like this would really be nice. Her advice really helped the girls. I wonder what else she has up her sleeves.
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I like Honoka's granny but there are probably more interesting older characters in the franchise to come. (mainly Kaoruko in Heartcatch, Otokichi in Suite...and technically the Headmaster in Maho Girls); but she is a good foundation for this and it is great that they really use Mipple's situation to the series advantage.

As for Pollun...my thing about him is he really had one purpose in the beginning and it worked: prevent he weird time dilation that basically screws with temporal mechanics traveling between the Garden of Rainbows (our world) and the Garden of Light (since without him, Nagisa would have become old herself as she dreaded) But then they start building him up as this important character while with his ridiculous childishness and it gets unbearable, both this season and next.
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As I've mentioned before, it would have been nice to at least get a scene where Honoka's grandmother (who's name is Sanae by the way but I forget if it's ever mentioned in the series itself) talked with Mipple a bit but I'm fine with how they left it.

Pollun does get a little better during Max Heart to be fair (though that show also introduces characters that are just as bad if not worse). It's also kind of weird that while Nagisa gets most of the focus in this series she never actually develops much at all (and this is speaking as someone who considers her one of their personal favorite Cures), Honoka at least has a bit of a character arc even if it's never really focused that strongly on.
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I like Honoka's granny but there are probably more interesting older characters in the franchise to come. (mainly Kaoruko in Heartcatch, Otokichi in Suite...and technically the Headmaster in Maho Girls); but she is a good foundation for this and it is great that they really use Mipple's situation to the series advantage.
Interesting. Yeah one thing that intrigues me is how the franchise will evolve beyond this point.

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As for Pollun...my thing about him is he really had one purpose in the beginning and it worked: prevent he weird time dilation that basically screws with temporal mechanics traveling between the Garden of Rainbows (our world) and the Garden of Light (since without him, Nagisa would have become old herself as she dreaded) But then they start building him up as this important character while with his ridiculous childishness and it gets unbearable, both this season and next.
My question here is now that they are back in the Garden of Rainbows, do they still need him? I mean of course they decided he needs to stay because he's the annoying psychic alarm system, but like once he served his initial purpose of making sure Nagisa isn't coming back old we didn't need him anymore correct?

It's already unbearable. I've been filtering my feelings about how I feel about him because you never know who might read these, but I have a lot of worse things I'd like see happen to that brat.

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As I've mentioned before, it would have been nice to at least get a scene where Honoka's grandmother (who's name is Sanae by the way but I forget if it's ever mentioned in the series itself) talked with Mipple a bit but I'm fine with how they left it.
Agreed. At least let Mipple and Sanae have a sweet conversation.

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It's also kind of weird that while Nagisa gets most of the focus in this series she never actually develops much at all (and this is speaking as someone who considers her one of their personal favorite Cures), Honoka at least has a bit of a character arc even if it's never really focused that strongly on.
Honoka's arc is very much in the subtext, and that's something I actually like. Nagisa seems to be riding her tricycle in a circle in terms of her development. I don't know how much more she gets in Futari, but it seems like she finished her arc at episode 26.
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No, she'll pretty much keep going in circles as far as character growth goes from now until the end of Max Heart (though to be fair there is some significant growth later on in regards to her friendship with Honoka at least).

Pollun does get a purpose later on though but it's mostly as a glorified powerup for the main girls and later a transformation device for a new girl that'll be introduced next season.

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Precure was originally meant to be a short one-shot show at first but then it blossomed into a full scale franchise so they had to stretch a 26 episode series out to 49 (plus 47 more for the sequel series)

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I think that's basically what happened: Sundays at 8:30 for four years was Ojamajo Doremi; however before it tended to have some sort of shoujo anime (switching places with Fuji I think which is how they got their second shonen for that 9 block). After Doremi ended, they tried to do a more traditional shojo anime, Ashita no Nadja which wasn't a hit (despite being the first ever VA work by Ami Koshimizu as the lead). So the year after that they just decided to do Futari wa Pretty Cure, which at the time was sort of just riding on a return of interest in magical girls (Tokyo Mew Mew had aired a year or two prior that was done by Pierrot) and figured to sort of make fun of all the tropes and do their own thing...and somehow when it became a hit unexpectedly, they had to adjust leading to the franchise we now know of.

BTW: I'm sort of hoping to do Ashita no Nadja in July after I finish Ghost...unless the demand for me doing the KR series after that is that big. (mostly out of curiosity)
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Yeah, Toei was not expecting this to turn into one of their biggest franchises next to Sentai and Kamen Rider and it really shows in the back half of Futari Wa (compared to the first 26 episodes which are much tighter paced). Hell, I think Max Heart actually uses what's basically the same episode plot twice (Honoka is leaving town but not really, Nagisa is leaving town but not really).

It wasn't until Splash Star the following year that they really started to get a handle on what they wanted to do (though even that was slightly derivative of Futari in some aspects) but modern Precure as we know it today arguably didn't start until Fresh.
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No, she'll pretty much keep going in circles as far as character growth goes from now until the end of Max Heart (though to be fair there is some significant growth later on in regards to her friendship with Honoka at least).
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I think that's basically what happened: Sundays at 8:30 for four years was Ojamajo Doremi; however before it tended to have some sort of shoujo anime (switching places with Fuji I think which is how they got their second shonen for that 9 block). After Doremi ended, they tried to do a more traditional shojo anime, Ashita no Nadja which wasn't a hit (despite being the first ever VA work by Ami Koshimizu as the lead). So the year after that they just decided to do Futari wa Pretty Cure, which at the time was sort of just riding on a return of interest in magical girls (Tokyo Mew Mew had aired a year or two prior that was done by Pierrot) and figured to sort of make fun of all the tropes and do their own thing...and somehow when it became a hit unexpectedly, they had to adjust leading to the franchise we now know of.
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Yeah, Toei was not expecting this to turn into one of their biggest franchises next to Sentai and Kamen Rider and it really shows in the back half of Futari Wa (compared to the first 26 episodes which are much tighter paced). Hell, I think Max Heart actually uses what's basically the same episode plot twice (Honoka is leaving town but not really, Nagisa is leaving town but not really).

It wasn't until Splash Star the following year that they really started to get a handle on what they wanted to do (though even that was slightly derivative of Futari in some aspects) but modern Precure as we know it today arguably didn't start until Fresh.
Yeah that's what I've sort of assumed based on what I've read in Ataruman's final review of the season and I can tell in the way that this second half is being structured.

Now onto today's reviews

Dekaranger Episode 21: Mad Brothers

Those fireworks sure were something, maybe they could have that as a side hobby?

Throughout Sentai, there is the idea that justice will prevail and good will win over evil. Many teams have had dramatic speeches about how theyíll never stop fighting because of goodness, justice, and all of those abstract concepts. In Episode 21, Jasmine struggles with this concept. How can justice prevail when the odds seem stacked against you? While on her day off, Jasmine runs into a mysterious woman who reveals herself to be Succubus. After a tussle with her where Jasmine is brutally taken down, Succubus invites Jasmine to become her partner. Meanwhile, the other Dekaranger have been battling a tough monster as well. Once they reconvene, the team learns that the two are members of the Three Hell Siblings, three siblings whoís goal is to just commit as many crimes as they possibly can. The other two intend to set off fireworks that will bring the oldest sibling to Earth. Jasmine has her doubts about the Dekas being able to win, but the team has her back. After some smart trickery from Jasmine, it looks like the Dekaranger are going to win. However the oldest sibling arrives on Earth, and things donít look so good. Perhaps they need a white light to help them out?

Right off the bat, Iím glad this focused on Jasmine. Sheís one of the more interesting characters on the team given her powers, and it was interesting to see her feel doubt and fear as up till now sheís been one of the cheerier members of the team. While I never expected her to actually partner up with Succubus, I would have liked it if maybe she had joined them and ruined the siblings from the inside out. But for what we got it was fine, even if Banís hyena screeching about justice winning was bit more on the annoying side. Itís too bad that Jasmineís day off was ruined now. The stinger for next episode has me excited. Looks like the actual sixth is making his debut! And heís NOT a ball of light!

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Futari wa Pretty Cure: Ep. 29: Stormy Summer Festival! Is the Thunder God That Scary!?

Why did Honoka have to have a heart? I vote lock the door and windows and leave the brat trapped inside. Itíd be less stressful anyway.


The summer festival has come to town and Honoka and Nagisa are getting dressed to the nines to celebrate. With some fun shenanigans at first, it eventually turns into Nagisa and Fuji-P moment that goes nowhere number 501. Seriously this bare minimum of a relationship just keeps going around in circles because Nagisa doesnít admit to herself that she even likes him, so why should the audience care? So Fuji gets injured and gets taken to the hospital, where the girls find the last member of their new villains and a Zakenna to destroy. Itís pretty simple from there. All in all, I thought this episode was ok. The Fuji and Nagisa stuff felt like stuff weíve seen before in the show. I did find it interesting that the third villain seemed to know he was evil from the start as opposed to the other two. I also loved the fabulous evil mansion. Itís interesting that the three all have human disguises. I quite like it. Their designs are all unimpressive, but maybe their plans will wow me?

Not crazy about the parrot, but maybe it could find Pollun a delightful morsel?
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While she doesn't grow much as a character Nagisa does make at least two lasting contributions to the franchise as a whole (though whether or not you consider these good things is a matter of opinion):

1. The "Idiot Pink" trope (though to be fair, much like with Reds in Sentai not every season does this)

2. Every (or nearly at any rate) Pink Cure having some sort of catchphrase (in Nagisa's case it's "Arienai" or "I don't believe this")
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At least "Arienai!" is an exclamation that I can get behind due to being about shock or dismay. Many of the other catchphrases just...get to the level of sickeningly annoying. (see "Shiawase Happiness!" or "Wakuwaku mon da!")
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While she doesn't grow much as a character Nagisa does make at least two lasting contributions to the franchise as a whole (though whether or not you consider these good things is a matter of opinion):

1. The "Idiot Pink" trope (though to be fair, much like with Reds in Sentai not every season does this)

2. Every (or nearly at any rate) Pink Cure having some sort of catchphrase (in Nagisa's case it's "Arienai" or "I don't believe this")
Eh I credit the idiot female lead as just a trope of the genre. Nagisa feels very reminiscent of Usagi in that way.

If I can put up with the Sentai Reds screeching about justice, I can put up with a pink catchphrase.

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At least "Arienai!" is an exclamation that I can get behind due to being about shock or dismay. Many of the other catchphrases just...get to the level of sickeningly annoying. (see "Shiawase Happiness!" or "Wakuwaku mon da!")
I didnít even realize that ďArienai!Ē was Nagisaís catchphrase XD!
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Yeah, at least some of them make sense as something a normal person might say (like Saki's "I'm in top form!" and to a lesser extent Nozomi's "It's decided!") but some can get pretty stupid at times. I forget, did Hibiki or Mirai have catchphrases?
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