Posted by psgels on 28 February 2010 with categories: Heartcatch Precure



I’ve tried watching a Precure before, but the furthest I got was with Fresh Precure (the one of last year), at around episode 6. The thing with that series is: there was just no conflict! The three main characters had no worries, flaws or anything negative. Especially Love, the lead one: she was just having fun every single day, ran around with a random idol, and because of that the battles felt as mundane as having lunch. Talk about contrast with Heart Catch.

This series surely wastes no time with the character-development, seriously. I expected this episode to be just a random monster one, and but instead the creators don’t intend to just waste these episodes and instead build further upon the chemistry between the two lead characters. The result was such an adorable episode, and I’m growing to like Tsubomi more and more.

That really begs the question: what ever could the creators have planned for the rest of this series? I mean, there still are what? 46 episodes left? Most mahou shoujo of this type generally use these first number of episodes to flesh out their cast, but this episode went much further than that. I see this as a hint for some very interesting plans for this series’ latter half.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Shippoyasha says:

    A Precure show with more than a gimmicky mid-show twist? That’d be pretty interesting. I truly do hope they do some more innovative things than the Precure status quo.

  2. inkka says:

    When the first time that Erika can transform to precure. I begin to think about difference between two. Erika can do anything and go pro like..five minutes in ep3 but Tsubomi uses full one eps and She still some of low level.

    they aware about this different between two and can development this problem very well. You know Erika has many skill and talent but her heart should improve.Many of her words make people cried. But Tsubomi can fixed that problem. Because She is very kind heart. I think it make Erika begin to change.

    Chemistry between two is very perfect. Thanks for sub-plot again.Because It make story has much more impact. I like it too much.

  3. Julian says:

    Just wishing that they are going to like put in peril or something similar. That way, there’s no way on losing that edge. And then ends off with a bang. I know this is like your typical formula but with gorgeous animations like this, it’s on of those perfect formulas that’s gonna work for this anime.

  4. Firechick says:

    I thought this was the best episode of Heartcatch so far. Tsubomi and Erika’s chemistry is quite good, even though they’re opposites in some ways. Opposites do attract after all! I never watched the previous Precure series, so this one’s my first…and I sure am enjoying it!

  5. pirupirutenshi says:

    You chose the shittiest PreCure to start with then. I hated Fresh, but the others are good. Especially in terms of conflict for the characters and as a team. (But then again, you also thought it was cheap, right?)

    PreCure is always about developing the characters further and exploring themes, so there’s plenty left for them to do. It’s fresh in even the reptitive parts. I just want to see the enemies be as awesome and fun as they have been in the others. I guess Kumojacky is this season’s Kintolesky. Just lacking a little of the bad assery.

  6. Firechick says:

    Actually, from what I hear Fresh Precure gets a thousand times better after the first ten episodes. A lot of people keep praising it up the wazoo, especially the episodes 22-23, which are supposedly very epic.

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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.

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