Posted by psgels on 31 October 2010 with categories: Heartcatch Precure




This series really is unbelievable: it uses some cliches that have been beaten to death in the mahou shoujo genre by now, and yet it manages to avoid all of the pitfalls. Now that the power-up arc is finally over, I really have to say that I’m delighted with how it turned out: it was built up really well, the characters knew the disadvantages, and yet they also knew that in order to beat Dune, it really was a power they needed. In the past two episodes, Dune finally arrived close enough to earth to start sending his own monsters, and they’re a complete league apart from what they’ve faced so far.

And then there are the transformation scenes: this series just has so many different ones, and they’re all completely gorgeous in their own ways. This episode again was a visual orgasm: it may not have had the incredibly smooth framerate of Cure Sunshine’s transformation, but it was incredibly varied, especially for a transformation scene (usually they just have one theme and stick with it with really not a lot of creativity). There was so much going on in that scene, and it looked really gorgeous. If I had to give a criticism, it’s that CG hand of Blossom: it’s here where the CG stood out a bit.

As for Cure Blossom, the creators did a wonderful job on her, accepting her shy side. I really love the choice of having her take much longer than the others, because it made her character stand out even more, even though she had to do the same as everyone else. It’s the difference in which they all managed to accept their flaws that really made this a wonderful arc.

I’m so curious to that final quarter of this series now. I mean, when was the last time that we had a random story in this series? The past number of episodes have all had their purpose, so I really doubt that this show is going to close off by going back to the desatorians. What I really want to see here is 13 episodes of quality time, dedicated to fleshing out and developing Dune and the people from Sabaku. That really would be awesome.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

3 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    There’s no new episode next week ;_; Said so in the preview, unless Doremi is messing with us.

  2. Tan-Tan says:

    Haha, I love how Moonlight just told Marine to stop complaining. And I finally got to see Moonlight and Sunshine work together! Though I hope in the future episodes, they try to do some character development between two people than individually or as a group. Right now, they seem to be coming back to give Marina and Blossom screen time.

  3. Shirencel says:

    What an. Epic. Episode this was. Wow I’m like… Wow. … just wow. And isn’t Dune kind of cute? :D Well, I personally really loved the advertisement right after the big fight lol. “the new dresses are here! cute, aren’t they? buy them!” haha way to go, Toei.
    And were these just scenes of the movie in the opening?! It looks so promising! Way different from the … uh … rest of the PreCure movies. ah let’s just pretend they don’t even exist…

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:52 AM)
    @Bam: Furthermore watching these ovas , its like being twelve again =P
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:49 AM)
    @Bam: Of interest twilight of the dark master is considered shoujo and its such a shame that the demographic has gone to for most part shit since the old days.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam All this talk about drugs being bad is for the benefit of my personal NSA monitor. I just want them to know I’m right with the DEA. The NSA is reading everything we type so it’s nice to give them some fanservice when you can.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:48 AM)
    @Bam: And would you believe Akiyuki shinbou directed this? It was interesting enough to trace back to his early work/beginning of his directing style and compare it to now.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:46 AM)
    @Bam: I just finished twilight of the dark master, enjoyable nonsense. What I liked about these old ovas is that you don’t really end up caring about the why, you get a bit of fun violence, an artstyle you just don’t see enough of anymore, the plots are simple, quick, entertaining and digestable.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:31 AM)
    @Emma: easier said than done. The results of a mixture are often strangely unpredictable and quite overwhelming
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 08:21 AM)
    @ninja: a bit of an over-generalization don’t you think m8?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 07:53 AM)
    @Friend: And speaking of scenes from a marriage, I really do wish that anime could, like some films like that, focus on a mature couple.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 07:51 AM)
    @Friend: I also am a sucker for those costumes and 19th/early 20th century settings.
    All that said I find myself more fond of Bergman’s psychological drama films still and scenes from a marriage was a bit better as an accessible Bergman movie.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 07:51 AM)
    @Friend: I watched the three hour version of this and would watch the five hour version if I could find it as it felt the film had more to go into, it does drag a little near the final stretch but leave it to Bergman to make such a long film consistently watchable.

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