Note: This review contains mild spoilers. While it won't reveal anything very major, your discretion is still advised.
Maho Girls Pretty Cure (AKA Mahotsukai Precure) is the thirteenth installment of the Pretty Cure (or Precure) franchise. This 50 episode show is about a seemingly normal girl that crashes into a witch from another world after finding a mysterious item that she was looking for in a park. When someone from an evil force tries to force said item out of them by using a dangerous monster, they not only discover that they can transform into magical girls, but also learn of the power of the gemstones as well as an evil team that plans to bring both of the girls' originating worlds to ruin.
Storyline The starting points of the show were very fun as it introduced the magical world alongside the first batch of evildoers and the multiple versions of the main gals' magical forms for the main gemstones that are involved as they all slowly got revealed. The mundane (non-magical) world also gets some play, but serves as a second base to the main girl's antics in many episodes. Later onwards, a minor character from earlier into Mirai and Riko's battles being turned into a major one as she evolved (and yes, she's a third cure) gets placed into the story in a nice way alongside areas where the dark magic subplot involving the Magical School's Principal and most of the ending episodes' events. However, the point after dealing with most of the first batch of villains was when the story got stale and filler-like (with the exception of a select few) until the first villain from the second batch makes his move and later on after the problematic areas start creeping back up again, another of the team that sets up the final stages, which ended up feeling very underwhelming considering the nice setup for the final battle alongside the action during the fight and a true origin being revealed for one of the characters. There is a true finale that happened that seemed to be a much better ending for the show, despite the previous one before it also having a nice close. Overall, the storyline was decent on the most part for it's achievements rather than it's flaws.
Characters For the main group, the person that ended up being the most fun of the three cures turned out to be Riko (Cure Magical). Her personality turned out to be very nice and ended up being the most human of the girls, even when she's had her rough days. Second place turned out to be the third cure, Hanami (Cure Felice) whom was a tiny baby fairy born from a smartome discovered by our main squeezes that grew into the same age as the other main girls once a key event took place. From there, she increased the fun factor into a lot of episodes. In last place is Mirai (Cure Miracle), for being the dullest of the bunch, but also had some good points within her personality, making her a higher-neutral character alongside most of the friends from both of the schools from the two worlds. Mofurun and Principal Kouchou were also great characters on their own due to their portrayal withing the story leaving the remaining of the non-villain characters as neutral and not that memorable at all, being side characters aside. There was also a shockingly nice cameo appearance that made their appearing episode into a very fun one.
As for the villains, they are of far less quality than the many Pretty Cure villains and henchmen before them with the exceptions of Sparda, Labut, Orba and Chikurun for his antics with Mofurun, but alongside him, their personalities and actions were very entertaining to watch. Lord Dokurokushe also gets in my good graces for his revealed origin later into the show alongside his role and actions as the big bad of the show up until a point. The other villains come off as either one-note or completely dull and unmemorable (yes, even the bigger bad) and the Yokubaru and Donyokubaru monsters ended up being more fun and menacing than the villains that weren't name dropped, despite some of them ranging from really dumb to really creative and menacing.
Pros and Cons The art style is very nice on the most part with the exception of the CGI ending sequences, but the animation happens to be well above-average for both areas except for the one ending sequence with a song focusing on Mofurun for some awkward movements. The voice acting and music were finely used except for the second (and bonus) ending theme, which sounded really cheesy (which is sadly the norm for many themes from the franchise). Not only that the magician motif looked nice in the show, the same goes for the linkle stone / gemstone system that causes Mirai and Riko to have multiple forms for every major gemstone except for emerald (Hanami's gemstone), which causes the multiple transformation sequences not to have a repetitive pattern as they obtained more linkle stones with the exception of the trio's ultimate Over The Rainbow forms. The action sequences were also entertaining as most fighting scenes are from the franchise, but not as much for some episodes.
This show definitely isn't without some negatives, however. Those that are sensitive to the sight of pentagrams are going to be bothered here since they appear every episode, witch motif and lore aside. Like most shows from the franchise, they are made up of long 45-50 episode series and that could put off some users if they are used to shorter episode lengths. Although the usage of both worlds have been in a good amount, some of the episodes in the mundane world aren't that much at all in terms of content, sometimes even within the battle stages. Lastly, the ending episode might feel more like an OVA epilogue story than an actual ending episode due to a few of the episodes before it having a fitting closure sequence to the final conflict. That could either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on if the viewer doesn't mind epilogues.
Final Verdict This is an 7/10 for me due to the overall execution. I definitely had fun with a lot of the episodes, but some of them weren't as fun to me. Those that want to get their start to Pretty Cure with this show anyway can go right ahead while I don't recommend this to new viewers like I would for some other Pretty Cure shows or other magical girl shows for the matter. Just don't expect too much from this, and you should be just fine.
Pretty Cure has been a series I have been wanting to get into for a while now. The premise of this iteration seemed appealing; magical girls with a sort of Little Witch Academia vibe(at least from what I understand of the setting, I have no idea how far they go with the idea). It's just a little daunting how each series is 50 episodes long.
Right now I'm starting with Heartcatch, and absolutely loving it so far from the 10 episodes I have seen.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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