The Maho movie is one of the better ones. Probably makes it into the top three with the Smile and Heartcatch movies. Lot of stuff I love in it, it has a lot of songs for one, and the animation quality of it is super far above the regular show. It’s also just a really fun and cute movie that has a lot of heart to it as well. Maybe the biggest heart of them all. Unlike most other movies there isn’t a movie original character to focus on besides the villain, so all the time is spent with the characters we already know and love and the story revolves around them.
But of course before the actual movie starts there’s a CGI short at the beginning. Just like what the GoPrincess movie did but this one is much better. Cure Miracle and Mofurun’s magic lesson. The quality of the cg is very good. Also even before this skit starts we get the obligatory explanation of the Miracle Lights and how to use them.
Anyways the little skit is very fun and cute. Two of them just playing around together, at one point Cur Miracle turns into Cure Flora and Mofurun turns into Toei’s mascot character. Then they dance at the end. Of course.
Now on to the movie proper. It actually starts off with the girls transforming and then the theme song plays and we get the credits while they fight a DonYokubaaru right from the get go. The girls are all introduced through Mirai’s narration and the DonYokubaaru is defeated by the end of the theme song.
The girls then see a shooting star and Mirai tells Haa and Liko that people in the Non-Magic World make wishes on them. Mofurun asks what they would all wish for, Mirai doesn’t know what her wish would be. Then another “shooting star” comes down and clonks Mirai right in the head. It was actually an invitation from the Headmaster for the Grand Magic Festival, the light from the invitation becomes 4 Miracle Lights for the girls. They have a bear theme for this movie, the girls are quick tonight how much it looks like Mofurun. The lights are used as part of the festival.
We then see a dark figure who also seems to be waiting for the festiva, mentioning some sort of stone…
The girls travel to the Magic World for the festival, the locale is very pretty, lots of cool looking stuff in this movie. It’s a very good looking movie.
The girls meet up with Francois at the festival, he’s there selling clothes and he just has to dress them up in some fancier clothes for the festival too. It would be a travesty if they didn’t look their best. I gotta say, they do look extremely cute.
Liko also decides to tell Mirai just what the festival is about. It’s a once a century celebration of the return of the Wishing Stone. It grants any wish but only for a single person of the stones choosing. During the festivities Haa goes flying around with a dragon just for fun. Dragons really like Haa.
Finally it’s time for the Wishing Stone ceremony. Mirai still has no idea what to wish for. The Headmaster is there officiating everything and he tells everyone to grab their Miracle Lights and think of a pure wish. The Wishing Stone appears while Mirai still hasn’t though of anything… but that’s alright because the stone chooses Mofurun.
So what’s Mofurun’s wish?
Well she says there’s nothing she wants so she just wished for Mirai, Liko, and Haa’s wishes to come true. The others are kind of put-off by this, they don’t want to “steal” Mofurun’s wish and they hoped she just had something she wanted for herself. The Headmaster says no one has made a wish like this before either. But Mofurun just wants the girls to have fun and be happy.
Then the dark figure from before appears at the ceremony. Saying he’ll just take the wish then. He’s a big bear and I can’t bare to repeat the puns used in this movie. He summons some dark minions and goes for the Wishing Stone. The girls transform to fight him, Sapphire Mode for Miracle and Magical.
He calls himself Dark Matter and he will wish for every magic user to be erased from the world. He overpowers Miracle and the Headmaster and takes the stone. He takes Mofurun as well because she was chosen by the stone, then he flies away on a dark dragon. Miracle and Magical’s transformation cancels because Mofurun is too far away. Felice is still fine but Mirai cries out for Mofurun.
The girls and everyone else wonder what they should do now. Liko notices Mirai is missing, she’s already gotten on her broom and has flied off searching for Mofurun.
Dark Matter has taken Mofurun back to his lair. He’s been attempting to make his wish on the stone but it doesn’t work. He’ll have to use Mofurun. But Mofurun runs away from him and escapes from his evil lair, managing to give his minions the slip.
Mofurun comes across a bear fairy village in the forest. And then there’s a song as we get a montage of her having fun with them. Of course.
Next morning a black bear shows up at the village. All the other bears seem afraid of him for some reason, he calls himself Kumata.
Meanwhile Mirai has been flying all night and right as Liko catches up with her she crashes off her broom. Mirai says she has to get Mofurun but Liko says if she hurts herself it doesn’t help anyone. Haa also arrives, telling Mirai that she’s not the only one who cares. They’ll all go together to find Mofurun.
Mofurun makes friends with Kumata, who gives her a lot of cookies. He can use magic but he doesn’t seem happy about it. While they walk to where Kumata lives he says he’s surprised that Mofurun doesn’t find his magic weird. He says everyone thought his power was scary and ran away from him, like the bears from that village. But Mofurun says he’s nice.
He asks Mofurun to stay with him and forget everything else, and to grant his wish.
Suddenly a bunch of shooting stars appear in the night sky. Mirai looks at them and realizes what her wish is. She just wants… Mofurun, to be here… Liko tells her she needs to tell that directly to Mofurun. The girls pull out their Miracle Lights, thinking about their wishes. We get a bunch of flashback scenes of Mirai and Mofurun together when Mirai was younger. So sweet. Another song also plays in this scene that makes a reappearance in episode 49 of the show. Mofurun is looking at the shooting stars and doing the same. The girls see Mofurun’s Miracle Light and know where to go now.
Mofurun has to get back to Mirai so she goes to leave, but this makes Kumata angry. He thinks she’s the same as all the others. Abandoning him. He transforms into Dark Matter, saying he did all this to manipulate her. He tells her to hurry up and make his wish for him. He says that as long as she comes back and stays with him he wont hurt the Precure. So Mofurun goes back with him.
But the girls of course still end up coming to his base, his dark dragon goes to keep them out of his hair. Felice decides to fight it so Mirai and Liko can go find Mofurun. Liko then decides to occupy Dark Matter and his minions so Mirai can go on next. Mirai makes it into Dark Matter’s lair and finds Mofurun, asking for her to come back with her.
But Mofurun refuses. Dark Matter comes in and says Mirai should leave, he shows her Liko who he’s captured in a crystal prison. Mirai refuses to leave. She says she’d be said if she had to be separated from Mofurun, she can’t have fun without Mofurun around. Mofurun makes her happy. And if they aren’t together the wish Mofurun made can never come true.
Mofurun feels the same. The two of them run to each other and the Wishing Stone reacts, Dark Matter grabs Mirai but Mofurun says she’ll definitely save her. The Wishing Stone’s power comes forth and-
Mofurun transforms into Cure… uh, Mofurun. Gotta start with M?
Cure Mofurun rescues Mirai and only then realizes she just turned into a Precure. The two of them say they’ll be together forever. Dark Matter is pissed that the stone was used for this, he and Cure Mofurun fight while a kind of weird song plays. Mirai frees Liko and Felice also comes in riding the dragon, turns out the dark dragon was the same one from earlier in the movie that Dark Matter had corrupted and turned evil. But Felice made him all better.
Cure Mofurun creates a gigantic broom and smashes Dark Matter through the ceiling of his base. Liko then notices Mofurun became a Cure, she’s a bit perplexed. Dark Matter isn’t finished yet though. He comes down to fight some more, attacking Mofurun. If he can’t use the Wishing Stone he’ll just use his own power and throw everything into chaos. Mofurun and the girls ask him why he’s doing all this.
At the same time the Headmaster is looking up legends on Dark Matter. As we learn, Dark Matter was a bear with powerful magic, he was feared by all because of his appearance and unusual magic, even when he was just trying to help people. Everyone ran away from him and this legend of him being a harbinger of doom popped up.
Dark Matter says the girls aren’t any different, they fear him too and he’s all alone. Mofurun remembers how lonely he was and tries to help him, but he punches her with his dark power and shatters the magical crest on Mofurun. Turning her back into a normal teddy bear.
This is just so sad. Mirai’s reaction and everything… he essentially just killed Mofurun. Felice can’t feel anything from her, Mofurun is just… gone. Mirai is just wrecked.
Dark Matter just laughs, saying she was a fool. But does he really think that?
Mirai sees that he’s really crying about what just happened. He wanted to stay with Mofurun too, the girls say his real wish wasn’t to hurt anybody but instead… (they don’t directly state it here but likely wanting a friend and just not being alone anymore)
Dark Matter walks towards the girls and Mofurun’s body while the dark power slowly leaves his body until he’s just Kumata again. He cries with them over Mofurun.
But his dark power collects in the sky and becomes a gigantic monster. Felice gets hit by some of the energy and gets detransformed. She realizes it negates magic. People start getting hit by it all over the Magic World. Liko asks Kumata to help but he says he can’t do anything, all his magic went to that monster.
Mirai holds on to Mofurun and grabs her wand. Cure Up Rapapa! Magic, stop this! Mirai is not the giving up type. Mirai says Mofurun is still alive in her heart and she’ll never give up. Liko and Haa join her. Back at the festival place the Headmaster tells everyone that even if their magic isn’t working they still have their feelings, don’t give up, use the Miracle Lights.
Kumata starts to join in too, seeing the girls continue on in what seems like a hopeless situation. He asks his magic to stop doing this too. Together the power of everyone’s feelings and wishes activate the Miracle Lights, allowing the girls to transform and reforming Mofurun’s crest, bringing her back to life.
Mofurun forgives Kumata, he’s her friend now. But they still need to fight that dark monster. Mofurun transforms back into Cure Mofurun and they fly into the beast. The Headmaster broadcasts the fight to everyone so they can be cheered on.
The girls and Kumata fly into the monster, making their way to the heart of its power where the dark shadow of Kumata is. Formed from his corrupted wish.
It is an awesome fight.
The animation is top-notch and some of the minor Linkle Stones get used as well. Miracle and Magical keep switching between forms too with the help of Cure Mofurun, who also gets her own Ruby etc. forms. A song is playing as well while they fight.
The standout moment though is when the girls go Topaz Mode and use the Topaz light balls to create Ruby and Sapphire versions of themselves. With Cure Mofurun making Diamond Miracle and Magical. A ten Cure brawl. And it is awesome. I guess Topaz is the most powerful Mode. Naturally this is only something you’ll see in the movie. The 4 Cures then defeat the shadow and evil magic with Precure Heartful Rainbow.
Farewell Cure Mofurun.
At the end of the movie Kumata goes to make friends with the bear village, watched by Mofurun and the girls who know that making friends is what he really wanted all along. Kumata wont be alone anymore.