Maho Precure the Movie

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.┬áMofurun 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.

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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-

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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GoPrincess Precure the Movie

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So this movie is unique. Because it’s three movies. I guess having Spring Carnival be the most abnormal crossover movie wasn’t enough so they made GoPrincess’s regular movie the weirdest one too. The first part of the movie is a CGI short that’s about 5 minutes long, then you get into the main movie which is like a normal Precure movie and that’s about 50 minutes long and finally the third part is another CGI adventure that’s about 15 minutes. The third part is similar to a normal Precure movie except it’s shorter and in CGI. All this together makes the GoPri movie the most unique of them all, even more than Splash Star’s which was only a total of 50 minutes for some reason.

Before anything else starts Puff and Aroma introduce the movie and explain the Miracle Lights.

So the CGI short that starts the movie is called Cure Flora and the Mischievous Mirror.

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So this sequence has no dialogue, only music and sounds. Flora finds a big mirror in the room and a bunch of little spirits in the room decide to play with her. They copy her appearance and we get a Harpo Marx routine. It’s just a silly little short. Flora decides to play around too, apparently as kids you’re supposed to be waving the Miracle Lights for part of this.

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Flora transforms into a witch at one point. I wonder if that’s foreshadowing for next season. Anyways the other girls come in at the end and see Flora getting a cute pumpkin outfit cause of the spirits. After having a good time they all leave the room.

So I should probably explain that the whole movie is Halloween/pumpkin themed. And now we get to the “movie” movie.

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The opening theme song plays as the girls eat their hearts out at the Pumpkin Cafe. Haruka is acting a bit more hyper and eccentric than normal. There’s also some mysterious guy watching them as they hang out and eat the pumpkin pudding.

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The guy makes a flyer for the “Princess Convention” being held in the Pumpkin Kingdom appear. Aroma sees it and says all the girls should participate. Minami thinks they might be able to use something from the kingdom for the Halloween party at Noble Academy. A Zetsuborg then attacks the girls from out of nowhere, the guy watching them created it. The girls transform to fight it and defeat it after a short battle.

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But then the mysterious guy uses his power to transport the girls and fairies to the Pumpkin Kingdom.

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As they get to the castle the guy introduces himself as the minister of the kingdom. Towa is instantly suspicious. The girls then meet the King and Queen.

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When Haruka tells them her dream is to become a princess the King and Queen seem to be reminded of someone. But the Minister does something and they instantly forget about all that and go on about how they have to sell more pudding to acquire more wealth or something like that. The Minister comes up to the girls and tells them that their country doesn’t have a princess right now so they’re using the convention to choose one. Dancing, walking, music and cooking contests.

But as we learn there really is a princess of the Pumkin Kingdom. She’s just being held in the tower at the top of the castle. Some of the fairies that live in the kingdom come visit her, they want to help her.

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As the girls prepare for the convention by changing into their designated outfits Haruka finds a doll in her room. It’s clearly handmade and Haruka wonders where the girl that owns it is? She wonders if there was actually a princess here. One of the fairies assisting her mumbles the name Pumpururu but quickly shuts up. Towa while preparing is even more certain that something wrong is going on here.

When the four girls get to the convention we see that all the other participants are wearing masks. Minami wins the dancing contest after doing ballet, she’s taken into another room after winning. We see that she’s locked in. Kirara also wins the walking contest. Haruka sees some fairies acting weird so she goes to follow them with Puff and Aroma, Towa tells Haruka to be careful because she can sense some dark power.

After following them for a bit Puff and Aroma have to fly up to the top of the tower and see them talking with the Princess, Pumpururu. The doll Haruka found was hers. Aroma goes to tell Haruka that the real princess is locked up and she has him take the doll back to her. Pumpururu tells Aroma and Puff about how one day some dark power hit the castle and the king and queen forgot about Pumpururu. The minister then locked her up.

Towa wins the music contest and goes to the same kind of room Minami and Kirara went to but she has her Perfume with her. The pumpkin fairies lead Haruka to under the castle where a massive factory is pumping out pumpkin pudding. The fairies are cruelly mistreated and overworked to make the pudding.

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The minister reveals himself to Minami and Kirara, who are trapped in some kind of crystal cage. and tells them his name is Warp. He collects despair and other interesting things. He aims to collect the Precure.

Haruka comes back to the contest. She’s going to make pudding for the king and queen.

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Haruka makes it with all her heart and fills it with the feelings she has for her family. When the king and queen taste it they remember Pumpururu. Warp just laughs upon seeing this and sends Zetsuborgs to attack. All of the other “contestants” were Zetsuborgs. Flora defeats some of the Zetsuborgs so Warp shows her how he’s already captured Minami and Kirara. But Towa is safe because she kept her Perfume with her and was able to escape from his trap. She now transforms and joins Flora.

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Warp still easily traps the both of them in crystals, happy to now have all 4 Precure in his collection. He did all of this to the Pumpkin Kingdom just to draw the girls here and capture them. Flora gets mad and with the help of all the fairies pounding on the outside of her crystal she’s able to shatter it and break free, she wants everyone to try the pudding she put all her feelings into. The fairies and Flora help the others get out and now Minami and Kirara transform too.

All of the girls fight Warp, this part of the fight is fairly short but there’s some cool stuff.

When he starts to lose Warp turns into some kind of giant molten lava form… or it could be pudding.

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It solidifies into a gigantic chameleon that sucks up the king and queen and a bunch of fairies. Pumpururu tells the girls not to give up after the thing blasts them and lays waste to a lot of the kingdom. Pumpururu is able to break out of her tower and make it to the Precure.

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Pumpururu yells out to her mother and father and all the fairies inside Warp, telling them not to forget their dreams and happiness. An insert song starts playing around here.

This is also where the Miracle Lights come in.

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Everyone waves them and cheers on the Precure. A special pumpkin Dress-Up Key is made from the Miracle Lights power and the girls use it with the Precure Palace to give themselves a Halloween Mode Elegant. The 4 of them then use Precure Halloween Eclair to destroy Warp.

The Pumpkin Kingdom is returned to normal.

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Pumpururu reunites with her mother and father. It’s pretty much exactly like what you see in the main series when Towa sees her parents again. Pumpururu says they’re having a ball now and they invite the Precure, but we don’t actually see the ball, this portion of the movie ends and we get the ending credits.

Yeah each part has its own credits sequence. The second part was fine, as far as Precure movies go it was insanely average and normal. After the credits the girls get back to Noble Academy in time for their Halloween Party.

Now we get to the final part of the movie. My favorite part.

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That doll from the previous part is actually alive. Her name is Leffy. Haruka gets pulled into some strange other world where Leffy lives, she gets automatically transformed into Flora on the way there. Leffy comes in being chased by a bunch of Pumpkin Zetsuborg soldiers. She grabs Flora and the two of them run through the city together. Mermaid, Twinkle and Scarlet are there too and all of them meet up, safe for now.

There’s some really nice scenery and art in this part of the movie.

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Leffy tells the girls that Night Pumpkin came to this land and stole away the daylight. Leffy says they need to place the Miracle Princess Light that she has on top of the castle to get the light back and return things to normal. She needs the Precure’s help to get there.

More Zetsuborg pumpkins come around so Leffy decides to distract them by singing a song while the Precure go clear the way up the castle, looking to defeat Night Pumpkin. We get another insert song here. After finishing her song and evading the remaining pumpkins Leffy joins up with the girls again, she’s the one with the Miracle Light who needs to use it at the top of the castle.

Now they all make it to Night Pumpkin’s throne.

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Night Pumpkin has Noise’s voice. The girls fight him and it’s actually a pretty good and cool looking CGI fight. And funny. Leffy takes her light to the top of the castle with Flora while the other girls occupy Night Pumpkin. But Night Pumpkin attacks Flora and Leffy before they can put the light in and he grabs the light from them.

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Flora and Leffy continue to fight on, the GoPrincess opening theme song plays, and Leffy just straight up bites the shit out of Night Pumpkin’s arm to get him to drop the Miracle Light. She then runs up to the top of the castle while the girls fight Night Pumpkin. They all succeed and Night Pumpkin is blasted out of the city after Leffy returns the light.

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Pretty.

THE END.

 

 

Precure All Stars Spring Carnival

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So we now enter the musical age of All Stars. Spring Carnival is an odd movie, it has the most unusual format of any of the crossovers. It’s sort of a musical but not as much of one as the next All Stars movie. Spring Carnival only has three original songs and the rest are performances of opening/ending songs by the Precure teams.

Still, I love musicals so I really like this movie. I’ve always hoped for more musical stuff in a season of Precure too. In general this movie is just fun and cute and isn’t nearly as serious as any of the previous All Stars movies.

The movie starts with the GoPri girls getting ready to go shopping together. Haruka (who I will forever on be referring to as Haruharu) is worried about an upcoming singing exam at school. She likes to sing but is nervous to do it in front of other people. An invitation for them then flies out of the sky. We cut to the Happiness Charge girls who have received a similar invitation, it’s from the kingdom Harmonia, inviting them to the Harmonia Spring Carnival. We see that all of the Precure teams have gotten invitations and the invitations magically transform into either a carriage or some other thing (like a flying train) to transport the girls to Harmonia.

But meanwhile in Harmonia some evil thief has “stolen” the kingdom and taken it over with his minions. The King says that the carnival can’t be interrupted because they need to appease the Guardian Diety of the kingdom. The thief says he plans to have the festival go on as planned but when he learns that the King has invited the Precure to the festival he’s quite worried. But, it seems he has a plan to deal with them…

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On the way to Harmonia the GoPri girls meet the HapCha team and they see all the other Precure coming too. Our new heroines are surprised to meet a real princess in Hime.

The thief, Odoren, and his lackey Utaen then come to the two teams. Odoren says he’s the minister of Harmonia. He asks if all the Precure would be willing to sing and dance for the carnival, as a thank you to all the fairies.

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We then get our first of 3 original songs in the movie. It’s a cute little number giving thanks to all of the fairies. The Precure don’t sing it or anything, it just happens. During the song we also seem some movie characters and fairies, so that’s a nice touch. It’s a nice song but I really prefer the other two original songs in the movie, they’re better.

Anyways the HapCha girls agree to sing and dance after this. Haruharu is worried but the other girls and the two GoPri fairies convince her to do it and give it her all.

At the carnival Odoren and Utaen act as the hosts and they introduce all the Precure teams in order. Everyone is gonna sing and dance. This movie feels like a big meta treat for all the fans, like we’re in the audience at the carnival too. Also as I should note not every Cure has a speaking role, pretty much just one or two from each team aside from HapCha and GoPri. Both Tsubomi and Erika get to speak of course cause of that Heartcatch privilege.

Haruharu gets worried again after seeing all the fairies in the audience.

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Fresh Precure are the first team to perform. Singing and dancing to their first ending song. It could sort of be seen as an epilogue to Fresh. Really the CGI dancing isn’t the appeal when it comes to these performances, we get to see the girls going on about their lives since the season ended. Some of these performances could sort of be like epilogues for their season, as well as what they talk about after. Odoren and Utaen talk to Love who mentions that Setsuna has been busy fixing Labyrinth so they don’t often all get together like this, these segments are my favorite part of the movie.

Next up the Smile girls perform to their first ending song, during their song we see them celebrating Candy’s birthday.

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Right after that the GoGo girls perform to their opening theme song. Romance is still in the air for this team and their fairies. Except Rin.

After that the Heartcatch team dances to their opening song and then the Max Heart team also performs with their opening song. Afterwards it’s nice to see Nagisa complain about Mepple and get into a fight with him again, been a long time since.

After those songs there’s a little break in-between Precure performances, at this time Odoren has some of the fairies go get refreshments from the girls, separating them, while at the same time Utaen swipes some of the transformation items. And then we get to the villain song, my favorite of the three new ones in the movie.

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It’s just a very catchy song. It explains how Odoren planned to steal all the fairies and transformation items from the girls so they couldn’t transform and beat him up. Utaen even calls him out on him doing this just cause he’s weak. But anyways it worked. As the performances continue the girls wonder where the fairies are but Odoren and Utaen convince them to just enjoy the show.

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So next up is the Doki Doki team performing their first ending song. Right after them is the Splash Star team performing to their opening theme song. And I love the Splash Star song because it actually acknowledges the existence of Michiru and Kaoru and their Bright and Windy forms. Thank you Toei. However I feel it’s kind of a wasted opportunity that they didn’t do Ganbalance de Dance.

Also R.I.P. Miyu Matsuki, voice of Choppy.

After those performances we also get to see Mana try to sing again on her own. Pretty funny.

Haruharu is still really worried about performing. The HapCha girls tell her to believe in the power of song and dance. And again at this point Odoren and Utaen sneakily steal more fairies and transformation items. Next the Suite Precure team perform to their first ending song, I think this is my favorite performance in the movie. And immediately after them the HapCha team performs to their second ending song.

But after this Utaen accidentally drops all the transformation items in front of the Precure teams, besides the GoPri girls who are preparing for their performance, so the jig is up. Odoren and Utaen tell them that they’re actually thieves and Harmonia is now under their control. And Odoren grabs the GoPrincess girls’ Perfumes so they can’t transform either.

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So using all their items he attempts to transform into Cure Thief… obviously it does not work.

He then locks away the fairies and items in a big chest and he sends all the girls but the GoPrincess team underground. But Haruharu then decides to sing and dance, after remembering what the HapCha girls told her about their power. It’s the third original song and it’s a rather nice one. It brings out the power of the girls and opens the chest for them, retrieving the Perfumes and other things, allowing everyone to transform.

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So now everyone is singing and dancing together. Focusing mostly on the GoPrincess and Happiness Charge girls.

After the song Odoren is really scared now. He calls in his minions and we get a fight. Some of the Precure go out looking for the real rulers of Harmonia too. There’s some nice action and funny stuff here, every team gets to do something at least too. Eventually the King and the other nobles are found, the King tells the Precure they’re in danger if the carnival has stopped cause the guardian deity will get angry that there’s no more singing and dancing. He really loves singing and dancing.

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And then the guardian deity appears, a gigantic dragon.

The Precure now have to fight him… err, except it’s really just them using an attack on him to calm him down. The GoPri girls ask for everyone to give them their strength.

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After the dragon is calmed by Precure Rainbow Tornado he restores everything that’s been damaged in Harmonia. To cap off the Spring Carnival the GoPrincess girls then perform to their first ending song. During the song we see that Odoren and Utaen have become janitors in Harmonia. There was no actual fight against the two of them because they’re not fighters.

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The GoPri girls then return to their school, Haruharu ready for the singing exam.

So yeah, because of the weird format and style of this movie there isn’t really much to talk about. I feel like the “plot” is second fiddle to seeing everyone do their songs. Not like the next All Stars movie which is a true musical that weaves the songs and story together. In Spring Carnival you just have Odoren and Utaen’s song and then the song where the girls get their items and fairies back that actually work as real musical songs that have to do with the plot of the movie.

Still the movie is really fun and a nice treat to all the Precure fans.

 

 

 

 

Happiness Charge Precure the Movie

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This is a pretty good movie. I don’t really have any complaints about it nor anything meaningful to say on it so might as well just get right into it.

At the very beginning there’s a Terribad attacking the city, Masuko Miyo is reporting on it on location. Lovely and Princess come in to fight it, Honey and Fortune are there too. Ribbon shows up with the Miracle Lights to give to people, explaining what they do and how to use them. This whole opening scene is definitely a much more creative way to introduce the Miracle Lights than what other movies do at the beginning.

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Meanwhile a little girl named Tsumugi (who’s voiced by Yui Horie who would eventually go on to voice Cure Magical in Maho Precure) is watching this on tv. Judging by the wheelchair in her room she must be either sick or disabled. The Precure defeat the Terribad but Tsumugi doesn’t seem to care, saying she isn’t happy at all. And then she has some vision or something where someone asks her if she wants to be happy, he says he’ll make her wish come true.

Side things to note before the movie really gets into its plot. It’s a good looking movie, better looking than Doki’s, and there’s also this mascot character in it. I can’t remember what he is or why he’s in the movie but he’s there when everyone is waving the Miracle Lights. He’s not Precure related.

So anyways after this the girls are putting on a puppet show of Snow White for some kids. Hime likes the story because she dreams of a prince on a white horse coming for her. Then while they’re sorting dolls in the room one of the dolls comes alive and begins talking to them. She says she comes from the Doll Kingdom but a Terribad attacked them and everyone is in trouble now. The girls say they’ll come help and they get transported away while the opening theme song plays.

During this the “doll” transforms back into Tsumugi. It was her all along but obviously the girls don’t know anything’s up. After the opening theme is done Ribbon contacts Blue from the Doll Kingdom, he’s surprised because he’s never heard of any such place but then he’s attacked by some off-screen force and they lose connection. Before Ribbon can ponder this a Terribad attacks them all. The girls transform to fight it and defeat it pretty handily but for some reason it just vanishes when hit by their attack, it isn’t purified like normal and Ribbon doesn’t generate new Precards. How odd.

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Tsumugi continues to take them through the kingdom and introduces them to the Prince of the Doll Kingdom, Zeke. Hime falls head over heels for him at first sight. She thinks she must marry him even. The kingdom holds a parade to honor the Precure for saving them and when they get to the castle they have a ball. Hime dances with the Prince and Megumi dances with Seiji… oh yeah he came along too.

Meanwhile Iona and Yuuko are both talking about how Tsumugi knew they were Precure. Something feels off to them but they still decide to enjoy the ball for now.

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But while Seiji is off alone a group of Terribad attack him and he gets turned into a doll. Tsumugi sees all of this. The Prince is also able to easily convince Hime to come be alone with him. Hm, that sounds a lot creepier and more perverted than it actually is.

Megumi has noted that Seiji is missing but Tsumugi leads her away, while Iona and Yuuko end up getting ambushed by a Terribad at the ball. Hime also gets attacked by one while she’s alone with Zeke.

Tsumugi starts talking to Megumi and tells her that making everyone happy is impossible. No matter how hard Tsumugi tried she couldn’t be happy. And Tsumugi leads her into a room with some weird machinery and some blatantly evil looking energy and threads. This machinery churns out a Terribad right in front of Megumi so she transforms, Lovely tells Tsumugi to be careful but to Lovely’s shock Tsumugi orders the Terribad to destroy her. She says she drew Lovely into her trap.

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Everyone fights the Terribad’s but Prince Zeke also attacks Princess. He and the dolls are doing all of this for Tsumugi, he’s actually a doll too, they all belong to her and love her. They want to see her smile more than anything. Naturally Princess is crushed by this.

Tsumugi tells Lovely that she loves to dance but she can’t do it in real life. She’s loved dancing since she was a child but one day her feet stopped working. She lost everything because of this and no one knows what’s wrong with them. But then someone came to her and healed her feet and her dolls were brought to life too. The guy tells her that in her Doll Kingdom she can dance as much as she likes, it’s a kingdom just for her.

But he says that if he dies it will all go away. He tells her he’s a general from the Phantom Empire, his name is Black Fang. He says she must use her powers to defeat the Precure who are after him, or else she’ll never be able to dance again when he’s gone.

Lovely tells her she can’t trust Black Fang but Tsumugi wants to live here forever in her dream kingdom. She shows Lovely the dolls of Blue and Seiji and tells Lovely that she’ll turn all the Precure into dolls too.

Ribbon and Glassan get caught and turned into dolls while Princess, Honey and Fortune run away from their opponents after realizing that the Terribad’s just revive after being defeated and there’s no end to it.

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Lovely asks if this is what Tsumugi wants, if this will make her happy. She wants to help Tsumugi but Tsumugi says nothing Lovely can do will allow her to dance again. Tsumugi just wants to stay in her kingdom.

Princess and the others come to help Lovely and all 4 of them flee together. Tsumugi starts crying when they leave, sad that she was so mean to Lovely but she still wants to be able to dance. Lovely is sad too because of how she unknowingly hurt Tsumugi. Princess says this isn’t like her, she needs to be normal and do all she can to help Tsumugi. Fortune and Honey also back her up. Lovely says she wants to help Tsumugi and all 4 of them go back to the castle.

Zeke and the dolls are in the room with the machinery with Tsumugi, Zeke asks if what she’s doing is what she really wants. Black Fang shows up though and tells Tsumugi that the Precure are coming back. Zeke tells him not to hurt Tsumugi anymore but Black Fang simply asks if Tsumugi wants to leave her happy kingdom where she can dance.

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The girls then arrive in the room, confronting Tsumugi. Lovely says that even though she can dance here she can’t be 100% happy because of the cost, and she asks Tsumugi to come home with them. Tsumugi steps forward, looking like she’s gonna accept, but then Black Fang attacks them.

He reveals that he was the one who damaged Tsumugi’s feet in the first place, all to fulfill this grand and long term master plan to defeat the Precure and gain enough power so that he could even overcome Mirage. He’s been feeding on Tsumugi’s despair as well to get more powerful, she essentially churns out the undying Terribad’s too.

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Black Fang swallows Tsumugi up in his threads and uses her as a despair engine to fuel his power even more. Zeke tries to attack him but gets knocked back, Tsumugi’s despair just grows and grows and affects the real world. Lovely tries telling her none of this is her fault, she’s still friends with Tsumugi. But Lovely and the other girls are caught in Black Fang’s web.

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Zeke also says he’s Tsumugi’s friend, he and all the dolls love her and they wish for her happiness. Zeke tries to use his sword to free the Precure, asking them to please save Tsumugi, but he gets turned back into a doll and disappears from the kingdom thanks to Black Fang. Black Fang does the same to the other dolls who try to rescue Tsumugi.

But because of Zeke’s sword the Precure were able to break free from Black Fang’s web and they attack him.

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Lovely breaks in to the web of despair that Tsumugi is in to save her. She apologizes for not knowing what to say, and not understanding how she feels or how to help her. But she still wants to save her. Somehow she’ll do something, all of them will try their best to help her. Lovely hugs her and Tsumugi starts crying and also apologizes for all the mean things she said to Megumi. Lovely says they’ll do their best together, Tsumugi won’t bring despair to everyone.

Suddenly the Terribad’s disappear, Tsumugi’s despair has stopped.

When Lovely and Tsumugi come out of the web Black Fang says the Precure can’t help her but Tsumugi says she won’t be in despair anymore, she’ll face the real world cause her friends will be cheering her on. Also Seiji and the others go back to normal and aren’t dolls anymore.

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Black Fang still absorbs all the leftover despair and turns into a huge monster. You know after all the web stuff you’d think he’d be a giant spider or something but whatever. Not any stupider than Sir Loin from Splash Star’s movie.

The girls fight him but their attacks have no affect. Blue sends out Miracle Lights to everyone on Earth to give the Precure the power to win. At first the light is blocked by Black Fang’s power but Lovely keeps on fighting despite this. Tsumugi is watching her and her strong feelings for Lovely now allow the power of the Miracle Lights to reach Lovely. Everyone cheers for the Precure again to give the power to Lovely.

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That mascot is back cheering too. And there’s an insert song playing while all this goes on now.

So yeah all the power goes to Lovely and the Shining Make Dresser and she transforms into Super Happiness Lovely. Nice ballerina look. But hey isn’t that just great? The pink again is the only one to get a super form in both the movie and the finale. What a wonderful thing to copy from Doki.

Well whatever, Super Happiness Lovely and the other girls now combine their powers and they blow away Black Fang with Precure Miracle Love Motion.

Everything is back to normal now. Tsumugi apologizes to Lovely for everything, she says she wants to become a ballerina and make people happy with her dancing. And she says that Lovely can make everyone happy, she’s sure of it. The Doll Kingdom disappears now and back in the real world Black Fang’s death has healed Tsumugi’s feet. I think it would’ve been more interesting if Tsumugi’s injury was natural and not caused by Black Fang and she wasn’t just healthy again at the end of the movie, cause it would’ve made it an actually difficult decision for everyone to make. But maybe that would be too sad.

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Either way at the end of the movie the girls are all going to see Tsumugi put on a performance. Happy end achieved.

So yeah this was a pretty good movie, obviously I can’t blame it for only giving Lovely the super form since that’s what every movie does but again like with Doki it’s disappointing since Lovely was the only one to get a super form in the main series too. The story was good and the animation was really nice. Black Fang’s design was good too. Poor stupid Hime is never gonna get her fairy-tale Prince though.

 

 

 

Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3

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The last New Stage movie. 3 is kind of lackluster in a way. The action is good but the story is kind of weak and isn’t anything special compared to New Stage 1 and 2. It does some good things to be sure but it doesn’t get me to really care about the new characters or plot like the last two did. 2 had better action and felt like higher stakes, 1 had a better story and original character. So 3 is just kind of another movie in the New Stage style without really being as special as the final in the trilogy should be. It’s definitely no DX3.

The movie opens with a tenth anniversary message that you see at the beginning of Happiness Charge episodes as well and then we go to the fairy school from the last movie. Enen and Gureru are there and the teacher is just going over everything they’ve learned about the Precure and this part is used to explain the Miracle Lights to the audience again. The teacher then takes Enen and Gureru aside and tells them about a new Precure team, the Happiness Charge Precure. He tells the two to go check up on them and learn about them so they can be put into the Precure book. Enen and Gureru are happy to get to go out and meet them since they both still want to become fairies of Precure.

Opening theme then plays, showing all the girls going about their daily lives and hanging out and reaching for their dreams, whatever they may be.

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After the opening we see a young girl running from some bear monster thing (a horrible pun on bear being kuma in Japanese and nightmare being akuma) but then a tapir fairy sucks it up with a vacuum and another little tapir called Yumeta comes to play with her and asks to be friends. They’re in the land of dreams and the tapirs protect people from Nightmares. Yumeta wants friends and his mother seems happy to oblige by whatever means necessary…

Enen and Gureru go to meet the Doki girls first and they see Aguri for the first time. They tell the Doki girls about the Happiness Charge team and Sharuru says she can contact the fairy Ribbon and they can all meet up. But while waiting to meet up the Doki girls and fairies see on the news that children all over the world are falling into an unbreakable sleep. Ribbon then arrives and tells everyone that they’re in trouble and brings them back to God’s place. Yeah, Blue, the God of Happiness Charge’s world.

Before that though we see that Ayumi from New Stage 1 is around there and she also saw the news.

As it turns out Megumi is also asleep, having taken a nap earlier and not woken up, and Hime is scribbling on her face because Hime is silly like that. Hime is easily my favorite girl from Happiness Charge.

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The Doki girls and fairies meet Blue and he tells them that something is wrong with this sleep everyone is in, he sends them all to the land of dreams with his power. In the dream world they see all the kids happily playing around, oblivious to what’s happened, and Megumi is there too. Mana and Megumi then meet for the first time.

Enen and Gureru recognize Yumeta and say hello, he’s friendly. The girls recognize all the kids playing in the dream world from the news. Then Yumeta’s mom shows up, she’s the dream fairy Maamu, she says she wants to protect Yumeta and the children’s smiles. She summons one of the Nightmare’s she’s eaten and has it fight the girls. The Doki girls transform and fight it, pretty good action. But the girls realize they can’t purify the Nightmare. Their powers don’t work on it, only a tapir dream fairy can defeat a Nightmare. Maamu then kicks them all out of the dream world.

Back on Earth Mana says tomorrow they’ll gather all the Precure together and go back there to rescue the kids and talk to Yumeta for Enen and Gureru’s sake.

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But in the dream world Maamu uses her powers to preemptively strike at the girls as they sleep, she creates dreams catered to each Precure and traps them inside. Only the Happiness Charge girls escape this fate because their info wasn’t in the Precure book. Now things are up to just Megumi and Hime.

Enen and Gureru still go back into the dream world with the two of them, Megumi and Hime use their card powers to transform into ninja and sneak around… and get immediately found out. Maamu refuses to let the fairies see Yumeta and she summons another Nightmare to take care of Megumi and Hime. The two get ready to fight… and are instantly defeated off-screen without a fight and thrown into a cage. Competence. Funny.

Yumeta comes to see them, telling them he’s been lonely because when somebody wakes up from their dream they always forget him, he wants friends. The others try to tell him that what’s happened is wrong but he gets upset and leaves. We then see all the other Precure in their dreams (more specifically the Pinks), it’s some nice scenes. A few cameos too. Back with Megumi and the others they’re able to get out of the cage because Yumeta left a key behind when he came to talk to them.

Yumeta is having fun with the kids but realizes they can’t grow up if they stay here and that they kind of want to leave. The girls and fairies come talk to him again, he tells them his dream couldn’t come true so it’s better for everyone to just stay in a happy dream and he shows them how all the Precure are just enjoying themselves in their dreams too. Or are they?

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Nozomi has realized she’s just in a dream because, despite really wanting to become one, she isn’t at the level yet where she could actually be a teacher. She thanks whoever it was for the fun dream but wants to get back to reality so she can work hard herself and eventually make her dream come true.

Hime says she gets how Yumeta feels because she was the same way. Was? Well anyways she says he needs to move on too and like her he has some nice friends in Enen and Gureru who will help him out. Yumeta then stands up to his mother a bit when she comes to check on the disturbance in the force she felt when Nozomi realized she was dreaming and wanted out. Maamu gets mad and summons a bunch of Nightmares on Megumi and Hime who transform again to fight.

While that fighting is going on the other Precure realize that things are off in their dream worlds and start wanting to leave them too, they wish to achieve their dreams in the real world. We get a few more cameos like Bunbee in Komachi’s dream and Michiru and Kaoru in Saki’s. Always nice to see Toei acknowledge their existence even if it’s as brief as this. Those bastards.

Yumeta though is still a scared little fairy and he can’t fight against the Nightmares even when Enen and Gureru are in danger. Luckily Cure Honey jumps in and rescues them without a word, leaving just as quick. Cure Honey does not speak in this movie. Enen and Gureru go to help Lovely and Princess.

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Lovely and Princess can’t defeat the Nightmares and all the kids in the dream world see the monsters now and begin to cry. Blue though sends the Miracle Lights into the dream world with his power and tells all the kids and fairies to cheer for the Precure. They all do and the girls break free from the dreams and travel to the dream world, transforming along the way. Now the big fight against Maamu and the Nightmares begin.

It’s essentially just like the fight in New Stage 2, a huge brawl with everyone and the theme song plays during it. Definitely a fun fight to watch.

Maamu wants to protect her son and Lovely says that’s good but the way she’s going about things is all wrong, she needs to let her son live for himself and she can’t just be there for him all the time. She needs to let her son grow up. She’s ignoring his true dream too. Maamu sends out another Nightmare to attack them but Yumeta jumps in to protect them and sucks up the Nightmare with his power. Maamu is amazed to see this, she wanted to protect him but he tells her she shouldn’t sacrifice everyone else for him.

The other Nightmare’s are still going wild though and Maamu has used up too much of her power to suck them all up again. Yumeta decides to combine his power with the Precure so they can defeat the Nightmare’s, more fighting ensues.

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Enen and Gureru can see the Precure need more help and with their Miracle Lights they end up summoning Ayumi to them. She asks for their power and transforms into Cure Echo once more. With her help the other Precure gain the upper hand on the Nightmares… which then all gather together and turn into a giant CGI octopus.

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For some reason.

So just like DX2 and New Stage 2 the fight ends with a CGI battle and two clashing energy blasts.

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Cure Honey appears again to lend her support to Lovely and Princess and all together the Precure destroy the Nightmares.

After the fighting Yumeta tells his mother that his true dream was to become a strong dream fairy like her that wasn’t afraid of the Nightmares. Enen, Gureru and Yumeta say they’ll be friends forever now and things go back to normal for everyone. Farewell New Stage. At the end there’s a big dance number with a different version of Happiness Charge’s ending song.

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So it’s not a bad movie but like I said earlier it’s not the awesome conclusion one would hope for. The best thing about it is Ayumi appearing again and becoming Echo with the help of Enen and Gureru, it was nice of New Stage 3 to bridge together the characters and plots from the first two movies in that way. The final fight is very long but I don’t think it’s actually as fun to watch as New Stage 2’s was. And the villains aren’t as strong as the Shadows or Fusion were either. There are some other nice things about the movie though. All the Pinks get to talk and we see all their dreams, Nagisa playing lacrosse, Saki baking bread at her family’s store, Nozomi the teacher, Love dancing with the others, Tsubomi being a botanist, Hibiki giving a piano recital, Miyuki writing her stories and Mana being the Prime Minister. This movie also focuses a lot more on the new team than New Stage 2 did as well. As it should.

It’s an okay movie but this is actually only the second time I’ve ever watched it, I just never went back to watch it again until it was time to review it. Unlike quite a few other Precure movies. It just doesn’t really hold that much appeal compared to the other All Stars movies. Which is kind of a shame considering it’s the last “normal” crossover movie. I like the newer All Stars movies (partly because I love musicals) but they’re not exactly what I want when it comes to Precure crossovers. Oh well, times change and the franchise is huge now so it’s not like they could ever make a movie that really has what I want.

 

 

 

 

 

Doki Doki Precure the Movie

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I actually like this movie for the most part. Mana is fine in it and even comes off as a real person, unlike in the main show. There’s a lot to like about what the movie does. It’s story is pretty much ripped from Fresh and Smile’s movies but Precure always does stuff like that so I can’t knock the Doki movie for doing it. It’s generally a good movie but not one of the best and it has one really dumb thing about it and another thing that’s kind of annoying but still the same thing every Precure movie does now so I again can’t really knock Doki for doing it. It’s an enjoyable movie though and I recommend it.

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First off it starts with another opening skit where the girls explain the Miracle Lights. And then when the movie proper begins Mana’s mom has found her old wedding dress that first belonged to her mother. Mana wants to wear it too when the time comes and her grandfather says her grandma would be happy if she wore it. The opening theme song then plays and we get a dream sequence where Mana is getting married but it’s attacked by the Selfish Trio, they don’t have a part in the actual movie so this is a nice little cameo. Mana then wakes up and tells the girls about her wedding dress at school.

She also shares with them a special charm her grandma showed her, that if you draw a heart in your palm it will make your dream come true. The girls then all go to Alice’s house and have a picnic. Oh wait Aguri isn’t there. Wonder where she is?

The three girls from Earth reminisce about old times, like when Mana took in a stray dog. She called him Mallow but unfortunately he died a few years ago. Mana doesn’t want everyone to get all depressed so she says they should talk about their future dreams and if they’ve thought about their own weddings. Alice says she’s had a bunch of arranged marriage meetings but she’s turned everyone down.

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Suddenly that night in town a mysterious man with a clarinet appears. When he starts playing the clarinet something horrifying happens, his hands and the clarinet suddenly become cgi for no discernible reason!

He says he’ll make the unfair humans remember all the things they’ve forgotten and thrown away. The feelings of resentment in these old things unite and they all begin to congregate together in the sky, creating a gigantic airship. The wedding dress tries to go too but Mana grabs it and says she still needs it so the power from the clarinet leaves it.

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The other girls and the townspeople watch the whale airship form. Then the clarinet begins to play again. The mysterious guy introduces himself as Marsh from the Land of Memories. He’s come to get Mana, as if he knows her.

Where’s Aguri anyways? She isn’t here either.

Mana doesn’t recognize this guy though. He seems dismayed that she’s forgotten him so he’s going to drag everyone into the Land of Memories where time is stopped and they merely relive their happy memories over and over. All the regular townspeople then get sucked in so the girls transform to fight Marsh.

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But he summons some servants to fight them. The servants regenerate when broken so the girls figure they need to destroy Marsh’s clarinet to stop them. They fire a Lovely Force Arrow but it has no effect on Marsh. He sends out some energy beams to incapacitate the girls and then sucks them into their old memories too.

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The fairies don’t get sucked in though, and then a new fairy we haven’t seen before appears.

Mana wakes up in her memories a few years younger and finds-

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Her grandmother and Mallow are both still alive. She remembers what happened with Marsh and that she’s a Precure and everything but she still can’t help but be happy at seeing them again. All of the other girls are happy in their memories too. The plot with Mana especially also reminds me a lot of the episode of Fresh where Love meets her grandfather again.

The fairy in the real world then tells the Precure fairies that the sorrow of disowned things gave power to these villains. They ask how she knows all this and she says that her name is Bebel and she and Marsh go way back. They all need to unite together now to save the girls (Read, Mana).

Mana finds that in her memory world Rikka and the others don’t exist, at Rikka’s house some strange foreigner lives there. His name is John Smith, the classic. Mana is upset at this but still enjoys the time she has with her grandma and Mallow.

Where’s Aguri?

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Marsh watches the girls in their memories, happy to see Mana just lackadaisically enjoying herself. He wants her to forget all her pain. The fairies then infiltrate the whale airship. But they get caught trying to find the memory films of the girls so they can free them. Marsh says the girls are happy living in their memories but Bebel says they have infinite potential and he can’t take away their futures. She distracts Marsh and the girls fairies jump into the memories to find and save them.

But one day in Mana’s memories…

Sharuru finds her and asks if she’s going to come back, Mana says she will but she has to say goodbye to her grandma and Mallow. But at the same time Mana’s grandmother slipped and injured herself and when Mana went running to see her at the hospital Mallow broke through his leash and ran after her.

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Which led to him being hit and killed by a car. As Mana remembers how all of this happened (and a cute insert song starts playing) Marsh speaks into her ear, telling her that this is what he was trying to prevent, telling her she needs to go back deeper into her memories to avoid this pain. And Mana does it, she gives in to the “happiness” the villain is offering and ignores Sharuru calling for her to go back to reality. All to avoid her pain.

Oh my god. Mana with flaws? It’s unheard of. I actually have sympathy for her, it’s a miracle.

But Bebel says Mana wont stop so easily, and she still has her friends there to help her. Marsh orders his minions to take out the other girls to make sure they can’t do anything.

Meanwhile the girls are enjoying themselves but… something’s missing. What could it be? Their fairies then get to them and Alice and Rikka find themselves in the same world, and they get their memories of being Cures back and everything, it seems they were made to forget that stuff. And so what could possibly be missing from this world of happy memories? Why wouldn’t they want to just stay in it?

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Well it’s Mana of course. Please kill me.

I mean yeah, this is Doki Doki Precure, I know how it is. But when Alice and Rikka say something like that it’s just so absurdly nauseating.

Anyways Davi also reached Makoto, who wanted to forget about the tragedy that befell the Trump Kingdom. Pretty understandable. And so Marsh’s minions arrive and the girls transform and fight them. Pretty good action in this part. Would’ve been cool if they used Rosetta Balloon in the movie but oh well.

AND THEN FINALLY!

Ai-chan and Ace show up to help Sword in her memory world. Um… how??? Where was Aguri anyways? There is literally no explanation for any of this. But at least the action and animation at this part of the movie are still good.

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Mana is still stuck in her “happy” memories, even though she’s feeling depressed now, she’s gone back to before Mallow died. She doesn’t want to return to the real world where Mallow and her grandma are dead, despite Sharuru trying to convince her.

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Her grandma then comes into her room, she’s actually noticed that something is wrong with Mana and that this “world” around her is fake. She tells Mana that her name is written with the character for love and that she needs to listen clearly now… and when Mana does she can hear the voices of the other girls calling out for her. But Mana doesn’t want to leave her grandma, however she says that they’re always together. Love that’s passed down won’t disappear, Mana needs to go back to the real world.

And so Mana finally gets the resolves to leave her memories. She transforms with Sharuru and all 5 of the girls break from the memory world and confront Marsh now. They tell him they had to leave even though it was happy, experiencing painful things make people stronger.

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Marsh transforms into a huge monster dog to fight and that’s when Mana finally realizes that he’s Mallow. Marshmallow. She asks why he’s become like this but he tells her to shut up and they battle. Again there’s some good animation here. Mana allows Marshmallow to bite her to calm him down, she wanted to accept his feelings and rage. And there’s real blood, for the first time in Precure a Cure bleeds. I understand the importance of doing this but I can’t help but feel that Doki is, well… trying too hard by doing this. Marshmallow does calm down but a strange voice then tells Marsh that Mana abandoned and forgot about him and went on to the future herself without him.

Mana says she never forgot, she got so many great memories from Mallow, she hugs and thanks him for everything and he turns back into his human form. He’s no longer a villain and he’s shocked at how he could’ve done the things he did.

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Then we see that the strange voice was coming from the clarinet. It gave Marsh powers so he could take revenge for all the forgotten things. But since Marsh has left him he decides that it’s no longer enough to just trap the girls in their memories, he’ll erase their futures too and the clarinet travels forward in time to do that, leaving the girls and Mallow behind.

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Aguri’s transformation runs out while this happens but she mentions that there is a way they can follow the clarinet. The miracle lights. Ai-chan then creates the miracle lights for everyone, Rikka comments on how convenient this is, and Aguri actually breaks the 4th wall, not just speaking to the camera but asking all the kids watching the movie to wave their lights and give the girls the power they need.

So it works and the girls all go to the future, Aguri’s transformation comes back too.

They arrive at Mana’s wedding in the future. we don’t see who she’s marrying though, but then time stops and the clarinet appears riding the huge whale airship and planning to destroy it all. And then we get a cgi fight much like the final fight in the Fresh movie or DX2 I suppose. Heart and everyone else travel inside the airship, with Mallow in his normal dog form to guide them to the clarinet with his nose. They find the clarinet but they can’t destroy it, Lovely Straight Flush isn’t powerful enough.

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Mallow sacrifices himself to protect Mana and then gives her his heart. It merges with her so she can transform into Cure Heart Engage Mode. She then blows away the clarinet and stops everything despite the clarinet saying that as long as things are forgotten it’s immortal.

As the main conflict of the movie ends we see in a flashback how Mana’s grandmother gave her her name. And all the normal people of Earth get back to the real world from their memories

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Bebel then goes back to the memories where she belongs, taking Mallow’s heart with her, and Mana realizes that somehow Bebel is her grandmother. She thanks Mallow and her grandmother for everything.

The End.

Yeah, so good movie all in all. Good story and good emotion pretty much the whole way through. But a couple negatives. The one big stupid thing about the movie is the absence of Aguri. Now there is no explanation in the movie for this but the out of meta reason for it is that Aguri has no old memories, so if she was included in this plot the creators would’ve just had to make up fake memories for her or show that she didn’t have any and that would ruin the reveal of Aguri’s true identity in the main series. So instead they just have Aguri absent until more than halfway through and then she just appears randomly in Makoto’s memories. And the one big annoying thing about this movie is Heart gets another super mode all for herself, yes every movie but Heartcatch’s since GoGo has given the pink their own movie exclusive super form but to then have Heart be the only one to get the super form in the finale of the show too just makes this so excessive. At least in Fresh and Suite and Smile the girls all got the same super forms in the finale.

And when you compare Engage Mode and Heart’s transformation into it and how she finishes off the clarinet it’s super disappointing compared to Ultra Cure Happy that we got last year in Smile’s movie. Massive step down.

Still, pretty good movie and it actually got me to care about a character I hate so good job on that. It is disappointing that Mallow isn’t actually mentioned at all in the main series though and Mana’s grandmother I believe is only mentioned the one time in the first episode. Kind of sad the same way with Dark Dream not being brought up outside the Yes5 movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precure All Stars New Stage 2

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This movie combines the best parts of the New Stage style of All Stars movies with the best parts of the DX movies. The better story and character development of NS and the great action and fun of DX makes New Stage 2 one of the best crossover movies the franchise has had so far. There’s also a lot of focus on the Smile girls and not actually a ton on the Doki Doki team, so I love it. The movie also has a mix of which older Cures get speaking roles and which don’t, the Splash Star and Yes5 teams are still hung out to dry but the Max Heart trio get to speak and do some awesome stuff. For other teams Passion and Beat get speaking roles but no one else from their team does and Blossom and Marine get to speak but Sunshine and Moonlight don’t. It’s at least a better approach to this than what the first New Stage did and New Stage 2 definitely at least feels more like a big crossover movie. Let’s get into it!

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We’re introduced to a world of fairies, there’s an artificial sun in the sky and a big tree used for school. And then the New Stage theme song plays, showing clips of all the girls going about their daily lives. Except for Michiru and Kaoru you know. But fuck them right?

Back to the fairies and they’re inside a classroom, most of them are young fairies, and Tarte comes to teach them about the Precure teams. He’s famous for being the fairy of a Precure team. He shows them the Miracle Lights too, essentially this part is used to teach the kids in the audience about them and everything instead of there being a skit at the beginning like some other movies have. The fairies already know everything about the Cures and Miracle Lights cause it’s all written down in the Precure notebooks they have.

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One of the fairies, Gureru, says he doesn’t need the Precure and could defeat the bad guys all on his own. But he ends up just causing a fuss in the classroom, it’s clear he isn’t especially popular. There’s also another fairy called Enen, who’s very shy and sort of Gureru’s friend. Enen wants to be a Precure fairy but thinks it’s impossible. Gureru says the Cures are lame anyways since they’re just normal humans and can’t do anything without transforming, and then he hears a mysterious voice calling out to him…

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It’s coming from behind some forbidden door that the teacher told them never to enter. There’s some sort of crystal ball in there and it merges with Gureru’s shadow. The shadow then comes to life and tells Gureru that they’ll make everyone else see how the Precure aren’t anything special.

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We then see the Smile girls and Candy studying together, well actually Candy is supposed to be studying for becoming a Queen with Pop back in Marchenland but she skipped out on it because he’s being too strict. This little scene actually works as a pretty nice little epilogue to Smile too. A letter then comes to them from the Fairy School, Gureru says the Fairy School wants to hold a party for all of the Cures and their fairies and everyone is invited. All the other teams get the letters too, during this we see a very quick cameo by Ayumi, chatting with her friends. Good to see she’s doing well.

The Fresh-Suite teams meet up and go to the Fairy School together.

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And then finally (14 minutes into a 70 minute movie) we see the Doki Doki girls for the first time. They’re having a tea party and the natto-gyoza candy from Smile makes a reappearance, Alice bought some but it’s apparently banned for sale now. Candy then calls out to Sharuru… apparently Candy can do that… and invites them to the party. The Doki team didn’t get an invitation because they’re so new and the Fairy School doesn’t know about them. Mana and Miyuki briefly talk to each other, the first time the Doki team see another Cure.

Back in the fairy world Tarte and the teacher see that the Forbidden Door has been opened and the teacher tells Tarte that the shadow reflects what’s inside your spirit, it’ll try to get you to do bad things and if you keep listening to it eventually it’ll swallow up all light and get really dangerous.

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We then see that the Max Heart team is under attack by some shadow monsters, and their fairies have already been captured by Gureru and his Shadow so they can’t transform. The other teams have suffered this too, except for the Smile Precure.

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The Shadow bullies Enen into helping it and Gureru steal the Smile Pacts from the girls but he gets found out and Reika can tell they’re in danger when the Shadow tries to sneak up on them. So the girls transform and fight it. However because of the Precure notebook the Shadow knows how to counter their every move and he’s able to quickly dismantle them and take their Smile Pacts.

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There was some pretty good action in this fight. The Shadow then starts to turn them to crystal like he did to the other teams, Enen cries and says he’s sorry but Miyuki forgives him. She tells him to tell the Doki Doki Precure that they need help before she crystallizes completely.

Now with all the Precure teams they’re aware of taken care of the Shadow tells Gureru they should go destroy the school. And he sends some of his power into the sky to begin darkening the artificial sun, giving himself more power. Nothing to stop him now. The Shadow makes a bunch of clones and starts to attack the school and terrorizes the fairies, trapping them all inside the school tree. Gureru tries to get the Shadow to stop, he didn’t want any of this, but the Shadow wont listen to him and he creates a shadow monster to chase Gureru away.

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Enen then comes across the Doki Doki girls. But he doesn’t have the courage to tell them what’s going on, Gureru then comes in being chased by the monster so the Doki girls transform to protect him. The Doki team isn’t in the notebook so the shadow just runs off instead of trying to fight them. Gureru and Enen then tell the girls what’s happened. The girls tell them not wallow around, there’s still stuff they can do. Alice shows more character in this scene than she does in most of the Doki season. Gureru wants to stop his Shadow and Enen wants to be more like Happy and help. So he tells Mana what Miyuki asked him to.

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The Shadow looks through the notebook to make sure there’s nothing about the Doki girls, while doing this he comes across a page showing that apparently the DX movies happened in the same continuity of the New Stage movies. Which doesn’t make any sense at all but whatever. The Shadow decides to drop all the fairies and transformation items he’s captured in the lake of the fairy world. But the Doki fairies can communicate with them and learn what’s happened. Meanwhile though the sky continues to darken and the shadow grows more powerful.

Pop and Candy come in to help Enen and Gureru rescue the other fairies. But as they do the artifical sun begins to fall out of the sky, the shadow is beating on the Doki girls and tells them to give up but Heart says that she promised she’d meet Happy and there’s no way she’d quit so easily. Pop and the other fairies go out to reach the other teams but they get attacked by shadow monsters, Candy knows they have to do something to help them now.

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Tarte hears Candy from inside the school and he summons the Miracle Lights. All of the little fairies start waving them around and cheer for the Precure.

The Doki girls get powered up and the crystallization of the other teams weakens. Pop brings the transformation items and the necessary fairies to all the teams and all the Precure are rejuvenated and transform!

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Now the big battle begins. In sheer length and scope this battle dwarfs the others in any All Stars movie. It starts 52 minutes in and ends at 64 minutes, 12 whole minutes of a 70 minute movie devoted to the big fight at the end. At the beginning of it all the Cures stop the sun from falling to the ground and put it back where it belongs, although it’s still darkened, and undoing a lot of the darkness over the fairy world. Happy and the Smile girls go over to help out Heart and the Doki team while the other girls get in a big melee with the shadow monsters.

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There’s some pretty awesome stuff that goes on during the fighting, Black and White especially get to shine.

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And in a really nice scene Beat and Passion meet up with Gureru and Enen and they tell Gureru that he can make up for what he did just like they did, Enen tells him that Beat and Passion used to be enemies of the Precure before turning good.

The shadows try to crystallize the girls again but Tarte and the other fairies use the Miracle Lights to stop it.

Meanwhile the Smile and Doki teams fight one of the big shadow monsters together.

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The New Stage theme song starts to play here and all of the girls get to show off and kick ass. Moonlight and Sunshine at this time also use their powers to cleanse the artificial sun, so the place is pretty much all back to normal.

The Shadow and all its remnants decide to gather as one and turn into a gigantic spider monster to attack the girls! And it’s made with cgi. Sigh. Just like DX2. Did they do it as a reference to that on purpose?

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The fairies continue to cheer on the Cures and everyone gathers together to block the Shadow monsters attack, and of course this means they become cgi as well. Well anyways with the power of the fairies and miracle Lights and all the Precure combined they’re able to overcome the Shadow monster and obliterate it. All that’s left over is the original Shadow in the form of Gureru, Gureru tells it to just stop, he doesn’t hate the Precure anymore in fact he’s amazed by how strong and cool they really are. He says he wants to become friends with everyone at school too, and Enen especially.

And he gets his Shadow to peacefully rejoin him.

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Gureru apologizes for everything but everyone is already happy to forgive him, he also wants to become a Precure fairy now too just like Enen. The girls and fairies all work together to fix all the damage that was done and then have a nice tea party together.

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And at the very end everyone sings and dances to the Doki Doki ending song.

Cute, fun, awesome, has pretty much everything a Precure movie needs. And getting more a mix of Cures doing stuff and getting lines is nice, still not perfect but there’s nothing they can really do about that now with how many Cures there are. Next movie not all of the Smile girls even get to talk. Hm, kind of interesting that New Stage 1 had a girl admiring the Cures and becoming one without a fairy and New Stage 2 had two fairies that want to become a partner of a Cure, I wonder if these things could possibly have anything to do with each other…

I can understand fans of Doki Doki being upset that they don’t actually get the largest roles but considering how I feel towards that season all I can say is: meh.

Until New Stage 3.