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