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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Precure All Stars DX3

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All Stars DX3, the final DX movie and the tenth Precure movie overall. It’s a really fun movie that combines the strengths of 1 and 2. It’s sort of the jack of all trades movie compared to those two since the mingling and interaction between the Cures in 3 isn’t as good as it was in 2 but it’s still better than 1. And the action is not as good as it was in 1 but it’s better than it was in 2. It has more of a story than 1 but still immediately starts the plot without any actual set up or way of easing us into things like 2 does. Being the final DX movie it’s also appropriately epic.

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Hibiki, Kanade and Hummy are going through a shopping mall when they see a fashion show being put on by our lovable girls from Heartcatch. All of the girls from the other seasons are there in the audience too. Hummy runs on stage and Hibiki follows her, meeting Tsubomi. Hummy starts talking and all of the other Cures and fairies in the crowd realize that something must be up and the two new girls are probably Cures as well. Just then thousands of fairies fall out of the sky. What could possibly be going on?!

The opening theme song then plays. It’s a nice CGI opening, as always I love the song.

All of the fairy worlds have merged together with Earth partially. So all the the fairies and everyone are here too. Like in DX2 you can see a bunch of the movie characters (something I never noticed until this most recent watching was that Kawarino is in the crowd with Bunbee and other secondary characters, never noticed him before). Some of the girls decide to go mess around, like Nagisa Nozomi and Saki eating a bunch of candy from the Sweets Kingdom. As expected. Hibiki and Kanade are pretty confused by all of this. Coco and Nuts, because they’re the ones who always have their heads on straight in situations like these, realize something must be happening and then a bunch of Miracle Lights appear. They believe this must have something to do with the Prism Flower. Whatever the hell that is.

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Then out of the sky all of the movie villains come down to Earth to confront the Cures. And I’ll just explain this right now but no those aren’t really Toymajin and Baron Salamander. As anyone who watched their movies would know Toymajin didn’t actually die and was redeemed by the girls and lived happily ever after back in his real teddy bear body with some new child. Baron Salamander as well didn’t die and was redeemed and just went off to live with Olivier. The movie does get into this so it’s not like a plot hole or anything really but apparently the two were just remade as completely evil puppets from the residual dark energy that went away when the originals were defeated. It’s just their “likenesses” being used, they haven’t been revived like the other villains or became evil again or anything like that.

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Hibiki and Kanade are surprised to see that all of the other girls around them are Cures. Everyone then transforms together and we get a looooong rolecall afterwards. This happens real early, like I said DX3 gets right into it. It’s also pretty noticeable with how many Cures there are now and how long the rolecall is that DX3 has finally hit the point where there are too many Cures for a single crossover movie to manage them all effectively and give each team more or less equal screentime/importance.

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The villains say they’re after the Prism Flower and the Witch from Max Heart’s first movie tells the girls they were all brought back by “Black Hole”, the will of darkness itself. He was made from the energy of all the defeated villains that drifted through space and united into one. Fusion and Bottom were also supposedly created by Black Hole earlier. Must’ve been a proto-Black Hole since obviously Moebius and Dune’s power weren’t a part of him at that point. The Witch also kind of acts in a leadership role over the other movie villains, like Northa from DX2.

And so anyways they want to destroy the Prism Flower. It connects all the worlds together and if it’s destroyed the fairies worlds would be separated from Earth. They don’t know where it is though so the Witch starts to search for it with her crystal ball. Black Hole’s power also starts to envelope the Earth and the Witch uses her magic to separate the Cures in different worlds. We get three different groups of Cures and the villains separate as well based on chronologic order. Shadow however is left over on his own for a unique part.

The three groups of Cures are the leaders (or the 5 pinks and one black one), the secondaries and darker colored ones (White, Egret, Mint, Aqua, Berry, Marine, and Rhythm), and lastly the leftovers (mostly the bright colors but also Milky Rose and Moonlight). They get thrown into worlds from the movies, the leaders get the Labyrinth and oven mixed together from the Splash Star and GoGo movies. The secondaries get the ship graveyard and icy worlds from the Max Heart movies and the leftover group gets the board game from Fresh’s movie. The villains also go to their corresponding world (and Baron Salamander tags along with Toymajin) so Sir Loin and Mushiban face off against the leaders, Freezen Frozen and the Witch against the secondaries and Toymajin and Salamander against the others.

Naturally the first two groups just get standard fighting but the third group has to play a bunch of silly games while fighting off monsters at the same time, this part of the movie is hilarious. Incidentally a number of the games used will also be used for the game episodes of Smile and Doki Doki down the road.

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There is some pretty good action in these parts but nothing quite as good or satisfying as some of the better stuff from DX1. DX3 is more about just doing some awesome stuff. Use of older seasons music is really good in it.

Still at this point the girls have trouble fighting without their normal teams. Shadow then appears back on Earth, he gets his own special part to play. What I mean by that is that he’s the comic relief villain like Uraganos was in DX2. He tries using his mirrors to find out the location of the Prism Flower. The fairies though go out to stop him and they do a pretty damn good of this, they end up defeating him by reflecting the light from their Miracle Lights off his mirrors. Back with our Cures even though they’re separated they continue to fight on so they can meet their friends again. They all know their comrades would never give up either. Melody and Rhythm are especially moved and helped by all this since they only recently made up with each other and became Cures in Suite. And even if the Cures aren’t together in body they are in their hearts.

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The Cures eventually all overcome the movie villains and escape, Rhythm shatters the crystal ball of the Witch too. All 3 groups make it out of the worlds and reunite on Earth.

The villains come out too and they draw out all of their power in an attempt to defeat Precure, the ones that have stronger forms transform into them. But because the Cures are all together now they can use their stronger team attacks. One by one each team of Cures defeat their respective villains while the theme song from each season plays at the time. Melody and Rhythm get to kill Freezen and Frozen at this part since Black and White get the Witch. This part of the movie is really cool, might be my favorite part.

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Things seem good now but Black Hole himself is still there.  And he’s fucking huge. He’s the biggest villain in Precure so far (Pierrot from Smile later gets bigger). He fires a single energy blast that devastates where the girls are and knocks them out of their transformations.

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Their transformation items have been damaged too so they cant just go back. However from the energy blast the sky above them has cleared and they can all see something-

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The Prism Flower is up there in the sky. It was hidden away in a huge cloud. Black Hole moves to destroy it. Tsubomi tries to rally everyone into not giving up hope yet. Nuts says that they can use the last bit of power in the Prism Flower to transform again but that will close the doors between their worlds. They’ll never get to see each other again as all the fairies will have to go back to their original homes.

Obviously this is something really agonizing for them all to come to terms with, except for Yuri, and a lot of the Cures and fairies start crying together. It’s a sad and pretty heartwrenching scene even if it is just for a non-canon movie and you know nothing’s reeeeeally gonna happen.

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Hibiki gets them to see that they have to do it though. They recall what they said earlier, that even if they’re separated physically their hearts will always be connected. That goes for the fairies too. They cant give up now.

The girls ask the Prism Flower for the last of its power, Black Hole crushes it then but the remains turn into Miracle Lights that rain down across Earth. Everyone uses them to give power to the girls and transform them into Precure again.

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The whole planet radiates energy, transforming them not just back into Cures but into their super forms (if they have them, some just get different designs with new wings). The theme song of DX3 plays as every team uses their most powerful attacks (except for the Fresh team who used Lucky Clover Grand Finale on Toymajin) and combines them together into a gigantic yellow beam.

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Black Hole fires his own gigantic beam of dark energy from his mouth to meet it. But the power of all of the Cures and fairies and the people of Earth is too much even for him to overcome. Earth erupts into hearts and Black Hole is vanquished completely by the girls combined powers. The scream Melody makes at the end of the attack is amazing too.

The credits then begin to play over images of all the girls crying for their lost fairies. Yes, they’ve already had to say farewell. We also see clips played of how the Cures met the fairies and some of the fun times spent with them across the seasons. Post credits though we get to see that at the Heart Tree… which come to think of it isn’t an alterante world or anything like that so why the fuck would those fairies be separated… oh fuck it. Anyways at the Heart Tree a new Prism Flower is growing. Back on Earth as all of the Cures are playing together they look towards the sky and see a rainbow. Suddenly out of the sky all the fairies come falling back to them and we get some sweet reunions and they all lived happily ever after. Except for Yuri and Cologne.

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It’s easy to tell why for the next crossover movie they decided to go in a different direction. How can you top this? And simply there are too many Cures to do a single movie in this style again, and next year there would even be SEVEN more. It would be completely unworkable. They had to do something different. DX3 was also just too epic for them to try and beat next year. The villains in the DX movies got bigger and more powerful and if they tried to do the same thing again it would just be silly.  And it would be difficult to match emotionally with the “We’ll never see our fairies again?” part. So next year All Stars New Stage goes its own way.

DX3 was a really good movie and kind of a sendoff to this age of Precure. Black Hole was the combined darkness of all the villains they fought and together all the Precure teams defeated him. DX3 has a “final” feeling to it. It was also just a good and enjoyable movie in its own right. It fixed the problem DX2 had of focusing too much on the new girls too, DX3 was much more even in its spread even though the Suite and Heartcatch girls were still central. That being said it still couldn’t give much to everyone.

Farewell All Stars DX. You will be missed.

Well… Smile Precure gives “homage” to this movie in a big way though.