SSBS – Smile Precure! Episode 7: Where Could it Be? Our Secret Base!

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Plot: The girls are in desperate need of privacy in order to talk about Precure things. They each use the portals in the Magical Library to find a suitable spot.

Breakdown: This episode was a lot of fun, even if some of the spot choices were just really….stupid. I get that, for the sake of comedy, they have to choose some spots that are really dumb, but seriously Yayoi? An active movie set? Yeah, that’s nice and private. Though, admittedly, it’s better than the gorilla pen Akane chose. (That they somehow accessed through a fake bookshelf?)

I also like they didn’t end up at the secret spot at Miyuki’s old town. I really thought they were going there, but she’s right. It’s the little girls’ spot now, and it’d be wrong to impede on that.

It was a nice little twist that the library brought them back to the library when they all thought of the perfect secret spot. The Magical Library is a great spot for them, and the clubhouse that was deus ex machina’d for them from the Star Charm is really nice.

If I had any major issue with this episode, it’s that the villain plan this time around was so weak. Miyuki and the others go to some random spot in the woods that she loved as a kid, one that was in the forest near her old house, and Wolfrun, without knowing they’re coming, also arrives at this spot to…..suck up the happiness of two little girls who have taken over the spot in the meantime.

That’s so convoluted, I can feel my brain trying to escape my skull.

And the Akanbe didn’t make up for the lame villain plot, either. It was just a tree….that smashed things.

I feel like this is one episode where a villain plot was unnecessary. The plot about the secret base selection was enough to carry the episode. Maybe have that battle time taken up with the Precures talking to the little girls and then leaving to go find another spot when they realize how much it means to them.

Other than that, though, a very fun episode, and I look forward to them utilizing their secret base in the future.

Next episode, Miyuki and Candy Freaky Friday themselves.

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SSBS – Smile Precure! Episode 5: A Beautiful Heart – Cure Beauty!

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Plot: The Precures have one more member to recruit, and Miyuki believes their classmate and Student Body Vice President, Reika, is the one to fill the role. However, she’s too busy with Student Council to take them up on their offer – especially now considering that they’re supposed to put on an annual storytelling show for the kids at the local elementary school, but their Student Council President is too sick to take care of things. When a new enemy, a witch named Majorina, attacks the Precures, will Reika take her place as Cure Beauty and save the day?

Breakdown: This episode was kinda dull.

There were some aspects I really liked. For instance, Majorina is my favorite of the three villains so far. She has a lot of great dialogue and personality. I also like Reika quite a bit, even if she is a bit too perfect for my tastes, as of now anyway. The animation and colors in Beauty’s transformation and attack are simply gorgeous to the point where I almost feel she was a meant to be the leader.

However, the main story with Reika is just dull as dishwater. She’s going to read to kids, the girls help her turn it into a puppet show…..There’s no conflict. Whether or not the girls helped is irrelevant. Reika and the other two Student Council members could’ve handled a book reading by themselves. The girls made the show better, but there was no conflict resolved as a result of their being there.

I can’t get the thought out of my head that they just wanted to get Reika’s debut episode out of the way to round off the Precures so they just threw a plot together. Maybe they could’ve made the argument that she was very overworked so the other girls decided to help her out and take some stress off her shoulders by helping her. Even then, it’s kinda moot because now she has an entirely new task eating up her time and energy by being a Precure.

The plot with the Akanbe is particularly lazy because they’re clearly making the other Precures act irrationally for the sake of leaving Reika as their only option to step up and help. They go up against six mirror versions of the Akanbe and have to find the right one, so they all decide to just guess at which one is real by using up their one-shot attacks one by one.

What’s even stupider is that, later, we find out that the Akanbe can be physically attacked just as easily without wasting the special attack, so they wasted their attacks for nothing. And how did none of them have the forethought to think ‘Hm, maybe literally the only Akanbe that looks different is the one we should attack’?

I definitely didn’t dislike this episode, but it’s certainly not a particularly interesting or well-written story, and it’s fairly dull for most of the run time. Majorina and Beauty’s aesthetics (puns?) make up for a bit of it, but it just didn’t do it for me.

SDC Episode 5

Next episode, with all the girls now together, they have a meeting to establish their game plan for stopping Pierrot and saving the world from a bad end.

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SSBS – Smile Precure! Episode 1: She’s Born! The Perfect Smile, Cure Happy!!

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Plot: Miyuki Hoshizora is a lover of picture books and is enamored with their happy endings. She hopes to find happiness in every day. One day, on her way to her new school, Miyuki sees a picture book fall from the sky. A mysterious little creature named Candy pops out and greets her before running off in search of something called ‘Precure.’ At school, Miyuki meets some new friends in Akane, Yayoi, Nao and Reika.

Miyuki catches a peek at Candy outside of school and goes around the building to investigate. In the library, she stumbles upon a portal to a strange room where she’s able to see Candy flying around outside again. She triggers another portal and is able to catch Candy who warns her of the appearance of the evil Wolfrun – a monster hell bent on causing a Bad End for everyone in the world.

Determined to protect Candy, Miyuki unleashes the power of Cure Happy and takes down one of Wolfrun’s monsters. There are four more Precures to find in the world, and they’ll need to assemble all of them to save Candy’s world.

Breakdown: Okie dokie, so I was kinda arguing with myself over whether this series subverts tropes or walks right into them.

On one hand, you have an incredibly formulaic opening scene, then Miyuki assumes that this day feels like one in which a fateful encounter will happen right around the literal corner – and it does.

She’s a bit of an airhead, but seems different than a lot of main leads in that she’s determined to protect people from the get-go and doesn’t need a few days on superhero training wheels to get right into the fray. Sure, she runs away and screams that she’s scared, but she’s also very determined to not just sit there and give up. She is firm in the idea from the very start that people can change their destinies for the better if they just try.

The fact that she’s an picture book lover is also a bit of a surprise. I’ve never seen a magical girl anime have a book-loving lead. And, while it is a little corny, hearing why she loves picture books was pretty inspiring.

The theme of this show is interesting. With books being a recurring theme, it’s only fitting that we have a big bad wolf enemy, but they go even further by making a monster out of a significant part of the Three Little Pigs story, a house, and having his goal be to force everyone into having a Bad End for their lives. He sends them spiraling into a very depressive state and wants to leave them doomed to never finding happiness – the exact opposite of the well-known happy endings of storybooks.

Having a villain themed like this also makes her alias, Cure Happy, all the more fitting. And my god, it is so nice to have magical girl characters with aliases again. They’re still not wearing masks, but they get different haircuts, so that’s about as good as we can get.

Also, thank god for the magical girl transformation sequences…..even if it’s so girly my face might collapse. I mean…I get the target audience…but…using a compact and a makeup puff to put on her outfit?

In regards to things I think are more on the bad side, what the hell was up with that character introduction scene? They literally went through each of the Precures in terms of their names and what makes up their characters one by one in immediate succession to give Miyuki….samples on how to introduce yourself? Show, don’t tell, Smile Precure….

Also, why do all of the characters have different school uniforms in some ways? Defeats the point of having uniforms at all, doesn’t it?

After that, it’s pretty basic and paint-by-numbers. That doesn’t necessarily mean ‘bad,’ I still had fun with it, but it follows the general magical girl formula. Enemy shows up, threatens someone, main character has to transform to stop him, enemy creates a monster from something nearby, transform, ahh what’s happening?, she uses her attack and is now on a quest to save the world.

Also, final note, I realize now that this format wasn’t the way this show was suggested to me – it was meant to be an SDC in conjunction with the dub, Glitter Force, but I think I’ll still have this going alongside the SDC. Sorry about the mixup!

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Next episode, Akane becomes Cure Sunny!


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