BHS Blogress Report: 2020, Week 2 – More Magical Girl Stuff

Week 2 – More Magical Girl Stuff

There’s a reason I’ve barely talked about the current Precure over the past year: Star Twinkle has been one of the weakest seasons, in my opinion. It doesn’t manage to constantly infuriate me with its blandness like Mahou Tsukai did, but that’s one of the only things keeping it above the bottom of my ranking. Look, just because something is made for little kids doesn’t mean it has to be dull, sloppy, and generally badly-written. Hugtto had an astonishing level of depth and complexity for a show of its demographic, and it was a financial success as well. It’s rare and hard to pull off, but you can do both.

I don’t really ask for much from Precure, all things considered. Strong character writing and great fight scenes are the two most important points for me, and I’m sorry, but Star Twinkle has failed the first one, and it’s not that great at the second either. It doesn’t feel like the signature Precure elements are tacked on as an afterthought, like Mahou did, but it does feel like the bare minimum of effort has been expended here. They’ve even squandered the one thing I thought was legitimately cool when I first saw it, the true identity of its main villain. I wrestled with whether or not to warn of spoilers just now, but ultimately, why bother? There’s been as little effort put into said villain’s motivations as there is anything else.

At least we’re about to start a new series, with Madoka herself voicing our new leader, Nodoka Hanadera, aka Cure Grace. Healin’ Good seems to be bringing in some fresh talent for its production, and it looks like it’s sorely needed.

Speaking of Madoka… Magia Record’s anime finally premiered on Saturday. I think it was a really solid premiere, setting up what it needed to and reintroducing the world of PMMM to the audience. Having played the game since the launch of the English version, I’m curious to see as to exactly how they’re modifying the story to keep us on our toes. There’s already been one important plot point that I think the English version hasn’t gotten to yet, not to mention the presence of the anime-exclusive character Kuroe to shake things up. And of course, there’s that brief shot of all five of the Holy Quintet in the OP, which promises that they’ll indeed be guest starring in the anime as well as the game… the premiere was great, but I’m far more excited for what the future of the show holds.

Far more excited, that is, than what my own immediate future holds. I’m afraid it’s going to be next month before things even approach normal around my neck of the woods. In fact, I’ll be spending the last two weeks of January out of my house while renovations are done, which means putting all my projects on further hold. I want to at least get the photo thing done before I go… I just need one day mostly free of interruptions to get around to actually taking it. Wish me luck.

– BHS

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