Thoughts on Happiness Charge Precure

Just got done watching Ep. 1!

Overall, I’ve been tremendously excited for this year’s Precure. I adored the character designs from the moment they were revealed, and the more came out about the series, the better it looked. Now that it’s finally here… well, here are my opinions.

First of all, I think the best way to describe it, at least at this very early stage, would be “Neo Heartcatch, with a little bit of Splash Star and Futari Wa”. The elements from Heartcatch are very visible: four Cures with the same color schemes, villains with mooks that corrupt civilians, fashion stuff, Cures with multiple attacks, etc. This is not in any way a bad thing… Heartcatch is still my favorite Precure series overall. The character designs… holy crap, whoever did them this year needs to be hired full-time. They’re round and expressive and bouncy and distinctive like in Smile, and not frilly and overdesigned like in Suite and Doki Doki.

Cure Princess/Hime is a lot different than I expected from her character description online. I love the idea of starting out with a “loser” Precure… the next-episode preview’s implication that she plans to ditch now that Lovely’s around is terrific. XD She’s cute and bubbly and loud and fashion-savvy like Erika, but with elements of Tsubomi’s shyness… a pretty novel combination. She seems like she has a lot of potential for growth.

Cure Lovely/Megumi is a little harder to pin down at this point, though. She seems a lot like the kind of good-hearted, hyper, slightly ditzy Precure leader mold that we’ve seen a lot of (Heart, Happy, and Dream come to mind), so I’m hoping there’s more depth to her character.

Yuuko/“Yuu-Yuu”/Cure Honey I’m reserving judgment on, since there was barely any time spent on her. As of now, I have no opinion.

And from what little we saw of Cure Fortune/Iona… wow. I love her already. She seems like how Sword should have been last year, had most of her development not been pushed aside for the Regina/Ai/Aguri/Marie-Ange subplots. Unquestionably cool and badass, with no interest in teamwork and no tolerance for weakness, I’m looking forward to seeing the effects of a true loner Cure on the franchise… at least temporarily. I know she’ll soften up and join the team eventually, but I intend to enjoy her flying solo while I can.

The ‘verse is already really different this year… there are Precure around the world (which gives me hope that we’ll get glimpses or cameos of international Precure teams… make it happen, Toei!), and the civilian population is fully aware of them and their battles with the Phantom Empire. I mean, it would be kinda hard not to be aware, what with Queen Mirage’s giant dessert castle in the middle of the city and mold growing everywhere… again, this has great potential. I’m already cooking up fanfic ideas exploring the darker implications of a constant villain presence in the city, but that’s just me. Queen Mirage herself… we only saw a little of her, but I’m already intrigued, given that she’s only the second female Big Bad in the franchise’s history, and that shot during the opening of her transforming from someone else… hmm. The villains trapping people in coffin-like mirrors is, again, very Heartcatch, which is a good thing. I look forward to seeing more.

I’d say the only minor issues I have are once again with the mascots, specifically Ribbon. By the way, thank you, Toei, for going with the Fresh/Heartcatch route and not pounding their verbal tics into the ground… speaking for the older fanbase, it’s much appreciated. Ribbon’s voice, though… she’s not bad when she’s speaking normally, but when she screams or goes loud or frantic… I dunno. I kinda cringed, but maybe it’s just me and I’ll get used to it after a while. Doesn’t really help when both of the main Cures plus the fairy have a tendency to be loud, though… Glasan/Glasses is better in terms of voice, and his design’s a little indicative of Cologne from Heartcatch, which again, is good, but holy hell what is with the nose-rubbing thing in order to get the PreCards? Is this going to be a regular scene, a la Chypre and Coffret pooping out Heart Seeds? Because the first thing that popped into my mind when he yelled “Rub it, rub it!” was “OH, EXPLOITABLE”, and the creepy human/mascot shipping needs to be left back in Precure 5 where it belongs, thank you very much, Toei. It’s kinda creepy, is all, but again, I could get used to it.

Lastly, I watched the Doremi/Frumix fansubs, my usual source for Precure stuff, and… perhaps it’s the partnership, I dunno, but the transliteration of some of the terms and dialogue seemed a little iffy to me. Replacing the “kururin” with “rollin’” in the henshin call is okay, I suppose, and interpreting Megumi’s “Dokkan makasete!” catch phrase as “Boomin’ leave it to me!”… well, that phrase was never going to make sense in English anyway, so at least they rendered it accurately. The Saiyarks/Saiyaku as “Terribads”, though… cringe. I mean, yes, “saiyaku” means “worst”, so it’s a close approximation, but… “Terribads”? Really? Really?! I’m hoping that once they get in full swing, they’ll drop the Woolseyisms, but again, I can deal with it.

And lastly… so apparently, judging by the opening, we’re going to have not only new footage of each past Cure in the first 33 episodes, but they’re all recording new lines for their intros. This isn’t exactly what I was expecting for these segments, but I approve nonetheless. It’s a nice way to pay tribute to the franchise, and I’ll look forward to seeing some of the old favorites again… though of course Milky Rose can go jump off a cliff. XP Cure Peace/Yayoi should be in episode 26 if my count is right, so do something special for her, Toei! XD And for the fifteenth or twentieth or whatever anniversary… hell, why not go full-on Gokaiger/Decade? Have the Cures take powers and costumes from the past series, I assure you the fans won’t mind.

So yeah. So far, I’m very pleased, I can’t wait to see more, and I want desperately want Figuarts of the whole team. In REGULAR RELEASES, Bandai, not this Tamashii Exclusive crap! Get on it!

Overly Aggressive Yayoi has an important message for certain people who insist on trashing other people’s ships.

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Overly Aggressive Yayoi responds to all the fuss that last night’s post caused.

(FOR THE RECORD: ONCE AGAIN, I MADE THE PREVIOUS “OVERLY AGGRESSIVE YAYOI” PICTURE AS A JOKE. IT WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THE ONLY SHIPPERS THAT I DISLIKE ARE THE ONES WHO CAUSE UNNECCESARY DRAMA. THAT IS ALL.)

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Overly Aggressive Yayoi is having none of that shit. XD

(NOTE: THIS IS A JOKE. THE ABOVE PICTURE IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN AS A LITERAL STATEMENT OF MY THOUGHTS ON SHIPPING. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST AKAYAYO SHIPPERS, OR SHIPPERS OF ANY OTHER KIND FOR THAT MATTER. PLEASE DON’T LYNCH ME.)

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Reblog if you love and support Suite Precure!

waldoland:

I’ll throw in a Suite Precure Christmas pic for good measure.

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(Seriously, this girls are adorable, how can anyone hate them is beyond me x3)

Wait, hold on, I’m sort of new to this fandom. Go back a minute. People hate Suite Precure?

krismoth:

So if Doki Doki PreCure’s theme is cards/suits, and we do get a character/Cure based off the Joker card…

how much you guys willing to bet that pclj will start whining about “They already did that with Smile! They’re copying ideas again!”

Meanwhile over here in Super Sentai, Toei’s doing a third dinosaur-themed series. And let’s also remember the two dozen lion mecha in almost every color of the rainbow that the Rangers have used over the years.

Face it, Toei reusing ideas is nothing new. XP

Wow

askcurepeace:

The episode of Smile Precure was perfect. Literally made my heart feel lighter :)

IKNOWRITE SO AWESOME

Screw Cure Heart or whatever her name is, Peace should be the leader in Doki Doki Precure. AND ALSO IN ALL PRECURE SERIES AFTER. YOU HEAR ME, TOEI?!

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YAYOI NO. THAT WAY LIES MADNESS.

(Forgive me, Yayoi-chan, I had to do it, that screencap was too exploitable!)

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farfromok:

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BAD. ASS.

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moemaniac:

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Y U SO CUTE AND ADORABLE YAYOI!?!

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farfromok:

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GAUUUUUUUUUGH GODDAMMIT DOREMI HURRY UP AND UPLOAD YOUR FANSUBS I WANT TO SEE THIS EPISODE ALREADY ASASSDLFKJSDLKJF;;; *slams head repeatedly on desk*

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bsinminoc:

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スマイルプリキュア! 第41話 Part7

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chikazoe:

第41話「私がマンガ家 – 二次元実況@ふたば

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