Sunday, January 22, 2017

Maho Tsukai Precure Ep 49: The Miracle of Magic Part 2 (Wait? This is not the Final Episode?!)

Cure Up! Rapapa! This is my review of Maho Tsukai Precure Episode 49 Review and it is the final battle with Desumast!

With the Rainbow Chariot completed, the girls was able to reawaken Rapapa and Kotoha became a giant version of Rapapa along with the two girls fighting Desumast.

It's official, the Headmaster and Kushi are more than friends!

After a long struggle, the girls and the people on Earth and the Magic World gave their strength to them and finally defeated Desumast. However Kotoha told the girls that it is time for the Magic World to leave.

Mirai and Riko couldn't bear each other to leave not before Riko wished for them to meet again with her magic and returned to the Magic World. Mirai watched them disappear into obilvion as she returned to Earth and Morufun turned back into a normal stuffed bear...

Years passed and Mirai and her peers are now in college. Despite having a normal life, Mirai felt something missing and her grandmother noticed it too. She gave Mirai a peep talk about believing in Miracle and Mirai carried Morufun out that night.

Mirai recalled all her times with Riko and Kotoha and cried in tears, wishing for them to return. As Mirai keep chanting "Cure Up! Rapapa! many times, the Snail train arrived and Riko, Kotoha and a revived Morufun reunited with Mirai again...

I admit the ending is touching and I was kinda of expecting such a reunion between the three girls to happened. The final battle with Desumast is over the top but to be honest, Desumast has no personality since the four generals conveyed his thoughts through them. The girls' final attack is basically Son Goku's Spirit Ball with the people on Earth lending them strength for the girls to defeat Desumast.

But seriously, this season has the worst set of villains who are either incompetent or one-dimensional. Desumast might go down in history as the worst final boss in Precure, compared to Dyspear and Red, at least you know their motivation. Did Desumast explain why he want to defeat Rapapa in the first place? Never. He is just evil for the sake of evil and that is a bad villain.

Mirai growing up to a college girl is all right since we hardly seen any previous Precure in their early 20s in full. (Go Princess did something similar but we can't see how they looked like as adults)

Mirai's grandmother is probably the only one who know Mirai has a heavy burden on her and gave a peer talk which was encouraging. Then we had Mirai chanting the magic words like the first episode and surprise, Riko arrived in the Snail Train (which to be honest, it could even be the Denliner from Kamen Rider Den-Oh) and the girls finally reunited.

But how did Riko return to Earth? How did Kotoha returned to her human form after merging with Rapapa? Can someone explain what is Morufun's connection with the Linkle Diamond? Maybe we will get an answer or not in the final episode next week. But seriously, this episode should have been the finale since the girls reunited.

If Toei could have trim down some of the previous episodes like the Kids episode or the Great Pumpkin episode, this episode will be the perfect ending and I can get on with Kirkira Precure next week. But no, we have to wait for two more weeks for Kirakira Precure's premise.

As seen, Dokuroxy returned again in the finale next week which make me scratch my head. Why? Even Close has a better reason as the final enemy in Go Princess finale! Dokuroxy is not even in his original form but a make shift statue from Yamoh previously! Until then, let's get over this hurdle next week as we said goodbye to the girls one last time!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Maho Tsukai Precure Ep 48: The Miracle of Magic Part 1 (It should be called a Snooze Fest)

Cure Up! Rapapa! This is my review of Maho Tsukai Precure Episode 48 Review and what is going on when the Earth and the Magic World become one?

The girls realised everyone has magic powers and their friends from both the Magic world and Earth are getting along. However the girls knew something is really wrong and went to look for the Headmaster.

The headmaster and Lian were not surprised (which is odd?) by the changes of the world and Kotoha's Smart Tome actually explained what is going on. The short version is Desumast is bad and Rapapa (which I am suspecting the Magic Tree is her) is now using her powers to protect Mirai's town and has merged the Magic World into one continent.

However Desumast and the four generals (who have become part of him) are determined to destroy the last remains of Earth (The merged world) and started to create disasters to weaken the land.

The Headmaster suggested that defeating Desumast might reverse the process however both Earth and the Magic World will be separated forever. The girls realised it could be the last time together but they decided to face Desumast one last time.

The girls began their battles with the last remains of humans and the natives of the Magic World praying for their victory. The girls' resolve awaken the final two Decor and the Rainbow Chariot started to glow...

You know when Toei does Finale episodes arc, they are usually over the top and everything is moving into overdrive, this episode make me want to sleep seriously.

Let's start from the beginning which is the girls finding out that everyone can use magic and the girls knew something was wrong however they didn't tell their friends that something was wrong and immediately ran to the Headmaster for help.

Which seriously the Headmaster is one of the most useless side characters. For a guy who is suppose to be the lead in Magic, he doesn't really do anything (Other than that fight with Dokuroxy which ended in face palm) to resolve or figuring out what is going on. Sure, he and Lian knew what is going on but instead they rather put their fates on three young girls who are completely clueless as he is. I felt the Headmaster's broadcast was very mediocre other than asking everyone to hold hands to pray for victory. Thanks, Headmaster! You have become a worse character than Blue from Happiness Charge Precure!

Desumast did conquered all of Earth minus one little continent which the Magic Tree is protecting the merged world. So my theory was wrong from last episode which instead it was the Magic Tree who actually did the merging and from the way the villains looked down at the Magic Tree, it was Rapapa's spirit that is protecting the merged world.

With the girls knowing that by defeating Desumast will restore everything however the two worlds can never be alighted again, I felt there was no last resolve with the girls' emotions knowing they might never see each again.

To be honest, I rather have one scene with the three girls pouring their emotions before the final battle or better still, let the girls transform in front of their friends and families to know they are fighting for them. But no, the girls just went to confront Desumast and his goons and started their Royal Rumble.

With the Rainbow Chariot completed and not knowing what is going next, I just can't wait for this show to end. The next episode preview showed flashbacks of the girls and Mirai and Morufun falling back to Earth which probably I am guessing next episode will be the final battle and Episode 50 will be the aftermath and epilogue. Until then, see you in the next post!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Maho Tsukai Precure Ep 47: Desumast climbing out of a Hole!?

Cure Up! Rapapa! This is my review of Maho Tsukai Precure Episode 47 Review and this is the beginning of the end!

When it started to snow in the Magical world for no reasons, Mirai and the others went to the nearby temple and praying for their wishes. However Riko and Kotoha are worried about their futures.

With Riko, it make sense since she wanted to be a full fledged magic user and Kotoha know about her connection with Rapapa, the two of them were worried that the three of them will not be together which Mirai claimed they will be BFF!

This time, Benigyo went all out by combining all of Desumast's followers into one and she became a huge demon. Not only that, she did a number to the city with the girls trying to stop her. (Although you wonder where are the police or the army since such an incident happen?)

But no sooner than that, the girls managed to defeat Benigyo but she is not out yet when suddenly Desumast finally appeared and revived Oruba, Shakince and Mr Genie! Desumast also created a bright flash and the world turned white...

Mirai woke up again in her bed but realised the Magic World has merged with Earth...

With this, we are finally counting down to the last three episodes and there are some good moments especially the fight with Benigyo and we got some good physical fights in it. The destruction was also good since Benigyo just went all Evangelion and fire a laser beam to obliterate half a city. (And you think Precure doesn't do such dark moments?)

The arrival of Desumast was kinda of creepy since it reminds me of Madoka Magicia with it's imagery since two giant arms were climbing out of a black hole in the sky. But no further, Desumast actually succeeded in his plan! Which is merging the Magic World and Earth into one world?! For what reasons did he did that? These raise a lot of questions which I hope it is not "I am Evil because for the sake of Evil" reason.

Riko and Kotoha's uneasiness were also addressed as they knew once the battle is over, they will have to go their separate ways. (which obviously is not since we know they will return in the next All Stars Movie)

Overall, it is an okay episode with a bit of predictable moments although that last scene was kinda of surprising. With the girls who probably are the only ones who know what is really going on, will they take the fight with Desumast and his revived generals? Find out next week! Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: We finally got a short teaser for Kira Kira Precure and knowing who is airing who was a bit surprising since other than Fujita Saki (Kancolle's Akagi and Former Cure Flora) who is voicing Cure Macaron and Muranaka Tomo (World Trigger's Yuma) who voiced Cure Gelato, the rest of the voice cast are pretty new.

But we finally get back to Primary Colors Cures and the animal motifs is probably a first for Precure and it is kinda of cute. Can't wait to see what this new team will bring to the table when they arrived on 5th February!

P.S2: Being playing Smite on my PS4 for a while as you can tell from my new banner that I like using Freya. If you too love playing Smite, my ID is Ultra1415 in the game. See you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Maho Tsukai Precure Ep 46: The Christmas Episode that No one asked for...

Cure Up! Rapapa! This is my review of Maho Tsukai Precure Episode 46 Review and it is Christmas Eve!

For a Christmas episode, I find the episode to be pretty blend in some aspects although the girls now believe it wasn't Santa Claus who delivered the presents to good children around the world but rather a whole fleet of Dress Up Santa to deliver the presents.

So when Mr Issac hurt his back again, the girls volunteered to deliver the presents not just in the Magic World but also Earth itself. Mirai even thought that they have to go into every chimney (which in fact, no one has a chimney in their house anymore) but rather use the magic stockings to deliver the presents.

The other plot of the episode is Kana and Mayumi walking around Christmas and Kana explained of her reason of finding the magic users and it goes back to her childhood of being ridiculed after claiming to see a flying saucer in the sky. It is an interesting development and she did get her wish to see the girls in Precure form up close and personal after their battle with Benigyo. (Although she doesn't know it is Mirai and company since they aged a bit)

I was expecting Benigyo to create some trouble during Christmas but no, it is still very one-sided as the girls defeated her Don Yokubal with ease. Benigyo has her problems of communicating the revival generals that Oruba released and they are just shadowy figures with no physical form. (With 4 episodes left, I am just guessing they will just attack the girls in this form till the end which is pretty lame and uninteresting)

Overall, a very bad Christmas episode with just some development about Kana but the rest of the episode is boring and typical. Thumbs down for this episode! Next episode which will be shown in two weeks time, it is the New Year however Desumast has finally arrived and I can't wait for this show to end so we can get to Kira Kira Precure ASAP! Until then, see you in two weeks times and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Winter Anime 2016 Preview: The Last Spark for 2016!

Hello everyone! This is my preview for the upcoming Winter anime 2016 which begin this January! (Some of the series synopsis are taken from other sources)

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo S2: Also know as Konosuba for short. One of my favourite comedy series for 2016 is back for more laughter as Kazuma who was reincarnated into a fantasy world is struck with a useless Water Goddess, a Mage who can only use one spell per day and a Paladian who just want to get screwed by everyone.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen: Second Season follow our two main brother leads continue their adventures to take down demons and struggling with their accursed bloodline as the sons of Satan.

Masamune-kun no Revenge: When young Masamune Makabe was ridiculed for being a fat kid by a girl, he swore revenge on her and started training to become a handsome looking guy. When he meet the same girl now in high school, he discovered she might not be what he think she is...

Tales of Zestiria the X S2: Season 2 of the hit PS4 game.

Kuzu no Honkai: Mugi and Hanabi are the perfect couple however they have a secret crush on someone else and are dating for the sake of presenting themselves...

ChäoS;Child: The continuing series which ChäoS Head left off six months ago...

Hand Shakers: The anime takes place in Osaka in 20XX and revolves around the Hand Shakers - partners who can summon "Nimrodes," weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands.

Little Witch Academia: The story revolves around Akko who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show and from then on dream of becoming a witch.

Fuuka: From the same person who gave your "The town we live in" come another coming of age story about young people experiencing love...

Chain Chronicle-Haecceitas no Hikari: Based on the popular App game of the same name.

Akiba's Trip The Animation: Based on the PS3 and PS4 game of the same name which focus a group of "Freedom Fighters" battling real life vampires in the street of Akihabara.

Demi-chan wa Kataritai: A young teacher who love all sorts of Demi gods and creatures got his wish to be in a class of Demi gods however the students have all sorts of problems...

ēlDLIVE: From the author of Hitman Reborn come a new series about a young boy, Chuunta who enrolled to be an intergalactic police officer.

Youjo Senki: On the front line of the war, there's a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes and porcelain white skin, she commands the army with lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. But in reality, she is one of Japan's most elite salaryman, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being X who calls himself "God."

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life alone in her small apartment until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress.

Urara Meirochou: Girls from all over the country come to live in Meiro-cho for one reason. To train to become the top uranaishi – the Urara.

Gintama S4: The continued misadventures of Gintoki and his friends after the disband of the Shinseigumi and the rise of a new and dangerous government...

Seiren: From the people who gave you the Enterbrain Trilogy which consists of Kimikiss, Amagami and Photo Kano come the fourth installment with a similar premise...

ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka: The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states is celebrating its monarch's 99th birthday. These thirteen states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA.

Gabriel Dropout: The Angel Gabriel came to Earth and was obsessed with Earth's culture that she became a useless god now struck on Earth...

Spiritpact: Heir of an old famous family of Exorcist, You Keika is stricken by poverty after losing his parents and he had to struggle as a street fortune teller and a computer recovery part timer to earn money. One night in a junkyard, he met the mysterious yet charismatic Exorcist, Tanmoku Ki who was fighting an evil spirit.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation: The next chapter about high school cycling sports.

Schoolgirl Strikers: Based on the App game of the same name.

BanG Dream!: Toyama Kasumi felt a fateful meeting with a star-shaped guitar in a pawnshop one day. There are four girls who like Kasumi  have a dream of looking for a place that can spark them.

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha: Screw Long Riders! This is the female compitivtie cycling series that we are longing for!

Onihei: Heizou Hasegawa is a feared law enforcer during Japan Tenmei Era and is given the nickname-Devil Heizou...

One Room: The series will tell "three stories raised in your (one) room."

6HP (Six Hearts Princess): No details of the synopsis but looked like another Maho Shoujo series. (Let's hope it is not another Dark series like last season)

Piace-Watashi no Italian: High schooler Morina Nanase starts work at Trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant filled with various and sundry quirky characters..

Idol Jihen: The story follows 47 idol members of the seven parties in the Japanese Diet elected from each prefectures and focuses on their efforts to change Japan with their dance and songs and to give smile to everyone in the country.

Kemono Friends: The story takes place in Japari Park, a "gigantic integrated zoo." In the zoo, due to the mysterious "sand star" substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls.

Rewrite 2nd Season: Moon-hen / Terra-hen: Second season of Rewrite covering the Moon and Terra routes of the original game

Kirakira☆Precure À La Mode: The new Precure series which focus on pastries and animals.

So what are I am looking for this season? Gintama, Konosuba, Kirakira Precure, Blue Exorcist and Seiren are the ones I am looking forward to. Chain Chronicle which I am currently watching the 4 parts series that was aired in Cruchyroll looked interesting. I could see BanG Dream might be the next K-ON since Bushiroad is promoting this new IP everywhere. Of course, there are quite a number of ongoing shows that are having 2 cour like Gundam-Iron Blooded Orphans, Tiger Mask and ClassicaLoid.

So until then, see you in January for the new season and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!