Monday, March 27, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 8: Welcome to Kira Kira Patisserie!

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 8 and the girls begin their first step in opening their new Patisserie!

Before I start my review, I like to answer the questions that some of you asked about where did I find out that Toei has been pressured to have less physical fights in Kira Kira Precure. I can't find the exact source so I tried to find the discussion post of this issue and this is one of them-

But I do remember that parents have been complaining to Toei that Precures has been getting more physical which is probably why Maho Tsukai and now Kira Kira Precure has less physical fights compared to previous seasons.

To me personally, if Toei can figure out a loophole to make the battles fun and interesting in Kira Kira, I am all right with it. But I think it is all right to throw a punch or kick here and there once a while just to spice things up. Furthermore, I noticed that the Kira Kira Team doesn't call out their special attacks which is a little boring. Calling out your attacks always sound cool and at least the fans will know what is the name of the attacks rather than calling it "Whip Cream or Custard Whip"

Hope that clear some things up and now on to the review!

When I previously saw the preview on this episode last week, I thought it was just the girls' mis- adventures in getting the Patisserie to open and we do get the girls' fixing the place up after blowing up a cake in the face. (Yukari sneaked away without a scratch)

Elder appeared as a Dandy Gentleman (Congrats, Brian Benjamin for getting it right!) and showed them the Kirakirau Pot which is basically magic foam and the girls were able to create various objects like furniture, decorations and even soap to wash off the dirt.

The girls also faced their first problem together-they don't really know each other well enough. Akira and Aoi accidentally smash a hole in the wall, Himari was scared stiff by the crazy housewives who hog the grocery store and Yukari was just doing things her own pace.

But everything change when a little girl named Emiru found their store and Ichika decided to help her since she is their first customer. Emiru wanted to get a special pastry for her friends who all have different tastes which Ichika promise she will get it done the next day.

As the girls returned home, Akira offered to help Himari in getting the supplies while Yukari suggested for Aoi to help up in the decors. The next day, Ichika was surprised that Akira and Himari got the supplies while Aoi used her raw strength to get the decor done with Yukari's help.

It got Ichika to come up with the Animal Sweets cake and Emiru loved it. However a new general, Spongen appeared and stole the Kira Kira energy from the cake. The girls immediately confronted him and they transformed together as a group!

Spongen was quickly defeated with the girls' teamwork and the cake was restored. As the girls finally got the Patisserie up and running, Ichika gave everyone a uniform and before the others could give an excuse to leave, Emiru brought her friends to the Patisserie and the girls welcome them...

This episode is actually the start of their friendship and bonding. The girls only knew each other for a few days (Give and take) and they don't really know each other strength and weakness. Like how Aoi and Akira who are both powerhouse actually cause more damages and how Himari who is shy by nature tried to get through the housewives (Never estimate the horde of housewives) with hilarious results. Yukari who is talented with her hands gave smart-ass remarks which I am pretty sure it is going to bite her back sooner or later.

Ichika is actually the glue that stick them together since her positive attitude is keeping them from leaving. Furthermore, she has good interpersonal and management skills like how she is going the distance to help Emiru in getting her pastries done. (If she keep this up, she could be a very fun loving manager!)

Elder being Dandy is hilarious as he tried to act cool despite his age and it was funny trying to hold a plate but it went through him countless time. Elder even suggested to Akira to be a Garcon (Basically a waiter to serve customers) which I am sure it will attract many female customers to the shop.

We finally get a group transformation and roll call and it was pretty short and sweet. Although the battle is just bare minimum like what I said in the beginning of this post. No calling of special attacks and the girls basically sprayed Spongen to submission is not what I called awesome. Hopefully when they get their new items (The mixer like staff), we can get some creative attacks and not a snooze fest.

Overall, I like the girls' interactions in working together the first time and with the new shop, they are ready for business. However as seen in the next preview, it is a slow start until the girls help a man in winning a girl's heart through the power of sweets! Until then, see you in the next post!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 7: Donut Offerings?!

Kira Kira to you! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 7 and we find a little bit more of Pekorin and Elder's world in the Ichigo Mountain.

This episode is a pretty weak one in my opinion. Basically after a failed attempt in making donuts,(Ichika forgot the baking powder) Elder mentioned that the girls reminded him of the fairies who stayed in Ichigo Mountain which is behind the town.

Pekorin recalled some painful memories of how her friends were attacked by Gummy and his cronies and a large explosion (no thanks to Elder) blew Pekorin out of the mountain and scattered her friends around the world.

Pekorin eating Pekorin?!

Ichika decided to cheer Pekorin up by making donuts again although the question why she want to do it herself instead of getting the rest to assist is really scratching my head? I get it that Ichika was the first to meet Pekorin and their connection is slightly stronger than the rest. Even though Ichika's plan was to make the donuts together with Pekorin while the rest watched from the sidelines but I felt that working together will get Pekorin realised she is not alone and her new friends will support her.

After making the donuts, Ichika and Pekorin went to Ichigo Mountain and offered the donuts to the fallen site. I was wondering Pekorin's friends are not really dead so the offering of donuts is really giving the wrong signal. (I get it that the donuts smell might attract Pekorin's friends but I think her friends might be attracted to more nicer food in town, just me saying)

Suddenly, a new bad fairy, Fueru appeared (Seriously how many of these bad fairies are there?) and Ichika transformed into battle. The girls also joined in and no group transformation or roll call? The battle was pretty one sided and Fueru was defeated.

Ichika suggested to make the Secret Bakery into a full blown diner after seeing a large empty room during their search for Pekorin earlier. The rest agreed and Ichika decided to name it Kirakira Patisserie...

Despite the weak storytelling, we do know that Ichigo Mountain is where Peokrin and Elder came from like some secret forest. (Although why no one ever reported of fairies singing and making pastries is another question?) Peokrin has similar character like Ichika since she also mess up her cooking but is hardworking as she want to meet the Legendary Precure Patisserie which is the queen like person in the opening.

Even Elder doesn't know where Gummy and his cronies came from and their true motives in invading the Human world. The fight scene in my opinion is very weak with Toei being pressured to make this season to be less physical which could be this season's undoing. Even looking at the sneak peek of the Precure Stars movie during the opening sequence, the Kira Kira team are doing their own version of Gorenger Storm and it was pretty lackluster compared to previous Team Attacks. (I could be wrong since it is only 15 seconds of footage)

Who are you? A certain Takarazuke Revue Actress...

Overall, a disappointment start after the first six introductory episodes but then Go Princess didn't get into groove until Twilight's appearance so I give it a pass this time around. Next week, the girls prepare to make Kira Kira Patisserie into a reality although how will anyone come to this diner which is in the middle of nowhere is another question? Until then, see you in the next post!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 6: Love Chocolat

Kira Kira to you! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 6 and today is the introduction of Kenjo Akira/Cure Chocolat!

Ichika was feeling with anxiety after meeting Akira the day before which her father mentioned that Akira is their new next door neighbour. Ichika later nearly fell off the balcony (which seriously kids, don't try this at home) and was saved by Akira again making her all flustered.

When the other girls found out about Akira from Ichika, they decided to see her from Ichika's bedroom. (Although Yukari kinda of knew who Akira really is but just play along with the rest) Akira asked Ichika if she knew any store that sell nice chocolate and Himari immediately gave Ichika a good place in town to get it.

The girls left Ichika and Akira alone on their little trip and Ichika was a loss of words by Akira's presence. After getting the chocolates, Akira treated Ichika on any chocolate in the store and she took the heart shaped chocolate.

Ichika later learn that Akira has a younger sister, Miku who is warded in hospital and the chocolates are to cheer her up. Suddenly, a new general, Bitado appeared and try to snatch the chocolates from Akira. Ichika transformed but failed to stop Bitado from getting Akira's chocolates.

Himari and Aoi arrived too and they realised that all the chocolates in town were ruined by Bitado. Ichika decided to make new chocolates and took Akira to the Secret Bakery. With the four girls working together, the new chocolates was done and Ichika created a dog shaped chocolate which Akira called it cute. (Himari and Aoi then realised that Akira is knew the rest)

As Akira bring the new chocolates to Miku, Bitado appeared again and the three girls battled him. Cure Macaron also joined however Bitado is using his wings to knock them out, forcing Cure Whip to transform back to Ichika.

Akira then realised Ichika is Cure Whip and assured Ichika that she will protect her. Her feelings created the new Dog Chocolate Sweets and Akira transformed into Cure Chocolat!

Using her sense of smell, Cure Chocolat was able to catch up with Bitado and finally defeated him. Later that night, Akira thanked Ichika for the chocolates when Ichika's father mentioned that Akira is like a big sister. Ichika finally realised Akira is a girl and was totally embarrassed...

Hi Yui, want to be part of my Harem?


It is expected that Ichika's first love happened to be an Onee Chan and everyone knew about it except her. Poor Ichika. Never mind, that's life! How is the overall episode goes? Akira is probably one of the coolest Precures ever without her realising that her charm can melt any women just like how in the opening credits, Akira and Yukari arrived back in time to Noble Academy and Akira used her "Charm" to seduce Yui before Haruka and company arrived.

Yukari is also a teaser since she already knew who Akira is but like her whimsy character, she played along to see how everything play out. Even Himari and Aoi kinda of figure out Akira's true gender after Akira called the Dog Chocolate cute rather than cool.

What about Ichika? She sure pulled a lot of emotions in this episode. From anxiety to speechless and from lovable to embarrassment, today is a really an emotional roller coaster ride for the little rabbit girl! Especially after finding out that Akira is a girl, Ichika's expressions was priceless! But I am glad that it didn't drag on like how another "Usagi" had the hots for a certain Male dressed Female character and it lasted for quite a while.

Cure Chocolat is pretty fun in her first battle seeing that she used her sense of smell like a real dog to chase after Bitado and using platforms that is made out of chocolate to evaluate her up in the air. Although I find it odd that Cure Whip de-powered after being hit by Bitado while the others were perfectly all right but I am guessing it is for dramatic effects since Akira was touched by Ichika's love.

With the five girls finally assembled, we are finally getting to the real story as to why Peokrin and Elder escaped from their Kingdom and the true identifies of the Kirakira thieves. Until then, see you in the next post!