Monday, December 11, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 43 Review: Little Squirrel's Courage!

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 43 and Himari is going to audit for a sweets program!

The good: Basically it is about Himari getting her confidence and not letting negative remarks get in her way. Originally the director just want Himari to role play in the audition however she started rambling about her sweets knowledge and got commented by the director.

This got her back into a childhood trauma of going overboard in school. Elsio used that as a weakness and tried to lure Himari into darkness which including burning her notebooks in front of her. However Himari remembered that she doesn't need her notes but rather her memories with her friends and various experiences to stand for herself.

The best part was after the battle, Himari who has yet to transform back was dragged into the same audition again but this time, Himari overcame her shyness and showed how knowledgeable she was.

Although I am starting to suspect that Elsio is trying to get the girls to fall into darkness from Ciel's misunderstanding with Rio, Aoi's loss of voice and ruining Himari's confidence. Even next episode preview about Miku being abducted and Akira went all ballistic. What is his motive for doing so? I am suspecting that the one who could possibly fall into darkness could be Ichika since it is quite similar to how Haruka was trapped by Dyspear in an ideal world.

The bad: It's hardly a fight, nuff said.

Other than a cameo from the two singers of the show-Miyamoto Kanako and Komgata Yuri and how Yukari and Akira were scouted by a talent agency. This episode is all about Himari and with her added confidence, she is ready to face the world with her knowledge and experiences.

Next is Akira's episode so not much to say. Until then, see you in the next post!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 42 Review: The Wild Lion's Song!

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 42 and will Aoi gave up her singing after her band members is breaking up!

The Good: Since we are at the last quarter of the series, this episode is a closure for Aoi as one of her member, Sonobe need to focus on his exam to take over his family hospital. Aoi realised her dream of being a singer might be ruined.

Furthermore, we learn that Sonobe was the one who scouted Aoi in the first place and their band name-Wild Azur was inspired by Aoi's vocals. But Aoi didn't give up and decied to write her own song for their last concert together.

Aoi's mother is a hot MILF!

When Elsio trapped the other girls in a pocket dimension and Cure Gelato in a sound proof bottle, Cure Gelato continued to sing with all her heart and soul and freed everyone. After the battle, Aoi and her band gave one hell of a show with Aoi's parents approved of their daughter's choice.

Akira, Yukari is in front of you!

The Bad: It is a plot we have seen before. (How many times did I said that line again in my reviews?) Instead of Aoi having issues, it was her band members that making things difficult for her. The girls tried to cheer Aoi with a slumber party although where is Rio and Bibury? (I can understand Rio since this is an all girls' event but Bibury? Didn't the girls accept her as one of their friends already?)

Elsio turning into some kind of magician was threatening at first but then he was reduced to a one trick pony after Cure Gelato "sang" her way through and broke his spells.

Overall, I know these few episodes before the finale are suppose to tighten loss ends but I was expecting some hints like the girls will be enlightened after their conflicts which will led to one more power up during the finale. But so far nothing. (Surprise me, Toei!)

Next is Himari's episode and she joined a talent contest however Elsio set a trap for her. Not much to say for this episode. Until then, see you in the next post!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 41 Review: Rekindled Bonds

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 41 and Rio is being framed for stealing the Kiraru energy again?

The Bad: It is a plot we have seen from countless shows especially Toei produced shows where a former villain joined the team and how to redeem the troubles he/she caused. For Rio's case, he was framed for ruining the sweets in town and the town people are raising pitchforks on him and Ciel.

Of course, this is a scheme by Elsio as he was behind the frame up and the negative influences on the townspeople. The girls teamed up to restore Rio's innocence and defeated Elsio in his new Dark Knight form.

If you are expecting for Rio to become a Precure again, well you are disappointed since the power up he got last episode was a one-off thing. Probably towards the finale, he might get it again to aid the girls. So dream on to those wanted Rio to be a permanent member of the team.

The Good: Noir and Elsio have decided in the beginning of the episode that to go all out to defeat the Precures which is why they targeted Rio. The relationship between Rio and Ciel was rekindled since Ciel blamed herself for taking Rio for granted which led Rio to be becoming Julio.

Elsio's Dark Knight Form was interesting since there was no monster of the week which means it is full on boss fight in this episode. The girls were clearly a disadvantage since Elsio could fly but Cure Parfait which is based on the Pegasus flow up to knock Elsio down.

Since we are at the final quarter, it seems that every episode from now on is a spotlight episode for the girls which will have some closure for everyone of them before the finale. Like next week, it is Aoi's episode and whether her dream of being a real singer could be realised.

Not much else to say about this episode. So until, see you in the next post!

P.S: To answer Pat Daddy's question that he asked last week, for the time being, this will be the current format for the Kira Kira Precure which I will talk about the Good, the Bad and Overall thoughts. As most of you who have been following my posts on Precure, I usually go for the best moments for an episode. However Kira Kira Precure overall story so far isn't really that good that there is not enough moments to cover in an episode.

Like this particular episode, I can count maybe three best moments which is really not worth the effort. Some episodes I can only count maybe 1 or 2 best moments which is really bad in my opinion. Maybe when the finale begins, I might try to do a best moments review (If Toei is willing to go all out) otherwise when Hugtto Precure aired next year, I will perharps start again for the best moments.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 40 Review: Night of the Dark Minions Part 2

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 40 and Pikario returned as a brand new Rio with a cool white outfit!

The Good: This episode is what I want for a Precure episode. With so much tension and the build up in the end was really good. Both Rio and Bibury buy the girls time as they tried to create Positive Kiraru energy out of sweets however their plan was foiled by Grave who immediately ruined their sweets.

Rio tried to hold off Grave but his staff was destroyed and all the pieces scattered all over town. The girls tried again with Animal Merry Go Round but it won't and were knocked out. However the animals in the town which was led by Mitsuboshi gathered all the pieces and more ingredients to make the sweets.

We also get to know a bit of Grave's back story and unlike most Precure villains who are usually corrupted due to failures in life, Grave himself was already a bad person who picked on the weak and rise to power. However everyone dislike his methods and in which Noir took interest and make Grave into his generals.

Suddenly the spirits has created enough sweets to purify the town and restored the townspeople back to normal. Everyone looked at Grave with contempt which the Diablemobile took over Grave's body and become Gravzilla (Yeah, I make that up)

The girls now with their powers restored combined the Kiraru Creamers to create the new Sweet Castle decor. The girls then transformed into their new Sweet Castle Form and defeated Grave.

Elsio who was observing all these time sealed up Diable, Grave and his car into cards. Elsio then told the girls this is just the beginning of the end...

The Bad: Other than Rio is just one trick pony and his wand was broken by Grave. So does that mean he can't transform anymore?

Overall, I like how Grave has miscalculated that he only turned the townspeople into minions and not knowing that the animals and the spirits are all connected to this town. I like how it wasn't the girls that created the miracle but instead Piko and the others all worked together to purify everyone and the girls combine their powers to create their new Sweet Castle Form. (Which I completely forgot that the girls said "Let's mix!" was what make them stronger as a team than as individuals)

Grave himself doesn't need any sympathy from me as he is though and though a big bully. Noir making him his general was no surprise since he was already evil in the first place. So getting sealed in Elsio's cards was his deserved punishment.

The Girls' Sweet Castle Form was pretty cute with all the big skirts and animal ears. Although their finisher is just a more bigger version of Animal Merry Go Round which I was hopping for something different in this new form.

Like what Elsio told the girls this is the beginning of the end, we are only 9 to 10 episodes away before the finale so let's hope the last quarter will make every episode count till the end. Next week, Ciel and Rio were rekindling their lost relationship but can Rio overcome his fear of being a villain before?  Until then, see you in the next post!