Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 11 & 12 Review

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 11 and 12!

Episode 11: Since most of you have watched the episode, I will just go straight to my thoughts. Overall, it is a good episode since it developed Ichika's relationship with her father, Genichiro. He was a little overreacting in the beginning since Ichika refused to go to the Sweets Festival with him like they always does every year.

But like what Yukari said to Ichika later that Genichiro does care for Ichika since his wife, Satomi is still overseas so the responsibility to take care of their daughter weight on him. (It will actually make more sense to have this episode during the Father's Day period but we probably will get a Mother's Day related episode as a Precure tradition)

Of course, the big development is the battle against Gummy and his comrades and the introduction of Julio and the Candy Rod. For once, fighting a mash up version of Gummy and his comrades was tough for the girls and Genichiro's love for her daughter also pushed Cure Whip to her limits.
The big power up was pretty interesting and unexpected since it involved the townspeople to give their Kirakira energies to the girls. (Which should be reserved for Final Boss Finale but whatsever)

Their final attack which is called 3,2 Wonderful Ala Mode remind me of Heartcatch Original attack with the spinning of their Rods although being crushed by a giant size cake is bound to give anyone a bad case of Sugar Rush.

With that, Julio who was watching everything afar begin his next scheme...

Episode 12: Julio disgused himself as transfer student Kuroki Rio and joined Ichika's class. He won the hearts of his peers but his real target is Ichika as he keep on asking things about Ichika and her love for sweets.

Later Gummy and his fellow spirits asked for forgiveness and they were treated to sweets by the girls. Gummy also explained that they were tricked by a masked man into wearing the Black Star belt that corrupted them.

Finally Ichika's friend, Risa wanted Ichika to make cupcakes and Rio tagged along to see the Kira Patisserie. The others were skeptical about Rio especially Yukari and Rio mentioned to Ichika that he does not know how to make pastries.

However during the stirring of the cream, Rio was able to give correct instructions on the mixing which surprised Ichika but Rio was unable to explain how he knew that claiming it was just "common sense"

Later Risa was preparing to eat the cupcakes when Rio extracted Kirakira energy from her which somehow Ichika was able to hear Risa's screaming. (Enhanced Rabbit Hearings?) The girls arrived to find not Rio but Julio and he created a sword filled with Dark Kirakira energy to battle the girls.

The girls were no match for Julio's skills until he fired a special beam at Cure Whip which she suddenly remember the stirring method that Rio taught her earlier. She countered the beam with her own attack (Which I still don't know what is called) and the girls quickly finished off the sword.

Julio retreated but now is obsessed in defeating Ichika/Cure Whip...

After Episode 11 gave us a "hearty" experience, this week's episode is what Maho Tsukai Precure should have done-Giving us a real adversary to face for the girl. Julio or Rio is a textbook example of Sociopath. He put up quite a front, acting as the perfect student to his peers but deep down, he is twisted and obsessive in defeating the girls. (Sounds like the perfect candidate for a villain turn to good later in Precure tradition?)

We do know that Julio was the one who corrupted Gummy and his friends and later in the battle, Cure Whip saw the exact same Black Star on Julio's sword. Unlike tradition Precure villains, Julio actually extracted the Kirakira energy from humans to create new powers which bear the question whether will there be a monster of the week for this season?

I am suggesting of course that Julio is working for someone higher up and he himself is a victim of brainwashing. Furthermore, his claim of never making pastries raise suspicious as he was able to give proper instructions in the cream mixing. So there's a high chance he might turn good later in the season...

So I am guessing now the girls are using the Candy Rod like swords instead of using their fists. Smart move, Toei to find a loophole but seriously Toei, you got to give names for the girls's attacks!

Overall, a good episode as we begin the Julio Arc and look like Himari is the focus for the next episode as she overcome her shyness in reporting the news?! Until then, see you in the next post!

P/S: Thanks to everyone who send me questions and comments. It was fun answering back to you guys! I will consider doing some anime series depending on my own schedule! I can't make promises but will try to do something to make the blog better!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I'm Back!

Hi everyone! I just came back from Japan so I am still settling some matters before any movements on the blog. I know many of you are wondering my thoughts of Kira Kira Precure Episode 11 and the short version was I like it!

Anyway, there are still many shows I have yet to go through for this season. So please be patient with me.

I also want to do a shout out to my friend, David who just started his website-

If you are a fan of this particular Korea online game, you can take a look. I have also put a link of my blog at his website and tell him that Kragito send you.

Overall, I hope to get things going before this weekend. Until then, See you!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 10: Fruitty Fruitty Pie!

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 10 and Yukari and Akira are tasked in finding ingredients for the upcoming Sweet Festival!

Getting the two of them manning the front counter was Genius, Ichika!

Business was good at the Patisserie thanks to Yukari and Akira manning the front counter. Ichika decided for the Patisserie to enter the upcoming Sweets Festival and she suggested to make a fruit tart pie.

Yukari and Akira were tasked to find the ingredients in town however most of the fruits were sold out due to the festival. At the same time, the remaining three girls were harassed by two group of girls who claimed to be from Yukari and Akira's fan club. The fan club girls claimed that Yukari and Akira doesn't deserve to work at the Patisserie and demanded they should return the two girls back to the fan clubs.

Instead of finding ingredients, Yukari decided to browse at an accessories store. Akira was a bit annoyed that Yukari isn't focusing at their task however Yukari was getting ideas on the decoration and even encouraged a little girl to get a more mature looking brooch instead of a kid's brooch.

After that, Akira helped an old lady find her emerald stone that came off from her ring. This time, it was Yukari's turn to get annoyed that Akira is going all out to help the old lady and indeed Akira did found the ring although the old lady mistaken Akira as Yukari's boyfriend which she accepted it as a compliment.

Although Ichika was troubled by the fan club girls, she managed to make the perfect tart pie and was about to show it to Pekorin and Elder. A new general, Tarton appeared and want to steal the tart leading the three girls to battle.

My Yuri Senses are tingling!

The three girls were not strong enough against Tarton until Yukari and Akira joined the fight. This time, Cure Macaron and Cure Chocolat combined their attacks and defeated Tarton easily. Before Cure Whip could say anything, Yukari and Akira transformed back and told the others they are heading to the next town to get ingredients.

Finally the Fruit Tart Pie was completed. The fan club girls returned again but instead Ichika treated them to eat the Tart and everyone enjoyed it with Akira and Yukari claiming they like the Patisserie...

At the same time, a mysterious masked man was looking at the Sweets Festival brochure with a plan in mind...

The Running Gag in this episode is having Ichika shouting "COME BACK" in English!

People has been particular about too much Ichika-focus episodes can sign a relief as this episode is about Yukari and Akira. To be honest, I was expecting such an episode for the two older girls who have complete personalities. Yukari did things in a calm and relaxed manner where as Akira was being helpful and trying to get the task done ASAP.

Both have their merits as they help others in their own way and both respected each other. The odd things was the looks of the fan club girls which I know they are stock characters but couldn't Toei give them proper eyes rather than Mickey Mouse eyes which scare the hell out of me.

Aoi also make a point regarding Akira and Yukari since both of them are in high school and why are they hanging out with three Junior High girls instead of their peers? From Akira's words, she claimed she like hanging out with in the Patisserie and For Yukari (Although she didn't said anything), her life was too perfect and being a Precure actually make her realise how big the world really is.

The fight scene was not bad as both Cure Macaron and Cure Chocolat combined their powers and created a pretty good finisher. Although their attacks really need names for it because reciting "Kirakira Kiraru" is going to get tired very fast.

Look like Emiru, Tatsumi and Midori came to see the girls in the Festival.

Although it might change in the next episode when the Mysterious Masked man and Gummy began to attack the Sweets Festival and the girls get their first power-up item! Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: I will be in Japan this Tuesday and I will probably watch episode 11 over there. I might not be able to do the next review until I come back next week.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 9: Cookies and Pandas

Let's Cooking! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 9 and today is all about  Love, Cookies and Pandas!

Basically the Kira Patisserie is portable since it can turned into a small hand case and carried around. With that, the girls tried to find a suitable place to start their business. From a busy traffic street to a field of domestic cows, the girls couldn't find a good spot.

But when the Patisserie was placed in front of a Childcare Centre, a young man, Tatsumi who was looking for the best cookies in town saw his childhood crush, Midori who was working at the Childcare Centre.

However Tatsumi was tongue tied seeing Midori and ran off. The girls later found out Tatsumi has a crush on Midori since elementary school. (After feeding him with sweet pastries) Midori offered him to share her cookies during their school field trip which is the reason Tatsumi is looking to get the perfect cookies as a gift for her.

Ichika decided to make some cookies for Tatsumi and he went to see Midori. Of course, the villain, Cookacookie tried to steal the cookies but the girls quickly dispose of him easily.

The girls watched as Tatsumi tried to confess his love for Midori but he screwed up his lines. Instead, the girls invited them to the Patisserie with a zoo theme and the two of them enjoyed some cookies together...

Although seeing the girls trying to find a suitable place to do business was funny in the beginning, the plot of this episode was pretty typical for a Precure series. Tatsumi who couldn't even muster the words to his crush, Midori was expected

The girls actually help to get their relationship going by setting up a zoo theme in their Patisserie which make me think this episode remind me of those old mahou shoujo series in the 80s like Minky Momo where efforts was make to help the people in distress and it paid off in the end.

In a way, the girls are actually helping people rather than themselves which is the most basics rule in Mahou Shoujo or any Henshin heroes series which is helping people in distress. Sure, Ichika is the one who came up with the ideas since she understand how food can bring people together but did the other girls did anything when Tatsumi left in disappointment the first time around?

Yes, I agreed there is slightly more focus on Ichika at the moment but she didn't do everything on her own. Her friends also help in the making of the cookies so it is still considered a team effort. The battle which I agreed is still lacking but the girls did used their basics powers to their advantages like creating walls or ropes to help one another.

Overall, the episode was okay and I like the ending since the girls did manage to push Tatsumi and Midori's relationship to at least to a friendship level. Next week, why is Yukari and Akira are competing each other? Until then, see you in the next post!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Spring Anime 2017 Preview: Return of the Titans!

Hi everyone! A new Spring is approaching so that means new shows for 2017! Let's see what's in store this April! (Some of the series synopsis are taken from other sources)

Attack on Titans S2: The most anticipated show this Spring that take the whole world by storm. Continuing from where we left off, Eren and his friends now travel outside the world to discover the secrets behind the Titans and a huge conspiracy that will tear their world apart...

Boku no Hero Academia S2: Another series that is taken quite a fanbase that does homages to America Super Heroes. Izuku who is granted the power of the Greatest Super Hero-All Might now must face new threats and enemies in this new season.

Sword Oratoria: A spin off from Danmachi that focus on Female Lead, Aziz's point of view as she strive to be the greatest swordlady in the guild.

Clockwork Planet: Naoto Miura love to tingle with machines and everyone think he is crazy. Until the day when a Clockwork Maiden fell from the sky that will change his life and the world...

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: After 500 episodes of Naruto Shippuden, the next chapter in the Naruto Saga begins with his son, Uzumaki Boruto as he now step out of his father's shadow to become the best ninja ever...

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata S2: Season 2 of the series about how a boy wanted to create the best visual novel game however his female lead which he modeled after is pretty boring...

Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul: 10 years after the world escaped destruction due to the revival of Bahamut. Humans at the royal capital gather wealth and the demons are enslaved to assist with the capital's revival with the gods lose their power due to a decrease in religious piety. The world is thrown off balance as humans, gods, and demons hold their own ideas of justice.

Eromanga-sensei: High Schooler Masamune Izumi is a well known light novel author thanks to the erotic artworks by a mysterious illustrator, Eromanga Sensei. Izumi has never met the person before until he discovered that his shut-in sister, Sagiri is Eromanga Sensei!

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho: One of the most anticipated light novel adaptations about a Witch named Zero who is searching for the legendary spell tome-The Book of Zero and a mercenary who follow her despite him hating witches.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records: Sistina hope to be the best mage so that she can solve the mystery of the Sky Castle. After her favourite instructor retired, the replacement instructor, Glen was a sloth however he hide a dark secret...

Renai Boukun: Aino Seiji was cursed by the Kiss Note and if he does not find someone to kiss, he will die. Unfortunately Aino isn't very good with girls so hi-jinks ensures..

Berserk S2: Season 2 of the Dark Fantasy series about Dark Swordman, Guts as he continue his quest to kill his best friend, Griffin who has become a demon..

Sakurada Reset: Nearly half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some sort of unique power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past. There is a group known as the "Kanrikyoku" that controls and monitors the use of these powers.

Re:Creators: Humans have created many stories. Joy, sadness, anger, deep emotion. Stories shake our emotions, and fascinate us. However, these are only the thoughts of bystanders. But what if the characters in the story have "intentions"? To them, are we god-like existences for bringing their story into the world?

Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai: From the people who gave you Queen Blade and Bikini Warriors come another sexy action series based on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism: The Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally a high school for high-class girls.When it became co-ed, the girls, out of fear, asked to be permitted to bring weapons to school. When that was enforced, a five-member vigilante corps-like organization called the "Supreme Five Swords" was also formed. Nomura Fudou was send to this school after a brawl in his previous school however there is one condition-He has to act and dress up as a girl!

Sakura Quest: The series will follow a year's time of the five girls as they work in the tourism agency of a small failing town in an effort to reinvigorate it.

Fukumenkei Noise: Nino, a girl who likes to sing, experienced two farewells in the past. First, with her first love, Momo, and second, with Yuzu, a boy who composes music. But upon those two farewells, she made a promise with each of them: to continue singing until they find her voice again. Time has passed and now these three are in high school...?!

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?: Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious 'Beasts'. The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.

Alice to Zouroku: The story centers on a little girl called Sana who is one of the children that holds the power of "Alice's Dream"- an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?

Tsugumomo: Kazuya Kagami never goes anywhere without the precious "Sakura Obi" his mother gave him. One day a beautiful, kimono-clad girl named Kiriha appeared before him...

Hinako Note: Hinako is a shy little girl whom animals are instinctively drawn to. Because of this, Hinako works as a scarecrow to keep said animals away from the crops in her neighbors fields. Thus the tale of the scarecrow girl begins!

Kyoukai no Rinne S3: Season 3 of the wacky ghost adventures comedy.

Atom: The Beginning: Before the Age of Robots, two men, Tenma and Ochanomizu created a prototype AI robot named A106 that will change the world in the future. A prequel to Mighty Atom aka Astro Boy.

Yu☆Gi☆Oh! VRAINS: A new Yu-Gi-Oh series that focus on VR Battles.

Cinderella Girls Gekijou: A spin off of Idolmaster Cinderella Girls that focus on the everyday of the Idols.

Granblue Fantasy the Animation: Based on the popular App game of the same name that focus on Gran and his talking dragon, Vyrm who rescued Lyra, a girl who has special powers that the Erste Empire want to use it for evil...

Frame Arms Girl: Based on the Popular Frame Arms Girls model line, it focus on a newly created Arms Girl, Gourai and her relationship with her creators and fellow Arms Girls.

Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: A reboot of sort based on the popular Pachiko game of the same name.

Warau Salesman New: The Laughing Salesman return to grant people their desires but at a price...

ID-0: I-Machines are the general term for robots that operate in extreme environments. While Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri is in the middle of operating an I-Machine, she gets involved in an incident with pirates, and ends up serving as a crew member on an excavation company's spaceship.

Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head: Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu: From the Tomica Hyper Rescue toy line come the story of the Hyper Rescue Team where Super AI robots team up with a group of kids to rescue and protect the Earth from all sort of disasters.

I am pretty sure that many of you are anticipating Attack on Titans Season 2 as the show to watch this Spring however for me personally, I am not that hyped after reading what was going on the manga recently. Some might even agreed that after the battle with the Female Titan, the story took a left turn with the battle focusing on other human factions rather than the Titans.

Of course, there are other shows to look out for like My Hero Academia, Berserk Season 2 (which I know many people dislike the art style from the first season), Atom the beginning which I have read the manga and it is pretty interesting to see young Tenma and Ochanomizu who are once good friends and the creation of A106 which will eventually led to Astro Boy.

Of course, the rest of the shows as usual I will watch the first three episodes before deciding whether to carry on or not. What are the shows you are hyping for? Until then, see you in April for the new season!