Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 3: Blue Sky Lion!

Kira Kira to you! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 3 and let's see Tategami Aoi become the Wild Cure of the team!

Ichika and Arisa watched a band performance by Aoi and her band at the park and Ichika was impressed by it. Later Aoi even chased off two high school students who bullied the two girls at the Ice cream stand which make Ichika like Aoi more.

Aoi looked like some K-pop singer..

Let's go retro to the 80s!

Dark Rose Aoi!?

However Aoi is having mental block on writing the perfect song for the upcoming band contest as she want to impress her idol-Misaki who will be one of the judges. Ichika tried to help her however Aoi is not getting any inspiration after several tries.

The Eyecatch is cute with the girls having a picnic!

Later, Ichika and Aoi were looking up at the sky and Ichika started pointing clouds that resemble shortcake and puddings. Aoi then tried to remember something from her childhood that make her enjoy music although she did claimed the sky is really blue.

With that idea, Ichika and Arisa decided to create an Ice cream inspired by Aoi. On the day of the contest, the two girls presented Aoi with the Blue Sky Lion Ice Cream and with one bite, Aoi immediately knew what to perform in the contest.

However before Aoi could perform, a new general, Hotto who has been going around eating all the Ice Cream in town started attacking the park. Ichika and Arisa immediately transformed but Hotto who emitted heat from his body weaken the girls' binds attacks.

The more I looked at her transformation, it reminds me of one of the characters from Show by Rock series...

Hotto was preparing to eat Aoi's Ice cream when she went to protect it. Her passion actually create the new Blue Ice Lion Sweet and Aoi transformed to Cure Gelato!

Cure Gelato tried to punch Hotto's body but it was too soft. She immediately create ice gloves and punched Hotto harder to weaken him. The three girls then combined their attacks and defeated Hotto.

After the battle, Aoi continue her performance which attracted back the audiences including Misaki who was impressed by her singing...

Compared to the last two episodes, Aoi's story is different since the Ice Cream act more of a cataylst rather than the main focus of the story. Aoi loved music after seeing a performance by her Idol, Misaki which probably why she choose Rock music as her style of performance. Of course, the pressure of creating the perfect song for the contest also caught Aoi and it almost reach the breaking point however thanks to Ichika and Arisa making the Blue Sky Lion Ice Cream, Aoi was able to rekindle her love for music as a child and gave a satisfied performance for Misaki.

(It will be interesting if Toei make Misaki a recurring character or possible Cure or Supporter since she has an interesting flare from her)

Cure Gelato was pretty fun since we finally get some physical attacks after two episodes. If the generals for this season has soft bodies, it actually make sense not to use physical attacks since every attack will be rendered useless. Although it was quick thinking by Cure Gelato to create Freeze gloves to punch Hotto and in the process, gave him a brain freeze. Since Cure Gelato is based on a Lion, her roars actually stunned Hotto to gave the girls a fighting chance.

Cure Gelato is probably the 2nd Cure to have the worst hair look after Cure Mint. I can understand her hair is based on a Lion's mane but then her character is so wild, it actually make sense to have her hairdo very loud and big. I am really thinking some fan arts of her with Cure Beat since they are both inspired by rock music which I am pretty sure will pop up soon. Her transformation is pretty nice and fresh (if I will to describe it in one word) that I believe a lot of viewers is starting to like it too.

Overall, a fun episode that has nothing to do with making a recipe but rather the unnecessary pressure to impress someone in the case of Aoi. If Kira Kira continue to have such episodes, I can forgive what happened to Maho Tsukai.

The real life Blue Sky Lion Ice Cream!

Anyway, the next episode is a stand alone episode for the three girls with Cream Puffs as the theme. (Cure Macaron/Yukari will probably make her appearance the week after) Until then, see you in the next post!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kira Kira Precure Ala Mode Ep 2: Little Miss Custard!

Kira Kira to you! This is my review of Kira Kira Precure episode 2! Let's see how Arisugawa Himari become the 2nd member of the team!

There is an old man inside the oven...

After Ichika encountered Elder and the newly formed Bakery, (I will be calling it the Secret Bakery from now on) the Elder explained a bit of how all food contain "Kira Kira" energy and they need the legendary Patisserie Precure to save the world. Ichika agreed to be a Precure since her dream is to become a Patisserie.

Later, Ichika met Himari during class break and found her reading a book titled "The Science of Sweets" however Himari was too shy and fled like a squirrel! Ichika and her meet again to buy the limited Pudding however they let a little girl have it instead.

Pekorin suggested to Ichika to make her own puddings instead and she dragged Himari to the Secret Bakery. However Ichika has no experiences in making puddings and failed in her attempts. Himari couldn't take it anymore and explain how to make a proper pudding. Her talk actually lasted the whole afternoon which Himari was embarrassed and ran away.

Although we do know that Himari has a problem of getting carrying away which her peers dislike it and she was regarded as a loner. The next day, Ichika went to the library and borrow the same book that Himari had and tried to make pudding again.

Himari saw her working hard on it and offered to help her. Both of them finally make a nice looking pudding and Ichika make a Squirrel like Pudding for Himari. Suddenly, another general, Purupuru arrived and sucked out the Kira Kira energy from the pudding.

Ichika immediately transformed in front of Himari and face off Purupuru. After learning from Pekorin and Elder, Himari wanted to help as she doesn't want to lose a friend like Ichika. The squirrel pudding react to her and she was given the Squirrel Pudding Badge and Sweet Pact and transformed to Cure Custard.

Using her speed, Cure Custard managed to bind Purupuru and Cure Whip purified him with her whip cream attack. After the battle, the two girls enjoyed the puddings together as two new friends...

A New Eyecatch!

Himari is a bit like Yayoi who is shy however very knowledgeable especially when it come to sweets and her favourite Pudding. However she can go all "Professor" mode and her talk can last for hours. But the bigger issue was her past when she got carried away in her explanation and her peers changed the subject as they were unable to catch up with her. It actually cause Himari to become an Introvert and unapproachable since she is afraid that she will hurt herself or her peers.

But Ichika being Ichika didn't mind it and both of them successfully make the pudding. Himari's resolve after seeing Cure Whip trying to protect her and the pudding actually awaken her powers and became Cure Custard. Furthermore being the smallest and fastest like real squirrels, she actually used her skills to confuse Purupuru to bind him before Cure Whip defeated him.

The other interesting thing was the goddess that appeared in both the intro and the opening act. I am suggesting that she could be the queen that rule the Sweet world and Elder is hiding all the details of what really happened in their world and why Gummy and his comrades are attacking Earth. Although the running gag will probably be everyone will freak out that Elder looked like a ghost since he lost his physical body and cannot move outdoor since the Sun will disintegrate him.

Overall, Himari was all right as a yellow Cure and I hope we get to see how she used her knowledge to aid the team in the future. Next week, Tategami Aoi is next and how does this wanna-be rock singer become Cure Gelato which I am wondering..what does Lions and Ice Cream have in common? Until then, see you in the next post!