So yeah. I haven’t posted a PreCure episodic in a while. Reason being I didn’t feel like there was much to talk about in episodes 36 to 38. Then the plot kicked into gear again in 39 so let’s briefly go over 36-38 and then go to 39.
Episode 36: The last two Cures to have their bonding episode were Ichika and Akira. Therewas a sports cultural festival and the Cures were split into different teams. Akira and Ichika of course were on one team. Akira helped her team get far but caught a cold earlier from Miku and she tried hiding it but it slowly affected her. Ichika figured it out and had her take a break. Ichika then explained the reason she worked so hard to help the townsfolk was because of how kind everyone was to her family when they moved to Strawberry Hill. She wanted to repay their kindness tenfold. It of course ended with Ichika catching Akira’s cold and Akira taking care of her, reminding viewers of their first meeting. You know, how Ichika was super into Akira before learning the truth, though she still acknowledges her attractiveness.
It won’t surprise anyone when I say of the three Cure bonding episodes the one centered around Aoi and Himari was the best.
Episode 37 was about Ciel possibly leaving KiraPati to follow her dream of becoming a master chef in France because of her former manager from France, Madame Solene. She saw great potential in Ciel and thought her A+ cuisines were better suited for a country like France rather than Strawberry Hill. Of course Ciel chose to stay with her friend and girlfriend, who had the best scenes in the episode…ESPECIALLY the one where it was thanks to her tsundere love Ciel found the answer she was looking for. Madame Solene acknowledged Ciel was doing just fine there but still wanted her to go to France to compete in a super cuisine tournament. The good news was her waifu and the other Rangers were also invited. I think Bibury came along as well. I didn’t pay attention to the OP and ED showing off scenes from the movie. So yes, this episode was to set up the movie where the Baking Rangers went to France. I’ll check it out once it’s subbed.
Episode 38 had Pekorin wish to become a human so she could be more helpful to the Rangers. The soul of Cure Sous Chef granted her wish and much cuteness ensued. Her human form didn’t last long because she used it all to protect the Rangers from Grave and his powered up pimp mobile from beating them up. Okay episode with the highlight being Pekorin’s cuteness and courage. It also ended with the hint of a certain character making their…”anticipated” (HEAVY QUOTES) return…
Alright. Now we’re at 39.
We joined our heroines discussing an upcoming meeting, the Strawberry Mountain Grand Assembly of Fairies where fairies and Gummies from across he globe gathered to discuss the looming threat of Lord Noir’s forces of darkness. The Rangers were also invited.
The meeting started with a cute presentation summarizing the events of the war between Cure Sous Chef and Lord Noir’s forces. It ended with the local and foreign fairies worried about Lord Noir’s return but, with a bit of sweet coercion, calmed down by our heroines who assured them that they’re up to the challenge.
On to the villains. Throughout the recent episodes Diable was the one attacking the Cures with him having to recover and power himself up after each defeat. Grave eventually saw an opportunity to absorb Diable’s powers into his pimp mobile. Elysio then goaded him into going all out by trying to use the full extent of Diable’s power…
…which he did. While the Cures and fairies were baking up sweet treats Grave made his move by spreading Diable’s brainwashing fog all across Strawberry Hill. When the Cures arrived to face the threat they were shocked when it was revealed that all the Dark Minions were the citizens of Strawberry Hill! This reminded me of the Powerpuff Girls episode where HIM brainwashed the citizens of Townsville to attack the girls so as to wear them down psychologically and emotionally. Similar premise here. The Cures were having a hard time dodging the Minions so as to not hurt them.
The Cures tried reasoning with Grave but he quickly shot them down that some people like him are just rotten to the core long before Lord Noir’s influence. Pumped up to smash the Cures he absorbed Diable’s energy into himself and became a hulking brute overpowering the Cures. He easily pwned the “PreCure! Animal-Go-Round”
Meanwhile Bibury and Pekorin fled to safety and ran into the fairies. Bibury once again showed her coolness by talking down the Fairy Elders for being pacifists instead of helping the Cures in battle. Bibury’s words gave the fairies the backbone to stand up to the Dark Minions but there were too many of them. When all seemed lost though…remember when I said the previous episode hinted at a return.
Yup. Mr Blandypants himself had awakened from his coma thanks to Cure Sous Chef’s power and the head Gummy’s peace offering earlier in the episode. We knew this day would come. I was hoping it would be held off till episode 51. Peeps would say “But OG. PreCure shows usually have around 48-50 episodes”….exactly. Some of my homies said “Eh. Better to get it over and done with quick so we can move on” and that is the best course of action. Whatever his name is had returned and many of us gave a collected sigh and said “Whatever”.
Hopefully he won’t be the one who ends up beating Super Grave. That would be lame. The next episode title HOPEFULLY hints at that not being the case.