I welcome everyone, old and new, excited and bitter (more so the former in all honesty) to what will hopefully be another fun coverage of Pretty Cure. This time it’s Season 16 starring the newest team in the franchise, the Twinkle Rangers! Let’s check out how things started for the newest team of superheroines.
We kicked things off with the girl who introduced herself in the finale of the previous season. A newcomer asked about that. It is PreCure tradition for the leader of the next generation of Power Rangers to introduce herself so fans can get a preview of what’s to come. Think of it as a Cure “Passing of the Torch”. Anyway our Lead Ranger, Hikaru Hoshina, was introduced as a girl who loved constellations and (as we later found) everything to do with outer space and even the occult. I’m pretty sure she’ll become either an astronomer or astronaut when she grows up. She’s observing star alignments and drawing different constellations. Suddenly she was struck with that of an adorable puffball. To her surprise the constellation drawing started glowing and then came to life.
By the way, like Hana before her Hikaru has a catchphrase. She may have more but for now it’s “Twincool” or whatever the Japanese phrase is. Twincool works though “Twinkle + Cool”.
We got the OP (Which is pretty good) and a few minutes of Hikaru being shocked and amused by the adorable puffball. As is to be expected from PreCure mascots the puffball had strange abilities.
The creature created a wormhole and took Hikaru on a trip “IIIIN SPAAAAAAAAACE!” The most interesting sight was a heart shaped planet shrouded in a dark aura. Before Hikaru could check it out she woke up, disappointed it was all a dream…It wasn’t.
The puffball flew off and Hikaru chased after it. After greeting her chill grandma, hark working mom and grumpy grandpa she went on her way.
Her first stop was an observatory where she told an old man (probably the owner) about what happened the night before. Like her family he thought it was weird but didn’t mind because it came from the notebook he gave her, which he hoped would continue helping spark her imagination.
Hikaru was about to continue her search but she didn’t have breakfast so she took a short break. Luckily the creature was nearby and was drawn to the star donut she was about to eat. Hikaru shared it. The creature thanked her. As she rubbed her fluffy head Hikaru named her “Fuwa” (fluffy in Japanese).
The two relaxed until they dozed off. Fuwa had a dream about a group of legendary Power Rangers. As we saw last season, Legendary Rangers is another PreCure tradition. Either that or they’re princesses of the planet she’s from. We’ll learn more in the future.
Soon after Fuwa sensed allies in distress as they’re chased by enemy forces. She opened another wormhole to help them escape. Hikaru eagerly anticipated seeing the alien visitors but instead of a grand entrance…
The human shaped alien had travel sickness. The aliens were understandably freaked out by Hikaru’s hype, hoping to not get in trouble with the inhabitants. Soon everyone calmed down and they introduced themselves.
For the moment only the blue guy, Puruns, could speak “Earthling” whereas the cutie, Lala, spoke a different language but her name didn’t need translation.
Suddenly the enemy forces made their entrance. Kappard (who looks like Zarbon if he were an alien kappa), who lead the attack, demanded our heroes hand over Fuwa in the name of the Notraiders to use her for their goal of universal conquest. There was no time to waste as Puruns and Lala retreated back to the ship with Fuwa in tow. Of course they had an unexpected extra passenger.
Before Hikaru had the time to enjoy the fantastic view of outer space the Notraiders attacked, damaging their ship, destroying the windshield and tossing Fuwa along with the notebook into the vacuum of space. Hikaru being the main protagonist was unafraid and leapt out to save Fuwa.
This being a children’s show Hikaru wasn’t immediately destroyed. That and she grabbed Fuwa before losing her breath, the latter using her power to help Hikaru breathe in space. Kappard again demanded she hand over Fuwa but Hikaru had no intention of doing so. In PreCure fashion Fuwa responded to Hikaru’s courage by gifting her with her Ranger gear. You know what that means.
IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!
Correct if I’m wrong Rory or Mr Vampiro. Is this the first time in PreCure history a Power Ranger sang during their henshin sequence? In any case Cure Star was ready for battle, much to the surprise of Hikaru herself.
Correct me again Rory and Mr Vampiro. Have villain groups in any season of PreCure had peons?
This being Cure Star’s first battle it took her some time to get used to it. This led to another Cure tradition.
Most of the time the very first move a Lead Ranger pulls off after transforming is a Super Jump. Every time they do this they jump too far. Despite the battle taking place in outer space this still counts.
Like most peons it didn’t take long for Cure Star to beat them. Kappard tried a surprise attack but Star was able to push him away. Also yes, Kappard stole Darth Maul’s double-edged lightsaber.
Cure Star used her special move “PreCure! Star Punch!” but Kappard escaped before the blast could wipe him out.
The two return to the ship where Hikaru talked about her exciting day. Lala was sad she didn’t mention meeting her. Hikaru noticed and immediately did so. Fuwa then did her thing and Lala could at last speak Earthling. The episode ended with the spaceship losing power due to the attack and crash landing back on Earth with the two future 3rd and 4th Twinkle Rangers mistaking the flaming ship for a shooting star.
Great premiere! This has PreCure X Star Wars written all over it and I’m ready for more! I don’t expect all battles to be in space but I do hope that eventually the Twinkle Rangers will get to visit other planets. Hikaru is a cool lead so far. Fuwa is a token adorable infant mascot. Lala already made a wonderful first impression while Purunus is just there. If he’s like Tart from Fresh! PreCure then we’re good.
Tune in next time to see Lala join Hikaru in battle.
PS: Take a wild guess who my Hype Ranger is this season.
PPS: I’ve been waiting a long time to use this theme song reference in an installment of PreCure. Either this one or Lost Galaxy’s.