Been a while since I last covered a Pretty Cure anime. The latest entry in the franchise premiered it’s tropical themed. Being from the Caribbean I know a thing or two about tropical climate. Let’s see what we the first episode of the Tropic Rangers had to show.
We joined our resident energetic main heroine, Manatsu, getting ready to leave her home island to live with her mom in the mainland. Dad stayed home.
After the sweet OP we went under the sea to “Not Atlantica” where we joined our “Seeker” (the one/s who seek(s) out the Power Rangers) of the season Laura and the Mermaid Queen. Not Atlantica was suffering and Laura offered to help. Her task was to search for humans worthy of becoming Power Rangers to help her people but her ultimate goal was to become the future queen herself. She seems egotistical but hopefully has some good intentions. Most likely will see the light thanks to the soon to be main Tropic Ranger.
Upon swimming to the surface she notices the carrier ship Manatsu’s on. Manatsu wanted to be prepared for her new life so she put on her mom’s special lipstick but a small tide caused her to lose it at sea. Fortunately Laura caught it. They’d of course meet later on.
Like mother, like daughter.
Manatsu’s mom worked at an aquarium. She met the director and saw some cool sea critters but mom was busy so Manatsu toured the town.
Manatsu will meet this purple girl again in the near future.
As she continued with her tour Laura just so happened to find a spot to pop up and the two finally met. Manatsu, who loved mermaids, was super excited to meet her. Laura, egotistical as she was, didn’t share her enthusiasm. Manatsu thought her rambling meant she felt homesick. She was about to cheer her up with the special lipstick but remembered losing it. Of course Laura had it and was rewarded for her “kind” deed. Looks like this season of PreCure uses makeup as a sign of asserting confidence. It helps ladies look good and feel proud or something like that. As she proudly explained her catchphrase/mantra, assigning Tropica/Tropical to stuff (That or it’s Tropica-Shine), Laura thought her boundless motivation meant she may be a Chosen One. Unfortunately Manatsu couldn’t activate her morpher, yet. Disappointed she left.
No sooner did Manatsu arrive at her new home when the first enemy general appeared to cause trouble with the first monster of the week called a “Yarane-da”. They seemed to be after positive energy (motivation, excitement, confidence, etc) and left their victims feeling negative (lazy, demotivated or lazy). Manatsu sensed trouble and went back to where she last saw Laura. The baddies noticed Laura and captured her. Manatsu refused to back away and fought the big palm tree but of course couldn’t do anything.
The morpher sensed her courage and went to her.
IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!
Again empowering makeup was the theme during Cure Summer’s excellent henshin.
One of the rare times a first Ranger didn’t use a Super Jump as the first show of her powers. Instead she went all Sonic the Hedgehog on the monster with the classic superhuman strength most Cures possess.
Some more cool Ranger stuff and it’s time to see Cure Summer’s Finisher, Sunny Summer Strike! It’s a sun shaped Spirit Bomb. Awesome.
The “Not Ursula” of the show, the Witch of Delays. True to her title she’s pissed but then was like “Eh. Let’s attack again next episode”.
Very cool premiere. This summary doesn’t do it justice but as always the animation is top notch. Visually stunning I tell you but at this point it’s par for the course for the franchise. Excited for more. Longtime fans of mine know which Ranger I’m the most hyped to see. That along with who is one of the writers on the show has me hopeful that this will be another memorable season for the “right” reasons if you know what I mean.