Continuing my refusal to watch the one great part of a certain franchise as I instead barrel my way through the less inspiring series, time to move onto the next instalment in the Precure franchise. This time, PreCure Splash Star, which should hopefully fix the problems the original Precure had, right?
I lasted 2 measly episodes.
Let’s first play a little game of spot the difference. First, here are the two main characters from Futari wa Precure.
They’re not even trying to make them look any different. I know it has the same character designer and all, but at least make an effort you lazy bum. But nope, he sat at his desk, tasked with having to create character designs for the new Precure series, and what did he decide to do? Give his old designs spikier hair, then call it a day and spend all the money he earned from the original Precure on strippers. Heck, even the two new magical pets in this version are clones of Mepple and Mipple, and god knows I didn’t need those two creatures anymore.
It might seem strange to make such a big deal out of identical character designs, but it’s a great example of the problem with this series. The original Precure went on for over 100 episodes, spanning two seasons, and made Toei truckloads of money. Someone at executive level, seeing the massive popularity of the series, decided to ‘Do A Gundam’ and rehash the same formula with different characters. But instead of make notable differences to the series to make it different to the original, they simply rehashed what the original series did almost exactly, except lazier.
Put it this way: Precure Splash Star made me appreciate Futari wa Precure all that much more because of how much it sucked at copying the original. The characterisation was lazy and made no real effort to build the relationship between the lead two. The animation, even with the budget the show must have gained from the original, was uninspiring. The original had fight scenes that moved. Splash Star didn’t bother with tedious tasks such as animating as actual movement. We can copy character designs and personalities pretty well, but pah if we’re going to copy the choreography as well. The music also tried to take a leaf out of the originals book, but again it feels lazy and phoned in.
Even in the areas where they made changes, as few as they were, degraded the original formula. In the original Precure, the characters weren’t friends at the start, and the series chronicled their development as friends. That was the entire point of the story. That’s the entire point of having 2 Precures. Splash Star decided that these two would be friends instantly, thanks to some vague memory they both held from their childhood. Now they don’t have to go through anything as interesting to watch as bonding. Well done Splash Star. Way to ruin the one great thing the original had going for it. Well, that, and the bitchin’ transformation sequence. Which, to be fair, Splash Stars transformation sequence was pretty bitchin’. I liked how their outfits bloomed midway through, running with the nature theme the show had going on. But I was so generally pissed off at the show that I couldn’t even garner enjoyment from them. You know you’re a shit Precure if I can’t even enjoy the bitchin’ transformation sequences.
Even the top rated comment on the youtube video says “Man Splash Star looks TOTALLY different from Futari wa Pretty Cure!”.
Now to address the inevitable comments I’ve got regarding “IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!!!”.
First, as is the obvious answer to something like this, having to sit through 20-30 episodes to get to the good parts is not an endearing proposition. Even when it does turn out to be true and I end up loving the final few episodes, as I did with Kobato, that doesn’t make the show any good. The longer I have to sit through episodes I’m not enjoying, the more jaded I become with the show and the less I am capable of enjoying it at all, no matter how good it’s being. Also, there’s the fact that IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR actually means that it gets better at doing what it is already doing. No show changes that drastically so it becomes an entirely different show. Anyone who hated the first two episodes of Madoka Magica aren’t going to enjoy the rest of the show, no matter what the change in tone, because it’s still essentially the same show. Same with the likes of Higurashi. Any show that changes that drastically might as well stop being called by the same name. So, as is the case with Splash Star where I dislike pretty much everything about it, I would continue to dislike it not matter how long I watched it for.
I don’t want another Princess Tutu on my hands.