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I lasted 2 episodes into PreCure Splash Star

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.

And now the characters from PreCure Splash Star

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.

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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.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Just shut up and watch Heartcatch already

      Posted May 10, 2011 at 6:35 am | Permalink

      Tough love, huh?

  2. Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    It does hold the title of the most underrated Precure series.

    By the way, whenever you get to watching Yes! Precure 5, be warned that it has the worst first episode in the entire Precure franchise. Following episodes are not much better (except Karen’s character development). Full of character development =/= good writing bah.
    && Don’t dismiss the sequel (even though it is the least subbed) because GoGo! is written better and prettier and unlike Max Heart has a new enemy that actually has a goal that makes more sense than absolute despair or eternal darkness: Boss likes to collect rare shit. Downside is that it relies on the prequel for character development instead of adding more.

    Ended up commenting more about Yes! 5 instead of Splash Star oops.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      I shall prevail through that shows awful animation, insistence of pointing out everything to the audience several times and braindead main character, but I’m not sure how long I can last with transformation sequences that are rather lacking in the bitchin’ department

      • Posted May 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        You could skip ahead to GoGo! but the episode with the debut of Milky Rose’s transformation has yet to be subbed.

        Good luck bro, I don’t think you’ll get too far in this.

  3. Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I found Splash Star very underrated, especially compared to Futari Wa Pretty Cure and Max Heart, but it’s still an enjoyable watch in my book. Transformations aside (the Cures here have two, since they become Cure Windy and Cure Bright later on) I mean, what’s NOT to love about a Big Bad that isn’t apparently the big bad at all, and instead is a decoy of the REAL big bad, who’s acting as the joke character, who pretty much got to an *inch* of DESTROYING THE UNIVERSE because everything in it was noisy?

    And this is supposed to be a kid’s show for girls?

    • Posted May 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      You just spoiled everything for me. orz

      Also Scamp you might as well watch this since you probably won’t watch the rest. I love the simplistic designs of the two unofficial Cures~

      • Posted May 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

        Windy and Bright need more love. In the DX movies they were pretty much ignored (and only got speaking parts in DX2!), which is why I’m wondering if there’s any truth to the news that they’ll have an ACTIVE role this time in DX3.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Well I’m rating the entire franchise rather lowly, so eh~

  4. Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    P.S. The next show in the franchise (Yes Pretty Cure!) features one of the most scatter-brained leads ever (many of us really wonder whether or not Nozomi has ADHD), but she makes up for that for her attitude when she’s in her Cure alter-ego.

  5. Posted May 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Feh. Just because Tutu didn’t live up to the hype, it was still cool.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I speet on your Princess Tutu

  6. Posted May 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    “Someone at exec­ut­ive level, see­ing the massive pop­ular­ity of the series, decided to ‘Do A Gun­dam’ and rehash the same for­mula with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters.”

    Huh? When has Gundam done that? I guess you could call SEED a loose rehash of Zeta, and Unicorn contains a lot of recycled elements… but aside from that each Gundam series has been radically different from it’s predecessor. In fact, these huge shifts in tone between the series have been a source of controversy among the fans. Which is better, the dark political intrigue and drama of Zeta, the lighthearted comedy of ZZ, the testosterone-laced shonen antics of Wing or the social commentary of 00?

    That’s part of Gundam’s charm. They’re always trying something new, fresh and experimental. And whether these new ideas soar or crash, it’s always a hell of a ride.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Well the 4 Gundams I’ve seen (original, 00, Seed and Unicorn) all look pretty darn similar to me. Mind you, even they had some differences, not like this pile of degenerative rubbish

  7. KBKarma
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m going out on a limb and assuming that that’s the first transformation sequence. The bewildered looks and cries of “nani nani?!” gave it away somewhat.

    The character designs are… wow, yeah, stunningly similar. Why does the transformation sequence involve their hair growing, though? Is it to match the earlier characters, or does that happen in EVERY Precure?

    • Posted May 10, 2011 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      All Cures have longer hair than those of their civilian selves. Except perhaps Cure Pine.

    • Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      It’s either a massive growth of hair, shift of hair color to a lighter hue, or both. It’s something that helps with the Magical Girl alter-ego thing.

  8. averaen
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Completely fucking unrelated, but have you ever watched / blogged Fantastic Children?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      Nope. I’ve heard it’s good but haven’t seen it

      • averaen
        Posted May 12, 2011 at 4:23 am | Permalink

        You should pop it to the top of the to-watch queue. I just finished and would like to see your thoughts on it.

    • Elysium
      Posted May 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink


  9. fathomlessblue
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t figure out whether you’re actually punishing yourself on our behalf by watching all these Precure shows, or if deep down you just crave disappointment. Either way thanks for a great post on a show I have no inclination to watch. :P

  10. Posted May 16, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    It’s a sad, sad day when Precure transformations are rather lackluster, like that. I dunno, from what I’ve seen/heard, the Precure franchise seems to be the poster child of IT GETS BETTER, I SWEAR!

  11. Jack
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for explaining! I never saw that they looked alike! O.O

    I think PCSS is one of my fav series storywise. Also, I have to agree with you, it sucks that they look so much alike. I mean, even their powers are alike (holding hands and using the same power). I’m SO glad that they used new designs in future series…

  12. Junkins
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Princess Tutu ??
    You mean that duck princessa ??

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