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I lasted 6 episodes into Suite Precure

The PreCure franchise is the perfect stereotype of the magical girl genre. It’s the type of anime Kirino watches and Kuroneko laments in Ore no Imouto. It’s the kind of anime Madoka Magica liked to pretend it was going to be before killing the entire cast. It is the Sailor Moon of this generation. That is, it’s an anime watched in Japan solely by little girls and strange old men who then proceed to draw very naughty comics of. I was pretty content to ignore the franchise and these sorts of magical girl series in general. Too much pink and silly names like Magical Musical ~Chu~ ~Chu~ Lyrical Heart and Soul Puni Puni Girl SOS kept me away. But then something rather strange happened. The latest rendition of the Precure franchise, Heartcatch Precure, got quite a considerable amount of praise from various members of the aniblogosphere. I couldn’t get over my bias against the genre to start watching Heartcatch. However if I joined in at the start of a new Precure’s airing, maybe then I’d have a better chance of enjoying this franchise.

I lasted 6 episodes into Suite Precure. YouTube Preview Image Suite Precure had two things going for it. The bitchin’ transformation sequences and the CGI dancing in the ending song. Toei are rather strict when it comes to uploads of their material onto Youtube, so I’m just linking to the search term. Which is strange given that, if I was going to recommend someone watch Suite Precure, I’d show them the bitchin’ transformation sequences. Seriously, those things are so goddam pretty and colourful. Combined with the epic musical score, the bitchin’ transformation sequences were the highlights of the episode. The CGI dancing ending was possibly even more awesome. Anime always needs more dancing, but those I’ve generally been presented with haven’t been up to scratch. I can understand that the obsession with the Haruhi ending dance is precisely because it’s so easy, but you can hardly call that a proper dance. That’s just a bit of hand waving. Suite Precure is a proper dance. Anime still hasn’t quite got the hang of CGI mecha, but they’ve managed to get dancing magical girls look pretty damn awesome.

Problem is, these two scenes made up about 4 minutes of a typical episode. I was often tempted to simply fast-forward to them and call it a day. The series started off fairly well, albeit in an utterly bizarre sort of way. The opening 8 minutes of the first episode were like some bastard child of Rainbow Gate, Mazinkaizer and Jewelpet Twinkle. The alternate magical musical land and the preposterously ridiculous bad guys, I laughed the entire way through the scene. But nope, can’t be having that. This is a magical girl series. We need to have human teenage girls for the young female viewers to connect with and for the dirty otaku to pen dirtier doujins of. Which is a shame, because I would have so watched a series of that magical musical land, providing it too had CGI dancing ending songs and bitchin’ transformation sequences.

The main problem is the incredibly lame attempts at creating conflict between the main two characters. Hibiki and Kanade are our two heroines tasked with the responsibility of defeating massive cakes and violins who have been infected by ebul musical notes. To do this they have to dress in preposterously fanciful dresses and hairdos as PreCures and combine their powers as fighting machines. However to successfully combine their powers, they have to be as good friends as possible, to teach young girls about the importance of friendship and to give smelly middle-aged males a chance to don their yuri goggles. This would be fine and all if the methods they used to create conflict between the two weren’t so dumb. The reason the two had fallen out of friendship in the first place was because one of them stood under the wrong tree by accident. Which, while facepalm worthy in itself, the lead up to the reveal with two other little girls in the exact same position simply amplified the retardedness of the situation. The next few episodes all revolve around creating equally convenient obstacles for them becoming proper friends. None of them felt in the remotest way genuine and simply felt like Hibiki and Kanade being massive idiots.

Besides, I have a massive problem with the entire plot of the show. I can handle a cat from a magical musical dimension turning two unsuspecting teenage girls into fighting machines. I can equally handle the villains being a cat and a trio of goons who sing their responses, although I do believe the show missed a massive trick by not having them being a barbershop quartet. Nah, my main problem is the whole good music vs ebul music thing. What happens in the plot is the ebul bad guys sing sad songs that make everybody all depressed. The good guys only create happy music so everyone is joyful all the time. The show even goes out of its way to say quite blatantly that music is only there to make people feel happy. I can’t be the only one who has a problem with this, right? Sad music has every right to exist and has a highly important place in society. It’s a strange thing to complain about, and maybe the show changes its tune (har har har) later on in the show to reflect a more even opinion, but the entire show centres around music. So blatantly saying that sad music is ebul grates on my nerves. Sad music needs love too! The thing is, I want more! I want more bitchin’ transformation sequences. I want more CGI dancing. But I don’t want anymore Suite Precure. Which means my only option is to enter even more of the Precure franchise. I could simply look up bitchin’ transformation sequences on Youtube, but that would remove the awesome effect you get when it appears in the episode when a bad guy appears. Hence my only real option here is to start watching the rest of the franchise. My research tells me there’s 5 Precure series I can start from the off (not counting Suite Precure or direct sequels to older Precures). I’m not going to watch Heartcatch Precure first. I’d like to save that until last so I can appreciate what it does so differently from previous renditions. I’ll probably go in chronological order, kicking things off with the original Precure.

Not that I have to watch the whole thing. Only for however long bitchin’ transformation sequences and CGI dancing alone can carry me.

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  1. Posted March 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Pretty Cure, Yes 5 (+GoGo), and Suite are the only ones I have watched so far, but out of them all I have to say the original series is the only one that really reminds me of the older magical girl warrior series (with better action of course).

    I’m hoping Mephisto isn’t the true Big Bad in the series. His motives are wayyy too freaking lame. :/

    The original Pretty Cure series is okay. Nothing special, but nothing in it makes me want to throw something against the wall. Except that lame excuse for a plot.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Didn’t magical girl warrior series (they have a better name than that but I can’t remember it) only kick off after Sailor Moon? idk, I’m very much a newbie in the whole magical girl genre

      • Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

        I’m just thinking too hard about Ririka or Chacha then. Or perhaps old timey mahou shoujo (Hime-channnnn) in general.

        Oh, and perhaps you would like to watch some 5 minutes of nice Precure animation that Toei put together?
        This too.

  2. Posted March 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Psgels loves the Precure franchise and I never figured out why. I can’t believe you’re going to get deeper into it though; I never thought this day would come. Ever. But if you’re going to get your pretty, fancy transformations and dancing from anywhere, Precure would be the best place.

    …I wonder how long you’ll last…

    • Scamp
      Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been watching a lot of terribad anime recently. Compared to Roots Search and MD Geist, Suite Precure is a pretty good show

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      Um: correction: I only love Heartcatch Precure. I also never got into the other series of the franchise and dropped Suite Precure even faster than Scamp did.

      • Posted March 26, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

        Oh! Sorry! I followed your Heartcatch Precure reviews so I automatically assumed that you loved ALL of it.

        I don’t want to say something wrong to psgels-sama.

  3. Son Gohan
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I can assure you that Heartcatch is much better than this. Heartcatch had the same creative team as Casshern SINS, and it shows.
    I am a big fan of the franchise but even I am finding Suite a tad disappointing. It seems they wanted to focus more on the comedy aspect (come on, that Trio is worse than Team Rocket!) while HCPC had a nice balance of drama and hilarious moments.

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      Pardon me if I’m confusing things, but isn’t it THIS series that the Casshern SINS vets working on it?

      Each PreCure series has things going for them. I liked Heartcatch a lot more than Yes! PreCure 5+, for example, but probably because of the tight reign it put on the silliness (not that it wasn’t still there).

      • Scamp
        Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        Took a look at some of the staff and yup, there’s a bunch of Casshern Sins folk on the Heartcatch team. They wouldn’t be working on Suite Precure though. I think you’re mixing that up with Merry Dream Eater, which is what the Casshern Sins team are working on this season

  4. Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Vegas says episode 8 is the over/under for how long it will take before the next magical girl show Scamp watches will be his next most hated series.

    What I don’t get is, after you heard all the praise for Heartcatch, why would you watch something that’s NOT Heartcatch? It’s like saying, “Well, I heard Zeta Gundam was pretty good, so I started watching Gundam Wing.” If you’re looking for only the most shallow similarities, one series from the franchise is as good as the next, but that’s rather missing the point.

    You know me, I’m a magical girl apologist. It’s one of the gateway genres I got into anime with. That said, the original Pretty Cure is a chore to watch. If anything, it reminded me how lame a repetitive magical girl shows can get, and how Heartcatch is so good in comparison. Heartcatch doesn’t do anything different; it just does it better than everything else.

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Heartcatch needs more love, at least on the American/European side of things. If nothing else but for Cure Sunshine.

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      “Heart­catch doesn’t do any­thing dif­fer­ent; it just does it bet­ter than everything else.”

      That is pretty much how I felt about it. I don’t think I have been too overblown in my praise (I gave it a 7), but I do think the show is genuinely good and fun. Haven’t watched Suite Precure at all, though, so I can’t really comment on that.

      Now, if you’ll excuse, I have some filthy, filthy doujin to draw.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      I picked up Suite Precure because the first episode showed up on the torrent list. I generally had ignored those sorts of series before and was going to ignore Suite, but then I remembered the praise Heartcatch got and thought I might as well give this a shot. In short, it was placed in front of me so I jumped. It’s like a newbie watching Gundam Unicorn

      • Posted March 26, 2011 at 5:14 am | Permalink

        Based on what I’m reading here I think you watched the wrong show. People were praising Heartcatch Precure not Suite Precure. Is there a difference though idk. Anyway I doubt I’ll watch any of the two so. . . just her to put a stupid thought :)).

      • Posted March 27, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

        lolz this is what i get for not reading the entire thing. Good luck with your venture though.

    • Posted March 26, 2011 at 4:42 am | Permalink

      …are you insinuating that gundam wing is bad? D: *cries forever*

  5. dood
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I watch it for the lesbian undertones ;)

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      And how is this different from all the other Magic Girl series INCLUDING Madoka? :P

      • Scamp
        Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

        My yuri goggles are pretty shit and only seem to work in School Rumble and Noir

        My yaoi goggles, on the other hand, work far too well :(

      • Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

        Well, some of those shows, those girls are too young to ship. At leas until StrikerS…

  6. Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Heartcatch was exceptionally good, and a surprise to most people. Imo, it’s the only one worth checking out.

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Well, Sunshine aside, I kind of miss all the grappling and judo throws that Yes! PreCure 5 had, which Heartcatch never had in abundance…

      • Posted March 26, 2011 at 2:00 am | Permalink

        Yes! Precure 5 was enjoyable for all the character development it had even though the writing sucked. GoGo! is even more enjoyavle and easier to get through for the better writing and animation and plot but sorely lacked development compared to its prequel (save for Syrup).

        Saving Heartcatch for last since it takes on the victim of the week formula. :Ia

  7. Milfeulle
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t read the blogpost, but I’m just gonna go ahead and say that Suite does suck.

    Watch Heartcatch, and expect something completely different.

    • Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Not different, but it DOES a lot of the old Magical Girl standbys really well. In this case, execution really trumps originality.

  8. Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m saying it again, watch Shugo Chara. I want to see you suffer~ <3
    But the Plot is actually quite…. nice comparing it to other Magical Girl series.

  9. Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    But my favourite Magical Girl series has to be Princess Tu- *shot*

  10. rauc6788
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    How masochistic of you Scamp.

  11. Posted March 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    For some reason, I feel like ripping off my shirt like a pro wrestler and yelling “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE CURE!”

  12. Posted March 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Applause to you for lasting six episodes. I won’t touch this with a ten foot pole. Never got into the magical girl train.

  13. Posted March 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    This will probably be the worst incarnation of the franchise, quite frankly – just check out all that pink. The team behind it also said that they’d make everything more pink because little girls just LOVE LOVE LOVE PINK PINK PINK. Ugh.

    Anyway, I don’t think this was really a good place to start with the franchise. I’ve enjoyed the franchise intermittently, but this one just makes my head hurt so badly. If people talked about how awesome HeartCatch was, why not have checked that out instead?

  14. Posted March 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    6 episodes!? You my man are a MUCH stronger man than I.

  15. M
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I think you’re one of those people who tend to forget that magical girl shows are marketed towards young children. I understand your frustration about the whole “happy vs. sad music” thing, but do you really think kids would catch on to that as easily as an adult? Same goes for Hibiki and Kanade always fighting at the beginning. It’s easier for young ones to understand. Programs marketed for little kids are obviously going to simplify things, and if you had looked past that I think you would have really enjoyed Suite! The transformation scenes get shorter as the series progresses, too. But hey, who wouldn’t mind that eye candy? The next time you try to watch a show created specifically for little girls, I’d recommend that you keep in mind that it is just that–specifically for little girls. :)

  16. Elise
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Um…. I don’t like Heartcatch too much. Not my type. I basically like Suite more because of their music. True, it doesn’t get much recognition in the fanbase(which I fell in despair). Actually recommended this to my friend and she enjoyed it. Altough I’ll admit their was some flaws…. (I skipped episodes 3 onwards but I watched them and I enjoyed it.)Actually my favorite arc there was the Ellen arc. Very funny! But remember! This is the first Precure series in History to be released in blu-ray. Um to that guy who said it would be more PINK. Think you’re missing a point there. True their are pink in their outfits…. but I seldom see the cures wearing too much PINK. It has BLUE, VIOLET,AND YELLOW. Stupid people don’t even know that a specific guy would get a heel face turn, and become my favorite Cure. So please watch the series.. and by the way what I liked there is that they sticked to their themes…. HEARTCATCH, FRESH and a few others didn’t…… so yeah Suite Precure is a joyride that I would never forget. And lastly, to the people who think I’m just a little girl. I’m already 12 yrs.. and I am having puberty right now.

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