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I lasted 6 episodes into Yes! Precure 5

You do realise you’re reading the accounts of a man in his early 20′s as he embarks on a quest to watch a franchise of foreign cartoons aimed at 4-8 year old girls, right? Just so we got that clear, let’s move on to Yes Precure 5, and see how far I get this time.

I lasted 6 episodes.

Yes Precure 5 is not as lazy as Splash Star, although an 18 year old cat on Ketamine can’t even reach the pinnacle of laziness the production staff on Splash Star achieved. At the very least, Yes Precure 5 at least tries to something mildly different from the original. The main character has a different personality at the very least (even if orange-haired friend in this version is pretty much a carbon copy of the same girl from the original Precure). There’s also 5 Precures instead of 2. Even the magical pet looks slightly different, and is really a transforming bishie, Fruits Basket style. They’ve kept most of the rest of the scenario. Precures have to stop evil organisation of dreadful villains from an alternate world, using the powah of friendship, all while collecting these magical sausages or whatever random artefact it is they have to travel across the country to find. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because powah of friendship to defeat baddies is a decent formula. However, it appears that’s about the point the production staff decided to call it a day.

We’ve changed the formula enough from the original, now lets use the rest of our budget to hire some strippers! Animation? Script writing? Fuck that, give it to the intern. Actually no, scratch that, give it to the monkeys in Toei’s basement.

The writing in this is horrendous to quite extraordinary levels. What particularly bugged me was how stupid it assumed its audience was. Yes, I know the audience are girls with only one digit in their age, but the original Precure didn’t talk down to them this much. If we see a shot with a bunch of super excited girls hoarding around the student council president, it’s pretty obvious that’s she’s popular. We don’t need our braindead main character and her carbon-copy-from-original-Precure-friend pointing out to the audience how popular she is.

There are other instances where they simply stop trying to give characters reasons for what they do. I know a regular occurrence in Precure is how shit the villains are, but it’s something I’m going to rag on yet again. When someone fires a weak beam at you that totally misses, what sort of excuse is that to then run away? Or the villain catching one of the magical muffins the Precures are trying to hoard, then giving it back to them for no adequately explored reason. And this guy was apparently the leader of the villainous group. I’m guessing the aptitude test for entering this villainous group involves a high-hanging banana and a stick, and if they get the banana in under a minute then they’re not allowed join the group.

Even worse than the writing is the animation. This is a friggen Precure series! These things rely on a combination of advertising toys and pretty visuals. This series got the advertising toys aspect down, for better or for worse. Well, no, just for worse. But the visuals are awful. An large amount of this series is incredibly lazy panning shots. You know, the ones where the characters don’t actually do any movement of their body. They’re just held up on a stick and waved about by one of the basement monkeys at Toei just below the bottom of the screen. The backgrounds were probably going for that watercolour look from the likes of Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile, but instead just looks like childish scribbles.

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But you know what’s the worst part of all? The very reason I decided to watch these blasted Precure series in the first place? The bitchin’ transformation sequences, that even Splash Star managed to get off their backsides and producing something visually spectacular for. Yes Precure 5′s transformation sequences aren’t bitchin’ in the slightest. I was looking forward to the prospect of 5 different transformation sequences for each Precure. What normally characterises a Precure bitchin’ transformation sequence is how the costume billows out ins some sort of crazy way, combines with epic music and swooping camera angles.

Yes Precure 5′s didn’t bother with something as cool as swooping cameras, instead simply opting to pan down to the next segment of the characters body that would spout new clothing. Worse still, each Precure would go through this same process with little variation. The one interesting bit of transforming was Cure Lemonade’s swirly hair-pieces, but even that transformation sequence has the same uninspired music the rest of them had. Plus, it cycles through each and every transformation sequence in the episode, so by the time we had all 5 Precures, we had to sit through that same lame transformation sequence 5 fucking times. You think it’s all over BUT NO! Then they all have to go through their signature moves, all of which look the same and have the same damn music all over again.

You know you’re a shit Precure if you don’t even have good transformation sequences.

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36 Comments

  1. Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I’m watching heartcatch precure. I like that more than the rest, the OP is good too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfoZRgoaIDk

    catchy !

  2. Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Yes! 5 lacked budget. Reason? Splash Star was the one Precure year Toei failed to earn more than its previous due to the retcon. On the other hand, the Yes! 5 year earned so much that it garnered a sequel.

    I actually don’t get how people like this more than the GoGo! The writing was quite horrendous as you said. They had what would’ve been a great idea of a journalist who tries to find out their true identities…if they cared to write the episodes she was in well. (Omigosh there’s a new hottie in town (Nuts) changing my lead article from the mysterious fighting girls who saved me to everything about this new guy!)

    Villans were also lame. Except for Bumbee. Gotta love Bumbee. He was even better in GoGo! when he was relegated to just serving tea.

    I still found this particular series rather enjoyable due to the character development and the cast’s interactions with one another.

    Rin (aka the copy of Nagisa and Saki) is my favorite of the girls due to her being the tsukkomi to Nozomi’s boke and…being the only sane girl in their group of friends.

    Now sir, go watch GoGo! Go on now. Go on to the pretty animation and better transformations.

    >It’s starting to dawn on me that the Precure franchise isn’t very good
    Your bloody fault for dropping Splash Star so early on. Unless you can’t give Heartcatch your approval then welp never mind.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Nooo, I’m not watching GoGo! I just want to get to Heartcatch by this stage, I don’t want to stall that even further by watching a sequel to this one. There’s only Fresh left before the wonders of Heartcatch

      • Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

        Sob fiiine. It’s not like there’s much for you to watch subbed anyway.

        Fresh…also lacked budget of the predecessor and successor, but the transformations are better that of Yes! 5 I guess though I’ve always found them kind of strange. And that annoying OP.

        But the story apparently flows well and the plot was overall good?

        I can only imagine you being disappointed by Heartcatch since no one will shut up about it being SO GOOD.

      • Posted May 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        There’s only 7 episodes of Go! Go! subbed so far though, while the rest is only available RAW (heck it’s how we watched it before). Minor relief for him?

      • Scamp
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

        While I haven’t gotten massive expectations for Heartcatch, I hope I at least like it. It makes for a better story if, after sitting through all these other Precures, the final one is the one I enjoy watching

  3. Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    …Btw this scene in the GoGo! movie was the catalyst for my getting into Precure. ^q^ Imagine my face when I saw how horrid its prequel was. orz

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      P.S. The Precure movies look good because they’re movies, meaning they have a higher budget allocated to them than a comparable amount of TV episodes (4 in my experience).

      • Posted May 18, 2011 at 3:27 am | Permalink

        Hell that wasn’t my point. I got into Precure for CocoNozo. I’m shallow as fuck.

        Yes! 5 basically attracted me because of those character designs back in uh 2007? 2008. I then downloaded the GoGo! movie for CocoNozo in February and decided to plow through all the series (in order although the Yes! 5 universe first) for the sake of needing to watch magical girls like old times.

        Maybe I should have started Hana no Ko Lunlun instead hmm.

  4. Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Waiting on your survival mode for Heartcatch Precure. If only for the animation I think you could last longer, but who knows.

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      If he gets to Momo-nee’s episode, color me surprised.

  5. Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Watch. Heart. Catch. Don’t bother with the others. The transformation scenes in Heartcatch are awesome, and I actually like the characters very much.

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      At this point I’m seriously tempted of just making up a list of the plot-important episodes of Heartcatch for Scamp, since I REALLY doubt he has the persistence to plow through the initial episodes of Heartcatch either.

      • Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        I love the parts near the ending.

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, this is horrible. This is painful. I’d rather have bamboo shoots stuffed under my fingernails than this.

    • mcm38
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      You mean his post or the anime?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        I mean him doing this over and over.

  7. Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    If your transformation scenes ain’t bitchin’, then you may as well kill yourself.

  8. Posted May 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I could have told you about Yes Pretty Cure Five, but nooo~

    http://unequivocalhorizon.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/enjoyable-distractions/

    The facts: the quality in Yes Precure Five is literally QUALITY. As mentioned, this series came after Splash Star, which is to date the LEAST profitable Pretty Cure AU ever. It’s obvious that they didn’t have any budget.

    By comparison Go! Go! is MUCH better (since it now had a budget), but it does have its moments too. You should know this already, since I POSTED those QUALITY moments on Twitter over the past few days.

    Fresh, which followed Go! Go!, is a little different (indeed, it throws a lot of the standbys away) but if you disliked Go! Go! you’ll probably not enjoy Fresh either. Especially if you don’t like goofy villains, which Wester EPITOMIZES.

    So yeah, save yourself the torture and JUST WATCH HEARTCATCH ALREADY.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      I’ve heard Fresh has CGI dancing ending sequences though. I have to stick around to see them!

      • Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

        Correct, in that it has two. One for episodes 1-26, and another for all the remaining episodes.

  9. romulus
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Man you sat through 12 eps of Rainbow Gate and still find this worthless? I can’t even begin to imagine how painful watching it might be. Aren’t you afraid your brain will start to rot one day? No offense, I appreciate that you write about shitty anime I won’t have to watch this way, and it’s always a good laugh.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Woah now, this is in no way on the same level as Rio. Rio is special. I watched Rio precisely because it was dreadful.

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      I’d hazard to call any Precure barring possibly the first half of Yes! Precure Five actually bad terribad on the level of Rio.

      It has its instances of QUALITY, but one has to remember that the Precure shows are NOT written with 20+ year-old male otakus in mind (though obviously the moe and action attracts them).

  10. Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Scamp barely watches another magical girl cartoon before turding all over it? I AM SO SURPRISED!

    I’ll just leave this here:
    http://twitpic.com/4jd283/full

    • mcm38
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      O.O What’s the second ‘what I got’-pic?

      • Posted May 18, 2011 at 5:46 am | Permalink

        it should be Ojamajou DoReMi, which was Toei’s magical girl franchise prior to Pretty Cure. Unlike Pretty Cure, it’s more of a coming-of-age story (spread over four years) with magical elements than a Magical Girl/Magical Warrior series in the vein of Sailor Moon.

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 5:41 am | Permalink

      LOL Heartcatch equals to GaoGaiGar FINAL? I thought we decided it was more Diebuster than anything else? XD

      • Posted May 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

        Pic not mine, but it’s a good illustration nonetheless.

  11. mcm38
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    -.- Bunch of adults watching anime shows for kids. I still don’t get it. Well, it’s not like I think I’ll ever get why you’re wathcing it.

  12. Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    By the time you get to Heartcatch, you’ll be see so jaded, all you be able to see is all the other things you hated in the other Precures…

  13. Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Why do you keep torturing yourself like this? Just get to Heartcatch already and keep your willingness to live!

  14. Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Note to self: Never watch this one.

  15. Posted May 18, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    I’m waiting for Scamp to post “I Lasted 45 episodes into HeartCatch PreCure”

    • hikarutsukinoon'
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

      sadly, he won’t last that much

  16. punkgirl557
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    theres ; fresh precure , suite precure , precure all stars , precure splash stars

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