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I lasted 9 episodes into Futari wa Precure

I was hugely impressed by the bitchin’ transformation sequences in Suite Precure. Mind you, that was all I was impressed by. The drama was awful, the characters boring and the villains dumb. But the Precure franchise is huge, giving me plenty more places to get bitchin’ transformation sequences from. So I moved onto the original Precure, the one that started the franchise, Futari wa Precure. Maybe this time I’d get a story and writing quality to match the level of those bitchin’ transformation sequences.

I lasted 9 episodes.

Let’s get this out of the way: Futari wa Precure made me realise exactly how bad Suite Precure is. Suite Precure can probably top Futari wa when it comes to music, plus it has that awesome CGI ending dance (although I did rather like the Futari wa Precure ending song, because I liked going “woooh!” along with the music), but otherwise pales in comparison on every other front. The relationship in Futari wa Precure feels honest and realistic, giving legitimate reasons for the characters to get in arguments and giving them real goals in life. Suite Precure’s drama is lame and contrived.

Even the animation in Suite Precure isn’t better, despite having 7 years advantage. Not the the animation in Futari wa Precure is that good. For something made in 2004, it’s animation looks older than that. It has a grainy look that I usually associate with cel animation, while Suite Precure is all nice and shiny. Even so, Suite Precure doesn’t do anything with this extra animation budget. The fight scenes are lame and mainly consist of a jump followed by falling over. Futari wa Precure’s characters do stuff like, you know, throw punches and leap on rocks.

Even the bitchin’ transformation sequences are fairly equal in quality in both. Or maybe that’s just because I cared about the characters in Futari wa Precure more so I got greater joy from watching their transformation. Actually, do you know what makes Futari wa Precure’s bitchin’ transformation sequence better? There’s not as much pointless spinning about. It’s much more controlled and that makes it all the more memorable. If anything, there’s probably too much going on in Suite Precure’s transformations. Either way, they’re both pretty bitchin’.

That said, Futari wa Precure still isn’t that good. One thing that bugged me from the off is how much the show wore its blatant toy advertisement on its sleeve. The magical girl creatures are friggen cell phones! And look, here’s a mid-bitchin’ transformation sequence shot of them being put in a pretty little pouch you can buy for a stupidly large price. I wouldn’t have minded so much if it didn’t feel like it was getting in the way of the story. These magical creatures are hundreds of years old, yet this is the form they always turn into when they go to earth? Really now? They took the form of cell phones in Sengoku Era too? Or how they went through this entire battle sequence so the two main characters could get their hands on a magical journal you can buy at your local toy store today. Again, this kind of stuff normally doesn’t bother me, but Futari wa Precure wore me down in that regard.

I did quite like the two main characters though. They had obvious personalities that weren’t over-reactionary but also different enough that it made some interesting character interaction. I just wish they didn’t have to carry around the magical cell phones. Good lord those things were annoying, what with their mipo~ and mepo~ along with repeating the same blasted jokes every single episode. Worse, it tried to make me care about these stupid creatures. They had a dramatic tearful episode where one of them got sick. My body could hardly take it, it was so heartbreaking! Yeah, no it wasn’t. All they needed to do was swipe a card to make him better (buy these cards at your local toy store!).

The villains shot themselves in the foot in the most dramatic fashion. I quite liked the bad guy in this one, especially when compared to the stupid ones in Suite Precure, but lordy me was his demise the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Bear with me on this one, for this is classic villain stupidity. The cool and scary villain had just been chewed out by his boss, telling him that he only had one last chance to take down the Precures. The Precures can’t transform unless they both have their magical cell phones. So he succeeds in capturing one of these magical cell phones so they can’t transform. But what does he do? Waits until they come together and then gives them back the cell phone he stole for the final fight! Fucking idiotic for a villain that, until then, had been portrayed as being intelligent. Guy deserved to die.

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So, while better that Suite Precure, Futari wa Precure still isn’t any good. But it did have a bitchin’ transformation sequence, which is all I really came for anyway, so I’m pleased. On towards the next instalment!

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42 Comments

  1. Posted April 25, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    So you’re going go do a circuit of ALL PreCure series before taking on Heartcatch (whose finale will definitely remind you of some aspects of Madoka’s finale)? That’s really a roundabout way of doing things…

    • Posted April 25, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      That’s what I’m doing. orz 10 more episodes of Max Heart and I can finally watch Splash Star! ;__; (I’m looking forward to SS more than HC.)

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Yep :)

      I like doing things in a roundabout way.

      Also I hope that sitting through all these will make me appreciate Heartcatch all the more

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        “Also I hope that sit­ting through all these will make me appre­ci­ate Heart­catch all the more”

        That’s not how it works, bro.

        What you’re going to do is build up so much enmity towards the Precure franchise in general that when you finally watch Heartcatch, you’ll be too bitter and jaded to appreciate any good elements it might have to offer.

      • Scamp
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        You think? My soul-sucking experience with Tutu didn’t diminish my Madoka experience

  2. Posted April 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    My favorite part of this series has to be Kiriya developing from a bad guy to one who understands humans and the strength of humanity and whatnot. I thought it was well done, and he grew quite close to Honoka too.

    I think the reason the animation for Suite sucks is because Toei blew all their Precure budget on Heartcatch. The same thing happened with Fresh and GoGo. In the Precure franchise, GoGo is second best in the animation department, after Heartcatch. Meanwhile Fresh…doesn’t look that good.
    And most of the Pretty Cure budget was spent on the first half of the series (I suppose before it was successful enough to gain a second cour). The animation is not quite as consistent after…and story kind of bored me too. And Fujipi is irritating.

    None of the Precure series after the original continuity has that kind of action. :c Nishio Daisuke~

    Mepple and Mipple…at least they matured. The second half has Pollun though! Who is just the most adorable mascot ever. So cuuuuuuuute-popo! > u <

    Suite villans got better (although abrupt). First half Pretty Cure villans were boring (minus Kiriya).

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think Suite looks that bad animation quality wise. It’s more that the director isn’t utilising the animation properly so it looks rather shoddy.

      Damn on the action dropping in later series. I had though throwing a punch was kinda standard for any anime with fighting in

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        Still not as good as it could have been because of the budget.

        I only remember a lot of boring kicks from Yes! 5.
        …I just watched a summary video of the Splash Star fights why dammit it looks good.

  3. Posted April 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    WATCH SHUGO CHARA!

    Aside from that, I like old Magical Girl series. They have this… charm, you know. Still Heartcatch was pretty damn awesome. And they have the best transformation sequences I have ever seen.

    • Posted April 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Yes. Yes yes yes.

      But Shugo Chara! spiraled into shit. The memories of the second and third season…

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

        I don’t know how to use these tags. Anyway the yes yes yes was in agreement with “I like old Magical Girl series. They have this… charm, you know.”

        Watch Akazukin Chacha!

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

        Shhh.
        The manga and the first season are awesome.
        Also, I want to see Scamp suffer. I am just sadistic like that.

        Akazukin Chacha is totally cute. I just love Riiya.

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        Better still, read Tokyo Akazukin!

        Never sleep again for an endless cavalcade of nightmares, both waking and otherwise!

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        Che. I liked the contract killer version of Little Red Riding Hood in Ludwig Revolution more. She’s just so fucking cool.

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

        So… “contract killer” and “Little Red Riding Hood” were just mentioned in the same sentence. You, good miss, have done a great service. There will be no rest until I find this Ludwig Revolution.

        …not that rest was an option from the moment I recalled Tokyo Akazukin.

    • OHEMGEE
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Leah, it didn’t take us long to abandon our Madoka Magica icons at all. Does this make us bad fans? ))):

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

        You used a Yotsuba icon. I thought I shall go along with it. *charming smile*
        It’s my way of expressing my love. <3
        We are tangled by the red string of fate, after all.

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

        Oh Leah ;-;
        Be my internet waifu..?
        giant_wedding_ring.jpg

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        Gladly. <3

  4. V
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I dare you, sir Scamp, to see what you think of Pretty Cure’s dub. Go on. Find a TV with the channel Pop-Girl. Oh lordy lord.

    I also challenge you to watch Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, which has just about as much sparkly transformation sequences and the girliest plot imaginable. :D

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      …I’m afraid of watching a dub of Precure…

      • V
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      • Scamp
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        That…wasn’t so bad at all. Seemed pretty regular dub to me

    • OHEMGEE
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      Woah there man.
      I freaking loved Mermaid Melody and am still upset I never got to finish the sexond season. Stupid subbers D:

  5. Milfeulle
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Goddammit Scamp watch Heartcatch.

    • OHEMGEE
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      So very impatient. (:

  6. Anonymous
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    You’re a mad, mad man. And no, I don’t think you work on Madison Avenue.

  7. Posted April 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy anything that leads into more use of the word “bitchin'”.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      In Durarara!!’s dub, Anri’s “Huge knockers” and now “Bitchin’ boobs”

      • Scamp
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

        must…watch…drrr…dub

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 26, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

        You’re going to love it. It really is godtier

  8. Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:11 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.

    +1 over. Those oddsmakers know their bloggers.

    So is this a post series now? “I lasted X episodes into Magical Girl Y” Unless you love it to your core, watching every last iteration of a largely commercialized franchise is the quickest way to burn out on a genre.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think I’ll ever burn out on bitchin’ transformation sequences.

      Seriously, discounting sequels and movies, there’s only 6 Precure series. As long as I dump them as soon as I get tired off it, I should be able to stave off any burn out.

  9. Posted April 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I tried Futari wa Precure before Heartcatch a couple o’ months ago. What a fool I was.

    So far after 8 episodes, Heartcatch is looking to be a bit more tolerable. A bit. I’m not even going to bother with Suite Precure, with what I heard about it.

    • Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Well it’s good to have experience with the previous PreCures, if only to appreciate to how WEAK Cure Blossom and Cure Marine are when compared to the ones that came before (Blossom especially). That said, when you’re weak to begin with, the sky’s the limit to where one can go (and it was proven in a MASSIVE way in Heartcatch).

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

        Oh yeah, I don’t doubt past experience with the Precure franchise would be beneficial. I’m probably going to go back at some point after I finish Heartcatch and view them so I have something to compare it to.

  10. Posted April 26, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Blatant toy advertisements are a part of Precure. They’re the most annoying part of Heartcatch, although at least they aren’t too often. They’re just. So obvious.

  11. Jhiday
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I worry a bit here, because Heartcatch does take quite a while to get started, with only glimmers of what makes the show really interesting showing up in the first 10 episodes.

    • Posted April 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Heartcatch starts off best out of all the Precure series though.

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        I’d say it’s an achievement for Scamp to last past the reverse-trap in Heartcatch.

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

        She’s such a dreamy reverse trap though~

        And pretty obviously a girl.

  12. ~xxx
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    You’re mad…really mad.

    But I do like the part where the enemy finds out the weakness of the two…
    But It was in episode 42 or 41…

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