Go! Princess PreCure has finished, and it turned out to be really rather quite good. Of course, we not here to focus on the old stuff, but rather the new: Maho Girls PreCure!, or Mahou Tsukai PreCure!, has started and I thought I’d share my initial impressions of it.
To begin with, I’ve only heard the opening and ending themes once so far, but I feel that they’ll both reach ear-worm status. Also, I really like Cure Miracle and Cure Magical using their brooms like guitars in the animation for the ending theme.
This first episode serves as an introduction for our two heroines; Mirai Asahina and Riko. Mirai is quite an excitable sort, and we first see her gazing out at the moon when she spots something.
That something happens to be Riko, a witch who is flying on a broom – she isn’t very good at it, though she says otherwise.
The two meet the following morning, with Riko searching for ‘Linkle Stones’ – no, they have nothing to do with Hyrule Warriors Legends, but that thought will always be there when I hear the name…
Anyway, Riko does nothing to hide the fact she is a witch – she flies on her broom out in the open, surprisingly drawing the attention of no one. Mirai doesn’t even notice her until she calls out to her. Oh, I should mention that Mirai brings her teddy bear Mofurun along with her – that’s important.
Anyway, food is shared, a broom ride is had and magic is used. The magic attracts the attention of one the antagonist named Batty, who attacks Mirai and Riko. The monster of the week in this iteration of PreCure is called a Yokubaaru.
This turn of events leads to Mirai and Riko transforming into the legendary witches Pretty Cure – Cure Miracle and Cure Magical respectively. A battle follows, and they actually manage to claim victory without using any flashy special attacks – only physical combat for their first fight, though this will probably change in the near future.
The music for the transformation is all right – I’d say it’s on par with Go! Princess PreCure.
Following their transformation, Mofurun is able to talk, and the two girls go and take a train to a magic school – no platform nine and three quarters, here, though…
Going by the preview, the train that will take them to the magic school is somewhat unconventional.
All in all, I’d have to say a fairly decent start to the new series of PreCure. I’m looking forward to seeing Mirai and Riko use the other transformations that the opening spoils, and of course, I’m also watching this through yuri goggles – the need for the two girls to hold hands during transformation is a good start for this, and the fact we’re starting out with two Cures makes it reminiscent of Suite PreCure.