Bonus points for anyone who can identify what the reference in the title is. Anyway, classes start this week.
The episode kicks off with Mirai and Riko in the Magic Academy’s library. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a magical school without forbidden areas.
Behind that door is the Forest of Knowledge, a ‘labyrinthine part of the library’. The headmaster tells them not to go in there, but I’m pretty sure you can guess what will end up happening. Anyway, the headmaster shows the girls a book which contains information on the Linkle Stones.
The Emerald is the greatest of the Linkle stones. Four lights guard the Emerald, and those lights are sustained by seven more – the ‘Twelve Lights’. Of course, Mirai and Riko have the Diamond and Ruby Linkle Stones thus far, two of the Guardian Lights. The headmaster says that the girls will probably be drawn towards the Emerald, and I suspect he’s correct.
With that done, supplementary classes start the following day. Time to introduce some new characters.
So three new characters, and there’s already speculation about them becoming Cures in the near future. Whilst I think it would be pretty neat to stick with only two Cures a la Splash Star throughout the whole run, I wouldn’t mind if that speculation does turn out to be true.
Anyway, Mirai introduces herself to her fellow students, telling them that she comes from the Non-Magic World. The teacher shows up shortly afterwards.
The first test is to catch the paper butterflies. Whilst everybody else gets their own butterfly to chase down, Mirai and Riko have to share as they need to work together. This was the headmaster’s decision.
Mirai is eager to get started and dives straight into looking for the butterflies, whilst Riko would prefer to spend some time thinking about how to complete the task. Mirai’s method results in her finding the butterflies fairly quickly, though only through coincidence. The butterflies fly away, and Riko and Jun give chase… well, Riko’s flight is short-lived.
This just leaves Mirai and Riko to find their butterfly.
We get a glimpse of Yamoh (the lizard fellow) reporting to Dokuroxy. We also see the next enemy that the girls will be fighting.
Anyway, Mirai returns to the library and the butterfly goes into the Forest of Knowledge – naturally. Of course, Mirai follows it in, despite the headmaster’s earlier warning.
Things start shifting around, and Mirai gets trapped.
Anyway, after Mofurun’s talk, Riko chases after Mirai. It’s at this point the next antagonist shows up.
Gamets attacks Mirai, and she can’t do much else but run without Riko at her side. Of course, Riko is trying to find Mirai.
Gamets calls forth the monster of the week.
Whenever Mirai and Riko hold hands, a green light glows. They notice it and fly towards with the yokubaaru in hot pursuit. The light is emitted from a book, which glows brightly and saves them from getting attacked by the yokubaaru. However, it doesn’t give up that easily, so transformation time! Oh, and they’re back to their Diamond forms this time. Cure Magical spends too much time thinking, whilst Miracle goes for the ‘feel, don’t think’ approach.
Miracle and Magical finish the yokubaaru off with their PreCure Diamond Eternal attack and Gamets retreats.
Mirai and Riko catch their butterfly, and the book they found warps them outside. However, the book’s magic doesn’t end there. A flower blooms from the book and…
We’ve seen baby mascots before in Fresh, HeartCatch and DokiDoki, though we don’t really know much about this one just yet. Ha-chan is definitely somewhat reminiscent of DokiDoki‘s Ai, though. Anyway, the episode ends there. Next time, we have an icy island and something of a tradition where the two main characters have an argument – of course, I suspect this will only help to strengthen Mirai and Riko’s relationship in the end.
So this episode gave us an idea of what the PreCure need to collect, as well as introducing Ha-chan. Oh, and can’t forget about the other Magic Academy students – potentially characters who could go on to become new Cures. Of course, that’s only speculation at this point. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.