This week in PreCure, the next test is overseen by a substitute teacher – someone that Riko happens to know fairly well.
Being one of the best wand users in the Magic Academy, Liz’s class involves practising wand skills. Their task is to cast magic to manipulate water. Liz leads by example.
Anyway, the task the students have to complete this time is to manipulate the water and hold it for ten seconds – the students have doubts about whether they can do it or not. However, Mirai enthusiastically volunteers. She tries, but doesn’t succeed.
Mirai, Emily, Kei and Jun are able to change the water’s form, but they can’t hold its shape for ten seconds.
Riko then tries it, immediately trying to conjure an elephant riding a ball just like her sister did. Of course, it doesn’t work.
The students keep it up, though Riko struggles the most. Mirai suggests she should take a break, whilst Liz tells her that she needs to focus.
Riko doubts her ability, but Liz offers her reassurance.
Of course, Riko being Riko, she misinterprets Liz’s words and runs off. Naturally, Mirai chases after her.
Liz follows Mirai, and lets her know a little about the past. Riko would go everywhere with Liz, but…
As a result of that, Riko became more aloof towards her sister. However, Liz’s faith in her never wavered. After hearing that, Mirai says she’ll bring Riko back. Liz returns to the other students, whilst Sparda spies on her.
Riko goes up to the school’s roof, where she allows her self-doubt to get the better of her.
However, Haa starts crying, stopping Riko from going through with it. She feeds the baby fairy
Riko’s other half finds her on the roof. Riko tells Mirai that she really admires her sisters, and that the pendant that allows her to transform originally belonged to Liz. Riko says that Liz should have kept it and become PreCure instead of her, but Mirai won’t hear of it.
Before Riko can say anything to Mirai’s confession, the monster of the week appears where Liz and the other students are.
Liz summons a magic carpet to take the students to safety, whilst she confronts the Yokubarl alone. The students escape, but Liz is taken out almost instantly. It also turns out the attack was a case of mistaken identity. Mirai and Riko fly to the scene on a broom, and transform.
During the battle, Cure Magical admits that she does love her sister, and that she intends to surpass her – I mean, I’d say that becoming a legendary magician probably qualifies her for that, but I suppose they’ll be keeping that on the down-low for the time being. The Aquamarine the Cures picked up in the previous episode reacts to Magical’s sisterly love.
The Cures finish of the Yokubarl and Sparda retreats. The Cures stick around until Liz wakes up and take off when she does. With that confrontation over, the lesson resumes.
Though Mirai passes the task, Riko still feels the need to do it as well – she has a sense of pride. Riko tries something a little simpler, and actually manages to use some advanced magic.
With that, everyone passes the test. None seem more ecstatic about it then Mirai.
Turns out Riko had received her wand from a tree blessed by the stars, and we get a quick flashback showing her receiving it.
Liz felt that Riko would become an excellent magician, which was the reason she gave her the pendant. She also recognises that Riko needs a close friend to keep her motivated.
This episode introduced us to Riko’s sister and revealed a little more about her past, whilst also showing that the relationship between the two Cures is as strong as ever. Wouldn’t mind seeing more from Liz in future episodes, and I’m sure we’ll see plenty more of Mirai and Riko together.
Next time, singing, mermaids and a new Style. I think the new Style that will be introduced is my favourite design-wise, but I don’t exactly know what abilities it will provide just yet. Guess I’ll just have to wait until next time.