This week’s episode of Maho Girls PreCure! takes place under the sea, and introduces a new Style.
Well, might as well start where the episode itself did: with the introduction of another teacher.
The class follows Loretta underwater, where Mirai does the whole being surprised she can breathe underwater thing that you see fairly often – their teacher cast a spell beforehand so everybody could breathe underwater. Anyway, they arrive at their destination shortly afterwards.
The class’s presence attract the attention of three young mermaids, but I’ll get to them when they introduce themselves proper.
Loretta explains that mermaids rarely venture above the surface of the sea as it has a ‘scary reputation’.
Anyway, the time for their lesson arrives. With speech being an important aspect of magic, Loretta’s lesson is for the students to master it.
Jun tries to open hers using force, and Riko attempts talking to her one – neither are successful. Loretta tells them that first the girls will need to open up before the clams will.
The students take a break, with Jun wondering off somewhere to explore. Mirai adn Riko sample some of the underwater food, with Riko’s attempt at using magic to transform a fruit into juice resulting in making it into a firework instead. This catches the attention of the three young mermaids from earlier.
The three young mermaids say that there’s actually a whole bunch of them, not just the four we’ve seen. The others just happen to be hiding, due to the whole ‘scary reputation’ of the world above the sea’s surface. Mirai offers to show them some more magic, but it doesn’t really work out. However, Mofurun shows off some magic of his own.
Mirai, Riko and the mermaids get to know each other a little better. The mermaids offer to show Mirai and Riko something cool; a treasure that the mermaids have been protecting.
Before we get to that, Yamoh reports to Dokurokoshe that he has detected a Linkle Stone in the Mermaid Village. Gamettsu, being a turtle, is the one who goes after it.
Of course, this is going to be important. Oh, and Jun appears upon hearing the word ‘treasure’. The Mermaid Village has been protecting that clam for ages, and it has a backstory to it.
The clam’s mouth use to be open, and mermaids use to fly in the air as well as swim in the sea.
Mermaids would mingle with surface dwellers, but that came to a stop when they stopped flying through the sky. This caused the clam to shut its mouth. Riko reads the inscription you see up there, which goes like this: ‘When light hath returned to our hearts, the Mermaids of Light shall return and lead us all o’er the world once more.’ (Though I suspect this will be translated in a few different ways by the fansubbers, but you get the idea).
Gamettsu arrives and causes tremors, which Mirai and Riko go to investigate. Jun and Mofurun remain behind with the mermaids. Elsewhere, Loretta instructs Isaac and the other students to stay put whilst she goes to investigate. Naturally, Mirai and Riko are first to encounter Gamettsu.
Mirai and Riko try to transform, but are unable to do so with Mofurun still in the grips of Dorothy. Of course, Dorothy doesn’t know better, so she refuses to allow him to go. Gamettsu takes Mirai and Riko not transforming as an insult. Despite coming under fire from the Yokubarl, the two girls stand up to it.
Mirai and Riko’s clam shells open up, and all of the mermaids start praying. A blue light bathes the village, and Mofurun detects a sweet smell. Turns out the Mermaid Village’s treasure is something quite useful.
Mirai and Riko receive the Sapphire, which means transformation time.
Now, this Style is my favourite when it comes to design, but what ability does it bestow? Well…
So, yeah, I would have to say that this is my favourite Style overall – though it might be better to reserve judgement until I’ve seen all of them. For now, though, this is my favourite from what we’ve seen. Anyway, battle ensues, with the two Cures having an uncanny resemblance to the legendary Mermaids of Light. Of course, they have a flashy finishing move – let’s face it, it wouldn’t be PreCure without those.
Anyway, the Yokubarl is defeated and Gamettsu retreats. Loretta allows Mirai and Riko to keep the Sapphire.
Anyway, Mirai tells Dorothy, Nancy and Sissy that they’re friends now, and then everyone else arrives. Mirai and Riko pass their test, with the other students keen not to fall behind.
Now I’ve finally seen it in action, I really like the Sapphire Style. What’s more, we also got some more Magic World lore, which I think is pretty great. Seven episodes in, and we’ve had magic (naturally), fairies, dragons, mermaids and a few legends for good measure. Basically, a lot of stuff that fantasy fans, like myself, can certainly enjoy.
Next time, we look to the skies as the focus is on pegasi.