Right, so I reviewed the main series of Go! Princess PreCure shortly after it ended – click here for that – so now I figure I’ll talk a little about the film for that particular iteration of PreCure.
The film was originally released in Japanese cinemas on October 31st 2015, and naturally has a strong Hallowe’en theme throughout. Like most other PreCure movies, this is a standalone story (well, that should be ‘stories’), though the release date places it right between episodes 38 and 39. Basically, you’ll avoid any accidental spoilers if you watch the film after episode 38 of Go! Princess PreCure.
As you may have guessed, the Go! Princess PreCure movie is split into three parts. These are Cure Flora and the Mysterious Mirror, The Pumpkin Kingdom’s Treasure and Pretty Cure and Leffy’s Wonder Night!. Though it might be Refi, I’m just going with the fansubs.
With that all said and done, I’ll be going through them all, one part at a time.
The movie begins with an introduction from Pafu and Aroma, serving as a reminder that this is a kids’ show. Also, they’ve done away with the long-winded ‘this is how you should behave whilst watching this film’ bit, instead just asking you to swing your Miracle Princess Lights whilst being mindful of others.
Oh right – whenever there’s a new PreCure film, the movie-goers get giving a light of some description to wave in order to help the Cures whenever they’re in a pinch. You know, the whole ‘clap if you believe’ thing.
Anyway, let’s start with the first part, a CG short featuring a chibi Cure Flora.
Cure Flora and the Mysterious Mirror
So kicking things off, we have a short with no dialogue. It just involves Cure Flora stumbling upon a mirror. What follows is your standard mirror routine – I suspect you’ve probably seen this kind of thing elsewhere in other cartoons. I don’t really have much to say about this short – it’s just a bit of cute fun, but that’s about it.
The Pumpkin Kingdom’s Treasure
Now this part of the movie is more traditional. It involves the Cures going to the Pumpkin Kingdom.
The king and queen of the Pumpkin Kingdom seem to care about nothing other than making profit from selling their pumpkin puddings, and have all but forgot about their daughter, Princess Pumpururu (or Pumplulu, again, I’m going with fansubs on this one). It is up to the Cures to defeat Warp and rescue the kingdom from despair – naturally this involves gaining a new, movie-only powerup, as tends to be the case.
Fairly enjoyable, and it manages to take a typical PreCure film and shorten it. There’s a tiny bit of yuri subtext when Haruka blushes upon seeing Minami elegantly doing ballet, but that’s about it.
There’s some decent humour as well – I particularly like the bit where Haruka develops a verbal tic like the fairies when the three of them are trying to be stealthy. It’s an incredibly short scene, but it’s there.
Pretty Cure and Leffy’s Wonder Night!
The last part of the movie introduces us to Leffy, and is done entirely in the same CG style as the ending theme for the main series.
The Cures are transported to Pumpkingdom (not to be confused with Pumpkin Kingdom), where Leffy enlists their help in breaking the curse of eternal night placed upon the kingdom by Night Pumpkin.
This is basically the PreCure and Leffy fighting against hordes of Zetsuborg (that would be Go! Princess PreCure‘s monster of the week), whilst they try to put an end to the eternal night.
I always like when the Cures get to fight a multitude of foes – HeartCatch is the best example, and I have to give HappinessCharge its dues for doing something similar as well.
Of course, Night Pumpkin is no slouch when it comes to fighting, either. It’s always fun to see Cures take on a villain directly, and this is no exception. I also think Night Pumpkin’s final form looks like a boss you’d find in a Nintendo game – a giant pumpkin head with two giant disembodied hands.
Oh, and there’s also the part where the main theme kicks in whilst everyone’s doing their thing – I’m a sucker for that (One Punch Man‘s final episode and episode 39 of Dragon Ball Super providing a couple of great examples of that).
This is probably my favourite part from the movie. It helps that I quite like Leffy as a character as well, considering she plays an important role.
Well, there we have it. Go! Princess PreCure the Movie: Go! Go!! Splendid Triple Feature!!! shakes up the PreCure movie format by having three stories instead of one, and I’d have to say it is fairly enjoyable. If you enjoyed Go! Princess PreCure then this is definitely worth checking out – heck, if you like PreCure in general, you’ll probably like this.