In this weeks episode of Maho Girls PreCure, Riko adjusts to life in the Non Magic World, and then she goes on a stargazing date with Mirai.
I also want to take this moment to say that I’ve noticed something during the opening theme that may concern the Emerald Linkle Stone. Curious to find out what? Then read on.
I’m starting to suspect that the Emerald Linkle Stone will actually serve as a power-up for Haa rather than the PreCure, based on a small part in the opening. I could be wrong, we’ll just have to see when it gets to that point.
Anyway, time to talk about the actual episode. It begins with Riko waking up, quite serious about attending a non-magical school. Mirai, on the other hand, plays the role of a more typical magical girl – she sleeps in, at least until Riko wakes her.
Riko also makes a report to the headmaster of the Magic Academy, telling him that they found the Topaz.
Riko is eager to show off her ‘know-how’ to everyone. That phrase piques Haa’s curiosity, and well..
When Mirai and Riko arrive at school, Mirai casually greets her friends whilst Riko is a lot more formal about it. Riko’s attitude makes the other pupils think she’s somewhat hard to approach. Of course, since Mirai is close to her anyway, she doesn’t think that’s the case at all.
As classes go on, Riko eagerly answers questions – it’s just that she’s a lot more used to things in the Magic World.
Following that, the class engages in some sporting activities. Mirai and her friends go for some volleyball, whilst Riko watches. Being super serious about learning about the Non Magic World, Riko takes off in order to do some research into volleyball.
A small child sees Mofurun moving, but Riko is able to play it off. She then goes and finds a place where she can read up on volleyball in a book she just bought (if she had Mirai’s bag, did she use Mirai’s money? Or does Riko keep her cash on her person at all times? Who knows.) She and Mofurun use that balloon she’s holding to practice some volleyball moves – though Riko overdoes it a bit.
We also get a glimpse of our villain for this week – it’s the spider lady herself, Sparda.
Cut to dinner time at the Asahina’s, and Mirai and Riko talk about how their school day was. We also learn that the family went stargazing together when Mirai was younger, though Mirai suddenly disappeared on them. They thought Mirai would be scared and crying, but by the time they found her she was all smiles.
On their way to go stargazing, Mirai admits that she was scared when she was alone during their stargazing trip. However, she also discovered the brilliant sight of the starry sky which cheered her up. This was because she stopped and took a moment to look around – something that she feels Riko should do in order to change her perspective.
Since the pair are on brooms, Mirai proposes that they fly above the clouds to look at the stars. Whilst I think that would have made for some pretty great imagery, Mirai runs into a problem.
Naturally, Sparda responds to something being caught in her web, and we get this week’s Yokubarl.
We get Ruby Style transformation this time, though it turns out its actually quite hard to hit a cloud.
The yokubarl grows in size, but becomes slower allowing Miracle and Magical to run all over it. Using that to their advantage, they are able to finish it off. Sparda leaves, and all the clouds clear up.
Elsewhere, a girl gazes out her window and spots two shooting stars – though she quickly realise that they aren’t actually stars.
Anyway, Riko becomes more relaxed when she’s back at school, insisting on people calling her ‘Riko’ as opposed to ‘Izayoi’. She also asks if she can join in when they play volleyball. That’s it for this episode.
This episode was pretty good. We got the whole ‘fish out of water’ thing with Riko, though I guess she got over that by the end of the episode thanks to some advice from Mirai. More proof that those two belong together. Oh, and the stargazing together was pretty nice, too.
Next time, the return of an older sibling and the Sapphire Style – I can already say that I’m liking the next episode a lot.