The students of the Magic Academy spent the previous episode preparing for the Summer Festival, so naturally this episode focuses on said Festival. There was also the introduction of a new enemy last time, which came along with a new breed of monster of the week.
As you’d expect, some of the episode is dedicated to Mirai and the others checking out the various attractions around the festival. Whilst playing around, Jun, Emily and Kay reveal that they’re in charge of the fireworks for the festival.
Only students who have been recognised for their achievement can take the fireworks magic test. Many of the Magic World residents will be watching the fireworks when the time comes. Of course, turns out there’s a problem…
Since Bigboom Roses don’t grow anywhere else, it seems the fireworks will be cancelled. That is until Isaac tells them a tale he once heard about wild fireworks flowers called Popsnap Flowers that can grow in sun or shade. Whether they actually exist or not, he doesn’t know. However, that doesn’t stop Mirai from going to look for them.
Passing the fireworks magic test isn’t the only achievement Emily has got during Mirai and Riko’s absence.
Emily’s not the only one to experience some character growth, either.
In the Magic Forest, Kotoha asks a pegasus about the Popsnap Flowers – yeah, Haa can talk to pegasi, and presumably, other animals. The pegasus suggests they look in a cave at the heart of the forest.
Mirai and Kotoha just rely on instinct and guess which colour is the correct one. Of course, their return to the Magic Academy isn’t a peaceful one.
Anyway, transformation time.
Some pretty neat aerial combat follows, and then the Donyokubarl binds Miracle and Magical together on Rabu’s orders to stop them flying around.
Of course, Rabu wants to know why they can move like that – and the Cures pretty much give the reason I’ve stated above:
The Cures trap the Donyokubarl with its own rings. Rabu launches his own attack, but Miracle and Magical blast it out of existence with their Sapphire Smartish attack. This leaves Cure Felice to finish off the Donyokubarl with Emerald Reincarnation. Rabu promptly retreats afterwards. After that battle, it’s time for some fireworks.
Everyone around the Magic World watches the fireworks, and then the episode ends.
The episodes of Maho Girls PreCure! that are set in the Magic World are arguably some of the best, and this is no exception. It’s nice to see that Jun, Kay and Emily have grown as characters whilst they haven’t been onscreen, and I’ll not complain about seeing Liz again – even if she was just sort of there.
It’s a treat seeing Miracle and Magical fight in Sapphire Style, particularly as I really like aerial battles – it also helps that it’s my favourite Style.
Whilst things have been enjoyable, the Donyokubarls aren’t really coming across as any more threatening than the regular Yokubarls. Admittedly, we have only seen two at this point, but Rabu’s ‘mugic’ doesn’t seem to be all that at the moment.
Who knows, maybe things will get harder for the Cures in the near future.
Next time, a certain bear takes centre stage in a fairy tale – and I have to say, it’s one of the stranger episodes, at least in my opinion.