Episode 3 of KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode features the debut of my second most anticipated Cure for this season. How did her introduction go? Well, let’s take a look.
The episode begins with Ichika and Himari walking together when the former hears something that captures her interest. Both girls go to investigate and happen upon a concert, where a band fronted by a blue-haired girl is performing.
Ichika quickly becomes a fan of Aoi’s. After that, Ichika and Himari go to queue up for some ice cream.
Aoi confronts the high schoolers, who sort of just slink off. She then joins the back of the queue after that, eager to get her own ice cream.
Aoi intends to enter a battle of the bands, where one of the judges is Misaki – a musician that Aoi looks up. She wants to come up with lyrics that will surprise Misaki, but is struggling to do so. Ichika happens to spot her in the library, and it’s there that Aoi properly introduces herself as Aoi Tategami. Ichika tries to help her come up with some lyrics, but they have no luck. They go for some ice cream, but…
Aoi goes up to the school roof for some alone time whilst she tries to work out some lyrics, but Ichika ends up following her anyway.
Looking up at the sky causes Aoi to remember seeing Misaki perform, though she’s still suffering writer’s block. Ichika decides that she should make something sweet for Aoi.
At the concert, Aoi still hasn’t come up with any lyrics. Ichika and Himari arrive, and offer her their creation.
Aoi accepts the ice cream, and finally gets the inspiration she needs after trying a bit of it. With that, Aoi and the rest of Wild Azure take the stage to perform.
Almost everyone flees upon the arrival of the monster. Ichika, Himari and Aoi remain behind, with the first two transforming into PreCure to take on this threat.
Whip and Custard struggle to hold the monster back, which is going for the kira-kiraru from the ice cream they made for Aoi. Aoi steps up to protect the ice cream herself, and it responds to her feelings.
Whip and Custard are surprised to discover that Aoi is also PreCure. Cure Gelato fights with ice-based powers.
By working together, Whip, Custard and Gelato are able to defeat their enemy, with Gelato getting the finishing blow.
The girls revert to their normal selves, and Aoi decides to get back onto the stage with Wild Azure once more. When they begin playing, the crowd returns.
That brings episode 3 to an end, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Out of the three Cures introduced so far, I feel that Aoi has had the best introductory episode – it makes me look forward to future episodes that focus on her.
Wild Azure’s performances were good, and I want to see and hear more from them in future episodes. Of course, I do happen to love rock music, so Aoi being in a rock band appealed to me as soon as I discovered that was a case.
Aoi’s transformation into Cure Gelato was definitely up there as one of the best in the franchise, too. It was just so good, particularly with some nice little nods to rock music – like when she briefly does the ‘sign of the horns’ gesture. What we’ve got, is a rock ‘n’ roll Cure, and I love it.
I know we haven’t really even scratched the surface of what KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode has to offer us, but I definitely feel that this was the best episode so far.
It’ll be interesting to see how the debut of my most-anticipated Cure plays out compared to this one – but we have to wait two weeks for that one. Judging by the preview, episode 4 of PreCure will be focusing the three currently established Cures.
I’m certainly not going to complain about Cure Gelato getting more screentime, but at the same time, I really want to see the purple Cure’s debut. Let’s just hope the wait for that will be worth it.