KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode took a break from introducing new Cures this week, and gave us an episode that focuses on Ichika, Himari and Aoi working together to make some cream puffs.
We begin with Ichika and Himari talking to Mariko and saying they want to go and see her recital. Later on, Mariko puts on a public performance in a park where she has quite an audience – Ichika and Himari are present, as too is another familiar face.
After getting the tickets, the girls decide they should try to make something for Mariko. They decide to try their hand at making cream puffs.
Despite making a mess and several failures, the girls have a lot of fun whilst making cream puffs together.
Several failed attempts take up quite a lot of time, which means that Himari has to go to cram school whilst Aoi has band practice. When the others have gone, a dejected Ichika takes a walk and ends up bumping into Mariko.
Mariko tells Ichika that it’s important to remember how one feels when they start something. This gives Ichika the encouragement she needs to get back into making cream puffs. Upon spotting posters for Mariko’s recital, Himari and Aoi are eager to get back to the sweets workshop as well.
By working together, the girls are finally able to successfully make some cream puffs. Ichika even has a flash of inspiration.
The following day, the kirakiraru of the cream puffs draws the attention of a creature called Shukkurii. It steals the kira-kiraru from the cream puffs and transforms.
Of course, since an enemy has shown up, the girls transform.
The Cures try to attack Shukkurii, but are unsuccessful. In order to win, they realise that they need to work together much like they did when they were making the cream puffs.
After defeating the enemy, Ichika, Himari and Aoi make their way to Mariko’s recital where they present a cream puff to her – it is here that we get to see exactly what Ichika’s flash of inspiration was.
Mariko really appreciates the cream puffs – she loves cream puffs, and she loves the girls for making them for her. After the recital, Ichika, Himari and Aoi pass by a purple-haired girl.
That wraps up episode 4, and my opinion on it is that it was all right. Let’s face it, after incredible introduction of Aoi in the previous episode, this one had a tough act to follow. It wasn’t terrible, but I would have much preferred to have the next Cure’s introduction rather than what we got.
My first problem with this episode is Mariko, or in particular the way she’s just sort of dropped into the series as if the viewers are already familiar with her. I have no problem with her character, but I do feel she just kind of came out of nowhere.
The episode started and she was there, and I had no clue who she was until the episode had advanced a bit and we learned that she’s a renowned ballet dancer. Ichika, Himari and Aoi are clearly fans of hers, but is she a local celebrity or what? How did the girls become fans of hers? Perhaps I’m just thinking too much about this…
Whilst I didn’t enjoy this episode as much as the previous one, I can’t say it was terrible, either. A sort of middling experience, I guess. I just hope that future episodes prove to be more enjoyable than this one. Fortunately, we still have two more Cures to be introduced, which very likely means that will be at least two enjoyable episodes back-to-back.
Next time, we’ll finally see the introduction of my most anticipated Cure. I’m certainly looking forward to that.