KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode Episode 4: All Feelings Begin with Love

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.

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Ichika and Himari, among others, watch the ballet dancer Mariko

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.

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Mariko gives tickets to her recital to Ichika, Himari and Aoi

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.

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The girls’ attempts at making cream puffs don’t go so well

Despite making a mess and several failures, the girls have a lot of fun whilst making cream puffs together.

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Ichika encourages the others to keep trying

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.

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Mariko offers some advice to Ichika

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.

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Ichika, Himari and Aoi return here at the same time

By working together, the girls are finally able to successfully make some cream puffs. Ichika even has a flash of inspiration.

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Ichika, Himari and Aoi work together to get results

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.

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Shukkurii’s appearance after stealing kira-kiraru

Of course, since an enemy has shown up, the girls transform.

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Cure Whip, Cure Custard and Cure Gelato

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.

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The Cures defeat their enemy with a combination attack

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.

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A swan cream puff

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.

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We’ll have to wait until the next episode to see more from this striking lass

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.

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2 Responses to KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode Episode 4: All Feelings Begin with Love

  1. OG-Man says:

    It was a decent episode.

    Oh yes indeed. The most hyped Cure of the series will finally grace us with her presence next time. I can’t wait!

  2. tcondon1 says:

    I agree with you on the points about Mariko. Plus why is her connection to the pastry shop that Ichika and HImari had cream puffs at during the first part of the episode? Aoi mentions it in relation to her but they don’t explain anything about it so it really just made the whole situation confusing. The best part of the episode for me was seeing the small glimpse of our next Cure. I can’t wait for her introduction!

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