Julio has one final experiment to do in the seventeenth episode of PreCure ☆ a la Mode. The target for said experiment is none other than Ichika herself.
The episode starts by showing us Ichika’s mum, who is preparing something special to send to her daughter.
Meanwhile, Pekorin tells Himari and Aoi that Yukari has something important to tell to everyone. However, Ichika will be running late.
Ichika is picking up ingredients to make biscuits to send to her mum, and of course Rio happens to show up. Ichika ends up dragging him around whilst shopping and he ends up accompanying her to her home.
There is also a letter included in the package. Ichika believes there is a lot of love put into the madeleines, but Rio doesn’t. He outright says that he hates sweets and takes advantage of having Ichika alone.
Yukari and the others arrive at Ichika’s place, but they’re too late. Rio taunts them from the rooftop, and then prepares to fight the Cures.
Using Ichika’s stolen kira-kiraru, Julio is somehow able to use all of the Cures’ special attacks. Whilst they fight, Pekorin takes Ichika inside to try and get her back to normal.
Seeing that Ichika bought ingredients to make biscuits, Pekorin gets Ichika to start making them. As Ichika does so, she briefly recalls putting her feelings into making other sweets – though they are only brief memories.
Whilst the other Cures continue to struggle against Julio, Ichika just continues making biscuits.
The finished cookies give off a lot of kira-kiraru, and Cure Whip finally decides to join the fight against Julio.
She also brings an insert song along with her, which might explain why she remains silent for a fair chunk of the fight. From that point on, the fight pretty much follows standard procedure – except Julio is unable to retreat this time.
Oh, wait, never mind – Julio does retreat after all. With his defeat at the hand of the Cures, a new enemy appears.
This episode wasn’t too bad I suppose. Ichika still hasn’t really done anything for me to find her as interesting as her fellow Cures. If I had to describe this episode, I’d probably call it standard Pretty Cure fare. I didn’t find it as engaging as the episodes that came before it.
It appears that Julio is stepping down as a villain for now, at least. I never really thought much of him. There was a hint at his motivation in this episode, but it hasn’t really been made clear what he hoped to achieve with his experiments.
Also, for anyone confused as to why I’m referring to what Ichika makes as biscuits – well, I’m British and to me a cookie is not what Ichika makes in this episode.
Next episode will introduce a new villain for the Cures to take on. Hopefully I’ll find her more interesting than Julio.