KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode‘s 29th episode focuses on my favourite member of the cast, Yukari Kotozume. It also brings along more AkiYuka goodness, but how does it compare to the quite frankly brilliant episode 25?
Well, let’s take a look and find out.
We start with Yukari and Akira studying together, with their respective fangirls watching on and admiring the spectacle. They are also being observed by Elisio…
Whilst waiting for Yukari and Akira to get to KiraPati, the girls there pretty much just start gushing about how great Yukari is. They also bring up how cat-like she is.
As Yukari and Akira walk to KiraPati, they are stopped several times by people wanting to thank Akira for helping them out. Yukari ends up running off, but Akira catches up to her. Yukari asks Akira how she can be so kind, and Akira replies it’s because there are people out there who aren’t able to do the things they want to do – such as her own sister for example. Yukari ends up running again.
Later on, we see a melancholy Yukari staring out across a pond. Akira soon joins her, and starts skipping stones. She offers one to Yukari, but she refuses. Akira tells Yukari that there’s so much around for her to enjoy.
At that point, Yukari’s grandmother asks Yukari, and the other KiraPati girls, to make some sweets using some matcha. Akira agrees to it on behalf of Yukari.
The KiraPati girls intend to make macarons with the matcha, of course. However, Yukari delays that by saying that they won’t be able to make them perfectly. Ciel says the things that make sweets perfect differs from one person to another, and is able to encourage Yukari to make the macarons.
As Yukari goes to deliver the macarons to her grandmother, Elisio appears before her. Of course, Yukari transforms. Once she does that, Elisio takes it as a cue to summon a mirror.
Deciding it’s interesting, Cure Macaron freely steps into it. Inside, she discovers multiple pictures of herself as a child. She is also confronted by her younger self.
The young Yukari reveals the darkness that dwells in her own heart, and captures Cure Macaron. She proclaims her hate for all the people laughing and seemingly enjoying life.
The other Cures arrive, and Cure Chocolat wastes no time when she sees that Macaron is in trouble.
Elisio fends her off, and summons the monster of the week.
Whilst the other Cures fight, Macaron accepts that there is darkness in her heart. However, light resides in there as well. Being with Akira and the others makes Yukari’s world more colourful than before, and she can be happy. Ultimately, Macaron says that she has to make her own enjoyment.
Macaron is able to break free, and joins the other Cures back in the real world.
Yukari’s crystal transforms, naturally taking on a cat shape. Of course, there’s still the matter of the monster of the week to deal with. I’m just going to pick out a few highlight of this particular battle.
After all that, the monster of the week is defeat. The Cures uses their first finishing attack, probably leaving Cure Parfait twiddling her thumbs as she watches on.
Elisio retreats afterwards, and Yukari is able to get the matcha macarons delivered.
We end with the KiraPati girls making cat macarons and enjoying them.
That’s it for this episode, and it was a really great episode. Of course, Yukari is my favourite cast member so I’m almost certainly biased towards episodes where she gets the focus.
I absolutely adore the AkiYuka stuff we got from this episode, and I look forward to seeing how that relationship continues to evolve.
I’m quite enjoying the way in which Elisio preys on the Cures’ doubts – by overcoming them, the Cures are gaining character development whilst becoming stronger for it.
I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I loved this episode.
Also, it seems to have become something of a tradition to mention when it’s a Cure’s birthday, and this time around it is Aoi Tategami – or Cure Gelato, if you prefer. 27/08/17 is the date of her birthday – it is around 8:35pm on that date as I type this.
Next time, it will be Akira’s turn for a character-focused episode.