Episode 16 of Hugtto! PreCure is a milestone for the whole franchise. In total, it is the 700th episode of the franchise.
Homare is the focus of this one, and she finds herself gaining an apprentice.
The episode starts with Hana, Saaya and Homare walking to class, when Aki appears. She is roller skating, and out of control. Junna steps up to stop her, leading to the scene above.
Aki has become obsessed with Homare, which is the reason she has started skating. Of course, it is ice skating that Homare does, but that doesn’t really stop Aki. She ends up almost falling again, but Homare manages to catch her this time.
With a rift appearing between Aki and Junna, Homare attempts to help them patch it up during a game of basketball. She passes the ball to Aki, and tells her to pass it to Junna. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go well.
After that, Homare goes up to the roof. Aki soon finds her, and asks to be taken on as her apprentice. She wants to do that, as she thinks Homare is cool and mature. Homare says that Junna is much more mature, and that Aki should patch things up with her.
Aki then reveals that she and Junna have been together since kindergarten, and there are times that she thinks she can’t get anything done without her.
Papple has been suspicious of Lulu for a couple of episodes now, and she has decided to look into it. Lulu claims to be investigating the PreCure and collecting data, but Papple says that she should target their transformation items.
Moving on, Aki insists on walking home with Homare. Homare just takes off, claiming to be busy. She goes to Harry’s place to hug Hugtan, but Harry can tell that something is up. Homare then decides to go somewhere else.
As the rain starts to fall, Hana encounters the mysterious man from before once again. Elsewhere, Aki and Junna end up sheltering from the rain together. It doesn’t take them long to start arguing.
Returning our focus to Homare, Harry manages to track her down and hand her an umbrella. After he leaves, Lulu then shows up out of nowhere, surprising Homare. Lulu takes advantage of Homare’s surprise to steal her PreHeart.
Papple catches up with Lulu to hear the progress on her plan.
With the appearance of an Oshimaidaa, it doesn’t take long for Cure Yell and Cure Ange to arrive on the scene. They start fighting the monster, but struggle to get close.
Yell and Ange try their best, but ultimately they are unable to match their foe. Homare can only watch as they lose the fight, as Lulu is still in possession of her PreHeart. As things look bleak, Lulu appears and hands the PreHeart back to Homare, revealing that she knows she is PreCure.
With her PreHeart back, Homare transforms and confronts the Oshimaidaa. She tries to make her way to Aki and Junna in an attempt to save them, but ends up getting caught.
Though their toge-power is being used for the Oshimaidaa, Aki and Junna are still able to talk to each other. Junna admits that she was jealous of Homare and apologises. Aki apologises as well – she always messes things up for Junna, and she was hoping to learn from Homare in order to get her act together.
With their argument resolved, the toge-power diminishes and causes the Oshimaidaa to weaken. PreCure take the opportunity to finish it off in the usual manner.
After the battle, PreCure have questions for Lulu.
Before Lulu can say anything, she suddenly pushes Cure Yell away. A blast of energy then descends, landing a direct hit on Lulu. Papple was the one responsible.
Cure Yell tries to rush over to Lulu, but Papple whips up a gust of wind and retreats. That brings this episode to an end.
OK, I’m sure it doesn’t need to be said, but Hugtto! PreCure is good. Like, ridiculously good. Well, I guess I should say so far – who knows what the future holds for this season?
This episode’s animation was noticeably different from previous episodes, and there was a lot of distant shots that resulted in faceless characters. However, I’m assuming those were choices made in order to give us better overall animation, and I am fine with that.
Or maybe I’m just talking a load of rubbish, but either way, this episode looked good.
It’s nice to see Aki and Junna again after quite a while, and I really enjoyed how this episode showed us more of their relationship. With Emiru and now Aki and Junna, I feel pretty confident in saying that the supporting cast of this season has proven to be fairly strong.
The stuff with Homare, Aki and Junna was good, but what happened to Lulu is the thing that will probably stick most in my memory.
It’s nice to see that Hugtto hasn’t been holding back with these kinds of things – such as before, where Hugtan fell into a coma. Still, poor Lulu. I know she’ll get better with a little help from Cure Yell and the others, but I certainly didn’t expect what happened during this episode.
It looks like we are coming towards the end of Lulu’s arc – I’d hazard a guess at it wrapping up within the next couple of episodes. Considering Lulu has been a major character, I am very excited to see what happens. From the preview alone, the next episode already looks promising.
This was a very worthy 700th episode, and what a way to continue celebrating 15 years of PreCure.