In the thirty-first episode of Hugtto! PreCure, an old acquaintance of Hana’s wants to rekindle their relationship. On top of that, the Cures become even more powerful.
The episode begins with Hana and the others all reminiscing about the fun they had over the summer. After Emiru and Ruru show their autographs off (which they have been practicing, but don’t tell anyone that), a girl approaches them.
This girl knows Hana, but she doesn’t say a whole lot before she runs off. Hana calls after the girl – Eri – but doesn’t chase her. When asked about it, Hana just avoids the topic.
Later on, Saaya and Homare bump into Eri. They sit down and talk with her to find out just what is going on between her and Hana.
As it turns out, she is the person that we’ve seen Hana standing up for in flashbacks.
Though Hana stood up for, Eri decided it would be safer to side with the girls who ostracised Hana. She pretty much gave into peer pressure, and as it turns out that has been something she has carried with her all this time. Eri tells Homare and Saaya that she wants to apologise for what happened.
Elsewhere, Emiru and Ruru are just sat together with their guitars. They know that Hana has been unhappy lately, and that has really been throwing Emiru off. The two talk about how Hana brightens up their days.
Saaya and Homare return to Beauty Harry, where they just hug Hana simply because they love her. After that, they sit down and talk with her. Hana always wandered if Eri hated her for interfering back then – which is why she can’t bring herself to talk to her now. Turns out Eri feels the same way.
After that little chat, Emiru and Ruru arrive and play a song for Hana. Saaya and Homare join in as well, and Hana is brought to tears by their sentiment. She is full of gratitude for having met her friends.
Over at Criasu Corp, Gelos’ lackeys – Takumi and Jinjin – overheard their boss saying that she wanted to fire them. Doctor Traum also gives Gelos something, and the pair decide to steal it for themselves.
Moving on, Eri has a cheer recital. Hana and the others go to, with Hana intending to talk to Eri. However, they overhear that the makeup artists for the cheerleaders are running late – in fact, they have been waylaid by Criasu Corp – so Hana and the others use the Mirai Pad to fill in.
With Hana doing her makeup, Eri finally gets her chance to apologise for what happened. Hana pretty much tells her not to worry about it; the reason she is there is so the two can be friends again. After all, Hana likes Eri. Just as Hana and Eri have patched up their friendship, the cheerleaders are frozen in time. The Mirai Crystals prevent the Cures from suffering the same fate, and they transform.
The toge power of the item that Takumi and Jinjin goes out of control, fusing them into one entity. Gelos arrives and reveals that the item was not quite perfect. She then orders them to serve her until the end.
PreCure pin down the monster and give a speech about their bonds and how that allowed Cure Yell to move forward. This awakens a new Mirai Crystal, and thus a new power.
With their new power, Pretty Cure blast the fused Takumi and Jinjin with their new attack: Pretty Cure Cheerful Attack. Takumi and Jinjin resign, and time returns for all those who were frozen.
Eri and the cheerleaders are able to perform their routine, and she and Hana happily wave to each other once it has finished.
Back at Beauty Harry, Hana decides to take a picture of everyone. There isn’t a particular reason for it, but it is a moment that will only happen once.
That brings this episode to a close, and I have to say that it was a very good one. That does tend to be par for the course when PreCure receive a new power up.
Seeing everyone support Hana was heartwarming – especially the song the other girls sung for her. This was a great episode for Hana all round, in fact.
Maybe if things don’t work out with Saaya, Hana and Eri could be a thing. I’d be happy to see something like that – though we do have EmiRuru, and that is already keeping me very happy.
Pretty Cure Cheerful Style and Pretty Cure Cheerful Attack are spectacular new additions to PreCure’s arsenal, though Cure Ma Cherie and Cure Amour’s Twin Love Rock Beat remains my favourite attack from this season.
This is a bit of speculation from me here, but Hugtan joining in with the Cheerful Style and Cheerful Attack might just be hinting that she could be a sixth Cure. We’ll just have to wait and see whether my speculation is correct or not, though.
A truly excellent episode of Hugtto! PreCure. Next time, it will be another Homare and Harry episode. I’ll just be here looking forward to mermaid Homare, as well as Bishin’s return.