PreCure Miracle Universe is the twenty-sixth overall film of the PreCure franchise. It was released in Japanese theatres on March 16th 2019, which would have been just a few weeks after Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure‘s premiere.
As such, Cure Star, Cure Milky, Cure Soleil and Cure Selene have their film debut here.
Series featured: KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode, Hugtto! PreCure & Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure
Throughout the PreCure films, there has been the recurring items known as the Miracle Lights. PreCure Miracle Universe has the Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure characters visit the Miraculous Planets, which is where the Miracle Lights are produced. When shadows start to devour the planets, it is up to PreCure to put a stop to them.
A new PreCure film naturally means new characters, and this time around we are getting the fairies who work in the factory that creates Miracle Lights. The film’s plot revolves around Piton, who aspires to become a great Miracle Light maker. He has a habit of just running away whenever problems arise.
Two other key players in this film are the president of the Miracle Light Factory, and his right-hand man, Yango. Yango is particularly noteworthy, as he is voiced by Yuki Kaji. A role you may know Yuki Kaji for is Attack on Titan‘s Eren Jeager – I find it pretty amusing to hear Eren’s voice coming from a bird fairy thing.
The plot of the film sees the the Cures from KiraKira ☆ PreCure a la Mode, Hugtto! PreCure and Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure joining forces, although they end up separated into three different groups early on in the film. We get a mix between the three groups, and only two of the three leader Cures end up together.
Out of the three groups, my favourite has to be the one that is made up of Yukari, Akira, Emiru, Ruru, Elena and Madoka. Oh, Harry is there as well, too. Of course, we get some EmiRuru and AkiYuka stuff – maybe Elena and Madoka could learn a thing or two from them.
The final group we get is the other KiraKira Cures, with Lala and Hugtan accompanying them. The KiraPati girls get to do what they do best, which is making sweets of course. That’s about all they get to do, at least while they are split up.
Being a PreCure film, there are some typical things to expect: first and foremost the characters breaking the fourth wall to encourage audience participation. This is a kids’ film, after all.
Action scenes are enjoyable as always, though I did feel like the climax of the film was a bit weak. Though that could be because I’m comparing it to Hugtto! PreCure♡Futari wa Pretty Cure: All Stars Memories, which probably isn’t entirely fair. Miracle Universe is a more typical crossover film, whereas All Stars Memories was a celebration of fifteen years of PreCure.
Also, I may have not included a few little details when listing all the series featured in this film. Though truth be told, it is kind of disappointing what happens with that.
Being early on in Star☆Twinkle PreCure‘s run, this film really plays the inexperienced Cure card for Cure Star. Its something we never really saw from Hikaru in the TV show; she seemed to adapt to her role as Cure Star fairly quickly.
When it comes down to it, PreCure Miracle Universe is pretty much your typical PreCure crossover film. Compared to certain other PreCure films, it doesn’t really pack the same kind of oomph – but then again, what does when compared to the fantastic All Stars Memories?
It is still enjoyable enough, though.