The forty-third episode of Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure wraps up the Elena arc that effectively started back in episode thirty-nine, with a visit to the Planet Guten. This particular planet is notable for being the place where Tenjou came from.
I have particularly high hopes for this episode. Hopefully it will meet my expectations.
In this episode, the PreCure take a trip to Planet Guten where the Starscape Alliance is working on technology that will let them track down the Notraiders. On the planet, Elena is confronted by Tenjou.
This may be considered an Elena episode, but playing an equally important role this time around is Tenjou. After all, the setting is her home planet.
It seems the earlier into an episode the PreCure transform, the better it will be. Got to give props to Tenjou for attempting to attack Elena when she was alone, but of course that was never going to last long.
Tenjou’s backstory is divulged in this episode, and it is not something that she is particularly happy about sharing. Doesn’t seem to be quite as extreme as Kappard and Garuouga’s stories, but she definitely earns some sympathy at least.
Being a Cure Soleil episode means that the other Cures have to be about as useful as chocolate fireguards during battle. Cure Soleil isn’t exactly proactively fighting either, so she gets literally kicked around a bit before she gets her actual moment to shine.
These last few episodes have definitely been pushing more Soleil x Selene interactions, and I am pretty happy with that. When Soleil is down, Selene is there to pick her up. The relationship between Elena and Madoka has definitely been one of the best things to come out of the previous few episodes.
Cure Soleil reaches a pivotal moment in her character development, and of course that means she follows in the footsteps of Yuni, Lala and Madoka. Just Hikaru to go now. Much like with Madoka’s episode, though, I feel like something is lost with the entire group launching their finishing attack. Just let Elena have it on her own, and it would be more impactful. Oh well.
After the battle, we get the hint that a certain force of evil will be on the move very soon. This episode wraps up in a rather touching manner, with Elena having a heart to heart with her mother.
Don’t worry, the episode doesn’t end on a downer. Rather, we cap off what has been a fantastic arc for Elena on a positive note.
I can safely say that this episode did indeed meet my expectations. I suspected it was going to be fantastic, and it was. Lots of lovely screentime for Elena, all devoted towards her character development.
For the previous few episodes, both Elena and Madoka have been the main stars. At times Hikaru, Lala and Yuni feel like their the main characters, but these past few episodes have been excellent reminders that Elena and Madoka are a key part of the team, as well.
Next time, Christmas! Might not be so merry, though…