Star☆ Twinkle PreCure The Movie: Wish Upon a Song of Stars is the 27th overall Pretty Cure film. The director was Yuuta Tanaka (who also directed Maho Girls PreCure! The Movie: The Miraculous Transformation! Cure Mofurun!), and the script was written by Jin Tanaka. This film is also Yuni/Cure Cosmo’s first movie appearance in the franchise.
First things first, Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure is very much a kids’ show, so this film starts with the usual spiel about using Miracle Lights. Naturally, there is a part of the film that encourages audience participation, though it doesn’t feel as intrusive as it has been in past films.The film kicks off with a battle between PreCure and the Notraiders in space; it is a rare example of a villain from the TV series showing up in a film (besides certain crossovers). Tenjo has no impact on the plot whatsoever, though; the scene is just to get viewers’ attention.
The plot of this film concerns a small yellow extraterrestrial creature that Hikaru and Lala happen to discover together.Hikaru decides to name the creature Uma (from UMA, or Unidentified Mysterious Animal). Uma has the ability to warp, somewhat similar to Fuwa’s powers. As it turns out, there are space hunters out there seeking Uma, so naturally it falls to PreCure to protect it.Also appearing in this film is Mary Ann, who has previously appeared in the Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure TV series. Admittedly she doesn’t get much of a role here, but that is something that she has in common with most of the cast.
Basically, don’t expect too much from anybody not named Hikaru, Lala or Uma. Mary Ann is basically there to chase Yuni off into the depths of space for a large chunk of the film – and we see very little of that.Much like in the TV series, both Elena and Madoka aren’t really given all that much time to shine. Admittedly they get a bit more time on screen than Yuni does (which makes a change), but they might as well just be side characters. If nothing else, at least they get to go on a date together in Okinawa – well, that’s how I’m choosing to interpret it at least.It my not be ideal that not all the main characters are treated equally, but it does mean that there are plenty of opportunities left open for some really quite touching HikaLala moments. One of the main elements of the plot is also Lala’s relationship with Uma. They don’t exactly start off on the right foot, but it does build into something compelling.The antagonists in this film are Space Hunters, and I really like their designs. They are pretty much just straight up space criminals who want to obtain Uma because it is worth a hefty sum. The five pictured above might not be the only ones who want Uma, either…Of course, there is a big old battle against the Space Hunters, and this film gives us something pretty neat. PreCure gain access to Zodiac forms, which work pretty similarly to the Maho Girls PreCure! Styles. The battle against the Space Hunters also takes on a grander scale as the end of the film draws closer, and it is the usual excellent PreCure action (something I’ve seen described as Dragon Ball Z with frills).
The different Zodiac forms all look pretty good, even if Cure Milky’s Leo form bares a strong resemblance to Cure Gelato.
When it comes down to it, though, Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure The Movie: Wish Upon a Song of Stars is effectively an extended HikaLala episode. They shine the brightest in this film, and there are some really great moments between the two girls. This is very much Hikaru and Lala’s film. The other PreCure are present, but that’s about it when it comes down to it.
Overall, though, Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure The Movie: Wish Upon a Song of Stars is an excellent addition to the Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure canon, and very much worth watching for those who enjoyed the TV series.
Sure, Elena, Madoka and Yuni may not get to do all that much, but everything we get from Hikaru, Lala and Uma is so good that I’m willing to forgive it. Definitely one of the stronger PreCure films.