Time for us to jump into a new season of Pretty Cure! I’ve been purposefully avoiding as much as I can about this season, because I want to go into Tropical-Rouge! PreCure as blind as possible.
This first episode introduces us to Manatsu Natsuumi and Laura.
This first episode of Tropical-Rouge! PreCure introduces us to Manatsu Natsuumi and Laura. Manatsu is moving away from her home island to the city to be with her Mum, who works at an aquarium.
As for Laura, the queen of the mermaid kingdom entrusts her with tracking down the legendary warrior Pretty Cure. That leads Laura to the human world, where she soon encounters Manatsu.
Shortly afterwards, Laura is attacked by a servant of the Witch of Delays. Manatsu comes running to her aid, and ends up transforming into Cure Summer.
Well, suppose I should probably talk first impressions then. I’ll start with Manatsu Natsuumi. I’m sure some people I know have picked up on this about me, but I kind of have a thing for the super energetic anime girls. Turns out Manatsu is one of those as well; suffice to say, I like her a lot.
I look forward to seeing her growth throughout this season.
Then we have Laura, who is a mermaid. She’s pretty open about her ambition to become queen of the mermaid kingdom, and I like that a lot about her. She is not all that keen on humans, but I suspect she might warm up to them over the course of the show. Perhaps not every last one of them, but definitely a select few.
I loved the scene where Manatsu and Laura met for the first time. I could see almost immediately that the pair have a great dynamic going on. Will PreCure fans be talking about Manatsu x Laura for years to come? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…
All I’m saying is that this first episode seems like very good starting point for that kind of thing.
Can’t have a season of PreCure without some enemies to fight, and our starter villain this time is Chongire. I had to look up his name because it wasn’t mentioned in the episode itself. With mermaids being involved, sea creature themed antagonists is only natural
So it seems the antagonists MO is to steal the Motivation Power from people. I guess they need it because they themselves lack motivation. You can see that with Chongire, who really can’t seem to muster up any enthusiasm about his attack. It’s kind of amusing, actually.
Manatsu’s boundless energy makes for a pretty good contrast, now I think about it.
An enemy attack leads to the first transformation of the season. It’s a good transformation sequence, accompanied by good music. As good as that sequence is, what follows is even better.
Manatsu immediately jumps into combat to save Laura, no questions asked. Unfortunately we didn’t get the traditional “I jumped how high?!” thing, but we do have at least three more Cures to get through. Besides, Manatsu doesn’t really react to becoming Cure Summer in this episode; she’s too focused on fighting the Yarane-da.
That whole fight sequence is incredible. Summer just bouncing about the place before attacking is so good. Hoping all the fight scenes will be of similar calibre for this season. Top it off with a spectacular looking special move, and I am impressed.
Yes, yes, whilst I am hoping for things to develop romantically between Manatsu and Laura because yuri, I can see that they do make a great pair. I very much look forward to more of their interactions in the future.
Something I want to mention is that we are getting a rare female main antagonist. We always get female generals, but this is a bit of a rarer event. Granted, Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure gave us one more recently, but it is still something of a rarity.
So that’s the first episode of Tropical-Rouge! PreCure, and it is off to a strong start. I really like Manatsu and Laura already, and the action scenes were great, too.
Already looking forward to more, particularly the debuts of the rest of the team. As for who I’m looking forward to seeing most? Well, that’s got to be Asuka Takizawa.
Finally, I want to quickly mention the screenwriter for this season of PreCure: Masahiro Yokotani. Here’s some notable things they’ve worked on: Mikagura School Suite, Wasteful Days of High School Girls and episodes 4, 7 and 10 of Iwakakeru -Sport Climbing Girls-. There’s actually a lot more than that, but these have some pretty notable yuri in, if you get what I’m saying.