Tropical-Rouge! PreCure Episode 20: Premium Tropical Melon Bread

Melon bread goes missing in the twentieth episode of Tropical-Rouge! PreCure, but it is not just your garden variety melon bread. No, it is Premium Tropical Melon Bread. Such a valuable item going missing needs someone to investigate the case: that’s where Minori steps up as a detective.

Manatsu

Manatsu prays to get the Premium Tropical Melon Bread

In this episode, Manatsu manages to acquire some rare Premium Tropical Melon Bread, only for it to disappear shortly afterward. Minori investigates the case, but that just ends up with the Tropical Club accusing each other. That has a negative impact when the enemy attacks, but one of them suddenly remembers something during the battle…

Manatsu's missing melon bread

Manatsu has discovered her melon bread has pulled a vanishing act

So what we get here is effectively a detective episode of Tropical-Rouge! PreCure, courtesy of Minori. We get red herrings, false accusations and some funky glasses.

Detective Minori

Detective Minori is on the case!

It was pretty amusing how Minori was pulling those glasses out of her bag in the background whilst the other girls were tending to Manatsu who was in a state of shock over her missing melon bread. From what we see in this episode, Minori seems to be the type to really get into the novels she reads.

Asuka, Laura, Sango, and Minori

Tensions run high as the Tropical Club accuse each other of stealing Manatsu’s melon bread

I think Minori’s got a little way to go before she can call herself Sherlock Holmes, or perhaps the Detective Pikarin she admires isn’t actually all that good. Whatever the case may be, plenty of accusations get thrown around within the Tropical Club. At least nobody tried to accuse Manatsu, I guess, since she is the victim in all of this.

Monster of the Week

Bakery sign Zenzen Yarane-da

Sure is inconvenient of the enemy to attack when the Tropical Club aren’t exactly seeing eye-to-eye. PreCure enemies do have a talent for timing their attacks like that, though. Also, if I’m recalling correctly, this episode marks the first time we get a particular thing since Cure La Mer’s debut.

Tropical-Rouge! PreCure

The full Tropical-Rouge team

This is the first time in the season that all five girls have transformed simultaneously, as far as I remember. (I’ll be honest, I’m quite tired at the time of writing due to a certain VSinger’s debut, so if I’m remembering incorrectly, that’s my excuse).
Before now, some circumstance or other would often result in at least one member arriving late to the battle, at least once Cure La Mer had debuted. But now they all get to transform together.

Cure Summer and Cure La Mer

Summer and La Mer

The mystery of the missing melon bread also happens to be solved during the fight, and we get a small Manatsu x Laura moment. Although it may have been fairly brief, the fight against the Zenzen Yarane-da was decent.

Asuka & Laura

Another Laura outfit that I like.

This was a fun episode. It gave Minori some time to shine, but also had everyone involved in the plot. I wonder if any viewers were able to solve the case before it was revealed in the episode…

Next time, summer break!

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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