The twenty-ninth episode of Tropical-Rouge! PreCure is a real treat, and even then I might be understating it. PreCure face their most powerful foe yet.
This episode is pretty much all about PreCure fighting the Super Zettai Yarane-da, summoned by Butler. Rather than one opponent, though, they have to deal with a whole swarm of them. As tends to be the case with Pretty Cure, a powered-up foe leads to our heroines getting a power up.
With that synopsis out of the way, the animation throughout this entire episode is absolutely superb. Toei went all out for this episode, and it is noticeable from the very beginning. It is such a visual treat.
We are also blessed with some cute Manatsu x Laura scenes. This is the episode that keeps on giving.
For the first time this season, Butler is the one to bring us our monster of the week. It is nice to finally see him step up after he had spent so much time at the enemy’s HQ. Butler certainly makes his first monster of the week a very memorable one, too.
The concept of turning water into the Super Zettai Yarane-da is such a great one, especially with it allowing such fluid (ha!) animation. It’s almost jarring how different the transformation stock footage animation and the animation of this actual episode are.
I’ve already mentioned how the animation is noticeable from the beginning of the episode, but it really kicks into high gear once PreCure start fighting.
Even just single frames are incredible to look at. Obviously static screenshots don’t do the actual animation justice, but just take my word for it when I say that it is such a delight to watch.
I could probably fill this entire post with screenshots of some incredible frames, but there is a lot more going on in this episode on top of the superb animation.
Whilst the introduction of the Super Zettai Yarane-da may be quite a serious threat, that doesn’t prevent this episode from providing a little humour. Kururun is source of said humour. Hey, at least we know Kururun will stay still when instructed to.
Cure Papaya’s shoot first, ask questions later approach also got a good laugh out of me.
More Cure Summer x Cure La Mer stuff is always welcome, and they do say one picture is worth a thousand words. Summer and La Mer being reflected in the dresser’s mirror says absolutely all it needs to about them, I think.
On top of everything else, this episode gives us more lore, as well. The Legendary Pretty Cure herself makes an appearance, and it seems she has some kind of connection with the Witch of Delays. She also makes a request for PreCure to save the world, as well as the Witch.
This is incredibly intriguing stuff, and certainly has me considering theories like the Witch of Delays being the Legendary Pretty Cure, or a close friend at least. I am excited to see where that plot thread ends up going.
Just as the enemies have powered up, so too do PreCure. The new attack is called Pretty Cure Land Beat Dynamic, and it certainly has some unexpected elements to it. Doesn’t detract from it at all, though.
What an incredible episode. The best that Tropical-Rouge! PreCure has to offer by far. It gives us a power-up, Laura x Manatsu moments, incredible animation and more lore. I can’t overstate just how much this episode has impressed me.
Next time, Laura runs for student council president. I’d vote for her.