Futari wa Pretty Cure anime review

Futari wa Pretty Cure anime review
Nagisa Misumi and Honoka Yukishiro couldn't be more different. Nagisa is sporty and Honoka bookish, and while they attend the same school, they have very little in common—until one day, a shower of shooting stars brings two very unlikely visitors into their lives: Mippuru and Meppuru, refugees from the Garden of Light, which has been conquered by Darkness. Endowed with new and startling powers, Nagisa and Honoka become Cure Black and Cure White, magical defenders of the light—together, they are Pretty Cure.

I have seen many magical girl anime, folks. I've watched Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Mew Mew and Ultra Maniac and Hime-chan's Ribbon and Saint Tail and Creamy Mami and Full Moon o Sagashite and I have liked most of them. I've even liked Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, of all things. But this anime is just plain doinky. It may even be worse than the doinkiest of the doinky magical girl anime, Wedding Peach. Just what makes this series so terrible? Many, many things, including the plot.

The plot is horribly cliched. It uses all the plot elements we have come to expect from a post-Sailor Moon magical girl anime, and it doesn't put a twist on any of them. We have our generic bad guys, the Dotsuku-Zone, who take over the generic utopian happy land, the Garden of Light, and they want to steal the generic magic jewel (in this case, seven mystical jewels) from the generic utopian happy land. It's all ripped directly from Sailor Moon, and they don't even try to hide it. And the transformation method is also stupid. In order to transform into Cure Black and Cure White, Nagisa and Honoka have magical talking cell phones.

Let me repeat that again: MAGICAL TALKING CELL PHONES. And they have to swipe a card through them to transform. I am not kidding. The transformation scenes take forever and a day to complete, and the attack names are some of the worst ever. "PreCure Marble Screw"? "PreCure Rainbow Therapy"? Hearing these attack names, I wondered if the scriptwriter had serious issues, because only a doink could come up with an attack name like "PreCure Marble Screw". About the only thing that is original about their fighting is that they use martial arts instead of wands or sticks. Unfortunately, this is probably the only original thing in the entire series. The monsters that they fight are even stupider - they fight monster-ized household appliances, including...vacuum cleaners. (Shades of Jewel BEM Hunter Lime.) Only a doink could have thought up such doinky monsters.

Speaking of doinks, that's exactly what the characters in this anime are. They are all generic and bland and as cliched as the plot is. Nagisa is your Generic Tomboy™ who squees over boys. Honoka is the Smart Girl Who Is Also Clumsy™. Gee, a clumsy main character! How original! But perhaps the most annoying characters are the mascots, Mipple and Mepple, the aforementioned magical talking cell phone creatures. They have annoying voices, annoying personalities, have an annoying habit of adding "mippu" and "meppu" to the ends of their sentences, and you want to smack them whenever you see them. They are perhaps the most terrible mascots for a magical girl anime that I have ever seen, and even if you don't like magical girl anime, five minutes of them will have you begging for Kero-chan or Luna, or Takuto and Meroko.

As for the art and animation...well, this is a Toei series, so don't expect much. Admittedly, the animation is much better than the Toei series from the mid-90s, but it still is somewhat doinky. The character designs are also a bit unattractive, especially the doinky costumes that Nagisa and Honoka wear when they transform. Sadly, even the animation cannot save this series. As for the music, it is, once again, your typical doinky magical girl anime music. The ED is rather cute, but the OP is hideous, and the BGM is, again, typical. Some of the seiyuu in this series have awful voices. Along with Mipple and Mepple, Nagisa especially has a bad voice that doesn't fit her.

In conclusion, this series is just the umpteen-millionth Sailor Moon-wannabe magical girl series, and one to avoid. Even Wedding Peach is better than Futari wa Pretty Cure - and I thought that I would never say that.

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