Happiness Charge Precure! Episode 1 [First Impression]
Eva’s First Impression
Happiness Charge Precure was exactly what I needed to watch today. This show is just too cute that I can’t stop smiling. I am pleasantly surprised by the whole premise, it is quite refreshing. Happiness Charge Precure has this mix of retro and modern character designs, not to mention even the peppy retro-like OP Song that I absolutely adored. There was that sense of nostalgia that washed over me while watching this, bringing me back to the days when I was a young girl watching Magical Girls shows.
We first meet Shirayuki Himelda, Princess of the Blue Sky, heir to the throne is such a precious character. One of the main things I absolutely love about her is that she is a flawed Precure. She isn’t good at her job, she has a poor reputation, and she can be a bit care less when making decisions. She is given a Crystal of Love by Blue (who I think might be her brother, that’d be really cool), to help her find a partner/friend. Of course Hime decides that since there are so many people, she will just throw the damn thing and whoever it hits, will be her friend!
Luckily for her, it smacks Aiko Megumi who happens to be a huge Precure fan and cares about everyone’s happiness.
I am not going to lie though, I quickly became concerned that she might turn into a Mana 2.0 (Doki Doki Precure). I found Mana’s obsession to help others out to be incredibly annoying, so I pray to god that Megumi will not turn out like that (not to mention it would be terribly lame to have that distinctive character quality repeated over again). Megumi is a very sweet character who adores cute things. While Hime was trying to muster up the courage to talk to her, Megumi ended up being the one to come to her, praising her outfit. It was really adorable to see these two girls interact, and I look forward to seeing their friendship develop.
Then there is Cure Fortune. We only saw her for a few seconds, but she told us everything that we needed to know about her. She despises Cure Princess and blames her for the situation they are facing against the Terribads from the Phantom Empire.
I find it funny though, it appears to be a running theme or I dare say, stereotype in the Precure series as of the late to make the purple precures have some miserable past. I find that kind of amusing though, but it’s getting a bit old, they need to switch it up a bit, perhaps in the next one (though I wonder when that will be since Sailor Moon will be coming out this Summer…).
The villains’ character designs are probably my top favourite so far, not to mention the Terribads as well. I do prefer simplicity over too over the top, but then again this is a kids show so my opinion is not valid in this case. I find the villains to be pretty interesting, even more so since they are well known and attack the cities on the daily basis. This brings me to one of the coolest part of Happiness Charge Precure. Precures Warriors are no longer a secret. They are well known to everyone in the world. I actually saw a theory on Tumblr, (I regret that I didn’t save the link, I will link it if I find it) where as throughout each series, Precures gradually made a slow transition to becoming known to the public. Before in the beginning (the earlier series) it was all about secrecy from the public, but now the public has to rely on the Precures’ presence in the city as the bad guys are now no longer lurking in the shadows. If this theory turns out to be true, it becomes a revolutionary change in the Precure Universe.
Overall I am absolutely loving what Happiness Charge Precure has to offer. It is up in the air whether I will be blogging this, but I would like to give it a shot since I do want to cover a happy show. /Interally slaps self for not being able to cover Inari Konkon no Iroha.
PS: Am I the only one who finds the ED Sequence Creepy?
Possibility of Blogging: Moderate (Will give three episodes, though typically for Precure series I give it ten if I like it)
Possibility of Watching: Guranteed