Mahou Tsukai Precure Episode 3
For a slow and virtually plot-less episode, I was surprised how it managed to keep my attention. This week was all about Mirai being taken to town to pick up supplies for school, but what stood out to me the most was the love the town people had towards Riko. She has been going to the Merchant Alley since she has first enrolled and everyone knows her exceptionally well. They know she is a clumsy magician. The tailor saw her button was loose and fixed it, the broom seller saw how battered her broom was it not only fixed it but added a ribbon to match Mirai’s broom because it was the first time he has seen her bring a friend. It was also the dynamic between Riko and the towns-folks which I had enjoyed, like the old man who Riko knows well enough once he has a story to tell, he has a million more to follow.
But there was also an interesting implication. While they were going to town, Mirai was telling Riko how she can always tell her grandma anything, because she will have her trust and support. When Riko heard this, she looked down, and even a bit envious. It appears that not only Riko is struggling to be acknowledged/praised by others, but also struggling with something related to her family. We know nothing about her family, but I expect it would eventually be brought up. I could dive into a bunch of speculations, but I think it would be wise to wait since we are only on episode three.
The villain Great Sparda
(who’s design -for some reason- made me think of Digimon…) started off on a brilliant note. She cleverly snatched Mirai’s Diamond Linkle Stone from afar, and right there- that would have been a great success had she ran off with it. BUT ALAS, WE CAN’T HAVE THAT HAPPEN! It’s too early for the villains to have the upper-hand! But hey, it could have been an awesome opportunity and twist had she been able to at least get away with the Diamond Linkle Stone after the fight- the way it fell out of her hand was a bit dumb too… I say this only because the Ruby Linkle Stone came into play, making it so they are still able to transform regardless if one of their stones are missing. The Ruby Linkle Stone came out of the Passion Flame, the sacred flame which are the lore goes, has saved the town from darkness. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this power concept is that, this isn’t anything like the dress-up cards, where they served as an add-on power-up tool. The Diamond Linkle Stone was not required in order for the Ruby Linkle Stone to work, therefore making it it’s own unique power rather than a simple add-on feature. It is going to be very interesting to see if the girls will switch stones on a routine basis, or for the majority of the time, stick to their first Linkle Stone: Diamond. On a related note, I wanted to bring up Moforun. I wonder what will happen if they were to lose Moforun. He appears to be the heart of their power, since he not only can smell/detect other Linkle Stones, but it used to bring out that said power.
And finally the transformation. I was super pleased to see Ruby’s transformation was also traditionally done. I am still holding my breath about the CG, but I am savoring the traditional hand-drawn animation because I don’t know if the second level transformation will continue that. But I have to ask, while watching the transformation, was anyone else thinking to themselves about how it would be sad if Sailor Moon doesn’t get this kind of treatment in the upcoming Season 3? I mean for the love of god, Mahou Tsukai Precure’s transformation sequences similarities just keep inching a bit closer (though to be fair, it is being done in a very simplified form).
Next week, the magic lessons will begin! I can’t imagine Mirai is going to have an easy time with the Deputy Headmistress, who is absolutely livid and against Mirai enrollment.