Hugtto! Precure Episode 8
I will be honest with you, as I was watching the episode I couldn’t help but feel as though something was off… Maybe it’s just me, but the episode felt a little sloppy, rushed and even at times forced. I felt troubled by it, and seriously asked myself whether or not I would even make it to ten episodes at this rate. But within the last five minutes, it was as though I saw light at the end of the tunnel, and it reeled me right back in!
Hana encounters an incredibly mysterious (handsome) man, and who carries a beautiful book, describing it was a world where everyone had great hopes for the future. They called it the a veritable Garden of Eden. However its splendour would not last forever. It is hard to decipher whether or not he is referring to the story, past, or perhaps even this world. One of the biggest question that comes to mind: Who is he? And which side is he on?
He appears to also be the same man standing outside on the terrace with Pupple inside reviewing paperwork of a sorts. I am curious of whether or not that is actually the case. It also did not go unnoticed to me how it looked as though he had a wistful expression on his face when he spoke about the book, only making me even more curious about the world he speaks of. But another big question is of course: What is Pupple’s relationship with the man? She has mentioned about going on dates, and today we hear her mention how she wished tomorrow would never come.
Then there was Henri. I am glad that I was wrong about his origins (I had initially though he was a Russian Skater due to the topic of Moscow in the last week’s preview), but he is still the cut out classic half French, half Japanese, or as he likes to call himself: A double. He and Homare have been skating together since they were kids, and Henri came to see her in hopes she would join him to train in Moscow.
Of course by the end of the episode, Henri surprises Homare with having transferred to their school and is now part of the Sports Class (she was one a part of, before transferring to the regular class). Although Henri came off as a prick for most of the episode, his attitude improved by the end of the episode, and I actually screamed when he confirmed my suspicions he had caught onto Homare being a precure, and even joked to her about maybe he should try becoming one himself. And I am not gonna lie, if they were to do that, I would be all over it. The only thing I am concerned about however is making him disappear altogether, especially since he and the girls are in different departments at school. I think it would be great he were to join their group, like they did with Seiji in Happiness Charge! or have a similar presence as Yui did in Go! Princess Precure. Those two are the most memorable characters to be part of the group without having any super power of their own.
Henri’s earlier comments on how “Cheering someone is something anyone can do”, got into her head. Hana is starting to reflect and question herself when it comes to supporting others. And to some degree, Henri is right, but at the same time, there are some things only Hana can do when it comes to cheering on others. I also liked how they followed up on how some people just don’t want someone to cheer for them or can’t accept being cheered for. The time Homare had lashed out at Hana who tried to support her by cheering her on, was a good example how it can sometimes do more harm than good. In that particular case, it was agonizing for Homare to hear it because she felt she didn’t deserve it.
Next week, they will be going on a hiking trip! I will be a bit surprised if Hana doesn’t get her own little buff-up, but I considering how small it is, it’s not something that makes me excited in any way.