Hugtto! Precure Episode 21
DID HUGTAN JUST SUMMONED CURE BLACK AND CURE WHITE?!
WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?!?!?!
First off, I was spoiled about Cure Black and Cure White coming back through Twitter last night. It popped up in my timeline and I thought, “DARN IT!”. Yet despite being spoiled, it didn’t make their appearance any less shocking, given how they made their appearance in the first place.
Now some people may be excited for this, but for me, this makes me very uneasy. Anyone who watched YGO ARC-V or read my coverage knows why I can’t help but feel apprehensive when they start featuring cameos from the past. Of course we will have to wait and see what will become of Cure Black and White, and whether or not they will be sticking around for more than an episode… but dear god, I hope not. Please don’t do this. Please don’t bring back a bunch of characters from the previous series and make them a part of the main cast. I can already see the disaster in the making. Let’s just keep the whole ultimate precure crossover thing to the movies, let’s not drag that into the TV-Series thank you very much. Let this series focus on our main cast okay, that’s Hana, Homare, Saaya, Harry, Hugtan and our latest two additions: Emiru and Lulu.
One of the main reasons why I am already stressed out just by their appearance is because ever since Lulu’s and Emiru’s arc as begun, the original trio has had virtually no air time, no time to further develop their characters and worst of all, there has been a severe lack of interaction between the five of them as whole. Since Lulu and Emiru are now part of the team, I want to see the group interact altogether, as oppose to being divided into what Lulu and Emiru could be described as “Sub Unit” at the moment. In fact, this episode was the first time the five of them as a group were there to fight, and it will take one more episode before Emiru and Lulu receive their own respective “Melody Sword”, which will be a Guitar for the two of them (since Emiru’s guitar has been destroyed during the fight).… and that yet another thing that is troubling to me.
See, the two of them just became precures… Like yesterday. Today was their second fight, and their third fight will be against Pupple’s “Unleashed Form” as I call it. So this fight will effectively provide Emiru and Lulu their editions of the Melody Sword and defeat the second boss, and to proceed to the next level, Gelos and the others… and I am not exactly a fan of that. Of course one could argue they are a group of five now, naturally they should be able to be stronger altogether, but considering Emiru and Lulu had only undergone two major fights, I find it a little too convenient for them to get it this soon… But I suppose there’s no other way, or else they really will remain as a Sub Unit…
With Pupple getting a taste of her own medicine, be it one she inflicted on herself in desperate attempt to save face, or someone else caused her to become this way, it looks like this will be Pupple’s last stand. She will be effectively replaced by Gelos, George’s latest recruit. This is of course Round 2 of the fight they had against Charaleet when he was buffed up into this kind of monster.
Speaking of the devils, it turns out my suspicions were right. The dude in blue (I don’t know his name), has completely duped both Charaleet and Pupple into thinking the big shadowy face above them is the CEO talking. The truth is, he is the one controlling this feed of him, delivering the script and pulling the strings. It is likely this man is serving a George’s figurehead, which only makes it even crazier, when you realize that Pupple probably has no idea her so-called “boyfriend” is the head of the organization. When she does fall, it will be interesting to see if we see any reaction from George at all, and what will become of her afterwards. Charaleet has been seen to be doing his own thing, but doesn’t appear to be affiliated with the company anymore, and we haven’t seen him interact with them since they kicked him out.
Going back to Hugtan, Harry revealed to (only) the audience one of the secrets he is concerned about, and that is Hugtan’s condition. They already have eight mirai crystals, and yet Hugtan has yet to return to her original form. She is clearly absorbing its power, but she is using it in different means other than for herself. What’s crazy is that, even in this form she is insanely powerful, first blocking off attacks and now she can summon Precures from another time/realm?! It actually makes me wonder, even though the mirai crystals help restore her power, it might not necessarily mean she will be able to recover her original form. The price she had to pay for them to get away, or a curse that may have been inflicted onto her, could be preventing her from doing so. As result this would mean she has no choice but to grow up naturally, as fast as any other Human baby would. If they were to go this direction, it would be quite a dramatic revelation, since more often than not, we have seen instances where the powers help them grow up faster, a fine example would be with Mahou Tsukai’s Precure Kotoha (Ha-chan), who started off as a baby fairy rapidly grew up into a form of a young girl.
On the side note: Hugtan imitating: “Be Serious” to Harry was the cutest darn thing!
Overall this episode wasn’t the most exciting, but we still got a lot of things things out of it.. It didn’t surprise me to see Emiru going overboard with the whole “precure duties” thing. She is incredibly enthusiastic about helping others, and has a selfless heart, and part of her character to overdo everything, which is why Lulu needed to go with her to do errands. I am not entirely sure if she realized it herself this episode, but she definitely needs to think carefully of when she should actually use her power.
I also expected Emiru to struggle with having confidence in her role as a precure, because she can be a clumsy girl, and sometimes instead of being helpful, she make things more complicated. But she’s not dumb either. She knew she messed up on countless occasions, and as result, she like she was failing to live up to what is expected of her as a Precure. Thankfully the others were there to support her, trying to give her other means and ways to contribute her part. I loved how Harry gave her the errand and told her she was in charge of patrolling around town, I thought it was adorable. I also found it sweet with how he explained to her selflessness of wanting to give up the Preheart to Lulu is the same quality that the prehearts are made out of, and she has already proved herself she is absolutely qualified to be a Precure.