Hugtto! Precure Episode 34
Not a whole lot of plot this week, but it was super adorable to watch. I actually can’t believe Kotori initially misunderstood Hana as the root cause of the precure problems. It’s pretty sad for her to even consider such a thing, I mean the monsters Criasu brings out are no joke. Luckily best boy Hinase saves the day by backing Hana’s character, seeing for who she is, by quashing such beliefs by letting Kotori know at the very least, he thinks she is a wonderful girl, who embodies such qualities, of being high-spirited and always working hard for someone else. And I love how he fell for her even more at the end of the episode, unfortunately Hana is too oblivious to such development, but I wonder if Kotori may tease her in the future. I honestly don’t know if the writers intend to address this subplot of Hinase having feelings for Hana, but I think it would mean a lot to Hana to know that someone thinks she, as herself is an amazing person. I am glad that Kotori was able to connect the dots and kind of realize that Hana is Cure Yell, I was a bit sad that Hinase didn’t seem to notice, but I guess it’s mainly because he hasn’t really been all that interested in precure in general. The ordinary Hana he knows is the only side he knows about her.
It was cute to see the power of Hana’s influence of inspiring both Kotori and Fumito (and later Hinase) to have the courage to face Criasu. in the end, they were the reasons why Gelos failed, when she for once, after going all out put the precures in a corner. Speaking of the devil, I am quite shocked by how rapidly she has descended into madness. The elegant side of Gelos is no longer to be found, and has been effectively replaced by a rocker-image, who is a lot more brutal and powerful due to how desperate she has become to stop time. Her backstory certainly raises my curiosity, because she feels that everyone left her because she was no longer beautiful, so she is desperate to stop time to prevent her youth from slipping away from her— or something along the lines.
Next week, it is long overdue, but they are actually following up on Saaya’s development of her becoming interested in a different career (working in the medical field as a doctor). I’m looking forward to it, but I’d be lying if I said I weren’t a bit skeptical about how it will be handled after is has been put off for so long.