Hugtto! Precure Episode 44 & 45
Dear god, this episode was boring, and the fact Saaya’s character has been neglected throughout the entire series and this episode made it all the more apparent. For me, it was just a whole lot of nothing new, mainly because I already knew the outcome and all this was was wrapping up the so-called “character arc” about Saaya’s dream changing. She is a smart girl, and she understood that when it comes to pursuing a difficult dream such as going into medicine, she need to commit to only one thing at a time. That’s why this film was going to be her last acting project. But breaking the news to her mother made her feel anxious about it. Luckily her mother is the supportive type, and despite having been exploited by Risutol, she has always told Saaya she would support her, no matter what her dream becomes. The heart break for her mother was more about her having grown up to the point she is now choosing her own path, pursuing her own dreams outside of the realm of which has been introduced by her mother. But it was only because she was able to experience that, she knew medicine was what she wanted to do.
Other than that, frankly I don’t have anything more to say about this episode, I already knew Saaya’s arc was not going to make up for the lost time. During Homare’s episode (43), I listed my complaints about how Saaya’s character has been severely neglected to the point it has been as though she has been demoted to a background character— and I am not exaggerating, she litterally had no presence for so long! I just don’t really have anything more to add to that, or else I am just going to repeat myself for the 21938197312983 time. It’s just a shame that both she and Homare got the short-end of the stick.
In other news, I can’t believe Hugtan summoned Santa! Girl, he’s a busy man with Christmas around the corner! Well anyhow, no surprise to see we got a Christmas episode, which leads us to Episode 45.
…Well I had I a good idea what to expect this week, but it didn’t make it any less painful to watch. What I find baffling, was how poorly this episode was executed. They could have done so much better! The majority of the time I found myself either lost or rolling my eyes. The only thing I actually found hilarious was the mecha reindeer’s super creepy “Merry Christmas” voice. It had me cracking up every-time it said it. Although much of the episode didn’t appeal to me, there were afew moments that made me happy, such as Saaya gushing the reindeer, yet at the same time it frustrated me because this is a side of Saaya I wished we had the opportunity to see more of. Another instance was seeing Lulu make curry for Dr. Traum, and acknowledged him as her father by calling him such for the first time. This is also something I wished they took the time to properly expand on without it feeling rushed.
But among all things, the one thing that irritated me the most, was the way they handled Gelos. When we first saw her, I had hoped for her to become a promising antagonist, but much to my dismay, we saw no such thing. Among the ‘evil crew’ the only ones who have any decent records are Bishin, Risutol and George. The main problem with the way they dealt with Gelos, was how she spirals into madness, she goes MIA, makes one or two random appearances since, and then they give us this episode to “save her”, which was a total joke. In fact, now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure Pupple did more than she ever did! This is undoubtedly one of Hugtto Precure’s most glaring flaws. This kind of treatment towards not just the antagonists, but even towards the main trio, infuriates me so much, and the is the main reason I cannot wait for this show to be over and done with! I surely wouldn’t be feeling this way had they not dragged us on with these crappy filler-like episodes that did little to nothing of contributing to the main plot, or anyone’s character developments!
Luckily for us, the next episode (*which resume on January 6) will be focusing on the plot again, as it should be.
I am looking forward to it because there’s only four episodes left, so means it will be the beginning of the final boss fight! I just hope they go all out with it and end on a high note. At the very least, they are off to a good start by making me feel super super uncomfortable with how creepy George has been towards Hana lately. Just watching the preview makes me shudder! I am also looking forward to how Bishin and Risutol is going to be used in this final battle, especially since Bishin is in despair of losing pretty much everyone, and Risutol was reconditioned to be George’s puppet again.
On the bright side of things, yesterday (if you don’t count the image being leaked a week earlier) we got the official scans of the Star☆Twinkle Precure’s protagonists!
First of all, I am a huge fan of their character designs, even the fairy-aliens or whatever they are going to be called. They are super adorable! While the pink and purple precure designs are hardly the most original we have seen, I’m absolutely obsessed with the teal one. Also based on their precure names, it also looks like it will be something of a celestial themed as I suspected it might be. I look forward to seeing what kind of story we are in store for!
SIX MORE WEEKS TILL STAR TWINKLE PRECURE!
That’s all I got for this week. I hope everyone has a great holiday and we’ll be back in 2019 on January 6th when things will surely get exciting again!
Reminder, no episode next week!