Mahou Tsukai Precure Episode 9 & 10
A/N: I don’t know if this is the trend for the future, but this series may be covered as double posts for as long as Imagination Subs releases them on a bi-weekly basis. And for future reference, the most efficient way to check a series status is to look at Who’s Covering What page. So if you are ever wondering about a series’ status, check there.
Mahou Tsukai Precure Episode 9
It is time for the final lesson, and I have to say- I wish some of the earlier lessons were more like this one. For the first time, their lesson was a legitimate challenge, and with it being the final lesson, it forced them to utilize all the skills they have gained in order to properly pass. Much to my surprise, only Mirai and Riko had passed the final test, indicating the others are likely stuck repeating a year.
But the most surprising part about this episode was how it was paced. Each of the events felt as though it was taking more time than it actually did, which helped contribute making the episode feel longer than average. I appreciated how it took it time and show us how both girls were struggling with the fact this was going to be their final lesson together. Actually hte most interesting part was how differently the two were responding. Riko was feeling under the weather, lacking motivation to pass the test, knowing once they do, they will be separated. Mirai on the other-hand was thinking about Riko’s dream and was super motivated to ensure Riko would past the test and move on to the next level. Each of their own thoughts were touching and this episode did a really good job of conveying just how much these two care about each other.
It wasn’t until the very last scene when it finally dawned to me that it would be Riko going to Mirai’s world this time round. I can’t help but have mixed opinions about this because a part of me really wanted the two of them to continue their studies at the Magic Academy, while on the other-hand, having Riko now be enrolled in school with Mirai offers a much-needed change of pace. I suppose one of the key reasons why feel so down about this is that Riko has worked so hard, only to now have to leave the Magic World in order to help Mirai obtain some of the Linklestones which are residing in her world (according to the Crystal ball Premonition). Of course it is not like Riko is super upset about this, in fact it’s now the opposite. She now values friendship over her magic capabilities, and it is clear that Riko is more than willing to be with Mirai in her world… but it still leaves me feeling blue.
The enemies for once looked as though they were finally going to group up, except for the fact Batty had already left long before they had arranged their plans. I am hoping this is an indication that the villains’ strategies are going to change and we will start seeing them group more often from here on forward. With magic coming to the world without magic, it ought to shake things up.
Mahou Tsukai Precure Episode 10
Mirai returns to her world alongside Riko and the second they return, they immediately find a Linklestone sitting in front of them at the station. At first I wondered if it were going to be a trap, especially with the Crow who I thought was watching them from afar, but nah- it was just the start of what would split the two up. When the Crow snatched it, Haa flew after it, causing Riko who had her broom ready at had to fly after her, but Mirai’s was stuck in her briefcase that was locked tight, causing her to lose track of Riko, who then found herself lost. So while Riko was lost, and quickly found by none-other than Mirai’s mother, Mirai was off on a wild goose-chase, searching for Riko and latter chasing a cat who then picked up the Linklestone. The girls were able to find each other again by remembering the melon bread food truck and hurried over in hope the other would be there, and that was about it. Of course they had their share of a fight with the villain, this time up against a more powerful Covettor- which was nice to see, but unfortunately it was just as boring as the rest of the episode.
On the other hand, it looks like they will finally get a hold of the Linklestone they have been pursuing all day in next week’s episode. I am curious to see how it will fall into their hands, or if it is even the same one. I am guessing it is just based off the fact it is Topaz and they are getting a new outfit (a sugary one at that). In the mean time, it doesn’t look like next week’s episode is going to be particularly exciting to say the least, in fact it looks like they are going to do the same old same old we see in almost every series, the fairies getting themselves into trouble while the girls are at school. I am holding out in hopes that at least this arc will be significantly more interesting, and this show has proven it can be (episode 6 probably being my favorite to date). However, with that in mind: I would say this arc will be playing a major role determining whether or not it will encourage me to continue the coverage beyond Episode 15 – 20, even if it wounds up being covered bi-weekly due to how the subs are released.