Hugtto! Precure Episode 7
This week we learned more about Saaya’s secret, and it actually turns out to be a big one. Her role as “Veggie Girl” was the last time she succeeded an audition, but ever since she started being compared to her mother (a famous actress), she started to overthink and experience a bit of stage fright while auditioning. This is why she hasn’t been able to pass any up until now, even though she as been trying on what sounds like a regular basis. However Saaya doesn’t know if she even wants to become an actress, so she continues to apply for auditions in hopes she will be able to find an answer. In the end, Saaya did not pass today’s audition, which was a nice twist, showing one does not simply pass because they are the protagonist, a positive thing for the younger audience to see, to know it’s not the end of the world if they fail. They can always try again.
I am happy that we are going to see the girls undergo their first “level-up” so to speak, over the course the next few episodes. It started off with Saaya, “unlocking a new power” by looking deep within her heart. But in reality, it wasn’t really unlocking a brand new power, it was more like buffing her current abilities. But there was one problem: It was super anticlimactic. At first it was looking good, I was excited, and then when she did her speech and summon her enhanced power, I was confused. What is she doing? What did she do exactly? Throw a shield at him? How it at any different than what she usually does? Maybe it’s just a bit more stronger than usual? Either way, I was quite disappointed.
But you know what was super cool?! Lulu’s “Transformation” Sequence! They put the budget into her, and I 100% support their decision. IT WAS SO WORTH IT! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS I TELL YOU! It was so nice to see a villain, especially one like Lulu be spoiled like this. The only downside of course was that she really didn’t get to do anything, and besides Cure Ange being buffed, nothing actually happened.
To be honest, I think the lacklustre villain fights are the weakest point of the series so far. When I think about the past Precure series I watched, I don’t remember being this bored while watching these fights happen. Sure, the girls are going to win for a while, that is to be expected, but something is missing and I can’t put my finger on what.
And while we are on the subject of the villains: The writers did not do Pupple any favour by having her skip out on the job by having Lulu fill in, while she goes out on a date. Pupple’s lack of resolve doesn’t make her a believable villain, so I question their decision to make her character like this. Of course this wouldn’t be the first time we have seen a lazy villains, and some do stupid things like Pupple does, shoving their work onto others, but the villain’s theme is all about being part of an evil corporation, therefore is causes the role as the “employee” to stand out more than usual. This is also why I feel like the theme they have decided to go with, is either hindering them or is just not being executed very well. Perhaps it would be better to make the villains more highly motivated, competitive with one another in attempts to rise in the ranks, as oppose to the likes of Pupple, who is slacking off. Rivalry amongst the villains usually adds the much needed flair to the fights, since they want to bring back positive results to the boss.
Other than that, I enjoyed the episode. It was so cute, even hilarious with the way Homare and Hana decided to crash the audition in order to help Saaya relax!
Next week, I assume it will be Homare’s turn to have her power enhanced (despite only being on the team for three episodes now). Some guy, a Russian Skater, (go figure) has come to see her. By the sound of it, he wants her to come with him back to Moscow. Well we all know she’s going to refuse, so I am curious to see whether or not they will throw in a a surprise, to make the episode a tad less predictable.