Hugtto! Precure Episode 16
WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?! HOLY SMOKES, THAT GOT DARK REAL FAST.
Honestly I wasn’t sure what to make out of this episode. While I understood it’s intentions, I still felt like there was something missing. The conflict between Aki and Juanna just wasn’t doing it for me. I couldn’t find it in me to care about it that much. And because of that, it didn’t take me long to realize what was keeping me engaged with the episode was the radical change of the art-style.
Up until this point, Huggto Precure has been more or less filled with fluff, vibrant colors and rainbows. But then this episode comes along, and the art-style just sets a whole different tone. Most noticeably they played a lot with the use of shadows, over-exposure, and there were moments of symbolism where Lulu who was standing in the light, stepped into the darkness that was closing in to her, and from the darkness into the light again. Both moments were followed by a certain course of action based on the step she took. The first one was stealing Homare’s Pre-Heart, the second time was the opposite, when she returned the stolen item, and saved Hana’s life from Pupple’s attack.
That alone flipped the series on its head. I don’t think any of us expected this show to make such a dark turn this early on. You want scary villains? Well Pupple is the one for you. She is not here to mess around, and she is not about to let someone interfere with her plans, let alone help the Precures without a harsh punishment. She is straight up nasty. She virtually killed Lulu. The way her body collapsed was pretty horrific. If I were still a little kid, that would have scared the crap out of me to the point I would have started bawling. But this attack more or less confirmed Lulu is at least to some extent a robot, or at least perhaps better described to have been transformed into a cyborg.
And now Pupple is taking Lulu back with her to reprogram her and more or less do what she did with Charaleet. This woman looks for the weaklings and then abuses them. It actually makes me wonder just how powerful she actually in this organization. It also makes me curious as to what is her relationship with George, the mysterious man who could be described as a bard with his ambiguous words he shares with Hana. I don’t know what is going to become of Lulu, but yikes, next week’s title is pretty ominous, “The Noise of Sadness, Farewell Lulu”. You’d think they would probably save her, and she will be able to eventually become a precure as well, but eek… maybe not?
Other than that, it is hard to ignore the fact Homare is definitely developing feelings for Harry. Lulu commenting about her heart-rate seemed to sink in what was happening to her, and when she realized that, Homare became incredibly flustered. I wonder what will become of her feelings. Poor girl might be in store for some heartbreak in the future.
FUN FACT: The rhododendron flowers’ carries a meaning to beware and exercise caution.