Mimi: Oh boy, I used to be a huge fan of mahou shoujo when I was younger, especially Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s all thanks to this genre that I really got into anime in the first place. Unfortunately, I lost touch with it over the past few years, but you know what? I think I’m slowly starting to get back into it, and it’s all because of this beautiful series, Heartcatch Precure.
Mahou shoujo tend to follow a certain formula that goes something like this: An innocent girl befriends a magical pet, becomes a magical girl, defeats a monster each week, and believes in the power of love and friendship to save the day. Heartcatch is no exception to this formula, but it really endeavors to kick it up a notch. The story begins when Dark Precure defeats Cure Moonlight, and a new precure must take her place, which ends up being the shy new transfer student, Tsubomi. Her outgoing best friend, Erika, also becomes a precure. Although they appear to be ordinary at first, they truly shine when all the precures have joined the team. Their relatives (ex: Tsubomi’s grandmother) are also heavily involved in the series and are given awesome roles.
The story about good vs. evil is relatively straightforward and predictable, but it still offers many great things to enjoy, such as the occasional plot twists, stunning visuals, and the extremely well-animated action scenes. It’s not always lighthearted and fluffy, as there are quite a few serious moments to balance all that out. In addition to that, the OST is simply brilliant and has become one of my favorites.
Of course, Heartcatch isn’t without its flaws. Yes, the transformations (although beautiful) are highly repetitive, and the “monster of the week” is typically average and weak. I admittedly skipped over most of the minor battles. As for the villains, they’re just a mixed bag. Some of them are too goofy and don’t take their work seriously, but when the series gets down to business, Dark Precure is where all the awesomeness is at. Lastly, I never liked the heavy use of CGI when the precures used their magical objects.
Despite the repetition and a few nitpicky things, Heartcatch Precure still proves to be a very solid series that excels in character development, moralistic story-telling, artwork, music, and surprises. I’d love to talk more in-depth about its wonderful qualities relating to the characters and the plot, but I don’t want to give everything away. There is a possibility that I might be watching the next Precure series (we’ll have to see how that goes), but as far as mahou shoujo series go, I’m heading in a very positive direction from here.
Mimi’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)