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So I'm up to date and..

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Episode 9


A charmingly simple episode this week.

Here we're introduced to Emiru, an elegant young girl with a penchant for safety. It drives those around her up a wall sometimes, but she only does it to look out for others. While she and Hana get lost on a hiking outing, she becomes discouraged thinking that she's just a nuisance, but Hana reassures her that her dedication to look after others makes her more akin to a hero, and I'm inclined to agree.

I really like Emiru. Her and Ranze are two side characters that I find myself enjoying almost as much as the main cast (if not more). I hope we see more of them.

Superb fashion as well. Love the style.
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Episode 10


Our trio act as waitresses for a local food festival for an entry into Hana's mom's magazine column mentioned earlier. As they all transform into appropriate attire, Saaya and Homare are given lovely waitress outfits, while Hana is given... I'm actually not sure what this getup is called. Some sort of Happi? (Forgive me, as I almost literally know nothing about Japanese clothing). Anyway, Hana's getup, coupled with her apparent "lack" of abilities compared to Homare and Saaya is massively discouraging for her. So much so that she can't even transform! When Papple appears to sow mischief, our trio is reduced to a duo, and Hana herself is attacked by Papple's oshimaida. However, Hugtan, drawing on her own powers, generates a massive outburst of energy that saves Hana and purifies the oshimaida, but afterward, Hugtan suddenly falls asleep and is unable to be woken up!

Interesting. I fully expected Hana to recover this episode since, until now, only she has demonstrated the ability to purify oshimaidas. To see Hugtan do it as well was quite surprising. Even more surprising was to see Hugtan sort of "pass out" like that. Quite an unusual cliffhanger for being so early in the series.

Overall, an intriguing episode. Defied my expectations in some ways, and has me interested in seeing this turn of events resolve.
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Episode 11


Wowzers. Some really interesting events presented in this episode.

Summary

So, this episode begins where the previous left off - Hana feeling discouraged and unable transform, and Hugtan passed out from lack of Asu power. Hana does some soul searching, and after some encouragement from her mother, her friends, and a dash of self cheering, she snaps out of it ~ determined that the didn't want to be a Precure who runs away. The three of them together, with their combined heartbeats (and symbolically, combined purpose) are able to wake Hugtan. However, back at Criasu, Papple turns Charaleet himself into an oshimaida in order to defeat the Precure. While defending the town against it, Hana's strong desire to be the type of Precure she wants to be materializes as a new Mirai crystal. The crystal takes the form of a brilliantly shining sword - the Sword of Precure. Hana takes this sword and prepares to strike down the oshimaida, but at the last second, she sees Charaleet within, quivering with insecurities nearly identical to her own. She barely manages to stay her strike, and rather than cutting the oshimaida down, she relinquishes the sword and hugs it with her own two hands. Hana decides that a sword isn't indicative of the type of Precure she wants to be, and so the crystal instead materializes as a triplet of wands, which our heroines use to purify Charaleet. And then, to top off the episode, Hugtan manages to say her first words - calling Hana her Mama.

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You know I'd never lie to you. I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of this particular season, but man, this scene was powerful.

The way this episode built itself up and played with expectations was truly masterful. The episode kept bringing up this idea of "the kind of Precure [Hana] wants to be", and then right here at the climax, we see her in full glory manifesting this absolutely brilliant sword. We see her grasp it and even attack, then are immediately punched in the gut by that scene of the languished Charaleet. At the exact same time as Hana, we the viewer are immediately hit with apprehensions. "No! Something's wrong! This isn't right!" We also get that stunning scene of Hana staying her strike - carried forward by the weight and inertia of her attack.

And then to see her not strike the oshimaida down, but instead embrace it and utter those words - "It's not a sword I need" "That's not the type of Precure I want to be".

Man, even though I've been low-key throwing shade here and there at various parts of this season, credit where credit is due, that might have been one of the most powerful moments of the entire franchise.

I guess it's like I said previously, for me personally this show may be hit or miss, but when it hits, it truly does hit it out of the park.
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I like Hugtto so far.
But I feel like too much is happening so fast that the staff might get lost in the ideas?
I've heard that in the past, staff have even forgotten story arcs.
Maybe I'm just worrying too much.
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Dia-Ribbon wrote:

I like Hugtto so far.
But I feel like too much is happening so fast that the staff might get lost in the ideas?
I've heard that in the past, staff have even forgotten story arcs.
Maybe I'm just worrying too much.


I think that's a legitimate concern. Certain aspects of the ideas they're presenting feel slightly disjointed already to me personally.

I've heard of something like forgotten story arcs for a few seasons, but I wonder if they were forgotten or intentionally left out. Though, I guess that's a pedantic difference.

As for Hugtto, throwing out a lot of ideas will get some to stick, but will it be enough to overshadow the ones that don't? I suppose only time will tell.
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