Suite Precure Anime

July 21st, 2011

Suite Precure is the tragic story of Seiren, a singer. Betrayed by her homeland, Major Land, rejected as the Song Princess she is, she defects to Minor Land where, like so many defectors, she is forced to prove her loyalty over and over. Put in charge of incompetent and insubordinate subordinates, Seiren labors to resurrect a magical score so that she can at last sing as she was meant to… and who, of all people, must she contend with? Her own best friend and protégé, the very same creature for whom she was cast aside …Hummy.

Seiren is torn between her anger at being betrayed and cast aside, and her affection for the friend who was so important to her. Unfortunately for Seiren, the elite warriors of Major Land outgun her own Minor Land forces and her continued embarrassment at the hands of the Precure begins to eat at her.

Until, one day, Seiren snaps. She regrets her defection, she longs to repair her life and in a weak moment, becomes one of the elite Precure warriors herself. Now, full of loathing and self-doubt she wages war against herself, with no home to return to….

Well…okay, that’s not really what Suite PreCure is about, but it’s better than the real story, so I’m sticking to it.

Kanade and Hibiki, Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm, are best friends and have to be “in harmony” to transform, so the Japanese fans on Twitter are calling it Yuri. Seiren only transforms to save Hummy, so if you count Hummy as female and cats as eligible for Yuri, then there’s Yuri that way. And I’m counting Cure Muse because her costume screams Go Nagai designs.

I like Cure Beat best because 1) She is not wearing pink (which Toei pointed out that all girls like and so, *for the first time EVER* both main characters would have pink elements, how exciting!) and 2) Toyoguchi Megumi (Marimite‘s Sei) is voicing Seiren/Beat with everything she’s got, considering the character is a cat.  Purple Cures are always the coolest.

If you ignore all of this nonsense, Suite Precure is a completely predictable, music-themed magical girl cartoon for little kids.

Ratings:

Art – 7, it’s returned to type from the Heartcatch designs
Story – A little sillier than usual, I think – 5
Characters – 7
Yuri – 1
Series – 1

Overall – 7

I should also point out that the Fairy Tones, the cute little gem-like creatures that represent the notes of the scale, are excruciatingly cute and I adore them. That’s a major step up from previous Precure  cute, little mascots. Hummy can die a painful death, though.

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10 Responses

  1. Patches says:

    This might be the best introduction I’ve read to any review ever.

    In other news: How is the action? I was impressed by the original’s approach to Magical-Shoujo-ing as a physical activity instead of an interpretative dance. Does that stay true in the sequels?

  2. @Patches – Glad you enjoyed the review! The action has consistently been active – the girls kick, punch and generally actively physically fight, as well as wield silly weapons with overcomplex spells.

  3. BruceMcF says:

    I was so sure this had been remade into a Korean historical drama. Until you said “Well.. okay”, and then the spell was broken.

  4. Serge says:

    You had me going there for second, since I’m still a bunch of episodes behind. But, I think I like your story better, so I’ll keep it too. Thanks.

  5. @BruceMcF – Korean live drama! (^_^)v Dounds about right

    @Serge – If you’re a few behind, then you’ll see that I’m only stretching the truth a little. ^_^

  6. Anonymous says:

    Darn it, I was suddenly regretting dropping Suite Precure until you reminded me again of the reason I dropped it– that it’s not about Siren (entirely) and it’s about all the others.

    And you’re not wrong for thinking the notes are cute; they are exceptionally adorable and I think I like them the best of most other mascots since they don’t say anything other than their names.

  7. Serge says:

    Just caught up today and it got me thinking. I’ve seen this and Heartcatch and I’m starting to wonder if all the purple Cures have the better stories.

  8. @Serge – Duh~~~ Yes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What does the Loser Fanboy rating mean?

  10. @Anonymous – From the Okazu Glossary: http://okazu.blogspot.com/2008/03/okazu-glossary-of-terms.html#LFB

    “Loser FanBoy. This is a term coined by Erica as an analogue to the Japanese word otaku since, in general, western fandom uses otaku as a term of pride. LFBs often have poorly developed interpersonal skills and/or interaction with the opposite sex and, therefore, have a tendency to see Yuri wherever two or more females exist in a series regardless of relationship, or any interest or desire between them. Related term: Otaku”

    In regards to ratings, the Loser FanBoy rating marks the salaciousness of the manga. In other words, how much of this manga is spent looking up skirts and down shirts instead of at faces.

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