The story begins when the protagonist Hikaru meets aliens Lala, Prunce, and Fuwa while watching the night sky. She learns of the "Star Palace," where the 12 Star Princesses of the constellations kept the balance of the universe until they were attacked. Lala is searching for the legendary Precure warriors to help find the 12 scattered "Princess Star Color Pens" and revive the princesses. When Fuwa is captured by an enemy, Hikaru wishes to save Fuwa, and a Star Color Pendent and a Star Color Pen appear to allow her to transform into Cure Star. From then on she works to collect the pens and raise Fuwa, who is the key to reviving the princesses.
I’m less interested in trying to answer the question “is this show good?” and instead seek to answer “is this a good entry point into Precure?”.
+Features some of Precure’s most beautiful and expressive character designs and transformations.
+Main character Madoka Kaguya has received strong characterization with strong emotional resonance to a real-world problem that many people struggle with.
-Mishandling of all other mains characters, especially Elena Amamiya, leads the show to be a weak choice for those who value anime with strong characterization.
-The show’s beautiful transformations fall apart when the characters transform as a group, where characters interrupting each other visually. This is highly uncharacteristic
of the franchise’s group transformations.
-Stiff and incohesive action scenes may be a turnoff to those familiar with the franchise’s stronger entries.
The three main draws of Precure since its very first entry are: characters, character designs, and action scenes. By far the most important aspect of Precure has always been its endearing and lovable characters but so far Star Twinkle has presented lopsided characterization, with one character being almost outright ignored. Star Twinkle’s action scenes have also been particularly weak and uninteresting, and for that reason I would say that you should check out other entries if that fact bothers you. With Star Twinkle Precure stumbling with two of Precure’s major appeals, I find it difficult to recommend the show as an entry representative of Precure’s quality.
Star Twinkle ABSOLUTELY nails its character designs with the character art looking consistently adorable and the individual transformation sequences being wholly engaging. These transformations also include an incredible soundtrack by Yuki Hayashi (known for work in Haikyuu and My Hero Academia), with plenty of other outstanding soundtracks playing throughout the show.. Unfortunately Star Twinkle’s transformation sequences do begin to fall apart when they are combined into one sequence, with characters interrupting each other visually and seeming to fight over screentime. I’m hopeful that this problem will be fixed when the show introduces its fifth Precure. Outside of the show’s group transformations, there are mostly only positives to the show’s aesthetic and character designs.
If you’ve seen GIFs of combat from other Precure entries you’d probably be expecting fantastic animation during fight scenes, but you’d also be disappointed to find that Star Twinkle is far less action-oriented than many of Precure’s earlier seasons. Combat in Star Twinkle lacks the franchise’s usually elaborate martial arts combat, and action scenes generally amount to the characters getting swarmed by weaklings with minimal interaction between each other. For a show all about “IMAGINATION”, it also seems to be lacking in imaginative monster designs when compared to those of Heartcatch and Smile Precure. I’d return to this show at a later date if you value engaging action scenes.
In the character department, I’ll just let you know right away that you’ll be disappointed if you expect to see any development from Elena Amamiya in first 11+ episodes. Beyond her introduction she gets as much characterization as a brick. Past episode 3, Hoshina Hikaru and Lala Hagoromo are mostly played as comic relief characters rather than receiving much meaningful development, often seeming to set up great potential for character growth only to not deliver. To call Star Twinkle Precure watered-down isn’t entirely inaccurate, with older entries proving that Precure is capable of tackling problems with strong emotional resonance to the real world. Star Twinkle is uncharacteristically unambitious in this regard which leads me to recommend those interested in strong characterization to look at other seasons of Precure. There is one character who is an exception to this problem, however…
The only character to receive meaningful development, Madoka Kaguya, surprisingly salvages this shortcoming. Because of Madoka’s perfectionist complex, much of the show’s most interesting drama stems from her anxiety under the overwhelming pressure that her father places on her. She’s an endearing and vulnerable character who gives me hope that this show can handle more serious and personal problems, potentially offering an uplifting life message when her character conflict is resolved. If there’s any character to watch this show for it’s definitely Madoka.
Overall, Star Twinkle Precure is far from the most impressive entry that Precure has to offer. Unless the colorful characters and space theme already interest you, I would rather redirect you to some of the older seasons if you would like something more action-packed and character-driven.
New year, new Precure, Star Twinkle is here ready to give us another entry for this fantastic franchise, this time with space adventures being a big and very interesting focus.
Hoshina Hikaru is a cheerful girl who absolutely adores space and stars. One day, to her complete surprise (and excitement, damn she's excited about it!) A rocket suddenly lands close to her, inside is something that will change her life: an alien named Lala together with the two mascots of this entry, Prunce and Fuwa, who are searching for help to save the universe from the villains of this series. Soon after Hikaru becomes a Precure,
bringing a start to this story of massive scale.
In those first 10 episodes the series has done more than enough to hype me for future events, Hikaru and Lala's friendship got a good amount of development with episodes focused on them and the contrast in personalities they have, and the other two main characters, Elena (a very hardworking girl who brings a smile to everyone) and Kaguya (who suffers a lot from familiar pressure due to their long history and expectations put on her) round up the main cast with enough reasons to like them, especially Kaguya after getting some necessary focus on her situation.
The villain side has been promising as well with every general providing different strategies to face the Precure, like Kappard focusing on melee fight while Tenjo uses minions to execute coordinated attacks for example, this gives quite some variety compared to other entries.
Going back to the space adventures, together with the usual slice of life interactions of the franchise, in this entry the girls also travel to different planets, so far they have been very nice episodes, giving life to the place they visit and the inhabitants that are there, this is an element I can't wait to see more and more of.
I love the art style of this entry and I especially have nothing but praise towards the character designs. Lala was love at first sight once leaks of their designs appeared, with her having one of my favorite character looks in anime, and the rest aren't much below her. The action scenes have the usual nice quality that this franchise somehow manages to keep despite never stopping airing, and the music gives extra emotion to the scenes in a proper way.
At this current point I can 100% recommend to give a chance to Star Twinkle, be it for your first Precure series or if you're doubting if watching this one, the cast has been nice, the comedy and action scenes deliver as usual, the series looks gorgeous, and we already also got some of the serious moments that surprise many watchers expecting Precure to be a pure lighthearted watch. I will most likely update this review as time passes, at this point it definitely gets my approval.