...so the last Precure All Stars review I did (New Stage 2), I complained about some stuff, but overall it was a fairly good movie that kept up the spirit of the crossover movies and was a fun watch. As it is every year, with a new Precure team, there's a new All Stars movie, in this case we have Spring Carnival with the rookie Princess Precure team headlining the show. So how did it do?
Story (3/10): So all the Precure teams have been invited to another magical kingdom (this one called Harmonia) for a Spring Carnival, but unbeknownst to them, it's been taken
over by a thief and his assistant. When the two realize who's coming, they decide to hold a 'concert' to catch the teams unaware of their wrongdoing and escape with their transformation devices.
...holy shit. This plot actually makes the Miracle Lights look dignified.
Seriously, this is honestly the worst that I've seen these movies be. While the first New Stage was shaky, at least it had a plot and took itself seriously. This? This is bad. There's almost no tension in this story, and it feels almost bland. Just...there's nothing really exciting here to talk about. It's just a boring as hell story and while I feel bad about ripping into it, at the same time I feel like with the way the current series is going, that this is a massive step down in comparison.
Oh and the kicker? The first half of the movie is a music video for each team. No really, you read that right. Each team gets a chance to perform either their opening or ending theme, with the team doing the CGI dance from the ending or a new dance to the opening. And while it is nice to hear some familiar songs, you have to imagine that Japanese parents were pissed when they realized that they had to sit through at least 40 minutes worth of nothing.
(Also, you ever see the Gokaiger 199 Heroes movie? You know, where all the Sentai teams show up at the end? I'm 100% certain that they ripped off the climax for that and stuck it on here.)
Art (6/10): One of the positives of the movie is that it shows off all the updated CGI Precure models, and boy do they looks good. Some look better than others, though that is more than likely due to animation style rather than anything else, since more often than not, they look amazing. Otherwise the art was average for the movie, with few and far between scenes looking good.
Also the Primavera Keys for the Princess Precure are honestly not that great looking. In fact the design looks like they just stuck puffy stickers to regular Elegant Mode dresses and called it a day. I'm starting to miss the original upgrade forms from the DX movies...
Sound (6/10): As stated above, this movie has a lot of tracks from previous shows. There are openings and endings aplenty, so you have the chance to listen to some good music at least. Oh yeah, and there's a terrible fourth wall breaking song sung by the villains. ...it sucks.
Character (5/10): I'll give the movie a pass on one thing. It does a great job with showing off each team of Precure and it lets them all have some screen time. Everyone behaves in character and they all react in the way that you're used to. It is, however, really obvious about which voice actors they got to come back for each team, since at least half to 3/4ths of the cast just stand in the background not saying anything.
The worst part of this movie, though, goes straight to the villains. Hell, I'm honestly reluctant to call them villains. They're idiots that try to be comic relief and it's just painful. Remember the huge big bads from other movies? You know, where they tower over the Precure and it takes the power of all the teams to kick their ass? Yeah, these guys aren't even worthy of being shit those villains step in. And there's also the royalty of Harmonia and a last minute boss, but they're in the movie for a grand total of 5 minutes, so no, they really don't count as characters.
Enjoyment (4/10): This one is bad guys. Really bad. I could barely sit through it. Actually, I fast forwarded through parts because it was either boring, bad, or not all that interesting. Seriously, after the shaky start of the New Stage movies, they ended up with a mostly well done third movie. This though? This is child pandering at its worst. The fights are disappointingly short, there's just no tension, and it's almost insulting that someone thought that this script was a good idea.
Precure All Stars: Spring Carnival has set itself to be remembered. Not for anything good, mind you. This is easily the worst of the All Star movies, with an almost stupid story, musical recaps, stupid villains, lazy reasoning, and just all around backward step in how the movies were going.
5/10: Precure fans will more likely than not really dislike this movie; only thing going for it is better time spent on past teams and interactions; pretty much sums up as lazy child pandering; I seriously urge that if you aren't a Precure fan, you should stay away;
What can we say about this move? Before this movie an all stars movie from precure has a plot and a story to see. A enemy and the group pf girls trying to defeat that enemy. Haru No carnival is weak at this point. This movie has No plot or a story to follow. If you can see the Max heart, fresh, or Heartcatch gropus dancing maybe you can see this movie. The only part of story is: Someone is stealing the mascots during the main event.
The art and animation is quite good. The CGI is really improving in all precure franchise and this movie
is the prove of that. In general, the animation doesn't have anything wrong at my opinion. talking about the 2D animation is good, is the average animation you can see in a lot of animes.
The music is other thing...If you are in precure in at least, 3 or more years the sounds will tired you. Hearing again some of the openings or endings will get you angry at some point. That or you will feel nostalgic. Or if you are new on precure you maybe will think a lot of things: too childish maybe or repetitive (they say precure all the songs). About the incidental music, is also repetitive. Most of them is repetitive (again, if you watched previous precure seasons, you can notice that in this movie 90% or more is recicled music.
In character, 6/10. Basically they are no character development. They are a lot of precure now and that will be difficult to do. Yes, we have Princess precure, our main characters. Haruka, Cure Flora learns a important (?) lesson but in real life it doesn't have any sense. In other movies characters learn about the importance of friendship, about the dreams and future but, is dancing and singing that important?
Yes, I enjoy it. But it in general the movie didn't impact me comparing with other movies that have Precure in the name. The only thing I want is a better movie from this title. Scince Fresh! Precure we can see the main characters having a dance during the ending, and that is popular around little girls in Japan. There is a game about that and now a whole movie about 70 minutes about that. Is Toei laking on writting a good story for a movie of this franchise?
As a fan of Precure, I was eager to see this movie. But the movie was not what I'm anticipating. Maybe Precure movies are getting worse and worse.
The worst part of this movie. This movie has no real story. Boring and stupid. It makes me feel like a copy-and-paste from previous seasons, a Precure advertisement and a Highschool musical copycat. Nothing new was added.
The art is not special nor better than the TV series. However, the background is really well-drawn and the CG dance is good. Fighting scenes are short, but nice.
The sound is mediocore, not special. Although the scores were composed
by Yasuharu Takanashi (Naruto, Fairy tails, ...) they didn't give me any special impression.
In this movie, they introduced every Precure season again, which is boring. There was no character development, because all character relationships were introduced and developed in the TV series version.
If you are a hardcore fan of Precure, this movie is a so-so. Or if you like a light-hearted movie with cute magical girls fighting, this movie is for you.