Ichika Usami is a second year middle school student who works in her family's cafe, Kirakira Patisserie. One day, she meets a spoiled lamb fairy named pekorin who tells her evil monsters known as Henteko have been stealing "Kirakiraru", the energy that resides within sweets and desserts. Ichhika then becomes a pretty cure and, with four other girls, they form the kirakira precure a la mode to fight the henteko and protect the sweets.
WARNING: Spoilers all through the review! Considering how bad the plot is honestly this might actually help out...
KiraKira is just awful. Back then PreCure fans would fight among themselves on which season was the worst one. Some claimed Suite was awful because it was not as good as the previous two, some that DokiDoki was because the main heroine was the center of the universe, some that HapiCha was worst because Blue sucks and smart ones that it was GoPri because the princess theme was dumb. But now these discussions have stopped since we have the unarguably worst season ever: KiraKira.
There is absolutely nothing redeemable
about KiraKira. It's just bad from beginning to end. The plot never makes any sense, probably because the show has twice as many writers the average season does and too many cooks spoil the soup, and lacks a total sense of direction too. Things happen because simply happen without rhyme or reason but because Jin Tanaka the horrible head writer willed it this way.
Now there are Cure seasons with bad plots, Max Heart and Smile say hello, but those are redeemed with amazing fights or funny episodes. Sadly we have none of that here. The fights for some reason banned melee attacks in spite of being what makes PreCure stand out among magical girl shows. That means now Cures fought via... shooting whipped cream or ice cream, for example. More on the whole dumb nonsense about sweets later. Needless to say that made battlers boring and repetitive which killed much of the appeal of the franchise. The show realizes it sucks though, since the final battle has the Cures cheat the system and give whipped cream kicks and ice cream punches for whatever reason. Says something the people in charge had to say next season brings backs the physical battles.
Anyway like said before the individual episodes aren't very good. Like the main plot things happen without any logic, and characters barely evolve. And speaking about the characters are terrible and overall among the worst Cure team ever. First as a whole half the team doesn't even care about sweets which are the main theme, again this comes later, which makes these three girls stand out the bad way. Also the team is really weak, like damn near every important fight has them get bailed out via random Deus Ex Machina from other characters. They even get saved by Cures from different seasons not once but twice. That's how bad this gets.
The characters as individuals aren't much better though. Aside from Himari and Ciel nobody grows one bit, and in fact every Aoi and Akira focus episode is the same as their other focus episodes for neither character has much going. Though that's better than Yukari's utterly random growth and character focus. Also boo her random haircut. Finally Ichika for a main heroine barely matters for anything and lacks presence, which kinda sucks. Pekorin and the Elder are horrible mascots and deserve zero words. For the villains Pikario and Bibly are great and more likable than half the main characters which just shows how terrible things get. The other villains are terrible, with the final boss being almost unarguably the worst from the franchise.
Finally the theme of the season is sweets and it's a really bad theme. They barely do anything special with this except shoehorning sweets everywhere and it looks really childish and random. The season overall feels really childish, like this is for little girls but before adults could enjoy the series too but for some reason now adults are excluded. That makes the series look even weaker.
Overall Kirakira is the worst PreCure season easily. Some episodes and characters are alright and little kids might enjoy this, but except for watching every season this isn't worth the time. Just wait until the incoming Hugtto starts since that one looks better. And if it isn't then look forward to one more scathing review.
KiraKira☆Precure is entertaining so far, especially the new opponents and transformation. The setting is a lot different to Mahoutsukai, but that should be only natural because nearly every season has different characters and world.
The characters so far are well thought and have splendid personalities. This is perfect for kids obviousy. I personally like the new trouble makers or the "ones that fight againts" the Precure.
The animation is very similar to One Piece, well it is from the same studio after all. The animation of the fighting is very good and also good for the non fighting parts.
The Sound is basically exactly the same as
Mahoutsukai. I don't really know what it is but the voices don't seem totally right to me. It might be just me but I think the sound is very different to other anime. The opening and ending is good, the soundtrack included.
On the end of some episode there is a cooking scene for making sweets. I think that makes it exciting for younger viewers because they get to see how to make sweets that were in the show.
This is no doubt successfully made. It only took me a few episodes to realize that Happiness Charge wasn't that good, but for KiraKira☆ I knew instantly that Im going to enjoy it alot. My little sister also watches it with me every week and she likes it too.
This time it isn't people being controlled or like the previous seasons, it's just monster creatures wandering around and taking the power that is "inside" the sweets. I think it was Kiraru but I will confirm that and Edit this again. By far, this is placed in the lowest 5 of all the Precure anime. I've watched plenty of Precure anime but this one doesn't stand out enough. That doesn't mean it's crap, it's just different in it's own way.
Sometimes it can be slow and get boring but it doesn't last long. I think that it's slow but you can say the same for all Toei's anime lol. No doubt they are trying to make the scenes last longer so they can meet the amount of time required for a episode, I found that really annoying. I met a few cringy scenes that put me off big time, the romance scene earlier on was really cringe I didn't bother watching until things got serious. The slice and life tag should be on this because they spend most of the time as if they are not Precure at all. Though it still has action so maybe not.
The main reasons I enjoyed it is because of the good fighting and creative setting. Putting the negative things aside, it was a good watch. I started it because I watched the previous seasons and did the think I though most people would do, watch the new anime.
If you have watched a Precure anime before then I tell you now, It won't let you down. If I was to predict it's true rating then I would rate it 7/10 with room for improvement. I hope my review helped you.
EDIT: Episodes watched - 9
Modified by jeikobu11, 24/4/17
Before we begin, I want to tell you the first manga I ever read was Tokyo Mew Mew. When I first saw this anime, I was excited. Let me tell you what a treat it has been to watch!
The overall story is the weakest part of the anime. There's someone out there named Noir, but isn't really introduced but mentioned (at the time of this review). The villains are trying to steal the kirakira, the feelings found inside of food, and give it to Noir. Every episode the pretty cure rush in to save the day.
While the overarching story
is lacking, the individual stories each girl has to tell is wonderful. Ichika is looking forward to the day she meets her mother again, Akira is taking care of her little sister miku, and so on. The episodes focus more on fleshing out who the girls are and why they join the team, and I'm okay with that.
The art for this season of pretty cure is simplified but still incredibly adorable. It fits the style of the anime and reminds me of slice of life anime. When the girls transform into the pretty cure, the sequences are beautiful. The girls are still glittery and sparkly as ever when they battle. This is one of the most beautifully animated magic girls in modern times.
I love the soundtrack for this show. I never skip the opening, and I found it to be catchy, cute, and easily one of my favorites in the series. I was very pleased to see the character's image songs were incorporated into the episodes. It is nice to see them used at the points when the girls discover something about themself.
The cast of Kira Kira Pretty Cure a la mode is strong. Let me break them down for you.
Ichika: Cure Whip. She's energetic, bubbly, and hardworking. She will never give up and that is my favorite part about her. She is a strong main protagonist.
Himari. Cure Custard. She is shy yet loves to combine her passion for science, facts, and sweets.
Aoi. Cure Gelato. She is strong, passionate about music, and is the brawn in the group.
Yukari. Cure Macaron. She is reserved, thoughtful, and the smart one in the group.
Akira. Cure Chocolat. She is easily one of the most likeable characters because she is caring, practical, and someone I would want to be the leader in my friend group.
Ciel. Cure Parfait. She is a famous cook. She is a perfetionist yet passionate and kind to everyone who admires her talent.
While the cast is very different yet similar to Tokyo Mew Mew, I found this to be one of the best ways to relive my childhood. I enjoy the emphasis on cooking and friendship, whereas Tokyo Mew Mew had more of an emphasis on stopping the aliens and fighting the Chimera animals. I am able to get something out of it and I believe this is the next best thing to Tokyo Mew Mew.
I highly recommend anyone who loves magic girl or Tokyo Mew Mew to watch this show. It is still strong. An alternative recommendation would be Go! Princess Precure or Sailor Moon. Both of those shows have a strong female cast and emphasize character development.
Kira Kira is one of the many seasons of Precure and I decided to write this review in order to help you decide if you want to dive in or save your time. (This is a spoiler-free review)
Despite their animal appearance, this season’s theme is sweets. If you are unfamiliar with precure, the gist is that the first 10-15 episodes are typically character building and world building. The midway point is a turning point in the plot and the introduction of a new main character. The last 20-25 episodes advance the plot, round out the characters, redeem the villains, and solve the conflict. However this
season falls short on many of these aspects.
The good: The main 6 cures are the saving grace of this season. They each receive their own respective character episodes and go through challenges that lead to proper development. Previous seasons have shown favoritism however in Kira Kira they all have multiple chances to shine throughout the season. The character designs are also beautiful and very unique, especially for a precure season.
The bad: It is extremely common for villains in magical girl anime to be redeemed. However in Kira Kira, after the villains receive their well-deserved redemption, they are cast aside. Their character is barely explored any further and their goals and aspirations are never mentioned again (particularly in reference to Julio, the first villain). Kira Kira dedicates a lot of time getting you to love these characters but instead of being a moving experience, you’re left with a lot of questions, disappointment, and a longing for more.
Precure starts off slow however Kira Kira feels like a painful waiting game. Episode after episode went by without any clue as to who the main villain was and what his goal was. In fact, it isn’t revealed until episode 46ish that we find out anything about the villain’s past and his goals. The evil just feels like its for the fun of it and the ending battle feels like a breeze. In fact, its so over the top that you might even have a laugh or two. Sweets that someone spends time perfecting and creating for someone they love is full of powerful and wonderful feelings called Kira Kiraru but why are the villains trying to steal this power? What is the enemy’s ultimate goal? You will be asking this for 46 episodes and even then the answer is vague, confusing and lackluster. If you are here for story, you will end episode 48 with a giant question mark.
I really wanted to talk about the combat in this season. Past Precure seasons have shown battles almost as intense as Dragon Ball Z. The girls typically beat the snot out of the enemy after getting thrown around like rag dolls themselves. Now I don’t think violence is necessarily essential but in Kira Kira, the girls simply wave their flashy wands and wrap their enemies up with cream and almost immediately the evil is defeated. There was no growth for their powers. They started off strong, they ended equally as strong. They were perfect super heroes from episode 1 until episode 49. The evil was never even as a real threat and it just felt mediocre. They didn’t experience despair for more than 5 minutes at a time, they never had consequences or loss due to their actions. They never have to do anything other than jump around and wiggle their arm back in forth in order to triumph over the evil. Not only was the entertainment aspect not there but who cares about a hero with plot armor so thick that the victory is basically wrapped up in a bow and hand delivered to them by their enemy?
Sound and Animation:
This season was aesthetically pleasing. As far as I can recall, there are about 4 off-model episodes out of 49 which is quite good for Toei. The animation is absolutely wonderful, the character’s movements are smooth and suit their personality. Their expressions are cute, comical and emotional when need be. The music in this season is absolutely stunning. The OST (including the vocal album) is enchanting, heart-warming and actually saves some of the more mediocre scenes. When something is supposed to be emotional in the plot but it falls short, the music desperately holds it together. The opening song is catchy, the first end song is meh and the second end song is very very enjoyable. The vocal album this season also felt like a lot more time had been dedicated to it.
It wasn’t a terrible experience but it wasn’t the best one. I looked forward to watching the episodes but unfortunately the ending never came to fruition. I desperately try to give Precure the benefit of the doubt since it is a children’s show but that excuse can only go so far (especially since past precure seasons have pulled off amazing plot lines with amazing characters). If you are looking for a Precure season to watch I suggest Go! Princess Precure and Heartcatch to start off. If you are someone who follows Precure, we can only hope next season delivers.