A direct continuation of the former season, this series again follows the story of Nozomi Yumehara and her friends from Yes! Precure 5. The girls who had formerly lost their powers and bade farewell to their friends Coco and Nuts from Palmier Kingdom are resurrected as Pretty Cure by the mysterious woman Flora who also wants them to find her in a place called Cure Rosegarden. To go there, they need the magic Rose Pact and the powers of the four kings of countries surrounding Palmier. But a dark organization called Eternal is also striving to get to Cure Rosegarden by stealing the Rose Pact. Luckily, Precure get helped by new allies: the delivery-boy Syrup who can change into a giant bird and fly them anywhere they want and the mysterious and beautiful fighter Milky Rose stand alongside Pretty Cure to protect what is really valuable.
While the original Yes Precure 5 had some very good points to it, it's undeniable that there were some consistent flaws in the series that bogged down its enjoyment. While GoGo is far from flawless, it definitely succeeds in being a very solid sequel that helps to pick up where the original Yes 5 had fallen.
The plot doesn't stray too far from the typical thing that you'd expect from a Precure season - an evil organization is seeking out items that, if in their hands, could destroy the world. The five girls, who had given up their powers at the end of the first Yes 5, are resurrected as Precure when a guardian named Flora calls for their help. The plot proceeds pretty typically, though it does have some strong points to it. For one thing, there's a sideplot that revolves around one of the characters' past and inner conflict with the evil organization that flows very well. The plot also ties up many important things that are brought up. In general, the plot of GoGo can shine when it truly wants to. There are some aspects in it that could be better fleshed out, and there's also the fact that the plot takes a while to properly progress. There's also the fact that later on in the show, GoGo ends up completely dropping and forgetting about two of its villains and never gives us a resolution in terms of their whereabouts. Regardless, the story of GoGo manages to be one that keeps itself steady throughout most of the run.
However, most people don't watch Precure for the plot, but for its endearing characters. GoGo has the advantage of having viewers that already know and are attached to the main cast, so it's not hard to become reattached to them in the sequel. Seeing as there are five (later six) girls on the team, the show makes it a point to give everyone equal screentime. Although our leader is quite obvious, the spotlight doesn't hesitate to shine on the other girls when need be. GoGo also makes it a point to focus a bit more on the girls' goals and the struggles they face when attempting to achieve them. One of our main characters has an implied learning disability, yet seeks to be a teacher, and shows some very real struggle and inner conflict in trying to attain her dream. While most of the development took place in season one, GoGo still gives us room to give everyone a bit more depth to their character when it comes to things like their goals and dreams.
Anyone who watched the first season would know that there was quite a lot of, to be blunt, cilche and cheesy romance, namely between Nozomi and Coco. If you weren't a big fan of this, then you'll be very pleased to know that GoGo features little to none of the dramatic, shoujo-y romance subplots that Yes5 had. This season has a bigger focus on both our main female cast and our two new main characters, Kurumi and Syrup, and cuts out the unnecessary and kind of embarassing romance the first season had. Speaking of Kurumi and Syrup, the development for these two characters is also a big plus in GoGo. Syrup in particular undergoes a lot of inner and outer conflict and develops into a very solid ally of the Precure. While Kurumi's development doesn't reach near those levels, her relationship with the girls throughout the show helps her become a more fully-fleshed out character.
GoGo also improves with its villains in a way that would help shape Precure villains in the future. Pretty much every season pre-GoGo would follow a route of having one villain attack the girls for a few weeks, get killed off, and replaced. The reason this wouldn't work well is because it wouldn't give the viewer time to get to know the villain or their past and motivations. GoGo, while it still does do some quick villain killing, keeps its villains alive much longer than usual and also lets one become redeemed. This lets you become much more invested in what they're doing, rather than wondering when they're going to be replaced.
The art for GoGo has a much sharper and cleaner look to it, and it's definitely worth nothing that there's been an animation upgrade. Regardless of that, the season is still riddled with many instances of off-model scenes from Toei, which is to be expected in any long-running Toei show. When it tries, however, the animation can end up being extremely fluid resulting in very well-animated fights. The transformations also received an upgrade, which finally involved dynamic movements whilst transforming.
The soundtrack is not much different at all from the original Yes5, and still consists of composter Naoki Sato. There are many familiar tracks included in GoGo that you may notice when watching the show. Sato's music is very well-done and helps to exemplify both the slice of life and the dramatic moments of the show. His music generally compliments the show in a very positive way.
GoGo, in many ways, ranks above Yes5 when it comes to enjoyment. GoGo manages to have quite a few memorable episodes and the more consistent villains helps add on to this as well. Again, being familiar with a majority of the cast also helps to raise the enoyment of the series, giving it an advantage in that sense. It definitely does a great job at keeping the viewers entertained, and when it really tries, ends up doing an excellent job at just that.
While GoGo is far from a perfect sequel or season in general, it's able to have a solid enough cast and story to be one that is worth watching for anyone that got enjoyment out of the original Yes5. It's improvements in romance, villains, and even animation help bring it up a few notches over the original season as well. If you were a bit disappointed in how the original handled these things, then I'd recommend that you give GoGo a gogo and see how it fares up to the original. While it's a generally forgotten season, it's one that fans of Yes5 should definitely pick up. read more
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