Coming from a casual Precure fan (at this time I've only seen Heartcatch and most of Hugtto) this movie is just fine.
The first half is entirely hand-drawn animation, and primarily focuses on the Hugtto and Futari Wa Precure casts. It gives off a similar vibe to Hugtto itself, so if you're a fan of the series, you'll probably enjoy this just to see the characters you like again, and in a new context (that being that most of them are turned into babies for a short while).
The second half switches to full CG animation, which while not looking extremely impressive, given just how much action
is portrayed in this second half, along with the fact that it brings in every(!) Precure from past seasons to do an attack or two, it's likely we wouldn't have got such a blowout without resorting to this, and all things considered, they use the models and camera movements in a dynamic enough way that the action is still satisfying throughout, with some fun character moments thrown in for good measure.
The plot is nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done. If you're watching this movie, it should be to see all the Precure in a single movie, or at the very least, to see the Hugtto/Futari Wa casts a bit more (beyond those two, the other Precure mostly just show up for a minute or two to do an attack then fade into the background). The fact that this is a children's movie becomes quite apparent at a few specific moments where the audience is literally instructed to cheer the Precure on with an item that was handed out in Japanese theaters, which could put some people off given that's not how anybody is going to be watching the movie at this point, but I honestly found that element charming in spite of how cheesy it was.
All in all, if you just like the Precure characters and want to see some fun moments with them along with some pretty cool action, and don't mind a barebones plot and half of the movie switching to a CG artstyle, this is easy to recommend as something quick and easy to throw on and have a good time with (it's only about 75 minutes long). The more Precure you've seen the more inclined you'll be to enjoy this, but even as a casual fan, I found a lot of simple fun in it.
The "Pretty Cure" franchise has sixteen seasons by the time being, like 22 movies, lots of mangas and novels, lots of videogames, live performances in Japan, a store only for the franchise and of course, lots, lot and lots of toys and merchandise...
In other words, this thing is created with the only purpose of selling toys to "kids"... Even if the great majority of people watching this franchise by this time are grown-up men (That's not really something bad... well, kinda)
Pretty Average... It follows the formula of a kid's movie pretty close.
A villain appears, do something evil, the heroes of the movie have to discover
what is going on, there is a lot of light comedy and light music, not a true tension and a happy ending for the kids because the writers don't want they to cry.
It becomes boring with the time, because of how predictable all it was, the plot obviously has conveniences, like "Kids, cheer up your favorite Cure and it will win", because it is supposed to be for little kids.
There's no true emotional impact, the main reason why the bad guy is bad came out of nowhere, and it is resolved out of nowhere... a complete leak of tension.
The only part when things became a little more entertainment was when the battle scenes show up, the animation was nice, the sound effects were nice... Was just brain-dead fun action.
For everything else, nothing is really unique or has an impact.
There are the typical archetypes with absolutely no-development.
The 55 warriors only appear for a couple of minutes in the movie, the main characters are only living the adventure, they really don't show us how they feel... Maybe just for a little minute, but it felt rushed and a little bit forced.
There's a couple of Yuri references in some scenes for the Otaku fans that are watching this movie. it is kind of distracting.
It was actually pretty good, the CGI was particularly impressive in the movie, with the movement of the characters, the colors, the backgrounds, the scales, the designs... It was really impressive and outstanding in terms of presentation.
But that doesn't make the movie better.
Nothing really stands out, the voice acting is generic, the music is fine, and the sound effects kind of cool... but nothing more.
In general, it is your typical average kid's movie with nothing really special in it... With the big differences that the great majority of people watching this are grown-up men.
before to start reviewing this i want to point here, that i've watched too the 36 and 37 episodes of huggto precure where the all Cures where crossovered too.
emm, i've never watched futari wa or hugtto precure.
Story is just about Miden, an exclusive movie character, who absobes the memories of all the precure teams of every season, except Nagisa and Hana, they have to recover the memories who are locked in Miden's world.
well the fisrt half of the movie was 2d or handrawn, i loved that characters are well drawed in almost every frame. Characters had a neon filter that made
the animation more shiny compared to the series that coloring of the characters its the actual color without any efects.
the second half of the movie switched to full cgi, the cgi was well drawed and well animated who made characters move more smoothly, but there was a time when i got tired of cgi all the time, the cgi became somewhat lazy. Thats why i gave it a rating under 5.
Oh, ok, it wasn't since the final battle finished that animation became 2d again.
The opening is the opening theme for huggto precure. But it's heard very low in the background, and i did not listened and apreciated very well when i watched it the first time.
Soundtrack wasn't extremly memorable in almost all the movie, it's was cool only when every team of precure were fighting Miden's army mini-versions of himself, every instrumental opening theme of each precure team played when each team fought to Miden's mini-versions.
Ending theme was the best and my favourite song for the movie; it's the opening theme for futari wa precure, it's so catchy.
Cure Yell and Hugtan are for me a bit annoying characters.
But my favourite huggto Cures are Ange and Etoile.
I loved Harry, i his hamster form, he was so cute.
Well from the main characters my absolute favourite was Cure Back.
But from the supporting characters my favs precure teams are Fresh, Happinesscharge, Kira Kira and Suite (even though i've never watched kira kira precure a la mode and suite, i love her teams).