I have an on and off relationship with the Precure franchise. While meant to be aimed at little girls, it’s obvious the main viewer is a lolicon otaku with no tomodachis, waifus or husbandos (non 2D). While other studios/corporations foolishly stretch series, adding fillers and thus tiring the viewer, the Precure franchise renovates itself every season with new girls, new transformations and new toys. This is one of the most evil and smart capitalist-pig strategies I’ve ever seen pulled in anime, and I’m not sure I’m enraged for being caught in this scheme. Indeed the Precure series is the pinnacle of a profitable, good looking (mostly), nefarious magical girl show. It’s enough to give one goosebumps!
I like almost every other show, for some reason. I didn’t like the first two (wasn’t interested is more accurate), like Yes Precure 5 (it has some of the best transformations) but was a bit too late back then to get into it, don’t like Fresh Precure (old hags with lame transformations and attacks, except Cure Passion), REALLY like Heartcatch Precure <3, don’t like Suite Precure (I kinda like the main character’s design) and now I’m fapping to Smile Precure (Ooooh Cure March~<3). The Precure merchandise usually consists of cheaper dolls, the wands and transformation items to get the parents’ wallets loose and ready to receive a huge raping.
From all series, and to my limited knowledge, Heartcatch Precure is the only series to have received a proper PVC figure line so far.Recently HLJ had a nice sale with a 20% off each figure (although currently they went back to the usual 10% off) so it was impossible for me to resist! So here is each Precure of the aforementioned series:
BEWARE SERIES’ SPOILERS
First off is shy, gentle girl Cure Blossom (which is a bit unusual since main characters are often the clumsy genki, tomboyish type, so she’s a nice change of pace) She’s a beautiful figure and one of her main points is her shiny gradient hair, which is a bit transparent on the ends (an effect I absolutely love in figures)
Another thing that the Precure designers did well is to give all girls some tight short pants underneath the skirts. That way they can avoid lawsuits over super short skirts and showing a girls bits WHILE SHOWING THEM ALL THE SAME. I mean look at this ass, the pants are practically painted on.
Here’s Cure Marine, the bubbly, GENKI-DESU character of the show. There’s not much about her character, I really liked that they used her sister as both a goal and insecurity to help her develop, but she mostly remains the same along the series and doesn’t change much even after coming to terms with her sister’s celebrity status.
Of the four, she has the best sculpted hair and like Blossom, she has the shiny gradient effect. I absolutely love the character designs for the series. All the Precures look great, and Marine’s figure benefits a lot from this (it’s obvious the sculptor really liked her). Her hair is simple while drawn but wonderful when sculpted.
The third Precure is reverse trap Cure Sunshine, who as usual in this kind of characters, is the total opposite of her appearance and actually very fond of feminine crap like pretty stuff, frills, shiny shit, etc. I was very disappointed when I found out she was a girl and not a boy (no testosterone in my Precures) but I still ship her with Blossom because YURI SHIT HELL YEAH
Unlike Marine and Blossom, Sunshine doesn’t have a nice shiny, gradient paint job on her hair (it’s a lot duller than the official pictures like to make it look), which is in my opinion the dumbest decision they could’ve made. She is goddamn Cure SUNSHINE, she more than all the others should’ve gotten that effect.
As a trade off, out of the four she’s the only one to have her weapon and an extra face. I definitely like her genki KIRA face more, and would’ve liked if the other cures had their weapons too, but it’s nothing you’ll miss. One thing I would’ve liked to have gone through quality check again is her base. There’s only one peg and it’s not very tight (you can spin her around a bit) when usually two are used along with fitting the outside shape of the shoe. which spells disaster even more since she’s standing on one leg. Definitely take care of not moving her too much, and if you do, take her out of the base first.
She has the most skin revealing, risque outfit, and in my opinion the best transformation too. I really liked how they developed her character, how she goes from strict kind of UN-GENKI (she smiles a lot either way though :D), then goes to a phase were girly shit gives her a panty-wetting inducing quasi-orgasm until the end of the series where she grows out her hair.
Definitely like her reverse trap more, wish they played more into that and made her wear more cool, masculine outfits before going all girl on her. But can’t be helped because NO TESTORENE IN PRECURE, unless it’s for the bad guys (which leads to interesting rape donjons)
The fourth (although chronologically, she’s the first) Precure is Cure Moonlight, who is older than most Precures. She has a more dramatic back story and is more serious than most (although Blossom has her own sad ronery past), hell even her fairy is dead! One of the things I like about this series is that they weren’t afraid to add a bit more seriousness to the plot; so far all the other series dumb down the bad guys and the girls are very GENKI GENKI, but Heartcatch didn’t go that route because NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING.
Her hair is not quite as transparent and gradient as Marine and Blossom, but it has a lovely shine that Sunshine needs.
Unlike her comrades, she has a long skirt, so seeing her behind is near impossible, but as you can -barely- see, she also has the hentai-tight little shorts.
Unlike the other fairies, hers has his own stand, and made of a shiny, semi-transparent material, most likely to indicate that he’s not alive anymore ;_;
I didn’t talk about the paint job (and sculpt besides hair) yet because my opinion for all four is the same: they’re great and definitely worth the money. They have a lot of tiny details and the paint is very nice and shiny in the ribbons and such.
All in all the Heartcatch Precure figures are a must for a middle aged fan like me (and my other peers) and if you don’t mind the cutesy crap (I wanna kill most fairies in the franchise) and the monster-of-the-week formula, then this is one of the best Precure and magical girl genre in general series.