Go! Princess Pretty Cure - Reviews

DGFischer's avatar
Feb 3, 2020

Someone had told me when I first began viewing Go! Princess Precure that I should take all notions that I have about the aura of ‘princess’ and hold them in reserve and just enjoy the series.  That would be difficult since I had stalled after episode one.  Something about an overly emotional father bawling his eyes out in a disgraceful manner.  This only stroked the ‘princess phobia’ that had developed over the greater part of my life.

It’s Disney’s fault.  That, and the combined efforts of four daughters who compelled me to join them in the theaters and enjoy the exploits of Brave, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin (come on, call the flick what it really is, Jasmine), Snow White, Mulan (highpoint in my misery … the Donny Osmond show-stopper) etc.  I totally enjoyed the parody of all those Disney princesses in Ralph Wrecks the Internet.

But, I’m an emotionally scarred man … princess speaking.  Girls striving and succeeding … often making the males in those movies look pathetic in the venture.

The only vindication I received in the whole terrifying ordeal is the knowledge of the staying power of any D-princess.  Pocahontas 1 and 2.  Mulan 1 and 2.  Cinderella 1 and 2.  Proof that Toei Animation knows what they’re doing in not allowing any precure team go beyond two seasons.

Ah, Go! Princess Precure, we’re talking about this, aren’t we?  Let’s move on.  While I sense that the premise of the series is ASPIRE HIGHER … I have a difficulty in seeing how (or if) the storyline consistently achieved this.  Consider the four members who make up Go! Princess Precure.  Minami is the daughter of a wealthy family with enormous influence in their community.  Kiara is bound to follow her mother into the ranks of top model in the world of fashion.  Towa is a true princess.  And Haruka?  A very normal girl with a bizarre dream of becoming a grand princess.  A girl from a middle-class family.  Her dream seems irrational and impossible.  And yet, she attends the prestigious Noble Academy to attain these lofty goals.  And she heads the precure team as Cure Flora.

All this princess talk is making me queasy.  Let’s talk villains.  The character designers for Go! Princess Precure has created the best set of baddies in the history of the Pretty Cure (even those softies who decided to switch to the good-guy-side late in the series, IMHO).  The princesses have their dainty hands full against the forces of Dys Dark and the queen Dyspear.  But top-notch in this category is Close whose punk-rocker image gets grittier as the season charges to its dark episodes (from # 47 to end).  In fact, Dyspear yields to Close in one last desperate battle against Cure Flora.  It is here where Flora discovers that life is a curious blend of dream and despair, a revelation which satisfies Close (for some reason I still can’t fathom).  Suddenly … happy ending.  Dream has its place; despair has its role.

The animation of the series (as their 3-part movie) is dazzling, particularly in the scenes where the thorn fields of Dys Dark retreats in a rainbow burst of color as the Hope Kingdom re-energizes.  Great effects throughout the season.

But, in the end, the confusion remains.  Haruka essentially returns to square one.  Her team has gone on their ways to fulfill their dreams of marine veterinarian, top model, beloved princess, storybook author.  We leave Haruka in the same flowery field we first meet her, convinced that her dream of grand princess is not all that unreasonable.  Nary a clue that she will succeed as her friends have.

I wish her luck, but I see no difference … other than a renewed zeal to aspire higher.

7/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.6/10 overall
hazukiXX's avatar
Mar 17, 2021

You know what? Three months like that, and I'm done with my third favourite anime (and favourite Precure series!)

Go Princess Precure has been a fun anime in my heart. It talks about your dreams and what you do to fulfill them. Nearly each episode, they would talk about someone getting trapped in a cage of despair and how teenage girls save said characters out of the cage. 

What I disliked: I didn't like Close, as I felt he was always doing bad things to Cure Flora, my favourite cure of all time. I hated their fillers, notably GPPC32. But that's pretty much all :>

What I liked: Their music. Yeah, like Conditions of being a Princess in Episode 39 or their second ending. The animation was decent, although some shots were in my opipion, could have been done better. Characters. Yeah, I like how they tend to zoom into their dreams in detail, and create unique lines, suited for their personalities. GPPC17 changed me as I longer hated Kirara and began seeing her postively. My favourite arc is the GPPC37-GPPC39, as they revlove around my best girl, give off enomtinal vibes (I like emotional scenes, if you were to ask me) and end off with a bang.

Overall: 9.7/10

I actually think that is the first season to watch, even though most say Heartcatch or Smile. Will make you realise your drea,s and find ways to get there

10/10 story
8.6/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.7/10 overall