She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4

This contains Spoilers for the new season

So.

Yesterday I binged the entire new season of She-Ra and I’m honestly still not over it. This season was dark. Not in a hopeless sense, there are moments of levity and hope for things, but the season had this tone over it that’s much darker than the previous seasons and I really enjoyed that.

This season, like the seasons before it, really shines with its character interactions. Getting more of the secondary princesses was great. I loved that we got to see more of Mermista’s dorky side and her with Sea Hawk is just golden. Seeing Perfuma in a new setting and watching her deal with that and bounce off different characters is lovely. Forsta didn’t get as much, but what we do see is still cute and funny.

But the real meat of this season was what was going on between Glimmer, Bow, Adora, Catra, Scorpia, and the new character, Double Trouble.

Glimmer is dealing with the death of her mother and she’s stuck in her grief. Glimmer wants to go out and continue fighting the horde, not simply staying behind like her mother had done. She’s learning magic from Shadow Weaver, growing more and more powerful (seriously, Glimmer kicks so much ass this season) but there is a kind of darkness growing inside her; she uses Adora as a decoy, at first without her knowing, and then starts going off on missions by herself without telling anyone else.

While she’s growing closer to Shadow Weaver and taking more of her advice she starts to lash out at people for not following her orders, not listening, and not trusting her. There is some meddling going on from other characters, but Glimmer’s feelings are still real. From her perspective, she’s lost her whole family, she’s so desperate to protect people and destroy the Horde that she pushes people away. And at one point she flat out blamed Adora for the “death” of her mother and shouts that at Adora in a heated argument. Then when she thinks that she has the power to stop the Horde she wants to use it despite the danger it could bring to the planet.

With all of that Adora does feel guilty about what happened to Angella and hearing Glimmer, in a sense, repeat something that Catra had said to her. That she was a terrible She-Ra, that all of the bad things that happened, happened because of her. It was messed up. Then going to see Madam Razz again and learning about Mara and more about the First Ones…Adora is essentially told that she is a key to a huge planetary weapon. Her worst fears could potentially come true, she could break and mess up the whole world and there could be nothing she could do about it. Though she tried which is why she fights soo hard against Glimmer to use the weapon.

Bow got to shine and flat out says that it’s hard to maintain relationships. You have to work at them, and that he gets tired of always being the “happy go lucky” guy, the one who’s always working at it. I know that this isn’t a lot but I feel like there’s so much depth in that line and idea. It’s so powerful, I loved it.

Double Trouble is a new character and I love them. They are a kind of theatre kid archetype and I can understand how some could find them grating but I certainly didn’t. What’s so interesting about them I think is their relationship with Catra (which I’ll get to soon) and how…transactional it is. This is the first character I think that’s really just in it for themself and money. The moments of joking around with Catra were great, but when Catra shows some vulnerability to them, Double Trouble is quick to remind her that all they do for the Horde is for a price, and once it looks like the Horde is gonna lose, they jump ship and give Catra a complete dressing down, which leaves her sad and broken. It was also fun watching Double Trouble sew seeds of discord throughout the rebellion, it was a lot of fun to watch everyone be so paranoid. I hope they come back so I can see more of them in action.

Now Catra. Catra, Catra, Catra. She was really at the bottom of the barrel this season. From all of the abandonment she’s been through, plus with her abusive background, she’s been craving power to try and make up for the fact that people keep abandoning her. She thought that winning would be what she wanted, that it would make her matter and make her important. But all it did was leave her more lonely and stressed out. She even managed to push away Scorpia, something she probably thought was impossible. Watching Catra continually make the wrong choices out of fear, anger, and hurt has been a rough road. Everything she did made sense to me as to why she did it, but I would still sit there and shake my head. Then at the end of everything she just gave up, Hordak found out about what she did to Entrapta so he tried to kill her, the rest of the Horde is in shambles, and Catra is just so, so tired.

But all of that was for the best I think. Now Catra is forced to choose to do something different. She will have to change, on some level, she’ll have to have some kind of positive growth. I could talk all day about Catra, but I’ll save that for another post.

She-Ra season 4 is amazing and while I only talked about a few things that made it so great in this post, please know that there’s so much more! If you’ve watched the season, let me know what you liked about it, or what you didn’t like about it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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Emara

So, the other day I watched Emara and I wanted to share some quick thoughts about the first episode.

First I just want to say that I won’t be talking about any possibilities of tracing or copying animation for the opening of the show. It’s only been some whispers but I haven’t found any sources or anything like that and I didn’t notice anything when watching the show itself. If this is something that would bother you or impede you from supporting the show I encourage you to look into it yourself and come to your own conclusion.

I’m a long time fan of the magical girl genre and all of the sub-genres within it, even some of the darker ones. So when I first heard about this show more than…I think it had been almost a year, I was looking forward to it. And after watching it…I think the first episode is okay.

First I will say that I love the music of the opening. It’s bouncy and catchy enough to get me pumped for what’s to come, but it’s not overbearing. I also really like the vocals, I’m not a vocalist, but I could listen to that person sing all day.

I think the animation is great, I don’t know anything about this show’s production but I truly think Eating Star Studios did a really good job. I generally think the movements of the characters are nice and smooth, especially when they’re fighting. The mouth movements on some of the characters look odd and not as smooth, but it’s not horribly distracting. Emara’s fight toward the end of the episode is especially great!

The voice acting is a mixed bag. I like Emara’s VA, Naomie Mercer, isn’t someone I’m familiar with but through her acting (as well as the animation) I get the sense that she’s a  spitfire, perhaps a bit cocky and she made it a joy to watch. Dhabian, a character we don’t know much about yet, comes off as kinda flat in the VA department. I’m really sure what it is about Paul Poteet’s acting in this episode but I wasn’t really feeling it. The main villain of this episode’s voice isn’t something I’m a fan of at all, the actor did fine but the inflection and such just really put me off of him. I’m glad Emara kicked his but. All the other VAs were simply okay. I haven’t watched the episode in Arabic yet, though those versions are available so I won’t compare the two.

This leads me to the writing of the episode. Really nothing is explained in this episode, Emara is already a crime fighter it looks like and has a kind of established relationship with Dhabian, maybe not completely positive and open, but an established relationship none the less. As well as it looks like some government types have been trying to keep tabs on Emara as well.

I think this was the right move for the show to make with its eleven-minute length. There’s just not a lot of room for fluff or filler. Everything seems important and it did a good job of getting me interested in where the show will take its mysteries. Only time will tell if the short time length will continue to be a good thing for the show, but for the first episode, it helps the writing keep a nice pace.

All in all the episode was fun, cute, and had some nice action. Though there was nothing that particularly stood out to me this go around it’s certainly gotten me hooked.

The episodes for Emara can be found here: Link

A Look at Character Design: Kirara Amanogawa (Part 1)

Hey, I’m back with another look at a character design! This time I’ll be looking at one of my favorite Cures from one of my favorite seasons!

Today I’ll be looking at Kirara Amanogawa, aka Cure Twinkle from Go! Princess PreCure!

Her civilian look:

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

Well, her first civilian outfit. Kirara has a bunch of cute outfits, which makes sense since she’s a fashion model. I’m going to try to look at her summer and winter outfits, but I can only screencaps of those so I might miss some details.

Anyways, the first thing I would like to note is that I think the colors used here are great. The yellow is eye-catching without being overpowering. The two-tone, high-waist shorts are very stylish and the muted shades complement her top very well. Her shoes, headband, and earrings are nice as details as well.

I don’t know what one would call this color combination but I know yellow and purple are complementary colors, while yellow and green are right next to each other on the wheel so…analogus and complementary? Not too sure.

Kirara’s outfit here does a good job of showing off her stylish and slightly mature personality, as well as the fact that she’s a bit difficult to talk to at first. She’s less mature than Minami and more mature than Haruka. She’s a good middle ground and this outfit shows it.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

This outfit (with cameos from all the other girls) doesn’t have the most interesting color combination. But it’s still a nice one.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

The ruffle top and jean combo is very cute and gives Kirara a more girlish look and feel. I think this works best with the development of her personality; being more open and warmer with everyone.

 

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

Again, this is a cute outfit. The yellow is the same shade as the yellow from her first outfit and complements the orange of her stockings nicely. Her headband is yellow now instead of purple and stands out much more because of this. The blue of her shorts sort of give me pause; I never really noticed them during the show, but looking at them now I think the blue is a strong color. I think it’s the most saturated of her clothes here. But since I didn’t notice it before it can’t have been too eye-catching. Maybe it’s because they’re so short and mostly covered by her cute sweater.

Well, that’s all for part one, part two will be about her Cure Forms! Thank you for reading and until next time!

A Look at Character Design: Ciel Kirahoshi (Update)

Hey guys! Looks like I’m here to talk about Ciel’s design again. Or more accurately some new clothes design for her since her winter design is out. I was planning on doing another one of these for her movie look but I couldn’t find a solo version of the girl’s movie power up.

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Source: Youtube

But I couldn’t find anything. So I’ll look at that later once I examine it more. Anyways, onto what I do have. Her winter designs!

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

The very first thing i want to say is that this shade of turquoise does a much better job of showing Ciel off as the Green Cure. I know turquoise is a kind of in between color but as far as her own signature color I think this shade works better overall.

The overall shape of her silhouette is a little different, the way her skirt and coat flows out from her body is closer to where her waist is. As opposed to her first civilian outfit which flows out from near her chest or just under it. Her jacket, gloves, boots and outfit all fit the winter season very nicely. I also really like that they kept the pink bow as a part of her outfit, a different bow obviously, one that follows the shape of her hair; just a very nice touch.

Now a very, very quick look at her movie designs.

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The first is her Patisserie uniform which I don’t have much to say about. It’s a cute kind of maid /baker design and I like the colors used for it.

The design in the middle is the biggest departure from what we’ve seen before. She’s got some brown in her outfit. That’s new color on her. Her silhouette is also more straight than her other ones. The clothes under her jacket are a bit more difficult of see so I can’t really comment on them.

Her final design brings her back to something similar to her TV design. The colors here look a bit brighter than her other designs but her dress is nice. The shawl is a nice touch to bring home the fact this is a dress for a party of some kind rather than like…a she’d normally wear. I’m not sure if I like the yellow bow in the center. Especially since this shade of yellow is pretty strong. She has a pink sash, with possibly a bow in the back, and I think that would have been better without the yellow bow, and it would match her shoes.

These designs of hers are good, especially the one with her winter coat. After this the next character I’m going to be looking at is my favorite character from Go! Princess Precure. So look out for that.

Let me know what you guys think!

A Look at Character Design: Ciel Kirahoshi

Hey! Mizz here with something a little different from my current stream of Maze Runner chapter reviews. Character design has been something I’ve always been interested in so I though I would look at some characters and try to explain why I like them or why I don’t.

The first character design I’m going to look at is Ciel Kirahoshi, aka Cure Parfait from Toei Animation’s Kira Kira Pretty Cure A la Mode.

The first look will be her civilian look.

 

 

The first thing I want to talk about are the colors used in her design. The main color seems to be turquoise, with two different shades. I think it looks really good, especially with the shade of yellow they used for her hair. The pink bow helps break up the turquoise and matched well with her shoes. The shape of her dress and hair are also in good contrast. It’s just very very cute.

One thing I think works better in her fairy form rather than her human form are the shines in her eyes. Like, the lack of irises is just kind of creepy to me.

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The Shine in her eye simply looks better

Now I want to look at her Cure Parfait design.

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This design is based off of the food Parfait and a Pegasus.

 

 

As far as capturing those two things go…I think it’s pretty decent. I don’t think she needed three pairs of wings, and yeah, those things on top of her head are probably supposed to be ears, but…they just look like wings on top of her head. The ones on her back and on her Sweets Pact case are a nice touch. The rainbow…tassel that hangs off the left side of her dress adds a nice splash of color, the rainbow being a kind of sub element for her. The little orange slice brooch is cute as well.

Now I do think the hat deatail is bad. It’s too but and I think it looks really ugly. Another part is that fact that I hate her shoes. I know they’re supposed to be based off house hooves, but I just hate the way they look.

Her colors are based off the main colors in her civilian form; turquoise, white, and pink. I think they work decently with each other, even though I think a lighter shade of blonde hair would have work best.

Now on to Cure Parfait’s A La Mode Style.

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The first thing that stands out to me is that the colors seem…lighter. I don’t know why and it could just be this picture I’m looking at. Plus, they changed how they draw her eyes. Seems like there’s more space between them.

I strongly dislike the fruit details on her dress. At least that huge orange slice and those grapes. Bad decision. The blue beads…or whatever near the bottom of her gown don’t bother me as much as the fruit.

The overall silhouette— minus the fruit— is really nice and the fluffy style of her hair is really lovely. The shoulder of her dress are nice as well, even though the collar is…unnecessary. Her parfait headdress is even worse here especially because she had this…fuzzy thing on her head. I do like the arm bands, I’m generally an arm band kind of person anyways.

Overall I’d call her designs: Good, Decent, and then Okay. I honestly haven’t watched the anime up to the point where she shows up so I can’t how this looks in motion (which may be the real test of if this design is good or not) but I hope you all enjoyed this little experiment of mine.

(All pictures taken from the Pretty Cure Wiki)