When we last left the Baking Rangers they had beaten a powered up Julio/Pikario and freed him from the darkness. Cielfelt really bad because she for the longest time she didn’t notice Pikario’s sorrow and blamed herself for it. She felt like she couldn’t bring anyone happiness because of it.
Pikario for some reason felt like holding a grudge and act all tsundere though deep down seeing his sister in pain hurt him just as much. Pikario continued doubting himself until Ciel broke down.
Lord Noir sensed Ciel’s self-loathing and pulled a Sith Lord on our French cutie. She was swallowed up by a circle of darkness. Ichika and Pikario jumped into the circle.
Meanwhile Bibury was full of envy and rage. Lord Noir responded to her loyalty and granted her a mega power boost, merging Iru and herself into the ultimate Bibury plushie of doom.
This was painful to watch (In the “this hurts my kokoro” way). Poor Ciel in despair as Julio tried using some tough love on her but it didn’t do much good. Ichika and Julio spotted a baking spot similar to the one at Strawberry Mountain on the day Pikario cooked the special waffles for Kirarin. Cure Whip told Julio to try baking waffles one more time while she held off the darkness. Julio swallowed his tsundere-ness and put some love into the waffles this time. It worked. Ciel was saved and Julio finally understood what made the first waffles special compared to others afterward.
With things patched up between Ciel and Julio she got her passion back and cooked up a storm in the newly formed circle of sweetness. The Cures held off Ultimate Bibury while Ciel finished her supreme treat.
Noir took advantage of everyone being distracted to try and kill Ciel.
Julio jumped in and took the arrow for the team. Julio in his “final” moments urged Ciel to finish her dish.
What followed was nothing short of awesomeness. Cure Parfait is badass, plain and simple. Watch her in action and be left in awe.
Even her finisher is awesome.
Afterward Pikario “dies”. I put it in quotation marks because I have a feeling he’ll most likely be revived before the big final battle against Lord Noir.
Julio/Pikario’s moping aside this was a really good episode. Seeing Ciel overcome her depression and become Cure Parfait was painful and then GLORIOUS! I wonder if Bibury and Iru will return to join Lord Noir’s new generals next time? We shall see.
BTW, as usual Toei sucks at keeping secrets…that or they don’t bother keeping secrets at all because they don’t worry about the element of surprise and rely more on hype factor.