This episode turned out to be much, MUCH better than I thought…though really I shouldn’t be surprised considering how great this installment of PreCure has been so far.
As we recall from the last episode Henri took great notice of 2GB (2 Girl Band), aka EmiRuru’s singing. So much so he dropped by the Command Center to invite them to take part in an upcoming fashion show. Emiru did what she did best and imagined a hilariously over the top simulation of how the runway could be really dangerous capped off by Ruru’s lack of comprehension of the simulation. Even so Emiru still had doubts about whether she had what it took to participate. Ruru was all like “It’s cool little babe. I’ve got your back”. Then the unthinkable happened…
I lost it. I freakin’ lost it when Ruru did the signature cheer. Ruru’s top 3 best female characters of 2018. No one can tell me otherwise.
The next day Hana pleaded with Henri to let her be part of the show. He was like “Sure. I like your spirit so you’re in after all.” His other reason for accepting was Power Rangers related hinting he too may know of our heroines’ secret identities. He most likely does. Then a familiar nuisance showed up. Jerk Bro chastised Henri for dressing like a girl. Henri was like “So what?” Jerk Bro was like “The other guys get freaked out when you do that.” Hana was about to stand up to Jerk Bro but Henri didn’t let it bother him, annoying Jerk Bro.
Here’s a character who showed up as a “MOTW fuel source” a couple of times and is the host of the fashion show, Rita Yoshimi. Thanks to all that’s happened to her since then she came up with the theme of the show, “Girls can be heroes too!”.
On the day of the show Emiru still had doubts but again Ruru assured her she’d be there for her, giving Emiru great comfort.
Unfortunately Jerk Bro noticed her fawning over Ruru the day prior and learned of the show. He again shoved his dated misogyny down their throats saying girls can’t be heroes but instead are to be protected by big strong men. Ruru was about to oppose him again but remembered Pupple’s harsh words from their previous encounter, stunning her. Hana tried helping out too but Jerk Bro was stubborn.
To be honest I was quite impressed Pretty Cure not only tackled misogyny but also freedom of expression and men with a strong feminine side in one episode. Sure it’s not as simple as was described in the episode but the fact they addressed these still ongoing issues on a kids show is awesome. Plus it fits the season’s main theme of “Girls can become anything they want to be when they grow up” from being a florist to a firefighter. Imagine if we get a firefighting episode. That would be SICK! Anyway Henri put on the dress he was wearing for the show and called out Jerk Bro for his jerkiness. He tried ridiculing Henri but he responded with “I dress however I want. Whining about it is a waste of life. #DealWithIt”, shocking Jerk Bro.
As soon as 2GB was about to wow the crowd with their awesomeness the MOTW showed up…but with a new employer. We’ll talk about that in a second.
To no one’s surprise the negative energy source this time was Jerk Bro. Henri got captured protecting 2GB. The Rangers did their thing but Jerk Bro’s negativity was really strong. Luckily Henri noticed the power source and somehow sensed what was bothering Jerk Bro deep down, calming him in the process. We’ll see where that goes some other time. The Rangers used the opening to save the day. Oh and there was a nice line by Cure Yell to Henri saying “Boys can be princesses too.”
This reminded me of the Adventure Time episode “Princess Cookie” that kinda tackled a similar topic about a male cookie named Cookie wanting to become a princess just like Princess Bubblegum.
After the battle the new baddie introduced herself, Gelos. And BOY WAS SHE WORTH THE WAIT. HOOO MAMA WHAT A BABE! She spouted the usual villain spiel about how love and friendship pissed her off while blessing us with her Engrish. I hope we’ll get some nice fanart of Pupple and Gelos. No need to pair them up as Pupple is already married or dating a guy, just sexy pics of the two. So hot.
Moving right along we joined 2GB more determined than ever to become Power Rangers. Ruru originally planned on simply supporting Emiru in her endeavor but after seeing Henri’s self-acceptance in the face of danger she was all like “So what if I’m an android? I WILL become a Power Ranger together with my little babe.” There was one problem, Harry only had one morpher remaining. Hugtan didn’t seem worried.
Like I said this was a surprisingly great episode. Be sure to come back next time as there may be something extra special awaiting us…oh yes indeed.
PS: Yes I’ll stick with Ruru from now on because of a certain fan convincing me and the show pretty much spelling out her name as Ruru in a previous episode. Lastly when one stops to think about it Ruru makes more sense than Lulu. You know, “Rule”.