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Dated 2 January 2014: Autumn 2013 season summary

Regina and Cure Ace
Go on, Ace. Slap the shit out of her.

I only watched five shows from the autumn 2013 anime season. It really should have been six, but subs for Detective Conan lagged again.

Autumn 2013: KILL la KILL (1-12) > Golden Time (1-12) > DokiDoki! Precure (35-46) > Kakumeiki Valvave [13-24] > IS Infinite Stratos 2 [1-12, OVA2]. Dropped: None.

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Dated 17 February 2014: Belated season introduction to winter 2014 shows

Mazinger
Pilder fucking on!

I should probably put together a season introduction for Winter 2014, considering that half of it has already passed. At this time, I'm still following 14 15 of the shows currently airing this cour (Jesus Christ, fourteen FIFTEEN?), and may add Gundam Build Fighters if I ever get around to starting it. I present the following shows in order of their precedence on the chart at the time I started writing this sucker, but you shouldn't put too much weight on their positions or particular ratings because this ain't anime titration, you know.

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Dated 20 April 2014: Winter 2014 Season Summary

Hachiken
Hachiken's actually about to have his mom's home cooking for the first time in ages.

I feel as if I watched too many shows last season. However, there also isn't anything that I regret not dropping. Does that mean the winter 2014 season was particularly good or does it mean I'm not making very good use of my spare time? Maybe it's both. There were quite a few good shows, or at least okay shows with lots of good moments.

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Dated 31 May 2015: Welcome back, Kugimiya Rie

Dingo and Angela
Angela Balzac shows Dingo how large the pizzas are in DEVA.

The past couple of years have been pretty good for Kugimiya Rie roles, as it appears she has moved beyond the tiny, flat-chested modern tsundere typecasting that plagued her for so long. Notably, she was excellent in Rakuen Tsuihō (Expelled from Paradise) as Angela Balzac (admittedly another tsundere, but fortunately the neoclassical variety). Ordinarily I would not have expected her in a role like this, but she did an outstanding job. The movie itself is also excellent, so I'm definitely buying the Blu-ray when it comes out later this week.

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Dated 8 September 2020: Healin' Good ♡ Precure hasn't made me care about Cure Earth yet

Cure Earth
Cure Earth's transformation hasn't been integrated with the other three.

There have been five Healin' Good ♡ Precure episodes already featuring Cure Earth and I still find her presence entirely pointless. Mid-season additions to the Pretty Cure franchise aren't always popular. Maybe everyone liked Cure Passion (because she's fuckin' awesome, okay), but there were definitely viewers who were less receptive toward Regina when she became Mana's friend and started absorbing screen time in Dokidoki! Precure.

Cure Fontaine, Cure Sparkle, Cure Grace, and Cure Earth
Lot of scenes showing Cure Earth saving the others.

Granted, I am well outside the target demographic of the Pretty Cure franchise (i.e., little Japanese girls), but I'm struggling to identify anything Cure Earth brings to the show. You would think her arrival sets up a variety of fish-out-of-water scenarios, but this isn't even like the alien girl trying to adjust to traditional anime society in Star☆Twinkle Precure. Asumi (what Cure Earth is calling herself when she isn't calling herself "Cure Ass") is a cipher whose main characteristic is not having any characteristics. It doesn't make her particularly compelling. Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe little Japanese girls are actually huge fans of Cure Earth, but that would come as a big surprise.