(I should also note I updated the section on DokiDoki a bit)
Happiness influx, charged with glee, Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!
The themes are fashion, dancing, mirrors, and transformation.
HappinessCharge Precure is the franchise’s tenth anniversary series, and fortunately, so far it’s a really good one. So if you want to jump on a currently airing series for the tenth anniversary (with Cures from past series showing up at the beginning of every episode to introduce themselves and congratulate the series) go ahead and catch up with Doremi fansubs!
Megumi Aino is an energetic (and sometimes overly intense and enthusiastic) girl with a thirst to help others. She lives in an Earth overrun by monsters invading from the Phantom Empire and is a huge fan of the Precure who fight against them around the world. Meanwhile, Hime Shirayuki is operating as Cure Princess. She is an actual princess of a world that had been completely taken over by the Phantom Empire and is tasked with freeing it- unfortunately, she’s never won a single fight against the bad guys. The more competent Cure Fortune has a mysterious grudge against her and is unwilling to work with her. Hime, who is shy, fearful but also a little spoiled, has never had a friend- so the God that oversees the Precure, Blue, gives her a Crystal of Love and tells her to find a person to be her friend and partner in battle. Hime decides to throw the crystal and be friends with whoever it hits. It hits Megumi, and the rest is history.
So far, HappinessCharge is a fun series with solid characters, good pacing and development and also an interesting premise- only four episodes have aired, but both Hime and Megumi are good characters with flaws and strengths and Hime’s anxiety and difficulty adjusting to social situations is being handled fairly well so far! Megumi is an adorable, good-hearted kid who is hardcore and intense in battle, but also a bit of a dork with a tendency to be overbearing. The friendship and support between the girls is really solidly developed up to this point and the supporting characters have potential as well (Megumi has a male childhood friend she explicitly has no romantic interest in so far, and he’s very supportive of her and the Precure.)
The idea of a large scale invasion and Precure operating around the wold is really interesting, and I hope the series explores it more. Even better, the Precure have such an interesting range of attacks and powers in this series. They have a transformation item that allows them to collect different forms and powers, like ninja, detective, roller derby girl, etc. They also change into different forms for powerful dance based attacks, like Cherry Flamenco and Sherbert Ballet. The action scenes in this series are great so far, really fun, intense and over the top. The animation is also fun, exaggerated and goofy in a way that’s reminiscent of Heartcatch, with lots of fluidity and expressiveness.
Basically, don’t be afraid to jump onto this series! Thus far it’s highly recommended! I’ll give a more complete review once the series has finished.