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This Zone is dedicated to the lesser known elements of anime hosted by the cast of Victory Script.

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Ranking the Precures - Star Twinkle Precure

Our currently running season and last for this series of special reviews is Star Twinkle Precure

These scores are current scores and will change over time as more cures maybe added and others may get better.
Hikaru is a typical Pink Precure lead, naturally happy, naturally curious and already I'm bored, she's at least more bearable than Cure Whip but far from Cure Yell standard.
Lala by definition is the first alien Precure if you judge non human's as being from space. She's serious and thinks on a logical basis, basically an adorable Spock but they are really lacking story arcs for her.
Elena has maturity beyond her years and is great at working situations in her favour. She is under the big sister type but actually works better for her character.
Madoka is clearly the rich girl of this season and much of her story is surrounding her relationship with her father but she may struggle unless they give her character a twist. At the moment it's failing to bare fruit.
Hoshina Hikaru - Cure Star - 5.8/10
Hagoromo Lala - Cure Milky - 6.7/10
Amamiya Elena - Cure Soliel - 7.8/10
Kaguya Madoka - Cure Selene - 5.5/10
Best Dressed Award - Cure Selene

Ranking the Precures - Bonus Cures

Before I switch to the currently airing season, lets rank the bonus cures. These are allied Cure only. No evil cures they will be in the villains ranking later this year. No goddess cures either, they don't really serve the same purpose.

Cure Echo really only had one movie where she was relevant and she was quickly left behind.
Cure Tender serves as the driving force for Cure Fortune and probably would've been a better choice for Cure Fortune.
International Precures is a neat idea, I wish they tried harder to give them more personality beyond the Hawaiian Cures.
Cure Infini is the first ever male Cure and well rounded on both the dark and light alignments and comes with some inspirational quotes.
Cure Flower I find amazing as she acts as the perfect old master of precures opening the doors to potential plot points in the canon.
Cure Mofurun is what happens when your teddy bear starts talking, the missing ingredient to argubly the best precure team
Cure Pekorin I hate, it really cheapens the show to shoe horn her in as a cure.
Kiryuu Sisters there isn't much to them, they look like evil cures but even without transformations they fight as well as the Splash Stars
Cure Tomorrow is basically Chibi Usa from Sailor Moon, only a toddler and more adorable and the least annoying toddler character in fiction.
Sakagami Ayumi - Cure Echo - 5.5/10
Hikawa Maria - Cure Tender - 6.0/10
International Cures - Cure World - 6.4/10
Wakamiya Henri - Cure Infini - 8.4/10
Hanasaki Kaoruko - Cure Flower - 9.5/10
Mofurun - Cure Mofurun - 9.2/10
Pekorin - Cure Pekorin - 2.3/10
Kiryuu Sisters - Cure Wind/Moon - 6.9/10
Hugtan - Cure Tomorrow - 9.0/10

Ranking the Precures - Hugtto Precure

Were almost done, we are now on Hugtto the most recent season.

This team definitely comes out as one of the best and argubly most inspirational and here's why.
Hana is the poster child for the franchise itself, she carries much of the same traits most pink cures have but became internationally recognized for some of her most memorable quotes and she's even had to fight the weakness her character type has which is brave for a kids show and even braver for her to become the first precure mother, even actual childbirth.
Saaya's problem is that while she has a memorable look, they didn't really know what to do with her character and that only gets amplified by the strengths of the others.
Homare's story is basically rebuilding lost confidence, in essence she's a main character with a one episode story arc and while they do try, even throwing in some awkward romance it doesn't have ever lasting appeal.
Emiru is the ascended fangirl done right and for this season especially she's the perfect audience representative. She is what every precure fan wants to be and then became part of the best duo since maho girls and the original pair.
Ruru is my favourite precure of all time, the first inorganic precure and a former villain and the other half of a great partnership with Emiru, her story was the most compelling and most heartbreaking to watch.
Nono Hana - Cure Yell - 10/10
Yakushiji Saaya - Cure Ange - 6.0/10
Kagayaki Homare - Cure Etoile - 7.2/10
Aisaki Emiru - Cure Macherie - 9.3/10
Ruru Amour - Cure Amour - 9.8/10
Best Dressed Award - Macherie and Amour are beautiful.

Ranking the Precures - KiraKira Precure A La Mode

Not far off now, were coming close to finishing our precure ranking with our next series KiraKira Precure

Reading the character sheets for this made me groan as this series is the laziest designed of the franchise in both characters and concept as the comparisons to Tokyo Mew Mew are unavoidable.
Ichika is happy and bouncy like a rabbit and already I've lost interest. This is the 12th Precure team you cannot get away with this type of character without bringing something new to the table and you failed to do that.
Himari at first seems forgettable but digging deeper I found something I never expected to find. Her personality is that she likes to talk proudly about her interests to people she trusts then become all nervous around strangers, these are traits similar to people with Autism, making her the only autistic magical girl in history.
Aoi has the wild rebel persona going for her but it comes off the back of being a rich girl bound by stuffy rules giving her an actual reason to act the way she does.
Yukari looks like she belongs in a different anime, her persona is that being labelled as perfect has made her want to seek out interesting things for entertainment, even if that makes her selfish, it's very complex character design that is welcomed in Precure but also makes her the odd one out among her peers.
Akira is the big sister type this time but being more masculine makes her standout so much more but I find that she only makes her persona work when played off Yukari making the Uranus, Neptune reference all the more apparent.
Ciel to be honest I don't like, it's not through lack of trying but she looks like a fanfic character designed by a My Little Pony fan and having to succeed Felice was always going to be a challenge. But what really hits it home is that she has Mary Sue traits as the plot is reliant on her to solve it.

Usami Ichika - Cure Whip - 5.0/10
Arisugawa Himari - Cure Custard - 8.0/10
Tategami Aoi - Cure Gelato - 8.6/10
Kotozume Yukari - Cure Macaron - 8.8/10
Kenjou Akira - Cure Chocolat - 7.7/10
Kirahoshi Ciel - Cure Parfait - 6.6/10
Best Dressed Award - At least the costumes are incredible but easily the best is Cure Chocolat

Ranking the Precures - Mahou Tsukai Precure

Moving on from princesses to witches and due to it being a return to it's roots I may have to tweak some elements.

Mirai and Riko have the honour of being the best Precure duo in the franchise only matched by one other duo and the original, but unlike the classic lovely angel trope that the franchise began with Mirai and Riko take a different approach.
Both girls mix well due more to their style in magic and personalities, Mirai being a performer and Riko being a technician, the extrovert Mirai to introvert Riko which relies less on tropes and utilizes more of the characters and this plays so well that you would believe they are real girls which is strange to talk about being an animation but real life girls don't follow the tropes that groups them into categories and that's impressive.
Hanami as the 3rd precure is nothing like Luminous in the original. Starting as an infant fairy and growing into a beautiful graceful Precure fairy through the parenting skills of the lead Maho girls is probably when the series really starts talking to their former older fans who by that point in the franchise are now young adults and while this acknowledgement doesn't return until Hugtto it really gives some emotional, mature weight that later sees it's two leads become an actual couple. That's how you make strong female characters.
Asahina Mirai - Cure Miracle - 9.5/10
Izayoi Riko - Cure Magical - 9.5/10
Hanami Kotoha - Cure Felice - 9.7/10
Best Dressed Award - Cure Felice, not only the best dressed but the most beautiful Precure in the whole franchise both in looks and personality.