Reviews: Pretty Cure Entwined Hearts
Adorable and happy, and that's how we like it
In a sea of grimdark and shock-heavy fanseries that don't seem to understand the meaning of the Pretty Cure franchise, Entwined Hearts is the bastion of happiness and love fans are looking for. The love between the protagonists and the developing mystery around them are sweet and draw people in, and as with Bukatsudo, Kris again focuses more on character development than anything else. The series seems self-aware on this point as well. Individual episodes do have very Precure premises — the birthday episode, for example, is a common Shibata-era plot — and treat them in a progressive, friendly manner. For example, episode 19's bullying plot doesn't have any rock-throwing or slurs, but a frog, a marker, and a teacher who actually enforces the school's zero-tolerance policy, a sad rarity even in real-life schools. Entwined Hearts is something more fanseries should try to be like. The era of guns and gore is over, and not a moment too soon.
Guess pride really does come before a fall
In 2011, Midoriri scored a fandom hit with her blockbuster series Pretty Cure Bukatsudo Energetic. It was so good, it's undeniably her Magnum Opus. This, on the other hand? Don't get me wrong, she does a good job handling LGBT issues, even for someone I accuse of being of The Category That Shall Not Be Named (looking at you, Tumblr skeletons—and before anyone asks, no, I didn't use any nannybots, reverse or otherwise, when typing up this review). But around the time she started Bukatsudo Energetic, she started to develop a nasty streak—in part because of yours truly, I'm sorry to say. I don't know if episode 19 of this one was inspired by bad experiences with me, but I can't shake the feeling that it's as un-Pretty Cure-like as you can get, and considering that my stories have been accused of that before, I should know, just as I should know that pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Because of episode 19 alone, I can't give this series anything higher than a 2 out of 5 (then again, that's probably just me—long story), but I can forgive her (a courtesy I doubt she'd ever extend to me) since the story at least treats LGBT issues with the proper care. ETA: Clearly I still haven't gotten over certain incidents which will not be described here, and even if that wasn't the case, I'd still have deducted a star or two for episode 19's aesop. As it is, I simply thought it hit too close to home, and that such an aesop could only come from someone who is unforgiving, and I apologize if I overstated things; after all, the overall tone is a step in the right direction for PrecureOCs, if a small one, and I agree with the above reviewer that the guns and gore era is so deader than Deader Than Disco (and yes, the repetitive phrasing was deliberate for emphasis purposes). It's time I followed Perfume Preppy's lead and moved on from that phase.