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  • Base-Breaking Character: Cure Echo is disliked among a group of fans for taking away focus from the other cures for the majority of her debut movie and doing even less than Shiny Luminous. It's made worse by the fact that she doesn't even become a Cure until the final 10 minutes of New Stage 1, and doesn't even fight, all she does is give Fuu-chan a cooldown hug then de-transforms. On the other hand, quite a number of fans find her an Ensemble Dark Horse and wish that she appeared in one of the TV series as a Sixth Ranger.
    • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: For some of those who consider her The Scrappy, in New Stage 3. While, once again, she only appears in the last 10 minutes of the movie, she actually helps this time, and Enyen and Grell become her Fairy Partners. Her return in Miraculous Magic was also received rather well.
  • Broken Base: The canonicity of this portion of the franchise. While the idea of the teams meeting each other is great, there are some, both within the fandom and with the creators of the various seasons, who feel that bringing them back for series like this just cheapens the endings to their series and with them forever stuck as their initial ages isn't fair, unlike their Kamen Rider and Super Sentai counterparts, who are allowed to be seen aged up if the actual actor returns.
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  • Contested Sequel: Spring Carnival, mostly because the majority of the movie is The Musical.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: DX3's climax brings the Cures one last chance to transform and save the world at the cost of never being able to see their mascot friends again. Seeing as how the movie was released towards the beginning of Suite, there was no way they'd permanently lock away the Cures' ability to transform.
  • Moment of Awesome: Seriously, why were these 70 minutes each? There could have been even more ass-kicking!
    • The Zakenna airplane. Which Black and White promptly kick into the distance (while said plane is still several hundred feet up)
    • For most of the battle sequences, each team only fought strategically alongside their respective teammates, and "mixed combat" was more of a side-effect… until Cure Dream and Cure Bloom punch a Kowainaa monster in the face TOGETHER! The power of earth and dreams! UNITED!!
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    • Milky Rose punching the ground and leaving a LARGE crater for the Big Bad to slip in.
      • In the sequel, she briefly goes into mascot form to dodge an attack and roundhouse sucker punch her opponent back!
    • In the third movie, when everyone ran off to make space on the Whack-A-Monster, Cure Moonlight just stood there unfazed like a complete badass before she whacks the monsters singlehandedly and inspiring the rest of the Cures to get on whacking (lots of monsters eventually).
    • In New Stage 2, after Cure March attempts a March Shoot at the Big Bad who simply dodges it and gloats how it's direct and lacks technique, Cure March proceeds to do a Macross Missile Massacre version of her attack after saying, "I'll give you all the direct attacks you want!" This is the point where the Cures turn the battle in their favor.
  • Narm: The epilogue of the third movie was supposed to be serious but ended up being happy instead.
    • The ending credits too. It was supposed to be really sad, but the happy ending music kind of ruins the mood.
    • Miraculous Magic has its tendency to animate the singers with excessive gestures like in stage theater. While the overly dramatic gestures are necessary in theater because of the distance between the stage and the audience, seeing the florist at the opening moves up close is hilarity-inducting.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Slightly less than halfway through, the second film takes a dive straight into a level of Deranged Animation rivaled only by the likes of Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. Even the villains in the second film go to this later on, as in they became the Devil Themselves.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Fans of the Ensemble Darkhorses of the franchise seem to cling at The Cameo of their favorites, but nothing seems to surpass the popularity of Seika donning Elegant Gothic Lolita in New Stage 2.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel:
    • The teams are seen interacting for some of the sequel (most notably the Heartcatch and Fresh teams), which is an improvement over the Stealth Hi Byes of the first movie. However, it's only those two teams that really interact for more than a few minutes, so mileage will vary.
    • After the first two New Stage movies got flak for the lack of speaking roles for most of the previous teams, New Stage 3 onwards has the original duo and at least every leader from each team reprised, ensuring that every season is represented even if it's unfeasible to bring back every single voice actress. Miraculous Magic also goes further by bringing back Cure Echo and every girl from the three previous seasons instead of just the immediate predecessor, as well as taking cues from the DX trilogy.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: There are a few fans, spoiled by the high-octane action of the DX movies, that see New Stage's Original Character focus to be an annoyance.
    • Spring Carnival, which made almost the entire movie into The Musical while putting the action to the sidelines.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The end of the third movie.
    • Nozomi's farewell to her dreamworld in New Stage 3.
    • Seperated and demoralized, Miracle and Magical lament their powerlessness against the overpowering adversaries and the large shoes they have to fill as Precure as they cling to each other's non-existent presence in Miraculous Magic.
      The entire world is on the line…
      …while all I can do is failure.
    • In HUGtto! PreCure ♥ Futari wa PreCure: All-Stars Memories, Hana ends up succumbing to despair over the seeming hopelessness of her friends being rendered amnesic babies. When Harry tells her to stop crying, Nagisa tells him off before succumbing to it as well.
  • Tough Act to Follow: DX3 delivered so much, be it action, speaking parts, sweet, awesome, and sad moments that many people felt the New Stage movies, and all subsequent crossover movies to a certain extent, while pretty good on their own, were a little lacking when compared to the DX ones.


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