Op-Ed: What Did They Do to Precure Since I Was in Fourth Grade?

Kawazaki Rikka
Yawamori Elementary School, Sixth Grade

A few weeks ago, I tried to get back into a franchise I’ve loved since I was younger and checked out Hugtto Precure. A lot of time has passed since I religiously followed Mahoutsukai Precure as a 9-year-old, but I had hoped Hugtto Precure would fill me with a sense of nostalgia and make me feel like a kid again. How wrong I was.

I’m not sure what happened to anime in these two long years, but Precure just isn’t the same anymore. I think about the fond memories I have of Liko and Mirai battling different monsters every week when I was in 4th grade, and they don’t even compare to the generic drivel in today’s children’s anime.

The world has changed since I started learning long division in school. Kids these days will never appreciate classic Precure series like Go! Princess Precure (or so I’ve heard, it’s kind of before my time). I remember cool character designs, plots that make sense, realistic emotions, and memorable characters. Now I feel like magical girl anime is just dirty otaku wish fulfillment. And I can’t help but feel that it’s killing the industry.

Whatever. Kids can enjoy what ever shows they want to enjoy without having to listen to a jaded anime fan like myself. As an 11-year-old, I’m too old to be watching Precure anyway.

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Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Fearless Leader of Anime Maru. He was trained by the North Korean People's Institute of Journalism and Media. kevo follows voice actresses on Twitter and pretends to understand their Japanese tweets. Twitter: @kevo31415