Not much to say about this episode. It seemed to have focused more on the product placement of the “Fortune Capsule Maker” than anything else. (It was really cute though!) Madoka wanted to win the competition in hopes to cheer her father up a bit since his investigation hasn’t been going well. It’s good to see though that the excuse the alien agent who posed as the director isn’t fooling him anymore since he is re-investigate the evidence of the battle that transpired there. It does make me wonder if he will make an eventual breakthrough, and I am curious to see how he would react if he were to discover his daughter is fighting it out with aliens to protect space!
As for the rival, I didn’t particularly care much about her. She appeared to have been a bit envious of how Madoka was surrounded and supported by friends, and so she kept on convincing herself that friends just get in the way.
Let’s move on to episode 17!
This week the girls are back at Moonlah planet, and this time they are working alongside Blue Cat to work around Drum’s traps he has set for them after he declared he will take the Princess Pens for himself!
It was fun to see the girls work together, especially since their had great chemistry with one another. But while this episode had a lot of entertaining moments, as it turns out, this led us to another major clue pointing to the importance of Planet Rainbow. The planet was first brought up in Episode 15 when the Rainbow Necklace was up for grabs. During that time we learned about its inhabitants tragic fate, and this week, there were strong implications of Blue Cat’s connection to the planet, and how she is among the few, if not only survivors, especially with her sentimental attachments to its treasures.
But there was one thing that stood out to me, and that was why did Blue Cat look at the rainbow stones instead of the luxurious treasures? It wasn’t until the end of the episode when it finally hit me: It is very likely the two stones are either family or friends. Remember, during the auction they revealed Rainbow Planet’s inhabitants all turned to stone. While some of us may have initially imagined they were petrified while retaining their original forms, seeing how they were Blue Cat’s main focus, it changes the entire picture. In fact it is both equally terrifying and tragic, especially when you realize about how these stones were amongst what was stolen and are being sold to various places. That’s pretty dark stuff when you really think about it.
This isn’t the end of Planet Rainbow’s importance to the plot, rather this is just the beginning. While Blue Cat worked alongside the precures today so that she could complete primary objective, reclaiming the Rainbow Treasures, it seems her true goal is to gather all twelve of the Princess Pens to use for herself to restore/reclaim what I believe to be her home planet. And what better way to do that than to win the girls’ trust, and then steal them all at once from right under their nose?
Better yet, I am loving how complicated Blue Cat’s character is shaping up to be. I’m looking forward to seeing how her grand scheme will play out.
In all, this week’s episode was a thoroughly enjoyable one. I happen to be a huge fan of Phantom Thief characters, and this episode was all the fun and goodness you would expect. Hikaru in particular was quite fun to watch, especially with how she was sharp enough to notice the small details, such as noticing Blue Cat’s tail when she was impersonating Drum to throw the guards off their tracks. Or better yet, her enthusiasm when she saw the Space Cerberus. While everyone was freaking out, at some point she had ran straight towards it and latched herself onto its stomach to give it a belly rub, successfully ‘taming it’. Prunce was also hilarious with the way he is torn between remaining as Mao’s fan, and being enraged with her betrayal. I died when all of his fan goods fell out of his mouth.
Next week, we’ll be learning about Hikaru’s mom who is a mangaka!