Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Well, it was bound to happen - Toei does it around February every year, and this will be the ninth time in succession.
I'm talking up the Precure anime, which I'll admit to having watched every Sunday morning with my daughter Cocoa for over two years now (her excuse is she's just turned six; I'm not sure what mine happens to be).
Every February Toei, the anime production house behind the series, revamps the cast and crew and reimagines the series.
In 2010 the best series screened - HeartCatch Precure, which was, in fact, my choice of anime series of the year for 2010 (something difficult to swallow since it's a shojo girls' show aimed at little kids) - and this year Suite Precure♪ has struggled to hang onto the coattails of its predecessor but isn't doing so badly now that characters Beat and Muse have jumped into the fray.
Anyway, the new line-up has just been announced, along with the customary annual name-change.
2012 will see Smile Precure! (スマイルプリキュア) hit the screens, replacing Suite Precure♪. The character designs do look cute, while still not in the same league as Yoshihiko Umakoshi's designs for HeartCatch Precure.
Well, as with all things Precure, only time will tell. And what else do I want to do every Sunday morning anyway?