One of the scariest and most frustrating things that happens when taking care of a baby is when they cry and cry, and it seems like there is nothing that can stop the crying. This is the situation that the girls face in the most recent episode of DokiDoki Precure, episode 34. Ai-chan was in a bad mood, and she would not stop crying. This situation was even worse, because when Ai-chan cried, it decreased all of the girls powers and increased the Powers of the minions of the Selfish Kingdom.
The girls try everything to make Ai-chan happy again, but nothing works. When the girls were frustrated and exhausted Mana-chan’s mother and Rikka-chan’s mother come in and ask what is wrong. We then hear stories of Mana-chan’s and Rikka-chan’s childhood. By a strange bit of serendipity, this week there was a Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: DNA Analysis about the exploration of traits and teachings that are past down through the generations. The reason that this is a strange bit of serendipity is that this is a major theme in this episode.
Both Mana-chan and Rikka-chan learn things from their mothers that helps them handle Ai-chan’s crying. This is Rikka-chan’s episode to power-up, however. Of all of the characters, Rikka-chan most directly follows in the footsteps of her mother.
It seems to me that DokiDoki Precure has been an exploration of love, in its many different forms. Each of the four beginning characters represents a material element, which corresponds with their card suit. Cure Heart/Mana-chan is water, Cure Sword/MakoPi-chan is air, Cure Rosetta/Alice-chan is fire, and Cure Diamond/Rikka-chan is earth. While water is the most obvious element representing love, each of the four initial characters also manifest love in the manner of their element. Cure Heart/Mana-chan manifests love primarily through service (water), Cure Sword/MakoPi-chan manifest love through song (air), and Cure Rosetta/Alice-chan manifests love through protection (fire).
Cure Diamond/Rikka-chan is earth, and she manifests love in very practical ways, and as I mentioned earlier, she directly follows in the footsteps of her earthly mother. She wants to be a doctor, like her mother when she grows up, as I discussed in a previous article, The Heart of a Healer. In this episode, she learns from her own mother how to care for a baby, and how to understand the needs of a baby. Clues from both her mother and Mana-chan’s mother helped Rikka-chan to understand that Ai-chan was frightened by the battles she was seeing. Through her understanding, she was able to soothe Ai-chan, and she powered up with a new attack.
Over and over in this series, we are seeing how love is passed along. We can only love when we have received love. In Rikka-chan’s case, as earth, she learned love from her earthly mother, and she in turn, passes that love along to her patients and to Ai-chan in the form of earthly, practical care.
I wonder what will happen next. We are left with the mystery of Ai-chan and with the question of why her crying powers up the side of evil. When the girls ask this question, the Princess appears in the mirror. Oh, yes, there is another thing I noticed. Have you seen in the new opening sequence, Cure Ace and Regina-san appear together? When we learned about Aguri-chan’s background, I had given up on Cure Kiyoku’s earlier theory about Cure Ace and Regina-san, as she wrote in her article, Who Is Cure Ace? Yet, there does seem to be some connection with Ai-chan and the Princess. I wonder how all of this is going to tie together.