The Power of Song

DokiDoki Precure is really getting exciting, isn’t it?  I have just seen episode 40.  The girls have just tried to retrieve the Spear of Light and rescue Regina-san, but have failed.  She would not go along with them.  Isn’t it interesting, though?  Regina-san is the only one who could move the Spear of Light, one of the three Sacred Treasures.

In episode 30, the girls recover one of the Sacred Treasures, the Crystal Mirror.  In episode 31, the Minions of the Selfish Kingdom break the Crystal Mirror.  (I still shudder with anger at that scene, by the way.)  The girls keep fighting, and the five broken pieces become the Lovely Pad, which allows the girls to combine their powers.

Regina-san with SpearIn episode 39, we learn that the Spear of Light is hidden in the Selfish Kingdom’s headquarters.  It was stolen from the Princess of Trump Kingdom, who is still frozen.  When the girls try to recover it, they are unable to move it.  To everyone’s surprise, Regina-san was able to move it, and the Spear became Dark.  Cure Heart tries to reach Regina-san with her words and her feelings, but it does not work.

At the start of episode 40, the girls are in disagreement as to whether it is possible to reach Regina-san with love.  Aguri-chan says it is impossible, that she is King Selfish’s daughter and there is no love in her heart.  Mana-chan disagrees, and says that Regina-san loves her father, (see episode 22); therefore, she must have love in her heart.

We Will Steal Their Songs FirstMakoto-chan takes this to heart, and decides to write a song to reach her.  Soon, the rest of the girls join in to assist.  At the same time, Regina-san also decides to enter the battleground of song.  King Selfish has told her to go take over the world.  Regina-san tells him that humans are resilient, and they must weaken them first.  Regina-san decides that the way to weaken them is to steal their songs.

Songs are now the battlefield.  Why is that, and why are songs so powerful?  This past summer, Cure Tadashiku explained this to us in the article, Selfishness and Harmony.  Tadashiku-san taught us about the Japanese word, wa, which means harmony.  Wa is the harmony of music, but it is also the harmony of the heavens and the harmony of social relationships.  A previous series, Suite Precure, explored the the concept of wa in great depth.  In Suite Precure, we are shown that love is fundamental to harmony; Queen Aphrodite (Venus) is the Queen of Major Land.  In DokiDoki Precure, we are shown that harmony is fundamental to love.

As I was watching, I was very glad that, in episode 24, Makoto-chan made the decision to keep singing even after they found the Princess frozen.  Isn’t it exciting how all of the pieces are starting to come together?  I remember in that episode, Aguri-chan said that Makoto-chan’s songs would save the world, and now she is singing a song to directly fight a battle against the Selfish Kingdom.  This battle is for the heart of Regina-san and for the Spear of Light!

Regina-san vs MakoPi-chan

In the heat of the next battle, Makoto-chan sings her song.  It allows her to free herself from the clutches of the Selfishness that Regina-san created and to power up.  She does start to reach Regina-san, and Regina-san feels her heart ache again, as it did before, when Mana-chan’s love brought her around for a short while.  Although Regina-san gets away before the song can completely touch her, we know now that there is hope.

I wonder what will happen next?  Is Regina-san the Princess?  What about Ai-chan?  Remember, we learned in episode 34 and episode 38, that Ai-chan’s upbringing will determine whether she will be loving or selfish and that will determine the fate of the ultimate battle with the Selfish Kingdom.  What about Aguri-chan/Cure Ace?  Why does she have nostalgic feelings with respect to the Princess and Trump Kingdom?

See also:

Who Is Cure Ace?

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About Cure Yasashiku

I am an Intermediate student of Japanese, and I love Magic Girl Anime. I am also an astrologer, and my hobbies are knitting and crocheting. よろしくお願いします

3 thoughts on “The Power of Song

  1. I have gotten so behind on this series. but I watched this episode today – I will soon be caught up. I am watching much faster now I think my Japanese watching has REBERU APPU shimaimashita.

    ISN’T it exciting? We know the Precures can’t wield the Miracle Dragon Glaive – except –

    Except the still-mysterious Cure Ace. She never actually tried so we don’t know if she can or not.

    The importance of song reminds me greatly of Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars) where the heroines are all members of a musical dramatic troupe (based on the Takarazuka Review). They secretly also fight the forces of darkness in their mechs – BUT their music is as important as their fighting prowess in defeating the darkness. It is their music that raises the spirits of the people and stops the darkness from taking over.

    it sounds startlingly familiar to the theme of this episode doesn’t it? But perhaps less startling when we remember the importance of wa or harmony in all the Precure series and in Japanese culture as a whole. Harmony may be a musical metaphor but it is more than a metaphor. From the music in our hearts to the Music of the Spheres, song is vital to the harmony of the universe.

    1. Oh, how interesting. I have not seen Sakura Wars, but it does seem like a similar theme.

      Oh it is so hard not to say more, so as not to spoilerize things for you, Dolly-chan, but the next couple of episodes are very exciting too! I am still waiting for the subtitles to come out for episode 43!

  2. Sakura Wars is a game – only one in the series was ever translated I think as it is considered too “Japanese” for a Western audience.

    I am on 41 now and catching up fast, so not long to wait!

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