I recently finished watching Futari wa Pretty Cure, the very first Precure series. It turned out to be quite a fascinating series, particularly as an astrologer and as a student of metaphysics.
Futari wa Pretty Cure seemed to divide itself into two parts, and the Dark King was defeated twice. During the first part of the series, the girls had to collect and protect the Seven Prism Stones. Once these Prism Stones were together in the special Prism Hopish, they gave the Power of Creation. I, of course, immediately recognized this as the Seven Traditional Planetary Principles, or the Janyatic Powers.
The Dark King was interested in these Prism Stones because he wanted the Power of Creation. True to the understanding of the relationship between Good and Evil, the Dark King could not create. He only had the Power of Annihilation. Evil is essenitally “privatio boni” – the absence of good. It is not a reality in itself. Like cold, it can appear violent and intense, but cold is only the absence of warmth.
A little more than halfway through Futari wa Pretty Cure, the task of collecting the Prism Stones was accomplished and the Queen of the Garden of Light was able to defeat the Dark Lord through the actions of the Pretty Cure. This was a very traditional story, and the metaphysics were just right. Interestingly enough, the world of people was the Field of Rainbows, which is also quite accurate on a metaphysical level, the world being made up of the seven “colors” which represent the variety of Manifestation.
Anyways, it really seemed like the story was complete after this, and to be honest, I was rather skeptical of the story continuing. After the Dark King was defeated, he sent out three Seeds of Darkness, which later spawned into three new villains. I admit, I was a bit downhearted by this at first, although, the show was still good and fun. It was not until near the end of the series that I realized who and what the Seeds or Darkness represented.
It was when the villains spawned by the Seed of Darkness rebelled against the Dark King that I really understood. These villains realized that when the Dark King was revived, the Dark King would turn on them and eliminate them, so they sought out the Power of Creation for themselves rather than for the Dark King.
It was then I realized that the Seeds of Darkness represented the modern poisons, which I theorize the modern Outer Planets represent. I talk about this theory in two articles on the Apple Seed, The Outer Planets: A Theory and The Outer Planets: The Pseudomythos of “Higher Octaves” and “Transcendence.” For our purposes, here at Senshi, one of the purposes of this blog and this group is to show an alternative to the modern poisons in the form of embracing and celebrating innocence, purity, and goodness.
Although, we do not often say this explicitly, we really are embracing a more traditional worldview, rather than the post-modern “anything goes” worldview. One of the more compelling arguments of the post-modern worldview is that this world has a violent and cruel history, and tradition is often associated with this violence and cruelty. According to this argument, this is the reason that we should break from tradition.
Futari wa Pretty Cure gives the fundamental counter-argument to this post-modern idea. First off, the show acknowledges that tradition itself became inverted by the Dark King. Five of the seven Prism Stones were captured by the minions of the Dark King. Interestingly, at the beginning of Futari wa Pretty Cure, two of the stones were retained by the Garden of Light and are guarded and protected by the fairies (the two luminaries, I imagine).
Yet, after the Prism Stones were restored and the Dark King was defeated the first time, the Three Seeds of Darkness were sent out and spawned. Like post-modern thought, these Seeds turned against the Dark King, and indeed, post-modern academia does tend to speak out against the abuses of this world’s past. The Spawns of the Three Seeds actively attack the Dark KIng.
We learn, though, that if either the Spawns or the Dark King won, the Garden of Light and the Garden of Rainbows would be destroyed by Darkness. Embracing post-modern moral ambiguity may seem like a solution, but it is not – like a nuclear weapon, it destroys the good as well as the bad.
It is also interesting, that one of the villains from the first half of this series, Kiriya-kun, is pivotal in the girls defeat of the Dark King, twice. In the first half, Kiriya-kun voluntarily gives up his Prism Stone after learning about kindness from Honoka-chan/Cure White. In the second half, he is the one who explains to the girls the danger of letting either Spawns or the Dark King win. The Prism Stone that Kiriya-kun held was the Yellow Stone, which is the color of Sai Mati/Mercury. It seems symbolic that knowledge was so pivotal in the defeat of the Dark King.
So, needless to say, I was quite impressed by Futari wa Pretty Cure, and I highly recommend it!