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About Cure Tsukiakari

I am a student of metaphysics and an adult fan of Anime. I rarely fight directly with the younger Senshi, but every now and then, I still transform to assist in tough battles.

Futari wa Pretty Cure: The Philosophy

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 CureFutari 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.

Battle between Seeds of Darkness and Dark KingIt 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.

Kiriya-kunWe 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!

The Seeds of Selfishness

I just watched the most recent DokiDoki Precure, which is episode 31, and I was very impressed with it.  Very impressed is quite the understatement actually.  This episode was as true a statement of the world we find ourselves in as I have ever seen.

Seed of SelfishnessIn the episode, minions of King Selfish launch a fearsome attempt to destroy the world.  They send out Seeds of Selfishness throughout the world.  These seeds worm their way into everyone’s hearts.  First the people become unconscious.  As the seeds spread and grow in their hearts, we learn that the people will turn into Selfishnesses and will destroy their own world.

That is quite a chilling image.  It is chilling in that this is exactly what this world is facing today.  The Seeds of Selfishness are an extremely accurate metaphor for the poisons of the Modern world, atomization, deracination, and deformation.  The term deracination can also be used to refer to all three of these poisons collective.  Deracination acts in the  exact manner as was depicted in this episode.  First, it render its victims unconscious.  While the Modern victims of deracination are not physically unconscious, they are psychically unconscious.  They do not know or understand what is happening to them for the most part.  In this unconscious state, the Seeds are sprouting, and the people are in danger of destroying their own world.

Happily Precure is not a post-Modern Western show, so the plans of the Selfish Kingdom fail.  The Precures are standing in their way.  Interestingly, two of the Precures, Cure Sword and Cure Ace are from different worlds, both of which were destroyed by King Selfish.  The manner in which the Precures prevail in this episode is truly fascinating as well.

Cure Heart picking up Lovely PadIn the previous episode, the girls retrieve a Lovely Pad.  This Pad is 10,000 years old, and has been guarded for all that time.  This Pad also holds the soul of the very first Precure, Cure Empress.  At first, the girls do not know what to do with the Lovely Pad, and none of the technology available to the girls through Alice-chan can help the girls in discovering what the Lovely Pad is or it can do.

During the battle with the minions of Evil, the 10,000 year old Lovely Pad is broken into 5 pieces.  This is an apt metaphor for deracination (the severing from our roots), I believe.  Cure Heart picks up the broken pieces while the Evil Minion taunts her about it.  Despite this, the girls are bullied to the point of what looks like sure defeat.  Cure Heart drops to the floor and cries, saying that she now understands the pain Cure Sword and Cure Ace went through when their own worlds were destroyed.

After a long and deep cry, Cure Heart gets back up on her feet and gets ready to fight again.  She begins with the Five Vows of the Precure, and each of the girls join in.  They realize that their feelings are strong enough to prevail no matter what.  As they get back up and decide to continue fighting, the broken pieces of the Ancient Pad form into a new Pad for each of the girls.  At this point, they can combine their powers, and they are able to defeat the Evil Minions.

All of this is a metaphor for the Senshi here, I believe.  We have decided that we will never give up or give in to the Forces of Darkness.  We know that we have a broken 10,000 year old Lovely Pad.  This is knowledge of Ancient Wisdom that has been lost to our world.  In our persistence and determination, we pick up these pieces and hold on to them, despite the taunts of the Modern World.  In our determination to keep fighting so long as we have breath, we give the broken pieces new life, and these give us the power to combine our forces to defeat the Minions of Darkness!

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Anime – Just for Children?

I ask for your indulgence for my intrusion on this wonderful site.

I have only recently discovered Anime, and I admit that I was reluctant at first.  I started watching on the recommendation of my friends (the other Senshi on this site).  I thought watching was a good way to re-claim my innocence and nurture my Inner Child.  Once I began watching, I found myself amazed at how deep these shows were on a metaphysical level, and I have been watching with even more interest as an adult.  I have found them extremely valuable in my studies.  

One might ask, what do animated children’s show have to offer in the study of metaphysics?  Should not one learn these important concepts through serious writers such as René Guénon or through books such as The Feminine Universe.  Should we not be studying Plato and Ptolemy to teach us these concepts?  Is that not a better way to learn metaphysics?

Miyuki finding Cinderella BookI am not suggesting replacing adult studies of these subjects with Anime, but I think that Anime provides an important supplement that teaches in a way that more cerebral studies can not.  The difficulty for Western adults is that we have been taught a doctrinally rationalist world view from early childhood.  When we study subjects such as metaphysics and astrology, we tend to do so as Modern Westerners.  We really have as much to unlearn as to learn.  There are basics that we have missed.  In learning these subjects on an adult level, we are trying to learn a language without having learned basic vocabulary and syntax.

Japan (and the East in general) did not go through the movement into rationalism that the  West did.  For a description of these changes, please see the article I wrote (in my civilian identity) here.   Of course, Western thought has found its way into the East and into Japan, but there is not hundreds (and thousands) of years of development of rationalist philosophy as there is in the West.  There are matters treated in these supposed children’s shows that confound even very learned Western scholars.

Primordial CinderellaAn example of this is contained in Episode 39 of Smile Precure.  In this episode, Miyuki-chan (Cure Happy) finds herself in the book which contains the Primordial Cinderella.  This is the Cinderella story from which all Cinderella stories are derived.

Cinderella Mishap Cure Happy (and the other girls) had to preserve the essential elements of the story: the wicked stepmother and stepsisters, the ball, dancing with the Prince, leaving at midnight, the glass slipper, and the glass slipper fitting the foot of Cinderella.  Other details of the story were changed due to interference by the Bad Enders and other mishaps.  The fact that the non-essential details of the story were changed did not cause any difficulties so long as the essential elements were preserved.

Glass SlipperOf course, having an adult understanding of these principles is good and helpful, but I also think that watching these shows helps to really reshape our thinking and to bring these concepts home on a very deep level.   They can help provide us the syntax and grammar that we did not get in a Western education.

So, please forgive me if I have introduced an overly serious element to this site.  It is perfectly good and acceptable to just watch Anime for fun.  For serious students of traditional sciences and metaphysics, however, Anime can also provide good, solid grounding in Traditional and Essentialist philosohy, which are valuable supplements for our studies.