As the reader may recall, in episode 46 of DokiDoki Precure, we discover how the King of Trump Kingdom became King Selfish, or King Jikochou. He unleashed a Primordial Evil when he took the Sacred Crown sealing it to save his daughter’s life. See DokiDoki Precure 46: The Fundamental Questions of Existence.
Even as it was happening, one can not help but feel for the King. Of course, it was wrong to unleash the Primordial Evil, but faced with the prospect of the death of his daughter, it seems like a rather difficult and harsh choice. As the Precure worked to free the King’s soul, Cure Heart gave a speech about the importance of family love, and how love for one’s own family was not selfishness. After that speech, King Jikochou and Cure Sword have the following dialogue:
Cure Sword: Love is not a crime. You’re the one at fault here for using their love.”
This seems to be a bit of a riddle. Was not the King’s love for his daughter the reason that he unleashed Evil upon his own Kingdom?
I think that the answer to this riddle can be found in episode 47. Regina-san, who was born from the corrupted part of Princess Marie Ange’s heart, led the Precure in explaining the answer.
“Love had been in my heart from the beginning, Papa. Because I love you, Papa. But…But…You know…I love Mana, too. As much as you, Papa. So much that I can’t choose between you! I love Mana!”
The minions from the Selfish Kingdom wonder if this is selfishness on Regina-san’s part. Regina-san questioned whether her feelings were wrong. The Precure answered her as follows:
Cure Rosetta: “I don’t think so. I love Mana-chan, too. Rikka-chan, Makato-chan, Aguri-chan, Regina-san. I love them all!”
Cure Sword: “Me too. I only saw the Princess before, but now everyone here is precious to me.”
King Jikochou answered: “Silence! Regina! You only need to look at me!”
To which, Cure Diamond replied: “I understand how you feel. Because I remember having those same feelings. But compared to hogging the person you love all to yourself, to have the person you love help you to love yourself…Just like that, the ring of love expands. Isn’t that kind of better?”
After this, Cure Ace was able to talk to her father as well: “Please stop. What connects us all is love. My fate as a warrior of love was not to defeat you, but love you! I’ve finally realized. And now I can do it. Do you know why? Because you’re still my father!
At this point, the King saw his daughter in Cure Ace and began to become free of the Evil that had overtaken him. It was his love for his daughter that saved him.
Why is this when the love for his daughter opened the door to Evil?
The answer to this is simple. It was NOT the King’s love for his daughter that opened the door to Evil. If you recall, in episode 46, the King said,
“If only Ange is saved, what happens to the world doesn’t matter!”
The answer is that he lost his love for the world. He was told that the only way to save his daughter was to unleash Evil. Was this true? Maybe, but maybe not. Evil is known for its trickery. One of the ways Evil tricks us is by presenting us with false dilemmas. The options in front of us seem to become limited, and we believe that we have no other choice but to follow the course of Evil. In this case, the sickness that had overtaken the Princess seemed to have been from the Seed of the Evil itself, so it would seem likely that there would have been another way to save her.
But even if we are to take at face value that the King had no other choice, it was not love that prompted him to unleash the Evil. When he tried to resist the Evil, he said,
“Ange won’t be happy if I bring forth Darkness to save her.”
Indeed, by opening the door to Evil, he not only brought forth the destruction of his own Kingdom, but he set the stage for his daughter to rip her own heart in two in torment.
It was not love for his daughter that caused him to unleash Evil, but Selfishness. He was not doing what was best for his daughter. He knew his daughter did not want to live at the expense of his Kingdom. He did not want to experience the grief of possibly losing his daughter. That is not the same thing as love.
This is a bit tricky to see, because if the King did not love his daughter, he would not suffer grief at her loss. Yet, love sometimes means to embrace suffering. We see this in the pain that Regina-san suffers in her heart when she started to feel love throughout the series. In his fear of feeling grief, the King lost his love for his Kingdom AND paradoxically enough, he lost his love for his daughter as well. As he said before he gave in to Evil, “Ange’s death is the same as the end of the world.” When he gave in to Evil, he lost sight of everyone else other than himself. That is not love, but selfishness.
Throughout this series, DokiDoki Precure has explored many complicated matters surrounding things that look like love, but are not love. Yet, in the end, we always find that these complexities are not really about love itself, but are really selfishness disguising itself as love. As Cure Sword eloquently pointed out, love is not a crime. Love is never a crime, and love is always the answer. No matter how complicated the situation seems to be, it can always be resolved with love! In the words of feminine Scripture, “Of all things, love is the simplest.” I think that this is the overarching message of DokiDoki Precure.
With this article, I believe that my coverage of DokiDoki Precure is complete! (Hee…although you never know, other authors may still have things to say about it!) It really was quite a series, wasn’t it? Thank you for following my articles and the articles of the other Senshi.
Cure Yasashiku signing out for now!