I finally saw episode 45 of DokiDoki Precure, and it was VERY exciting. I have to admit I was a little naughty. It took a while for the English subtitles to come out, and I got a little grumpy waiting. I had to remember what Cure Dolly taught us about being grateful for things and not complaining. It is really wonderful for us that there are people who translate Precure and give us subtitles, so that those of us who do not speak Japanese well enough can still watch. I did watch it raw while I was waiting for the subtitles, but I really did not understand much.
Anyways, it turns out that Cure Ace and Regina-san ARE the Light and Dark sides of the Princess! In Deanic/Filianic thealogy, we would call them the True and False Selves of the Princess. I have noticed that this a rather common theme in Precure. In Heartcatch Precure, Cure Moonlight had to battle Dark Precure, who was created by her father from her substance, specifically to be her enemy. In addition, all of the girls had to do battle with their False Selves as a test before they could level up to be strong enough to face Dune. In Smile Precure, there was an episode where the girls had to battle Dark versions of themselves as well.
Even though this is a common theme in Precure, in DokiDoki, there are some interesting twists. One of the twists was that the other Minions of Darkness were standing on the sidelines, and they were perfectly willing to attack Regina-san to steal the Dragon Glaive, even though she was supposedly on the same side as them. The Dark is not very good at being loyal to its own, it seems.
Another interesting twist is that Regina-san does not seem completely Dark. In Heartcatch Precure, we could feel some sympathy for Dark Precure, but she was still Dark. Yet, Regina-san has her moments of being Light, and Mana-chan/Cure Heart has been working hard to try to redeem her. Also, Cure Ace seems to think that she is supposed to annihilate Regina-san; however, Cure Heart protected Regina-san. I have a strong suspicion that it is a lot more complicated than that. I wonder if Cure Ace needs to embrace and love Regina-san. That has happened before in Precure as well.
I wonder what is going to happen next. It looks like there will not be a new episode this week, but the next episode will be a week from now. It seems from the previews that we are going to learn what happened to Trump Kingdom.