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Cure Ace and Regina-san

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.

Cure Ace vs Regina-san

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.

Selfish MinionEven 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.

Cure Heart protecting Regina-sanAnother 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.

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Carrots are Made With Love

I have to admit that the last episode of DokiDoki Precure, episode 37, touched on one of my faults.  See, I am a bit of a finicky eater.  I do not mean to be.  It is just that there are a lot of things I dislike.

Scary CarrotsOne of the things I have learned from Cure Dolly is that it seems that in Japan, being a finicky eater is not a good thing.  Cure Dolly was very brave when she was in Japan, eating raw egg and natto.  Cure Dolly also showed us a movie that teaches us how important vegetables are here.

In DokiDoki Precure, episode 37, Ai-chan will not eat carrots.  We have learned in previous episodes that it is dreftly important that Ai-chan continue to be a sweet baby, and not turn into a selfish one.  If Ai-chan turns selfish, the powers of Evil will get stronger, and she will lose her protections.  It seems that being a finicky eater is a way she can turn selfish <deep blush>.

Carrots are Filled with LoveWell also find out that Aguri-chan is also a finicky eater, or at least she does not like carrots either.  As Cure Ace, she has to learn to eat carrots in order to defeat the Selfishness, and to set a good example for Ai-chan.  Cure Ace is able to do so after learning about and thinking about the love of the people growing and cooking the carrots.  She conquers her dislike of carrots and learns to love carrots too.

Ai-chan and CarrotsI do not know that this will inspire me to get over some of my finicky-ness, but is it something to think about.

Oh yes, by the way, did you see the previews for next week?  It looks like Regina-san may be back.  Oh yes, I wonder if my theory about Cure Ace will turn out to be correct.  It is getting quite exciting, isn’t 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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The Heart of a Healer

With each episode of DokiDoki Precure, I am more and more impressed by it.   This show has been exploring topics that confound Western scholars and theologians.

Do I Want to be a DoctorIn the previous episodes, each of the Precure have been tested one by one, and each has been challenged by Cure Ace.  First Cure Happy regarding her love for Regina-san, and next Cure Sword regarding her love for singing.  Last week, we explored the protective side of love with Cure Rosetta.  This week, in doki doki episode 26, it was Cure Diamond’s turn.

Rikka-chan (Cure Diamond’s civilian identity) has always wanted to be a doctor, like her mother.  Yet, this week, Rikka-chan must face the question of whether this is really her dream.

Rikka-chan and Ira-sanAs she was pondering this question, Ira-san, one of the villains from the Selfish Kingdom, appears before her wounded and without memory of who he was.  Almost without thinking, Rikka-chan takes him home and takes care of him.  Later, as Ira-san was healing, but still without memory, Cure Ace challenges Rikka-chan on her actions, and tries to defeat Ira-san.  Rikka-chan protects Ira-san against Cure Ace.

Next another villain arrives, Gula-san, and Rikka-chan continues to protect Ira-san.  Rikka-chan gains her new powers.  Ira-san does recover his memories, and then he does return to the Selfish Kingdom.  Despite the fact that Ira-san has returned to the Selfish Kingdom, Rikka-san smiles and is happy that he is healed.

Cure Diamond Powered UpThis is a really complex issue.  Rikka-san heals even her enemy, and she is happy he is healed even though this meant that he went back to being evil and her enemy.  I do not think that this is something we can really understand with logic or reason,  but I think that this is the mark of a true healer.  Her actions were right, though.  In the feminine Scripture, the Clew of Love says:

How shall the soul attain to Love?

Let her open herself to every creature in compassion and in care.

Let her seek to do no harm to any being.

Let her love extend even to those who do her hurt.

For perfect love is perfect knowledge and perfect knowledge is perfect love.

I also found interesting the Vow that Cure Ace taught Cure Diamond, “A Precure must trust herself and never regret her actions.”  This is the English translation.  As I am not one of the girls here who speaks Japanese, I do not know the actual Japanese.

Why does Cure Ace say that a Precure must always trust herself and never regret her actions?  It is a curious vow.  I think that the key for us to understand this is that when Cure Diamond protected Ira-san, she said that if she did not protect Ira-san while he was wounded, she would regret it later.

Cure Diamond standing up to Cure Ace

I do not think that Cure Ace was saying that Precures trust themselves as individuals, but that they trust the instincts of their Function as Precures.  In this case, Rikka-san was also trusting in her healer’s Heart.  She knew, deep in her Heart, that it was wrong to allow harm to a patient under her care, while he was under her care.

Ira-sanOnce he recovered his memories, Ira-san did return the favor and surreptitiously helped the girls in the next battle.  Still, Ira-san is still a part of the Selfish Kingdom, and Cure Ace wisely cautioned Cure Diamond to be careful of him in the future.

At the end, though, there was a hint in Ira-san’s eyes that Rikka-san’s act of mercy touched him in some way.

I wonder what is going to happen next?

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The Nature of Love

Aguri-sanDokiDoki Precure Episode 24 has aired, and Cure Ace is still a mystery.  We know now that her civilian identity is Madoka Aguri, and she is a fourth grader. Though she is younger than the other girls, she speaks to them with authority even from her non-Precure form. She has assumed the role of senpai with the other girls, and the other girls accepted her in that role.  As senpai, Cure Ace has been teaching the girls (and us) about the nature of love.

Last week, we learned something that was not love.  When Regina-san fell into despair over Regina-san returning to King Selfish, we were told that she had lost her love.  We were told that love meant continuing to work and to fight even though Regina-san was lost (at least temporarily), rather than to succumb to grief.

MakoPi-chan QuittingThis week, we learned a new lesson about love.  MakoPi-chan has decided to quit singing.  She had been singing in order to find the Princess, and she started to believe that her singing was now useless.  The Princess was found, but she was frozen inside of a crystal.  From this perspective, MakoPi-chan could not see the point of continuing to sing.

As MakoPi-chan was contemplating the announcement of her retirement, and as the other Precures were fighting another Selfishness, the Princess finds a way to reach MakoPi-chan, even though she is still frozen.

Sing for YourselfThe Princess tells MakoPi-chan that she could hear her singing even in a frozen state, and that MakoPi-chan’s singing helped bring her out of despair.  The Princess implores MakoPi-chan to continue to sing, and to sing for no other reason that her own love of singing.

I Love to SingAfter her talk with the Princess, MakoPi-chan is able to transform and to join in the fight with the other Precures.  Evil tried to tempt her again, telling her that it was selfish to sing for her own personal love of singing.  At this point, MakoPi-chan explained that her friends were cheering her on, and they all wanted to see her have fun while she was singing.  We also learn that doing things that you adore is the nature of love, and that when we do things we love, we spread that love to others.

The First OathWe also learn that the power of Precures comes from love.  Cure Ace again speaks of the Five Oaths of the Precure, and the first oath being to give people your love.  I am interested in learning what the other four oaths are.

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Who Is Cure Ace?

DokiDoki Precure is getting pretty exciting, isn’t it?  I am really, really interested in who Cure Ace may be.

Cure Ace

Here is my guess.  We may find out in a day or so, but I will begin my predictions now!  I have noticed that Regina-san does not have any memories, and I have been wondering all along if she is really King Selfish’s daughter.  The Princess is still asleep, as far as we know.

Regina-san 2

Anyways, I wonder if the Princess was split somehow when King Selfish took over the Trump Kingdom.   I wonder if, somehow, her good and bad parts became separated into Cure Ace and Regina-san.

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There is precedent for that in Precure, I believe.  If you remember Dark Precure was the other side (or sister) of Cure Moonlight.

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Anyways, I guess we will find out soon.

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