Doki Doki Precure was quite an exciting series, and I thought that the finale was breathtaking. For me, the scariest moment was when the Primordial Selfish was able to blacken and steal the Psyche of Cure Heart…at least momentarily. Cure Heart had been so stalwart throughout the series, often being compared to the Happy Prince. It was quite a surprise that the Primordial Selfish was able to corrupt even her.
One of the things that is so impressive about Precure is the way that metaphysical themes are woven deeply into the story, and how their finales weave these themes together. I have read some reviews of DokiDoki Precure by Western commentators, which complained that the stories of the individual characters seemed to be disjointed and disconnected. What these commentators failed to understand is that this story is not character driven, but is a story in the truest sense of the word, a tale that illustrates spiritual and metaphysical realities. The individual characters represent ideas and themes.
The primary theme of Doki Doki Precure is Love and Selfishness. Throughout the series, we are taught that, as Axial Beings, we have the choice between Love and Selfishness. This theme was manifest at the very beginning of the series and has been present throughout. See The Philosophy of Doki Doki Precure: An Overview.
Throughout the series, we were shown how the choice between Love and Selfishness is a continuous one, with day to day choices having broad ramifications to the world and to the battle between good and evil. Here at Senshi, we have discussed this at length.
I have seen many, but not all, of the Precure series all the way through their finales, and there is an interesting difference in DokiDoki Precure. In every other finale I have seen, the world was destroyed by Evil before it was rescued. Yet, in Doki Doki Precure, the world is in danger, but it was not destroyed! Why is that?
We are told the answer to this in episode 47. Trump Kingdom was destroyed because the citizens themselves chose Selfishness when they were in danger, and they became Selfishnesses themselves. Yet, the citizens of this world did not. People started to become selfish, but then they chose to help one another and show love for each other instead. The world was not destroyed! In episode 48, the world cheers the Precure on, shouting “Precure Ganbare!” The Precure, Regina-san, and Ai-chan were able to save the King of Trump Kingdom, and the world was apparently saved from Darkness and Selfishness.
There was quite a surprise at the end of episode 48, though. Bel-san, one of the minions of the Selfish Kingdom, made the choice to take into his own body the small bit of Darkness that remained after the King of Trump Kingdom was saved. When Bel-san made that choice, he awakened the Primordial Selfishness. This Selfishness fully enveloped him, which set the stage for a surprise episode 49.
It was during this battle that Cure Heart’s Psyche was taken. A black spot formed, which the Primordial Selfishness caused to grow. Cure Heart tried to resist, but she was unable to. Then her Psyche was stolen. It followed the same pattern as every other time a Psyche was used to create a Selfishness. That was not the end of the story, however. Just when we thought all would be lost, Cure Heart’s Psyche was restored, and she returned to fight back even stronger than before. She was able to receive strength from the other Cures and the power of the Sacred Treasures to transform into Parthenon Mode, and she defeated the Primordial Selfishness.
Why did all of this happen? Why was Cure Heart overtaken, and why was she restored?
As the Primordial Selfishness was being defeated, he had the following dialogue with Cure Heart:
Cure Heart (“CH”): I know. Even I have a selfish heart.
CH: I have had times where I have been jealous or just wanted to run away. But I think that the pain and struggling that come with it can make people stronger. And even if I lose sight of my love, I have my friends! As long as I have friends by my side, I’ll always stand up and fight back!”
After this exchange, the Primordial Selfishness was defeated, and many fluttering hearts were returned to their places. This world and the Trump Kingdom were fully restored.
Yes, each and every one of us has a selfish heart that can be corrupted. That is a part of our nature. In Filianic thealogy, each of us as a False Self. While that is true, we also have the choice to resist our False Selves, or our selfish hearts, and choose love. So long as we choose Love, Selfishness will always be defeated!
I believe that this is the message of DokiDoki Precure!