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.
In 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.
In 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!