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Family Loyalty

In the last episode of DokiDoki Precure, episode 22, we saw Regina-san torn between loyalty to her friends, the Precure, and loyalty to her father, King Selfish.  I thought that it was likely that she would be the next Precure, but it turns out that she wasn’t.  (As an aside, I wonder who Cure Ace is?)

Fathers working for the side of evil seems to be a recurring theme in recent Precure.  Of the last four Precure series, this is the third with a main character whose father is working for evil.  In Heartcatch Precure, near the end of the series, we find out that Professor Sabaaku (the apparent leader of the Desert Apostles) is the father of Yuri-san/Cure Moonlight.  Throughout the series, we know that Yuri-san’s father, Professor Tsukikage, was missing.  He was researching the Heart Tree, and he disappeared.  Cure Flower tells the other girls to keep Cure Moonlight from fighting Professor Sabaaku.  We then learn that Professor Sabaaku is Yuri-san’s father.

Don't Have Sabaaku and Moonlight fight

Professor Tsukikage is redeemed by the Precures, and then he sacrifices himself in their defense.  Cure Moonlight must come to terms with her feelings and her grief surrounding her father before she can become completely whole.

Cure Muse Protecting King MephistoIn the next series, Suite Precure, we meet the mysterious Cure Muse.  When we first meet Cure Muse, she is dressed in a dark costume.  At times, she assists the other Precures, but she tells them repeatedly that she is not their ally.  She further insists that she is not anyone’s ally.  After she protects King Mephisto (the ruler of the Evil Minor Land) from the other Precures, we learn that she is the daughter of Queen Aphrodite (the ruler of the Good Major Land) and King Mephisto.  King Mephisto used to be good, and when he turned to evil, she received her Precure powers.  Caught in between the battle between her mother and her father, she helped the Precure at times, but she did not ally herself with them.   She had to be taught that true loyalty to her father was helping him return to his former good self.

Regina-san Tea PartyIn the last episode of DokiDoki, Regina-san was torn between loyalty to her father, King Selfish, and loyalty to her new found friends.  One of the interesting things is that Mana-san did not even consider that Regina-san would fight her father, and she completely understood Regina-san’s love for and loyalty to her father.  She also seemed to believe that Regina-san’s love and loyalty could transform King Selfish.  In both Heartcatch Precure and Suite Precure, this indeed did happen.  Cure Moonlight’s love redeemed Professor Sabaaku and Cure Muse’s love redeemed King Mephisto.

Neither Professor Sabaaku nor King Mephisto were the ultimate Evil Boss.  Instead, they were pawns of the true Evil Boss.  In Heartcatch Precure, the ultimate Evil Boss was Dune, and in Suite Precure, it was Noise.  So far, it seems that King Selfish is the ultimate Evil Boss.  Of course, we may find out otherwise as the season progresses.

The One I Love is Papa

Sadly, after the last episode, Regina-san did go back to her father and to the side of Evil.  She did not become the new Precure.  I am interested in seeing how this story progresses.

Regina-san and Free Will

I have just seen the most recent episode of DokiDoki Precure, and the story is getting fascinating.  For those who are not up-to-date with DokiDoki Precure, this article will contain some spoilers, I am afraid.  At the time of the writing of this article, DokiDoki Precure, Episode 20 has just aired and has left us with a bit of a cliffhanger.  Actually, that is quite the understatement, it has left us with a huge cliffhanger.  As has been discussed previously on this site, the main premise behind DokiDoki Precure is an exploration of selfless love and selfishness.  This premise is also intertwined with the premise of Free Will.  Until recently, in each episode, the victim has tried to resist her selfish thoughts before they were amplified by the Forces of Darkness.

Regina-sanThere has been a new character from the Selfish Kingdom, though, who seems to have the ability to steal people’s hearts without an obvious opening.  This is Regina-san.  Regina-san is King Selfish’s daughter.  She is quite interesting in that she started off almost unaware that there was any alternative to selfishness.  Her morality is almost at the level of a very little child, a child who has not yet learned  to distinguish between right and wrong.  She just knows what she wants. Regina-san with Crystals

Mana-san has taken her under her wing as her friend, but Mana-san’s real role seems to be that of a senpai or big sister.  Mana-san has taken it upon herself to teach Regina-san how to be part of a group or a community.  Up until the present episode, Regina-san has been a bit of a difficult student, to say the least.  She has tried to separate Mana-san from the other Precure girls in order to attempt to be Mana-san’s only friend.

She made her first true moral choice at the end of Episode 19, and she makes the wrong moral choice.  She breaks her promise and betrays her friendship with Mana-san.  Yet, then in Episode 20, she repents, apologizes, and corrects her previous misdeed!

Regina-san giving back crystals

It is interesting that King Selfish’s daughter, Regina-san, is the pivotal character in this analysis of Free Will.  In this story, Free Will is the power to make moral choices, and the right moral choice is a selfless act, not a selfish one.  This is in stark contrast to the Western understanding of Free Will, which tends to be a belief in the freedom to do whatever we want.  Yet, in this series, when people selfishly try do what they want without consideration of others, it leaves them open to be used and to be controlled by the villains.

We are left at the end with a trailer to Episode 21, and with the promise that a new Precure will manifest.  I wonder if Regina-san will emerge as this new Precure.  There is certainly precedent for a villain to become a Precure.  See Is Innocence Safe?  Sadly, we will have to wait until next week to find out.