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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.

Is Innocence Safe?

hummy-yes“I am naive, that is why I get hurt so much.”  I do not know about anyone else, but I have heard that a lot.  One of the biggest arguments against being innocent is that it not safe.  People tend to accept the belief that innocence and naivety equate with vulnerability as true, without even questioning this.  Is this really true though?  Suite Precure has an answer to this question.  That answer is: No! It is not true at all.  In fact, it is the opposite that is true.  It is cynicism, not innocence, which leaves a person vulnerable!

****For those of you who have not seen Suite Precure, you may want to wait to read this article.  This is a BIG, BIG, BIG SPOILER!  Just to let you know, I am writing about episode 21 of Suite Precure***

Hummy's like that

In Suite Precure, the fairy that helps the girls out is Hummy.  She is a sweet little cat and songstress.  She is also quite innocent and naive.

On the side of evil is another cat and songstress, Seiren.  We find out in the series that Seiren used to be good, and her and Hummy used to be good friends.  Seiren was smart and quite cynical.  In the first episode, Seiren calls Hummy an “airhead,” and Hummy told her, “thank you.”  Seiren’s reply was that this was NOT a compliment.

Hummy and AphroditeHummy never stops believing in their friendship though.  She believes in it so much that she ends up handing over a big victory to the side of evil, when Seiren tricks her into believing that she turned good, when she had not.

This was not the end of the story, though.  With the approval of Queen Aphrodite, the Queen of the good land, Major Land, Hummy keeps believing in her friendship with Seiren anyways!

Hummy Keeps Believing

She does not give up on it, even when Seiren is about to sing the Melody of Sorrow for the side of evil.

No Matter What

Seiren TearsThis belief and love starts to break through to Seiren, and the Evil King Mephisto says, “Friendship? Love? Trust? It’s all useless.”

See, this is a lie, though, and even the evil people know this.

Earlier in the episode, King Mephisto was told, “This friendship that Hummy believes in is really quite dangerous.”  Dangerous to evil, that is!

As it turned out, Hummy’s love and friendship really did get through to Seiren.  She not only turned good, but she became a PRECURE!  She became Cure Beat!

Hummy and Cure Beat

 So, which is REALLY the safer course, cynicism or innocence?

“Guilty Pleasures” and Conscience-Inversion

Suite Precure - too true to be good?
Suite Precure – too true to be good?

A friend was recently telling me about how many review sites for the kind of anime we watch complain that they are “unrealistically good” or that the conflict between characters is based on misunderstandings and not “real conflict”. The latter remark was made in the case of Suite Precure.

Many of the same people refer to Magical Girl anime as a “guilty pleasure” because they see them as vacuous largely because they are “too good”, lack “real conflict” between the good people and operate in terms of good vs evil.

Now actually, as we try to show here, the values of the best magical girl anime are actually metaphysically quite deep. Much deeper than the average adult Western movie. Suite Precure, to take an example, has a theme of music. Music is metaphysically symbolic of the cosmic harmony, of which human harmony is one part. Therefore it is natural that the show should explore the themes of discord vs. harmony. And because (unlike post-modern culture of the Western petty-intelligentsia) its values are not inverted, it is naturally on the side of harmony.

To the inverted pop-Western sensibility, harmony and goodness are naïve and therefore enjoying anything insufficiently “dark” is a “guilty pleasure”.

Interestingly (although I do not claim to have read a lot of this kind of Western chatter), this is the only way I have ever heard the term “guilty pleasure” used. It appears to mean that something is “too decent”, and therefore the writer is ashamed of liking it.

As such “guilty pleasure” seems to be almost a technical term of conscience-inversion: that process by which modern Western pop-society makes people proud of their worst instincts and ashamed of their best ones.

I am interested to know, am I correct about this? Is this how the term “guilty pleasure” is generally used? Do pop a comment below!