Happiness Charge Precure Ep 13: SAVOUR THE PLOT!
Welp, I can’t believed this actually slipped my radar! Sorry for the delay- BUT BOY DO I HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT!
THIS EPISODE WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS WAITING FOR! THE PLOT IN THIS ONE WAS STRONG!!!! I am absolutely loving the development progressing, and better yet- THERE IS ROMANCE THAT IS BLOOMING AND I AM LOVING IT.
I knew from the get go that as soon as romance was mentioned to be forbidden in the earlier episodes, it was definitely going to play some sort of factor with the plot. It was confirmed today that Blue was and still is in love with Mirage (who is presently the Queen of the Phantom Empire), and the two had fallen in love with each other while she was a shrine maiden. There are already a few speculations brewing in my head, one in which there’s a possibility that Mirage was formerly Cure Tender, and is Cure Fortune’s sister- who is her loved one that she is trying to save. The reason why I think there’s a possibility is based on the way Blue had reacted to Fortune’s revelation. And the fact that he wasn’t the one to give her the Precure powers (it turns out, it was in fact her sister who did (I think Fortune inherited her Cure thing whatever it’s called)- GOD I AM LOVING THIS), but I could be wrong. However, it would definitely create and fuel very powerful storyline, especially with the way it ties these three particular characters together.
But this episode was not just about Blue’s and Mirage’s tragic relationship- it was about Love. Hime going on about how the girls should be living the life, falling in love and white knights and all that stuff, that was a huge hint of what the episode was going to be about. By the end of it, it appears to me that Megumi may very well be on her way of developing a crush on Blue, which we all know will surely lead to an inevitable heartbreak and necessity for selfless acts in order to help save the one woman he loves. I am super excited for this because I am all about romance, especially in Precure since it has been FOREVER, and this one looks like it’s going to be a great, and emotional ride!
I am actually grateful that Hime did not play a main role in this episode because it probably (despite Phantom being there) would have thrown things out of whack with Cure Fortune. We still don’t know why she doesn’t trust Hime, and what kind of secret Hime has (especially when she seems aware of that guilt). Although I have speculated on the fact that Mirage may have very well been Cure Tender aka Fortune’s sister, there is also a possibility which could potentially cause a rift between Hime and Megumi if Hime was indirectly (since I doubt directly) responsible for whatever had happened to Cure Tender. Anyhow, it was good to see that Fortune cast aside her stubbornness of doing things on her own, and teamed up with Cure Lovely since there was no way in hell either of them were going to be able to defeat Phantom on their own (and hell- while they did force him to draw his sword by combining their powers, they still weren’t able to deliver a decent blow on him).
Onto the handsome Precure Hunter, Phantom! I am not going to lie, I am already in love with his character for many reasons. One he is badass, two he doesn’t use (at least not yet) the Kindabad/Terribads like the others we have seen thus far, he is a powerful opponent that even Cure Fortune could not individually hold her ground against- let alone two, hell- even all four of them together may have struggled until they get their crucial power up. We haven’t seen his true potential yet and that my friends gets me really excited. He isn’t known as the Precure Hunter for nothing, he actually get shit done. He is by far the most productive and formidable villain we have seen in a while (especially this early on). There is also some great potential in his character as he has shown us that he does deeply care for Mirage (though I am not entirely sure whether it’s love or not, it’s too soon to say), and is pissed off at Blue and swears to punish him by spreading misfortune throughout the entire world.
And then we have helpless Blue, who was for most part utterly useless except for the part he assisted freeing Megumi from Phantom’s clutches. Frankly, I was shocked at how powerless Blue is- like he can’t do anything except for give a few pointers (which was the only reason Megumi was even able to last that long against Phantom in the first place). At this point, other than he fancy teleporting mirrors, seeking out Precures by spreading around the world and his title as The Earth God, he is at this point, no different than an average human being.
As I have mentioned in the above, Blue and Mirage were once in love, and then shit happened. From what we have seen from her memory, and Blue’s reactions whenever he thinks about her or she is brought up, it is clear that Blue feels guilty for having failed her. Failed her how? I’m not entirely sure yet. My best guess would be that pretty, but ominous Axia box had something to do with it. I also believe it ties together with Dark Mirror, who I still think may be Blue’s dark counterpart (because of his eerily similar silhouette- and I am more or less believe that he is presently sealed int hat mirror and is waiting to come out). But the interesting thing about the Axia box is that while Blue identified is as the source of misfortune (all more reason why it is probably connected to whatever had happened to Mirage), Megumi had said she sensed the feelings of love from it. This episode made it very clear to us that Blue still very much cares about Mirage, and I am sure, without a doubt still loves her. Also, lets be real here: When he and Megumi stepped through the mirror which had brought them to the Pikari Shrine, I think we can all agree that the mirror reflecting Blue’s heart as well. ¬ v ¬
Next week it looks like we’re going back to the filler-like episode streak, but count me in sticking around for the long run.