Go! Princess Precure Episode 38
THIS WAS THE BEST PLOT-TWIST THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN!
Remember how I was gushing at the ideas and theories of Dark!Kanata because I am sucker for that TV Trope, well guess what- they executed that in the most creative and innovative way possible. I think many were expecting Kanata to be the one to step in and help out, or Haruka fall into despair on her own (even more unlikely because as we saw, she is a resilient girl)– but instead, the execution was done by no other than Kanata himself. And damn, the way he delivered the finishing blow- my god, it was deliciously cruel. Of course don’t misunderstand, as a fan, I was devastated for Haruka and furious at Kanata, but as a writer, I couldn’t help but grin because I love it when characters have to go through a struggle, and now the forest of despair will take on its true form, and it is Haruka of all people who is the providing the amount of despair it needs to thrive. And honestly, during this scene I was half wondering if Close would go, ‘Oh he just one-shot Cure Flora, I bet he’d be a useful member’ and was going to pick him up to join the team, or he would turn dark on his own due to his negative perspective on dreams. Either one would have been a sweet bonus.
It takes a lot to make Haruka fall into despair, and despite executing the perfect plan of ensuring Haruka was completely alone- even Close couldn’t quite get to the breaking point he needed her to hit. Most of the audience probably thought Haruka would be okay after that since Kanata was there and Towa was on her way, but I don’t think anyone expected it would be Kanata of all people to be the one to pull the trigger (and worse of all, he has no idea what he has done).
Kanata was in distress seeing Haruka being beaten senselessly by Close, he couldn’t stand seeing her continue to fight despite her injuries. After having heard her constantly remind him it was because of him she is able to continue pursuing her dream- he came to the conclusion, he is the one to blame. He felt as if he had done something bad, had been the one to encourage her to fight in this what he sees as a mess, how dreams only bring hurt and pain, how he doesn’t need it and neither does she- and ultimately told her to give up her dream in the cruelest way possible.
Some may debate why is Kanata alone, was enough to make her lose sight of her dream, make it feel as though she can’t do it without his support. Now while there is no concrete rule claiming it is impossible to achieve a dream if there is no support or someone stops supporting it, for Haruka and many in general- receiving support is something that helps makes the dreams thrive. It helps the dreamer because the more people who show they have faith the dreamer can achieve their goals, the more real and more possible it appears to be, re-enforcing a positive path glimmering with hope and endless possibilities. But the minute someone (who many have been the biggest support) pulls out or tells them to give up their dream- and in this case, it’s Kanata- it is hefty blow, both psychologically and emotionally- and yes, it is perfectly natural to fall into despair. I have been there, it freaking hurts, but it is up to the individual- now Haruka to determine whether or not that person has the final say. Considering next week’s episode is called the Revived Princess, I am expecting Haruka to find her resolve and overcome the despair. I am hoping she will remember that regardless of losing or having no support, she can still achieve her dream, but I am not quite sure if they will choose to execute it in that manner due to the friendship being a key role. If they don’t I will probably repeat this because it is important for anyone who is going through this struggle to remember.
Man, I am sure the minute Towa hears about what Kanata had told her- she is going to kick his ass (or at least I hope so because Towa is tough like that). Towa was on top of the game today, her instincts told her Kurosu was a shady character and not to be trusted. The only mistake she made was to leave Haruka alone, not realizing at the time she was the target.
And finally, I am proud to present the award for the Most Successful Infiltration Mission to Close. He absolutely nailed it! He had seamlessly merged into the student body, acted as an enthusiastic supporter for dreams- which appealed to Haruka immediately, and had all the knowledge he needed to make it look like he had been a student the entire time. He also took a hold of the golden opportunity of ensuring Haruka was isolated and alone, with no one’s support. He was able to capture Pafu and Aroma with perfect success, and set up a false event to invite Yui to join him and eventually Towa who decided to tag along due to suspicions towards Kurosu. And finally, by determining who was the heart of the group and executed a plan to take them down. Congratulations to Close for a successful mission!
The only thing Close missed out on was Kanata himself. As Kanata has no dreams, he couldn’t sense him or presence since he has no memories either, and left without further investigating his unsuspected assistance. We will find out whether or not that will remain the same in the next episode, since it looks pretty chaotic.