Hugtto! Precure Episode 48
This week’s episode was so beautiful, and yet at the same time, so frustrating to watch. I kept on waiting and waiting, and waiting, but damn it all, they stubbornly REFUSED to give us any details about Hana’s future, and her future relationship with George. (As for Hugtan, I mean it’s obvious at this point, the intro before the episode and the preview more or less confirmed it, Hana is definitely Hugtan’s mother.)
However as much as it pains me, to some extent I can imagine why they chose not to. After-all, the golden rule of time traveling: One cannot carelessly reveal details of the future, or else there may be repercussions. This was probably the unspoken rule they decided to follow, especially since we now know that both George and Dr. Traum (in particular) already exist in the present timeline, which means, the future Harry spoke of is not as far off as the girls think.
Luckily for us, it seems all of that and more will be the focus in next week’s finale, and for the sake of all of our sanity, they better give us at least HALF AN EPISODE (or more) of the girls in the future! I desperately want to know what is Hana’s and George’s relationship is, especially now that we actually saw what appeared to be a more youthful version of himself in the present timeline. With that in mind, it begs the question: How large is the age-gap between them anyways?!? (Not that I really care once she’s an adult…. Unless the guy is immortal. I mean Dr. Traum described him as an “Observer” soooo…. maybe he is? They never really explained much about him, so I hope we will get some answers about that next week.)
The beginning of the episode was absolutely solid, and is hands down my favourite part. That was when they discussed the theme of the series, how life isn’t sunshine and rainbows. We won’t always be happy, there will be time where we will struggle, and lose we lose our way, but despite whatever hardships or ordeals we face, as long as we don’t give up (especially on ourselves), we will still be able to find happiness in the future.
It was also the epic, because even though Hana didn’t get a new form like most heroines do (and I doubt we will see it next week since the fight is over), she was still a badass (did you see the way she OBLITERATED George’s book?), and we got to see everyone in town become precures instead, and united, they were able to defeat George’s berserk state, which was pretty awesome when you take into consideration the meaning how everyone is capable of becoming a precure.
However despite the cool set up, the second phase (mid-episode) of boss fight itself was terribly underwhelming. The reason for that was because I felt they were going in circles, repeating more or less same points they had already mentioned in the beginning. It was a clash of two different ideals, where neither one of them refused to budge for quite some time.
This problem with repetition could have possibly been avoided had they allowed George to explain why his time has stopped, and more about why he so desperately wanted an eternal world with Hana (besides the fact the future hurts her and Humanity drives itself into ruins). And where much of my disappointment lies. Usually in these final fights, we get an answer behind the final boss’ motives. But instead we were only given more cryptic conversations that didn’t do anything to reveal anything, but continued to hint that Hana and George will or at least had a special bond in the future. In fact, I was genuinely surprised that Hana never actually asked him why time had stopped for him. It’s such an important question, yet it was never asked. The only question she did ask was why was he afraid of the future, but he didn’t answer, instead responded with, “it seems you and I are not destined to understand each other.” which is another curious statement to make, and makes me wonder more about the circumstances of their fate.
Was it the most memorable boss fight I have seen in a precure series?
No, not even close, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad one!
Once the fight was over was when I felt more emotionally invested again. Although, I have to admit, while I did feel a bit awkward watching Hana take George’s hand and hug him, I still enjoyed the final scene between them. It was so sweet and made me emotional (especially when he cried). It also made me think how despite the fact Hana has been incredibly oblivious to love, somewhere deep in her heart, she seems to understand they are connected in a special way. (And there is no doubt the dream they shared re-enforced such feelings). That’s why she points out his contradiction, how even though he doesn’t believe in the future, he always tells her, “until next time”. And it is also this scene we got to see the softest and calmest we have seen George seen since he had given her his handkerchief, which she ironically returned today.
And this is why I really hope with the time jump, we will get the chance to get a better understanding of the depth of George’s feelings and where it stems from, and clarify what kind of relationship he has with Hana. In fact, this now my biggest concern going into the finale, because I know it’s going to drive me bonkers if they leave us hanging with a bloody open-ending!
Next week is the final episode. It’s incredible how not long ago I didn’t think I was going to make it, yet here I am, we can see the finish line. Hopefully they will treat us with the answers and backstory we really want to see.