This is probably the first episode of Go! Princess Precure where I am very uncertain about how I feel about the episode. What happened was Pafu had a dream about the Legendary Princess Precure keys, then woke up and said she could smell them, and led the girls through the woods and to the beach. However Yui and Towa were the only ones who came out as Haruka, Minami and Kirara found themselves walking into a mysterious place where there they meet three mystery girls who are later revealed as the previous Legendary Princess Precures.
Ultimately, I think the best way to describe this episode was how it was slightly on the bizarre side. I have wondered to myself if the execution of the episode had anything to do with it, but the more I thought about it, I finally came to the conclusion it was only me who found it to be confusing. Looking back, the build up had at least a foundation to explain how it got to Point A to Point B. Pafu experiencing the dream was what should have made it clear to me from the get go: the girls were about to experience dream/illusion. Although last week I have speculated perhaps the girls were the previous Legendary Princess Precures, today it appeared to be far from my mind. Instead, for some odd reason, I drifted tot he speculation that the mystery girls were actually a manifested form of our girls’ keys. Of course that was quickly debunked when Lock put on a show of gaining energy of despair from the girls’ Dress Up Keys, fulfilling not only one, but two gauges in an instant. But I will get to that in a little bit.
Within this dream/illusion event, the girls found themselves facing against Dyspear and her powerful Zetsuborg. However even without their keys, the girls made a resolve to stand up and fight, regardless of being empty handed. The result gave them a moment of surprise, to experience and witness how as long as they have hope, and as long as they want to protect their dreams’ and others, they will have the strength within them to do so. Or at least, that’s how I understood it.
While they did get new Dress Up Keys, those keys were only the ‘add-on’, meaning they still cannot transform without their main key. I am actually extremely relieved they have chosen to do this because I want to see the girls be challenged in a different way, not be given the easy path of suddenly obtaining a free, brand new power. And guess what? That is exactly what is about to happen. Lock decided to come to them along with his ultimate dream fortress, formerly Hope Kingdom’s castle now turned turned into a massive Zetsuborg. Who needs a special door when you can just smash through realms with a flying fortress?
As I explained just a moment ago, Lock managed to successfully make use of the Dress Up Keys to provide an astonishing amount of despair, fulfilling two gauges in a blink of an eye! In fact, while this is all happening, Shut looks absolutely horrified. Rather than the horror of the Dress Up keys being used in a such way, I think we can all agree he is more terrified of just how powerful and cunning Lock truly is. Lock himself is a force to be a reckon with, and Dyspear is watching every move. We don’t know yet whether or not she endorses his actions, or whether or not she considers him a threat. But I can tell you right now I am very curious to find out of her opinion of his actions. A fight within for power will certainly shake things up, and to make matters even more complicated, the future generals and Shut may be forced to pick sides. Now that may be a bit too political for a show like this one, but considering we still have about twenty episodes to go, I would say there is definitely more than enough time for some crazy stuff to happen.
Without their keys, and Lock now invading their realm, the girls now have the opportunity to get into the fortress, but there are going to be some serious risks involved. I do look forward to seeing how they will break through without their keys, solely with the assistance of Towa who appears will be taking on the duty to protect Yui at all cost. We see in the preview how the girls somehow manage to get in the castle, so I look forward to seeing how this fight will unfold! Lock couldn’t have said it better: Let the game begin!