It’s another breather week with Family Day. Haruka has been looking forward to this gathering, especially since she will be able to see her beloved little sister, Momoka and her parents again. Unfortunately for her, she did not receive the warm reunion she was expecting to have with her sister. Instead, Momoka disregards everything she says along with ignoring her friends. Kirara and Minami step up to try and help ease out the tension between them. Minami tells Haruka of how she has been in Momoka’s shoes, and how she felt lonely when her big brother left to Noble Academy, while Kirara talks to Momoka, telling her how her mother is a busy person and she rarely gets to see her, so it’s normal to feel lonely when a family member isn’t around. Poor Momoka couldn’t channel her feelings properly, her loneliness got the better of her. She has always been a huge supporter of Haruka’s ambitions to attend Noble Academy, and even bragged about it once she did enroll, but she missed her dearly. Once they understood each other’s feelings, they apologized and made up with each other.
What I liked about this episode was not only Haruka’s relationship with her sister, but how her family’s dream is to support her dream. Haruka up till this point thought dreams were meant to be accomplished on your own, but when she came to understand her family’s dream is for her dream to come true, the support they provide to her is another source to fire up her motivation to accomplish that dream even more. In fact, that is the primary reason why this week’s fight was so much fun to watch. Seeing Haruka protect the tiara Momoka had made for her, and desire to protect both her family and their dream, Haruka was FIRED UP. Shut ticked her off by belittling her family’s dream and so she went all out and punished him for it.
Princess Twilight continues to be badass even after a loss. She told off Shut how she despises ugly things who can’t accept defeat. It was interesting however to hear from her how she could sense Haruka’s feelings from the heart. Frankly speaking, I sure hope Twilight is not going to be wavered by the Haruka’s strong feelings any time soon because I don’t know about you, but that would irk the heck out of me me to see her waver this soon into the series. I like Twilight as a villain, so regardless of whether or not she is in store to jump ships and undergo a redemption phase, I hope it won’t happen too soon.
Oh that note, I wanted to talk a bit about Shut:
So here we have the Princess Precures gradually growing stronger each episode. They have defeated Close, who is no longer part of the world (for now). Now we have Twilight step in, and since then Shut has been by her side getting a power boost from her, yet even that isn’t enough to defeat them. With that kind of scenario in place, it puts Shut in a difficult position because it feels as if they have rendered him to be useless on his own. That means if he were to go after the Precure without any assistance or buff up in advance, it doesn’t make him much of a threat to the girls nor the audience.
Lock on the other hand, is the only one who we have seen (besides Twilight) challenge the girls. But even so, that was before they obtained the Princess Rods. We can only hope Lock was taking it really easy during that encounter and is more powerful when he’s in it to win it. That being said, with how the past few episodes have been developing, I am curious to see what they plan to do with our set of villains in this series. If my suspicions of there being more corrupted Dress-Up Keys or a darker counterpart of the keys, there is a chance some more new powerful characters will enter the scene later on into the series. It is needless to say it is still very early on, but it is precisely because of the rapid development which makes me wonder what is in store for the future of our villains.
With the ballet recital closing the episode, it was nice to know that while off-screen, Haruka has been continuing to take her ballet lessons.
Next week, Aroma and Pafu are taking on their human forms! I wonder what brought that up?