CLOSE IS BACK WITH TWO NEW FRIENDS! <3 <3 <3
I can’t tell you how happy I am how Close is back without being controlled by another. And damn, he is POWERFUL, the precures took quite a beating today and had to resort to the Princess Palace to rescue Hanae’s dream.
Many of us were concerned about him being under control of the new duo additions due to his different markings, and eyes glowing in the preview last week. However it turned out to be the just the opposite: It is Close who has all the authority, with Dyspear’s help he had created Stop and Freeze, who the girls thought were Zetsuborgs, but aren’t. They say ‘Zetsuborg‘, so even I am uncertain about what they are- but let’s just go with the most obvious implication: a higher and more intelligent form of a Zetsuborg. Dyspear has now assigned Close to be their new leading general, telling the three (Shut included) how they will be working under Close’s command. On the extra note, this is super awkward because Shut is the only one who has survived in one piece from the very beginning, yet it’s Close who previously failed, is getting the promotion. Poor Shut, will he ever gain recognition from anybody?
The highlight of Close’s return is without a doubt his unwavering loyalty towards Dyspear despite the fact she had disposed of him in the past. It was almost kind of… for the lack of a better word, ‘romantic’ to see him return to Hope Kingdom with a full gauge fulfilled by Lock’s despair, and then proceeded to create the Forest of Despair, which then grew further into a thorn palace. Hope Kingdom is no more, and Dyspear returns in full health to reign her throne.
The only thing I am a bit uncertain about is, whether or not she was the one to revive Shut, or whether or not he had simply returned to this crow form and wandered around, spying on Lock, waiting for the opportunity to exploit him. Regardless, Dyspear had given him new orders to proceed with their counter plan of planting seeds of despair within the girls’ world. This is a freaking fantastic idea because regardless if they lose, they already have a secret plan which will likely peak before any of the Precure or Fairies knows what is happening.
While the episode was absolutely fantastic, graced by Close’s epic return, followed by Stop and Freeze’s debut- there was one thing that threw me off and I can’t say I am too happy about it. Right off the bat of the episode, we suddenly learn that Lock was in fact a fairy who was consumed and controlled by despair. Okay so, here’s the thing. Maybe i would have reacted differently had they actually shown us this LAST WEEK. It irritates me how they decided to just throw it in within the first thirty seconds of this episode. While I am very familiar with the fact it is not by any means unusual for some of the villains to return to a “Fairy Form” after their defeat, for Lock’s case, I find it kind of lame and super unoriginal…. unless there’s a strong backstory which supports a purpose: such as the theory going around how, perhaps Dyspear was previously the fourth Precure, and is the Princess Precures’ darkest secret. See, I can see some potential logic and understanding if Lock who we now know has been a Fairy from Hope Kingdom to begin with, had served Dyspear in the past before she became evil. I would understand that because it would creates a situation where those who were unsuspecting can now start connecting potential dots. On the other hand, if this theory is not going to be anywhere close to the truth… then boy, they better have a solid explanation because I don’t like it when villains suddenly turn into fairies without serving an actual purpose for the story.
Haruka having dreams of Kanata, and claiming how she senses they will be meeting again soon is ominous to me- ESPECIALLY with how we see Kanata’s figure by the water, shrouded in darkness. the only thing that is screaming in my head right now is, “Haruka, you are going to meet Kanata again, but not the Kanata you remember!” I mean, it can’t be that easy, right? On top of that, it looks like he is in their world now, so it definitely shouldn’t be long now. I would give it about maybe two to four more episodes before he actually appears.
BRING ON THE ANGST!!!!!
Next week! Minami’s fiance appears! Hahaha… I can’t say I am surprised though. Bound to happen when you have a character who is the daughter of a large corporation.