Hands down, this was probably the most emotional episode of Go! Princess Precure to date. They had me tearing up many times, seeing Towa’s memories as a child, with her parents and her kingdom. But most of all, this was the first time she has been back since she had been saved. She horrified of seeing it in ruins, consumed by the Forest of Despair and she was terribly upset about it. Her fury had her acting aggressively, moving ahead of the others to take down Dyspear’s zetsuborg. Seeing Towa in the place she once knew as home, and her desire to reclaim her beloved Kingdom and save both her parents and their citizens, was hard. My heart ached for her.
It was a beautiful moment when she started playing the violin, playing her half of the duet she and her brother had promised to do together when they were young. To see them fulfill the promise despite such a sobering environment only made the scene even more meaningful.
But while Towa’s part of the episode was special and full of meaning, there were also parts that left me with mixed opinions.
I was not particularly impressed with how anticlimactic Dyspear’s attempt to eliminated both Kanata and Towa in one go- specifically because not for a second, did I feel either one of them were threatened by her. She talked big, but she did not deliver int he way I had hoped or at least expected her to. We have seen her do better in the past, so to see this… I dare say… pathetic attempt, was a real downer when she has been an excellent villain throughout the entire season. The next part is the pacing. I raised my concern about this last week considering Go! Princess Precure is so close to the end now. This week did not reassure me the slightest, it only made me more worried and seeing how Yui will be getting an episode focused on her next week- which is long overdue- but god, what a terrible time to do this. Furthermore, it feels as though… how should I say it? Almost pointless for them to be teleported back to Hope Kingdom and only leave after they purified and reclaimed the Castle of Flames. I honestly though this was going to be the beginning of them reclaiming the map, specifically with the Castles of the other Precures. I find it puzzling why they would suddenly throw in a Yui episode this late in the game and right after this particular episode. I don’t know what they have in mind of how they are going to deliver the falling action parts, but I am not feeling the confidence I had ten episodes ago…
On the brighter note, Towa was ridiculously adorable and watching her be able to interact with Kanata for the first time since they had last seen each other as children was precious. She was so happy to show off what she was learning, what she made and just being able to be with him again. Ugh, so precious. Towa alone is what makes this episode wonderful to watch.
Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how the parents actually resemble their kids!? Kanata looks like his mother and Towa looks like her father!