As I had expected, this week’s episode was a sad one. Shut has been drowning in this despair for so long, he empowered himself, using the despair to strengthen his abilities. This is something that has been building up since day one, and finally it exploded. Shut was in so much pain, he looked for someone to blame, which he puts onto Twilight. He claims everything started to fall apart the minute she stepped into the picture. But I think what surprised me the most was how brutally blunt the girls when they immediately slammed down on his claims on how ‘he is the most beautiful’.
In the end, they did save Shut from demise, but he refused to accept their offer of joining their alliance.
It was disheartening to see, but at the same time, it makes perfect sense. Shut has been betrayed and pushed around by so many, it is only natural for him to be wary of others, even those who have just saved him. For the time being, he will wander alone, and perhaps will provide him the time he needs for a bit of self-reflection and re-establishing his self-esteem and trust in others. And while he doesn’t trust the Precure and refuses to take Towa’s hand, he did accept a scarf from Miss Shamour, as she is someone who he knows had helped and had treated him so kindly in the past- even when he was their enemy.
Although this was a fantastic episode, a sad one at that, there was one thing that disappointed me. I know Haruka is the leader and all, but I think a lot of us would have appreciated Towa being the one to say, “Let’s save him”. I think it would have been more symbolic, especially with the follow up she provides to Shut, explaining how different she is now compared to who she was as Twilight.
Finally to wrap things up on a higher note: Towa playing with the snow is the cutest thing ever.
It was a lot of fun to watch the kids get together to help Towa build Hope Kingdom’s Castle (with Yui drawing the blueprint)! It was nostalgic to watch, especially when they brought up the idea to use the leftover wood to build the core of the castle- something I used to do as a kid all the time when it came to make snow-forts! We would put in Christmas Lights, boards, multi-levels, tunnels, bunks to sit or sleep on- ahhhh, those were the days!
Next week, it looks like we will finally be kicking into gears for the final battle! Better yet, it looks like Dyspear had laid out a trap for Haruka at her respective castle, which would definitely be a step in the right direction given how she had failed to prevent them from re-obtaining the Princess Precures’ castles.
Random Note of the Week: Everyone proceeds to have their vacation, we even see Kirara’s father
Happy 2016 Everyone!