Dyspear you sly genius! I love Dyspear as a villain, she tried something new, but you could also say it was the opposite of Close’s methods. Instead of trying to tear apart Haruka’s dream and make her fall into despair, Dyspear decided, ‘Why not just let her live in her dream?’ at the expense of forgetting about the reality world and be trapped there forever. But there were some flaws in her brilliant plan. She had a general idea of what Haruka’s dream was, but she didn’t understand why she is so passionate about flowers to begin with, one of her key components of her dream. Today highlighted just that, starting with how she went outside to check-up on her Snowdrop flowers, that bloom even in the cold, fridge season (which ended up being her anchor to reality). Dyspear’s brilliant plan started crumbling Close made an error of judgment by telling her a Princess doesn’t need lessons, and then Haruka became even more suspicious about why the flowers had immediately blossomed. She appreciates the strength and endurance the flowers possess for their growth, and their beauty when they bloom. But even after that plan failed, Dyspear did the same thing again. She gave them what they wanted, Hope Kingdom. In exchange, she will reign the girls’ world. Fair trade, right?
But clearly, Dyspear made a conscious decision not play all her cards in this fight. Perhaps her character had no intentions of laying it all out as a last ditch to reclaim her lost territories and defeat the Precures within Hope Kingdom to begin with. Instead Dyspear’s character seemed to have already made up her mind, if they she couldn’t succeed containing Haruka, she would to give them back their beloved Hope Kingdom in exchange for an opportunity to take over the girls’ world.
While Dyspear’s cleverness entertained me, the episode itself felt quite short and underwhelming. It’s not that I had set any high expectations, but I was expecting a little bit more intensity, the fight to be more difficult and drag out for a little longer. In other news, now that Miss Shamour has no more lessons to teach the girls, they should be more or less ready to become the Grand Princesses (not sure why it was plural this time, was it always plural? I recall them mentioning only there being one Grand Princess…). Having seen nobody become yet, and it might not even happen until the final two episodes (aka: the last minute of the semi-final episode), I am not entirely sure how they are supposed to become one considering it looks like they have fulfilled all the conditions at this point. What else is could be missing? With Hope Kingdom saved, the only way save the citizens of Hope Kingdom is for someone to become the Grand Princess. But since they don’t have that power yet, they are going to go back to the real world to stop Dyspear from taking over that one and defeat her for once and for all.
Mahou Tsukai Precure will premiere on February 7th!