I promise you, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode!
This is all I wanted to see: Dyspear being a threat, ambitious, being the badass and intimidating villain she truly is. (There were some seriously eerie moments created solely by her voice). It was so wicked to see her transformation, (it was kind of intimate to see how ecstatic Close was to return to her soul) and her powers going beyond taking over the city, but the world! That was pretty epic! Better yet, because Dyspear was born from despair, once she is cleansed she is gone until the next opportunity arises- it doesn’t look like she will be in for some special redemption process like we have seen with other villains. However the preview did have a glimpse of darkness, looking more like Close than Dyspear- so we will have to see what will unfold in next week’s celebration and farewells.
My favourite part of this episode was how they surprised me with using what I didn’t think was anything important, at the time. Those small glowing sparkles we saw go into everyone last week to help them free themselves from being imprisoned were actually fragments of the shattered Princess Rods. It pleased me to know they were thinking a lot deeper into the event, and used very small and subtle details of and how it was going to contribute to the next event, which took place in this episode. I also appreciated how for once the Precures were not fighting on their own. Yui, and the the students of Noble Academy made the effort to contribute to the fight, to stand their ground and not let Dyspear walk all over them. They were the ones who restored hope in the girls when they had just suffered a big beating, devastated, and were at the verge of losing hope. It was refreshing to see.
The fragments of the rods had turned into keys, otherwise better described as the power of their dreams. They used this to contribute to the fight by protecting the Precures until they could reach the doors which had finally been revealed. The precure keys were finally used to unlock the said doors, where there they obtained the power of the Grand Princess. But let’s be honest here, it was kind of both funny and weird to see the doors going into Dyspear!
I am sure it wasn’t just me who was very surprised to see how simple the Grand Princess gown were. I was honestly expecting to see something a bit more extravagant, especially when you consider their previous power up’s designs. This is probably one of the simplistic design of the final power up I have seen in a long time. Of course don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I actually like it a lot. The only thing I don’t like is the yellow- only because I am not a fan of that shade of yellow (but I think is supposed to be gold…), ahahahaha!
Finally, I guess the one thing I want to say is this: It is a pity how powerful and intelligent villains like Dyspear only get one episode to truly shine. I see this a lot in many series like Precure, and I wished they would at least have two episodes, just so we can appreciate their strengths and abilities as a villain. Of course it ultimately comes down to how to avoid dragging the fight on for too long to the point it becomes boring. So at the end of the day, we simply have to appreciate the one epic episode they get!
Next week is the final episode! It is time for the girls to pursue their dreams, part ways and bid their farewells. It will be a bittersweet one, I am sure.