Poor Tsubomi, she had such a rough battle in the first round. Well, to be fair this is exactly what we would all expect every precure to go through. It’s actually a miracle that most if not all have been able to secure a safe landing, and have a grip on their powers from the get go after seeing how distraught Tsubomi was. In other words, I would say Cure Blossom is the most relatable Precure of all time. If I were ever a Precure, I am 100% certain I would be just as clumsy as Tsubomi was. Actually to make matters worse, I probably would have blacked out because like Tsubomi, I too am fearful of heights.
Free fall isn’t for everyone…
As result, Tsubomi ended up actually losing the first round mostly because of self-inflicted injuries, from the failed landing, crashing into trees, tripping over herself, the list goes on… And quickly earns the title of being the Weakest Precure in History. Luckily she was spared from being squeezed to death thanks to a mysterious handsome saviour. And shit, you know how I am such a sucker for this stuff, the music to boot just has my heart swooning. Not to mention he’s so gorgeous that even the enemy was momentarily smitten by him. But as expected, his appearance was a brief one. Once they had retreated from the scene, made certain to safely drop her off at her grandmother’s Botanical Gardens. He’ll be showing up again in either a dream or event next episode. B
ut alas, let’s just enjoy his pretty face.
The other exciting development this episode was the reveal that Tsubomi’s grandmother was once Precure warrior herself (Cure Flower, the one the fairies were searching for prior to meeting Tsubomi). I think it is such a wonderful addition to have a relative, a grandmother no less, who understands the struggles and experiences a Precure will face. It makes it all the more special to be able to receive some guidance and understanding of her duties through someone she is close to, especially when things get tough. Being a Precure is a difficult thing, especially when they are expected to keep it a secret from friends and family (unless they are being asked to recruit). And for most part, unless there’s a reliable mentor, most Precures don’t have kind of adviser, so they have nobody but themselves or their teammates to depend on.
But what makes Tsubomi’s grandmother particularly interesting is how she continues her Precure duties in other ways past her retirement as a fighter. She continues to study the Heart Tree, alongside her fairy partner Coupe, who is freaking massive! (WHAT THE HECK!!!! Also very derpy looking, maybe he grew over time?????) Additionally thanks to her, we were able to learn more about Heart Flowers, its connection to the Heart Tree.
So what exactly is a Heart Flower? Every Heart Flower is unique, everyone has one inside them. We got to see how they played with the language of flower (I love this) and its color to convey its meaning. Erika for instance, has a White Cyclamen (which means purity), and because she was jealous, it had turned red, causing the Heart Flower to wilt. And because the Heart Tree and Heart Flower are connected by an unseen power, whenever a Heart Flower begins to wilt, the Heart Tree will also be affected by it.
After learning more about the Heart Tree and Heart Flowers, Tsubomi goes for Round 2, and was better prepared this time. Besides talking with her grandmother about it, she really just needed an opportunity to cool her head because there was too much going on in so little time because she has quite litterally been caught up in a whirlwind of events. But I suppose the funny part about this was what helped her keep her powers better under control was her convictions to protect the flowers. When the Desertrian trampled over some innocent daisies, that’s when you have crossed the line. YOU DON’T TRAMPLE ON THE FLOWERS.
Well we can all relate to that, especially in Animal Crossing.
Tag yourself, are you Tsubomi or Magda from BOTW (both are big moods).
And of course: saving the best for last…. The matter of the Heart Seeds.
See, normally there isn’t much to discuss about this, except there’s one distinct feature that makes me lose it.
The fairies shit out the Heart Seeds.
Okay so maybe the less crude way of putting it would be they “discharge” the seeds from their bodies, but it’s still coming out of their butts so they are quite litterally, shitting out the seeds. Who the hell though this would be a genius idea? (Though to be fair, animals do this all the time, think of Deers– wait why the hell am I talking about this?) NEVERTHELESS: This will never get old, I can’t stop laughing, I’m in tears.
Overall another fantastic episode that had in in stitches. Heartcatch really has great humour right off the bat, offering us all the much needed laughter in these bleak times. It was good to see Erika apologize to Tsubomi, and acknowledge her bad habits. It was equally as nice to see Tsubomi accept joining the Fashion Club to help keep it running, so as long as she is able to participate in both the Garden and Fashion club (fair enough I would say)! Ah, I can’t wait to watch the next episode!
Speaking of which, I’m gonna be real with you guys, as I am rewatching this the urge to just binge it all in one go is real! Haha! I can’t help but feel a bit impatient as I am writing up these entries, since I can’t move onto the next one until I written on the one I’ve watched. The struggle is real hahaha!
As for the release schedule, so as long as all my shows remain postponed, I will be releasing Heartcatch every Sunday and Wednesday. Mondays through Fridays are pretty dead for most of the week since most of our shows (for this season in general, even before the postponements) come out on the weekend, so this will help add some content without worrying about burying others in the mean-time. I am also attempting to queue up entries according to my own pace (so I don’t burn myself out). This way I have a safety-net in place to work with when my shows resume. Nevertheless, please be aware that the schedule may be adjusted in the future, but I will make sure to give you a heads up before any adjustments are made!
Actually now that I think of it, if I release it like this, it’s basically a blitz coverage isn’t it? Wow that takes me back. When was the last time I done this? Tiger & Bunny? Idolm@ster? Ah but both of those shows I was sharing with someone else, so maybe YGO 5DS (the one I had covered solo) when I was trying to catch up to while it was still on air. Crazy how I have been doing this for 10 years now. Time sure flies by… but I digress haha!
Finally, I would like to end with a note to my livejournal readers from the Precure Communities. I don’t want to be flooding the pages (that would be terribly rude when they are so kind enough to let me share my posts there!), especially when community may not be updated as regularly as they usually would be, so please be aware, I am making a deliberate decision to not share my Heartcatch entries there until the final episode. That will be the only exception besides Healin’ Good Precure, which I will resume sharing regularly once it’s back on air (since the communities will be active again).
Thank you for understanding!
See you on Wednesday with more Heartcatch!