Oh man this episode was a doozy, and I absolutely loved every second of it. I am soooo happy we finally got some backstory on not just Daruizen but the origins of the Pathogerms as well!
I don’t think I have mentioned it in any of my previous entries, but funny enough this is what I said to Berry last week when were were discussing Daruizen’s and Nodoka’s potential connection with each other:
“…I mean, unless Daruizen is supposed to be a manifestation of her illness, but that feels like a bit of a stretch since Rabbi knew him before she met Nodoka..”- Eva.
And lo and behold, DARUIZEN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER ILLNESS. He was one of the parasite seeds that we have seen come out of those Mega Pathogerms, and chose Nodoka to be his host.
In other words, Nodoka was never born sick! She was a victim to one of the many parasites that Queen Teatinu and the other Healing Animals were not able to keep in check. Those who were not purified at their initial stages were left to their own devices and evolved. The King, Daruizen, Guaiwaru and Shindoine are all living examples of that.
Daruizen assumed his current evolved form when the King called upon them. This explains why Rabbirin knew him for a bit before she had met Nodoka. But while the precise time frame remains unclear, if there’s one thing we know for sure: is that once the parasite has grown enough to actually be able to leave the body and take its own intelligent form, this also frees the host from its side-effects. We saw how Nodoka seemed to have made swift recovery once Kedari had left her body, so I am left to assume once Daruizen done the same, it had a similar affect. But it probably took longer because she required rehabilitation before she could be released due to how long he was with her for. After-all, he wasn’t just with her for a few months, but at least few years.
This was just as much of a surprise to Daruizen as it was for Nodoka once he shared the revelation with her. He wasn’t expecting Kedari to share an uncanny resemblance with him, but that was how it triggered the memories of his origins.
And now that he remembers, man this is where things are going to get real interesting because Daruizen was with her for as long as she has been sick. In other words, he has quite an intimate history with Nodoka. It makes me curious about how far he is willing to try and remember his time with her. I kind of want to see them explore what his emotions were like, because I find this premise to be quite fascinating, especially since Latte told us the Pathogerms were suffering in Nodoka’s body. (What she meant by that is unclear since it was overshadowed by the girls focusing on the precure’s powers fighting against it. But there is a possibility that she may be able to hear the Pathogerm’s voices too.)
Another interesting development is how Daruizen may be aloof and not known to be particularly invested or interested in anything, and yet here he is completely engrossed in this experimentation. I really want to know more about what’s running through his head, including how he felt when the King call them to his side. Did he go to him out of pure instinct, or was it the promise and ambition of making the world their own? I am so curious, but I must be careful not to get too ahead of myself.
Needless to say, it is going to be very interesting to see what becomes of this relationship between Daruizen and Nodoka. Suddenly it has become very personal for both of them since they share a connection unlike any other. That is why I am not surprised that Nodoka feels like it is her responsibility to deal with Daruizen, just as he is now more invested in her.
But now that we know Daruizen’s origin was from a parasite, I can’t help but be worried about his fate. Based on what we have seen from Batetemoda and Kedari, they just disappear. I know he is the bad guy right now, but I would be very sad to see that happen to him too. So I am kindaaaaaaa hoping there’s a way around this for him… He is too good of a character to just kill off. Obviously because he is my bias, I would like to see a path to redemption/happy end for him, but I am not exactly sure how that would work… I love him as an antagonist, but I also don’t want him to see him dead at this end of all this.
In all, I am absolutely loving this approach of making the Pathogerms actually have an impact on their lives long before they even get involved with becoming Precure. Everything that has happened thus far is the result of unfinished buisness between the Pathogerm King and the Healing Animals.
As awesome as this episode was, I would be lying if I said this was the perfect. I am sure I am not the only one who was disappointed to see Kedari be purified today. I would have loved to see him be added to the squad for a bit longer. It was fun to see him give everyone a run for their money, including Asumi. His freakish boneless body was no joke. However we definitely saw a difference in power level today between a half-grown Pathogerm like Kedari and a “mature” Pathogerm like Daruizen. When the girls decided they would take this opportunity to purify Daruizen, he gave them a taste of just how powerful he actually is, and of course that was fun to see.
But if there was one thing that kind of caught me off-guard today, it was the King giving Daruizen crap for supposedly slacking off for a few days. Like dude, he is running experiments to make things more productive and you are complaining about his lack of work? Good grief, I think it’s fair to say based on everything we have seen so far, he is the one who has been getting the most work done up until now! If there’s anyone to scold, it has to be Shindoine because we have hardly seen her do anything productive! At least Guaiwaru is trying to do things, even if it means stealing ideas.
Now we just have to wait and see if the King will go forward with Daruizen’s recommendation to focus on rapid evolution. I think it would be foolish of the King not to do it, especially with OP Asumi in the mix. The Pathogerms need more hands on deck, and the best way to do that is to add more intelligent recruits like themselves. The trick is to pick unsuspecting targets so they all have the time to properly mature so that they don’t end up half-born like Nebusokku and Kedari– but even then, get more like Kedari or even like Batetemoda for that matter, and they will create a real headache for the girls. do hope they will go forward with this plan because this would be a great way to kick things up a notch leading up to the King’s revival, which I am expecting to happen very soon.
And finally the last thing I would like to note is, what happens if they decide to target each of the girls besides Nodoka? Frankly I think the one who is at the highest risk right now is Asumi. She isn’t Human to begin with, so if they manage to get Mega Fragment in her, just how powerful would the Pathogerm be? Or is she so OP, that a fragment wouldn’t even be able to develop within her?
I am really looking forward to the future developments, until then, see you next week!