…….I swear to God, if this was actually supposed to be the fight between the Pathogerm King and the Precures, I will scream in frustration!!!
Where do I even begin? This was a messy episode for me. I truly believe it could have been executed better. I mean for crying out loud, it was so awkwardly done, it really felt like they were forcing it.
That’s why as I was watching the episode, all I could think of was, “It would be super anti-climatic if this is really the King.” So I actually had a hard time believing it. I had initially thought Guaiwaru was impersonating him, but as the episode went on, it became more and more apparent they were fighting the Pathogerm King himself. How else would they explain his directing grudge at Asumi? They even threw in detailed flashbacks of the days when Teatinu and the OG Precure fought him. Even then, I really didn’t want to believe it. That’s why after they had delivered the final strike and start celebrating, all I could think of was, “This is a premature celebration. There is no way he went down that easily.”
And honestly their celebration actually made me wince because of the nauseating possibility that this might actually be it. But while I have my concerns about it, I am not convinced he is truly defeated.
The other reason why I have my doubts is because the mood felt was off. In my notes I had described it as, “It feels as though nothing is actually happening”. At first I didn’t really understand why I thought that way, but when I thought about it more, I realized it was because the fight felt hollow. Even though stuff was happening, it didn’t feel like there was actually anything at stake because it happened so abruptly, it didn’t actually feel real.
But the whole point of Guaiwaru’s plan of luring the girls into their territory wasn’t just to trap them, it was for them to take out the King so he can steal the crown. That’s why he wanted to make sure Daruizen and Shindoine wouldn’t be anywhere nearby to interfere with is plans. Now it does make sense for Guaiwaru to backstab the King because we have recently heard him say how he puts himself above the King. So what better idea would it be to not only lure the Precure into their world to fight him, but also trap them there in the process? That sounds reasonable… In fact, this is the most brilliant idea Guaiwaru has come up with thus far. I guess reading that muscle book somehow ended up giving him brain power.
With this we have only a couple of episodes left, and all I can hope for right now is that they don’t throw the build up to the Pathogerm King’s revival out the window.
Next week it looks like Guaiwaru will be getting some sort of power-up, defeating the girls and then trapping them there while he begins wrecking havoc in the Human Realm. I suspect Asumi will have to use her teleportation powers to get them out, but we’ll have to see if she is in the condition to do so. Although Guaiwaru seems to believe he is at the top of the world right now, we can’t forget that Daruizen is somewhere there napping (I would be surprised if he actually slept through the whole thing), and Shindoine has gone who knows where to match her makeup with her nails. So it will be interesting to see how those two react to this development.
That being said, it would certainly be very satisfying to watch the Pathogerm King take Guaiwaru out himself to make up for this…. disappointing showing. You know, pull a: “Surprise bitch, thought you saw the last of me.” kind of return. In fact, please do that. That would be amazing.
Hopefully next week’s episode will address my concerns. Until then, we must wait.