For all of it’s faults, I’ve really enjoyed Doki Doki Precure. So far, anyways. In recent weeks even I’ve had my faith shaken in it. But it’s the first Precure I’ve actually stuck with. I tried Fresh and Smile but Doki was the first one that kept me going for so long. I didn’t really have a chance to talk about it before though so now that the series has reached the middle(ish) mark, I figure I could stop to talk about the recent episodes.
Regina not being Cure Ace is the dumbest thing and I will be mad about that forever. I will be on my death bed with my great grandchildren huddled around me and my final words will be “Regina wasn’t Cure Ace. How dumb was that?” and then expire.
It does make the Regina being part of the princess with Ai or Regina being their future child theory more possible but those are both still dumb possibilities and I really wish she would have become a Precure. Maybe she will in the future still? The first (?) Precure series with six? At the very least maybe she’ll get one at the very end or something.
It is tiring to see her going back and forth though. If she had become a Precure we could have just been done with it. No more of the girls yelling after her, no switching sides and then switching back when she remembers the power of friendship. None of that. Instead we get another episode where she learns to love and whoop, back to evil again.
It was so nice seeing Sword trust her too.
Though I do like Regina well enough when she isn’t having a moral conflict and angsting about it. It’s bad enough that the other girls (Rosetta especially) don’t get many episodes that focus on them but then we have so many that are only Regina and Heart focused for so long. If she had become a precure, we could have moved on. Regina doing human things happily would have even been a cute episode to see. Nope.
And introducing a new character after all that character building for Regina? Weak, man. Real weak. At least it wasn’t Marie Ange. I’m not sure how I feel about a new character especially one who seems so close to what Sword originally was. She does raise a lot of questions and it does seem like it’ll be interesting to find out who she is. Plus she seems cool and KugiRie actually sounds better than expected. As long as she isn’t secretly Marie Ange or something I guess I’m fine with her.
One valid complaint I see often is how Ai keeps saving the Precures butts and they haven’t worked as hard for anything. Since Ace seems to be close with Ai, I’m hoping she’ll stop her from assisting the Precures and her ‘training’ will result in the girls having to fight harder than usual and when they get their next big power up, it’ll be something they got with their own power and through a lot of hard work.
I still have hope for Doki and I really enjoy each week still. It may always have a special place in my heart for being the first Precure I actually watched for more than five episodes. I do hope that there will be less Regina drama in the second half and Rosetta, Diamond and Sword will get more individual focus though.
If not I’ll settle for more of Ace being a total bamf.