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Go! Princess Pretty Cure, 8th Lesson: Lock makes his move to prove that he's above everyone despite the important task that he was given to resurrect his leader Dyspear...which basically means he's screwing himself over.  On the other hand, he does turn Hope Kingdom's castle into a giant flying fortress...only for the Cures to turn it into their new power-up after the original three meet with three princesses of the past so really it was all for nothing.  And once that bit of madness is dealt with, we meet someone else who is as obsessed with flowers as Haruka (no it isn't Tsubomi...though you'd think that); and we meet a guy who is as obsessed with Minami as...um...Haruka. (yeah...there's a lot of context to that episode...)
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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 29: Mysterious Girls? The Bequeathed Legendary Keys!

Kirara was just being nice: nothing can top a Marble Doughnut. Except frosting.
While Towa got her upgrade key last episode, Haruka, Minami and
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Go! Princess Pretty Cure, 7th Lesson: It's sleepover time at Chez Haruno, meaning that Minami and Towa basically find themselves doing things that actually make them look like idiots for once; Towa gets sick and Pafu and Aroma spend their times chasing after a cicada sent by Shut...yeah that's basically the episode...; Haruka's old male friend decides to party his butt off when everyone tells him to just get to sleep and get ready for training...even if he's hurt and training may not be the best of elements; and what do you get when fire and water mix?  Well...that's why you shouldn't invite Towa to a beach party at Minami's, I suppose.
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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 25: To Haruka's House! Her First Sleepover!

So...what would Minami have done with all the melons if no one took them?
It's summer break; time for the girls of the Noble Academy to take a break and try new experiences, as Minami basically orders everyone to do in their last address before leav
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-Where the heck do I begin with this weekend?  I think I can probably begin with this: it was busy as heck for a good chunk of it and it still feels like I did nothing at times.  It's one of my biggest faults: if I overstuff my time, I complain I don't have enough time to get everything done...but if I have nothing to do, then I tend to not do anything, even things that really should get done.

-One of my big accomplishments though did turn into one of my biggest fails.  After the whole situation with the boxspring last weekend squeaking, I finally invested in a bed frame thinking that was all I need to resolve the issue: a new bed frame = no more squeak...and maybe some support.  Turns out the moment I went to bed last night that having four tiny plywood slats as your entire support ends up screwing with you: the mattress sags, your back muscles cramp, and trying to push it up against a wall where there's a heater on the ground prevents you from getting head support.  Luckily I was able to get into my emergency fund to get a new boxspring (I sort of threw out the old one thinking I wasn't going to need it...it was squeaking anyway) and it has next-day delivery, so at least that should make it easier...I just wish, though, that things were easier in trying to make a good night's sleep all the more worthwhile considering all this.

-In another accomplishment, I finally put aside Super Mario Odyssey and started "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", complete with the DLC due to someone suggesting it.  A couple hours in and...um...what have I done?  I found a temple and got an orb...well another temple cause the first is given.  Otherwise I've been watching weapons break the moment I hit them a few times, wandering around aimlessly, losing life from being too cold, falling off walls into endless ravines...and all while the game taunts me with all this other stuff like a bigger world, cooking and some huge showdown with Ganon.  Really I get the change in genre but I feel like an Open World Adventure RPG where I feel like a caveman scrounging for food and trying to figure out where to go and having no luck...seriously, I may need to break out Gamefaqs way faster for this game than I needed to with Mario. (on the other hand, I got "Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap" on sale for DLC...and that game is way goofier and more fun.  Seriously, I can play as a girl who gets turned into a lizard girl and then a mousegirl!  I'm just imagining a way less buff Ruth at this point (I'd make her stronger but limitations and whatnot...heck, a video game with a growing mass mousegirl would be hilariously adorable) with a sword in her hand fighting monsters and that's way more interesting than "Cave Link wanders around aimlessly". (I did also buy Hyrule Warriors too...but something tells me that if I invested this much money into a video game, I really should beat it)

-I'm happy I got a tale written this weekend but it just makes me think more melancholic about the type of tale I want to write these days.  Seeing how "perfect" a lot of girls get in FMG/BE tales, I just sort of still want to make my girls more realistic...but also my type of tale is more shorter so it isn't that easy for me to make something consistent, especially with my problems in keeping consistency and writing something long-term.

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It's Memorial Day Weekend, and I decided to use this to unveil my 7th (seriouisly, 7th!?) "Heavy" sequence.  While there are probably other characters who deserve the treatment, the winner this time is...well, the jazzy miss Lily Coleman, one of my earliest girls (well the earliest in some respects).  Alongside her love of analog music like her sax, she's also into analog play systems such as...well, an old Walkman.  And as you can see, when she gets into it, she really just unleashes...though how far is dependent on how much you're willing to witness!

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Blue-skying some ideas for the big Sho stream for the weekend.  A few ideas I am thinking of getting:
-Hilda (either human or giraffe)
-Nude Victoria (mermaid)
-Hydie (full size)
-Marmo from "Dokidoki PreCure"
-Mizuha Miyama from "Mahou Tsukai Tai"
-Something pony related (like a human version of Spoiled Rich with massive implants instead of natural)
-Another random idea of a pony Rococo (or more Trixie)
-Sugar Cookie Girl in a bikini
-Something cheerleader related, either Julie, Cindy or Sakurako from "Negima"
-Something else completely altogether.

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Heavy Beats - Marauder6272
It's Memorial Day Weekend, and I decided to use this to unveil my 7th (seriouisly, 7th!?) "Heavy" sequence.  While there are probably other characters who deserve the treatment, the winner this time is...well, the jazzy miss Lily Coleman, one of my earliest girls (well the earliest in some respects).  Alongside her love of analog music like her sax, she's also into analog play systems such as...well, an old Walkman.  But don't try to catch her dancing lest you ready to see what else she has to offer.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure, 8th Lesson: Lock makes his move to prove that he's above everyone despite the important task that he was given to resurrect his leader Dyspear...which basically means he's screwing himself over.  On the other hand, he does turn Hope Kingdom's castle into a giant flying fortress...only for the Cures to turn it into their new power-up after the original three meet with three princesses of the past so really it was all for nothing.  And once that bit of madness is dealt with, we meet someone else who is as obsessed with flowers as Haruka (no it isn't Tsubomi...though you'd think that); and we meet a guy who is as obsessed with Minami as...um...Haruka. (yeah...there's a lot of context to that episode...)

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 29: Mysterious Girls? The Bequeathed Legendary Keys!


Kirara was just being nice: nothing can top a Marble Doughnut. Except frosting.

While Towa got her upgrade key last episode, Haruka, Minami and Kirara are feeling remorse that their keys were all taken by Close in the last episode, basically in a crazy but brilliant move to finish building up the Despair Gauge for his big plan he got from Dyspear while she's gone. (I do notice that there tends to be a "summer plan" of this sort to both have a breather and to build to the next major toy in case kids take the summer off; though I do like Close did just speed it up and cut to the finish with this episode) But while Haruka's group feels like they can't do anything without their powers, they end up being lead away by Pafu's nose to another part of campus where they discover that there is possibly a way to gain power that they didn't know about. This comes in the form of three mystery girls who wear clothing similar to their own (of the three, the only one we should note is Chieri, whose VA later does Cure Macaron in KiraKira...wait they had scones but no macarons at this little party?; Yura/Past Mermaid was also a couple mothers in the past, voicing the mothers for both Hibiki/Melody and Akane/Sunny) and who have some similar concerns to the trio. These concerns are furthered when Dyspear shows up with a Zetsuborg to torment them; but without power, no one can do anything to deal with them. Obviously it is here that Haruka and the others make a realization: their despair here is basically a self-inflicted wound, preventing them from dealing with the whole issue at hand because of their own worries thanks to what Close pulled; they have to keep fighting regardless. It is through this that the trio give up their base Pretty Cure keys to let them fight against this dream being...and basically it turns out it's all some weird manipulation of space-time that allowed for them to meet due to their own concerns with each other. And thus through the encounter, the main Princess Cure trio end up getting from the past Princess Cures their final keys, respectively "Cherry Blossom/Sakura" for Flora, "Sango/Coral" for Mermaid and "Ginga/Galaxy" for Twinkle. And just in time too due to Close releasing his ultimate Zetsuborg...in the form of Hope Kingdom's castle. Considering the Cures are about to fight a giant castle with nothing but themselves and these new keys...I say bring it.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 30: To the Future! The Crystal of Power, Princess Palace!

I'm not sure Kanata's going to like that his palace has been reduced to a power-up toy.

Lock knows how to show off when he wants to basically cause utter chaos to the Cures, bringing the entire palace from Hope Kingdom (that had been taken over by Dys Dark prior) to become his vanguard for his final move, which turns out to be using the power of despair he collected not for Dyspear but for himself; basically with his ego thinking that he deserves to be king and not merely a servant over all. Obviously with the Cures not wanting this to happen (but with Scarlet the only one still with her Cure powers), they have to invade the castle, get the other Dress Up Keys back, and stop Close's mad desires. I do sort of find there are a bit too many conveniences that help the Cures out here, especially with Pafu having "magical teleportation powers" (I get following the Dress Up Key due to her nose, but this just sort of makes it a tad too convenient) that allow for Haruka, Minami and Kirara to go into the palace and take on Lock and his Zetsuborg army until they finally reach the chamber with the Dress Up Keys. Lock sort of prevents them from making it...mostly, but Haruka does ultimately get there in the end and the Cure powers are restored for a final battle, where they end up unleashing all their powers all while Lock basically turns into a giant "dragon toad" in a last-ditch effort to try and prove that he is superior to everyone else. I do like the big lesson here that the Cures give us though: that they only reason they're here is because of the trust that everyone gave to them, particularly through how they've been fighting for them and their dreams in order to become stronger themselves. And it is this trust and the new keys (from Yui and the ancient Princess Cures) that activate the final transformation of Mode Elegant through their big upgrade artifact of the season: the Princess Palace (basically the Hope Kingdom Palace turned into a karakuri toy) It is a neat transformation and the Cures finally defeat Lock once and for all...but unfortunately there's this annoying crow with a similar Despair Gauge who happens to steal everything Lock had built up, meaning that the power he collected isn't going to waste even with Lock down and out.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 31: The New Semester! A New Dream and A New Threat!

Who would have guessed the new face of despair to be so...cutesy.

The second semester at the Noble Academy is upon Haruka, and likewise the second semester of her "princess training" is upon her as well. The latest of Miss Shamour's torments happens to be flower arrangement; and as usual, she's not that good at it but wants to be better, especially considering flowers should be her element. (I know ikebana is a thing in Japan but personally I never really got the whole big deal of "you have to make flowers look a certain way in order to make them look attractive") Through this, Haruka ends up meeting a girl she didn't know prior last semester in Hanae, who has been taking care of the flowers on campus and making sure they're handled while Haruka's been busy with...well, Cure stuff. Obviously Haruka sees this as an advantage in that it will help with her own training, but of course there are still other issues that she has to worry about...such as the return of an old enemy. Somehow (they don't explain how but it could have something to do with Lock's Despair Gauge), Close has returned and is more powerful than ever (somehow gives me this weird Pinhead feel at this point), even handling Cure Scarlet even though he never even knew about Twilight in the past. (what did he know about anything Dyspear was doing?) Somehow aside from tormenting the Cures, Close also has his own plan in action already, planting multiple "seeds of Despair" throughout campus and Yumegahara, without telling the Cures other than the two that emerge here: the new servants Stop and Freeze who create weird double-eyed Zetsuborgs. (while maybe being Zetsuborgs themselves) Obviously the battle isn't over and there is a lot go go with Dyspear and Close back...but then again, there's always Shut...poor incompetent Shut, he's really stepped into it now.

Oh and we randomly get revealed that Lock was a fairy all along in the opening scene...not even in the last episode or anything. While it does come earlier than PhanPhan, it feels even more dissapointing than another "it was a fairy all along" reveal...seriously, the only season that got it right was Smile!

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 32: Minami's Fiancé!? The Super Celeb Makes a Come Back!

Seriously if Haruka and Minami aren't dating by the time this jerk returns to Japan, this episode would have been ruined forever.

It's weird that Minami is literally the only Cure who was attending Noble Academy prior to this year; and thus she's got some further backstory that none of the other Cures can attest to or connect with without them suddenly showing up from her past. In this case, its Kimimaro, a boy who has known Minami from childhood and actually went to Noble Academy last year before accepting a scholarship to England, only returning for a day before returning to his abroad ventures. Kimimaro is...supremely...obsessed with Minami, mostly in this idea that he sees her as this perfect noble beauty, the symbol of the school that she basically was before the new year and Haruka came into her life. Seeing Haruka having changed Minami in many ways, from laughing at failure to doing things on her own, seems to freak the idiot out and makes him think that she's changed a bit too much and that Haruka is just a bad influence on her. Obviously from what we've seen, that's not the case and he's just overblowing things having not been around for the year, but of course this is an idiot we're talking about and Minami accepts the changes in stride...even if this episode seems to make her a bit too...close...to Haruka in some aspects, especially since Kimimaro's mad dream is to marry Minami and the whole idea of them being "fiances" is basically just something he made up in order to sort of push his own dream. (heck, even when Stop and Freeze take his dream, his dream is basically "I WANT TO MARRY MINAMI"...so yeah, he's obsessed) Obviously in the end it's all about "Minami accepts Haruka, so now Kimimaro has to accept Haruka..or something along that line, with really the whole idea of Haruka and Minami's relationship being "more" than friends...but at least at this point Haruka's nowhere near having the harem of someone like Mana from DokiDoki.

Go! Princess Pretty Cure, 7th Lesson: It's sleepover time at Chez Haruno, meaning that Minami and Towa basically find themselves doing things that actually make them look like idiots for once; Towa gets sick and Pafu and Aroma spend their times chasing after a cicada sent by Shut...yeah that's basically the episode...; Haruka's old male friend decides to party his butt off when everyone tells him to just get to sleep and get ready for training...even if he's hurt and training may not be the best of elements; and what do you get when fire and water mix?  Well...that's why you shouldn't invite Towa to a beach party at Minami's, I suppose.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 25: To Haruka's House! Her First Sleepover!


So...what would Minami have done with all the melons if no one took them?

It's summer break; time for the girls of the Noble Academy to take a break and try new experiences, as Minami basically orders everyone to do in their last address before leaving. Of course in Minami's own case, her idea of trying new experiences is going on a trip with the others to Haruka's hometown (they don't say where or what it is, just that it's your typical "old Japanese town" you tend to get a lot in anime) for a sleepover party. Yet while Minami is rather obsessively wanting to do this and take part in anything Haruka's home has to offer, there's still Towa to think about. Sure she just arrived in this world as a normal girl and is trying to get used to the school as is, so throwing her into another location so quickly may be frightening...but in this case, Minami tells her that really its the best way to learn and grow and do what has to be done. New things are scary, and thus you have to experience them in order to get through your fear. It also doesn't help that Towa is still fearful of what she had been through: she still has PTSD nightmares of Dyspear and running away from her to be a Cure is still something she regrets despite it being the best thing she could have done at the time...but in a way, there is a huge similarity between Minami and Towa: both are very princess-like maiden females, both have responsibilities and both are trying to make the best of what they have while trying to improve their own respective lives. In many ways, the two are there for each other even if they're not as informal as Haruka or Kirara and that includes in combat, where Shut seems to still be obsessing over Towa despite her now being on the other side of things and trying to come to cope in how to appreciate such beauty...despite it being with the enemy and trying to burn all the threats Dys Dark keeps threatening the world with.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 26: Save Miss Towa! Fight, Royal Fairies!

Well it's tough to say if a Cicada Zetsuborg is the most powerful Zetsuborg ever...but it sure is the most annoying. (up there with the homework Desertians at least)

With summer break still on, everyone is still off campus including the main Cures; with only Towa (and Shirogane because...Shirogane) still residing there in peace. You'd wonder what Towa could do without anyone else around...but that wonder goes away quickly thanks to her getting sick with a fever not too long after she finally gets the place all to herself. Because Towa's down, it's actually up to Pafu and Aroma to help her out, making sure they do their best in getting her better and healing her in her time of need. Really this episode should have just been that: the fairies helping Towa, maybe getting a bit of advice from Miss Shamour and the other three until they're dealt with and maybe a Zetsuborg attack...but it's sort of harmed by a couple things that happen. The first is one of the most annoying: the moment Haruka and the others find out Towa is sick, they rush right back to Noble Academy to be by her side. Really...considering what happens in this episode, including the Zetsuborg fight (which is a rather comedic one involving a cicada Zetsuborg that just wants to be...a cicada...), they weren't really needed at all and it just makes me wonder why they just abandon their families and anything else they could be doing for her sake. Sure, they mention at the start that Kirara probably is still living nearby and that Towa was going to spend time with her prior to her sickness, but for Haruka and Minami to pull that to their families just feels...off to me. The other is regarding Pafu and Aroma: I thought most of the episode was cute and fun watching them deal first with Towa's sickness, then with the Zetsuborg, but it's sort of ruined by the big reveal that they end up using this to gain their Royal Fairy acknowledgement. This would be cool and appropriate...except when they gain this acknowledgement, they basically gain a super healing light that cures Towa of her ills and the three Cures of their fatigue of rushing back to Noble Academy to help out. I get that the fairies getting their official maid/butler denomination is fine and somethig hinted at earlier in the series, but that just felt super-cheap as a means for the Cures to defeat Shut...personally it would have been funnier if Towa beat the Zetsuborg while still sick...and with the fairies help. (and that's what made the other three's return feel all the more useless: Pafu and Aroma do more to stop the cicada than they do and they only need Scarlet's finisher!)

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 27: Go For It, Yuki! Echoing Support at the Summer Festival!

So...does Noble Academy have any regular full time cheerleaders...or just the amateurs of Yuki's followers?

It's summer festival time at Noble Academy, and the students all decide to hang out at the festival in Yumegahara; even working it as Haruka and Yui do at the beginning to sort of show their school spirit. However while you'd think this would be a typical festival episode, it's actually an episode about Yuki, Haruka's old tennis playing friend, who is having a lot of grief and doubts based on his current situation. The tennis team is about to have camps, but he doesn't seem to really want to go, wanting to spend all night at the festival instead of worrying about what he has to do for the team. It's worse that Haruka spots an arm bandage and even hears people like his tennis teammates and the three obsessive girls who follow him around tell her that she has to do something to get him to stop this. Haruka on her own seems to have a hard time trying to get through to Yuki what has to be done...but amazingly, after the cheerleaders become Zetsuborg, she's able to find out the truth through Cure Flora: he got hurt overworking himself and got kicked off the first team because of it, with the coach wanting him to heal up and with him thinking he's a failure because he lost that position he worked so hard to finally reach. Haruka tries to relay some truth about this: that this isn't the end and that people screw up all the time and it's all about getting back up and reaching for your dream regardless...but all things considered, outside the Kanata situation she has had it rather easy in how she's been able to do whatever she wants however she wants in pursuit of her dream without any real screw-ups. It's a good lesson but it just feels like it's hard for me to have Haruka believably make that comment even if it is true. In the end, Yuki decides to just go through with the camp and listen to others...while wondering if there is something familiar about Cure Flora but just ignores it because it isn't that big a deal as is.

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Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Ep. 28: Our Hearts are One! The Sunlight That Shines on Pretty Cure!


When Pafu's dog paddle is more constructive than you, then you know you have a problem.

It's still summer in a Cure season, which means it's time for the rich girl to reveal their secret hidden-away island for the others to hang out on (yeah, Minami has one of those just like Karen...) I'm not really a fan of that sort of priveledge but considering the private world that the Cures end up in, a place where they can be honest with each other without anyone else around does give them some advantage. Unfortunately, being honest is something not quite in Towa's vocabulary; in fact, there are still some secrets she still has that she never really revealed...such as the fact that she can't swim. (well she is the Cure of fire so...it makes some sense) By comparison, Yui (who...isn't a Cure) is about as honest as you can get in an ally, coming out with her own aquatic problems immediately while Towa just has to play games and screw with the rest of the team because of her own situation. Somehow Towa ends up admiring Yui (as you tend to) and realizes that she wishes that she had more of her honesty in just coming out with what she wants to say when she wants to say it. This sort of comes to the test when Lock decides to be more personal in his pursuit of completing the collection of despair energy for Dyspear's revival, once again creating a Zetsuborg from Yui (as Close had done earlier) and forcing Scarlet to come to her aid and try to save her from this latest predicament. It is actually through Towa's acknowledgement of Yui that she ends up being the first of the Cures to get her next power up, the "Sun Key" in a similar manner that the first three all came from Dyspear; its weird how Towa can do this while the other Cures sort of had keys given to them or hidden away from them to earn one manner or another. And speaking of that...Close actual plan was to distract Scarlet while using three clones of himself to steal the other keys from the Cures, basically screwing them over despite the latest accomplishment thanks to Towa and Yui...which means somehow there has to be a path for Haruka and the others to follow along without falling behind their newer teammate. (who has this special advantage)

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