So far, the tenth season of Pretty Cure has me as wired as Dokidoki last year, for a few weighing reasons:
- Mirrors and queens: there are a good queen (called Snow White/Himelda!), a wicked queen/usurper (regent or invader?) (with a paid harem of male floozies!) and magic mirrors by the dozen, used by both heroes and villains alike.
Himelda with her guardian and her pet. A cute and absent-minded royal everygirl, innocent to contrast with Mirage. A close-up of Mirage with her tear-shaped beauty mark. Am I not the only one to imagine a star-crossed relationship with Blue (Hime's guardian)?
- Monsters of the Victims: Did the Toei folks hear my prayer? Though the generals strap the victims to coffin-shaped magic mirrors, rendering them unconscious before turning them into "saiakus" (or "terribads", in English). I will miss the jikochus'/selfcenters' creation by perverting an impulsive wish (general whispers in left ear: "I WILL MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE!", snaps fingers, victim's black heart bursts out of chest).
The victim of the first episode, strapped by Namakerda to a dim coffin-shaped mirror. If the villains (like in Dokidoki) show no scruples when it comes to hurt a child, that gives an idea of their ruthlessness.
- Great generals: Fortunately, the rather lame creation process of human-based monsters is compensated by the character design of the Illusory Empire generals themselves. So far, we have seen Namakelder/Namakerda, who looks like a green-haired Victorian gent (with an overcoat, top hat, and cane)... aside from a Nazi-like military man (with a badass expression on his face), a parasolled lolita, and an aloof young redhead:
Namakelder (also spelled Namakerda), "Gerhard", and "Loulou"
(I give the other two generals fan nicknames until get to I know their
real names. Remember that I called Valdis "Katla"?) Ah, and pardon
me if "Loulou" has her face obscured by kanji!
The cool redhead, who may betray Queen Mirage (or not?). "Erik?" "Konrad"? "Ramsay"? Finding a fan nickname for him is tricky! I can't pick only one of these three... Perhaps just "Red", since he looks like an aloof Blue...