Dokidoki! PreCure Episode 13: The Rose of Her Sighs

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

The real value behind a supporting role is often overlooked, simply because not much is expected of them. Upon first glance of a particular unit of individuals striving towards a particular goal, whether it is to beat up on Selfish or otherwise, the eyes are almost always on the leader and their partner in crime. This 1-2 combination takes up the glory, and the relationship between the two determines a great deal the ceiling of what the unit can do together. Egos are checked at the door, and the hierarchy needs to be in place in order for people to carry out what is needed to succeed. Every Michael Jordan needs a Scottie Pippen. Every Heart needs a Diamond.

But when the focus is squarely on the first two important members of the group, the third gets overlooked because of the lessened demand on that character to make things work on the team. They serve singular purposes and provide utility to fill in the blanks that cover for the weaknesses that remain from the main pair. As minor as it sounds, it’s that shoring up of weaknesses that allow for the full potential of the team to come out. A supporting character makes the rest of the group so much better than it is without drawing attention to that character, simply because they don’t need that attention. A divine entity once said, “When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”

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That’s what makes Alice Yotsuba a remarkable character by herself (as opposed to the relationship dynamics that I’ve discussed at length between characters on this show). She hardly gets any screen time, which is a huge benefit for her character, because she is only asked to do what is needed within the team context, despite everything that she has available to offer to her team. With her martial arts upbringing and limitless wealth and resources, she is literally Bruce Wayne, but as a PreCure she is called to be a Batman in a team with Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern in it. The entire context changes. It doesn’t take away from what she is from an individual standpoint. This week’s episode highlights that, and is a firm reminder for those who weren’t sure whether Alice was doing anything up until this point.

Alice is always there, though she’s hardly ever seen. She attends a different school from Mana and the others, and she always shows up only to provide sagely advice or to provide a comforting presence to those who are weary. She is observant, and she knows everything that is going on with the others as well as within herself, which is why she was able to withstand the bullying tactics that Reina tried to employ throughout the Rose Lady contest. It’s very scary how much Alice has changed over the course of the series so far, on account of just being there with the team. Any character that plays within the necessary role of a team and grows into their own as a result is the perfect fit, and although she might be missing the “glue guy” attributes that a Nao Midorikawa has with Smile PreCure, she simply makes everyone better. But unlike Nao, who has always been that same person throughout the entire series, Alice is showing signs of change, right behind our very backs.

To bring back the Batman comparison, it feels a lot like something out a Justice League comic. In issues 43-46, the famous Tower of Babel arc (adapted into an animated film named JLA: Doom), the Dark Knight’s paranoia and mistrust is brought out into the fold, in which his unlimited resources and contingency plan against the rest of his teammates (should they ever go rogue) are used against the League, resulting in his expulsion from the group once upon the arc’s resolution. Playing off a previous theory I had regarding Rikka/Cure Diamond, I envision a similar probability of mistrust in Alice, despite the fact that her friendship with the other PreCure have resulted in her control of emotions. Control over emotions is one of the defining characteristics of the iconic Bat, and it is what leads to explorations of his character regarding his allegiance to the rest of the team.

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I forsee the same approach with Alice in a situation where Diamond’s waivering heart is exploited by the Selfish. In order to deal with the immense pain of losing her closest friend (which Alice has, up until this point, recognizes as the source of her changing self), she has to control her emotions even further; her heart cannot be exploited at this point because she has closed it off entirely. This is the journey of reflection that Alice has to take while she tries to collaborate with the other Cures with regards to getting Rikka back.

It’s because of drastic possibilities like these, which Alice has probably already run through her head numerous times since joining the PreCure, that she must take on the support role in order to protect her friends. The fundamental difference between her and Bruce Wayne is that she recognizes early on that she does not want to be alone, nor does she want to work alone. She has the capability to be the lead PreCure in her own series, but she certainly doesn’t mind settling for a lesser role and executing it to perfection. She is highly aware of her usefulness towards the group, which allows her to do what she does without any particular dissent from opposing viewpoints. In the world of PreCure, their hearts are one, and that makes her a very formidable opponent.

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At the end of the day, Alice, as Cure Rosetta, is an overqualified support hero who doesn’t mind accepting the way things are, and is simply content to see her friends happy, because they are the true heroes of the story in the hearts of the audience as well as her own. She won’t be the face of the team that saved the world, but she will tell her grandkids with pride that she worked with the very best, and made them even better. Maybe we don’t get to see much of what Alice does, but I’m quite sure that things are rosy on her end.

8 thoughts on “Dokidoki! PreCure Episode 13: The Rose of Her Sighs

  1. Wooooooo an Alice themed episode! I was waiting for one of these and I am sure this is not the LAST time we will see her get the spotlight, I have a feeling we will get some dramatic event that triggers her second power up, but I don’t think they will go that route or will they? That said I have only seen that in Shounen anime like DBZ for example with Goku turning SSJ for the first time. Most of us know what scene I am talking about with him witnessing his best friend Krillen get one shot by Freeza which triggered his rage and his crazy super transformation! Now will a similar thing effect Alice in terms of magical girl power ups? Honestly I could SEE that minus the death factor of course xD

    Cure Rosetta is the best tank class ever~

  2. Since you start of with Mother Teresa, it’s probably good to note that she took her name from St. Therese of Lisieux, quite fittingly nicknamed “The Little Flower.” One of my good friends took her name as her Confirmation name because of how she practiced her works. From the “Little Flower” comes what is known as the “little way.” This quote I clearly snagged from Wikipedia really summarizes that:

    “Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”

    Amusingly, my friend was taller than me. But in the context of her youth group, she was notably warm but took no big actions.For a Church group, there’s a couple of ways to really stand out – music is the easy one, a way with words is another. But for her, she felt like she had no grand talent that she could use to serve. She’s not the best singer, and while she’s quite intelligent, she struggles form her words in a pithy or poetic way or speak in an especially captivating way. But she was a big support behind the scenes, whether it was something as menial as paperwork, or being an emotional shoulder to lean on, or something else that would get unnoticed.

    The potential of Alice wavering also draws up a second similarity. Both St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa experienced a “night of nothingness” (alternatively “spiritual dryness,” what my mentor calls “the desert,” of my favorite, the poetic version named by St. John of the Cross: “The Dark Night of the Soul.”

    In the context of Mother Teresa, her spiritual dryness is similar to a dearth of morale, but to be more precise, she reached a point in her life where she just didn’t feel God anymore. Less that she did not believe in God, but she felt that God was absent from her life. But this was not reflected in her actions. We only know this because she wrote about it in her letters.

    If we do see Alice waver, it’ll be interesting to see what form it takes, as well as her actions. We’ve already seen Rikka waver quite a bit, and there’s always potential for more of that to happen as well. But unlike Rikka, Alice is a bit more sturdy and dutiful. In all honesty, Alice might already have more doubts than anyone else. I feel like if anyone would get exploited by the selfish, it’ll be Rikka. Mana is much too… Mana. Makoto is much too focused on her goal. Alice, however, I feel like would be much like Mother Teresa in that respect – continuing to do those little things, and be amazing at a supporting role, not in spite of her doubts, but rather because of them.

    I hope these comparisons are obvious. In any case, this is what you get for starting this post with a quote from Mother Teresa.

    1. I apologize for the severe lateness in my reply, Justin. I really love this comment, and it’s one of my favourites that have been left on this blog. It’s quite a doozy of a writeup, and I hope that my response her addresses all of the things I find interesting about what you said.

      Firstly, I absolutely love how my Mother Teresa quote led you to open about all these amazing details about both your friend as well as the pertinent information about Mother Teresa and St. Therese as they relate to the role of a support character like Alice. I am a huge advocate of personally relating to a topic of discussion (in this case, Alice and supports), and for one to be able to seamlessly integrate both aspects (the fictional and the real) into a single reflective piece, it really shows great writing, and I commend your job at displaying that. As for the quote itself, I’d like to say that the decision to include it was entirely purposeful, such that the connection could be made in such a way, but honestly speaking, you could say that my decision to include the Mother Teresa quote was something of a leap of faith.

      To build on your idea here about the relationship between Alice and the two women as far as their wavering moments are concerned, the details lead me to believe that Alice’s “spiritual dryness” has something to do with the absence of her friends from her life. Relating to my tinfoil hat theory about Rikka having her heart corupted by the selfish, I can see that such an event would obviously lead to Rikka abandoning the group, at least temporarily. This would be the stone that causes the ripple in the pond of the Dokidoki PreCure. Everyone else reverts back to their ways before meeting with each other: Mana is completely without identity without her childhood friend. Makoto distances herself from the group as Cure Sword and tries to find the Princess herself.

      Alice, the only character who is perhaps capable of fighting against that ripple, would still have that wavering feeling in her heart as a result of everyone splitting up. She doesn’t feel the warmth of her friends, but it doesn’t change who she ultimately is, as was the case with Mother Teresa. Alice would still be quite strong, but with nobody to support, Alice becomes essentially useless and powerless. It’s this absence of power by extension that makes for an emotionally gripping climax that requires that Mana and Makoto get their shit together, because Alice can’t do anything by herself. That isn’t to say that she is weak or anything, but rather she is most effective when she’s making those around her even better. She will always reach out to her friends, even if she has her own doubts as a result of the absence of those friends in her life.

      Ahhh, Why is Alice so perfect?

  3. Character analysis aside, Alice was a freaking BADASS this week. I completely lost it when she used her shield as projectile to smash Marmo in the face – not only was it kickass, the comic timing was excellent!

    Really, really enjoyable episode this week, and it has massively raised my esteem of Alice.

    1. Alice is the quiet girl who you know is a badass when she needs to be, which makes her one of those quiet badasses that don’t need to show it. That said, shield bashing is a common technique for anyone who wields a shield as part of their arsenal. Even in PreCure, were Rosetta isn’t the only shield-using Cure in the franchise, shield-users have that ability to push back with their barriers. It’s kind of overpowered if you ask me.

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