In episode 42 of Healin ‘Good Pretty Cure, Asumi has a plan that could defeat Neo King Byo-gen … but at what cost?
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Healin ‘Good Pretty Cure Episode 42, “The Evolved King! Undermined City,” now airing on Crunchyroll.
As of episode 42, Healin ‘Good Pretty Cure has truly entered its endgame, with only Shindoi-Ne and Neo King Byo-gen left to purify and defeat, saving Earth and yet it may come at the cost of his Heal the Earth. Despite the girls’ best efforts, Neo King Byo-gen, having absorbed both Guiwaru and Daruizen, is not easy to convince, and undermines the entire city of Sukoyaka in a few moments of evolution. Everything the girls care about is suffering: their family, friends, the elements that they have worked so hard in all series to save … they all feel the force of Neo King Byo-gen’s power.
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Even the unexpected arrival of Queen Teateine with the rest of the recovered healing animals is of little comfort. While they manage to create a shield that prevents the weakening from spreading to the rest of the planet, even immobilizing Neo King Byo-gen in the process, it is clear that the fate of the Earth is in the hands of the Cures, if only they can think. in a way to defeat him. Asumi’s plan to absorb the power of the Byo-gens is risky, but the only one that could work.
Before the arrival of Queen Teateine, the Cures discovered that none of their elements could pass Neo King Byo-gen’s energy barrier, even when using as many as they could at once. Asumi reasons that since byyo-gens grow and evolve absorbent the power of other Byo-gens, if they used By-gen energy against him with the power of the elements, the power of Byo-gen would allow them to bypass his shields completely.
At that moment, some viewers shoot Nodoka an uncomfortable look: If he had accepted Daruizen’s plea to host him a few episodes ago, he would not only have prevented the evolution of King Byo-gen to Neo King Byo-gen, but the Cures would also have had access to the power they now need to defeat him! But there are some good reasons why the writers may not have chosen to go in this direction.
Since Daruizen was not purified, it was likely that he would have seriously harmed Nodoka regardless of whether he intended to do so or not, and doing so would have robbed Nodoka of an overly realistic internal conflict as well. But, since Daruizen’s plight is currently something that only Nodoka and Rabirin fully understand, Asumi is not suggesting that they go back in time; rather, she is volunteering.
As the only non-human Cure, having been created by the Earth herself, Asumi believes that she will be the least susceptible to the powers of Byo-gen, and the only one who can actively absorb that power in herself and use it forever. While Nodoka begs her not to, citing her own experience with Daruizen, Asumi is adamant. It is your decision to make the sacrifice if necessary, and you have come to love the city and the planet, not because it was created to protect you, but because of the experiences and relationships you have established. And she’s ready to lay down her life if it means protecting her.
Right when they finish their discussion, Shindoi-ne tracks down the girls, leading to their final showdown. Like Daruizen before her, Shindoi-ne powers up for this final battle, evolving for the last time, but the girls’ Healing Arrow returns her to her original form. Rate can instruct them to use Healing Oasis, a weaker attack, yes, but powerful enough to completely purifies Shindoi-ne, allowing Cure Earth to absorb the remnants of Nano Byo-gen. She notices that it feels strange, but is still able to move, and the girls end the episode ready to save the world.
While this incredibly risky plan is likely to work, it leaves Asumi’s fate up in the air for the next episode, and it seems highly likely that the girls will need to say “goodbye” to their friend as abruptly as they said “hello” when she first appeared. time. Asumi could return to Earth, disappearing, somehow be corrupted by Shindoi-ne’s Nano Byo-gen or even become a normal human and lose her connection to the wind element. Or, what happens could be something else entirely, but regardless, Episode 42 of Healin ‘Good Pretty Cure She has made it clear: if the world is saved and Cure Earth has to disappear to do so, that’s fine with her.
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