“HUGtto! PreCure” Premieres

Here we go again. Another season of PreCure. Season 15, to be exact. Geez!

I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I try to watch almost every season, but I usually get bored around the middle and give up. The only seasons I’ve watched all the way through are Suite PreCure and HappinessCharge PreCure. (And I’m almost done with the Doki Doki PreCure dub, Glitter Force Doki Doki.) How did they manage to hook me till the end? I don’t know.

But though I wouldn’t call myself a PreCure fan, I always give it another chance. There’s something that keeps pulling me back to this series. Maybe it’s the cute outfits. Maybe it’s the bright, happy, lighthearted tone (that goes dark from time to time). Or maybe I just wanna like it because I love magical girl shows.

I’ll figure it out one day. For now, here I am again, about to watch another season. Will I finish it? Probably not, if history’s anything to go on.

HUGtto! PreCure? Ugh! And I thought Kira Kira PreCure À La Mode was a mouthful of “gag me.” 😑 But as Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” This could turn out to be my favorite season, hugs and babies and all.

Looks like the theme is jobs — and gratuitous French! 😄 The catchphrase is, “You can do anything! You can be anything! Embrace a shining future!” People have been praising it for empowering girls to be what they wanna be, but it’s not a new concept. It’s just, “Follow your dreams,” repackaged.

Anyway, here’s the opening theme. Not sure if I like it yet, but I bet it’ll grow on me.


The Shallow Best Friend Strikes Out On Her Own

Imagine this.

You’re about to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with some new friends. But that morning, your best friend tells you she tried to sabotage your plans so you wouldn’t get to go. Why? Because she hates seeing you break out of your shell and do something without asking for her advice.

But she knows it’s not your fault. It’s hers. Since she doesn’t have her own life goals, she got used to being your mentor and made you her priority. Now that you don’t need her help anymore, she feels worthless. She wants to end your friendship.

That’s what happened in the latest episode of A Place Further Than The Universe.

I’m sure I’ve seen this twist before. The best friend (or love interest) gets tired of being the main character’s cheerleader, so they decide to go their own way. What I like is that it highlights a common problem with these characters. As the writing advice site Springhole.net puts it, a shallow best friend (or shallow love interest) tends to have one of more of these traits or behaviors:

  • They have no interests or passions that don’t involve the main character. Even if they try to have a separate interest, they give it up quickly and go back to the main character’s side.
  • They’ll immediately set aside everything for the main character.
  • They’ll forgive anything the main character does, even if it’s serious.
  • They have few or no defining traits other than perfect devotion to the main character.
  • They care for little or nothing but the main character’s happiness and well-being.

In other words, the mark of a shallow best friend (or shallow love interest) is how the main character is “ultimately the only thing that really matters in their life.” They live for the main character. Their own goals and dreams are meaningless — or they’re designed to relate directly to the main character’s story.

These relationships are usually one-sided. The main character reaps most (if not all) of the benefits, and the best friend (or love interest) gets nothing but the main character’s affection. It might sound like the best friend (or love interest) is showing selfless, unconditional love, but they’re really just being used. Having them realize this is a great way to jumpstart their development. It forces them to ask some tough questions: “Who am I without him/her? What’s my purpose? What do I want for myself?”

I had a hunch that Megumi might be feeling unneeded now that Mari’s making her dreams come true. But I didn’t think it would lead to this. And she sure didn’t hold back her feelings:

Yesterday, when you were talking, I finally realized. You weren’t the one hanging on, I was. Having you rely on me, consult with me…me getting exasperated with you, pretending to mother you, acting so smart around you… Because if I didn’t have that, I didn’t have anything.

Wow. Imagine if every best friend or love interest had an “a-ha” moment like this. I wish this would happen in some of the other shows I watch.

I have a lot of respect for Megumi as a character now. What will she do while Mari’s gone? I hope we get to find out.

Winx “Celebration” Day

It’s Winx Club‘s 14th anniversary. Today, the fandom will pretend they’re happy the show’s still around. Tomorrow, they’ll go back to complaining about what’s happened from season four onward and wishing Rainbow had ended it after the first movie. But maybe some false happiness for one day is better than nothing.

I don’t feel much like celebrating, though. Winx Club doesn’t make me happy anymore. I’m not talking about the show itself — I mean the experiences I’ve had because of it. Some of them are my fault, which only makes me feel worse.

I started my Winx blog around the time season four premiered. If I’d known things would end up this way, maybe I never would have made it.

Feeling Empty

Leaving the Winx fandom has left a hole in my heart. I’ve been a part of that fandom so long, it’s hard to let it go. But I have to. It’s just a constant source of loneliness and disappointment for me now. 😞

I need to get engrossed in something else — something that’ll take my mind off Winx Club. I don’t think that should be another fandom. I’m clearly not cut out for them. Maybe I should start a new hobby or something.

I’m Baaaack!

See? I told you this blog wasn’t dead! 😀

The truth is I’m taking a break (possibly a permanent one) from my other blog, Una di Noi Winx. I’ve been running it for almost nine years now, but I’m tired of the Winx Club fandom. I don’t feel like I belong there anymore.

The fandom feels like a record stuck on repeat — the same opinions, same types of fanart, same screenshots, same everything year after year. I hope something happens in the eighth season that shakes things up, starts some new discussions, and gives new perspectives on old topics.

I doubt it, though. This fandom tends to downplay or reject new ideas, characters, and whatnot. They worship all the old stuff and never re-evaluate it.

It’s like hoarding. The fandom keeps collecting new stuff (information, characters, etc.), but they don’t know what to do with it. So they pile it on top of everything else, instead of first organizing, rearranging, or throwing away some of the stuff that’s already there.

Anyway, I’ll blog here again while I’m gone from that place (however long that’ll be). I’ve still got some things on my mind. I may or may not mention Winx Club, but this blog was always multi-interest. Besides, I talked about it here before I started Una di Noi Winx.

But I’ve got other series I like, too: Digimon, Ojamajo Doremi, various other anime, Critical Role (still on the Vox Machina campaign), etc. Where else am I gonna talk about them? So pretty much, things are gonna be the way they were all those years ago.

I’m finally back in paradise.


Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it: This site is not dead.

How often have you stumbled across a website with that title (in CAPS) on one of its posts and thought, “Yeah, it’s not dead…yet?” Me too. But I promise, it isn’t—at least, not because I have abandoned it. Since my last post, I’ve been thinking of ways to revive it…while feverishly working on my other blog, Una di Noi.

I had a reason for my concept. I wanted to be random because people are random, completely unpredictable. We have some many different sides to us, like a dice has more than one faces. But I became discouraged when I found this article that talked about narrowing your focus to one topic:

…its very important that you stay on a specific topic on your blog. If you’re interested in more than one topic, then you need to start more than one blog…A blog with only one post a day that’s on one topic, is much more likely to attract a reader than a blog with 5 different posts about 5 different subjects.

I understand his point, but who really wants to manage five different blogs? I already have three!

I’m working on rethinking Prattler’s Paradise. I may ignore this man’s advice and make the site reflect more of myself. I don’t want to split myself up into domains, but I do want you, the reader, to enjoy this blog. If the randomness is hurting it, I may have no choice.

So, if you’ve stuck around all this time, thank you. There’s just a little trouble in paradise. Don’t worry—I’ll take care of it.