“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.

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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.

Retooling

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.

Software Scam: 3DMagix = Blender

Blender is one of the most popular open-source 3D modeling programs available. However, someone has been selling the application under the name “3DMagix.” This is technically legal under the GNU General Public License, but redistributing copyrighted artwork and removing identification (splash screens, copyright notices, etc.), as the seller(s) reportedly did, is forbidden. If you paid for a copy of 3DMagix, you have been scammed. I want to tell you to ask for a refund, but 3DMagix’s website is curiously not working anymore.

You can download the original program for free at www.blender.org. The program is currently at version 2.49. For more information on the 3DMagix scam, visit these sites:

Re-branding Blender (Blender)
3DMagix: re-branding and selling the free software Blender (Blender Nation)

FUNimation’s “Digimon” Fail Corrected


If you haven’t heard, FUNimation is streaming Japanese episodes of Digimon Adventure 02. The current description of the series reads:

Three years have passed since Taichi, Takeru and Hikari’s original adventure, but a new threat arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld – the Digimon Emperor intent on enslaving the Digimon for his own purposes. Two of the original DigiDestined, Hikari and Takeru, return joined by three newcomers: Daisuke, Miyako and lori. Together they go to the DigiWorld and with their Digimon partners Gatomon, Patamon, Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon fight the new menace to save the DigiWorld they love.

Thankfully, someone changed it since I last visited the site on May 13th. Then, it said:

Three years has past from Taichi’s adventure, but a new virus arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld. Due to the virus’ special power, Agumon and others can’t evolve. At the time, Veemon, one of the new type Digimon who is able to evolve into many types of Digimon using a Digi-Egg. Newcomer Hikari is partnered with Veemon, and along with her friends Takeru and Daisuke they venture into the DigiWorld.

Um…no. There’s no virus attacking the Digital World, Hikari (Kari) is a season one veteran, and Daisuke (Davis) is the newbie partnered with Veemon. The new summary is right, except that it blends the language versions. Gatomon, Veemon, and Armadillomon’s Japanese names are Tailmon, V-mon, and Armadimon, respectively, and the Digimon Emperor is called the Digimon Kaiser. Also, the original version uses the terms “chosen children” (選ばれし子供 erabareshi kodomo) and “Digital World” instead of “Digi-Destined” and “Digi-World” (the dubbers were obsessed with putting digi in front of everything).

Pickiness aside, I am thrilled that a company like FUNimation has an interest in Digimon. Maybe they have some other plans for the series…