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Welcome back to Wrong Every Time! Today I’m eager to dive back into Hugtto! Precure, where I’m frankly hoping for some kind of irreverent, nonsensical side adventure, perhaps one starring our former villains and the hamster villagers or something. After the one-two punch of Traum’s reunion with Lulu and Emiru’s grappling with this story’s conclusion, I’m just not sure my heart could take much more of the heavy stuff. Can’t we just hang You can find out more about it here. and maybe beat up an Oshimaeda or something?
Of course, given last episode’s allusions to Henri’s physical injuries, I imagine we’re actually on the verge of a heel turn by our young ice skater. And to be honest, I’m actually fine with that. I’ve long felt that Henri’s character and arc embodied Hugtto’s most thoughtful instincts, exploring not just the difficulty of defining yourself outside of society’s expectations, but also the challenges of aging outYou will also have to deal with the often unwelcome changes that come along with puberty and growing up. Henri carries Hugtto’s general focus on finding hope for the future into challenging, deeply personal territory, and him stumbling here would serve as a natural continuation of the world-weary ambiguity that has always attended his episodes. Let’s see what’s in store in a fresh episode of Hugtto!
A cold opening highlights the importance of a upcoming skating competition, where both Homare (the skater) and Henri (the competitor) will be competing for a place in the championships. Hana, who never misses an opportunity to wear fun hats, transforms into a full artist outfit complete with beret as she paints ads for the upcoming showdown
Hana’s drawings of Henri emphasize his embracing of androgyny and typically feminine accessories, with a prominent bow and tiara. It’s never acknowledged directly, but Henri’s story seems almost unmistakably intended as an allegory for embracing your sexual identity, as most clearly articulated through the journey of Emiru’s brother
That subtheme makes sense given Hugtto’s general concerns; “embrace hope for the future”You can also say: “embrace change,” and Emiru’s conservative grandfather has already been characterized as an antagonist specifically because of his refusal to accept new modes of presentation and personal bonds for his grandchildren
“One Yell For Another! This Is My Cheer!”Will Henri consider briefly embracing Criasu but resolve to accept the new body with grace, and cheer on Homare in the end?
Henri immediately rejects Hana’s costume designs, saying that “they’ll be too hard to skate in.”Hana has a great appreciation for his aesthetic sensibilities
“This is Wakamiya Henri. Nice to meet you.” Henri often seems a bit more mature and self-confident than the other characters, which makes sense – he’s likely used to being challenged on his presentation, and has had to develop a thicker skin earlier as a result. But he hasn’t let that make him cynical; instead, he tries to foster confidence in others, and make that same road easier for them. He’s a really good guy
As the girls mob Henri, Emiru’s brother Masato rushes in to defend him. I feel like their grandpa is going to fund some “Precure made my kids gay”Political campaign
“It’s not the same Homare’s skating, but I can’t say it’s all bad.” Henri’s comments on Homare’s skating seem intended to assuage hIt is a good idea to use a bilingual translator worries about his own, something that Homare immediately picks up on
“I’ve already had the surgeries. They told me competing as an athlete would be difficult. But I just want to do this last one.” This aspect of Henri’s journey also feels unusually sharp-edged – finding your dream is difficult enough, but what if you find your dream, begin to pursue it, and are then arbitrarily denied the ability to continue? As with his gender presentation, Henri is being forced to deal with life’s disappointments younger than his peers – he’s dealing with the sort of necessity-of-reinvention drama that characterizes Hugtto’s former villains, all while still a young teenager
“Just let me be Wakamiya Henri until the last moment.” An indication of how deeply he identifies with skating – Henri is a skater, and when he finishes this competition, he’s unsure who he’ll even be anymore
Risutol wakes up from what appears to be a cryogenic container. It seems that he, too, is still plagued by whatever it was that made the other Hamsters join Criasu.
Hana, the seashore is a beautiful backdrop. Enjoying the soft pastel world of watercolors is always enjoyable.
Oh hey, it’s Charalit. Maybe he’ll add some irreverent nonsense to this increasingly heavy episode!
“Even the tiniest little comment, ‘hey keep it up,’ is enough to keep me smiling!” Nope, he’s just here with some thoughtful advice on how our assumptions regarding helping others are often wildly out of step with their actual feelings
“Your cheers are plenty cool! Believe in yourself a bit more, okay?”Charalit repaying Hana for the encouragement she once gave him. His reflection that “even those who seem confident sometimes need encouragement” applies to both Henri and Hana herself – even Hana, who is defined by her capacity to inspire others, needs to be inspired once in a while
“One last time, the Prince of Skating, Wakamiya Henri, will take the ice and win!”Henri speaks his intentions to his reflection, wanting to hold onto that familiar image for a few more moments.
Then, his van gets hit by a truck! Did they just kill HENRI??
He can barely speak at the hospital, but he still manages to inquire if anyone else is hurt. You’re too good for this world, Henri!
“And here I always thought it would end on the ice…”He is not allowed to end his career in his own terms. If he accepts Criasu’s offer, it’ll be hard to blame him
Even Henri can hardly keep his poise at this turn, eventually telling his friends to leave so they don’t see him cry
“Why did this have to happen? At least let it end on the ice!”Henri was ready to accept the end of his career in skating, but to have his cathartic finale performance denied is just cruel. How can he move on, knowing that his dreams ended in a whimper and a scream?
“If only I had started getting my ankle treated sooner! If only I’d left the house earlier! If only… if only… if only…”The randomness in failure is the worst part. Henri’s fate could have been different had a thousand other things happened, but we were stuck with our narratives. “personal destiny”The chaos of the universe can often derail our plans. The world does not care about destined outcomes; it will come to you sideways, at the most inopportune times, painfully reminding that you only have so much control.
Risutol, in his momentary despair, appears
Aw jeez. And of course, Risutol gets to empower his latest Oshimaeda with an entire stadium’s worth of despair
The resulting Oshimaeda takes on the form of a lily, echoing Henri’s general symbolism. Lilies are often used to represent purity or innocence – a flower that blooms briefly in youth, like Henri’s talents
It is always amusing to me to see Emiru and Lulu forced to share a fourth of the screen when these mass transformation sequences are taking place. Girls, you should have come earlier if better seats were what you wanted!
“Do not think I led him down this path against his will.”Henri, too, was compelled to embrace Criasu by his own reasons.
“Who are you?” And now Risutol doesn’t even recognize Harry
“Perhaps you wish to say ‘This is not the Wakamiya Henri we wanted’?” Risutol echoes both Henri’s fears and Charalit’s earlier advice. We often don’t realize the importance of simple gestures to those we love.
Hana admits that she doesn’t actually know what to say to make this better, she just can’t help but want to cheer Henri on when he’s sad. Sometimes that’s all you can do – there are no “right words,”No way to fix the situation, only to be by a friend in trouble
“I can only imagine how much it hurts. But to destroy your own future… don’t say such things!”Finding hope in the future, even when your dreams are denied, is their greatest challenge. Sometimes hope is all you have – senseless, directionless hope, an indomitable belief that things will one day be better than today
Henri is inspired by the support of his friends and family. He realizes that more than skating, it’s making people happy that drives him.
The girls join together to attack Henri’s cage, but it is crucially Henri himself who breaks through, reaching out to join hands with Hana
Henri is now transformed into the costume Hana made for him. He even chooses his own Precure nickname, which he designates himself! “Cure Infini.” A natural expansion of Hugtto’s themes, and a perfect evolution of Henri’s story – he can be anything he wants to, including a Precure
Even the Oshimaeda was flustered after Henri blew it a smooch. Dude’s just too suave
Henri is caught by Masato as he falls during his dreamlike finale dance. These two are adorable
Back at Criasu, George is actually impressed by Yell’s success, by how “like Mother”She is
And Henri even gives Hana’s name a new meaning, stating how “Yell”It is similar to the French “aile”Wings
Team, you did a fantastic job! Henri’s stories have consistently been some of the most poignant, sharp, and thematically charged adventures in Hugtto, and this episode sent him off in style, embracing everything that has e his journey so special. Henri was able to find hope for the future without abandoning his fundamentally sarcastic nature, accepting that his dreams as a skater might be behind him, but holding faith that he will still be himself, regardless of his body’s changes over time. Seeing him actually become a Precure also felt like the ideal conclusion to his character’s persistent challenging of conservative, binary concepts of gender and sexuality; ankle problems or not, he is still a shining star of nonconformity, and an inspiration to everyone around him. The future is yours, Henri – now take a rest, you’ve clearly earned it.
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