Our story begins with Maya, a girl with big dreams and a gift for peacemaking and organization out on a school field trip to the magnificent Clover Tower. Me lucky charms! By her side as always is her best friend and vice-president Rachel, who is doing her best to help. While there, they meet a strange young man who offers Maya a shining golden charm, free of charge because he thinks she’ll enjoy it. Unbeknownst to Maya, it is a magical Glitter Charm, which gives her the ability to turn into Glitter Heart, a member of the prestigious Glitter Force, a team of girls committed to restoring peace and harmony to the people around them. Maya is joined by her best friends Rachel, who becomes Glitter Diamond, Clara, who becomes Glitter Clover (which sounds way better than Glitter Clubs… yes, their personas are based on the playing card suits), and finally, teen pop star Mackenzie Mack, who is Glitter Spade. What is it with these people and glitter?
The four girls travel around their city rescuing people from the minions of King Mercenare, a wicked being who thrives on bad attitudes and poor spirits. Seriously? Mercenare, king of the bad attitude? Lord of the cranky? If his minions can inspire these in people, he gains power and causes their hearts to turn into monsters called Disdains. The Glitter Force can purify the hearts and cure bad attitudes, defeating the monsters and repairing the damage they cause. While fighting the monsters and villains, the girls also race to find and rescue the princess of the magical kingdom Splendorious, (wut?) Marie Angelica, who is the only one who can defeat Mercenare once and for all.
In the second season, the Four suits become a royal flush with the addition of Glitter Ace, a serious girl who teaches them about the five rules that govern the Glitter Force. Joined with Glitter Ace, the girls are now ready to take on Mercenare. But can they defeat him?
Like the original Glitter Force series, Doki Doki praises the virtues of friendship, hard work, working together, determination, and courage. The girls are selfless heroes, placing themselves in harm’s way again and again to save innocents from King Mercenare and his cronies, ultimately saving the King of Splendorious and a former enemy, Regina, from the curse of selfishness. Marie Angelica is a capable warrior herself, and confronts the darkness that haunts her world at the head of her warriors, ultimately choosing to sacrifice her life for her kingdom. Marie’s fiance, Jonathan, is also handy with a sword, and his help is never blown off by the ladies as a respected member of the group. He is ultimately elected to the presidency when the people of Splendorious embrace democratic leadership. Can you imagine that on a postage stamp? The “Splendorious Republic”?!
Spiritual/magical content is really odd in this series. While the original Glitter Force played on traditional superhero and fairy tale tropes this show takes a whole different tack. The monsters the girls battle (Disdains) are created out of the darkness and selfishness in people’s hearts. Love-hearts fly from people’s chests and are transformed into monsters. It’s a rather graphic and surprising metaphor for what selfishness can do to people. The only way to break the spell is for one of the girls, usually Heart, Spade, or Ace, to fire a magic blast at the monster and turn it back into a flying love-heart. These themes of love and friendship being opposites and antidotes to selfishness come up throughout the series.
Violence is limited to the magic blasts fired by the girls at the Disdains or the cronies of King Mercenare. The Disdains deliver damage to their surroundings, but this is magically reversed once they are purified. The one exception is when the girls must prove to the guardian of a treasure they are worthy to take and use it to save their town and Splendorious. In this adventure, the girls battle a dragon, but of course there is no real harm done.
In all, this glittery outing is not as good as the original. There’s a lot in here that is very confusing to Western audiences and makes a lot more sense in Japan. Or maybe it doesn’t, I don’t know! So while Glitter Force Doki Doki won’t harm your child in any way, it just may be the best use of your kid’s time. Better shows include the original Glitter Force and My Little Pony.
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