If you want to keep Shugo Chara‘s plot (stop laughing) from being spoiled (okay, yeah, start laughing), you might want to skip this post as I’m about to go all feminist on the last few episodes of season two (Doki Doki).
Still here? You poor wearied soul. First off, I’m sorry you had to live through that, but comfort yourself with the idea that maybe Peach-Pit was just trolling. Somehow it feels better when you accept that headcanon. Moving on. Finale of Doki Doki. Let’s do this.
Firstly, as Ikuto and Tadase fight, Amu asks herself,”is it because I’m a girl?” Obvious answer: “No, not it’s not. It’s because of the past and simple mind control.” Both facts are well known to her, making this entire scene horrendously ill-written. Of course, she had the chance to burst in and stop the fighting, claiming her right to fight for herself. Instead, she just stands there fretting about who will win and how it’s her fault and such tripe as that. In other words, being the most stereotypical damsel in distress I’ve seen in years. It was painful. And this pain was only heightened when she did decide to join in the fight and resorted to the commonplace pacifist attitude (right after declaring she could fight for herself). Why couldn’t she fight? She’s a magical girl, for pete’s sake! But, of course, when two men are fighting, a woman can’t really do much of anything except throw herself against one of them and beg them to stop fighting. Preferably with tears.
Secondly, the wedding dress. After all her different guardian characters and their “possibilities,” only one outcome is pointed to: marriage. Think about it. All her different futures combined and it made a bride of her. Does this mean that no matter what she does, that is her fate? Artist, athlete, baker or singer, she has no choice but to be tied to a man? Now, don’t get me wrong. Marriage itself isn’t bad. But I do find how they brought it about in this show as very bad indeed. Even the name stings: Amulet Fortune. The implication is pretty clear. No matter what occupation one chooses, all woman get married. Or should, anyway.
Of course, there is also the chance that it only refers to the wish to be married, which admittingly most younger girls have. However, again, it’s a shame the show continues down such a predictable and stereotypical road when so many paths are open and waiting for a better turn or two.