Erio Mondial and Caro Ru Lushe are the most original untapped potential in the franchise
So a particular post caught my attention. They brought about an idea:
I want to see a show starring a duo much like Futari wa and Splash Star, but with the leads being a girl and a boy. They would need to be together to transform, and would have their own strengths and weaknesses, but would never be considered anything but equals.
Why does this sound so revolutionary? Has this idea really not been explored? Well, this is where I think Erio and Caro are a great example of a small execution of this idea. While they were minor characters in the series, they are almost everything mentioned here.
Erio Mondial and Caro Ru Lushe were teamed up practically from day one. They have been inseparable ever since they met. They were criminally under-represented in StrikerS and honestly, I think a short series featuring them as the protagonists carrying the story would be pretty cool.
They have a powerful love and respect for each other. Each one’s skills compliment the other’s. They each bring something so entirely different to the table that together really manage to be so much more than the sum of them both.
Erio has speed and close combat agility. Caro has long ranged offense and support and can summon fucking dragons! Not to mention give temporary buffs to her allies to boost their own natural skills.
Erio has taken Caro out of the line of fire in a split second. Caro has rescued Erio when he was overwhelmed by numbers. They both owe their lives to one another. And they know that they work best as a team as opposed to working alone. So much so that they stick together even after their mission was completed and their unit disbanded.
By this point, their major story arcs are completed. But there’s plenty of potential to explore more aspects of their relationship and what they went off to do after the events of StrikerS. They were one of the few real boy-girl duos that were actually real teammates and not just temporary allies out of necessity.
Will they actually get more attention? Probably not. But it’s a good starting point to show just what can be done with a boy-girl duo in an action-packed, slightly mecha, mahou-shoujo story.