Posted by: Leek | September 29, 2014

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 3

I can’t tell you how easy it is to turn these things out. The only real requirement is basic math and then the rest writes itself. But let’s see how long this kind of thinking lasts.

I feel I need to change this up next week.

 

There’s probably no real surprise this week so let’s just get on with it.

Previous Standings

1) PriPara – 17 Points
2) Lady Jewelpet – 12 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 12 Points
4) Happiness Charge Precure! – 10 Points

It’s kind of odd that, in the end, PriPara might have not needed all those early points. It wouldn’t have been in first place but it’s sure holding up the lead a lot better than I imagined it would. But that’s honestly a good thing because there’s no telling when I’m just going to award random points to something. And it also means these rankings will keep an interesting flavor thanks to it not being a blowout.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu! – +9 Points
2) Lady Jewelpet – +6 Points
3) PriPara – +3 Points
4) Happiness Charge Precure – +1 Point

A Word From the Big Man
So what exactly happened this week? From the flow of things it shouldn’t be a surprise but let’s go ahead and look at the small details.

Well, it beats finishing last.

I’m not going to lie to you, I had a really hard time paying attention to PriPara this week. It’s not even that it was a “boring” episode. In fact, a ton of things happened and it just felt like none of them were all that exciting. I think my main issue with PriPara is just that the pace is so fast with most events that you have very little time to soak in the fun of anything. The second you feel like something is going to be fun they kind of throw you into a new situation. I like last week because it actually covered one big happening and didn’t jump around TOO much (it still did). But, still, it wasn’t a half bad episode. The bits about Sophie actually made her character a lot more likable and my only worry is honestly how things are going to go from here. The developments at the end of the episode were a little odd and could really make or break the series from this point on.

Just when you thought all the plot twists were resolved.

Holding the Number 2 spot strong, Lady Jewelpet shows the beauty of consistency. Actually, it would have been first place had it not been beaten out by an exceptional Aikatsu! episode. Lady Jewelpet this week threw it back into not only drama but pulling out plot twists left and right. And now that we’re over halfway into the series it finally feels like Momona might have gotten all the kinks worked out in her lady career. But with her problems out of the way, it looks like ten others opened up. Now we have a brand new issue of who’s holding the secrets, who’s going to find out first, and what the hell all of it adds up to. And this newest development isn’t exactly one that is going to resolve itself as easily. I’m not exactly sure how the staff is going to handle their newest concoction but it will no doubt be a ton of fun to watch unravel. And it does need to be said that the animation was gorgeous this week. Lady Jewelpet occasionally has these really pretty episodes and this is definitely one of them.

Akari, the great idols of the past look down on us from those stars.

The Mufasa/Simba moment aside, Aikatsu! has had two very distinct finales. The first finale was the finale you see for about every other series where you get to witness everything you went through. It’s the standard finale and generally the best way to end anything on a good note. But Aikatsu! had the benefit of doing a comparative finale this time around. The former finale will always make you reflect on how much development has occurred but the latter makes it hit you like a brick to the back of the head. It’s that finale that really makes you realize the plot has run full circle. And, you know, I’ve never been a fan of finales that are meant to be tear jerkers. It’s fine if you want to do it but I don’t think it’s incredibly necessary. So I’m generally glad they ended it this time with a ton of events that were just meant to put a smile on your face. The stage for the episode was easily one of the most memorable and, while I had some expectations, I still feel like staff had managed to one up me quite a bit. All in all, you couldn’t have asked for more.

I’ll take Innocence for 500, Alex.

Happiness Charge really seems to be in a rut to develop characters properly right now. They’ve already demonstrated that they know how to do it so it’s rather strange that they can’t seem to pull it off correctly at a time where it’s kind of important. I realize that both Megumi and Hime are main characters so you’ve been seeing their slow development over the course until now. But, at the same time, that’s why I think an episode like this should be done with a little more oomph. At a point, it seems like they had the right ideas but they just failed to execute properly. Namakelder basically goes over Hime’s entire history but it would have been nicer for conversation to have been a bit more dynamic between them. Instead, Hime just kind of gets mad, gears up, and everything works out for the best. There was probably a better situation for this episode as well and I think what they chose was just kind of a cop out scenario. I want to say that part of the problem is they had Iona attain her new form in such a dramatic situation but the point is this episode just wasn’t up to snuff. It was just that cut and dry character episode that you’ve seen in every other Precure when staff is having trouble knocking their heads together.

Wrap-Up
Will someone finally catch up to PriPara next week and end the three week lead? Will Happiness Charge ever bounce back after one week at the number one spot? How is Aikatsu! going to do now that it’s in a new season? The fun really doesn’t stop.

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