Posted by: Leek | October 12, 2014

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 5

While I seemed pretty bitter last week, there’s at least one show that keeps raising the stakes to keep my attention. But at least more of the shows were edging towards the above average level this week.

We gotta stop those Jewelpet Punks from winning!



Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 27 Points
1) Lady Jewelpet – 27 Points
3) PriPara – 21 Points
4) Happiness Charge Precure! – 14 Points

Precure your era will come…eventually…I hope. Had I started these rankings a few weeks earlier you would have at least had a cushy lead.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Despite being the Big Man, I am neither giant nor do I have a magic staff that allows me to makes things grow gigantic. However, I am pretty good at belittling things. So we’ll just have to settle with that skill for the time being.

Tradition is cool but it’s not always interesting.

It’s kind of a mystery why Starlight Academy calls it “manager for a day” when both cases shown involved zero management. Mizuki had a manager and Ichigo just doesn’t need one. In fact, this episode wasn’t really that fascinating as much as a reminder you didn’t really need. Yes, Ichigo is superhuman. She does 100 things in a day without a manager and has all of it filmed by some dude whose name I can never remember. You can try and sneak in a “Sumire kind of developed” but it was just a “kind of”. If you really look at it at face value it’s really just and episode to show you how ridiculous of a main character Ichigo actually was. And that along with a rather bleh stage song just makes it hard for me to give Aikatsu! any real credit. It was just kind of amusing to see Akari obsessing over Ichigo every other second.

Samba puns.

It’s humorous I made a joke about the “Little Boy Programming Power Rankings” and Lady Jewelpet continues to do what it’s doing. I’m not sure if I saw anything coming that actually happened in this episode and I really can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing. But this week really seemed to be a battle of what show happened to be the most ridiculous, and Lady Jewelpet very easily wins that award. There’s also very little occasions where the mentors actually get to run away with screen time (outside of Ruby) so it did go a long way for me in making a lot of them more likable. Particularly Saffy because, until that samba puns scene, she always struck me as really bitchy. And, well, the show is still keeping it’s eyes on the main plot. It’s hard to say they really derailed themselves with a random episode but I can’t tell if this is going to be some continuing thing I should be ready for. Being a perfect lady is tough.

Of all the things you could tell kids to not try at home.

I said it for Lady Jewelpet, but this week was really a battle for being the most ridiculous. To me, PriPara’s humor is about the only thing keeping it alive. When it tries to be funny it’s pretty damn good at it. Lala’s day to day isn’t the most interesting thing in the world and, frankly, watching about everybody else has proven to have a lot more merit to the series. And the battle of logical calculation versus the ability to read opponents was generally one of the better things to come out of PriPara. Sure, the latter half of it was washed out with stage performances I could care less about, but the early portions of the episode were pretty damn rewarding. Unfortunately for me, it doesn’t look like Shion and Mirei are going to butt heads as hard anymore. But if they do I’m all for it.

Look. Even the henchmen are bored.

If it didn’t work two times, it’s probably not worth trying a third time. And, in reality, this might have been the worse of all the Innocent Form episodes. Why you ask? It just felt as if the writers realized they had thrown in random plot points that people would ask too much about later or would start to interfere with what they were going for. So what do they do? Find some convenient way to write them out in one episode so it won’t come back to haunt them later. It’s either that or they were given the x on what they really wanted to do and were forced to write out these plot points. Either way it’s unfortunate. On the bright side, the very tail end of the episode brought back interesting cards (and actual plot) to the table. So with any luck Precure will be picking itself back up and show more of the writing that happened prior to this arc.

Well, it would have been hard to do worst than last week. And next week seems to show promise for the two shows that brought up the rear this week; so hopefully it’ll be one of those weeks where I have something good to say about everything.


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