Posted by: Leek | October 19, 2014

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 6

We’re getting to that area of the year where a lot of holiday themed episodes happen. A crying shame that none of the staff wanted to do all their Halloween episodes in the same week. But boy was there a lot of food.

Today we’ll teach you how to prepare a perfect Power Ranking post.

 

So since our staff was nice enough to prepare one beforehand, let’s go ahead and look at the finished product.

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 36 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 30 Points
3) PriPara – 27 Points
4) Happiness Charge Precure! – 15 Points

After so many weeks of second place finishes, Lady Jewelpet finally got to take it’s solo position on the top. But how long can it hold onto it’s lead for?

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Anybody can prepare a good episode overview with the right recipe. Just remember the key ingredients: something to overview, a working brain, a bright smile on your face, and the secret ingredient. What’s the secret ingredient? Love? Of course not. Our secret ingredient is the bitter intent to completely destroy the hearts of the hardworking staff.

Try adding a little less pepper next time.

There’s an old saying that goes, “You fool me once, shame on you. You fool me twice, good shit. You fool me three times, screw you it’s not impressive anymore”. That’s a little bit of how I felt watching Lady Jewelpet this week. In all honesty, it was starting off as a really cute episode and seemed like it would go really smoothly. In fact, most of what Miura was saying in his treetop basically reflected my thoughts as a viewer. “Oh, looks like everything will go really smoothly” which eventually turns into, “God dammit. Luea had to do something bitch-like again?” Frankly, had it not been for that last little detail (and moreso how calmly it was handled by the teachers) I would have probably ranked this episode pretty high. But I think Lady Jewelpet would do good in toning the craziness down for at least a little while. It’s not a terrible thing but it should stop pretending like it’s a Super Sentai. It’s wasn’t a terrible episode by any means (it had some great moments), but I think my enjoyment of it was quickly stifled by the continuation of the pattern it’s been falling into recently.

A few extra ingredients never hurt.

A character introduction episode can either amplify or seriously kill the tone of a show. And it’s something you really want to avoid when you’re starting up a new show because endless new faces can easily lend itself to a ton of early bumps you don’t want to deal with. Hinaki’s appearance happens a bit early but it was definitely an episode that didn’t just bring a new face into the equation. Instead, it did a good job of combining Akari being straight up adorable with yet another traditional episode in the Aikatsu! series. And rather than just making it all about the new character, it actually lent most of it efforts to develop Akari along the way. It overall just did a great job of displaying why Akari’s “average girl” status makes her all the more likable. It is fun to see the fantastic do fantastic, but it’s even greater to see someone normal achieve the fantastic. Hopefully this is the episode that gives the new season of Aikatsu! the push forward that it needed to really get rolling again.

I think you burned the roast.

The best description for long running series is that it’s like running a marathon. Just like you need to budget energy to run a marathon, a good, long running series needs to know how to budget it’s money. This usually means the staff needs the know how to drop and kick up the quality during the right episodes. But, at the same time, they have to be careful to not drop the quality so much that it stands out like a sore thumb. About every show in this ranking has done this at least a few times (oh Happiness Charge) but this week just happened to be PriPara’s turn. But they didn’t just botch it, they turned it into botch central. PriPara potentially deserves an award for one of the most unintentionally hilarious scenes I’ve seen in awhile. I mean, sure, it was supposed to be funny but it wasn’t funny for the reason they intended it to be. Instead, I was worried as to why they allowed one guy to attempt to animate a scene in photoshop and export it as a simple gif to edit into the anime. Oh. And PriPara also wasted the opportunity to make an actual long running villain. Instead they just wasted an entire episode to patch up a minor problem and introduce a character who gets to be a background NPC for the rest of their miserable life.

Sometimes making the perfect dish just takes trial and error.

Everybody throw your hands up, Precure has finally gotten out of the Innocent Form rut. Blue returns in full form to do what any good God does. Win the heart of every woman so he can create hilarious lore of how he comes back and has babies with every one of them. Alright, so this isn’t actually Grecian mythology but it’s the closest we can get without getting Precure taken off the air forever. I’m not exactly sure that Halloween was ever intended to be a couples holiday but somehow Japan has a good habit of turning EVERY holiday into a couples holiday. What a stupid country. Anyhow, Precure staff decided a Halloween episode would be a great idea to make love run amok. And don’t let my jokes about it make you think it was a bad episode. This episode of Happiness Charge! finally got back to what the staff wanted to do and it’s exactly what I’ve been waiting to see for the past four weeks.

Wrap-Up
I finally feel like a sort of balance has been restored to the world of LGAPR. I really felt bad having to bash Precure as hard as I was, so it was nice to actually have trouble deciding the standings. I was really ready to let a tie happen this week but a few small factors here and there let me rank each show properly.

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