Posted by: Leek | October 27, 2014

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 7

Since the majority of Halloween episodes fell into this week and Halloween will be up before the next post, we’re going to call this our Halloween edition. I kind of wish I had some spooky nonsense in my pocket to fuck with you guys but instead you’re going to have to hold this upcoming bad joke to your chest.

Yup.

 

No, really. Horriwood is a dreadfully clever joke, right? Right?

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 39 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 36 Points
3) PriPara – 28 Points
4) Happiness Charge Precure! – 24 Points

Lady Jewelpet manages to clutch it out for another week and Precure finally starts to bounce it’s way back to potentially not last place. But what’s the story this week?

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
This week happened to be another rough one. Not in the sense that everything was bad but that I, in the end, couldn’t decide on not allowing a tie. I tried to convince myself for awhile that I could get away without it but it’s not hurting anyone, right?

That mask isn’t deceiving anyone.

I realize I was a little hard on Lady Jewelpet last week and I’m kind of letting it get away with doing the same thing this week. So why is that? I feel like this episode setup the latter events and, in a way, future instances rather than just turning it into a random last minute thing. To be honest, I know the Jewelpet series had always hovered around the magical girl genre but Lady Jewelpet seemed like it was steering pretty clear of it. Now I’m pretty sure it’s not going to randomly transition into flat out magical girl (I hope it doesn’t) but it’s nice that they’re starting to put a firm foot down. It’s never been a terribly down to Earth series to begin with so there’s not much reason to start calling it out for getting a little bit stranger. That section of the episode aside, it was just a solid development episode with Miura and Lilian getting all the much closer. Not only that, but seeing Miura slowly break Luea down episode by episode is pretty damn fun.

Don’t trigger a weight loss episode Akari.

So let’s get this out of the way. Akari is adorable. Straight up, flat out, hand downs adorable. Outside of being the underdog, Akari is just meant to ooze cute. And that’s about fifty percent of what this episode is about. The other fifty percent actually develops Hinaki and fleshes out a bit more of why she acts the way she does (especially in regards to last week’s episode). Being a more experienced member of the cast, it was nice to actually see her weak side and, especially, her prior history. And she’s luckily not another written off, naturally gifted character. She’s someone that’s naturally worked hard to get where she is over her entire lifespan. It just did a good job of making her a normal and much more likable member of the cast. All in all, it tied with Lady Jewelpet because they were both generally strong episodes. Both had a good amount of character development while doing what they generally do best. While Lady Jewelpet was a little more dynamic and should probably rank higher, Aikatsu! was just too cute this week to not give the proper credit it deserves.

Bad wordplay is pretty horrific.

I have to give PriPara credit. Of all the Halloween episodes thus far, this is the one episode that really seemed to show what Halloween is really about: scaring the living crap out of people. Actually, PriPara just seemed content to perform horrific wordplay and introduce another character with another unnecessary and illogical catchphrase. I’m also not sure what to make of the, “She’s a ghost, maybe not a ghost, actually a ghost, just kidding!” nonsense they were trying to pull. If it means Ran comes back without a pumpkin on their head it would be pretty cool, but I’m pretty sure it’s just someone else doomed to suffer from mob syndrome. It wasn’t really a bad episode of PriPara and it could have been oodles less interesting. It just fell nowhere close to as fun to watch as everything else. You have tons of characters already PriPara, just learn to use them instead of throwing in mob after mob.

Innocence: The Musical

It’s amazing how an entire episode of intense battle can suddenly turn into, “Well, I didn’t see that coming”. Now that Precure has entered late game, it really has to start thinking about it’s future and that means ironing out a lot of small details. You’ll remember from last week that I showed my detest towards one episode villains, but it’s generally a smart choice to finish out Iona’s story now and avoided scrambling to do it before the series ends. Precure has enough remaining villains that they didn’t need to worry about creating another and, instead, Maria functioned as a good multi-tool. Not only did it help Iona develop a little bit more but it also was a far from boring method to introduce a new finisher. All in all, it was a very well thought episode during a very key section of the series. It was also, essentially, a full episode dedicated entirely to one fight. Precure’s fight scene budget has been slightly non-existent at times, so it’s nice to see them burn a little bit of it outside of just the finale. And with the finale slowly creeping up, I really hope they don’t slow the pace down anymore at this point. I do not want to see another Innocent Form arc for any reason after this.

Wrap-Up
Turned out to be a relatively good showing this week. About everything had a really strong episode and I didn’t find myself complaining about anything but minor details. Next week Aikatsu! will close out the Halloween episodes and give me a chance to distribute a brand new award. Fun fun fun.

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