Posted by: Leek | November 3, 2014

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 8

There’s probably some really coy joke I could make based around two tengu sumo wrestling. However, I don’t have a faint clue of what that joke might be. So we’re going to have a run of the mill, standard post today. But still, enjoy this screenshot of two tengu sumo wrestling.

Let’s SUMO

 

Today we get to introduce two new concepts to the rankings. Doesn’t that excite you?

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 45 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 42 Points
3) Happiness Charge Precure! – 33 Points
4) PriPara – 29 Points

Had I started the rankings earlier, this is somewhere how I imagined the scores being. Except it probably would have involved Happiness Charge being a little closer of a contender with the other two. I’m looking at you Innocent Form.

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
Since Precure didn’t air this week, you can imagine I have to cut it some slack, right? But of course. I’ll get to the nitty gritty details once we get there.

Good thing we’re mushrooms.

I can’t help but think Lady Jewelpet staff is out to mess with me. Last week I had come to the resolve that I was ready for the new development and had no issue with them doing what they were doing for the past three episodes. So I find it hilarious that, right after that decision, they decide to leave the extra cheese off the pizza. Thanks staff. I would have really preferred you did it last week. But, because of that, it was a really well rounded out episode. Sure, Mizuki survived falling off a cliff without a scratch but that’s run of the mill Lady Jewelpet logic. Rather, you should be worried as to who thought it was a good idea to let a bunch of kids decide what mushrooms are ok and not ok to eat. I understand that they’re supposed to be trained to know what’s safe and what’s not but who cares? You’re still accountable for the one guy who mistakenly picks something poisonous and sends the entire school to the sick bed. Point is, this is the Lady Jewelpet that I feel in love with at the start, and I’m generally glad to see it return to it’s roots for a bit.

This is Halloween.

After three really forgettable Halloween episodes, I had come to the conclusion that staff gathered together and decided they had no intention of showing kids what Halloween is really about. And I remember that, despite having a previous Halloween episode, Aikatsu! had never done anything amazing with the holiday. But the season rolled around again and staff decided to go up to bat one more time. And you know what? It was good. It was perfect. It’s so perfect I have nothing to complain about and, honestly, this is what a holiday episode should be like. It actually showed off the fun face of the holiday. It was adorable. They incorporated characters, both old and new, perfectly. It was adorable. They threw in a Thriller reference just for fun. It was adorable. And, they even managed to inch plot forward. That’s episode perfection you don’t get often folks. I won’t even say anymore.

And since all Halloween episodes are over. Aikatsu! hands down wins the Halloween Episode 2014 Award. The extra +10 point bonus that comes with it is beyond well deserved.

Freddie…

So as you all know, Precure didn’t air this week. And since that means no screenshot, I decided Freddie would be a good stand in. I was originally going to use a gorilla but I figured that would be a little much. And since it’s not too out of the park for a yearly show to have a week off, let’s go over how this will work.

During the period of one year I’ll give every show three sick weeks. If a show takes a week off, I’ll automatically give it +7 points for that week on top of it naturally getting fourth place that week. So that means, for at least three off weeks, a show is guaranteed +8 points each time. If for whatever reason a show has more than three weeks of off air time, then it can kiss those extra +7 points goodbye. So what about the shows that don’t use all three or any of those days? At the end of the year I’ll award them +5 points for every off day not used. So you can do the math in your head. A show that ranks at least 2nd or higher on a week where another show was off will walk away with more points in the end. So it’s not necessarily awarding a show for taking a week off but more so awarding shows that are placing consistently high.

Let’s twist again.

There’s those times when you know that staff is blatantly trying to make an appeal to a certain audience. And, chances are, you’re going to recognize it. You can react a number of ways which which essentially come down to you approving or not giving a shit about it. PriPara’s odd attempt to give Leona some extra appeal point was just kind of whatever to me. It’s like you’re slowly boiling bones to make a soup base only to realize some guy threw a shoe in it while you weren’t looking. The extra things they added to this episode didn’t really help the episode at all as much as make you say, “Yep, it’s PriPara”. I really would enjoy it if staff could learn to buckle down a bit and not throw a clown riding a unicycle into every episode. You can tell me, “It’s not that kind of show”, but every other show on this ranking dabs into the ridiculous yet know how to slow it down a little bit. And, it’s not like PriPara hasn’t had good episode writing before, but it’s starting to become a very few and far between occasion.

Wrap-Up
A lot of random points got thrown around at the end of the day so things probably look a bit different from what they were at the start of this post. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure if I can give away a Halloween award every year. It’s not exactly a holiday that gets an episode by default; so Aikatsu! might just banked in on some extra points. Or it just turns into “give the points to the only show that bothered to do a Halloween episode”. In that case, that’s basically how Aikatsu! won this year.

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