Posted by: Leek | January 25, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 20

I know. The suspense is killing you, right? Alright, it’s probably not. Due to some bad scheduling on my part, I didn’t really get a chance to look into calculating the last of the awards. I have a few other things to touch on next week but hopefully I can put a few extra hours in the latter half of the week so I can give Happiness Charge a proper total before next week.

Speak of the devil.

Previously on Dragonball Z…no wait.

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 202 Points
2) Happiness Charge Precure! – 193 Points
3) Aikatsu! – 182 Points
4) PriPara – 156 Points

Precure manages to keep a healthy position just as it comes to a close. Will it be enough? Actually, Princess Precure might just be a change for the better.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
If last week was robbery, I don’t know what to call this week. Well, it happens though. And it could easily happen again a few weeks from now when Lady Jewelpet starts coming to a close.

Resident Eeeeeeeeeeevil.

So after all that explanation last week, this week was basically the real climax. Actually, so much happens this week that it’s the real flaw of it. I think the only thing I didn’t enjoy this week in Lady Jewelpet is just that the end got a little bit hectic. It’s not that it was impossible to keep up, but I really don’t think any kids watching could have any dream of doing so. That and I didn’t know why they needed a scene of going through three different doors Resident Evil style. I’m not 100% sure what they were trying to achieve there, but it got a little too gag at some point.

The minor flaws aside, this week was really just building off of what happened last week. Luea and Miura butt heads for probably what is the last time and more fortune telling tries to hint at a few coming events to be look out for. Actually, my only worry is how much is escalated in the scope of episode count. It seems like they have quite a lot of space for how far it moved, and they probably could have spread some happenings out a little farther so they could do more explanation. I can’t say I know what they have planned for the remaining episodes but it has to be incredibly ambitious to avoid ending up in the same boat as Happiness Charge. But, as of right now, it has been a really enjoyable climax.

Duff, bang, boom. Done.

At the end of the day, I really realized that Happiness Charge managed to have a great climax and just completely botched it’s ending. But it’s not like that’s a new thing for a long running series to do. I don’t want to say that it was a bad ending, but it definitely just did an average job of finishing and wrapping everything up. Sure, the action was cool, but it doesn’t change the fact we’ve been seeing it every week for the past six weeks.

I think it just came down to character buildup and pacing getting a little thrown off near the end of the series. The head villain revealing all his issues in the latter half of the last episode isn’t really something you want to sit through. At that point you just want hero resolution. And that resolution was probably better off directed towards Megumi and Seiji since they were the only real relevant characters by the end of the series. Which is a shame because Happiness Charge looked like it wanted to build up a lot of the cast. Iona had almost every good episode before the end of the series but was generally thrown away once her main objective was completed (Hime as well). So it’s a little funny that, in the end, Iona and Hime are the two characters that are the most buddy buddy. I guess they realized they should live together in the land of write offs.

Like I said, it wasn’t a bad ending by any means. It’s just the resolution didn’t really fall in the right places. It’s hard to say you cared about Blue when he did almost nothing the entire series. Even though Mirage was the main villain for 80% of the series, she became completely irrelevant (yet got plenty of pointless screen time) once she was purified. That’s why it’s odd that anyone even panicked when Blue said he was leaving Earth. When all you really do is drop off your work on other people, it’s hard to say the Earth is losing anything by your leaving.

Ultimately, it was just a forgettable episode and ending for that matter.

What am I doing here?

Ever since her introduction, I thought that Sumire had gotten a little thrown into the background. Sumire’s not exactly a character that has done anything significant except stand next to Akari and agree with everything she says. It’s not that I hated her or anything but she (and all of her development episodes) felt very average. Akari had an entire arc in the previous season (as well as the great episode last week) and Hinaki has generally been spot on during any episode focused around her. So it’s easy to notice that Sumire is missing a little something in the main three.

This episode finally threw an actual wrench into Sumire’s career that forced her to show actual character. And it was the one episode that finally made her character stand out to me. Sure, the struggle with career choices is a lesson that comes up in shows directed at kids quite often. But that doesn’t mean it’s off limits to do it; it just comes down to how you present it. And Aikatsu did a outstanding job of not just making it feel like a same old same old throwaway.

This episode was just heart warming and flat out adorable. It put it in Sumire’s perspective effectively that she felt like the main character for that thirty minutes. And seeing everybody pushing her forward and natural concern for her was too much. It was really hard not to have a ear to ear grin by the end of the episode. And, when everything else this week was a little rough around the edges, Aikatsu just managed to go down very smooth and easy this week. It was hard for me not to give credit where it was really deserved.

Billy’s Aikatsu Gloria’s Boot Camp

You know what? I’ll say it. PriPara could have been worse this week. Sure. I didn’t laugh at a single gag they threw out. But I know there are some people who will laugh at this kind of thing.

The actual bad part of this episode is how convenient of a character Falulu is. It’s one thing to make a rival who’s capable of doing everything, but her behaviors just seem to change perfectly to fit the situation. Up until now, I’m pretty sure Falulu has shown no personal sense of logic but she just decided to walk up and make fun of Sophie for being a human. Yeah, I’m making that scene sound a lot more severe than it was, but it was a little vexing. Not because I was reacting to the scene but just how convenient it was for Falulu to say what she did. I think there was probably a better trigger for that scene and that was definitely not it.

PriPara was really just average PriPara this week. And that just doesn’t cut it when everything else was really above average.

Precure gets a fresh new set of legs next week and we’ll get to see what kind of premiere and new flash they have in store to bring in a new generation.


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