Posted by: Leek | February 9, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 22

This week you can pretend to read it because nothing is remotely exciting to talk about.

Maybe writing out the numbers was a bad idea.

Oh well.

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 211 Points
2) Go! Princess Precure – 202 Points
3) Aikatsu! – 200 Points
4) PriPara – 158 Points

The lead is slowly getting cut down. First it was on Precure and now it’s Lady Jewelpet’s turn to try and hold it’s lead before the series ends.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It’s just another one of those weeks where nothing even came close to wowing me. In fact nothing came close to even grabbing my attention.

I’m a pro mentor…get me out of here!

Every series has that episode that kind of has to happen even if it’s not the most thrilling thing ever. I don’t hate Luea and you’re supposed to sympathize with her come this episode. The only problem is she’s kind of an idiot (more like incredible idiot). There’s that point where you can only get deceived so much, and Luea crossed that line a long time back.

Outside of Ruby being the lovable idiot she is and helping her legitimately stupid “friend” out, the rest of the episode was kind of this odd mesh of events. I think it’s gotten to the point where the focus has become really broad. There’s a lot of different areas they want to focus on and it ends with a ton of small things happening one after another. It’s not that each thing isn’t fun to watch but it’s hard to enjoy it all when it all happens in such quick succession.

I won’t say I didn’t enjoy Lady Jewelpet (I always enjoy a good chunk of most episodes), but it’d be wrong of me to just overlook it’s issues. And I think those issues have really surfaced in the most recent episodes.

Ladylike facial expressions.

So this week was kind of that judging ground for Princess Precure, the problem is nothing really showed up to play this week. I gave Aikatsu! the top spot last week because nothing else was that impressive. Precure basically earned it’s spot at the top this week for the same reason.

All around, it wasn’t really that bad a character introduction episode. They made a character who isn’t completely unlikable and didn’t just flush out the main character. And, it generally feels like a starting team that I can be happy with. The only real place to comment is how miraculously she was given her key. I’m not exactly sure how they’re deciding to distribute powers this time around but having things just wash up on the shore is kind of an issue. But I guess it’s better than some creepy God handing out his balls to girls or a street merchant who sells accessories off to young girls he flirts with.

But what about the action? Naturally, there was nothing this week that screamed as loud as last week. But it was still pretty impressive, and they still put a good amount of effort into the small details. It is also only the second episode, so I would have been legitimately worried if the budgeting had shown up already. So far so good, is probably the best way to put it.

Yes, it has been a full month.

Aikatsu! earns it’s spot this week with what can only be described as a well rounded episode. Was it anything amazing? Not really. Was it probably a budgeted episode? Yeah. I don’t think Aikatsu! ever has to do anything to exert a ton of budget, but you can always notice when the art quality gets a little funky from time to time. This was probably one of those times.

It’s kind of nice they are giving Miyabi some spotlight for awhile though. Kind of sad since it felt like Juri was thrown away a little too quick.

Nothing really thrilling to say about Aikatsu! this week other than that. It was an episode that was still fun to watch that didn’t get bogged down too badly by anything in particular. The series is still moving forward inch by inch and that’s all it really needs to do at it’s current stage.

Dorothy uses her brain for the first time.

This is the PriPara episode they basically had to write to give a second chance to the main characters. I mean, that’s really it. They really didn’t need to go in the direction they did and I can’t say it’s an exceptionally touching thing. The build up to the final showdown with Falulu (and I said this before) was non-existent so there’s very little reason to feel sympathetic that the main cast lost. So dedicating 3/4 of an episode to it is a pretty ineffective tactic.

I will say this much though. Part of this PriPara did feel surreal to me. Lala not spitting out an annoying catchphrase every five seconds and Dorothy actually saying logical things was kind of nice. It’s a shame it can only last for one episode.

Wrap-Up
I probably put a lot less effort into this post than usual. It’s only fair though. If the staff isn’t doing anything special, then there’s no reason I should.

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