Posted by: Leek | March 30, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 29

So this week marks the end of not just one, but two shows. Not that either is actually going anywhere but I guess it means we have two season finales to look over.

Well, the sun has to set eventually.

If you read it really hard that caption becomes pretty deep.

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 262 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 258 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – 227 Points
4) PriPara – 167 Points

Lady Jewelpet manages to sit nice and pretty up and top at the end of it’s run. It’s almost like it was a good series or something.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It was another one of those weeks where nothing was spectacular but a lot of things were really, really close to that point. The only issue of that is it becomes increasingly hard to not issue a tie.

Check out those photo bombing assholes.

So I had mentioned that Lady Jewelpet was kind of pinning a lot on it’s last episode. Did it stick a clean landing? If you were to really pin me down and ask me, I would say yes. They already did a good job of splitting up a conclusion into two parts. And that’s already smarter than most long series which save it for the last episode or even just the last half of the final episode.

The point is they’re obviously not going to have a bad ending. And it was just a matter of how they were going to wrap everything up. So if you go all the way back to the first episode where Momono monologues how she wants to be in Diana’s place one day, well, it all kind of goes full circle. And it wasn’t just Momona, everybody got their own little bit of the end to reflect on how they’ve been changed over the course of the series.

Lady Jewelpet was honestly just a long ride and one I didn’t really expect to enjoy as much as I did. And I think half the joy of the finale in a series like that is the just existence of the finale. So when it’s successfully conclusive you just feel good and refreshed after it.

I can hear their cries for help.

The past few Aikatsu! episodes have really just been dedicated to sweeping up the remains of the first half and, to an extent, second season. So now that all the seniors are out of the way, it finally came time to put the focus on where the main cast is really going. And there’s no better way of doing that then making them have giddy giddy girl time.

To be perfectly honest, it was just a cute episode, and it’s really hard to have an issue with that. It set a future goal, it nudged the three a little more down the path of development, it had a bit of reflection, and it wasn’t all that boring to watch. Heck, it even showed a little bit of Tsubasa’s personal conflict in his greatest hero becoming his greatest rival. And bouncing it back at him with the positive spin of the main cast pushes him a bit forward as well.

It’s easy to market the crazy episode of Aikatsu! but I think it’s really cleanly done episodes like these that make me really pat the staff on the back.

Wait just a…alright, proceed.

Precure has been in the unfortunate position of having really decent episodes but getting stacked up against shows that are just doing more. Precure is still the youngest as of this week, and it really shows because there’s only so much it can do to move plot forward. It’s not that it’s boring because of it, but there’s only so much it can do. And I almost gave it a third place finish, but I felt it was too well balanced to not place on the same pedestal as Aikatsu!

Last week was kind of the start of the individual development episodes that you see really often in Precure. So since it was Haruka last week, it shifted to Minami this week. And more so than just developing Minami, it really strengthened the bond between her and Haruka. So this episode did actually do quite a bit given what Precure has to work with, and I really do commend it for that.

Not only that but they seemed to really put effort into the action this episode. I don’t really know why, but maybe this is just how this season will work. So maybe, just maybe, Kirara will get a full refund for how lame the action was in her debut episode. I feel like Minami had at least one good scene in her debut episode but, in case you weren’t impressed, she really strut her stuff this time around.

Listen. Just write something.

So I’ll be straight with everyone and say that I didn’t know this week was the “season finale” for PriPara. And it would have been in PriPara’s best interest had I never learned that fact. Ever. I really pussyfoot around saying it, but maybe I should just be honest with everyone. I believe PriPara is a terrible show. There is a lot of quality things you can be showing kids and PriPara is definitely not included on that list. It just does a terrible job of things that any other show, not even on this ranking, does better.

But let’s talk about this week. Now when you want to get rid of a character you have a lot of options. You can kill them off, you can send them to a distant school, etc. I don’t care if PriPara decided to fly Falulu off to a distant PriPara on a winged unicorn. That is perfectly fine. But the point is Falulu is the entire reason PriPara has been so horrible recently. And now that you finally developed the character enough to stand on her own, why off her? If you wanted a prime time to get rid of Falulu, it was probably ten episodes ago. It definitely wasn’t now. You usually don’t establish a side character over an extended period and then remove them without any real reason.

Now I know someone in their mind reading this will say that, “But wait. Didn’t Aikatsu! off of all of Dream Academy transitioning to Third Season?” In most situations, I would probably agree that I’m being a little hypocritical here. The problem is, PriPara didn’t actually write a season finale. It was more like the bread crumbs left after dinner (dinner which could have been last episode). If you flip that, Aikatsu! wrote a finale, a really big finale in fact, to close out it’s second season. So Dream Academy’s relevance to the series was greatly diminished and it was somewhat okay to out the characters for the meantime.

Every episode fit to be a “season finale” for PriPara happened before the Falulu arc or before the actual episode. But this was definitely not even close to fitting that word. And it really just makes me wonder if the PriPara writing staff is being paid for their work. But even if I wasn’t being paid in that situation, I would feel genuinely bad turning out something so horribly inconsistent.

Wrap-Up
Yep, so at least three show really hung in there this week. The new Jewelpet series will be interesting to see, and I’m really looking forward to what change it might bring. But a lot of these new series are following in the footsteps of giants, so I’ll try to not be too hard on it.

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