Posted by: Leek | April 6, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 30

So I guess as of this week every show has now officially went through at least one season. I’m not sure that really means anything but we’re also 30 weeks into this little spiel. Who’d have thunk it.

They don’t teach you this method in the parenting handbook.

Please don’t start banging your child over the head with a boombox to gently lull them to sleep. I mean, boomboxes should be treated like the valuable antiques they’re starting to become.

Previous Standings

1) Lady Jewelpet – 271 Points
2) Aikatsu! – 264 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – 233 Points
4) PriPara – 168 Points

It’s hard to say much right now but we’ll see what happens in a few more weeks.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
As new and fresh as this week was, new and fresh can only be so exciting.

Together we’re one detective…and magical girl…something.

So the keywords of this week are fresh and new, and chances are I’m going to use them a lot during this post. But since 3/4 shows were really starting fresh it’s hard to really address the week in any other fashion. So Magical Change managed to grab the top spot by, well, being the most new and fresh. It’s not really a bad thing since creating a feeling of new is the best way to keep old audiences and new audiences alike interested.

It’s hard to say anything really crazy about Magical Change right now, other than that it has a few things going for it. One is that it’s definitely bright and cheery compared to it’s predecessor. I realize most people going into shows like this expect this kind of atmosphere, so it’s probably more akin to what people want versus the puzzling start that Lady Jewelpet had. The other small thing it has going for it is a potential detective themed episode guidance. I don’t think every episode is going to be spent solving some random case with magic, but it’s not a horrible direction.

The last little plus on the list is it has a really old fashioned OP. By that I just mean it sounds like an anime OP you would have heard a generation ago (moreso than now). I feel most openings nowadays (even ones for kids) have started to evolve to suit the newer generation. And to an anisong old man like me it’s always kind of a fun little plus. That aside, it looks like another fun, promising series.

These newbies sure don’t feel like newbies.

The newbies were finally introduced this week in Aikatsu! Was it worth the wait? More or less. Outside of Akari it’s really hard to say that any of the “newbies” in Aikatsu! have actually shown much of the “newbie” aspect.

This week was just another episode where all you can really do is watch and smile. There was nothing especially outstanding about it, but both Madoka and Rin were a bit of a breath of fresh air and really fun to watch interact. The perk of the episode is it went straight off into leading in the characters (at least Rin) and it looks like the next episode will follow suit in keeping the ball rolling. They picked a pretty late time to start introducing supposedly big new faces into the series, so they have to press things a bit. But it’s good they have the right idea in getting them settled in as quickly as they can.

On another note, this also continues the tradition where the second half of the Aikatsu! season pairs a really great OP with a lackluster ED. Not that they’ve ever bee a series to break tradition, and I guess it’s good as long as the good traditions outnumber the bad ones.

More elegant facial expressions.

I really don’t have much to say about Precure this week merely because it didn’t do anything spectacular like last week. In fact, it just feels like it’s trying to rush to something for no particular reason. Events are just kind of happening here and there, so it’s just kind of odd to watch. I don’t really mind if the series is slow as long as it isn’t as inconsistent as it’s been recently.

Not that I’m calling this week’s episode particularly bad, but I just feel like it might be a little misplaced. I think this would have been a cuter event to happen later rather than episode 10 (even five or so episodes later would have worked). There are some small events in the episode that I like development wise (Yui seeing everyone transform) but the majority of it just didn’t have the impact it was capable of with better timing.

I guess I’ll see if them rushing all these events out is really worth it when the full objective becomes clear. But if it just turns into another Happiness Charge where they want to squeeze into five fights in a row, then it might not be worth the early push.

Those nerds have annoying catchphrases just like us. Nerds!

So we now live in a world where it’s a new PriPara, a completely fresh start. Has PriPara really learned anything from the past seasons? Let’s…not look at it that way. Is PriPara at least trying to do something different? Sure, let’s go with that.

The whole point of this week’s PriPara was to set some new fantastical objective for the crew and force a roster change. I mean why force a group of five people? Well four wouldn’t allow them to introduce more characters they don’t need and five is just enough that they can disallow the two main groups from just teaming up again. And that’s really all there is to PriPara this week.

The fresh and new in PriPara this week otherwise is another OP that sounds like another wannabe Make It. And the two new characters they’ve shown so far are around to give you new stereotypical catchphrases in case you wanted more. Lord forbid PriPara creates a character that doesn’t have a catchphrase because, you know, a robot that just copied everyone else’s was just silly. I mean, really?

Wrap-Up
That’s all they wrote folks. Let’s not look into it too much. Just remember: fresh and new.

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