Posted by: Leek | June 1, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 38

Usually when you don’t have a good joke to tell, you end up falling on a joke that’s incredibly inappropriate or childish. This week is one of those times.

What do you get when you say “chestnut and a squirrel” in Japanese?

Don’t answer that.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 327 Points
2) Jewelpet Magical Change – 303 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – 259 Points
4) PriPara – 199 Points

PriPara is finally a step away from escaping that 100s prison it was in for who knows how long.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It’s hard to say it’s really any movement but it does show what consistency and perseverance can do for a show in the long run.

Oh shut up.

This week kind of goes back to what occurred a couple weeks ago with the Madoka episode. We kind of jump away from the direct unit formation so you can fit in a character to, well, form a new unit. It’s been kind of a silly pattern and it’s half the reason why I don’t hold this episode in the highest of regards this week. But it still had a handful of more interesting elements than the two shows below it. Since they were grouping Miyabi and Kokone in the opening and throughout the episode, it was pretty obvious they wanted to do something with them. I’m not sure next week is super necessary, but I guess it does a good job of keeping all the major characters fairly relevant this season. And that’s something that wasn’t necessarily executed to a great extent in the previous season.

That all aside, I think Kokone is a good character. And there’s a lot more to her than a majority of the Aikatsu cast (even going back to the first season). I’ve been fairly surprised the local idol thing hasn’t been brought up yet within the series and I guess a new character is the best way to go about doing it. I don’t know how much it will be brought back from here on out, but it does give them a few episode options when and if they choose to bring Kokone into the picture in the future. Other than that, I just think she has a cute and fairly practical backstory. It’s just that her catchphrase, particularly the amount of times I had to hear it during the episode, made me want to put a bullet in my head. But we all know how I feel about abusing catchphrases. And more so long ones that trigger a call and response situation.

What a lovely glare you have.

Unlike last week, I don’t feel particularly bad about Magical Change’s position this week. Did the episode have some jokes? Yeah. Did it mostly feel like it was dry and was kind of drawing out a gag that was never really funny? Bingo. It’s really a shame because it’s been pretty consistent for the past few weeks and this was probably a week where it could have pulled past the other shows. But sometimes the planets just don’t align that perfectly.

Autograph line woes.

I feel like this episode could have been a really big turning point in the Princess Precure series. The real problem is the show has done nothing to really set up a big confrontation with Twilight. Actually, the series has done nothing to set up any real conflict period. If I had to go back a bit, this probably would have been a good point to kill off Close rather than having Twilight step into the ring so abruptly (a shame he was already dead). And the real problem is, the series is reaching a halfway point and I still really don’t know what they want to do. It really has just become a series with a really fuzzy set of villains and a really fuzzy main objective. I know we aren’t even halfway yet, but it will take quite a bit of cleanup if Princess Precure wants to do something. It’s beyond the point where well animated actions scenes can’t bail out the non-existent scenario.

I’ll hand it to you, that is impressive.

So now that the past few episodes have been doing a lot of setup, this week finally puts everything into motion for the last big movement in this section of the current arc. If you’ve been keeping track of PriPara news (or even just paying attention to the story) you’d probably realize there are elements missing. So even when we get out of the Aroma/Mikan section of this arc, we’ll still have to move onto another step before things can really start wrapping up. My only worry is that the middle section that will be coming on after this will be a little awkward, and I have my fingers crossed that they can pull it off cleanly.

As a standalone episode, I guess you could call it the Mikan focused episode I was kind of asking for. I mean, it still focused on the two as a pair and their relationship, but it was mostly just to enforce that Mikan is fairly hopeless and requires a lot of outside support (strangely sounds like another sidekick-esque cast member). I think what I liked is that it just built well off the last episode, and it kind of goes back to the bits and pieces I liked during the early arc of the first season. It’s just clean and manages to mix in the PriPara style of humor alongside actual storytelling. This arc has just done a really good job of setting things up and I’m happy to see it.

Wrap-Up
Even though Magical Change is consistently getting fourth, I still have less worries about watching it than Precure every week. I guess there’s just the fact you can really brush off bad jokes at the end of the day, but you can’t really brush off sub-par scenario writing.

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