Posted by: Leek | June 8, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings – Week 39

More important than this countdown is that the Aikatsu! movie came out on DVD/BD last week. If you’re a fan, I really recommend picking it up since it’s worth every bit of your money. I talked to a younger friend about how cool I thought the pack in song badge was only to be called old. But I still think it’s cool for a toy.

This isn’t okay in any context.

I also think Lala could accuse Mirei of power harassment for this.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 333 Points
2) Jewelpet Magical Change – 304 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – 262 Points
4) PriPara – 208 Points

Remember when Precure was pushing the top spot and PriPara was pushing up daisies? Yep.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Had Jewelpet not done what it did last week this is more or less what things would have looked like. It’s the same story otherwise.

Like oil and water.

I guess the real charm of this episode is rather than focusing so much on the formation of the unit, it actually worked as a secondary backstory episode for both Kokone and Miyabi. Neither really got much spotlight out of a single episode (even if Miyabi got a larger margin of screentime), so it is kind of nice to get a little more information on the two transfer students. That’s really all there is to it though. It’s not really worth trying to think too hard about the episode when it’s the fourth unit formation episode we’ve had this season. Not that I’m complaining and the two are probably one of the better of the four. I think there’s some charm when polar opposites pair up like this, and the chemistry between Miyabi and Kokone is just enough to really make it work.

How precious.

I think the best thing about Magical Change right now is that it’s really found a comfort zone. I’m pretty sure as long as it stays in this comfort zone it will really never have trouble pulling out an episode and a couple of jokes. I think this week just got back to that wacko sense you never know how to respond to. And, even if the root plots of Magical Change are pretty childish, the vast majority of jokes are probably three times as old as the audience it’s intended for.

Make that chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaange.

You could probably watch the first three minutes of the Princess Precure episode and then proceed to turn it off. The first scene really sums up the entire episode, but they still proceed to repeat the exact same scene for the rest of the episode. I think it was obvious this week was one of those budget cut episodes, but I don’t see why the scenario had to get budget cut at the same time.

That’s not how paper works.

This week brought an end to the Aromagedon story and evidently the “Dream Team” race for the meantime. I actually had zero complaints with this episode until the last few minutes just because PriPara staff seems to absolutely love backpedaling. I guess just making a semi-permanent unit (at least for the rest of this arc) would have been a burden, so it’s just easy to reset everything back to how they started. We haven’t seen this before. Never. Not once. Luckily, the absolutely brain dead decision at the end couldn’t really make the end of this story that bad. It really doesn’t hinder what’s happened up until now, but it can definitely hinder what will happen in the future. And, often in PriPara’s case, that’s usually a bad thing. I don’t have high expectations for the next few episodes, so I’m just going to pray that they don’t fuck up tremendously.

Wrap-Up
I get the feeling that next week might look drastically different or what we saw a few weeks ago. It’s really hard to say, but if nothing changes I can’t say I mind too much.

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