Posted by: Leek | September 21, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 2

So it’s Silver Week. That’s my excuse for this post getting up so late. I’d also say that it’s a pretty silver worthy week in terms of LGAPR.

The Prince demonstrates the appropriate PriPara viewing method.

Just look at that perfect form.

Previous Standings

1) PriPara – 19 Points
2) Go! Princess Precure – 6 Points
3) Aikatsu! – 3 Points
4) Jewelpet Magical Change – 1 Point

I guess for those long time readers, it’s more interesting to see how long PriPara can avoid last place.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
If I were to say I disliked watching anything this week I’d be lying. I don’t think anything was jaw dropping, but it was definitely an above average week.

The real plot twist? I was the base for the Prince’s character.

I think is one of those PriPara episodes that had a few good ideas but suffered from sub-par execution. And it probably would have helped if they just slowed down the gags and put a bit more work into them. I guess my real issue is just that this episode feels (yet again) far removed from what was going on the previous week. I honestly don’t know what PriPara wants to do sometimes since you often get stuck watching it jump from week to week and never really moving forward. Even if it turns out PriPara second season isn’t ending anytime soon, this back and forth between the Prince and the girls needs to end eventually.

Makeup makes the man…wait.

I feel I valued this Princess Precure episode as highly as I did this week because Miss Shamour is a really undervalued character. She hasn’t really been shown outside of lessons and it’s a shame because they actually had her distribute more valuable life lessons in this episode than the entire series. Perhaps I just respect the whole, “nonstop quest for knowledge” lesson that was lingering in the back of the room even if it wasn’t a pushed lesson or anything. And it is an episode that’s trying to set something up, if not a strange rivalry between Emperor Close and Shut. But if Shut somehow manages to outlive Emperor Close (again), then I’ll probably get a little angry.

I guess after your first bungee it’s hard to stop.

Let’s get it out of the way. This was a horrible Aikatsu! episode because it rolled together a ton of things that should have taken place in the previous episodes. There shouldn’t have been a drawn out training montage because it should have been something getting shown a ways back. Rather than the onslaught of fanservice episodes, we should have probably started the Gakuensai 5-6 episodes earlier. At the least, it would have allowed ample time to let the teams reform and allow more focus on the groups preparing for the big stage (rather than just forming and performing). The point is, this could have been a great episode. It could have been a really decent closer to the third season. But since it was so poorly set up it loss so much of the impact it should have had. But it still had it’s moments and it’s just a shame that is could have been colossally better.

Another episode rooted in puns you say?

Jewelpet bounced back this week week with a horribly zany but feel good episode. I don’t think it was anything amazing, but I preferred it’s dumb over PriPara’s dumb. And when weeks come down to whether Jewelpet or PriPara can out gag one another, it usually never works out in the favor of PriPara. Yeah, the puns were pretty damn painful. But I think all the fourth wall jokes were pretty great.

Wrap-Up
Another pretty fun week. Aikatsu! will finish out the third season next week (along with the rest of the summer season) and then we’ll be onto another new stretch before anything truly “new” roles around. I don’t know when the new PriPara season will start, but it never really changes like most of the other shows do anyway.

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