Posted by: Leek | December 15, 2015

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 14

The last week before a inevitable onslaught of Christmas episodes. I know for a fact that Aikatsu will be a week behind (per usual) due to it’s convenient ability to actually air on and/or around the holiday itself. That prime day slot really does some work.

On another note, I did read the company press release regarding Sega Toys/Sanrio’s newest project, and their general termination of the Jewlepet animated series. I am still not quite sure what to do about the rankings for the meantime since Rilu Rilu Fairilu (say that three times fast) will take Jewelpet’s spot. However, it is completely unfixed on when it will beging airing. So since I wish to be completely fair to it, I’ll be trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I’ll release more info when I figure out what the plan is, or if any news is released before 2016 about when Fairilu will begin.

Well that dream is just lovely.

But it’s great you found a better one you could follow.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 81 Points
2) Go! Princess Precure – 71 Points
3) PriPara – 58 Points
4) Jewelpet Magical Change – 54 Points

It’s somehow fitting that PriPara passes Jewelpet now that one will cease to exist in this rankings very soon.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
If I told you most shows this week were just a preparation for next, then I really wouldn’t be lying.

A love letter to Bandai.

It’s kind of easy to forget (or some people probably just don’t know) that Bandai is the real mastermind behind the entire Aikatsu franchise. And, even if toy companies have nothing to do with idols, it’s kind of nice that Bandai finally got a chance to do get an episode dedicated to themselves (and right around the perfect season to talk about toys). I really don’t have anything super special to say about this episode. It was cute. It was charming. And it was secretly a Madoka episode where you got to see all the history behind the creepiest bear on Earth. But there was just no real wrong as far as the episode went.

Dreams are like babies.

The quest for the sages continues as Minami takes center stage in the new character episode. I’ll give this episode one thing. It’s nice they kind of brought Minami’s previous encounter with marine biology back into the fray. However, they probably should have done this back at the time it was relevant. I realize that changing your path in life (particularly as you get older) becomes a big thing. And, in fact, there are people in their midlife that still manage to turn their careers into completely new opportunities. But Princess Precure is kind of playing it out like Minami got pregnant and needs dramatic consultation to figure out what to do about it. And while all her friends are congratulating her on the new baby, there’s the fear that her parents are going to start yelling to abort. It just seems a little too ridiculous and seems really dumb when you set it against Kirara nearly destroying her future in the previous arc. Minami’s worries are akin to whether she should take the $1000 gift card or the $100 gift card.

I know that feel, Hibiki.

I don’t think PriPara is as horrible this week as it’s worst weeks, but it was far from anything valuable. The most relevant thing that happens is that Shion and Sophie walk around for a bit before deciding to join Hibiki’s team. That is really it. However, twenty other things just kind of happened and they just sort of rolled out characters for the sake of doing so. They also continue that weird thing of, “Hey, let’s write out a character because we somehow need to give them screen time otherwise”. You know, if Fuwari doesn’t show up for a few episodes it really won’t kill anybody. Kids are bright, they can cope with the fact it’s a big world and that you won’t see the same people everyday. There’s also some small hint that Ajimi probably Mary Poppins’ed Hibiki as a kid and scarred her for life. I could never fathom how that could happen.

Tail knows best.

Jewelpet gets closer to a finale and basically writes one in relation to the obvious main character, Larimar. Because, you know, the most consistent plot of Magical Change has been her quest to become an idol. I generally admired this episode because it had just enough dumb to go with the sappiness of it. And, for whatever reason, it ended up throwing about every character it could into it (probably because they don’t have much time left to do it otherwise).

Wrap-Up
Time for the majority of these series to start looking for that Christmas miracle and pull out a great episode next week.

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