Posted by: Leek | January 19, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 19

You just have to hold out a couple more weeks before you can get that really fresh, “new year” feel. Until then you just gotta take what you can get.

They knew they could make use of Lock somewhere.

One of those inflatable tubes with the wavy arms seemed like a nice thing to stick outside of the castle to welcome guests. A shame Precure deflated him.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 191 Points
2) PriPara – 176 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – 99 Points

I’m sure there will be a point that things will move on the rankings. But that’s probably not going to happen for awhile.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu! – +9 Points
2) PriPara – +6 Points
3) Go! Princess Precure – +3 Points

A Word From the Big Man
I think this week was slightly less impressive than the last. I still really like some of what I saw, and probably expected better from others.

Well, the Starlight Queen mansion is big enough to fit two.

When they first introduced Sena as a character it seemed like they were going to give him a lot bigger slice of the pie than he actually got. The only real star he has to wear his brand is Akari yet the majority of their relationship happens in very small scenes or off screen altogether. And the episodes where they’ve had a marginal amount of interaction have all been fairly mediocre (I can’t recall ever giving one a great judgement). But this week was leaps and bounds better, and it all might have come down to how they constructed it.

With Starlight Queen cup right around the corner it doesn’t really feel like they need an Akari episode. Akari is a pretty fleshed out character already (if not she already got spotlighted pretty nicely last week). So it was nice that most of the development was shown from Sena’s side of the fence for once. And I think using Madoka and Asuka as a side story to pair with really helped. Asuka has been the designer we’ve had the longest relationship and is still the designer that spawned Sena in the first place. So pairing Asuka’s personal reflection on her own fortune with Sena realizing his own was pretty heart warming. The episode just fit in really well into the current series pacing and was the episode that the Dreamy Crown team has been needing for a long time.

What would Peyonce do?

I think my issue with this week’s PriPara is not that it did too much, but that it didn’t do enough of the right things. I do understand they had to let Hibiki lay down all her rule set, but I think they should have just shifted the entire episode to Mirei after that. I think the episode just needed to entirely be shot from Mirei’s point of view because it’s going to hurt the them in the long run. Mirei ends up saying she’s the agent for everything that happened the entire episode, but it still manages to shift off of a her a little too often. And I think it’s a problem since it’s obvious they’re going to shift her off of this attitude almost immediately. If they were really going to make it a two episode arc about Mirei taking her lumps, then they might as well have focus fired her a bit more to keep it cleaner. I don’t know how they plan to bring an end to Hibiki’s reign, but I’m growing increasingly worried that Mirei is going to slowly fade into the back to the point where she can’t say much more than, “I helped”. And if they do that, then it just breaks the lesson the arc is trying to teach into tiny, unidentifiable pieces.

Nothing a trip to the cleaners won’t fix.

Precure has basically hit that point of no return where they can’t really do much to improve the series. It’s already done all it’s final plot movements, and it’s not like there’s going to be any twist in the last three episodes (they’d look really stupid if they attempted any). So on account this final arc has had minimum build up, it’s really hard to get excited for the same battle that’s been going on since episode one. There’s nothing new at stake and there’s really no big revelations that happened along the way. And this week is really just another case of failed character construction. Yui has been in the background for most of the series and they really only decided to try and build her up near the end (with that terrible episode not too long ago). So we get an episode of similar effect and it basically brings us back to last week. We’re just watching the same episode over again and it’s not any better the second time around. So it becomes the Precure equivalent of a Dragonball episode where all of it is dedicated to building a spirit bomb.

Wrap-Up
If you were to ask me how excited I am for Mahou Tsukai on a scale from 1-10, then I’d probably give you a 7. But if you were to ask me how excited I am for Princess Precure to be over on a scale from 1-10, then I’d give you a 10.

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