Posted by: Leek | March 22, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 28

Spring has finally come and it’s bringing a new wave of life in a lot of different ways. No one can ever be sure if all those tiny buds are going to develop into the same beautiful flowers as the previous year, but we can only hope for the best sometimes.

It’s a really big world out there.

Especially when you’re the size of a toothpick.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 248 Points
2) PriPara – 209 Points
3) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 165 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 149 Points

Nothing new yet, but Fairilu is going to have to start putting up better than third place to get anywhere anytime soon.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu! – +9 Points
2) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – +6 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +3 Points
4) PriPara – +1 Point

A Word From the Big Man
The streak is finally broken! But it was actually something you could have expected with how things were rolling out. It was just a matter of Aikatsu pulling the trigger on the gun it was holding.

Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala.

Anybody have the number count for the Lion King reference? No? It’s actually probably better we don’t figure it out. Anyway, I said it in the intro, but it was essentially that Aikatsu pulled the trigger on a gun it’s been preparing for a long time. And, you know, there was no real idea of what the gun was loaded with. It was potentially a water pistol, maybe one of those cute guns that shoots out the toy flag, or it was loaded with live ammunition. It just so happened that Aikatsu wanted to load the gun with live ammo to ensure the series went out with a bang. And, honestly, I really, really appreciate that decision. There is a part of me that feels really bad for Hinaki because she got a lot of buildup that was completely irrelevant, but you would have to be pretty blind to not see that coming. The final showdown was going to come down to Sumire and Akari no matter what, and no single individual was going to change that. This episode just really illustrates everything that third season never managed to do and fixes it. There are so many things they’ve done now that they could have done then and opened even more doors for now. But, in the end, I’m just glad they did what they did. There was no cop out before the series ended. The staff buckled down and turned out what they needed to turn out, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted from them. It’s just wonderful to see them back one more time before the end.

RIP Hibiki.

You know, I don’t want to strictly say the movie has any correlation with what’s happened to the “finale” for this season of PriPara. It seems a little silly, but there’s a part of me that just feels the need to give them the benefit of the doubt. I mean, why would you just smash over twelve minutes of performances into an episode that should probably be something more fleshy? The easy excuse is, “We had to commit all our staff to finishing that movie we barely got out on time and couldn’t put any manpower into the actual TV series”. See? Easy. Point is, PriPara crashed their finale bus awhile back and have been frantically trying to throw horse shit on it to put it out. It might be putting out the fire, but it sure doesn’t smell good and just leaves a pile of horse shit.

Darlin’ it’s better down where it’s wetter.

We’re so fortunate that we were able to work in not only one but two Disney references this week. Precure has been tiptoeing across a really thin rope as of the past few weeks. It’s a lot like the third season of Aikatsu in the previous season of LGAPR. It’s not necessarily doing anything amazing on a week by week basis, but it’s consistently fun to watch. It just generally gets knocked off that rope once another series puts forth the effort to kick up a serious gust of wind. This week of Precure takes us under the sea where we get to see Ariel and the other mermaids cowering away from the outside. Actually, it’s just a really cheeky way to give a lesson in getting out of your comfort zone and sticking your neck into new situations in life. I actually really enjoyed the episode, and easily more than the previous few weeks. I just love that Precure is continuing to put layer on layer of it’s created world, something that’s almost never existed in the series up until now (and something that will help it a lot down the line).

Side note: The thought of flying mermaids frightens me. I might have actually found a new irrational fear of something that is nowhere within the bounds of existing.

Big people are bad and want to hurt you.

So the first part of Fairilu is more of what I expect to see from here on out, a little less emphasis on introducing new characters and a little more focus on working with what you have. This week just happened to get a little bit more into Rose and her growing relationship with the main cast. But who cares, right? The real money happened in the second half where they finally, yes finally, moved the story towards a target. Fairilu has been pussy footing around what it actually wants to do and if there would ever be any real interaction between humans and Fairilu. But, it seems like they plan to introduce the concept…eventually. I don’t know if they plan to make it a big thing or if it’ll be a conclusive event at the end of the series. Fairilu is really beyond my reading just because it’s so new and the staff seems really intent on making it just a straight lesson filled series for little girls. But at least they created an actual objective that we’ll hopefully be seeing again before another ten plus episodes.

Wrap-Up
Due to the development Aikatsu chose, it’s most likely going to have another strong week coming up. And since I don’t see the other shows going anywhere in that time, don’t be surprised to see another deadlock week coming up.

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