Posted by: Leek | April 3, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 29

So it turns out the flu I got early in March had an older brother. An older brother that heard I beat up his younger brother and proceeded to lay me out for a week. I don’t get sick often, so March this year just happened to be full of surprises. Other than that, LGAPR had to get set aside while I finished up a few more important things I had to let sit while I was ill. Let’s just forget about it because you all know you’ll be getting another edition soon enough.

There’s enough space on that bed for one more body.

Wish I was invited.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 257 Points
2) PriPara – 210 Points
3) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 171 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 152 Points

Still as the mountain.

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
Welcome to a new pattern.

I promised I wouldn’t cry…hard.

So it might not be the actual series finale, but it’s best to look at this week as the finale episode for the Akari Generation. And boy was it the finale everyone was waiting for. It is a lot similar to the second season where you can’t really say this is a standalone episode. The past couple episodes have been one long story that you’ve been following along, and this is really just the last slide down. We’ve been slowly climbing up the ladder to the top and Akari’s performance was that point where you finally got to look down and see everything from the top. And then sliding down is actually all your emotions dropping out of you at once as they rest of the episode rolls.

But seriously, it would have been hard (potentially impossible) for this episode not to shine. I’ve said it a lot of times with various shows, but when you lead up to a finale well enough, it’s really hard to fuck it up…unless you’re PriPara. What really made this episode exceptional was just the attention to small details. Akari’s interaction with Sumire before performing, adding the early interaction between Ichigo and Akari (which could have been saved for the series finale), and even just the scene they chose to close out the episode on. If they really wanted to, Aikatsu could have easily ended the entire series on this episode and I would have not complained. It was just that solidly put together.

Hibiki’s stand in after passing.

So this is the last episode of PriPara to end the Hibiki arc and the season…and it was about as good as the episode they chose to end the Fairilu arc with. Actually, if you remember that painful PriPara TV episode that occurred during this arc, this episode is more or less the same thing. The thing I’m trying to say is, this episode sucked. They had ample opportunities to shine some light on Hibiki’s decisions rather than throwing them all into five minutes of an otherwise throwaway episode. I really liked HIbiki’s character and I’m kind of sad that she basically got shafted at the very end of what was an otherwise solid arc. But PriPara has proven to have the most bipolar writing ever so I guess that’s nothing new. Guess we’ll see what next season has in store but I don’t have high hopes.

Magical World Kodak moments.

Consistency is the name of the game again this week for Precure. It wasn’t a bad or necessarily boring episode, but I really didn’t feel particularly amazed by it. I think the most amusing thing you can take away from this episode is that every enemy killed by Diamond (and probably Sapphire) form probably goes through a pretty horrible death and potentially just gets lost in space (at least whatever objects it was created from). I can’t imagine any other reason why Rico and Mirai were so hesitant to just finish the monster otherwise and free the Pegasus mother via that method. Since about every Precure has been finishing enemies via some kind of magical healing (for I don’t know how many generations), it is nice to know that there’s a Precure that is showing evil what the meaning of pain is.

Aikatsu may have competition for best disguises.

Fairilu aired this week and it was far from sucking as much as PriPara. That’s how I’ve justified it’s position a lot so far, and that’s how I’ll justify it again this week. Cute character episodes are never very dynamic and, unless there’s some really deep message in them, it’s hard to say much. I think the lessons you got this week were more or less what you’d expect from the run of the mill kids show. And that’s probably better than polluting their minds with straight crap.

I kind of had to write this without thinking too much ahead. And I guess you can all get excited because you don’t have the wait the usual week for the next edition; you probably just have to wait a day.

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