Posted by: Leek | April 11, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 31

It’s been awhile since we had a choice between Sunday/Monday to post LGAPR. This new schedule is also nice because it gives me an entire week to sit down and watch PriPara. So the chances you get a post on Sunday, and maybe even Saturday, gets all that much higher. A shame you’re getting it a Monday this week after all that exciting talk.

Man evolved from tiny fairies.

Makes total sense.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu! – 275 Points
2) PriPara – 219 Points
3) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 183 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 158 Points

Remember that PriPara got a nice chunk of extra points thanks to my error. Now they get to hold onto second place a little longer.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
The bet of having to wear a pair of trunks on my head was averted. It doesn’t exactly bode well for the new Aikatsu series though.

Make your own Aikatsu Stars cards at your local machine today!

To be perfectly honest, very little people know about my initial reactions to when Aikatsu first aired because I hardly talked about it to anyone outside of a few friends. But the point is that I didn’t like it very much, and it took me a good chunk of time before it won me over. So just be expecting me to throw a lot of punches at Stars until it either wins me over or just completely fucks up.

Anyhow, Stars got it’s premiere this week, and it was about as underwhelming as it’s mother series premiere. I will admit that the first five minutes of Stars was pretty magical. It was directed in a way that really makes me hopeful for the series down the line. But other than that, the rest of the episode spends it’s time trying to introduce you to a much broader range of faces and ideas. And there was just nothing in all of it that really stood out or made me as excited as those first five minutes. Overall, it’s intro is looking pretty darn familiar to what we saw from Fairilu a few weeks back. It’s a much broader cast compared to it’s previous series, and it seems like it wants to do a lot. And how long it takes to really start itself up and get settled in is really dependent on how quickly they decide to trickle the cast members in. They really focused Yume and Koharu in the intro, and it’ll be on them to not waver too far from them as they get deeper and deeper into the series. If they do, that entire magical five minutes of intro was basically for nothing.

Farewell throwaway character #21. I hardly knew ye.

PriPara manages to make an episode where only the last five seconds of it are anywhere near relevant to what will happen down the line. If you’re going to open a season with a character, then that character should be important. And unfortunately for poor Ms. Throwaway, there’s most likely never a point where she’ll be anywhere near important this season (hell, she’s not even in the opening). So it comes down to, “Why couldn’t they just have the regular cast members interact in a normal way?”. And then you just say to yourself, “Must be PriPara writing. Hahahahaha.”

You came back from a foreign land with a baby?

I’ve was generally curious how they would move into the next big section on MahoPri, and I admit this week was a little more hectic than I expected it to be. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, mind you. This week was pretty cute, and it was more or less a roundabout way to further show off that bond Mirai and Rico had managed to form while they studied in the Magical World together. Alongside that, it did a good job of fleshing out Mirai’s character a smidge since she’s been a development tool for Rico for the first section of the series. The interaction between Mirai’s mother and Rico was a nice touch to everything, and I hope it’s something that won’t disappear entirely as the series goes on.

Families in Precure have generally wavered from being fairly relevant to just parents. But the times where they became a somewhat larger part of the plot led to generally quality episodes. So I hope the fact that Mirai’s family has such a big influence on her (and that Rico will also be sheltered by them) leads to them being a little more relevant than the past couple of series.

The burdens of being fashionable.

Fairilu finally gets to shine this week because, well, half of the shows in this ranking are rewinding themselves back to where Fairilu was a few weeks ago. Just like last week, this episode was just well balanced. The first half tied in again with the larger ideas of the series, and it did a good job of isolating Lip from the majority of her peers. And with it, Lip has a lot more to prove to herself (and everyone else) down the line. The second half of the episode was just another “Meet this new Fairilu” styled episode, but it did a generally better job of tying it to a character in the main cast.

Overall, this week solidifies that Fairilu has settled into a comfort zone. And chances are it’s going to be ranking in consistently higher than the previous weeks because of that comfort. The actual question becomes how things will look when Summer starts rolling in. At that time, Stars should be nearing the same state and PriPara will be getting into whatever frightening arc it’s rigged up. So whether or not Fairilu looks better against everything else in their respective comfort zones has yet to be determined. But I guess Fairilu won’t mind the open window to steal some free points (assuming it stays consistent).

Wrap-Up
While I’m sure that things will feel fresh from the watching perspective, it’s hard to say that the rankings will look very fresh. I have no clue how long it will take for PriPara and Stars to get more interesting, but hopefully they can surprise me in some episodes and shake things up every once and awhile. But I don’t mind slow and steady as long as it leads to good later down the line.

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