Posted by: Leek | April 18, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 32

It’s been really busy in the rankings recently, but it looks like we’ll finally get to have some peace and quiet now that everything has fully shifted gears. But the real battle for new supremacy will also start as we’ve continue through the second half of season two.

Rilu Rilu Jewelpet.

Sorry, just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu Stars! – 278 Points
2) PriPara – 220 Points
3) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 192 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 164 Points

Aikatsu has a pretty healthy lead to sit on for awhile, but Precure is finally getting ready to pass that 200 mark.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
This week brings the not so awaited return of the battle of the meh. I don’t think anything was anywhere near blowing me away this week, but nothing was all that bad either.

I heard the Wonder Core can do magic for those abs.

The second half of Aikatsu last week was somewhat bogged down by introductions, and the first half of this episode is a bit of the same deal. However, it was an episode that played it kind of cute, and the staff seems like they wanted to show that they still want to carry over a lot of similar humor from the original series. Other than that, the episode was meant to flesh out Yume’s abilities (or inabilities) a bit more. I don’t really know how they plan to develop Yume throughout the series and who will be the biggest spark. Koharu seems like she’s slowly drifting between a major or minor role, and it feels like Rola might replace Koharu’s position as Yume’s actual developmental trigger. But with even more faces and an entire male cast that’s sitting in the wings, it’s really hard to say how large that development will be.

I don’t think you’re supposed to feed your Tamagotchi stuff like that.

I don’t know. I can’t help but think that PriPara’s entire objective this week was to try and convince me to buy a souped up Tamagotchi. The whole child rearing gimmick is kind of a one way road, and it doesn’t help that they spent the entire episode making it so it’s just Lala’s burden. The new arc essentially coming down to another “collect the pieces” type of deal didn’t really make me anymore excited. But I got a few chuckles out of PriPara this week, and that’s a leap forward from what’s been going on recently. I just think everything else had some kind of larger saving grace. As of now it looks like PriPara is going to come down to the newer characters getting introduced, so hopefully they add more color or it’s going to be a very, very long season.

What? HA-CHAN is evolving!

Precure is still setting things up in the non-magic world right now, and it more or less led to a much slower episode than usual this week. I think I like all the ideas that are being presented, but I don’t think I was breaking down the walls to watch ten minutes of Mofurun running around. I don’t know how much the “you can’t use magic here” idea will come into play, and I kind of question how big a position classmates will end up having. But since Precure isn’t boasting a huge cast of main characters right now, now is a good time to work in standard characters they otherwise wouldn’t have. Every Precure series for the past long few years have all followed a similar formula, and it was pretty darn easy to expect certain episodes. But this year is quite different and it can do a lot of things that are a little out of left field. So, if nothing else, the what happens next dynamic is fairly strong.

Magical Change returns with a vengeance.

If you pretend the first half of Fairilu didn’t happen this week, then it was a pretty good episode. I won’t say the first half was abysmal, but it felt horribly random in the mix of things. It’s just like someone on staff thought, “Hey, how do most shows nowadays form bonds and encourage teamwork? Sports!”. Even if that is kind of true, it seems a little silly to make a random game for fairies to play just to to teach those lessons. I mean, they’re fairies…that do magic. I’m pretty sure you can find better ideas for team exercises than the random sports expedition of this episode. The highlight of this week is definitely the second half, and it was a really good indicator that the staff is getting venturous…perhaps a little too venturous even. This hot and cold combination of parts is probably gonna become common as we continue down the line, but I’m hoping the venturous nature starts to snowball a little bit more.

Wrap-Up
Not an easy week to talk about.

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