Posted by: Leek | April 25, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 33

I have to admit that ever since working a previous job that my body got auto-programmed to do absolutely no work on Sundays. I tried to go against that cycle yesterday and it ended with the need to do nothing to leak over into today. So there’s you’re new edition excuse for why the LGAPR post is so late today.

Today we show off the many faces of LGAPR.

Turns out most of them are pretty darn adorable.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu Stars! – 284 Points
2) PriPara – 221 Points
3) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 201 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 167 Points

It’s amazing how a bit of magic can arise a series from the depths of the leader board.

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
I actually made a prediction mid-week that about every show this week would probably suck. But I was pretty surprised to see that this week turned out marginally (and I mean a pretty big margin) better than last week.

This is a smile on the face of a girl who loves getting stuck in foliage.

You know, the offcial Aikatsu twitter kind of scares me sometimes. They pitch these really wild tweets on the same day an episode airs and mislead you into thinking you’re getting something that you really aren’t. This week they made it seem like they were going to shift over to the males a lot more, when it really turned out that they just showed up for the last two minutes of the episode. I guess it tricks certain people into watching in real time, but it’s hard to say that nobody was going to tune in anyway.

This week was just solid. I mean the usual Aikatsu development episode kind of solid. It’s not really amazing, but it leaves you with a lot of good feels by the end of the episode. I think I’m just generally satisfied that everything is moving really nicely around Yume right now. Different characters are slowly interacting with her and sparking baby steps in terms of development. I think the only thing that’s kind of dragging it down is that Yume is the only character that is really giving off any…character. Outside of what we saw in episode two, the series has been a little short in the humor department and leaves us with a carbon copy of what we saw in Fairilu a few weeks back. The show is probably going to take it really slow, and that just means the first episodes have a really low ceiling of potential. But I do hope they continue to build higher once they get more of the main cast settled in and we don’t have to be too serious all the time.

This is a smile on the face of a should be main character.

Lala’s baby issues continue and she ducks about every opportunity to actually make the situation better. Like, you know, turning the baby into the authorities rather than walking around with it like an idiot. But at least it leads to shenanigans, right? Whatever, I don’t care. The point is the episode devoted it’s last few minutes to introduce a fraction of the new characters. And since PriPara has wasted various character personalities on so many throwaways, I guess the only solution was to start fusing together the main cast to produce rivals. Unless they manage to get creative, we might be looking at the return of a nightmare.

This is a smile on the face of an angel.

I think two of the biggest perks of this season of Precure came out in this episode. One, is the fact the double main character is giving them time to allow Rico to develop via baby steps. I probably brought it up before, but most Precure suffer from the fact that they have to develop five characters, and it leads to these tremendous development steps that seem horribly manufactured and fake. The other perk that came out this episode is what I was kind of waiting for upon Rico migrating to the non-magic world. Unlike Mirai, Rico isn’t the most open thinker, and it means that the unfamiliarity of a different culture will come out a lot more. So I’m hoping most of the new walls that Rico tends to hit are just ones that involve the culture clash.

Overall, it was just another solid week with just enough of this and that to put it above everything else. It did a good job of showing that Mirai isn’t perfect and preventing Rico from becoming the perfect student she wanted to, and easily could have been. The real charm of Precure every week is that even if they’re not able to avoid every writing stereotype, they try to dodge as many as they can every week. And it generally results in a breath of fresh air.

And this is the face of lifelong childhood trauma.

This week of Fairilu managed to balance the cute and the chaotic, and I don’t mean the bad sense of that word. I had been saying that Fairilu staff was finally seeming comfortable, and it looks like they got comfortable enough to just dump the load they’ve been wanting to. Was it probably a little much? Yeah. Did it make the episode do a 180 degree turn after the first part? You bet. But it was entertaining and probably something a lot of people had been waiting for. Fairilu is structured in the same way as it’s spiritual predecessor, and it really has the freedom to get a little crazy from time to time. I don’t think it’s a show that should be doing something like this every week, but I do hope they get the urge to goof off from time to time. Overall, it was just nice to see the staff finally let it all hang out without getting too out of control.

Wrap-Up
Just remember that with every good in the world comes things that give you nightmares for weeks.

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Responses

  1. Riko, not Rico. You had it right before!

    • I know it’s printed as Liko on cards, but that looks terribly ugly and drives me crazy. So you’ll just have to deal with my romanization while you’re in my house.


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