Posted by: Leek | September 4, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 2 – Week 52

Well, we’ve finally hit the last edition for Season 2. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll get the end of season review up, but it should be sometime later in the week. In case you joined us in Season 2, just know that all the points are resetting to zero come next week, and it’ll be a fresh slate outside of the stats collected to tally awards at the end of the year.

How To Train Your Yume.

Amazing what a movie dedicated to your relationship can do for a couple.

Previous Standings

1) Aikatsu Stars! – 368 Points
2) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 356 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 270 Points
4) PriPara – 257 Points

It’s not the final count, but it’s basically the final count.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It’s almost like we’ve returned to an older time.

Just wait until you try out the Gravity Chamber, Yume.

I feel like Stars brought back the kind of show I wanted to see this week. I’ve always been completely honest when discussing Stars, and I’ve pointed out about every flaw I could with it. And it really all comes down to it being overly ambitious from the first season. But, when it does things right, Stars brings in a lot more dynamic concepts that it’s predecessor didn’t touch on as heavily.

Right now, the relationship between Yume and Rola is probably the strongest thing Stars has. The original Aikatsu series had plenty of rivalries, but there’s this really bittersweet relationship that Yume and Rola share. Akari and Sumire essentially had this relationship at the very end of Season 4, but this is something we’re seeing from the beginning of Stars’ lifetime. Not to mention, Yume and Rola can hardly be considered the equals that Akari and Sumire were. This week really enforces that Rola’s abilities are on a different level, and the only thing that really keeps Yume afloat is her magical talent. I’ve voiced that I don’t really like the whole magic behind Yume’s ability as an idol, but I think the way they’re using it here is about as good as it’s going to get. The other great thing to see was Aikatsu creating a character you can actually hate. Even at the end of the episode, the producer can hardly be seen as a good guy. The original Aikatsu universe was incredibly generous, and it was nice that Stars wasn’t afraid to make a character that can draw some negative feelings out of you.

I think the problem of the episode lies in the sort of conflict the end of it causes. Yes, you wanted Yume to do well throughout the episode because everything was really against her. But if you look at it from Rola’s point of view, then it’s pretty unfair. It’s pretty obvious that Yume won the CD deal by questionably legitimate means, and it’s hard to say she deserved it when she’s obviously not as up to snuff as her rival. It seems that the exact idea I’m talking about might be brought up next episode, and I really hope that is the case.

I guess the strange hairstyle was passed down to Kotoha.

Alongside Stars, Precure also had a highly dynamic episode this week. Do I think it had the same impact as Stars? Not really. I can’t actually tell right now if this was meant as the resolution to the problems Rico and Kotoha were struggling with in the previous episode. I feel, and hope that it’s just a band-aid for the meantime until they decide to really drill into both characters individually. This episode feels like it was just meant to further show off the stable foundation that Mirai acts as for the three (or four if you count Mofurun). It was an okay episode and it did plenty of great things, but Precure has done better throughout it’s run.

Is it that hard to keep the desks on the ground?

This week’s Fairilu was a hybird between plot and recap. It’s still kind of hard to tell how ambitious Fairilu plans to get with it’s plot, so I can’t really gauge exactly how evil a character Anchusa is supposed to be. From the events of this episode, it’s hard to see her as anything more than a troublemaker. I kind of talked about this way back when during Lady Jewelpet, but I love recap episodes like this. Yes, you’re still watching a recap episode, but there’s so many small events going on during it that you really don’t notice too much.

Do it Hibiki. Save PriPara.

You might notice that whenever a show is in a bad spot that I really try to give tiny bits of advice on how it can turn things around. But there are times when even the biggest changes won’t really improve the flow of a series. Right now, PriPara just needs to finish out this arc and hopefully pick itself up again in the next. The fact that about every episode contains anywhere from two to three performances just solidifies that the writing team needs to be given a very, very long vacation. It’s one thing to do the same episode over and over, it’s another to have to bundle those episodes with multiple recycled performances just to fill time.

If you ask me what I really want to see by the end of this arc, then it comes down to a few big things. One, Lala ascends to God Idol status so she can be removed as the main character and replaced with about anybody else. Two, they find a way to remove the baby completely so they never have to have it in an episode ever again. Three, they remove half of the cast while they’re at it because they contribute absolutely fucking nothing to the series. Unfortunately, I’ll get lucky if even one of those things happens come next arc.

Wrap-Up
It’s finally time to start up Season 3 come next week, but, while there will be an immediate change to overall points, we might have to wait a bit to see if Fall brings the winds of change to any of the shows.

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