Posted by: Leek | September 12, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 1

Here we are again. Fresh. Frosty. Ready for another year and another fifty two action packed weeks of little girl anime.

Yume was so happy about the new season that she was moved to tears.

I realize it was a nice gesture to buy her best friend’s CD, but it was a real dick move of Rola to dodge that hug.

Previous Standings

1) PriPara – 10 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 0 Points
2) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 0 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 0 Points

PriPara probably isn’t going to hold that spot for more than two weeks.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Some shows picked a bad way to start the new season.

Alright, who forgot to replace the storyboard image?

It might be a new season of LGAPR, but there’s absolutely nothing new with PriPara this week. Actually, they did one good thing and that’s write off a character they didn’t need. However, it was a character I didn’t even know existed. So it’s actually just an episode to tell you that Classmate A is going to no longer be a part of the show. Oh, and everyone plays with the baby. Because that’s also something new and original that we need to see in PriPara right now.

Hime’s Secret Stuff.

Stars didn’t really do the follow up I wanted to last week, but it was still a above average follow up. It kind of harks back to Yume’s first live performance except it draws a little bit more on her relationship with Hime. What kind of bothers me is that Hime seems to completely understand what’s going on with Yume, assuming they’re suffering from the same condition. Despite that, she says absolutely nothing to her about what’s going on. You’d think you’d tell someone that they’re suffering from something that can potentially destroy their career. But at least she was nice enough to give her magic throat elixir. Pretty sure us normal people just mix tea, honey, and lemon together.

It might be a little early, but it’s also about time they start making the headmaster’s intentions a little clearer. Don’t worry about it, I’m pretty sure everyone watching Stars hates the headmaster about now. And I think everyone has come to understand that he is the pseudo villain of the series, even if he’s prancing around in the opening with a rose in his mouth. The problem is he just seems hostile to everyone, yet nobody acts against him because he’s most likely signing their paychecks. But even if every member of the cast doesn’t agree with his actions, they are more than willing to do all they can to help Yume sneak past his plots against her. In other words, it just makes his character feel really out of place, and revealing two seconds more of the same flashback every three or four episodes isn’t really making the overall picture any clearer.

There’s a way to create a good mystery, but I don’t think Stars is doing a very good job of it. The way Stars frames Yume and Hime’s condition has become more frustrating than an enticing reason to watch deeper into the series.

Talk about the last person you want laughing at you.

This week’s episode of Fairilu was just a clean episode with good humor, good character, and good lessons. I honestly don’t think there’s too much more to say about it. I did find it funny that it felt like they changed Spider’s character up a bit. In her first real episode it made her seem like a fairly competent trouble maker. This episode lowered her competence level quite a lot, and it also made it seem like her quest for black magic was more so to help out the others rather than to create mischief. I really don’t mind the change because both angles of her character have been amusing, but hopefully she stabilizes from here on out.

Going to school is fun. Stay in school kids.

Precure decided to open the third season of LGAPR with potentially the worst episode of it’s entire run. I guess the sad truth is just that Precure felt, well, like Precure. Up until this point, none of the side characters have really mattered all that much outside of the Wizard of Oz trio. And, with their story having ended, I don’t think there’s much merit in bothering with anybody else this late into the series, especially in the non-magic world. Truthfully, most of the episodes that have taken place at Mirai’s school have been generally mediocre, and this episode was flat out boring to watch. If Kotoha actually took something away from this episode it would have helped, but she’s really just around to convince all the young viewers to go to school and have fun.

Let’s not forget that this is an episode meant to introduce one of the two new evil henchmen. And introducing any character in an episode like this doesn’t help their image.

Wrap-Up
I wouldn’t say this week was the right foot to get off on, but at least every show wasn’t bad. It will be awhile before we have a super clear picture, and we’ll see if any show can manage to get off to a really good start in the next coming weeks.

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