Posted by: Leek | October 3, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 4

Mighty Jump! Mighty Kick! Mighty Mighty…wrong post for this, huh?

I bet you were expecting Koharu, but instead you get Tsubasa.

I’m kind of sad the sisters hardly got as much spotlight in that scene. But I guess having the same CV as one the franchise’s former main characters lands you certain benefits.

Previous Standings

1) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 21 Points
2) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 18 Points
3) PriPara – 15 Points
4) Aikatsu Stars! – 13 Points

Everybody still within a good margin of each other. We’ll see how long that lasts.

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
This week was marginally better than the previous week, but for some reason only one show packed a real punch. And, in the end, we’re still just in the process of rotating first place between everyone except PriPara.

This painting reflects our bleak future.

I feel like this was one of those weeks for Fairilu where things just didn’t balance out as nicely as they usually do. The first half wasn’t exactly a terrible story, but it wasn’t something that’s character defining. It didn’t really highlight any particular traits within the cast, and it just turned out as one of those cop out, feel good stories. The highlight is they spent the second half entirely on what seemed to be fairly story relevant. It’s kind of hard to tell exactly how important Olive is to the overall story, but he sure seems to appear fairly relevant as of recent. It’s been far from explained, but Olive definitely has something in him that none of other cast members do. I can only guess what the ultimate result of it will be, but hopefully something will come out of it at some point in the series.

Still better than the Clinton/Trump debate.

Precure does what it did a couple of weeks ago, except with Rico instead of Kotoha. The most relevant thing Precure did this week was bring in a villain that could actually be a villain. Most everyone so far has been a muscle head, and Yamo had gone crazy by the time he started acting on his own. So it comes down to the fact that none of the villains so far have made the smallest effort to try and act on weakness. So maybe, just maybe, the staff has finally introduced a baddie who can shake things up a bit by actually using their brain rather than superior magic (or muhou). This is one of the directions that I think is necessary to help invigorate the series a little bit, and I hope it works out for the best.

Sorry the staff didn’t come up with your character sooner.

Hibiki’s team wins the third (?) piece of whatever the heck we’re collecting this season. That’s it. This episode was actually half an hour of nothing and, despite something kind of important happening in it, it’s still not all that important. Only PriPara is really capable of producing an episode like that.

Why’d we even bother buying Ako that new scratching post?

Stars make a return this week with an episode that really makes me wonder what the hell happened the previous week. I’m not sure I’d call this week of Stars perfect, but if it wasn’t, then it was pretty darn close to it. This week of Stars just finally made use of the main cast while still pushing a little bit of character development. Sure, the episode was meant mostly to develop Koharu, but that didn’t mean other characters didn’t get some spotlight during it. This is honestly what I want to see from Stars rather than focusing on the S4 every other episode. Yes, there’s a lot of potential for the main cast to learn from the S4’s actions, but that only really counts if they actually learn something. Most of the S4 episodes have just been Yume and the gang standing on the sideline and being impressed. It was kind of nice that Yume actually took action this week rather than just sitting around and watching. If every episode had this level of balance, then I don’t think I’d ever complain.

The staff also settled on the last pairing between the remaining member of M4 and one of the main cast members. I’m not exactly how much farther they plan to explore the relationships other than Subaru and Yume, but it’ll probably lead to some silly shenanigans later down the line. Strangely enough, Koharu’s situation is probably the most interesting just because she’s already close to the rest of the Kasumi family. So I’m sure there will be some unfortunate situation of her getting torn apart by Mahiru, Yozora, and Asahi for attention.

Wrap-Up
I’m going to stay positive and say that there will actually be competition for first place come next week.

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