Posted by: Leek | October 17, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 6

I really don’t have a quip to start the post with this week. I guess the most noteworthy thing is a lot of shows are doing a Halloween episode this year. So we might actually be able to give away a Halloween award fair and square once again.

That’s a teddy bear coming down with a cold soaking in a hot bath.

But that’s all fine. Somehow the most magical thing about Mofurun is the fact she can talk. And, while that is quite amazing, I personally want to know how she keeps her fur in such perfect condition.

Previous Standings

1) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 30 Points
1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 30 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 23 Points
4) PriPara – 22 Points

The overall rankings are actually quite riveting right now.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I don’t think it stacks up to the previous week, but this week was still really enjoyable. There’s also no show that I believe completely dropped the ball; so that’s always nice.

Writing music is easy as long as you use magic.

After the story heavy episode debacle last week, this week of Fairilu does that thing I told it specifically not to do. I guess the whole music thing kind of ties into both Rose and Lip’s interests, but it was only hinted at during most of the episode. I guess I was generally too frustrated to really want to enjoy this week’s Fairilu, but, regardless of that, it was still a sub-par episode. It was just kind of cute, but cute during a week where every other show was pushing out plot. And, honestly, Fairilu could have and should have been pushing out plot this week.

You’re saying it’s the staff’s fault we can’t get weather appropriate clothing?

MahoPri is really determined to bounce back to consistent episodes, and I’m genuinely happy to see the effort. Obviously, the staff doesn’t drop by and read these posts or anything, but I am glad they’ve been miraculously doing all the things I said would benefit the series. So, just in case, hi guys. Big fan.

But, putting the jokes aside, I won’t say that this episode is amazing or anything. It was more of a cute relationship building story between the core characters we’ve seen for the large majority of the series. And that’s just fine. Rather than try and squeeze characters in that will never fit into the main story, it’s really just time to grind it out with what we have. I can get a minor character showing up in an episode, but I’d rather them not be the focus of it (aka what we’ve been seeing in the non-magic world as of recent).

What’s really in question is how important Chikurun will become as we advance further. The past episodes have started to paint them as a fairly crucial character, and the necessity to turn them towards Precure’s side is only encouraging that thought. So Chikurun’s origin story and why they’re being forced to work as a spy are some big points that we can expect to start surfacing within the coming month. There’s actually a chunk of spoilers that have already been leaked on news sites in regard to all of this, but you have to understand that I’m supposed to pretend like I haven’t read anything about it.

Looking up to people is bad, and you should feel bad for doing so.

So last week I kind of grilled Stars about how it had raised a ton of plot points while hardly addressing any of them after they were introduced. However, someone finally realized we’re halfway into the season and that they need to pick one of those plot points to run with. Or more like they need to if they want any chance of manufacturing a story before the first season comes to an end. But, thanks to that, we managed to finally get another decent Stars episode that actually focuses on character development and plot.

I guess the main problem this episode raises is that we still don’t know if the Headmaster is a genuinely good or bad guy. If they really wanted to make him bad, then there was probably a more threatening way he could have kept Subaru’s mouth shut about Hime and Yume. But, at the same time, Hime’s absolute resistance to speak up about any of it is just a tad bit weird. So the amount of mystery around the situation is probably the most frustrating thing in Stars right now, and I hope this episode marks that revealing all of the mystery will be the core of the first season. If not, it’s a really bad idea to draw it out any longer than that.

I still can’t figure out how tall Non is.

This week of PriPara was pretty busy. Maybe a little busier than I wanted it to be, but the large majority of it was far from the worst that PriPara has done. The majority of it still focused on Non’s relationship with Chiri and Pepper, and that’s one of the few things keeping me from throwing more dirt over the corpse that is this current season of PriPara. The biggest problem is that it had a second half where some real suspect events happened. To put it lightly, I’m kind of scared of the future. Usually whenever PriPara does really over the top things it leads to really bad plot direction. And really bad plot direction isn’t really beneficial when the season is already down the drain.

Wrap-Up
I kind of like where we are. I’d enjoy an overall higher average opinion of everything, but I’m willing to settle for what we have right now.

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