Posted by: Leek | November 29, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 12

There are those times I ponder doing an entire post based around a single theme, but I really don’t feel like putting forth that effort right now. So just try to enjoy the shallow references in the meantime.

The Ballad of Gloria’s Isle.

The passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour (a three hour tour).

Previous Standings

1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 90 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 54 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 50 Points
4) PriPara – 42 Points

That double margin lead is starting to surface again.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Another week that turns out to be very good overall. Nothing was bad, and that’s always worth noting.

Gagagagaga Gaogaigar.

Precure’s story continues to move along as Chikurun finally goes turncoat on Olva. The whole reason Chikurun decided to help Olva was a little beyond silly, but I’m pretty sure they might have just been dead had they refused to help. So we’ll just go with the stronger reasoning that Chikurun was working for Olva for the sake of their personal well being. I really don’t have much else to say other than that I enjoyed the episode. It was a solid story episode, and that’s all that Precure has to do right now.

Rola, were you really expecting a conventional hot springs episode?

The story shifts back to Rola’s development for awhile as she tries to get past the current wall she’s hit. I think I’ll always enjoy Rola episodes because she’s one of the few characters in the show that suffers from practical problems. Rola has a lot of natural talent, but none of the supernatural talent that Yume does. And part of the burden of natural talent is you’ll hit a wall eventually. And most of the time breaking or getting over that wall comes from confronting yourself rather than a rival. Seeing Rola realize she can’t just sprint ahead via that natural talent anymore leads to some really great development episodes.

I think what I enjoy most about Rola that I didn’t get out of the original Aikatsu series is her relationship with her teachers. All of the original Aikatsu characters really developed off of one another, and those who didn’t were usually interacting most with their related fashion designer. Rola has actually developed a rather close relationship with Ana in her quest to overtake Yume, and it was cute to see her learn from the same individual who taught Ana in this episode.

Girl vs. Game.

While Fairilu wasn’t particularly bad this week, I generally pushed it into last because every other show was developing a character who actually matters. It’s not that I think the side character development in Fairilu is bad, but it’s something that will only come back in later character episodes (rather than ever being story relevant). It was still enjoyable, and I generally like how they managed to connect the two parts without really making it the same episode.

Not a single luxury, you say?

Yeah, PriPara was pretty stupid this week and had a lot of horrendous gags. But it at least did a good job of making it so the members of Non Sugar could at least tolerate one another. The most interesting thing was the brief moment where Chiri escaped her supposed celebrity personality for a second and slipped into more of what she’s like in the actual world. I’m not sure if it means her character will ever become more docile in the future (I can tell you now they’ll never let her drop the celeb thing), but it was nice to see some self awareness.

Wrap-Up
It was really a week of story progression and character development.

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