Posted by: Leek | December 6, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 13

It just kind of hit me that we’re in the last month of the year and a lot of very frightening things are close. I’m not going to say that any post this month is guranteed to be late, but if it happens in any month, then that month will be December.

Cool girls don’t look at high fives.

Coincidentally, cool guys don’t look at fist bumps. This is actually what led to the first instance of the cross counter.

Previous Standings

1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 99 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 60 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 51 Points
4) PriPara – 45 Points

I’d just like to point out that breaking 100 points this early into the season has never happened before.

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
This week stacks up pretty well to the previous, and I’ll never hate consistency.

Must suck getting sent to the end of the universe and blown up twice.

I’ve been in long waiting for Precure to drop the story bomb, and this was finally the week that they decided to do it. They had been foreshadowing the connection between the worlds before, and this is the episode that finally explains how everything in the world came to be. So now that all the knots have been unraveled for the viewer, it’s more or less a straight shot to the ending. And, given the general information from this week, I feel that the ending won’t include any of those sad goodbyes I kind of wanted to see. But, to be fair, it wouldn’t have fit in too much with the general tone of the series. Bittersweet endings have never been a Precure thing to do in the first place anyway.

The many faces of Ako.

It wasn’t too long ago that Mahiru had a character episode, but they decided to rotate back to her again just for the hell of it. This week was actually one of those episodes I had to watch a couple of times to really appreciate. Sure, there’s absolutely nothing for me to take away from an episode that spent at least five minutes giving a lesson in applying makeup, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good episode for Mahiru’s character. I don’t feel like Mahiru’s previous episode really did anything in particular for her character. And I think I enjoyed this week simply because it did a good job of playing to Mahiru’s individual strengths.

What’s most interesting is that this week showed off how they’re using other cast members to fill the gap that Koharu left. Koharu is no longer around to be the mediator between Yume and Rola, and Mahiru did a really great job of filling that position (albeit addressing it more from Rola’s side rather than Yume’s). They’re also finally finding a way to weave Ako into the main cast, so I can finally stop feeling bad for her every week.

People who brag about their relationship are the worst.

I’m going to be honest and say that having to listen to conversations about curtains for half an episode was not fun. Curtain shopping is probably one of the most mind numbing items when it comes to home decor, and I really don’t think kids should be burdened with something that won’t be relevant to them for another twenty to thirty years. The story itself actually had nothing to do with curtain shopping, but I just don’t know why it had to be curtains of all things.

To be fair, I did enjoy the second half of Fairilu. It’s good to see that Sakura is more than just a crazed idol fan, and I kind of wish she got more screen time to show off her more normal self.

Sorry, Chiri. Turns out God hates all idols.

I’m starting to gradually feel like the writing of PriPara is turning into Dragon Ball. The thing is that instead of an episode dedicated to one fight, PriPara has episodes dedicated to one performance. And a drawn out ten minute performance isn’t the same as a ten minute drawn out fight scene. Well, it might have the potential to, but I don’t think PriPara is destined to be the show to unlock that potential.

But, back to my point, PriPara continues creating up scaled “villains” rather than simply generating a new plot line. The first major villain locked down an entire school in an attempt to prevent them from becoming idols. The second tried to lock everyone out of being an idol that they didn’t consider worthy. And now we have a villain who just thinks all idols are bad and have to held by the hand so they walk the proper path. I don’t exactly know what PriPara plans to do now that they’ve reached a God level of villain, but maybe they’ll just have to wait and see what Dragon Ball Super decides to do next.

Despite the lackluster turn the overall plot is taking, I do enjoy the position they decided to give Chiri. She’s the most vulnerable member of the cast, and, if nothing else, this development will be great for her as a character. Of course, it looked like the Hibiki arc would be great for Mirei’s character, and we all know how that ended up going over. But maybe it’ll work out this time.

Wrap-Up
Fairilu is going to start ushering in the Christmas season next week, and I’m sure the others won’t be too far behind.

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