Posted by: Leek | December 23, 2016

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 14

So here’s the somewhat messy explanation of what’s been going down this holiday month. I had a jury duty summons for the month, and originally I thought it would be pretty easy to dodge since there wouldn’t be that many trials going on. I was wrong. So I would have kept getting constantly called back until this week, and would most likely have been chosen to serve on a jury eventually. So I just sucked it up and landed on the first one I could (which is now done and done).

Come this week, I found out I had picked up the flu during the previous week and have more or less been medicated and stuck in bed. The few days where I’ve felt well enough to do anything I had to commit to helping out with what high priority work I couldn’t get done witin the past two weeks.

And that more or less brings us to today. I’ll try and put up the two posts I’ve missed and the actual current within the next three days, so you can expect one LGAPR post a day starting today. That’s at least the plan I’m going to try and follow.

On the first day of LGAPR-mas my true love gave to me…

….a highly overcompensating Christmas tree.

Previous Standings

1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 108 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 66 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 52 Points
4) PriPara – 48 Points

No big changes.

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
We begin the holiday festivities with a sigh rather than a bang.

Little Rascals.

The ultimate weakness of every Precure is that it’s overtly apparent when they’re trying to buy time. They really tried to give Olva some bullshit reasoning as to why he turned the main cast into toddlers, but it was one hundred percent a shot in the dark. Precure really doesn’t have that many episodes left and you’d think they would have something planned for this area of the series. But it’s all around looking like a really weak push, and I really hope some momentum comes back before it’s too late.

From villain to hero, a Headmaster’s story.

Stars finally decided it was time to pull Yume out of the dumpster and begin working on her struggles with her magical idol powers. And despite Hime’s own weird quirks (the rain thing), it is also about time that she stops just being that silent veteran with her mouth shut and directly helps Yume work things out. On top of all of that is that the Headmaster makes the ultimate turn and also begins coming to Yume’s aid. And, even if he’s not clear about it, it really feels like we’re supposed to see him as a real stand up guy.

Regardless of him just having really bad people skills, it’s really hard to just straight up forgive the Headmaster at this point. Even if his trials for Yume were intended to help her, he didn’t have to be a jackass about it. I almost feel like it would have been better for them to reveal his actual motives after Yume fully overcomes her powers. At least at that point you would think, “Ah, so he was forced to be a hard ass so Yume didn’t get soft at any point”. Then they could do whatever they want with his character. But I feel like they maybe shot off his backstory a little too early. It’s not terrible, but I feel like it would felt a lot less uncomfortable farther down the line.

Amemi gets some really flattering facial expressions.

To be perfectly honest, Fairilu was nothing special this week. It was just a lead up Christmas episode that was meant to teach kids that the holidays aren’t about winning. It’s not whose house has better lights, or who gets the most presents, or who gets the best presents. The holidays are just about coming together and enjoying the season. Actually, only one of those lessons was actually covered in the episode.

In reality, it’s just that Precure was really disappointing this week, and I honestly just feel like Fairilu did nothing wrong to rank lower than it.

Fitting reactionary images to an episode.

Speaking of buying time, PriPara is the true Queen of it, and it is that time of the season again. This episode was actually worse than the usual case because instead of just having over half an episode of performances, they made sure all of it was completely irrelevant. They really just wanted to throw in every minor character because they could, and it allowed them to propel a really minor plot point that really won’t matter all that much. Not to mention, this week’s PriPara episode really could have been done in PowerPoint.

Wrap-Up
Tomorrow’s should be up earlier in the day.

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