Posted by: Leek | February 1, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 21

I apologize for the string of late posts, and it should stop now that January is finally over. I do find it funny I beat up on PriPara for moving it’s airtime forward when I keep moving the LGAPR post schedule forward. With how late I’ve been posting these lately, I might as well have not bothered changing PriPara’s positioning. But by the current way of things it might just have led you to not seeing these posts until the end of the week.

There are two students and one teacher in this picture.

I’ll let you guess who is who.

Previous Standings

1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 218 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 156 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 144 Points
4) PriPara – 135 Points

There won’t be an immediate change, but chances are margins may start getting smaller as time starts moving forward. Of course, Aikatsu and PriPara might have to worry about their futures as both are confirmed to be starting new seasons in April.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Stars and Fairilu seem content right now to casually trade places. It’s not the best idea for Stars to keep the pattern up if it ever wants to pull ahead though.

Remember that quip I made about Dokurokushe secretly being a nice guy?

Much like I had expected, Precure mostly went out on a gag. It wasn’t entirely a gag episode, but the bulk of it was just meant to put a cheesy smile on your face before you say goodbye to everyone. I did like how the staff fully copped out of having to draw adult Mirai and Liko for the entire episode by empowering Kotoha with the magic of eternal youth. Makes you wonder if they just can’t transform into Precure as adults (last episode showed Diamond was active again), or if you really have to be below a certain age to transform into Precure. Guess we may never find out.

That aside, there are a few other small things to comment on. This is the first occasion in Precure where the newer series actually showed up within the final episode of the previous series outside of the baton pass segment. It’s nothing new in superhero series, so it was interesting to see Precure finally jump into the same boat as it’s Nichiasa brethren. And it was kind of nice to see the casts interact (even if it was only the MC of Kira) outside of a movie.

Other than that, the series went out on a the same lessons of friendship it’s been trying to push throughout the series. I could say a lot about how I felt the overall series was a little weak on being vocal about what lessons it wanted to teach, but it was nice to see them finally put their foot down for the final episode. Maybe a little late, but I respect that they didn’t just leave on a laugh and nothing else.

I’ve heard of double dates, but this is ridiculous.

Fairilu didn’t wander too far from where it was last week as it continues showing where various Fairilu plan to go upon graduating. The first half of this week honed in on Olive and his greater concern for the condition of his home world. Olive’s previous dedicated episode had already shown off a lot of his concerns for what was going on, and really enforces the idea that he’s the most likely to replace Ren when he grows old enough. Olive somehow ends up in some strangely heavy story scenarios, and he’s probably the one male character outside of Ren who will play the biggest role in the future (since Dante is really just his friend and also happens to be together with one of the female leads).

The second half shifts over to the happy couple and their personal “buddy scenario”. My actual only real comment here is how awkward it’ll be whenever Himawari and Dante transform in the human world and hang out with Kano and Haruto. Both actually transform into the form of middle school students, but both are characters that hilariously act as if they were still in grade school. So it’s just a little weird that they both chose buddies that are actually still in grade school. I still really don’t know what impact the buddy thing will have in the future, but Himawari and Dante are the most likely to have off scenarios since Lip, Rose, and Sumire all have very, very different relationships with their buddies.

They’re in shock about the lack of representation in the new season promo.

Having binged a lot on story as of recent, Stars is still in a period of character development plus mostly gag episodes. You could say this was a mini-story to push things along between Mahiru and Yozora, but it was really just an episode made for the yuks. I won’t really complain because Stars gags have been quite enjoyable as of recent, and the bit between Mahiru and Yozora was just as well executed. Mahiru seems to get the most focus outside of Yume and Rola, so it will be interesting what position she takes as we slowly transition towards the new season of Stars. She is one of the few main cast members mentioned directly in the promo, so there’s a high chance she’ll be obtaining a new rival.

Quick Draw…Indiana Jones?

This week was just another example of really bad planning on the PriPara writing team’s part. I don’t know how well they’ve planned things out as they still have a minimum of nine episodes until April and they start their new season. But chances are they’re really going to have to buy a bit of time with how they usually pace their finales. And that was pretty obvious as we spent all of this week on a single gag built around a lotto for bracket positions.

That’s really it. PriPara spent an entire week on something that should have taken five minutes because none of it mattered. Actually, the bracket positions do matter in the long run because it helps build up that finale, but there’s no reason to make it take half an hour.

Yes, I realize I criticize PriPara sometimes because it packs too much into an episode, but that’s because there are often events worth focusing more time on. However, this week was not an event that provides any merit to improving your story or characters. But sure, let’s focus on it anyway. Good job. You listened to my advice and still found a way to screw up. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for these next two months, but my expectations are very far from high after getting burned so many times.

Wrap-Up
We sadly have to part ways with Mahou Tsukai Precure this week, but we also get to prepare ourselves in welcoming a new series to both the Precure franchise and LGAPR. But you’re all probably used to this by now.

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