Posted by: Leek | February 8, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 22

The first change of the guard for the year has finally come. Actually, April isn’t all that far away so it won’t be too long before we see a somewhat moderate change in about every one of the shows present in the rankings.

Ichika, you could at least follow along with the VTR.

And yet you wonder why your cakes never come out correctly.

Previous Standings

1) Mahou Tsukai Precure! – 227 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 159 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 150 Points
4) PriPara – 136 Points

No change but Stars isn’t losing sight of Fairilu’s tail.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu Stars! – +9 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +6 Points
3) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – +3 Points
4) PriPara – +1 Point

A Word From the Big Man
I don’t think the quality of anything really changed this week. It’s more so that Precure is a newborn again and has to master standing on two legs.

Nobody said being the main character guarantees looking good all the time.

This week’s Precure is more akin to what I’m used to in terms of a first episode. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad sense, but it does prove that Mahou Tsukai was a really irregular case in terms of, well, about everything.

The thing is A La Mode is different, but it’s a different kind of monster compared to how Mahou Tsukai was. I do enjoy that Precure has been kind of looking backwards and putting a fresh spin on some old ideas, but I almost feel like this year might end with it doing a little too much. It’s a big assumption to make from the first episode, but it was a little bit of a mess of a first episode. There are some interesting ideas though, and I’m more than willing to give it a chance just because it’s putting people out of their comfort zones.

What I’m not sure I’ll get used to personally is the lack of hand to hand combat. They did state well ahead of time that Precure wasn’t going to put up their dukes this year, and I didn’t feel like it was a horrible decision. What I didn’t imagine was what I got in this episode, and I didn’t think it would be so frustrating to watch. I think putting a limit on physical action isn’t a terrible thing, but writing it out entirely might have been a mistake. It just looks a little awkward when Cure Whip was dodging around and had to really think hard about how she would fight off her attacker.

My violin playing never did this to women.

Each of the main characters of Fairilu really brings different episodes to the table, and Rose is the one meant to bring the drama. I generally appreciate Fairilu recently because it’s showing forward movement, but nothing will change how out of the place the drama episodes feel sometimes. I honestly would have placed it before Stars this week if it would just tone things down a bit. The show is usually so light and innocent that I’m not sure I can okay Rose having a straight orgasm listening to Yuuto’s violin playing.

The other thing that bothers me is that Ren is actually incredibly bad at his job. For a guy that is responsible for the safety of his entire world, he sure seems to not give an actual care of what Anchusa is doing. It’s not that Anchusa has outright said that she’s out to destroy the world, but if she ever does, then it’s one hundred percent Ren’s fault for only slapping her on the wrist every time she does something bad.

It might be a little late to start doing camera appeals.

Stars continues to put up both consistency and well constructed character episodes. I’m not sure Lily is a character that really needs it right now, but I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this episode as much as I did. At the surface, it looked like it would just be a cute episode to focus on the relationship of Yuzu and Lily. But it really turned out to be another episode to show off a bit of the personal insecurities that Lily suffers from. I can’t say Lily had the best introduction (very few characters in Stars did to be honest), but the highlights of her character have really come through recently.

I won’t say that Stars is strictly directing itself towards it’s season finale, but it is continuing to tell you the direction it plans to run towards. So I’m not really sure it’s doing a good job of building up to that end of March finale just yet, but I do hope they do more than just hint that it’s coming sometime soon. It might be time to start getting away from the character centered episodes and looks towards how they can make the finale have some actual impact.

This is your cue to look touched.

I really don’t know what the plan was for this week’s episode of PriPara, but it didn’t go too well. It was really just a matter of a lot of goofing off, and then it tried to sell a heartfelt lesson to you at the end. It was dead obvious to everyone that Gaarmageddon was not going to win anything, so it would have probably just been a good idea to dedicate the entirety of the episode to them. Instead, they drifted between a lot of nonsense and expected you to be touched when everybody realizes Gaarmageddon is more than a bunch of pranksters. It probably could have been a decent episode for them, but I just don’t think there was any real focus put anywhere in it.

Wrap-Up
The month of February will probably be the month of, how well a start can A La Mode manage?

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