I’m going to be on a unfixed trip starting tomorrow, so I’m not quite sure yet if it will end up affecting the next (or next couple of) LGAPR posts. But if a post gets stuck in a weird place in the week just know that it’s a little out of my power.
Well. That’s kind of awkward.
The Headmaster really knows how to give a soft reminder that the current S4 can be replaced at any time.
1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 236 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 180 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 174 Points
4) PriPara – 139 Points
In their endless battle to assert supremacy over the other, Fairilu and Aikatsu are probably going to catch up to Precure before the season ends.
Weekly Point Distribution
1) Aikatsu Stars! – +9 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +6 Points
3) PriPara – +3 Points
4) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – +1 Point
A Word From the Big Man
One show was amazing this week, one was good, and the rest existed.
Quite the grim look over there.
I think the real issue I had with this week’s Precure is I’m not really sure what it was meant to achieve. They introduced a side character to force the three into the kitchen together, and that was about it. I understand that it was supposed to be a sort of team building episode, but I didn’t get any of that at any point during the episode. So it was unsuccessful at helping any character or building real relationships, it didn’t feel like fluff, and it was generally really lazy in about every department. With that extreme lack of direction it’s really hard to put it above anything else.
Does this count as a reunion or a first encounter?
This week was a pretty big climax episode for Fairilu and finally explains what exactly is going on between the human and Farilu worlds. It was also the episode that finally brought Lip and Nozomu together…and very dynamically separated them shortly after. Fairilu is overall a really hard show to read and I’m not exactly sure where it wants to go from here, so I am really forced to judge every episode at face value. And while I am happy to see the story consistently moving forward for once, these past few weeks (and this episode in particular) felt very abrupt. I guess that is the one thing keeping me from valuing this episode particularly high.
At least Ako has a bright future acting in kids movies.
It’s really funny that Ako, the character who had an introduction episode that made her look like a giant bitch, ended up becoming the biggest sweetheart among the entire Stars cast. Ako has had very little attention in terms of solo episodes (this is actually her first real one), and it might have worked to her benefit that it happened at a time where Stars writing has really shaped up.
Yume’s character has been in an eternal conflict because she’s had the most episodes spread across the worst and best of Stars writing. Mahiru’s character has had struggles because her largest character development happened when the series was over-dramatizing and suffering from awkward pacing. Rola’s personal development as Yume’s rival was probably the big turn where Stars writing really started to shape up, and it didn’t suffer too hard from over dramatization. The problem is Rola has been in the show as long as Yume and has suffered severely from her personality being drastically tuned to balance out situations. Lily has gotten great episodes, but it’s hard to tell where she sits in the cast in terms of relevance. And Koharu was written out of the cast just as she was getting actual attention.
To get back to this episode, it really just shows that the staff does like making Ako the tragic character. Nothing can or probably ever will go right for Ako. She’ll probably end up with a great guy, but it’s not the guy of her dreams. She’ll have an incredibly successful career, but there’s a good chance she’ll never get into the S4. But it all makes her character incredibly likable. Yume might be the main character and definite underdog in her circle, but Ako is easily the underdog on a much larger scale. And who doesn’t want to root for the underdog…or undercat?
PriPara was actually below average this week, but it had a direction and that’s already a greater achievement than Precure. I actually had a huge beef with it because for the past few weeks Lala has been stressing about how she has to win the tourney and save Juri. However, she said absolutely nothing in relation to it this episode and seemed like she was perfectly sure they would lose to Hibiki. It might be the same thing we saw in a previous finale, but at least practice consistency. Lala should be whining about Juri every episode, otherwise the lead up to this tourney means nothing.
PriPara’s saving grace is just that Precure was that weak of an episode. If Precure had any remote sense of episode direction this week I would have had no hesitation putting PriPara in last place again.
If you were to ask me about it a few months ago, I’m positive that I would never predict Stars to be the show to carry a week on it’s back.