Posted by: Leek | March 9, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 26

I finally found that open window to put up the new LGAPR post, but the posting schedule will still have to be flexible until April rolls around.

Could you not do that?

Just looking at that makes my groin hurt.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 237 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 186 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 183 Points
4) PriPara – 142 Points

Stars has finally come in for the kill on Fairilu in it’s ongoing quest to reclaim the throne.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Precure manages to stay afloat this week even if every other show is trying to bury it with finale buildup.

I don’t know the meaning of failure.

I really felt like Precure managed to recreate the best aspects of it’s second episode this week. I had mixed feelings about Aoi’s episode because I felt like her unique traits didn’t really shine through as strongly as Himari’s did during her episode. And I had every issue with last week because it lacked any real objective. But this week did a great job of both introducing Yukari and showing exactly what kind of character she really is.

The other two shows below Precure were relatively weak even while pushing story, and I really did enjoy Precure enough this week that I felt it should get some credit for it. Right now, Precure can still get by with just humor, fun, and team building, but my tone with it will definitely start to change once we get past April.

Lip, I thought we went over the doorknob thing?

Lip was captured at the end of the previous week, and she was rather anticlimactically saved this week. That’s really all that happened in Fairilu. I probably could have ranked it lower than PriPara this week, but it wasn’t recap at least. And watching Anchusa make overly dramatic facial expressions every week is quite fun.

That’s not what your acting abilities are for.

Ako’s time in the spotlight finally comes to a close this season as she kind of finishes out her half of the quest to enter the S4. Actually, I hadn’t really thought about the condition that over half of the S4 members were graduating and that the spots would be open regardless. Kind of makes you wonder what they want to do with Yuzu that they never gave her a successor within the main cast.

I will admit this is the episode where everything I’ve said concerning Tsubasa mentoring the wrong character kind of bit Stars in the butt. This week could have had a larger impact, but it just comes down to Ako not getting paired with Tsubasa at a early enough time. To be fair, Rola and Hime have had almost no interactions together, but Rola’s rivalry isn’t with Hime. And, of course, the Kasumi sisters have had an ample time to enforce their relationship.

It was still a great episode, and it did give them a chance to humanize Ako a bit more. I really do think Tsubasa was actually the greatest mentor as far as the S4 members went, and it is a real shame that she didn’t have enough time to develop a more complex relationship with her successor.

What is best in life?

PriPara takes the time this week to do recap. I get that it’s supposed to be the calm before the storm, but it’s really didn’t create any real buildup. It kind of hilariously revealed that the two groups hardly have compete against one another (aka they’re shitty rivals) and that their greatest achievements were mutual performances for a greater good. I’m not saying that all six are going to walk away top dogs after the finale, but history tends to repeat itself, especially in PriPara.

What I always find funny is Lala, the supposed main character, lacks a good direct rival as far as Dressing Paffy goes. Mirai pairs well against Shion in the battle of the wits and Leona and Sophie are generally the most chill members of their respective groups. However, it has become fairly obvious that Shion has taken up the leader role, leaving Dorothy with absolutely no real position outside of being annoying. So rather then Lala getting stacked against a motivational, charismatic leader, she just gets Dorothy.

April is approaching fast as are season finales, so we’ll see who can pull it off the best. We’ll also get to see if any show manages to pull off a better finale than Mahou Tsukai Precure a couple of months back.

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