Posted by: Leek | March 26, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 27

I’ve finally returned home and am slowly getting back into the swing of things again. The plan is a LGAPR post every day for the next three days, but I won’t make any promises.

Don’t look at me like that.

Akira is one of those beautiful people that wins over the men, women, and children.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 243 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 192 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 189 Points
4) PriPara – 143 Points

Stars finally passed it’s previous rival, but it’s hard to say if it’ll keep the lead once the new season starts.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I don’t know if it’s a good thing that Precure can outrank the other shows. Particularly because all of them are just steps away from their finales.

At least Ichika has a hilarious story to share for the rest of her life.

Precure did more or less the same thing as last week via another fun and entertaining character introduction episode. I think the real charm is that the truly boyish character type has been absent from Precure for quite awhile. I also failed to mention it last week, but the age gap between the various characters is another thing we haven’t seen in Precure for quite some time. So it really does help in changing up the usual character chemistry and might bring a bit of freshness to franchise that has been missing as of recent (all without being overly experimental).

Precure’s real battle begins now as it will have to start bringing in actual form to the series to help push it through the year.

My family is a goldmine.

Stars continues with the S4 battle as it moves into the showdown between the Kasumi sisters. I’ve shared a lot regarding how I feel about the relationship between Mahiru and Yozora, and I particularly brought up how much of it was rushed early on. They’ve touched on the two a few more times following Mahiru’s arc, but it’s hard to say that it took any real solid form past that point. Because of that, I don’t think this episode had nearly as much impact as it really should have.

It was an enjoyable episode, but I felt like it should have pulled a bit more emotion out of me. However, I do feel that if anybody should have surpassed their rival this season that Mahiru is the right fit for it.

This is why you never hang with you friend and their boyfriend/girlfriend.

Half of the Fairilu episode this week was more or less lead in to the finale, and, if it was just that, then it would be perfectly fine. But the other half of the episode felt like it was relaying a lot of vital information about the Fairilu universe, and it just left me wondering, why now? Fairilu has had ample time to go into the fragile balance between the Fairilu and human worlds, and loading the end of the series with information is not the best idea out there.

Fairilu’s trip to it’s finale has been a lot of ups and downs, and this week did not quite hit the mark.

I demand a recount.

I’m willing to yield a bit to Stars even if it had a low impact episode. It’s only been one season, and who they covered this week isn’t even the true main character of the series. The problem is PriPara has been building up to this showdown for three seasons, and it easily had less impact than Stars did. And overall, it just felt draggy. Stars and PriPara are doing very little different right now. Episodes are both coming down to two performances and weaving in dialogue in-between to try and build up the individual rivalries. It’s just that PriPara has done a horrendous job with it’s characters for three full seasons. The characters they’ve done legitimately good jobs with are minor and were all very easily eliminated already.

And that’s all there really is to it. Like all finales for PriPara, the actual competition isn’t the true objective and you know there’s something that has to come after it. The difference is we already know what that something is going to be this time around, so this entire episode really just feels like a farce. Because even if the competition going on right now is supposed to be incredibly pivotal to the series and is really what started it, it’s getting underplayed by something larger. So let’s just sum it up by saying that some rather unwise decisions prevented this PriPara episode from being anything more than just another fifteen minutes of CG performances.

Wrap-Up
I have to admit it is really worrying when climax episodes aren’t as pulling as a simple character introduction. But I cannot tell a lie, and the truth is that nothing had the same pull as Precure this week.

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