It’s mildly annoying when you realize you’re still behind even after two posts.
♪yume no tobira wo hirakou♪
Those lyrics are a little less motivating when Lip can’t even open a door properly.
1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 252 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 198 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 192 Points
4) PriPara – 144 Points
A little too early to start calling things stable.
Weekly Point Distribution
1) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +9 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – +6 Points
3) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – +3 Points
4) PriPara – +1 Point
A Word From the Big Man
One show stepped up to the challenge this week, the others seem to have trouble realizing the situation.
They’re like the long lost relatives of the Keebler Elves.
This week of Precure drifts away from the conventional main characters and instead to Pekorin. Usually the fairy episodes happen fairly late in the series, but it was also an opportunity to try and light a fuse in the story. And that’s all the episode really did. It wasn’t exactly an episode to write home about and worked mostly as a bridge.
It does raise the question about how much solo time Ichika will get from here on out. So far, every episode (sans one) has focused on Ichika’s solo interactions with other characters rather than mixing in characters who were already introduced. The perk is that it’s giving Ichika a lot of time to develop as a leader, and I hope they do try to grow her character as much as they can. Precure has never really suffered from particularly weak main characters, but they don’t always stand out either. So this might be the best solution so that Ichika doesn’t get too overshadowed when the other members start developing farther down the line.
Enjoy that first place position while you can Rola.
Of all the S4 battles so far, this week was probably the most ill conceived. The problem has been haunting Stars forever, and that’s the character count. There was a post so many weeks back where I drew up a long list of all the things going on in Stars at that point in time. And, while it was partly meant as a joke, the large majority of them were completely legitimate happenings.
This week was dedicated to both Lily and Rola, two characters who share equally interesting positions in terms of the series. Much of Lily’s character has developed around her goal to be a part of S4 so that she could feel accomplished enough to truly stand behind her brand. Not only that, but it also acts as her last shot to enter the S4 and stand alongside Yuzu. Both of those are very large factors to her character and easily merited her having a dedicated episode to really show off her emotions, particularly if they plan to focus on her as much in the coming season.
In terms of Rola, her entire character hangs off of her relationship/rivalry with Yume. So the fact that their performances have to be separated already causes problems. The bulk of the episode went back to the original hurdles she faced during her major development arc, but it really didn’t feel all there because of the lack of interaction with her rival. It wasn’t a particularly bad episode, but it felt like two very incomplete halves rather than one complete thought.
If only I got paid for every time a character cried this episode.
This week of Fairilu really goes back to that question of, “Who is the target audience,” that seems to get raised every time a Sanrio anime happens. This episode presented a really emotional scenario about love and self loathing, but I can’t imagine any young viewer could begin to wrap their head or take an real interest as to what was really going on. I can understand some more complex ideas being put into it to expand the audience, but Fairilu has suffered all year from ups and downs in that regard. And that overall lack of consistency makes it really hard to watch the series unless you really decided to invest yourself into it.
But the point of LGAPR is for me to judge on a weekly basis, and this episode put a really nice cap on what Fairilu seemed to be after for most of the series. It finally tied all the loose ends up about what really happened with Anchusa and you see that most of her plans were more self destructive than anything else. I honestly just want to know why Anchusa looked so much like an eggplant when she was little rather than her actual flower.
The biggest problem is that this isn’t the actual last episode of Fairilu in the season. It would have really been the picture perfect end to the series, but there’s still one more episode next week. And I can’t help that episode will really kick a ton of sand over what they accomplished this week.
What kind of greater power trumps a Goddess anyway?
If you were to tell me that the PriPara staff had an extra episode to fill until April and this was the result, then I would believe you. If you truly wanted to underplay the original rivalry even further, a random final boss would be the way to do it.
We’re really entering that final stretch, and I feel more worried than anything else.