The year is a bit of a ways in already, but this is about as fresh as the year will ever feel on LGAPR. Three out of four of the shows started a new season to kick off Spring, and they’re also the seasons that will run clear until next year.
Popeye is looking pretty good these days.
Getting off of that all spinach diet did wonders.
1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 267 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 222 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 210 Points
4) PriPara – 151 Points
Stars had really been sprinting towards Precure’s point count, but the new season could potentially put a damper on things.
Weekly Point Distribution
1) Aikatsu Stars! – +9 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +6 Points
3) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – +3 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – +1 Point
A Word From the Big Man
While all the other shows all have to worry about starting troubles for the next few weeks, the fresh car smell of Precure has gone away, and it’s reaching the point where it has to start showing results.
That is actually a terrifying sight.
If you were to ask me to compare, I’d say that Precure was only slightly better than last week. The good thing is that it actually worked to try and form a bond between Akira and Yukari and flesh out their character. The problem is that the remainder of the episode cut to the younger trio so often that it ended up breaking the mood constantly. Not to mention that the fanclub members were downright nightmare inducing. I think it would have been a great episode had Ichika and the others had less screen time and the differences between Yukari and Akira come out a little more to fill in those gaps.
It wasn’t a terrible episode, and it did set the series on the way to next week, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.
You don’t mess with perfection.
Stars opened with a bang to both reintroduce the old cast in their new roles as well as initiate the three new rivals into the mix of things. And outside of a brisk tempo and good use of characters, the real star of the show was Elza. I really didn’t know how to approach her character when she was first introduced, and she did seem like she would function as a Stars version of Mizuki. And, while she might fill a part of that position, her character is just really something that Aikatsu has never explored before.
The thing I will give the first season of Stars credit for is it experimented with elements that never turned up in the original franchise. Stars was willing to go towards the drama side even if it went too far sometimes. It was also more willing to experiment more with complex character relationships even if they got a little too tangled. And, as for this new season, Elza is just a character type that has never existed in the franchise.
Elza is a rival character on the surface, but she can do so much more to trip up Yume and the gang than any ordinary rival. One of the big flaws of Dream Academy in S2 of the original series is there was very rarely a feeling of competition, and Elza appears as if she’s full and ready to bring competition. My biggest worry is just that she’ll lose that flame before the end of the season. But if Elza remains stubborn about her perfect record throughout, Stars could produce some real rivalry between characters.
Must run in the family.
Fairilu spends most of this week to introduce the new human/Fairilu pair that will be the main focus of the series. I don’t really know what the main story will focus on this year, but it feels as if we’ll be playing opposite of last season. I’m not too surprised because expecting Fairilu to set eyes on the human world for a second season would really slash it’s ability to cycle through characters as easily. So introducing Karen and giving her the amazing magic mirror to cross worlds (that you can buy for a not so low price for your daughter) allows the writing team to play around their comfort zone.
The actual reasoning for Karen’s creation is that they realized that they couldn’t let Nozomu be the one transforming into a Fairilu and crossing worlds. Not only would it not sell toys as well, but it would be really damn creepy.
Those are some gnarly color contacts.
This episode was really PriPara’s chance to start from the beginning and try and recapture me. And I was going to give some long blown lecture about how PriPara managed to do the exact opposite of that. But I’m not going to bother. Let me paraphrase instead.
It’s honestly fine if PriPara does a little bit of rehashing to start off the new series, but it really shouldn’t be. Making Lala change locations and start from square one again is the ultimate cop out and one of the reasons a lot of people can’t stand watching Pokemon. Turning on the first episode of Idol Time was no different than that feeling you get when you turn on Pokemon and learn that Ash/Satoshi has released everything except Pikachu…again. It’s a light way of saying, “Do you like our main character? If not, then too bad”.
I’m going to keep my fingers crossed because Yui should be intended as the real main character of this series. With any luck she’ll be able to carry the series and all the development on her back. Because Lala’s character is not going to help anywhere in that respect.
If you count Idol Time out, there seems to be a lot of promise. Or it might actually be that everything had to fall so that Stars could recapture everything it’s original franchise brought to the rankings. Utter and complete domination.