We’re reaching the end of April, but it will still take some time to beat the new recruits into shape again.
Prison food might still top this.
At least Yui won’t have to worry too much if she ever lands herself in jail.
1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 270 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 231 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 216 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 152 Points
Stars is starting to get a cushy lead ahead of Fairilu, but it still has a bit of a ways before it starts tailing Precure.
Weekly Point Distribution
1) Aikatsu Stars! – +9 Points
2) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – +6 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – +3 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – +1 Point
A Word From the Big Man
We go from the lead in of last week to even more lead in.
Amazing how much a guy can change in a few episodes.
To say the least, Precure was very dramatic this week, and that is quite a large departure from where we’ve been for the past few weeks. It kind of brings us back to a year or so ago when Mahou Tsukai painted up the original parting of Mirai and Rico very dramatically when it probably wasn’t that necessary. While I don’t think it’s bad to give Ichika a large event to bond with her father, I’m not sure it was a necessary thing at this point in time. Actually, we haven’t seen Ichika interact that much with her father past the premiere, but I guess they had no real footing to do anything else.
It was a good episode though, and I won’t really knock it too much outside of that. However, the staff went out of their way to make an incredibly long animation for a finisher really early into the series. Hopefully they don’t play out the entire thing every episode from here on out because it might be a little much. I respect the effort put into it, but when it’s something that has the potential to play every week, it’s no different than PriPara adding extra elements to performances so that they can last past the standard length and fill more episode time.
At least Elza has the evil look down pat.
This week of Stars was meant to flaunt Elza’s ambitions and show off her grand evil scheme. It’s actually not all that evil, but they give Elza enough malicious facial expressions that you want to call them evil schemes. But holding a monopoly on the world’s greatest idols is evil from a business standpoint, and it’s actually just the main idea of Tiger Mask W if you replace the wrestlers with idols. And, in case you didn’t somehow figure it out already, this is the episode to reveal that Koharu is on board the Venus Ark and working as a subordinate of Elza.
It does leave some mystery as to how this season will actually unfold. Simply showing off Yume’s activities as an S4 member doesn’t really make a season, and the end of the episode does give some evidence that Yume might eventually hop on board the Venus Ark with Koharu being yet another large chunk of bait to do so. The Aikatsu franchise has always been fond of the touring aspect, and it’s something that Stars hasn’t touched just yet. But it most likely won’t occur until the second half of the season, or they have the option to use it as a plot for next year if they really choose to draw out the relationship between Yume and Elza.
Getting really Hogwarts, really fast.
On account I knocked on Mahou Tsukai for the blatant Harry Potter influence, it’s only fair that I knock on Fairilu for doing a similar thing. But I guess when you’re attending a school to learn magic, there’s one thing you can reference that the younger generation will feel familiarity with. That generation is starting to pass over though, and I’m actually not sure how many parents end up exposing their kids to literature that just fazed out of the wildly popular spectrum.
Moving along though, this week wasn’t anything real special. It was just meant to introduce the new school and how very Hogwarts-esque they decided to make it. It’s also an episode that sheds a bit more light on how they’ll use Rin’s character this season. Previously, most of the main characters really got set on distinct paths, so Rin acts as a new character that they can slowly shape over the season via the old characters. Regardless, I see it being a fairly slow start again for Fairilu as it ended up setting itself back quite a bit.
Not sure whether to mock the sleep posture or the rice cooker.
In the very first season of the original PriPara, Lala fought the fearsome prejudice of ageism. And in Idol Time, Lala fights against the fearsome prejudice of sexism. At least, I want to say that, but it would be giving PriPara a lot of credit when it’s not actually out to question either of those social issues.
I don’t think PriPara particularly irked me any harder this week than last week, but it’s far from the most interesting thing to watch among the line up. And I will be honest and say that I felt the closest competition this week was between PriPara and Fairilu. So there is a good chance that PriPara can escape the hell of multiple fourth place finishes by just stepping it up a little bit, assuming Fairilu turns out slow episodes for the next few weeks as speculated.
Right now, Stars is the one show that feel has a direction already to run in, but I think it’s really close between the other three. So don’t be too surprised if Stars dominates the weekly rankings for awhile because of consistency.