Posted by: Leek | May 1, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 34

Old jokes are all fun and games until someone wakes up with back problems.

The perils of video sites.

The most painful thing is that you know the one view was just yourself checking to make sure everything looks good.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 285 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 246 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 222 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 154 Points

Well, most of the point gaps are relatively close.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I will come outright and say nothing was bad this week. And, to be perfectly honest, very little separates even fourth from first.

Knowledge is delicious.

The time has come and Precure has descended into it’s character development rotation period. It had to happen eventually, and it was kind of expected given that Julio has shown up and every member needs their own special attack utilizing their new toys. Overall, I didn’t think it was terrible, and it more or less built off what we’ve seen of Himari’s character in her intro episode.

I think my biggest issue, and potentially all of these episodes will generate this problem, is this feels like a waste of Rio’s character. They put all the effort forward to introduce him, and he knows everybody that works with Ichika at this point. So it feels like more of these episodes should be stemming from his scheming rather than just random events. I just don’t like that his character is immediately getting sidelined and he’s only really showing up in his Julio persona to get his ass kicked.

Cat vs. Sheep

Stars was actually pretty busy this week, showing off a little bit of everything. The focus of the episode was to introduce Elza’s pet sheep, Kirara, but it also worked to develop both Yume and Ako in the process. And, on top of all that, there was the big plot swing that took place at the very tail end of the episode.

Ako has been framed as a character that calculates a lot of her moves before she takes action, and Kirara proves a good polar opposite to that. Kirara got the better of Ako though most of the episode with her somewhat spontaneous personality, and I honestly hope the separation of the two (aka Ako choosing to not board the Venus Ark) cuts down their opportunity to interact throughout the season. So we’ll have to see what is actually done with Kirara’s character from here on out without her “rival” counterpart being physically present.

The real gag here is how obvious it is that I don’t read all that far on the episodes summaries that go up on the official webpage. Go figure that after I gave my short plot speculations a couple weeks back that they would jump the gun so early. I won’t really argue against the decision, but I am curious as to how the rest of the season will play out and how much of it will be spent on the Venus Ark.

Kano is pretty cunning for such a young girl.

Fairilu breaks away from the new school for a bit to drop in with what’s going on with Karen. The really handy thing is that Fairilu just happened to have a good set of characters to pair with Karen that were hard to work in during the previous season. I had commented before that Haruto and Kano were in kind of an odd spot since they didn’t fit in the age group of anybody. But Karen’s convenient creation gave them a more central character to interact with to help connect the dots between characters.

The episode was really just cute, but I thought it did a good job of using all the characters that were really relevant to the situation. The new season has felt fairly disconnected from the events of the previous, and this is the first time where more familiar faces played an important role. Not to mention, Karen, Kano, and Haruto all feel like the kind of humans that should be more central to the story given the age group Fairilu is meant to appeal to.

Mirei doesn’t need a catchphrase and an accent, alright?

I think this episode really represents what Idol Time PriPara has been missing. I’m not just saying this because I’ve particularly liked Mirei’s character, but just because there’s no real practical thinker among the cast right now. Yui is meant to be a daydreamer, and Lala just doesn’t think. The result of this is episodes running wild without anybody to keep things on the rails. This week Mirei was around to really keep things moving forward but without removing any of the humorous shenanigans of the main duo.

And while it is sad that she couldn’t stay around, Mirei really is a crutch for the series. If PriPara really wants to create a new feel, it’s not going to do it by making Mirei into the main character again. That being said, I do hope they find a replacement for her to help balance out the current cast because this episode made it very clear what was missing.

Wrap-Up
I don’t mind not having my socks blown off as long as everything is enjoyable to watch.

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