Posted by: Leek | June 14, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 40

We’re entering that final stretch of Season 3. But will there be a Season 4?

I’m not saying anything.

Just let your imagination decide exactly what that is.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 322 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 268 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 261 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 170 Points

There’s still some time left in the third season, and Fairilu just needs one bad week from Aikatsu to pull ahead.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Another solid week.

Very nice. Now teach the kids how to make it.

The one thing I can give absolute credit to Precure again this season is that it is doing a good job of keeping itself fresh and interesting. I’ve complained a long time about the formula it had fallen into with previous series, and this is the first revisit to the squad format since the huge deviation that was Mahou Tsukai. It obviously opens up other flaws that I could address, but I think Precure was on a real dead road by not experimenting for the longest time.

In regards to the actual episode, Ciel was introduced as a incredibly interesting character, and I really look forward to see how her individual elements will get revealed over the current mini-arc.

You don’t reach perfection by eating salad.

I felt like Elza’s previous episode a couple of weeks back had her acting so mellow that she almost seemed out of character, but this episode really doubled down on her perfect lifestyle. It further enforced how the Venus Ark revolves entirely around what Elza wants to do and when she wants to do it. And Elza’s overwhelming presence as a character was how the series opened, so it’s important that character is maintained to keep her in a position where she can go head to head with Hime and/or Yume during later episodes.

What a sly look.

Anything interesting in Fairilu was restricted to the first half of the episode this week, and they decided to introduce a new concept that will probably never be relevant again. As we learned this week, the passage of time in the Fairilu and human worlds isn’t the same, which begs the question as to how that affects Fairilu who choose to primarily reside in the human world. I’m sure if I asked there would be some bullshit excuse about how Fairilu will age the same regardless, but it will most likely bother me until I eventually forget about it (since the entire concept was most likely only relevant for this episode). There’s also a question about why both worlds manage to celebrate holidays at the same time, but let’s just pretend like this bit of information never existed.

Something about sports continued.

After how many episodes of tunnel visioning the same person, Lala and Yui finally pull Nino into becoming an idol. I don’t really know what to think of Nino at the moment because she feels too limited to be in the position of a main character. Unlike the previous main three, Nino has a very niche appeal, and she hasn’t really shown much else as a character. There’s a chance that they’ll try to layer more onto her character with time, but this is PriPara after all, and that’s not something they’ve done with too many characters in the past.

Wrap-Up
It wasn’t a bad week, but it was a no brainer as to what I enjoyed the most.

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