Posted by: Leek | June 19, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 41

We’re entering golf season, but hopefully it doesn’t rob too many weeks from Precure.

There’s a list of faces heroines should never make.

Ako made about five or six of them this week.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 331 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 274 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 264 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 171 Points

My goal for PriPara is that it breaks 200 points before the end of the season.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Despite Precure taking the week off, there was some great competition between first and second place.

Just to balance out the title card.

I’m sure someone is calling bullshit in their head that the only reason that I liked this episode is because it centered around Ako, but Ako was actually an incredibly small piece of the pie of success. Stars this week was a fairly heavy gag episode and it was one of the first times where the writing really capitalized on a wide variety of characters and established relationships. It might have not been the most unique subject matter, but it was one of those cases where each piece fit all too perfectly into the puzzle.

I’ve felt that ever since the nightmare of forced gag episodes before (poverty Shrek and Halloween), Stars has really readjusted it’s sense of humor to something more tolerable. I don’t think it’s in the show’s nature to fish too hard for a laugh, and it’s really more about episodes like these that write their own gags. I don’t think Stars will ever be perfect, but it’s episodes like these that keep me confident that it’s never completely coming off the rails.

Shoot her! Shoot her!

After the slight mess of last week, Fairilu turned out two good parts to really give Stars a run for it’s money. Stars wasn’t the only show at it’s best humor, and I really got a good laugh out of the first half of Fairilu. It might not even be coincidence that Rin went blow for blow with Ako in the questionable facial expressions department. The second half of Fairilu was a simple and heartwarming side story to help viewers (at the least) warm up to more of the new teachers. However, I’m not sure how I’ll feel if cockroaches rapping becomes a regular thing on the show.

Field of Daydreams.

In the history of non-sports anime, there’s always been an unspoken tradition where a baseball episode translates to guaranteed gag episode. There’s just something about making characters who aren’t meant to play baseball try and have a serious game, and there really is no sport that Japan loves more. So it seems like it’d be a great opportunity for PriPara to do what it does best, right?

If you thought what PriPara did best was gags, then you guessed wrong. No. PriPara is really the best at being a disappointment. I don’t know why they thought tying a baseball episode in with story would make an enjoyable experience. Instead, it just shifted focus away from the game when they really have enough strange characters that it would have been their chance to shine. Down the line when all the former characters returned, this episode would have been gold.

But instead we got it now, and it really couldn’t be carried on the back of Nino and Yui alone. The worst part is, it’s getting continued into next week.

Wrap-Up
I’m still upset that PriPara managed to screw up one of the easiest gag episodes archetypes to pull off.

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