Posted by: Leek | July 10, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 44

Even more LGAPR to cheer you up in this Summer heat.

Having a conscience is overrated.

Just trade out your shoulder angel for another devil like Aroma.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 357 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 292 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 279 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 176 Points

The battle for second place rages on.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I wouldn’t have expected it, but this week was incredibly solid.

Let’s be clear here. This is actually your fault.

Precure continues it’s mid-series climax with one of the more powerful episodes of the series. It’s probably just a personal thing, but sibling related episodes always get to me, and the story between Pikario and Kirarin is one that a lot can easily relate to. A La Mode has had some shaky moments early on, but I feel like the core story episodes since Julio’s appearance have been well constructed. This week did a good job of creating a smooth transition into the next big development and opened the door to the final Precure member reveal next week.

Just look at how happy she is.

Mahiru has had a roller coaster of episodes in terms of development, and I feel like this week was finally a step in the right direction in comparison to what happened to her during the first season. I still don’t agree with how quickly they rushed out her developments, but they at least managed to turn it to their benefit for the new season.

I assume that Mahiru will now become the developmental crutch for Rei rather than the other way around. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. Not everybody in the main cast has to be constantly developing, and they really needed a way to encourage more healthy participation from the Venus Ark members. This episode also introduced not only an interesting character dynamic for Rei, but also potential insight into what really motivates Elza to do what she does.

Celebrating holidays just for the sake of it.

Fairilu returns with it’s usual double episode split to celebrate Tanabata. Hilariously, the Fairilu seem to quickly disprove the actual point of celebrating Tanabata but do it anyway because, well, who doesn’t love festivals? And while both halves were enjoyable, it was very standard Fairilu during a week where every other show did do something a little above and beyond.

Aroma and Mikan are just one number short of a really great hotline.

PriPara does this week what they probably should have done last week by giving Gaarmageddon a very Gaarmageddon episode. It’s really not shocking that of all the previous characters to bring back that the staff realized who would be the best choice. It’s been like it from the start, but Aroma and Mikan are just likable in a mess of cast that has a bad habit of being inconsistent. Every character in PriPara is a gag character, but the members of Gaarmageddon are the ones that really have their own, very defined sense of humor. Not to mention, the trio is only very lightly involved in any of the main story elements which allows them to operate with the most freedom.

I think the real charm of this episode is that it really did center most of it’s focus on Aroma, and Aroma will forever be the real backbone of what makes the trio likable. Aroma is a troublemaker, but she’s incredibly clever and self-aware of what she’s doing. I really did enjoy that small window of hesitation she had before openly admitting to manipulating someone older than her. But since Aroma had no fear butting heads with Mirei in the first season, I’m happy they kept her character consistent.

Wrap-Up
PriPara will forever have the most polarizing writing.

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