Posted by: Leek | August 10, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 3 – Week 48

The last few weeks of LGAPR and the last few busy weeks of Summer.

Don’t worry Iru, I’ll do all the paddling.

Iru may be evil but they’re probably a bit more reliable than a volleyball.

Previous Standings

1) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 381 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 315 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 296 Points
4) Idol Time PriPara – 195 Points

It’s in the refrigerator.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It’s just coincidence the swimsuit episodes took the top spots.

Cast aside and cast away.

So from the get go, I have to admit I expected this episode of Precure to be a bit wackier. It’s been awhile since they’ve cut loose and really goofed off, and a beach episode seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so (not to mention it happens about every year). That and it was a episode plot about pastry chefs getting stranded on a deserted island. And while pastry chefs aren’t bakers, I half expected a Yakitate! Japan style episode where they made something (better than shaved ice) out of island ingredients. It especially would have worked out since Ciel is accredited as being very keen as to what you can use and not use in making sweets.

However, I can’t complain with what they ended up doing either. It was a very constructive episode for both Ciel and Bibury, and hopefully the two will continue to bounce off of one another development wise now that the rope has been tied. Ciel’s biggest character realization after losing her brother was her inability to properly connect with others and how it separated her sweets from Ichika. And Bibury does provide that bridge she can build to get closer to understanding exactly what she’s missing.

I’m just mostly happy that Precure is paying proper attention to it’s villains again this series. There’s two really stable routes to go when it comes to developing your villains whether it be giving them backstory and giving them reason for turning bad or just making them incredibly despicable by giving them ample opportunity to get under the protagonists’ skins. Both Princess and Mahou Tsukai suffered form some really throwaway villains, and it looks like maybe someone learned a lesson from the two.

But it does appear they want to strongly target the former method given the episodes regarding Julio and Bibury. However, I do fear that the two most recent introductions will turn out to be throwaways given the short amount of time they’ll have to spotlight everyone alongside the main plot. While I can’t say I want throwaways to exist, I’m willing to forgive it if they can carry Bibury’s character story all the way towards the finale. Especially since this episode highlighted how easy it will be for Noire to constantly manipulate her to the very end.

We need to enhance further.

Stars this week was a fluff episode with a few key story elements, a few hints of what’s to come in a couple of weeks, and some throwbacks to the movie. So maybe it wasn’t completely fluff, but it was mostly fluff. The thing with Stars right now is it’s in a tough spot where it wants to move forward, but it can’t start any major plot just yet. The show is locked up until the end of the month due to the fifth year anniversary specials, so the writing team has to pussy foot around until they’re free again. They were potentially given enough pre-warning that they were able to work it in properly though, so I do give them credit for at least that much.

Lip takes her fans to Flavortown.

The convenient thing about not making any of the minor Fairilu buddy up in the first series is it makes for some really easy minor character episodes this season. It wasn’t really an instrumental episode in the series, but it was cute. I really feel like it could have gone either way between Stars and Fairilu this week, but Stars was just a smidge better put together at the end of the day.

At least someone is happy.

I don’t know why they keep doing it (outside of being a huge budget saver), but PriPara really needs to find a better way to do it’s competitions. I’ll say it as many times as I need to, but I don’t want to watch four performances in the same episode, particularly when it’s mostly recycled content. But with how they do it currently, it just forces them into bull rushing through things and ends with incredibly low impact.

This episode also just opened the door to another, “collect the dress pieces” situation. I know it plays in well for promoting the arcade game, but I feel like they don’t even need to do it. It cuts down on the need for episodes like these in the first place and leaves more room for playing around with the main story. I think they can deal with matching only slightly what’s going with the arcade seasons as long as they keep promoting the new songs and characters (which they’ve been doing).

Wrap-Up
I would be game for a beach vacation right now.

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