Posted by: Leek | September 26, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 3

Slightly earlier than usual.

From Sleeping Beauty to Prince Charming.

Rin really went full circle over the period of two weeks.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 19 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 10 Points
2) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 10 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 9 Points

If you remove the bonus points PriPara received, you can see how even the point distribution has been over the first two weeks.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
A few positions rotated on the upper half, but it’s the same story as last week.

God help us. It’s contagious.

PriPara did the strangest mix of story and recap within the same episode. I always appreciate when a show does anything to make a recap episode less of a chore to watch, but I question whether the recap even needed to exist other than as a method to buy a lot of episode time. But since this is not a new pattern for this season of PriPara, I can’t say I’m too shocked that they decided to pull it again.

Wasted time aside, the new story developments feel fresh, to say the least. It doesn’t change how PriPara is going to flow from this point onward (which is perfectly fine given how stable it’s been), and it should put less weight on a single competition. Moving the main story along just depends on the characters doing lives, and that means they can put as much focus on character development as they want. So it’s a smart decision given where Idol Time is currently at right now.

You ever seen a catsheep before?

The Ako/Kirara story line has been something going on very slowly in the background of Stars, and this is the week where they finally decided to put a close to the direct conflict section (as one sided as it was). Usually, I’d complain about wanting a little more prior to a big movement, but, to be brutally honest, Ako isn’t a main character. Prior to last season, she’s actually been given a good amount of limelight, and this is probably the best time to just push the two forward. Plenty can be done with them as a cooperative pair as opposed to individuals, so I don’t really have any concerns for what happens to them from here on out.

I think my bigger issue with the episode was that it should have just been about Ako and Kirara. I don’t think Yume nor Koharu served any real purpose in the episode up until the last few minutes to compare partnerships. But it still did a good job of showing the polar opposite personalities of the Ako and Kirara, particularly how it makes the two a formidable pair. Kirara has the wild ideas, and Ako has the brains to make those wild ideas a working reality.

Don’t get me wrong though. I still want to see the writing team do something with Kirara and her relationship to Elza and the Venus Ark. I feel like they set up too much in the first half to ignore it, and now they have Ako to catch her if anything serious were to happen.

I thought the elderly were supposed to be the ones baking the sweets?

Precure spent the week teaching kids that sweets aren’t part of a healthy food pyramid but people eat them anyway because depression is a thing. I kid. I don’t know exactly what Precure wanted to do this week other than establish a new villain. The entire dilemma of the necessity of sweets wasn’t really something that fit in the current situation and it was really just came out of left field. What’s really funny is the entire panic felt like it was incited by Bibury, and you’d think the group wouldn’t be so quick to agree with her opinion since she just turned ally. But this is the same group that tried to molest Bibury last week in a twisted friendship circle.

Last week was messily put together, and this week really didn’t attempt to do any better. I really want to get excited for Precure’s second half this year because it felt like they had a better plan than last year, but things have been turning very grim, very fast.

Hands on learning.

Fairilu came out on top this week with an incredibly goofy character episode for Rin. I’m not sure if I’ve felt it as strongly up until now, but Rin is at least rightfully being treated as one of the real main characters of the second season (so much that Karen probably deserves some love soon).

There have been a lot of Fairilu episodes where they go all out with gags or just get downright weird, but it was usually done with certain characters. This really feels like the first time the main cast was truly used as the forefront for a pure gag episode, and it was refreshing, albeit a tad strange. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it did feel maybe a little out of character at times. But I think it’s mostly a side effect of having everyone acting goofy in the same episode rather than subjecting a single character to the gag role.

Fairilu has been a little light on the gags recently and it was nice to get some solid laughs in for once.

Wrap-Up
While I wish Precure would figure things out again, I’m rather happy with three out of four shows holding strong.

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