Posted by: Leek | October 3, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 4

Fall has begun, but the only things likely to change around here are openings and endings.

You have to respect Asashi for really getting into it.

Sometimes you just have to concede to the fact you can’t overcome two sisters.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 22 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 18 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 16 Points
4) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 11 Points

Precure gets introduced to rock bottom after a long time on top.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Unfortunately two shows had to fall below the average line this week.

Lose the battle, win the war.

PriPara turned out a advance to go, collect $200 kind of character episode. Michiru’s character made minuscule progress, and it mostly felt like things simply returned to where the episode started at.

I had no serious issues with the episode, but there is definitely a lack of chemistry between Aroma and Michiru (particularly within PriPara) compared to the other duos. The problem is, the feeling of Michiru developing at all from Aroma’s influence is non-existent. And while Aroma has been more of a gag character through the seasons, it’s been proven in multiple episodes that she really does look out for the best of others. So I would enjoy more episodes where she’s actually doing small things to push Michiru along rather than watching them constantly play a game of tug-o-war in the mud.

A little close there.

What’s funny is that when Fairilu dedicated half of it’s episode to recap, I figured it would take a horrible episode for me to rank anything under it. Precure met those expectations and thus Fairilu managed to dodge a last place spot.

As far as recap episodes goes, it could have been a lot worse. The episode itself was more of a fifty-fifty split with the first half being pure recap and the second half being tied to how the recap was framed. I can’t say I enjoyed sitting through the first half at all (particularly since nothing of real value was recapped) but the second half was a bit of a saving grace.

I always ponder if Yume chose the wrong brand for herself.

I won’t say Stars did anything particularly extravagant this week, but it’s actually a good thing. Mahiru’s character has been through a lot, and this week was a more modest approach to her character. We’ve actually seen a lot of Mahiru since the first season, and her character development has easily surpassed about everybody sans Yume. But there’s also this small feeling that we don’t know the small things about Mahiru other than that she has a sister complex, likes chocolate muffins, and does karate.

But this week we really got to see many new sides to her. We saw her interact more with her siblings and ever so slightly with her parents. We got to see her more motherly side and how she carries herself in her free time. And, most importantly, we saw that a lot of how she carries herself stems from her desire for company. I’ve complained a lot about how they handled Mahiru’s character (and particularly her rapid development) during the first season, and it was a relief to see such a modest approach this week.

I do feel like this element is missing from other characters, and I do hope they can do more episodes like these for other characters. I do think it’s important for character episodes to push development, but a little bit of reflection from time to time can also go a long way.

It’s just an ordinary purple cat with human hair standing on two legs.

Precure has tried a lot of strange things this season, but this episode probably takes the cake. Body swap situations tend to be pretty simple episodes, but Precure also decided to attempt a serious spin on the entire situation. So rather than dwindle on the body swap itself, we saw Yukari doing Yukari things as a cat. The long and short of it is that it didn’t work.

The thing is, I like the fact that Precure is trying to pair together characters that you wouldn’t expect. Seeing Yukari and Ciel as opposed to another Yukari and Akira episode is great. But it’s important not to do too much. Yukari and Ciel are both very different characters and having them try and resolve a feud between cats and fairies is not exactly the best direction to take to get them to interact. Parts of this episode could have worked out in separate contexts, but it turned out to be a mix of too many ingredients.

I don’t doubt that Fairilu will bounce back next week, but I don’t know what to expect from Precure at the moment.


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