Posted by: Leek | November 13, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 10

I’ve got a lot of work to get done before next week, so getting LGAPR out as early as possible prevents it from getting put off until that next week.

Julio the Gray. That was my name. I am Julio the White.

At least they let him stay a male. They could have easily pulled some strings to bring Julio back as Julia.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 62 Points
2) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 49 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 45 Points
4) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 32 Points

PriPara continues to pull away as Fairilu pulls ahead of Stars.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
It wasn’t a stellar week, but at least only one show was particularly bad.

The lack of the gender swap here was the most shocking thing.

PriPara wasn’t exactly bad this week, but it barely hit that average line. The episode itself was organized and didn’t have any real glaring flaws, but it also wasn’t particularly fun to watch. The two gendered idol worlds collide in a very late reference to Tanabata and Garara tries to ruin the festivities for the females. I appreciate that they kept story somewhat relevant in the episode, but there was really nothing to go crazy over.

The big deal of this episode was WITH getting a full CG performance for the first time. And actually being able to hear the performance in full is good assurance that even if Asashi sounds like he has Nyanchu stuck in his throat while trying to speak, he at least doesn’t sound terrible vocally. But I would still one hundred percent punch Kobayashi in the face if I ever saw him in person doing Asashi’s voice.

I’d hate to see the look she’d give if you told her about silk farms.

Fairilu didn’t do anything special this week, but it was the most consistent across the board. Both sections of Fairilu were standalone good episodes, and Kaiko is another adorable Bug Fairilu to add to the list. I know I’ll always have a personal preference towards insect based designs in anything, but it’s not my fault if Fairilu also decides to make the majority of them adorable.

The second half was strangely fitting given how much I beat up both Lip and Rose last season for getting overly dramatic. There’s really no better place for Lip to be than on a movie/TV screen, and I do kind of hope they follow up on her acting given that they didn’t return to it at the end of the episode. The episode did end on a fitting gag, but there is a part of me that would have preferred a more neutral end. However, it did do well to balance out the more somber tone of the first half.

I feel the exact same way.

I’m ready to stop going up to bat for Stars after this week because it insists on backpedaling as much as it can towards the first season. There are a lot of episodes I’d like to ask the staff about over the two seasons, but this week really left me dumbfounded. Over the years we’ve had plenty of shows do episodes with rampant gags and not necessarily bringing in a character to keep things grounded. The thing is, all those shows really went out of their way to make the episode so far out that you knew the staff was just purely having fun.

Stars’ problem this week was that the gags were awkward and they, for some reason or other, tried to turn the episode into a feel good story near the end. So we ended up with horrendously applied and misplaced gags, sad attempts to tap into any single emotion, and an ending that made you wonder why the episode even needed to exist. So the really funny thing here is that Stars gave me the immediate answer to what I was pondering at the end of the previous week.

I’ve probably put it out there before, but the Stars writing team has a terrible sense of humor. And the harder they try to be funny, the worse the episode turns out. Their best bet is to probably fish for chuckles rather than any uproar of laughter from audiences. I’m not sure if this week was worse than the Halloween episode from last year, but being comparable is already a problem.

Saying you’ll defeat the greatest evil with sweets isn’t exactly convincing.

The early portions of Precure weren’t exactly strong this week, but, combined with the later half, this episode feels like the series has finally entered the last stretch. It’s about time for Noire to come back into the picture and that requires killing off the remaining henchmen.

My biggest fear is what they plan to do with all those fairies. Precure has already fell back once on the power of the people once, and I really don’t want to see a spirit bomb scenario for a second time in the same series. I always thought that was the point of the modern movies anyway. You get the kids all grouped up, you give them a shiny object, and then you let them go at it when Precure is in trouble. So there’s really no reason to force the same scenario into the main program, especially near or during the finale.

But Precure has truly entered a make of break situation. It’s already inflicted a considerable amount of self damage, but it still has a great chance to end on a high note akin to what it did mid-season. And, as far as this week goes, it looks like it’s heading in a better direction. But those scales are really being tipped by a feather.

Wrap-Up
I feel like I was getting spoiled by particularly good episodes during the previous weeks, and I do hope at least one show spoils me next week.

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