Posted by: Leek | December 14, 2017

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 14

I don’t think work will slow down until the month is over, so Thursday will be the new normal for LGAPR for the month of December.

World domination never looked so adorable.

I know Yui wasn’t actually daydreaming about world domination, but you know she could if she set her mind to it.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 81 Points
2) Aikatsu Stars! – 67 Points
3) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 65 Points
4) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 51 Points

Stars collected enough points to just barely squeak ahead of Fairilu.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I would call it a good week. Nothing was exceptional, but every show was generally going in the right direction.

A little worrisome when the muscle head is the most sensible.

The team troubles episode is essentially a staple in PriPara after one is formed, and we’re really just going through the motions of the first season of PriPara currently (albeit better in most respects). PriPara probably would have ranked at the number one spot this week had it just done a little less during the episode. I don’t think it was too heavily loaded with unnecessary scenes, but everything with Shuuka could have easily been removed and replaced with something regarding the main trio. Even the presence of the original characters really added nothing to the episode, and they probably could have either removed it as well or used the extra space that Shuuka filled to have more reflection and make their end appearance less awkward.

This week just felt a little too busy when it really didn’t need to be, but it was still a fairly cute look at member differences and chemistry.

Calling every other contestant to sing on stage with you seems like cheating.

Yume tends to have the most hit and miss development episodes, and I’m still having a hard time placing this week on a particular side. Since we’ve entered the second half of the season, Yume has managed to take both Alice and Aria under her wing, and they’ve really become the easiest way to show the point she’s arrived at. And that’s really all that’s really within arm’s reach for Yume as a character right now. The only real hills she has left to climb involve either beating out Elza or Hime on the stage, and, since neither of those are small events, they essentially have her character running in circles for the meantime.

In regards to this week, I don’t think her gathering everyone together to sing kumbaya again was a welcome addition. I didn’t enjoy it as a time filler in the cheer episode, and I don’t think it achieved anything more this week. So even if it is nice to see Yume as a mentor, it couldn’t keep the episode from feeling incredibly underwhelming.

Well, I know what teacher to never accept snacks from.

Fairilu rotated back to the full length episode this week, and it helped it get up and over the hill it’s been hitting the past couple of weeks. I can’t say it was a particularly special episode, and it’s one that feels like it relies heavily on future developments to prove it’s real worth. But the staff does seem like they really like the phoenix and want to do something with given that this is the third episode it’s turned up this season. Heck, even a part of the episode was dedicated to recapping the last time we saw it.

So I don’t know if it’ll be something relevant to particularly Rose’s character or the overall plot, but I do hope it wasn’t some random tangent to fill time.

Nothing like being shown a highlight reel of your failures.

Himari has probably the least extravagant character episodes of everyone, but it’s also her character simplicity that makes her episodes really easy to execute well. As a final character episode, it really finished out Himari’s character properly, and the best part of it was really that all of the development and realization happened on an individual basis. The necessity to include every squad member in an episode of Precure does get in the way sometimes, and it really does cloud some development episodes too much with reliance on other characters rather than actual self development.

I could deal without seeing an attempt to drive every character into darkness, but Himari’s case was one that felt particularly justified. And I found the entire cinema scene in general to be what really defined the episode. Maybe on another week this wouldn’t have taken the top position, but I believe it was the one clean episode standing out in otherwise muddy waters.

It’s hard to believe the month is only halfway over.

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