Posted by: Leek | January 10, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 18

In the end I still managed to make the usual hump day standard. There’s hope for this year yet.

Welcome to 2018.

It’s time to teach the kids all those lessons you’ve been avoiding.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 186 Points
2) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 142 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 113 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 103 Points

Check out the post from the previous day if the point totals confuse you.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Just like last year, the New Years vacations didn’t quite line up and PriPara starts the New Year off with a sick day.

Who said they could eat my cookies?

Precure had a load of problems this week that began with it deciding to stitch together four different episodes into one. The thing is, I really enjoyed the first segment of this week’s episode with the slow reflections about what everyone would be doing after parting ways. It did a good job to show series development in every character, and, honestly, they could have scrapped every recent character episode and stitched this onto the “Yukari episode” instead of the stand-in graduation ceremony. But after bluntly ending Ichika’s personal dilemma with one scene, the rest of the episode happened.

I just don’t get what the writers wanted to do with Noire. I understand if they wanted to give him a backstory, but this was really not the time nor did it get enough time during this episode. Actually, every villain added post Jurio and Biburi all turned out to be cases of guys who were dealt a bad hand in life and became jerks because of it. Misguided or not, I don’t know what reaction you expect me to give when they get what’s coming to them. Noire was originally being built up as a really great antagonist too, and they probably should have limited him to just unleashing Helissio post Biburi’s fall so we could see an actual relationship between the two. At least then the eventual betrayal this week would have felt like an actual betrayal.

Instead, we’re given a guy with an incredibly cryptic past and just supposed to accept the fact that he’s not actually a bad guy because he enjoyed some cupcakes. Also someone should explain to me why Helissio can’t just trap all of Precure in cards since he seemed to have no trouble capturing his own creator in one.

You know this is exactly what Ako was like when she was younger.

So let me just get the bad out of the way really quickly. This episode would have been perfect had they just avoided the awkward attempt at The Drifters opening reference. The problem is The Drifters came out and sang a song; they didn’t just sit there and sway for a minute straight. So rather than force in a performance from Yume later in the episode, why not just write an actual song to make The Drifters scene match the quality of the rest of the episode? I don’t mind the reference, but I’d prefer that you do it justice if you’re going to have it take up as much time as it did.

The remainder of the episode was probably the most I’ve enjoyed the comedic side of Stars since the start of the second half of the season. It was the classic drama episode that properly used a large chunk of the main cast. And the only thing it really lacked was a proper stage song to play in the background. Stars has gone out swinging a lot of times this season in the humor department, and it is really nice to see them get it right again.

I also just want to point out that I said Rola would be in a taiyaki suit after a few weeks despite her super melodramatic downfall. Well here we are two episodes later, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

Even magical beings need some cash to throw around.

The most amusing thing to me from the first half of Fairilu is that Lip used her magic to generate a recipe rather than just generate a dish. I get that the point of the entire segment was to teach the importance of no shortcuts, but Lip found such an impractical way to use magic. I can magically generate cooking recipes too; I call it Google.

I wanted to enjoy the second half as well, but the end of the episode really threw me off. Fairilu is no stranger to lacking explanation, and I’m still unsure if Lip’s comments at the end were meant to be foreshadowing something in the main story. We already know there’s some stranger in the human world that has it out for Ren, and him being some magical doppelganger isn’t out of the question. So I wish that Ren had more clearly defined what went wrong in the game rather than brushing it off and playing rock, paper, scissors with everyone.

Fairilu also strangely decided to change it’s opening. It makes sense because it’s technically the start of a new season, but those rules usually don’t apply to yearly series since they don’t always begin and end at conventional times. Fairilu has technically passed it’s halfway point as far as the yearly run goes, and I don’t know if this means it will go over the standard fifty episodes before it decides what to do next. But the first season of Aikatsu Stars decided it wanted to have three openings, so it might have just been a staff decision made on a whim.

Next week PriPara will dish out it’s first episode of the year and I can award one lucky series with the 2018 Opener Award.

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