Posted by: Leek | January 24, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 20

I originally had a really short but sweet intro, but as I was finishing up the post some rather big news got released. As it turns out Idol Time was as much of a new generation for PriPara as the fourth season of Aikatsu was. So, come April, PriPara is going to be replaced with KirattoPri☆Chan. I have a lot of thoughts on the subject because of PriPara’s long history with LGAPR, but another time, another place.

Who is that girl I see…?

I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to make a Disney reference.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 203 Points
2) Kirakira Precure A La Mode – 146 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 135 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 115 Points

Stars has a very good chance to regain second with Precure soon entering a very unstable period.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I asked for a stellar week and everybody delivered to the best of their abilities.

Shuuka lacks a natural response to hugs.

This week was finally the week that PriPara decided to pull the trigger on Garara and Shuuka’s relationship. The main heroes might not be any closer to solving the mystery of how to allow both Garara and Falala to co-exist, but this really felt like the entry into that last stretch for the current season.

Despite the episode being primarily meant to open the door to Shuuka’s character, it also revealed quite a bit about Garara. Garara has been portrayed very heavily as the antagonist since her introduction, but this is the week where you see that she lacks any real ill intent. There’s no real desire by Garara to cause others harm, and this week shows that she’s just naive about what she’s actually doing. It doesn’t excuse her from being selfish, but she really is just a misguided child that has lacked enough proper human interaction to comprehend her actions.

PriPara’s newest generation had a really rough take off, but has really been an amazing flight once we got in the air. My only real fear is that I’m starting to see the ground again and there’s no guarantee that there won’t be a crash landing.

You’re not an empty shell; you’re a cupcake.

Everything this week in Precure really felt too little, too late. Some interesting ideas were presented, but this is ultimately the finale for Precure with next week serving as an epilogue. And if you’re a teacher grading a paper, then you really don’t give passing marks when you see all the real ideas coming out in the last paragraph.

It was great to see them finally give something to Helissio’s character. It was not great to see that it was happening smack dab in the middle of the finale. I feel like I say this a lot on this rankings, but I don’t know how you expect me to sympathize with a character when you put their entire backstory right around (or in this case during) the finale. You had an entire half of a show that you could dedicate to making Helissio a really powerful villain that slowly realized how destructive humans emotions are. And it would have been really great in contrast to parading around a dog and a company reject that enjoys driving cars around.

Great villains are something I really want to see out of Precure, and it looked like they really generated one that tied in perfectly with the concept. But why isn’t this a character you planned from the very beginning? It really does baffle me how the final villain of Precure always ends up looking like an afterthought. The saving grace is that it was actually a good afterthought this time around.

Even on the brink of death, Aria manages to remain graceful.

Stars bounced off of last week by continuing to put direct focus on the Venus Ark members. Actually, it really just goes back to what I was discussing last week about how the Venus Ark members were really the only characters who saw real development this season. And there really was no better character to keep the shining beacon of development on other than Kirara.

I really feel in love with Kirara’s character because she was the one character that was always fun to watch through the season. When Kirara was on screen you always knew what to expect given how stable her character was, but you constantly saw her relationships and approach to being an idol constantly evolving. And this episode really just fell in line with what we’ve seen from Kirara’s character all season.

What’s really funny is, going into a potential third season, I was hoping that the Venus Ark would cease to exist. The Venus Ark remaining intact would actually hurt more characters than help, and disbanding it would allow the various members to disperse and move close to their development partners. So I am hoping that Elza stays true to her word and doesn’t change her mind. It will be a huge waste of potential otherwise.

This is peer pressure I can get behind.

It’s hard to say that Fairilu did anything differently than last week other than ensuring that both halves were equally enjoyable to watch. The first half this time around served as the simple but cute teaching segement, while the second half swapped back to addressing plot developments.

Actually, this week made me question exactly how Nozomu was able to so easily contact all the other humans who served as buddies (that we’re aware of). I realize that he’s not exactly related to someone who isn’t well known, but it’s hard to imagine a high schooler contacting a fashion model and renowned violinist without being immediately turned away. It doesn’t help that he contacted them on the premise of wanting to talk about fairies, and we don’t know when he obtained all this information in the first place.

Regardless, it did make Nozomu come off as a lot more mature and reliable than he was in the first season. And it’s necessary since he’s the one human who will have to take the most direct action when things start hitting the fan.

If I ask for two good weeks in a row will the LGAPR gods throw me a bone?

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