Posted by: Leek | February 16, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 23

I apologize for the delay this week. Finishing up this LGAPR post has been in my mind since Monday, but I’ve been a little busier than expected this week. On the bright side, Fairilu came out with a third season announcement yesterday. It’s kind a relief that LGAPR will retain some normalcy, and it actually won’t happen clear until Summer.

Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?

Fairilu’s attempt at a Disney musical scene was one of those unforgettable moments that just makes you tilt your head.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 227 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 157 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 145 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 127 Points

Precure plays hard to get and widens the gap between itself and Stars once again.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
This week was probably one of the closest that has ever occurred as I feel like every show could argue for first place. I had to go with what I believe had the most mistakes and slowly work my way up.

This kind of wordplay is truly unbearable.

Michiru’s previous dedicated episode was probably a peak that she wasn’t going to get over too easily, but I think PriPara still managed to put up a good attempt. And most of the flaws this week didn’t really fall on Michiru herself as they did Aroma.

It was natural that Michiru would have to one up Aroma eventually, but this didn’t feel like the right tone to do the episode in. Aroma always had the troublemaker image since the original season, but she always came off as particularly clever. So an entire episode about her potentially struggling through classes didn’t feel as fitting as having her and Michiru butt heads another way.

But it really does just come down to Michiru being water and Aroma being oil outside of PriPara. It’s hard to make an episode work without Aroma ending up on top. And even though they made the attempt, I just think the scenario ending up bending Aroma’s character so she didn’t act as oil. And it was really in doing so that caused the episode to fall off for me.

Comparing someone to a fat bird doesn’t seem very nice at all.

Precure is at the lucky stage of it’s life where it can stay interesting by just moving things along. No show this week was really groundbreaking in terms of quality, and that allowed Precure to shine a little easier. And Precure did what it needed to do. It introduced Saaya (Ange), but it didn’t go too far as a character intro episode. It was just a smartly written episode that did the perfect job of keeping you engaged while maintaining a relatively loose plot.

Kirara is probably a great person to play card games with.

While it has been going through some rough times as a of recent, Stars finally returned to the plate this week with what was probably the best character episode Rei has ever received. Rei has only ever acted as Elza’s right hand, and this is the first week where we truly got to see her do something on her own will. Unlike before, there was never a moment where she was seeking direct approval from Elza, and it showed off the actual charisma that her character should have been giving off from the start.

Rei is an unfortunate character though, and this really did come too late in the series to matter. But I don’t work on the team and I don’t know at what point they were told that Stars wasn’t getting a third season. If there was another season upcoming, then this would be a perfect starting point for Rei in the next season. And, because of that, it’s really hard to get on their case about saving more for her character for an upcoming season. It also doesn’t change the fact that the episode was enjoyable.

The only true flaws this week suffered from was Yume having to be forced into the episode when it was really her that was facing off against Rei in the semifinals. And this is one of those issues they created by having Mahiru advance to the final tournament instead of another character. It was actually impossible for her and Rei ever face off because it would mean that Yume and Elza would meet too early in the bracket. So you have the staff giving Rei a lot of scenes with Mahiru because of their relationship while Yume is forced to do things in the background to stay relevant. And that is not something your main character should ever have to do.

The budget required for this scene could barely buy you a Happy Meal.

Fairilu unwisely split it’s episode up into two parts in what was a double serving of some really strange moments. If Karen’s class performance isn’t something we eventually see, then the first half of this episode can go down in the books as completely useless. And, even if it does become story relevant later, it was just overall poorly timed and paired with an episode that should have probably consumed the full half hour.

The second half finally unites Gardnia and Lip in a strange dream world scenario. And the entire scenario should have been the whole episode because Gardenia just immediately tells Lip to become the next Fairilu Diva without any vague attempt at a job description. I realize that they are going to cover the exact details next week, but the forcefulness of Gardenia on the subject doesn’t exactly make her look good. Rather than having kids look at implications of what’s going on, it’s probably better if Gardenia had the entire episode to explain her situation to Lip and why Lip needs to take on the Fairilu Diva role in her place.

Overall, the episode really made me question if the staff has been interacting with the wrong kinds of flowers. Between Karen’s incredibly cryptic children’s story about Rin and the low budget attempt at a Disney musical scene with Lip and Gardenia, there was a lot of episode time where I decided to just slowly nod my head.

Wrap-Up
Even though it sounds like I was talking negatively about almost everything, it was really to just highlight my thought process on positioning. I may sound like I’m complaining, but the only episode I really had a less than positive reaction towards at the end was Fairilu.

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