Posted by: Leek | February 28, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 25

I’m putting out an advance notice that the next couple weeks of LGAPR will be posted together at a somewhat late date. I’ll be flying out next Saturday and taking an entire week off of usual business. I don’t plan to touch LGAPR (or even bother to watch any of the shows) while I’m out, so I’ll end up doing it all when I return. So try not to get anxiety wondering where I disappeared to and why weeks twenty six and twenty seven aren’t getting posted immediately.

Who let the bacon be on the title card?

It’s not related, but it’s not entirely unrelated either.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 231 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 175 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 157 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 131 Points

Precure is making a case for first place again this season.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
The general mix of good and bad that we’re all accustomed to.

We worked that hard just to pick up a jewel from a turtle?

PriPara spent a good chunk of the late half of the series assembling the items so that they could traverse time (?) to obtain what was needed for the twin dolls to coexist peacefully. But it turned out to be an incredibly short venture that took up only a small fraction of one episode.

I know that Paku pushes the whole friends lesson that PriPara is dead set on teaching quite strongly, but I feel like it was never getting built up to as strongly as navigating the relationship between the twin dolls. So an episode like this just becomes terribly underwhelming.

Good to see that Hana inherited Ichika’s facial expressions.

I can’t see the future, and I don’t know if Precure will see another late series crash. But there is no arguing that Precure is at least coming out guns blazing to start off the series. The past few weeks have been fun and entertaining, but this week was truly an episode deserving of the top position.

The episode actually did make me nervous because it felt like it was echoing back to A La Mode character episodes when they had just recently done a very mild episode for Saaya. But it turned out to be a fake out, and the episode did a good job of stopping in it’s tracks and extending the plot to a two episode venture. Precure is usually a very episodic series and it’s very rare for episode plots to hang over when it’s not around a climax point in the series. So it is good to get a bit of a a breath of fresh air that doesn’t just come from being a new series alone.

On the humorous side, it is always fun to take guesses as to why episode quality falls and rises at certain times. When PriPara was struggling back during the rush to get it’s movie out, I threw out a joke that they didn’t have the proper staff to focus on the TV series. And with Dragon Ball Super not airing this week, it’s hard to not joke that Toei was actually able to focus more of it’s resources into Precure.

I’m sad Yume didn’t even consider Startline.

This week was an entire episode dedicated to Elza setting herself up to lose. If you read the tortoise and the hare as a kid, that’s basically all this episode felt like. I also didn’t like how Rei’s character was utilized throughout the entire episode. She is the one character who Elza revealed her true motives to, yet it felt like she got amnesia and didn’t remember any of it until near the end of the episode.

If they gave Rei a dedicated scene with Elza where she questioned whether Elza’s mother would approve her actions, then it would have felt a lot more genuine. But all Rei did was yell at Elza from a perspective that any single member of the Venus Ark could have done.

I swear every character cried at least once in this episode.

Fairilu goes back and does everything that we should have gotten last episode. Last season I generally had complaints when emotions ran high in Fairilu because they often felt isolated within single episodes and like they never truly built off of anything. But this is one week where all the emotions felt legitimate and all the tears could actually have an impact.

My only question is whether Fairilu is moving forward too fast. The third season isn’t set to start until Summer and we’re still around three weeks from the start of Spring. But with the current season moving forward to what feels like a conclusion, I don’t know what additional plot they intend to hang onto the show to have it push on through the Spring period.

Wrap-Up
Hopefully things don’t get too wild while I’m away.

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