Posted by: Leek | March 13, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 26

We’re finally back. The current week most likely won’t follow immediately because I wanted to avoid watching both weeks together to avoid staining opinions.

I’m game for anything.

Though I’m pretty sure my level of Hell would be getting forced to watch PriPara nonstop.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 234 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 184 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 158 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 137 Points

Nobody is too far ahead, but the point margins have begun to expand.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Everything was actually good this week. Nothing was amazing, but having a high average is just as good sometimes.

Must suck to fuse with a clock tower and be used as a pojector.

PriPara uses the week to put an end to the season’s events by having the entire cast take on Paku. And it was honestly one of the better season finales that PriPara has ever pulled off. It didn’t try to do anything too ambitious and none of the live scenes overstayed their welcome. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted from the end of Idol Time, and it only really fell short by throwing the main three characters into a backseat position.

It’s a shame that the end of the episode had leave such a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t know what it is about the PriPara writing staff and having to add on unnecessary episodes. Saving Paku was a perfect stopping point for the series and they could spend the remainder of the time throwing together an epilogue to properly end PriPara. But while it is annoying, it really won’t rear it’s head until next week.

Flight attendants aren’t this cute.

Part two of Homare’s recruitment succeeds this week with a bit of a mild episode. Last week ended on bit of a dramatic note, so I didn’t know how dramatic they wanted to go this week. But it was still a incredibly constructive episode that allowed for some great team building between the three. Precure doesn’t have a full squad again this year, so it will have to figure out a lot of episodes like these to fill space and properly have the main cast navigate enough unique situations. And we’ll start to see if they’re up to that challenge from this point on.

The odd thing is you’d feel like the second part would have the higher animation quality, but this week really paled in comparison to last week. It was great to see Hana get a really wild action scene last week, and it would have been cool if they could do the same for Homare this week. But, quality aside, at least the episode was solid.

You three sure are proud of committing a crime.

Stars wrote this episode months ago when they gave Elza her background story, and you were crazy if you were expecting any season finale other than this. So it really is hard to ask for more, and, while I thought the episode was good, I don’t think it did anything to elevate it to the top spot for the week.

That’s all there is to it. I wish the buildup to the episode had been better and Elza’s character had a bit more consistency at points to give the episode more oomph, but it had most of the edge it needed to pull through. I feel like the idea that we’re not getting a third season alone throws a lot of water on things as well. Yume’s comment towards Elza asking her to remain an idol is really powerful, and would have really shaken Elza’s character going into a further season. But it just created a bit of an extra emotional moment in this context.

It’s hard to seem evil when you’re the doppelganger of a jerk.

So the whole idea of Ren having a doppelganger became a revealed truth this week. There are a lot of times where I make jokes about plot developments on the rankings, and this is another one of those cases where I wish I hadn’t predicted correctly. The only reason I don’t hate the idea fully is because it ties in well with Lip’s situation, but I consider it completely silly otherwise.

Regardless of the doppelganger reveal, the episode was actually solid. The staff answered my prayers and Rose has become the prime mediator in getting Lip and Nozomu back together. They had really been sitting on her character too much this season after finishing out her relationship struggles with Yuuto, so it’s good to see her doing Rose things again. I still feel uneasy about how the series pulls all the way until Summer, but one step at a time.

Wrap-Up
Everything is ending.

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