Posted by: Leek | April 11, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 31

Dawn of A New Day.

Nothing beats free advertising.

I know the whole point of PriChan is turn little girls into YouTubers, but you could at least make the player look like Nico since they’re the service streaming your series.

Previous Standings

1) Idol Time PriPara – 243 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 212 Points
3) Aikatsu Stars! – 179 Points
4) Rilu Rilu Fairilu – 174 Points

A good time to remind everyone that these are previous standings. That’s the only reason you see all the old names and Fairilu up here.

Weekly Point Distribution

1) Aikatsu Friends! – +9 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – +6 Points
3) Kiratto Pri☆Chan – +3 Points

A Word From the Big Man
The good, the mixed, and the average.

Kinnikuman called this time. He sounded disgruntled.

PriChan opened up how I would expect from any new series. It was a world introduction, and it didn’t do anything too particularly out of the ordinary. You got to see all the main players that we’ll be interacting with this season and that the formula that you’ve been watching for years from the Pretty Rhythm series isn’t going anywhere. There was nothing to hate, but I would be wrong to say that anything jumped out at me.

I do really enjoy the Prism Stone employees in this iteration though. It’s fine they wanted to use Meganee in the previous series for primarily gags, but it’s even better when she can still provide actual support to the main cast. And having the consistently level headed support in Yuzuru to offset Meganee’s eccentric outbreaks also provides a good duo that can take the overall cast a lot farther than it’s predecessor.

I refuse to believe a takoyaki stand would be ignored at a food festival.

Precure was one of those episodes that feels good like it had a good concept but just went sour when it comes to the execution. I liked the episode idea, and I especially liked that Hana is getting a strong episode to make her character less flat. The problem is the episode escalated very quickly and had very little lead in when you think about how positive the previous episode was.

I think I would have stomached everything a little easier if Hana came into the episode in a rut, and it wouldn’t be hard since almost every episode has had a lead in based on the previous week. This is probably the second episode this season that really needed the lead in, but it didn’t get one. For example, if Homare’s episode with Henri came before this it would have made a little more sense. Hana was a little shaken after that episode just because it was the first time someone questioned her actions, and it would act as some mild support to this episode.

And this is only really an issue because they chose to do this episode so early in the series. If this happened past midway in the series, they would have more time to pile up small failures for Hana and have her recall all the times she was incapable of helping. But she’s had almost none at this point and just came off a positive experience with Emile, so the collapse she suffers from in this episode feels a too quick and severe.

Does the penguin get a seat at the dinner table?

Friends premiered this week with a very vibrant and playful episode. It’s not really common practice for kids shows to put a lot of effort into making their first episodes look special (Precure being the one exception), but Friends decided a good first impression is never a bad idea. And it wasn’t. The funny thing is, there was nothing truly special about Friends. It was just incredibly playful, incredibly innocent, but still simple enough that you could really just sit back and take in all the new. And I think a lot of it does fall on the Aine and Mio pair.

One of the earliest appeals of the original Aikatsu was the really close knit relationship you felt between Ichigo and Aoi as they slowly developed into veteran idols. Their relationship did eventually fall out of relevance, but it was the major drive during the first season. Stars did try to recreate this with Yume and Koharu, but it didn’t really become anything because Koharu was quickly replaced with Rola (who would also be replaced by various characters). Not that Stars was flawed for doing this, but it did create a new dynamic where the rival aspect was highlighted more than the friends aspect.

Friends doesn’t wander from the two character formula. The difference this time is Aine and Mio don’t start as friends, and Mio isn’t a fresh idol. This immediately creates a new environment where we will not only see Aine slowly grow as an idol, but also opens up the door for seeing all the perils of a new friendship. So even if there are elements of it that feel strangely nostalgic, the show does still feel new to long time Aikatsu viewers.

I still don’t know what to expect from Friends, and it might have just accidentally struck gold during it’s first episode. But I believe it has the potential to take it’s writing in a clean and enjoyable direction.

Three shows does feel lonely, but man does it make my life easier.

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