Posted by: Leek | July 26, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 46

The Summer grind is entering it’s last stretch, and this got pushed from being done Monday to my one free day. But it’s always good to be optimistic about scheduling.

Aine whited out!

Usually not the best look to have when you’re eating.

Previous Standings

1) Kiratto Pri☆Chan – 339 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 314 Points
3) Aikatsu Friends! – 256 Points

Even with a sick day awarding more points than it really should, it’s not going to get Aikatsu anywhere too close to catching up.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
Sometimes you return stronger, but everyone else is also giving it their all.

Have you ever tried wearing glasses over glasses? It’s not pretty.

This week acted as a direct follow up to the previous and brings a bit of closer to Rinka’s story for the meantime. I think I expected a little more from the episode, even just more of an extended heart to heart between Rinka and Yuzuru. And I feel like it was that lack of oomph that landed it below Precure this week. It’s an episode that’s hard to criticize because it really didn’t do anything wrong, but it’s hard to praise because it didn’t excel at anything in particular. It just rode the wave of previous developments and slowly drifted back to shore.

Ruru developed the heart of a human as well as four stomachs.

Harry finally gets the majority of his backstory revealed as well as giving him and Homare a more direct episode. And, if nothing else, we finally know that Harry was hamster before human. The only problem is it doesn’t explain if hamsters that speak human language and have the ability to transform into humans is something to expect from the future.

Overall, it was an enlightening episode in more way then one by clearing up the identity of one of the newer villains. I generally like when a few of the villains aren’t necessarily directly related but at least share an extensive relationship with one of the main cast members. This goes double for Bishin as his relationship with Harry is a factor, but it can also potentially force him into more direct conflict with Homare.

Cinderella: The Slideshow.

Aikatsu has often been forced to the bottom the past few weeks, and you can add another to the scoreboard. Despite coming in last, it was a really well put together episode. Aine and Mio’s relationship has been pretty sunshine and rainbows up until now, but this week introduced a bit of reality to the situation. We don’t really see what Aine is doing as a solo idol, and this week confirms that she really hasn’t been doing anything unless it was with Mio.

It has actually been one of the better episodes for Aine’s character, and there really never was a dull moment during the episode. Frankly, I’m just a little sad that the Cinderella play was shown entirely through stills, just because Friends seems pretty intent to follow old traditions. It wouldn’t have add anything to this episode in particular, but I hope they do take the chance to goof off a bit farther down the line.

Aikatsu was really just brought down by two shows who were focusing on much heavier character episodes, and, even if it was a pretty crucial moment for Aine, it just wasn’t in the same weight class.

Wrap-Up
I’d like if this momentum carried over for a few more weeks.


Responses

  1. You are so biased against Aikatsu, you know that? I’m pretty sure that you have been giving low scores to the series ever since the 2nd season of Stars, and also without bothering to appreciate the finer points of most if not all of the individual episodes aired during that period.

    • It’s important to remember that every week is judged comparatively. I even mentioned this week that I did enjoy Friends quite a lot, but the problem is it doesn’t matter if the other two shows come out with stronger episodes. Stars S2 was fortunate that it was running in a time with Fairilu (a show that usually took a top spot when everything else was bad), Precure A La Mode (a show that suffered from Jekyll and Hyde syndrome, and Idol Time PriPara (probably it’s best competition later in the season). And generally being farther in your life allows you to do more with your characters and write stronger episodes.

      Friends is a good show, but it’s young. And it will naturally struggle in the scoring environment when Precure is halfway into it’s run and PriChan is pacing very aggressively.


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