Posted by: Leek | August 3, 2018

Little Girl Anime Power Rankings Season 4 – Week 47

I know I say, “I’m not busy anymore so late week posts will stop happening” a lot, but this time I mean it. If next week is late, chances are I’m just being lazy and enjoying the taste of freedom from deadlines.

Doing Chairman Kaga proud.

She even nailed the reaction afterwards.

Previous Standings

1) Kiratto Pri☆Chan – 345 Points
2) HUGtto! Precure – 323 Points
3) Aikatsu Friends! – 259 Points

I’m too lazy to calculate what the best possible position is for every show with the remaining weeks.

Weekly Point Distribution

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

A Word From the Big Man
I’d say it was an all around good week.

Rinka. You’re going to graduate, and you’re going to like it.

Ah, the classic “We thought you were going away, but turns out we just misread a situation” episode. We’ve seen it before, we know there’s always potential for it to show up, but you’ve just gotten so used to seeing it. But as much as I’m having fun pulling PriChan’s leg, it was an enjoyable episode. And it really proves that the show has already developed strong character synergy.

And even though I am mocking the core writing of the episode being a stereotype, it was still an episode that focused on the relationship of the main three. I feel like I’ve said this with a different show sometime, somewhere on the rankings, but it’s not a crime to do stereotypical episode plots. The important thing is how you take that stereotype and shape them into a unique experience using your characters and relationships. If you can make it work, then chances are you’re doing more than a few things right.

At least it wasn’t a Red Bull ad.

After a bit of a frantic episode last week, Precure slammed on the brakes to return to Saaya’s character. I think the issue wasn’t necessarily that there was a large gap between episodes for her because she did get to share one with Ruru. It’s that the episode about Saaya that held the most relevance was nearly twenty episodes ago. I even had to pause for a second because I hardly remembered Ranze was even a character we had seen before.

But I think where the episode fell kind of short is that Saaya wasn’t the interesting part. It was more of the staff’s way to insert the standard career woman character into the show and depict a different family dynamic. And that’s a perfectly cool thing, but hearing about that past segment of Saaya being primarily raised in the studio wasn’t really about Saaya, it was about her mother.

The episode had it’s moments, but I think it just enforced that Saaya is one of the weaker characters of the main group. I know they really want to push Emile and Ruru, but Saaya’s friendly rivalry with Ruru is probably a better point to focus around than Saaya’s career. Particularly if they want to boost her development without wandering too far from their current path.

Remember kids, safety first before jumping off bridges.

I feel like Aikatsu is in this pattern right now of us seeing Maika and Ema do something only to get a better version of the same episode for Aine and Mio later on. It’s probably because Aine and Mio have had the time to develop more of a relationship dynamic, but, either way, their episodes just end up having more meat on the bone.

The particularly nice thing is we were able to get a small snippet of Aine’s past and at least one reason she became what she is currently. I’m fairly sure jumping off a bridge doesn’t immediately turn you into a social butterfly, so hopefully we get to see a bit more about her as time goes on.

Bring me another.

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